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AMD Hardware Review Roundup

Legit Reviews
The ASUS Sabertooth 990FX is part of the TUF series of motherboards. If you aren't familiar with the TUF series, it's an acronym for The Ultimate Force. This particular series of motherboards goes through hell and back before it's ready for consumer use. What, in, particular does that mean? Well, the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX as well as the other Sabertooth boards are all certified to military standards for durability. Currently the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX is available for $199.99 plus shipping. This is on the lower end of the current price spectrum that ranges from $189.99 to $249.99.

Hardware Heaven-Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB DiRT 3 Edition Graphics Card Review
The AMD Radeon 6950 is a card which has been available for nearly 7 months but that doesn't seem to be stopping manufacturers from tweaking the design to suit their needs and one of the latest to do so (again) is Sapphire. In the form of a custom PCB, custom cooler model with a bundle designed to please even the most demanding consumers we have the Sapphire Radeon 6950 DiRT 3 Edition. We'll be putting the card through a selection of real world tests to establish how it performs against the direct competition in the latest games before throwing in some media and GPU computing tasks for good measure.

Tech Report-AMD's A8-3500M Fusion APU
Somewhat surprisingly, Llano's transistor count eclipses all of its contemporaries, including the six-core Gulftown chip with 12MB of L3 cache. However, the larger concern is die area, because that determines the cost to make the thing. As you can see, the quad-core Llano at 228 mm² is slightly larger than the 216 mm² quad-core Sandy Bridge. The difference doesn't seem so notable—until we consider that the bigger Llano will mostly do battle against the mid-size, 149 mm² Sandy Bridge. Of course, higher costs for AMD don't necessarily mean higher prices for consumers—just lower profits for AMD.

Hardware Secrets-AMD 990FX: Prepping for Bulldozer
The first iteration of Bulldozer-based CPUs will be called “Zambezi” – targeted for high-end desktops – and will introduce enthusiast level eight-core models (FX8000), followed by six-core (FX6000) and four-core (FX4000) models. Relatively speaking, the eight-core processors are projected to offer up to 50% performance increases in multimedia over the current Phenom II series.

PureOC-Sapphire 6950 DiRT 3 Edition
The Sapphire Radeon 6950 DiRT 3 Edition, as you can surmise, comes with an excellent value-added bonus of including a hot new game title with its latest 6950 model. But it also comes with a custom heatsink, promising lower temperatures and noise levels, as we often see from AMD's biggest board partner.

Techware Labs-Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Video Card Dirt 3 Edition
Are you an avid gamer but hate the sound of whirring fans? Looking for a Video Card with the power to play today’s latest games without the loud fans usually associated with a quality gaming card? I am. So when I got in the Sapphire Radeon 6670 Ultimate 1GB video card, I was pretty excited. Sapphires’ Ultimate line of video cards boasts the ability to be cooled without a fan (Passive cooling), perfect for a silent build. The 6670 Ultimate has the same clock speeds and technology as the HD 6670 with the added bonus of passive cooling. This card still has all the features AMD cards boast.

Neoseeker-Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Vapor-X & HD 6670 Ultimate Review
The second card is the Sapphire HD 6670 Ultimate. This card is slightly the less powerful of the two, but it still has a 1GB GDDR5 frame buffer and 480 Stream Processing Units to allow it to fare reasonably well in resolutions at or below 1050p. Also, since the HD 6670 has been on the market for a few months now, Sapphire has had enough time to tweak with the design of the board using a custom PCB and adding an updated passively cooled thermal solution.

tbreak-AMD Llano A8-3500M APU Review
While having integrated graphics on a CPU is nothing new, Intel have been doing this for the past 2 generations on their Core i5 and i7 chips with Intel HD 3000 graphics, gaming was never a realistic option before. The best an onboard Intel HD 3000 chips can offer are barely decent framerates with the lowest settings and a measly resolution of 1024×768 in most cases. The game (no pun intended) is about to change with AMD Llano APUs though, as the split of transistors between CPU and GPU is almost 50% on the die, compared to Sandy Bridge with merely 20% dedicated to GPU..

Tweaktown-ASUS M5A99X EVO (AMD 990X) Motherboard Review
At $75 US less, is the M5A99X EVO an option that people really want to look at, though? What does $75 US less get you? We'll find that out and more today as we dive into the M5A99X EVO. Outside of being part of the ROG series, the board we're looking at also carries the 990X chipset instead of the 990FX chipset we saw on the C4F.

Guru3D-Gigabyte 990 FXA-UD7 review
Meanwhile the motherboard manufacturers chunk out the most beautiful hardware. I mean look at what we are reviewing today, it is the 990FXA-UD7 from Gigabyte, recently they kicked out the baby blue color schema and went all black. This motherboards seriously has to be the most breathtaking thing to look at ever, from Gigabyte that is.

Tweaktown-ASUS F1A75-V Pro (AMD A75) Llano Motherboard Preview
Just over a week ago we looked at our first Llano motherboard which came from GIGABYTE in the form of the A75-UD4H. It looked good, but until we're able to throw our AMD APU into it, we won't know the full potential of both the board and the platform. While we're still a few days away from the NDA lifting on the APU itself, ASUS has lifted the NDA on their motherboard today which gives us the opportunity to give you a preview of what exactly they're offering.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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