Tuesday News, May 24th 2011

The XFX Radeon HD 6790 uses Barts GPU at 840Mhz and has 1GB GDDR5 memory running at 4200Mhz. XFX Radeon HD 6790 has 256Bit Memory Interface, 800 Shader Processors and DirectX 11. XFX Radeon HD 6790 is compared to the Powercolor Radeon HD 5770. Games used for testing are AVP, Bulletstorm, Crysis 2, Hawk 2, Just Cause 2 and Metro 2033.

This is an exclusive look at the worlds top performing mSATA SSD! Our feature picture depicts the new Samsung PM800 mSATA 128GB SSD as it sits on top of our new Samsung 9 Series laptop. A few months ago, we reviewed the Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD and were the first to identify it as a top tier SSD. The results
and review did so well that Samsung as well as other review sites hadn’t a clue. A flurry of 470 reviews followed and we think history is about to repeat itself. As with the Samsung 470 Series SSD, we once again find ourself evaluating a solid state drive that has been out for a few months. Although it is new to the Samsung Series 9 laptop we just purchased, a quick internet shows that it started appearing in Dell laptops in January. We dug as deep as we could and couldn’t find a review anywhere on the internet that spoke of the PM800 so we decided to rip the back off of our Series 9, remove the drive, and test it.

AMD changed the game with its 6000 series of GPU’s but at the same time it confused a lot of people with its numbering system. To cut a long story short, a HD58XX is equivalent to a HD69XX and not a HD68XX, a common misconception for the less informed enthusiast. The MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC video card is the current card on the bench so to speak, and as you can tell from the name this offering from MSI carries its top end Twin Frozr III cooler equipped with twin propeller blade fans. The power edition in its name relates towards the support for triple over-voltage and a 6+2 Phase VRM, and I’m sure you can guess what the OC stands for. Unfortunately there is only so much overclocking an AIB partner can do with a HD6950 without it running into HD6970 performance territory, so the overclock on this card is not very aggressive. Add to that factor the unlocking potential of the 6950 series, one has to be careful not to back bench one SKU to sell another. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

Case and Power

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We’ve all seen different branded kits of memory, from memory that has the
strangest heatsink design to SLI-ready memory. But what a lot of people haven’t
really encountered before is AMD Ready memory. Today we’ll be looking at one of the
few AMD Black Edition Ready Memory Kits, which work great with an AMD based system.
Read on further to find out what unique AMD only software we used to help us along
with the review.


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There was a knock, and a large box left at my door. What could this be, we were not expecting any deliveries? Ah…it has been a while, but we were once again entrusted with a mission from Intel.

You can enter to win a 2nd generation Intel® Core™ “unlocked” processor package like the one tested here. Starting May 23, the Intel® RECON // CHALLENGE is offering chances at four weeks of prizes, including two 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor Unlocked packages containing:

- Limited Edition, Blue LED Light-Up Custom Case
- 2nd generation Unlocked Intel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor
- Intel® Extreme Series Desktop Board DP67BG
- 4GB DDR3 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition Memory Module

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