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Sapphire R9 280X VaporX Graphics Card

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Sapphire Radeon R9-280X VaporX Sapphire as we all know is AMDs premier partner so we always see cool stuff coming from them, but honestly we had already seen a VaporX 280X so we have all simply been waiting for what would come next such as the much rumored 295X or another 290X iteration. To my surprise I got hands on with a newer VaporX 280X model card which is actually a whole new configuration and looks very much like the Toxic model we looked at some time ago now sporting the Tri-X cooler. However this card carries blue hints instead of the orange from the Toxic model which actually looks really good in my opinion. Add to this the fact that the Tri-X cooler now also employs Sapphires signature Vapor Chamber design which is what the VaporX naming is all about. The Vapor Chamber from previous testing always helps pull ... Read More »

Sapphire R7 240 Dual HDMI Graphics Card

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Sapphire Radeon R7-240 Dual HDMI Sapphire being the premier partner for AMD its only natural that they offer every one of AMDs offerings and maybe even some special tweaks to the lower end or more mainstream models available. The card we are reviewing today happens to be one of those cards which is the R7-240 which is destined to be something like a stock replacement for an off the shelf PC. Sapphire did something pretty interesting here by equipping the card with dual HDMI connectors vs the standard connection array. Key Features Dual HDMI and Dual Audio Sapphire supports top end 7.1 audio via the HDMI outputs on the R7-240 card, but what is very cool is that during my testing due to running dual HDMI displays with speakers I could actually play two different audio sources or videos from the single card and each with its own audio stream. ... Read More »

MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming

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MSI Radeon R9-290X Gaming We have seen many MSI custom PCB or fully custom PCB or even just custom cooled cards and they always impress with some very nice temps along with looking pretty awesome as well. The gaming series carries the Red/Black theme with a custom Twin Frozr model cooler and offers usually a nice overclock with some really good gaming performance to offer some amazing framerates for the end-user. The card we have today needs no introduction as the R9-290X from AMD made a big splash when it entered the market although not all of the noise was good as users quickly found that the reference cards were plagued with massive heat from a simply inadequate cooler design. Well that being the case we do know that the Twin Frozr cooler design does very well at removing heat so the 290X is naturally a perfect candidate for testing ... Read More »

Sapphire R9-290X Tri-X “Sapphire Takes a Shot at Cooling the Monster”

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Sapphire Radeon R9-290X Tri-X When AMD launched the new Hawaii based GPU in the R9-290X it was to huge fan fare but it was not long until many enthusiasts and media alike called foul on the simple fact that the card would ramp up to 94C and sit there while throttling quite alot to maintain the astronomical 94C temp target. Well Enthusiasts have certain requirements when it comes to top end GPUs and one is performance and the other has to due with thermals and fan noise, and well AMD had included a dual BIOS which also allowed higher fan speed in an aptly called “Uber Mode” and with the higher allowed fan speed the card could stay at full clocks longer before the eventual throttling would occur allowing slightly longer sustained performance. The problem with this approach is that the card was now super loud. This made me come ... Read More »

Powercolor Radeon R9-290X

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Powercolor Radeon R9-290X OC Powercolor has been a long time AMD partner and like the Devil card we looked at recently they have made a name for themselves with many special edition including high end liquid cooled cards. Today I have their OC version of the 290X which has a small bump to the boost clock of the card which should net us some nice performance, but first things first. As you know the 290X launched a little while ago and unfortunately AMD had a very strict list of places they sent cards to, well this means that this is a bit behind what you may have already read on the card but since the card is already launched it also means I get to spend a bit more time with it rather than rushing to meet an NDA date. With that I would like to note that there will ... Read More »

Powercolor Radeon R9-270X Devil

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Powercolor Radeon R9-270X Devil Powercolor is one of the AMD partners that you see from time to time and they are really known for such designs as the Devil series cards which really shot them into the limelight for the AMD camp about a year or so back now. Well today we have in hand a newer “Devil” based model in the R9-270X Devil. The Devil edition is always known as the extreme performance variant and this is no exception with the telltale triple fan cooler, red/black cladding and full backplate carrying the design to the upper echelon in the looks department and the performance department is no slouch either. The R9-270X comes in at a retail price of $239.99 directly from Newegg at the time of this writing. this places it at the very top of the price stack for the 270X models which can range from around $199 ... Read More »

HIS R9 280X IceQX2 Turbo

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HIS is one of the companies that have been partner with AMD for a long time and always released new interesting cards as new GPU’s are released. With the release of the new fall-GPU’s from AMD we get a full spread of products and today we are testing the HIS R9 280X IceQ2 Turbo card. As the name implies this is a card that not only comes with the latest version of HIS special IceQ-cooler but also is pre-overclocked from the box.  The R9 280X uses the Tahiti GPU and is basically a HD7970 GHz edition card with a new name. With 3 GB memory though it has more headroom for higher resolutions and that for a price around $300. Related posts: Sapphire Radeon R9-280X Toxic Sapphire Radeon R9-280X Toxic Sapphire Has been AMDs premier partner for a long time now... MSI Radeon R9-280X 3GB Graphics Card MSI Radeon R9-280X Gaming ... Read More »

