Tuesday News, August 16th 2011

The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 uses the Barts GPU at 775Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 4000Mhz. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 has a 256Bit Memory Interface, 960 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 faces the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme which has DX11 and 1440 Shader Processors. Software used for testing was 3dmark 2006, 3dmark Vantage, 3dmark 11, Dirt 3, Call of Duty Black Ops, Crysis Warhead and Hawk 2. It's going to be an interesting fight between the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 and Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme which has 34% more Shader Processors for that extra performance impact. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 also has a small advantage of a 7% Higher Core Clock Speed which should give it a small performance boost.

An average 6950 will set you back around the $240 mark, but if you already have one, then triple CrossFireX is going to be cheaper, as you'll only have to fork out around $480, but that still sounds like quite a lot of money, which is why a lot of users in this situation are plumping for the second hand market which allows them to get a fantastic deal if you shop around. So you have your three cards, you have them installed and are ready to go, the AMD drivers are locked and loaded and CrossFireX is enabled and confirms that you have three GPU's, meaning all that is left is to find out how they perform. Let's get to it!

The AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Quad Core APU seems to fit that economical need that average users may have. The A6-3650 boasts a 2.6GHz quad core processor and a Radeon 6530D GPU. The APU was manufactured with the 32nm process and comes with 4MB of L2 cache. The Radeon 6530D has a 443MHz core clock and 320 Radeon cores. This next generation of AMD chip also has a support of up to 1866 DDR3 memory. Codenamed "Llano" this APU has a TDP of 100W. Feature support includes AMD Dual Graphics, DX 11, and AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing Technology.

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Have you been sitting on the fence thinking about getting an SSD? Drooling over the thought of having one in your own system? The simple fact is that a solid state drive almost makes it seem like the computer knows what you are going to do before you do. Its just that fast and have we got an opportunity for you!! Thanks to OWC, The SSD Review will be giving away a OWC Electra 6G SATA 3 SSD with less than an hour testing under its belt. This OWC Electra 6G 240GB SSD can be yours absolutely free of charge and we will ship it to you directly from The SSD Review. It is our sample drive which is a full retail version and its review can be seen here. Where else can you actually see the performance and detailed pics of a drive before you get it in your hand?

This very flexibility allows desktops to show off more number crunching muscles than its mobile cousins. When we introduced to you the Kingston HyperX Grey Series DDR3-1600 2x4GB dual channel kit earlier this summer, the original manufacturer of high performance PC enthusiast memory has something that is good, but not exactly outstanding against the competition. On the other hand, if you place it under a shrink ray, and resize it to SODIMM dimensions, does it make all the difference? Let's look at what kind of facts we have in store with Kingston's HyperX PnP KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G 2x4GB: The DDR3-1600 SODIMM set from Kingston HyperX that works at full speed right out of the box with virtually any modern laptop. More facts: Heatspreaders are included.

Not long ago Benchmark Reviews tested the OCZ RevoDrive and OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express solid state drive storage devices, both of which are based on SandForce SF-1200 SSD controllers and Silicon Image SiI3124 RAID chip. When SandForce launched their second-generation chip, featured in the OCZ RevoDrive3 X2, the four integrated SandForce SF-2200 SSD controllers used an undocumented OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller. In this article, Benchmark Reviews presents an OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0 overview. Using information provided by OCZ, we offer a deeper understanding of OCZ VCA 2.0 technology and the SuperScale controller.

Today we will be taking a quick look at the SilverStone EC02, a USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34 adapter that slides right into the side of your laptop, provided you have the slot that is. This little card provides the user with the ability to upgrade to the latest, fastest USB connection without having to blow a wad of money on a new laptop.