With NVIDIA running away with the title of the fastest video card on the market and AMD continuing to do nothing about it, it seemed that PowerColor decided to take matters into their own hands releasing the HD 7990 under the Devil 13 tag. This isn't the first time we've seen the Devil 13 tag as last year saw the PowerColor DEVIL13 HD 6970 which managed to really impress us.
The new AMD FX processors improve upon AMD's first 8-core desktop solution thanks to a next generation core architecture developed from the ground up to deliver an entirely new level of performance. The AMD FX-8350 8-Core Black Edition Processor comes unlocked and offers PC enthusiasts the ability to easily overclock the CPU. The AMD FX-8350 Black Edition comes with a 4.0 GHz base clock, but can reach 4.2 GHz thanks to Turbo mode. Read on to see how this new processor performs!
Corsair’s Neutron Series is designated as Corsair’s flagship performance series of SSD’s. There are two versions in the Neutron stable the Neutron and the Neutron GTX. The Neutron GTX has slightly higher performance and a slightly higher price point than the Neutron we are benching today.
Today, AMD is releasing its second-generation of FX CPUs, dubbed "Vishera." The FX-8350 is currently the highest-end model available, running at 4 GHz and costing USD 195. Let's see how it fares against its main competitor, the Core i5-3470 (3.2 GHz, USD 200). We also included in our comparison the AMD CPU that used to be the highest-end model, the FX-8150 (3.6 GHz, USD 190 currently, USD 280 at its release), and what was then its main competitor, the Core i5-2500K (3.3 GHz, USD 220). For curiosity sake, we also added to the comparison the Phenom II X6 1100T (3.3 GHz, USD 190 when it was sold), which used to be AMD's fastest CPU before the release of the FX family.
AMD introduced its new FX-series processors almost exactly a year ago, and AMD enthusiasts hoped these Zambezi CPUs, built on AMD's new Bulldozer architecture, would provide real competition to Intel's Sandy Bridge line. But although the FX-8150 had eight integer cores and was capable of high clock speeds, its high price and poor performance at the individual core level meant that it wasn't very competitive with the equivalent Intel CPUs. Now we have the AMD FX-8350 CPU, code-named Vishera and based on the Piledriver architecture to test. Has AMD managed to reduce the performance deficit relative to Intel?
The Bulldozer design was refreshed as Piledriver, and AMD made several key improvements in order to get power consumption down, and performance up. We already reviewed Trinity, their all-in-one APU solution that uses two Piledriver cores in conjunction with a Radeon GPU, and found it to be favorable over its main competition (Intel’s Core i3 3220). But a 95W CPU with built-in graphics isn’t exactly what most enthusiasts are interested in. No, we want a powerful CPU to work with a discrete video card, is tweakable, and won’t break the bank. For the past while, that has meant the Intel Core i5 CPU, such as the Ivy Bridge based i5 3570K, and the Sandy Bridge based i5 2500K. AMD is aiming directly for that CPU, and directly for you, the enthusiast.
The Silverstone HE01 is a dual tower heatsink built on a 6 heatpipe design. As we all know heatsink performance is largely based on how fast you can move heat from one place to another. In the case of air cooling, a fan is tasked with moving air across the heatsink to start the thermal transfer. The more surface area you have, the better the heat transfer.
The Rosewill CAPSTONE series of 80 PLUS GOLD certified power supplies are said to deliver unprecedented performance, uncompromised features with unbeatable efficiency that is vital to today's high-end system. The Rosewill CAPSTONE-750 power supply is rated at 750W @ 50°C and uses a single +12V rail with 62 Amps to get the job done. Read on to see how it performs when we test it out on our custom test bench!
The Deep Silence 1, also known as DS1, is the first mid-tower case from the German manufacturer, Nanoxia. It features foam everywhere to reduce the noise produced by the computer, and it has eight expansion slots, allowing you to install up to four high-end video cards, as long as you have a compatible motherboard. Let's see if this new release is worth our recommendation.
