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Best Graphics Cards For The Money: August 2014
Aug 7, 2014 - in Reviews
August gives you price reductions across the Radeon and GeForce line-ups. We also take a close look at AMD's Mantle graphics API, test PowerColor's new dual Radeon R9 290X and AMD's FirePro W8100, and talk about Nvidia's upcoming Maxwell-based cards.
AMD FirePro W8100 Review: The Professional Radeon R9 290
Jul 30, 2014 - in Reviews
After introducing the flagship FirePro W9100, AMD now has a FirePro W8100 in its portfolio. Somewhat lower specs (like 8 GB of memory, a slower GPU, and fewer shader units) should position it in the workstation world where the Radeon R9 290 is in gaming.
PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X 8 GB Review: Dual Hawaii on Air
Jul 21, 2014 - in Reviews
PowerColor’s Devil 13 graphics card, with its two Hawaii GPUs and massive heat sink, weighs in at more than two kilograms and exudes luxury. But can it compete with AMD’s dual-GPU reference design with closed-loop water cooling? Let’s find out!
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.
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.
AMD's Kabini: Jaguar And GCN Come Together In A 15 W APU
May 23, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD is ready to talk about the Temash and Kabini APUs, based on its Jaguar x86 architecture and Graphics Core Next design. We even have a reference Temash-based notebook here in the lab for benchmarking. How does it compare to Pentium and Core i3?
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan 6 GB: GK110 On A Gaming Card
Feb 19, 2013 - in Reviews
After almost one year of speculation about a flagship gaming card based on something bigger and more complex than GK104, Nvidia is just about ready with its GeForce GTX Titan, based on GK110. Does this monster make sense, or is it simply too expensive?
Tahiti LE, Tested: PowerColor's HD7870 PCS+ Myst Edition
Feb 10, 2013 - in Reviews
Today, we look at a card between two worlds. Despite a model number that suggests Pitcairn lineage, this board is based on AMD's Tahiti GPU. Does it behave more like its namesake, or the powerful engine actually under its hood? Read on for more!
AMD Radeon HD 8790M: Next-Gen Mobile Mainstream Graphics Preview
Dec 20, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD sent over some of its lab gear: an interposer card and two PCI Express-based boards with MXM modules...one of which hosted its upcoming Radeon HD 8790M GPU. At long last, the GCN architecture is hitting mainstream notebooks in its 28 nm glory.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Graphics Performance, Benchmarked
Nov 15, 2012 - in Reviews
The Call of Duty series is an old favorite of ours, so it's a foregone conclusion that we'd check out Black Ops II's performance on the PC. How well does your graphics card handle it? Does this title have what it takes to stand out in a crowded genre?
Radeon HD 7990 And GeForce GTX 690: Bring Out The Big Guns
Nov 7, 2012 - in Reviews
EVGA recently lent our German lab one of the GeForce GTX 690s we've had in the U.S. for months. The purpose? To pit against HIS' upcoming 7970 X2 and PowerColor's Devil13 HD7990, both dual-Tahiti boards vying to become the world's fastest graphics card.
Medal Of Honor Warfighter Performance, Benchmarked
Nov 1, 2012 - in Reviews
We take Medal of Honor Warfighter for a spin on 12 different graphics cards to figure out how much hardware you need to get this modern-day account of our Tier 1 operators' work running smoothly. Not surprisingly, the single-player campaign is GPU-heavy.
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review: Nvidia's Last Graphics Card For 2012
Oct 9, 2012 - in Reviews
Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 650 Ti is designed to fill the gap between its GeForce GTX 650 and 660. Is the GK106-based board fast enough to outmaneuver classics like the GeForce GTX 460 and Radeon HD 6850? Or, should you be looking to a 1 GB Radeon HD 7850?
Custom Cooling: Deepcool's Dracula And Arctic's Accelero Xtreme
Oct 2, 2012 - in Reviews
Overclocking AMD's Radeon HD 7970 requires effective cooling, but the company's design is incompatible with most aftermarket heat sinks. Arctic and Deepcool claim to have solutions able to get the job done, without the reference cooler's loud fan.
Echo Express Pro: Desktop Graphics In A Thunderbolt Chassis
Sep 16, 2012 - in Reviews
Have the rigors of life on the road forced you to ditch your desktop in favor of a laptop? What if you could add discrete graphics to your Ultrabook? We test the gaming performance of Sonnet's Echo Express Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 And 660 Review: Kepler At $110 And $230
Sep 13, 2012 - in Reviews
We have two new graphics cards in the lab today: Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650 and 660, filling the gap between its GeForce GT 640 and GTX 660 Ti with Kepler derivatives. Are these GK107- and GK106-based boards able to challenge the Radeon HD 7750 and 7850?
