Daily Reviews for Mar 29

MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning 3GB Video Card Overclocked Review @ Tweaktown

The Lightning series of video cards from MSI are just one of those series that I look forward to probably a little bit more than most other series on the market. MSI are consistent with the series and we have never been disappointed with any model that gets the Lightning treatment.  The latest video card to get the Lightning treatment is the AMD Radeon HD 7970 and as always we hope it brings us some serious overclocking potential like previous Lightning models have. The HD 7970, though, is a good jumping point for MSI as the model itself has proved to perform quite well when it's come to overclocking. With the general MSI tweaks, though, we expect some serious clocks.

Asus Crosshair V Formula Review @ HCW

Asus has combined a lot of extra hardware features and unique software to come up with one of the more interested motherboards we've come across in a while. Today we review the Crosshair V Formula, which is based on the AMD 990FX chipset.

Biostar TZ77XE4 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

The Intel Z77 chipset will be released in April, but we had the privilege of getting the Biostar TZ77XE4 for a "first look" article. It will be a top mainstream socket 1155 motherboard targeted to the forthcoming "Ivy Bridge" processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors) and also supporting the current "Sandy Bridge" models (second-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let's see what the Biostar TZ77XE4 will have to offer.

Sapphire HD 7850 OC Radeon Review @ TechwareLabs

TechwareLabs reviews the Sapphire HD 7850 OC showing a reasonably priced Radeon card with Eyefinity puts up benchmark numbers that challenge or surpass the NVIDIA 500 series. We benchmark the HD 7850 OC on a PCI 3.0 and PCI 2.0 motherboard to see if the HD 7850 OC has what it takes to take advantage of this new technology.

Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wi-Fi Music Player Review @ NikKTech

Many people i know think that just because people such as I have been working with computers over the past 2 decades they have no other interests or hobbies but that really couldn't be more wrong since i also happen to love many other things including cars, paintball and most things related to music and movies. True i can't actually review cars here (at least not for the time being) but gadgets and electronics related to music have always been in my crosshairs and that's one of the reasons behind today's review which is about one such device. Of course as the title reveals the gadget i am talking about is no other than the Squeezebox Touch Wi-Fi Music player by Logitech.

Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review @ Madshrimps

Corsair has targeted with their Carbide chassis series a brand new range of end users. Those that still prefer a  decent quality build, but at an affordable price/performance ratio. We already saw the 400 and 500R versions on the test bench. Today we introduce Corsair's latest offering the 300R. Still a Midi Tower case with adequate cooling. But the main focus is the price tag. Corsair wants to position this 300R versus all the budget cases out there. And I must say the price turned out to be very competitive, retailing around plus minus 65 euros. Let's take a plunge into the world of this Carbide 300R case.

Silverstone Temjin TJ-04E PC Tower @ Pro-Clockers

The TJ04E from the outside does look a little simplistic but that is part of the elegant sleek look that we have seen not only from Silverstone but other manufacturers as well. The thick aluminum front panel and completely square corners is just part of it. There is the addition of 2.5” and 3.5” drive capacity increase which is unreal for a mid-tower. And users of longer video cards will not have to remove HDD cages like in many of the other cases on the market. So, you can have your file server and gaming rig all in one case.

ASUS EA-N66U Wireless-N450 Ethernet Adapter @ Benchmark Reviews

Devout followers of the technology industry may have seen a sneak preview of ASUS' latest dabble in networking hardware back in January when it was announced at CES 2012. Maybe you only read an information starved press release after the event, either way there hasn't been much information regarding the ASUS EA-N66 3-in-1 Dual Band Wireless N450 Ethernet Adapter until now. Benchmark Reviews recently reviewed the ASUS RT-N66U Dual Band Wireless N900 Router and USB-N53 Dual-Band Wireless N300 USB Adapter, and now the EA-N66 3-in-1 Ethernet adapter completes the trio. There are a few Wi-Fi to Ethernet bridges available on the market as well as dedicated Wi-Fi repeaters and Access Points, but never before have all three functions been combined into one device, and never has a piece of networking hardware ever looked so interesting. Speed is the name of the game here, the EA-N66 3-in-1 Dual Band Wireless N Ethernet Adapter has a 10/100/1000 Base-T co! mpliant RJ45 interface and can operate on 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless N frequencies at speeds up to 450Mb/s.

