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Do you see that over on the horizon? It's Windows 8 -- we'd recognize it anywhere with its luggage of tiles in tow. Some of you might even be playing with Windows 8 already, courtesy of an official Release Preview made available just a few days ago. If so, and if you're rocking discrete graphics from AMD or NVIDIA, we have some good news to share. Both GPU designers announced they've received official certification for Windows 8 in regards to graphics drivers. "NVIDIA’s Windows 8 drivers support all the features in the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2," NVIDIA said in a blog post. "The drivers also support award-winning NVIDIA 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products, allowing you to... Read more...
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of overclockers in this world. The first type consists of users who want to squeeze a bit of extra performance out of their parts. Sometimes the increase in frequency is modest, and other times they'll intentionally buy a lower priced (and lower clocked) part and OC the difference. Either way, it's a free performance upgrade if nothing goes wrong. And then there are the insane folks at places like Kingpin Cooling, where LN2 flows freely and reference clockspeeds are, well, laughable. Consider the fact that well known overclocker Illya "TiN" Tsemenko just set a world record by overclocking an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 graphics card to 1,547MHz. He had originally... Read more...
We can't say Sapphire's late to the Radeon HD 7770 party, simply because Sapphire was there from the get-go. However, we can say that Sapphire is perhaps staying longer than most other party goers, choosing now to launch its new 'Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition' variant with an "exclusive implementation of Vapor chamber cooling technology." First things first. The card boasts 1GB of the latest GDDR5 memory and is factory overclocked with a core clockspeed of 1,100MHz and a memory clockspeed of 1,300MHz (5.2GB/s effective). That's a bit faster than a reference spec'd GHz Edition card, which sports a 1,000MHz engine clock and 1,125MHz memory clockspeed. To keep the card cool, Sapphire employed... Read more...
There are reports in several corners of the Web claiming EVGA is recalling, or partially recalling, its GeForce GTX 670 Superclock graphics card, and while it's true the videocard maker discovered a problem with some early run silicon, EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman released a statement clarifying the issue. "Thank you for your patience over this weekend. We have an update on this issue now," Freeman explains. " We have isolated this problem to an early batch of GTX 670 Superclock cards that were not properly screened during QA/QC procedure. We have already been working with our partners to retest this particular batch. In the meantime, our R&D has also done numerous tests, burn in and... Read more...
Finding a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card in stock is still a nearly impossible mission, but while gamers wait for retailers and e-tailers to fill up with stock, NVIDIA's GPU partners keep churning out new models. Today's it's Zotac's turn, which just introduced a pair of new GeForce GTX 680 videocards, including an AMP! Edition SKU and another with twice the amount of onboard memory as reference cards. Let's start with the AMP! Edition. Zotac goosed the base clockspeed from 1006MHz (reference) to 1110MHz (AMP! Edition) and the boost clockspeed from 1058MHz to 1176MHz. The 2GB of GDDR5 memory sitting pretty on a 256-bit bus also received a clockspeed enhancement, increasing from 6008MHz to 6608MHz,... Read more...
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) doesn't appear terribly concerned with NVIDIA's Kepler architecture at the moment. If you recall, it took some time for AMD to roll out price cuts for its Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards after Kepler made its official entrance. But now that there's a dual-Kepler graphics card -- GeForce GTX 690, see our review here -- AMD can no longer claim it has the fastest single videocard on the planet. How do you respond if you're AMD? According to a report in Australia's Atomic MPC, AMD's response is to goose its Radeon HD 7970 graphics card and launch a GHz Edition SKU. As the name implies, the revised card will sport a 1GHz GPU clockspeed, up from the current reference... Read more...
Perhaps looking to separate itself from the pack, TUL Corporation today announced newly designed Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 graphics cards in the PowerColor family. In addition to a few aesthetic enhancements, the new PowerColor cards are apparently "packed" with higher quality components for improved cooling, better stability, and more overclocking headroom. TUL Corporation didn't go into a whole lot of detail, though did mention that the new cards are using solid components. As for specs, the PowerColor HD 7870 GHz Edition features a 1,000MHz GPU clockspeed and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4,800MHz on a 256-bit bus, while the HD 7850 boasts an 860MHz GPU clockspeed and the same memory specs.... Read more...
