Review Roundup october 30 2010


motherboards reviewed the Sapphire HD 6870 1GB

The top of the card has two 6-pin power connectors. The HD 6870 has more power draw than the 151W the HD 6850 requires and two 6-pin power connectors provides a maximum of 225W of power to the card. The card also has a CrossfireX bridge allowing multiple HD 6850s to work together to improve performance. The I/O on the card is very interesting Sapphire has included two mini-DisplayPort connectors, a HDMI 1.4 port and two Dual-Link DVI ports the same as on the reference design.

GeForce GTX460 Reference Card, GeForce GTX470 Reference Card, MSI Hawk 5770, XFX HD 5750, XFX HD 6850.

In many ways this launch mirrors last year’s launch of the HD 5870 and HD 5850 in terms of performance the 6870 is very near that of the HD 5870. The difference is this year; AMD will be releasing new cards that will leapfrog the HD 6870 in terms of performance at a later date and there will likely be a dual-GPU card to replace the HD 5970 as well.


fudzilla reviewed the XFX HD 6850 Black Edition

HD 6850 Black Edition is currently the fastest factory overclocked HD 6850 and as you’ll see in our overclocking section, Barts packs some nice overclocking potential.

XFX did a good job designing HD 6850 Black Edition and while they ended up using a cooler that is pretty efficient, the fan noise isn’t something we liked. FurMark temperatures were at 67 degrees Celsius

Overclocking the card to 940MHz increased the GPU temperature to 70°C with our gaming results increasing up to 11%.

Black Edition cards are factory overclocked but have gone through intensive stability testing, so it’s quite likely that any of these cards will run stable even beyond 900MHz. We easily pushed the card by additional 120MHz for the GPU and 100MHz for the memory (400MHz effectively).


overclockersclub reviewed the MSI N460GTX Hawk

This card comes out of the gate with all the right stuff. Military class components, a 7+1 phase power circuit, active phase switching and MSI’s now familiar Twin Frozer cooling solution that has become a proven commodity.

Test Setup:

  • Computer Case: Cooler Master HAF 932z
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
  • Memory: Mushkin 996805 Redline PC312800 1600MHz
  • Motherboard: MSI X58 Eclipse SLI
  • Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core I7 920
  • PSU: Mushkin 1000 watt Joule Modular power supply

Benchmarks:

3DMark 06 Professional, 3DMark Vantage, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Just Cause 2, Metro 2033, Power Consumption, Resident Evil 5, Temperature, Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0.

Excellent performance, excellent cooling and the ability to overclock makes the MSI N460GTX HAWK a purpose-built card for the enthusiast on a budget!


igniq reviewed the MSI N460 GTX Cyclone

The default specs for Nvidia’s GTX 460 are 675MHz on the core, 1350MHz on the shader clock and 3600MHz (effective) for the 1Gb of GDDR 5 VRAM. The MSI Cyclone comes with a small overclock, giving you a bump of 50Mhz on the core. With a little voltage increase I was able to bring the core to 925MHz, shader clock 1850MHz and 4200MHz (effective) for the VRAM.

I cannot recommend this card enough. It can handle any game out there right now with ease. And given the fact that the GTX 460s have already come down in price, adding another card to the mixture at some point in the future will send your system into overdrive. If only 1 of these cards performs this well, I look forward to revisiting the benchmark suites with a second 460 in SLI.


digitaltrends reviewed the Nikon D3100

Like all DSLRS, the front of the D3100 is dominated by the mount and lens; it accepts over 40 Nikkor AF-S mount lenses. The $699 kit comes with an 18-55mm 3x zoom with an equivalent focal length of 27-82.5mm. Needless to say you can spend a small fortune adding to your glass collection but this one is a good start if you’re a newbie. Also here is an AF Assist/self-timer lamp, mono (not stereo) mic and lens release button.

The right side has a SD card slot (it accepts SDXC and Eye-Fi cards). The left has four inputs/outputs (accessory terminal, USB, mini HDMI, A/V connector
) and near the lens opening are flash up and Function keys. The bottom of the Made In Thailand camera has a metal tripod mount and battery
compartment.

The Nikon D3100 was initially set to best resolution JPEG (4608 x 3702) and tops for video (1920 x 1080 at 24 fps). From there we moved through the mode dial and used JPEG+RAW where appropriate.

As a pure camera, the D3100 is an excellent choice. Unfortunately DSLRs are now rated on their ability to capture high-def videos—for better or worse. In this case, it’s worse. If you just want a solid 14.2-megapixel DSLR and aren’t concerned with video clips, by all means choose this camera.

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~ by benchmarkstest on October 30, 2010.

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