Reviews

8.0
Date: Sep 17th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
KFA² GeForce GTX 650 EX OC 1 GB

The KFA² GTX 650 EX OC uses NVIDIA's new GK107 graphics processor. Despite its reference design pricing it comes with a small overclock out of the box with gives the card a 5% performance advantage over the normal GeForce GTX 650.

Date: Sep 13th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr 2 GB

MSI has equipped their latest GeForce graphics card with its signature Twin Frozr III dual-fan cooler. Despite having two fans the card is quiet in both idle and load and also comes with a nice performance boost thanks to the overclock out of the box.

8.9
Date: Sep 13th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 2 GB

Zotac's new GTX 660 comes with just a small overclock out of the box, but is offered at reference design pricing. Unlike the other cards tested today it uses a very compact form factor thanks to a shorter cooler, which makes it an attractive choice for a powerful small form factor gaming rig.

9.1
Date: Sep 13th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Direct Cu II 2 GB

The ASUS GTX 660 Direct CU II uses the cooling solution which we love most for its low noise in both idle and load. ASUS has also overclocked their board, which provides enough extra performance to match the AMD Radeon HD 7870.

Date: Sep 13th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce OC 2 GB

Today NVIDIA launched their new GTX 660. Gigabyte has sent us their overclocked GTX 660 Windforce OC which also comes with a large dual-fan cooler that provides extremely low temperatures in both idle and load. The overclock out of the box helps to gain some performance on the HD 7870.

9.1
Date: Sep 6th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X 3 GB

Sapphire's new HD 7950 Vapor-X comes overclocked out of the box. Thanks to clever use of the dual BIOS feature you can also activate a second "Lethal Boost" BIOS which runs even higher clocks. Cooling is provided by a large dual fan vapor chamber cooler which keeps the card cool and provides low noise operation.

8.5
Date: Aug 30th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Powercolor HD 7990 Devil 13 6 GB

PowerColor's HD 7990 Devil 13 is the first dual-GPU HD 7990 that reaches our labs. This huge triple slot, triple fan card comes with fully enabled Tahiti XT GPUs, running in an internal CrossFire configuration. As a result the Devil 13 is the fastest AMD-based graphics card we ever tested.

8.7
Date: Aug 29th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Club 3D HD 7750 Low Profile 1 GB

Club3D has just released the fastest single-slot low-profile graphics card, based on the HD 7750. This means that full HD gaming on your compact media PC might just be a possibility. In our review we will take a close look at gaming capabilities, but also look at power consumption and noise.

Date: Aug 23rd 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 7970 Toxic 6 GB

Sapphire's HD 7970 Toxic comes with 6 GB GDDR5 memory, a large clock speed increase out of the box, a "Lethal Boost" button to increase performance even further, and a large dual-fan cooler. In our testing this monster delivered the highest single-GPU performance we've ever seen, overclocking worked well, too.

Date: Aug 21st 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Microsoft Windows 8 Gaming Performance

Microsoft's latest operating system is ready! We took a closer look at gaming performance using NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680 and AMD's Radeon HD 7970 in 19 games at resolutions from 1280x800 to 2560x1600.

9.3
Date: Aug 16th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce GTX 660 Ti JetStream 2 GB

Palit's GeForce GTX 660 Ti JetStream comes with a large dual-fan triple slot cooler which promises better cooling performance than other GTX 660 Ti cards. We also see great FPS numbers thanks to the factory overclock.

9.7
Date: Aug 16th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti Direct CU II 2 GB

The ASUS GTX 660 Ti Direct CU II TOP uses the same wonderful cooler we've seen first on the company's GTX 670, which means it is by far the quietest high-performance card you can find on the market - in both idle and load. The card is also overclocked out of the box, which gives it a 5% performance advantage.

9.7
Date: Aug 16th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition 2 GB

MSI's GTX 660 Ti Power Edition is one of the fastest GTX 660 Ti cards we tested today because it comes with some secret BIOS sauce that enables it to run faster than other cards at lower clocks. This is also confirmed by our overclocking tests where it reaches the highest overclocked performance of all GTX 660 Ti cards.