Don't tell overclockers that running a graphics card beyond its rated specs only results in a nominal performance gain, and while you're at it, don't tell MSI, either. While in some cases overclocking a GPU might not translate into a big fps bump, those who embrace the art are equally interested in squeezing every last ounce of performance from their hardware, and that's something MSI encourages with its new R7870 Hawk graphics card. The R7870 Hawk is an AMD Radeon HD 7870 videocard with a custom cooler and design philosophies borrowed from MSI's Lightening edition cards. It has an unlocked BIOS and Digital PWM controller and enhanced power design that, according to MSI, allows you to increase... Read more...
Kenny Rogers says you have to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run. His song, The Gambler, was a metaphor for life, but it could also be the theme song for Club 3D's new PokerSeries graphics cards. What does poker have to do with GPUs, you ask? Well, both are played with 'cards', so to speak (integrated GPUs notwithstanding). Other than that, we're not really sure why Club 3D has chosen to draw a parallel between playing cards and graphics cards, but hey, if you're a poker junkie, this might be the greatest thing ever. Club 3D is kicking off the series with its Radeon HD 7870 jokerCard. It sports reference clockspeeds but is cooled with a custom... Read more...
AMD just recently launched a new set of drivers that will be of particular interest to staunch Windows XP users. With the release of Catalyst 12.4, AMD's highfalutin Radeon HD 7900, 7800, and 7700 Series graphics cards will play nice with Microsoft's legacy OS, helping you stave off the inevitable upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 (go ahead and skip Vista, folks). Improved XP support isn't the only thing Catalyst 12.4 brings to the table. The new drivers also introduce texture filtering quality improvements, Level of Detail (LOD) image quality enhancements when enabling Super Sample Anti-Aliasing and Adaptive-Aliasing, and "significant performance enhancements" with Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA).... Read more...
Remember when LeBron James talked about winning not one championship, not two, three, four, five, six, or even seven? Apparently the number he was looking for was zero, which is half a dozen less than the number of displays TUL Corporation's new PowerColor HD7870 Eyefinity 6 graphics card supports simultaneously. That's right, this spunky card can drive not one, not two, not three, four, or five, but SIX monitors all by itself via six mini DisplayPorts, which "allows gamers to enhance productivity to get more things done at once, also delivering the most vivid HD gaming experience with wider view." And let's now forget bragging rights, if you care about that sort of thing. Provided you have the... Read more...
Hold the boat and put away the torches and pitchforks -- despite what you may have heard or read online over the weekend, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) isn't kicking support for pre-HD Radeon 5000 Series GPUs to the curb. To address the concerns of freaked out Radeon HD 2000, 3000, and 4000 Series graphics card owners, AMD sent us an statement clarifying how it plans to support these GPUs in the future. Short and to the point, AMD is moving to a quarterly Catalyst release schedule for GPUs prior to the Radeon HD 5000 Series. The new schedule will kick off with the upcoming 8.97 based driver in May 2012. For newer videocards, AMD will continue to roll out monthly Catalyst driver updates. Sapphire... Read more...
If you're losing sleep at night because you feel as though your choices in computer hardware are offensive to Mother Nature, you might be a candidate for TUL Corporation's PowerColor Go! Green HD7750 graphics card. Armed with a totally silent cooling solution with no moving parts (passive), the Go! Green card won't pollute your living quarters with unnecessary noise or consume as much power a fan-based (active) reference cooler. Will using the Go! Green HD7750 save the planet and reverse global warming, assuming it exists (Hey look, an opened can of worms!)? No, it won't. But it will run silent, use slightly less juice, and perform just as well as any other Radeon HD 7750 graphics card with the... Read more...
Hightech Information System (HIS from here on out) added a new AMD Radeon HD graphics card to its lineup today, the '7870 Fan 2GB'. The oddly named card sports a fairly aggressive design that makes up for the card's quirky moniker. More than just eye candy, HIS claims the custom cooler keeps the graphics card running 13C cooler than the reference cooler it replaces, and in an attempt to maim two birds with a single rock, it also runs quiet at less than 28dB. While the cooling is different, HIS didn't stray from reference clockspeeds. The GPU races along at 1,000MHz and the 2GB of GDDR5 memory runs at 4,800MHz on a 256-bit wide bus. That's a bit disappointing if you've come to expect factory overclocks... Read more...
TUL Corporation just recently announced a line of PowerColor graphics cards apparently designed for "enthusiasts only." It's the Vortex II series, which is the nomenclature TUL uses to describe PowerColor cards that feature a deluxe "Platinum Power Kit" design for improved power efficiency, stability, and overclocking ability, along with Vortex II cooling technology. TUL's Vortex II coolers consists of dual adjustable fans with perforated blades intended to optimize airflow and to do a better job at dissipating excessive heat. There are two new cards as part of the Vortex II series, starting with the Powercolor PCS+ HD7870 Vortex II. This one boasts a core clockspeed of 1120MHz and 2GB of GDDR5... Read more...
