AMD has a winner with Ryzen

Posted by Robert Dow on March 13th 2017 | Discuss (0)
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AMD provided us with a flashy new PC from Cyberpower PC built around the new Ryzen CPU. As everyone knows, AMD is betting big on this latest processor line, which has been designed from the ground up for performance an efficiency. The company says it has achieved a 52% gain in

EVGA’s GTX 1070, coolest AIB around

Posted by Robert Dow on July 15th 2016 | Permalink
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The Performance segment AIBs featuring Nvidia’s new Pascal processor were released June 10. Nvidia has been promising a 3X performance boost from the GTX 970, a faster clock, and more memory, all while consuming less power. Our friends at EVGA provided us with their version of the board, the EVGA

Can AMD change the rules with Polaris?

Posted by Robert Dow on July 5th 2016 | Permalink
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Company wants to start a revolution— democratization of VR In one of the most drawn-out product announcements in a long time, AMD has finally lifted the veil on the Polaris RX 4X0 series. The company is introducing three products in the series, all designed for the back-to-school

Testing the Nvidia GTX 1080

Posted by Robert Dow on May 23rd 2016 | Permalink
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Everything it promises to be and more In this week's issue of TechWatch we breakdown the new Nvidia Pascal GPU. We look at its new architecture and technical specs. In the this article we take a look at the testing data and compare the GTX 1080 vs. the GTX 980, Titan

Sky X9 runs desktop replacement workstation-class CPU and GPU in mobile footprint

Posted by Robert Dow on February 8th 2016 | Permalink
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If bigger is better, this could be the best If bigger is better, Eurocom should win a prize for introducing the Sky X9. The Sky X9 is a desktop replacement workstation with all the power and options of a true desktop. The Eurocom Sky X9 runs desktop- class CPUs and

AMD’s R9 290 series drives 4K monitors well

Posted by Robert Dow on November 19th 2015 | Permalink
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The Graphics Core Next architecture is opening up the 4K gamer market  There is a shift coming in the high-end gaming segment, with more and more enthusiast gaming, and gamers, converting to Ultra HD. The new high-end AIBs will be tasked with displaying playable frame rates in these higher

AMD’s APU is now 10— how is it on 10?

Posted by Robert Dow on August 25th 2015 | Permalink
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In this episode of let’s see if we can melt the processor, we tortured AMD’s latest APU, the A10-7870k, a 28-nm part that competes nicely in price and performance against Intel core iN processors.  We covered the technical details of the A10-787

Asus’ GTX 950 powerful midrange gamer board

Posted by Robert Dow on August 25th 2015 | Permalink
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With the launch of the GTX 950 Nvidia and its partners are bringing the high quality low power Maxwell 2 GPU to gamers with modest budgets.  The GTX 950 is based on the GM 206 Maxwell 2 the same processor that is in the Performance class GTX 960, however the GTX 950 contains 768 Cuda Cores cut

Nvidia’s Shield Android TV

Posted by Robert Dow on June 23rd 2015 | Permalink
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A TV player with a game controller and optional remote control for $200  Nvidia’s Shield Android TV was in¬troduced last week with the promise to deliver features that current set-top boxes cannot provide. The Tegra X1 is based on Nvidia’s Maxwell architec¬ture,

Amplifying your experience with Alienware

Posted by Robert Dow on June 11th 2015 | Permalink
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Outboard gamer docking station  The idea of using an external GPU to augment a laptop’s graphics performance is not new. At CES this year when Alienware first showed the Amplifier, MSI showed one like it. In 2008 ATI showed their XGP, an external GPU case attached to a

Eurocom’s P5 workstation/server laptop

Posted by Robert Dow on June 10th 2015 | Permalink
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An all-in-one device that could even be used for gaming Earlier this year Eurocom launched the P5 Pro line. This 15.3 desktop replacement is quite a versatile platform, Eurocom offers the laptop as a gaming laptop which is equipped with a Core i7 and GTX 980M GPU, a Mobile Workstation which

