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ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum

Today we take a look at the ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum, and see how it stacks up against its direct competition. Keep reading to see who wins this epic battle! Introduction – Asus Matrix GTX 580 Platinum Welcome to the first half of our 580 Faceoff. There are many high-performance graphics cards out there, and the NVIDIA GTX 580 is one of the best. Many manufacturers have made their own versions of the GTX 580, so how do we know which...

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Gigabyte GTX 780 Windforce OC

Gigabyte GTX 780 Windforce OC When thinking graphics so many times names jump into out minds like EVGA, ASUS and whatnot but many times when you think about Gigabyte, graphics cards simply don’t jump to the forefront. Gigabyte is best known for their extensive motherboard offering while for some reason their graphics offerings have not always gotten all of the credit I think they deserve. The reason I say this as I have seen most of...

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Sapphire 5770 Vapor X

  Many users would love their products to run cooler than stock so they pick up an aftermarket cooler, well now Sapphire has a product just for you, the 5770 Vapor X. The card includes an aftermarket cooler so you can really kick up the clocks.   Introduction Many of us are always doing whatever we can to get that last MHz out of our equipment. This includes going out and buying an aftermarket cooler to allow us to increase the...

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ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II

ASUS has its own way of putting a special spin on its GPU offerings through special overclock models along with DirectCU II cooling solutions which always tend to deliver something special. Today we have an ASUS GeForce GTX 660 on the test bench to see exactly how this bang for the buck card will perform. Introduction – ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II The ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II edition is a reference clocked GPU with a single...

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CES 2009

This year I attended the CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now, unfortunately, with confusion and really not knowing what to do and how to go about it, it kept me from actually visiting the booths inside the Las Vegas Convention Center itself. This was my very first CES so, as always, there’s bound to be some problems. But I did get a chance to meet up with some companies that had displays throughout the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. These...

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DFI Lanparty LT X48 T3RS

  With the introduction of Intels X48 chipset, overclocking records previously set on the X38 have been shattered. DFI has long been known as one of the top motherboard makers, if not the best one. With DFI’s good record, and the best Intel chipset currently on sale, you cant go wrong.   INTRODUCTION When the X48 chipset came around we all questioned if it would be able to surpass the already supreme X38 chipset. Those doubts...

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ASUS EN8800GTX AquaTank

With the increased power of the GeForce 8800GTX comes an increases need for good cooling. ASUS has combined an overclocked ASUS 8800GTX card with a Thermaltake Tide Water cooling device to create a very special video card. INTRODUCTION With the increased power of the GeForce 8800GTX graphics processor comes an increases need for good cooling. A GeForce 8800GTX video card with stock cooling can reach temperatures around 80C at full load,...

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Silverstone SUGO SG05

The Silverstone SUGO SG05 is a small SFF-case that offers the possibility to combine a small form factor with regular performance components. INTRODUCTION We’ve recently have tested a few really big computer cases like the Ikonik Ra x10 and the In Win X-Fighter. These cases are perfect for when you want to put it tons of components in it. The downside to these cases are they take up a lot of space. You definitely won’t put them...

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Noctua NH-U12P SE (1366)

The Noctua NH-U12P SE is a socket 1366 CPU cooler redesigned for Core i7 CPU’s. See how the Noctua NH-U12P compares to the TRUE 120 when both coolers use the same fan. INTRODUCTION There comes a time in every reviewers life when they get swamped, it’s just part of the process. Recently we got 4 CPU coolers that came in on the same truck. Quite the surprise to say the least. We saved the best for last, the Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366. A...

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ASUS GTX680 Direct CU II TOP

ASUS has been one of Nvidia’s premier partners for a while, and for good reason. ASUS always has a special way of supercharging its GPU offerings and what we have here today is no different. The GTX680 DirectCU II will plant you in your seat as it jumps out of the gate. Now let’s look at what this card has to offer.   Introduction – ASUS GeForce GTX680 DirectCU II TOP The ASUS way of handling GPU’s is quite unique....

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Zotac RTX 2070 Mini – Zotac Puts RTX 2070 on an Even Smaller Form Factor and Smaller Price!

