We are testing software-based voltage control on AMD's Radeon Fury X, at up to 1.37V, in order to investigate what overclocking gains can be expected. We also measure the real-life performance effect and how voltage changes power consumption.
The new ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX delivers the highest performance of all GTX 980 Ti cards we have tested so far, thanks to a large overclock and increased Boost Clock range. The DirectCU III triple-slot cooler turns off its fans in idle, media playback, and light gaming. Price-wise, the card clocks in at $670, which is similar to other custom GTX 980 Ti cards.
Today, AMD released their Radeon R9 Fury. Only two vendors are allowed to build designs for the Fury Non-X: ASUS and Sapphire. Today, we are reviewing the ASUS R9 Fury STRIX, which comes with a new large DirectCU thermal solution that keeps noise levels in check.
ZOTAC's GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition comes at GTX 980 Ti reference-design pricing, which makes it the most affordable GTX 980 Ti custom-design. The card is overclocked out of the box, running faster than the GTX Titan X. Zotac is also introducing a new all-metal cooler that looks fantastic and reaches great temperatures.
Today, we are reviewing MSI's highly anticipated GTX 980 Ti Gaming, which comes with a new TwinFrozr dual-fan cooler. In idle, the fans will completely turn off for the perfect noise-free experience. The card is also highly overclocked for the highest performance of any GTX 980 Ti we tested so far.
PowerColor introduces a new triple-fan, triple-slot, full-metal cooler with their R9 390 PCS+. The card comes overclocked out of the box, and PowerColor is asking a small $10 premium over reference-design pricing. Like all R9 390 cards, it features 8 GB of VRAM, which is twice that of the R9 290.
AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X is released today, introducing HBM memory for graphics cards. The new card is built around a watercooled Fiji GPU, which enabled AMD to design a very compact card that will fit into many small-form-factor cases. Gaming performance at 4K is good and roughly matches the GTX 980 Ti.
The EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC+ comes overclocked out of the box, using the company's ACX dual-fan cooling solution. It features low noise in gaming, and the fans will turn off completely in idle for that perfect noise-free experience. Performance levels exceed those of the much more expensive GTX Titan X.
MSI's Radeon R9 390X GAMING comes with a massive triple-slot, dual-fan cooler that turns its fans off completely when the card idles. Thanks to the overclock out of the box, the card matches GTX 980 performance at 1440p and beyond. Like all R9 390X cards, the MSI R9 390X GAMING is equipped with 8 GB of video memory.
Gigabyte's GTX 980 G1 Gaming comes with a large overclock out of the box, which lets the card surpass the GeForce GTX Titan X in performance, at a much lower price. The cooler is also better than the reference heatsink and avoids the 84°C thermal limit at all times - it also turns off its fans in idle and light gaming.
Today, NVIDIA releases the GeForce GTX 980 Ti based on the same GPU as the Titan X, with same clocks but fewer shaders. This card is designed as preemptive strike against AMD's upcoming Fiji cards. In our testing, the $650 GTX 980 Ti can almost match the performance of the $1k Titan X.
Gigabyte's GTX 960 OC retails at an affordable $199, all while offering the same performance out of the box as the bigger G1 Gaming. Even though priced low, Gigabyte didn't compromise on OC potential, noise, temperatures, and power consumption as all of those are comparable to more expensive custom-design variants.
Today, NVIDIA launches the GeForce Titan X, their fastest single-GPU card yet. It is built on a brand-new, fully unlocked GM200 silicon with 3072 shaders and a massive 12 GB of VRAM. Thanks to the energy efficient Maxwell architecture, this $999 card only consumes 225 watts during typical gaming.
The ASUS GTX 980 Matrix is the company's flagship GTX 980 designed to break world records with liquid nitrogen. It comes with an innovative memory-heating circuit that protects against dreaded cold bugs which cause memory instability. The card also features a dual-BIOS and voltage measurement and control points.
With 3x DP, 2x DVI and 1x HDMI outputs, Gigabyte's GTX 960 G1 Gaming features the most complete output configuration. The card is also overclocked out of the box, and a powerful triple-fan thermal solution keeps it cool, yet it stays very quiet in gaming states and will stop the fans completely with idle and light loads.
Palit's GTX 960 Super JetStream is the highest-clocked GTX 960 we are reviewing today. It also comes with an overclock on the memory for that little bit of extra speed. The card is cooled by a dual-fan, triple-slot cooler that stops the fans in idle and light gaming.
With a single GTX 960 threatening to shake up the mid-range the way its bigger siblings did, the question on everyone's mind is whether two GTX 960 cards can measure up to single, bigger GTX 900 series cards, and on the cheap.
EVGA's GTX 960 SSC is built upon the company's famous ACX Cooler for extremely low noise levels, and it turns itself off completely while idling. The card is also overclocked out of the box with a sizable overclock that helps it gain 5% performance over the NVIDIA reference design.
MSI's new GeForce GTX 960 Gaming comes overclocked out of the box. Just like previous MSI Gaming cards, the board runs extremely quiet, emitting almost no noise while gaming, and it also turns off its fans in idle. With a price of $200, MSI has chosen to go with NVIDIA's reference-design pricing.
The ASUS GTX 960 STRIX OC is a custom variant of the GTX 960 that comes with an overclock out of the box on both GPU and memory. It is also the only card that features a backplate. Like all other boards, it will completely turn off its fans in idle and light gaming for the perfect noise-free experience.
With 3x DP, 2x DVI and 1x HDMI, Gigabyte's GTX 980 G1 Gaming features the most complete output configuration. The card is also overclocked out of the box, and a powerful triple-fan thermal solution keeps it cool. In our testing, we also found Gigabyte to have massively increased the power limit, which overclockers and voltmodders will find beneficial.
MSI's GTX 970 Gaming is probably the best GTX 970 on the market. It comes overclocked out of the box, with an amazing noise-less cooler for light gaming, one that is also extremely quiet with even the most demanding titles. Temperatures are great, too, so you should definitely consider this card if you are in the market for a GTX 970.
Every two or so years, AMD rolls out a year-end Catalyst driver update, which not only steps up performance and splats bugs, but also expands their own software feature-set. The new Catalyst 14.12 Omega is part of AMD's effort to catch up with and get ahead of NVIDIA's latest software features.
With a base clock of 1203 MHz, Colorful's iGame GTX 970 is one of the highest-clocked GTX 970 cards available on the market. Its triple-fan, dual-slot cooler achieves excellent temperatures and contributes to its overclocking potential, which is higher than with any other GTX 970 we have tested thus far.
PCI-Express x16 3.0 is well established in the market, and the majority of gamers are using the interface. But what happens if you end up in a slot-bandwidth-constrained situation? We are testing NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 980 flagship in 17 games, at four resolutions, including 4K, to assess what performance to expect.