Since Legit Reviews first came online nearly a decade ago the one phrase that we have heard consistently over the years is that “integrated graphics suck” and that you should never use them. Is that true? We gathered up 11 AMD and Intel motherboards to check out integrated graphics performance from 2006 to 2012 to see how they perform on four game titles and Futuremark 3Dmark06. Read on to see how far we have come in recent years and we do have Ivy Bridge numbers!
Back on March 21st, we brought you our review on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 reference card. Last week we followed that up with review of that card focused on single card 2D Surround gaming and then in another review featuring 2-way SLI performance. We didn’t have time to run a full set of 2-way SLI performance numbers in 2D surround mode, but we found some time over the Easter break and made it happen.
We got our hands on a second NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, so we can see how it performs in 2-way SLI! The only thing better than one GeForce GTX 680 is running two of them together right? The focus of this article will be from the single monitor point of view, so we’ll be bringing you performance numbers at 2560×1600, 1920×1080 and 1280×1024 to show you how this setup performs.
When we reviewed the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics card we covered many of the features, but one feature that we didn’t have the time to test for the launch article was NVIDIA Surround. The GeForce GTX 680 has the ability to run 3D Vision Surround off a single card! As you can imagine, this makes for a richer gaming experience and we put it to the test today!
Earlier this month MSI launched the companies AMD Radeon HD 7970 based Lightning series video card, the R7970 Lightning. The MSI R7970 Lightning is clocked at 1070 MHz on the core and 1400 MHz on the memory (5600 MHz effective). This is an impressive 15.7% clock increase on the core and a mediocre 1.8% on the memory. Read on to see how this $599 video card performs against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 and take a look at how far we overclocked it!
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics card was designed for gamers who want to enjoy their games at the maximum graphics settings and screen resolutions, with high levels of AA enabled. To accomplish this, the GeForce GTX 680 ships with 1536 CUDA Cores that have base clock speed of 1006MHz and typical Boost clock speed is 1058MHz. The GeForce GTX 680 also comes with 2GB of GDDR5 memory that are clocked at 6008MHz! Read on to see if this is enough to beat the AMD Radeon HD 7970!
When we look at the graphics cards that we review, we use the latest Intel X79 motherboard and the Intel Core i7 3960X processor. One of the primary reasons that we do this is to remove as much of the CPU bottleneck that we can. Though not everyone has the funds available to buy a processor that retails $1049.99. Today, we take a look at the performance scaling between six different Intel LGA1155 processors when using a high end graphics card like the AMD Radeon HD 7950.
The Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 OC (GV-R777OC-1GD) is a custom AMD Radeon HD 7770 video card that uses a custom PCB and GPU cooler to make it stand out from the rest. It is also factory overclocked to 1100 MHz on the core clock to ensure that it is faster than the reference design. Radeon on to see how this video card does when compared to two other Radeon HD 7770 cards on our test bench. We also overclock it further and see how the custom GPU cooler does!
AMD today announced the AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and AMD Radeon HD 7850 graphics cards! The AMD Radeon HD 7800 series is designed to perform for serious gamers and we try them out on a number of games to see how they perform when put to the test. We also overclock them, test the acoustics, and see how efficient these new cards are!
The SAPPHIRE HD 7950 OC Edition video card is factory overclocked to 900 MHz and features SAPPHIRE’s new dual-extractor GPU cooler technology. Will this multi-heatpipe cooler with dual fans and a moderate factory overclock be enough to make this card stand out from the crowd? Read on to see how this card performs, overclocks and runs in our test system.
Since Legit Reviews first came online nearly a decade ago the one phrase that we have heard consistently over the years is that “integrated graphics suck” and that you should never use them. Is that true? We gathered up 10 AMD and Intel motherboards to check out integrated graphics performance from 2006 to 2011 to see how they perform on four game titles and Futuremark 3Dmark06. Read on to see how far we have come in recent years.
Last month AMD introduced the Radeon HD 7000 series (Southern Islands) of graphics cards. These new cards are based on the 28nm manufacturing process and use a new core architecture called Graphics Core Next (GCN). Many assumed that AMD would be doing a top-to-bottom launch for the AMD Radeon HD 7000 product line, but that is not the case. AMD decided skip over Pitcairn, the Radeon HD 7800 series, and introduce Cape Verde along with the Radeon HD 7700 series.
The AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB video card is the toned down version of the Radeon HD 7970 GB and it costs $100 less. AMD sent over a pair of cards for us to try out in CrossFire mode. Read on to see how AMD Radeon HD 7950 does in a multi-GPU CrossFire setup when it comes to performance, power consumption, overclocking and more!
AMD has finally released Radeon HD 7950, which happens to be the cut-down version of the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card that hit the streets on January 9th, 2012. The AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card is based on the same ‘Tahiti’ core architecture that is used on the Radeon HD 7970, but some has less features and lower clock speeds. Read on to see how the Radeon HD 7950 performs!