As you wade through the available Kepler cards trying to decide which one to get, EVGA hopes to sway your decision with its new GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature and Singature+ w/ Backplate edition graphics cards. These sleek and sexy looking cards boast higher base and boost clockspeeds, overclocked memory, and 5 Phase PWM board designs with 8-pin + 6-pin power connectors that EVGA claims are optimized for further overclocking. EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature EVGA goosed the base GPU clock to 1084MHz and boost clock to 1150MHz on these cards, up from 1006MHz (base) and 1058MHz (boost) on NVIDIA's reference blueprint, and cranked the the 2GB of GDDR5 memory to 6208MHz (effective), up from 6008MHz... Read more...
MSI's latest high-end graphics card is one cool customer, or at least it's supposed to be. The newly launched GTX 680 Twin Frozer /OC graphics card is a top end Kepler card that's been factory overclocked and custom cooled with MSI's popular Twin Frozr III heatsink/fan combination. According to MSI, the custom cooled graphics card runs 22C cooler under full load than reference GeForce GTX 680 videocards and 10.2dB quieter to boot. It's a two-birds-one-stone sort of thing. In case you need a refresher, MSI's Twin Frozr III cooler uses proprietary Propeller Blade technology with special grooves, arched edges, a gloss coating, and other design cues that, according to MSI, increase airflow by 20... Read more...
The Holy Trinity of computing involves parts that manage to run cooler, quieter, and faster than reference designs call for, and that's exactly what HIS promises with its new 7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB graphics card. The 7950 IceQ Turbo is a factory overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7950 videocard with a custom cooler that allows it to run up to 10C cooler than reference cards and 10dB quieter, operating below 28dB when watching movies, surfing Facebook, or crunching numbers in Excel. Let's start with the overclock. HIS didn't go crazy here, but the company did goose the GPU to 900MHz, a 100MHz improvement over the stock 800MHz clockspeed. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory is untouched and still races along at 5000MHz.... Read more...
NVIDIA made waves in the GPU market when it finally launched Kepler last week, and now EVGA is looking to make a splash by announcing the "immediate availability" of its GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper graphics card. Actually, like all GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards, EVGA's Hydro Copper variant is currently out of stock, but we suspect that will change soon. In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the specs. The main attraction here is the pre-installed Hydro Copper waterblock, which you can also order separately for $160 direct from EVGA. This is a full-cover end-to-end waterblock with a chrome plated electrolytic C110 copper base and new 1/2-inch and 3/8-inch compression fittings. It also... Read more...
The arrival of Kepler was a double-win for consumers. First, NVIDIA's highly anticipated GeForce GTX 680 graphics card upped the pixel pushing performance ante and took pole position as the fastest single-GPU card on the planet, pulling ahead of AMD's Radeon HD 7970 videocard in almost every situation (check out our review here). And secondly, NVIDIA managed to undercut the competition by pricing its GeForce GTX 680 at $500. That's hardly chump change, but hey, it's $50 cheaper than the competition's flagship GPU. The question is, can we expect a price war to ensue? Conventional wisdom says that AMD has to lower the price of its HD 7970 part because it's no longer the fastest option out there,... Read more...
There's no question Maingear knows how to put together a high-octane gaming system, and if you need proof, check out our recent review of the company's fully loaded SHIFT Super Stock X79. Technology moves fast though, and luckily so does Maingear, which has already begun incorporating NVIDIA's brand spanking new GeForce GTX 680 (aka, Kepler) graphics cards into its SHIFT, F131, and X-Cube systems, and will soon be offering it in the Vybe. Heck, Maingear will even shove three of them in there, provided you have the coin and a serious need for speed. "The Ultimate PC deserves the Ultimate GPU, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 built in our desktops offer the best gaming experience that is the quietest... Read more...
Contrary to popular belief, lightning can strike twice in the same place. It's certainly struck MSI a number of times, which today announced the release of its R7970 Lightning edition graphics card featuring an all-new 'Unlocked Digital Power Architecture.' What that means is that it sports an unlocked BIOS, a Digital PWM Controller, and an enhanced power design, all of which are things that will appeal to overclockers looking to squeeze every ounce of performance available. Going through them one by one, MSI says a single click unlocks the BIOS to remove all protections for extreme overclocking. The Digital PWM Controller offers more stable and precise voltage for fine tune overclocking, and... Read more...
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