by Stuart Davidson | 28/11/2013
Today we are going to take a look at how some budget cards based on AMD and NVIDIA technology handle LoL, DOTA 2 and StarCraft 2... if competitive gaming takes your fancy, this is the place to find out what GPU will get you started.
by Craig Humphreys | 26/11/2013
If its not broke, don't fix it. Infinity Ward seem to be firm believers in this old adage. Sure they keep tweaking the game, but they're not really ready to shake it up just yet. As news breaks Ghosts failed to outsell Black Ops II at launch, what conclusions can be drawn?
by Stuart Davidson | 07/11/2013
NVIDIAs answer to AMDs recent R9 290X launch is the GTX 780 Ti which pushes the Titan very much into the professional arena and takes its place at the top of the gaming stack. We will be putting it up against the R9 290X and GTX 780 (overclocked) in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and Batman: Arkham Origins.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/11/2013
Today AMD fill the gap between R9 290X and R9 280X with the R9 290 and are pretty confident that, with the latest driver, it will have enough to match the GTX 780 so we will be taking a look at the two in games such as Battlefield 4, Batman: Arkham Origins and Total War: Rome 2 to establish whether AMD are correct in their claims.
by Stuart Davidson | 28/10/2013
As with many other yearly refreshes (such as FIFA, F1, etc.) those who have the last version might not necessarily get the maximum value from this edition but anyone on 2012 or earlier will see significant advances.
by Kaeyi Dream | 08/10/2013
Kaeyi Dream recently visited Crytek Studios and had chance to interview Joshua Howard (Executive Producer) on the upcoming title WARFACE.
by Craig Humphreys | 18/09/2013
Grand Theft Auto V, the sequel to end all sequels, hyped to the max it has the fans, the haters and the protesters out in force. Rockstar North the developer behind the hit franchise know when they've got a good thing, and boy do they have a good thing.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/09/2013
The Note 3 will soon be on sale with its 5.7-inch display, 0.4 inches bigger than the original but that isn't the largest "phone" that Samsung offer. That title goes to the Galaxy Mega, a smartphone designed to offer great media consumption without the added expense of the stylus found on the Note range. Today we take a look at the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega.
by Stuart Kerley | 03/09/2013
Today on our test bench we have Gigabyte's latest gaming keyboard, the Force K7. This mid-range model features ultra-short key travel and selective anti-ghosting around the WASD key cluster.
by Niall Coleman | 02/09/2013
While there is nothing revolutionary here, how could we not enjoy this game... we certainly loved it... and we HATE it. Why? Well...
by Stuart Davidson | 30/08/2013
Of course 17" ultra-thin laptops are not the only option when it comes to portable gaming/power use. The other end of the scale sees us dip into the 13" form factor and while those systems might not be quite as thin they are very portable. So today we take a look at XMGs P303 which sticks to that 13" size while still including high end Intel and NVIDIA components. Let's see how it does against the 17" competition in the form of the Razer Blade R2 and brand new MSI GS70 Stealth.
by Stuart Davidson | 29/08/2013
As good as the GTX 780 is, it was getting a little boring. Gaming gets a bit stale in the summer but now we are starting to see new games on the horizon and three hit this week with the launch of Splinter Cell Blacklist, Saints Row IV and Final Fantasys new MMO, A Realm Reborn. So today we will take a look at Gigabytes GTX 780 Overclock and while we are at it compare to a standard 780 as well as the fastest single GPU card AMD have to offer; finding out how each performs in those new titles as well as the likes of Crysis 3 and Battlefield 3.
by Kaeyi Dream | 28/08/2013
Kaeyi Dream visits Gamescom 2013 and gets hands on with Ubisoft's upcoming title Watch Dogs checkout this gameplay video.
by Kaeyi Dream | 23/08/2013
Kaeyi Dream attends Gamescom 2013 and gets hands on with the latest Assassin's Creed title: Blackflag in this gameplay video.
by Kaeyi Dream | 26/06/2013
This week Kaeyi Dream has been in attendance at the Rezzed 2013 game show. Today we have a developer walkthrough with upcoming title The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/05/2013
The GPU landscape will be changing soon which means that current generation parts have received a discount to make them more attractive so there may well never have been a better time to consider something like a GTX 680, so today we have one of the latest designs for review. ZOTAC's GTX 680 AMP! Edition.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/05/2013
Today NVIDIA launch the GTX 780 graphics card and we have the ZOTAC branded version on our test bench. We'll be putting it through a selection of real world tests against overclocked 680 and 7970 cards to see how it does in titles like Crysis 3, Metro:Last Light and GRID 2.
by Stuart Davidson | 30/04/2013
Today sees the release of a new GTX Titan from ZOTAC, the AMP! Edition. This is the highest clocked air cooled Titan we have seen so far and we will be putting it up against the 7990 as well as the GTX 690 in a selection of the latest games which include Bioshock: Infinite, Crysis 3 and Tomb Raider. Of course as always we will look at GPU Computing, Media Playback, power, thermal, and acoustics as well as overclocking.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/02/2013
Today we take the GTX Titan through a selection of real world gaming tests which include Crysis 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3, Hitman: Absolution, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Battlefield 3, Skyrim: Dragonborn, DOTA 2, SWTOR, Mass Effect 3, F1 2012 and Borderlands 2. Mix that with the latest 3DMark, Heaven Benchmark, GPU computing, Media playback and all the usual power/thermal and overclocking tests...
by Stuart Davidson | 08/02/2013
The Razer Blade (or New Razer Blade as we are now on a second revision) is a high end Ultrabook aimed at gamers. With a mobile i7 CPU, GeForce GTX 600 series graphics and a unique touch screen track pad it offers something that little bit different to the norm. Today we put it through a selection of real world tests including Crysis 3 and StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm.
by Stuart Davidson | 31/01/2013
Recently Dell updated their all-in-one range to include the XPS One 27 inch (with optional touch screen). Providing a resolution of 2560x1440, i7 CPU and GeForce 600 series graphics on Windows 8 this could be the ideal home and office solution for those wanting to save space with a stylish chassis.
by Stuart Davidson | 29/01/2013
Sapphire recently released the AMD A8 based Edge VS8 mini-PC and now we get a chance to see what ZOTAC's latest generation of system can offer in comparison. The ZBOX ID83 Plus takes us into Ivy Bridge in a system which is comparable in size to a decent router, let's find out how it performs...
by Stephanie Goody | 09/01/2013
Today we take our second look at Tahiti LE with the Sapphire 7870 XT (With Boost) and in this article will be maxing out its core and memory speed then checking how it performs in games like Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3 and Hitman Absolution against a max OC 660 Ti.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/12/2012
Sapphire are back with their latest generation of mini-PC, the EDGE VS8. Based around AMDs A8 APU we get quad core processing and DirectX 11 graphics, all in an ultra-compact chassis.
by Stuart Davidson | 09/11/2012
Criterion Games were responsible for 2010s Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, widely regarded as the best NFS game to date. Now they are back in the NFS franchise with Most Wanted, a reboot of the 2005 original and given their track record for driving games we could be in for something rather special here.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/11/2012
Earlier this year Capcom released Street Fighter X Tekken on PS3 and 360, mashing together the two franchise in Capcom's game engine. (A follow-up Tekken X Street Fighter will be released which focuses on Tekken tech). Now Capcom are bringing SFXT to Vita and given the success of their last port we expect great things here...
by Stuart Davidson | 30/10/2012
It takes seconds to master their control method and the ship battles are just fantastic, action packed segments of cat and mouse gameplay.
by Stuart Davidson | 09/10/2012
The GTX 650 Ti is available in two models, 1GB or 2GB, and today we have a selection of overclocked 2GB models on our test bench. We will be testing the 2GB Overclocked GTX 650 Tis against the comparable Radeon in a selection of games including Borderlands 2, Dishonored and Battlefield 3.
by Stuart Davidson | 06/10/2012
Now with Christmas approaching we are beginning to see the years main launch period kick in and a key title for the PS Vita is the latest LittleBigPlanet. Following the same concept as previous versions this is an all new game and makes full use of the PS Vita functionality such as touch, motion and camera. Today we find out if it is the latest game to be a must buy for PS Vita.
by Stuart Kerley | 03/10/2012
With the new football seasons well underway across Europe EA have released FIFA 13, or if you live in North America FIFA Soccer 13. Finally making its way out those troublesome teens, FIFA 13 is the twentieth edition of the football simulation game.
by Stuart Kerley | 25/09/2012
So, what will Mists of Pandaria bring to a game that is now almost 8 years old? And will this latest expansion arrest some of the subscriber number decline that Blizzard has seen in the last 18 months?
by Stuart Davidson | 11/09/2012
There is no doubt that Tekken is one of the most well known fighting game franchises of all time. With roots stretching back as far as 1994s original arcade game the series was, for a large portion of its existence, a title associated with the PlayStation brand. Times have changed though and nowadays almost everything is multi-format and Tekken is no different, first hitting the XBOX 360 in 2009.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/08/2012
Clearly the success of the Galaxy Note as a brand inspired Samsung and despite having a well-established Tab range (of Android Tablets) their latest device goes with the alternative title which helps identify its key feature, a high functionality stylus. Today we have the Galaxy Note 10.1 on our test bench and will establish whether it has what it takes to compete with the likes of ASUS Transformer Pad, the alternative productivity tablet.
by Stuart Davidson | 20/06/2012
Aimed very much at providing a fantastic gaming experience whether it be 2.0 via the headphone amp or 7.1 through the multi-channel outputs the Xonar Phoebus is, at least on paper, the latest in a line of impressive audio products from ASUS. Today we will be taking a look at the card in detail to find out if it can live up to some very high expectations.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/06/2012
Capcom are back with the launch of Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor and rather than develop, or re-use a custom controller they are basing this game on the Xbox 360 Kinect functionality. With an interesting history in the franchise and developed by the team behind games such as Dark Souls can Heavy Armor take a place as the latest key Kinect title?
by Stuart Davidson | 18/06/2012
Recently AMD announced their next generation of APUs with Trinity branding heavily featured. This new range of chips enhances performance and features and first to market is the mobile range, followed later in the year by desktop parts. Today we have AMDs reference mobile platform on our test bench to find out how the new A10 range performs in a selection of real world tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 15/06/2012
Sometimes in the technology industry there can be a real gap between what a product offers and what consumers need... or that until a consumer experiences something it seems like an unnecessary expense, or not worthwhile. Something which it would seem very much falls into one or both of those categories is multi-display gaming, either AMD Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround.
by Stuart Kerley | 07/06/2012
Coming just on the heels on the second season finale of the HBO TV series, and based on the very popular 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is a new single player role-playing game served up by Cyanide studios.
