Tuesday News, June 7th 2011

Sapphire has done it again with its newest release to the Sapphire fleX family, making Eyefinity an easily affordable and hassle free solution with the Sapphire HD6770 fleX edition. Sapphire?s HD6770 fleX is based on the Juniper XT chipset and has been released at a price point that will make most consumers eyes nearly pop out of their sockets when they realize what performance they can achieve for such a low investment.


As a hardware enthusiast, trade shows like CES and Computex showcase many new products that you can expect to see on the market either immediately or sometime after the show. As a hardware reviewer, these shows are even more insightful as it gives a pretty solid road map of what we will be working with over the next six months or so. We have already looked at products from OCZ, Cooler Master and SilverStone that we previewed at the show, just to name a few. Today that trend continues as we have Thermaltake’s Toughpower Grand series power supply on the hotbed.


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.


Corsair is a heavy hitter in the memory market and one product is the Force Series F40. The Corsair F40 is one of the smaller SSDs that can be found, at only 40GB. Inside the F40 there is a Sandforce 1200 series SSD controller and Intel MLC NAND flash memory. With that pairing, there is an advertised maximum sequential read speed of 280 MB/s and maximum sequential write speed of 270 MB/s. The F40 has a 2.5″ form factor and TRIM support. Connectivity includes a SATA II interface. Corsair bundles this drive with a 2.5″ to 3.5″ bracket and a 3 year warranty.


When Crucial released the C300 series of Solid State Drives last year they outperformed anything else available at the time. With read speeds around 340MB/s the Sandforce drives had a serious performance disadvantage, only offering around 280MB/s. The market today is in a very different state and the new SATA 6bps Crucial M4 has to compete against the stunningly good Sandforce 2281 controller featuring in
OCZ, Corsair and ADATA drives.


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Now, more people than ever can experience real innovation in DirectXR 11 gaming with AMD RadeonT HD 6750 Graphics. Expand your visual real estate across up to five displays and get lost in the action with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology. Using AMD App Acceleration, speed up everyday applications and do more than ever with your PC. Loaded with advanced technologies, these GPUs have the power and premium features needed for fully immersive gameplay.


Today sees us look at the X58-USB3 board from Gigabyte which shouts out that it’s a socket 1366 board, with stability in mind and aimed at users who want the best performance and blistering speed for their peripherals and USB devices. Let’s see if it delivers.


The Second Generation of the Intel Core Processor Family took off this past January with many early adopters pleasantly surprised by the abundance of speed, updated technologies, and better graphics integration. The high-end option in the 2nd Gen family is the beastly Core i7-2600K. The i7-2600K takes on all the features
of the 2nd Gen i5 series with 1 major addition to the specifications – Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. Join us at TechwareLabs as we discover the workhorse that is the i7-2600K CPU.


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.


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