Subject: Systems | November 23, 2011 - 01:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: HD 6670, fx-4100, Cyberpower
Most of the time, when we are sent systems for review, they are some of the highest-end and most expensive gaming rigs available. Companies tend to want to showcase a "flagship" product, one that will impress anyone that gazes upon it. And while CyberPower definitely builds systems like that, for this review, we are looking at something much more modest - the pre-built Gamer Ultra 2098.
The specifications for the system are pretty straight forward:
- AMD FX-4100 Quad-core Bulldozer processor with a stock cooler
- Gigabyte M68MT-S2 NVIDIA 7025 chipset motherboard
- 8GB DDR3-1333 MHz memory
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB graphics card
- 500 GB SATA III 6 Gb/s HDD
- DVD Burner optical drive
- 500 watt power supply
- Azza Black Orion Red case
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
These aren't parts that are going to "wow" you by any stretch but the price might: Newegg is selling this complete system for $599 (as of this writing) while purchasing all of these components individually, on the same website, our total was $596. Considering that someone has already built the machine (in a very clean and neat fashion) and you get basic support and a warranty, the cost of this machine is very compelling.
Performance of the Gamer Ultra 2098 isn't going to blow our benchmark suite out of the water, but the quad-core AMD FX-4100 processor is able to keep pace with the lowest end Sandy Bridge CPUs and the Radeon HD 6670 1GB graphics card can play the majority of the current PC titles at 1080p with medium-ish image quality settings.
This system isn't going to be for everyone, but for users that want a low-cost system that has some limited expansion capability, check out this CyberPower PC (and our video review below)!
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2011 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: HD 6670, HD 6570, HD 6450, amd, Caicos, turks
On the lower end of AMD's GPU lineup you will find the HD 6670, HD 6570 and HD 6450 of which the first two are based on the Turks architecture and the last on the Caicos architecture. They mark a jump in transitor, shader and ALU counts from the previous low end cards, the HD5670 and HD 5450. That increase has also brough with it higher power requirements and more heat to disappate which, at least on the reference cards X-bit Labs tried, results in a louder card. They do still help a Llano based system score significantly better in gaming, but don't add a lot to the APUs abilities as a high definition player.
If you are looking for something a little stronger, Josh just poured out a few thousand words on the MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition for you.
"Smartphones, nettops, notebooks and tablets have taken over our everyday life. But what if you don’t feel like leaving the cozy living-room and would gladly watch a blockbuster Blue-ray movie or play your favorite game for a few hours? The answer is simple: HTPC with a good graphics accelerator inside will do the trick. Let’s check out the new solutions AMD has recently rolled out for this particular market."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Multiply by Two: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870X2 @ X-bit Labs
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB TOXIC @ Tweaktown
- Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 6770 XOC 1GB DX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
- AMD Catalyst 11.7 Driver Analysis @ eTeknix
- Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus II VGA Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermalright T-RAD² VGA Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Zalman VF3000F Dual Turbine VGA Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Mesa 7.11 Brings Much-Needed Linux Graphics Driver Improvements @ Phoronix
- ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP @ [H]ard|OCP