When NVIDIA released their GeForce GTX 480 the heat levels had to be compensated for somehow, NVIDIA opting for a cooling solution that is rather loud. With the release of the GeForce GTX 470 things had gotten a fraction better, but the GPU was still putting out lots of heat and as a result the cooling fan rotation of the cooling solution had to be configured at a high-RPM, again making the product noisy when in full use.

As such many NVIDIA board partners went on a quest to find better 3rd party solutions. A handful of the AIB/AIC partners managed to put some interesting stuff on the table. Palit was amongst the first to say it out loud and proud; "we have a custom cooling solution for the GeForce GTX 470".

Guess what we'll be testing today? Yep -- The Palit GeForce GTX 470 with dual-fan custom cooling. A pretty nice card as right now the prices have dropped a little on the GTX 470. We spot prices starting at 315 EUR for the product we test today. Will it be good? Will it be able to handle the heat levels and keep noise under control? I mean, Palit has put a heatpipe based cooling solution on top of the GTX 470 with two active fans.

Well, you are here to find it all out, head on over to the next page, but not before you've had a good look at the product tested, and you'll agree with me... aesthetically this is a good looking card design.

  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 SOC review

When NVIDIA released their GeForce GTX 480 the first issue that arrised was a very hot chip. The heat levels had to be compensated for somehow, NVIDIA opted for a cooling solution that was rather loud. With the release of the GeForce GTX 470 things had gotten a fraction better, but the GPU was still putting out lots of heat and as a result the cooling fan rotation of the cooling solution had to be configured at a high-RPM, making both products very noisy when fully stressed.

As such many NVIDIA board partners went on a quest to find better 3rd party solutions but only a handful of the AIB/AIC partners managed to actually put some interesting stuff on the table.

Gigabyte is now saying it out loud and proud; "we have a custom cooling solution for the GeForce GTX 470". Next to that they improved the PCB, applied 3-way fan cooling and overclocked the board. All facts combined created the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 SOC edition (Super Overclock).

A really nice card we can say right away. Right now prices are dropping thanks to competition from ATI, but also the popular GeForce GTX 460 paved the way for price-drops. We spot prices starting at 350 EUR for the product we test today. Will it be good? Will it be able to handle the heat levels and keep noise under control? I mean, Gigabyte applied really serious heat pipe based cooling solution on top of the GTX 470 with three active fans.

Well, you are here to find it all out, head on over to the next page, but not before you've had a good look at the product tested, and you'll agree with me... aesthetically this is a good looking card design.

GeForce GTX 470 2 and 3-way SLI review

Multi-GPU gaming has become popular over the past few year mostly thanks to NVIDIA's SLI solutions and obviously later on ATI Crossfire. There is however always an interesting fact to monitor at all times, the more GPU's you add, the more problems you'll run into performance, scaling wise. A week or two ago when we posted our 3-way SLI GeForce GTX480 review we where however intrigued by the 'overall' good scaling of the GF100 GPU embedded on that graphics card. And despite the fact that even with three cards (GPUs) you'll quickly run into CPU bottlenecks, it just somehow did not disappoint.

So that made us wonder what would happen if we took three much cheaper GeForce GXT 470 graphics cards, I mean .. you save 150 bucks per card over a GTX 480, and that could make a huge difference both price and performance wise.

The Fermi based cards however are still hard to get and it was a bit of a struggle to get a good quantity of cards for testing in house. So today's article has been made with the friendly help of Point of View graphics and Zotac who both submitted a card for this article, combined with our reference sample we can now bring you the second article in a series of SLI articles based on the GeForce GTX 400 series graphics cards. GeForce GTX 400 series might have had a rough start but if we filter out the mighty thorn of this release, the heat and noise levels, then for a minute everybody can wholeheartedly admit that they are beautifully performing graphics cards.

As a result today we'll 'finally' have a look at the SLI scaling of that GeForce GTX 470. We look at single card performance, dual-card performance but also triple (3-way) SLI performance to see how well these puppies will scale.

The article will first cover SLI performance among the new GTX 470s in several configurations and games, and then we'll check a little one on one with 2-way Multi-GPU gaming in a multi-GPU slaughter-fest article in the ATI versus NVIDIA kind of way, to see who and what scales the best.

Over the next few pages we'll tell you a bit about multi-GPU gaming, the challenges, the requirements and of course a nice tasty benchmark session.


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Within the entire scope of Fermi GPU based graphics cards from NVIDIA, the GeForce GTX 460 has to be the most interesting in terms of value for money with very acceptable decent thermals and power consumption. This is why we see a lot of SKUs released for this product, with a variety of cooling and factory overclocks.

The GeForce GTX 460 comes in many forms, shapes and sizes, but pretty much all of the cards out there are based on the NVIDIA reference design. That by itself is a rock solid design with no compromises at all. However we are gurus and we like to see things within their own little niche and that x-factor. As such it's always with the greatest pleasure that we review the more customized products.

