THE MUCH-EXPECTED AMD Radeon HD 5970 graphics card launched today and by the looks of it, it’ll have the enthusiast crowd duking it out for what little availability there will be these first weeks.
You’re more than familiar with the specs by now, but the benchmarks, well that’s another thing entirely. The HD 5970 was build to take some overclocking punishment and from what we’ve seen so far, then it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge for the GPUs.
In no particular order, here are the reviews:
Nvidia also took the time to launch a new SKU, the GeForce GT 240, codenamed GT215. This little piece of chippery is in fact the low-mainstream offer on Nvidia’s plate right now, with Direct X 10.1 and some tidbits of hardware grafted on to the 40nm-built chip. Power savings galore on this one, of course, and performance roughly equal to 9600GT or 9800GT graphics cards. We’d actually like to see more comparative reviews out there, really.
Here’s a quick round-up of GeForce GT 240 reviews:
On the more regular side of review coverage, we’ve got plenty of ‘em for you.
Xbit Labs give CrossFireX on the 5800 series a go. This review actually gives you a clear picture on how the 5850 and 5870 scale in crossfire when compared to a GTX 295. Powerful stuff.
Sure to provoke a reaction from AMD fanbois, Guru of 3D has a Call of Duty 2 MW2 (Yes, the title that got all those accounts banned of Xbox Live) VGA performance round-up. HD 5870 barely scales at all in crossfire, while the overall performance crown is shared by the GTX 295 and 5870 Crossfire at 2560x1600 with all the tricks on.
Fudzilla has gathered up five new P55-based motherboards and put them through their paces. They aren’t all at the same price level but you get some perspective on what to expect at different price levels.
PC Perspective has a very interesting review on an MSI AM3 motherboard capable of doing Tri-SLI. Yes, and you thought those days were over. Well, they are, but no one told MSI. Things work, but no Tri-SLI tests.
Kingston’s SSDNow V Series 40GB SSD is under the microscope at Big Bruin. V is for Value, of course and at 40GB this unit comes with a sub-$100 price tag. This might be enough to make you jump ship and board the HMS SSD.
TweakPC tested some new enthusiast-grade memory from GSkill. The F3-1600CL9-6GBTD kit delivers DDR3-2000 speeds with CL 9-9-9-24 using EPP/XMP memory profiles. The pricing seems to be damn good. The only downside is the heatspreader being firmly bonded to the memory modules.
Bjorn3D also has some memory on the bench. Targeted at the P55 (or just about any dual-channel systems), the Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 4x2GB makes the case for 8GB memory configurations and heavy usage. We hear game level load times also get a bit of a boost from using all that memory, but Mark didn’t actually get any of those upped.
Hot Hardware spent some quality time with Lucid’s Hydra 200 on MSI’s beta Big Bang motherboard. The technology has potential providing very good performance improvements across the board – even with multi-vendor GPU setups.
A PC Games Hardware reader has had the unique opportunity to show off his modding handiwork on a liquid-cooled PC. This is not for the faint of heart. Nemetona created a custom radiator for the liquid cooling system to circulate in, hanging to the side of the PC. He even painted the PSU and cabling white! Lots of man-hours, money and TLC went into this build. Worth a look. µ
But it's probably not going to be available to customers anytime soon
But it's OK cos he thinks the battery life is crap
Callas to Cupertino
Cheers, trebles and big bonuses all round