Reviews

9.2
Date: Jun 16th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Point of View GeForce GTX 280 Assassin's Creed Edition

NVIDIA's new GTX 280 graphics cards have just been released. Point of View's GeForce GTX 280 is an implementation of the NVIDIA reference design. The GTX 280 offers amazing performance improvements and can even beat the GeForce 9800 GX2. But performance comes at a cost, at $649 you need a fat wallet to be able to afford this card.

9.2
Date: Jun 16th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce GTX 280 Amp! Edition

Today NVIDIA launches their new GTX 280 graphics cards. Zotac as one of NVIDIA's premier partners has engineered a factory overclocked version of the GTX 280 which offers additional performance. Overall the Zotac GTX 280 Amp Edition is the fastest graphics card on the planet today, but also the most expensive.

8.4
Date: Jun 12th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD3870 X2 Atomic Watercooled

Sapphire HD 3870 X2 Atomic Edition comes with pre-filled, pre-sealed and maintenance free watercooling. This allows Sapphire to ship the card with higher clocks, making the card the fastest HD 3870 X2 on the market today. As you would expect from such a premium product the presentation is outstanding, and so is the price.

8.3
Date: Jun 10th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce 9800 GTX 512 MB

Palit's GeForce 9800 GTX follows the specifications of the NVIDIA reference design to the letter. Even then it is one of the fastest cards out there that you can buy, constantly delivering excellent FPS in games. Our sample allowed up to 16% additional overclocking on the GPU for a final clock speed of 784 MHz.

7.5
Date: Apr 8th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Diamond HD 3650 1024 MB DDR2

Diamond's latest HD 3650 card features a huge video memory of 1 GB, but uses only slow DDR2. For media PC systems an extra HDMI output has been added which natively supports HDCP and audio. We run this card through our benchmarks and check whether the extra memory can make a performance difference.

8.4
Date: Apr 1st 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX

Today NVIDIA launches their new GeForce 9800 GTX cards. Like many products in the GeForce 8 Series they are based on the G92 graphics processor. This is also the reason why there are no real technological innovations on this $299 card.

9.5
Date: Mar 20th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC 512 MB

EVGA's e-GeForce 9600 GT SSC comes at increased clocks compared to the NVIDIA reference design. Also the cooler has been adjusted slightly to match the company's color theme and design. With a price premium of just $10 over the reference card it can can deliver in both performance per Dollar and performance per Watt.

8.9
Date: Mar 19th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS HD 3870 IceQ3 Turbo 512 MB

The HIS Radeon HD 3870 IceQ3 uses the proven HIS IceQ3 cooling solution. It also comes with higher clocks out of the box which are among the highest we have seen so far from all manufacturers. The recent price drops from AMD make this card a solid choice for the sub-$200 segment.

9.0
Date: Mar 18th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9800 GX2

Today NVIDIA launches their GeForce 9800 GX2 dual GPU card. It comes with two G92 GPUs and uses a new cooling design where a single cooler sits in the middle and cools both GPUs. We have the card from Zotac on our testbench today which follows the reference design specification. Unlike many other publications all our testing was conducted in Windows XP because we think that's what the majority of users still plays on.

8.8
Date: Mar 12th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 3870 Toxic

Sapphire's new HD 3870 Toxic is built on the same Vapor-X cooling technology that the HD 3870 Atomic uses. This means that the card comes with a single slot cooling solution making it a premier choice for Quad CrossFire systems. The accessory package also includes an HDMI cable, PowerDVD and a 3DMark license, not bad for a $40 premium.

9.4
Date: Mar 11th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
VVIKOO GeForce 8800 GT Max 1024 MB

Even though the GeForce 8800 GT has already been out for a while, it still has the punch to play all the latest games. The VVIKOO 8800 GT Max 1 GB comes with the Zalman VF1000 pre-installed and also features double the video memory. But is there any performance to be gained by going from 512 MB to 1024 MB of memory?

8.4
Date: Mar 7th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Powercolor HD 3650 Xtreme 512 MB

AMD's new HD 3650 is basically an improved version of the 2600 XT without any major technological advances other than a smaller die size resulting in cheaper cards. PowerColor's HD 3650 Extreme comes equipped with 512 MB of fast GDDR3 memory and runs at higher clocks than the AMD reference design.