Zotac Shaved a Little Off The Already Dainty RTX 2070. One of the first aftermarket partner model 2070’s has rolled in. It is from our friends at Zotac, the RTX 2070 Mini. This model does not appear to be a Overclock model on the surface and might even be a non A GPU due to its less diminutive price point. Zotac have made a name for themselves not just with mini cards but some pretty badass cards across the board, all while being a...

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The King is Dead, Long Live the King! – Ryzen 3900X & Ryzen 3700X Review

A New King Has Ryzen! A New King Has Ryzen! The wait for Zen 2 is over and Ryzen 3000 is here! I know I’m kinda spoiling the result by announcing the new king is here, but I don’t think anyone will be surprised with the results we will see today. AMD announced the new Ryzen 3000 series including the two CPUs we have today, the Ryzen 9 3900X and the Ryzen 7 3700X. A short while ago and when AMD demo’d the new Zen 2 based CPU...

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Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme

The Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme performed extremely well on all levels. It overclocks easy enough for the novice overclocker and it has enough left for a world class overclocker. INTRODUCTION When I heard that I was going to be getting the Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme I was extremely excited. It’s been quite a long time now since I’ve gotten my hands on a motherboard designed specifically for overclocking. The last one was from DFI, back when their...

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Sparkle Calibre 8800GTX P880+OC

With the Sparkle Calibre 8800GTX P880+OC, Sparkle and MACS have combined to create the ultimate GeForce 8800GTX card. The card comes with a TEC-unit which manages to cool the card down considerably compared to regular 8800GTX cards. INTRODUCTION It is an understatement that we at Bjorn3d like the GeForce 8800 from NVIDIA. So far we have reviewed 9 different GeForce 8800 cards and they all have scored very well. I myself tested the Sparkle 8800...

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MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X Review – an Even Lower Cost Turing Option

MSI Introduces the Newest in Turing at $249.99 MSI has put into our hands today the new Turing powered GTX 1660 Gaming X. This is, of course, a continuation of the non-RTX enabled parts like you had seen recently in the other models listed below. The thing is this one is yet another incremental step down from the 1660 Ti. This means it has a few less SM’s and also a complete change up for the memory. This card utilizes GDDR5 vs GDDR6...

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Antec VCool Review–A Hassle-free Way to Cool the Video Card

Antec VCool provides a simple solution to those who want to keep their video card cool but do not want to mess with the existing HSF. It uses two expansion slots next to the video card and blows cool air to the video card. How does this cooler performs? Can it help to keep the system cool while keep the noise level down? Check out our review and see if this is a good option for you. Introduction While the processor is getting cooler, the...

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Gigabyte 4890 OC (GV-R489OC-1GD)

The Gigabyte 4890 OC features 1GB of DDR5, a non-reference cooler that should drive down those blistering GPU temperatures. Extra cooling does that equal more overclockability? INTRODUCTION When ATI delivered the 4890 video card they increased the clock speed to a blistering 850MHz. With that increase in clock speed came more heat but little was done to improve the stock reference cooler they used. The cooler was really close to the cooler...

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Evercool Transformer 3

For $30, does the Evercool Transformer 3 beat the heat from the CPU? Introduction With the heat generated by CPUs of the last few generations, cooling them has become a major concern for many end users, especially the enthusiasts and gamers. With a penchant for overclocking, these are the consumers most likely to toast a chip. The solution? After market cooling. While liquid cooling is more efficient, air cooling systems are far more...

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Thermal Paste Round Up

With all the thermal paste solutions out there, exactly who is the best? Step on inside the Dragon Lair and let’s find out. IN THE BEGINNING We as computer users, are always on the search for the best thermal paste we can find. The use of good thermal paste has become just as important as the heat sinks and or cooling devices we use to help keep the temperatures of our CPU’s cool. Ever more so, we need to rely on our thermal...

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GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7

The P67A-UD7 is GIGABYTE’s flagship motherboard, running the P67 Express Chipset with 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX support, and plenty of overclocking potential. Introduction – GIGABYTE P67A-UD7 Overview With users that stay up to date with latest computer hardware, and are continously looking into getting the most out of their systems, this new year brought goodies that many will drool over. Whether these users are Gamers, 3D Modelers...

