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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 Super Overclock Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 11:13P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GTX 570 may have been introduced over nearly a year ago (yes, it has been that long) but it is still one of the best graphics cards around when it comes to price / performance ratio.  Gigabyte has taken it upon themselves to take this card to the next level by integrating it into their Super Overclock series.  The resulting GTX 570 Super Overclock boasts high clock speeds and a $50 price premium over the reference version but its performance could go toe to toe against the GTX 580."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

Know-How: UEFI - Only graphical BIOS or more? @ ocaholic
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 10:39P | BIOS | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ith UEFI we see one of the most important and at the same time most underrated changes the computer industry has seen within the past years. UEFI is replacing the good old BIOS these days and it sets the standard for a whole lot of future developments"
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

AFDS11: AMD Trinity APU will use VLIW4 / Cayman Class GPU
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 10:30P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Lucid Virtu Universal Adds AMD and Virtual Vsync Support
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 7:21P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are looking forward to getting a copy of Virtu Universal software in our labs to start playing around with to see if it lives up to the claims presented by Lucid. By offering support for AMD platforms, mobile markets and now introducing a unique and interesting additional feature that enthusiasts and gamers could just fall in love with, this new software might be the must-have feature for motherboards in the second half of 2011."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

MSI N560GTX-Ti HAWK Graphic Card Review
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 5:27P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI just keeps the hits coming on the video card front. While I was not overly impressed with their latest motherboard offerings this past month, they have kept their foot on the gas when it comes to graphics. The best part about these cards is that generally they are not that much more expensive than the reference versions. With the HAWK series this is especially true. In this case, it sits right around the upper-middle portion of current offerings using this GPU. MSI has created yet another outstanding video card for enthusiasts everywhere."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

OCZ Technology Agility 3 SandForce 240GB SATA 6G SSD Review
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 5:18P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the switch to asynchronous flash memory makes the Agility 3 cheaper to produce and therefore sell, the performance dynamic can shift in either direction, varying with what you plan to do with the drive. Many users saw the same type of thing back with the Agility 2 / Vertex 2, and some users actually preferred the cheaper drive performance wise. We may see the same thing here once users (and us) get some actual seat-of-the-pants time logged with it."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

AMD FirePro V7900 and V5900 Professional Graphics Review
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 5:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD still has a lot of work to do to catch up in the professional graphics markets as NVIDIA`s Quadro line still has the dominant market share and mindshare. Technologies like Eyefinity are the key to AMD`s rise in this field but it is inevitable that NVIDIA will rip that idea off and implement more than two display outputs on single cards very soon; then AMD will have to depend on things like raw performance and software partnerships to keep gaining ground. Those software partnerships (such as NVIDIA`s with Adobe) are even more important here than with gamers."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

 
Intel Sandy Bridge Performance Goes Up Again
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 4:48P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"At the beginning of the month I reported on a small patch to Mesa that resulted in a huge performance improvement for Intel Sandy Bridge graphics, but Intel`s OSTC developers have bumped up the performance of the latest-generation graphics processors even more. With the LLC caching patch-set, which should be committed to the Linux 2.6.40 kernel (not the current 2.6.39 cycle), there are measurable OpenGL performance improvements.""
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

MSI R6970 Lightning Review: A Supercharged AMD Radeon HD 6970
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 4:42P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is a tremendous design from MSI, and I am happy to say that they have erased the memory of the disappointing R5870 of yesteryear. It does have a price premium over a standard HD 6970, but in this case I think the premium is well worth it. It has a good overclock right out of the box, and the Twin Frozr III cooler is a marvel. Even though it does not exhaust the air outside of the case, it was so effective in cooling the chip that it barely raised the case temperature in the first place."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Intel Core i7-990X Gulftown Processor and DX58SO2 Motherboard Review
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 4:24P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It should be obvious that the LGA1366 processor socket and platform is nearing the end of its life cycle. In all honesty, it lasted quite a bit longer than most of us thought after the release of Lynnfield and now Sandy Bridge into the same enthusiast market. What can I say, some people just love their Core i7-920 processors to no end ? we have a couple of them running in various outposts here still as well. If you are looking to build one of the fastest computers in the world and can deal with the fact that the Core i7-990X might be the top-out point for the platform, then Nehalem will fit the bill and I don?t think you will ever regret the design while using it."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

MSI GT680R Notebook Review: Sandybridge for Gamers
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 4:06P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There?s just one problem. The competition plays this game as well, particularly ASUS, which is happy to offer ASUS G series laptops at incredibly low prices. Currently, Newegg lists the ASUS G53SW, the GT680R?s direct competitor, for $1199. That?s $300 less. Sure, it only has 6GB of RAM and a single 500GB hard drive, but all of the hardware that matters for gaming ? the processor, video card and the display ? is identical to what you?ll find in the GT680R. I also prefer the styling of the ASUS G53, which is strictly conservative."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

VIA Nano Quad Core Preview
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 3:48P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many have been trumpeting the death of VIA for a long, long time. But so far this scrapper of a company just keeps moving along. The addition of a quad core Nano is making sure that VIA stays relevant in a world that is increasingly concentrating on low power, high performance computing. These chips should compete well against the current stable of low power x86 processors, and we can bet that VIA is planning a new generation of parts once TSMC?s 28 nm process ramps up. But for now the top of the stack for VIA will be the quad core Nano."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

HP Mini 210 Review: Fusion is Fast but Atoms Last
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 3:30P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This praise aside, the HP Mini 210, like most traditional single-core netbooks, sits in a market position that is increasingly awkward. The problem is the lower prices of dual-core netbooks and budget ultraportables. The HP dm1z has now been reduced to an MSRP of $449.99, and the Eee PC 1215B?s initial price of $450 has already been knocked down to about $435 on Amazon. These dual-core AMD Fusion powered netbooks are substantially quicker than the HP Mini 210, but only $100 more."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Intel 320 Series 300GB SSD Performance Review
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 3:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are thrilled to see Intel push out a third generation of their own native controller, but it has left us wondering what is in store next. As much as we would love it, we have yet to see an Intel-branded SATA 6Gb/sec part. For now we`ll just have to stick with the improved IOPS, latency, and write speeds of the 320 Series. I`m guessing these will outsell the 6Gb/sec parts, mainly because the larger and cheaper flash memory can give Intel enough price overhead to constantly undercut the competition in the coming months. As always, we will keep an eye on what`s coming, and pass this onto you as we dig deeper."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr II Review: Cool and somewhat Beastly
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 2:54P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Personally I like the card. I was disappointed I could not mod it successfully to a HD 6970, but even in stock form the card is not slow. I am doing some ?long term? testing on this particular model in my main machine, clocked at a much more mundane 900 MHz core and 1350 MHz memory. This has provided a nice performance boost, all the while producing less sound than the more aggressive overclock I did while testing. So far the card has worked flawlessly at this speed, and it has handled every application I have thrown at it with aplomb."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SandForce 2281 240GB SATA 6G SSD Review
     Tue, Nov 15 2011 | 2:36P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ was the first to get next generation SandForce out the door, and with a consumer Vertex 3 following just 1 week after their Pro model, they seem to have closed their lead-time gap considerably. We were happy to see the consumer model not suffer too greatly from the reduction in spare area necessary to hand more available storage space to the user. The only thing left to do is work a few remaining kinks out of the firmware and start shipping."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

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