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+

Posted by Robert Dow on March 10th 2015 | Permalink
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A sweet AIB for the market sweet spot The introduction of Maxwell to the “sweet spot” of the market came with the release of the GeForce GTX 960 AIB. The GTX 960 is priced around $200 depending on OEM and configuration. We have EVGA’s version for the GM204-300

The latest processors from Intel and AMD

Posted by Robert Dow on January 21st 2015 | Permalink
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In late August 2014, Intel released its high-end Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-core 3.0-GHz CPU, which includes a new X99 chipset, the first consumer processor using DDR4 memory, a new CPU socket that is not backward-compatible, and no GPU. A few days later AMD released its high-end 8-core FX Black 9000

Nvidia’s GTX 980 Maxwell monster

Posted by Robert Dow on October 9th 2014 | Permalink
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When Nvidia introduced Maxwell GPUs in their midrange AIBs in February, we thought it was odd. Usually AMD and Nvidia bring out the top of the line first and then dribble out the remaining product over the next six months or so. Why did Nvidia break the cycle this time?

Enter Maxwell

Posted by Robert Dow on March 13th 2014 | Permalink
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Nvidia rolled out its first add-in board based on its most efficient design to date, its Maxwell architecture. The GTX 750 TI, an entry-level product, is the first AIB with the Maxwell architecture to hit the street. It might seem a bit unusual to roll out the Maxwell architecture with an

AMD’s A10 Kaveri impresses

Posted by Robert Dow on January 23rd 2014 | Permalink
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As discussed in this week’s issue of TechWatch, AMD publicly announced their newest APU, the Kaveri A10/8 family; of that family, the low-end device is the A8-7600.   AMD has published some impressive test results comparing their high-end A10 with Intel’s mid-range i5 chips, and

AMD’s R9 290 series drives 4K monitors well

Posted by Robert Dow on November 27th 2013 | Permalink
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The Graphics Core Next architecture is opening up the 4K gamer market  There is a shift coming in the high-end gaming segment, with more and more enthusiast gaming, and gamers, converting to Ultra HD. The new high-end AIBs will be tasked with displaying playable frame rates in these higher

AMD APU-based HP Envy TouchSmart Sleekbook

Posted by Robert Dow on November 21st 2013 | Permalink
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AMD sent an HP Envy TouchSmart Sleekbook for us to evaluate. We used a couple of recent notebooks for comparison and ran several tests.  The basic specifications of the notebooks are shown in the table below. We used CloudGate and FireStrike 3DMark benchmarks and PCMark7 to compare the

AMD’s Radeon R7 260X, R9 270X, and R9 280X

Posted by Robert Dow on October 8th 2013 | Permalink
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Introducing the new line GPU 14 last week, chief marketing officer Colette La Force rallied the troops in Hawaii, where AMD rolled out the new family of R9 graphics cards. We were able to get our hands on three of the new offerings: the Mainstream segment’s R7 260X, the

Razer gaming laptop

Posted by Robert Dow on October 8th 2013 | Permalink
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We started reviewing products from Razer more than 13 years ago; we were lucky enough then to get our hands on a device that was at the time “the world’s fastest mouse,” the Razer Boomslang, which offered a (surface) resolution of 1,000 to 2,000 DPI on your screen. Conventional

Acer’s HD 3D Projector

Posted by Robert Dow on July 15th 2013 | Permalink
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Lot of power, great value, small package Acer let us play with two of their newest projectors, the H5370BD and a H6510BD a native 1920 x 1080p resolution, 120 Hz projector, with 4:3/16:9/L.Box aspect ratios enabling 3D content projected via DLP Link Technology: Blu-Ray 3D and Nvidia 3DTV Play.

