What's red, black, sports 4 GB of GDDR5, and has DisplayPort outputs all over? AMD's FirePro V9800, the company's ultra-high-end workstation card. We run it through a battery of SPECapc and real-world performance tests, then compare it to Quadro 5000.
Alright, enough about integrated graphics. We don't think they're taking over the world, either. This time, our industry insiders talk to us about the new AMD Operton offerings, SFFs, netbooks, future motherboard designs, and product diversification.
After an arguably disappointing GeForce GTX 480 launch back in March, we knew the company had to be working hard on a successor. Meet its flagship GeForce GTX 580, based on the GF110 GPU. This time around, Nvidia proves the idiom "better late than never."
We've already talked to product managers representing the graphics industry. But what about the motherboard folks? We are back with ten more unidentified R&D insiders. The platform-oriented industry weighs in on Intel's, AMD's, and Nvidia's prospects.
We're looking for a few good suggestions as we revamp our processor testing suite for 2011. Is there something you'd like to see heading into the new year? Here's your chance to make your voice heard!
During the course of the past month, we've received tons of your suggestions for the Best Configs section. Our staff went through each of them and selected a handful for our nine builds. Now it's time for you to pick your favorite in each category.
SATA 6Gb/s not fast enough? OCZ's new High-Speed Data Link serves up to 2 GB/s through a PCIe-like connection. Complementing the interface technology is a similarly-new 3.5" SSD called IBIS. Rated for up to 120,000 IOPS, enthusiasts should take note.
Do you own one of Intel's new K-series CPUs? How high have you overclocked it? We have a bunch of hardware here to give away, if you're willing to share your overclocking successes!
After dutifully serving the mainstream gaming community for three years, Nvidia's G92 is finally being played out. Meet GF106, the little engine behind GeForce GTS 450. Is this 192-core part still potent, or did Nvidia cut too much from G92's replacement?
It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind: benchmarking, writing, editing, and answering what sometimes seems like hundreds of emails. But at the end of the day, all of the work is for you. It's about time we started answering a little more feedback.
A few months back, we introduced a feature called Best Configs, which included nine systems with components chosen by the Tom's Hardware staff. After considering your feedback on this new section, we're giving the community control over the picks!
Ahead of its most significant processor redesign since 2003, AMD is talking about its Bulldozer and Bobcat architectures, both of which are expected in 2011. Will AMD be able to catch up, or even surpass Intel's lead? The future looks interesting, indeed.
The professional space is peppered with products derived from the desktop. Today we're looking at Intel's Xeon X5680 CPUs, which look a lot like Core i7-980X, only they're optimized for dual-socket platforms. We're also introducing new Adobe CS5 tests.
A little more than a year ago, we saw a renewed interest in stereoscopic gaming with Nvidia's 3D Vision technology. Today, the company is following up with 3D gaming across three displays. But has the 3D ecosystem improved since our last look at the tech?
We've been hearing about OnLive's cloud-based service for more than a year now. The company claims it can offer the latest games on demand, without a need for meaty hardware requirements on the client end. Could this really be the end of high-end PCs?
We've already crowned Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480 the fastest (and most power-hungry) single-GPU card we've ever seen. Now the company is launching its GeForce GTX 465, based on the same massive GF100 GPU. Can such a complex part compete with AMD's value?
Do you like the idea of an unlocked clock multiplier, but don't want to pay $1,000 for an Extreme Edition? Intel's K-series CPUs bring overclocking down to the mainstream. The question is: can these scalable parts keep up with AMD's Black Edition CPUs?
In our recent Phenom II X6 1090T review, we speculated about the possibility of a quad-core CPU family based on AMD's Thuban design. Meet Zosma. We got our hands on a Phenom II X4 960T at 3 GHz, and unlocked it using ASRock's 890FX Deluxe3 motherboard.
We reviewed Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480 one month ago. We're back today with three GTX 480s and two Radeon HD 5870s for SLI/CrossFire scaling analysis, case and motherboard recommendations to help you minimize noise, and an update on availability/pricing.