New bundle will let gamers choose which games they want
AMD has announced the Never Settle Forever gaming bundle, which adds the one thing we’ve always wanted to the program — choice. In the past gamers bought a Radeon card and got a bundle of free games regardless of whether or not they already owned them, so this time around buying a Radeon card will let you redeem the game of your choice from predetermined pools, and you can even hold onto the tickets and redeem them for future, unannounced titles as well.
Maybe the Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards launched earlier this month wasn't quite your cup of tea. At $550, you should make damn sure your proverbial tea meets your tastes before you buy it. But that's the thing about graphics cards; like tea, they come in a variety of flavors. Today, AMD launched its second 28nm next-gen GPU, the Radeon HD 7950, another high-end offering -- but this one costs $100 less than its 7970 sibling.
The original Radeon HD 6950 cards shipped with a 2GB frame buffer, and you can still get those if you want. But some manufacturers have begun shipping the HD 6950 with 1GB of video memory, which is a fine fit for the current generation of 1080p displays.
XFX has taken the 1GB 6950 a step further, juicing up both the GPU and memory clocks and adding a custom cooler that XFX says will keep the card cooler and run more quietly than the default AMD-designed cooler. The new cooler uses a pair of propeller-bladed fans that turn more slowly than the paddle wheel fan in the reference cooling system.
AMD just announced the Radeon HD 6990 video card, which combines the guts of two Radeon HD 6970s on a single board. We've got a preview of the card, including hands-on benchmarks. Spoiler: It's fast. Really, really fast.
It’s a little difficult to review MSI’s new Fusion-based E350IA-E45. Normally, our motherboard reviews consider the CPU as an adjunct to the board since consumers may populate the board with one of numerous CPUs.
That’s not so with the Mini-ITX MSI E350IA-E45 which, as its name implies, incorporates AMD’s brand new 1.6GHz E-350 with AMD’s Radeon HD 6310 graphics part soldered to the board, so you better be happy with the CPU you get.
A new generation of GPUs from Nvidia and AMD has hit the streets. Both camps are offering incredible performance and the widest array of features ever before seen in graphics cards. But, inevitably, each side brings its own unique strengths and weaknesses. What better way to determine the performance champ than by letting this season’s new crop of cards duke it out in the various price categories?
We’re not sure why this card isn’t faster than it is. In many ways, it’s two HD 6870s built onto one chip, but overall throughput may be hobbled by having only 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory interface. Overall performance is nowhere near double an HD 6870, and the card beats the GTX 570 in only five of 12 benchmarks.
At just less than $250, the Asus variant of AMD’s Radeon HD 6870 delivers excellent performance. While it is somewhat overshadowed by its newer cousin, the HD 6950, it costs considerably less than that part. If you do most of your gaming on a single 1080p display, this card won’t disappoint.
Do gamers really need six monitors? Having two displays—maybe even three—on your desk certainly makes sense for a productivity boost. And having run some games on three displays, we can say that the added immersion in the game world can indeed be compelling. But you can run three displays with any Radeon HD 5000–series cards, provided you have at least one DisplayPort monitor.
Sapphire and AMD are betting that some gamers will lust after more than three displays, which is why Sapphire is shipping the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity Edition. This isn’t just a stock 5870 with six monitor connectors; it also ships with a 2GB GDDR5 frame buffer. So even if you aren’t planning on running six displays on your desk, the 2GB of VRAM might itself be attractive.
Eyefinity is flexible as to monitor configurations. You can have the six displays arranged in two rows, which can be configured as one huge surface or two 3x1 surfaces. Or, you can have five LCD panels in line for a wraparound gaming experience.
Sounds intriguing, right? But what about performance? We put the Sapphire card up against an XFX Radeon HD 5870 XXX Edition and the Asus GTX 480 card.