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AMD GPU 14 Livestream Information Page Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:38 We will update this page with articles, links, photos, and anything else interesting related to AMD's GPU 14 livestream of their new R7 and R9 Radeons as well as TrueAudio, and the Mantle API. AMD GPU 14 Livestream Coverage AMDZone
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GPU 14 Product Showcase Coverage Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:16 And at 2:59 Central time we start the GPU 14 livestream from AMD out in Hawaii!      This is not a launch day, but a look at what is to come in the weeks ahead for AMD's R9 and R7 GPU 14 line up live from Hawaii.  
CoolerMaster CM Spawn Saturday, 22 January 2011 18:13   Earlier this year we took a look at CoolerMaster's Inferno MMORPG mouse and now we're looking at CoolerMaster's new product, Spawn, geared towards first-person shooters.
Cooler Master CM Inferno Review Saturday, 01 January 2011 17:36   The mouse is the bread and butter and ultimate tool for anyone who plays games on the PC. Over the past dozen years there's been an explosion in shapes and sizes of it and for all different utilities. It's evolved quite nicely from a few buttons and a mouse ball to lasers, lights, and more buttons than most people would ever know what to do with. That, however, is not the case for gamers. Cooler Master has a new mouse out specifically built for MMORPGs that are so popular, the Cooler Master Inferno.

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AMD Spider Platform Reviews, Slideshow Reprints, Products, Official Items, Commentary, Pricing, Wher

There are several classes of information about AMD's Spider platform launch today. There are actual reviews, none of which are very thorough. There are people like us who didn't get hardware, or get a reason why we didn't get it, but got to see canned benchmarks in Tahoe, and that trip which cost more than the hardware which we would rather of had, and you have those just talking about it that did neither, you have product releases to support the launch, and you have official items on AMD's site, and where to buy them. I'll list them all here put into little neat links.

Reviews
Tech Report AMD 790FX chipset
Legit Reviews Phenom 9900 CPU
Hot Hardware Spider Platform
NDABreakTech Phenom Revealed
Hexus Phenom 9600
Tech Report-Phenom
ExtremeTech-Phenom 9500, 9600

Lake Tahoe Hands Off Hands On
Real World Labs
Techware Labs

Commentary
The Inquirer-AMD delays Phenom 2.4 GHz due to TLB errata
Icrontic-World's first comprehensive enthusiast platform
The Inquirer-AMD's Spider snagged in its own web
Hexus-AMD Phenom's pricing destroys value proposition against Intel Core 2 Quad
The Inquirer-AMD and Nvidia Do Green Shuffle In Greenless Singapore
ZDNet-AMD: Spider covers market gap
Information Week-Faster AMD Phenom Quad-Cores Coming In Early 2008
Forbes-AMD Springs Spider On Market

Supporting Product Launches
Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP
Tagan Power Supplies
Abit AN68SD
Abit AN68SD

Official Items
Spider Platform page
Phenom pricing

Where To Buy

Phenom
Phenom X4 9500
Directron $286
Tiger Direct $279.99
Phenom X4 9600
Directron $322
Phenom X4 9700
Directron $335

Motherboards
Gigabyte GAMA790FXDQ6
Mwave $269.50
Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe
Directron $229.99
MSI K9A2 Platinum

GPUs
Diamond Radeon 3850
Tiger Direct $199.99
Computer HQ $234
HIS Radeon 3850
Tiger Direct $209.99
The Nerds.net

GeForce 8800GT
PNY XLR8
Amazon $249.99
Buy.com $248.99
CDW $269.99
XFX Alpha Dog Edition
Amazon $269.99
XFX GeForce 8800GT Extreme Edition
Zipzoomfly $279.99
CDW $341.99
XFX GeForce 8800GT XXX Extreme Edition
Zipzoomfly $319.99
CDW $374.99

XFX GeForce 8800 GT Alpha Dog Edition SLI Review

I've posted up my review of XFX's GeForce 8800 GT Alpha Dog Edition with some SLI numbers as well. You can buy it from Amazon for $269.99.

Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 Pro AGP 512MB Review

I have posted up my review of the Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 Pro AGP 512MB card. It is not the typical review becuase here we actually upgrade a Dell that is over 5 years old, and find out if it can play Crysis. Will it even work? If you are stuck in AGP land with an old crappy Dell, well then buy a 2600 here and save yourself.

Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 Pro 512MB Review

Manufacturer
Sapphire
Product:
Radeon HD 2600 Pro AGP

 

AGP is dead.  Oh really?  Is it?  Actually you would be surprised.  Almost half of the gaming systems we have come into Tek Republik for upgrades are AGP.  Gaming systems may be too kind as many of them are old hand me down Dell's that have a hard time playing Counter Strike 1.6.  While this week many  hardware editors were Lake Tahoe at a briefing from AMD looking at the new Radeons, and many others were at the Nvidia briefing taking in the 8800GT, AMDZone Austin had reality in mind.  The reality is that there is no shortage of gamers still using AGP.  They may not be the cutting edge guys, but not everyone can drop a cool grand on an upgrade every few months.  With that in mind, and our first hand knowledge that so many gamers even in a gaming active town like Austin are still on AGP we approached Sapphire for a sample of their new 2600 AGP parts.  They sent us a 512MB version of their Radeon HD 2600 Pro.

