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The NBA playoffs are underway, and if you're a basketball fan, there's been plenty to keep you entertained. Last night, for example, the Boston Celtics again edged out the New York Knicks for a 2-0 series lead on their way to an 18th championship (that's right, we just predicted the Celtics will go all the way), the Orlando Magic Magic took revenge on the Atlanta Hawks and tied the series at 1-1, and Dallas took a 2-0 lead over Portland despite Dallas having previously only won two out of the 18 playoff games in which referee Danny Crawford was present. And that was just one night of playoffs action. If that's the sort of thing that excites you, then you're a tech head who also loves sports,... Read more...
MSI sure does seem infatuated with its Twin Frozr III cooling solution, which has been appearing on a number of the board maker's graphics cards. That's not a bad thing, considering MSI claims big temp reductions due in part to the cooler's propeller blade technology. The newest card to get the Twin Frozr III makeover is the N570GTX Power Edition. MSI claims its Twin Frozr III cooler provides 20 percent more airflow to the N570GTX, chilling the GPU by 18C over reference, and reducing fan noise by 7.7dB. Cooler and quieter? That's what we calling having your cake and eating it too. In addition to improved cooling, the N570GTX Twin Frozr III Power Edition also boasts a 6+1 phase power supply design... Read more...
Every overclocker knows the number one enemy to their way of life is heat. High temps are the bane of every overclocking enthusiast, and unless you can keep your components cool, you won't have much luck pushing the pedal to the metal. It's true of every component, including videocards, which is why we're excited to see Powercolor promoting a non-reference Radeon HD 6590 graphics card decked out with a custom cooling solution. The "PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition," as Powercolor calls it, comes clocked at 850MHz on the core and 1300MHz on the memory, resulting in 2.39 teraFLOPs of computing power. But it's the custom heatsink that gives this card an edge, according to Powercolor. By lifting the... Read more...
MSI is one of those companies that has little interest in simply slapping its brand on a reference videocard and calling it a day, and instead often opts to crank up clockspeeds and use custom cooling solutions. This design philosophy is underscored by MSI's new N560GTX-Ti Hawk edition videocard. The N560GTX-Ti Hawk comes equipped with the latest Twin Frozr III dual-fan cooling apparatus featuring MSI's exclusive Propeller Blade technology. According to MSI, this results in 20 percent more airflow than what you'll find with conventional fans, the end result being GPU temperatures up to 17 degrees lower. Other features of the Hawk edition card include an 8+1 phase PWM design that doubles the power... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the Dell Venue Android smartphone, AMD's new Radeon HD 6790 and 6450 budget graphics cards, Intel's upcoming 10-core Xeon processors for the enterprise and mission-critical applications, the new Intel SSD 320 series solid state drive, and details of our amazing Spring Fling Sweepstakes in which someone can win an absolutely amazing, killer 3D gaming PC built by the folks at Maingear... Show Notes: 00:59 - Dell Venue Android Smartphone Review 03:57 - AMD Radeon HD 6790 Graphics Card, Radeon HD 6450 Quick Take 07:00 - Intel Unveils 10-Core Xeons, Mission-Critical Servers 10:53 - Intel SSD... Read more...
If you can't find a Zotac-brand GeForce GTX 580 videocard that suits your fancy, it's certainly not from a lack of available options. That's because Zotac today announced yet another GTX 580 variant, the AMP2 Edition, which is the company's fourth videocard built around Nvidia's GTX 580 architecture. Zotac also sells an 'ordinary' AMP Edition GTX 580, but unlike that model, the AMP2 doubles the amount of RAM to 3GB and includes a custom cooler outfitted with high-performance heatpipes and "whisper-quiet" dual orange 92mm fans. "Enthusiast gamers demand the absolute best performance available. With the Zotac GTX 580 AMP2 Edition, we are able to boost high-resolution gaming performance while reducing... Read more...
NASA tells us that "contrary to popular misconception, lightning often strikes the same place twice." This would certainly explain why MSI is launching not one, but TWO 'Lightning' videocards, the N580GTX Lightning and R6970 Lightning. These cards play for different teams obviously, the N580GTX representing Nvidia and the R6970 entrenched in AMD's camp. But both cards sport many of the same features, including MSI's Power4 architectures with all kinds of component upgrades, like a PWM module that's twice as large as previous Lightning cards. Memory has its own indepedendent power supply using an 8-pin connector to better help with overclocking, and MSI says its next-generation Proadizer capacitor... Read more...