Golden Emperor International Limited is what the abbreviation GeIL stands for. Today we introduce one of their brand new EVO VELOCE DDR3 Hardcore gaming memory kits. For once not a dual channel 8GB kit running at blistering speeds. But a whopping dual channel 16GB kit, running at a moderate 2133MHz at acceptable CAS 10 Latency timings. Maybe a perfect kit for those that want to buy adequately fast paced ram right now and have the option to upgrade later to a massive 32GB, by adding a 2nd kit. Without further ado let's open the package and see what these VELOCEs can offer us...
The new GeForce GTX 650 Ti is the latest GPU from NVIDIA, targeted to video cards on the USD 150 segment. The Gigabyte GV-N65TOC-2GI comes overclocked, with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory instead of 1 GB and a better cooling solution than the standard model. Let’s take a look at the performance of Gigabyte’s GV-N65TOC-2GI version of the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti video card, which comes with factory overclocking, 2 GB of memory, and a better cooling solution.
This morning NVIDIA released the new Geforce GTX 650 Ti video card. The Geforce GTX 650 Ti is theentry point to the GeForce GTX family of high-performance graphics cards. Like the GeForce GTX 650, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti was designed for gaming at the most common gaming resolution of 1920x1080. Read on to see how this $150 graphics card performs when put to the test!
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX series traditionally offers enthusiast-level performance with features like multi-card SLI pairing and GPU Boost application-driven variable overclocking technology. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card keeps with tradition in terms of performance by offering the capable GK106 GPU with 768 CUDA cores, but skips past some of the top-end extras. Nevertheless, NVIDIA Kepler GPU architecture delivers additional proprietary features such as: 3D Vision, Adaptive Vertical Sync, multi-display Surround, PhysX, and TXAA antialiasing. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card with DirectX 11 video games.
Ninjalane has posted their review of the GTX 650 Ti, it may not be an enthusiast GPU but it makes for a great PhysX processor. NVidia GTX 650Ti Three Way Roundup In this review we will be looking at the last and final Kepler based GPU to be released in 2012 the GTX 650 Ti. 650 Ti is designed to bring "Ti" style performance to the GTX 650 family by using a GK106 GPU (used for the GTX 660) with 768 CUDA cores enabled and a 925Mhz Base Clock.
AMD being typical AMD, they want to make it easy for their users to upgrade, much like we saw with AM2+ and AM3+. Sadly, for users of the Llano FM1 socket processors, you will need to upgrade your board to the newer FM2 socket, but now AMD are adamant that FM2 will last around 3 years and will support the future, next generation processors. Under the FM2 socket, you will also notice three key chipsets; A55, A75 and A85X depending on your uses and of course budget.
If you want to spend under $200 on a discrete graphics card you have a large number of choices, but one card that recently managed to catch our attention is the AMD Radeon HD 7850. The AMD Radeon HD 7850 came out on March 4, 2012 and cost $249.99 when we originally reviewed the reference card. This video card is now seven months old and the price for an entry level AMD Radeon HD 7850 card has fallen below $180! The XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition is one of those cards and what we are looking at today!
Right on track, well after Ivy Bridge, AMD has released their second generation of Accelerated Processing Units in the form of the Trinity series A10-5800K and the A8-5600K. Last week, we brought you a preview of these two APUs just to give you a taste of their gaming performance and some of their specifications. Today, at Benchmark Reviews, we are going in detail for a full work-over of the A10-5800K APU.
Today AMD launches the new Trinity APU lines based on the Piledriver architecture. We have in their latest A10-588K and A8-566K APU's for testing. GPU as well as CPu enhancements await end users with this new product line. The big question on everyones mind is "Does Trinity close the gap and finally provide a compelling argument to the Ivy Bridge CPU. There's no doubt that Intel retains the performance crown but the really compelling argument is in where AMD is headed. The question you should be asking yourself is " What should I be looking for in a processor?"
