Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/21/2013 10:18 AM [ 32 comment(s) ]
In this review we test over a dozen CPU coolers, mainly heatpipe based. We'll test them on a Core i7 3770K, one of the more difficult to cool processors on the market. In this group test we'll use Scythe, Noctua, Coolink, Deepcool, Alpenfohn, Gelid and Cooler Master coolers. We'll test the more standard coolers, two low profile ones for HTPCs and some heavy duty heatpipe coolers targeted at the overclockers.
Today we test and review the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450. Not just one, in fact we'll put at least ten of these cards to the test. The GeForce GTS 450 is a lower segment mid-range graphics card armed with DirectX 11 compatibility and comes with one full gigabyte of graphics memory. The product is targeted at gamers with a set budget in mind. Decent performance at a reasonable price. NVIDIA themselves find this card ideal for gamers who play their games with a monitor up-to a resolution of roughly 1600x1200.
We test and review eight GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards flavored in 768MB and 1024MB models. In this first roundup we'll look at eVGA's regular 768MB and SuperClocked 768MB editions, MSI's 768MB Cyclone edition, Gigabyte's 768MB OC edition, Palit's Sonic Platinum 1024MB edition and Zotac's 1024MB regular edition. All in all we've been busy benchmarking our guts off... that's six cards plus two reference GeForce GTX 460 768MB and 1024MB graphics cards.
Sun rays burst through cracks in wooden roofs. Lightning lights up the night sky as well as dark interiors. It looks terrific and atmospheric, which is what S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is all about really. But how does it perform ? Guru3D takes 13 graphics cards and has a peek at performance.
Today we review five heatpipe based coolers from Noctua, CoolerMaster Z600, Tuniq, OCZ Vendetta 2, Coolink. Over the past month or six several new heatpipe based coolers where introduced onto the market. And I already can disclose this .. not one single cooler was doing a below average result. So for this test I decided to go a little more extreme. We'll crank up the usual system requirements a notch by using a fairly high-end PC as we take a Core 2 Duo Q6600 Quad Core processor and then overclock it to 3600 MHz to see how well these coolers still do.