Reviews

7.6
Date: Nov 23rd 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gainward GeForce GTX 460 SE 1 GB

Last week NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 460 SE which is designed to give a good price/performance level without compromising on memory amount. But is this enough to compete with the full GTX 460 variants that have 768 MB or 1 GB of memory?

9.0
Date: Nov 18th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
GIGABYTE GTX 480 GV-N480SO-15I Super Overclock

Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 480 Super Overclock sets out to deliver affordable high-end overclocking for NVIDIA users. The card features dual voltage software control, voltage measurement points, a powerful but quiet triple fan cooler and Gigabyte's OC Guru overclocking software. Best of all, it comes at a reasonable $469 which is not much more than the reference design. But is that enough to hold off the GeForce GTX 580 ?

9.0
Date: Nov 15th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB

Last week NVIDIA released their new flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 580. Today we have on our testbench the ASUS ENGTX580 which is an almost full implementation of the reference design. The only exception is that the clock speed has been slightly increased - at no price premium.

9.0
Date: Nov 9th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB

Today NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 580 which is based on their Fermi architecture. The card is 20% faster than the GTX 480, yet requires less power. NVIDIA has also optimized fan noise making this the quietest highest-end card on the market today.

Date: Nov 9th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 SLI

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 has claimed the single GPU performance throne today. We take two of these cards for a spin to see what performance users can expect from this $1000 GPU combination. The review will also give insight into potential performance numbers for 3D Vision Surround.

9.3
Date: Nov 4th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ 1 GB

PowerColor's HD 6850 PCS+ is an overclocked variant of the HD 6850. But the changes do not stop here. PowerColor also includes their own cooling solution and has done extensive changes to the voltage regulation circuitry on the card. But is this enough to compete with the excellent AMD reference design?

9.1
Date: Oct 28th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 6870 Turbo 1 GB

The HIS Radeon HD 6870 Turbo is a factory overclocked variant of the HD 6870 that builds heavily on the AMD reference design. This means that PCB, components and cooler are unchanged from the original AMD card - which is a good thing. The increased clock speeds give the card a 4% performance advantage.

9.3
Date: Oct 21st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB

Today AMD released their new Radeon HD 6870. The card brings new features like HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 which allow up to six displays to be connected to a single card. Performance has also been substantially increased and power draw reduced. But is this enough to defeat NVIDIA's latest offerings ?

9.5
Date: Oct 21st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS Radeon HD 6850 Direct CU 1 GB

The new ASUS Radeon HD 6850 Direct CU aims to be the king of the sub-$200 segment. It offers plenty of performance for the latest DirectX 11 titles, overclocks very well and comes with improvements to the display output configuration. Instead of an AMD reference heatsink the card uses an ASUS Direct Touch heatpipe solution.

9.0
Date: Oct 21st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 6850 1 GB

AMD's new Radeon HD 6850 comes at an extremely affordable $179 price point. This poses the question whether it can become the new weapon of choice for budget oriented gamers. In our testing we see excellent performance which enables full HD resolution gaming in DirectX 11.

Date: Oct 21st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire

In this review we will put the dual card CrossFire configuration of the AMD Radeon HD 6870 in the spotlight. It promises higher performance than a Radeon HD 5970 at only a fraction of the price. But is this enough to make CF a recommendation?

Date: Oct 21st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 6850 CrossFire

AMD's new Radeon HD 6850 is priced at an extremely affordable $179. This poses the question whether two cards in CrossFire can manage to claim the price/performance sweet spot in the $360 segment or if other alternatives are better.

8.7
Date: Oct 20th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 480 Lightning 1536 MB

MSI's GeForce GTX 480 Lightning promises to be an overclocker's dream. It is build around a completely redesigned PCB and thermal solution with overclockers in mind. The card offers unique features like control for up to three voltages, dual BIOS with liquid nitrogen support and easy to reach voltage measurement points.

9.0
Date: Oct 13th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Colorful iGame GTX 460 1 GB

Colorful's iGame GTX 460 uses a massive triple slot cooler with two fans to keep the card cool. It also offers overclocker-friendly features like a Turbo button or voltage measurement points. Out of the box the card runs at clocks of 820 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory making it one of the faster GTX 460 variants out there.

8.2
Date: Oct 11th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GT 430 1 GB

Today NVIDIA launches their new low-end GeForce GT 430 Series. The cards which are supposed to replace the GT 220 bring full DirectX 11 support to the table. Power consumption is also low which enables its use in media PC systems.

Date: Sep 12th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI

Today NVIDIA released their new GeForce GTS 450. We take two of these cards for a spin and check whether SLI is an option worth pursuing. In addition to testing at the reference design clocks we also test at 875/1000 which represents two factory overclocked cards in SLI.

9.0
Date: Sep 12th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU 1 GB

The ASUS ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU is a factory overclocked version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450. It comes with a custom cooling solution called DirectCU which uses heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU core. In our testing we saw excellent overclocking up to 973 MHz.

9.0
Date: Sep 12th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI N450GTS Cyclone OC 1 GB

The MSI N450GTS Cyclone OC uses MSI's popular Cyclone cooler. The card is factory overclocked which provides a nice performance boost over the NVIDIA reference design. During testing we were impressed by how quiet MSI's cooler can work while also keeping temperatures low.

9.1
Date: Sep 12th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum 1 GB

Palit's GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum comes with 1 GB of fast GDDR5 memory and offers the highest clock rates of the GTS 450 cards we tested today. Running at 932 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory it is able to deliver performance higher than the AMD Radeon HD 5770.

8.9
Date: Sep 12th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Axle GeForce GTS 450 OC 1 GB

AXLE's GeForce GTS 450 OC is a rock-solid implementation of the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450. It uses both a custom PCB and cooling solution to deliver the maximum for your hard earned cash. The cooler is running quiet and offers low temperatures which make an excellent foundation for additional overclocking.

9.0
Date: Sep 12th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTS 450 AMP! Edition 1 GB

ZOTAC has a long history of releasing overclocked cards that provide extra performance at low cost. Coming at clocks of 873 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory, the card manages to offer 10% extra performance over the NVIDIA reference design, without being noisy or running hot.

9.4
Date: Sep 10th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Point of View GeForce GTX 460 TGT Beast 1 GB

The cards for Point of View's GTX 460 TGT Beast are pre-selected based on their overclocking potential. This allows them to run the high clock speed of 855 MHz core and 1005 MHz memory. We take a closer look at this card that is just as fast as the much more expensive GeForce GTX 470.

9.4
Date: Sep 9th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU 1 GB

As the names suggests, the ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU comes with an ASUS DirectCu thermal solution. It also features increased clock speeds of 775 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory which result in about 10% real life improvement. What makes this card really attractive is the low price of $229 which is the same as you would pay for the plain NVIDIA reference design.

9.3
Date: Sep 7th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 5750 Low Profile 1 GB

PowerColor's HD 5750 Low Profile is the first HD 5700 Series low-profile card on the market. This seems to be a godsend for compact media PC systems that can also handle the latest games at decent resolution and settings. We take this card for a spin to see if it can hold its promise.

9.4
Date: Sep 1st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GTX 460 HAWK 1 GB

MSI's GTX 460 HAWK is the flagship GeForce GTX 460 from MSI. It comes with a quiet Twin Frozr II cooler, 1 GB of memory and 781 MHz core clock out of the box. MSI has also expanded on the voltmodding capability of the card which supports software control for three voltages.