Seven GeForce GTX 660 Ti Cards: Exploring Memory Bandwidth
Sep 11, 2012 - in Reviews
Seven GeForce GTX 660 Tis landed in our lab. Today, we're benchmarking them, measuring their noise and temperatures, and conducting a more in-depth analysis of the impact a 192-bit memory interface has on performance. The results are enlightening!
Sapphire Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition Review: Gaming On 6 GB Of GDDR5
Sep 3, 2012 - in Reviews
Sapphire gives its new flagship graphics card 6 GB of very fast memory, compared to the mere 3 GB on AMD's reference card. Does this give Sapphire's Toxic HD 7970 GHz Edition a real-world speed boost? We connect it to an epic six-screen array to find out.
GeForce GTX 660 Ti Review: Nvidia's Trickle-Down Keplernomics
Aug 16, 2012 - in Reviews
Nvidia's Kepler architecture is finally manifest in a $300 graphics card, which the company says beats AMD's Radeon HD 7870 and challenges its more expensive 7950. Can this GK104-based mainstream card carve out a spot between the GCN-based competition?
AMD FirePro W8000 And W9000 Review: GCN Goes Pro
Aug 12, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD’s GCN architecture, known for its strong compute and 3D performance, is finally being made available in the company's FirePro workstation graphics card family. Can AMD catch Nvidia? We test the two fastest FirePro cards to answer that question.
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 Super Overclock: Now With Windforce 5X
Aug 5, 2012 - in Reviews
Gigabyte’s Radeon HD 7970 Super Overclock is huge, heavy, overclocked, and very different-looking. Its Windforce 5X cooler employs five 40 mm fans. We benchmark the card, spend some time tweaking it, and measure the noise those blowers make.
Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler
Jul 31, 2012 - in Reviews
Are you tired of gaming notebooks that have to be tethered to a power outlet? We test Eurocom’s Racer 2.0 to see if its combination of a 22 nm Intel-based CPU and 28 nm graphics processor from Nvidia can help enable playable performance on the road.
Extreme Air Cooling: Our Five-Slot (Quiet) Radeon HD 7970
Jul 25, 2012 - in Reviews
The good news is that it’s possible to cool AMD’s flagship Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition to less than 75 degrees Celsius under full load, maintaining a quiet 32 dB(A) at the same time. The bad news? It'll cost you five expansion slots and more than $100.
Seven GeForce GTX 670 Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed
Jun 28, 2012 - in Reviews
We have seven GeForce GTX 670 cards. Which is fastest? Which is quietest? Each one swaggers onto the scene ready to prove its worth to your wallet. We emphasize thermals, acoustics, and design in this many-way shoot-out based on Nvidia's capable GK104.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Review: Give Me Back That Crown!
Jun 21, 2012 - in Reviews
After watching its Radeon HD 7970 get outperformed first by Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680, and then its 670, AMD is striking back with higher clocks and a new driver that hits the afterburners in several games. But are the gains worth paying extra for?
Radeon HD 7950 3 GB: Six Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed
Jun 17, 2012 - in Reviews
With Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 readily available for $400, AMD's Radeon HD 7950 shifts to the upper middle class of graphics card performance. We test six third-party interpretations in anticipation of pricing more in line with its competitive position.
Nvidia GeForce GT 640 Review: Cramming Kepler Into GK107
Jun 4, 2012 - in Reviews
Afox sent us its rendition of the new GeForce GT 640, based on Nvidia's GK107 GPU. This one slots in under the existing GeForce GTS 450 to do battle with AMD's Radeon HD 6670. Does the Kepler architecture deliver, or is a $100 price target too high?
GeForce GTX 670 2 GB Review: Is It Already Time To Forget GTX 680?
May 10, 2012 - in Reviews
Not like it was ever really widely available anyway, right? The GeForce GTX 670 offers most of GK104's on-chip resources, doesn't give up much performance, and costs $100 less. Now, let's see if Nvidia can make enough of them to satisfy demand.
Video Teaser: Radeon HD 7800 Series Remains A Solid Value
May 8, 2012 - in Reviews
Two months after the Radeon HD 7800-series cards first launched, they remain strong performers at attractive prices. We recap our coverage of the Radeon HD 7870 and 7850, discuss why we still like them, and cover one caveat for multi-GPU gamers.
Benchmarking AMD's 768-Shader Pitcairn: Not For Public Consumption
May 7, 2012 - in Reviews
Last week we reported that an engineering sample card with 768 shaders accidentally found its way into our lab instead of the HD 7850 we were expecting. This GPU may be meant for engineers, but it piqued our interest, since it happens to fill a large gap.