AMD Hardware Review Roundup

Vortez-AMD Athlon II X2 255 Processor Review
The Athlon II X2 255 uses AMD’s ‘Regor’ core - a 45nm design offering the 512kb L2 cache for each of the CPU's two processing cores. Unlike some of AMD's recent chip releases the 'Regor' core is a true dual core meaning there are no additional dormant cores available to unlock.

Neoseeker-ASUS Radeon EAH6850 DirectCU Review
The ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU also includes a small factory overclock, but at only 15MHz the additional clock speeds might not yield a significant return. There is no price mark-up for this modest increase, so this model does not carry a higher premium than reference models. Also, most owners of the EAH6850 will purchase this specific model for the improved overclocking through the voltage control options, and not necessarily for the factory clock settings. With features such as improved cooling, Voltage Tweak and a very affordable price, this could be a card that appeals to the mainstream and enthusiast market.

Hexus-ASUS vs Sapphire vs PowerColor - AMD Radeon HD 6850 face-off
Sapphire, PowerColor and ASUS have now brought three custom-designed Radeon HD 6850 graphics cards to the market in the form of the TOXIC, PCS+, and DirectCu, respectively. Basing them on the HD 6850 is a good idea, because our benchmarks show that a basic card offers solid performance and class-leading energy efficiency for the £150 outlay.

Hardware Heaven-XFX Radeon HD 5770 Single Slot Edition
In this article we have decided to take a look at how one of the more desirable 5770s on the market performs in 5 of the most recent games. Our aim is to see how it plays at the highest "normal" resolution of 1920x1080 with maximum in-game detail. Can the 5770 be the ideal solution for serious gamers on a budget?

Vortez-AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor Review
My previous reviews of both the Phenom II 555 Black Edition and Athlon II 440 showed that AMD have successfully produced a capable and affordable range of CPU's for enthusiasts of all types. Right in the top echelon of performance sit their Hex cores - the Black Edition 1090T which boasts an unlocked multiplier and a stock speed of 3.2GHz, the 1075T at 3GHz and the 'affordable' 1055T which runs at 2.8GHz.

Hardware Heaven-Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Edition Review
Sapphire rarely does anything half-heartedly though and the focus of today's review is their take on an enhanced 6850. This is more than just a new cooler and factory overclock though as they have completely changed the product to enhance its performance and overclocking potential. Read on to find out how it performs in real world gameplay with the latest games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops, F1 2010 (DX11 patch) and Medal of Honor. Of course our usual content is also covered including 5760x1080 testing (with videos and screenshots), Blu-Ray 3D playback, AMD HD3D gameplay, GPU computing and a section on just how far we could push the Toxic.

Overclockers Club-Sapphire HD 6850 Toxic Review
Just a few short weeks ago, the HD 68XX series video cards from AMD and its partners came rolling out of the warehouses to consumers and hit a new price/performance point that seemed to fit the holes in the market strategy of AMD. While the reference cards delivered great performance for their price point you had to wonder what was coming up next with the factory overclocked models. I have already looked at a few and they all have improved clock speeds and better cooling that translates into better performance for the gamer in you! We did not get a look at Sapphire's reference model but the wait for its Toxic Edition is finally over. The Toxic Edition HD 6850 is a card that differs from the reference card in may ways. You get a custom PCB with a four phase digital power circuit, improved cooling solution and higher clock speeds. The reference design cards come with clock speeds of 775MHz on the 40nm 1.7 billion transistor core and 1050MHz on the 1GB of GDDR5 memory. The Toxic Edition has that covered and more with a 45MHz jump on the core and 50MHz bump on the memory to 1100MHz, giving the gamer in you more performance for your dollar. Add to that the availability of Sapphire's TRIXX overclocking utility and you have a combination that has some serious overclocking potential. Let's see if the Toxic HD 6850 lives up to the Sapphire Toxic Edition series performance legend.

Tweaktown-Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 TOXIC Video Card
So what’s the TOXIC have in store for us? Well, usually it’s an upgraded cooler along with a bump in clocks. The questions we have to ask ourselves is how the new cooler goes and whether or not the clocks are something that we should be getting a little excited about.

Tech Spot-Call of Duty: Black Ops GPU & CPU Performance In-depth
For putting together this performance review we tested 19 graphics card configurations, using AMD and Nvidia GPUs that ranged from the uber expensive models to budget-minded offerings. The latest official drivers were used for all graphics cards. Although Black Ops has been out for just a few days, graphics card manufacturers already got their multi-GPU technologies working perfectly with it. This is one advantage of using a tried and true game engine. For our benchmarks we used Fraps to measure frame rates during a minute of gameplay from the first single-player level (Operation 40). The test begins from the checkpoint where the player mans a machine gun on a plane trying to take off. As luck would have it this scene goes for a little over 60 seconds and the path is automated, so we could accurately run it over and over again.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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