The internal testing from AMD that we can see above shows a 37% increase in the 3DMark 11 score between the first generation A-Series Llano and this generation of A-Series Trinity. While our numbers don't match their numbers exactly, our Llano system scored 1115 3Dmarks while the AMD internal testing showed 1150 3DMarks. Our AMD A10-5800K scored 1521 3DMarks while they scored 1570. The overall difference was remarkably similar, AMD is boasting an increase of 37% and we saw a difference of 36.4%...
The new Dominators boast new heat spreaders and newer ICs that should result in some nice performance. The series consist of kits ranging from 8GB to 64GB with frequencies from 1600MHz to an incredible hand-tested 2666MHz. We got our hot little hands on a 8GB kit of 1866MHz modules, so we are excited to get to the test phase of this review.
In this review we will look upon another high performance USB 3.0 flash drive from Patriot Memory, named Supersonic Rage XT, the 32GB variant. In the performed benchmarks, the product succeeded to beat all previously tested USB 3.0 drives regarding read speeds, the write ones being also very good and close to the ones reported by Patriot Memory.
Some of the finer features of the Antec One mid-tower case include the two 120mm exhaust fans, tool-less drive installation, power supply intake filter, power supply anti-vibration feet, large CPU bracket cut-out, and plenty of options for cable routing. This is all offered without the premium price that enthusiast cases typically have.
The latest chipset from Intel, the Z77, has been around for a little while now and has certainly spurred a lot of interest by aftermarket motherboard manufacturers. Little actually changed between the Z68 chipset and the Z77 chipset. Z77 added Smart connect to let you receive emails while your computer is asleep and Rapid Start to speed up boot times. With so little changing, it is up to the manufacturers to pack their motherboards so full of features that they stand out above the rest of the competition. That is exactly what Biostar has done with the Hi-Fi Z77X.
The Flex Edition series of video cards from Sapphire was a series that I wasn't sure would ever take off. To be honest, from a sales point of view, I have no idea how they've done, but they're obviously doing okay for Sapphire, as they continue to release more and more models under the Flex Edition name.
AMD is allowing us to post a preview article up on the 2nd generation AMD A-Series APU that was formerly codenamed "Trinity". AMD says this new APU offers improvements across the board when compared to the previous generation thanks to the new "Piledriver" CPU cores and AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics technology. Read on to see how this new APU performs when we put it to the test in some game titles!
The Scout 2 looks great and the installation is improved in every way. Gone is the cramped space and limited cooling options. In place of that is a solid mid-tower design with the potential to run with the popular full-tower cases with a attractive price.
Just coming off its world record run, we check out the ASRock Z77 OC Formula mobo built from the ground up by Taiwanese overclocker, Nick Shih. It felt like it was going to only be a matter of time till we saw Nick release his own board and that time has come and in the form of the ASRock Z77 OC Formula which we saw just break the overclock record which was actually only just recently set by GIGABYTE and its new Z77X-UP7.
It will all come down to that last feature, one that no one else or very few will offer. In this case that feature will be the FleX option only from Sapphire. Just what is FleX? It’s being able to integrate at least three monitors to one GPU. We know just about all AMD cards can do that. But the fact is they can’t do it with having to go and purchase an expensive displayport monitor or buying an active displayport adapter which isn’t cheap either. With the FleX series you can do it without either. And that does for the card we will be looking at today, the FleX HD 7770 GHz Edition.
Are you looking for a high performance quad-channel memory kit for your Intel X79 platform? The Kingston KHX2133C11D3K4/16GX memory kit has four 4GB DDR3 memory modules that run at 2133MHz with CL11 timings. Having 16GB of memory should mean that you have more than enough to run numerous applications at once and the speed needed to get things done. The best part of this kit is that you can find if for under $100 shipped! Read on to see how it performs and overclocks!
The new GeForce GTX 660 is the latest GPU from NVIDIA, and EVGA is providing six different video card models based on this new GPU. Let’s see how the SuperClocked model fared on our tests.
In use, I am very impressed with the Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger gaming keyboard. The feel of the unit as a whole is very solid, and I am sure this could be a reliable keyboard for years longer than most other units I have used. Everything about the keys is nice too... from the feel and responsiveness, to the layout, and especially the back-lighting.
