In this review we look at the new AMD Radeon R9 285. Yes this is the new Tonga GPU based product that will drive the price from high-end gaming towards 249 USD while you can game with good image quality settings at WQHD - 2560x1440. Follow us into this review where we'll look at temperatures, noise, performance and go with the latest game titles on the globe.
Join us, as we review the Radeon R9-295 x2 with 8 GB graphics memory. The Radeon R9-295 x2 is a dual-GPU based graphics card that comes with two Hawaii XT GPUs, these two GPU's are fully enabled on all shader processors and run up-to a cool 1018 MHz each. So that's over 12 Billion transistors, 5632 Shader processors and a good 11.5 TFLOPS of compute performance slapped onto a single PCB. Yes, AMD has just released the fastest graphics card in the world!
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We review the new AMD Radeon HD 7990 including FCAT frametime measurements. The dual GPU product that you guys learned to know under codename Malta finally is released. AMD it doing it in style, two fully equipped Tahiti XT2 GPUs versus good yet silent cooling. In this review we'll look at the product, the architecture, the benchmarks, including frametime based FCAT measurements. Head on over towards our AMD Radeon HD 7990.
We test and review the Club3D Radeon HD 7870 Joker, this is the much discussed 7870 card that in fact has a 7900 series GPU, the Tahiti LE. For a fair amount of money this series 7800 product now offers 7900 series performance. Armed with 2GB of graphics memory it hits a sweet spot gaming performance wise and to date it one of the more popular products in the mainstream segment. Let's check out the Club3D Radeon HD 7870 Joker.
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We test and review the Radeon HD 7790 incl Frametimes. The new graphics card is intended to boost a little more performance into entry-level gaming. Admittedly, AMD has done a very nice job with this card and for not a lot of money you can certainly play most of today's games really well at fairly high resolutions. Have peek at our review.
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 ?
AMD releases an update to the Radeon HD 7950, as they have given it Boost functionality. The boost functionality itself and the core is now allowed to boost to 925 MHz. That means that under the right conditions the card gets a bump of 5 to 10% performance according out measurements. Will it make a big enough difference to compete with the new GeForce GTX 660 Ti ?
Club3D jumped the 7800 bandwagon as well with several models, and for this review we'll be looking at their Radeon HD 7850 Royal Queen edition which comes with 1 GB of graphics memory. The product comes default in many ways, except the cooler. Club3D uses a small PCB and pretty slim dual-slot cooler making the card very easy to install. The graphics card is equipped with one 6-pin PCIe power connector. As mentioned the card comes default/reference clocked at 860 MHz and the memory is clocked at a 4800 MHz reference as well.
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 HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQX Turbo. The product comes factory overclocked very nicely for you as it is running a gentle 900 MHz clock frequency. HIS uses a custom PCB and dual-slot cooler making the card very easy to install. Despite that factory overclock and that cooler the noise levels remain at very low levels whereas the GPU temperatures remain downright excellent as we'll show you in this review.
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.
HIS jumped the 7800 bandwagon as well with several models, and for this review we'll be looking at their Radeon HD 7850 IceqX TurboX model. The product comes factory overclocked very nicely for you as it is running a precipitous 1 GHz clock frequency. HIS uses a small PCB and pretty slim dual-slot cooler making the card very easy to install. Despite that factory overclock and that cooler the noise levels remain at normal levels whereas the GPU temperatures remain downright excellent.
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.
MSI releases their Radeon HD 7870 TwinFrozer III OC series, a factory overclocked (50 MHz higher at 1050 MHz) Radeon HD 7870 solution with room for even higher tweaks. As its name implies the graphics card utilizes MSIs proprietary TwinFrozr III 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.
We review the MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK edition, a factory overclocked Radeon HD 7870 solution with room for even higher tweaks. The graphics card PCB will be utilizing an improved VRM that can take advantage of MSI's GPU-Reactor module to further condition power by 88% for more stability when overclocking.
We review the MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning. What a product to look at, the R7970 lightning has a very rare design, comes with only the best components, has voltage monitoring headers, comes pre-overclocked (extensively) and allows to be voltage tweaked at many levels. To pursue Eyefinity they have made the card Eyefinity6 compatible, by use of four DisplayPort connectors and two single link DVI connectors you can get six monitors running. Though realistically nobody does that as you have that ugly bezel from left to right smack down in the middle of you field of view. There's another feature though, to give the product a little more 'niche' MSI implemented a small add-on board that is called a GPU-reactor which functions as a power supply module which, when installed on the back of the GPU.
We review the HIS Radeon 7870 ICEQ Turbo as released by HIS. So the Radeon HD 7870 ICEQ TURBO edition as we test today makes use of a customized PCB and comes with a new model ICEQ cooler, The card also has a 10% stock overclock with the graphics processor running at a cool 1100 MHz.
We review the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II. A factory overclocked three slot wide beast with massive cooling capacity. The completely customized card comes with voltage measurement points, a 12-phase VRM circuitry with supper alloy caps and chokes as well as a special SAP capacitor added to maximize overclocking headroom, according to ASUS.
We review the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC. The GV-R787OC-2GD as we test today, makes use of a long Ultra Durable VGA+ PCB by GIGABYTE and comes with a WindForce 3X cooler, The card also has a 10% stock overclock with the graphics processor running at a cool 1100 MHz.
This is a Radeon HD 7870 Overclock Guide. We'll overclock based on a mild voltage tweak. By doing so we drive the R7870 into R7900 series performance. All you need is some free software and a little time to precisely determine and pinpoint your maximum yet stable overclock.
We review the AMD Radeon HD 7850 and 7870. These two new mid-range cards are going to shift the dynamics in the graphics arena alright, as the entire package including performance is really impressive for the 7800 series. A product series that is to replace the 6800-series performance-wise, it is based on AMD's 28nm process and of course the latest Graphics Core Next GPU architecture.
We test the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC (WindForce) edition. It's a fully fetched R7970 on a customized PCB, it comes factory overclocked for you and next to that they applied their popular WindForce cooler, the one that has a cool number of three active fans. The results are pretty impressive as you'll find out, that factory overclock is boils down to a default clock frequency of 1000 MHz on the GPU core. Next to that the WindForce cooler is able to keep the product under 65 Degrees C, and that's under full load and stress.
HIS decided to jump on the bandwagon and releases a slightly customized R7750, it's named the HIS 7750 iCooler 1GB. As you can tell from the photo below the card is all customized, a nice blue PCB and a cooler, that though eats two slots, makes the cards virtually silent. Much much better then the reference AMD design really. The card remains 100% reference clocked though at a price of give or take 99 USD it might give it enough bite for a game or two in the lower resolutions.
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.