by Stuart Davidson | 06/06/2012
We all know the story, boy becomes apprentice, apprentice is set tasks, apprentice goes to boardroom, gets fired... sorry, wrong media. Boy becomes apprentice, befriends a talking cat, gets too big for his boots, steals a magic wand, chaos ensues... that's the starting point for Sony's latest Move release which see's us dance around our living room, move controller in hand, casting spells and generally trying to save the world.
by Stuart Davidson | 30/05/2012
What we have in Techland's Mad Riders is a game designed to pack in as much action, speed, thrills and spills into downloadable title (Xbox Live/PSN/PC) as is possible for the price of a pizza. Can it compete with the likes of Dirt Showdown for our hard earned cash? Let's find out...
by Stuart Davidson | 24/05/2012
In DiRT: Showdown we dispense with the normal time trials and rally gameplay associated with the franchise, moving to a much more arcade experience which focuses on destruction.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/05/2012
Starhawk is the follow-up to a PS One title, Warhawk (and its subsequent PS3 remake). In the original game we played part in a war between the Eucadian and Chernovan armies. Now in the follow up we take the role of Emmet Graves a bounty hunter and gunslinger of sorts who has been hired to help protect a planet and its resources from The Scabs, a group of various alien races who have been gathered together by The Outlaw.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/05/2012
Ghost Recon, like the other Tom Clancy games, has received multiple expansions/sequels and the latest title in the franchise releases this week. Ghost Recon Future Soldier takes us into the near future with enhanced weapons and devices which help it stand out from other similar shooters. It takes more than just a few fancy guns to make a great game though and today we find out if the campaign, multiplayer and co-op are worth your hard earned cash.
by Stuart Davidson | 21/05/2012
Dragon's Dogma takes place in an open world fantasy RPG setting that includes classic hack and slash content as well as horror elements which should come as no surprise. It is after all developed by the team behind Resident Evil and Devil May Cry.
by Stuart Davidson | 18/05/2012
Since the launch of the Vita things have been a little quiet on the release front but now we get one of the first big post release period games in the form of Mortal Kombat. Like MvsC this is an attempt to take an existing game for the home consoles and port it to Vita, with some added functionality so let's find out if it falls into the same camp as the excellent MvsC3 or is closer to the less than impressive Reality Fighters.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/05/2012
Today we see the first Vapor-X 7000 series card in the shape of a Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition. This enhanced version of the 7770 runs at significantly higher clock speeds than the reference model on both core and memory and combines this with a dual fan, vapour chamber cooler and we will be putting it head to head against the GTX 560 in a selection of real world gaming and multimedia tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/04/2012
Dell were one of the first manufacturers to release an Ultrabook with up to date specification and today we have that model on our test bench. The XPS 13 mixes premium materials with some impressive specifications to try and tempt users away from more restrictive devices and into the world of performance mobile computing.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/04/2012
Kinect Star Wars differs from most games from the same franchise in that it offers a wide variation of game styles within the package. This isn't just a case of running about being a Jedi in an action game as many might expect. That aspect is present but from the main menu, featuring interactive C-3PO and R2-D2 we also get to access to pod racing, duel, destruction and... dancing... modes.
by Stuart Davidson | 03/04/2012
With the release of DMC: Devil May Cry, a reimagined take on the game universe, fast approaching Capcom are giving those unfamiliar with the series a chance to head back over a decade to the original, then through two sequels. With a HD makeover and bonus content as well as the special edition of DMC3: Dante's Awakening all on one disc, at a value price, this might just be the release to whittle away those Easter holiday hours.
by Stuart Davidson | 30/03/2012
Ridge Racer has appeared on a wide range of formats over the years from the original on Arcade to the more recent on 3DS, PlayStation Vita and even mobile phones. With Ridge Racer Unbounded we are back to the home environment with a version for PS3, another for Xbox 360 and the PC gets some love too. Set in the fictional city of Shatter Bay we must drift, boost and speed our way through numerous races with destruction of environments and opponents a very important game aspect as is course creation and sharing.
by Stuart Davidson | 27/03/2012
Capcom have been one of the big supporters of downloadable classics with games such as Street Fighter 3 Online Edition making their way to the home consoles. Now they are taking eight titles of varying styles and combining them on one disc, calling it the Capcom Digital Collection. Fancy a bit of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: HD Remix followed by Flock, or 1942 Joint Strike followed by Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 for a value price... look no further.
by Stuart Davidson | 27/03/2012
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is upon us and as well as featuring The Masters, which takes place next month, the latest entry in the franchise also makes heavy use of Kinect functionality on Xbox 360 (for those who have it). The addition of motion controls doesn't guarantee a good experience though so today we find out if a game which should be well suited to Kinect actually succeeds in improving over the traditional pad gameplay.
by Niall Coleman | 23/03/2012
It's not often we review an expansion pack but we make an exception when the new content is a standalone game which offers a largely different experience to the original. This is the case with Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai which is set during the 19th Century and explores the conflict between the Japanese Imperial throne and the last Shogunate.
by Stuart Davidson | 20/03/2012
Ubisoft are bringing the same great Rayman Origins adventure from PS3/360 to PS Vita with tweaked controls that take advantage of the touch screen. Is this a must have title from the early catalogue of games?
by Niall Coleman | 19/03/2012
For anyone who hasn't heard of Mass Effect 3 it is a third person perspective action role-playing game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the final chapter in the Mass Effect trilogy of video games, which has spawned numerous novels and comics, a trilogy of iPhone mini games, an Anime film, a Fan Film and with the conclusion of the series should get backing from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros to produce a feature length film.
by Stuart Davidson | 13/03/2012
10 years on from the release of the original Jak and Daxter for PlayStation 2 we have a re-release of that classic along with Jak 2 and Jak 3, all packaged in a nice single disc package. This isn't just a straight port though this is the latest batch of titles to get a HD makeover and extra features.
by Niall Coleman | 13/03/2012
Shoot Many Robots is a download only title developed by Demiurge Studios and published by Ubisoft. It is the first original title to be released by Demiurge Studios who previously worked on titles such as Rock Band, BioShock and Mass Effect.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/03/2012
We have one of the first retail 7800 cards available to us in the form of Sapphires 7850 OverClock Edition. Today we will be putting it head to head with the GTX 560 Ti Overclock in order to find out which comes out on top. Tests include Battlefield 3, Skyrim and The Old Republic along with the usual media, GPU computing and power/temperature results.
by Stuart Davidson | 09/03/2012
When we reviewed the PS Vita in February one of the titles which really stood out from the launch line-up was the latest Uncharted game. A new adventure based on the highly impressive PlayStation 3 franchise Golden Abyss sees us once again take control of Nathan Drake in a third person shooter with plenty of exploration and action set pieces. Although this being a Vita title means we have some significant enhancements to the gameplay mechanic through the use of our touch screen and panel.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/03/2012
Today AMD launch the 7800 series and allow us to look at their reference cards with partner availability to come later (around March 19th). With the same features as the 7900 series yet a significantly lower price today we find how well they compete with the 7950 and 6870 while looking in detail at the comparison with NVIDIAs GTX 560 Ti and GTX 570.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/03/2012
Capcom are back with a title which has the potential to be a classic, Street Fighter X Tekken which sees the characters from both franchises combine in a game which uses the highly praised Street Fighter 4 fighting engine, tweaked to suit both groups. Added to this are new power up items and game modes along with revised online code to streamline the competitive experience.
by Stuart Davidson | 02/03/2012
Enter Electronic Symphony, the latest in the Lumines franchise, which brings falling block based gameplay to Sony's new handheld, the PS Vita. This isn't just a Tetris clone though; the developers have taken the basic concept and expanded it massively. Today we find out if they have managed to keep the same addictive style of play while bringing something new and fresh to the genre.
by Stuart Kerley | 01/03/2012
Twelve years after the first SSX game was released EA have released a new version with the tagline of 'Defy Reality, Own the planet'. SSX will be available on both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 and we had the opportunity to play the PlayStation 3 version ahead of its UK and Europe release on the 2nd of March.
by Stuart Davidson | 29/02/2012
G.Skill have recently released their latest enthusiast modules in the form of RipjawsZ and today we have the 2133MHz, 16GB kit on our test bench. Let's take a look at them...
by Stuart Davidson | 28/02/2012
For their sole PS Vita launch title Capcom have chosen to port Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom to Sony's new handheld and in the process enhance the game by adding touch controls.
by Stuart Davidson | 27/02/2012
As well as supporting consoles to the death EA are also often in at the launch of new models and the PS Vita is no different with the latest incarnation of FIFA Football chosen as a launch day title. We last saw a FIFA title with the 2012 release on PS3 and found it to be one of the best versions yet so it will be interesting to see how much of that game makes it to the Vita and how the touch controls might change the gameplay.
by Stuart Kerley | 14/02/2012
Released on the 14th of February in North America, and the 17th of February in Europe, UFC Undisputed 3 features UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva on the front cover of the box after he won a fan vote to grace the cover of the new game. We will be taking a look at the newest release in the series, UFC Undisputed 3.
by Stuart Davidson | 13/02/2012
The true successor to the PSP, the PlayStation Vita, launches next week in Europe and the USA and today we will take a detailed look at our console covering the new hardware, operating system and a selection of launch day titles which include the latest Uncharted game, Golden Abyss along with WipeOut 2048 and a number of more casual games including Little Deviants which makes full use of the unique PS Vita touch controls.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/02/2012
Recently NVIDIA made the biggest change to their 3D Vision ecosystem, probably since launch, with the release of 3D Vision 2. A combination of the latest range of 3D displays with updated hardware and advances made in the driver enhance the experience.
by Stuart Davidson | 31/01/2012
To complete the set of 7950 articles for today we have a HIS system set up and configured on an i7/X79 build and will be looking at CrossFire performance of AMD's new card in a selection of games which include Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic at resolutions up to 5760x1080 (Eyefinity).
by Niall Coleman | 18/01/2012
In this article we have decided to make our selection based on the past performance of the developer, publisher and previous title in the series (where appropriate) but ultimately, the game is in the list if we think it looks cool. This is our 20 games for 2012 in no particular order (other than alphabetical)...
by Niall Coleman | 28/12/2011
Saints Row: The Third developed by Volition and published by THQ is the latest title in the Saints Row series and we play as the leader of the Third Street Saints gang in the open environment of Steelport city.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/12/2011
Hidden away in the busy winter releases were more than a few interesting titles for Sony's PS3 Move controller and today we will take a quick look at each of them, and a few older titles to see what might appeal in those last minute gift buying sessions.
