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AMD FX-8350 powering GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI at 2560x1440 Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:05 Tweaktown has compared AMD's 8350 versus Intel's 4930K with 780 and 980 SLI. So, the AMD setup is $319 and the Intel setup is $1052 - this makes the Intel setup 329% more expensive. Yes, over 300% more expensive. For 300% more cost, we're not getting more than around 10-20% more performance. This is where you really have to think about the money you're spending. Sure, you might not have gone for two GeForce GTX 980s in SLI, and opted for the Intel processor, spending an additional $600+ on the Intel setup. But why? Read more at This sort of sums up why I'm using FX 6300s at Game Republik until I have reason to spend cash elsewhere.
AMD GPU 14 Livestream Information Page Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:38 We will update this page with articles, links, photos, and anything else interesting related to AMD's GPU 14 livestream of their new R7 and R9 Radeons as well as TrueAudio, and the Mantle API. AMD GPU 14 Livestream Coverage AMDZone
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GPU 14 Product Showcase Coverage Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:16 And at 2:59 Central time we start the GPU 14 livestream from AMD out in Hawaii!      This is not a launch day, but a look at what is to come in the weeks ahead for AMD's R9 and R7 GPU 14 line up live from Hawaii.  
CoolerMaster CM Spawn Saturday, 22 January 2011 18:13   Earlier this year we took a look at CoolerMaster's Inferno MMORPG mouse and now we're looking at CoolerMaster's new product, Spawn, geared towards first-person shooters.

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More Radeon 3800 Reviews

AnandTech reviews the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850. In their setup, two 3850s in CrossFire were able to equal the performance of a single NVIDIA 8800GTX in Unreal Tournament 3 and Oblivion, but many other games either did not work properly with CrossFire or suffered from a performance decrease. Both of these problems should be fixed with driver updates.

Legit Reviews has a pair of Radeon HD 3850s they test. The card recieves their Value Award. The bottom line: "The ATI Radeon HD 3800 series fills the $150 to $250 price gap and offers better performance per watt than the previous generation Radeon HD 2XXX series."

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Gladiator Trident PCP6000 PC Review

PC Pro has reviewed the Gladiator Trident PCP6000. This is a desktop based on the Athlon 64 X2 6000+.

The core components are equally set to confound expectations. Gladiator has settled on an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processor. This runs at an impressive 3GHz, although it isn't as fast as similarly clocked Intel Core 2 Duo chips: our application benchmarks produced a final result of 1.22, where a 3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo would probably score around 1.60. Still, 1.22 is a respectable score in a budget system, and it's helped along by 4GB of RAM. Interestingly, Gladiator pre-installs a 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium. This makes full use of the 4GB of RAM (the 32-bit version would only see 3GB), but if you do opt for the 64-bit version of Vista, make sure peripherals are compatible.

Radeon HD 3870/3850 Reviews

Tweaktown has posted their in-depth review of the Radeon HD 3870 from ASUS. Their conclusion? They gave the card a 91/100 rating overall and said "It's a good performing graphics card with a lot of great features! Give it a few driver updates and we should have a fantastic performing product with those same great features." The card also recieved the TweakTown Best Features award.

Hardware Canucks reviews the HD 3870 from HIS. They gave the card a 4/5 rating and the Dam Good Value award. In the review, they overclock the card from 777MHz core/2252MHz RAM to an astounding 860MHz core/2748MHz RAM! Wow. The overclocked card beat the 8800GT in many benchmarks and was even right on the tail of the 8800GTX in some games. They were also able (after many hours of tweaking) to get two cards to work in crossfire. Once better drivers are released, two 3870s in crossfire should easily be able to surpass even the 8800GTX.

