Spire Has Unveiled the Unique Swirl IV CPU Cooler

Spire Corp has just rolled out the fourth generation of their Swirl CPU cooler that has the logical naming as the Swirl IV CPU cooler. The unique cooler uses three 8mm all copper sinter powder heat pipes connect the aluminium base with the very unique looking swirl-shaped aluminium fins.

In the middle of the cooler, we see the 80mm fan with LED function and it is the same lateral-flow type found in graphics card coolers. It has a variable rotation speed between 600 and 2000 RPM and can push up to 83.12CFM air. The noise output generated at maximum speed will be up to 26 dBa. The fan uses high-quality Japanese ball bearings to guarantee a long MTBF.

The Swirl IV CPU cooler can handle processors with a TDP up to 130W and is compatible with all modern sockets from AMD and Intel, including the LGA2011 and LGA115x series. Backed by a 5-year warranty, the 131 x 125 x 62 mm cooler weighs 690 grams and is priced at €49.95.

Thanks to Spire for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Spire

HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging

AMD’s R7 260X graphics card has become infinitely more popular since AMD reduced initial launch pricing down from $140 to $120. Of course the competitiveness of the R7 260X has been helped by the fact its biggest rival, Nvidia’s GTX 650 Ti Boost, has been discontinued and is now hard to find. This leaves Nvidia’s newly released Maxwell based GTX 750 to fight the R7 260X instead of the GTX 650 Ti Boost which is problematic for Nvidia as the GTX 750 is a much slower card that costs a similar price.Today we have an R7 260X from HIS Digital, their HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X² 2GB GDDR5 graphics card. The R7 260X is known for being quite a hot running graphics card because AMD took the HD 7790 design, overclocked it even more and rebranded it. Therefore HIS’ implementation needs to effectively deal with the heat of the R7 260X and keep noise under control. If you haven’t read our launch day review of the R7 260X you can do so here.

Specifications Analysis

Out of the box the HIS R7 260X is just a stock R7 260X in terms of its clock speeds so quite honestly we should expect within margin of error performance of the reference card as there are no thermal limitations a non-reference design can overcome. I am disappointed HIS haven’t overclocked the card and that they are charging more than reference pricing, in my opinion this card is priced too close to the R7 265 and GTX 750 Ti to be truly competitive, we hope HIS are just delayed in reducing their prices in response to AMD’s February price cuts….although February was an awfully long time ago.

Packaging and Bundle

The box points out what some of the HIS features mean such as iPower and iTurbo.

The rear details some of the components used and some of the generic AMD features.

Included with out sample was just a DVI to VGA adapter and warning document. The retail version will also get a driver CD, quick install guide and HIS sticker.

HIS Radeon R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging

When it comes to gaming on a strict budget there are a tonne of choices: AMD’s R7 240, R7 250 and R7 250X all fall beneath the $100 price point while Nvidia’s GT 630 and GT 640 graphics cards also fall beneath the $100 level. If discrete graphics cards aren’t your thing then you can also get AMD’s A10-7850K APU which effectively has R7 250 level graphics, or the A10-7700K and A8-7600 which are somewhere between the R7 240 and R7 250 in terms of their performance. Today we are looking at the AMD R7 250 and more specifically HIS Digital’s version of it. It comes in at reference pricing of $90 and it opts for reference clock speeds but you do get a custom cooler and HIS Digital tell us there is great overclocking potential to be had on their R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 graphics card.

Specifications Analysis

As we mentioned this graphics card runs with reference speeds and is also available in 2GB DDR3 or 1GB GDDR5 options. We’re testing the 1GB GDDR5 option today and I would encourage most people to also choose this option as it gives much faster speeds in the vast majority of games.

Packaging and Bundle

The packaging comes emblazoned with HIS Digital’s trophic “excalibur sword” and points out HIS Digital’s iCooler cooling solution which they claim produces less than 28 dB of noise.

The back details more of the features of this graphics card, most of which are just general AMD features like PowerTune and App Acceleration.

Included with our sample of this graphics card was just the card itself and a piece of documentation. According to HIS Digital’s website you should expect a driver CD and installation guide to be included in the retail product.

Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ 4GB Graphics Card Review


The rationale for owning a graphics card like the R9 290X is that it is an absolute price to performance champion for driving high resolution and multi-monitor gaming: it offers smooth gameplay experiences on Eyefinity set ups, 4K panels, or 1440/1600p panels. Yet there are a few caveats to the R9 290X. If we first set aside the mining inflated pricing issue, which is something AMD and its board partners can do little about, then the main issues with the R9 290X are the immense noise and heat. However, noise and heat should be a thing of the past on the R9 290X since board partners started releasing custom designs – today we have with us one of those really high end custom designs. We are taking a look at Powercolor’s R9 290X PCS+ edition graphics card. It features a factory overclock, on both the memory and the GPU core, a backplate, a custom metal shroud and a triple fan cooling solution. This card really is everything you could hope for in an R9 290X, at least on paper it is. I’ve said this in the past about Powercolor graphics cards but I’ll say it again – they deserve kudos for being one of the only vendors who bother to overclock the memory on their high-end graphics card. It may not seem like much but it actually makes a surprising amount of difference in many games. The specifications of the graphics card can be seen below:

Our GPU-Z validation indeed reveals everything we would expect to see.

We get Powercolor’s usual red and themed product packaging with a raised PCS+ logo.

On the back we have the usual specifications, features and so on. More of those can be found on the product page if that interests you.

Included with our sample was a driver and utility DVD, quick installation guide and 6 to 8 pin PCIe adapter.

Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition 3GB Graphics Card Review


When Gigabyte revealed the GTX 780 WindForce GHz Edition graphics card it was a refreshing uplift that the high-end graphics market needed. Gigabyte were offering a massive overclock with an excellent custom cooler and backplate for an immensely competitive price relative to what other vendors were doing. This led to a lot of people buying the GTX 780 GHz Edition from Gigabyte instead of the more expensive and newly released GTX 780 Ti, as the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition offered comparable performance for much less cost. Now Gigabyte are giving the GTX 780 Ti the same treatment. In this particular instance there isn’t anything better than the GTX 780 Ti in the way of single GPU graphics cards so the Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition (GV-N78TGHZ-3GD) looks set to be one of the fastest graphics cards on the market. On the face of it the card also looks almost identical to the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition and the Gigabyte R9 290X WindForce OC, this is because they all share an identical Gigabyte Windforce 450 cooling solution with three 80mm fans and six heat pipes.

Up until recently the GTX 780 Ti for me was always going to be a hard sell in comparison to the R9 290X and R9 290, but with drastically inflated AMD graphics card prices due to the cryptocurrency mining bonanza suddenly the GTX 780 Ti looks like a good value card up against AMD’s high end offerings. Gigabyte have given their GHz Edition GTX 780 Ti a massive overclock from 875MHz core to 1085MHz core and from 928MHz boost to 1150MHz boost. That’s a staggering 24% higher than reference clock speeds so that should translate into some pretty hefty gains in games and benchmarks.

The front of the box points out that whopping 1150MHz boost clock and the WindForce 450 cooling solution.

The back has the usual marketing shabang which you can read a lot more about here. The key features Gigabyte are marketing are the WindForce 3X/450W cooling system, their OC Guru II overclocking software and an upgraded VRM from 6 phases to 8 phases.

Included with the card is a pair of dual molex to 8 pin adapters, a driver & utility DVD and a quick start guide. I can’t imagine anyone buying this graphics card will use any of the included accessories but they are there if you do need them.