Sapphire Radeon R9-280X Toxic

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Sapphire Radeon R9-280X Toxic Sapphire Has been AMDs premier partner for a long time now so it was only natural that when the new AMD R Series cards launched that we would have one with Sapphires special touches in hand rather quickly. The model we have in hand is a R9-280X model which is a 7970 GHz model but its a Sapphire Toxic model which means it is their top clocked model. Being a 3GB model card we know that it is ready for high resolution and AA gaming and even crossfire up to 4 cards for maximum performance especially when pushing multiple high resolution displays. The Sapphire Radeon R9-280X Toxic model comes with a MSRP of $349 which places it about 50 dollars above some other models such as the MSI gaming series card we also received. However this Toxic series is highly clocked and is one heck of ... Read More »

MSI Radeon R9-280X 3GB Graphics Card

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MSI Radeon R9-280X Gaming MSI as always dresses to impress with its non reference designs and well with the Radeon R series of cards there is no mistaking a MSI card from the rest as they carry very distinctive cooler designs and honestly when first seeing this card I was at a loss to tell it apart from the Nvidia 770 version I had tested some time ago when looking at it from the fans side. However once you get past the fans and shroud designs that is where the similarities end. The Radeon R series cards for the most part are actually a relaunch of the previous gen cards for the most part with only the top end R9-290X actually being an entirely new Hawaii based GPU. This is not necessarily a bad thing though as with this refresh or relaunch so to speak AMD has dropped the price ... Read More »

Gigabyte HD 7790 2GB (GV-R779OC-2GD)

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The Gigabyte HD 7790 (GV-R779OC-2GD) comes with Gigabyte’s own custom designed WINDFORCE x2 cooler, factory overclocked to 1075 MHz, and 2 GB of GDDR5. Does it worth your hard-earn money with the retailed price of $169.99, let’s find out.  Related posts: Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance  Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With... PowerColor PCS+ AX7850 2GBD5-2DHPP Radeon HD 7850 2GB The PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ is the fastest factory overclocked HD 7850 on the market.... Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card  Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has... Read More »

AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s

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AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the year 2013. Today the company released the Kabini SoC for the ultrathin notebooks and the Temash SoC for tablets. Built on the 28nm process, Temash and the Kabini are expected to deliver up to 20% better CPU performance, 75% GPU performance and longer battery life.  Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA) We still have to wait a couple of months until Kaveri—the successor to the Trinity... Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card  Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has... Read More »

XFX R7790 Black Edition 1GB Graphics Card

Today we have the new XFX take on the HD7790 model with the R7790 Black Edition. As some of you may know, “Black Edition” means “overclocked” and a pretty awesome cooler as well, so let’s open this thing up and see what it can do. Related posts: Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card  Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has... Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance  Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With... Diamond BV750 Low Profile 7750 Graphics Card So many times we discount the fact that many people purchase thin profile systems for... Read More »

Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card

 Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has to offer so lets see what this little budget card can do! Related posts: Diamond BV750 Low Profile 7750 Graphics Card So many times we discount the fact that many people purchase thin profile systems for... Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance  Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With... Sapphire HD7790 2GB: Beefing up the Midrange Monster Sapphire was the first to get us a 7790 to check out and again the... Read More »

Diamond BV750 Low Profile 7750 Graphics Card

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So many times we discount the fact that many people purchase thin profile systems for home usage or even business units. Today Diamond offers a excellent solution for these tiny profile prebuild systems with some decent horsepower and multi-display capability, now lets take a look at what this card can do. Related posts: Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance  Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With... Read More »

AMD’s new heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA)

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We still have to wait a couple of months until Kaveri—the successor to the Trinity APU—is released. However, AMD is ready to talk a little bit about the upcoming APU. While we do not have any specific information on the model and the clockspeed, we have a bit of information regarding one key feature in Kaveri: the heterogenous Uniform Memory Access or hUMA. Related posts: 2013 AMD Mobile APU (Richland) Today, AMD kicks off 2013 with the launch of Richland, the successor of the Trinity... Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit Kingston as a whole has been around a long time, but they created the HyperX... Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance  Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With... Read More »

Sapphire HD7790 2GB: Beefing up the Midrange Monster

Sapphire was the first to get us a 7790 to check out and again the first with the 2GB variation of the card. Some neat little features make this card a nice standout from the crowd, so let’s see what the card has to offer . Related posts: Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance  Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With... Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost – The Missing Link in the Mainstream Lineup? Nvidia today launches the new GTX 650 Ti Boost which fills the gap in the... Read More »

PowerColor PCS+ AX7850 2GBD5-2DHPP Radeon HD 7850 2GB

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The PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ is the fastest factory overclocked HD 7850 on the market. The card features PowerColor’s own custom cooler with 5+1+1 phase power design, DrMos and IR Digital PWM that allows enthusiasts to push it even further. And the mixture of ports and the bundle makes it one of the best HD 7850 available on the market today. Let’s check it out.  Related posts: Powercolor HD 7870 Myst Edition Powercolor has been a lesser-seen name in the GPU market but their primary focus is... Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost – The Missing Link in the Mainstream Lineup? Nvidia today launches the new GTX 650 Ti Boost which fills the gap in the... Read More »

