Friday, October 19, 2018

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AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box
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AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box Review

Thin and light laptops are great! Carrying them around is super easy, they have a super-long battery life, and are more than powerful enough for most tasks. But when it comes to serious gaming a thin and light laptop just won't cut it. Most people have a nice Ultrabook and then when they get home they have a full-blown gaming PC. Well AORUS wants you to game on your Ultrabook and they have just the device to do so, their GTX 1080 Gaming Box. It is an external box that houses a desktop-class GeForce GTX 1080 and it connects to your PC with a single cable via Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C). So when you need to be on the go you have your thin and light laptop, but when you get home you just plug in 1 cable and you have the power of a desktop-class graphics card. Let's jump in and see what this gaming box is all about.

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Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Edition Graphics Card Review

NVIDIA introduced their "Pascal" GPU architecture all the way back in May 2016. Since that time NVIDIA has been practically unchallenged by AMD in the mainstream and performance segments until AMD's Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards were released recently. Most people I talked to said that the Vega 56 card was the real winner of the two. Its performance sat right between the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080 and gave buyers looking in that price / performance area an actual choice between two cards. At the same time the GeForce GTX 1070 had been out for quite a while, so the new Vega 56 did look more appealing to many gamers. So with the holiday season approaching NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, which will sit between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has 2432 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8.0 GHz (GDDR5-effective). Today we are checking out Zotac's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Edition, which features their IceStorm cooling solution, full metal backplate, RGB lighting, and more. Since NVIDIA has not allowed for any factory overclocks this card ships at the default base clock of 1607 MHz and boosts up to 1683 MHz. Let's get this card on the test bench and see what it can do!

AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G Graphics Card
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AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G Graphics Card Review

Back in March at GDC NVIDIA announced their GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. This card is packed with 3584 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR5X memory. Since then Gigabyte has released three AORUS GTX 1080 Ti models. The card we are taking a look at today sits in the middle of the three in terms of pricing, but actually has the same clocks as the top-end Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition 11G version. The card we are taking a look at today is the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G. It is default configuration the card features a base clock of 1607 MHz and GPU boost up to 1721 MHz with the memory at 11232 MHz. There is even an OC Mode that you can enable with the AORUS software which enables a base clock of 1632 MHz, GPU boost of 1746 MHz, and 11448 MHz memory! This card also features a pretty awesome cooling solution and RGB lighting on three different parts of the card. Is this the ultimate GeForce GTX 1080 Ti card? Read on as we find out!

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Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card Review

A little over a month ago NVIDIA announced both the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 graphics cards. These are designed for MOBA gamers and gamers who will only be gaming in 1080p resolutions. These cards effectively replace the older GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is the more powerful of the two card featuring 768 CUDA cores spread across 6 streaming multiprocessors, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 4GB of GDDR5 memory across a 128-bit wide memory interface. Today we will be taking a look at Zotac's OC Edition of the card which features a base clock of 1392 MHz and a GPU boost of 1506 MHz. This is compared to the GTX 1050 Ti's reference speeds of 1290 MHz core and 1392 MHz GPU boost.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB Graphics Card
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Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB Graphics Card Review

Today we will be taking a look at Gigabyte's Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB graphics card. Of course AMD's Radeon RX 480 8GB is targeted towards gamers who want to play games at 1080p (1920 x 1080) and 1440p (2560 x 1440) resolutions. The Radeon RX 480 is based off AMD's Polaris 10 14nm GPU with 2304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. The card directly competes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. Gigabyte's G1 Gaming version of the card is slightly overclocked with a boost clock up to 1290 MHz (compared to 1266 MHz), features Gigabyte's WindForce 2X cooling system which is made up of a dual-fan cooler with three copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU, and even has some RGB lighting. Could this be the RX 480 you are looking for? Let's take a look...

