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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...
Zotac has rolled out the green carpet for NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 560 SE graphics card, and as far as we're aware of, is the first company to officially do so. The GeForce GTX 560 SE is the newest member of NVIDIA's GeForce 560 Series, which now includes six GPUs. It's built around the same GF114 core as other GeForce 500 cards, but there are some key differences to be aware of. NVIDIA disabled two SMs in the GeForce GTX 560 SE and gave it just 288 stream processors and 48 texture units. By comparison, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti sports 384 stream processors and 64 texture units. "The new Zotac GeForce GTX 560 SE gives gamers a taste of stunning 1080p gaming on a budget," Zotac stated in a press... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview has attracted over 1 million downloads since it was made available to the public yesterday, and there's no reason to believe that number won't continue to grow. It isn't the only piece of Windows 8 software out there, however. To ensure smooth sailing with your Radeon graphics card (if you own one), AMD has released special Catalyst drivers specifically for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Some of the highlights of the new drivers include native Stereo 3D support for full-screen and windowed gaming, a Unified Video API, optimized screen rotation, improved sleep/resume performance, and optimized power consumption, according to AMD's release notes. The special... Read more...
Totally silent computing isn't exactly the Holy Grail of PC enthusiasts, but it is a worthy challenge that carries just as much geek cred as overclocking. Companies are making it easier to get the job done. Take Sapphire, for instance, which just announced what it claims is the "first totally silent card to embody all of the features of this new generation of products based on the revolutionary new GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD." More specifically, Sapphire just rolled out a passively cooled Radeon HD 7750 graphics card. The Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate uses a passive heatpipe and heatsink cooler devoid of any moving parts. Oddly enough, Sapphire doesn't mention what kind of cooling... Read more...
There are several interesting takeaways from the latest graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share data from Jon Peddie Research (JPR). The first one is that Intel continues to dominate the field with a demanding 59.1 percent share of the market, down from 60.4 percent sequentially but up from 52.5 percent one year prior. Intel's dominance is a testament to the concept of integrated graphics, which is an area NVIDIA ditched to focus on discrete graphics. The second thing that's interesting is that AMD was the only major GPU player to increase its graphics chip market share sequentially. AMD ended the quarter with a 24.8 percent share, up from 23 percent in Q3. NVIDIA, meanwhile, dropped... Read more...
PowerColor on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first and only Radeon HD 7970 graphics card with a liquid cooling solution attached. The company's new LCS HD7970 features a pre-installed waterblock provided by EK Waterblocks that has a nickel coated copper base extending over the key components. According to PowerColor, the waterblock is able to keep the GPU cooled to below 50C even under full load. The waterblock comes pre-fitted with high-flow 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch fittings (barbs) with captured O-rings to prevent leaking. As for the card itself, PowerColor took the liberty of overclocking the GPU to 1050MHz (up from 925MHz reference) and the 3GB of GDDR5 memory to 1425MHz (up... Read more...
Slaying dragons isn't easy, and if that's your goal in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can use all the help you can get. Provided you're rocking a GPU built by Nvidia, new GeForce drivers released today will give you a "game changing performance boost" to work with, up to a whopping 45 percent, according to Nvidia's release notes. Nvidia is basing that off of performance measured with a GeForce GTX 560 at 1080p with Ultra settings in indoor scenes when compared with the previous driver. The new GeForce 295.73 drivers also offer up to two times the performance in Mass Effect 3 with SLI compared to 285.62. Other highlights include; GeForce-exclusive quality enhancements with ambient occlusion... Read more...
The Asus Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP is a factory overclocked graphics card being pitched as the coolest and quietest 7970 money can buy. It's also the biggest. To keep thermals and noise in check, Asus slapped an ultra-wide cooling solution that, along with the PCB, takes up three three -- yes, THREE -- slots in your computer case. All that space isn't wasted. Asus' exclusive DirecCU II is a dual-fan cooler with six copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU. This new version has a 20 percent larger dissipation area than previous DirectCU coolers, giving it a cooling effectiveness that's 20 percent better and 14dB quieter compared to AMD's reference design. Underneath the massive... Read more...
MSI this week announced a handful of its own brand Radeon HD 7950 graphics, including the R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC, which brings more to the gaming table than just a funktastic model number. Sharing the spotlight with AMD's 7950 GPU is a custom air cooler MSI claims is up to 10 percent chillier and produces 13.7dB less noise than the reference heatsink under full load. To achieve that level of cooling performance, the Twin Frozr III heatsink battles thermals with a dual 8cm fan design and two 8mm "Superpipe" heatpipes that whisk heat up and away from the GPU. A special fan blade design takes care of the rest by generating 20 percent more airflow than traditional fan blades, or so MSI claims.... Read more...
