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.
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: November 2013
Nov 27, 2013 - in Reviews
The graphics card market has seen the release of five new products since our last monthly update: The Radeon R9 290, Radeon R7 270, Radeon R7 250, Radeon R7 240, and GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Read about these new models in this month's article!
Tuning Radeon R9 290X: Replace The Thermal Paste For More Efficiency
Nov 17, 2013 - in Reviews
After receiving an enormous amount of feedback on our Radeon R9 290X review, we grabbed yet another retail board, which demonstrated the same performance issues under load as we saw in our earlier investigation. Looks like it's time to disassemble a card!
Fixing The Radeon R9 290 With Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III
Nov 17, 2013 - in Reviews
One of the best things we did for our Radeon R9 290 review was pop off AMD's reference cooler and attach Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III. Today, we show you how we did this, we dive deeper into the results, and ultimately recommend the aftermarket heat sink.
AMD Radeon R9 270 Review: Replacing The Radeon HD 7800s
Nov 12, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD packages up another sub-$200 graphics card, this time calling it the Radeon R9 270. We expected a Radeon HD 7850 replacement, but received something quite different. Is it a worthwhile step up, or just a familiar piece of hardware with a paint job?
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review: GK110, Fully Unlocked
Nov 7, 2013 - in Reviews
Hot on the heels of AMD's Radeon R9 290X receiving acclaim for a fair price and high performance, Nvidia is launching its fastest single-GPU gaming card ever: GeForce GTX 780 Ti. It's quicker than 290X, but also more expensive. Is the premium worthwhile?
AMD Radeon R9 290 Review: Fast And $400, But Is It Consistent?
Nov 4, 2013 - in Reviews
We have all the makings of a dramatic launch: new high-end hardware, a last-minute delay for more performance, a crazy twist based on retail hardware, and our own home-baked solution to AMD's noise problem. Does Radeon R9 290 impress us or fall short?
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.
Radeon R9 290X Review: AMD's Back In Ultra-High-End Gaming
Oct 23, 2013 - in Reviews
After eight months of watching Nvidia go uncontested in the ultra-high-end graphics market, AMD has a new GPU based on existing technology that promises to challenge the top position. It gets mighty loud at times, but you can't ignore the R9 290X's price.
Battlefield 4 Beta Performance: 16 Graphics Cards, Benchmarked
Oct 9, 2013 - in Reviews
We spent our weekend playing the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta, and made sure to capture a ton of performance data with lots of PC hardware. Does your system have what it takes to handle this title? It comes out this month; you'd better look and see!
AMD Radeon R9 280X, R9 270X, And R7 260X: Old GPUs, New Names
Oct 7, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD is introducing a handful of new model names today, based on existing GPUs. Do the company's price adjustments make this introduction newsworthy, or will the excitement need to wait for its upcoming Radeon R9 290 and 290X, based on fresh silicon?
Gaming At 3840x2160: Is Your PC Ready For A 4K Display?
Sep 19, 2013 - in Reviews
We got our hands on Asus' PQ321Q Ultra HD display with a resolution of 3840x2160. Anxious to game on it, we pulled out our GeForce GTX Titan, 780, and 770 cards for a high-quality romp through seven of our favorite titles. What do you need to game at 4K?
Radeon HD 7990 Vs. GeForce GTX 690: The Crowd Picks A Winner
Sep 4, 2013 - in Reviews
Tom's Hardware enlists the help of /r/Bakersfield, plus some of its Facebook community, to test AMD's Radeon HD 7990 with the latest Catalyst 13.8 beta driver against GeForce GTX 690. The all-day event turned up some interesting observations.
Dual-GPU Battle: Does Frame Pacing In Catalyst 13.8 Turn The Tide?
Sep 3, 2013 - in Reviews
We take AMD's Catalyst 13.8 beta driver for a spin to see if its frame pacing feature fixes CrossFire's dropped and runt frame issues. Follow along as we compare the Radeon HD 7990 to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 in seven popular titles, with video to match!
AMD Dual Graphics Analysis: Better Benchmarks; Same Experience?
Aug 14, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD's Dual Graphics technology gives APU owners the ability to add a discrete GPU to their platforms for better performance. We take a close look at the results, both in terms of frames-per-second and experiential smoothness, thanks to captured video.
AMD Radeon HD 7730 Review: A Harbinger Of The Kaveri APU?