by Stuart Kerley | 12/12/2011
Star Wars: The Old Republic, or SWTOR, is probably one of the most anticipated game releases of 2011 and certainly the most anticipated massively multiplayer online role playing game release in some years. First announced at the end of 2008, SWTOR has been developed by BioWare and of course is based in the Star Wars universe.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/12/2011
Now updated to include Razer's new (and just released) Synapse 2.0 cloud based driver/panel (with SW:TOR skin) and in-game screenshots of the Razer weapon customisations.
by Niall Coleman | 02/12/2011
Set in Egypt this is a prequel to Serious Sam: The First Encounter and takes place at the beginning of Lord Mental's invasion of Earth. Our job is to get to the Cairo Museum and secure a scientist who thinks he has the key to saving Earth.
by Stuart Davidson | 29/11/2011
Today we are looking at the latest SSD range from Corsair, the Performance Pro. Using a Marvell controller rather than Sandforce the Performance Pro offers a different approach to the majority of drives on the market. We'll find out how it compares with models based on the latest Indilinx, Samsung and Sandforce products in this review.
by Niall Coleman | 25/11/2011
Now nine months after the original MvC 3 Capcom are releasing a low cost standalone expansion which is titled Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. With new characters and new features where does it fit in for the average consumer and those who bought the first edition?
by Stuart Davidson | 22/11/2011
It's now 15 major titles and 60+ million sales since we first saw the original title in 1986 and without doubt this is a series of games which, more than most, has managed to retain its quality throughout with the undoubted pinnacle being 1998's Ocarina of Time... possibly the finest video game ever created.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/11/2011
Sapphire today announced their low profile compatible, single slot Radeon 6670. We have one on our test bench and will be looking at its performance in the latest titles, including Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 and Skyrim as well as video tasks to find out how well it fits the needs of gamers and media enthusiasts.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/11/2011
Those who have played, and loved, previous Elder Scrolls titles will know that the games are huge. Taking Oblivion as an example it was possible to play through that and its expansions reasonably quickly but the completists would see themselves playing for hundreds upon hundreds of hours to finish all of the side quests and discover everything the games had to offer.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/11/2011
As this is the fourth major release in the franchise it comes as no surprise that the overall gameplay in Revelations is very similar to the previous games. We are Desmond, plugged into the Animus and play Altair and Ezio who featured in the previous three titles.
by Stuart Davidson | 03/11/2011
So what do Sega have in store for the 20th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog? Sonic Generations is the answer and today we take a look at the PS3 version hoping that Sega learned from the 15th anniversary title and have created something worthy of the original game.
by Craig Humphreys | 31/10/2011
The original title The House of the Dead launched in arcades way back in 1997, debuting a year later on the Sega Saturn. It was a classic light-gun outing sharing many gameplay dynamics with the Virtua Cop franchise and sequels have arrived on various platforms including PC, Xbox, Wii and now PlayStation 3.
by Stuart Davidson | 28/10/2011
Now Insomniac are back with the latest in the Ratchet and Clank series, All 4 One which brings with it a focus on co-op play with up to four players taking control of some key characters from past games.
by Stuart Kerley | 27/10/2011
BlizzCon 2011 has wrapped up in Anaheim California and its safe to say that this year, unlike BlizzCon 2010, Blizzard had plenty to talk about. With a big announcement on the next World of Warcraft expansion, lots of talk about the next StarCraft 2 expansion and the finishing touches being put on Diablo 3.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/10/2011
Updated: Battlefield 3 performance added.
Today we have a custom GTX 560 Ti on our test bench and this model from Palit aims to offer enhanced gaming and thermal/noise performance along with adding a little extra style to the system.
by Stuart Kerley | 26/10/2011
Today we'll be taking a look at the Isurus In-Ear gaming headset, a product that offers a very different option from the usual over ear gaming headsets. Let's see if Isurus stands up to the high quality we have come to expect from Tt eSports.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/10/2011
The XPS 14z takes its style from the 15z we reviewed back in July and packs as much of it into the smaller chassis as is possible, giving us some extra performance over the Inspiron 14" model.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/10/2011
The Inspiron 14z as it is known features a second gen Core i5 CPU and some good on paper specifications. Today we have one on our test bench to find out what this model has to offer for those who don't need a 15"+ system.
by Stuart Davidson | 11/10/2011
Capcom are back, not with a sequel but a low cost stand-alone expansion of the Dead Rising 2 universe and in it the original character from Dead Rising, Frank West returns. Down on his luck and desperate to turn things round we find ourselves trapped in a zombie infested city with 74 hours until rescue, a crime to solve and that's before we even consider our need for antidote against our own infection...
by Stuart Davidson | 11/10/2011
Set in 2015 Assault Horizon takes us to the skies and drops us into the middle of a conflict between an international peace keeping force and East African rebels. We take the role of Colonel Bishop, a seasoned pilot, whose past experience has left him mentally scarred though his skills are still intact.
by Stuart Davidson | 07/10/2011
Right from the outset Forza 4 makes it clear that this is a game designed for car enthusiasts with an introduction voiced by BBC Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson who eloquently voices his disdain with the real worlds move towards hybrid cars and environmentally correct evolutions that remove the fun from our real world driving experience.
by Stuart Davidson | 04/10/2011
The G74Sx is a 17.3" enthusiast machine featuring Core i7 CPU and GTX 500 Series graphics along with a long list of other impressive features. Today we have a sample on our test bench to find out whether ASUS can compete in this area of the market.
by Stuart Davidson | 03/10/2011
At first we thought our press pack was a nice gift from Namco Bandai however after a few hours playing the sequel to Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, the bundle was clearly an advanced apology from them for the countless hours of mental torture we were about to endure at the hands of the game...
by Stuart Davidson | 01/10/2011
Regardless of what we think of the quality level found in more recent movies in the Aliens movie saga, there is one thing which can be said about the franchise as a whole; generally the games have been good. This is something of a rarity in the world of games based on movies.
by Craig Humphreys | 26/09/2011
Today we have the Classic HD Collection - ICO & Shadow of Colossus. Both games featured on the PlayStation 2, ICO back in 2001 followed by Shadow of Colossus in 2005 with both titles produced by Team ICO a division of Sony Entertainment Japan.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/09/2011
At the beginning of September we took a look at a preview build of F1 2011, covering some of the major changes which have taken place since last years release. Now we have access to a near final build which allows us to review the game so read on to find out what we thought of the experience.
by Stuart Davidson | 15/09/2011
Next week see's Microsoft Games and Epic release Gears of War 3, the concluding part in the Gears Saga and we have been playing through the campaign. Read on to find out if Epic have been able to deliver a fitting end to the Delta Squad story.
by Stuart Kerley | 14/09/2011
God of War Collection - Volume II, is a budget release for the PlayStation 3 and includes the last two PlayStation Portable God of War games remastered in high definition for the PlayStation 3. In addition to this the two titles, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta, also feature Stereoscopic 3D (a first in the God of War series).
by Niall Coleman | 12/09/2011
Last month we previewed Hard Reset for the PC and found it to be a romping, stomping, carnage filled chaotic FPS with enjoyable gameplay and an engrossing environment. It combines all of the best bits of classic shoot 'em' ups and sets it in a Blade Runner/Cyber Punk 2020 style universe. This coupled with between level cut scenes reminiscent of a Frank Miller comic made the game stylish and engaging throughout.
by Craig Humphreys | 10/09/2011
Resistance 3 is set four years after the events of Resistance 2 and Nathan Hale has succumbed to the Chimera so our new protagonist and member of the resistance Joseph Capelli has taken to hiding in a rats nest of tunnels under a small town in Oklahoma. Capelli narrates a very beautifully animated opening sequence to cover what has happened so far...
by Stuart Davidson | 08/09/2011
While some games allow us to play with a controller or Kinect Rise of Nightmares very much pushes us down the latter route, Kinect is a requirement and everything within the game relies on it including the menu's and loading screen interactivity. Upon selecting our difficulty level we are thrown into a mini-tutorial mission based around two characters with terrible French accents. This mission fills us in nicely on the control method and sets the scene well for what we can expect from the game.
by Stuart Davidson | 02/09/2011
In Bodycount we are an employee of The Network, a global organisation which answers to no-one, being above the law and looking to save the world by resolving conflicts across the globe. At the start of the game we are dropped into central Africa and tasked with finding out why a previously cold war has suddenly sparked into chaos between the two opposing sides of the conflict.
by Craig Humphreys | 10/08/2011
Today we're taking a look at a product designed to simplify and streamline our console experience. We're taking a look at Vogel's TwistDock for PS3, compatible with both Original and Slim models.
by Stuart Davidson | 30/07/2011
Yesterday the Heaven Media team was invited along to a Namco Bandai event in London to have a look at a handful of their latest titles that are currently still in production. Located at the Bargehouse situated on the Thames in London, Namco Bandai took over the whole building with a large free play area on the top floor and then 5 separate rooms throughout the building each displaying a new title.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/07/2011
The GTX 580M is available in Alienware's M18x and M17x systems with the M17x also offering the option of a 3D enabled display. We took a look at the M17x R3 back in February and today we revisit it, equipped this time with the GTX 580M to find out in a selection of real world gameplay just how fast NVIDIA's GPU is...
by Stuart Davidson | 22/07/2011
Our Fallout: New Vegas review has now been updated to include content from Lonesome Road, the latest DLC pack.
by Stuart Davidson | 18/07/2011
Today we will be putting the M14x through a selection of real world tests which include media encoding and playback as well as gaming. We'll be putting this i7 based laptop up against an i5 model in a selection of those tests to find out how much extra performance we can get and whether the system can game satisfactorily a its native resolution.
by Stuart Davidson | 15/07/2011
At its core F.E.A.R 3 is a modern day first person shooter so all of the key ingredients are here, the ability to carry multiple weapons, including two of the same type for dual handed attacks, we can zoom to target and health regenerates when we seek cover. Day 1 have however retained some of the key aspects of the original title which ensure that this feels like a F.E.A.R title, the main thing being the ability to slow time while attacking which allows us to target and attack multiple enemies more successfully in dangerous situations.
by Stuart Davidson | 14/07/2011
HIS are bucking the trend for custom 6950s today with a new version of the 6970, the IceQ Mix. While it has a name which could make people think of a cold drink it is actually a rather interesting take on the 6970 featuring a large, low noise custom cooler and the first real attempt we have seen at implementing Lucids HydraLogix 200 controller on a graphics card.
by Stuart Davidson | 13/07/2011
Today we will be putting the 6950 PCS+ Vortex 2 and its unique cooler through a selection of real world gaming, multimedia and GPU computing tasks to see how it stacks up against some of the best competitor cards on the market.
