AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970 card for desktops – but all was not well at the Little Chip That Could’s external marketing wing in the UK, according to a round of Chinese whispers, with its marketing in the UK.
The 7970 was supposed to launch at CES. Just why AMD pushed forward the release date we may never know, but the mutterings we’ve heard from the dark satanic rumour mill suggest that it didn’t fancy competing with high-profile announcements from the likes of Nvidia. For some key partners, yesterday’s launch will be the first they heard of it.
The NDA for AMD Partners to talk about their products is still in early January. When a journalist spoke to a partner about review samples it was the first the company had heard of it. What followed was a mix-up, allegedly, on Text100’s part – the partner approached Text for information which was then up in arms, blood boiling, because a journalist had compromised an NDA. There was a string of furious phone calls and email exchanges.
“In which universe does an AMD partner not know the NDA date?” said an industry watcher. “They’re not bringing a knife to a gunfight, they’re bringing ****ing bananas.”
*EyeSee An eBuyer slip-up revealed the price for the Powercolor model. Somehow this got back to Text 100, who allegedly began telling people the street price based on that model. Sapphire is the number one partner…
MSI has launched its Windpad 100W Windows 7 tablet in the UK, according to Device Magazine. It features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 single-core processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 32GB SSD storage, an SD card reader, USB 2.0 slots, mini HDMI port, and a battery life of over six hours. It has a price tag of around $650.
Tweaktown brings news of AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 6990, a dual-Cayman graphics card that is rumoured to have 3072 stream processors and 4GB of GDDR5 memory over two 256-bit memory interfaces. It is also expected to have a dual-vapour chamber design, dual Crossfire connectors, a dual-slot cooler, and four mini-DisplayPort outputs. If the rumours are true it’s promising to be a beast of a card.
The Lian Li PC-X2000F chassis was tested out by PureOC, which labelled it as a “top-notch premium case”. The 140mm fans run quietly at different speeds and well-positioned. Custom water cooling is available through a radiator installation at a the front. The case also looks good, with a minimalist design. However, the lack of SSD mounting, limited air flow when using all of the hot swap bays, difficulty adding an optical drive, and overall price are a few of its drawbacks.
HardwareHeaven reviewed the PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS++ graphics card, which earned a rating of 10 out of 10, along with a Gold, Performance and Value award, thanks to its increased performance over the standard model and its very reasonable price. Flawless performance while running 3D, high-definition movies, and top-end games sealed the deal.
Kingmax has launched a 4GB 2,400MHz DRAM module, according to HardwareBistro. It is aimed at overclocking enthusiasts and supports the Intel P55 chipset. It comes with nano thermal dissipation technology and 10 percent greater thermal performance over conventional heat sink options. It also features a lifeitme warranty.
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.