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I you need a powerful graphics card to play 3D games and in the same time a video card that can be used in a HTPC (Home Theater PC), Palit has perhaps the right product with this GeForce 9800 GT 1Gb. This graphics card is equiped with an exceptionally quiet dual slot active
cooler and is available for about $170.
GeForce 9800 GT specifications:
– GPU: G92b (65nm) / 600MHz / 754-million transistors
– Memory: 1Gb GDDR3 / 256-bit / 1.8GHz effective
– Shader Processors: 112
– Textures Units: 32
– ROPs: 16
– DirectX 10 / OpenGL 2.1 / PhysX
I took the time this morming to publish the test of HIS’s Radeon HD 4850 I started on month ago. I must say that Radeon HD 4850 shows high OpenGL performances and as always, vertex processing is incredibly fast (see surface deformer benchmark). At idle, GPU temperature is around 70°C while under load the temperature reaches 93°C (3-minute test with GPU Caps Viewer burner).
The full test is available here: HIS Radeon HD 4850 Graphics Card Review.
This Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo comes with an Arctic Cooling (Accelero) based cooling solution to keep temperatures down and graphics card quiet. Idle temperature is 45°C and loading temperature is 65°C. The card is available for around $150.-
Read the complete review here: Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo Review
Overall, a very lovely product which we can definitely recommend, the next best thing for you would be the GeForce 9800 GTX+ or Radeon HD 4850 which are slightly more expensive.
What to choose between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 1Gb? In a word, if you need antialiasing in high resolution, the Radeon HD 4870 1Gb is the right choice. if you don’t need AA, choose the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 because performances without AA are better. In the side of power consumption and noise, the GeForce has the advantage.
Hexus has publihed a test of HIS’s Radeon HD 4850 featuring the IceQ4 cooling system. This cooler keeps the temperature to 46°C at idle and around 58°C under load.
Read the complete review here: HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX – the best a man can get?
Sapphire’s Radeon HD 4870 Toxic edition features the Vapor-X heat pipe cooler based on Sapphire’s Vapor Chamber Technology. Vapor-X makes it possible a cool 43°C at idle and a 65°C under load. This Radeon HD 4870 is powered by the RV770 GPU (with 800 shaders processors), has 512Mb of GDDR5 graphics memory with a 256-bit interface and has some overclocked frequencies (memory: 1000MHz, GPU: 780MHz).
In conclusion, my final recommendation on the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic graphics card is very good but at the moment it’s nearly impossible to procure. On its own accord the 4870 Toxic would occasionally reach the level of performance seen from the GeForce GTX 260, but never completely dominate over it.
The guys at Rage3D have spent a lot of time to test the Radeon HD 4870 X2 with around 16 different games. The 4870 X2 is based on the the R700 GPU (actually two RV770). And their conclusion is clear: the Radeon HD 4870 X2 is the fastest card at this point in time. They also recommend, if you have the choice, to buy a Radeon HD 4870 X2 than two Radeon HD 4870 in Crossfire. And last point, an important advice is to have a fast, very fast CPU in order to fill the 4870X2’s command buffer (read send enough graphics data to the card).
Good things come in pairs
Read the complete test here: Radeon HD 4870 X2 Review.
This Radeon HD 4870 (RV770 GPU) with 1Gb GDDR5 of graphics memory can be seen as the answer to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 (see here and here). And from the tests, the Radeon HD 4870 1Gb is a little faster than a regular GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 but has to compete fiercely with the pre-overcloked versions of the GTX 260 Core 216 (like BFG and eVGA).
EVGA’s GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is the new version of the GeForce GTX 260. This version adds 24 shader processors to the existing 192 (192+24=216).
The Geforce GTX 260 core 216 is in fact a GeForce GTX 280, with a small chunk of memory missing, and one shader cluster with 24 shader cores disabled. Other then that, there is just no difference whatsoever.
So in general the Core 216 edition cards offer a small small step in performance over the regular GTX 260 products, but the faster clocked Core 216 products, darn it, that’s where value starts kicking in for sure.
Read the complete review here: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked review.
More news about GTX 260: GeForce GTX 260 @ Geeks3D
The new GeForce GTX 260 with 216 cores or shader processors is available and reviews about this card popup around the web. The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 has the same specifications than the normal GTX 260 but differs in number of shader processors and texture units.
