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Best Graphics Cards For The Money: October 2014
Oct 16, 2014 - in Reviews
We talk about the new GeForce GTX 970 and 980 in this months update, and see how these disruptive products have changed the price landscape. We also talkn about the GeForce GTX 970M, 980M, and discuss rumors of upcoming products.
Nvidia Shield Tablet And Shield Controller Review
Oct 3, 2014 - in Reviews
The Shield Tablet, powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 SoC, deftly handles browsing and media playback duties. Combining it with the wireless Shield Controller transforms the 8-inch device into an exciting mobile gaming platform.
System Builder Marathon Q3 2014: High-End Performance PC
Sep 25, 2014 - in Reviews
Today’s high-end build adds a little muscle to last quarter’s parts list thanks to Devil's Canyon and a little bit of luck. Will a $1600 machine finally score big wins in both value and performance? A compelling value chart suggests yes.
System Builder Marathon Q3 2014: Mainstream Enthusiast PC
Sep 24, 2014 - in Reviews
Don changes his focus this month, putting an emphasis on host processor performance rather than graphics potential. Does his gamble pay off in our benchmark suite, or does Intel's improved Devil's Canyon design leave him short of previous greatness?
System Builder Marathon Q3 2014: Budget Gaming PC
Sep 23, 2014 - in Reviews
Paul Henningsen kicks off our System Builder Marathon with a stunning low-cost system that leans on Intel's Pentium G3258 processor, a Radeon R9 270 graphics card, and plenty of DDR3 memory. His hardware costs add up to just over $500, too!
AMD Mantle: A Graphics API Tested In Depth
Jul 16, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD's Mantle is available to users of certain Radeon cards, as are the first few titles with corresponding API support. We gathered up a number of CPUs and graphics boards, fired up Battlefield 4 and Thief, and set off on a benchmarking odyssey.
Benchmarked: How Well Does Watch Dogs Run On your PC?
May 28, 2014 - in Reviews
Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games of 2014. So, we're testing it across a range of CPUs and graphics cards. By the end of today's story, you'll know what you need for playable performance. Spoiler: this game is surprisingly demanding!
Update: Radeon R9 295X2 8 GB In CrossFire: Gaming At 4K
May 7, 2014 - in Reviews
We spent our weekend benchmarking the sharp-looking iBuyPower Erebus loaded with a pair of Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards. Do the new boards fare better than the quad-GPU configurations we've tested before, or should you stick to fewer cards in CrossFire?
PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X Review: Cool, Quiet, And Priced Right
May 5, 2014 - in Reviews
PowerColor sent over a second 2.5-slot Hawaii-based card. The first was MSI's R9 290X Lightning. This one, the PCS+ R9 290X is both lighter and less expensive. Does PowerColor out-engineer MSI and score an upset, or is the PCS+ simply less capable?
The Elder Scrolls Online Review: Epic Adventure Or Epic Fail?
May 2, 2014 - in Reviews
The Elder Scrolls Online has been out for a little over three weeks, which is a safe enough distance from the initial faltering and failings of traditionally rocky MMO launches to provide a genuine review of the game.
GeForce GTX 880M, 870M, And 860M: Mobile GPUs, Tested
Apr 23, 2014 - in Reviews
Nvidia is in the process of rolling out its GeForce GTX 800M-series graphics modules. Despite the new name, we're still looking at GK104-based GPUs. One thing is for sure, though: the processor is running faster than ever. We benchmark three models.
Radeon R9 295X2 8 GB Review: Project Hydra Gets Liquid Cooling
Apr 8, 2014 - in Reviews
“Do you have what it takes?” AMD asks, purportedly referring to the big budget and beefy power supply you need before buying its new Radeon R9 295X2. We benchmark the 500 W, dual-GPU beast against several other high-end configs before declaring a winner.
How Well Does The Elder Scrolls Online Run On Your PC?
Apr 4, 2014 - in Reviews
The Elder Scrolls series practically invented the modern single-player RPG. Today, we look at the franchise's expansion into the MMO space with The Elder Scrolls Online. What sort of graphics card and CPU will you need to enjoy your experience in Tamriel?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2014: The $750 Gaming PC
Mar 26, 2014 - in Reviews
After building two successful gaming-oriented configurations under $1000, rising prices force Paul to switch up the composition of his $750 machine. But can a compromise in processor performance be made up for by a faster GeForce GTX 770 graphics card?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2014: Our New Enthusiast PC
Mar 25, 2014 - in Reviews
I wanted to see how a GeForce GTX 780 Ti and Core i7-4770K compare to last quarter's GeForce GTX 770 cards in SLI and Core i5-4670K. In addition, we updated our price/performance evaluation. So, this System Builder Marathon should be full of surprises!
