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Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 11:06:51 Thu, May 23, 2013 - 1 Comments
Today is the debut of Nvidia's 700 series of desktop graphics cards, and as usual they are starting things off with their high-end offering, the GTX 780. What is unsual is that this new card is not the fastest consumer video card that Nvidia is selling. The GTX 780 is just a GTX TITAN with fewer texture units, half the memory and less CUDA units. The GTX 780 ($649) may be similar to the GTX TITAN ($999), but it is priced closer to the GTX 680 ($450).
I will be adding retail cards and reviews to the site throughout the day.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 01:28:06 Mon, February 25, 2013 - 0 Comments
Out of 16 reviews we ended up with 12 overclocking results. Seems like the core clock can reach some very high speeds (OC Core Boost column) when you are playing a game. Here are the results:
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 12:52:10 Thu, February 21, 2013 - 0 Comments
Today is the day that the full reviews for the GTX TITAN come out. I found 12 reviews and 9 different retail cards so far, and I will add more or both as I find them. It looks like some of these reviews have some overclocking data, so I may start getting our patented overclocking roundup together.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 11:09:03 Tue, February 19, 2013 - 0 Comments
Today Nvidia has revealed their next desktop graphics solution to the world and they are calling it the Titan. Nvidia has named their new flagship card after their Titan supercomputer which (they claim) the technology of this new GPU is based on.
The Titan is home to Nvidia's new GK110 GPU. The GK110 is built using the 28nm process just like the GTX 680's GK104 GPU, however some important improvements have been made. The Titan's GPU contains 2,688 CUDA cores, which is 1,152 more than the GTX 680. It also has more texture units (224 vs 128) and ROPs (48 vs 32) than the GTX 680. Outside the GPU, the Titan also has a 384 bit memory bus width. This is better than the GTX 680's 256 bit width, but we have seen cards with wider memory buses in the past.
I have added the GeForce GTX Titan to the database and I will add retail cards and reviews as they become available. For more information you can check out a video from PC Perspective here, PC Perspective's excellent preview article and the Titan's regular Nvidia page (not the special launch page) here.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 04:03:26 Fri, January 18, 2013 - 2 Comments
If you are going from a job at AMD to a job at Nvidia and if the 'it' is over 100,000 proprietary AMD documents, then this saying is doubly true.
AMD has accused Robert Feldstein, Manoo Desai, and Nicolas Kociuk of copying over 100,000 documents onto external media during their last 6 months at the company. Those three men and Richard Hagen are also accused of attempting to lure additional AMD employees to Nvidia.
Not only are these men in for a legal raping of epic proportions, any executives at Nvidia who knew about (or read) these stolen douments without contacting AMD or the authorities could be next in line for the long spiked rape stick of the law.
You can read more at Arstechnica and Extremetech. The public complaint documents can be read here.
Finally something that is worth me getting off my beautifully sculpted ass to post!
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 04:13:48 Fri, October 05, 2012 - 0 Comments
Hail Satan! It is October which means it is time for free candy, mask wearing supernatural serial murderers and savings on video cards. XFX has slashed their prices on their HD 6870, HD 7950 and HD 7970 so make sure to put one of those in your candy bucket.