Daily Reviews for Mar 22

10 Things to Consider Before Setting Up RAID @ TechwareLabs

RAID, the final frontier. These are the voyages of...ah, who am I kidding? Choosing to implement RAID today isn’t embarking on a mission to boldly go where no one has gone before. This technology has literally been around for years, and today RAID support can be found within most operating systems, integrated on motherboards, or easily added to any system as a 3rd party controller for almost nothing (quick search on Amazon yields controllers for less than $30). With its wide availability, you may find yourself at some point contemplating taking the plunge and configuring a RAID setup on your own system. However, before doing so, there are some things you should consider.

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

The Intel Z77 chipset will be released in April, but we had the privilege of getting the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 for a "first look" article. It will be an entry high-end (or top mid-range, if you will) socket 1155 motherboard targeted to the forthcoming "Ivy Bridge" processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors) and also supporting the current "Sandy Bridge" models (second-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let's see what the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 will have to offer.

Lian Li “The Hammer” PC-100 PC Tower @ Pro-Clockers

That case would be The Hammer or PC-100. The Hammer has made its rounds around the forums do to one of its unique features. The feature is a win to some and little bit on the strange side for others. That one unique feature is the 180 degree turn of the motherboard. Yes, you hear it right. The rear of the motherboard is now in the front of the case. Today, we will see how this places out for Lian Li.

Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media Center @ Benchmark Reviews

Home entertainment is quickly changing, and computer techology has become integrated with the personal space. Data storage and playback is becoming more diverse and streamlined by the second. More and more entertainment can be found on the Internet; TV shows, movies, music... the list goes on. To keep up with the demand for instant entertainment, manufacturers such as ARCTIC are designing devices that are ever more sleek and quiet, usually with an array of features to keep the consumer content in their own personal empire. If you are looking to update your home theater with personal entertainment devices, or simplify your leisure time, there are many new Windows Media Center devices emerging on the market. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center with Blu-ray player to see if this Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium HTPC can combine the benefits of personal computer with multimedia streamer.

Antec P280 Performance Case @ Pro-Clockers

And with that being said today we will be talking a long hard look at the newest member to the family, the P280. The new P280 retains some of the sleek designs we come to love in the older models but once you really get inside the case you can see the many differences in them. Read on as we get to tour the P280 in its entirety.

GSkill RipjawsZ PC3 17000 CL9 Quad Channel Memory Kit @ Ninjalane

When building a high-performance system you need to ensure that you are using the right components for your application. In the case of gaming and overclocking your choice of memory module can often be crucial in leveling out low framerates and getting the best performance possible especially when paired with the latest Sandy Bridge processor from Intel.

NVIDIA Kepler Geforce GTX 680 Video Card Review Edition

NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 (Kepler) 2GB Reference Card Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

When it comes to specifications we can unfortunately only really tell you what we're seeing here in GPU-Z today. That's telling us that we're dealing 1536 CUDA cores and 32 ROPs. As for the core clock you can see that comes in at 1006MHz and the new "Boost" or "Dynamic OC" goes to 1059MHz which can be seen on the furthest most panel - hardly much of an improvement in clocks at all.

NVIDIA Kepler GPU GeForce GTX 680 Video Card Review @ HardOCP

NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU is finally here, and we've been enjoying getting to know the brand new GeForce GTX 680 video card. The GeForce GTX 680 marks the introduction of NVIDIA's next generation of GPUs and will eventually be followed by others in the family. As of right now, only the GeForce GTX 680 is being launched. The GeForce GTX 680 will be NVIDIA's current flagship GPU, and is based on the new Kepler architecture. The GTX 570 and 560 GPUs are going to stay in the mix for a little while longer.  NVIDIA is positioning this video card to sell at the $499 price point. If you recall, the GeForce GTX 580 was also launched at $499. NVIDIA certainly sees this silicon to be fueling the high-end video card. Our hope is that the GeForce GTX 680 has moved Green performance upwards at the price point of $499. We will also see how it compares to the Radeon HD 7970, which is the closest competition to the GeForce GTX 680, though priced higher at $549.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Review: Retaking The Performance Crown @ Anandtech