ECS Elite Group also released a handful of GeForce GTX 460 cards, based on the reference design with a slight overclock, yet also a BLACK series graphics card which is a factory overclocked model with an Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo PRO cooler sitting on top of that GPU. Now we've already seen a couple of models based on this cooling solution, but the ECS card really is something special.

We spot amazingly cool temperatures of the GPU versus a downright nice factory overclock. And for the freaks, if you like to overclock a little yourself and utilize software like MSI's Afterburner then this product can be overclocked even further, really high actually, yet still have a product that remains 100% silent. Of course we are here to find out all about it and that.

Have a peek at the product tested today, the ECS GeForce GTX 460 Black series graphics card, armed with 1024MB of video memory and the desire to perform really well. Next page please.


 Axle GeForce GTX 460 ACE review

The GeForce GTX 460 has to be the best Fermi based graphics card of the moment in terms of value for money with decent thermals and power consumption. This is why we see a lot of SKU's released for this product, with a variety of cooling and factory overclocks.

The GeForce GTX 460 comes in many forms, shapes and sizes, but pretty much all of the cards out there are based on the NVIDIA reference design. That by itself is a rock solid design with no compromises at all. However we are gurus and we like to see things with a little niche and that x-factor. As such it's always with the greatest pleasure that we review the more customized products. Axle joins in on that trend as well as they recently released a factory overclocked model with an Arctic cooling Twin Turbo PRO cooler sitting on top of that GPU.

This particular model is called the GTX460 ACE edition, and comes with a nice fast 742MHz graphics core clock frequency. The ACE edition is actually the 4th GTX 460 model Axle has available. Here's their series overview.

  • ACE Edition: Overclocked version with the core clock and memory clock set higher than the reference design from NVIDIA
  • Breeze Edition: Built with passive cooling solution, either with heatpipe or heatsink.
  • Classic Edition: The core clock and memory clock are set according to the reference design
    Dynamic Edition: A cost down version with either or both the core clock and memory clock set lower than the reference design

As stated we test the AXLE GTX460 1GB D5 ACE edition graphics card. The end result is a really fast graphics cards that remains extremely silent. Isn't that what we all want ?


GeForce GTX 460 SLI review


GeForce GTX 460 768MB SLI gets tested

The release of the GeForce GTX 460 is most definitely an interesting one as the price/performance ratio is charming to say at the very least. With no less than 336 Shader processors clocked at 1350 MHz and some decent memory bandwidth, it packs punch. Obviously there's the option go for Multi-GPU gaming, though limited to 2-way SLI (two graphics cards maximum) you can easily double up that shader count and thus performance. Now say that you pick two 199 USD GTX 460 cards with 768MB of memory, doubled up in SLI two of these puppies would bring seriously more performance to the table than a much more expensive GeForce GTX 480. And sure we understand that with 768MB available per GPU there are some limitations as anything after 8xAA will become more difficult in the higher resolutions. But if you are like 99% of the gamers out there, you have a monitor resolution up-to say 1920x1200 and stick to 4xAA or 8xAA -- if you fit that demographic the GeForce GTX 460 768MB setup in SLI might be a superb treat in terms of value for money.

Multi-GPU gaming has become popular over the past few year thanks mostly to NVIDIA's SLI solutions initially, and obviously later on ATI Crossfire joined that path as well. So we take two GeForce GTX 460 cards and place them into SLI mode. But also we'll throw in a combo of two Radeon HD 5830 cards setup in CrossfireX, the direct competitor to GTX 460 in both price and performance. Both armed with the very latest drivers, patches and games.

So another thing made us wonder what would happen if we took two cheaper (768MB) GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards, I mean ... you save money over say a singe GTX 480, yet could gain much more perf in theory, that could be very significant and as such we are going to check that out as well.

This article will cover SLI performance among the new GTX 460 cards with 768MB in several games, we look at performance scaling and also we'll check ATI versus NVIDIA with the R5830, to see what is the best solution. Not just that, we'll also look at temperatures, power consumption and noise levels.

Over the next few pages we'll tell you a bit about multi-GPU gaming, the challenges, the requirements and of course a nice tasty benchmark session. Have a peek at the coolness in the photo below and then let's startup this article.



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And yes, again a GeForce GTX 590 review, this time from Gigabyte who finished up their retail samples before launch date. This article will cover their product. However, being a 100% reference model card, much of the content you read in this article is similar to our reference article.

In GPU land competition is everything and somewhere down the line somebody decided to place more than one GPU in a graphics card, to beat the competition. Yes yes, hey everybody and welcome to yet another dual-GPU product review. Merely two weeks ago ATI unleashed their Radeon HD 6990, and NVIDIA sat back, relaxed and decided to release their product a little later, close to the release of Crysis 2.

It's now late March 2011 and both graphics gawds have released their most high-end product available. Again let me say it, March 2011, the timing is so weird as typically the most high-end products are released slightly prior to the Christmas season, to take full advantage of the extra cash you guys are willing to spend on the best of the best, as hey, it's the holiday season. But yeah, the graphics industry has changed, is changing and will keep changing alongside the product releases.

