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The Build quality of the CM Storm QuickFire TK is second to none the Cherry MX Blue switches are the best I have ever used, and I love the blue LED lighting and accent off of the sky blue steel plate. The dimming functions and the highlighted gaming keys actually helped to improve my gaming experiences, I am now favoring the Cherry MX Blue for gaming over my Red and the overall gaming performance is one to be reckoned with.
INTRODUCTION It’s no secret that the Radeon 7970 isn’t a new graphics card. In fact, it’s the eldest of AMD’s current product lineup, one that still has life left in it, but is also looking to the not-too-distant future with the next series of cards not far off. But showing your cards right off the bat likely isn’t the smartest business move, so after initially seeing reference designs, board partners were freed to produce custom 7970 cards, complete with improved PCB and power designs, pushing high overclocks, and topped off by fancy heatsinks. And we’ve seen a few of those, with the latest one to see our test bench being the subject of today’s discourse: the HIS 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition. No doubt you can infer from the name that this card comes with a factory overclock with speeds of at least a GHz, and the card does indeed sport the company’s redesigned custom cooler. We’ve seen this cooler before in testing, and came away suitably impressed. Hopefully we’ll see more of the same today on this 7970 GHz Edition. Let’s find out.
INTRODUCTION We’ve seen many Radeon 7000 series graphics cards over the better part of this year, from flagship 7970 to entry 7750 models, and for the most part we’ve been impressed. The commonality amongst these reviews has been they’re all single card setups, with a few exceptions, and we often field questions about whether a CrossFire setup makes sense for a particular card. Adding a second card to boost gaming performance certainly has its positives, but a few potential downsides can exist. But the real question is whether the added expenditure actually makes sense in terms of performance vs value. For example, does it make sense to sell that Radeon 7850 and upgrade to a 7970, or should you add a second 7850 instead? Good question, indeed. Today we’re looking at just such a situation, as we put two HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo cards in CrossFire, along with a single card setup, to see what exactly to expect. We hope to answer that question, and see if two of these cards make better sense than going up to a single 7970. There are other considerations, such as driver optimizations, game profiles, heat output, and so forth, but many of those variables are dependent upon what your gaming and computer situation tends to be, and what your preferences might tilt toward. Instead, we’ll focus simply on the numbers today, in order to find out the raw horsepower and value for your hard earned money. Let’s take a closer look at these HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo ...
The 7750 IceQ X Turbo is the latest value-oriented card in the HIS lineup, and it sports some great styling and an aggressive factory oveclock out of the box. Retailing for about $120, this card is rather affordable, and while we don't expect it to be a gaming powerhouse, it could prove very enticing to gamers on a modest budget. Let’s take a closer look at the HIS 7750 IceQ X Turbo and see how it fares.
Enermax is known largely for their power supplies but they also have some solid gaming cases. Today I will be taking a look at the Hoplite-ST, which is Enermax’s newest mid tower case. If abstract looking pc cases aren’t your cup of tea then the new Hoplite-ST may be something that will intrigue you. The mid tower case from Enermax comes in to two different colors (white and black) and has a simple, classy looking exterior, which is sometimes hard to come by in a gaming case these days. This case has all the gaming features you could need, like tool-less drive bays, an external hard drive SATA port, a transparent side window, good cable management, an external fan controller and more. Yet it still retains a simple and elegant design. Let’s see if Enermax’s cases are as good as their power supplies, and see if perhaps this is the right case to house your next build. First, here is a litte more about the manufacturer.
This latest card from HIS sports the company's redesigned IceQ X2 custom cooler. We've seen it once before in testing, and if history is any indication, we expect big things from this card, as HIS typically produces some extremely cool-running Radeon cards. The 7950 IceQ X2 also comes with a factory overclock and improved power design for those who want to overclock even further. It's certainly a massive card, but will that translate into better performance? Let's find out. Click through for more.
Today's review here is a look at the non-reference MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition, a model that sports a custom cooler and a factory overclock for only $10 more than the reference design. We expect some good things from this card and Nvidia has been extremely successful with the Kepler products, so will this card measure up? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for more.
While it's no secret that AMD doesn't officially have a dual-GPU card in its lineup, PowerColor has bucked the trend and blazed a new trail here with their own design for the 7990. This Limited Edition Devil 13 certainly looks monstrous, and it's got an accessory package second to none, but it also comes with a stratospheric price tag of about $1000 that will target all but the most diehard and well-heeled. Let's dive in and take a closer look at the PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 and see how it fares against Nvidia's dual GPU offering. Click through for more.
The ROCCAT Savu looks to continue the innovative features we've previously seen, and if the past is any indication, then we expect big things from ROCCAT here with this gaming mouse. And while ROCCAT may not be quite as well known in North America as some established industry heavyweights, they've made quite a splash in Europe, and seem to be looking to expand on this side of the pond, complete with a healthy pedigree to back up their gaming lineup. With a price tag of about $70, can the ROCCAT Savu stack up well in a competitive market? Let's take a closer look and find out.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti is the latest in the Kepler lineup, and while it may share a similar naming scheme as the GTX 660 Ti, it has some very distinct differences, not the least of which is a considerably lower price tag. Beyond the reference design card, however, some manufacturers are taking what appears to already be an impressive product and pushing things further, with improved power distribution, custom heatsinks for lower temperatures, factory overclocked settings, and even voltage tweaking capabilities for enthusiasts who want to extract the most our of their graphics card. ASUS is bringing all of these to consumers with the GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP. Click through for more.
Today's review here is a look at the non-reference Gigabyte GTX 650 Ti OC, a model that sports a custom cooler and a factory overclock for only $20 more than the reference design. We expect some good things from this card and Nvidia has been extremely successful with the Kepler products, so will this card measure up? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for more.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti is the latest in the Kepler lineup, and while it may share a similar naming scheme as the GTX 660 Ti, it has some very distinct differences, not the least of which is a considerably lower price tag. Costing about $149 for the reference design (and about $10 to $20 more for most partner cards), this creates a very interesting scenario, as it sits just above the Radeon 7770 in terms of price, so the question is whether this new Kepler card has the horsepower to compete in areas other than simply price. Nvidia has been extremely successful with the Kepler products, so will this card measure up? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for more.
We've seen several Kepler-based graphics cards from Nvidia, and have noted their ability to provide great performance at competitive prices. And today is a bit of a continuation of that trend, as we're looking at the GeForce GT 640, a lower-end card that comes with a retail price of around $100 and targeted to consumers on a very tight budget that don't need a powerhouse gaming card. While the ECS GT 640 does target modest goals, we love great value, so the question is can this card perform reasonably well enough to earn a recommendation from us? Let's see how it shapes up. Click through for more.
We've seen a few other FleX models, notably the Sapphire 7950 FleX which proved rather worthy in terms of horsepower and cooling prowess. This 7770 FleX is considerably less powerful, so the beauty of Eyefinity gaming might also be a bit less satisfying. But what about price? At about $150, it looks like Sapphire might again have a good value card. We've typically found the Sapphire FleX cards to be very impressive, so let's take a closer look at the Sapphire 7770 FleX and see if it has the power to tackle Eyefinity gaming. Click through for more.
Today marks the launch of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660, and one of the cards we're looking at today is the Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce, a mid-range gaming card that sports the cooler of the same name. We've seen this cooler on other cards models, most recently on the GTX 660 Ti by Gigabyte, and we came away suitably impressed at the low temperatures and noise levels. Can Nvidia continue the Kepler onslaught into the mid-range? Can Gigabyte's card stand out in the pack? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for the full review.