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MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G – New Maxwell Price/Performance Beast?

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MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G MSI was right on the ball with the new Maxwell offerings well with the 970 actually. MSI has always been pretty quick to get their own cards out but this time around they were the first to get me a custom model card for a new GPU launch which is very cool as it shows they are being very proactive on getting their cards into hands for not only testing but purchase even faster which of course means more available for all the gamers out there. The MSI Gaming card comes to market at $349.99 at Newegg at the time fo this writing which is right inline with the other custom cooled 970 competition. So now lets take a look at what the MSI Gaming card offers to get you on board! Key Features Military Class 4 Components When MSI puts military class components to the fire ... Read More »

Maxwell is here! GTX 980 is now revealed!

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Nvidia always has a bit of flair when it comes to new launches and this newest launch is no different as they organized a special gaming/modding event based around the celebration of gaming as a whole over the massive expanse of years. GAME24 and MOD24 is the name of the celebration and this is also the main stage for the new product announcement of the new Maxwell Architecture GPU and of course the GTX 980 we are going to look at today. To top this off Nvidia is actually launching two cards: the flagship GTX 980 and the GTX 970 as well so lets dive in and see what Maxwell is all about! The GK204 Maxwell Architecture   Nvidia makes a pretty bold statement here that the new Maxwell GPU is the most advanced GPU ever made and well I cannot really dispute that as for awhile now they ... Read More »

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC

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While the focus for many hard-core gamers is the more expensive video cards like GTX 770, GTX 780 and AMD’s various R9-cards the truth is that just as many are just looking for a good budget card that allows them to play most game at a reasonable setting. The card we are testing today, the Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC is just such a card. Using a chip from the new Maxwell family it offers a lot of performance per watt, even more when you consider that Zotac has overclocked the card right out of the box. SPECIFICATIONS GeForce GTX 650 Ti Zotac GTX 750 Ti Zotac GTX 750 Ti OC GPU GK106 Kepler GeForce GTX 750 Ti (GM107, Maxwell) GeForce GTX 750 Ti (GM107, Maxwell) Core clock 925 MHz 1033 MHz (base) 1111 MHz (boost) 1046 MHz (base) 1124 MHz (boost) Cores 768 640 640 Memory Clock 5400 ... Read More »

Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHZ Edition Review, Super Overclock is now sleeker and cooler!

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Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition Gigabyte has made some definite noise in the graphics side over the past few years, and with the Super Overclock series being the top horse in the Gigabyte stable we always saw soem great performance from them, well it looks like Gigabyte has changed the Super Overclock to GHz edition in the 780 Ti model card and all I can say is WOW! The name GHz edition honestly does not make alot of sense due to the cards clockspeed being far above this, and lets not forget that also AMD had recently had GHz edition cards in its AMD lineup just further muddies the water a bit. Overall the uber top clock and top binned models for the 780 Ti version from Gigabyte are gonna be GHz edition models although with the level of clock afforded to them I think this is gonna be ... Read More »

MSI Goes Mini! Z87I Gaming and GTX 760 Mini ITX Gaming Review!

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Introduction – MSI Z87I Gaming and GTX 760 Gaming Mini MSI’s gaming line has now seen a few entries for board and GPU models and this set I have to say is extremely interesting as these models are made for the very popular mini PC builds which are becoming very popular. Mini ITX systems are growing greatly in popularity as smaller systems become much more powerful and solutions like this are very interesting as it specially builds specific targeted models based around a small sized build. starting with a Z87 board with gaming feature sets and also a GTX 760 card which is a great price/performance model built to a size to fit within a super compact Mini ITX chassis.   The board comes in at a MSRP of $200.00 whereas the GTX 760 ITX model comes in at $269.99 both of which are rather reasonable when you consider some ... Read More »

MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming! Even more cooling power to push the Ti Limits!

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MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming MSI has always entered the graphics game with some excellent twin Frozr based models and even a lightning here and there to really spice it up! If I had to sum up MSI’s specialty it would be making graphics models with a better cooling solution and also boosting the VRM a tick to ensure it can withstand loading if they find a weakness in the stock design. However in the case of the 780 Ti we know that the reference model was obscenely capable with massive overclocking potential with its stock components, well apparently MSI noticed that as well and with that they passed us one of their GTX 780 Ti Gaming model cards which is based on the reference PCB. The Card is not completely stock though as it employs a Twin Frozr IV cooler to ensure that the new GPU boost algorithm ... Read More »

Zotac GeForce GTX 780 Ti AMP!

