AMD has had its new R2xx series GPUs out for a couple of months now. Although model with aftermarket cooling have been out for it, here at OCF we have not had a chance to review any of them. That is about to change! In my hands is MSI’s offering, the MSI R9 290 Gaming 4G, which sports the Twin Frozr IV cooler. In past iterations, this cooler has been effective and quiet. Let’s see how it fares with trying to cool a R9 290, shall we? Read More
So, AMD has had their little song and dance about TrueAudio and the new generation of GPUs they have released. We have reviewed from the R9 290, almost all the way down the row to the R7 250. While these are (mostly) rebrands in their ‘new’ generation, a few news ones hit the scene like the R7 250 and R9 290/290x. In this review, as I am sure anyone that is breathing noticed, we will take a look at the offerings from HIS. We’ll cover the iCooler R7 250, followed by the R7 260X IceQ X2, and last but not least, the R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo. This should give us a good idea of how the lineup sits from nearly head to toe. Let’s get to it! Read More
Just when some may have thought the dust has settled on AMD’s ‘new’ GPUs, we are seeing the first signs of the gaps being filled in with the R9 270 being released today. This, and perhaps a 250X and 260 should fill in the performance differences nicely between the already released 250, 260X, and 270X that we will see on the front page shortly. AMD markets this card as ‘the highest performing 150W card’, so let us see how that actually works out with our new suite of benchmarks! Read More
Today we get to see the last of the R9 lineup – the AMD R9 290. To the surprise of many, AMD is positioning this card against the recently-price-reduced GTX 780. Can it hold up against NVIDIA’s cut down GK110 GPU? The R9 290X sure did, so we have high hopes for the R9 290. Let’s see what it has to offer, shall we? Read More
By now we have all seen the many reviews published on AMD’s ‘new’ GPU lineup. Outside of the 290 and 290x, the mid-range and down were essentially a refresh of the last generation cores. Most of what Overclockers.com brought to you was of the reference type, outside of the HIS R9 280x. This time around, we have an MSI R9 280x Gaming card to take a look at. This card uses the same Twin Frozr IV cooler found on previous generation cards, so we should have a cool, quiet running card on our hands. Let’s take a look at MSI’s offering and see how it stacks up! Read More
Well, we’d like to tell you we have a review today, but AMD says pre-launch samples were tight and was unable to procure one for us. They have iterated they will get us one post-launch though, so we’ll bring you a full review as soon as we’re able.
In addition to the fact that they were unable to seed one, we have it on good authority that multiple US offices of board partners (big ones) hadn’t even held one of these in their hands as of late last week. Partners aren’t sampling reference boards, only AMD is, so either supply is tight or AMD is controlling this launch just as tightly. This is, in fact, a hard launch – AMD expects immediate availability. There isn’t any information on supply amounts though. Hopefully they’ll have plenty. Time will tell. Read More