For all the glory that comes with owning a dual-GPU video card, the reality is most hardware buffs don't have the coin to fund their desires. Instead, the typical system builder settles for a graphics solution in the $100 to $250 territory, which generally provides enough performance to play any modern game with reasonable settings.
Fortunately for cash-strapped gamers, intense competition between AMD and Nvidia ensures that the sub-$150 market is well stocked. Along with wallet-friendly HD 6000 and GTX 500 products, many older mainstream cards have been demoted to the budget bracket. We'll compare the most relevant ones in this review, with a total of thirteen graphics card models tested.
Futurelooks checks out a board to support that AMD FM1 APU ... *GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Socket FM1 mATX Motherboard Review* The best analogy of how a computer system works is the human body. It provides inspiration to the design of all machines and today?s modern PCs are no different. If the power supply unit is the heart of your computer, then the nervous system of a computer is the motherboard. Earlier on, we took an in depth look at AMD?s APUs (A8-3850/A6-3650) and the new Llano platform. Today, we are going to give you a closer look at the options for the ?nervous system? we spoke of: The GIGABYTE A75M-UD2H. But is it the right nervous system for your AMD Fusion based PC? Let?s find out! * * *"
For quite some time, Intel has been unopposed in the low budget computing department. From the first underclocked Intel Celeron powered Eee PC, to the latest generation of Intel Atom based computers, this whole sector of the market has been dominated by Intel. The major competitors have tried to get a share of the market before with VIA's Nano and AMD's Athlon Neo, but both have failed in this perilous quest. Most of the problems with these two processors were their availability, interest from consumers and manufacturers, and, for the latter part, power draw and heat. With these processors, the incumbent was basically unmoved and still left with the majority of this market sector. Despite these setbacks, AMD had tried yet again to break into this market. Today, we have one of the first few Brazos based motherboards from Jetway. Jetway is known mostly for their commercial and industrial products, but since the Mini-ITX fad, more and more users are taking a serious look at Jetway. Well today, we managed to get our hands on the Jetway NF81-T56N-LF -- which has an AMD Fusion processor with built-in graphics. It is similar to that of the Intel Atom D525, but they provide an integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 instead. The processor itself is the AMD eOntario T56N, which is said to perform similar or better in comparison with the Intel Atom D525, and it isn't even the top of the line in the Brazos line of CPUs. So without further adieu, let's take a look at how well the AMD Brazos based Jetway NF81-T56N-LF performs against the well established duo of Intel Atom and NVIDIA's ION 2.
With most of the focus of the last month or so on the Z68 launch, P67 chipset may have taken a back seat but the motherboards based around it are still highly appealing. The ASUS Sabertooth in particular is a unique P67 board which sports a great price along with high end features.
The much riled and awaited Sandy Bridge platform and Cougar Point chipset were released at the beginning of January, signalling the start of a dominant new era for Intel. Indeed, with AMD’s upcoming Bulldozer lineup still in the process of rolling out, Intel theoretically had six months to saturate and hold a firm grip in the consumer market. The timing could not have been better; a new year, the start of a new decade, and a new architecture released during the holiday season, a time when most consumers are ready to spend their saved up money on a new build, or upgrade. The pieces were in place...but not all of them fell in the right places.
The Cougar Point chipset turned out to be the culprit of the woes that were to follow for Intel. Cougar Point, the backbone of P67 and H67 motherboards, was revealed to have had issues with the SATA 3GBPS ports, the primary problem being faster degradation of the ports/controller. This led to mass recalls of the P67 and H67 motherboards, a move which not only cost Intel billions of dollars upfront, but also cost three months’ worth of obtaining a significant lead over Bulldozer. Not only that, but by the time the new “B3” revisions started making their way out to retailers in March, the beefier, upgraded Z68 motherboards were starting to expose themselves for the same 1155 socket.
"Today we will take a look at the ECS HDC-I and combine it with a case designed for cool and silent running, the Fractal Design Define Mini.Â We will show the build process, components paired with these two items and performance in tasks such as Blu-Ray playback and video streaming. If you are thinking about building a low power, quiet HTPC or all-purpose system this article should help in the decision making process."
"Today we will be taking a look at two AMD 990FX boards and comparing them to a similarly spec'd Z68 system to find out what the new boards offer in today's marketplace. As always we will be focusing on motherboard specific tests such as USB3, PCIe and SATA 6Gb/s tests with a few more general benchmarks thrown in for good measure."
The G1.Assassin offers all that one could want or need in a gaming system, all on one motherboard. It starts with very uniquely styled heats inks that would make any first person shooter very happy. For the audio freaks out there you'll be extremely pleased with this next feature, as Gigabyte has embedded Creative's own X-Fi based (CA20K2) gaming sound card. Yes that's right, Gigabyte has quite literally stuffed a complete X-Fi card onto the Assassin and Sniper motherboards! This will push your speaker system to the limits, or even up to 150O headphones thanks to onboard amplifier. To keep you fragging online till all hours of the night and with a very low latency, a Bigfoot Killer 2100 NIC is also featured. That is barely even touching on what all this board packs. So join us as we dig into this truly killer board and provide you all the juicy details!
