Reviews

9.4
Date: Jun 17th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 6850 SCS3 1 GB

PowerColor's Radeon HD 6850 SCS3 is the first completely passive cooled Radeon HD 6850. This makes it the fastest zero-noise graphics card available today. Instead of the fairly compact heatsink of the reference design, PowerColor is using a massive triple slot cooler which provides the cooling required for the HD 6850 SCS3.

9.5
Date: Jun 9th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 1.5 GB

First seen at Computex this year, the ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum is an overclocker's dream. It offers multiple voltage control via both software and hardware, a quiet running, powerful triple slot, dual fan thermal solution and easy to reach voltage measurement points. This card is also the first to be supported by ASUS' new GPU Tweak software.

9.2
Date: May 30th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition 3 GB

MSI has upgraded their GTX 580 Lightning and calls it "Xtreme Edition" now. The biggest change is certainly the inclusion of 3 GB of GDDR5 memory. Other new features are a dust removal system and a fan that indicates overheating by color change.

8.1
Date: May 25th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 6670 1 GB

PowerColor's HD 6670 uses a full-height dual-slot thermal solution to deliver outstanding idle and load temperatures. The reference clocked card with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory offers decent performance for the budget oriented gamer at resolutions up to 1680x1050.

9.4
Date: May 20th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
HIS Radeon HD 6790 IceQ X Turbo 1 GB

HIS has taken the AMD HD 6790 reference design, increased its clock speeds and slapped their new IceQ X thermal solution on it. The result is a solid HD 6790 card that is about 5% faster than the AMD version, which delivers awesome temperatures and good overclocking potential.

9.3
Date: May 17th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 560 TOP Direct Cu II 1 GB

ASUS GeForce GTX 560 TOP Direct CU II is a close to perfect implementation of NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 560 non-Ti. The card comes with increased clock speeds out of the box which results in the same performance as the GTX 560 Ti. ASUS' thermal solution manages to impress too. It is whisper quiet, has tons of OC potential and temperatures under load are around 70°C.

8.9
Date: May 17th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce GTX 560 2 GB

Palit's implementation of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 non-Ti is the only card that features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory instead of 1 GB on the reference design. Will the additional memory be enough to make a difference?

9.1
Date: May 17th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Twin Frozr II OC 1 GB

Today NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 560 non-Ti. The GPU comes with a reduced shader count of 336 and is targeted at the $199 segment. MSI's GeForce GTX 560 Twin Frozr II is an overclocked version of the GTX 560 reference design which also features MSI's prominent Twin Frozr II thermal solution.

8.4
Date: May 5th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 6950 Vortex II 2 GB

PowerColor's new HD 6950 Vortex II comes with a seriously improved thermal solution compared to the AMD reference design. It also offers two adjustable fans that can be configured to make maximum use of available space. Clock speeds have been increased too, and the card was able to be modded to a HD 6970 in our testing.

8.3
Date: Apr 18th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 6670 1 GB

Today AMD releases their HD 6670 which is priced at $100. The card is based on a brand-new graphics processor called "Turks" with 480 shaders and GDDR5 memory. Like all recent cards from AMD the card supports EyeFinity, DirectX 11 and full HD video acceleration.

8.3
Date: Apr 18th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 6450 512 MB

AMD's new Radeon HD 6450 sets out to compete in the lowest end performance segment. It offers twice the shading power as the aging HD 5450 which results in a solid performance increase in gaming. With a price of $55 it doesn't break the bank, but does it have enough performance for the latest games?

8.0
Date: Apr 18th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GT 520 1 GB

Last week NVIDIA quietly released their GeForce GT 520 which offers DirectX 11 support and comes with a low-profile that can fit into compact media PC systems. Will this $60 card be good enough for gaming, or is the gamer's money better spent on more powerful cards?

8.6
Date: Apr 12th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI Radeon HD 6970 Lightning 2 GB

MSI's Radeon HD 6970 Lightning is the company's new flagship single-GPU card for AMD. It offers plenty of overclocking features like triple voltage software control, voltage measurement points, a powerful cooling solution and increased clock speeds out of the box. What is even better is that those features are available at a small price premium of only $10 over the AMD reference design.

