It was some time ago that we first got the idea of making a comparative test of two cards that are in high demand among hardware enthusiasts. The chance arose when two almost identical cards got to our offices, courtesy of ASUS. Situations such as these, where you have the chance to compare graphics cards with entirely different GPUs under the same conditions, are rare to say in the least. Even if performance is comparable, cooling systems are usually not. Furthermore, every manufacturer has its own PCBs, layouts etc. However, this is one such situation, since ASUS provided us with cards from their DirectCU II series. We’ve already explained countless times how this series first got its name, so no need to repeat all the “theory” again. Suffice to say – an even-handed melee between Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 570. If this phrase is enough to get you going, you’re the proper audience for such a showdown, so sit back and enjoy the following lines.
ZALMAN recently entered the solid-state storage market with SSDs based on Sandforce controllers. Their first model we test is the N128 GB model which is based on SF-1222 with 128 GB of capacity.
KitGuru has saved the most powerful of Sapphire’s range for the last in our series of FleX reviews. The HD6950 FleX Edition is created to target the hard core gamer who wants to game at the highest resolutions.
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The Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 is one of those latest releases. The Radeon HD 6670 looks to take over its predecessor’s, the 5670, position in the market. With the 6670, we get an increase in architecture that boosts computing performance. The core clock is set to 800 MHz and the memory 1GHz, 4GHz effective. Onboard memory for the HD 6670 equals 1GB of 128-bit GDDR5. There is an increased SIMD core, giving a total of 480 stream processors and 24 texture units. Similar to the previous generation, there are 32 Z/Stencil ROP units and 8 color ROP units. The 6670 has support for DX11, Eyefinity, and AMD App Acceleration. Sapphire has also paired up with Arctic Cooling to put a special heatsink/fan combination on the 6670 to keep temperatures low.
When it comes to video cards the entry level segment is not something many people who visit this site might be interested in but for both AMD and NVIDIA it is a very crucial segment that brings in a lot of money. Last week AMD has released 2 new cards in to the entry-level segment that have completely new GPU’s based on the HD 6800 series Barts architecture. These 2 cards are effectively replacements for the HD 5770 and HD 5670 cards. Both cards have increased clock speeds and added stream processors over the previously mentioned cards. Today we will be taking a look at the Radeon HD 6570 512MB video card.
The P8P67 Evo is a very unique motherboard in that it comes from a line of mainstream motherboards with features normally reserved for higher end enthusiast models. Features such as a digital PWM and hardware based system tuning are generally expensive and difficult to implement so most builders avoid using them except on the boutique level.