AMD GPUs, motherboards, emotion-sensing BlackBerry

With Christmas only around the corner, it’s perfect time to upgrade your graphics card. If you’re looking to get one of AMD’s 1GB Radeon HD 6850s, then check out the indepth comparison given at Tom’s Hardware. Models from Asus, MSI, PowerColor, and Sapphire were compared, with the Asus version coming out slightly ahead.

Now that you’re panicking at the mention of Christmas, check out HotHardware’s handy hardware gift guide. It covers all things from processors and graphics cards to monitors, laptops, and smartphones, with items in multiple price ranges.

BitTech reviewed the J&W Minix 890GX-USB3 motherboard, giving it 5 out of 10. It did well on features and okay on performance, but faired badly when it came to value, being significantly more expensive at around $200 than similarly specced boards.

MSI has announced the I3-945GSE-D fanless motherboard based on the Intel Atom N270 processor and the Intel 945GSE chipset, according to TechPowerUp. The 3.5-inch board packs plenty of features.

The 64GB capacity Kingston SSDNow V100 was reviewed at CNET, receiving a score of 4 stars out of 5. It earned brownie points for its ease of use, speedy performance, quietness, and low power consumption. Price was its main weakness, but that remains one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the SSD market.

TweakTown brings news of a new BlackBerry concept phone which can detect your emotions. It does this using a biometric ring. The phone itself looks very unusual and could bring RIM back into the smartphone game if it ever makes it into reality.