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Seven Radeon R9 280X Graphics Cards, Rounded-Up
Nov 3, 2013 - in Reviews
Perhaps fortunately, AMD's reference Radeon R9 280X is a bit of a phantom outside our own labs. If you're shopping for one of these Tahiti-based boards, you're looking at third-party solutions. We round up seven models and show what makes them different.
HIS Launches R7-260X iPower IceQ X² 2 GB Graphics Card
Oct 24, 2013 - in News
HIS' new R7-260X graphics card features reference clock speeds and the company's iPower Design and "state of the art" IceQ X2 cooling system.
HIS Rolls Out Radeon HD 7850 IceQ X² Graphics Card
May 10, 2013 - in News
HIS has announced two new graphics cards.
XFX, Gigabyte, HIS Also Roll Out Radeon HD 7990 Cards
Apr 26, 2013 - in News
Three more manufacturers have released their HD 7990 graphics cards. Unsurprisingly, it's more of the same.
Silent, But Deadly: Build Your Own Gaming-Ready 0 dB PC
Mar 31, 2013 - in Reviews
For many folks, the most beautiful sound that a PC can make is no sound at all. How close can Tom's Hardware get to a zero-decibel configuration and still lend up with a compact, functional machine capable of mainstream gaming, without breaking the bank?
A Round Up of the AMD Radeon HD 7790 Variants
Mar 29, 2013 - in News
Following its release last week, the AMD Radeon HD7790 graphics card is available from a wide variety of manufacturers with a range of coolers and clock speeds.
Your Top Picks: Tom's Hardware Forums' Q1 2013 BestConfigs
Mar 10, 2013 - in Reviews
So you like our System Builder Marathon? Ever come up with your own idea for a killer rig? Don't forget to tell us about it on the Tom's Hardware forums. The following ten setups were configured by forum members and chosen in Q1 2013 BestConfigs Poll.
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: System Value Compared
Feb 28, 2013 - in Reviews
We've long claimed that the sweet spot for value was somewhere around $800. So, we narrowed this quarter's System Builder Marathon from $600 to $1,000. Which one of our three configurations gives us the most performance for our budget?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $600 Gaming PC
Feb 25, 2013 - in Reviews
After one quarter after another of Pentium-based budget-oriented gaming builds, Paul Henningsen is ready to put together something a little more potent. We gave him an extra $100 and asked him to show us how to spend that money. He obliged, gladly.
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.
Exclusive: HIS Radeon 7970 X2 (''7990'') Arrives in the Lab - Is This the World's Fastest Graphics Card?
Oct 25, 2012 - in News
HIS has PowerColor’s Devil 13 in its sights and is aiming to bring the world’s fastest graphics card to the market soon by coupling two Radeon 7970 GPUs. At Computex 2012, we got to see the mockup, but now we’ve got our hands on the actual card.
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.
Five Radeon HD 7970 3 GB Cards, Overclocked And Benchmarked
May 1, 2012 - in Reviews
GeForce GTX 680 cards are nowhere to be found, and the Radeon HD 7970 recently dropped to a much more attractive price. We thought it was time to round up a handful of Tahiti-based cards to see how board partners are improving upon AMD's original recipe.
How To: Properly Plan And Pick Parts For An Air-Cooled PC, Part 1
Nov 7, 2011 - in Reviews
What better way to wrap up a scorching summer than with a last word on cooling? We explain the most important rules for creating ideal airflow, address the potential effectiveness of side fans, and discuss the finer points of graphics card cooling.
The Radeon HD 6950 Sweet Spot: Five 1 GB Cards Rounded-Up
Oct 17, 2011 - in Reviews
AMD’s 1 GB Radeon HD 6950s are certainly cheaper than their 2 GB predecessors. But are they really a better value? In theory, the Cayman GPU runs out of steam before 2 GB is needed. So, we're comparing five custom 1 GB cards to the 2 GB part to find out.
Tom's Graphics Card Guide: 32 Mid-Range Cards Benchmarked
Jul 19, 2011 - in Reviews
There are numerous graphics cards in the range between $100 and $250, but which of them delivers the best bang for your buck? Which is the most efficient or least noisy product related to its performance? We set out to find the best graphics cards on the
25 Years Of Graphics History: A Farewell To ATI, In Pictures
Jan 12, 2011 - in Picture Story
ATI graphics were around for 25 years, 10 of them centering on the Radeon family. As the ATI brand fades away, we're left to remember the company's most noteworthy desktop cards, right after the 6970/6950 launch and just before the Radeon HD 6990 emerges.
AMD CrossFire Vs. Nvidia SLI Scaling Analysis
Oct 18, 2010 - in Reviews
We’ve seen impressive performance from Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 when it's matched up with a second card in SLI mode. But how does the entire high-end GeForce GTX 400 line compare to Radeon HD 5000-series cards? We test them all in several popular games.
Radeon HD 5550 And 5570: Pumped Up With GDDR5
Aug 18, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD quietly introduced its new Radeon HD 5550 and prepped the Radeon HD 5570 GDDR5 to follow. We examine the performance of these two stealth-launched models to see if they have what it takes to replace a couple of power contenders in the sub-$100 market.
Three Factory-Overclocked, High-End Graphics Cards
Aug 12, 2010 - in Reviews
Why buy a standard model when you can get the top-of-the-line? Treat yourself to the good stuff! We take three premium graphics cards for a spin to see just what kind of optional extras you can get when purchasing a factory-tweaked non-reference board.
Part 3: Building A Balanced Gaming PC
May 11, 2010 - in Reviews
What does it mean to build a truly-balanced PC? How great would it be to piece together a machine bottlenecked by neither CPU or GPU? We set forth to measure the perfect balance in seven different games and four resolutions in this third of many parts.
Mainstream Graphics Card Roundup
Jun 17, 2009 - in Reviews
You don’t always need the fastest graphics card around. For somewhere between $135 and $235, you can game like crazy in DirectX 10 without a problem at 1920x1200. We test and compare five graphics cards from this mid-range price segment.
ATI Radeon HD 4890: Playing To Win Or Played Again?
Apr 1, 2009 - in Reviews
ATI's "sweet spot strategy" served it well throughout 2008, allowing it to re-purpose the RV770 architecture from the mainstream to high-end markets. Now ATI is looking to refresh that game plan with RV790, a new GPU based on an already-popular design.
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: Feb. '09
Feb 15, 2009 - in Reviews
This month, Don adds Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 295 to the top of his Best Graphics Cards column. Additionally, a number of significant price drops shake up the order of things. Plus, we now provide links to the best prices we find on Newegg.
Radeon HD 4870 X2: Four Cards Compared
Nov 19, 2008 - in Reviews
Not only do we have four super-fast Radeon HD 4870 X2s to test, but also a list of 31 other graphics configurations including CrossFire and SLI setups. If you're in the market for AMD's fastest card available, you'll want to see this.
Gamer Grub Taste Test: Action Pizza, Strategy Chocolate and More!
Oct 13, 2008 - in News
Remember Gamer Grub? Inventor Keith Mullin claims his “cognitive performance snacks” will “boost your brain and speed your reaction time” to make you a more competitive gamer.
Editorial: HP's Restructuring of VoodooPC
Sep 23, 2008 - in News
It’s becoming an increasingly familiar story in the PC world: Behemoth manufacturer (Dell, HP) snaps up boutique vendor (Alienware, VoodooPC) in an effort to spice up the behemoth’s staid image—and to compete with hipster Apple.