AMD Hardware Review Roundup

Hardware Secrets-Zotac FUSION350-A-E Motherboard Review
Today we are reviewing the Zotac FUSION350-A-E Mini-ITX motherboard, which comes with an on-board AMD E-350 CPU, four USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi as well as additional features. Check it out!

OCIA- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Motherboard
A few weeks ago we took a look at one of the more recent AMD motherboards to hit the market, the ASUS Sabertooth. Today we will be testing out a similar product, the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5. Based on the latest AM3+ architecture and featuring the top-end 990FX chipset and SB950 southbridge combo, both boards offer a mid-grade enthusiast platform with an emphasis on robust build quality and rich feature sets. For example, the Gigabyte 990FXA series is also available in UD3 and UD7 models, the main difference among the three being the number of supported graphics cards.

Neoseeker-MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition Review
MSI's Twin Frozr series of graphics cards is optimized to deliver the best balance between noise output and thermal performance. In the last few years two iterations of the Twin Frozr were utilized on both AMD and Nvidia based graphics cards, and today Neoseeker examines the third installment of the design. The Twin Frozr III series includes features such as a propeller blade technology that provides 20% more airflow, a 6+2 PWM design, triple over-voltage function, "Military Class II" components and MSI's exclusive on-board P/S (performance/silence) switch function. All of these feature aim to improve the performance, reliability, acoustic and overclocking potential of the graphics card.

Bjorn3D-SAPPHIRE HD6850 VAPOR-X
As you would expect from current graphics cards, the HD6850 supports all of the latest technologies like DX11 and Eyefinity, but still retains a reasonable price point. The price of the Sapphire 6850 Vapor-X has not officially been announced at the time of this review but it is expected to be available for right around $180, which puts it right in the middle of the road. It is quite a bit cheaper than the higher 69xx series graphics cards, but at the same time it should perform nearly as well.

Tweaktown-ASRock A75M-ITX (AMD A75) Motherboard Review
While the initial Fusion product, Brazos was seen with a lot of mITX offerings, we always said that a bit more power would be appreciated. In steps the Llano platform; the problem with that was initially we didn't see any mITX boards that could carry the new crop of APUs from AMD. That's changed today, though, as we look at the A75M-ITX.

Neoseeker-Gigabyte Radeon HD 6770 Silent-Cell Review
Gigabyte has implemented its Silent-Cell passive cooling design across multiple graphics cards, one of the notable offering being the high-end (for its time) Radeon HD 4850. The power ratings for high-end graphics cards has grown sustainably since then, so in today's market passively cooled heatsinks tend to delegated to mid-range products such as the graphics card we are about to examine, Gigabyte's Radeon HD 6770 which is the the latest Silent-Cell graphics card to hit the market featuring a custom design based on the Juniper XT graphics processor.

PureOC-Sapphire 6870 1GB DiRT 3 Edition
The Sapphire Radeon 6870 1GB DiRT 3 Edition comes with an excellent value-added bonus of including a hot game title. But it also features a custom heatsink, promising lower temperatures and noise levels, as we often see from AMD's biggest board partner. Perhaps most significantly, this card comes with 1GB of memory rather than the 2GB found on the stock reference design. This reduces costs, of course, making it what appears to be a very tempting purchase for consumers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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