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News: CES roundup: Cases custom-cooled R9 290s and modular PC concepts
     Fri, Jan 10 2014 | 12:40P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our CES coverage continues. Here`s everything we posted on Wednesday: VESA adding USB 3.0, power deliver to DisplayPort spec"
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB HAWK Overclocked Video Card Review
     Thu, Jan 09 2014 | 10:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We test out the HAWK based Radeon R9 270X. Let`s see just what kind of overclock we can get out of this video card. We`re expecting big things."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Visiontek CryoVenom R9 290 Custom-Built Liquid Cooled Graphics Card
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 5:23P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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“Custom Shop” hand-built solution delivers 38% temperature reduction, nearly silent operation, and warranty backed overclocked performance gains up to 24% over stock card. 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark test proven faster than NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti while costing $150 less

VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontekproducts.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today its CryoVenom R9 290 as the industry’s first and fastest custom-built liquid cooled AMD Radeon™ R9 290 graphics card on the market and available for immediate shipping. The hand-built card delivers lower temperature, near silent operation, and higher performance compared to VisionTek’s stock R9 290 card; as well as better benchmark performance and a $150 lower price than the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 780 Ti.

Because VisionTek feels the “coolest” computer hardware product introduction at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show deserves the “coolest” launch event, the $550 MSRP card will be demonstrated during a media invite only event January 8 at the Minus5 Ice Bar.

The Radeon R9 290 series of graphics cards are rated by many sources as the best graphics cards available today. However, VisionTek engineers discovered that when its R9 290 graphics card was 100% utilized in the testing lab under conditions such as extended game play – the card’s temperature could climb to 201°F. Even with very efficient fan cooling and the latest AMD Catalyst driver that provides a 100% fan speed operation, the card’s built-in thermal safety feature would downclock the GPU from the factory 947MHz speed to as low as 662MHz. Combined with this performance reduction of 30%, the increase in fan noise was measured at 71dB, a sound level considered louder than a normal conversation.

 38% Cooler Operation That’s As Quiet As A Pin Drop

To make sure multimedia professionals and gaming enthusiasts would experience maximum performance potential, VisionTek created the CryoVenom R9 290 graphics card. By utilizing a custom designed water block and backplate solution, the CryoVenom R9 290 can run up to 38% cooler (125°F) while being overclocked up to 24% (1.1GHz) all while registering under 10dB1 of noise, which is the sound level of a pin drop.

Overclock Certified and “Custom Shop” Built

To assure stable overclocked performance, the FurMark GPU stress utility is employed to put a 100% load on each CryoVenom R9 290’s GPU for an extended time period to determine the optimum overclock setting with a 5% safe “headroom”. Those unique, certified overclock specifications are entered onto a build sheet that is personally signed by the VisionTek’s “Custom Shop” team member that built and tested the CryoVenom card. Each card is then extensively pressure tested to ensure leak-free cooling reliability.

Up to 24% Faster Performance Without Voiding Warranty

Obtaining maximum performance from the CryoVenom R9 290 couldn’t be easier. Just enter the specifications from the included build sheet in the Catalyst™ Control Center and in less than a minute, the CryoVenom R9 290 can safely deliver up to 1175MHz GPU speed…a 24% increase from the stock setting of 947MHz. The memory clock speed is also increased up to 1450MHz… 16% faster than the 1250MHz stock setting. And unlike standard cards in which overclocking voids the warranty, the CryoVenom R9 290 comes backed by a one year warranty. 

Faster Than EVGA NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti, Yet Costs $150 Less

Not content to just increase its stock R9 290 card performance, VisionTek’s goal was to create the industry’s fastest single GPU graphics card at a lower price than the competition’s fastest comparable card2. In the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme setting testing, the $550 MSRP CryoVenom R9 290 scored 9330 while the $700 street price NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti recorded an 8816 score.

The CryoVenom R9 290’s water block provides maximum cooling performance for the GPU, RAM, and Voltage Regulation Module (VRM) even when low power water pumps are utilized. The block’s electrolytic copper base is clad with a chrome appearance-like nickel plating to prevent corrosion while the precision cut acrylic top provides effective and quiet fluid flow. The CNC machined black anodized aluminum backplate protects the card’s sensitive circuit board components during installation handling while also providing additional passive cooling for the VRM.