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB Graphics Card
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MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB Graphics Card Review

The mainstream segment of the graphics card market seems to be the most competitive currently. With AMD releasing their Radeon RX 480 at a price-point of $229 with performance of cards from the previous generation that cost upwards of $350. This prompted NVIDIA to released their GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card earlier than expected. Now with AMD releasing their RX 470, NVIDIA has a new GTX 1060, a 3GB model. This model now only cuts the VRAM in half, but also has an extra SM unit disabled. Off the bat NVIDIA allowed for add-in-card (all-in-card) AIC partners to release their custom cards for this new GTX 1060. Today we have one such card from MSI, which is their GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB. This card comes with a custom PCB with a nice factory overclock, MSI's TwinFrozr VI cooling solution, full back-plate, and RGB lighting options. The card comes in a $239, which gives it a $40 premium over the GTX 1060 3GB base MSRP. Let's jump in and see what this card is made of!

Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 OC Graphics Card
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Sapphire Nitro+ RX 470 OC Graphics Card Review

Sapphire's Nitro series has been around for a while and with the introduction of AMD's RX Series we now have the Nitro+ series. The Nitro+ series made its debut with RX 480 and now we have the RX 470 model. The RX 470 is of course a step down from AMD's current flagship RX 480 graphics card, but is based on the same Polaris 10 silicon. It features 2048 stream processors across 32 compute units, 128 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. Now the Nitro+ RX 470 OC Graphics Card is no reference card, it features a factory overclock of 1260 MHz boost, has Sapphire's custom DUAL-X cooling solution, black diamond chokes, RGB lighting and more. Let's throw this card on our test bench and see what it can do!

MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G Graphics Card
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MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review

AMD’s 300 series has been overlooked by a lot of people. Their Fury series really took all of the spotlight, but not everyone has that much money to spend on a graphics card. If you are an AMD fan the 300 series still does have a lot to offer. Today we will be taking a look at a R9 380 graphics card, which is more or less a rebranded R9 285. The card is based on the 28nm process and features 1792 stream processors, 32 ROPs, 112 TMUs. On the review block today is the MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G graphics card. MSI has given this card their “Gaming” treatment, which we are big fans of. So you have the Twin Frozr V cooling solution, a factory overclock, fans that turn off when you are not gaming, and of course the MSI Gaming styling on the card itself. Let’s take a look and see what this card is all about!

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!
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Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Graphics Card Review

Over the past couple of years Zotac has really distinguished themselves as a producer of high-end NVIDIA-based graphics cards. They offer some of the highest-clocked and best looking cards available. For those who did not jump on NVIDIA’s Titan X when it was first released now you have the choice of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which offers similar performance, will half the VRAM. Since the card has been out for a little while now we have seen many custom designs and today we will be taking a look at one such card from Zotac. On the test bench today is their GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! (ZT-90503-10P) graphics card. This card comes with a factory overclock of 1051 MHz base and 1140 MHz GPU Boost. On top of that this is one of the more sleek cards we have reviewed lately with its triple-fan carbon-fiber cooling solution and stylish backplate. Let’s see what this card is all about!

Sapphire Tri-X R9 390X Graphics Card
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Sapphire Tri-X R9 390X Graphics Card Review

Sapphire is AMD’s larger board partner so as expected that have a pretty nice selection of AMD’s 300 series graphics cards. Sitting at the top of the 300 series is the Radeon R9 390X. This is of course a rebrand of AMD’s previous R9 290X, but with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Also the rebrand has given AMD time to fine-tune the chip and add new features. This card is 100% DirectX 12 compliant and has AMD specific features like FreeSync, Super Virtual Resolution, and Eyefinity. Sapphire’s take on the card brings with it their Tri-X cooling solution that uses Intelligent Fan Control II technology that will turn the fans off when the GPU is not running hot and a massive 10mm heatpipe to keep things cool, 16K hours capacitors to lengthen the lifespan of the card, a dual BIOS, and the card is of course factory overclocked. Let’s jump in and see what this card can do!

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