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GIGABYTE Launches New GTX 560 Ti Series Graphics Card
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 3:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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GIGABYTE has introduced the GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI videocards today. Built with next-generation NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti GPU and GDDR5 memory technology, GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI run blockbuster games with amazing performance. Supporting NVIDIA® 3D Vision Surround, 3D Vision™, PhysX® , and 2-way SLI®, GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI guarantee ultimate extreme DirectX® 11 gaming experience. Both GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI adopt GIGABYTE’s innovative WINDFORCE™ 2X cooling technology for optimal thermal solution.

Of the two GIGABYTE GTX 560 Ti models, GV-N560SO-1GI is the latest new addition to GIGABYTE’s Super Overclock Series. GV-N560SO-1GI’s core and memory clock are 1G and 4580 MHz respectively whereas the standard GTX 560 Ti is 822/4000 MHz. To qualify for “SOC” series, GV-N560SO-1GI’s GPU must go through GIGABYTE’s innovative GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting process and it must be equipped with Ultra Durable VGA or VGA+ boards. Designed specifically for overclocking competition and gaming battle, GIGABYTE’s secret weapon GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock Edition is built with NVDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU. Based on 40nm processor and advanced GDDR5 memory technology, the powerful new GPU consists of ground-breaking features including Microsoft DirectX® 11 and NVIDIA PhysX™ which lead to incredibly immersive HD gaming experience and unrivaled performance. GV-N560SO-1GI also features WINDFORCE™ 2X, 7 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphics card smart tuner and voltage read point.

GIGABYTE introduces WINDFORCE™, the latest cooling technology that differentiates the brand’s graphics cards from the rest. GIGABYTE understands that a fan is crucial to the graphics card, so only the fan with the most efficiency is selected for WINDFORCE™. To qualify for WINDFORCE™, a cooling solution must be equipped with anti-turbulence inclined fins, ultra quiet PWM fan and pure copper heat pipe. Inclined fins help to reduce excessive heat and turbulence. Depending on its orientation, there are 4 types of inclined-fin designs: outward-inclined, 3D-inclined, parallel-inclined, and mirroring-inclined. Each type generates excellent exterior airflow for efficient heat dissipation from the interior GPU core.

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GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI are both equipped with WINDFORCE™ 2X mirroring-inclined fin cooling solution. WINDFORCE™ 2X mirroring-inclined fin design is equipped with 2 ultra quiet PWM fans and four pure copper heat pipes. The special inclined dual fan design effectively minimizes the flow of turbulence between two fans and enhances heat dissipation of hot area right underneath each fan. By unique design, WINDFORCE™ 2X even enlarges air channel on the graphics card vents and creates a more effective airflow system in chassis. This special design helps heat dissipate quickly from GPU. In addition, the 2 copper heat-pipes strengthen the speed of heat dissipation. 'P"GV-N560SO-1GI has incredibly pure power. It is compatible with ATX standard length PCB. 7 phase PWM design includes 6 for GPU, 1 for memory. This feature ensures a more stable system and better overclocking capability.'P"GIGABYTE’s very own GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting process is the key to the best GPUs for Super Overclock Series. A GPU must pass a sequence of tests to be selected. This unique process offers three major advantages. First, full-throttle performance tuning improves GV-N560SO-1GI overclocking ability by at least 21%. Second, optimized thermal efficiency lowers extra temperatures by 16% (GV-N560SO-1GI compared to stock GTX 560 Ti). Fan speed is guaranteed at standard rpm in high-rated 3D and physics-accelerated games to reduce noise for an absolutely quiet environment. Lastly, expert power switching lowers power switching loss by 12%. With GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting, GIGABYTE SOC graphics card guarantees higher overclocking ability. 'P.Thanks to Ultra Durable VGA+ that features 5+1 quality components, the Super Overclock Series supports top performance in graphics benchmarking. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA+’s use of proadilizer on GV-N560SO-1GI graphics cards is able to provide purer power supply compared to traditional power design (zero proadlizers). On GV-N560SO-1GI graphics cards, GIGABYTE uses one NEC Proadlizer®, also known as film capacitor, to provide amazing current capacity and extremely low ESL/ESR for super overclocking ability. The added proadlizer transmits more stable power even during heavy loading.