Better Value Than DIY
Even seasoned, hands-on system builders will find the certified ready-to-run3 and fully warrantied CryoVenom R9 290 can save over $100, time, and stress compared to creating a comparable liquid cooled non-warrantied solution for a R9 290 graphics card:

Certified Ready-to-Run CryoVenom R9 290
·         Assembly and Overclocking Verification: none required
·         Total Cost: $550
·         Warranty: One year
·         Hassle Factor: Low

Do-It-Yourself Liquid Cooled R9 290
         R9 290 card $400.00, Waterblock $140.00, Backplate $36.00
·         Assembly, Pressure Testing, and Overclocking Verification: estimated three hours at a value of $75.00
·         Total cost: $651.00
·         Warranty: None
·         Hassle Factor: High

“The CryoVenom R9 290 is truly a remarkable feat of creative product development that draws upon our two decades of graphics card development experience,” said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. “It solves any speed and noise concerns, eliminates overclocking guesswork, sets a new standard in performance, and costs less than the previous fastest Radeon graphics card available. Then, add in that we back its reliability with a one year warranty and we hope our fans will recognize our commitment to their ultimate performance and user experience satisfaction.”

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

The CryoVenom R9 290 is available for immediate ordering at $550 MSRP directly from VisionTek’s graphics card product category at their ecommerce portal, www.visiontekproducts.com. The complete specifications are as follows:

Graphics Engine: RADEON R9 290
Video Memory: 4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface: 512-bit
DirectX® Support: 11.2
Bus Standard: PCI Express 3.0
GPU Core Speed: Up to 1175MHz (stock is 947MHz)
Memory Speed: Up to 1450MHz (stock is 1250MHz)
DVI Output: 2 x Dual Link DVI
HDMI Output:1 x HDMI (video/audio)
DisplayPort Output: 1 x DisplayPort

  FULL STORY @ VISIONTEKPRODUCTS

ASUS MARS 760 4GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Jan 08 2014 | 8:59A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we`ll be looking at the ASUS ROG MARS 760 4GB Dual-GPU video card that is sold under part number MARS760-4GD5. The ASUS ROG MARS 760 is a single card that features two of NVIDIA GK104 `Kepler` GPU`s, so it is basically dual GeForce GTX 760 card running in SLI. ASUS claims that their MARS 760 card can outperform the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan and that this card is aimed at 2560x1440 gamers. This card isn`t really going to work well for those 4K displays or large multi-monitor setups as there is just 2GB of frame buffer allotted to each GPU. This card has a total of 4GB of memory, but that memory is not shared between the two GPU`s just like a traditional NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU setup. Read on to see how it performs when we put this card to the test across three screen resolutions. "
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

ASUS Radeon R9-290X DirectCUII OC review
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 8:59A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,Today we test and review that gorgeous ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC edition. The card can Boost towards 1050 MHz and is clocked to 5400 MHz (effective) in the GDDR5 memory. The DirectCU II card will be equipped with a fully custom PCB design featuring the Digi+ VRM with Super Alloy Power technology and high quality C-Caps and MOSFETs. The card is powered through 8-Pin + 6-Pin power configuration and obviously runs at factory overclocked specifications."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

HIS R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 10:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HIS R7 250 iCooler card is a low-end offering for people on a budget, supports the latest technologies and can deliver decent 3D performances at resolutions up to 1680x1050 (22 "
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lately we have been taking a look at a lot of Radeon R9 280X graphics cards. These are based on the Tahiti GPU that was also found in AMDs Radeon HD 7900 series cards. For those not looking to spend as much money the next step down in AMDs latest graphics cards is the R9 270X/270 series. These cards are based off the Pitcairn GPU and still offer a very good price / performance ratio. Today we are looking at MSIs Radeon R9 270 Gaming graphics card. This card will feature a factory overclock and MSIs own Twin Frozr IV cooling solution. Is this the best graphics card for under $200? We are going to find out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

 
Sennheiser G4ME Zero Gaming Headset Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Sat, Jan 04 2014 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today DaveChaos reviews the Sennheiser G4ME Zero Headset."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