9.3
Date: Aug 16th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP! Edition 2 GB

ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP! Edition comes with a compact footprint, that enables high-performance gaming for smaller cases. Thanks to an overclock out of the box, the card runs around 5% faster than the NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti reference design.

9.5
Date: Aug 15th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Point of View TGT GTX 680 Ultra Charged LLS 4 GB

Point of View's GeForce GTX 680 TGT Ultra Charged is the first 4 GB GeForce GTX 680 we review, so we took a close look at what the extra memory brings. The card also has an extremely low noise profile thanks to its triple slot cooler.

Date: Aug 14th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD HD 7950 Boost Clock BIOS Update

AMD just released a free BIOS upgrade for the Radeon HD 7950, which provides an extra speed boost by updating the company's PowerTune algorithm. We will thoroughly test this update and not only look at performance but also power consumption and heat.

9.4
Date: Aug 2nd 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
KFA² GeForce GTX 680 LTD OC 2 GB

KFA² has revamped the GTX 680 PCB design, picked a sexy white PCB color and added a large triple fan cooler to their GTX 680 LTD OC. As the name suggests, the card is heavily overclocked, which gives it a real-life performance boost of 8% over the GTX 680 reference design.

Date: Jul 31st 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gigabyte HD 7970 Super OC 3 GB

Gigabyte's HD 7970 SOC introduces a new cooling concept. Instead of placing the fan(s) on the large surface of the heatsink like on all recent graphics cards, the company chose to position five small fans along the top edge of the card. Our review will investigate whether the card will be too noisy and too big, or if it can truly provide some benefit.

9.5
Date: Jul 26th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Club3D HD 7850 Royal Queen 1 GB

Club3D's HD 7850 RoyalQueen comes with a modest 1 GB of memory, which is half that of a typical HD 7850. Nevertheless we got some interesting results in our testing. The card is just as fast as the 2 GB HD 7850, at full HD resolutions and below. Coming at a more than reasonable $195, the card is also one of the most affordable choices on the market.

Date: Jul 17th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 7950 Flex 3 GB

Sapphire's HD 7950 Flex adds the capability to run three DVI monitors without active DisplayPort adapter. It also comes with increased clock speeds out of the box, which gives the card a 6% performance advantage over the reference design.

9.1
Date: Jul 11th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 7870 Flex GHz Edition 2 GB

Sapphire's HD 7870 Flex adds comes with the capability to run three HDMI/DVI monitors without active DisplayPort adapter. Something that's not possible on reference design cards. This means that many EyeFinity users will be able to save $30, because they don't have to buy an active DP adapter. But what else does the Flex offer?

Date: Jul 2nd 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 2 GB

ZOTAC's GeForce GT 640 is based on NVIDIA's new Kepler architecture. Thanks to its energy efficient design, ZOTAC managed to release a single-slot graphics card that will be interesting to many media PC builders. It also comes with HDMI and 2x DVI outputs, adding to the card's versatility.

9.7
Date: Jun 27th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GTX 670 Power Edition Twin Frozr IV 2 GB

MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition comes with a large overclock out of the box, which enables the card to provide GTX 680 performance out of the box at much lower pricing. Thanks to the large Twin Frozr IV cooler the card keeps its cool, overclocking works well, too.

Date: Jun 21st 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3 GB

Today AMD launches the HD 7970 GHz Edition, in a move to take away the performance crown from NVIDIA. The new card boasts clock speeds of 1050 MHz GPU and 1500 MHz memory. Price-wise the card is on the same level as the GTX 680, but is that enough to defeat NVIDIA's single GPU flagship?

Date: Jun 20th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning 2 GB

MSI's GTX 680 Lightning combines the outstanding performance of the GTX 680 with the unique heritage of MSI's Lightning series. The card brings many features geared toward overclockers and advanced users, but even for gamers it's a good choice thanks to the overclock out of the box.