Wednesday News, June 1st 2011

This came at a good time, as I received the Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Flex Edition 1GB DX11 Video Card. Sapphire tossed their Flex technology on the newest 6770 AMD card. The 6770 Flex Edition comes with a 850MHz core clock and a 4800 MHz effective memory speed. There is 1 GB of onboard DDR5 memory. Native to the 6770 are 800 stream processors, 40 texture units, 64 Z/Stencil ROP Units, and 16 Color ROP Units. The 6770 is based off of the same technology as the older 5770 with a few changes. There is OpenGL 4.1 compatibility, HDMI 1.4a input, and updated support for hardware-accelerated Blu-ray 3D (MVC) decode.

No one will argue that Asus make some of the finest motherboards on the market. Their Republic Of Gamers (ROG) and Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboards have won many awards across the globe. My personal favourite right now is the Asus Rampage III Black Edition X58, which scored a staggering 9.5/10 when it was reviewed on Kitguru in March.

The Asus Sabertooth 990FX also supports both Quad GPU SLI and Quad CPU CrossfireX. Is this one of the best AMD based gaming motherboards on the market? On paper it certainly looks like it.

Whilst the 990FX does sound good in terms of small benefits, it really depends on the board that will be implementing it. Today we are looking at the Sabertooth 990FX from Asus which provides military grade components and stability at an affordable price. The Sabertooth includes all of the features above but also has stability in mind by implementing some unique features in terms of keeping your system cool by using an new improved material called CeraM!x and including various sensors across the board to intelligently monitor the boards temperature and adjust the cooling to suit.

The long-awaited 990FX Chipset is finally here. The manufacturing partners have put together their offerings, each putting their personal touches to the design. Benchmark reviews is here with a look at the ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX motherboard and the all new 990FX Chipset. It’s been a long time coming, and a full six months after the Intel P67-Express chipset means that AMD is behind the curve. A lot is expected of the new chipset and ASUS has a name to keep up with the Republic of Gamers series name.

This month Kitguru has been at the forefront of many Solid State Drive reviews including the new models from ADATA and OCZ. Today we are looking at the new model from Corsair, the Force 3 120GB which is set to target a wide audience, offering high levels of SATA III performance for under £200.

Case, Cooling and Power

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The XL-ATX size Gigabyte G1.Assassin lives up to its name not only thanks to its speed and native support for 3-Way SLI and 4-Way CrossfireX graphics cards configurations but also because of the integrated Sound Blaster X-Fi CA20K2 audio processor and the Killer E2100 Gaming Network Adapter.

Time for another CPU review, today we have a sample of a Phenom 2 X4 980 cpu for testing that we are going to throw against an Intel CPU and a AMD CPU. Lets figure out how well these end up performing.

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