AMD originally intended its Radeon HD 6750 and 6770 graphics cards for the OEM market, meaning they'd show up in pre-built systems from the likes of Dell, HP, and others. More recently, the chip maker confirmed these parts would also show up in the retail market, and it took all of 2 seconds for that to happen. MSI just announced three new videocards based on the HD 6700 architecture, including the R6770-MD1GD5, R6750-MD1GD5, and R6750-MD512D5.
Need a videocard but find yourself cramped for space? Unfortunately for you, many of today's mid-range to high-end graphics cards take up two slots, a necessary evil in order to cool today's increasingly power (and power hungry) GPUs. Fortunately for you, most board partners also like to experiment with their own designs, ditching reference blueprints in favor of their own cooling creations. It was this mindset that led Powercolor to launch the first single-slot Radeon HD 6850 videocard.
AMD appears to be attacking the entry-level and mainstream graphics card market with a vengeance. The chip maker last week rolled out is ultra-affordable Radeon HD 6450 priced at $59, which coincided with the launch of Nvidia's budget-oriented GeForce GT 520. Now AMD is following up that launch with the release of two more sub-$100 videocards, the Radeon HD 6570 and 6670.
AMD today quietly launched a trio of new graphics cards specifically intended for OEM builders, including an entry-level card that you could save up for with nothing more than a paper route. It's the Radeon HD 6450, a budget card priced at about $55 and built around AMD's lower-end Caicos chip with 160 stream processors, a 64-bit memory interface, and support for both GDDR5 and DDR3 memory.
We've long since retired Futuremark's dated 3DMark 05 and 06 benchmarks, but believe it or not, people are still using them to chase world records in the overclocking community. To wit, a Danish overclocker just set new records in both benchmarks using MSI's R6870 Hawk videocard based on AMD's Radeon HD 6870.
There's no reason to go around sulking if you're an AMD videocard owner. While Nvidia just recently dropped its GeForce 270.51 beta drivers into cyberspace, AMD has made available a brand spanking new Catalyst release, and in final form. The new Catalyst 11.3 driver suite supports all of AMD's latest and greatest videocards, including the mighty powerful dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990.
Go ahead and pat yourself on the back if you waited this long to upgrade your graphics card, you now have a bunch of next generation parts to choose from, including dual-GPU cards from both AMD and Nvidia. These two heavyweights aren't finished, either. According to reports, AMD is working on a mid-range Radeon HD 6790 videocard built around the 40nm Barts GPU. It should end up faster than the Juniper-based HD 5700, and perhaps nearly as fast as the 6800 series.
Rumors of an imminent expansion of Alienware's gaming laptop range are nothing new, but till now they have only been restricted to talk of an 18-incher supposedly called the M18x. However, new pictures posted on a forum named dell.benyouhui, and spotted by Notebook Italia, point to not one but two new Alienware laptops from Dell. The previously unheard of second laptop happens to be a 14-incher reportedly called M14x. Hit the jump for the leaked photos.
A Turkish website posted a ton of information on AMD's upcoming dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 graphics, along with a bevy of official slides, or at least really good Photoshops (not likely). Code named Antilles, the 6990 is slated to launch March 8 and will take its position as AMD's flagship videocard, Donanimhaber.com says. That puts the launch nearly a week ahead of Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590, running contrary to previous reports that AMD would wait until after Nvidia outed its card.
The VAIO YB series of AMD Fusion-powered notebooks that Sony showcased at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are here. The VAIO YB series is certainly not the first on the market with AMD’s Fusion Zacate chips, but Sony has still managed to ensure that it stands out from similar offerings from HP and Lenovo. Before you hit the jump to find out what makes the YB series stand out, let me warn you a lot of you might not like Sony’s idea of towering above the competition.