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The GeForce 780 Ti is today the fastest single-GPU card available. This doesn’t stop companies like Zotac to tweak it to get even more performance out of it. Today we are testing the Zotac GeForce GeForce 780 Ti AMP! Edition, a card that comes pre-overclocked out of the box. Features and Specifications The Zotac GeForce GeForce 780 Ti AMP! Edition is overclocked quite a bit.          GTX TITAN    GTX 780 Ti    Zotac GTX 780 Ti AMP GTX 780 Stream Processors 2688 2880 2880 2304 Texture Units 224 240 240 192 ROP’s 48 48 48 48 Base Core Clock 837MHz 875MHz 1006MHz 863MHz Boost Clock 876MHz 928MHz 1072MHz 900MHz Memory Clock 6008MHz 7000MHz 7200MHz 6008MHz Memory Interface 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit Memory Qty 6GB 3GB 3GB 3GB TDP 250W 250W 250W 250W Manufacturing process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm Price $999 $699   $649 The Zotac GeForce GeForce 780 ... Read More »

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti – Nvidia takes GK110 to the Next Level

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Nvidia launched the 700 series and really took the market by storm with the capability to offer exceptional power savings and super strong performance per watt, along with cool running cards which makes for a great gaming package. However nothing ever is safe for very long and with that AMD showed off their new R series of cards to compete. Unfortunately for AMD, almost all of the models in the R series were actually existing chips with a new name. The exception was the flagship product–the R9-290X. The R9-290X takes the TITAN head on, and the price point is a real killer for the gaming market, but this kind of value does not come without compromises. Unfortunately, these come in the form of 92-95C loaded temps and noise which can be akin to a vacuum cleaner inside your chassis. But even with these issues this ... Read More »

MSI GTX 780 Lightning

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MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning MSI had shocked the market with the Gaming series but the ones for the extreme overclocker on the high end has always been the Lightning series. With that I knew it was only a matter of time till we got one of the new Nvidia 7 series lightning models and well with that we did in the GTX 780 Lightning and to say it is a nice card would really be a disservice to what I see in front of me. This is probably one of the more massive cards I have seen with a simply beastly look and two different sized fans in a triple fan setup. The Two outside fans are equal sized black fan models while the middle fan is a smaller model which is yellow in color. The MSI GTX 780 Lightning comes to market at $769.99 from Newegg at the ... Read More »

ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Mini

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ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II Mini Graphics Card After the 680 card launched there was the 670 and the line carried on, then we had heard word of a special “Mini” card and even a few sneak peeks here and there but I never honestly thought it would materialize. Now after the launch of the 700 series we finally saw it arrive in true for with the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. Now I must say I was a bit surprised to see this card arrive after the 7 series launch but after seeing what this card is I think it could be a force to be reckoned with for some time. The GK104 Kepler Architecture The GTX 670 is based on the same GK104 architecture you saw on the 680, and even 770/760 we just recently looked at as well. Although the new 7 series has a bit more ... Read More »

ASUS GTX 780 DirectCU II OC

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ASUS GTX 780 DirectCU II OC ASUS with its top end DirectCU II cards always has its special spin and tweaks to the GPUs they create. and today we have the newest on the uber high end with the GTX 780 based model which comes packed with a full custom design, cooler and components to allow for top level performance. The GK110 Kepler Architecture When it comes to the GPU the GK110 was originally employed on powerhouse server based processing systems designed for huge calculations and other ops where a GPU can provide huge performance.  We first saw the GK110 as a consumer level part in the GTX TITAN, which was even still not the full GK110 you would see on a Tesla K20. The GTX 780 sports GK110 that is just a little less than a TITAN as well; the TITAN will be the top end flagship single GPU card for ... Read More »

MSI GTX 760 HAWK

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MSI GeForce GTX 760 HAWK MSI with the introduction of the Gaming series set a whole new category for the MSI brand in the marketplace and a very necessary one at that. However there is still a gap to fill when it comes to extreme performance and that is where the GTX 760 HAWK that we are looking at today comes in. Must like the bigger brother “Lightning” model cards the hawk series is the mainstream performance equivalent for top end OC board offerings. Now with the GTX 760 is uses a GK104 GPU cut down to GTX 760 spec just like any other GTX760 you will find on that market but this is where the similarities end and the fun begins. Here as you can see the spec has a very respectable overclock to it right out of the box and you cant help but notice that the cooler ... Read More »

ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II Graphics Card Review

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ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card After the GTX 760 card launched we were quite surprised as to the power on tap, and were more excited to see what exactly can be done when put in the capable hands of some of the board partners. ASUS stepped up with a custom version of the GTX 760 with a  very capable looking cooler and even a neat implementation of a single 8 pin to replace the normal dual 6 pin of the GTX 760 model. Let’s dig in and see what this midrange custom offers over the reference model.   The GK104 Kepler Architecture The GTX 760 is based on the same GK104 you saw on the 680, and even 770 we just recently looked at, but with some spec differences as it has been trimmed back a bit to better match the performance segment it falls into. Specifications ... Read More »

