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The EVGA Hydro Copper FTW GTX 480 looks to eliminate two of the biggest concerns regarding NVIDIA's GF100, heat and noise. Once the custom waterblock from Swiftech affixed to the EVGA Hydro Copper FTW GTX 480 is added to an existing liquid cooling loop, this videocard runs dead silent and operates at much lower temperatures than its air cooled counterparts. As an added bonus, it comes overclocked right out of the box too, and with further tweaking we expect it to hit even higher levels of performance. Read on as we add this baby to our watercooling loop to see how well it performs in stock form and how far we can push it past its rated speeds... EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review... Read more...
When it comes to high end graphics cards, too much is never enough. As gamers, our insatiable thirst for more pixel pushing power leads to a never ending cycle of exotic, enthusiast level videocards, including dual GPU models that take up two or three expansion slots on our motherboard. Add In Board (AIB) partner companies like EVGA regularly take supplementary measures to accommodate consumers who desire products that perform faster, run cooler, and operate with less noise than reference design models. For the most part, these steps may consist of more aggressively binning GPUs in order to provide factory overclocked options, redesigning the PCB and heatsink to support more voltage for... Read more...
The Computex convention in Taipei officially kicked off this morning, and that means you can expect a spate of product announcements at every turn. One of those comes from MSI, who has just announced their R5870 Lightning graphics card. Built around the same 40nm manufacturing process as other HD 5870 parts and sporting the same 2GB of RAM, MSI says they took things to a new level by using military class components, a unique cooling solution, and a voltage regulator function. Of interest to overclockers, MSI's Lightning iteration includes a 15-phase PWM design to provide more power to the GPU and memory, as well as a built-in dual 8-pin power source interface. It's all supplemented by server... Read more...
By now, you know NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 is the fastest single GPU videocard money can currently buy. But you may also know of the heat and noise complaints that many journalists have levied on NVIDIA's new flagship product. As expected, it didn't take long for one of NVIDIA's largest AIB partners, EVGA, to offer a solution to those problems and provide water-cooling enthusiasts an enticing option that's sure to shake things up. We just got our hands on one of EVGA's GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW cards and will soon post a must read, comprehensive review. Until then, here's a taste of what's to come.  The GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW replaces the reference design heatsink fan... Read more...
Perhaps by now you've heard that Nvidia has officially launched a little thing it likes to call Fermi  which is only the company's next-gen graphics architecture and currently the fastest single-GPU 3D accelerator on the planet. Fermi parts won't actually ship until early April, but already we're seeing a deluge of product announcements, the latest of which comes from MSI.On tap from MSI is the N480GTX-M2D15 and N470GTX-M2D12 videocards, or as we like to call them, GTX 480 and GTX 470 in MSI trim. Like every other Fermi-based card slated for release, these two parts both sport a 40nm GPU. The N470GTX-M2D12 ships with a 607MHz core clockspeed along with 1280MG of GDDR5 memory clocked at 3348MHz... Read more...
ZOTAC is expanding its Silent ZONE Edition Lineup with the new ZOTAC GeForce GT 220 ZONE Edition. This silent graphic card is powered by a NVIDIA GT 220 graphics processor with 48 CUDA cores and 1GB of high-speed DDR2 memory. The ZOTAC GeForce GT 220 ZONE Edition supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1, DirectCompute, OpenGL 3.2, and NVIDIA CUDA powered games and applications. “ZOTAC is one of the leading manufacturers of silent graphics cards. Our lineup of ZOTAC GeForce ZONE Edition graphics cards has won many awards for the combination of performance and silent operation,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “The ZOTAC GeForce GT 220 ZONE Edition is the latest addition to... Read more...
Loyd Case's latest Case In Point column, titled "Navigating The Upgrade Minefield", is live. Here's a snip from the piece... "Whenever I build a system, I always build it with one eye towards the future. I like to think that I’ll upgrade the system over time. Maybe I’ll swap in a new CPU, maybe a new graphics card, upgrade the RAM, etc. But these days, it’s not so easy. I can’t remember a time when the upgrade picture has been so confusing. Just think of the situation as it exists today..." Case In Point: Navigating The Upgrade Minefield... Read more...