by Niall Coleman | 08/07/2011
Dungeon Siege 3 is the latest instalment in the Dungeon Siege series and is being released by Square ENIX and Obsidian. In it we return to the Kingdom of Ehb to find the 10th Legion destroyed by Jeyne Kassynder. The last surviving Legionnaire, The Venerable Odo (no relation to Star Trek), has protected the Legion's decedents for 30 years hoping that the time would become right to take back the Kingdom.
by Stuart Davidson | 06/07/2011
Dell are back with the XPS 15z, a slimmer, higher specification model which combines an aluminium chassis with 2nd Generation Core CPU and GeForce GPU in a portable form factor which Dell states is the thinnest 15" PC available, anywhere. Today we have the XPS 15z on our test bench and will be putting it through a selection of real world and synthetic tests to find out if the great features and performance of the XPS 15 has been continued in this new model.
by Stuart Davidson | 04/07/2011
Taking the foundations of their DirectCU II GTX 580 ASUS have further enhanced the design, aiming it at enthusiasts with the addition of voltage read points, on-board buttons for fan and power adjustments and making it part of the Republic of Gamers brand. So today we have the Matrix GTX 580 Platinum on our test bench and will be finding out in a selection of real world gaming tests, including Crysis 2 with DX11 and high res textures and GPU computing, whether this is now the ultimate GTX 580... or maybe even the best single GPU product ever released...
by Stuart Davidson | 01/07/2011
Today we are going to look at building a compact, stylish system based on Intel's Z68 chipset in ITX form (The Zotac Z68-ITX) and the Core i3-2100.
by Stuart Davidson | 25/06/2011
The AMD Radeon 6950 is a card which has been available for nearly 7 months but that doesn't seem to be stopping manufacturers from tweaking the design to suit their needs and one of the latest to do so (again) is Sapphire. In the form of a custom PCB, custom cooler model with a bundle designed to please even the most demanding consumers we have the Sapphire Radeon 6950 DiRT 3 Edition.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/06/2011
Following the success of War For Cybertron High Noon were awarded the contract to develop a tie-in for the latest big screen outing from Michael Bay; Dark of The Moon. Today we find out if the game builds on the good foundations of the last title or if it has suffered the same fate that so many movie related games do... extreme mediocrity, at best.
by Stuart Davidson | 21/06/2011
Originally designed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the creator of Rez, Child of Eden has a similar concept to that 2001 game updated for a 2011 audience who of course have access to Kinect. Since launch we have been delving into Eden in both standard and Kinect mode in the hope that it would provide the first must have Kinect experience... read on to find out if it achieved that goal and why it is the first game we have ever decided not to rate.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/06/2011
The basic storyline to Red Faction: Armageddons single player campaign is that we are a mercenary on Mars. The game begins with us joining a squad of marine type characters on a mission to save the planets Terraformer from being destroyed by the big evil of the game, Adam Hale. Following the success, or failure of this initial mission where we learn the main game mechanic we are tasked with variations on 3rd person action as we take on various jobs surrounding the main plot.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/06/2011
To tie in with Valve's Midweek Madness on Steam we take a look back at Section 8: Prejudice, a game which impressed us greatly a few months ago. With 66% of the already fantastic $15/£10 RRP it is now a must buy title.
by Stuart Davidson | 07/06/2011
Brink has a futuristic setting where Earth has flooded and a large chunk of civilisation has moved to a large floating city called The Ark. Designed initially as a sustainable living environment which was populated by great minds of the day as well as the rich it now finds itself surrounded by un-sailable ships and Container City, a slum which is the home of the Resistance a group of people with nowhere else to go and no access to even the basic standards of living.
by Stuart Davidson | 06/06/2011
Today we will take a look at the ECS HDC-I and combine it with a case designed for cool and silent running, the Fractal Design Define Mini.Â We will show the build process, components paired with these two items and performance in tasks such as Blu-Ray playback and video streaming. If you are thinking about building a low power, quiet HTPC or all-purpose system this article should help in the decision making process.
by Stuart Davidson | 25/05/2011
Now Sapphire are expanding their 6670 range with the introduction of the (silent) Ultimate Edition and today we have that version of the card on our test bench. We will be running it through a selection of real world tests which include DiRT 3 and The Witcher 2 as well as HD playback with GPU computing rounding things off.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/05/2011
For anyone looking to upgrade their system for 1080p gaming NVIDIA claim this GPU will deliver for less than $199(£150)... let's find out if it does as we take a look at the Palit Sonic Platinum edition of the new GTX 560 in a selection of real world gaming tests mixed with some 3D playback, GPU computing and media tasks.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/04/2011
Today we have two of the new value orientated Radeons on our test bench, the Sapphire 6570 and 6670. These cards are more than just rebranded reference designs thanks to their Arctic Cooling coolers and redesigned PCB's so let's take a look at how they perform in some of the most popular games around, as well as GPU computing and media related tasks.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/04/2011
Today Alienware is launching a number of new machines including a new revision of the M11x the R3. We have one of the first samples on our test bench and will be putting it through a selection of real world gaming, media and productivity tests to find out if the latest model retains the high level of build quality and performance we saw in the last revision.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/04/2011
UPDATE: SLI Testing has now been added to our coverage.
The M18x as the name suggests is an 18" model and we have been putting one of the first samples through its paces over the last few days. Join us as we find out through a selection of real world tests what Alienware can do when they have an 18" chassis to play with.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/04/2011
Despite the reference designs impressive cooling solution there were consumers who demanded enhanced versions of the GTX 580 with enhanced cooler. One of the latest to deliver this is Inno3D with their custom GTX 580 HAWK Edition. As well as featuring an enhanced cooler and some tweaks on the style of the card it also has 3GB of memory rather than the standard 1.5GB. Lets see how it performs in a selection of real world tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/04/2011
With the release of NVIDIAs GTX 550 Ti at $150 a few weeks ago the market changed slightly and AMD had a new product to consider, today we see their response in the form of the 6790, our first 6700 series product and on our test bench is Sapphires version. We will be putting it up against the 550 Ti (as well as a few other products) in a selection of the latest games, media playback and GPU computing tests to establish how good the new Radeon is.
by Stuart Davidson | 04/04/2011
Today we have one of the B3 revision motherboards on our test bench, a mini-ITX model from Gigabyte, which packs a whole load of features into a tiny PCB. We'll be putting that model through its paces, along with the low energy 2100/2500T CPUs, in a selection of synthetic and real world tests to find out how they perform with a mini-ITX Fusion system included as a performance baseline.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/03/2011
With the recent release of the Radeon 6990 AMD overtook the GTX 580 in framerate performance, giving them the chance to claim they had the fastest graphics card available. On launch day we all knew that this might not last for long though as it was clear that NVIDIA was readying their long awaited dual GPU upgrade. Today that product is released and it is called the GTX 590.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/03/2011
Today NVIDIA released their updated driver, 267.84 and we have taken that, 5 recently released games (including Crysis 2, BulletStorm and Shogun 2) and tested at 1920x1080 and 5760x1080 with the 6990 and GTX 590 overclocked to their limit. Read on to find out which is faster when both are pushed as far as they will go on a heavily overclocked Intel Core i7-990X.
by Stuart Davidson | 18/03/2011
The GX660R is available in various flavours, including Core-i7 based builds and comes with the same high-end Dynaudio speakers that were used in the GT660 with the graphics also receiving an upgrade to AMD's DX11 enabled Mobility 5870... That "R" in the model name, that's for RAID. In theory that all sounds like a system with a high end price tag but MSI have decent spec builds starting at a little under £999 which seems too good to be true. Let's find out if it is...
by Stuart Davidson | 15/03/2011
Over the last year or so one of the more popular models in the mainstream area has been the GeForce GTS 450, a card which many consumers saw as offering a good balance of features and performance for the price. As the NVIDIA product catalogue changed, seeing the release of the GTX 560, 570 and 580 this meant there was a reasonable gap between the GTS 450 and the 460/560 Ti and today we see the release of a product designed to improve on the GTS model while filling the space below the higher specification cards.
by Stuart Davidson | 08/03/2011
The Radeon 6990 has just launched and today we will be putting it up against the GTX 580 and 570 (with SLI) as well as the 5970 to find out how the new card from AMD compares. As well as the standard 1920x1080 tests we will also cover 5760x1080 on all products, 3D Blu-Ray, GPU computing, power, noise, temps and overclocking.
by Stuart Davidson | 08/03/2011
We have one of the first retail branded 6990s in our test system and have combined it with the reference 6990 model to look at performance when gaming on one and three screens. This includes Dragon Age 2, Crysis 2 and of course the customary run through 3DMark 2011.
by Stuart Davidson | 01/03/2011
Over the last month or so we have taken a look at a number of GTX 560 Ti models from various manufacturers and in the majority of cases we have been impressed. The stock GTX 560 Ti is a good card with great performance for the price and offers a nice entry into stereoscopic 3D and PhysX. That said the reference design does have some stiff competition from the Radeon 6870 and more recently the 6950 1GB.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/02/2011
Today we will be looking at one of the first custom versions of the 6950 1GB, the XFX XXX and in the process we will take a detailed look at 1920x1080 performance as well as 5760x1080 (Eyefinity) and CrossFire. To spice things up a little we are adding in a detailed look at building an Eyefinity system for high end gaming, high end wheel and stick controllers... video of the system running... the works.
by Stuart Davidson | 15/02/2011
One company who are known for their quality mobile devices are Archos and a couple of months back they announced their own up to date range of Android tablets, the 70 and 101. These devices are based on Android 2.2 (currently) and aim to provide a better quality of product than the cheaper tablets while aiming to get close to the performance of the Tab.
by Stuart Davidson | 09/02/2011
Gainward have covered all bases and brought the - Phantom branding to the mainstream cards. This means that we get an enhanced cooler, redesigned card and in theory, better performance than the reference model... all of the benefits of the high end card at a much more affordable price. Today we have the GTX 560 Ti Phantom 2 on our test bench and will be putting it up against a selection of cards in a similar price bracket to see how it compares in real world gaming, media and GPU computing tasks.
by Stuart Davidson | 09/02/2011
We will be running this enhanced version of the 6970 through a selection of real world tests to find out how it compares to the GTX 570 and will include maximum overclock results in each case... all on an i7 CPU running at 4.4GHz.
by Stuart Davidson | 08/02/2011
One of the more recent enhanced 6870 models to hit the market is Sapphires Vapor-X model. It features a custom PCB and enhanced cooler to make it stand out from the crowd and that, combined with Sapphires TriXX utility for overclocking and voltage increases means we have a very interesting product on our test bench today.
