AMD’s 6800 Series cards are finally here! If you have been following the news over the past couple of weeks you know that today AMD will be launching the HD 6870 and HD 6850 graphics cards. These new cards are in no way a replacement for AMD’s 5800 Series of cards, but more or less a refresh. They are still built on 40nm, but it seems AMD has focused more on efficiency and some other refinements. With this refresh AMD hope to put themselves back in the graphics lead if they are not there already. Today we will be looking at the HD 6850 from our friends at Sapphire. This card features a clock speed of 775MHz for the core and 1000MHz for the memory. Let’s check it out!
The largest use for mainstream video cards is to add some graphics “oomph” to that off-the-shelf Dell, HP, Compaq, or whatever. With a CPU and integrated graphics designed to “just get by”, the mainstream video card adds extra power and life to the compromised graphics of the “store bought” rig. In the past I have reviewed several ATI mainstream cards, but I haven’t had the opportunity try an nVidia mainstream card. Today I will be looking at Sparkle’s brand new geForce mainstream card. Though the geForce 210 has been around for a while, Sparkle has just released this new model with a full gig of memory, to free up that system memory that is normally taken by the integrated graphics. Read on to check out the Sparkle GeForce 210 1GB video card.
A few months ago, ATI released their new 5000 series of gaming cards. On January 14, 2010, they released the first of the mainstream cards of that series, the Radeon HD 5670, sporting the 40nm process, with 400 streaming processors and a 775mHz clock. Sapphire has built three versions of the HD 5670, a 1GB model and two 512MB models. Today I will be looking at the top of the line HD 5670, which has a full gig of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1000mHz. Read on to check out the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670!
Our friends at Sapphire, the world’s largest builder of AMD/ATI Radeon video cards, sent me a nice box the other day. Today I will be looking at the Sapphire Radeon HD 5850, the latest successor to two great video cards, the HD 3850 and HD 4850. When I first received an HD 3850, I was pleasantly surprised by its performance. I called the HD 4850 “the most significant product to enter the market in 2008”, and I still stand by that comment. Will the Radeon HD 5850 do its predecessors proud? Read on to see!
Today I will be looking at a GTX 260 by Sparkle, the GTX 260 Plus. This isn’t your typical GTX 260, as it sports 1792 megs of memory. I reviewed a couple of Radeon HD 4870 X2s that each had two gigs of memory, but they were actually two 4870s with 1GB of memory per GPU. This is a single GPU with not much less than two gigs for itself. Will this massive amount of graphics memory make a difference? Read on to see!
Our friends at Asus have been at work improving some of last year’s popular cards with upgraded heatpipe coolers and intelligent hardware/software technology. Marketed under their Republic of Gamers line as the “Matrix” series, Asus calls them “The world’s most intelligent graphics cards.” With the ability of overclocking and overvolting GPU, memory, and shaders on the fly for 3D graphics, and underclocking for 2D mode, along with different cooling setups for each mode, they very well may be. Read on to find out about Asus’ Matrix version of the geForce GTX 260!
parkle Computer Inc., has been around since 1982. There aren’t a lot of current hardware companies that can boast of being around for over 25 years. And no, this Sparkle has nothing to do with Sparkle Power. Sparkle Computer builds a full line of geForce cards, and they aren’t afraid to get away from reference designs. Today I will be looking at the Sparkle Calibre P980+, which is a factory overclocked 9800GTX+. Sparkle has added a very interesting GPU cooler to this card. Will the P980+ impress? Read on to see!
Today I will be looking at MSI’s version of the Radeon HD 4830, the R4830-T2D512 OC. The HD 4830 is ATI’s last new product of 2008, and I suppose the last new card in the Radeon 4000 series. Read on to see what MSI has done with the HD 4830, with a factory overclock and heavy duty power supply with solid state chokes, this card is far from the reference version.
Our friends at Palit, who usually aren’t happy with the reference design of video cards anyway, have come up with a new version of the HD 4870 X2, with two fans blowing on a pair of heatpipe coolers to cool off those cookin’ GPUs. Taking up three expansion slots, this may be the largest gaming video card ever built. Billed by Palit as “the first custom designed HD 4870 X2″, the card not only sports custom cooling, but also a Palit-designed PCB, and four different output interfaces. In addition, they have overclocked the 2 gigs of GDDR5 memory. Read on as we check out the Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe!
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