Zotac GeForce GTX760 AMP! Edition

NVIDIA continues to push out GPU’s in the 7xx-series and today it is time for the GTX760 , a mid-level card that will replace the GTX660 Ti. Zotac sent us their pre-overclocked Zotac GeForce 760 AMP! Edition-card, which turned out to be a good performer. Related posts: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 Hot on the heels of the GeForce GTX 780 Nvidia has released a “new” GPU,... Zotac GeForce GTX 780 Hot on the heels of the GTX Titan comes the new GTX780 that uses the... ZOTAC GTX Titan AMP! Edition Do you think the regular NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan is too slow? Need a bit... Nvidia GeForce GTX 780: The Next Step in GeForce   The next step in the evolution of GeForce has arrived. Let’s meet the first... Read More »

Nvidia GeForce GTX 760: Mainstream Performance for the Masses

  Nvidia’s 700 series continues to power on with the next card, the GTX 760. This card is lined up to be the next price/performance killer, so let’s see if it can pull off a good show! Related posts: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780: The Next Step in GeForce   The next step in the evolution of GeForce has arrived. Let’s meet the first... Nvidia GeForce GTX 770: The Next Model in the 700 Series   Hot on the heels of the zenith of the GeForce 700 series, Nvidia is... Read More »

MSI GTX 770 Gaming

  MSI has hit the GTX 770 scene and it has come out swinging with its GTX 770 gaming model card, which is looking to be not only an awesome performer but even an awesome value for enthusiasts gamers. No related posts. Read More »

Zotac GeForce GTX 770

Hot on the heels of the GeForce GTX 780 Nvidia has released a “new” GPU, the GeForce GTX 770. While sharing the name of the GTX 780 it is more of a refresh of the GTX 680 with higher clocks and a lower price. Zotac of course have several GeForce GTX 770-cards ready and in this review we take a look at the Zotac GeForce GTX 770.  Related posts: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 Hot on the heels of the GTX Titan comes the new GTX780 that uses the... ZOTAC GTX Titan AMP! Edition Do you think the regular NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan is too slow? Need a bit... Nvidia GeForce GTX 780: The Next Step in GeForce   The next step in the evolution of GeForce has arrived. Let’s meet the first... Nvidia GeForce GTX 770: The Next Model in the 700 Series   Hot on the heels of the ... Read More »

Nvidia GeForce GTX 770: The Next Model in the 700 Series

  Hot on the heels of the zenith of the GeForce 700 series, Nvidia is releasing the GTX 770. As the next-most powerful card in the 700 series lineup, it needs very little introduction. Let’s see what it has to offer! Related posts: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780: The Next Step in GeForce   The next step in the evolution of GeForce has arrived. Let’s meet the first... Zotac GeForce GTX 780 Hot on the heels of the GTX Titan comes the new GTX780 that uses the... Read More »

Zotac GeForce GTX 780

Hot on the heels of the GTX Titan comes the new GTX780 that uses the same type of GPU as we see in the GTX Titan. Zotac of course is one of the companies coming out with their own GTX780 card and we have taken it for a spin to see how it fares compared to the GTX 680 as well as the Zotac GTX Titan AMP! Edition  that we tested earlier this month. Related posts: ZOTAC GTX Titan AMP! Edition Do you think the regular NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan is too slow? Need a bit... Nvidia GeForce GTX 780: The Next Step in GeForce   The next step in the evolution of GeForce has arrived. Let’s meet the first... ASUS GTX 650 Ti Boost DCII ASUS has put outs its variation of the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost with... Read More »

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780: The Next Step in GeForce

  The next step in the evolution of GeForce has arrived. Let’s meet the first member of the GTX 700 series: the GeForce GTX 780. Related posts: ZOTAC GTX Titan AMP! Edition Do you think the regular NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan is too slow? Need a bit... Read More »

ASUS GTX 650 Ti Boost DCII

ASUS has put outs its variation of the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost with the DirectCU II cooler and SAP components. Let’s see what exactly this model has to offer to make it worth your cash. No related posts. Read More »

ZOTAC GTX Titan AMP! Edition

Do you think the regular NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan is too slow? Need a bit more speed in that delicious expensive single-GPU package? Then Zotac has just the products for you. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition is, according to Zotac at least, the fastest single GPU card and the fastest GTX Titan available right now. While we can’t vouch for that we can tell you that it is a GeForce GTX Titan that has been overclocked almost 10% right out of the box. What does that mean for performance? Well, read on to find out! No related posts. Read More »

GTX TITAN Single Card Performance

Recently Nvidia launched the GTX TITAN which has proven to be a monster of a card and with extreme capabilities for the most demanding enthusiast gamers. Last week, we released a preview. Now, after some time with the card we have some results to show what you can expect from a single TITAN in both 1080p and surround gaming. No related posts. Read More »

GTX TITAN Preview: The beast to unseat the best!