by Stuart Davidson | 04/02/2011
Today on our test bench we have Gainward's 3GB GTX 580 Phantom3 and the massive Asus GTX 580 DirectCU 2. Tests will include real world gaming, 3DMark 11, media playback, and GPU computing. Then, for the first time on Hardware Heaven, all gaming tests will include stereoscopic 3D results.
by Stuart Davidson | 02/02/2011
Today we will be putting the M17x R3 with its Sandy Bridge components, 120Hz screen and 3D Vision kit through a selection of real world tests to find out how it compares to a desktop P67 system, the original 2009 model M17x and the R2 from 2010.
by Stuart Davidson | 28/01/2011
Today we have the HIS Radeon 6970 Turbo on our test bench and have paired it with an overclocked Core i7-980X to see how well it performs against the standard 6970 and GTX 570 in a selection of real world gaming tests, media playback, stereoscopic 3D and GPU computing.
by Stuart Davidson | 28/01/2011
One of the more impressive looking enhanced 6950s is the PowerColor PCS++ model and today we have one of those on our test bench. With an enhanced cooler and significantly increased specifications over the standard 6950 we will be putting it up against the GTX 570 and Radeon 6970 to see if it can compete with those, more expensive models.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/01/2011
Over the past day we have taken a look in detail at NVIDIAs new GTX 560 TI. Aspects which have been covered include single card performance, SLI, stereoscopic 3D, Blu-Ray playback, GPU computing and PhysX amongst other things. As always though we like to end our launch coverage with a look in more detail at overclocked performance...
by Stuart Davidson | 25/01/2011
In the first of our GTX 560 Ti launch articles we have the Palit GTX 560 Ti Sonic on our test bench and will be running it through a selection of real world tests to establish how well it performs against the current line-up from AMD and NVIDIA. Tests will include Black Ops, Crysis, F1 2010 and of course our usual selection of GPU computing and multimedia tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 25/01/2011
To cover SLI testing on the GTX 560 Ti we are using the ASUS Direct CU2 TOP Edition, a custom designed version of the product which is factory overclocked. We will be testing the card against the 6870 in CrossFire to see, in real world scenarios, which multi-GPU configuration offers the best experience. As always Surround gaming videos will be included, as will 5760x1080 screenshots.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/12/2010
On our test bench today we have one of the first cards to tweak the GTX 570 design. Gainwards GTX 570 GLH Edition features their own cooler and a factory overclock to enhance the performance over reference cards. We will put it through a selection of real world tests which include Black Ops, stereoscopic 3D gaming, Blu-Ray 3D and GPU computing to see how it compares to the reference model.
by Stuart Davidson | 18/12/2010
UPDATED: Overclocking Analysis
The Radeon EAH6870 DirectCU is a factory overclocked model which claims to run cooler than the reference model and certainly looks different. We will be running it through a selection of real world tests to find out how it performs in gaming, multimedia and GPU computing tasks. These include Blu-Ray 3D, Stereoscopic 3D gaming and the latest releases such as Black Ops and H.A.W.X. 2.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/12/2010
On our test bench is a GTX 570 from Gigabyte and the Radeon 6970/6950 from Sapphire. We will be overclocking each of these and putting them head to head against each other and an overclocked Radeon 5870 to find out how the new cards compare in this scenario. As always real world gameplay will be used, including Black Ops and HAWX 2 and just for fun we will throw in 3DMark 2011 Professional.
by Stuart Davidson | 15/12/2010
Today the Radeon 6970 and 6950 hit the market and we have XFX branded models on our test bench. We will be putting the 6900 series through a selection of real world gaming, CPU computing and stereoscopic 3D tests against the GTX 580 and 570 to see where these new products fit in the market. Added to that are 2-way and 3-way CrossFire testing and a look at the power, noise and thermal performance of the cards to ensure a thorough evaluation of the latest and greatest from AMD.
by Stuart Davidson | 07/12/2010
Not everyone can afford the highest specification, fastest graphics card though and for that reason, less than a month on, NVIDIA are launching the GTX 570. On our test bench we have a model from Inno3D which is factory overclocked and we will be putting it through its paces in a selection of real world tests which include Black Ops, Stereoscopic 3D gaming, GPU Computing, Blu-Ray 3D playback and we will even throw in a quick look at 3DMark 2011 Professional.
by Stuart Davidson | 03/12/2010
Today's review product is Dells new 15" XPS, the L501X which retails for just £549 in the UK at the moment and also has a $100 discount in the USA. We will be putting the system through a selection of real world tests which include Blu-Ray 3D playback, media encoding and gaming to find out whether this new system makes the ideal winter purchase.
by Stuart Davidson | 03/12/2010
In the next few days stock of the revised XFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition will be landing at a store near you and today we have one of the very first samples on our test bench. With a brand new dual fan cooler and factory overclock can it compete with a top of the range GTX 460? We will find out as it is put through a selection of real world tests which include Black Ops, F1 2010, Blu-Ray 3D and GPU computing.
by Stuart Davidson | 01/12/2010
On our test bench today we have one of the latest products from ASUS, the P7H55-M/USB3. Based on Intel's Socket 1156 and the H55 chipset this Micro-ATX board includes the latest features such as SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0. We will be putting it through a selection of real world tests to find out how well it performs against a comparable H57 model when using the Core i5-655K.
by Stuart Davidson | 30/11/2010
Today we have a custom-built performance system on our test bench; aimed at consumers who want a good base specification with potential for future upgrades the Fusion Challenger retails for £699 and features a Core i3 CPU at 4.0GHz and plenty of configuration options during the purchase process.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/11/2010
On our test bench today is one of the first samples of Dell's Inspiron One range. With a 23" multi-touch screen, Core i5 CPU, Radeon graphics and Blu-Ray we have an impressive system on paper. We will be putting the Inspiron One through a selection of real world tests which include touch screen gaming (StarCraft 2), media conversion and Blu-Ray playback. Videos of the system in action will of course also be available.
by Stuart Davidson | 18/11/2010
Cryo describe the Rapier as an entry level system and at first glance it could be with a Core i3 processor and P55 motherboard as some of its main components. When we consider that this i3 CPU is actually running at 4.48GHz things get a little more interesting though, so let's look at what Cryo can do for under £800.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/11/2010
In this article we have decided to take a look at how one of the more desirable 5770s on the market performs in 5 of the most recent games (Black Ops, Fallout New Vegas, Medal of Honor, Civilization V and F1 2010). Our aim is to see how it plays at the highest "normal" resolution of 1920x1080 with maximum in-game detail. Can the 5770 be the ideal solution for serious gamers on a budget?
by Stuart Davidson | 15/11/2010
Sapphire rarely does anything half-heartedly though and the focus of today's review is their take on an enhanced 6850. This is more than just a new cooler and factory overclock though as they have completely changed the product to enhance its performance and overclocking potential.
by Stuart Davidson | 11/11/2010
Today's comparison is the GTX 580, overclocked to the fastest speed we have seen advertised by a manufacturer on standard air cooling against the 6870 in Crossfire with the same highest overclock rule. In addition to that we will also add the 5970, in full. Each of the cards will be tested in a selection of the latest games including Call of Duty: Black Ops, F1 2010 (DX11 Patch) and Fallout: New Vegas with the latest patch.
by Stuart Davidson | 09/11/2010
Today we have not one, not two but three GTX 580's on our test bench and we will be running them through a huge amount of real world testing to show everyone reading the complete picture of GTX 580. It's all here in comparisons which include the GTX 480, Radeon 5870, 5870 Crossfire, 5970 and 6870.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/11/2010
On our test bench today we have two cards from the £150-165 price range which sit on either side of the NVIDIA and AMD divide. Those products are the Inno3D GTXÂ 460 OC and PowerColor's Radeon HD 6850 and we will be putting each through a selection of real world tests to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are.
by Stuart Davidson | 03/11/2010
Today we have one of the top end GTX 470's on our test bench, the Gigabyte GTX 470 Super Overclock. It features custom PCB, cooler and the fastest core we have seen on a GTX 470 to date. We will be putting it through a selection of tests including Medal of Honor, Fallout New Vegas (3D Vision), F1 2010 (DX11 Patch) and 3D Blu-Ray playback to find out how much Gigabyte have improved on the reference design.
by Stuart Davidson | 28/10/2010
Today we will put the Zino HD 410 through a selection of tests including Blu-Ray and MKV playback, encoding and even some gaming to find out whether this model meets the needs of consumers looking for a new mini-system.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/10/2010
Today we have a number of brand new AMD 6800 Series cards on our test bench and will be putting them through a selection of real world tests including standard gaming, Eyefinity gaming, Stereo 3D gaming using the latest Zalman 3D monitor, 3D Blu-Ray playback and GPU computing to see where they find themselves in the marketplace.
by Stuart Davidson | 14/10/2010
Today ASRock are back with their latest mini-PC, the Vision 3D. Based on Intel's H55 chipset and NVIDIA's Fermi based GT425M graphics this model gives consumers a simple way to add a Blu-Ray 3D based HTPC to their home cinema. Today we put that system through a selection of real world tests including Blu-Ray 3D playback, media encoding and gaming to establish if this system offers more than just 3D capability.
by Stuart Davidson | 11/10/2010
Today we have Zotac's GeForce GT 430 Zone Edition on our test bench and have run it through a selection of real world tests to establish where it sits in the current market. Tests include gaming, 3D Vision, PhysX, CUDA (GPU Computing) and 3D Blu-Ray playback so by the end of this article we will know exactly what NVIDIA's new budget GPU is capable of.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/10/2010
We have two of PowerColor's Radeon 5870 PCS+ cards on our test bench. We will be running them through 1920x1080 and 5760x1080 tests in a number of the latest games, including Medal of Honor, Civilisation 5 and F1 2010 to see what the user experience is like (Eyefinity videos included). In addition to this we also look at GPU computing and HD playback to get a full overview of the PowerColor model.
by Stuart Davidson | 01/10/2010
In addition to the ASRock Extreme6 we also have Intel's latest i7-970 CPU to test. So join us as we put some ultra-high end kit through its paces in real world testing which includes SATA3 and USB 3 performance, CrossFire Eyefinity and 3-Way SLI 3D Vision Surround gameplay in addition to our standard tests which include encoding and media playback.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/09/2010
So, if anyone had asked us a year ago "what is the next area that Corsair would branch out into?" we can say with absolute certainty that our response would not have been audio. Some sort of peripheral, a mouse or keyboard maybe but audio... not a chance. It was therefore with a certain amount of surprise that we saw Corsair soft launch the HS1 gaming headset a few weeks back.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/09/2010
Today we have one of Novatech's latest systems on our test bench. The Revolution is a midrange desktop with 6-core AMD processor and Radeon 5700 series graphics. Can it live up to the high expectations generated by the recent Which report? Let's find out in a selection of real world tests ranging from Gaming to High Definition playback and media conversion.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/09/2010
Today we take a look at how to set up a 3D Vision Surround system and then run it through a selection of real world gaming tests to find out the performance level we can achieve on the latest driver.