PowerColor HD 7750 1GB for $89.99 with FREE Shipping
Evga GTX 550 Ti 1GB for $99.99 after $15 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31
HIS iCooler HD 7770 1GB + Nexuiz for $104.99 after $15 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/8
Evga GTX 560 SC 1GB w/Adobe PS Elements 10 after $30.00 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31
XFX HD 6870 1GB for $148.98 after $30 MIR card & $3.99 shipping, exp. 10/15
XFX HD 7850 1GB w/Two Worlds II for $159.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/15
Sapphire HD 6950 2GB for $169.99 after $10 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/15
PowerColor HD 7870 2GB for $194.99 after $20 MIR check & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 570 1,280 MB for $229.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31
XFX HD 7950 3GB for $269.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/15
Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti 2GB for $279.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31
Galaxy GTX 670 2GB for $359.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 11/11
XFX HD 7970 3GB for $369.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/15
Galaxy GTX 680 2GB for $467.86 after $20 MIR card & $7.87 shipping, exp. 11/11
Gigabyte GTX 680 2GB for $467.86 after $20 MIR card & $7.87 shipping, exp. 10/31
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 04:54:11 Mon, September 17, 2012 - 3 Comments
I received some news on Saturday afternoon that has turned my personal life upside down. The news is pretty bad, but not horrible. I don't want to share too much, but I will say that no one has been harmed and there has been no damage to my domicile or vehicle. At this point I don't know when I will be able to continue the process of reviewing this video card.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 03:50:58 Fri, September 14, 2012 - 0 Comments
It is a brand new card and a brand new roundup. I have tossed out the core and memory offset columns in favor of adding a column for the maximum core boost speed. The second column (OC Core) is the core speed that the overclocker raises the GPU to and the OC Core Boost speed is the highest speed that the graphics card reached while running a game. The percentage in the %Core (Boost) increase column is the percent increase of the OC Core Boost above the default GPU speed of the GTX 660 (980).
Here is a taste of the chart. You can find the full chart on the next page.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 09:27:30 Thu, September 13, 2012 - 1 Comments
Now is the time when we can talk about the GTX 660 and the GTX 650. The GTX 660 is similar to the GTX 660 Ti, but it is lacking 384 CUDA cores, 22 texture units and it requires 10 Watts less. At a MSRP of $229 it is also $70 cheaper than the GTX 660 Ti.
The GTX 650 is a faster clocked GT 640 with GDDR5 RAM instead of GDDR3. The GTX 650 also has a 6-pin power connector that allows the card to overclock very well according to Nvidia.
About our GTX 660 Review:
Now you may be asking yourself if GPUReview will be posting a review of the GTX 660 and I am happy to say that we will! The review won't be posted today however, due to a shipping snafu that was actually my fault. While I was on vacation at the end of last week I was not checking my GPUReview email and I did not see the messages from Evga telling me that they were shipping me a Superclocked GTX 660 to my old address. I noticed the emails on Monday and sent a message to Evga to let them know that my address had changed and that I was going to try to recover the package from my old address. Luckily I live only 3 minutes away from old place, so after work I went to see if I could find my package. Due to my incredible luck, the package was still sitting there and I was able to claim it and take it home with me.
Since then, I've been working on the review each night and I expect to get most of it done this weekend. Right now I am considering delaying the review to next Wednesday so that I can include some Borderlands 2 benchmarks (Borderlands 2 comes out next Tuesday). No matter what I end up doing, you can expect some GTX 660 benchmarks from us sometime next week.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 09:07:59 Wed, September 12, 2012 - 0 Comments
Nvidia changed the launch date of the GTX 660 from today to a later date in an email that was sent on September 7th. I guess that the [H] didn't see that email, or they forgot. It's okay [H]ard|OCP, I forgive you. I just hope Nvidia will forgive you as well.
According to the [H] the Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II fits between the an overclocked HD 7850 and a HD 7870 in terms of power usage, but performs as well as an overclocked HD 7870.
You might be wondering if we will be reviewing the GTX 660, but you will have to keep on wondering, for now...
According to Kyle Bennet Editor in Chief of [H]ard|OCP, he was informed "last week that the date was today at 8am CST." He has that in writing. I guess we will have to wait and see if other outlets are posting their reviews today.
Kyle was "just informed that the embargo date on this (the GTX 660) has changed" so he removed his review article. At least 7 of his reader's (not including me) read the review as evidenced by the thread for the review. I told Kyle about the change at 9:30AM, he did not believe me, and then right after 11:00AM he took the review down. I could totally rub this in Kyle's face (even more than I already am) by gloating to him in a PM or posting in that thread, but I won't. I acutally saved several of the review's pages to my desktop just in case this happened, but I really don't want to piss off Nvidia or Kyle by posting them.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 02:19:33 Fri, September 07, 2012 - 0 Comments
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 09:39:58 Fri, August 17, 2012 - 3 Comments
This is one of the largest overclocking roundups that I've ever done for a single new graphics card. The memory on the GTX 660 Ti is a litte more overclockable than the memory on the GTX 670 , and the core overclocks almost as well as the GTX 670.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 03:13:46 Thu, August 16, 2012 - 1 Comments
The cards have been added to the card page, the first reviews are linked up, and the cards are available at Newegg right now. From what I've read so far it seems like it falls in line right between the HD 7950 and the HD 7970. The overclocking roundup for this new card will be coming soon.