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Nvidia always seems to have a ace or two up their sleeves when it comes to GPU launches and product planning, but this time it looks like they brought a RPG to a knife fight. The GTX TITAN is here and I am ready to take it for a spin, so read on as I introduce Nvidias newest flagship single GPU! No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II

  ASUS has its own way of putting a special spin on its GPU offerings through special overclock models along with DirectCU II cooling solutions which always tend to deliver something special. Today we have an ASUS GeForce GTX 660 on the test bench to see exactly how this bang for the buck card will perform. No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X

Sapphire has made quite a name for itself as one of the premier and largest AMD board partners and all with some stylish and simply impressive cards in the process. Today we look at the HD 7950 Vapor-X model and see what kind of magic has been infused in the DNA to make this card a must have for all the enthusiasts gamers out there. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition Review

    Nvidia just launched the 650 Ti chipset and with that we have the partner models as well. With us today we have the top limited model from ASUS in the GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition card. This card is the top of the heap when it comes to the ASUS models and now lets see if it has the performance to match. No related posts. Read More »

MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition 1GB Video Card

Today, NVIDIA released their GTX 650 Ti, which is meant for the medium gaming crowd. MSI has, of course, improved on the reference design, and released their GTX 650 Ti Power Edition 1GB. Let’s take a peek inside and see what kind of power it has. No related posts. Read More »

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti (Reference Card) Review

  Nvidia last month released the GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 graphics cards. The GTX 660 was mainly focused for the mid-range gamers, while the GTX 650 is more focused towards the low-to-mid range users on a budget. Today, Nvidia is releasing their latest budget mid-range graphics card for those that don’t want to spend as much money on a video card as the GTX 660, but would like more performance than the GTX 650. We introduce you to Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GTX 560 Ti 2GB DirectCUII

  ASUS has passed us yet another card from their DirectCU II lineup with the GTX 560 Ti 2GB TOP edition. This is a bit of an older model but it is a refresh of the 560 with the addition of double the frambuffer and a higher clockspeed. Lets take a look at what it had to offer and what you can expect from this value oriented addition to the ASUS family. No related posts. Read More »

Zotac GTX680 AMP Edition Graphics Card

ZOTAC AMP edition is something that just recently with the 660 Ti we found to be a seriously ferocious competitor. AMP edition cards are built for all out speed and coming with highly capable performance oriented coolers we expect great things from them. Today looking at the 680 AMP edition we expect no different. No related posts. Read More »

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC (SuperClocked) 2GB Video Card Review

Nvidia’s latest mid-range budget Kepler video card might be a new great opportunity for gamers running older DX10 based cards to upgrade to a very reasonably priced DX11 GPU. EVGA’s latest GeForce GTX 660 SC video card comes factory overclocked with even more performance down its sleeves, while also maintaining a very low TDP. Check out what the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 can do compared to its red competition. No related posts. Read More »

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP Edition

  ZOTAC always has a unique way of approaching the market, whether it be via unique color profiles or just the simply outlandish cooler designs on the AMP series of cards. Today we take a look at their newly released GTX 660 Ti offering from the AMP Edition lineup and see how it stacks up to what the big boys has to offer. No related posts. Read More »

ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition

    ASUS has been on a consistent roll recently with every Nvidia 6 series release and it is continuing with the 660 Ti as they drop in again and dressed to impress in full DirectCU II garb and bearing the TOP Edition muscle. Does it have what it needs to top the charts? No related posts. Read More »

MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition

MSI pushes ahead with its newest addition built upon the recently released 660 Ti chipset and its Twin Frozr IV cooler design to make one awesome card that could possibly top them all. Let’s take a look and see if it has what it takes. No related posts. Read More »

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce OC

GIGABYTE has made a name for themselves with very overclockable motherboards and their extremely highly clockable “Super overclock” graphics card offerings. Coming from this same brand, we have their overclock offering for the GTX 660 Ti. No related posts. Read More »

ZOTAC GT 640 Zone Edition

  ZOTAC has made a name for themselves in the SFF community with many of the Zbox systems and SFF boards. ZOTAC also makes GeForce graphics cards which are quite well featured and targeted at specific user demographics. Today we have the Zone Edition which is designed for the HTPC user who wants a silent system. No related posts. Read More »

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