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It has been several months since AMD shook up the GPU market a bit with its R9 series of GPUs. Now that the dust has settled there has been time for AMD partners to design better cooling solutions for the Hawaii based GPUs at the top end of the R9 lineup. When the 290 and 290x first released there was a firestorm of complaints surrounding the massive amounts of heat generated and the lack of significant cooling solutions. Basically the reference design cooler was a major flop that actually caused performance loses. The 290 and 290x GPUs were known to throttle down to lower core speeds to stay within the thermal envelope. In some cases, this resulted in a 290 outperforming a 290x in benches or other counter intuitive results... OUCH! AMD partners proved to be up to the challenge though, releasing GPUs with their custom cooling solutions that offered better heat dissipation without adding to the noise penalty suffered by the reference cooler. This is all fine and dandy, but where does any of this leave the hardcore water cooling enthusiast? It leaves many researching to see which GPU from each manufacturer is and is not compatible with certain water blocks and adding additional cost to an already costly product. One of those OEMs, VisionTek, wanted to lend a hand in this process by taking away all guess work, and even the installation. They are now offering a GPU which comes ready to be incorporated into a custom waco system out of the box. I am happy to introduce the Cry...
Today we're specifically looking at the Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce, a budget-oriented card that comes with a factory overclock out of the box and a cooler design that promises very low temperatures, while looking to trounce AMD's R7 260X not only in performance, but also power efficiency. Let's take a closer look and get it on the bench to see if real world tests can fulfill Nvidia's aspirations.
Today we're looking at a premium gaming card from Gigabyte in the form of the GTX 780 GHz Edition. As you can probably guess, its approach comes in the form of aggressive overclocking, by juicing up the core past 1GHz, one of the fastest on the market. Gigabyte doesn't normally just overclock their products, and indeed this model sports a stunning cooler that we've seen before: the Windforce. We've been impressed in the past with Gigabyte Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It's constructed in metal rather than cheap plastic, comes with three fans, heatpipes, and a boatload of cooling potential in a stylish gaming package. Factor in a very aggressive overclock on this card, and we are eager to see just how fast this thing can go. Let's take a closer look.
Today we're focusing on the Sapphire R9 290, an enthusiast-classed peformance card that's a reference design. We typically see custom cards from Sapphire, and that may yet be in store in the not-too-distant future, but for now the R9 290 is Sapphire's competition against Nvidia's GTX 780. Looking to offer excellent performance for higher-resolution gaming, the R9 290 looks to be a powerhouse. Let's delve a bit deeper into the details with a closer look at the Sapphire R9 290 to find out how it measures up.
Introduction Has there been a time during a gaming session that you were wondering how your system is performing temperature-wise? How about how much of a load your system currently has on it? We as gamers are always looking at additional data to see how our newly built gaming system is performing. While we have seen many software-based widgets that can be used to view that information on your desktop, how about those times when you are in-game and don’t want to tab out of the session? Well today we are going to be looking at a little device from ColdTears Electronics called LCDSysInfo for GOverlay. What does this device do? Today we are going to put the GOverlay LCD to the test and show you what this convenient little desk top display can do. This has the ability to customize the data source you want to view, all at-a-glance on this 2.8″ LCD screen. Today we are going to put the software and hardware to the test today to see just how well this device can hold to its promise of total customization. Now without going into too much detail, let’s jump forward and get started.
We're focusing on two cards from HIS, a company we're very familiar with, having seen many of their products in the past couple of generations in AMD cards. HIS typically produces cards with custom coolers and aggressive factory overclocks, and these two are no different. The R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 and R9 270X iCooler IceQ X2 Turbo have excessively long names, but more to the point: they are sleek, come with impressive overclocks, and look to offer good gaming value. Let's take a closer look at these cards to find out how they measure up.