We will include a full selection of 5760x1080 screenshots, 5760x1080 gameplay videos and all of this running on three Asus VG236H screens with Zotac's GTX 480 AMP! Edition in SLI.
by Stuart Davidson | 13/09/2010
Today we will be putting three GTS 450s through their paces in a selection of real world gaming tests which include PhysX and 3D Vision. In addition to that we also take a look at the GPU Computing potential and fire up a Blu-Ray 3D title to check out the acceleration performance offered by the GTS 450.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/09/2010
There are alternatives to the Atom platform and one of the major competitors is AMD's Athlon 2 Neo range. Combined with a DirectX 10.1 GPU it forms a well-balanced platform, one which Dell has chosen to base their latest ultra-portable system on. For those who want something a little bigger than the standard 10" netbook today we have the Inspiron M101z which is an AMD Vision based 11.6" laptop.
by Stuart Davidson | 03/09/2010
Today on our test bench we have the GTX 460 Beast Edition which on paper exceeds any GTX 460 we have tested to date. We will be running it through a set of real world gameplay tests which include DirectX 9, 10 and 11 titles, PhysX, 3D Vision, 3D Blu-Ray and GPU Computing to establish just how good it is.
by Stuart Davidson | 31/08/2010
Today we get the chance to put sample 0021 of the Black Edition Limited run through its paces. Tests will cover 5760x1080 Eyefinity gaming, GPU computing, HD playback and the usual selection of single screen gameplay... is this the most extreme 5970 ever? Can it play the latest games including Mafia 2 and StarCraft 2 at 5760x1080? Let's find out...
by Stuart Davidson | 25/08/2010
SteelSeries are not a company who stand still and even back in March when we attended CeBIT they were starting to show their next model to select members of the press. From our brief demo of the headset that day we were impressed and couldn't wait for our chance to properly use the product. That day is now here and on our test bench is the SteelSeries 7H headset and virtual 7.1 USB soundcard.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/08/2010
Today Dell is back with a new system which is aimed at maximising productivity for home users, students and professionals who are on a budget. The Studio XPS 7100 is AMD Vision Black certified and prices start at £479/$499, ideal for the back to school period. So let's see how it performs for us in a selection of real world tasks as well as a little gaming.
by Stuart Davidson | 21/08/2010
There is one CPU from Intel which has remained at its price point without a refresh for some time now. That CPU is the Core i5-750 originally released in September 2009 it was long due a refresh and just a few weeks ago Intel made that move, releasing the Core i5-760. Today we have that very CPU on our test bench to find out how it compares with the older model and the direct competition from AMD at $200, the 1055T.
by Stuart Davidson | 18/08/2010
Today ASRock are back with an updated model from their 330HT, based on Intel's Core i3/HM55 platform, which aims to take performance into the arena of a full desktop PC whilst maintaining the same footprint as their last generation ION system. Can it be done? Let's find out as we take the Core 100HT-BD through a selection of real world tests including StarCraft 2, media encoding and high definition playback.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/08/2010
The 5850 PCS+ is a factory overclocked model with enhanced cooler and we will be putting it thorough a selection of real world tests, including StarCraft 2, to establish how it compares to the best 5830 on the market. In addition to this we will also take a look at how both cards perform in the recently released Mafia 2 and Lost Planet 2 benchmarks before concluding with some 3D Blu-Ray playback and GPU computing tasks.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/08/2010
Today Zotac are releasing their "AMP! Edition" of the GTX 460 and hope that its redesigned cooler and enhanced specifications will appeal to enthusiasts on a budget. Today we take a look at that card and find out in a selection of real world tests how it compares to the standard GTX 460 as well as a couple of Radeons in the same price range.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/08/2010
Today we have the XFX Radeon 5830 XXX Edition on our test bench and it will be put through its paces in a selection of real world gaming, multimedia and GPU computing tasks. As always these will feature DirectX 11 titles such as Alien Vs. Predator but we have also updated our test suite to include a first look at Mafia 2, Lost Planet 2 as well as StarCraft 2 and 3D Blu-Ray.
by Stuart Davidson | 11/08/2010
Today we have another 5770 on our test bench and while it uses an enhanced cooler that is not the cards main feature, Sapphires 5770 FleX Edition offers a refined Eyefinity experience. Read on to find out what they have changed and how it offers a significant improvement over other Radeon cards.
by Stuart Davidson | 06/08/2010
On our test bench today is Alienwares new M11x, an 11.6 inch laptop featuring Core i5 CPU and Nvidia Optimus technology. We will be putting it through a selection of real world tests including StarCraft 2, media transcoding and HD playback to establish how good it really is.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/08/2010
Today from PowerColor and Gigabyte come two Radeon 5750s which offer passive heatsinks and a few more twists. Will these make an ideal HTPC card; can they even game successfully without active cooling? Today we find out.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/07/2010
Today sees the launch of the GeForce GTX 460 despite a name which is close to the existing GTX 465 the GTX 460 is based on a new class of Fermi/GF100 GPU. Today we find out how it compares to the existing GTX 400 range, the GTX 200 series and its direct competition, the Radeon 5830.
by Stuart Davidson | 08/07/2010
We will be combining the ARES with a Core i7-980X overclocked to 4.25GHz and running it through a selection of real world tests including gaming and Blu-Ray 3D playback to find out how well it compares to the standard 5970 and 2x480 in SLI.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/06/2010
On the ATI based side we have Sapphire's 5970 Toxic 4GB and the Asus Matrix 5870 Platinum. From NVIDIA partners we have Zotac GTX 480's, Gigabyte and Palit GTX 470's and Gainward GTX 465s which allow us to compare single GPU and SLI based setups. We will be covering real world gameplay, PhysX, 3D Vision, GPU computing, High Definition / 3D media playback and power/noise readings in this review to establish which products are worth purchasing.
by Stuart Davidson | 31/05/2010
To tie in with Computex 2010 Nvidia is today launching the GTX 465 which brings the same GF100 architecture and features which were present in the GTX 480 and 470 to a new price point, sub $300/£255. We will be running the new card through a number of real world tests including DX 9/10/11 gaming, 3D Vision, PhysX, CUDA and 3D movie Playback to establish how it fits into the current marketplace; including comparisons with cards such as the GTX 285, 470 and Radeon 5000 series.
by Stuart Davidson | 29/05/2010
Today Intel aims to satisfy the needs of enthusiasts on a budget with the release of the Core i7-875K and Core i5-655K, two processors on Socket 1156 which feature unlocked multipliers.
We will be running each through a selection of real world tests to establish how they compare to the latest offerings from AMD, and finding out how well they overclock using the unlocked multiplier.
by Grace | 13/05/2010
NVIDIA's long awaited high end products have finally been released, satisfying the ever-craving performance enthusiasts. However the release of the high end cards does not mean that NVIDIA lost interest in the mainstream market where the majority of gamers and users wants to combine performance with value. Today we are going to test the performance of three NVIDIA GT 240 GFX cards, which even though they are all based on the same GT 215 core, are very different from each other.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/05/2010
Dell has recently released their refreshed Adamo XPS, a machine which follows a similar design ethic to the original but aims to increase performance to ensure it is competitive in the current market. Today we have an Adamo XPS on our test bench and will see, in a selection of real world tests, what the latest high end Dell machine can do.
by Stuart Davidson | 27/04/2010
Today we find out how Sapphire's Radeon 5870 2GB TOXIC compares to the GTX 480 in a selection real world gaming, media and GPU computing tasks. In addition to this we will also cover noise levels, power use and overclocking to find out which enthusiast product is worth purchasing.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/03/2010
So today one of the most discussed graphics card launches of all time takes place; join us as we take a look at the real world performance of the GTX 480 covering DirectX 9, 10, 10.1 and 11 gaming, GPU Computing (CUDA), High Definition playback, PhysX, 3DVision, gaming with 32x anti-aliasing and even 3D-DVD playback. If thats not enough then how about internal and external temperature readings, power use then some overclocking?
by Stuart Davidson | 25/02/2010
Today we get to see the final (for now) piece of the puzzle in the Radeon 5000 range, the 5830. We will be running the card through a selection of real world gaming tests as well as GPU computing tasks and HD playback to find out how it compares to the 5770, 5850 and GTX 275.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/02/2010
Today we have a product on our test bench which aims to fill the SATA3/USB3 gap in AMDs high end product line. We will be running the Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 through a selection of real world tests to find out whether this is the board that AMD users with a need for the latest features have been waiting on.
by Stuart Davidson | 09/02/2010
Today we will be taking a look at Sapphires 5570 to see where the new GPU fits into the market in a selection of real world gaming tests, GPU computing tasks and high definition playback. In addition to this we will also take a look back at two other products in the value area, the XFX 5670 and HIS 5450...
by Stuart Davidson | 04/02/2010
Today we will be running Sapphires version of the card through a selection of real world gaming scenarios as well as GPU computing tasks and media playback tests. Read on to find out how the card compares to the main competitor in the same price range.
by Stuart Davidson | 14/01/2010
Today ATI/AMD are launching the first sub $100 (512MB) and $120 (1GB) DirectX 11 capable products in the shape of the Radeon 5670.