As more and more features are subsumed onto the motherboard, and graphics cards grow ever more powerful, many enthusiasts are realizing that they can do without the size and space requirements of an ATX form factor system. Micro-ATX and mini-ITX systems are becoming more popular, with new motherboards and cases breaking out of the HTPC market that they've defined for so long and nudging into the enthusiast market. Benchmark Reviews looks at Cooler Master's Elite 120 Advanced case and builds a gaming system in it to see how it fares.
And this is just what has happened, Gigabyte has update the technology and name its obviously Ultra Durable 5. Currently, it is offered on four motherboards: Z77Z-UP4/5 TH which both has Thunderbolt support and the X79S-UP5 Wi-Fi and the X79-UP4 which are based on Intel’s high-end Sandy Bridge-E processor. We will be taking a look at the latter today as part of this review.
Corsair touts the Neutron 240GB drive as reaching max performance numbers of 555 MB/s reads and 370 MB/s writes which we found to be spot on for the ATTO benchmark and not far off on the other tests. Given that performance is not impacted by data compressibility, that's to be expected as well as solid performance numbers in the real world tests. We didn't spot anything amiss in any of the numbers and general usage of the drive in Windows yielded positive results with no hint of stuttering, lagging or BSOD's. TRIM and idle garbage collection seem to be working fine as well so no worries there. Overall, our first impressions are very positive...
Antec offers four power supply models within their High Current Pro (HCP) series: 750 W, 850 W, 1,000 W, and 1,200 W. The 1,000 W model has the 80 Plus Platinum certification, while the other models carry the 80 Plus Gold certification. Today we are going to take a look at the 750 W version, which features four +12 V rails. Let's see if it is a good buy.
What's neat about the Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive is that it's built with the kind of flash memory found in Solid State Drives . Sandisk won't reveal the exact type of NAND flash memory mind you, but rate the drive at speeds of 190MB/s read and 170MB/s write. That's quick. SanDisk's Extreme posted results of 196MB/s read and 173MB/s write in CrystalDiskMark (100MB, Sequential), the Patriot Supersonic flash drive managed just 114.2MB/s read and 59.33MB/s write - a virtual snails pace by comparison!
This morning NVIDIA announced two new graphics cards that bring Kepler to every gamer: the GeForce GTX 660 and the GeForce GTX 650. The GeForce GTX 660 provides an ideal combination of performance, price, and power efficiency, hitting the gamer’s sweet spot and that is the card that we will be reviewing today. Read on to see how a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 cards by MSI and EVGA do in our tests!
When you're serious about getting your frag on, a solid gaming mouse is a make or break accessory. Today we take a look at the Genius DeathTaker gaming mouse. We put it through its paces in the lab and find out how it compares to other mice out there.
The i35G is a cute and small computer from Giada, that can be used for light Internet browsing, watching movies, or playing old games, this while keeping the power consumption to a low level. The chassis comes with active cooling, and the fan speed is being ramped up depending on the temperatures. A Media Center remote is also included inside the box for added value, along with a HDMI cable and a plastic transparent dock to place the computer into the optimal position.
Moving over to Sapphire, as you may have seen from a couple of my previous reviews on Sapphire cards, I have always had to give it to their cooling department as they produce what I regard to be some of the best parter coolers out in the field with very effective heat dissipation and some of the quietest fans going at the same time. Another title they have to their name is against the Vapor-X cooling systems that they have developed and have made a huge impact with, with a large number of their cards featuring a vapour chamber based cooler at its heart. The 7970 Vapor-X OC 6GB is another vapour chamber based card, but as we’ll see this little beauty has got a little bit more than just a simple overclock under the hood. Packing a whopping 6GB of GDDR5 memory, this 7970 certainly appears to have been given more grunt, but how it fairs in the real world is what we’re here to find out.
We have had the first two Water 2.0 AIO water-cooling unit in our labs for testing. Yes, only the Pro was published for now. And each has performed pretty well, easily out doing some of the better air coolers on the market. Now we have the granddaddy of them all on the lab’s test bench and that is the Water 2.0 Extreme. The Extreme is a dual rad version of the other two models. But just how much better of a cooler is it? And will it outperform the Corsair H100, which many consider the best AIO cooler on the market?