Here is one of the best GTX 660 Tis that I've seen so far today:
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 01:55:20 Thu, August 09, 2012 - 0 Comments
Today there are 6 outstanding deals on AMD cards compared to only 3 deals on cards from Nvidia. Seems to me like big red has the competitive pricing crown for at least the first half of August.
MSI HD 6670 1GB for $44.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/17
XFX Core Edition HD 7770 1GB for $104.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15
Zotac GTX 560 1GB for $124.99 after $30 MIR check & FREE shipping, exp 8/31
XFX HD 6870 1GB for $144.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15
Sapphire HD 6950 2GB for $189.99 after $10 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15
Evga GTX 570 1,280MB for $239.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp 8/16
XFX HD 7870 2GB for $249.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15
MSI GTX 670 2GB for $374.99 after $25 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/31
Diamond HD 7970 3GB for $399.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 07:10:43 Sun, July 22, 2012 - 3 Comments
Galaxy launched their factory overclocked GT 640 GC 2GB card on July 19th and we have tested it in some of the latest PC games for you. Click on the link below to get all the details.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 01:41:43 Tue, July 10, 2012 - 0 Comments
There are good deals on the green and red side of the fence today! If you need the power of a HD 7850 then you need to buy the MSI model TODAY, before the Mail in Rebate card expires.
Gigabyte HD 6670 1GB for $56.97 after $20 MIR card & $6.98 shipping, exp. 7/31
Sapphire HD 6670 2GB for $61.97 after $15 MIR card & $6.98 shipping, exp. 7/15
Sapphire HD 7750 1GB for $94.98 after $10 MIR card & $4.99 shipping, exp. 7/15
XFX HD 6850 1GB for $119.99 after $15 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 7/15
MSI GTX 560 1GB w/NBA2K11 for $149.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 7/31
Evga GTX 560 1GB w/Adobe PS Elements 10 for $149.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 7/31
Zotac AMP! GTX 560 Ti for $187.55 after $30 MIR check & $7.56 shipping, exp. 7/31
MSI Twin Frozr HD 7850 2GB for $209.99 $30 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. TODAY!
HIS HD 7870 2GB w/DirtShowdown for $269.99 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 7/31
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 01:57:30 Fri, June 22, 2012 - 0 Comments
For a card that is already running with a memory speed 500Mhz higher than the HD 7970, these memory overclocks are huge! Check it out brah.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 01:27:58 Fri, June 22, 2012 - 4 Comments
AMD has released the details and reviews for their latest high-end video card. They're calling it the HD 7970 GHz Edition and according to the reviews I've read, it is actually faster than the GTX 680 at higher resolutions. The GHz Edition is built the same as the regular HD 7970, but it has been clocked to 1,000/6,000 instead of 925/5,500.
The manufacturers are being really slow at putting up their pages for this card as it seems like Club3D is the only one that is on the ball. I'll keep looking for the other manufacturer's pages of course. The overclocking roundup will be posted soon.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 12:28:47 Fri, June 08, 2012 - 1 Comments
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 04:45:34 Fri, June 01, 2012 - 2 Comments
According to Nvidia, the perceived shortage of GTX 680s on the market is not because they are not shipping enough of them, it's because people are buying them so quickly. At a meeting for investors Nvidia released a slide (without numbers on the y axis mind you) which shows that the GTX 680 has 60% higher sales than the GTX 580 did 6 weeks after there launches.
The slide in question has a few flaws in it. The GTX 680 and GTX 580 are mislabeled as the GT680 and GT580 and the grammar on the y axis is not worded well. When PC Perspective asked if "units sold out globally" actually means "units sold globally" they were told that that is correct.
At Newegg you can see that out of 17 models, only 4 are in stock, but what do you guys think?