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November 12th, 2009 | Elric Phares
For all the latest reviews and gear! http://www.motherboards.org Follow us on twitter! http://www.twitter.com/moth... The Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 Vapor-X video card is a slightly faster - read more
 
Review
November 4th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
Two HD 5850s are definitely better than a single card in almost every game. To take advantage of two cards of this magnitude you almost have to turn up FSAA to 8x and AF to 16x as performance with 4x FSAA is nearly CPU limited on a Core i7 920. Turning up the image quality is a benefit everyone can appreciate as the games are not stressed by two cards at 4X at all. Performance in games increases 30-40% over a single card in every case except Batman Arkham Asylum which has issues running in... - read more
 
Review
November 3rd, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
The Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 Vapor-X video card is a slightly faster overclocked version of their regular HD 5750 card. While a 10MHz overclock on both the core and memory clock speeds is not much, that is not the point of this card. The Vapor-X video card runs quietly when in Windows with no discernable noise from the card in normal operation. The second thing this card has is a high overclock threshold with 850MHz for the core and 1420MHz for the memory fully stable. Temperatures with Vapor-X... - read more
 
Review
October 26th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
Every ATI HD 5850 card on the market is exactly the same at the moment with differentiators being the Support and the bundle. GIGABYTE has a reference HD 5850 card that performs as well as any other HD 5850 card as the clock speeds and memory clock speeds are the same as the other cards on the market. ZipZoomFly sells this card for $269.99 which is the MSRP suggested by ATI for their HD 5850 cards and GIGABYTE. At the moment they are out of stock as is Newegg making this and the HD 5870 hard... - read more
 
Review
October 24th, 2009 | Elric Phares
Two HD 5770 cards perform better than a single HD5850 card and two HD 5850 cards perform much better than a single HD 5770 card. Considering the price of the two HD 5770s is nearly the same as a HD 5870 card I would suggest buying a single HD 5870 or HD 5850 depending on which price range. On the other hand, if you only have $160 a HD 5770 added to the system later will improve performance immensely in most applications. Two HD 5750s in Crossfire mode make for an attractive upgrade as well if... - read more
 
Review
October 18th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
These are not gaming cards that is the first thing to get out of the way. If you are looking for a fast video card I would suggest looking elsewhere as these cards do not have the performance to run the latest and greatest games without some sacrifice in playability resolution or setting. On the other hand performance on the GT220 OC from Gigabyte was enough to play many games with some decent performance numbers at low resolutions and is a nice upgrade from the Intel integrated or AMD... - read more
 
Review
October 12th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
Each of the cards in the lineup has its own strengths and weaknesses. In terms of card design the five cards are all reference cards with none of them having higher core or memory clocks than the other similar cards in the lineup. XFX offers 5-Star Support on their video cards and a Double Lifetime Warranty. They also offer BattleForge which is a DirectX 10.1 game with some performance enhancements for DirectX 11 on their HD5770. Sapphire, on the other hand offers the game Dirt2 which is much... - read more
 
Review
October 9th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
ATI has hit a home run with the HD 5800 series as the cards are the fastest single chip solutions on the market for most applications and the full compliance with DirectX 11 allows you to have a sense of future-proofing more than any other card on the market today. You have two choices with the HD 5800 series, the HD 5870 and the HD 5850 both separated by nearly $100. At this moment the cards available are all reference cards with the same core and memory clocks, meaning that the Sapphire card... - read more
 
Review
October 9th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
ATI has two products on their list which are game-changing in the fact that they will likely be the only DirectX 11 supporting video cards on the market until 2010 when the consumer version of the Fermi architecture announced by NVIDIA yesterday will be released. Until then, they have the highest performing chip in the HD 5870 and a very high performing chip in the form of the HD 5850 which costs $120 less than the HD 5870. XFX's card is a reference design with the same performance and clock... - read more
 
Review
September 24th, 2009 | Benjamin Sun
I'm of two minds on the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX260 Core 216 Super Overclocked card. On the one hand the card clearly outperforms the other GeForce GTX 260s on the market and with the latest driver outperforms some GTX275s. The GIGABYTE card has some advantages over those cards with a default overclock of over 100MHz over the reference design and a memory overclock by default of 250MHz. Support for PhysX in games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Darkest of Days and other recently released games brings a... - read more
 

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