Gigabyte R9 290X WindForce OC 4GB Graphics Card Review


When AMD released their R9 290X it was the new fastest consumer gaming graphics card (with a single GPU) on the planet for a short period of time. Since its release it has been surpassed by Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti but the R9 290X is still an immensely attractive option costing around $150 less than the GTX 780 Ti and offering similar levels of performance. However, one major issue plagued the R9 290X and that was heat (which is a result of its high power consumption and also led to excessive noise). Whether in “Quiet” mode or Uber mode the R9 290X rapidly reaches its thermal limit of 95 degrees and starts to throttle its own clocks to keep temperatures under control resulting in that 1GHz engine clock dropping as low as 650MHz in some applications. We have been waiting for non-reference designs to come along and fix that and today we have the first of those from Gigabyte. Gigabyte have strapped their successful WindForce 450 VGA cooler to the R9 290X. Gigabyte are offering a modest 40MHz overclock, but the real win comes with their cooling solution which should allow the R9 290X to actually run at its rated clocks or at least a lot closer to them than the reference design allows. Gigabyte’s card offers the same dual BIOS we’ve come to expect on the R9 290X but Gigabyte are promising much quieter operation and much cooler operation all with much higher consistent average clocks on both BIOS settings. All in all its a small difference on paper that should give a big difference in reality.

The packaging denotes the stand-out feature, which is the WindForce 450 cooling solution capable of taming up to 450W – trust me with the R9 290X this is going to be necessary!

The back of the box details more features about the card, we encourage you to check out the product page if you want to learn more about these.

Our sample came direct from Gigabyte so lacks the retail accessory pack, it was merely a card in a box.

Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X 4GB Graphics Card Review


When the AMD R9 290X hit the market everyone was impressed with the fantastic value for money offered – performance that could challenge and often easily beat the GTX 780 for a fraction of the price at the time of release. Nvidia of course responded with price cuts but AMD did even more to undercut the R9 290X than Nvidia did by releasing the R9 290. The R9 290 is $150 cheaper than the R9 290X and offers only a tiny drop-off in performance. Of course we aren’t here to review the AMD R9 290, we’ve already done that here, but what we are doing today is looking at our first non-reference R9 290 graphics card from an AMD partner.

The generous AMD partner is Sapphire and they’ve provided us with their Tri-X AMD R9 290 graphics card. For the eagle-eyed reader with a good memory you make see the rather obvious similarities with this graphics card and the Sapphire R9 280X Toxic Edition graphics card we recently reviewed. The similarity comes from the shared Tri-X cooling solution. In the case of the R9 290 it really needs this kind of high performance cooling solution because it is a graphics card that produces a lot of heat and gulps its way through a lot of power, even at stock clocks. However, Sapphire have been brave and taken clock speeds from 947MHz to 1000MHz on the core and bumped the memory up to 5200MHz from 5000MHz. This is going to result in even more heat so the Tri-X cooler is a necessary addition.

Sapphire’s packaging has the usual feature bubbles along the bottom pointing out key things like UEFI BIOS compatibility, the fact it is overclocked and using the Tri-X cooling solution.

The rear of the packaging contains more product details and explanations of the features. You can check out more details about the product at the official product page here.

Included with Sapphire’s R9 290 Tri-X graphics card is a 1.8m HDMI 1.4a cable, molex to 6 pin power supply adapter, dual molex to 8 pin power supply adapter, driver CD, Sapphire case badge/sticker and some documentation.

Sapphire R9 270 Dual-X 2GB Graphics Card Review


AMD’s R9 270 graphics card is arguably the single most important GPU release of this year from AMD. It offers a never before seen level of performance at its $179 price point, more or less totally beating Nvidia’s GTX 660 – especially when overclocking comes into play. The reason it is so important is because, despite all the media hype, the sub $200 price point is where the vast majority of graphics cards are bought – the R9 270 is going to be very important for AMD’s competitiveness.Today we have another one of those important R9 270 GPUs and the one we have is from renowned AMD partner Sapphire Technology. This is only the second AMD R9 270 to come through the doors here at eTeknix, for those who follow our reviews you may have already read the launch-day review of the ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC graphics card we produced. Sapphire’s R9 270 variant is quite different to the ASUS model we reviewed in that this will be hitting the UK shelves at £135, 10% less than the ASUS model which fetches £150. That said we can see what Sapphire are doing – producing a super-aggressively priced R9 270 to target the masses. Yet this graphics card doesn’t skimp on a lot because for its highly affordable pricing you still get a custom cooler and a factory overclock of 945MHz core, up from 925MHz stock.