9.4
Date: Apr 7th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor HD 6870 PCS++ 1 GB

PowerColor's new HD 6870 PCS++ comes with massively increased clocks out of the box which makes it roughly as fast as GTX 560 Ti or HD 6950. With a reasonable price increase of only $10 over the reference design, the card does not break the bank either, it is actually a worthy opponent to NVIDIA's GTX 560 Ti considering price/performance.

9.3
Date: Apr 5th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 6790 1 GB

Today AMD is releasing their new Radeon HD 6790 which is targeted at the $150 segment that recently saw some love from NVIDIA in form of their GTX 550 Ti. AMD's new card uses the same GPU as the more powerful HD 6850 and HD 6870, so it will be interesting to see where it stands and whether it can defeat NVIDIA's latest offering.

9.4
Date: Mar 31st 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning 1536 MB

MSI has engineered their own version of the GeForce GTX 580 called "Lightning", which is geared toward enthusiasts and overclockers. The card brings several exciting features like advanced voltage control and on-board DIP switches for tuning. A dual-BIOS feature with a special liquid nitrogen BIOS is also available.

8.9
Date: Mar 29th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
AMD Radeon HD 6950 1 GB

In order to complete their lineup in the $250 segment, AMD has released a 1 GB version of the HD 6950. This makes the card $40 cheaper, yet does not impact performance in any way as our testing shows. We also saw great overclocking potential on our card which makes this card a tweaker's dream combined with the HD 6950 to HD 6970 modding potential.

8.0
Date: Mar 25th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr III 2 GB

MSI's new HD 6950 Twin Frozr III introduces the third version of MSI's exclusive cooling solution. Thanks to two fans and five heatpipes the card runs at excellent temperatures. Tweakers will also love this card as they can adjust three voltages using MSI Afterburner. Another plus is that this card is able to be modded to a HD 6970 by BIOS flash.

7.0
Date: Mar 24th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 590 3 GB

Today NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 590 flagship which is based on two GTX 580 GPUs working on a single card. AMD released their dual-GPU HD 6990 design just two weeks ago, with power and heat being the decisive limit on performance it will be a tough fight between those cards.

8.8
Date: Mar 15th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti Direct CU 1 GB

Today ASUS released their new GeForce GTX 550 Ti. The card is based around NVIDIA's new GeForce GF116 GPU which promises more performance and less power draw compared to the GPU of the GTS 450. In our testing we see superior power consumption when compared to other GTX 550 Ti models.

8.8
Date: Mar 15th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition

Today NVIDIA announced their new GeForce GTX 550 Ti Series. ZOTAC's AMP! Edition comes with increased clocks out of the box. It is also the only card that features a full size HDMI output and a full size DisplayPort output in addition to two dual-link DVI ports which make the AMP! Edition the connectivity champ.

8.8
Date: Mar 15th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti Cyclone II 1 GB

MSI's new factory overclocked GeForce GTX 550 Ti Cyclone II uses an improved version of MSI's Cyclone cooler which increases air flow without increasing noise. As a result the card's temperatures never exceed 60°C - no matter what you throw at it.

8.8
Date: Mar 15th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
Palit GeForce GTX 550 Ti Sonic 1 GB

Palit's GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with leading clocks of 1000 MHz out of the box which helps gain some performance to the GTX 460. In our testing the card emits super low noise levels which makes it a good choice for a silent media PC.

9.1
Date: Mar 7th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
ASUS Radeon HD 6990 4 GB

Today AMD unleashed their new monster: Radeon HD 6990. This dual-GPU card, which is based on two HD 6970 GPUs took the gaming performance crown without beating a sweat. So, this card has tons of performance, but what about power consumption, heat and noise? And last but not least, is it worth the $699 price tag?

Date: Mar 7th 2011
Author: W1zzard
In: Video Cards
PowerColor Radeon HD 6990 CrossFire

AMD's new Radeon HD 6990 is the fastest graphics card in the world. We take TWO of those cards for a spin and check if this combination is worth $1,400 of your hard earned Dollars or if it only serves as a hot air blowing e-penis extension.