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AMD Hardware Review Roundup

eTeknix-HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB Graphics Card
The Radeon 7870 released quite recently, and it was only a matter of time before we started to see custom solutions being brought to us from AMD partners, such as Sapphire and HIS to name a couple as that is primarily what they are famous for in this industry.

Futurelooks-Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition OC Video Card Review
The question I always find myself asking is when it comes to my next graphics card purchase, what is more important? Is it processing core count or clock speed? The answer is often not clear with so many options on the market. Especially in the highly contested $150 – 200 price range. AMD has taken a side on the question for now as they are phasing out older cards with a new architecture that may have fewer stream processors, but much higher clock speeds. Today we are putting a card that follows this new trend and they call it the Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Edition OC. Let’s put it through its paces and see if this new approach to performance is the right one.

Overclockers Club-Gigabyte A75M-D2H and A75-UD4H Motherboard Review
The retail packaging for the UD4H and the D2H are nearly identical except for the model number. They have a look that is reminiscent of the late 90s motherboard packaging and don’t exactly jump out at you from the stacks on a retail shelf. That being said, the packaging does do a good job of explaining what the "Super 4" branding is about. The top of the box has an animated sports car with flames blowing back from the front tire. Below that, it tells us that we are dealing with a "Super 4" motherboard, followed by a prominently displayed badge touting a three-year warranty for those of us in the USA and Canada. Next up are some rows containing some of the features and attributes of the board, including an explanation of what this a "Super 4" motherboard: super-speed, super-safe, super-savings, and super-sound. In the lower right corner is an image of the corner of the box being peeled back to reveal the now well known "2 x PCB copper" that Gigabyte touts being used in its motherboards for better conductivity and heat dissipation. The bottom of the package goes into more detail about what the "Super 4" features are and tells us that this is a motherboard capable of AMD Vision's Dual Graphics feature. To the side we have three images illustrating the RDS MOSFET design, the 108 dB audio, and a very high level board layout. In a less prominent fashion, we learn that this board employs an 8+2 power phase design, is equipped with on/off charge, and has Dolby home theater sound.

Monday, November 24, 2014

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