Whenever I build a system, I always build it with one eye towards the future. I like to think that I’ll upgrade the system over time. Maybe I’ll swap in a new CPU, maybe a new graphics card, upgrade the RAM, etc. But these days, it’s not so easy.I can’t remember a time when the upgrade picture has been so confusing. Just think of the situation as it exists today: Intel has three different CPU sockets for desktop systems: LGA775, LGA1156, LGA1366.   AMD has a single socket strategy, but the older sockets are still prevalent. You can use newer CPUs in older AM2+ sockets, but you lose some power management features.   AMD has DirectX 11 graphics cards. Nvidia doesn’t.   Windows... Read more...
PNY announced the NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1GB and GeForce 210 512MB graphics cards today. For the first time in PNY's history, the cards now come with a native HDMI port, giving users the flexibility to connect both audio and video using a single cable. The GeForce GT 220 will cost about $120 while the GeForce 210 runs approximately $70. Additional details and specifications are available below. PNY Launches GeForce GT 220 and GeForce 210 Parsippany, NJ – October 12, 2009 – PNY Technologies®, Inc. (“PNY”), a global leader in flash memory, USB flash drives, solid state drives, computer memory upgrade modules, as well as consumer and professional graphics cards, announced today two new graphics... Read more...
We tell you, ATI has a hit on its hands. We haven't seen a Radeon card generate this much buzz and industry support in what feels like years, but the powerful Radeon HD 5870 is doing just that. With our own testing (and you really have to see this) proving that it's entirely capable of pushing the latest game engines at simply the fastest frame rates we seen yet from a single card, a slew of graphics card OEMs are hustling to produce cards based on the chip. Including Asus.Rather than just pushing out a stock 5870 though, Asus has today launched what is being called the world's first EAH5800 series graphics card with "voltage tweak technology"... Read more...
Not sure if you heard, but ATI had a little introduction this week. Or, maybe you'd consider it a big introduction. The new desktop-grade Radeon HD 5870 hit the scene in a big way, and you knew there was no way a GPU maker as prominent as MSI would be sitting this one out. Thus, the company has found time to issue the new R5870 and R5850 series graphics card just after its comical Batman-themed GPU hit the market. As predicted, these new devices support DirectX 11 and an array of AMD-exclusive performance enhancing technologies. Built on 40nm process technology, the dense GPU supports the newest OpenGL/OpenCL standards, supports Eyefinity and is equipped with twin dual-link DVI ports and even... Read more...
We had to do a double take to ensure this was real, but sure enough, the video card shown here is no joke. Though, it does have something in common with The Joker. In what we believe is a first for any company, MSI has just released a Batman video card. Let that sink in: a Batman-themed GPU. In fact, the company is "proudly" introducing the N260GTX-T2D896 Batman: Arkham Asylum Edition GPU, which ships with a Harley Quinn image on the card as well as the PC title "Batman: Arkham Asylum." If you can get past the crazy antics, you'll find an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 onboard, 896MB of GDDR3 memory and twin DVI ports. Wilder still, MSI is limiting these to just 1,600 pieces, and they'll only be available... Read more...
Asus is no stranger to producing mighty NVIDIA-based GPUs, but the ROG MARS is something special. This limited edition card was first previewed a few months back, but most folks figured it was simply a proof of concept rather than a near-final card reader for shipment. Thankfully for those with fat wallets and an insatiable appetite for high frame rates, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) MARS custom-built graphics card is on its way to retail shelves, though we get the feeling it won't be there for long. In fact, Asus tells us that the card will only be sold in North America on a "first come, first served basis," with the exact time and place of availability to be revealed on Asus' official Twitter... Read more...
The steady stream of new MSI laptops seems to have stopped momentarily...just long enough for the company to push out an all new GPU, anyway. Today, the Taiwan-based company--which has a hand in all sorts of consumer electronics--is announcing its DR4890 Cyclone series graphics card, which packs 800 stream processors, 1GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 10cm extra large fan.As for raw horsepower, you can expect the core clock to hum along at 1GHz, while the massive heat pipe system should keep things at least relatively cool. Outside of the highly touted SuperPipe system, the card also employs MSI's new solid state clock, which supposedly increases the maximum current value and offers 3x more current... Read more...
Make no mistake, NVIDIA chips have certainly had some trouble within Apple machines. From odd pixelation problems to weird whirring, NVIDIA's graphics processors have been front-and-center in terms of scrutiny within Apple's MacBook lineup. Apple has generally been able to nix any issues by pushing out firmware updates and such, but to say that the two have had a flawless track record would be inaccurate at best. To that end, some recent reports sprouted up suggesting that the computer maker and the chip maker may be cutting ties soon, with Apple looking elsewhere in order to avoid some of the issues that have plagued users thus far. According to Fudzilla, however, industry sources close to NVIDIA... Read more...