Goose and Maverick aren't the only ones with a need, a need for speed (that's a Top Gun reference for you young guns out there, not a shout out to EA's Need for Speed series). Apparently AMD isn't content to simply own the fastest single-GPU graphics card on the planet, but it's also flirting with the idea of launching an overclocked version of its Radeon HD 7970 part. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the Sunnyvale chip maker knows its GPU can dance the line at around 1,200MHz, so why not roll out an official version? That's the question AMD is currently mulling. "Several things indicate that the company is working a faster version and second wave of overclocking products," Fudzilla... Read more...
Well here's something you don't see very often -- a single slot, low profile Radeon HD 6670 graphics card. Actually, this is something you've never seen before, according to Sapphire, which claims there's no other HD 6670 videocard like this one anywhere in the world. If you want to take that as a challenge to hunt one down, be our guest -- we tried to find another one ourselves and came up empty. As a refresher, the Radeon HD 6670 sports 480 Stream Processors and 24 texture processing units. Sapphire's model has 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1000MHz (4000MHz effective), along with a graphics core clocked at 800MHz. In other words, it's a reference design, at least as far as speeds go, but in... Read more...
If you're reading this, it's only because you're stuck at work. Otherwise, you'd be home in your man cave slaying dragons in Skyrim or shooting up your buddies in Battlefield 3. It's a good thing we caught you too, because before you check out for the day and get ready to blow your weekend playing either of the aforementioned games, there's something you should know. If you own an Nvidia graphics card and are willing to roll the dice with beta drivers, you can squeeze out better performance out of either game with the newly released GeForce 285.79 drivers. These beta drivers are supposed to squash several bugs in Battlefield 3 and make the game run better. The fix applies to both DX10 and DX11... Read more...
If you fancy yourself a fan of the Dark Knight, than what better way to show it than with Batman themed computer components? You can start the transformation with EVGA's new Special Edition Batman: Arkham City themed GeForce GTX 580 videocard. The special edition graphics card is essentially a GTX 580 Superclocked GPU with Batman artwork plastered on the heatsink assembly. In other words, this is a fierce videocard, both inside and out. It has a core clockspeed of 797MHz, shader clockspeed of 1594MHz, and 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4050MHz (effective) on a 384-bit bus. EVGA's Batman themed card streets for $530 at Newegg, or about $30 more than the non-theme version. Interestingly enough,... Read more...
Have you ever tried to kill two birds with one stone? It's not always easy, and pet stores tend to frown on such things. But if you happen to need a videocard upgrade and are interested in picking up the just-released Battlefield 3 game from EA, well, Sapphire might have just what you're looking for. The new Limited Edition Sapphire FleX HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 BF3 Edition graphics card gives gamers access to a free copy of the full game everyone's talking about. And the card itself is pretty rad with 1536 stream processors, 96 texture processing units, and a dual BIOS switch that lets users switch between two performance settings. When set to Normal, the card races along at 880MHz for the core and... Read more...
We're not the least bit afraid to overclock our hardware on our own, and heck, sometimes that's half the fun. But if a vendor wants to take on that same responsibility, then more power to them. That's the decision Palit made with its new, long-winded "GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo Limited Edition" graphics card (that's a 20-syllable card, in case you're wondering). Palit didn't go crazy overclocking the 560 Ti, but did bump the engine clock from 822MHz to 835MHz, and the 1GB of GDDR5 memory from 4008MHz to 4100MHz. That's enough to push the memory bandwidth from 128GB/s to 131.2GB/s. The other distinguishing feature here is the Twin Light Turbo dual-fan cooler. It's a stout heatsink with... Read more...
At first we thought HIS was somehow trying to target real-time strategy gamers with its new Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Eyefinity RTS graphics card. Turns out RTS in this case stands for "Ready-to-See" with HIS trying to bring multi-monitor gaming via AMD's Eyefinity technology to the masses. What's different about this card is that it supports up to 3-way Eyefinity setups through any of its connectors and not just via DisplayPort. Pretty rad, right? We think so. The card comes with two mini-DisplayPort connectors, two DVI connectors, and an HDMI port. Normally you'd need multiple displays with DisplayPort connectors to take advantage of AMD's Eyefinity technology, or you could grab yourself some DisplayPort... Read more...
It's true that heat is the enemy of all PC builders, but dust buildup is its dirty cousin, and neither are welcome guests. Prevent the latter from hanging around and you won't have to worry so much about the former, so long as your cooling scheme is up to par. To help prevent dust bunnies from finding a home in your rig, MSI recently introduced what it's calling 'Dust Removal Technology.' MSI is implementing this technology into its videocards. Short and to the point, it's basically a fan trick that cranks the fan(s) in reverse at full speed for 30 seconds every time you power on your system. The idea is to blast away unwanted dust and debris that might be clinging to the fan blades and trying... Read more...
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