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  1. Zotac GeForce GTX 275 AMP! review

    Zotac GeForce GTX 275 AMP! review

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    It's a measure of just how much AMD has caught up with NVIDIA that in order to spoil the launch of the new HD4890 the big green company brought forward the launch of its own new graphics card by over a week. In the old days of underperforming AMD GPUs it just wouldn't have bothered, now it feels the need to compete again.

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    ATI Radeon HD 4890 review

    ATI Radeon HD 4890 review

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    AMD's latest pixel pounding beast is more of a mild overhaul of an existing GPU than an all new architecture. AMD says the chip itself is new, but functionally it's identical to the existing Radeon HD 4870.

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    Sapphire HD4850 X2 review

    Sapphire HD4850 X2 review

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    Now that AMD has found its way back on top, in the graphics sphere at least, it's NVIDIA's turn to go for the jugular. And it's NVIDIA's flagship GTX 280 that AMD is seeking to bury with this exclusive Sapphire release, the long-awaited 4850x2

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    ATI Radeon 4870 X2 (R700) review

    ATI Radeon 4870 X2 (R700) review

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    We're not big fans of multi-GPU graphics technology here on ye olde TechRadar. Whether you're talking SLI from NVIDIA or AMD's Crossfire, multi-GPU graphics solutions promise much but typically conspire to disappoint. Can the 4870 X2 change things?

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    Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 review

    Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 review

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    My head's all in a whirl, the graphics market is changing afore my very eyes. In the final days of the big DX9 cards, all the competition between the red and green camps was about the high-end. It was assumed that if a company bags the high-performance crown, then that would have a trickle-down effect on the rest of its range, urging punters to hurl their cash behind the top team in the low and mid-range sectors too. Now, with NVIDIA having the top end sewn up that's it, right?

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    PNY XLR8 9800GTX Overclocked review

    PNY XLR8 9800GTX Overclocked review

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    I'm not sure who designed the packaging of PNY's 9800GTX OC, but I'm fairly certain it's the same guy who came up with Black Magic chocolates during the 80s.

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    ATI Radeon HD 4870 review

    ATI Radeon HD 4870 review

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    Just how much are you willing to pay to have the fastest graphics card? That's always been a tricky question for PC gaming enthusiasts. But with the release of ATI's latest performance graphics chipset, the Radeon HD 4870, it's become a real conundrum. That's because AMD's graphics subsidiary has given up chasing the outright 3D performance crown. It is no longer even trying to create the fastest single GPU on the planet. Instead it has shifted its focus towards efficiency and value for money. As we discovered last week with our first look at the entry level member of the Radeon HD 4800 series, the 4850, ATI has done a stunning job. The 4850 is yours for a piffling £125 but delivers more performance than the fastest single-GPU graphics card available just a few months ago. Say hello to the 4870

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    Zotac GeForce GTX260 review

    Zotac GeForce GTX260 review

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    The new 200-series cards from NVIDIA need to be good. The 9-series were very disappointing to say the least.And luckily for us, the GTX260 looks like it's pretty good

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    Gigabyte GeForce GTX280 review

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX280 review

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    Another month another new graphics card from NVIDIA and yet another new naming convention to wrap your frontal lobes around.

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    ATI Radeon HD 4850 review

    ATI Radeon HD 4850 review

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    AMD's new ATI Radeon HD 4800 series of graphics cards, officially launched today, marks itself out as something seriously special.

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    Sapphire 3870 X2 Atomic review

    Sapphire 3870 X2 Atomic review

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    Going under the new moniker of 'Atomic', rather than the Toxic title that Sapphire's first X1950 wet-ware was sold under, the Asus EN9800 GX2 Quad SLI is a new revision of AMD's standard reference 3870x2. So how does it fare against it's warmer brethren? Actually, it's not much different.

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    Gigabyte 9600 GT review

    Gigabyte 9600 GT review

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    Recently, NVIDIA has gone into manufacturing overdrive, releasing a slew of new graphics cards in a bid to bury the competition. We’ve seen the excellent 8800GT arrive, quickly followed by weaker iterations of the same card at lower prices.

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    Asus EAH3850 OCGear review

    Asus EAH3850 OCGear review

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    Whatever happened to that 1950s science-fiction dream of computers as huge cabinets stacked wall-to-wall, with thousands of blinking lights and adjustable dials? All those optimistic scientists would probably be quite depressed to see what computers have become: mostly dull-grey, metal boxes with a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Asus is obviously planning to set the record straight with the EAH3850 OCGear.

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    Gigabyte 9600GT review

    Gigabyte 9600GT review

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    It’s time to look at Gigabyte’s entry, a bog-standard 9600GT. And while it doesn’t quite match some rival cards in terms of performance, it’s still a contender.

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    PowerColor HD3850 512MB review

    PowerColor HD3850 512MB review

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    In theory, the only difference between this cheapo Radeon HD 3850 board and the highfalutin’ HD 3870 card from Sapphire is clockspeeds. They both share 320 stream shaders, 16 texture and render output units, 256-bit bus and 512MB of memory.

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    Asus EN8800GS 384MB review

    Asus EN8800GS 384MB review

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    Unlike the AMD cards, not all the NVIDIA GPUs here feature the same basic specification. So, does the cut-down architecture of this Asus-made GeForce 8800 GS scupper its ability to compete with comparably priced Radeon HD 3850 boards?

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    Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic 512MB review

    Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic 512MB review

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    Three hundred and twenty stream processors. Sounds impressive, eh? Surely, NVIDIA’s GeForce 8800GT chipset and its pathetic tally of 112 stream processor can’t possibly compete?

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    Asus EN8800GT 512MB review

    Asus EN8800GT 512MB review

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    If there’s something to be said for keeping things simple and concentrating on the basics, then this Asus board makes its case loud and clear. It sticks entirely with NVIDIA’s reference design for GeForce 8800GT cards. The result is a total domination of our performance tests. Natch.

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    Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 1GB review

    Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 1GB review

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    From the sub-prime to the ridiculous. That was our instinctive feeling when we realised that Asus’ 256MB 8800 GT board was priced to compete with a 1GB card, the HD 3850.

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    Asus EN8800GT 256MB review

    Asus EN8800GT 256MB review

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    What a difference 256MB of video memory makes. A year or so ago, we would have confidently recommended that 256MB of memory was plenty for monitors that max out below 1,920x1,200. Today, that logic has been lobbed out of the window.

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    Sapphire X1950GT review

    Sapphire X1950GT review

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    Sometimes benchmark results don't do justice to a card's real potential. For example the X1800GTO is only slightly ahead of MSI's GeForce 7600GT-based card in tests. Do not, however, be fooled

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    Nvidia GeForce 8500GT SLI review

    Nvidia GeForce 8500GT SLI review

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    There's going to be a lot of PCs sold with low-end 8500GT cards in, which we've already established aren't very good for gaming. Rather than add-in another 100 pound-plus board, though, is SLI a good upgrade route?

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