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AMD Launches Three Entry Level GPUs: Radeon HD 6450, 6570 and 6670

Written on April 20, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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AMD gives low-budget PC users some love with some below-$100 Radeon HD graphic cards.

Although AMD raises the standard of what graphic cards should be release after release, it never forgets to serve the needs of users who prefer an easy-going, non-hardcore graphic card that would just suit their needs of light gaming and basic to moderately advanced desktop operations. Introducing AMD’s new line of entry level cards that will tickle the fancy of the above-average computer Joe, the Radeon HD 6450, 6570 and 6670 cards.

The three entry-level graphic cards prices range below $100, with the Radeon HD 6450 running at $55, the 6570 for $79, and the 6670 for $99.

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Sony Buffs VAIO S Series with Core i5-2410M Processor and Radeon HD 6470M Graphics

Written on February 23, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It's a perfect mix of style and functionality, though Sony could have been more creative in the naming department.

After the prototype that we’ve seen during the CES 2011, Sony has finally unveiled the revamped version of the VAIO S laptop series that gives more power with its Core i5-2410M CPU plus the Radeon HD 6470M graphics. Sony described the series as a mobile PC that “packs greater stamina with less to carry.”

Although the specs are completely different from its predecessor, we’re just dumbfounded why Sony didn’t just rename the entire series instead of making one overlap the other. But in any case, the 13-inch, 3.9-pound, Windows 7 Professional OS-driven laptops are here struting all the right moves to the same target market of the previous VAIO S Series captured.

Check out the specs after the break!

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Best NVIDIA and ATI Graphic Cards for the Holidays

Written on December 19, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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Find out the best bang-for-the-buck graphic cards out in the market today to optimize your gaming experience!

It’s almost a wrap here in the video game industry as 2010 draws to a close. Most, if not all, of the anticipated games are out on the market, and if you’ve already brought your kids, your friends, or yourself World of Warcraft: Cataclysm or Call of Duty: Black Ops even before Santa arrived, then you’re probably wondering what you’ll get for that special someone who loves the art of gaming. Well, how about the gift of graphics? ATI and NVIDIA’s got you covered.

Find out the best bang-for-the-buck graphic cards available today to optimize your gaming experience!

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NVIDIA Goes Retail at Best Buy

Written on October 13, 2010 by Adam Eve

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It seems that Nvidia is ready to take the plunge into selling its graphic cards directly to consumers. But they do not have plans to take it outside Best Buy stores in the US.

Nvidia’s video card plans to go retail, but can only take as far as Best Buy in the US. Surprising as it sounds, Nvidia is going up against its vendor partners in its home turf. The thinking behind this, is that the majority of computer enthusiasts in the US tends to buy from an online source. Otherwise, they go to Best Buy and pick up a box with a label that they are familiar with.

As most of us already know, Nvidia relies traditionally on add-in-board partners to build and support the actual device. But the Green Team seems to be taking the marketing initiative into their hands.

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Intel Challenges AMD and NVIDIA with Their New Processor Graphics

Written on September 11, 2010 by Adam Eve

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“Intel never really took graphics that seriously -- they were pretty pathetic for a while there. The new lineup is probably good enough for most PC users, which means manufacturers don’t need to add separate chips.” - Steve Kleynhans, Analyst, Gartner Inc.

Intel Corp. is stepping up a threat against Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and NVIDIA Corp. as they show off their first chip with graphics capabilities. The design, dubbed as Sandy Bridge, will go into production next quarter. Becoming the basis for Intel’s entire lineup, this marks a shift for the industry eliminating the need for separate graphic card in most PCs. Putting graphics on the same piece of silicon as the main processor gives the world’s largest semiconductor maker a cost advantage. The new approach also consumes less power and improves performance due to more efficient communication on the chips.

AMD got a jump on the change since 2006, after acquiring ATI Technologies Inc. and using its capabilities to craft a new line of processors called Fusion. Meanwhile, NVIDIA only makes graphic cards and not central processors. Still, it is too early to write off the market for discrete graphic chips. It seems that Intel’s existing graphic features are not good enough to replace rival products, and it hasn’t hurt the market for stand-alone cards so far.

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