Review Roundup november 27 2010


Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic tested by techgage

At this point in time, the HD 6870 is AMD’s current top-end offering, with the HD 6850 following in its footsteps. The HD 5870 and higher might be faster than both of these, but the newer cards feature other improvements,

The reference clocked HD 6850 features a 775MHz core clock and 1000MHz memory clocks, while Sapphire’s Toxic model boosts those to 820MHz and 1100MHz, respectively.

The reviewer boosted the card from its “pre-OC” state of 820MHz core and 1100MHz memory to 1015MHz core and 1150MHz memory.


ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU OC Edition tested by overclockersclub

This cooling solution is said to be 20% more efficient than the reference-based cooling solution. The solution mentioned before is a dual heat pipe cooler that utilizes Heatpipe Direct Contact technology to get the heat from the GPU into the heat sink assembly and dissipated into the airflow around the card as quickly as possible.

The EAH6850 is equipped with a large non-reference cooler that runs quieter than the blower style reference cooler by a wide margin. At stock speeds and voltages the DirectCU cooling solution is one of the coolest in the comparison field at 63 degrees Celsius.


Palit GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile 1Gb GDDR5 Video Card tested by madshrimps

Compared to the previously tested low profile video card, the Sparkle GTS 250, this one was not downclocked, but was functioning at the recommended Nvidia stock clocks.

The high speed fan can be no doubt heard in 3D applications, depending on the load levels, but in 2D office work or high definition movies, the card remains silent.

The card performance is very near to the Inno3D GTS 450 tested previously, which has a small factory overclock.


Samsung UN55C9000 Ultra-Thin 3D HDTV tested by bcchardware

The contrast ratio of this TV is excellent, and even with Dynamic Contrast enabled we are seeing some pretty high ratios when displaying full black, then full white screen on the TV.

The 3D experience was pretty cool for sure.

The picture quality is great, and although the brightness measures in at just over a 23% fall off, you can’t tell it by looking at it – the luminance meter tells the story.

The remote is also a masterpiece. It offers more functions and features than my old TV itself. This is certainly an added value to the expensive bundle.


Samsung UN55C6500 120Hz LED HDTV tested by hardwarecanucks

LED-based LCD TVs have been around for a good while but for some reason, there are still a fair number of growing pains associated with this technology. Panel uniformity, motion performance and colour saturation seem to be major issues that still pop up in even the highest-end sets.

When taken at face value the UN55C6500 has the chops to compete with some of the best the competition has to offer. Its colour reproduction and relatively wide viewing angles in particular stand out as a strong points while black level performance is noteworthy as well.

While the C6500 is a capable TV which shows flashes of brilliance, its $2800 price tag doesn’t line up with reality. If you are someone who prefers form over function, then the current crop of LED-based products may be perfect for you.


Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset tested by pcper

The HS1 is a combination of style, comfort, and immersive 7.1 surround sound technology that should give other popular gaming headsets on the market this holiday season a run for their money.

While the synthetic surround sound experience might not appeal to everyone, those who can manually adjust the sound settings properly will get optimal sound in many of their favorite FPS games as well as when they watch high-definition movies and even listening to their favorite playlist in iTunes.


ASUS GeForce GTX 580 tested by pureoverclock

The overclocking ability here is respectable but nothing spectacular without the voltage tweak. But when the voltage is pushed this ASUS card really flies, to the tune of about 19%.

Benchmarks:

3D Mark Vantage, Aliens vs Predator, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Crysis Warhead, FRAPS, FurMark, GPU-Z, Lost Planet 2, Resident Evil 5, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2,

Test Setup:

  • CPU : Intel Core i7 920
  • CPU Cooler : Swiftec water cooler
  • HDD : Seagate BaRAM : acuda 500GB
  • Motherboard : ASUS Rampage III Formula
  • OS : Windows 7 x64
  • PSU : Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250W
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~ by benchmarkstest on November 27, 2010.

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