Today we're looking at a handful of high-end graphics cards made specifically for enthusiasts that accept no compromises. These factory overclocked GeForce GTX 580 cards from Gigabyte, MSI, and ZOTAC, the GV-N580UD-15I, the N580GTX M2D15D5/OC, and Amp! ZT-50102-10P represent the most powerful single GPU boards currently available... Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up... Read more...
When the GeForce GTX 580 arrived, it extended NVIDIA's lead in the single-GPU graphics card market. Although the green team's own GTX 480 previously held the title of fastest single-GPU, its reign was temporary as the first generation Fermi card required some tweaks in order to unleash all 512 shader cores, reduce heat output and power consumption, and minimize noise levels. With these issues addressed in the GTX 580, NVIDIA continues to be a leader in single-GPU graphics performance. AMD's Radeon HD 6970 was initially targeted to take on the GTX 580 in the high end market, but it's obvious now that those expectations were unrealistic. Rather, it's more competitive with the GTX... Read more...
Whenever NVIDIA pops out a new GPU, Zotac is close behind with a new graphics card to support that core. This week, the GeForce 560 Ti is being unveiled, and if you need a bit more power, the GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition is being introduced also. The AMP! Edition gets a 950MHz engine clock, 384 unified shaders, 1GB of DDR5 memory, a 256-bit interface, a 4400MHz memory clock, two dual-link DVI-I/mini-HDMI 1.4a outputs, a PCI Express 2.0 interface and support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1. It's CUDA, 3D Vision Surround and SLI reader, and the Zotac Boost Premium software bundle is thrown in. Since you'll need some new software to flex that new GPU, the company also bundles Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood... Read more...
Asus is adding NVIDIA’s latest GPU, the GT440, to its lineup. The new ASUS GT440 is factory overclocked by Asus to run at 822MHz. The Asus GT440 utilizes Super Alloy Power technology to help lower operating temperatures, extend product lifespan, and improve overall performance. The GT440 also uses Asus' Dust-proof Fan design and supports HDMI 1.4a. ASUS Introduces the All-New GT 440 Graphics Card with Super Alloy Power Technology -- NVIDIA’s latest Fermi architecture combined with exclusive ASUS innovations and superior design enables robust digital media and gaming performance -- Fremont, CA (February 1, 2011) - ASUS, the world’s number #1 motherboard manufacturer and leading... Read more...
AMD announced the AMD FirePro 2270 and ATI FirePro V5800 DVI professional graphics cards. The FirePro 2270 features a fan-less, energy efficient design that consumes less than 10 watts of power on average. This card also offers support for DisplayPort, DVI and VGA connectivity. The ATI FirePro V5800 DVI can drive two high-resolution dual link DVI displays. With this card, users can stretch one image or application across both screens for expanded field of view and enhanced productivity. The ATI FirePro V5800 DVI professional graphics supports DVI and delivers a full 30-bit display pipeline. Both new cards are currently available. New AMD Professional Graphics Solutions Enhance Visual Display... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti is the GPU of the week, with a tempting price point and great frame rate results to go with it. Companies are already lining up to offer new graphics cards based on that new core, and Zotac is right there on the bandwagon. The company has today let loose their newest GPU, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Based on our review of the core, you should know just about what to expect. There's an 822MHz engine clock, 384 unified shaders, a 1645MHz shader clock, 1GB of DDR5 memory, a 256-bit memory interface, 4000MHz memory clock, two dual-link DVI ports, a PCIe 2.0 interface, NVIDIA's CUDA/3D Vision support, and the company's own Boost Premium software. There's also a copy of... Read more...
Once you've been bit by the enthusiast bug, a funny thing happens. Graphics cards are never fast enough. Processors will never be too powerful. And motherboards will never have too many features. Manufacturers continue to push the envelope and make enthusiast level products because of demand. Along with the goal of being the best in their respective markets, many hardware companies continue to improve their product line up to stay competitive, while also offering consumers options at different price points and performance levels. Located in Brea, California, EVGA has a solid reputation in the industry. Their customer service support is top notch with an exclusive Step-up Program and... Read more...
