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Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti Graphics Card 04-09-2012

Today we will be taking a look at a mainstream graphics solution from Zotac, a GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Sure, this isn't the most powerful card on the market but the truth of the matter is I'm not a diehard gamer like many so a more powerful card would likely go to waste. When I build a system, I want something that is extremely fast in day to day use but graphics aren't a major concern. On paper, the Zotac card appears to be a good fit for this type of build and we will find out just how much power it packs shortly when paired with an enthusiast-class system.

ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II Graphics Card 10-03-2011

I've looked at a couple of video cards over the past few months, each being more powerful (and expensive) than the previous. It all started with MSI's R6850 which retailed for $177.99 at the time of our review. Next on the list was the ASUS GTX560 Ti which showed a marked improvement over the slower AMD offering, albeit at roughly $75 more expensive. Today we will bump things up to the higher-end of the spectrum as we analyze the ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II graphics card, a $500 premium GPU featuring a core clock of 782 MHz, 512 processor cores and an effective memory clock of 4008 MHz. This card is factory overclocked by 10 MHz (772 MHz reference) but ASUS also offers a higher factory overclocked version of this card at 816 MHz.

ASUS GTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP Graphics Card 09-11-2011

Today we will be taking a look at the ASUS GTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP graphics card, an Nvidia-based Fermi GPU priced at roughly $250. Much like the R6850, this is an overclocked edition card that bumps the core clock up to 900 MHz and the shader clock to 1800 MHz; defaults for each are 810 MHz / 1620 MHz. Technology differences aside, it's no secret that many people shop with their wallets alone, so the aim of this comparison review is to see what sort of improvement you can from a quality $250 video card versus something a bit cheaper.

MSI R6850 Cyclone PE / OC Graphics Card 06-27-2011

Discrete computer graphics are one of the toughest markets to keep current with. New graphics cores are released on a pretty frequent basis from both ATI and NVIDIA and with naming schemes that change nearly as often, it can be difficult to determine where each card stands in relation to others in the same price range. Today we will be taking a look at the MSI R6850 PE / OC graphics card, a mid-range GPU that was launched at the end of last year. Codenamed Barts, this GPU is built on a 40nm process with support for DirectX 11 & Open GL 4.0. Other notable features include HDMI 1.4a & DisplayPort 1.2 support as well as AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology and CrossfireX support.

nVidia GeForce GTX 460 Graphics Card 02-09-2011

With nVidia's launch of the GTX 570/580 series video cards last November, prices on the 400 models have slowly begun to decline. As Shawn noted in our recent Zotac GTX 480 review, retailers simply can't continue to sell previous generation cards at the same price as the new ones, and most manufacturers are offering rebates and other incentives to move out existing stock. At the same time nVidia quietly added the GTX 460 SE to its lineup, a cheaper version of the original 460, at the expense of some of its performance. With the January release of the GTX 560 Ti, we're seeing even deeper cuts on the 400 series cards, such as this nVidia GeForce GTX 460 from Computer Geeks.

Zotac Amp! Edition GeForce GTX 480 Graphics Card 01-20-2011

Today we will be taking a look at one of Zotacís flagship graphics card from their GeForce 400 series line, the Amp! Edition GeForce GTX 480. Originally launched in March of 2010 and available a month later for purchase, the GeForce 400 series was the first to introduce the Fermi architecture and support for OpenGL 4.0 and Direct3D 11. Although ousted as the NVIDIA GPU king by the GeForce 500 series late last year, higher end 400 series cards like the GTX 480 remain very relevant in todayís GPU market. Zotac sweetens their take on the GTX 480 by throwing in an aftermarket heatsink to combat Fermiís known heat issues and a factory overclock for good measure.

ASUS EAH5870 V2 STALKER Edition Graphics Card 08-11-2010

It was almost a year ago that ATI began introducing their new Radeon HD 5000 series cards, starting with the then-flagship 5870 model, for a price just under $400. Now here it is 11 months later and the market has held fairly steady, despite nVidia's release of the GTX 400 series in the interim, you still can't find a 5870 for much less than what they initially launched. However what you do find now is a bigger variety of manufacturers offering non-reference cards, overclocked editions and various game bundles. ASUS has combined all three of these into their latest EAH5870/G/2DIS/1GD5/V2 STALKER Edition that we will be looking at today.

Sparkle GTS 250 Green Power Low Profile Video Card 05-12-2010

Sparkle Computer Corp is perhaps best known for their nVidia-based graphics cards. They have sent over one of their latest creations, a version of the popular GTS 250 graphics chipset. This is the same G92 series core that first appeared in the 8800GT and continued in use through the early 9600GSO, 9800GT, GTX and GTX+ cards, finally to end up as the GTS 250. Over its lifespan the G92 has gone through a die shrink from 65nm to 55nm, which helped to result in less power usage and lower temperatures. Sparkle has taken that concept to a whole new level with a low power, low profile version of the GTS 250 designed for use as a home theater PC component.

MSI R5670 Cyclone 1G Graphics Card 04-28-2010

Launched in January, the Redwood core represents ATI's third chip in the Evergreen series. Using a 40nm die size, coupled with only 64W peak power, 14W idle, and a sub-$100 price, the 5670 is poised somewhere between the previous 4670 and 4770 in performance. MSI offers three versions of the 5670, a 512Mb card, a 1Gb card, and the one we have for review today, the 1Gb Cyclone. Although all three cards use an improved cooler rather than the reference single-slot design, the Cyclone ups the ante with a dual heatpipe arrangement similar to their 4000-series high-end coolers.

