Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560

It felt like ages since we did our last roundup, but on another note you might have been aware that NVIDIA introduced a new GTX 560 (non Ti) to their lineup earlier this week. Not surprisingly, this new part performs a bit better than the former GTX 460 and falls shy of the GTX 560 Ti – it also fills a small price gap (about the $199 mark) in terms of what they have to offer. This new card does also takes the performance crown when compared to AMD counterparts which are priced at a similar price point.


Roundup: AMD Radeon HD 6790

With their top of the line offering released and out of the way, AMD has expectedly put together an answer to NVIDIA’s GTX 550 Ti mid-range card. The new graphics unit retails for the same ($149), and comes clocked at 840MHz for graphics and shader speeds with 1GB of GDDR5 at 4.2GHz. We got reviewers acknowledge that this may have been a late response to their competitor’s GTX 460, but that’s a card that is slowly leaving the scene to be replaced by the less powerful GTX 550 Ti (awkwardly). If you’d want the latest video card for this particular price point then AMD’s solution does seem like the better option, but the new HD 6790 is suffering the same fate as its counterpart alternative since an HD 6850 can be had for close to the same price with rebates (if you don’t mind them that is). In all it’s a good card, and a tad lower price would have made it superb. All the detailed info and benchmarks below.

Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590

You’d probably want to know about the specs right off the bat, so it looks like we got 1,024 CUDA cores as speculated, 94 ROPs, and 3GB of GDDR5 RAM for this card. If you’re wondering, the GTX 590 is actually two GTX 580 chips combined but with power constraints – speeds were adjusted for the components on-board to compensate. The core is at a lower 607MHz, while it’s 1.2GHz for the shaders, and the memory is clocked at 3.4GHz.

Not surprisingly, with all the performance that’s jam packed into this card, it costs the same as AMD’s single-card flagship at $699. Hate to spoil it for all you NVIDIA fans out there, but the arrival of this much anticipated card doesn’t exactly blow the HD 6990 out of the water. It actually falls slightly behind the current single-card performance leader in some of benchmarks, however props to the experts behind an astonishingly quiet cooler especially for a card that performs at this level. We got the usual links for you to go through and bonus videos below for the weekend!



Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Looking back at our regular weekly roundups shows how AMD was on top of those frequent releases, and they stole most of the spotlight. That’s about to change with this new card aimed at mainstream, budget concious gamers and the much anticipated GTX 590 flagship coming soon.

The GTX 550 Ti is considered an update and replacement for the younger sibling, GTS 450 – fairly attracting too when the cost ticks in at $149 (US). Quick run through specs points only 192 CUDA cores (same as previous gen GTS 450, no surprise given price), but to make up for that NVIDIA aggressively pushes the core to 900MHz and the shader to 1800MHz. They also bundle 1GB of memory for good measure too, running at 4GHz – it may have a performance hit due the 192-bit interface compare to how well the GTX 560 Ti fares (256-bit). As usual with these roundups, we’ll let the reviewers help you decide whether this is the card for you.

Quick note, this may be the last of our roundups that we do on a weekly basis and this is much to do with our availability (sorry!). With major product releases, however, we’ll continue to strive and make an effort to bring the news for everyone. Have a great weekend!

Roundup: AMD Radeon HD 6990 (Antilles)

It’s finally here (released earlier this week), AMD’s brand new flagship video card – there’s been a lot of talk about this over these couple months. This new high-end part is to be to successor of the company’s HD 5970, which was released in November of 2009. Specs also weren’t that solid, until now and cooling required some clever engineering given the fact that even the HD 6970 faced a challenge with. Check out our preliminary wave of reviews below.

Again, you probably noticed the scarce number of posts for this week and we actually may stick to this “routine” with posts for every other day (also excluding weekends, as usual). We’re also working on a project that’s still in the very early stages – we’ll make the announcement when the time’s right. So stay tuned!

Roundup: Motherboards

Last week’s roundup was definitely not corny at all. Okay, maybe a little bit (or quite). On the more serious side of things now, and we noticed that we covered almost every part of a desktop computer from all of our roundups in the past. Video cards were no doubtingly a popular topic, especially with new releases from the two graphics giants.

