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We review the MSI GeForce GTX 650 Power edition. With a cooler that is an enigma, and a new GPU called GK107 this product is battling with the Radeon HD 7750. But will it be enough to make a difference ?
Being based on the Kepler GPU architecture yet an entry level product obviously NVIDIA had to make a separate chip, making the GK107 silicon and affordable offering, So please understand that this is again a new silicon "GF107" opposed to the GK106 being used on the 660 model and the GK104 being used on the 660 Ti, 670 and 680.
The GK107 silicon is locked and loaded with 384 shader cores running at 1058MHz on the reference products, the GeForce GTX 650 packs a little punch, consumes very little power: just 64 watts. Btw the product has a fixed 3D clock, so there is no boost functionality or anything. It overclocks really well as you'll find out.
We review the HIS Radeon HD 7970 X Turbo edition. With this card they took the new Tahiti XT2 and redesigned the R7970 board from ground up. though very long the end result is a 31cm PCB with mane power phases and optimizations. Fun to see are the voltage and FAN monitor LED options. Most impressive however is the sheer amount of monitor connectors HIS injected into this product, four DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI and a DVI connector. If needed you can go for Eyefinity6. Oh did I mention already that the factory set boost clock frequency is 1180 Mhz ?
We review the MSI Radeon HD 7770 Power Edition. MSI recently released an updated Radeon HD 7770 1GHz edition with their own 1.1 GHz custom model. They use their own custom 4-layer PCB and equipped it with a dual cooling solution. I say dual here as you get an extra fan that you can pop onto the card for extra cooling. MSI also opened up the voltages for Aux, GPU and memory making the card very tweakable.
We review the new Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition. The product is called GHz edition though even a little more. AMD now uses a Boost feature, exactly similar to what NVIDIA is doing on the 670/680 cards. The R7970 Ghz edition can 'boost' from 1000 MHz towards 1050 MHz if it meets the right conditions. So the board power (maximum power draw) needs to allow it to do so, if not it drops to 1 GHz or whatever board power range is allowed. Not only have there been tweaks on the GPU, no the memory clocks got overhauled as well and have been increased from 5,5 Gbps towards 6 Gbps bringing the product a good chunk of additional memory bandwidth. Overall the new values should bring the product a nice 10 to 15% performance boost opposed to the regular model.
We review the HIS Radeon HD 7770 GHz edition. HIS recently released an updated Radeon HD 7770 1GHz edition with their own custom model. They use their own custom 4-layer PCB and equipped it with a dual slot all silent cooling solution. We'll walk you through the standard reference technology and then place our focus on the HIS Radeon HD 7770 GHz edition.
We review the MSI Radeon HD 7850 Power Edition OC with that all new TwinFrozr IV cooler. The updated cooler has much better looks and MSIs proprietary TwinFrozr IV cooling system that packs 8mm thick nickel-plated copper heatpipes to convey heat drawn directly from the GPU to a large aluminum fin array, ventilated by two 80 mm fans. These fans are based on the new dust removal technology, which means that the 1st 30- seconds they'll spin backwards in an attempt to remove any residual dust that can build up over time.
We review the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition with WindForce cooler. Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 680 OC (WindForce) edition comes with a custom made PCB that is armed with Gigabyte's durable component selection. Cooling will be based on the latest model of their three fan WindForce cooler, which I can say works pretty darn well in both performance and silence. you'll spot two power connectors consist out of a 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe PEG connector giving the card a little extra breathing room for overclocking. The card's base clock frequency is set at 1071 MHz while the memory runs stock clocked.
MSI joins in on the Radeon HD 7770 release with their own custom model. They use their own custom 4-layer PCB and equipped it with a dual slot - dual fan cooler. The end result is the R7770 2PMD1GD5, we test the OC edition model. Over the next few pages we'll walk through three standard reference technology and then place our focus on the R7770 2PMD1GD5 OC. But not before you have had a peek alright. Read article
When we tested the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning from MSI roughly a month ago, we stated that the product might become product of the year, it really is that good. But little this I know about an Xtreme edition that MSI still had in the works. Armed with color changing fans and 3GB of memory MSI raises the bar once again. Read article
MSI does what it does best, customizing hardware. They took the R6950 GPU, and threw the rest away. They designed a new PCB loaded with features and overclock potential, slapped some really cool memory on the card and topped off that GPU with the all new Twin Frozr III cooler. We take this card over a full GHz today on the graphics core, and that says a lot about the sturdy design alright. Read article
It was time for an upgrade though, so the designing minions in the dark caves of Corsair's R&D facility started thinking, brainstorming and came up with a fresh idea .. yep the Graphite Series could use an update. So the team came up with a special edition series chassis, the White Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case as reviewed today. This little white colored beast has five exposed 5.25-inch drive bays, immediately hinting this chassis to be a mid-tower chassis.
