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System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: System Value Compared
Jun 25, 2013 - in Reviews
Our top three builders struggled to fit big performance into three tiny ITX-based platforms at three budget levels. Will the more expensive machines once again justify their higher prices through dramatically-improved performance? Read on for more.
Power Supply Reference: Consumption, Savings, And More
Jan 10, 2012 - in Reviews
In this final excerpt from Scott Mueller's Upgrading And Repairing PCs, 20th Edition, we examine a number of power supply usage factors including power consumption calculations, power savings, power protection systems, and troubleshooting.
Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications
Dec 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Today's article contains everything you've ever wanted to know about PC power supply specifications. Form factor dimensions, cable end pinouts, voltage/amp/watt specifications, and even compatibility issues are covered in this comprehensive reference!
How To: Properly Plan And Pick Parts For An Air-Cooled PC, Part 2
Nov 15, 2011 - in Reviews
After discussing the theory of PC cooling, in Part One, we now move on to technology and implementation, discussing case fans, CPU coolers, and thermal grease. We even wrap up with a recipe you can use if you fail to cool your PC properly.
Four Overclocked GeForce GTX 580 Cards, Rounded Up
Aug 3, 2011 - in Reviews
Today we put four factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 580 cards to the test: Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock, MSI’s N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC, Calibre’s X580 Captain, and Zotac’s GeForce GTX 580 AMP²! Edition. Which one is worth its premium price?
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
Sparkle Demos Quad-Display GTX 580 GPU, Boothbabe Models Android 3.0 Tablet
Jun 3, 2011 - in News
Sparkly new GPU and Tablet, powered by Nvidia.
Five Overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti Cards, Compared
Feb 21, 2011 - in Reviews
We gave the GeForce GTX 560 Ti a thorough evaluation at launch. But Nvidia was perhaps most excited about some of its partners were doing with GF114. And so, we set out to find customized boards. Our search lead to five factory-overclocked alternatives.
Three 1000 W 80 PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supplies Tested
Feb 10, 2011 - in Reviews
We received a trio of 1000 W power supplies priced between $200 and $300, so we ran them through our usual suite of tests to see if they really live up to their 80 PLUS Gold certifications. Surprisingly, all three hiccuped during efficiency testing.
Roundup: 12 Gaming Power Supplies Compared
Dec 29, 2010 - in Reviews
Gamers demand a lot from their computers, starting with the PSU. Therefore, almost every PSU manufacturer sells products optimized for gaming PCs. We introduce ripple and noise testing in this roundup to further improve our power supply evaluations.
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: Value, Compared
Dec 19, 2010 - in Reviews
New benchmarks, new test methods, and new hardware mark exciting updates to this month’s System Builder Marathon. Today, we cover the most exciting part of all: the value competition. Remember, we're giving all three systems away, so enter to win them!
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $500 PC
Dec 16, 2010 - in Reviews
We've already seen results from Thomas' $2000 PC and Don's $1000 build. Now it's time for Paul's $500 machine to take the stage, showing what an Athlon II X3 can do when it's matched up to a GeForce GTX 460. Can it deliver better value than the others?
GeForce GTS 450 O/C Roundup: Six Custom-Tuned Cards
Oct 18, 2010 - in Reviews
Anyone interested in Nvidia's GeForce GTS 450 has a keen eye for value. But many enthusiasts still want the best performance they can afford. In today’s test, six factory-overclocked models challenge a standard-speed card in performance and value.
Gaming Across Three Screens: GTX 460, GTX 480, And Quad-SLI
Oct 11, 2010 - in Reviews
Display spanning is quickly becoming the high-mark for serious gaming machines of all budgets, with more powerful cards allowing higher resolutions. Yet, as panel resolutions higher than 1080p become harder to find, do we really need more than two cards?
Roundup: Nine GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Boards Benchmarked
Aug 30, 2010 - in Reviews
Happy with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460, we invited a dozen of the industry's top graphics companies to show off their unique interpretations of the card. Nine responded with what they feel are exceptional products. Can they get any better than reference?
Amazing SLI Scaling: Do Two GeForce GTX 460s Beat One GTX 480?
Jul 27, 2010 - in Reviews
The GeForce GTX 460 has already proven itself an excellent value as a single card, but can two of them offer superior performance at similar cost to Nvidia’s flagship GTX 480? Let's just say that there's a good reason to buy an SLI-compatible motherboard.
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.
Four GeForce 9600 GT Cards Compared
Sep 26, 2008 - in Reviews
Manufacturers really love the first Geforce 9. The graphic chip is fast, the cards are inexpensive, and some retailers offer more than ten variations.