Colour-changing laptop, Areca RAID Controller, AMD GPUs - Toshiba

If you were ever on the lookout for a laptop that really stands out, check out the Toshiba Dynabook Qosmio T750, which has a colour-changing lid. HotHardware reported on the unusual device, which changes colour depending on the angle you view it in. When you're done playing for hours with the psychedelic colours, it's also a fairly reasonable machine on the inside, with a 15.6-inch display, 2.66GHz Intel Core i5-480M processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB of hard drive space, and the usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, eSATA and USB 2.0.

TweakTown reviewed the Areca ARC-1880ix-24 PCI-E x8 SATA/SAS RAID Controller with 24 Crucial RealSSD C300 solid state drives. It earned a rating of 93 percent, securing it the Best Performance award. Its high performance and multiple features were praised, while the lack of SSD-specific features was seen as a drawback. Price was also reasonable, given the high cost of SSDs, coming in at $1,110.

According to HardwareBistro, AMD is claiming that its Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs) will have a carbon footprint that is 40.3 percent lower than older products. The new APUs will only generate 40.2kg CO2e of GHG emissions, compared to 67.4kg of CO2e for previous models. While it may not matter for the performance enthusiast, who will be judging Fusion on other grounds entirely, environmentalists will be very pleased.

Tom's Hardware checked out what two AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6970M 2GB graphics card were like in CrossFire on Eurocom's Panther 2.0 gaming laptop. It rated pretty highly, almost bang on with two Nvidia GeForce GTX 480Ms in SLI, while costs were almost half. Even a single HD 6970M ran significantly faster than the Nvidia equivalent, giving AMD the crown of glory in this battle.

The Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard was reviewed by PureOC, which was seen as a bit of a surprise launch by Sapphire, given the older chipset employed compared to the popular P67 platform. Regardless, it was praised as a solid board, with a good design and layout, lots of features and connectivity options, a solid BIOS and “respectable” overclocking potential. Poor power design and lack of SLI were major drawbacks, however, as was the $300 price tag, which may simply not be justifiable for the lack of essential features, given cheaper options have filled those gaps.

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