The 790GX chipset brings an updated high performance IGP and Hybrid Crossfire to the masses. Are either one of these solutions good enough for the casual gamer? We intend to find out as we take a closer look at what AMD has to offer.
The graphics card market seems to be pretty full from top to bottom these days, but that doesn’t keep the big players in the video card industry from bringing out newer models! Today, AMD is announcing the Radeon HD 4600 series, which will be made up of the ATI Radeon HD 4670 and ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics cards. Let’s take a look at the Radeon HD 4670!
NVIDIA has always had the strong arm when it comes to graphics performance and a sign of this dominance was them forcing companies to only enable SLI on their chipsets. For years if you have wanted to run SLI you had to run on an NVIDIA platform, but seems to be coming to an end very soon. NVIDIA just announced a new licensing program to enable SLI on Intel X58 Express chipsets!
The cost of high performance video cards has dropped drastically in the last year. Gone are the days of the GeForce 8800 Ultra reigning supreme and gone are the $600-$1000 cards needed to game at high resolutions. The HD 4870 is AMD’s fastest single-GPU card available on the market and packs quite a punch for a graphics card that can be found for under $250 after rebate. Read on to see how the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 does against a number of other cards in the same price range.
The 9600GT is one of the premier mid-range graphic cards on the market today. The XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX Edition takes this mid-range card and pumps up performance with a factory overclock and non-reference cooler. Read on to see how the XFX GeForce 9600 GT 512MB DDR3 XXX Alpha Dog does against the more expensive GeForce 8800 GT graphics card in a number of games!
The Palit Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card is finally released now that AMD has lifted the embargo on the fastest graphics card in the world. See how this card is redefining the world of computer graphics with its pair of GPUs and 2GB of GDDR5 memory! See how the Radeon HD 4870 X2 performs in CrossFireX versus a number of leading NVIDIA GeForce GTX products.
The new NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT is touted as the perfect and best performing mainstream graphics board solution on the market today. The GeForce 9500 GT can be found for just $69.99, needs no external power connector and has a maximum board power rating of just 50 Watts. Very impressive for a board that supports PhysX techology, CUDA applications like F@H and can still run intense 3D games!
In recent months EVGA introduced the EVGA UV Plus+ UV-16 USB 2.0 video adapter. This device allows you to take any available USB port on your Desktop or Notebook computer and turn it into an additional video output for use with another display. For under $75 the UV Plus+ UV-16 can handle up to 1600×1200 resolutions and doesn’t need a video card to operate!
Only four short months ago AMD launched the Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card and it was the flagship ATI Radeon product, but the successor has arrived. AMD has taken two of the latest cores (RV770)and placed them on a single PCB to create the Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card. AMD kept the clock frequencies the same as the Radeon HD 4870 graphics card, so basically you have the power of a pair of those running CrossFire on a single PCB!
A couple weeks ago when the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card came out the card proved itself to be a price versus performance winner, but we couldn’t ignore the high temperatures that it ran at. Our temperature testing showed that the Radeon HD 4850 ran at 85C at load, which was within specifications, but is too hot for us to ignore. We install a Coolink GFXChilla on a Radeon HD 4850 with the hopes of reducing temperatures and you’ll be shocked to see the results!
The GeForce 9600 GT has been on the market for some time now and prices seem to keep dropping. The ASUS EN9600GT series feature a 10% core clock frequency boost and improved cooling for those looking to push the limits of their graphics. The ASUS EN9600GT Series uses the Glaciator Fansink, which reduces temperatures and is ultra quiet with operating levels of only 25dB. If your budget doesn’t allow you to get a $229 GeForce 9800 GTX+ then check out this card as it’s $100 less at $129 after rebate.
Ever since we published the article on the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics cards last week Legit Reviews has been getting a ton of e-mail complaining about NVIDIA’s paper launch spoiler and the fact that the drivers we used for are not fair. We talk with Futuremark and NVIDIA about the cheating claims and try to figure out if anything is being done that shouldn’t be.
Last week, AMD was forced to release the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards early since some retailers had already started selling the card to the public before it was launched. This week AMD has released the the Radeon HD 4870, which is priced at $299. This is the big brother to the Radeon HD 4850 and features higher clock speeds and newer cutting edge technology like GDDR5 memory ICs for improved memory bandwidth.
How well does the GeForce 9800 GTX+ overclock? We set off to answer that question today by finding the limit of our card and running a number of benchmarks to see just how well it does. Our original review showed that the GeForce 9800 GTX+ was 10.4% faster than the Radeon HD 4850, so any gains should be money in the bank. Read on to see how NVIDIA’s first 55nm GPU overclocks on the GeForce 9800 GTX+ video card!