The Contour 200i Air Music Streaming System from Pure is able to produce good sound quality, features the known AirPlay technology and can dock most iOS gadgets, without the need of extra plastic adapters. The product does also accept auxiliary sound sources on the 3.5mm Line-in port on the back. Pure also offers a free app named Connect which gives free access to thousands of internet radio stations, on demand programmes, podcasts, audioboos and more.
Overall, the Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit tested as-good or better than a competitive reference memory kit. Beyond the stock settings, the Ballistix Elite kit was capable of running default timings (8-8-8-24) all the way up to an overclocked frequency of 1866MHz at 1.65v. At $68 shipped, this kit is a pretty good value.
Kingston entered the computer market 25 years ago with a single new type of SIMM. Here we are 25 years later looking at a much more advanced DIMM. Though the DIMM isn't anything new to the market, the Kingston HyperX Blu 16Gb memory kit is the first 16Gb HyperX kit to be offered by Kingston that uses only two DIMMs. The Kingston HyperX KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G 16Gb memory kit is rated for 1600MHz with CL10 timings. How will the first 2x8Gb memory kit from Kingston perform? Join us as we find out!
The Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR3 2133 Memory arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good they are on Windows 7 64 Bit and the Intel DX79SI Extreme Series Mainboard. You can see 2.304 MHz (1,6V) with 11-11-11-30 (1T) and more in the following Review.
Corsair just launched a new series of drives dubbed Neutron. Having already reviewed the Neutron GTX 240GB we know the Neutron Series is a force to be reckoned with and could be poised to grab the performance crown. Today we will be taking a close look at Corsairs other Neutron drive. This drive is simply Neutron with no moniker. We have the Neutron 240GB SSD on the bench today.
With Fractal claiming that the Define R4 can support two separate radiators the case certainly has a lot to live up to considering the amount of media Fractal have distributed about the R4. A window option has also entered the arena being released slightly before going to press with this review.
Today we’re taking a look at the Bitfenix Raider a tidy looking mid tower chassis that has proven its self popular with gamers and system builders alike. The chassis sells for generally just under £80 so its obviously a little more than your average low budget chassis, we’ll call this one a mid-budget case, so naturally we’ll be expecting a few nice features above just a standard case here today.
The ASRock Z77 OC Formula was specifically designed for overclocking "Ivy Bridge" processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let's see what this motherboard has to offer.
For our readers in the field of IT, data recovery whether from a dying disk, virus infection, or a dying system is a common occurrence. While slave drive kits work, they can look messy. Thermaltakes solution to this is its line of BlacX vertical docking stations. Benchmark Reviews will be looking at the updated Thermaltake BlacX 5G docking station, which will give users SATA 6Gb/s and SuperSpeed USB-3.0 support allowing for the fastest possible transfer speeds. This review will be evaluating whether the Thermaltake BlacX 5G dock is something every IT department should have or if there are better solutions on the market.
Are you looking to build a budget PC, but have a limited budget to work with? When we started to look into low cost Do-It-Yourself (DIY) systems we found that you could easily build an AMD Llano system for less than $300. We build a system for under $300 with an AMD A8-3870K APU, Gigabyte A55M-DS2 motherboard, OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60GB Solid-State Drive and more. Read on to see how it turned out and performed.
Ever since i can remember myself i never actually used headsets while playing games and watching movies, not because i don't like using them (i do when i listen to music sometimes) but mainly due to the fact that regular complete surround speaker systems (5.1/6.1/7.1) sound a lot better especially if you don't have to care about annoying someone in the process (don't ever place your computer system in the bedroom). However from time to time there have been some quite unique headsets that have won me over with their crystal clear audio clarity and quality of materials just like the AX Pro Dolby 5.1 Surround Headset by TRITTON i had the chance to test just over a year ago and just now the F.R.E.Q.5 Stereo Gaming Headset by Cyborg.