Review: Intel i5-3317U vs. AMD A10-4600M

Posted by Robert Dow on August 31st 2012 | Permalink
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We compared the performance of an Intel i5-w3317U and an AMD QuadCore A10-4600M Trinity this week. The Intel i5 is the processor in our Fujitsu Lifebook, a review of which is available in the ­August 14 issue of TechWatch. The i5 is part of an Intel

Review of ASUS MARS II 3GB: the fastest AIB in the history of the world

Posted by Robert Dow on October 27th 2011 | Permalink
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Visually striking, the Mars II 3GB dual GTX 580 is an impressive piece of technology in both performance and size. The Mars II checks in at 13”x 6”x 2.5” and at a stunning 5.2 lbs. Consider: two EVGA GTX 590s together weigh in at a mere 5lbs. Aside from its staggering size the

Building a hot rod

Posted by Robert Dow on September 24th 2011 | Permalink
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There are three (probably more) approaches to building a gaming PC: Build the lowest cost unit you can that will run FPS Dx11 games at >30 fps. Build a machine that is pretty good and less than $5,000. Build the biggest baddest money is no object machine. We chose to go

Duking it out in the low-end: AMD HD 6450 vs. Nvidia GT 520 Reviews

Posted by Robert Dow on May 18th 2011 | Permalink
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This week we focused on the entry level market and tested three AIBs, the Nvidia GT 520, and two versions of AMD boards: the HD 6450 and 6450 GDDR5. Some would argue that any board coupled with GDDR5 belongs in the mainstream segment, however we take a look at price as the determining

Review the AMD 6000 Series

Posted by Robert Dow on May 3rd 2011 | Permalink
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Covers the low end with refresh parts for the mainstream gamer AMD rounded out their 6000 line with the introduction of the "Turks" line of add-in boards. AMD who was first to market with DirectX 11 AIBs points out that developers are no longer making DirectX 10 games. Even "World of WarCraft," the

Review: AMD’s HD 6990 and Nvidia’s GTX 590 - Dueling dual GPUs, and AIBs

Posted by Robert Dow on April 12th 2011 | Permalink
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The dual GPU AIBs are marvelous products. They are awe inspiring, and not for everyone because of their price, but they are the Ferraris of the market in every sense. Nvidia officially released the GeForce GTX 590 dual GPU AIB 24 March, 2011, just 16 days after AMD introduced their dual GPU AIB the

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX550 Ti Review

Posted by Robert Dow on March 25th 2011 | Permalink
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Fastest Midrange AIB Nvidia has introduced the latest in their new Fermi gen2 products, the GeForce GTX550 Ti, (Titanium. Same nomenclature as the 560 Ti) based on the 193 core Fermi GF116 GPU. Compared to other Nvidia GPUs and the price equivalent AMD part (HD5770), the balance of feature and specifications show

Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Review

Posted by Robert Dow on March 24th 2011 | Permalink
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Let no pixel go un-accelerated Right on the heels of their most recent midrange product launch, the GTX 550 Ti, Nvidia rolled out their flagship AIB the dual GPU GTX 590. This top of the line, take no prisoners, 3GB GDDR5 AIB with a massive 384-bit memory bus (per GPU) has delivered

Lucid’s Virtu unites any and all GPUs

Posted by Robert Dow on March 8th 2011 | Permalink
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Lucid (formally LucidLogix) came up with the idea for a PCIe sniffer that could intercept API calls, back in 2006. The company stayed in stealth mode, living on VC money and didn't actually show a product till 2008. The original idea was that Lucid would build a chipset that would allow any

Nvidia GTX 560 Review

Posted by Robert Dow on January 25th 2011 | Permalink
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Nvidia’s GTX 560 Ti enters the Performance Segment Nvidia’s next foray into the Performance segment will take the form of the GTX 560 Ti (Ti = titanium). The performance gamer is in serious need of graphical output but might not have discretionary spending power of his enthusiast counterpart, which is why

Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 Review

Posted by Robert Dow on December 8th 2010 | Permalink
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First look at new benchmark DirectX 11 has been with us since Windows 7 was introduced in late October 2009, almost 14 months ago. And it’s not as if no one didn’t know it was coming, or no major OEM or game developer didn’t know what the specifications were, and even

Futuremark’s 3DMark vantage benchmark

Posted by Robert Dow on May 5th 2008 | Permalink
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We’ve been testing Futuremark’s 3DMark Vantage since early March, and you may have noticed it in some of our previous reports. Well, the program is completely vetted now, and it’s gone from the early beta we first got to Gold. Along with it have