We will be running the latest addition to the Radeon range through a selection of real world gaming and media tests to find out how it fits into a very competitive marketplace which includes the GT 240, GTS 250 and Radeon 5750.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/12/2009
Today we take a look at the latest in Alienware/Dells desktop range, the Aurora ALX and run it though a selection of real world tests including gaming at 2560x1600, Photoshop, media encoding and overclocking to find out if their impressive run of form continues.
by Zardon | 05/12/2009
Our sister site Gamingheaven reviewed Dirt 2 a short while ago and today we have a look at the performance of the PC version in DX11 mode when paired up with the stunning new range of ATI Series 5 graphics cards. I have been playing the PC version of Dirt 2 for the last week or so and it really is a stunning racing game, with state of the art graphics combined with the same fantastic gameplay we experienced on the console version.
by Stuart Davidson | 29/11/2009
Today we have the latest model in the Sapphire Vapor-X family on our test bench, the 5750. We will be taking a look at how it compares to the reference model in areas such as thermal performance, overclocking, GPU computing and real world gameplay. Can the Vapor-X 5750 live up to the reputation of the previous models?
by Zardon | 20/11/2009
Today we will be taking a look at the new HIS and Sapphire 5970's and as they sent us two of the cards apiece we felt it would be a good time to to cover Crossfire X configurations - for those of you rich enough to be able to afford two of these monster graphics cards. We also overclock our watercooled Core i7 processor to 4.1 ghz and the memory to 1800mhz to mirror a real life environment for a potential customer of two of these high end boards - we want CPU limiting at a minimum.
by Stuart Davidson | 18/11/2009
Today we will be taking a look at the Powercolor Radeon HD 5970 2GB and putting it through its paces in a selection of real world gaming tests, including the recently released Modern Warfare 2. In addition to this we will cover GPU computing and high definition playback as well as having a play with the surprise inclusion of an official voltage tweaking tool. This little application may well make this product a favourite with enthusiasts who want to get the most from their purchase.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/11/2009
The first XPC was released in 2001 and since then Shuttle have continually been upgrading the range to utilise as many desktop features as possible into a compact chassis. One of the latest models to be released is their Core-i7/X58 based system the SX58H7 and today we have one on our test bench to find out if Intels latest architecture is a viable option in a small form factor.
by Stuart Davidson | 04/11/2009
Today we look at the new AMD processors - the revised Phenom II 965 Black Edition and the Athlon II X3 435. We also look at the DFI DK-790FXB-M3H5 and the stunning new Sapphire Vapor X 5870 and watercooled Powercolor 5870 LCS.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/10/2009
Today we have Gigabytes GTX 275 Super Overclock in our labs which takes nVidias GTX275 to a whole new level. To make things even more interesting we have paired this impressive card with Nvidias 3D Vision kit, today we see if the latest development in display technology is ready for the mainstream market.
by Stuart Davidson | 13/10/2009
These two products are priced to target (and undercut) the GTS 250 and GTX 260. Can ATI take control of the mainstream graphics market? Read on to find out as we put all of these cards through their paces in a selection of the latest games as well as high definition media playback and GPU computing tasks.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/10/2009
Despite Nvidia having a strong product catalogue rumours have been rife in the last week or so about the future of their mid and high range products. It is business as usual in the budget range today however as we see the launch of a new card in the sub $79 price range. This isnt just a cut down version of a different card though; for once we have a budget model which brings something a little different to Nvidias product range.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/10/2009
A couple of weeks ago on launch day we looked at the Radeon 5870 and found it to be a very impressive card. Today we have a follow-up article where we will look at the 5870 offerings from a selection of ATIs partners as well as the 5850 to see which cards are worth your hard earned cash. In addition to this full CrossFire results for both cards will be provided as well as GPU computing and media playback performance figures.
by Stuart Davidson | 29/09/2009
Today we have two cards from either end of the price spectrum on our test bench to find out what each has to offer. For those who feel their onboard sound is has issues, or anyone with high quality headphones/speakers this article should assist in finding the ideal purchase.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/09/2009
In order to take full advantage of Microsofts latest DirectX we require hardware which supports features such as Shader Model 5 and today we bring you the launch of the worlds first publically available DX 11 hardware, the Radeon 5870.
by Stuart Davidson | 23/09/2009
Today we look at the new M15x from Alienware - they are one of the first companies to introduce Intels Core-i7 architecture in the mobile marketplace. Back that up with an impressive graphics processor from Nvidia and the new Intel PM55 chipset and we have a very interesting and theoretically capable product.
by Stuart Davidson | 03/09/2009
Today were going to be looking at a product from Razers high end selection, the £ 120 Razer Megalodon 7.1 surround sound headset. This headset has an on-board audio processor with Razers Maelstrom sound engine which claims to provide immersive surround sound from just two drivers.
by Zardon | 28/08/2009
Today we look at a higher price bracket for those who demand a little extra than our recent 4890 roundup and there is no better card to focus on than the massively successful, and extremely powerful 285 GTX from Nvidia. We have been noticing the prices of these cards dropping recently and rather than focus on a plethora of 1gb versions we thought it would be interesting to focus on possibly the cheapest 2gb 285 GTX available from lesser known manufacturer Sparkle.
by Stuart Davidson | 26/08/2009
Asus have just rewritten the Nvidia rulebook with the release of their 1 grand video card - the Asus MARS. Its basically two 285's on one board with 4GB of high performance ram. Asus sent us TWO of these limited edition boards and we put them in a watercooled system to see just how many frames they can deliver with all the modern gaming titles.
by Stuart Davidson | 31/07/2009
Today we have one product from each of the mainstream and high-end GeForce families on our test bench to see what performance each offers for its price point. Read on to find out what can be achieved through a simple upgrade as we test each in a selection of the latest games and GPU computing applications.
by Nathan Marks | 30/07/2009
Today we are going to be looking at the Novatech X1 Pro, a desktop replacement packed with the most powerful laptop components on the market such as a quad core processor and GTX280M graphics cards in SLI.
by Nathan Marks | 29/07/2009
Today were going to be testing the Novatech X80GTX Pro, a 17 inch desktop replacement containing a dual core processor and one of the most powerful single mobile GPU solutions on the market, the GTX260M from Nvidia.
by Nathan Marks | 24/07/2009
Today we're going to be looking at the Asus W90Vp, a multimedia notebook full of features such as an 18.4' 1080p display, a Blu-Ray drive and a powerful dual core CPU with overclocking capabilities paired with two of ATIs mobile 4870 cards in a Crossfire configuration.
by Nathan Marks | 17/07/2009
Today were going to be looking at the Wired2Fire Hellspawn ALC, a system packed with overclocked components such as the i7 920 D0 processor cooled by a Coolit Domino, ATIs blisteringly fast HD 4890 and a price tag of only Â£1099
by Nathan Marks | 19/06/2009
Today we are looking at two cards, the XFX HD 4890 Black Edition and Zotacs GTX285 Infinity. Both are each respective manufacturers fastest single core offerings and bring several improved features to the table.
by Nathan Marks | 17/06/2009
Recently we tested the Sapphire 4890 Vapor-X which offers a slight improvement over the reference model with a modest overclock and a custom cooling solution. Today however we will be taking a look at the real powerhouse that Sapphire have on offer, the HD 4890 Atomic.
by Nathan Marks | 12/06/2009
Today were going to be testing the Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X. This specific model of the 4890 slots in just above the basic card and below the Toxic edition which is clocked at slightly higher speeds.
by Nathan Marks | 04/06/2009
Today well be taking a look at the Breed Evo, a high performance gaming rig which is wrapped up in the stylish SilverStone TJ07 chassis. The system comes equipped with a highly clocked i7 920 processor and a GTX295, both watercooled with some of the finest high end enthusiast equipment on the market.
by Nathan Marks | 29/05/2009
Purchasing a new computer is never an easy task with countless manufacturers offering systems of various configurations. It takes a little something special to stand out among such a crowded theatre and today were going to take a look at a system from Kobalt Computers.
by Nathan Marks | 21/05/2009
Today were going to be looking at the Asus ENGTX260 Matrix graphics card. The card is complete with a custom cooler and a comprehensive software application which allows for overvolting and overclocking of the card. The card is available for about Â£160 and these features could easily give it a strong advantage over competing products.
by Stuart Davidson | 17/04/2009
Today we take a look at several of the cards based on the GT200 core as well as a GTS 250 to see which offer the best value for gaming and GPU computing tasks. For anyone considering the purchase of a GeForce product in the next few months this article is essential reading.
by Zardon | 05/04/2009
Today we look at Intel's new highest specification W5580 processors running on the new S5520SC motherboard. Just how smoking fast is this platform and are we about to break a bunch of records in our testing today?
by Nathan Marks | 31/03/2009
Asus are a household name among computer enthusiasts as they manufacturer some of the best equipment available on the market, the most notable products being their large range of motherboards and the famous Eee PC. Their range of portable machines is ever growing and today we are going to look at one of their laptops from the Asus Republic of Gamers line, the G71V, which as you can tell by the brand title puts heavy emphasis on catering for gamers.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/03/2009
Today Sapphire becomes the first GPU manufacturer to attach 2 GB of DDR5 to their Radeon 4870 making it one of the most impressive models available in terms of paper specifications. They have their own PCB design and a cooler based on the Vapor-X technology which we have seen on a few of their previous cards. We are lucky enough to have one of these new cards on our test bench and have run it through a number of real world tests so be sure to read our review !
by Nathan Marks | 09/03/2009
As our readers already know, XFX are new to the ATI game however we have already had the chance to look at a range of their new products and today we are going to take a look at their 4830 and 4350 alongside Sapphires 4670 Ultimate.
by Nathan Marks | 17/02/2009
Today we are going to look at a £75 offering from Sapphire, the HD 4670. We looked at a similar model a few months ago from Sapphire and at the time we were impressed by the value it offered to the mainstream customer. Sapphire has completely revisited the card, adding GDDR4 memory and a brand new cooler to this mid-range card.
by Stuart Davidson | 10/02/2009
Not content with being known for great Nvidia based products XFX recently announced a range of Radeon graphics cards and Intel motherboards, all of which are designed to take on the best products in their marketplace. Today we have the first of their cards on our test bench, the Radeon HD 4870 1 GB XXX which is a factory overclocked model.
by Stuart Davidson | 28/01/2009
During CES 2009 Nvidia launched the latest cards in their GeForce range, the GTX 285 and 295. The 285 is essentially a refresh of the existing GTX 280 with a reduction in the core size and reduced power requirements. The GTX 295 is their latest dual GPU design, the first card since the 9800 GX2 to support Quad SLI. Rather than rush out a half assed review to meet Nvidias tight timescales for this launch, we opted to delay our article and ensure it was as informative as we could make it.
by Nathan Marks | 21/01/2009
The Radeon HD 4870 was ATIs answer to the powerful GTX260, so after the release of the MaxCore GTX260 ATIs partners got to work on overclocked versions of their 1gb 4870s to compete in the market. Weve already looked at the Gainward and Sapphire overclocked variations and today were going to look at an offering from HIS, the HD4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo.
by Nathan Marks | 07/01/2009
Today were looking at a new offering from Sapphire based on the original 4870 Toxic. This edition now brings 1GB of memory to the table to combine with the pre-overclocked frequencies.
by Nathan Marks | 21/12/2008
Today we're going to look at the Cyberpower Gamer Infinity i7 Poseidon, a pre-overclocked, watercooled i7 system. With a promising spec sheet this system looks like it will pack an impressive punch. If you like the system after reading our review then we have a special offer, just for DriverHeaven members!
by Stuart Davidson | 27/11/2008
In the Radeon HD 4870 family there have been numerous overclocked models released in the last few months but few go to the extreme shown by todays review product, the PowerColor Liquid Cooling Solution HD4870.