Sapphire HD 7790 1GB Graphics Card – Filling the Gap in Mainstream Performance

 Sapphire is pretty much the lead partner when it comes to AMD graphics cards. With that it was to no surprise that for this launch the first HD7790 I recieved was from Sapphire. This card is meant to fit into the gap between the 7700 series and the 7800 series much like the new model 7870 based off of the Tahiti LE GPU filled in the space between the 7800 and 7900 series. Now lets see exactly what this card has to offer for the mainstream audience. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP

    ASUS has a wide range of products, from hardware to routers and audio solutions. Today though, we’re taking a look at one of ASUS’ premier products: the ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP edition card. Keep reading what this beast of a card has to offer! No related posts. Read More »

ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum

ASUS has a very rare addition to its MATRIX series offerings. MATRIX cards are always of a special build quality, including hand picked components and usually some very unique features not seen on any other card. Today we have the ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum. Let’s see what it has to offer, and can it take the top honors for performance and features. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition

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The SAPPHIRE Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition is the latest entry into the Sapphire’s Flex line up, bringing the ability to run multiple monitors without the need for an expensive cable or adapter. By combining the power of the HD 7770 and the flexibility of mixing wide range of displays, the Sapphire’s Flex HD 7770 GHz Edition may just be the card that for you if you are looking for a midrange card with multiple monitor support. No related posts. Read More »

MSI HD7850 Power Edition Video Card

  Just after thinking we might have seen the most well-rounded AMD graphics card from our vendors, we came to check out the MSI R7850 Power Edition 2GB factory overclocked graphics card. This card has completely blown us away with its quiet operation, low temperatures, and great performance for its class. Read on to find out how MSI achieved all of this! No related posts. Read More »

MSI R7870 HAWK Edition

  MSI always has made products built around stability and performance. The card we’re looking at today is no different, offering Military Class components and special designs tailored to those who love a good performing card with headroom to push it when needed. No related posts. Read More »

SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X HD 7770 GHz EDITION OC Video Card

The SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD 7770 GHz Edition OC Video Card is SAPPHIRES latest offering in the AMD Radeon HD 7770 line-up of graphics cards. The Vaper-X HD 7770 GHz Edition OC uses a vapor design air cooler with two fans to provide a quiet and cool gaming environment over the standard AMD reference design. No related posts. Read More »

XFX Radeon HD 7750 Black Edition Video Card

The XFX Radeon HD 7750 Black Edition is a solid mainstream video card for average gamers running smaller resolution monitors. If you are on a small budget and need a video card to get you by which also has great cooling and overclocking potential, look no further than the XFX Radeon HD 7750 video card. No related posts. Read More »

Gigabyte HD 7770 OC with CrossFire

Gigabyte’s HD 7770 OC is the cheapest factory overclocked HD 7770 available. It strikes a good balance of price and performance. We put the card to the test and also pair it up with XFX HD 7770 to assess its CrossFire performance. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire HD6870

The Sapphire 6870 is definitely a high quality card with some great performance for the price. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire HD6850 Vapor-X

Overall the Sapphire HD6850 Vapor-X is a good video card for its price. Check out how it stacks up against the competition. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS HD 6970

The ASUS HD6970 is not only a beast in specifications, but in size and stature as well. 2GB of GDDR5 and a factory overclock provide the power to crunch through the toughest games. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS HD 6950

The ASUS HD 6950 2GB OC Edition is a solid video card that offers very good performance, using little power and producing low noise, though there are better cards available. No related posts. Read More »

PowerColor PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5

The PowerColor PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5 is a factory overclocked HD6870-card with a interesting cooler. How does it compare to the regular HD6870 and the GTX460? Read the review to find out. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire HD 6950

The HD 6950 is the latest graphic card from AMD’s Cayman family that is designed to fill the $300 price bracket. With new and improved shader processor and architecture, can it compete against the new Fermi…. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire HD 6850 : 1120 Shader vs 960 Shader

We have retested the Sapphire HD 6850 with 960 shader unit and compare it against the card with 1120 shader unit. How does the retail card compare against the card with more shader unit? Let’s find out and also find out how the cards perform in CrossFireX. No related posts. Read More »

Asus HD 6870 (EAH6870)

Asus EAH6870 is the first factory overclocked HD6870, with its GPU overclocked to 915 MHz (15MHz higher than the reference card). Bundled with ASUS SmartDoctor, it can be overclocked easily with a slight increase in voltage. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire HD 6850 (1120 Shader Units)

Sapphier HD 6850 is the latest mainstream graphics card with AMD competing against Nvidia GTX 460. With good performance at 1920×1080, low power consumption, and low heat-ouput, it may just be the card to beat… No related posts. Read More »

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