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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.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black: Do-It-Yourself Cooler Swap
Jun 9, 2014 - in Reviews
Nvidia doesn’t allow its partners to sell the GeForce GTX Titan Black with proprietary cooling. However, Gigabyte now offers a GHz Edition of the card that comes bundled with its WindForce solution, which you can install on the overclocked board yourself.
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!
AMD FirePro W9100 Review: Hawaii Puts On Its Suit And Tie
May 19, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD's Hawaii GPU makes its appearance in the workstation space as FirePro W9100. Does this $4000 card have what it takes to displace Nvidia's Quadro K6000, or is it a more conservative performer? We throw an exhaustive benchmark suite at it to find out.
Tom's Hardware Graphics Charts: Performance In 2014
May 12, 2014 - in Reviews
Two years and two graphics card generations have passed since the last major update to our famous graphics card performance charts. It's time to get them back up to speed. We introduce modern benchmarks, new measurement equipment, and fresh methodology.
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?
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.
MSI R9 290X Lightning Review: The Right Way To Cool Hawaii
Apr 16, 2014 - in Reviews
Judging from the R9 290X Lightning's hefty build, it takes a lot of metal to cool the Hawaii GPU properly. But what does this massive card give you aside from sharp looks? How about impressive acoustics? Is its $750 price tag worth the premium experience?
Workstation Graphics: 19 Cards Tested In SPECviewperf 12
Apr 14, 2014 - in Reviews
SPECviewperf 12 sets out to be the standard for evaluating workstation graphics cards by including the latest professional applications, more complex models, and synthetic workloads pulled from important market segments. We test 19 cards in the new suite.
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.
Partner Cards: 10 Radeon R9 270 And 270X Boards, Reviewed
Mar 31, 2014 - in Reviews
We're not particularly fond of AMD's reference Radeon R9 270-series cooling solution. Fortunately, most of the company's board partners have their own heat sinks and fans. We take 10 cards and measure their clock rates, thermals, and acoustics.
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.
CryoVenom R9 290 Review: Water Cooling With A Warranty
Mar 10, 2014 - in Reviews
Liquid cooling solves the thermal challenges presented by AMD's Hawaii GPU much more elegantly than a big heat sink and loud fan. But the requisite parts also add cost. Does VisionTek's CryoVenom R9 290 deliver maximum performance at a fair price?
PowerColor LCS AXR9 290X: Water Makes Hawaii Comfortable
Mar 5, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD’s Radeon R9 290X is an incredibly powerful gaming card. Unfortunately, the company's cheap cooling solution results in inconsistent performance and excessive noise. PowerColor’s liquid-cooled LCS AXR9 290X is set to solve both issues with finesse.
Partner Cards: Two Radeon R9 290s And Five 290Xs, Updated
Feb 26, 2014 - in Reviews
Our updated round-up of Hawaii-based board partner products includes two Radeon R9 290s, five Radeon R9 290Xes, the reference card with our Arctic Accelero Extreme III modification, and another home-grown config that employs NZXT's Kraken G10 cooler.
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?
Radeon R7 250X Review: Reprising Radeon HD 7770 At $100
Feb 10, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD's name might be new, but we're already intimately familiar with its Radeon R7 250X (formerly known as the Radeon HD 7770). Can AMD take an old piece of hardware and turn it into something you want to spend money on in 2014? Let's have a quick look...
The Myths Of Graphics Card Performance: Debunked, Part 1
Feb 10, 2014 - in Reviews
Did you know that Windows 8 can gobble as much as 25% of your graphics memory? That your graphics card slows down as it gets warmer? That you react quicker to PC sounds than images? That overclocking your card may not really work? Prepare to be surprised!
AMD Radeon R7 260 Review: The Bonaire GPU Rides Again
Feb 6, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD announced its Radeon R7 260 in December of last year, and we were excited about a $110 Radeon HD 7770 replacement. Almost two months later, one model is available on Newegg for $140. Today, we're testing the card and pondering its curious position.
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?
Does Radeon R9 290X Behave Any Differently In A Closed Case?
Jan 9, 2014 - in Reviews
We're in the process of testing Radeon R9 290X cards from AMD's board partners, and were curious how they all fare in a closed chassis. Corsair's deluxe Obsidian 900D offers lots of airflow, so we dusted off a more mainstream $80 case to test with.
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?
G-Sync Technology Preview: Quite Literally A Game Changer
Dec 12, 2013 - in Reviews
You've forever faced this dilemma: disable V-sync and live with image tearing, or turn V-sync on and tolerate the annoying stutter and lag? Nvidia promises to make that question obsolete with a variable refresh rate technology we're previewing today.
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.