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EVGA GeForce 8800 GT Superclocked Edition Review

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Jeff Tom Date: 11/14/07 Manufacturer: EVGA Product: Superclocked GeForce 8800 GT

 

At the end of last month Nvidia released one of their best video cards in sometime with the first 65nm revision of the GeForce 8 series of cards we've seen yet, the GeForce 8800 GT which not only bested the GTS but also came close several times to the GeForce 8800 GTX. As always with Nvidia cards the vendors have released numerous overclocked and tricked out editions of the card, and today we have one of these to look at, EVGA's GeForce 8800 GT Superclocked Edition.

The GeForce 8800 GT addresses several of the major problems with the higher-end GeForce 8800 series products. The majority of these addressed due to a shrink in the GPU core from 90nm to 65nm manufacturing process which solves the major issues of heat and power draw. The card isn't exactly cool running when maxed out however the dual slot solution has been replaced by a single slot cooling solution, freeing up any expansion slots the 8800 GTX and GTS took and letting up on the massive girth of the previous cards. The length has also been shortened just a hair shorter than the GeForce 8800 GTS. Power draw has also been reduced significantly coming in at levels about 60 watts lower than a GeForce 8800 GTX at full load.

All GeForce 8800 GTs currently at launch are basically the same reference design so there is no change there however the clocks are different depending on the card manufacturer's model. The 8800 GT features 112 stream processors, 16 less than a GTX but 16 more than an 8800 GTS. The stock clock speed is 600MHz for the GPU core and 1.8GHz for the memory clockspeed with a 256-bit bus and at present only 512MB versions though 256MB versions are expected in the future. This Superclocked 8800 GT from EVGA ratches things up slightly at 650MHz for the GPU core and 1.9GHz for the 512MB of memory. The only other thing which is different is the label on the front.

For customer service EVGA offers some nice features of a lifetime warranty, step-up programm, and direct RMA service to bypass the store you bought it from as they boast when you open the box. The bundle includes the full version of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars which is an excellent free game in addition to the hardware bundle of DVI-to-VGA adapters, HDTV dongle, S-Video cable, and a PCI-Express-to-Molex power adapter.
 

Now let's move onto the test system.

Windows XP SP2 Professional was our test system which we ran with the Nvidia 169.06 drivers.

Mother Board Asus Crosshair
CPU AMD Athlon X2 5000+
Memory Corsair XMS Dominator 2GB
Hard Drive Western Digital Raptor
Case Tsunami Thermaltake
Display Samsung 20" LCD Westinghouse W4207

 

 

We start things off with Crysis' CPU benchmark included with the game and we see immediately the potential of the GeForce 8800 GT, as the EVGA Superclocked comes in at 1fps less at 1280x1024 and 1fps less at 1600x1200. An amazing feat for a much less expensive and power hungry card.

 

The Crysis GPU benchmark shows similar results though the 8800GT does perform a few frames per second worse it's hardly a significant difference. The 8800 GTS isn't bad but it can't keep up.

 

 

With Epic's brand new Unreal Tournament 3 we see very similar results from Crysis' numbers with the 8800 GT quite close to the GeForce 8800 GTX and bringing in very high numbers even at 1600x1200 with AA maxed.

 

The EVGA Superclocked card brings in a few more fps than the XFX run at standard clock but not an great difference between the two in Hellgate: London.

 

3DMark 2006 synthetic benchmark but a visually stunning one. What surprises is that even with this brand new games and this high-end benchmark, the performance seems to maintain its self, besting the GTS and nearly matching the GTX with everything we throw at it.

Nvidia have come back strong after almost a year of dormancy in the high-end market with nothing but the overpriced GeForce 8800 GTX Ultra since then, they now with the GeForce 8800 GT have a card which addresses all the issues of the high-end 8800 cards and also comes in at a very attractive price. Although it is much more the $199-$249 they were claming at first, hopefully we will see the price drop before the year is out.

As far as EVGA they provide excellent customer service and also a great software bundle. Nothing really to complain about here but there isn't the almost all the 8800 GT video cards. The only real problem is of course availability which is basically zero at this point. Hopefully that will change as well.

Score: 98%

 

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