Today the GeForce GTX 590 is released. Pretty much NVIDIA in a nutshell took two of their best GPUs, placed them onto one card, topped it off with a very nice cooler and called it a single solution graphics card. Internally on that card however a small NF200 chip functions as a PCI Express bridge in-between the two GPUs and sure, that means SLI in full effect.

The release today however is very interesting, it's one the most silent multi-GPU solutions we have ever had our hands on, the performance really is breathtaking and the power consumption, though high, remains acceptable.

The product reviewed today originates from Gigabyte, they are one of the five board-partners in Europe to be allowed to sell these products. And whether you decide to purchase or not, keep in mind that today's launch might be a hard launch with cards in store, yet the reality will be that very few boards will be available in the first wave. In fact we expect less than 2000 boards being available for the whole of Europe.

Anyway, have a peek at the awesomeness that is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 590, and then head on over to the next page where, as always, we'll go a little deeper, but not too deep. We'll look at noise levels, power consumption, heat, we'll do a nice photo-shoot and heck why not... an extensive benchmark session to see where this product positions itself, especially compared to the Radeon HD 6990.

And finally, a manufacturer that thinks a little outside the box packaging and bundle wise. Have a look at that!

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When we tested the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning from MSI roughly a month ago, we stated that the product might become product of the year, it really is that good. But little did I know about an Xtreme edition that MSI still had in the works.

Yep, Computex 2011 (tradeshow) is here and MSI wanted to make the best even better and slightly more appealing for the true aficionado.

They took the original Lightning PCB, added more memory, making this a 3GB graphics card, added a slightly revised Twin Frozr III cooler, which functions and performs the same really, but well ... tweaked, if the card gets warmer the color intensity of the FAN core will change, yeah you can now physically observe that the card is getting warm. Which is a daunting prospect all by itself with with this cooler truth be told.

Also new is a new anti-dust protection schema, the first 30 seconds after you powered on your PC, the two TwiN Frozr III fans rotate and thus spin backwards, clearing themselves and hopefully the aluminum cooling fins of dust. After that 30 seconds, they'll return to a normal state and spin clockwise again, nicely chilling down your graphics card.

Other then that, it's the same product realty, that same custom designed PCB loaded with features and overclock potential, slapped on there is some really cool memory.

The cooler allows high graphics card clocks frequencies with low volume levels AND keeps the card pretty darn cool. That's definitely a win. MSI added g33k stuff, little micros-witches with features for the pro-overclockers, a second BIOS, phase LEDs, voltage monitoring points and a factory overclock.

And then once it sits in your PC, the only thing you can think about is overclocking with the Afterburner OC application, and gosh golly you'll then learn quick enough that the card clocks as well as a card that is liquid cooled.

Though the factory overclock is 99% similar to the previous lightning model, the most appealing thing for the Xtreme edition will be that 3GB fat framebuffer, which many of you requested and desired as I noticed in a lot of our forum discussions.

Well in short, the most impressive GTX 580 on the market got a little more impressive, yeap let's have a quick peek at the product and then lets dive into the review.

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You know, when ATI released Eyefinity a year or two ago NVIDIA was taken by surprise, I mean .. pants down and everything. What I found surprising is that NVIDIA never really adapted to some sort of Eyefinity for their single graphics card solutions

Sure, they have Surround view mode, but it requires two graphics cards setup in SLI or that GeForce GTX 590, which again has two GPUs. Currently the graphics card market is slow, very slow and the board partners are eagerly looking into adding new options into their products just to differentiate themselves and offer a comparable product opposed to the competition. One of the requests from board partners was to see products like the GTX 560 and higher with some sort of surround view that can be used on just one graphics card.

NVIDIA unfortunately is not doing anything with that idea and even the recent GTX 560 release shows no new innovation whatsoever.

As such some board partners with development capacity started thinking about new options, and the reality is simple .. if you want surround view on a graphics card, then with the latest  connections you can simply split high-bandwidth dual-link connections into more links. It really is as simple as that, so amongst one or two others KFA2 / Galaxy is now slowly starting to release multi-monitor graphics cards on which you can even game on up-to four monitors.

Today as such we test the all new MDT X5 (multi display technology) from them. They implemented the feature as a broad test on the GeForce GTX 560. This card as tested today actually comes with six display output connectors of which four are mini-HDMI, one DVI and one Display port connector. The card supports 2 / 3 / 4 monitors in span mode and 2x2 in stack mode over the HDMI connectors.

A great feature, but immediately the question rises .. a GeForce GTX 560 Ti can of course never drive 3+ monitors in a game as it lacks the GPU power. But perhaps Galaxy / KFA2 will bring this feature into the high-end range of products, and that would obviously be nice.

As such, today we'll be focusing on single cards - single monitor performance, but obviously we'll hook up a couple of monitors as well to see if this feature actually works. Have a peek, and then let's head into the review.


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