"Alongside the launch of the new AMD 990FX chipset, I think most people would like to be seeing the next generation of AMD CPUs come with it. As AMD don't hop around changing the socket every 5 minutes like Intel, though, the interesting thing is, that while we've got a delay in the Bulldozer line of CPUs the 990FX based motherboards can still be released.
What's interesting is that AMD and its partners don't seem all that keen on getting the new 990FX based boards reviewed. There are two major features that the new 990FX chipset offer; SLI and Bulldozer CPU support, neither of which we'll be looking at today. The reason for this is because one isn't released, and the other isn't going to be nearly appreciated as much using CPU architecture that has been around for ages now."
The ASUS P6X58-E WS is today's sample, and is designed to be the center of your workload, providing you with all the power and reliability needed to run a workstation. Similar to the Sabertooth P67 we recently reviewed, this new motherboard is built with all the highest quality components to insure a long and reliable operating lifespan. Rather, it is the long days in the office or the long dark night sitting behind the monitor in which ASUS is hoping to be the rock to get that next project done.
Amongst a long line of reviews on motherboards based on this chipset we have checked out premium brands mostly. There's always more in the market, Jetway for example ... a company making a lot of OEM products for other businesses, but they do have their own retail production line.
Though hard to find in the stores these product promise good quality, features and often an excellent price, yep allow me to repeat that -- always an excellent price.
“One of the first to the plate with the newest 990FX chipset is ASUS with their latest release the Crosshair V Formula. ASUS has diligently worked and planned the release perfectly in anticipation to the long waited release of AMD's Bulldozer re-engineered architecture. Previous versions of the Crosshair have been power packed with the ultimate features both gamers and enthusiasts love so without due await, let's see if the ASUS Crosshair V Formula lives up to its past predecessors' potential, bringing among other things, SLI to AMD motherboards.”
MSI, the world-renowned mainboard and graphics cards manufacturer, has officially launched their AMD 9-Series chipsets products: the 990FXA-GD80 and 990FXA-GD65 mainboards, supporting the latest AMD native octa-core AM3+ CPUs. The high-end 990FXA-GD80 mainboard has been equipped with MSI’s two outstanding award-winning technologies: Military Class II components with MIL-STD-810G Certification and OC Genie II one-touch overclocking technology. Complemented with a number of practical and convenient features, MSI 9-Series mainboards are enabled to satisfy the requirements of extreme overclockers, gaming enthusiasts and entry-level users alike.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards,
graphics cards and computing hardware solutions today announced their latest EZ
Smart Response utility that allows users to install Intel® Smart Response
Technology with the click of a mouse, even if their system is set to IDE mode,
without having to reinstall their Windows operating system.
“One of the key benefits of GIGABYTE’s new Z68 Express chipset enabled
motherboards is support for Intel’s Smart Response Technology, which delivers an
exceptional performance boost for our customers,” commented Henry Kao, VP of
Worldwide Sales and Marketing at GIGABYTE. “We hope that the majority of our
customers enable this technology, and therefore we have developed our own unique
EZ Smart Response utility that allows users to effortlessly set up Intel Smart
Response technology so they can quickly experience the all performance benefits
it has to offer.”
GIGABYTE is once again leading the industry for their support of Intel® Smart
Response Technology with the recent announcement of the world’s first range of
Z68 mSATA enabled motherboards as well as the soon-to-be available GIGABYTE
Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard that comes pre-bundled with the 20GB Intel® SSD 311
Series. With the launch of the EZ Smart Response utility, GIGABYTE is the only
motherboard manufacturer to give their customers, whether using a standard SSD
or onboard mSATA, the ability to quickly set up and install Intel® Smart
Response technology with the simple click of a mouse.
About GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response
The GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility is a simple application that allows
users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel® Smart Response
Technology. In the past, enabling Intel® Smart Response meant users needed to
enter the BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then
required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was
complete, users then needed to install the Intel® Rapid Storage Utility as well
as configure Intel’s Smart Response Technology. GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response does
all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install
This allows them to quickly and effortlessly enjoy a significant boost in
Intel® Smart Response Technology
GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated
Intel® Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system
performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel® Smart Response technology works
by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to
improve system performance and
responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel® Smart Response
Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark
Vantage HDD test) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage HDD
test) and deliver a 60% performance improvement over HDD-only systems in PC Mark
To see the GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility in action, watch Colin Brix:
Bulldozer-based Zambezi CPUs are coming but motherboard makers can`t be bothered to wait. We take a detailed look at a pair of Bulldozer boards from Asus and MSI that sport AMD`s new Socket AM3+ and 990FX chipset."
Intel has finally launched the last chipset in the Cougar Point family, which should meet all the needs of enthusiasts who prefer LGA1155 processors. This core logic set has full overclocking functionality, supports Intel Quick Sync, Intel Smart Response and Lucid Virtu technologies. Looks like Sandy Bridge becomes even more appealing...
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen Oct 02 | Beginners Guides Rating:
A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing
PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.