Reviews

9.2
Date: Nov 5th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Leadtek GeForce GTX 260 Extreme+ 216 Shaders

The new Leadtek GeForce GTX 260 Extreme+ comes with an increased shader count of 216 compared to 196 on the regular GTX 260. Leadtek has also overclocked the card for some free extra performance. In our testing the GTX 260 Extreme+ delivers excellent performance per Watt claiming a number one spot in the test group.

8.8
Date: Nov 4th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 2048 MB

Being priced at reasonable $419, the Sapphire HD 4850 X2 is designed to take some market share from NVIDIA's GTX 280. The card features 2 GB of GDDR3 memory and comes with a custom designed cooling solution. Even though you would expect very little overclocking from a dual-GPU card, we saw an amazing 15% performance increase from overclocking without touching any fan settings.

8.9
Date: Nov 2nd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4650 OC Edition 512 MB

Sapphire's HD 4650 Overclocked comes with a solid overclock out of the box. But during our own overclocking tests we saw an amazing untapped overclocking potential resulting in more than 20% real world performance increase. Even without overclocking this card, that's in the $70 price range, is an excellent deal considering price/performance.

9.3
Date: Oct 22nd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4830 512M

Today AMD launches their new HD 4830 Series. The cards come with a reduced shader count of 640 and lower clocks to fit into the $100 to $150 segment. In our testing we saw amazing overclocking of over 30% which should bring the card much closer to more expensive solutions.

9.0
Date: Oct 22nd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor Radeon HD 4830 512 MB

PowerColor's new HD 4830 features the same 640 shader pipes as the AMD reference design, but comes with a big dual-slot cooler. Also new is a native HDMI output which supports HDCP and 7.1 channel audio. Thanks to a PowerColor designed PCB the card will retail about $10 cheaper than the reference design from AMD.

9.0
Date: Oct 9th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4550 passive 512M

AMD's new Radeon HD 4550 comes in a passively cooled version without fan. Such a noiseless experience is crucial in media PC designs where you don't want to be distracted by any fan noise. Also included is a native HDMI and DisplayPort output for connection to your big screen. With a price of around $50 the card even offers some potential for casual gaming.

9.2
Date: Sep 26th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512 MB

HIS' latest HD 4670 card comes equipped with the VGA Silencer made by Arctic Cooling. It also features an extra 30 MHz core clock. Even though it is factory overclocked we saw another 10% overclocking potential on both core and memory.

9.3
Date: Sep 17th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4850 512 MB 100245L Own PCB Design

Sapphire has engineered their own version of the Radeon HD 4850 with cost and cooling in mind. The card's new unconventional heatsink looks good and keeps the card cool - far below reference design temperatures. The best of all is that the card costs only $169.99 online which makes it the cheapest HD 4850 available today.

9.2
Date: Sep 16th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce GTX 260 Amp² Edition 216 Shaders

Today NVIDIA released their updated GeForce GTX 260 GPUs which come with 24 extra shaders, for a total shader count of 216. Zotac has also overclocked their card beyond the GTX 280 clock speeds which results in a card that is just 1% slower than the regular GTX 280, yet costs over $130 less.

9.3
Date: Sep 9th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Powercolor PCS HD 4670 512 MB

Today AMD launches their new cards based on the RV730 graphics processor. The Powercolor PCS HD 4670 we have on our testbench today comes with a dual slot heatsink which offers excellent cooling and low noise. Together with the serious gaming performance of this card, AMD has managed to successfully position their product in the sub-$100 segment.

9.5
Date: Sep 9th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS HD 4850 IceQ4 TurboX 512 MB

HIS has just released the IceQ4 version of the AMD Radeon HD 4850. The IceQ4 cooler is a dual-slot solution which ensures low temperatures under both idle and load. Also HIS has overclocked the card which results in a nice performance boost compared to the reference design card.

7.8
Date: Sep 8th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Point of View GeForce 9400 GT 1024 MB Wall-E Edition

NVIDIA's new GeForce 9400 GT Series is based on the same G96 GPU that is also used on the 9500 GT. The 9400 GT has half the shaders however, which seriously limits the uses of the card in a gaming PC. On the other hand this greatly reduces the heat output which allows a completely passive solution. Point of View differentiates their card by using 1 GB of video memory and bundling a full version of the Wall-E game.

7.9
Date: Sep 4th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
S3 Graphics Chrome 440 GTX 256 MB

The Chrome 440 GTX is the latest card from S3 Graphics. It features all the main bullet points like DirectX 10.1, PCI-Express 2.0, native HDMI with integrated audio, small form factor and low heat output. But is this enough to compete with the offerings from ATI and NVIDIA?

