Reviews

9.1
Date: Apr 28th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gigabyte GTX 960 OC 2 GB

Gigabyte's GTX 960 OC retails at an affordable $199, all while offering the same performance out of the box as the bigger G1 Gaming. Even though priced low, Gigabyte didn't compromise on OC potential, noise, temperatures, and power consumption as all of those are comparable to more expensive custom-design variants.

8.8
Date: Mar 17th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce Titan X 12 GB

Today, NVIDIA launches the GeForce Titan X, their fastest single-GPU card yet. It is built on a brand-new, fully unlocked GM200 silicon with 3072 shaders and a massive 12 GB of VRAM. Thanks to the energy efficient Maxwell architecture, this $999 card only consumes 225 watts during typical gaming.

9.5
Date: Feb 20th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GTX 980 Matrix 4 GB

The ASUS GTX 980 Matrix is the company's flagship GTX 980 designed to break world records with liquid nitrogen. It comes with an innovative memory-heating circuit that protects against dreaded cold bugs which cause memory instability. The card also features a dual-BIOS and voltage measurement and control points.

9.0
Date: Jan 30th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming 2 GB

With 3x DP, 2x DVI and 1x HDMI outputs, Gigabyte's GTX 960 G1 Gaming features the most complete output configuration. The card is also overclocked out of the box, and a powerful triple-fan thermal solution keeps it cool, yet it stays very quiet in gaming states and will stop the fans completely with idle and light loads.

8.8
Date: Jan 22nd 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GTX 960 Super JetStream 2 GB

Palit's GTX 960 Super JetStream is the highest-clocked GTX 960 we are reviewing today. It also comes with an overclock on the memory for that little bit of extra speed. The card is cooled by a dual-fan, triple-slot cooler that stops the fans in idle and light gaming.

Date: Jan 22nd 2015
Author: btarunr
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 SLI

With a single GTX 960 threatening to shake up the mid-range the way its bigger siblings did, the question on everyone's mind is whether two GTX 960 cards can measure up to single, bigger GTX 900 series cards, and on the cheap.

9.0
Date: Jan 22nd 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
EVGA GTX 960 SSC 2 GB

EVGA's GTX 960 SSC is built upon the company's famous ACX Cooler for extremely low noise levels, and it turns itself off completely while idling. The card is also overclocked out of the box with a sizable overclock that helps it gain 5% performance over the NVIDIA reference design.

9.0
Date: Jan 22nd 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GTX 960 Gaming OC 2 GB

MSI's new GeForce GTX 960 Gaming comes overclocked out of the box. Just like previous MSI Gaming cards, the board runs extremely quiet, emitting almost no noise while gaming, and it also turns off its fans in idle. With a price of $200, MSI has chosen to go with NVIDIA's reference-design pricing.

9.1
Date: Jan 22nd 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GTX 960 STRIX OC 2 GB

The ASUS GTX 960 STRIX OC is a custom variant of the GTX 960 that comes with an overclock out of the box on both GPU and memory. It is also the only card that features a backplate. Like all other boards, it will completely turn off its fans in idle and light gaming for the perfect noise-free experience.

9.7
Date: Jan 5th 2015
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming 4 GB

With 3x DP, 2x DVI and 1x HDMI, Gigabyte's GTX 980 G1 Gaming features the most complete output configuration. The card is also overclocked out of the box, and a powerful triple-fan thermal solution keeps it cool. In our testing, we also found Gigabyte to have massively increased the power limit, which overclockers and voltmodders will find beneficial.

9.9
Date: Dec 17th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4 GB

MSI's GTX 970 Gaming is probably the best GTX 970 on the market. It comes overclocked out of the box, with an amazing noise-less cooler for light gaming, one that is also extremely quiet with even the most demanding titles. Temperatures are great, too, so you should definitely consider this card if you are in the market for a GTX 970.

Date: Dec 9th 2014
Author: btarunr
In: Video Cards
AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega Performance Analysis

Every two or so years, AMD rolls out a year-end Catalyst driver update, which not only steps up performance and splats bugs, but also expands their own software feature-set. The new Catalyst 14.12 Omega is part of AMD's effort to catch up with and get ahead of NVIDIA's latest software features.

