Reviews

9.5
Date: Jul 11th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 768 MB

MSI's GeForce GTX Cyclone OC uses NVIDIA's latest graphics processor, the GF104. But MSI has not stopped there, they use their own "Cyclone" cooling solution and have increased the cards operating clock to 728 MHz. As a result this 768 MB card is faster than the 1 GB version of the reference design.

9.5
Date: Jul 11th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AXLE GeForce GTX 460 768 MB

Today NVIDIA launches their new GTX 460 Series. Axle is following the reference design implementation to the letter which means the card shows all the new improvements like low power, less fan noise and massive overclocking potential. Thanks to the memory choice of 768 MB it is also more cost effective than the 1 GB variant.

9.1
Date: Jul 11th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 1 GB

Zotac's GeForce GTX 460 is equipped with 1 GB of video memory and also brings in small improvements like an additional DisplayPort connector and better bundle at $229 which is no price increase from the price of other cards.

9.5
Date: Jul 11th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 1 GB

MSI's 1 GB version of the GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone uses 1024 MB of fast GDDR5 memory and clock speeds of 728 MHz to make it the fastest GTX 460 variant out there today. With a price of $239, it is only $10 more expensive than the reference design.

Date: Jul 7th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS ARES 4 GB

ARES is ASUS' latest graphics card monster creation. The card is based on two HD 5870 GPUs running in an internal CrossFire configuration. ASUS has also be generous with the video memory, a total of 4 GB is available on the card. Thanks to a custom heatsink design the card manages to handle the heat well, but can you handle the price of $1000 a piece?

Date: Jul 7th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS ARES CrossFire

In this review we test two ASUS ARES cards in a 4-GPU CrossFire combination. With a total price of $2000 for those cards this is certainly not for everybody. For additional reference we also combined the ARES with a HD 5970 and a HD 5870.

8.5
Date: Jul 5th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5

The HIS Radeon HD 5550 is based on the HD 5550 design but comes equipped with fast GDDR5 memory and a passive cooling solution. This allows for high-quality HD movie playback and playing most games at Xbox-360 like 720p resolution.

8.6
Date: Jun 26th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Axle Radeon HD 5670 1024 MB

Axle's Radeon HD 5670 comes with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, which is twice that of the reference design. The thermal solution has also been changed to one that runs cool and quiet, thanks to a fan design by Arctic Cooling.

8.4
Date: Jun 23rd 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 465 Twin Frozr II

MSI is the first board partner to release a custom designed GeForce GTX 465 card. The original GTX 465 design's fan noise made it very clear that a Fermi GPU is running under the hood. Not with the GTX 465 Twin Frozr II, the card is whisper quiet in both idle and load, and manages considerably better temperatures than the reference design.

Date: Jun 16th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ATI & NVIDIA Video Enhancement Quality Tested

High-Definition content is available everywhere nowadays. We take a close look at what the drivers from AMD and NVIDIA offer in order to improve the quality of video playback. HQV Benchmark 2.0 uses 39 different tests that put the available image enhancement features in the spot light.

7.9
Date: May 31st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 465

Today NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 465. The cards are based on the same GF100 Fermi GPU as the GTX 470 and GTX 480. In order to create this $279 product, NVIDIA has disabled a large number of units inside the GF100. Did they do it right? What about power consumption and heat?

8.5
Date: May 26th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition

ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition comes with a mighty Zalman VF3000 cooler strapped to it which reduces the card's temperatures by 20°C. Thanks to the new cooling solution, the card has no problems running at higher clock speeds out of the box. But is that enough to declare this triple slot card a winner?

9.1
Date: May 21st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce GTX 470 Dual Fan

Palit's GeForce GTX 470 is one of the GTX 470 versions that comes with a custom PCB design and non-reference thermal solution. Since the card is $20 cheaper than the reference design we take a close look to find out whether Palit cheaped out on their card or if it's worthy for consideration.

8.6
Date: May 17th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS HD 5870 Matrix Platinum 2 GB

The ASUS HD 5870 Matrix Platinum is clearly engineered for maximum overclocking. It has 2 GB of fast GDDR5 memory and features software voltage control for three voltages. One unique feature is that the ASUS iTracker 2 sofware can put your changed settings into the BIOS so you won't have to worry about OC software anymore.

9.2
Date: May 3rd 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 5770 PCS++ 1 GB

PowerColor's HD 5770 PCS++ could be described as an evolutionary step from the HD 5770 PCS+, targeted at overclockers. It is the first HD 5770 that comes with a Volterra voltage regulator which allows software voltage control. This enables tweakers to get higher overclocks out of their card without complicated modding.

9.1
Date: Apr 22nd 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo

The HIS HD 5850 iCooler V Turbo is a fully customized HD 5870 that uses a non-reference PCB and heatsink. Instead of the standard clocks it comes at frequencies of 765 MHz core and 1125 MHz memory. Another highlight is the included Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game which is clearly one of the top games of the last months.

8.0
Date: Apr 21st 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 5570 1024 MB

PowerColor's HD 5570 is a small compact card that consumes very little power, yet should offer decent performance for most gaming up to 1280x1024. Another possible use is in a media PC, which is supported by the native HDMI output.

9.1
Date: Apr 19th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 470 Fermi

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 470 was announced a few weeks back - now we got the first production sample of the card from ASUS. Compared to the GTX 480 we saw much more reasonable power consumption numbers as well as fan noise and heat.

Date: Apr 13th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 SLI

Today we have on our testbench two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 accelerators. Just the graphics cards alone will cost you $1000. Is this something that can be justified? Performance aside, what's going on with power and heat when running two of these cards?

8.9
Date: Apr 12th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS HD 5870 iCooler V Turbo

HIS sends their HD 5870 iCooler V Turbo into the race for the best custom designed HD 5870. In addition to the new iCooler V heatsink you get improved clock speeds over the AMD reference design and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as game bundle.

7.9
Date: Apr 9th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI HD 5830 Twin Frozr II

MSI's HD 5830 Twin Frozr II uses a shiny metal heatsink that comes with two fans to keep the card cool. In our testing we see nice overclocking potential of around 20% which can easily bring the card to new performance levels.

8.5
Date: Apr 8th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 5450 1 GB

HIS recently released its entry-level Radeon HD 5450 silent, low-profile graphics card targeted at those looking for a simple step-up from integrated graphics, packing all the essentials of this generation's GPUs. The model we're looking at has double the onboard memory at 1GB, native HDMI with 7.1 audio, and examining what it brings to the table with its added costs.

8.2
Date: Mar 26th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi

Today marks the release of NVIDIA's new GeForce Fermi architecture. After excruciating months of delays, NVIDIA has finally given the green light for their new products. The GeForce GTX 480 offers all the latest features like DirectX 11, Tesselation, gaming on multiple monitors and GPU computation. Did NVIDIA's new card manage to claim the throne?

Date: Mar 26th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
GeForce GTX 480 PCI-Express Scaling

NVIDIA's latest beast offers unprecedented performance to the enthusiast gamer. But it also requires massive amounts of data being fed to it to perform. That's why it is commonly expected that high-end graphics cards are crippled if the PCI-Express interface does not offer the maximum speed of x16 2.0. We test four different PCI-E configurations and their performance to shine light on this question.

9.7
Date: Mar 13th 2010
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 5750 Go! Green

PowerColor has engineered a unique HD 5750. Their Go! Green Edition is completely fanless using a big passive heatsink, it also works without additional PCI-Express power connector, a configuration which limits the card to 75W maximum power draw. Considering that the AMD reference design requires 92W, PowerColor had quite a way to go. Did they succeed?