Aug 4, 2013 - in Reviews
We got our hands on two Radeon HD 7730 cards from Sapphire: one with 2 GB of DDR3 and the other sporting 1 GB of GDDR5. How do they compare to AMD's Radeon HD 6670s, and what might we glean from these boards about the upcoming Kaveri-based APUs?
Workstation Graphics: 14 FirePro And Quadro Cards
Jul 7, 2013 - in Reviews
We put 14 professional and seven gaming graphics cards from two generations through a number of workstation, general-purpose computing, and synthetic applications. By the end of our nearly 70 charts, you should know which board is right for your workload.
GeForce GTX 760 Review: GK104 Shows Up (And Off) At $250
Jun 25, 2013 - in Reviews
With its last graphics card introduction until the end of Fall, Nvidia isn't trying to impress anyone with groundbreaking performance. Rather, the company is pulling better-than GeForce GTX 660 Ti-class frame rates to a $250 price point, creating value.
Radeon HD 7990 In CrossFire: The Red Wedding Of Graphics
Jun 19, 2013 - in Reviews
We just got our hands on two more Radeon HD 7990s, bringing the lab's total to three. That might sound like the makings of a 1000 W gaming fest. But we cut the experience short when we noticed some crazy-high temperatures and not-so-nice acoustics.
The GeForce GTX 770 Review: Calling In A Hit On Radeon HD 7970?
May 30, 2013 - in Reviews
Wait, the new GeForce GTX 770 is powered by Nvidia's old GK104? That's right. And guess what? The card is faster, quieter, more feature-complete, and less expensive than the GeForce GTX 680 that came before it. Can it usurp the compelling Radeon HD 7970?
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Review: Titan’s Baby Brother Is Born
May 23, 2013 - in Reviews
At $1,000, GeForce GTX Titan only made sense for folks building small form factor PCs and multi-GPU powerhouses. Now there's another option with every bit of panache, a slightly de-tuned GPU, and a price tag $350 lower: meet Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780.
League Of Legends Performance, Benchmarked
May 19, 2013 - in Reviews
Following up our Dota 2 performance analysis, we benchmark the most-played PC game in the world, League Of Legends, and find out just how much graphics and CPU performance it requires for high-resolution, high-detail play, even across three screens.
A Free-To-Play MMO? Neverwinter Performance, Benchmarked
May 8, 2013 - in Reviews
Neverwinter is a new free-to-play MMO in the Dungeons And Dragons universe, sporting an action RPG flavor. We benchmark it with a number of graphics cards and CPUs, uncovering a processor-oriented bottleneck along the way. Does your platform measure up?
Dota 2 Performance, Benchmarked
Apr 28, 2013 - in Reviews
Dota 2 is one of the most popular games around. And, it's free-to-play, so anyone can try it out. How much hardware do you need to enjoy this title at smooth frame rates? Not much, it turns out. We test a number of CPUs and GPUs at different settings.
AMD Radeon HD 7990: Eight Games And A Beastly Card For $1,000
Apr 23, 2013 - in Reviews
We've been waiting for this since 2011. AMD is ready to unveil its Radeon HD 7990, featuring a pair of Tahiti graphics processors. Can the dual-slot board capture our hearts with great compute and 3D performance, or does Nvidia walk away with this round?
OpenCL And CUDA Are Go: GeForce GTX Titan, Tested In Pro Apps
Apr 16, 2013 - in Reviews
We initially had trouble getting the GeForce GTX Titan to work with OpenCL and CUDA. Finally, though, there are drivers available that fix all of that. Now we can figure out if the Titan makes a good workstation-oriented alternative to Nvidia's Quadros.
Asus' ROG Ares II: Four Dual-GPU Graphics Cards, Compared
Apr 2, 2013 - in Reviews
Earlier this year, Asus joined the extreme high-end graphics club with its own dual-Tahiti-based card, liquid-cooled and overclocked. You can't buy it anymore, but we got our hands on one and are adding it to our database of performance data.
External Graphics Over PCIe 3.0? Netstor's NA255A, Reviewed
Mar 28, 2013 - in Reviews
Netstor sent over its TurboBox NA255A, an external enclosure capable of accommodating four dual-slot graphics cards across one 16-lane PCI Express 3.0 connection. Is this thing fast enough for general-purpose GPU compute workloads? How about gaming?
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Review: A Budget-Oriented GK106-Based Boss
Mar 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Less than one week after AMD's Radeon HD 7790 launch, Nvidia is ready with a GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. Can the company parlay another GK106-based card into something more balanced than GeForce GTX 650 Ti, ousting the Radeon HD 7850 for less money?