AMD GPU cooling options, green HDD, Big Bang motherboard

The storm of new AMD cards is continuing, with TweakTown reviewing the MSI Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone 1GB Power Edition. The overclocked GPU received a rating of 95 percent, thanks to a slew of features, including voltage controls and a quiet Cyclone cooler, that allow the card to be overclocked even further.

If liquid cooling is more your thing, HardwareHeaven brings news of the first HD 6970 card with this cooling option: the factory overclocked TUL Corporation PowerColor Liquid Cooling Solution HD6970 2GB GDDR5. EKWaterBlocks provides the liquid cooling for the card, which also comes with leak prevention mechanisms.

When it comes to power supplies there are a lot of options out there, but not all of them are suited to hardcore gaming. Tom’s Hardware narrows down the list in a comparison of 12 gaming PSUs. The Antec TP750, be Quiet! Straight Power E8 580 W, Chieftec BPS-750C, Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 700, and NZTX HALE90-750M all came out on top.

HardwareCanucks reviewed the Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive. It was praised for a very fast speed, extreme quietness, cool operation, low power usage and reasonable cost, but its meagre three year warranty was a bit of a drawback. It was also not recommended as an OS drive.

The Toshiba Portégé R705 13.3-inch Ultraportable notebook was reviewed at HotHardware, where it received brownie points for good performance, unique design, spill-resistant keyboard, DVD burner and great value. It lost marks for screen glare, heat and noise, slow hard drive, lack of USB 3.0 and poor battery life.

Bit-tech got some time to preview the MSI Big Bang Marshal motherboard, which promises to be extremely stylish, while also touting 24 power phases, two sets of DIP switches, eight SATA ports, three BIOS chips, and eight PCI-E graphics slots. The lack of the promised integrated Killer NIC may be a turn-off, however.