Introduction On November 6, 2013, in East Dundee, IL VisionTek announced the R9 290 graphics card. Featuring similar specifications to the R9 290X, The new R9 290 has a 947MHz clock speed, 4GB 512bit GDDR5 RAM, and over 300GB/s memory bandwidth. It can support 4K gaming with over 100 layers of effects, and compute performance that nearly exceeds 5.0 TFLOPs. With it’s $409 MSRP ($90 less than the R9 290X) and performance that exceeds the leading competitive brand’s comparable card, the estimated VisionTek R9 290 could be the best value in high performance graphics cards. It is expected to begin shipping later this month. VisionTek Radeon R9 290 specifications as follows: Specifications Memory: 4GB 512bit GDDR5 Memory Speed: up to 5.0Gb/s Base Clock Speed: up to 947MHz Stream Processors: 2560 Compute Performance: 4.9 TFLOPS CrossFire Support: Up to four GPUs with no interconnect bridge required Outputs: 2 x Dual Link DVI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI Cooling: Single fan 2 slot Bus Type: PCIe 3.0 3DMark Fire Strike: greater than 8000 OS Support: Windows® 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Linux
Introduction In this ever-blossoming technology industry there are smaller companies that are often overshadowed by their behemoth competitors. There are many reasons why this occurs but one of the most common assumptions is that the smaller company is lower quality. The thinking has been that the smaller guy can’t make a product as well as the bigger guy. VisionTek has been striving to prove that assumption to be false. They believe they can be a smaller company yet still offer quality and value. VisionTek sent us the new Radeon R9-280X AMD based GPU to see how well their promise holds up. We will take a moment to learn about VisionTek before we put the R9-280X through some tests. http://www.visiontekproducts.com/ VisionTek Products, LLC is a leading supplier of personal computer enhancement products to retailers and consumers. Based out of East Dundee, IL, VisionTek brings the most innovative and best performing products to the PC enthusiast consumer market and further committed to exemplary customer service and support for all of our products. VisionTek has been widely recognized as a pioneer in producing graphic cards. Our other component areas are such as memory, solid state drives, power supplies, candyboards, gaming network cards, and TV Tuners. VisionTek’s award winning brand has been a leader for years and continues to set the standard for excellence in the market. VisionTek products can be found at leading retailers, distributors, PC syst...
The folks at VisionTek just yesterday announced their newest GPU designed to crush the competition. They introduced the Radeon R9 290X as the “fastest graphics card available.” It’s probably not an exaggeration either. The new R9 290X is packing some serious power under the hood. With a 1GHz clock speed, 2816 Stream Processors and 4GB 512bit GDDR5 RAM, it can achieve a compute performance over 5.6 TFLOPs! It’s truly amazing to see just how far graphics technology continues to evolve from AMD, and VisionTek really did a fantastic job running with AMD’s ball. Not only that, but the retail price of this product will shock you, and we don’t mean sticker shock! On the contrary, some folks were expecting a $600-700 card, but it turns out this baby is only $549! It’s hard to argue the knock-out combination of incredible performance mixed with an affordable price. Here’s the full press release below for more details, VisionTek Radeon R9 290X Introduced As Fastest Graphics Card Available New ultra-performance card delivering 5.6 TFLOPs, 4x higher resolution of 1080p, intelligent overclocking, and professional grade audio priced at $549 and shipping by early November October 24, 2013, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontek.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today the VisionTek ...
With AMD's latest launch, today we're looking at the MSI R9 270X HAWK, a mid-range graphics card that boasts a custom heatsink, improved power design, and a factory overclock, all for a modest price of $220. Sounds pretty good so far. Factor in that AMD is bringing a host of new features to the market with the R9 series launch, and we're cautiously optimistic for big things. Let's take a closer look at the MSI R9 270X HAWK to find out how it measures up.
With Nvidia partners pushing custom GTX 760 products into the supply chain, today we're seeing the latest: the MSI GTX 760 HAWK, an enthusiast-oriented gaming card that comes with some very tantalizing features and overclocking potential. We have high expectations of this MSI card, as the company has been touting its premium Military-classed components to extract the maximum overclocking prowess out of the card. We got it on the bench and juiced up the voltages, looking to put up some screaming numbers. Did we? Hellya. Let's take a closer look at the MSI GTX 760 HAWK and find out just how high it can fly.
The MSI GTX 780 Twin Frozr Gaming comes with a factory overclock, and a stylish cooler that promises low temperatures and noise levels. We know Kepler performance is off the charts, but how does this premium card from MSI stack up in today's most demanding games? Is it worth the expensive price tag? Let's dive in and find out.
We're looking at a custom implementation of the behemoth GeForce GTX 780. This one is from Gigabyte: the GTX 780 OC Windforce, sporting an insane factory overclock and a stunning cooler. The If you have he budget to afford something special that'll get you bragging rights along with a killer card, then read on to find out more about this Gigabyte card.
We've previously seen two Devil-branded cards from PowerColor, the behemoth 7990 and a previous-gen 6970, both of which are (or were) flagship premium cards. But the Devil HD 7870 2GB is a mid-range card, coming with an attractive price tag of $260. It's a bit unusual to see a custom cooler, improved power design, and attention to detail on such a modestly priced card, but we certainly approve of the move by PowerColor; better for consumers, we say.
The Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Windforce is the latest in the company's popular model series, and this model now comes with an updated version of its namesake cooler. We have high expectations of today's launch, but can the Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Windforce continue the winning trend against AMD?