There is no way that AMD (including ATI) can be accused of having a small product catalogue with infrequent releases because it seems like almost every month there is a new product, or a couple, to review and in the last few weeks that has included the new Radeon 5800 series and a new CPU in the Athlon family. We covered the former here and today we take our first look at that new Athlon as well as one of the more interesting AMD 785G based motherboards.
In addition to this we are taking the opportunity to look back at a few of ATI’s last generation of graphics cards from the 4600 and 4800 series. With the launch of the 5800 cards the price of these older models has fallen which has resulted in some very good value for money products.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
PowerColor offer their own branded version of the liquid cooled R9 295 X2… and now for those who want a similar level of framerate they have their air cooled dual core R9 290X with Devil 13 branding. Today we take a look at this R9 290X2 to see what Powercolor can do with their custom design card in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and GRID Autosport at 4K resolution.