AMD gave the midrange market a thorough refresh with their HD 5600 and 5700 series of cards. Asus is attempting to capitalize on this new technology shift by introducing a somewhat unique and interesting product based on the HD 5750 graphics processor. Is the card as zippy as the psuedo-Formula 1 fan shroud promises it to be?
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2010 - 08:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI HD R5770 Hawk sports military class components, a 7+1 phase unit and a Twin Frozr II GPU cooler all of which points towards great overclocking potential. Out of the box it has an 875MHz core clock and memory at 1200MHz, but with a little tweaking OCC managed to hit a stable 1025MHz and 1410MHz; not a bad jump at all. Of course at those speeds the fan does get a little noisy and those with big monitors will be upset to learn that there is only a
The MSI Fuzion Motherboard
The MSI Big Bang Fuzion motherboard combines a lot of features into a single motherboard including support for Intel's Lynnfield and Clarkdale processors and a lot of headroom and options for overclocking. Of course the stand out feature of the board is support for Lucid's HYDRA multi-GPU technology but can it possibly live up to the hype that has been building for years?
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2010 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Usually, but not always, the decision to buy a factory overclocked graphics card comes down to the math. A regular Sapphire HD 5850 can be had for $309 while the new Sapphire HD 5850 Toxic Edition will run you $339. It costs you almost 10% extra to buy an extra 5-10% performance inc
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2010 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 18 February 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its participation at Digital Signage Expo 2010, Feb. 24 - 25, Las Vegas.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 17, 2010 - 07:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The aforementioned update from AMD to their Catalyst Driver series has arrived. You can grab the 10.2 release from the game.amd.com site. If you are using CrossfireX you owe it to yourself to upgrade as soon as possible to take advantage of the new power saving options, CrossFireX EyeFinity support
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 17, 2010 - 04:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There was a time when new graphics driver releases were fairly big news, with major changes happening in each release. Now that both major players are on a 'one a month' plan, things have settled down into a more incremental style of change, with not much happening between one release and the next. The soon to be released Catalyst 10.2 driver is changing that with major changes to how Crossfire systems will operate, including support for EyeFinity as well
as other changes that might not be so noticeable
Catalyst 10.2 is available today
AMD is releasing a new Catalyst 10.2 driver today with some very notable changes in both architecture and features. They are also sharing details on the upcoming 10.3 driver that will dramatically change how the world of Eyefinity works for users lucky enough to be sitting in front of a set of monitors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2010 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The heatsink on this $140 ASUS 5750
Formula is pretty stylish for this level of graphics card, but the big question for everyone who doesn't own an acrylic case is what the cooling performance is like. ASUS claims a 13% increase in cooling ability thanks to the cooler and they also redesigned the PCB in part to put on a standard 15 pin VGA connector and dropping the DisplayPort. Since there is a good chance that this card is either
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2010 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you caught the live PC Perspective Podcast last night
you heard that none of the PC Perspective crew were terribly impressed with either the Radeon HD 5450 and HD 5570. Both lack the power to play games better than any newer cards apart from the GT210 or GT220, even if they do support DX11. You can add to that point with the array of other AMD graphics cards available for as little as $20. As HTPC cards, they both excel, especially the HD5450 and its passive cooling system. You can also consider this a very cheap way to add multiple monitor support to a system that