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2014: The $2400 People’s Choice PC
Mar 24, 2014 - in Reviews
I built a sweet system last quarter with Radeon R9 290s. But based on your feedback, the highest-priced build for Q1 2014 integrates several alternative components. Can this new system do more things right than the configuration I parted out myself?
Origin PC Shows Us How To Build A Case With Project Prime
Mar 21, 2014 - in Picture Story
After realizing that we've never covered the creation of a case from top to bottom, Origin PC told us that it wanted to show us how its own Genesis and Millennium enclosures came to be, and what made them special. Hold on as we travel back to 2011.
Thief Patch Enables TrueAudio And Mantle: First Benchmarks
Mar 17, 2014 - in Reviews
Square Enix's Thief reboot becomes the first title with support for AMD's TrueAudio feature, and the second leveraging the company's Mantle API. How much additional performance can you expect? We're busy in the lab, working to answer that question.
GeForce GTX 750 Ti Review: Maxwell Adds Performance Using Less Power
Feb 18, 2014 - in Reviews
Now that Nvidia is designing graphics architectures with Tegra in mind, first and foremost, efficiency takes priority. Can the company's mainstream GeForce GTX 750 Ti, based on its Maxwell architecture, prove that an eye on energy trumps the old approach?
AMD Radeon R7 265 Review: Curaçao Slides In At $150
Feb 13, 2014 - in Reviews
With pricing all over the map, AMD wants to plug the gap between its Radeon R7 260X and R9 270. To that end, it's introducing a Curaçao-based Radeon R7 265 with better-than-Radeon HD 7850 performance at $150. Will that be enough to stave off Maxwell?
GeForce GTX 780M, 770M, And 765M: Scaling Vs. Radeon HD 8970M
Feb 4, 2014 - in Reviews
We already have a really good idea how desktop-bound graphics cards perform. But what about the mobile hardware typically derived from those same GPUs? We test four identically-configured notebooks and show how they scale in six popular games.
Asus Mars 760 Review: Two GPUs In SLI; One $650 Graphics Card
Jan 31, 2014 - in Reviews
We like the idea of two GK104 GPUs in SLI on one graphics card. Sounds like a GeForce GTX 690, right? Except that board costs $1000 and Asus' Mars 760 sells for $650. In a world with sub-$700 GeForce GTX 780 Tis, can this dual-GPU stunner still impress?
Radeon R7 240 And 250: Our Sub-$100 Gaming Card Round-Up
Jan 29, 2014 - in Reviews
Now that AMD's Radeon R7 240 and 250 are here, we want to know a little more about what the sub-$100 market looks like. Can the latest Oland-based boards serve up playable performance in the latest titles, or are there other hidden gems to discover?
Origin PC Chronos: Two GeForce GTX 780 Tis In A Mini Gaming Cube
Jan 28, 2014 - in Reviews
Origin PC proves you can get two GeForce GTX 780 Tis and a heavily overclocked Core i7-4770K into a microATX form factor using BitFenix's popular Phenom M chassis. Yes, the combination is expensive, but it's also oh-so fast. We deconstruct it for you.
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2013: $1600 Enthusiast PC
Dec 27, 2013 - in Reviews
Don gets a slightly expanded budget and the command to target gaming performance. Based on his choices, he's the only one who doesn't get bit in the rear by AMD's pricing issues. Can he use this advantage to outmaneuver Paul's entry-level powerhouse?
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2013: $800 Gaming PC
Dec 26, 2013 - in Reviews
This quarter, Paul Henningsen asks for (and gets) a higher budget for better gaming performance. What he didn't expect was that AMD's graphics cards would shoot up in price, shattering the upper limit of his $800 ceiling. Can his system still compete?
SLI Scaling: Can Three GeForce GTX 760s Beat Two 780s?
Dec 22, 2013 - in Reviews
Back when GeForce GTX 780 sold for $650, slinging a bunch of 760s together looked like a great deal. Now that the 780's down to $500, is there still value in going three-way SLI with GK104, or are you better served by a couple of GK110-based 780 cards?
Call Of Duty: Ghosts Graphics Performance: 17 Cards, Tested
Dec 3, 2013 - in Reviews
It's already a commercial blockbuster. But does Call of Duty: Ghosts improve the first-person shooter genre, or simply rehash it? We look at this series' newest installment and test to see what kind of hardware you'll need for smooth play on the PC.
Lenovo Erazer X700 Gaming PC Review: Is It As Fast As It Looks?
Nov 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Famed for its ThinkPads, data center-oriented servers, and dependable office PCs, Lenovo is looking to carve out a piece of the enthusiast segment with its Erazer X700 gaming system. Can this sexy-looking setup stand up against our SBM configurations?
Xbox One Review: Unifying Your Living Room Experience
Nov 20, 2013 - in Reviews
We've been messing with Microsoft's Xbox One for a while now, and it's surprisingly hard to compare against Sony's PS4. Join us as we walk through the hardware, the software, and the console's role quarterbacking your more connected living room.