Radeon HD 6850 in Crossfire, CPU coolers, Acer's first 3D laptop

Anyone interested in using two or more of AMD’s latest graphics cards together might want to check out TweakTown’s indepth testing of two HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB cards in Crossfire with 960 shaders. The results showed that running two of these cards together gave a very real alternative to a single high-end GPU, while also saving significantly on price.

Choosing a good CPU cooler on a budget can be tough, but Tom’s Hardware has given a detailed comparison of six of them under the $40 mark. Prices go as low as $20, but performance is just as vital, especially considering the much more expensive CPU that needs to be protected from excessive heat. 

Memory prices are at one of their lowest ever, so it may be time to consider an upgrade. With that in mind, HotHardware reports that OCZ has announced a new range of high-performance DDR3 RAM, with speeds that range from 1600MHz to 2133MHz, depending on model and price.

Slashgear brings news of Acer’s first 3D laptop, the easy to remember AS5745DG-A54E/L. It features a 15.6-inch screen, a 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor and 4GB of RAM. It uses Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology, which means the ever comfortable 3D glasses will be required. The laptop will be out in Japan in December; there’s no word yet on a worldwide release.

The Acer 5745DG laptop, as it is known by its shorter name, also got some attention in a review at CNET, where it received three and a half stars out of five, gaining for its 3D ability, processor, keyboard, and overall design. It lost marks for its lack of a Blu-ray drive and the inability for the laptop to keep up with some 3D gaming.

CNET also reviewed the Dell Latitude E5410, which came in at three out of five stars. Its strong points were good performance, above-average battery life and excellent quality material, while its weaknesses were its ugly box-like design and limited range of ports.