Howdy Campers, it;s that time of the week. Time for the Review Roundup. In honor of the news that AMD hardware may grace all three of the next gen consoles, we're going to start a new gaming section where we'll post news and reviews of the latest XBox, PS3 and Wii games and consoles. Now to the reviews:
In today's article we examine the ASUS Crosshair Formula V. The "V" stands for the Roman and five shows that we have already with the fifth version of ASUS 'to do Premium motherboard. During the first two versions were still based on chipsets from NVIDIA, since the Crosshair II Formula is AMD's turn. On the Crosshair Formula V is an AMD 990FX chip set his home. In addition to the new socket and the "new" chipset, there are other interesting innovations that we take a closer look at the following pages.
Corsair has been on a massive refresh of their various series of power supplies. We've covered just about everything they have to offer from the low output CX430V2 to the massive AX1200 and many in between. Today we are taking a look at another one of their higher end power supplies, the HX1050. As a part of Corsair's Professional series of power supplies, it is intended for those who demand high performance and high reliability.
Today the particular card we're looking at is the ASUS HD 6970 DirectCU II one. I've quickly become a fan of the DirectCU II cooler for the simple fact it's proven to do an extremely good job when it comes to giving us low temperatures at low noise levels. The biggest gripe people have with the model is that it's of course a triple slot card.
The one thing different is SLI support from NVIDIA on the 990FX series, but truth to be told... you really do want to see the perf difference in-between say Sandy Bridge based Core i7 2600 processors and then a Phenom II on this 990FX motherboard. So we'll be waiting on AMD's upcoming new high-end processors for that developed under codename Bulldozer (the upcoming FX series processors).
Eyefinity is a technology developed by AMD to allow users the ability to use multiple screens at once, thus giving the user a more intense gaming experience. Eyefinity currently allows up to 6 monitors in a group configuration, and with a lot of websites out there showcasing three, we thought we'd go the whole hog and see how six monitors look together.
Today Sapphire sent us their latest board, ready for the A75 FM1 market; the Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 featuring the latest AMD technology and features in a full-size ATX form factor board. With some unique features and fantastic styling, we'll see if this board can handle the tests we throw at it and also to see if it can hold the crown for Llano overclocking in the eTeknix labs.