XFX GTS 250 Video Card 05-29-2009

Since launching the GTX 200 core one year ago, nVidia have continued to enhance and develop their existing 9000 series, refining the G92 core that began life in the latter part of their 8th generation cards. But other than the fact that prices continue to fall as newer, faster revisions of chips are created, and you can now get a GTX 260 for less than half the price it launched at last year, there have been no new mid-range or low-end cards introduced to round out the bottom of the 200 series model line. Instead we've seen such cards appear as the 9600GSO, 9800GTX and 9800GTX+ to take up these slots. It seems nVidia decided it's time for a new naming convention, and has basically re-released the 9800 GTX+ rebranded as the GTS 250. Let's have a closer look at one of these new cards, the XFX GTS 250, and see if there's anything else to the new name.

WinFast PX9800 GTX+ Leadtek Limited 01-04-2009

While the GTX 260/280 cards have taken over nVidia's top slots for video card gaming hardware, their 9 series continues to flush out the bulk of their product lineup, and the 9800 GTX+ reigns as top dog among the 9 series family. The WinFast PX9800 GTX+ Leadtek Limited appears to have identical specs to their standard PX9800 GTX+ with the only difference being that of a slightly different cooler face and bundled game selection. Otherwise both match the nVidia reference specification in clock speeds and chip design.

Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition 11-05-2008

Finally we have the Smart Switch, which controls the dual BIOS that Palit has used with this card. In "normal" mode, the card operates at 750 MHz core / 950 MHz memory. When "turbo" mode is engaged, the card is overclocked to 775 MHz core / 1000 MHz memory - talk about user friendly overclocking!

Palit HD 3850 Super +1GB Graphics Card 08-28-2008

Palit is one of the few companies that sell both ATI and NVIDIA cards. Though their rocket-launcher armed frog has only become popularly recognizable in the past year or two, they were in fact founded a whole 20 years ago in 1988. As you know, thatís quite a while in tech years. With ATIís new HD 4xxx series of cards, Palit has geared up to add one more PCB to their arsenal, the HD 3850 Super +1GB videocard, which we have for review today.

EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 260 07-26-2008

EVGA is no stranger to video card enthusiasts, in fact they are celebrating their ninth anniversary this month. They have been leaders in innovation and customer service, with excellent features such as lifetime warranty, 90-day optional step-up and 24/7 tech support. Today I have for review the EVGA GTX 260 video card, one of the latest in graphic card designs.

Diablotek GeForce 8600GT 1GB Graphics Card 07-06-2008

Nowadays, while they have started to make some higher-end graphics cards as well (for example, a 9600GT 1GB), Diablotek still has some good mid-range offerings, like their 8600GT 1GB that we have for review today. The new trend these days seems to be to go overboard with our PC components and buy high-end everything, when all you are going to do is chat and check your email. The 8600GT is for those among us who realize that onboard video just isnít enough, but anything else wouldnít be necessary as often is the case in a HTPC. The extra 512MB of RAM over reference should give a cheap performance boost to iron out kinks, but again, nothing more than you need.

Apollo Aposonic Radeon HD 3850 512MB Video Card 03-19-2008

Today I will be looking at the Apollo Aposonic Radeon HD 3850 512MB. It is a mid-range DX10 card, Crossfire ready, sitting in the notch between the geForce 8600GTS and the 8800GT. Will the HD 3850 make me turn my back on nVidia? Read on and see.

MSI NX8600GTS OC Video Card 10-23-2007

Clocking in at 700Mhz core and 1050Mhz memory, the NX8600GTS OC sports a 25/50Mhz increase over the standard nVidia reference set. The cooler is an upgraded design to MSI's "regular" NX8600GTS as well. When they're offering the OC version for the same price as the non-OC, who wouldn't go for that?

Zotac Technology 256MB geForce 8600GTS Graphics Card 10-22-2007

This will be the third video card that I have reviewed from that was built by a company that I havenít heard of, or that I wouldnít normally consider when purchasing computer hardware. I guess that I, being a fairly typical humanoid, am somewhat afraid of the unknown, and that especially goes for computer hardware.

ATi RADEON X1900XTX Video Card 04-17-2007

To get a feel for where the X1900XTX stands on the market, it was created shortly after the X1800 series to compete with nVidia's 7800 series. Specifically, the X1900XTX would compete with the 7800GTX. The X1900XTX, however, blew the 7800GTX out of the water and is more aptly compared to nVidia's 7900GTX.

Leadtek WinFast 7900GS TDH Video Card 04-10-2007

Idle temps at stock clock were in the low 50s, so I was pretty apprehensive overclocking with the stock cooler. The cube on ATI Tool heated the GPU into the low 60s. I tried some overclocking anyway, and even with a very mild overclock, I couldn't get through 3DMark06 without the program locking up. So, I install a Zalman FS-V7 that I had on an unused card. Idle temps immediately hit the low 40s.

OCZ Technology GeForce 8800GTX 02-23-2007

The OCZ 8800 GTX, like most every manufacturer's offering, is based on the NVIDIA reference design, so don't expect anything new or ground breaking here. But there are a few things that do set the OCZ card apart from others. First, the OCZ 8800 GTX is "binned to perfection" -- this means that every OCZ card is pre-screened and only the best cards make it to market.

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