GIGABYTE proudly improves its graphics card smart tuner OC Guru. This graphics card tweaking utility puts together the best combination of software/hardware overclocking. It now features 3 profiles: OC (for overclocking mode), Gaming (for gaming mode), and Green (for power saving mode). The different modes cater to users’ different needs. GIGABYTE’s distinctive adjustable software offers gamers to adjust tuners for memory, voltage, and fan speed. OC Guru, the user-friendly software, gives hardcore gamers liberty when overclocking.

GIGABYTE’s specific voltage read point supplies hardcore gamers an ultimate benching experience at overclocking competition. Heavy users can change the voltage simply through software instead of manually adjusting any components on PCB. It is easy for overclockers to master the platform and monitor GPU workload at any time just through voltage read point.

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

Nvidia GTS-450 Graphics Card Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Offering 3D Blu-ray (BD) via native HDMI 1.4 and HD audio bit stream support, the recently release NVIDIA GTS 450 represents a drastic shift in the market for discrete home theater PC (HTPC) graphics processing units (GPU). With NVIDIA now providing a feature set unmatched by any vendor we finally have serious competition for discrete space in the home theater. Read on to see if the NVIDIA GTS 450 offers the right balance of power and functionality for your HTPC.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition 1536 MB
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition comes at a massive core clock of 815 MHz. During our testing we also noticed that the card could overclock consistently higher than other reference designs, which seems to be thanks to a special binning process in the ZOTAC factory.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB OC Review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:26P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whew, it has been a long time since we last reviewed a video card. I am not even going to bother linking to our last article on graphics to give you an exact time gap between this review and the last. With the past now behind us, I am very proud to announce we are now back on board with the component essential to all gaming computers -- and we will have many more to come, too. I still remember a few years ago when a midrange video card meant playing most computer games at midrange settings. You might get a shot at maximum settings if you were playing an older game. Own a big monitor? Cough up more cash, or turn down the resolution and detail. But times have changed. Today's midrange performance cards in the $200 range provide surprisingly excellent bang for your buck. AMD's 40nm Northern Islands family of GPUs is the company's second generation DirectX 11 cards, and the 6850 and 6870 -- codenamed 'Barts' -- promise to deliver roughly the same level of performance as the 5850 and 5870, which were the high performance graphics processor units of the previous generation. (Just to clear up the name confusion, the 6800 series replaces the 5700 series; the 6900 series replaces the 5800 series.) With so many variants of 6850s to choose from, manufacturers scramble to differentiate their products from their competitors. The Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB OC is a perfect example. Featuring Gigabyte's Windforce 2X cooler out of the box, as well as a slight factory overclock to give it an edge in the benchmarks, is it enough to set this product aside from the other 6850s? Read on to find out!
  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

AMD's latest GFX cards - HD 6850 & HD 6870.
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There's been plenty of rumors going around about AMD's new HD6-series of cards, but now the long wait is finally over and the first models, HD6850 and HD6870, have been officially launched. The newcomers found their way into our test lab, so lets see what they have to offer."
  FULL STORY @ METKU

Sparkle GT240 Video Card 512MB vs 1024MB
     Sun, Jan 23 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today for review I’ve got two cards from Sparkle, they’re both the GT240 but one has 512mb of ram while the other has 1024mb of ram. So this review is a review yes, but it’s also a comparison of what 512mb is worth when compared to 1024mb of ram on a video card. I was curious myself, and ultimately surprised by what I found out. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS

XFX PRO 650 W Power Supply Review
     Sun, Jan 23 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"XFX is releasing their Pro series of power supplies, with single +12 V rail, DC-DC secondary design, and 80 Plus Bronze certification. So far three models were released: 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W. Let's see how the 650 W model fared in our tests."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