Well, it’s Motherboards (who calls them mainboards?) this week and we have a mix of platforms for both the first and second generation Intel Core chips as well as several others (we’re not leaving you out AMD!). We decided to have a little variety since many retailers listed several “older” parts as an opportunity to clear out inventory when Intel had the recall, but good news is that we’re seeing revised boards now and it looks like MSI was one of the first out the door with them. Something we’d like to bring your attention to are the Sapphire Pure Black boards (X58 and P67), as they’re not among the usual suspects that bring motherboards to market but it looks like they’re introducing quite unique products (P.S. we love the bold color scheme) since having acquired EVGA’s design team.

UPDATE: Threw in a couple more reviews, enjoy!

    Roundup: C for Custom

    We pull off yet another roundup for this week, despite the absence of one for last week. Our apologies if you were expecting the usual daily posts for last week, we’ve been pretty busy these couple weeks so the posts were rather scattered (especially last week) you can say. Alright, we’ll cut it short – this one seems a bit random but it’s for things that start with C and believe or not there’s quite a handful of goods that were reviewed or tested recently that have their (brand) names start with the letter C.

    Why C? Well, we thought of our site name initially (VSPC) but unfortunately there wasn’t much to round up for the other letters (maybe one thing for S, and that’s about it). Anyways, have a great weekend!

    Roundup: Gaming Peripherals

    We have a feeling that we’ll eventually run out of topics for these weekly roundups we do at the end of each week, but fret not – it won’t be happening this week!

    Anyways, we got quite the roundup for today and it’s more or so intended for the gamers out there. Whether you’re a casual player that wants to step up their game or an hardcore enthusiast that’s looking to replace old gear – there’s bound to be something suitable in the following links. Some neat highlights include ASUS’s Xonar Xense sound card & headset bundle and an in-ear headset from Roccat, so be sure to take a look at those. Asides from those, we also got the usual suspects of gaming mice and keyboards rounded up with some other accessories thrown in as well.

    Roundup: Intel Chipset Debacle Follow-up

    We thought this would be the most appropriate roundup to finish off the week, and hopefully this can allow everyone to get a better understanding of the problems many manufacturers and early adopters are facing. With us further into the week now, some major OEMs and distributors are somewhat more aware of the issue we have at hand but it surprised us that some were still selling products after Intel issued the notice. We also got official statements from most of the major motherboard companies with also industry leaders like Dell and HP either pulling sales of current models or pushing back announcements of scheduled products. Feel free to check out any of the links below, or the ones in particular that affect you.

    UPDATE: We added a couple more links that may be helpful towards some of you – there is however a “feature” link that we want to mention. Gigabyte actually came up with a small utility that checks your SATA configuration, so you wouldn’t have to pop open your case to take a peek inside. It also makes a recommendation to move any of the devices if you have them plugged into the SATA II (3 Gbps) ports. Here’s the link to the download page for your convenience.

    Roundup: AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB

    Here’s our usual Friday weekly roundup, and it has in fact been pretty busy in the graphics card market this week. First it was the GTX 560 Ti, and now an HD 6950 at an entirely new price point. We also like to take this opportunity to mention, not only is AMD releasing the 1GB variant of the Radeon HD 6950 but prices are being slashed for existing cards as well. They are as follows (in US funds):

    • AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB: $269 to $289
    • AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB: $259
    • AMD Radeon HD 6870: $219

    These cards are showing up at many retailers, but there’s still no word on exact availability. We would suggest that AMD get these out the doors soon, as their competing counterpart is already on sale. Also something to note is that these 1GB cards won’t have the BIOS switch, so flashing it to a HD 6970 (“free upgrade”) may not be possible.

    At the time of writing this, there weren’t that many reviews of the card on its own – while there were many comparisons with the GTX 560 Ti. We had a good chuckle, since the HD 6950 1GB is after all AMD’s direct answer to it along with the price cuts they put in for good measure as well. In case you have a hard time deciding between the two, we threw in the comparison articles for your consumption. Enjoy.

    UPDATE: We haven’t seen any articles surface lately around this particular new model – one the reasons being that this it’s simply just a revised product (with less memory). If any of you guys manage to find something interesting that you want posted, by all means please shout out in the comments below. So instead we’ll show you sneak peek pics of the upcoming AMD Radeon HD 6990 – codenamed Antilles (new flagship for 2011, to arrive late first quarter of this year) below, so we can hopefully try to start off next week with non-video card related posts. Here’s a closeup (it’s huge, measuring in at 12″), and it was taken at the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore where the “AMD Asia-Pacific Fusion Tech Day” was held.

    More pictures here: (translated from Japanese).