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DailyTech's roundup of hardware reviews from around the web for Monday

Cooler Master Cosmos 2 Case @ Vortez
Raidmax Viper Case @ Tweaktown
Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Case @ OCC

Arctic Accelero S1 Plus Cooler @ KitGuru
Scythe Mugen 3 Cooler @ Technic3D

AMD A8-3870K CPU @ KitGuru

Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600CL9 @ Au-Ja
G.Skill RipJaws-Z 16GB Kit @ Technic3D
Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3-1866 8GB Kit @ Funky Kit

Parrot AR. Drone @ t-break

ASRock Extreme9 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Motherboard @ OCIA
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme BF3 @ Vortez
Foxconn Quantum Force Quantumian-1 Motherboard @ Ninjalane

Synology DS212 NAS @ Techgage

ASUS Transformer Prime TF201 Keyboard DOck @ PCPer
Corsair Vengeance M90 Mouse @ XSReviews

Le Pan II Android Tablet TC979 @ TechwareLabs
Lenovo ThinkPad Table @ t-break
Nokia Lumia 800 Smartphone @ t-break

NZXT HALE82 850W PSU @ Hi Tech Legion
SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1200W PSU @ Tweaktown

Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 7950 @ Legit Reviews
MSI Radeon HD 7950 @ Guru3D

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RE: Video card help
By greywood on 2/14/2012 11:48:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'd suggest looking at the Radeon HD 6950 video card. You can get one on Newegg for $240-280 (a couple as low as $225 after MIR). I'm running a 6950 with it's BIOS modded to unlock all 1536 shaders and overclocked to 890 Mhz shaders and 1390 Mhz memory, with a Core i7-930 at 3.2 Ghz.

That combo has enough horsepower to run games at 2560 x 1600 resolution and very good frame rates. Some examples: Stalker Clear Sky - all settings maxed and 2x AA at hi-40's rates; Dragon Age Origins - all settings maxed and 4x AA at mid-50's rates. On a 1920 x 1200 monitor, I used to get rates about 10-20 FPS over those numbers.

I don't think the games that you mentioned are as "stressful" as my examples. So, I'd bet that even a "pure stock" 6950 would serve you well for quite some time to come. I doubt your CPU is holding you back - and a Core i7-860 has some good overclocking headroom.

RE: Video card help
By Lanister on 2/15/2012 12:16:00 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't tried overclocking anything yet, was worried I'd have to add more cooling which would kick up the noise a bit and didn't want to void the warranty. But I believe my warranty is almost up so I may look into it. Is ati the way to go or does nvidia have a better offering? I've used both card brands in the past and like them both, I know they tend to go back and forth on who is better.

Thank you both for taking the timely reply, it is appreciated.

RE: Video card help
By greywood on 2/15/2012 12:39:14 AM , Rating: 2
I've consistently stuck with "ATI" (since before AMD bought out ATI) for several years. They weren't always the fastest cards, but always offered good value per dollar spent.

If you're unsure about choosing between AMD and nVidia, try checking out some reviews of cards from both. Both AnandTech and the [H]ard-OCP site have excellent reviewers. I like [Hard]-OCP because they don't just run a dozen cards thru the mill to grind out numbers. They actually play the games with 3-4 price-competitive cards, looking for the highest resolutions and image-quality settings that give a good game-play experience.

Don't worry too much about card specs. Instead, look for cards that give good visuals at good frame-rates at the resolution you run (or higher). Then decide how much you are willing to spend; you may find you don't need to spend as much as you thought.

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