Starting from the top, GTX 680 features a fully enabled GK104 GPU – unlike the first generation of Fermi products there are no shenanigans with disabled units here. This means GTX 680 has 1536 CUDA cores, a massive increase from GTX 580 (512) and GTX 560 Ti (384). Note however that NVIDIA has dropped the shader clock with Kepler, opting instead to double the number of CUDA cores to achieve the same effect, so while 1536 CUDA cores is a big number it’s really only twice the number of cores of GF114 as far as performance is concerned. Joining those 1536 CUDA cores are 32 ROPs and 128 texture units; the number of ROPs is effectively unchanged from GF114, while the number of texture units has been doubled. Meanwhile on the memory and cache side of things GTX 680 features a 256-bit memory bus coupled with 512KB of L2 cache.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

This morning NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX 680 video card which is the first card in the long awaited GeForce 600 series and also the first desktop GPU based on the new 28nm 'Kepler' core architecture. This means that the GeForce GTX 580 has been officially dethroned after over 16 months of rule! Its hard to imagine that the GeForce GTX 580 was released back in November 2010 but it was and the card has served gamers well. Priced at $499, the GeForce GTX 680 comes at the same suggested retail price as the GeForce GTX 580 did, but features a new GPU core that has 1536 CUDA Cores. The GeForce GTX 580 had just 512 CUDA cores, so with three times as many CUDA cores you know things are about to get very interesting.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680 graphics processor @ TechReport

The GK104 is obviously more tailored for graphics than GPU computing, and GPU computing is an increasingly important market for Nvidia. The GK104 can handle double-precision floating-point data formats, but it only does so at 1/24th the rate it processes single-precision math, just enough to maintain compatibility. Nvidia has suggested there will be some interesting GPU-computing related announcements during its GTC conference in May, and we expect the details of the bigger Kepler to be revealed at that point. Our best guess is that the GK100, or whatever it's called, will be a much larger chip, presumably with six 64-bit memory interfaces and 768KB of L2 cache. We wouldn't be surprised to see its SM exchange those 32-wide execution units for 16-wide units capable of handling double-precision math, leaving it with a total of 128 ALUs per SM. We'd also expect full ECC protection for all local storage and off-chip memory, just like the GF110.

Daily Reviews for Mar 19

Ivy Bridge preview with GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H (Intel Z77) and Core i5 3750K @ Tweaktown

It seems to be due to stock more than anything else. While there's plenty of stock to hit the retail channel, the system integrated (SI) channel can't be as heavily populated. With the SI segment being huge for Intel it's important to keep all those guys happy and that's coming at the cost of the official Ivy Bridge launch being pushed back.  With the official launch of Ivy Bridge still being a little over a month away we don't want offer the i5 3570k as a normal full review because we could see a little change from a motherboard point of view over the coming month. We doubt it, but it's possible, so for that reason we're keeping this as a preview.

Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

Let’s take a look at the most entry-level case from Corsair, the Carbide 300R, targeted to users on a budget who want a good quality case with several fans.  The 300R is the latest mid-tower case within Corsair's Carbide series, which is the entry-level case series from this manufacturer. Despite being the most inexpensive case offered by Corsair, it provides good construction quality, supports up to seven fans, and is clearly targeted to the user on a budget who is looking for a good computer case. Let's see what the Carbide 300R has to offer.

Asrock X79 Extreme9 Socket 2011 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

The X79 Extreme9 shares the spotlight with the newly released X79 Professional which is under the Fatal1ty line. The Extreme9 has the features and options that the hard-core overclocker and enthusiast will look for in a new board to play around with. It begins with the 16+2 power phase configuration along with high-end caps and full featured AXTU overclocking software. But the overclocker isn’t the only people Asrock is aiming the Extreme9 at. There are the gamers as well. But what is it in for them? Read on and find out.

Intel CPU Scaling on an AMD Radeon HD 7950 Video Card @ Legit Reviews

Instead of firing up the Intel X79 system for testing, we are going to set up one of our Intel Z68 platforms and take a look at the performance scaling between six different Intel LGA1155 processors when using a high end graphics card like the AMD Radeon HD 7950. What we are going to try to answer is can you game effectively on a budget processor like the Intel LGA1155 Pentium G620, or do you need to step up into the Intel Core series of processors? If we do step into the Intel Core series can you get away with a processor like the Intel Core i3 series or is gaming limited to the Core i5 series and Core i7 series...

