Moving on to the 990FX Extreme4 we have another very impressive board from ASRock. It combined flawlessly with the new FX-8150 giving us great overclocking potential and stability from the moment we first turned the system on. Running DDR3-1866 was a simple process also and the overall package is enhanced by the extra features such as support for multiple GPUs, 3TB drives and a great BIOS GUI and update tool.
So that brings us to Sapphire who have created an exceptional 6950. There isn't much we haven't covered about this range of card before but Sapphire still managed to impress us with their decision to offer a pre-flashed second BIOS with additional shaders (and performance) available. The card is also overclocked at the factory and has a great bundle including Dirt 3 and from some retailers, Deus EX Human Revolution. Add to this a free HDMI cable, overclocking tool and near silent running and we have the best 6950 we have tested so far.
AMD's new Scorpius Platform which combines the FX range of CPUs with 990FX chipset and Radeon 6900 series graphics cards offers an interesting alternative to current mainstream offerings. Gamers, media enthusiasts and overclockers will be espeically drawn to this platform thanks to excellent performance in each of these areas.
AMD FX-8150 Black Edition Processor
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Motherboard
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Toxic Edition