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NVIDIA and AMD have locked horns on the mid-range battlefield for graphics cards, the latter with its $200 (4GB) and $239 (8GB) Radeon RX 480, and the former responding with its $250 GeForce GTX 1060 ($300 for the Founder's Edition). Of course, it's the custom cards that are most interesting, and though the GTX 1060 is just two days removed from an official unveiling, companies like Gigabyte and ASUS are already teasing their own variants.Starting with ASUS, you can expect several custom versions of the GeForce GTX 1060, three of which it teased on its Republic of Gamers Facebook page. They include... Read more...
Hot on the heels of AMD releasing its first Polaris part, the Radeon RX 480, its hardware partners are finalizing customized cards that sport factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions that help the cards run chillier and quieter than stock. Two that have just been announced include the ASUS ROG Strix RX 480 and the MSI Radeon RX 480 8G Gaming X. Before we dive into these custom cards, let's talk a moment about the Radeon RX 480. If you haven't done so already, check out our full review with plenty of benchmarks and analysis. Short and to the point, we declared the first Polaris part from... Read more...
Multiple websites are claiming to have received graphics cards from ASUS and MSI with jacked up clockspeeds that are higher than the ones shipping to consumers by default. Known as review samples, it's not uncommon to see slight deviations from the final product when reviewers get their hands on parts before they've launched to retail, but the insinuation here is that ASUS and MSI are gaming the review process to give their cards an edge over the competition. This isn't a black and white situation. The folks at TechPowerUp noticed that something was amiss with MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X card,... Read more...
As if we needed more reasons to fall in lust with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, the GPU maker's hardware partners have begun releasing custom variants that up the ante with more aggressive aesthetics, superior cooling, and faster clockspeeds. We saw it yesterday with EVGA's GeForce GTX 1080 Superclocked ACX 3.0 Edition, and now ASUS and Zotac are following suit with custom designed Pascal parts of their own.We'll start with ASUS, which tapped its Republic of Gamers division to construct the ROG Strix GTX 1080. ASUS considers it "the new king of the hill," and though its competitors might... Read more...
Eventually we're going to see next-generation graphics cards outfitted with GDDR5X memory. It's a process getting to that point, and slowly but surely, things are moving along. To wit, JEDEC ratified the GDDR5X specification back in January of this year, and not even a full month later Micron announced that its GDDR5X program was in "full swing" with sampling to soon follow. Well, that time has come.We just got word straight from Micron that it has indeed started sampling GDDR5X memory to clients. That's a big deal because it's one of the last steps in the rather long process of introducing new... Read more...
We're all waiting with bated breath for NVIDIA to unleash Pascal, which will reportedly be produced on a 16-nanometer FinFET process technology and bring about big performance gains over Maxwell, but NVIDIA might not be done milking Maxwell just yet. On the opposite end of the performance spectrum, it's said that NVIDIA is prepping a GeForce GTX 950 LP (or SE) as a budget replacement for its GeForce GTX 750 card.What would be the point? If we're being cynical, it's largely a marketing play—higher numbers suggest better performance, and since NVIDIA already released a standard GeForce GTX 950 to... Read more...
Today's graphics cards push pixels harder and faster than ever, and it takes plenty of cooling prowess to keep these modern day GPUs from burning up. Stock coolers get the job done, but they tend to run loud. Enter third party players like Arctic Cooling, which just launched its new Accelero Xtreme III VGA cooler for both Nvidia and AMD videocards. The Accelero Xtreme III features a trio of 92mm PWM fans with a maximum cooling capacity of up to 300 watts. Underneath is an 84-fin heatsink with 5 copper heatpipes and pre-applied MX-4 thermal compound. According to Arctic Cooling, all this technology... Read more...
Back when the first Kepler cards came out and reviews (including ours) showed the GeForce GTX 680 to be the all-around fastest single-GPU graphics card on the planet, the general consensus was that AMD would have to lower the price of its Radeon HD 7970 series. It didn't make sense to try and continue to sell the 7970 for $550 when gamers could take home a faster GTX 680 for $500, but somewhat surprisingly, AMD didn't budge. Well, now that some time has gone by, AMD is finally starting to lower the price of its Radeon HD 7970 and 7950 graphics cards, Fudzilla reports. According to Fudzilla, AMD... Read more...
EVGA is rolling out a new and improved 'Global Warranty' policy designed to make it easier to have your graphics card or other EVGA brand computer part serviced without having to wade through a ton of red tape or jump through hoops, regardless of where you live. The big change is that the warranty no longer belongs to the purchaser, but is instead tied to the specific EVGA product. It's the way things should be, and now they are. For products shipped from EVGA on or after July 1, 2011, registration is no longer required for RMAs with the company's Guest RMA process. That means you can sell or otherwise... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you remember the name Chaintech (or Walton Chaintech, if you prefer)? Don't beat yourself up if you've forgotten all about Chaintech, a once popular player in the motherboard and graphics business. The last time we featured a Chaintech product was in 2004, back when we reviewed the company's Apogee AA5700U graphics card. And the last Chaintech brand motherboard we tested was a 9CJS Zenith Series... in 2003. Chaintech officially quit the motherboard and graphics card markets in 2006, but word on the Web is that it's looking to make a comeback. According to DigiTimes, Walton... Read more...
The PC building gurus at Maingear wasted no time in jumping on the official release of AMD's new Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards (see our official review here), which are now offered on Maingear's line of desktop PCs. And if you really want to get wild, you can combine the new offering with Maingear's EPIC 180 liquid cooling solution and EPIC Audio Engine for what the company claims is a one of a kind gaming experience. "High performance PC users looking for a no-compromise solution need to look no further than a Maingear system equipped with our custom EPIC solutions and an AMD Radeon HD 7900 series... Read more...
PNY today announced it's new all-in-one Liquid Coold Graphics series. Kicking off the new series are a pair of XLR8 GeForce GTX 580 videocards, both of which sport an integrated liquid cooling solution from Asetek that's stupid-simple to install in your case. What separates the two cards is that one of them comes with an additional CPU block. "Designed to increase performance while reducing noise and temperature, PNY’s Liquid Cooled Graphics offers the fastest factory-overclocked card currently on the market at 857 MHz," said Nicholas Mauro, senior marketing manager, PC components for PNY.... Read more...
It didn't take boutique system iBuyPower long to pounce on AMD's recently released Radeon HD 6450, HD 6570, and HD 6670 graphics cards (see our evaluation of the latter two here) . These are entry-level graphics cards intended for OEMs, and iBuyPower is putting them to good use by building a trio of affordable gaming rigs around them. "We build systems for gamers of all levels and budgets," said Darren Su, Vice President of iBuyPower. "These new AMD Radeon graphics cards deliver the total package, providing a great balance of value and performance." Gamer Mage D245 / Gamer Fire 580 For game players... Read more...
MSI today announced the launch of its R5870 and R5850 videocards in Twin Frozr II trim. What does that mean? Superior cooling performance, according to MSI, who claims that its specially cooled cards run up to 12C lower than ATI's reference cooling assembly.In order to lower temps by double digits, the Twin Frozr II cooler comes constructed with a pair of "super big" 8cm PWM fans. Combined with dual 8mm "SuperPipe Technology" and "super-dense" fins (do we detect a theme?), MSI says its Twin Frozr II cards remove more heat while simultaneously running quieter than stock cooled cards.It's not all... Read more...
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