NZXT Kraken G10 AIO Graphics Card Adapter
     Sat, Jan 04 2014 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“When it comes to graphic card cooling, aftermarket air coolers were the best option in the past. Also, unless you were going full water cooling, your options were pretty limited. Recently we have started to see a mass of AIO (all in one) water cooling products come to market giving users many more options for CPU cooling; however, up until now there have not been too many similar options for graphics card cooling. The new NZXT Kraken might be the answer for those who want liquid cooling but may not have the ability for a full DIY custom solution.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

MSI R9 270X Gaming 2 GB @ techPowerUp
     Sat, Jan 04 2014 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI`s R9 270X GAMING provides the lowest noise levels of any card in its performance class, thanks to its dual-fan TwinFrozr cooler. It is also overclocked out of the box, giving it a 3% performance advantage, matching performance with the HD 7950."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Fri, Jan 03 2014 | 10:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GHz Edition moniker is typically used for AMD cards but in"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

MSI Z87I Gaming AC Motherboard and GTX 760 GAMING ITX Review
     Thu, Jan 02 2014 | 1:32P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,We review the MSI Z87I Gaming AC motherboard and GTX 760 GAMING ITX. Oh you will need a magnifying glass alright as as this is the smallest fully fetched Z87 motherboard you will ever see. The Z87I Gaming AC is made on a Mini-ITX form factor, that means you can seat a processor as powerful as the Core i7 4770K onto a motherboard that is 17x17 CM. Amazing really, especially when you will learn it still has a fully fetched PCIe x16 slot, KillerNIC Gigabit Ethernet, WIFI, USB 3.0 and heck even four SATA 6 Gbps ports. To make things even tastier we pair it with a GeForce GTX 760 GAMING ITX graphics card, and the combo... well it`s just awesome."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition Review @ ocaholic
     Thu, Jan 02 2014 | 10:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of the new Geforce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition, Gigabyte managed to beat other Nvidia AIC partners and it is actually the first custom GTX 780 Ti graphics card that we had a chance to play with. The new Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition is, at least currently, the fastest GTX 780 Ti graphics card on the market. Gigabyte pretty much used the same PCB as well as the same Windforce 3X 450W cooler as on its earlier released GTX 780 GHz Edition. As it did a great job back then we will find out if it is enough for the GTX 780 Ti as well."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

AMD Radeon R7-260 review
     Wed, Jan 01 2014 | 1:32P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,For this review we`ll look at the AMD Radeon R7-260, a budget Curacao Pro core based graphics card which has a total of 768 Stream processors, a compute performance of 1.54 TFlops, 1 GB of GDDR5 memory and a low TDP of 95W which will be supplied through a single 6-Pin power connector. Clocks are set at 1.0 GHz for the core while the memory operates at 6.0 GHz effective clock speed aside a 128-bit memory interface. The card is PCI-Express 3.0 compatible."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

AMD Radeon R7 260 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Dec 31 2013 | 1:32P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AMD Bonaire XT GPU was first used on the AMD Radeon HD 7790 video card in March 2013 and then more recently on the AMD Radeon R7 260X video card in October 2013. The AMD Radeon HD 7790 and the R7 260X are both affordable mainstream graphics cards aimed at those looking to spend under $150. If spending that much is still a bit much, AMD today released the Radeon R7 260 video card at $109.99. AMD slashed the retail price of the Radeon R7 260X by a fair amount (21%), but also cut or disabled a fair number of things on the video card. Read on to find out what the cuts were and how this card performs. "
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3GB Graphics Card Review
     Tue, Dec 31 2013 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI’s GTX 780 Lightning was a graphics card that was hotly anticipated by the graphics card enthusiasts of a green persuasion. Announced about 3 months ago the MSI GTX 780 Lighting is a feature packed Nvidia graphics card with seven 8mm heat pipes, three fans and a mammoth heatsink. Two of the fans are 90mm while the middle one is 80mm. The MSI GTX 780 Lighting comes with a pretty nice out the box clock speed of 980/1033MHz core/boost and is much faster than the stock GTX 780 which has speeds of 863/900MHz core/boost. Sadly the memory doesn’t get any special treatment and comes with the stock amount at the stock speed of 6GHz. MSI have made some very high-end adjustments to the power delivery system removing Nvidia restrictions, adding a 16 phase VRM and providing an independent memory power source. MSI have also equipped their “GPU reactor” on the rear of the card to provide additional filtering for the power input which should increase stability when overclocking.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

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