February 15th, 2013

AMD Clarifies 2013 Graphics Strategy: New Cards, Same Architecture, Some Surprises

AMD has confirmed that new cards will be released this year and HD 7000-series parts as their plans for 2013 were clarified.  There has been a lot of talk lately about AMD’s official GPU strategy for 2013 and how it flew in the fact of numerous rumors.  Instead of releasing a desktop graphics architecture that [...]

January 21st, 2013

HIS HD 7970 IceQ X² & HD 7950 IceQ X² Review

HIS’s IceQ X² heatsink design is billed as one of the best around and it has now been paired up with AMD’s HD 7970 GHz Edition and HD 7950 Boost.  They’ve done this without adding a huge premium onto these cards which results in an excellent price / performance ratio, particularly when overclocking is involved.

January 15th, 2013

PowerColor Launches PowerUp Tuner, A Custom Overclocking Tool for GPUs

PowerUp Tuner looks to fit the needs of overclockers and gamers by offering complete control over a graphics card’s clock speeds and voltage. After spending the last few years watching the competition introduce overclocking software, PowerColor is now trying their hand at designing a solution of their own.  But does their new PowerUp Tuner have [...]

November 25th, 2012

HIS Introduces HD 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition

Cooler, quieter, and faster,  HIS’ spin on the AMD Radeon 7970 is the powerhouse ideal for the season’s biggest games. Sporting a better cooler and Boost Clock technology, the HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition outperforms a standard 7970 in just about every way.  HIS tested their card agaisnt a reference AMD 7970 to provide [...]

July 25th, 2012

Delays Reportedly Plague Radeon 7990

AMD’s Radeon 7990, which was supposed to be launched at Computex according to information obtained by Hardware Canucks, has been apparently delayed again and pushed back until August according to a report by VR-Zone. Allegedly, the reason for the delay is a shortage of PEX8747 PCI-e bridge chips manufactured by PLX  – which are an [...]

April 19th, 2012

Gigabyte HD 7950 WindForce 3X & MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr III Review

With AMD dropping the price of their HD 7900-series, the HD 7950 has come down to a very affordable $399 price point.  In this review we take a look at two competing cards from MSI and Gigabyte which incorporate higher clock speeds and custom cooling solutions but neither asks for a huge premium over a [...]

August 10th, 2011

AMD High End GPUs MIA at Retail; Relief Coming Soon

After weeks of seeing AMD’s HD 6990, HD 6970 and HD 6950 cards hit reduced availability, we’re due for a turn around very soon. If you had been looking for a flagship AMD card over the last month or so, it was likely a frustrating experience. For the most part, availability for the HD 6970 [...]

July 11th, 2011

HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo & HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X Review

With the wait time between the present and upcoming graphics card generations becoming longer and longer, pre-overclocked graphics cards are seen by many board partners as a way to keep the buying public interested in their products.  HIS has recently introduced a pair of unique AMD cards: the  HD 6970 IceQ Turbo and HD 6950 IceQ [...]

July 4th, 2011

PowerColor HD 6850 1GB SCS3 Passive Review

Passive cards are hard to come by these days and finding one that can provide decent in-game framerates is next to impossible.  PowerColor is looking to change this with the newest addition to their Silent Cooling System 3 family:  a HD 6850.  Sporting the Barts GPU core, an impressive looking heatsink and 1GB of GDDR5 [...]

April 24th, 2011

HD 6870 Roundup: Diamond, PowerColor, MSI, Sapphire & XFX

With high end and lower tiered cards being released to complete AMD’s full 6000-series lineup, many forget that the most popular market segment lies within the $175 and $225 price brackets.  Here, cards like the GTX 560 Ti and HD 6950 1GB reign supreme but the HD 6870 with its long list of pre overclocked [...]