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Radeon HD 7950 Crossfire review 2 and 3-way
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 1:41P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have three Radeon HD 7950 cards in house -- anyone smells Crossfire ? We'll setup these three cards up in multi-GPU mode (two and three-way) clock them standard and test multi-GPU performance -- taking it to the next level, multi-GPU gaming. As if you figured just one card would be interesting, you have no idea what's coming at you with two and three cards. Have a peek at the offering, and then march onward into the review, hihoo Tahiti PRO

PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 PCS+ review
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 1:41P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PowerColor is the first in our line-up of R7950 reviews with a customized model. It is the PCS version that clocks in at a cool 880 MHz on the graphics core with it's memory clocked default at an effective data rate of 5000 MHZ. Armed witha custom cooler it is silent, and even cooler compared to the reference model.

Three AMD Radeon HD 7950 Articles
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 1:41P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is time for the second product based of the series 7900 though, the Radeon HD 7950 launches today. AMD took the Tahiti XT GPU sliced away some shader units, clocked it a notch slower and planted it onto a new PCB lined up with a new cooler. Overall the R7950 will not disappoint, good performance, impressive power consumption and great heat and noise levels. But will a 400 EUR pricetag however justify this product ?

Sapphire HD 7950 OC Graphics Card at Modders-Inc
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 1:40P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the HD 7970 already claiming the King of the Hill title, you know that the title comes a tall price tag. So if you are like me and know you can get some of that awesome speed and features for less money then you need to look at the SAPPHIRE HD 7950 OC.

PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 1:40P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our launch coverage of the Radeon HD 7950 continues with a three-way roundup of cards from PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX. Unlike the reference model we just reviewed, these cards get all the fancy fixings for an additional $30-50 at most compared to AMD's stock offering. They're definitely making something good even better, but how much better? Hit our roundup to find out

AMD Radeon HD 7950 Tahiti Pro DirectX 11 GPU Review
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 1:39P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the time of the Radeon HD 7970’s announcement, we knew the Radeon HD 7950 would be based on the same GPU and that it would arrive a few weeks after the 7970, but its final specifications and price point hadn’t been disclosed. As it turns out, we’ve had a couple of the cards in-house for a little while now and can finally reveal all of the juicy details. AMD has also provided a fresh set of drivers which reportedly enhance the performance of the 7900-Series cards, so we recorded another set of scores with the 7970 using the updated drivers to show how much additional performance AMD was able to wring out of its newest GPU in the few weeks since we last took a look at it...

Radeon HD 7950 isn't exactly mid-range either
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 1:39P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AMD Radeon HD 7970's kid brother isn't some pint-sized runt, as this single GPU bad boy still packs one mean punch. Yet at $449, the Radeon HD 7950 isn't exactly mid-range either. The HD 7950 takes us to round two for AMD's GCN architecture, now hit our review to see how it stacks against NVIDIA's best.

ASUS Maximus GeneZ Full-power half-pint
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:55A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall the ASUS M4 Gene-Z performs so well it is not fair to compare it with uATX form factor boards. This board stands up to full size ATX boards, laughs at them while it kicks sand in their face and then goes and games some more. Feature rich, the GeneZ includes an Intel NIC and Xfi2 audio via software licensing. It handles crossfire or SLI in a SFF layout. This could be an issue for large heatsinks, as the lack of a PCIE 1x slot above the 16x slot means that the back of the video card is very close to an oversized tower sink like the megashadow. An Archon cooler or other 140mm tower cooler would not fit on this board if using a discrete card. Of course, it is a SFF board, so water or tight heatsinks should be thought of as standard, and the stock Intel cooler fits with no issues what so ever. Extreme overclocking? Sandy Bridge does not need LN2 for general extreme overclocking as witnessed above, a standard air cooled setup with some nice cool air can run this system at ridiculous levels with no problems whatsoever. This chip was benched knowing it had a 55x multi limit and it it did it in spades. Pushing it via BCLK did not work and neither did BCLK skew settings, why? Because the chip limit was reached. All chips are not created equal, most wont get to 55x, others that are multi limited will get higher BCLK, others still will do both. It?s a crap shoot with Intel. ASUS provides everything you need no matter which type of chip you get. * *"

Lian Li PC-90 HPTX Chassis Review @MissingRemote
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:46A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whether you are building a gaming rig, a general purpose desktop, a home server, or even a home theater PC (HTPC), the case you choose will vary greatly depending on your personal needs and taste. Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the Lian Li PC-90 full tower desktop case. While this may not be the HTPC case for many, it has some unique qualities about it that make it a compelling choice for housing a full size HTPC or Windows Home Server. *"

MSI Nighthawk Case Review @ TechwareLabs
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:46A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here at TechwareLabs, we`re much more used to seeing MSI`s logo on parts inside the case than on the case itself. That said, they make whole PCs, so why not cases too? Today we`ll be looking at the Nighthawk, one of two cases MSI is launching its enclosure line with. Does this bird fly? Keep reading to find out!"

Nouveau For A $10 NVIDIA Graphics Card
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:46A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article is a look at the state of the open-source Nouveau Gallium3D driver on low-end NVIDIA GeForce graphics hardware. In particular, a $10 USD NVIDIA retail graphics card is being tested under Ubuntu Linux on both Nouveau and the proprietary NVIDIA driver and is then compared to a wide range of other low and mid-range offerings from NVIDIA`s GeForce and AMD`s Radeon graphics card line-up with a plethora of OpenGL benchmarks."

NuForce uDAC-2 Digital-to-Analog Converter Review @ TechwareLabs
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:46A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have the uDAC-2 from NuForce. The uDAC-2 is, believe it or not, NuForce`s lower-end audiophile DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter). NuForce offers extremely high-end audio equipment for the audiophile in all of us. The uDAC-2 is a USB audio device that can deliver crystal clear audio from just about any desktop or laptop."

NZXT HALE82 750-watt Power Supply Review
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:46A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NZXT expanded the features just a little bit on the HALE82 power supplies. This time around we get a full range of protections with the addition of over temperature protection. Usually when this is added they also rate the unit for 100% continuous output at 50C but oddly enough, we couldn`t find any documentation that the unit had the rating. The power supply still sports both native and modular cabling. NZXT has the HALE82 power supplies readily available through all of your normal online merchants. Once again, the cheapest we were able to find the unit online at the Directon for a total of $114.99 with free shipping."

AMD HD7950 Tahiti Pro Review @ Vortez
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Pro version of the AMD graphics card range appeal more to the budget conscious. Of course, being a top of the line GPU, the HD7950 will be anything but cheap but if it can hold its own against the more expensive (and more powerful) HD7970 without making too many sacrifices then the HD7950 is sure to appeal to the market and if it overclocks only half as well as the HD7970 then you will be getting HD7970 performance for less outlay."

AMD Radeon HD 7950 & XFX R7950 Black Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After spending some time with the AMD Radeon HD 7950 we found it to be to be a very capable graphics card that was hands down faster than the AMD Radeon HD 6970/6950 from the previous generation. From our performance numbers it looks like the AMD Radeon HD 7950 should have no problem beating the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 video card and as you saw in our test results it was even able to beat out the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified in a number of benchmarks..."

AMD Radeon HD 7950 3 GB @ techPowerUp
     Tue, Jan 31 2012 | 11:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today AMD released their new Radeon HD 7950, the second card to be based on AMD`s GCN shader architecture. Compared to its bigger brother, the HD 7970, the card comes with less shaders and reduced clock speeds. Other features have remained the same, like 3 GB memory, improved power consumption and support for EyeFinity."

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