Reviews

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 19th 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.

9.8
Date: Jun 10th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Gigabyte GTX 670 OC 2 GB

GIGABYTE's overclocked GTX 670 Windforce OC comes with a large and silent triple fan cooler and a full GTX 680 reference design PCB. This helps the card deliver out of the box performance comparable to the GTX 680, at a much lower price. Actually GIGABYTE is charging no price premium for their improvements, the card comes at reference design pricing of $399.

9.1
Date: May 31st 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X 1 GB

Sapphire's HD 7770 Vapor-X uses the company's exclusive cooling solution paired with a large overclock out of the box. As result the card is whisper quiet in both idle and load, yet temperatures are comfortably low too. The card also comes at reasonable pricing of $150, an HDMI cable is included, too.

8.9
Date: May 29th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ 2 GB

PowerColor's HD 7850 PCS+ is the highest clocked HD 7850 card you can buy at this time. Thanks to its GPU clock speed of 1 GHz it provides excellent performance and the PCS+ cooler keeps everything cool and quiet. With just $20 over the AMD reference design, the price increase is also reasonable.

Date: May 24th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI R7850 Power Edition 2 GB

MSI has taken the powerful TwinFrozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and put a shrunk down version on their HD 7850 Power Edition. Thanks to an overclock out of the box the card can match last generation's HD 6950 in performance, without a significant increase in power consumption.

Date: May 21st 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
VTX3D HD 7970 X-Edition 3 GB

VTX3D's HD 7970 X-Edition uses the proven AMD reference design PCB with a custom dual fan cooler and massively increased clock speeds out of the box. Thanks to a large variety of included adapters that will help getting EyeFinity up and running, the card effectively comes at reference design pricing.

Date: May 14th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr III OC 2 GB

MSI's GTX 680 Twin Frozr III uses the company's large dual-fan signature cooler, which provides excellent temperatures in both idle and load. Fan noise is reduced too, and the card is overclocked out of the box, which makes it easier for less experienced users to get the maximum out of their card.

Date: May 10th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 SLI

Today NVIDIA released their GeForce GTX 670 which caught the enthusiast market by surprise, bringing outstanding performance and decent pricing to this segment. Now we put two of these cards in a dual card SLI configuration on our shiny new Ivy Bridge PCI-Express 3.0 setup to investigate whether it has the potential to be used in ultra-high end killer gaming rigs.

9.6
Date: May 10th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 670 AMP! Edition 2 GB

ZOTAC's GTX 670 AMP! Edition is built around an unmodified NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 PCB which provides a great foundation, on top of which ZOTAC is using a large triple slot cooler. GPU clock has been bumped by well over 100 MHz, which lets the card surpass GTX 680 in our testing, with a 3% performance lead.

9.7
Date: May 10th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce GTX 670 JetStream 2 GB

Palit's GeForce GTX 670 JetStream comes with a decent overclock out of the box and uses the company's dual fan JetStream cooler which provides improved temperatures despite the overclock out of the box. With a price increase of only $20 over the reference design, the card seems a good choice if you want just a bit more.

10.0
Date: May 10th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II TOP 2 GB

ASUS has taken the great GTX 670 and improved it by putting their DirectCU II cooler on it, which provides whisper quiet cooling. The card is also overclocked out of the box and uses a custom PCB supporting software voltage control. Overall the card received a perfect ten score!

9.7
Date: May 10th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2 GB

Today NVIDIA launches their new GeForce GTX 670 which aims to bring incredible performance levels at more affordable pricing. We see the new $399 card cruise past HD 7970 in many of our tests which will put additional pressure on AMD. Even against NVIDIA's own GTX 680 the performance difference is relatively small.

9.5
Date: May 8th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition 2 GB

ZOTAC's new GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition comes with a huge overclock out of the box, base clock is 1111 MHz. The card uses a large triple slot, dual fan cooler to provide stable gaming at these high clocks, but noise levels are also reduced.

8.8
Date: May 7th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler 1 GB

The HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler is a close to reference implementation of the HD 7770. Coming at reference design price and clocks, its biggest innovation is its cooler, which is exceedingly quiet. It is actually the quietest HD 7770 we tested so far.

Date: May 6th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Ivy Bridge PCI-Express Scaling with HD 7970 and GTX 680

Today's latest graphics cards come with support for PCI-Express 3.0, which promises twice the bandwidth, while still being compatible with older motherboards and graphics cards. In our article we analyze differences in PCIe performance on Intel's Ivy Bridge with GeForce GTX 680 and Radeon HD 7970, using 20 games at five resolutions, each at all three PCIe generations and x4, x8 and x16 link width.

9.5
Date: May 3rd 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4 GB

Today NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 690 flagship. The $999 card is based on two GK104 graphics processors that have their full potential enabled. The new card has one of the most extravagant designs, making heavy use of metal which adds to the experience. Performance is outstanding, being neck to neck with a dual GTX 680 SLI setup.

8.9
Date: Apr 30th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK 2 GB

MSI's HD 7870 HAWK is the company's mid-range equivalent of the Lightning Series. The card uses a Twin Frozr dual-fan cooler and features increased clock speeds of 1100 MHz GPU and 1200 MHz. It also includes triple voltage control via MSI Afterburner.

9.6
Date: Apr 30th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream 2 GB

Palit's GeForce GTX 680 JetStream offers several enhancements compared the NVIDIA reference design, like a quiet triple fan cooler, overclock out of the box and reduced power consumption. The best improvement is certainly that it comes at no price increase compared to the reference design.

8.7
Date: Apr 26th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge GPU Performance

This week saw the release of Intel's new 22 nanometer Ivy Bridge processors. The new CPUs also feature a beefed up graphics core that is faster and includes support for DirectX 11. In our review we test 18 games to investigate whether HD Graphics 4000 can provide a decent gaming experience.

8.0
Date: Apr 25th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning 3 GB

MSI's Radeon HD 7970 Lightning is a heavily customized implementation of the HD 7970 with focus on performance and overclocking. The card uses a beefed up voltage regulation circuitry and massive dual-fan heatsink to ensure stable operation at MSI's clocks of 1070 MHz core and 1400 MHz memory.

9.7
Date: Apr 20th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II 2 GB

The ASUS GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP uses the company's famous triple slot cooler to bring low temperatures and low noise to the GeForce GTX 680. ASUS has also increased the clocks of the card significantly, which gives it a healthy performance boost, for a reasonable $20 price premium.

8.8
Date: Apr 3rd 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI HD 7870 Twin Frozr III 2 GB

MSI's HD 7870 TwinFrozr III improves on the AMD reference design by adding the company's dual-fan cooling solution to the card. It also comes with increased clock speeds of 1050 MHz core and 1200 MHz memory out of the box. In our testing we saw great additional overclocking potential, well into the 1200 MHz range.

9.1
Date: Mar 30th 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2 GB

The ASUS Radeon HD 7870 Direct CU II is a highly overclocked custom version of the Radeon HD 7870. Coming at clock speeds of 1100 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory, it is a good deal faster than the AMD reference design. Thanks to aggressive pricing, the card retails at $360, which means there is no price increase for overclocking.

Date: Mar 23rd 2012
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 SLI

Yesterday NVIDIA introduced their new groundbreaking GeForce GTX 680, which was very well received. Today we bring you testing of a $1000 dual card SLI setup. We also use the latest WHQL driver to provide up-to-date performance numbers.