In the typical hardware review you will see a card tested on a top end motherboard with high end components.  That is great, but for this review we are looking at the reality for the vast majority of computer owners.  We are daring to upgrade an old Dell.  Yes, Dell, the last company you think of when you think gaming and rightly so.  They are clueless.  It is amazing how clueless they are about gaming.  It was like that when all of us worked there, and it was like that when we deal with them in our gaming center, and with our TXGF lan parties.  They just don't get it.  So we took what most would consider a piece of junk Dell Optiplex GX260, and we make it game. 

Stock it included a 2.6GHz original Pentium 4.  At stock it had 512MB of DDR333, but this bad boy had already been upgraded 1GB.  It also included the typical Intel integrated video courtesy of the 845G.  Yes, it was state of the art business desktop genius back when PCMag reviewed it in 2002.  So will a 5 year old PC game?  Is the 250 watt cheapo power supply going to be able to handle the upgrade?  Will the motherboard even work with a modern DX10 card?  Looking at it you would think maybe not, but maybe, just maybe the gaming gods would shine upon us.

So we unboxed the 2600, and slid it into a computer that was never meant to game on.  We had to use the included power adapter, and just would reach the power supply cable with just a couple of inches to spare.  We hooked up to a monitor, plugged in the power, and expected the worst.  Perhaps fire from the power supply, or a dreaded BIOS error code beeping.  To our surprise it posted.  It posted and it went into Windows!  We put on the Catalyst 7.10 drivers, and held our breath.  A reboot later, and we loaded up Steam.  Now for the test.  Into Steam we went, and fired up Counter Strike Source, and we were into the menu.  The performance test was started, and to our surprise it ran.  It ran, but would the cheap power supply, and cheap motherboard, and cheap memory allow it to finish.  Would it be stable.  As if that were not amazing enough it completed the run.  Simply amazing.  Now Counter Strike Source is certainly a popular game, but DX10 titles are out, and would those work?  We weren't yet ready to try DX10 action under Vista, so DX9 under Windows XP would have to do.  So we turned to Lost Planet, and Crysis.  Yes, if you have a crappy old Dell with an unused AGP slot beckoning you can play Lost Planet, or the GPU hog of them all, Crysis.  So how was performance?  Check the settings for each game, and the graph below.

Counter Strike Source:  1024X768 models high-textures high-reflect world-shadows high-shaders high-no AA-trilinear filtering-HDR full
Lost Planet- 1280X720 AA off-HDR medium-Anistropic 4X
Crysis- 1024X768 medium settings, no AA

 

 

At 77.01 for Counter Strike Source with fairly aggressive settings the game is certainly playable.  I have seen a lot of kids not playing Source because their Dell's can't handle it.  Well now there is no excuse.  The 2600 Pro gets you to frame rates that will be playable.  You can now play a semi modern game instead of one that might be older than you are.

Lost Planet at the Xbox 360 resolution is pretty beefy.  Here the performance in the snow benchmark is not idea, but it is tolerable for single player action.  Lowering the resolution can help make this game playable in most areas.  That is a hell of a lot better than the 845G is going to do for you.  And going to 2GB of memory instead is always an option.

Now for Crysis which our tests show can kill any system if you set it right.  On medium at 1280X1024 on the X2 6400+ with the 2600XT it gets just 28 frames per second.  the old Dell with one less core, and half the memory, manages to sore 18.5 in the same test at medium settings albeit at only 1024X768.  Still if you told me a piece of crap Dell from 2002 could play Crysis at all I'd be moderately surprised.  For playable rates you really would want more memory, and perhaps you might have to drop some settings to low, but it is not at least plausible.  The CPU Crysis testing is of course more demanding, and only one core doesn't help here, but still things were not exactly a slide show.

So now the owners of crappy old hand me down Dell can rejoice.  There is hope for you.  You can go from mine sweeper to Crysis by simply dropping in a Radeon 2600.  Sure you won't have the fastest set up in the world, but you will not have to be silent any more.  You can play World of Warcraft, Counter Strike, and hey, even Battlefield.  You can join the legions of gamers around you, and it will not have to break the bank.  For that be grateful.  At a price of just over $100 it is not even going to hit you in the wallet too much, and for about $50 more dollars you can bump up to the 2600XT.

We hope you have enjoyed our tests with the Sapphire Radeon 2600 Pro AGP edition, and that you keep this in mind.  Not every gamer, or every gamer that would be can afford to have a sweet gaming rig.  Many sadly are stuck with old Dells.  In the spirit of Christmas, and in the best PC gaming release season in many years, show them the light.  Help them upgrade their old Dell, and have a happy gaming season like the rest of us.  Friends don't let friends game on old Dell's with integrated Intel video.  It is cruel.  Give them hope, and something to play on that will not give them the 3 red lights of death, and make sure they get a 512MB card, not a 256MB one!

EVGA GeForce 8800GT Superclock Edition Review

Jeff has finished his review of the EVGA GeForce 8800GT Superclock Edition. Next up will be the XFX GeForce 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition. You can pre order the EVGA 8800GT here at Mwave for $289.90. I wish I had more XFX models to sell, but they are long gone.

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