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22-Way AMD+NVIDIA Graphics Card Tests
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few days back I wrote about being able to finally get the Metro Redux game benchmarks running in an automated manner under Linux to the point that we're now able to test it with the Phoronix Test Suite. With Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux now running well for our testing purposes, I've carried out performance tests of these two games with twenty-two AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on Linux. Besides looking at the normal FPS result there's also frame latency metrics, power consumption data for each of these graphics cards, performance-per-Watt metrics, and GPU thermal results. If you're wondering what graphics card works best for your needs for OpenGL 4.x Linux gaming, here's an interesting look with the Metro Redux titles that premiered on Steam for Linux back in December."

the GeForce GTX 960
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 2:45P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last Thursday, Nvidia introduced their GeForce GTX 960, and with it, the world's first graphics card that supports HDMI 2.0 and comes equipped with a hardware-based H.265 (or HEVC) video decoder. As such, this graphics card would be the ideal GPU for a future proof HTPC, at least in theory. We investigated whether it holds up in practice.

NVIDIA Discloses Full Memory Structure and Limitations of GTX 970
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 1:15P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lets be clear the performance of the GTX 970 is what the performance is. This information is incredibly interesting and warrants some debate, but at the end of the day, my recommendations for the GTX 970 really wont change at all. It still offers incredible performance for your dollar and is able to run at 4K in my experience and testing. Yes, there might in fact be specific instances where performance drops are more severe because of this memory hierarchy design, but I dont think it changes the outlook for the card as a whole."

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HardwareOverlock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 Videocard. This enhanced model offers improved cooling, double BIOS support, new display output configuration and 6 power phases for robust overclocking support. These new cards also feature EVGA ACX 2.0 cooling that features optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor. The EVGA ACX 2.0 cooler offers more air flow, with less power, unlocking additional power for the GPU.

MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G GPU Review
     Sun, Jan 25 2015 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We were able to get our hands on a retail version of the GTX 970 from MSI. The MSI GTX 970 features the new Twin Frozr V that features two 10 cm fans that can be controlled individually through MSI’s software. Through MSI’s Gaming App, overclocking of the GTX 970 can be automatically controlled. So how does the MSI GTX 970 stack up against other cards in the same class? Read on to find out.

NVIDIA Multi-Frame Sampled AA Video Card Review
     Fri, Jan 23 2015 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA's Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) technology is available in the latest GeForce driver release. We look at performance and image quality on the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 and see if this is something gamers can benefit from. Only a handful of games support it right now, if yours is on the list, give it a spin.

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 & GTX 980
     Fri, Jan 23 2015 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So in terms of power consumption the GeForce GTX 980 is unbeatable right now but only slightly better than its predecessor. The question is, how many gamers want to pay a price premium to save up to 25% power when gaming compared to the Radeon R9 290X? We suspect not many. Still, the power savings have other advantages such as cooler running GPUs which can lead to better overclocking GPUs. The 600w WindForce cooler found on the G1 Gaming GTX 980 kept the card at 57 degrees under load, which allowed us to achieve a 17% core overclock netting around 10% more performance.

Gainward GTX 980 & GTX 970 Phantom
     Fri, Jan 23 2015 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall the Gainward GTX 970 Phantom is the card that has impressed us the most. Gainward has opted for a shorter PCB making the GTX 970 more compact than most despite the triple slot design. Those running mATX systems will find the GTX 970 Phantom the ideal graphics card for extracting the most performance out of their gaming rig.

nVidia Geforce GTX 960 Maxwell
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 2:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The nVidia Geforce GTX 960 Maxwell video card is announced and extensively tested. Here's a summary of the nVidia Geforce GTX 960 video card news around the web:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Review With EVGA And ASUS
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 2:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To date, NVIDIA has introduced only a couple of Maxwell-based desktop GPUs. Back in September, the company launched the powerful and potent GeForce GTX 980 (and its little brother, the GeForce GTX 970), featuring the GM204. The GM204 is currently NVIDIA’s fastest single-GPU, though a larger “big” Maxwell-based chip akin to the GK110 powering cards like the GeForce GTX Titan, will likely be introduced at some point as well. Looking even further back, we first got a glimpse of Maxwell on the diminutive GeForce GTX 750 Ti. That card was based on the GM107 GPU, a smaller Maxwell variant, that targets low-power and mainstream applications.

     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 2:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Without good gaming performance it's all a moot point, and that being said the GTX 960 does deliver good, competitive performance when you make the direct comparison to AMD's card that occupies that price/performance spot: the R9 285. If the performance level isn't high enough, then there is always overclocking to ratchet up the performance. When it came to overclocking the GTX 960 really has some built-in head room, and both the EVGA and MSI cards showed that headroom off quite well. All while running cooler and more efficient than prior gen cards, and the competition. The addition of the GTX 960 to the product stack means that the GTX 760, which is a good performer in its own right, is going to be EOL, just like the GTX 780 and GTX 770 were with the introduction of the GTX 980 and GTX 970. At the $199 asking price you get a lot of support that you can bank on."

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: A Great $200 GPU
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 2:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This morning NVIDIA is formally announcing the GeForce GTX 960 as the latest Maxwell GPU. The GeForce GTX 960 is a mid-range GPU priced starting out at $200 and comes with a compelling set of features. The past few days I've been testing out the eVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB graphics card and in this article are some initial performance figures under Linux."

NVIDIA GTX 960 launch festivities
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 2:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we join the NVIDIA GTX 960 launch festivities with a look at the Asus STRIX GTX 960, a factory overclocked card featuring Gaming mode and OC mode Boost clocks of 1291MHz and 1317MHz, respectively, 2GB GDDR5 memory, and the manufacturer's DirectCU II cooling solution. Though it goes for a tad higher than NVIDIA's suggested retail pricing, it still falls within the $200 sweet spot for the mid-range market the GTX 960 hopes to target.

GIGABYTE GTX 960 G1 Gaming Review
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 2:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the next 20 or so pages we will examine the GIGABYTE G1 Gaming in great detail as you expect here at Vortez and will be comparing this graphics card against the previous GTX 760, another GTX 960 and of course the GTX 960's main competition, the AMD R9-280 and R9-285.

Asus GTX 960 Strix @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 2:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If no one had to worry about money we would all be running crazy high end PCs with 3 or 4 GTX 980’s or R9 290X’s. The reality is that most people can’t afford to do that and even when they can it’s hard to justify spending that much money on just one part of their PC. The fact is even just one of those cards can cost more than a budget PC and 4 of them can be more than some cars. Because of that we have to try to find a balance between price and performance and along with that make sure there is a card for every price point along the way. Nvidia launched their Maxwell based GTX 980 and GTX 970 back in September, they are now starting to fill in a little more of the 900 Series product line with the introduction of the GTX 960 today. So today I’m going to see how the GTX 960 performs by taking a look at the overclocked Asus GTX 960 Strix.

ASUS GTX 960 STRIX DirectCU II Review
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 2:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new GTX 960 is finally here and with it comes NVIDIA's latest GPU core - Maxwell. The new core has impressed is with both the GTX 980 and 970 siblings with some excellent power saving features. Today's sample, the ASUS Strix arrives with a healthy factory overclock with the core running at 1291MHz (1317MHz Boost) and an impressive 7200 MHz memory overclock. ASUS claim this will give users an average 12% increase in gaming performance which is most welcome.

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