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

Let’s take a look at the most high-end motherboard from ASUS for the Intel socket 1155 platform based on the Intel Z68 chipset.  We are going to take a look at the highest-end socket 1155 motherboard from ASUS, the Maximus IV Extreme-Z, which offers four PCI Express x16 slots supporting high speeds and a myriad of advanced options for the extreme enthusiast. We already wrote about its predecessor Maximus IV Extreme, which has pretty much the same features, but uses the Intel P67 chipset. The Maximus IV Extreme has a simpler voltage regulator circuit, also.

ASUS Rampage-IV Formula Intel X79 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Within the world of personal computing, there is a group of people referred to as enthusiasts. This generalization can be a little confusing, so let's explore it. An enthusiast is someone who uses their computer for much more than the average user. An enthusiast can usually be further categorized as one of two types of people; a gamer or a performance tuner. For enthusiasts, the middle-of-the road just doesn't cut it. They want the best that manufacturers can provide. It is with enthusiasts in mind that ASUS created the Republic of Gamers line of products. The ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 motherboard is one of the latest releases in the Republic of Gamers line. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we've gotten our hands on an ASUS Rampage IV Fomula Battlefield 3 Edition motherboard and we are taking you piece by piece as we explore this enthusiast inspired piece of hardware.

Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews

Kingston has introduced their SSDNow V+200 line that's specifically marketed to enterprise/business customers for consistent, reliable performance. In fact, the referred to the drive as the "everyday business SSD" and they also offer their KC100 line of enterprise SSDs. After all, few business users are concerned with monster performance numbers but rather cost and reliability instead. We'll be having a look at the 120GB version of this SF-2281 based drive today...

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB Solid State Drive

In our last SSD roundup, we took a look at a variety of drives with different controllers and NAND configurations.  We found that those two factors make up a big part in dictating how a drive will perform.  The drive that we're reviewing today, OCZ's 240GB Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD, has a controller and NAND configuration that we haven't examined before, so it will be interesting to see how it compares.  Positioned up-market compared to the Vertex 3 that was awarded our Editor's Choice award in our SSD Roundup, we'll see what the Max IOPS variant brings to the table.

Daily Reviews for Mar 14

24nm Flash SSD Faceoff - SanDisk Extreme Retake and Plextor M3 Pro @ Tweaktown

Today we are taking another look at the SanDisk Extreme 240GB, this time with TRIM working. To spice things up a bit, we're also including performance data from the new Plextor M3 Pro SSD in our charts. While we were playing driver investigator a pair of new M3 Pro drives hit our lab. Normally we'd have these drives finished up and the review posted within a couple of days, but obviously we were having some issues.  The Plextor M3 Pro is the newest SSD on the market to use Toshiba 24nm Toggle Mode flash. The SanDisk Extreme uses the same flash, made at the same factory, but sporting a SanDisk badge. These two drives, the SanDisk Extreme and the Plextor M3 Pro are the hottest new SSDs on the market, with the fastest flash available. They have one very big difference though, the SanDisk uses a SandForce SF-2281 controller and the Plextor M3 Pro uses the ageless Marvell 88SS9194-BKK2.

MSI Big Bang XPower II (Intel X79) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown

While the motherboard side of things has been a bit quieter recently, a couple of good looking ones have arrived that we need to get stuck into. While it looks like the video card market isn't going to slow down any time soon, the motherboard market on the other hand is about to go into overdrive as we see the launch of the Intel Z77 Express Ivy Bridge platform soon.  The most recent board we're looking at today comes from MSI and is the latest to be part of the Big Bang series. The Intel X79 Express based Big Bang XPower II looks the part, but how does it go when we get past its looks?

Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid Cooler @ Pro-Clockers

Just about every manufacturer has tried their luck at building a water-cooling especially models that supposes to be easy to install and takes hardly any effort to maintain. But the popularity of these kits picked up when Corsair Hydro Series. It started with the H50 and ends with the model we will be taking a look at today and that would be the H100.