 
Asus DirectCU & AMD Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Radeon HD 6850 is AMD's sub US$200 entrant in the discrete graphics card market. We have two on the bench to compare, a reference sample from AMD, and the Asus EA6850 DirectCU, which is overclocked, has an adjustable core voltage, and is cooled using a direct-touch heatpipe heatsink. They turn out to be winners, especially the Asus.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

ASUS GeForce GTX 570
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today NVIDIA launches their new GeForce GTX 570 graphics card which is based on the new more power efficient Fermi technology that we saw on the GTX 580, too. ASUS' GTX 570 is a full reference design implementation, the only difference is a small clock speed increase of 10 MHz.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 graphics card went to store shelves back in April 2010 it had an MSRP of $499 and while it was fast it was criticized for being too hot and power hungry. Here we are eight months later we see the GeForce GTX 480 becoming discontinued and eradicated by the GeForce GTX 570. The GeForce GTX 570 costs 30% less at $349.99 and offers an improved cooling solution and performance that is right around the same as the GeForce GTX 480. Obviously, the GeForce GTX 570 is the better video card as the price is lower, the card runs cooler and the performance is not significantly different. Compared to a GeForce GTX 470 the new GeForce GTX 570 blows that card out of the water as we saw a number of benchmarks where the GTX 570 was more than 30% faster. With a price point and performance at this level the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 should be able to do battle with the AMD Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 when those 'Cayman' GPUs are released by AMD next week..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

EVGA Geforce GTX 570 SuperClocked DirectX 11 Video Card Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This release includes the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked. The EVGA Geforce GTX 570 Superclocked is going to eat up the market. The GTX 570 SC comes fully loaded with 1280MB of GDDR5. The EVGA factory overclock sets the core speeds to 797 MHz, memory to 3900 MHz(effective), and shader clock to 1594 MHz. There are 480 CUDA cores which matches the GTX 480."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

AMD HD 6950 Video Card Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With the capability to flash to the 6970 BIOS, the HD 6950 packs a punch that makes it excellent value for $300. Even with the stock BIOS, this card competes with the best of them."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

HIS Radeon HD 6970 2GB Video Card Overclocked
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 6:54P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We've just had a look at the HIS HD 6970 Turbo and I then realized that we hadn't even had a look at the reference HD 6970 2GB from HIS. It's not that we had forgotten about it, but we wanted to give the card the same treatment as the GIGABYTE HD 6950 2GB we have just looked at. Since we had looked at the HD 6970 by itself as well as in Crossfire, the next thing to do was see what happens when we overclock them. With the holidays it seemed that MSI were a little slower than normal when it came to updating Afterburner with voltage support, so unfortunately we're looking at the HIS HD 6970 in this regard a little later than we would normally."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 6:53P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI graphics card is a truly unique offering that brings uncompressed wireless video your current configuration with an impressive set of features. Using this Galaxy card and the included receiver you can wirelessly connect your PC to an HDTV or even just a standard monitor in another room of your house and still get the same image quality (and sound quality) you would get with the two being directly connected via HDMI or DVI. While 3D gaming and 3D Blu-ray aren't supported yet, the quality of the WHDI technology impressed me while playing games at 1920x1080 and watching Blu-ray at the full 1080p resolution."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 DirectX 11 Video Card Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 is based on the same GF110 GPU architecture as the NVIDIA GTX 580. The GeForce GTX 570 comes with 480 CUDA cores, 60 texture units, 40 ROP units and 15 streaming multiprocessors. The GF110 architecture has been reengineered from the transistor level to increase power efficiency, lower heat output and also increase performance on the average of 25% over its predecessor the Geforce GTX 470. NVIDIA has also redesigned their heatsink and fan solution to ensure a quieter gaming experience. As an added bonus the core and memory clock speeds have also been increased when compared to the GTX 470."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Fermi Ultra-Light: Nvidia GeForce GT 430 Review
     Thu, Jan 20 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia closed the ranks of Fermi based solutions by launching their GF108 graphics processor. Today we are going to discuss the junior representative of the family – GeForce GT 430.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

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