9.7
Date: Dec 3rd 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Colorful iGame GTX 970 4 GB

With a base clock of 1203 MHz, Colorful's iGame GTX 970 is one of the highest-clocked GTX 970 cards available on the market. Its triple-fan, dual-slot cooler achieves excellent temperatures and contributes to its overclocking potential, which is higher than with any other GTX 970 we have tested thus far.

Date: Oct 31st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling

PCI-Express x16 3.0 is well established in the market, and the majority of gamers are using the interface. But what happens if you end up in a slot-bandwidth-constrained situation? We are testing NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 980 flagship in 17 games, at four resolutions, including 4K, to assess what performance to expect.

10.0
Date: Oct 21st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4 GB

The ASUS GTX 980 STRIX OC is the company's latest flagship, featuring a completely passive operation in idle and light load and an extremely quiet cooler during full-on gaming. The GTX 980 STRIX also impresses with its power consumption - lower than the NVIDIA reference design, it still has the card deliver more performance.

9.9
Date: Oct 13th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4 GB

MSI's latest flagship is the GTX 980 Gaming. It delivers a super quiet gaming experience thanks to a powerful thermal solution and a well-crafted fan profile. In idle and light gaming, the fans will even stop completely. MSI has also overclocked their card out of the box, which yields around 10% extra performance.

Date: Sep 26th 2014
Author: btarunr
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI

NVIDIA's $550 GeForce GTX 980 shook up the high-end graphics card market, and today, we are testing two of these cards in SLI. This killer combination will let you build an Ultra HD capable gaming system, or enjoy smooth fragging with G-SYNC Surround.

9.5
Date: Sep 25th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GTX 970 JetStream 4 GB

Palit's GTX 970 JetStream is one of the highest-clocked, custom design GTX 970s out there. It features a triple-slot, dual-fan cooler that will completely stop the fans in idle and light gaming. Palit's card is also the most affordable custom design, with just a $15 price premium.

9.6
Date: Sep 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB

Today, NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 980, which brings the Maxwell architecture to the high-end. It features massive power efficiency improvements and reduced noise, but also beats the GTX 780 Ti in raw performance. Pricing is quite acceptable, too, with an MSRP of $549.

9.9
Date: Sep 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC 4 GB

ASUS just released their GeForce Strix GTX 970 OC, an overclocked version of the GTX 970 with its own custom-PCB. What is special about the STRIX technology is that it will shut off the fans completely during idle, media playback, and light gaming, resulting in a completely noiseless experience.

Date: Sep 18th 2014
Author: btarunr
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI

At half the price of a GeForce GTX 780 Ti, the GeForce GTX 970 can tempt you into buy a pair of them. With Ultra HD monitors dropping below the $500 mark, a playable Ultra HD gaming PC under $2000 suddenly sounds realistic. Here's why spending 3 grand on a GTX TITAN-Z was a bad idea.

9.6
Date: Sep 18th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 4 GB

EVGA's brand-new GeForce GTX 970 SC ACX uses the company's latest ACX cooler, which promises to improve its noise and temperatures over the reference design. It is also overclocked out of the box for that little bit of extra performance it needs to beat the Radeon R9 290X.

8.0
Date: Sep 2nd 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC 2 GB

Today, AMD launches the Radeon R9 285 based on their brand-new Tonga GPU, which replaces Tahiti, promising to be faster and more power efficient. Sapphire's board comes with a custom cooler and is overclocked out of the box for some extra performance.

9.2
Date: Jul 31st 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GTX 750 Ti KalmX 2 GB

Palit's GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX is the first completely fanless NVIDIA graphics card in a long time to offers performance that doesn't suck. Thanks to its fanless design, there is no noise from the card itself, which is important for media PC systems or quiet office PCs.

9.0
Date: Jul 24th 2014
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X 4 GB

Sapphire's R9 290 Vapor-X comes highly overclocked out of the box, matching the R9 290X in performance. The card's triple-fan, triple-slot cooler manages temperatures very well and offers a unique feature: you decide whether the card idles with one or three fans running, which lets you focus on temperature or noise.