by Stuart Davidson | 21/11/2008
Unless someone wants to spend considerable money there are really only two options for gaming enthusiasts, two cards which provide performance high enough to play the latest games at high detail without requiring a bank loan, the GeForce GTX 260 and Radeon HD 4870 1Gb. The question is, which is the fastest now that many driver revisions have passed since release?
by Nathan Marks | 03/11/2008
Today we are looking at a hot new graphics card from Sapphire. This is an impressive design comprising two fans on a very attractive blue PCB. How does it perform against the single core 4850 as well as GTX 260 and GTX 280 hardware from Nvidia? Read on to find out ...
by Stuart Davidson | 07/10/2008
On our test bench today is Gainwards Golden Sample version of the latest high end video card to be released by ATI, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. Rumours and news about this particular model have been around since before the 512MB version made it to launch but it has taken some time for the 1GB model to reach the marketplace and it enters into a slightly more crowded segment than it would have three months ago.
by Stuart Davidson | 06/10/2008
Today's review subject, the Radeon HD 4550, which sits nicely between the 3450 and 4650 in ATIs product catalogue and competes directly against the GeForce 9400 GT. In this review we will be comparing those two cards in a selection of the latest games as well as seeing how each fairs in some high definition playback tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 25/09/2008
The new GeForce GTX 260 increases the number of shader processors and should provide a very competitive alternative to the Radeon 4870. Today we will be finding out how well it compares in a selection of the latest games, including Crysis Warhead as well as demonstrating how well it handles Blu-Ray acceleration and PhysX processing.
by Stuart Davidson | 22/09/2008
Today we will be throwing a few of the latest and greatest gaming titles at the 9500 GT XXX as well as some PhysX processing and media playback to ascertain whether this product really is the card of dreams for a budget minded consumer.
by Stuart Davidson | 19/09/2008
This card retails for £60/$80 and so should be well within the price range of most consumers, but is it worth buying if you are a gamer? It is our job today to find out, and we will also test them in Crossfire to see the possible gains if you upgraded at a later date.
by Zardon | 06/09/2008
Today we are taking a look at the new Asus 4870 X2 which is set to push the performance boundaries even further, these preoverclocked cards are lovingly referred to by Asus as the "TOP" versions. This card has enhanced clocks with the cores increased from 750 to 790mhz and the GDDR5 modules increased from 3600 to 3660mhz (900 to 915).
by Stuart Davidson | 05/09/2008
Today we have the GTX 280 OCX on our test bench and will be comparing it to a reference model in a selection of the latest games as well as running it through some high definition playback tests, we will even throw in a few compares to the GTX 260 for those having trouble deciding which card best suits them.
by Zardon | 03/09/2008
How does a watercooled, overclocked Q9550, ATI HD 4870 X2, 4GB of DDR2 ram, 750 GB Sata II HDD with a 780W PSU all running on an Asus P5Q Pro P45 motherboard sound? What if they sweetened the deal by throwing in the gorgeous Hiper Anubis Case?
by Zardon | 24/08/2008
It is not often we review a Macintosh product on DriverHeaven and although we are late to the table we felt it would be an interesting novelty for our readers to have a look at probably the sexiest laptop ever made, the MacBook Air.
by Zardon | 17/08/2008
Even though comparisons will be made, our intention is not to directly compare ATI against Nvidia in this article, but more to see how both leading ultimate solutions will run on a system which should in theory be less CPU bound than most. To further downplay the side effects of the two Quad processors affecting the results, we have watercooled both CPU's and overclocked them to 4.4ghz (400x11). This will let both graphics solutions stretch their legs at the highest resolutions.
by Stuart Davidson | 11/08/2008
Today we have the opportunity to test the card in its shipping form with a driver which is much closer to the version consumers will receive. We will be running the card through a selection of the latest and greatest games at resolutions up to 2560x1600 as well as testing Blu-Ray acceleration and CrossFireX performance. The big question that needs answered ..... are ATI back at the top of their game?
by Grace | 08/08/2008
Today we will have a look at the gaming performance of seven different budget graphics card products from various manufacturers. The products on test today are all priced between £20 and £70, yet the performance differences between them are vast, making some usable only for HTPC use and 2D gaming while others can be used to power a relatively decent gaming machine.
by Stuart Davidson | 25/07/2008
Today in the first of a two part article we will be looking at some of the Nvidia cards that are on offer in the £70-£150 ($120-$190) range to demonstrate how much performance each provides. In the near future we will be following up with a look at cards in the £30-£70 range.
by Stuart Davidson | 11/07/2008
So what of a product to compete with the GTX 280? Well that is why we are here today, in the last day or so ATI supplied us with an early sample of the R700 giving us the opportunity to see how it compares to cards which are already on the market. We should however state that ATI have placed some limitations on what we can and cannot say about the R700 at this time and therefore a full outline of the card and performance analysis will be published at a later date.
by Stuart Davidson | 08/07/2008
Today's review product, the Radeon HD 4870, goes some way to rectifying AMD's hole in the market as it is priced to challenge the GTX 260. We will be running the products through a variety of tests including gaming at 2560x1600, CrossFire and high definition playback to find out which company is most deserving of your hard earned cash.
by Stuart Davidson | 08/07/2008
Today we have factory overclocked cards from each of these manufacturers and we will be putting them head to head in a variety of tests including gaming at 2560x1600, high definition playback and â€˜PhysX calculations. In addition to this we will also take a look at how each of the cards compares to various other products which are available on the market, including the Geforce GTX 260, and Radeon 4870.
by Stuart Davidson | 25/06/2008
Today we will be running the two new products through a selection of the latest games at resolutions up to 2560x1600 as well as delving into some Blu-Ray playback testing and overclocking in order to establish how well they perform.
by Stuart Davidson | 20/06/2008
When most manufacturers design an enhanced specification graphics card they tend to increase the core and memory speed, others might do this and add a fancy cooler. Visiontek have on the other hand gone above and beyond this by doing both as well as completely redesigning the PCB to improve the size of the product and the features available to their customers. Today we are looking at the Visiontek Radeon HD 3870 X2 Overclocked Edition.
by Stuart Davidson | 16/06/2008
We have two of the hot new Nvidia products in our test labs today ... The first is Zotac's 280 GTX AMP! Edition, a factory overclocked sample of the high end model and the other is a reference design 260 GTX. We will be testing with a selection of the latest games at resolutions up to 2560x1600 as well as delving into some Blu-Ray playback and card overclocking in order to establish how much of an improvement they are, if any, over the last generation of Nvidia hardware.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/06/2008
The Geforce 9800 GTX has been around for some time now and the maturing of the product brings with it a selection of cards which look to improve on the reference specification or design. We have one such card on our test bench today, XFXs 9800 GTX Black Edition from a handpicked range of cards which feature enhanced core and memory speeds for exceptional performance and stability.
by Vikingod | 21/05/2008
While we are still a few years from being plugged into a chair and given the ability to be taught virtually the ways of 17th century Shaolin monks, there are products out there which are attempting to bring the VR experience to the everyday gamer. Enter the Vuzix iWear VR920
by Stuart Davidson | 11/04/2008
Today we take a look at a plethora of mid range graphics cards available to you, the consumer. The cards in the lineup today are: Zotac 9600 GT Amp! Edition, Gainward Bliss 9600 GT, Asus EN9600GT, XFX 9600 GT XXX, Palit 9600GT Sonic, Gainward 8800 GTS Golden Sample (Goes Like Hell), Zotac 8800 GT 1GB, Asus 3850 OC Gear. Which one is worth your money?
by Stuart Davidson | 31/03/2008
No, its not an April's fools joke, today we have yet another launch from Nvidia, the new 9800 GTX which is set to replace the 8800 GTX of old. Not content with just reviewing the new GTX however we have several new GX2's as well as a kick ass new Asus 3870 X2 in our test labs today.
by Stuart Davidson | 24/03/2008
Within last weeks nForce 790i SLI and 9800 GX2 article we would have liked to include benchmarks of the GX2 in an SLI Quad configuration but due to a rather bizarre decision by Nvidia they asked all partners to withhold Quad performance until today.
Anyway, today we can tell you how Quad SLI performs but we want to do more than that so we will be taking our first look at 3-Way SLI using three 8800 Ultras ...
by Stuart Davidson | 17/03/2008
Today is the launch of two high end Nvidia products. The 790i motherboard which supports DDR3 right up to 2000mhz and the 9800 GX2 the latest in the G9x range of GPU's.
Are they worth your hard earned cash? read our 29 page indepth analysis to find out.
by Stuart Davidson | 06/03/2008
Yesterday we brought you coverage from various companies at Cebit and today we have been trawling the show looking in more detail at a few of the larger manufacturers. Here are some of the highlights.
by Stuart Davidson | 05/03/2008
The latest 17” model to be released by Alienware is the Area-51 m9750. This particular model features the latest Core2 parts with excellent hard drive options and continues an initiative that Alienware first introduced in 2006, mobile SLI.
by Stuart Davidson | 12/02/2008
With the recent release of the Radeon 3850 and GeForce 8800 GS there is a new battle taking place for consumers with a budget of £100-£140 and today we have two such cards on our test bench, the XFX 8800 GS XXX 384Mb and the Sapphire 3850 256Mb. Which deserves your money?
by Stuart Davidson | 23/01/2008
With a new graphics card launch the initial batch of cards is followed by a flurry of enhanced models and the 8800 GT and GTS are no different. In today's review we will be taking a look at some of the more impressive enhanced models that are available, the first two products are supplied by XFX and Zotac and are factory overclocked GTS models.
XFX are highly experienced in this area and while Zotac are relatively new to this sector this has not stopped them impressing us with previous overclocked models. In fact their 8800 GT AMP! Edition is still the fastest GT branded card we have tested. The third product in this review is Gainward's 8800 GT Golden Sample. Gainward have enhanced clock speeds on this particular card and have chosen to attach an impressive looking cooler and one gigabyte of memory. The heat is on ...
by Zardon | 18/07/2006
First person shooter games do not often work particularly well on a console as the controller is a poor substitute for a mouse and keyboard. Luckily, www.Lik-Sang.com offer a handy device known as the SmartJoy FRAG Adapter that allows for PS/2 compatible mice and keyboards to hooked up to an Xbox effortlessly. While this adapter will make your PC setup compatible with any Xbox title, the adapter is specifically designed to give FPS gamers an unparalleled amount of precision.
by Zardon | 18/01/2004
The memory is given the title "universal" DDR due to its ability to run CAS2 @ 200/400mhz as well as a quite spectacular 2.5 CAS at the top rated 533mhz.