Heat is always a concern for any power system builder. To help meet the thermal dissipation demands of power users, MSI introduced its Twin Frozr thermal design. We originally learned about the Twin Frozr cooling system when it was first introduced with the N285GTX SuperPipe in March. Now, MSI is pushing the cooling system into the spotlight again by calling it one of the best designs available on the market today. According to MSI, what makes the Twin Frozr so special is its combination of fans, base, and heatpipes. Resembling a turbo-propeller fighter concept, the Twin Frozr’s two fans are said to increase cooling efficiency by more than 50%. They also provide a good balance between performance... Read more...
Sparkle definitely isn't the most prominent video card maker out there, but that's not to say it doesn't push out some rather interesting products. Take, for example, the new GeForce GTX 260 1792MB, which obviously has more RAM than some entire gaming rigs. Unlike lots of competitors, Sparkle uses a custom PCB which provides enhanced power circuitry with more phases of vGPU power circuits and vMem circuits, which supposedly makes the graphics card more stable and powerful than NVIDIA's reference design. There's no clear cut price or US release date, but the full specifications and details are below: Specification Model Number SXX2601792D3S-VP SXX2601792D3S-VM Graphics Processing... Read more...
AMD Releases WHQL Certified Graphics Driver For Windows 7 on Day One of Windows 7 Logo Program WHQL Certification Delivers the Stamp of Approval to AMD Graphics Drivers, Ensuring that the Combination of ATI Radeon Graphics Cards and Drivers Delivers an Incredibly Stable, High-Performance Windows 7 Experience Underlining the company's leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support the Windows 7 operating system, AMD today announced that its Windows 7 driver has received Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certification on the first day of the certifying program. WHQL certification sets a high bar for quality and reliability, and is considered essential by many home and business users.... Read more...
Slim, Cool and Silent MSI unveils N285GTX HydroGen graphics card Micro-Star International (MSI), global brand manufacturer of high-end graphics cards and professional mainboard, today announced their latest N285GTX HydroGen graphics cards series. The MSI N285GTX is equipped with the exclusive all-copper Micro Channel water cooling. This solution provides the lowest operating temperature while staying absolutely calm, is a scarcely seen high-end solution for GTX285 powered graphics cards on today's market. All-Copper, Dramatically Reducing Temperature When purchasing a new high-end graphics card, the overclocking capability is the major consideration, this is especially true with the N285GTX graphics... Read more...
We took a look at AMDs ATI Radeon HD 4770 GPU earlier this week, and MSI isn't missing a beat by announcing its first card based on the new chip. The simply titled R4770 is the company's latest graphics card to be based on a 40nm chip, and with comes GDDR5 high-speed memory -- something that was previously reserved for the R4870 and R4890 series.The card also includes ATI PowerPlay technology in order to dynamically adjust power usage as necessary, with the maximum wattage rating for the card peaking at 90W. Furthermore, the MSI R4770 supports the latest UVD 2.0 hardware decoding technology, which fully replaces CPU utilization during Blu-ray disc playback, making it even easier to watch BD flicks... Read more...
Huge diameter, extra-large memory, and cooling to match MSI unveils N285GTX SuperPipe 2G graphics card Leader in graphics card cooling technology, MSI International is always inventing new, better thermal designs to give our customers the most efficient products. Launched today, the N285GTX SuperPipe 2G is not only powered by one of the most powerful GPU in the market – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 – but also adds an amazing 2GB GDDR3 RAM, and utilizes MSI’s exclusive SuperPipe and Twin Frozr thermal design. This card dominates the market with peak performance in both graphics and cooling efficiency. MSI SuperPipe technology The N285GTX SuperPipe 2G is one of the most powerful cards equipped MSI... Read more...
With the introduction of NVIDIA's GTX 275 and ATI's Radeon HD 4890 yesterday, almost everyone in the graphics card business has pushed out a variant of their own. Asus, however, is making sure to make its versions a good bit different than the rest, and we'd argue these two are unique enough to possibly sway you from whatever card you were just about to buy.Starting on the NVIDIA side, Asus has launched the ENGTX275 Series Graphics Cards, which features Fuse Protection Technology. More specifically, the ENGTX275/HTDI/896MD3 (boy, what a mouthful!) comes equipped with three sets of Fuse Protection devices to guarantee doubled defense against over-current for risk-free computing. Furthermore, there's... Read more...
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