MSI's new GTX 780 Gaming 6 GB doubles the available video RAM over the reference design, which just has 3 GB. With the latest titles requiring 3 GB VRAM minimum for textures at Ultra, this 6 GB card could help provide a performance advantage. We will investigate this claim by using our brand-new VGA test suite.
MSI's Radeon R9 280X Gaming 6 GB comes with twice the video memory of the reference design. We will test multiple resolutions, including EyeFinity and 4K, to see whether it really makes a difference. Another highlight of the card is that it's really quiet, quieter than any other R9 280X we've tested before.
The $700 MSI R9 290X Lightning is MSI's latest flagship card geared toward overclockers and enthusiasts. It comes with a large overclock out of the box, higher than any other custom R9 290X available today. The board is cooled by a large triple-slot, triple-fan cooler that yields excellent temperatures.
Today, AMD is launching their Radeon R9 295X2, a dual-GPU card based on two fully unlocked, fully clocked Hawaii graphics processors. As a result, the card delivers impressive numbers in 4K and EyeFinity. But with a price of $1500, it is certainly not cheap, no matter how you look at it.
PowerColor's R9 290X PCS+ uses a large triple-fan, triple-slot cooler, which promises improved temperatures and noise levels over the AMD reference design. The card is also overclocked out of the box by +50 MHz GPU and +100 MHz memory, making it the highest-clocked R9 290X available today.
MSI's Radeon R9 290X Gaming comes with the company's well-known TwinFrozr dual-fan cooler, which should improve temperatures and noise levels over the AMD reference design significantly. The card is also overclocked out of the box for some extra performance.
Unlike most other GTX 750 Tis, ASUS has placed an additional 6-pin power connector on their GTX 750 Ti OC, which promises improved overclocking potential and may even improve out-of-the-box performance due to GPU Boost. The card is also extremely quiet thanks to its dual-fan thermal solution.
Today, NVIDIA also launched the GeForce GTX 750, which is similar to the GTX 750 Ti, just with fewer shaders and lower clocks. The ASUS GTX 750 OC is overclocked out of the box to provide some extra performance while still being power efficient, cool, and quiet.
MSI's GTX 750 Ti Gaming is the quietest GTX 750 Ti we reviewed today. It is whisper quiet in both idle and during gaming, even with the included overclock out of the box. Thanks to NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, the card also runs incredibly cool and consumes very little power.
Palit's new GTX 750 Ti StormX Dual comes with the fantastic power consumption improvements of the Maxwell architecture, but also includes a large overclock out of the box. Additional overclocking potential is also excellent, making this the card you want if you are after maximized performance.
Today, NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which is based on the new GM107 graphics processor introducing NVIDIA's Maxwell graphics architecture. Power consumption of the new card is at a record low, which means temperature and noise levels are impressive as well.
AMD today released their Radeon R7 265 in a preemptive strike to cover their bases against NVIDIA's upcoming GTX 750 Ti. While the card is based on the aging HD 7850, it still offers good gaming performance and comes with an excellent price/performance ratio.
Sapphire's custom design R9 290X Tri-X OC impresses with low noise levels that still run the card at cool temperatures. The card is also overclocked out of the box, which makes it faster than the GTX Titan. In Europe, the price over reference is just 10%, which makes the choice a no-brainer.
The MSI GTX 760 Mini-ITX Gaming should definitely be on your short list if you are looking to build a SFF gaming PC or compact Steam Box. It runs quieter than any other compact graphics card we ever tested, yet still has enough power to play all the latest titles at full HD, with maximized settings.
The ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC is R9 290X done right. It is overclocked out of the box, but doesn't suffer from the throttling issues of AMD's reference design. The card is also quieter, even in performance mode, and you can activate the second, quiet BIOS for a very low noise experience.
EVGA's GTX 780 Ti Classified is the fastest GTX 780 Ti we ever tested. It comes with a large overclock out of the box that makes it run above 1175 MHz most of the time. The dual-fan ACX heatsink also provides good cooling, resulting in low temperatures and a stable operation at all times.
MSI's GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the best graphics card I've reviewed in a long time. It is very fast because of its overclock out of the box, but doesn't run hot at all. Its powerful TwinFrozr cooler also enables MSI to run the card at fantastic noise levels that are quieter than most other graphics cards on the market.
The new ASUS GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC offers amazing performance out of the box that is 6% higher than the already fast GTX 780 Ti reference design. ASUS is also using their large dual-fan DirectCU II heatsink to ensure that the card runs cool enough for maximized performance.
MSI's R9 270X GAMING provides the lowest noise levels of any card in its performance class thanks to its dual-fan TwinFrozr cooler. It is also overclocked out of the box, giving it a 3% performance advantage, which matches HD 7950 performance.
ASUS engineered a truly unique product with their ROG MARS GTX 760. It is based on two GTX 760 GPUs on a single card, which provides amazing performance sitting right between the GTX 780 and 780 Ti. The cooling solution is also decent and makes sure the card always runs full NVIDIA Boost clocks.
Palit's GeForce GTX 780 Ti Jetstream comes with company's triple-fan, triple-slot cooler, which provides impressive temperatures. The card is also overclocked out of the box, making it faster than the $1000 dual-GPU GTX 690 on average. Overclocking works great, too, thanks to the new GTX 780 Ti GPU.
PowerColor's R9 270X PCS+ comes overclocked out of the box and introduces a completely new cooler design. In our testing, the card delivers good temperature and noise levels. With a price of $200, it's also the cheapest R9 270X available at this time.
The ASUS R9 270X DC II TOP comes overclocked out of the box and features the well-known ASUS Direct CU cooler, which results in excellent temperatures and very low idle noise levels. The card ends up a bit noisier during gaming, though. With a price of $210, it's just marginally more expensive than the cheapest R9 270X on the market.
The HIS R9 270X IceQ X² Turbo Boost comes at reference-design pricing, $200, which makes it the cheapest, highest-clocked R9 270X available at this time. Not only do you get the free overclock out of the box; you also get a better cooler that provides very low temperatures, but ends up slightly noisier.
Last week, AMD released their R9 270 Non-X, which is built on the same Pitcairn GPU as the HD 7800 Series before. Unlike the HD 7850, it comes with all its shaders enabled, though. The ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC improves on that with a better cooler and overclock out of the box.