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MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition

MSI pushes ahead with its newest addition built upon the recently released 660 Ti chipset and its Twin Frozr IV cooler design to make one awesome card that could possibly top them all. Let’s take a look and see if it has what it takes. Introduction – MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition MSI builds both Nvidia and AMD cards, as you have seen with our recent HD 7870 HAWK Edition review. Since they occupy roughly the same market space,...

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Zotac GTX680 AMP Edition Graphics Card

ZOTAC AMP edition is something that just recently with the 660 Ti we found to be a seriously ferocious competitor. AMP edition cards are built for all out speed and coming with highly capable performance oriented coolers we expect great things from them. Today looking at the 680 AMP edition we expect no different. Introduction – ZOTAC GTX680 AMP Edition   ZOTAC has always been one to do things a bit different whether we’re...

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ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP

ASUS has a wide range of products, from hardware to routers and audio solutions. Today though, we’re taking a look at one of ASUS’ premier products: the ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP edition card. Keep reading what this beast of a card has to offer!   Introduction – ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP   The ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP edition is basically a very beefed up version of the HD 7970, similar to the review we...

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB Video Card

Looks like GIGABYTE has really upped the game on the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Check out how they have an edge over their competition with extra features other cards do not offer. Introduction As you might have heard, Nvidia just released their latest Kepler graphics card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Performance wise, this video card fall right in between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 and the GTX 660. We took a detailed overview look at...

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Sapphire HD4870 Toxic

The Sapphire Toxic HD4870 is looking to resolve these 2 issues by utilizing their own Vapor-X cooler as well as throwing in a little over clock just for good measure. INTRODUCTION With the standard ATi HD4870 being such a huge hit amongst high-end gaming enthusiasts, I’ve been really looking forward to reviewing Sapphire’s Toxic version of the card for my first video card review for Bjorn3D. Even though the standard version has had great...

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GIGABYTE GTX 480 SOC: Faster Than The GTX 580?

Could the GIGABYTE GTX 480 be faster than even the new Nvidia 500 series? We’ll take a look at that in this review. Introduction It has been a while since we have reviewed a GTX 480 video card, and with the newly released GF114 GTX 580 GPUs, Nvidia announced that their older GTX 480 (GF100 GPUs) have been discontinued from production. Interestingly, in November 2010, GIGABYTE still announced their highly anticipated GTX 480 Super...

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MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming

MSI Radeon R9-290X Gaming We have seen many MSI custom PCB or fully custom PCB or even just custom cooled cards and they always impress with some very nice temps along with looking pretty awesome as well. The gaming series carries the Red/Black theme with a custom Twin Frozr model cooler and offers usually a nice overclock with some really good gaming performance to offer some amazing framerates for the end-user. The card we have today needs...

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MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G – New Maxwell Price/Performance Beast?

MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G MSI was right on the ball with the new Maxwell offerings well with the 970 actually. MSI has always been pretty quick to get their own cards out but this time around they were the first to get me a custom model card for a new GPU launch which is very cool as it shows they are being very proactive on getting their cards into hands for not only testing but purchase even faster which of course means more available...

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MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II Graphics Card

The GTX550 Ti is an ideal contender for mid-range gaming systems. With quality and performance, this card would be a great choice for mainstream users who still want a capable graphics card. Introduction Recently Nvidia released their GTX550 Ti graphics cards to add to the 500 series of cards. This new card is meant to be the replacement for the GTS450 with a price point around $135, however since this is a factory overclocked card with an...

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Koolance HD4870X2 Full Water Block

The HD4870X2 is well known for its shear raw power, but also for it’s high temperatures. Koolance has came up with a solution for the heating problems we are facing with the HD4870X2 video card. Lets take a look at the VID-487X2 water block. INTRODUCTION The ATI Radeon HD4870X2 video card has become more and more popular among end users and enthusists alike because of its raw power and its ability to render games with phenominal speed....