Antec Three Hundred Two Midtower Case Review @ Legit Reviews

The Three Hundred Two has received several new updates. The interior has been updated to be similar to what Antec did with the Eleven Hundred. Some of the updates include making the hard drive and 5.25" bays to tool-less, upping the expansion slots from 7 to 8, adding wire routing holes to help improve cable management, front USB3 with internal header connection, and adding mounting points for 2.5" drives. Antec also added some changes to the cooling aspect of the Three Hundred Two...

ASUS RT-N66U Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router @ Benchmark Reviews

Building on the success of the RT-N56 Dual Band WiFi router, ASUS has been hard at work trying to create the next 'next-best' wireless router. Today, Benchmark Reviews brings you the ASUS RT-N66U Dual Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router. As you will see in the images that follow, the ASUS RT-N66U certainly looks the part and is different in that way from 99% of routers on offer today. The RT-N66U has three high power external antenna to allow simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals to run at up to 450Mb/s concurrently, this allows you to stream HD content to your media devices (5GHz) while you enjoy uninterrupted wireless internet (2.4GHz). On the box ASUS claim that the RT-N66U has "Leading giga-level throughput over 900Mb/s" but as with most claims this doesn't always come true, our testing threw out some good numbers but nowhere near ASUS' claims. The ASUS RT-N66U has two built in USB 2.0 ports that allow you to share printers and USB st! orage over LAN and WAN, and also allows you to share a 3G/4G internet connection.

NZXT Phantom 410 Crafted Mid tower @ Pro-Clockers

After the commercial success of the original Phantom Crafted tower, NZXT felt they had to grace the public with a smaller version of the case. The Phantom 410 is an abridged version of the bigger brother but scaled down to give the buyer a better value. In the case of this case value does not mean quality was reduced or the features were lessened. The Phantom 410 and its Darth Vader-like front facial come in three different colors: black, white and red.

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA III 2.5'' SSD Review @ Madshrimps

The Vertex 3 2.5’’ SATA III 240GB SSD from OCZ is built around a SandForce SF-2200 series processor and succeeds to deliver very good transfer speeds, also dethroning all other products tested in the past. The only downside would be the price, considering that the 240GB variant can be found at online stores for about 400 Euros.

Daily Reviews for Mar 9

SilverStone TJ04-Evolution Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Tweaktown

In SilverStone's own description, they bring to light that the original chassis concept was introduced in 2004 for this specific Temjin chassis. The original TJ04 looks like a relic at this stage in chassis design as well and is a great candidate to take everything out of the box that made is so past tense in today's market and introduce it as something much better equipped to battle with the massive amount of competition in the mid-tower segment. So, SilverStone did just that - they took one of the better selling cases of it's given era and redesigned just about everything, but left enough of the original design to remind you of the original design.  On the outside there is plenty new going on, the face plate has been redesigned, but is where the new Temjin keeps the design elements of the original. There is a windowed version of this chassis and we will be seeing that version today. On the opposing panel there is a dual fan filter for a new way of introducing air into the Temjin. Speaking of filters, the top of the chassis also has a dual fan filter that is removable. Even the back of the case gets a bit of the redesign to offer things wanted in today's chassis. On the inside there is too much that has changed to go over it at this point, you will need to keep reading if you want to see just what the new evolution of the TJ04 offers there.

AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB Reference Design Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

First we checked out the XFX offering which was called the HD 7770 Black Edition S Super Overclocked, then we looked at the Sapphire card and discovered it carried with it a similar strong overclock and we tested the new model in CrossFire.  From there we moved away from the HD 7770 and looked at the HIS HD 7750 1GB to see how the new HD 7700 series was rounded out. If that wasn't enough of the new HD 7700 series we also checked out the dual fan MSI HD 7770 and proceeded to see how high we could overclock the model. After all that was done and I found myself looking at the reference HD 7770 we have here today from AMD. I realized that we actually haven't looked at reference clock performance of the new model.

Zalman Z11 Plus Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

Today we are taking a look at the latest mid-tower case from Zalman, the Z11 Plus, which comes with a very affordable price tag.  The Zalman Z11 Plus has a very unique design. Its left panel comes with a tinted window, and both the left and right panels come with a hidden 80 mm fan (Zalman ZA8015AL). These fans use a standard peripheral power connector; the manufacturer doesn’t publish the specifications for them.

Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Case @ Pro-Clockers

Corsair may have another case on their hands that one could call a water-cooler’s dream as well as being air-cooled friendly. The case is the Carbide 500R. One of the advantages the 500R has over the 800D is that it can be had for around $120 and comes in black or white. We were fortunate to get the handsome white model from Corsair.

Cougar Evolution Enthusiast Mid Tower Case @ Pro-Clockers

Today, we will be taking a look at our first Cougar product. You may think it would be a power supply as it is what many of us know them for. But that is not the case here today. We will be taking a look at one of the few cases that produce. The case would be the Evolution. The Evolution is aimed at the gamers and enthusiast that wants a rugged well built case. Does it offer all the features this genre of PC user looking for? We will put it through its paces to find out.

Lacie 5big Office+ Nas Review @ TechwareLabs

Finding a backup and/or storage solution for a small business environment that fits a price point can often be a challenge. Deciding whether to choose a rack-mounted solution or discrete solution, also what OS to choose, how much storage space you need adds to that challenge. LaCie is attempting to tackle this challenge with their 2Big and 5Big NAS solutions.
 

Daily Reviews for Mar 8

Asus P9X79 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane

Asus P9X79 Motherboard Review In this review we will be looking at an entry level X79 motherboard from Asus called the P9X79. The P9 series of motherboards are part of the mainstream consumer line from Asus designed for the majority of users looking for a stable system and a few upgrade options as you move up the product line.

Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra Super Tower Computer Case Review @ Legit Reviews

Rosewill put a lot of thought into the Blackhawk Ultra Super Tower especially for those that want to run on air. With no less than seven fans included and space to mount another seven this has to be one of the highest air flow potential cases we have seen in full tower form factor. Rosewill also made the case silent by using these large fans we could barely hear any audible noise. It is hard to beat 10 + 1 hard drive / SSD mounting spots which should be more than enough for even the largest media collector. Our own uber rig only has 5 HDD and 3 SSD's which would leave three open slots in this beast...

Corsair Vengeance 1300 Headset Review @ Hardware Secrets

Corsair first entered the gaming-grade headset market with the HS1, a digital model we already tested. Now they put on the market the Vengeance line, comprised of an analog model (the 1300) and its digital equivalent (the 1500). We will test the Vengeance 1300, beginning with a look at its physical characteristics and then proceeding to its performance.

Intel Core i7-3820 Extreme Edition CPU @ Benchmark Reviews

Not quite a year after Intel released Sandy Bridge with the new LGA-1155 platform they upped the performance bar again. This time around, the Sandy Bridge-E LGA-2011 platform is bigger, faster, and represents the top-of-the-line for consumer computing. Intel "Extreme Edition" processors have always brought out the best that the company has to offer, but the Extreme moniker isn't limited to the performance. The price of Extreme Edition CPUs generally matches, with the highest end of these clocking in near $1000. The LGA-2011 platform offers a lot in terms of performance computing, besides just the Extreme Edition CPUs, though. You also get a full 40 PCI-E lanes and quad-channel memory compatibility. So what about those of us that don't need a $1000 CPU, but we still want to use three or four GPUs to their full potential? For that, we have the Intel i7-3820 3.6GHz CPU. In this article, Benchmark Reviews goes under the hood of the littles! t Sandy Bridge-E processor.

AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition & 7850 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

The AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition ($349) performed better than the AMD Radeon HD 6970 ($364.09) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 ($329.99) and in some cases it was trading blows with the mighty GeForce GTX 580 ($449.99). When this card becomes available on March 19th, 2012 we expect that pricing on other cards on the market will be adjusted. This card was very powerful and in some benchmarks and games we found it being only slightly slower than a stock Radeon HD 7950 3GB card that costs nearly $100 more. The AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz edition card is solid and ideal for those running...

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Dual-X 3GB OC Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

We're getting to that point where's it's been long enough after the launch of a new high-end video card model that we start to see companies mixing it up a bit and while XFX came out the gate early with the custom cooled Black Edition Double Dissipation model, we haven't seen anyone else do anything. Well, that's till today!  Today we're looking at the brand new Sapphire HD 7970 Dual-X 3GB OC which at the time of writing hasn't even shown up on the Sapphire website yet. That gives you an idea of just how new the model is and just how quickly we're able to get ahold of it thanks to being based out of Taiwan now.

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