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Specifications:
– GPU: GT200 – Codename: G200-103-A2 – 65nm
– Shader Processors (cores): 216
– Texture Units: 72 (64 for GTX 260)
– ROPs: 28 (28 for GTX 260)
– GPU Clock: 576MHz
– Shader Clock: 1242MHz
– Memory: 896Mb GDDR3 / 448-bit / 999MHz
– DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1
With 320 stream processors, 32 ROPs, 32 texture units, a RV730 GPU, DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.1 support and a price under USD 80.-, the ATI Radeon HD 4670 seems to be the new mainstream graphics card. The Radeon HD 4670 has a serious amount of horsepower for a minimal investment, which makes this card a great choice for many types of users, including casual gamers, gamers on a budget, or HTPC aficionados that also do some gaming on their systems.
Read the complete review here: ATI Radeon HD 4670, Redefining The Mainstream
Want a bunch of GeForce 9800 GT reviewed in the same time? Hardware Canucks did it!
The 9800 era is finally fully upon us with the release of the 9800 GT. Since this card was silently launched some time ago, we figured we would give you a good old-fashioned roundup to put it into perspective for you. We amassed a collection of cards from the likes of EVGA, ASUS, Gigabyte and Palit and put them through their paces.
Read the complete review here: GeForce 9800 GT Video Card Roundup (EVGA, Gigabyte, ASUS and Palit)
The new GeForce 9400 GT has been reviewed at PCGH. Here are the GeForce 9400 GT specifications:
– GPU: G96(b)
– Fabrication Process: 55nm
– Stream Processors: 16
– Texture Units: 8
– Memory: 512Mb DDR2 / 128-bit
– GPU clock: 550MHz
– Memory clock: 400MHz
– Shader clock: 1350MHz
– DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1
The GeForce 9400 GT is the NVIDIA’s new entry level graphics card so don’t except to much performance. The following chart shows OpenGL performance in Prey game:
Read the complete review here. Geforce 9400 GT reviewed @ PCGH
The Geforce 9400 GT clearly accepts the inheritance of the Geforce 8 cards 8400 GS and 8500 GT. The result is a very interesting graphics card that is cheap in acquisition and sufficient for some gaming. CUDA compatibility, good HD video acceleration and passive cooling predestine this card for HTPCs.
Phoronix has tested VisionTek’s Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB under Ubuntu 8.04.1 32-bit with the Linux 2.6.24 kernel and the latest ATI Catalyst 8.8. Catalyst 8.8 for Linux supports CrossFire, OverDrive overclocking, adaptive anti-aliasing, and other improvements. The benchmark suite used by Phoronix includes OpenGL titles like Doom 3, Quake 4, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and the Phoronix Test Suite.
The conclusion of this test is the Radeon HD 4870 X2 isn’t quite as far as two Radeon HD 4870 512MB graphics cards linked together via CrossFire, but it’s darn close.
Read the complete test here: VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB.
Technology doesn’t play favorites, and when it reaches an apex there is an indifference towards who develops it. ATI has learned this lesson the hard way, having watched from the sidelines for so long that most have forgotten that AMD could be a leader in technology. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 is the latest evolution in graphics cards, and ATI has delivered something bigger than we’ve ever seen before. Benchmark Reviews is fortunate to test the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Dual-RV770 GPU video card 100251SR against a collection of todays hottest video cards available.
Read the complete review here: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Video Card 100251SR @ Benchmark Reviews
Guru3D has published a review on BFG’s GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT in their OCX version. OCX means OverClocking eXtreme. Both cards have the ZeroTHERM cooling solution.
BFG 960 GT OXC:
– GPU: G94
– shader processors: 64
– core clock: 725MHz (ref=650MHz)
– shader clock: 1850MHz (ref=1625MHz)
– memory clock: 972MHz (ref=900MHz)
– memory: 512Mb GDDR3 / 256-bit
– DirectX 10 / OpenGL 2.1
BFG 8800 GT OXC:
– GPU: G92
– shader processors: 112
– core clock: 700MHz (ref=600MHz)
– shader clock: 1728MHz (ref=1512MHz)
– memory clock: 1000MHz (ref=900MHz)
– memory: 512Mb / 256-bit
– DirectX 10 / OpenGL 2.1
Read the complete review here: BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX and 8800 GT OCX review.
The OCX cards tested today both qualify as cards among the best we have ever tested. Though it would have been nicer to see a black PCB or something special, everything else is just top notch. Excellent thermal design, low temperatures while retaining a low noise level.
Not everyone can afford the bleeding edge of graphics hardware, and not everyone needs it. NVIDIA has already made headlines with their high-end GeForce GTX 280 video card, which offers high performance at a premium price. Most enthusiasts have seen so much coverage for the high-level graphic products that it might feel like nothing exists for the lower consumer segment. Benchmark Reviews hasn’t forgotten about the entry-level enthusiast, which is why we test the Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT 256MB PCI Express video card 9500GT-256FR3 against the bigger names in this review.
Read the complete review here: Foxconn GeForce 9500 GT G96 Video Card Review