9.1
Date: Sep 1st 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition 512 MB

Palit is one of the first AMD board partners to release a custom Radeon HD 4870 version. Their new HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition comes with a completely revamped cooling assembly that features two fans to keep the card cool. Also included is a DisplayPort connector and a Turbo switch which lets you select the operating frequencies of the card. The mandatory "overclocked out of the box" is included as well.

9.8
Date: Aug 14th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Powercolor PCS HD 4850 512 MB

Powercolor's latest HD 4850 PCS graphics card is based on the AMD HD 4850 reference design but comes with an improved cooler and slightly increased core clocks. While the overclock makes only a small performance difference, the cooler substantially improves the product. Even under load the PCS 4850 is barely audible which makes it the quietest graphics card ever tested - of all performance classes.

8.8
Date: Aug 11th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4870 X2 2048 MB

Today AMD released their new HD 4870 X2 graphics cards. They are based on two RV770 GPUs on one PCB. With a total of 1600 shaders and 2 GB GDDR5 memory the card has excellent chances to achieve the goal "fastest graphics card in the world".

9.2
Date: Aug 5th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 4850 Toxic 512 MB

Sapphire's new HD 4850 Toxic graphics card comes with a preinstalled Zalman VF-900 GPU cooler that greatly reduces the operating temperature of the card. Also the operating frequencies have been bumped quite a bit, with some additional overclocking potential left in the card.

8.6
Date: Aug 4th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX+ (Plus) Amp! Edition

NVIDIA's new GeForce 9800 GTX+ comes with a 55 nm CPU that runs at higher clock speeds, yet consumes less power than the original 65 nm chip. Zotac's Amp! Edition further increases the operating frequencies. Even though the higher clocks make the card faster than the ATI HD 4850, the difference is very small and probably not noticable while gaming.

9.0
Date: Jul 31st 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT Overclocked 512 MB

NVIDIA recently launched the GeForce 9500 GT. This low-end card in the GeForce 9 Series is designed to offer acceptable gaming performance for the small wallet. Galaxy has created an overclocked edition which runs at higher clocks and comes with a quiet heatpipe cooling solution. In our testing we saw amazing overclocking potential of over 35% compared to the reference design clocks.

9.0
Date: Jul 30th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9800 GT Amp! Edition

NVIDIA's new GeForce 9800 GT Series is not really new. The performance, specification and GPU are identical to that of the GeForce 8800 GT. Only a few minor features like Purevideo HD and Hybrid Power are present. At least Zotac showed a bit of creativity and added a bright orange PCB and higher clocks out of the box.

8.8
Date: Jul 3rd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Point of View GeForce GTX 260 Assassins Creed Edition

At this time NVIDIA's new GTX 260 graphics cards are positioned to be quite a bit more expensive than ATI's similar performing HD 4870. However, NVIDIA includes support for CUDA and PhysX. We also saw amazing overclocking potential on our GTX 260 card, even surpassing the $200 more expensive GTX 280.

9.2
Date: Jun 30th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Diamond HD 4870 512 MB GDDR5

AMD's new Radeon HD 4870 is the first graphics card to feature GDDR5 memory. GDDR5 offers twice the memory bandwidth over previous GDDR generations which helps the HD 4870 gain a nice performance advantage over the HD 4850.

9.0
Date: Jun 23rd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Leadtek PX9800 GTX GeForce 9800 GTX

After AMD's successful launch of the HD 4850 Series, NVIDIA decided to drop the price point of the GeForce 9800 GTX to only $199. At this price the card becomes a very affordable product that offers all the performance you need to play the latest games. An additional plus is the support for PhysX via NVIDIA's CUDA implementation.

9.7
Date: Jun 19th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI R4850 Radeon HD 4850 512 MB

After some confusion, AMD has lifted the NDA for their brand-new Radeon HD 4850 Series today. The RV770 on these boards comes with 800 shaders and boasts 956 million transistors. Together with a new AA architecture the card takes the $200 segment in a storm offering leading performance/dollar and performance/watt.

9.8
Date: Jun 19th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor Radeon HD 4850 512 MB

AMD has moved the launch date of the HD 4850 forward, launching it today. The cards are positioned in the $200 range and offer several new features and performance improvements. According to our benchmark results AMD has found a winner with this card that offers excellent price/performance and energy efficiency.