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AMD content, weekend recap @ DriverHeaven

AMD content, weekend recap @ DriverHeaven

We have been covering a lot of AMD products in both our news and reviews lately so we felt a little recap would be good for the weekend, to ensure you AMD fans haven’t missed any of our content recently.

AMD are riding high right now – not only did they land a quite tasty $1.25 billion from Intel after their recent legal wrangles were resolved, but their 5000 series video cards are in a class of their own. If you are buying on a budget then I suggest you check out our 5750 and 5770 review – the 5770 is a personal favourite of mine as they are a very scalable DX11 part that work great in Crossfire and don’t cost a fortune. With a little overclocking you end up with 4870×2 levels of performance with much reduced temperatures and low noise levels.

If you are looking for a new processor then you should check out the Phenom II X4 965 C3 review over here when we paired it up with a DFI DK 790FXB-M3H5 motherboard. If your budget is slightly higher then you can read the Sapphire Vapor X 5870 review where we paired it up with the PowerColor Watercooled LCS 5870.

If you have deeper pockets then you might want to read the review of the Powercolor 5970 we published a few days ago – this card broke all our previous benchmark results and annihilated all competition.

If you fancy taking out a second mortage on your house, then you will want to be looking at getting two 5970’s and putting them into a Crossfire X configuration – we have tested both HIS 5970’s and Sapphire 5970’s in CFx today and the Sapphire cards are clocked slightly higher than reference …. if too much is never enough.

Sadly apart from the 57xx series, not many of these cards are showing availability anywhere in either Europe or America and we felt this was such an important issue that we managed to sit down with John Byrne – the Vice President of Worldwide GPU and CPU sales for AMD. He didn’t have any miracle short term solutions but he stressed that AMD were aware of the unfortunate shortage of stocks and that they were looking to rectify it as soon as they possibly could.

What are your current views of the new range of AMD products, are you impressed or are you waiting on nVidia’s Fermi to hit retail in January?

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Stuart Davidson

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