Today at HotHardware, we're looking at a trio of mid-range video cards designed to give enthusiasts the best bang for their buck. These factory overclocked GeForce GTX 400-series graphics cards are from Gigabyte, MSI, and Zotac. Each one has taken the original reference design from NVIDIA, and gone a step further. In addition to higher GPU speeds set by the manufacturer, they provide unique features such as improved cooling solutions, customized PCB layouts, and higher memory capacity. Read on to find out how well they perform, and if one of them has what it takes to be your next upgrade... Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470... Read more...
You have to love competition. With the release of AMD's affordable HD 6870 and 6850 graphics cards, the folks over at NVIDIA decided to respond with a move of their own. In case you missed it, the same day the Radeons launched, NVIDIA dropped the price of their mid-range GeForce products to gain a competitive advantage in the market, and more importantly, to try an rain on AMD's parade. And when it comes to price wars, you won't hear us complaining.   Even before the Radeon launch, the GTX 460 was getting a lot of industry attention for being fast and affordable, with tons of overclocking headroom to spare. If you're planning a new system build or just want to upgrade your graphics... Read more...
Looking for a new GPU, and don't much mind how much noise it makes? Look no further than MSI's newest card, the N480GTX Twin Frozr II graphics card. Despite having two huge fans onboard, MSI claims that their specialized cooling system effectively reduces temperature by 14 degrees C and noise by 4dB. Impressive claims for sure. The card is built on the 40nm manufacturing process, and it's equipped with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory. Furthermore, there are two 8cm PWM fans and five heat-pipes, and the integrated afterburner overclocking software allows users to really push things. MSI hasn't given a price or release date, but given that it's based on NVIDIA's GeForce 480 GTX, we'd say it'll be pretty... Read more...
Today on HotHardware we look at one of the most highly customized Radeon HD 5870 cards on the market, the Asus Matrix 5870. This card offers identical clock speeds to AMD's reference design, with an 850 MHz core clock and 1200 MHz memory speed, but that's where the similarities end. This particular graphics card features 2GB of GDDR5 memory, a custom ROG shroud, an LED load indicator, voltage read points, a video BIOS recovery button, dual 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, and a Super Hybrid Engine chip which provides real time hardware monitoring and adjustments. Without a doubt, it's loaded with options and unlike any other 5870 currently available. Interested? Read on to find out if the Matrix... Read more...
Hardware aficionados know there is more to performance computing than just buying the most expensive parts available and throwing them altogether in the same system. There's overclocking, case modding, cooling, and performance tuning to consider, among many other thigs. Of course, everyone has their opinions on these aspects of the hobby, with some folks taking things to further extremes than others. We get excited when the companies that manufacture the hardware we crave actually listen to our requests and incorporate features in their products that provide enthusiasts with more tweaking options, along with increased performance. The Republic of Gamers line of products from Asus is... Read more...
Zotac's GeForce GTX 480 Amp! Edition was designed to address some of the issues found in NVIDIA’s reference design. One look and it's easy to see that this is an extreme graphics card, made for hardcore enthusiasts. What makes us say that? With a core frequency of 756MHz, 1512MHz shaders, and 950MHz memory, this is the fastest GTX 480 on the market currently. And the preinstalled, triple slot Zalman VF3000 cooler also makes it one of the largest cards you can buy. Nevertheless, it’s obvious to us that Zotac made no compromises in designing this bad boy, which caters to hardcore gamers who won't settle for stock... Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition Video Card Review... Read more...
By now, we all know that NVIDIA's flagship GeForce GTX 480 is a powerful graphics card. For most systems, it provides a lot more GPU muscle than is even necessary, but that's OK with us. We're sure there are many enthusiasts out there that consider overkill a good thing. Unfortunately, the card in its reference form is not perfect and has its own set of flaws that might turn off some consumers, namely excessive heat and noise. Roughly $500 is a lot of money to spend on a single PC component. And if a product commands such a high price, any perceived drawbacks can be a tough pill to swallow. Without a doubt, if you happen to have that much disposable income to spend on a video card upgrade,... Read more...
NVIDIA has made themselves known as a hardware company, and more recently, an innovation company. The company used to battle with ATI in the GPU department, but now they compete with ARM, Intel and Qualcomm in the microprocessor market. But that's not all. NVIDIA is also one of the pioneers in 3D for PCs, and now that they have a solid footing in the graphics market, they're looking to really pull ahead with software innovations. You may wonder what software has to do with improved GPUs, but there's actually a huge link between the two. GPU performance relies heavily on drivers, and poorly written drivers lead to poor performance. NVIDIA recently made drivers a top priority, even going so far... Read more...
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