ASUS are launching the ASUS Rampage III Black Edition and it just has to be the most exclusive X58 motherboard we have ever had our hands on. Improved overclockability, black design (including a black colored BIOS). The spec-sheet might read pretty similar to last year's Rampage III Extreme, but there have been a few tweaks alright. The board now sports a quartet of PCIe x16 slots capable of supporting three-way SLI or four-way CrossFireX, support for 24GB DDR3 at speeds of up to 2,200MHz and then the fun begins, USB 3.0, SATA 6G, a ThunderBolt add-on card that integrates Xonar sound as well as BigFoot's Killer NPU. Read article
KFA2 submitted two cards, one focused at pure silence is the Galaxy GTX 560 Ti GC / KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 EX OC ANARCHY. The second card tested today is the GeForce GTX 560 White Edition aka KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 LTD OC White edition. Read article
Today two new products are launched by AMD, and here at Guru3D we'll review the fastest one. Let's have a peek first as to what AMD has got prepped for you with the right pricetag. It is that Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition we are interested in, clocked at 3.6 GHz. Read article
Every now and then there is a manufacturer out there that tries to do something special with a product. What's different then you likely ask for this Palit graphics card ? Well, the 1st thing you'll notice is a turbo switch, which allows you to select a second BIOS in an overclocked product state, we actually spot a display-port connector and next to that .. the USS enterprise actually was mounted on-top of the GPU as this product my friends, has one big cooler mounted on top of it. Read article
A reference based GeForce 9800 GTX, yet pre-tested and qualified to run at higher clock-speeds. That and a better bundle as Inno3D is now bundling a DX10 title with the OC edition, namely Company of Heroes, Opposing fronts from THQ. Intersted already ? Read on then. Read article
A review on the XFX Black edition GeForce 9800 GTX, after reading some of you guys will probably will run to the store .. as the XFX XXX and Black editions obviously have fallen in price after AMDs Radeon 4850 launch. Read article
Today a review on BFG's GeForce GTX 280 1024MB OC edition. It had to go something like this; the minute BFG finished designing this product they got all giddily and figure .. ooh we gotta send Guru3D one. Sure thing, bring it on. Read article
King of pre-overclocked products has to be XFX, their speed-bin of releasing OCed products is exceedingly fast. I do not think that there is an XFX product out there that is not available as a triple X edition or other series name slapped on top of it. Today will be no different, we received XFXes top of the shelf product, the GeForce 9800 GX2, the cool thing is that this is the new mystified named 'Black edition' series of cards, meaning it comes with a nice pre-overclock and an lovely game bundle. Read article
Today we review the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3850 512Mb Ruby edition, a lovely product. It's a Radeon HD 3850 colored with a red PCB, a custom cooler slapped on top of it and they pre-overclocked it to get closer the Radeon HD 3870 performance level. Read article
The ECS GF8200A black edition mainboard is a 70 USD/EUR mainboard comes with Hybrid graphics, (integrated GeForce 8200), VGA output, HDMI output, HD audio integrated, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI-Express 2.0, Serial ATA (RAID 0,1,10) DDR2 memory up-to 1066 MHz and all that for a price hovering at roughly 70 bucks ! That's just electrifying. Say you want to build a HTPC capable of decoding 1080P Blu-Ray. Well, purchase this mainboard, slap some memory on it and get a budget processor. Because the integrated graphics core will handle the HDMI and even media VC-1/h.264 decoding for you (Blu-ray / HD-DVD). See this is just a very cheap alternative. Read article
Exactly two years ago we reviewed the analog (VGA) Matrox Triplehead to go. And although a little rough around the edges when it came to graphics card support, times have changed for the better. In fact last year they released a digital (DVI interface) version of the product and we figured it was about time to check out how this small box of magic has developed, and we where pleasantly surprised I might add. Read article
Earlier on at launch time we already reviewed their OC model GeForce 8800 GT, today we'll have a look at that other product line from Inno3D, the one that is so much treasured by our audience, the iChill versions. This product ships with a significant higher clock frequency. The card comes with an overclock from reference 600MHz to 700MHz and uses 512MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1,000MHz (2000 MHz effectively). Read article
It's April 2008 and AMD released their Phenom X4 50-series processors, with an all new fixed B3 core, hopefully they can now leave the past behind them and move forward with a processor that can actually start competing with the competition. So get that in your brain real tight, the biggest deficit of that B2 revision processor, is now fixed in the B3 edition, the deletion of the TLB erratum. Read article