With each new generation of GPUs comes a slew of reviews as writers and analysts around the world scramble to see what those few extra frames per second will look like; god damn we're nerds aren't we? Still, here we are once again taking a peak at the latest offerings from AMD, the 6 series. Due to a naming convention change ala nVidia, AMD have chosen to name this card the 6850, despite it really having 67xx performance; or at least that's what we're expecting. While this is a bit of a pain, in reality we know better. This is the new generation of 57xx cards, so what better to compare it to than it's last generation counterpart?
Zotac GTS 450
While the release of new ranges of GPUs is often a time for people to upgrade, its not just those buying the latest and greatest that are looking to switch up to a more powerful graphics card. For the majority of people, a new range of GPUs means a price reduction on the old ones, so its a great time to increase your FPS. Today we're looking at Zotac's GTS 450, a good rival for the ATI 5770? Let's see.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.