RX 6700 XT results with SAM. How will we test GeForce?

After the entry test of the Sapphire RX 6700 XT Nitro+, the second part of the series is here, tests with active Smart Access Memory. Immediately after the launch of the card, we would write about the performance that attacks the RTX 3070. In the meantime, all GeForce RTX 30 cards started to support Resizable BAR and the situation is changing a bit. ReBAR can no longer be ignored in Nvidia’s GPUs, but we don’t have to take it too seriously. Read more “RX 6700 XT results with SAM. How will we test GeForce?” »

SPC’s new cooler – Fera 5. Many changes, price as for the old model

The Fera series has the best long-term sales among cheap coolers. And it should be noted that quite deservedly so. However, the Polish manufacturer found weak spots in both the heatsink and the fan and significantly modified the design. That is both great and frightening. But this mostly seems correct and a detailed analysis with the internal tests of the new fan also makes a good impression. The shape of the blades and the bearings were changed. Read more “SPC’s new cooler – Fera 5. Many changes, price as for the old model” »

Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.2 – how’s the performance? Tests done!

The long-awaited big update 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077, was released a few days ago. We always test this game comprehensively, using six different settings. And from the high attendance of these chapters, we know that you are interested in its post-apocalyptic theme. Testing the performance difference “before” and “after” the patch was therefore a nice duty that we enjoyed. Also because ray tracing is already available on Radeon. Read more “Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.2 – how’s the performance? Tests done!” »

Sapphire RX 6700 XT Nitro+: a strong rival for the RTX 3060 Ti

After more powerful cards (with Navi 21 GPUs), the Radeon RX 6700 XT is the first graphics card with a smaller Navi 22 core. This means that even Nvidia’s middle class with the RTX 3060 Ti now has competition. The RX 6700 XT fights back hard and can give GeForce a hard time even without active SAM. We haven’t seen such a tight comparison yet, and choosing the right card depends on specific games or non-gaming apps and the ways of use. Read more “Sapphire RX 6700 XT Nitro+: a strong rival for the RTX 3060 Ti” »

MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio: mid-class with a high-end cooler

You are probably already looking forward to the announced tests of the RX 6700 XT, but first let’s look at the results of the RTX 3060 Ti. We managed to add this graphics card to our database right before the new Radeon at the last minute and it is important for a full review of the RX 6700 XT. But now we’re going to see a sisterly duel of the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070. These graphics cards are close in terms of performance and price. Read more “MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio: mid-class with a high-end cooler” »

Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle OC 12G: Dual-slot entry-level

At the end of last month, the 60-series GeForce RTX finally came out, which has had high popularity every generation. The RTX 3060 is the cheapest Ampere graphics card so far, and the Gigabyte Eagle (OC) version is also relatively power-efficient. Both in terms of smaller dimensions and relatively lower power draw. However, a detailed analysis is required for the bigger picture, to which we’re inviting you. Read more “Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle OC 12G: Dual-slot entry-level” »

Arctic kept his word, the MX-5 is on sale. We know the specs

As of March 15, various size tubes of the new MX-5 thermal paste are in stock on Amazon. Arctic thus managed to start the sale on the day they announced in January, when no specifications were yet known. These are already quite detailed and include commonly unspecified specs of electrical insulation. However, something feels fishy here as the basic information about thermal conductivity is missing for some reason. Read more “Arctic kept his word, the MX-5 is on sale. We know the specs” »

MSI RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio: 24 GB VRAM – the extra mile

No compromises in performance! If this is your motto, then you cannot miss the test of the graphics card GeForce RTX 3090. It will also feed 4K resolution, has the fastest ray tracing and OptiX acceleration, huge video memory and, the review sample from MSI also has many more attractive features. The biggest drawback, as is usual with high-end hardware, is the price. It is really high. Read more “MSI RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio: 24 GB VRAM – the extra mile” »

MSI RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio: 250 W, extraordinarily quiet

The availability of more powerful graphics cards for common consumers is lousy, but if you are lucky enough to get one, it will most probably be equipped with a GPU GA104-300-A1, which is in the GeForce RTX 3070. Most cards have this GPU and one of the most attractive is the MSI Gaming X Trio with Tri Frozr 2 cooler. It is really oversized and thanks to it, this graphics card significantly exceeds the reference boost. And is also pretty quiet while doing so. Read more “MSI RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio: 250 W, extraordinarily quiet” »

SAM tests on the RX 6800. AMD tunes more than it reveals

The Smart Access Memory feature is far from perfect. And although it is a useful technology overall, it also proves to be very unstable. What was true today may not tomorrow, and an in-depth analysis shows all those patches. On the one hand, those that eliminate the biggest problems that no one boasts about, and on the other hand, those that raise average performance in small steps. Read more “SAM tests on the RX 6800. AMD tunes more than it reveals” »

Get familiar with measuring the frequency response of sound

In our tests, you will increasingly encounter measurements of the “frequency response” of the sound of PC components. These are useful and rare measurements. As one of our readers has pointed out – for those who can read spectrographs, they are a gem. It’s worse if you don’t understand them. Then they won’t tell you much, and that’s a shame if you also care about the exact “noise” value of computer components, or their sound expression. Read more “Get familiar with measuring the frequency response of sound” »

AMD Radeon RX 6800 test: More affordable “Big Navi”

The Radeon RX 6800 is the cheapest graphics card equipped with a Navi 21 graphics chip. That is naturally slower in this card than in the RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT, but the RX 6800 clearly offers the most attractive price/performance ratio of the three. And the power draw is also not bad, the efficiency is remarkably very decent here, despite the large, partially deactivated core. However, some flaws can be found on the AMD reference card. Read more “AMD Radeon RX 6800 test: More affordable “Big Navi”” »

RX 6800 XT vs. RTX 3080. Part 2/2: Non-gaming tests

Without application/computational tests, graphics card tests would be incomplete. Therefore, we will focus on this area outside of gaming that most hardware magazines neglect. We understand the reasons, there are several of them, but even so, it is possible with a little effort to make at least a few measurements. So hopefully they will also help multimedia creators in choosing the right graphics card. Read more “RX 6800 XT vs. RTX 3080. Part 2/2: Non-gaming tests” »

After 10 years, a new Arctic paste from the MX series is here – 5

There is no more popular series of thermal pastes than MX from Arctic, which was released in the early phase of the company under the old name Arctic Cooling. Two years ago, Arctic boasted a statistical report on 10,000,000 sold pieces of MX-2 and MX-4 (in total) and now, without prior news, there has been a notice of the upcoming release of MX-5. The exact date is already known and you won’t have to wait long. Read more “After 10 years, a new Arctic paste from the MX series is here – 5” »

AMD SAM on RX 6800 XT: up to +44% performance (and lower noise)

We still have the Smart Access Memory turned off in the standard graphics card methodology (until there is support for GeForce as well). However, for AMD owners, SAM can be very beneficial, but on average you get a plus 5%. But also lower noise, which decreases remarkably. But in some areas AMD’s exclusive technology is also damaging. So be vigilant and broaden your horizons in a test in which we gave Radeon a hard time. Read more “AMD SAM on RX 6800 XT: up to +44% performance (and lower noise)” »

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