Graphics Cards

Zotac GTS 250 AMP!

The G92 core has been around for a while now with Nvidia utilising the GPU in a number of different cards making sure to keep renaming though so as give the illusion of a new product altogether. The core has evolved from the 8800GT to the 9800GTX+ right up to the GTS 250. This latest card uses a 55nm process tapping into both the heat and power consumption reductions combined with decent overclocking scope. So, as Zotac are prone to doing, they took the original GTS 250, used their overclocking prowess and came up with a new revision – the GTS 250 AMP!The shader, core and memory clocks have all been increased to extract maximal performance and so with any luck we should have a card that can deliver a similar price vs. performance ratio as ATI's 4850 and 4870 offerings. Let's see what it can do.

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Sapphire Vapor X

Sapphire first introduced its graphics cards which implemented the Vapor-X coolers back in 2007 with its 3870 Atomic cards. The Vapor-X technology meant that graphics cards could be efficiently cooled and still remain silent using a liquid coolant which vaporised at the hot GPU’s IHS. Recently Sapphire has revitalised their Vapor-X video cards with the birth of the HD 4850 and 4870. Today we’ve kindly been given the 4850 to review, let’s see how it performs.

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HIS 4670 IceQ

Recently we've been reviewing some pretty high end graphics cards, and while it's all well and good checking out the £100 plus fair, the real money is made for the manufacturers in the budget, to mid range cards. So, if you're looking at the current generation of ATI's GPUs, and anything with 4 and 8 at the start of the name is too much for you, perhaps the 4670 from HIS is up your street; let's test it and find out.

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XFX 9800GT 512MB

Considering how long it took XSR to get it's first high end graphics card review, it's interesting that they are now one of our most oft-reviewed pieces of hardware. Not to be the exception to the rule is our recently acquired 9800GT from XFX. The smaller brother of the more well known GTX branding, the GT saw excellent sales during the 8 series for it's high end performance, with lower end price tag. Let's see if increasing the initial number by 1 makes much of a difference.

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HIS IceQ4 4850

While XSReviews has had the chance to check out GPUs from many different companies, one of the ones we haven't worked with much is HIS, but recently they've decided we're worthy of their attention. With that in mind they've sent us a HD 4850 with their special IceQ4 branding. Let's see how it compares to some of our recently reviewed GPUs from other manufacturers.

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XFX 9800GTX + Black

nVidia have recently decided to rename a lot of their 9 series cards with the GT1 series moniker. Fortunately, XFX sent us over a couple before this, so today I'm not testing a GT something or other, it's a 9800 GTX + Black Edition. Let's check it out.

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Sapphire HD 4830 512MB

With ATI continuing to dominate the top end graphics card market, they're releasing cards left right and centre, to get even a firmer grasp on the top end of the industry. Today I'm looking at their 4830 card, which promises some top performance with a reasonable price tag. Let's see how it does.

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Sapphire HD 4550 512MB

When it comes to GPUs, everyone always looks to the top end cards to judge the current performance available on the market. Really though, the majority of money is made in the mid and budget range cards as that's what everyone can afford. The main problem with these though, is often the performance doesn't allow the prospective gamer much head room for what games will be playable. Today we have the 4550 card from Sapphire which with 512MB, we're hoping will give reasonable gaming ability. Let's find out.

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Sapphire 4870 x2

Although practically every other review site has beaten us to it, it's still always a bit exciting to receive the world's most powerful graphics card at the time. We recently we had nVidia's top end offering, and this week Sapphire have been kind enough to let us take a look at theirs. This card is called the 4870 X2, and as the name implies it's 2 x 4870 GPUs on one card. It's absolutely monstrous, but does it perform as well as everyone's saying? Let's see if XSR concurs.

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Zotac 9400GT 512MB

Over the past few years, nVidia have become used to holding the performance crown firmly on their brow. With the recent introduction of ATI as the Queen Bee of the GPU world with their 4 series of cards, especially with the 4870 x2 taking the top performance award, nVidia have been playing catchup. With that said, the green camp have released a wide range of mid-range cards with very low price points, in an attempt to draw in the mid to budget range crowd. Today we have the 9400GT from Zotac, a company that's reputation has grown steadily over the last few years. Will this card stand up to our scrutiny? Lets find out.

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