9.6
Date: Mar 3rd 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
VVIKOO GeForce 9600 GT Turbo

VVIKOO's GeForce 9600 GT Turbo brings many changes over the NVIDIA reference design. You can see one of the first DisplayPort implementations, an HDMI output, two DVIs and optical SPDIF-in. The card also features the Zalman VF-1000 cooler which makes sure the card stays cool at all times. Since the card runs cooler, the card comes overclocked straight from the factory.

9.5
Date: Feb 25th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Biostar GeForce 9600 GT 512 MB V9603GT52

Biostar's new GeForce 9600 GT follows the specifications of the NVIDIA reference design to the letter. Even the cooler is unchanged. This does not have to be a bad thing. The card should be available earlier than any "special" models and also come without a price premium for overclocking you can do yourself.

9.6
Date: Feb 21st 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac GeForce 9600 GT Amp! Edition

Today NVIDIA announced their new GeForce 9 Series. The first product is the GeForce 9600 GT, based on the new G94 GPU. Zotac's AMP! Edition comes overclocked straight out of the box for a little bit extra performance. This can bring the card very close to the GeForce 8800 GT in performance.

9.1
Date: Feb 19th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ3 TurboX 512 MB

The HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ3 comes with a high end dual slot cooler, 512 MB of fast GDDR3 memory and increased clocks at a price tag of $199. This winning combination gets very close in performance to the much more expensive HD 3870 and can even surpass it when overclocked.

9.8
Date: Feb 17th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GS 384 MB

Even though the EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GS comes with just 96 shaders and 12 ROPs it can easily compete with AMD HD3850 and HD3870. The card offers great price/performance and is very very quiet. With up to 30% overclocking this card is every overclocker's dream being able to surpass the much more expensive 8800 GT when overclocked.

8.4
Date: Feb 13th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 3850 1024 MB

AMD's Radeon HD 3850 Series has been on the market for a while now. Add-in-Board Partners are constantly looking for ways to seperate themselves from the competition and that's why Sapphire has engineered a Radeon HD 3850 with 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory and faster core clock out of the box. But can a card like this really benefit from 1 GB of video memory?

9.5
Date: Feb 6th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor passive HD3870 SCS3

The PowerColor HD 3870 SCS3 Edition is a completely passively cooled Radeon HD 3870. This makes the card an excellent choice for a quiet Media PC computer. What is really amazing is that the passive card runs up to 25°C cooler than the reference design which uses a fan.

8.0
Date: Jan 27th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD3870 X2 1 GB

The HIS Radeon 3870 X2 combines the power of two ATI RV670 GPUs into one to reach for the performance throne in single card processing power. Even tough the implementation has some minor limitations the overall product is certainly interesting and can maybe bring AMD back in the game.

9.1
Date: Jan 25th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD3870 Atomic Edition

Sapphire's new HD 3870 Atomic Edition is a special version of the Radeon HD 3870 with a single slot cooler. This is only possible because Sapphire uses a new cooling technology called Vapor-X cooling that improves cooling performance considerably while keeping noise down. Another plus of this card is that it comes overclocked out of the box with full warranty.

9.0
Date: Jan 17th 2008
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Diamond HD 3850 Ruby Edition 512MB

Diamond has designed their HD 3850 Ruby Edition with additional cooling performance in mind. Their cooler is a custom dual-slot solution which does quite a good job at keeping the card cool. In addition to that the memory has been doubled to 512 MB of GDDR3.

9.0
Date: Dec 11th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Zotac 8800 GTS 512 MB

Today NVIDIA announced their new GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB which is based on the G92 GPU that has already been used on the GeForce 8800 GT. To our excitement our testing revealed that this $299 card can almost beat the much more expensive GeForce 8800 GTX while generally being quieter and less power hungry.

9.0
Date: Dec 7th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD3870 512 MB

Sapphire's new HD 3870 card is based on AMD's RV670 GPU which is made in a 55 nm process with 666 million transitors and support for DirectX 10.1 and PCI-Express 2.0. This card that is sold for around $249 is intended to be AMD's new offering for an upper midrange card - but can it beat the GeForce 8800 GT?

9.3
Date: Dec 6th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Powercolor HD 3850 Xtreme 512 MB

PowerColor's new HD3850 Xtreme is full of customization compared to the reference design. Instead of two DVI ports it has one DVI and one HDMI port which supports HD video playback with HDCP and digital audio straight off the GPU. In addition to that a custom cooler by Zerotherm ensures that the card stays cool no matter what you throw at it. Another bonus is that the memory size has been doubled to 512 MB of 1.0 ns GDDR3 memory.