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ASUS A88X-Pro Motherboard Review

When AMD announced the launch of the new FM2+ based socket for the up coming "Kaveri" APU Processor, manufacturers were in full force with the launch of new motherboards. Over the next few weeks we caught a glimpse of the up coming releases, and its design and aesthetics caught our attention. In the past, we have seen some nice products for the APU socket line, but the motherboards were never as fancy as some of the enthusiast boards we have come to see with the higher end chipsets and processors, like the AMD FX Series, the 990FX chipset line. With AMD's FX Series road map unclear, and AMD's APU series processors rising success, it was only a matter of time before we start to see more enthusiast style motherboards hit the market. Today, we have the pleasure of taking a look at an ASUS motherboard that sports the fancy aesthetics and brings to the table the full enthusiast experience that the APU market has missed out on before. Today we have the ASUS A88X-Pro Motherboard which runs the flagship A88X chipset. This is one of the 3 chipsets launched for the FM2+ based Kaveri APU. So, the question that most of us have today is does all this fancy aesthetic meet the demands of an enthusiast's desire? Well today we are going to put the ASUS A88X Motherboard to the test and find out.



 
 
 
 
 

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270X

   Introduction   One of the keys to a successful technology business is reaching out to customers. Get them interested in the product or services you are offering, and then close the deal by selling them the product or service. In this day and age, which is full of technology junkies, this seems incredibly easy. In most cases it is that easy. Something new and shiny hits the market and we drool on our keyboards. However there are some folks who remain reluctant for a very important reason, follow-through. They wonder if a company will follow-through by providing the best product or service for their hard earned money? If the company accomplishes the sometimes unspoken promise, then the deal is truly complete. There is a company that has a proven track record of doing just that year after year, product after product. Today we will see if Sapphire Technology can continue the tradition of providing a great value and performance for your hard earned dollars. Following the launch of the new AMD Hawaii based GPUs, Sapphire sent us its new Vapor-X R9-270x so we can measure its commitment to excellence. From Innovator to Excellence over 10 years! SAPPHIRE Technology was first formed as a manufacturer and global supplier of graphics cards when ATI (now a division of AMD) adopted the Add-in Board partner (AIB) model for delivering its technology to market. SAPPHIRE has consistently been the market leader with its graphics products. More recently the SAPPHIRE product rang...



 
 
 
 
 

Gigabyte Windforce R9-27xOC-2GD

    Introduction:   There has been a flurry of guesses, assumptions, predictions and all out nonsense relating to the new AMD R9 and R7 series of GPUs. Well the day has come where we can confirm and/or lay to rest most of the items previously listed. Launch day is here! The internet has been on fire for the last few days about the new AMD GPUs for multiple reasons: performance increases, newer technology features and most of all prices. We all love to finally know how much something will cost so we know how much work it will be to obtain. We love it even more when we get more performance per dollar. That ratio seems to be the driving force behind the new AMD cards released today. Unfortunately we don’t get to see all of the new features of the Hawaii based cards, but I will cover some of those here. What we do get to see is a shift towards a model based on the idea that everyone/anyone can be a gamer. The R9-270x is focused on the mainstream segment of the market where most of the market share resides. Lowering the initial cost of entering the PC gaming segment while still allowing them to play most games with high settings can be a big win for the industry. More people will buy games and will upgrade other hardware. They might also add a 2nd GPU when they decide one will no longer feed their thirst for higher levels of detail and resolution. Many, like myself, are eager to see what the new- “New era of gaming” is all about. Can it possibly live up...



 
 
 
 
 

MSI R9 270X HAWK

With AMD's latest launch, today we're looking at the MSI R9 270X HAWK, a mid-range graphics card that boasts a custom heatsink, improved power design, and a factory overclock, all for a modest price of $220. Sounds pretty good so far. Factor in that AMD is bringing a host of new features to the market with the R9 series launch, and we're cautiously optimistic for big things. Let's take a closer look at the MSI R9 270X HAWK to find out how it measures up.





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