Weekend News, June 2nd 2011

Hitting the near top of the Z68 lineup is the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe motherboard. The P8Z68 Deluxe board is setup for the high performance user that requires more connectivity. Hardware features of the Deluxe motherboard include an LGA1155 socket for the newest Sandy Bridge processors. The Z68 Express Chipset supports up to 32GB of DDR3 with a max speed of 2200MHz with overclocked settings. There is support for both AMD and NVIDIAs Quad-GPU technology. The Virtu software allows virtual use of the Intel Accelerated HD Graphics loaded into the Sandy Bridge processors. However, because of no display connectivity on the back panel of the P8Z68 Deluxe, only d-MODE can be utilized.

This review did prove to have an unexpected and very rare surprise, however, one that is going to test your powers of observation we are certain. Will you be one of the crowd on the left who finds it right off or standing right with the rest who missed it completely?

Even though the Sapphire HD 6870 Toxic is obviously a gaming card, it offers excellent flexibility for a number of other areas. The HD 6870 Toxic sports Eyefinity technology, allowing for connection of up to five monitors simultaneously using Display Port 1.2 at a resolution of 2560×1600. All outputs are capable of Sereoscopic 3D
to add to any Home Theater or gaming experience. The HDMI output of the HD 6870 Toxic is capable of 7.1 channel audio to further simplify any HTPC setup, while still delivering top notch video and audio. With AMD’s Stream Technology, you can even tap into the power of your HD 6870 GPU for transcoding tasks, easing the burden on your CPU and directing these to the more capable GPU.

case, Power and Peripherals

In this review we will be looking at the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 which is a mid-level motherboard supporting the latest AM3+ processors. As the name indicates the board is based on the new AMD 990FX chipset. The new chipset is designed to support the new AMD FX “bulldozer” processors along with NVidia SLI.

We here at ThinkComputers are very avid gamers. So each Friday we will be covering a game that should help you get through the weekend. The games will range from new games to classics that we still love to play. They also are not limited to just PC games either. If you have a game you think we should cover check out the
Gaming Friday thread in the forums. Today we are checking out a very intriguing PC game that I was introduced to at the GXL back in May. Unless a FPS game is multiplayer shoot em up game I really don’t get in to it that much. And I really never got in to RPG games on PC at all, unless you included World of Warcraft, but let’s not talk about that. Borderlands combines both the FPS and RPG aspect in to one and does it very well. Gearbox, the makers of the game took a risk doing this, but it has paid off very well. Read on to see why I keep going back to this game night after night.

Here we find ourselves again offering you our valued readers a chance to win more prizes. We have teamed up with another company to offer you a great opportunity. If this is the first giveaway you are entering then we should let you know we host a new giveaway EVERY week so be sure to keep up-to-date with eTeknix
and what’s going on.
For Giveaway #4 we are teaming up with leading manufacturer Hauppauge to give one lucky person the chance to win a fantastic HD PVR worth over ?150. All prize(s) are provided by Hauppauge and their respective PR divisions and more information can be found directly on the Hauppauge official website.

MSI have been consistently releasing some of the finest enthusiast grade hardware in the last year and today we are looking at their competitively priced CX640 15.6 laptop which features a capable Core i5 processor, Nvidia discrete graphics, 500GB hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 memory. For under £600 is this an ideal all round machine for gaming and work duties?

When AMD merged with ATI in 2006, they immediately began working on combining discrete level graphics onto the die with an x86 CPU, thus forming an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). In 2009, AMD expanded on that effort by launching VISION with the intent of shaping the performance of a PC to fit the needs of the user. Five years after the merger, AMD’s design has come to fruition in desktop form. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is taking a look at the AMD A-Series A8-3850 APU.