Best Graphics Cards For The Money: March 2014
Mar 4, 2014 - in Reviews
This month was a tidal wave of graphics card releases, including Nvidia's GeForce GTX 750 Ti and 750, based on Maxwell. We also look at the new GeForce GTX Titan Black, the brand new Radeon R9 280, and the recently-released Radeon R7 250X and 265.
Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: March 2014
Feb 11, 2014 - in Reviews
In this month's update, we discuss the new A4-4020 and A4-6420K APUs, AMD's low-power, entry-level Socket FS1b-based platform, and how it will stack up against Intel's counterpart, Bay Trail-D. We also report on a handful of price changes in the market.
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?
Gaming Shoot-Out: 18 CPUs And APUs Under $200, Benchmarked
Feb 11, 2013 - in Reviews
Now that Piledriver-based CPUs and APUs are widely available (and the FX-8350 is selling for less than $200), it's a great time to compare value-oriented chips in our favorite titles. We're also breaking out a test that conveys the latency between frames.
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!
Five 550 And 600 W 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supplies, Tested
Feb 5, 2013 - in Reviews
A good power supply doesn't just provide you with ample output. Increasingly, vendors have put a bigger emphasis on delivering power more efficiently, too. We're testing five 80 PLUS Platinum-rated power supplies in the 550- to 600-watt range.
Memory Scaling, AMD's Trinity APUs, And Game Performance
Feb 3, 2013 - in Reviews
When it comes to gaming, the integrated Radeon on AMD's Trinity architecture crushes the HD Graphics 4000 engine native to Intel's fastest Ivy Bridge CPU. But we want to make a good thing better. How much does fast memory help boost an APU's performance?
Who's Who In Power Supplies, 2013: Brands Vs. Manufacturers
Jan 22, 2013 - in Reviews
Do you think that all power supplies are manufactured by the brand on the label? Think again. We show what makes a good PSU and reveal who builds them. You can actually find lots of quality (instead of just scrap metal) behind some of the budget labels.
Four Z77-Based Mini-ITX Motherboards, Reviewed
Jan 9, 2013 - in Reviews
Yes, you can get all of the functionality enabled by Intel's Z77 Express chipset in a tiny mini-ITX form factor! We round up four motherboards that uniquely approach the gaming and media center markets with a range of features and prices. Which is best?
Four Closed-Loop CPU Coolers Take On Noctua's NH-D14
Dec 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Closed-loop liquid coolers relieve stress from our motherboards, without the portability and maintenance issues of traditional open-loop kits. Are these the best devices for system builders who plan to move their machines and want to avoid damage?
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 3: Lian Li, Nanoxia, And SilverStone
Dec 27, 2012 - in Reviews
Part three of our quest for quiet gaming brings us three final enclosures from Lian Li, Nanoxia, and SilverStone. Have we finally found the perfect product to silence a noisy graphics card? We’ll find out by comparing all nine contenders in today's piece.
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 2: Corsair, Fractal, And Gigabyte
Dec 26, 2012 - in Reviews
Yesterday, we embarked on a quest to find the ultimate quiet gaming case. Today, we’re testing three more enclosures: Corsair’s Obsidian 550D, Fractal Design’s Define R4, and Gigabyte’s Luxo M10. How will they compare in cooling, noise, and overall value?
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 1: Antec, Azza, And Cooler Master
Dec 25, 2012 - in Reviews
The pursuit of performance often dictates that we simply live with a loud PC. Enthusiasts sometimes feel forced to choose between reasonable acoustics and the ventilation needed to overclock. Today, we evaluate three cases that promise to deliver both.
CPU Charts 2012: 86 Processors From AMD And Intel, Tested
Dec 23, 2012 - in Reviews
Benchmarking 86 CPUs takes a while. After long last, though, we have 51 models from AMD and 35 from Intel tested in our current suite. If you want to know how your processor sizes up to its competition, you'll find plenty of comparison data inside!
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.
NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review: Conceptualized By Enthusiasts
Dec 18, 2012 - in Reviews
NZXT is extending its portfolio of high-end PC cases with a full-size tower called the Phantom 820. After an extended evaluation, it's clear to us that power users played a big part in defining this enclosure's specs. But the story isn't quite so simple.
Tom's Hardware's 2012 Gift Guide, Part 2: For Gadget Geeks
Nov 28, 2012 - in Picture Story
Our annual holiday season gift guide continues! In Part 2, we focus on peripherals and portables. Whether you're looking for productivity, capacity, connectivity, or sheer, sexy awesomeness, we've got 17 amazing suggestions to make your season brighter.
Six Socket FM2 Motherboards For AMD's Trinity APUs
Nov 25, 2012 - in Reviews
After just one generation, Socket FM1 is dead. We test six Socket FM2-based motherboards able to take AMD's newest APUs built using the Trinity architecture. Can any of these platforms, armed with AMD A85X Fusion Controller Hubs, get us to upgrade?
Tom's Hardware's 2012 Gift Guide, Part 1: For System Builders
Nov 20, 2012 - in Picture Story
Welcome to our most-anticipated event of the year, the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide! Today, in Part 1, we have three of our most stunning models ever displaying an arousing array of components for your system config consideration. Deep breath...and enjoy.
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?
Core i7-3970X Extreme Review: Can It Stomp An Eight-Core Xeon?
Nov 9, 2012 - in Reviews
After one year of dominating the enthusiast space, Intel's Core i7-3960X is being replaced. The new Core i7-3970X features higher clock rates, but also imposes a 150 W TDP. Just for kicks, we're putting it up against another 150 W CPU: the Xeon E5-2687W.
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.
Windows 8: Does AMD's Bulldozer Architecture Benefit?
Oct 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Shortly after AMD's Bulldozer architecture launched, AMD had us anticipating a couple of hotfixes that were supposed to improve FX-8150's performance. But Windows 8 was the ultimate goal. Now that the operating system is out, does it help FX-8150?
AMD FX-8350 Review: Does Piledriver Fix Bulldozer's Flaws?
Oct 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Last year, AMD launched its Bulldozer architecture to disappointed enthusiasts who were hoping to see the company rise to its former glory. Today, we get an FX processor based on the Piledriver update. Does it give power users something to celebrate?
On Location At AMD's 2012 ExtravaLANza Event
Oct 21, 2012 - in Picture Story
AMD opened up the doors of its Markham, Ontario office to host a gaming event, and we sent our crew from Toronto to see what the ExtravaLANza was all about. From tournaments, to building, to giveaways, our team captured the action.
AMD FX-4170 Vs. Intel Core i3-3220: Which ~$125 CPU Should You Buy?
Oct 14, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD has the clock rate on its side. But Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture boasts superior IPC throughput. We pit the 4.2 GHz FX-4170 against Intel's new 3.3 GHz Core i3-3220 in an effort to determine which CPU is the better buy for $125.
Six $220-280 Z77 Express-Based Motherboards, Reviewed
Oct 9, 2012 - in Reviews
Expanded graphics card support, enhanced on-board features that include Thunderbolt on some models, and more-robust voltage control are all good reasons to consider paying a little extra for a higher-end motherboard. Today we examine five top choices.
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?
Three Down-Draft Heat Sinks: The Last Of A Dying Breed?
Oct 7, 2012 - in Reviews
There’s an enormous amount of aftermarket coolers available to those wanting more performance or lower temperatures. The market’s currently dominated by tower coolers, and top coolers have fallen out of favor. Rightfully so? We find out.