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The final piece of the FirePro puzzle
The FirePro V9800 4GB graphics card is the new king of hill from AMD for the professional user and with support for 6 displays, it has a lot to offer. The Fermi-based Quadro cards offer strong competition in the performance field but in terms of features the FirePro line is still difficult to beat.
This week our storage guru takes a look at the PhotoFast GBox mini. THis little device converts from USB3.0 to SATA, so you can transfer data from externally attached SSD's and 2.5" HDD's at lightning speed.
AMD has plans for 2011
AMD is always lurking right around the corner during IDF and was eagerly showing off their Zacate / Ontario APUs. The first of the CPU/GPU hybrids from AMD are proving to be incredibly impressive performers especially with the power consumption taken into consideration. We took some time this week to sit down with them present you with the results!
Turbo, only better
At IDF this week, Intel is revealing much more information about the new Sandy Bridge processor architecture and one of many interesting features is a new version of Turbo Boost and how it functions with the platform. After spending some time with a handful of engineers and asking about the next-generation Turbo Boost technology, I think we have a good grasp of what it is, how it works and how it affects many different aspects of the new Intel platform.
Top of the 890FX Food Chain?
AMD's latest 800 series of motherboards have seemingly taken over the marketplace, and with native SATA 6G and the ubiquitous NEC USB 3.0 controller, as well as cost effective 6-core processors, there is a new push for high end AMD motherboards. MSI is attempting to dominate the high end with an affordable and powerful solution with the 890FXA-G70.
Day 1 Keynote
We are live in San Francisco from the Intel Developer Forum 2010 ready to report on anything and everything we see about upcoming products including Sandy Bridge, Atom and more! Check in here for our live blogging coverage of the keynotes and other sessions!
GF106 and the cores that love it
The new GeForce GTS 450 1GB graphics card is based on a completely new GF106 GPU that takes the Fermi architecture and pulls it back a bit more to make a lower cost, more efficient unit. Starting at $120 or so, the GTS 450 is the cheapest NVIDIA DX11 part available but how can it compare to the Radeon HD 5770?
The First APU from AMD Could be a Good One
At this year's IFA in Berlin, AMD further took the wraps off of their first APU/Fusion processor. Two variants of the chip were further detailed by AMD, and a bit more digging has uncovered some more interesting aspects of this groundbreaking processor from AMD.
Introduction and Features
Home theater setups still pretty popular in some circles, especially with the availability of Blu-ray components and smaller form factor motherboards supporting full-size processors. NMediaPC has been in the HTPC game for some time now, and their new 1080P aims at giving users a micro ATX solution that won't be detectable as a PC on most entertainment centers. It's sleek, low-profile design (and $59 price tag) should draw a crowd at many online etailers.
Introduction and Features
Before this year's Quakecon event, we wanted a custom case created for PC Perspective's annual hardware workshop. We enlisted Case Appeals to create us an AVZ test bench to mesmerize the hardware workshop crowd and we also thought it would also make for a great review article too. Check out our indepth review of this custom test bench and show piece.
Sapphire gets triple DVI working
Sapphire is the first card manufacturer to figure out a way to integrate a DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI adapter on the PCB of the card itself. What does that matter? Well it does enable the use of Eyefinity configurations without the need for an expensive active adapter thus lowering cost of entry for budget gamers that want an extra gaming setup. Come see if this card is worth the price!
Introduction and Packaging
Since the release of the revamped and larger capacity OCZ Agility 2, other manufacturers of Sandforce-based SSD's have followed suit on the quest for less flash over-provisioning. Today we look at current offerings from Corsair, OWC, and Patriot.
The first for AMD
AMD was on stage today at the first annual Global Technology Conference hosted by former AMD production arm GLOBALFOUNDRIES talking about their move to 32nm process technology and their partnership with the foundry. Most importantly though we saw the first public showing of the AMD Llano Fusion desktop platform APU!!
Shifting into gear
System reviews are interesting in that anyone can put some PC components in a case and call it a gaming rig. The real issue is not just the hardware specs but how the company presents itself and how it supports customers before, during and after the purchase process. Having a 6-core processor overclocked to 4.5 GHz and a pair of GTX 480s never hurts though.
Introduction and Specifications
Hardcore gamers know the importance of quality sound when they are playing online or during gaming tournaments. Plantronics has always had their back and their new GameCom 777 headset gives them Dolby 7.1 virtual surround to add depth and clarity to their gaming experience. The GameCom 777 features a lightweight frame, noise cancelling technology, and 7.1 sound to make any movie, Skype conversation, or gaming match sound like your in a virtual surround sound theater.
Introduction and Features
The Enermax MODU87+ 900W is a high output PSU with excellent efficiency, good voltage regulation, clean outputs, and it comes with modular cables. And for a 900W PSU it is very quiet. Check out our review of the latest PSU that can power your next high-end gaming rig!
Sonic means fast
Palit has prepared a highly overclocked GeForce GTX 460 graphics card for us today, their Sonic Platinum edition as they call it. The GPU on this puppy runs at 800 MHz while the shader cores come in at 1600 MHz, right out of the box. How do these overclocks equate in the real-world gaming and can this card rival the more expensive GTX 470 cards?
Despite the difference in materials, the MacBook essentially has the same physical specifications as the MacBook Pro. The display size is 13.3 inches, and unlike most PC laptops, the MacBook still has a display aspect ratio of 16:10. The MacBook is a powerful laptop for its size, both in terms of processing power and graphics power.
2011 Can't Get Here Fast Enough
The original Athlon architecture has been refined and reused for the past decade at AMD. Now we finally received the first glimpse of a brand new architecture from AMD, and one that they hope will again place them at the forefront of innovation. Bulldozer is AMD's best hope to relive the success of the original Athlon and Athlon 64, and it has a good chance of doing so for the company.
Introduction and Features
Companies like ASRock and ECS are working to compete with giants in the motherboard industry like ASUS and Gigabyte, but they are taking a different path to winning over the hearts and minds of consumers. ECS is developing mobos that not only meet the performance needs of consumers, but they are also working to bring similar technologies and chipsets to market at a lower cost. The H55H-M is one of those boards selling for around $65 from most vendors, but it gives users a capable board that can handle any LGA 1156 processor and even a decent PCI-E graphics card to boot.