ATI Radeon HD 5770: It’s going to be tough to knock down Juniper

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 13th 2009 | Permalink
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Jon Peddie

When ATI took us aboard an aircraft carrier in Alameda California a couple of weeks ago to introduce their new Radeon HD5870 code named Cypress, they also showed us their plan for releasing a scaled down version of the new chip code named Juniper. Phase two of their “Sweet spot” program, and on schedule, ATI delivered (literally) their Midrange AIBs the Radeon HD 5770 and 5750. Code named Juniper, the 5770 is an incredible value delivering DirectX 11 performance, with a GB of GDDR5 memory and doing it for a few dollars and a few watts. The new midrange AIBs also…

AMD’s new/last IGP motherboard—the 890GX

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 19th 2010 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: aib pmark fps usb3 motherboard

Kathleen Maher

AMD has continued to impress us with their chipsets and the new ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 is one of their finest. The 890GX represents the last IGP chipset from AMD before the move to Fusion. The basic specs are formidable. It has an AM3 socket for a Phenom II (and several other processors). It can run up to four 1333 MHz DDR3 memory DIMMs (dual in-line memory module), has a VGA, DVI, and HDMI video outputs, as well as 1394, SATA, and 12 USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports—one of the first boards to embrace the new specification. The 890GX…

Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Review

Posted by Robert Dow on March 24th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia gpu graphics 3d aib gaming pmark games benchmark

Robert Dow

Let no pixel go un-accelerated Right on the heels of their most recent midrange product launch, the GTX 550 Ti, Nvidia rolled out their flagship AIB the dual GPU GTX 590. This top of the line, take no prisoners, 3GB GDDR5 AIB with a massive 384-bit memory bus (per GPU) has delivered some impressive scores, but doesn't beat two GTX 480s or 2 GTX 580s in SLI configuration—it doesn't cost as much either The AIB has a 12-layer PCB and to help disperse heat more effectively across the PCB, two ounces of copper are used for each of the board's power…

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX550 Ti Review

Posted by Robert Dow on March 25th 2011 | Permalink
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Robert Dow

Fastest Midrange AIB Nvidia has introduced the latest in their new Fermi gen2 products, the GeForce GTX550 Ti, (Titanium. Same nomenclature as the 560 Ti) based on the 193 core Fermi GF116 GPU. Compared to other Nvidia GPUs and the price equivalent AMD part (HD5770), the balance of feature and specifications show Nvidia did some careful selections to hit the price-performance point they wanted. Table 1: Comparison of five AIBs   GTS 450 GTX 460 GTX 550 Ti GTX 560 Ti HD5770 Core Clock (MHz) 738 675 900 822 850 Memory Clock  (MHz)  902  900  1,026  1,002  1,200 Memory data rate…

Duking it out in the low-end: AMD HD 6450 vs. Nvidia GT 520 Reviews

Posted by Robert Dow on May 18th 2011 | Permalink
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Robert Dow

This week we focused on the entry level market and tested three AIBs, the Nvidia GT 520, and two versions of AMD boards: the HD 6450 and 6450 GDDR5. Some would argue that any board coupled with GDDR5 belongs in the mainstream segment, however we take a look at price as the determining factor. The Nvidia GT 520 is based on the GF119 GPU and has a core clock of 810 MHz compared to the AMD 625 MHz DDR3 and the 750 GDDR5 HD 6450s models. Despite the GT 520’s lack of GDDR5, and fewer shaders, the GT 520 more than…

Review of ASUS MARS II 3GB: the fastest AIB in the history of the world

Posted by Robert Dow on October 27th 2011 | Permalink
Tags: gpu aib gaming pmark

Robert Dow

Visually striking, the Mars II 3GB dual GTX 580 is an impressive piece of technology in both performance and size. The Mars II checks in at 13”x 6”x 2.5” and at a stunning 5.2 lbs. Consider: two EVGA GTX 590s together weigh in at a mere 5lbs. Aside from its staggering size the first thing one notices are the dual 12 cm fans capable of 220CFM which Asus says gives the Mars II a 600% greater air flow than a standard AIB. The fans come with a Turbo fan button that when enabled keeps the 12cms fans buzzing at top speed…

Ivy Bridge graphics and more

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 2nd 2012 | Permalink
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Tags: aib intel pmark benchmark ivy ivy bridge

Jon Peddie

The best ever integrated graphics For comparison, we ran graphics benchmarks on the processor-based graphics in machines using Intel Ivy Bridge (IVB) processors. We ran the same series of tests on the Ivy Bridge i7-3370k running at 3.5 GHz with HD4000 graphics and compared it to a two year old entry level graphics AIB, a GTX 520, to see if integrated graphics had gotten good enough yet—and guess what—it has, within limits. We ran five tests: 3DMark 11, Heaven, Batman, Crysis 2, and Dirt3. We tried running the tests at 1920 x 1080, but couldn’t get the Ivy Bridge’s HD4000 to…

Review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650

Posted by Webmaster on September 26th 2012 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia graphics 3d aib opengl gforce developers computers kepler


Introduces its Mainstream and Performance players Nvidia rounded out their Kepler line of GPU AIBs last week with the introduction of the GeForce GTX 660 and the GeForce GTX 650.  Nvidia controls 59.3% of the Desktop Graphic Add-In Board Market with its partners shipping more than 8.75 million units in Q2. Although the Enthusiast segment always garners most of the headlines due to the cutting edge technology, gaudy frame rates, and ­prices, the Enthusiast segment only represents 4.7% of the market. The Mainstream and Performance segments make up over 88% of the market. Those segments represent the real sweet spot for…

The latest processors from Intel and AMD

Posted by Robert Dow on January 21st 2015 | Permalink
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Tags: nvidia amd aib intel processor fx corei7 fx 9590 i7 5960x

Robert Dow

In late August 2014, Intel released its high-end Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-core 3.0-GHz CPU, which includes a new X99 chipset, the first consumer processor using DDR4 memory, a new CPU socket that is not backward-compatible, and no GPU. A few days later AMD released its high-end 8-core FX Black 9000 series CPUs with a 4-GHz clock, DDR3 controller, and no GPU. Both systems use water-cooling for the CPU.  Intel and AMD have new high-performance CPU products. Intel further strengthened its power in the market by introducing 14-nm products, while AMD uses a 28-nm process, and thus fell a step behind Intel.…

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+

Posted by Robert Dow on March 10th 2015 | Discuss (0)
Categories: Hardware Review
Tags: nvidia gpu aib evga maxwell gtx 960

Robert Dow

A sweet AIB for the market sweet spot The introduction of Maxwell to the “sweet spot” of the market came with the release of the GeForce GTX 960 AIB. The GTX 960 is priced around $200 depending on OEM and configuration. We have EVGA’s version for the GM204-300 based AIB, the GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ and so we decided to take a closer look. Mainstream gamers as well as those gamers on the lower end of the Performance segment are still primarily running games at 1920 x 1080, with some of the bells and whistles turned on – the EVGA…