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Intel’s X79 Chipset, Core i7 3960X & DX79SI Motherboard

With the latest X79 chipset and Intel’s latest Core i7 3960X 6-Core Extreme processor running on the SandyBridge-E architecture, you’ll be zipping through processing times in no time! Intel’s new X79 Chipset It’s been some months since Intel has introduced a new chip into the market. The launch of Sandy Bridge this January introduced the first new architecture since Nehalem was introduced in 2008. Sandy Bridge was also...

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HIS HD 4850 IceQ4 1 GB

  Once again the installed RAM on graphics cards has increased. Will this increase come with higher frames or broken dreams? HIS steps up to the plate with their offering on a HD 4850 1GB.   Introduction We have come a long way from the major change of high end graphics RAM size that took place near the end of the Nvidia 7 and ATI X1900 series like spans. This change is happening again, only this time it’s not 256 MB to 512 MB,...

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ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II Graphics Card Review

ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card After the GTX 760 card launched we were quite surprised as to the power on tap, and were more excited to see what exactly can be done when put in the capable hands of some of the board partners. ASUS stepped up with a custom version of the GTX 760 with a very capable looking cooler and even a neat implementation of a single 8 pin to replace the normal dual 6 pin of the GTX 760 model. Let’s dig in...

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Sapphire R9-290X Tri-X “Sapphire Takes a Shot at Cooling the Monster”

Sapphire Radeon R9-290X Tri-X When AMD launched the new Hawaii based GPU in the R9-290X it was to huge fan fare but it was not long until many enthusiasts and media alike called foul on the simple fact that the card would ramp up to 94C and sit there while throttling quite alot to maintain the astronomical 94C temp target. Well Enthusiasts have certain requirements when it comes to top end GPUs and one is performance and the other has to due...

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NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Gaming Chassis

If you’re looking for a chassis that already comes with a built in fan controller, internal LEDs, excellent cooling potential, great cable management and even the possibility to run extreme gaming configurations, you should check out the NZXT Phantom 820. Introduction Many believe that computer chassis are only for looks, and that they do not affect the performance of a system. In most cases this is true, as long as the system built does...

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MSI HD7850 Power Edition Video Card

Just after thinking we might have seen the most well-rounded AMD graphics card from our vendors, we came to check out the MSI R7850 Power Edition 2GB factory overclocked graphics card. This card has completely blown us away with its quiet operation, low temperatures, and great performance for its class. Read on to find out how MSI achieved all of this! Introduction We recently covered the launch of Nvidia’s latest mid-range budget...

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce OC

GIGABYTE has made a name for themselves with very overclockable motherboards and their extremely highly clockable “Super overclock” graphics card offerings. Coming from this same brand, we have their overclock offering for the GTX 660 Ti. Introduction – GIGABYTE GTX 660 Ti Windforce OC GIGABYTE has a long list of performance offerings ranging from the entry level business system products all the way up to insanely...

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Zalman Booth @ Computex 2010

Zalman had some impressive new products to show off at Computex 2010 this year, including their new 3D Monitor, Laptop Cooler with external HDD enclosure, their new VGA cooler for ATI and nVidia based cards and a low-profile CPU cooler for HTPC systems. Zalman @ Computex 2010 This year at Computex 2010, Zalman had some interesting new products to show off, as well as promote their older products with some improvements. In this article we will...

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ASUS EAH5850 TOP

The Asus EAH5850 TOP is a great higher end card geared for people who like cool and quiet and yet love to over clock and push their hardware to the max if youÂ’re one of those people this card is 100% for you. Introduction With ATI’s great lineup of 5xxx GPUs, companies like Asus have decided to release a 2nd wave of cards featuring improved cooling, voltage options and much more. These added features make the already great line of 5xxx...

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Gskill PI Blue 2200MHz memory

Gskill has brought to us another set of memory that comes with a memory fan cooler to help keep the memory cool during our overclocking endeavors introduction We all know memory is one of the most important components of our computers today. We also know that having too little of memory can raise complete and total havoc on our current OS’s, especially when we are trying to load large applications like editing large movie files. DDR3...

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