With the launch of Ivy Bridge, we’ve decided to migrate our video card testbed to the new platform, primarily because of its PCIe 3.0 specification. Along with the move, we’ve updated our test suite as well to make it more relevant to our readers that always like the latest and greatest titles. HAWX 2 and STALKER unfortunately just won’t cut it any longer.
Well, it’s been a couple of months since AMD has released their new lineup of 7 series GPU’s. Top to bottom is now out essentially, so its time for their partners to start churning out their own versions of these cards to see if they can put something out even better than what AMD has brought to the table. Among others, MSI has stepped to the plate and done so with their R7870 HAWK. Let’s see what changes were made and how they improved the card.
mATX motherboards aren’t usually what you look at for squeezing ultimate performance out of your system. ASUS has been working to change that perception with their Maximus GENE series of Republic of Gamers motherboards for several generations now. Today we’ll see just how they were able to succeed in this generation with the ASUS Maximus V GENE.