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iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

Introduction The graphics card market has been getting properly shaken up since the release of the new GTX 900 series Maxwell cards, but that doesn’t mean that AMD doesn’t still have a few tricks left up their sleeves. AMD has been diligently at work refreshing and modernizing their GPU lineup, and their most recent efforts have produced for us the Tonga core; a more power efficient and better binned GPU core which, like AMD as a whole, is capable of more than what its specs would suggest. Think of it like this: you get the raw power and value of Tahiti, plus the features of Hawaii and beyond… I can’t really think of anything wrong with that picture if you ask me.   For this review, I’ll be taking a look at Sapphire’s take on the new core. Their Dual-X R9 285 OC comes overclocked out-of-the-box, equipped with a great cooling solution that has withstood the test of time, and utilizes a more robust, custom-designed PCB that should help us take this card to the next level. Let’s see just what this card has to offer, and see if the claims of better performance than the GTX 760 hold true for our testing.     www.sapphiretech.com SAPPHIRE Technology is well established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of innovative graphics and mainboard products for over a decade. Its AMD Radeon based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusias...



Dual GPU Cards Fighting for Dominance Once More

Back in January, NVIDIA leaked specs for their GTX 790, a new dual GPU card. Now, AMD is doing the same. The last time AMD and NVIDIA went rounds in this market, it was a one sided fight with NVIDIA getting the first release, and AMD getting in the ring so late that everyone had already gone home. This time around, AMD has announced a new dual GPU chip, only shortly after NVIDIA, called the R9 295 X2. As expected, the specs on both of these cards look pretty monstrous. Some frequencies have been tuned back a tad to compensate for the two chips, but what’s really interesting is the architecture choices. In spite of everyone’s excitement about Maxwell, NVIDIA chose to keep to the GK110 GPUs in the 790. While it’s obvious that Maxwell still needs some time in development, it also seems like the perfect choice with the heat and power efficiency performance seen in a dual GPU card. While it might be worth the wait, AMD has Hawaii architecture coming to their dual GPU card now. And if bitcoin miners loved the performance of the R9 290X, there is no doubt the R9 295 X2 will be an instant success. As it is, Hawaii architecture has already made great strides in the gaming market and if it wasn’t for mining inflating the prices, AMD would be the top pick for many gamers. If everyone comes to see the fight, it’s good to know both competitors showed up this time around. Another exciting thing about these releases is the future of dual GPU card...



VisionTek Radeon R9 290

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



PowerColor DEVIL R9 270X 2GB GDDR5

On Oct 31 2013 in Taipei Tiawan, the TUL Corporation, a manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today rolled out a new model, the PowerColor Devil R9 270X. It fully supports DirectX 11.2 and 4K gaming, and is designed to offer intense gaming performance and ultra resolution which up to four times higher than tradition HD. In addition, the Devil R9 270X now gives game developers the power to directly address the GPU core by utilizing Mantle from AMD. Features PowerColor DEVIL R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 Part NumberAXR9 270X 2GBD5-A2DHE Graphics EngineRADEON R9 270X Video Memory2GB GDDR5 Engine Clock1150MHz (up to 1180MHz with boost) Memory Clock1400MHz (5.6Gbps) Memory Interface256bit DirectX® Support11.1 Bus StandardPCIE 3.0 Display ConnectorsDL-DVI-I/ SL-DVI-D / HDMI / MINI DPx2  



VisionTek Introduces the Radeon R9 290X & Claims Fastest Graphics Card Available

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 ...



 
 
 
 
 

VisionTek Connect – USB 3.0 Display Adapters

In today's workstation environment the multi-display workstation has become rather popular, but not everyone can afford expensive video cards to facilitate that. Today we will take a look at an inexpensive way to expand your desktop space. We are reviewing two products from VisionTek that are meant to be affordable, easy to use and portable. We have the VisionTek's USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter, and the USB 3.0 to HDMI+DVI Dual Display Adapter. Both allow you to connect an additional monitor through your USB 3.0 port, and one offers the ability to use two more. First, lets look at some information about VisionTek. Click through for more...



SAPPHIRE HD 7970 6GB TOXIC Edition in production

SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced that, contrary to rumours appearing on the internet, production continues of the recently announced SAPPHIRE HD 7970 6GB TOXIC Edition, and this model will continue to be on sale in limited numbers. Its industry leading clock speeds, extreme cooling and overclocking features have already won it the accolade of the fastest ever single GPU graphics card, and the first batch of product to reach the market was quickly sold out. At the same time supplies will also be improved of the SAPPHIRE HD 7970 6GB Vapor-X Edition, which shares many of the features of the TOXIC model, but at less extreme clock speeds. Please visit www.sapphiretech.com for product details.





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