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Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 OC Graphics Card

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 OC Graphics Card

We've taken a look at plenty of cards from the 6800 series range of Radeon's from AMD and whilst they have been from different manufacturers, we never really get excited unless they claim to offer something a bit extra. Otherwise we are just looking at another reference card with different branding on it.

Sometimes we may see a card that has a slight overclock when compared to a stock reference card. Other times we see a card that has a slightly tweaked cooler to give better efficiency with keeping temperatures down. On the very rare occasion we may see both together, and today our prayers were answered, as we are taking a look at a card that not only offers a pre-overclocked core and memory, but also gives a unique cooling design to assist in the extra heat that may be generated.

As with all of our graphics card reviews, even though the card is overclocked that doesn't mean we will leave it at that. We will see how the card compares to others on the market, but will then find out if there is any more juice to be squeezed out of it as well as taking a look if the cooling is just a fancy bit of bling or whether it really does do the card any justice.

HIS Radeon HD6850 IceQ-X Turbo

HIS Radeon HD6850 IceQ-X Turbo

HIS first introduced its IceQ coolers in 2003 to its Radeon 9800PRO series of video cards, eight years later HIS return with the IceQ X cooler, which thankfully performs much better than it looks. In this review the IceQ X cooler is strapped onto a HIS HD6850 Turbo 1GB video card which comes factory overclocked at 820MHz GPU and 1100MHz Memory. Increasing clocks on any video card requires above average cooling and HIS know that they have nothing to worry about, their IceQ cooler is up to the job. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the HIS HD6850 IceQ X Turbo and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case

Thermaltake decided to take another swing at it though, and hitting at a much better price point they have come out with the new Level 10 GT. This go around it can be had for about $270, yet it still provides you with many of the functions of the original Level 10. Hinged door panels, hot-swap hard drive bays and support for water-cooling are all offered in the GT. Sound like it might be the case for you? Stick tight and find out as we take a look at the case in detail today.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 fleX 1GB Graphics Card

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 fleX 1GB Graphics Card

Video Cards are an expensive part of the system building process and/or can be a large expense in the upgrade budget. With E3 2011 going on this weekend a lot of earth shattering titles are being shown and most computer enthusiasts want to be able to play the games in their full technological glory, including AMD’s immersive Eyefinity technology, however the largest part of the video card consumers will simply be ecstatic if they can even get the game to run on their machine.

This is where Sapphire comes in, they have done a wonderful job in catering to all different types of consumers in the graphic market segments, be it productivity, low to high range gaming enthusiasts or home user who would like to be able to dabble in both. There is no wonder with this type of commitment to all levels of consumers that they are indeed the worlds #1 manufacturer of ATI Radeon Graphics, they’ve proven time and time again they are willing not only to release standard editions of their cards like other ATI Radeon Manufacturers, but go above and beyond adding value and features like fleX technology that are unique to their brand.

Sapphire has done it again with its newest release to the Sapphire fleX family, making Eyefinity an easily affordable and hassle free solution with the Sapphire HD6770 fleX edition. Sapphire’s HD6770 fleX is based on the Juniper XT chipset and has been released at a price point that will make most consumers eyes nearly pop out of their sockets when they realize what performance they can achieve for such a low investment.

The Sapphire 6770 fleX compared to the 5770 fleX of old offers lower voltages and temperatures, and as we see the older 5000 series cards fade off into the distance, we see this card as a proud successor to the AMD line. The 6770 fleX offers new features such as AMD HD3D support with a HDMI 1.4a output port, OpenGL 4.1 support, Enhanced support for Internet browser applications and Microsoft office 2010, and AMD app acceleration, AMD App acceleration has proven itself to contend with its competitors by using the power of the AMD Radeon GPU to speed up everyday tasks when watching blu ray movies, web browsing, or streaming video and other HD content online, helping to ensure a smooth high quality experience in most of today’s important tasks.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6750 Video Card

Sapphire Radeon HD 6750 Video Card

Now, more people than ever can experience real innovation in DirectX® 11 gaming with AMD Radeon™ HD 6750 Graphics. Expand your visual real estate across up to five displays and get lost in the action with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology. Using AMD App Acceleration, speed up everyday applications and do more than ever with your PC. Loaded with advanced technologies, these GPUs have the power and premium features needed for fully immersive gameplay.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770

Continuing to ensure that Linux benchmarks on the latest AMD Radeon HD graphics processors are available, the kind people at Sapphire have sent over another Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card. After previously reviewing the Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 and Sapphire Radeon HD 6870, up now is the Sapphire Radeon HD 6770. The Radeon HD 6770 (and HD 6750) up until recently was just offered to OEM builders, but now Sapphire has begun selling various products with these graphics processors, which end up being re-branded Radeon HD 5770/5750 "Juniper" graphics processors.

HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X

HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X

HIS first introduced its IceQ coolers in 2003 to its Radeon 9800PRO series of video cards, eight years later HIS return with the IceQ X cooler, which thankfully performs much better than it looks. In this review the IceQ X cooler is strapped onto a HIS HD6870 Turbo X video card which comes factory overclocked at 975MHz GPU and 1150MHz Memory. Pushing clocks this far on a factory overclocked video card takes some guts, but HIS know that they have nothing to worry about, their IceQ cooler is up to the job. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

Zotac GTX 560 TI Amp! Edition

Zotac GTX 560 TI Amp! Edition

We’ve done the GTX 580, we’ve done the GTX 570, but what about the little old 560? Well today Zotac have sent over the GTX 560 TI Amp edition. Lets see how it performs when weighed up against its bigger brothers.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 OC

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 OC

GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 560 OC measures in at 221 millimetres in length (9.72 inches) including the fan shroud that extends past the PCB (PCB length 210mm). It's worth noting that this is the smallest of the three GTX 560 cards we've tested, which may be of interest to HTPC users. It requires a minimum of 500W or greater system power supply to keep it well fed. Cooling is provided by dual 100mm fans and a heatsink with four copper heat pipes and an aluminium fin array that allows for efficient heat transfer and dissipation from the NVIDIA GF114 core.

ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP

ASUS GTX 560 DirectCU II TOP

The cooling solution implemented with this ASUS GTX 560 is a more compact version than seen in the previously reviewed ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II. It features an aluminium base and triple heatpipe design to transfer the heat directly from the GPU with maximum efficiency, while the two 7.5cm PWM controlled fans push cool air over the main aluminium heatsink and connecting triple heatpipe array.

Radeon Gardenshed DRM + Gallium3D Benchmarks

Radeon Gardenshed DRM + Gallium3D Benchmarks

It has been about a month since we last delivered ATI/AMD Radeon Linux benchmarks comparing the performance of the open-source driver against the high-performance proprietary driver. Since that point there's been various improvements to the Mesa/Gallium3D driver and there's also been the merge of the latest Radeon DRM code for the next kernel, which will likely be called the Linux 3.0 kernel, but in the DRM pull request was referred to as Gardenshed. Here are these benchmarks on several different Radeon graphics cards.

Zotac GTX 580 Amp! Edition

Zotac GTX 580 Amp! Edition

While we might have been reviewing some high end AMD gear recently, the nVidia camp needs representing too. Fortunately Zotac have sent through one of their more powerful cards, the GTX 580 Amp! Edition. Let’s see how it stacks up in our benchmarks.

HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Turbo X Graphics Card

HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Turbo X Graphics Card

This past 12 months has seen a lot of new products for AMD in terms of processors, the Fusion platform and of course graphics cards. The HD 6870 has been a top seller for them since its initial launch and have kept a steady growth of sales even with higher end competitor cards being released. As with most graphics cards that are released, a reference design of sorts is used to show the performance and a custom design card follows on later down the line. The HD 6870 saw a massive boost in sales when custom coolers were strapped to the cards and with HIS branding their IceQ X fan and heatsink, it proves our point to the letter.
Being honest, eTeknix like HIS and what their products represent, and that's why you will always see HIS reviews plastered on this site. They are a company who believe in pushing the limits in terms of cooling and speed, which as we know, both go hand in hand. The faster a card gets, the more efficient cooling is needed, which is where HIS have developed the HD 6870 IceQ X Turbo with it's 975MHz core clock (900MHz standard) and 1150MHz memory clock (1050MHz standard) and funky blue cooler design.

AMD FirePro V7900

AMD FirePro V7900

Along with the mid-range AMD FirePro V5900 workstation graphics card, which was just reviewed here at Phoronix, this morning AMD is also announcing the FirePro V7900 as their newest high-end workstation graphics card. The FirePro V7900 is a big step-up from last year's FirePro V7800 and features the "Cayman Pro GL" graphics core. Here is our initial Linux tests of this new $999 USD graphics card.

AMD FirePro V5900

AMD FirePro V5900

This morning AMD is rolling out two new FirePro workstation graphics cards, the FirePro V5900 and FirePro V7900. At Phoronix we received both of these graphics cards last week and have information on these new Cayman-derived graphics cards along with the very first Linux benchmarks of this new hardware compared to previous-generation FirePro offerings. In this review, we are first looking at the mid-range AMD FirePro V5900.

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