Monday News, June 13th 2011

The HD 6950 and HD 6970 cards are the fastest single GPU offerings from the HD69 Cayman line. The exact model of the card we received is Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Flex Edition 2 GB, and it also packs some neat special features.

We believe in giving something back to our valued readers of eTeknix and today sees the first in our start of weekly giveaways that we will be doing from now on. We would generally have a set giveaway that would last a whole month, but we now feel that we need to give you more at eTeknix, and therefore we are giving you a chance to win stuff every week from different manufacturers and different areas of components and peripherals. We start things off with Giveaway #1 by teaming up with leading graphics card manufacturer HIS to give two lucky people from Europe the chance to win a fantastic HIS HD 5670 IceQ 1GB graphics card worth $65 each.

Last month we presented Radeon HD 6790, a pretty accessible solution for gamers who don’t have a lot of money at disposal. AMD released this model with the desire to add a product to their gamma which would simultaneously be both stronger than Radeon HD 5770 and weaker than HD 6850, but also a direct competitor to GeForce GTX 550. They fulfilled this task well, as the price was perfectly positioned even on local markets, the way it was supposed to be. However, certain models, produced by the so-called “premium” partners, had a rather high price for this card, around 130€. This wouldn’t be such a big problem if HD 6850 wasn’t a mere 10€ more expensive, which rendered HD 6790 unnecessary in the value for money segment.

The GeForce GTS 450 has been around for quite sometime and many people don’t even think about it when they are purchasing a new video card. You have to think though, it does offer substantial performance for little investment, so you can spend most of your cash on other items in your build. Yes of course there are reference GTS 450 cards, but we are more interested in what comes a few months after launch. ASUS has sent us their ENGTS450 DirectCU OC card, which has ASUS’s custom heatsink and is overclocked up to 850 MHz. Let’s take a look.

Case, Cooling and Power

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The AData S511 family is available in capacities of 60, 120, 240 and 480GB, has a 3 year warranty, and all have relatively similar performance expectations exceeding the parallel 500MB/s read and write transfer speeds except for the 480MB SSD which dips in its high sequential write speeds to 460MB/s.

With amazingly tight timings and a huge overclocking potential the latest SNIPER kit by GSkill is simply the fastest PC3-12800 (1600MHz) tri-channel kit to ever pass from our test bench.

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