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MSI N560GTX-Ti nVidia GTX 560 Ti HAWK Edition Video Card Review
     Fri, Aug 26 2011 | 1:43A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI makes many different versions of their video cards. Some include their entry level Cyclone(II) cooler and minor tweaks while at the very top, there is the Lightning series which has many tweaks. Somewhere in the middle is where the “Hawk” makes its nest. MSI offers options for both AMD and NVIDIA fans at different performance levels to suit the budget and today we’ll be checking out their MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk Edition based on the nVidia GTX 560 Ti GPU. We recognized the GPU as one of the best bang for buck graphics accelerators on the market. But what makes the Hawk so special? Read on and you’ll find out!

GIGABYTE HD 6870 Super Overclock Video Card Review
     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 8:43P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Would you be better served by a feature rich HD 6870 or a plain-Jane HD 6950? The GIGABYTE HD 6870 Super Overclock certainly has features of plenty with an improved three fan cooling solution, factory boosted frequencies and high quality components. Enough to trump a reference Radeon HD 6950 for the money?

Gigabyte GTX 580 Super Overclock
     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 8:13P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the GTX 580 cards maturing in the marketplace, board partners have begun to release pre-overclocked versions of NVIDIA's current single GPU flagship. A short time ago we looked at MSI's Lightning and came away impressed. Today, Gigabyte's GTX 580 Super Overclock steps up to the plate and it looks ready to take on the big boys.

     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 7:58P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Out of the box, the GIGABYTE GTX 560 OC runs at 830MHz, or 20 MHz above the stock clocked cards, so no fussing with OC tools is required. We, of course will overclock the GIGABYTE GTX-560 OC until it begs for mercy. The 1 GB of GDDR 5 on the GTX-560 OC runs at a blazing 4008 MHz and it sports a hefty 1660 MHz Shader clock. As with all modern video cards, users will need a PCI-E slot, and the card is PCI-E 2.0 ready but is backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0 with very little bandwidth loss. In other words, running it in a PCI-E 1.0 slot will still provide a lot of bang for a little buck, and it'll be a nice upgrade, even on older motherboards. GIGABYTE and Nvidia recommend using a good quality 500W Power Supply with 2x 6 pin PCI-E power connectors.

Gigabyte GTX 560 (GV-N56GOC-1GI)
     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 7:43P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So as a new day dawns, we see yet another mid-range GPU being released; the new Nvidia GTX 560. Equipped with reference clock speeds, this new card runs at a respectable 830MHz on the core clock and 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2004MHz (4008MHz effective) fed by a 256bit bus. Last, but not least, the 336 CUDA cores which scream along at 1660MHz. The first model we get to play with today is the one from our friends at Gigabyte. Follow along as we dig into it and test it's metal against the competition.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC
     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 7:28P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is among the bestsellers in the 200 Euro segment. It represents a generation of graphics cards that would have been high-end half a year ago, but now is affordable mainstream. As NVIDIA leaves its board partners flexibility, there are many interesting variants, like todays Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC.

Palit GeForce GT 520 1GB video card
     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Inside the box we find a quick start manual and a software/driver disc for installation. No unnecessary accessories are included as it is a fairly entry-level card, and has a modest set of power draw requirements, not requiring any extra power connectors. And while the card is able to be installed as a half-height card when you disconnect the VGA ribbon, in the box a low profile bracket wasn't included. Nevertheless, they are fairly easy to find if required for a few bucks at your local PC store if you intend on using this in a small form factor PC.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 OC video card
     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 560 OC measures in at 221 millimetres in length (9.72 inches) including the fan shroud that extends past the PCB (PCB length 210mm). It's worth noting that this is the smallest of the three GTX 560 cards we've tested, which may be of interest to HTPC users. It requires a minimum of 500W or greater system power supply to keep it well fed. Cooling is provided by dual 100mm fans and a heatsink with four copper heat pipes and an aluminium fin array that allows for efficient heat transfer and dissipation from the NVIDIA GF114 core.

     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The cooling solution implemented with this ASUS GTX 560 is a more compact version than seen in the previously reviewed ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II. It features an aluminium base and triple heatpipe design to transfer the heat directly from the GPU with maximum efficiency, while the two 7.5cm PWM controlled fans push cool air over the main aluminium heatsink and connecting triple heatpipe array.

MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning
     Thu, Aug 25 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Three voltage check points for the GPU, Memory and PLL (PCI-Express interface) are present on the edge of the card, and as mentioned earlier, MSI include a set of cables that you can attach easily to your multimeter (not provided) for accurate voltage monitoring while benchmarking or volt-modding. In addition to those voltage check points, MSI include their own dual-BIOS switch catering to extreme overclockers looking to resolve cold bug issues when playing with sub-zero temperatures.

     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 3:05P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MSI N560GTX TI HAWK addresses customers who are interested in overclocked graphics cards but still want to overclock even further. Can it compete against the competition?

VTX3D Radeon HD 6790 1GB
     Wed, Aug 24 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

With all the fancy and feature-dripping high-end video cards it's easy to forget some of the better value cards on the market today, and the fact that not everyone has the budget, or even the need, for a $500+ video card. So today we take a look at VTX3D's Radeon HD 6790 equipped with 1GB of speedy GDDR5 memory linked to a 256-bit memory interface, 800 stream processors with over 1.3 Teraflops of compute power, and support for latest the DirectX 11 features.


Sapphire HD 6950 Dirt 3 Edition
     Tue, Aug 23 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the end of May AMD announced that select video cards would include Dirt 3 Steam codes. To celebrate Sapphire recently introduced their HD6950 Dirt 3 Edition. We know it’s going to include a copy of the game Dirt 3, but what else do we have in store? If it’s anything like what we have seen in the past from Sapphire we can expect a good performing card with a cooler design unique to Sapphire. Let’s find out!

ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX580 Platinum Video Card Review
     Sun, Aug 21 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS has launched the new ROG MATRIX GTX580 Platinum video card that can be described as the pinnacle enthusiast GeForce GTX 580 GPU. Will all of this customization and new features mean you get fast video card? If this overclock doesn't impress you we suggest trading in your computer and finding a new hobby.

Graphics Charts - updated AMD Radeon HD 6570
     Sat, Aug 20 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our charts you find benchmark values regarding numerous graphics cards. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right graphics card.

Asus HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review
     Thu, Aug 18 2011 | 4:14P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The ASUS HD6870 DirectCU brings a very refined aspect to video cards. In addition to the Radeon HD 6870 GPU overclocked to 915MHz, the ASUS HD6870 DirectCU brings a slew of ASUS exclusive features and technologies. Naturally, the card is fitted with ASUS’ DirectCU cooling system, complete with three direct contact copper heat pipes and aluminum fin array, dust repellant shroud and variable speed fan. Under the shroud, you will find ASUS’ exclusive Super Alloy design featuring the highest quality capacitors, MOSFETs and chokes for improved performance, lower heat and longer life. It also needs to be noted that the stronger nature of Super Alloy technology certainly helps in overclocking, especially with the HD6870 DirectCU’s unlocked voltage in the BIOS. To aid in overclocking ASUS includes their Smart Doctor software to assist you in easily and safely overclocking your GPU."

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