NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 770 reference card impressed us with performance surpassing NVIDIA's previous generation flagship GeForce GTX 680 card. Now it's time to see what NVIDIA's add-in partners can do as we round up cards from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Palit.
Intel has just launched its new 8-series chipset along with its new 4th generation Core processors. We had a closer look at some of Gigabyte’s latest high-end 8-series motherboards at Computex 2013.
Gigabyte's Windforce 3X is the first factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 780 custom card to reach our labs. Overclocked 91MHz on the core to an impressive 954MHz, the Windforce 3X is also armed with a mean-looking triple-fan cooling system. We put it to the test.
With a whopping 32 phases of CPU power circuitry, the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 is definitely an Intel Z77 board that is not meant for the faint-hearted. It also features the new Ultra Durable 5 technology, so the board sports PowIRStage ICs and high-current 60A chokes to enable 2,000W of power delivery!
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan is by far the most power consumer graphics card to-date. With its extravagant price tag and limited availability, such cards are hard to come by for most gamers. So we collaborated with NVIDIA and their partners to showcase their Titan cards to our community, while the HWZ editorial team shared insights on optimal in-game settings and deciphering its related jargon.
With the introduction of the AMD Trinity desktop APUs that require the new AMD FM2 CPU socket, there has been a trickle of such motherboards from the usual board makers. We gathered four motherboards from ASUS, ASrock, Gigabyte and MSI that feature the AMD A85X chipset and put them to the test.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660 is its first true mid-range Kepler card and features a brand new GK106 core. Priced at an attractive US$229, NVIDIA claims that this card offers the best price-performance ratio out of the entire Kepler series. We take it for a test drive as well as custom models from ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI.
Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 680 Windforce 5X Super Overclock is a monster triple-slot, five-fan, custom GTX 680 boasting the highest factory overclock speeds out there, with core speeds ramped up to 1137MHz and memory pushed to 6200MHz DDR. We find out just what this beast is capable of.
NVIDIA's upper mid-range GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the first sub-US$300 card to utilize its 28nm Kepler architecture. Anticipation for this card has been high and, as expected, almost all of NVIDIA's add-in partners have produced their own custom overclocked models. We find out if it was worth the wait, including a shootout of the finest from ASUS, Gigabyte and Palit graphics cards.
AMD's mid-range Radeon HD 7870 is positioned in the sweet-spot between price and performance, right between the high-end Radeon HD 7950 and the basic mid-range Radeon HD 7770. With almost every AMD add-in partner offering a custom version of this card, we find out which is worth your money.