The front of the box points out all the key features like: 2GB of GDDR5, the fact its overclocked and the use of the Dual-X cooling solution, it also says it includes a 1.8m HDMI cable which is nice because most graphics card vendors only give you a cheap DVI-VGA adapter for a card of this price point.

The back of the box gives you more details on some of the product’s key features. As always we encourage you to check out the official product page if you’re interested in finding out more.

Included with the Sapphire R9 270 Dual-X is a 1.8m HDMI 1.4a cable, molex to 6 pin adapter, CrossFire bridge, Sapphire sticker, DVI to VGA adapter, driver CD, warranty statement, quick start guide and a Sapphire product registration document.

ASUS AMD Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2GB Graphics Card Review


Another day, another graphics card release. It feels like I’ve been saying that a lot recently as AMD have gone a bit GPU-crazy with all their new RX 2XX products. Today we have another one of those releases from AMD and it is the R9 270. The R9 270 is the non-x variant of the R9 270X which we reviewed not that long ago. This means it is the spiritual successor to AMD’s HD 7850 from the previous generation series. What’s nice is that the R9 270 isn’t going to be a straight up rebrand of the HD 7850, it is actually physically different but we will get onto that in a moment… first I want to draw attention to the particular R9 270 we’re reviewing today. Sadly AMD couldn’t provide us with a reference R9 270 graphics card (which is always ideal for far comparison purposes), but we’ve still got a pretty sweet looking ASUS Direct CU II OC variant of the R9 270 instead. ASUS have fitted the R9 270 with their renowned Direct CU II cooling solution and given it the OC treatment which means it comes with a high factory overclock – 50MHz more than the reference design, as shown below in the GPU-Z screen shot. The memory frequency is kept at the stock level of 1.4GHz/5.6GHz actual/effective.

As we’ve briefly mentioned the R9 270 replaces the HD 7850 but it isn’t an identical GPU. The R9 270 actually comes with 256 more GCN stream processors and 4 more compute units (CUs) while being within that same 150W TDP board power envelope.

In terms of the raw specifications the 1280 stream processors and 20 compute units make this unit virtually identical to the HD 7870. The only difference is a lower clock speed of 925MHz, compared to 1GHz on the HD 7870, which means the R9 270 is capable of 2.37 TFLOPS versus the 2.56 TFLOPS on the HD 7870. There’s also only a single 6 pin power connector on the R9 270 compared to dual 6 pin connectors on the HD 7870. Despite a lower core engine clock there is a much higher effective memory speed of 5600MHz compared to 4800MHz on the HD 7870 which should balance out some of that lost performance due to the lower core clock. The R9 270 isn’t that different to any other current high-end R9 2XX series GPU as it has Direct X 11.2 support, OpenGL 4.3 support and Mantle API support.

AMD says that upon launch there will be a wide selection of R9 270s available from its board partners, you can see those below.

The R9 270 will cost $179 which is $20 less than its bigger brother the R9 270X. If we compare the R9 270 to the pricing of the HD 7850 and HD 7870 when they launched, $249 and $349 respectively, we can see the R9 270 is a dramatically more affordable graphics card. The result is that consumers will be able to pick up the R9 270 for $179, which is cheaper than the HD 7870 GPU this is essentially based on (even taking into account current clearance pricing deals that can be had on HD 7870s).

ASUS’ packaging boasts that the Direct CU II OC version of the R9 270 is 20% cooler and 3X quieter than the reference AMD board and cooler design.

The back details some key ASUS features like their Direct CU II cooling solution and Super Alloy Power VRM components. You can also download ASUS’ own GPU Tweak software to overclock your ASUS (or non ASUS) graphics card.

Included with the retail package was a speed set up guide, driver and software CD, DVI to VGA adapter and CrossFire bridge.

Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition 3GB Graphics Card Review


With AMD’s R9 290 coming in at a price point of $399 Nvidia’s GTX 780 has been put under pressure at its $499 price point since the R9 290 more or less beats it for 100 dollars less. Nvidia was already on the defensive from the release of the R9 290X, forced to drop the price of its GTX 780 down from $649 to $499, but with the release of the R9 290 at a much lower price than expected the GTX 780 is surely due another price cut? Well Gigabyte aren’t hanging around for that to happen and they are instead doing something a bit different by making a GTX 780 “GHz Edition”. Yes you heard that right, a GHz Edition – that notorious AMD phrase which AMD used on the HD 7970 GHz Edition and HD 7870 GHz Edition. Gigabyte’s interpretation of a GTX 780 “GHz Edition” is taking the GTX 780 GPU and overclocking it from the stock 863MHz on the core and 900MHz on the boost, to 1020MHz on the core and 1072MHz on the boost. That’s a whopping 19% overclock compared to a stock GTX 780!

What else they’ve done with it isn’t that dissimilar from their GTX 780 WindForce OC we reviewed only a few weeks ago. They’ve slapped on their same impressive performing triple fan WindForce 3X cooling solution and to give it something a little bit special they’ve also put a rather suave looking backplate on. Of course Gigabyte’s modifications mean the price is going to go up a little, but only 10%, and that’s in return for a guaranteed 20% overclock, custom cooler and a backplate – sounds like a good deal to me!

Our particular sample came straight from Gigabyte HQ in Taiwan so it is nothing but a plain Gigabyte press box.

Inside we find the graphics card and absolutely nothing else. Of course the final retail version will be bundled with the usual accessories and the three games involved in the current GTX Bundle promotion which the GTX 780 is eligible for if bought at participating retailers (Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist and Batman Arkham Origins).

ASUS R9 280X Matrix Platinum Graphics Card Pictured

VideoCardz have managed to get some exclusive pictures of the upcoming ASUS R9 280X Matrix Platinum graphics card. It’s no surprise that ASUS have the Matrix Platinum variant of the R9 280X ready so early on because the R9 280X is simply a rehashed version of the HD 7970 GPU with a higher core clock from the production line. As a result the ASUS R9 280X Matrix Platinum uses an identical PCB to the ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum that it is based on.

The card uses a 20 phase VRM solution with TweakIT,  ProbeIT, a 100% fan switch and a dual BIOS. The card will ship with an 1100MHz core clock and 6GHz on the memory.

The card uses the same dual 80mm fans, backplate and triple slot cooling solution as the original ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum.

ASUS is expected to launch the R9 280X Matrix Platinum alongside the AMD R9 280X when the official launch date arrives. If you believe the latest rumours circulating then these are coming on October 8th.

Images courtesy of VideoCardz

Palit Announces GTX 770 OC Graphics Card

Palit Microsystems, the world’s largest graphics card vendor, just recently announced its GTX 770 Overclocked graphics cards. The graphics card uses Nvidia’s GTX 770 GPU but overclocked to 1085MHz on the core, up from 1046MHz stock, and 1137MHz boost, up from 1085MHz stock. The memory frequency, like with most OC graphics cards these days, remains at the stock speed of 7GHz effective. Palit claim you should expect to see around 7% more performance than you would on a stock GTX 770. Palit claim to be using copper based chockes and DrMOS for enhanced stability and further overclocking potential. Palit have equipped a dual slot cooler that uses three 80mm fans designed to operate at a low RPM. The cooler uses a 6 phase core VRM for the GPU and 2 phase memory VRM. Pricing should be competitive with all other overclocked GTX 770s on the market made by big graphics card vendors.

Images courtesy of Palit

Gainward GTX 760 Phantom 2GB Graphics Card Review


Gainward’s Phantom series of graphics are famous the industry over for their unique design. While everyone adds their cooling fans to the outside of the cooler, Gainward do it differently and hide them inside the cooling solution. This fresh take on cooling graphics cards gives not only a very unique aesthetic but also a very quiet solution. When we looked at the Gainward GTX 770 Phantom about two months ago it walked away with our top award – the Editor’s Choice award due to its great performance, quiet cooling and sleek aesthetics. Today we will be hoping that Gainward’s GTX 760 Phantom can do the same and with it using the “sweet spot” GPU of the GTX 700 series, the GTX 760, we are hoping for a card that is not only great on the performance, but also friendlier on the wallet than other Nvidia GPUs such as the GTX 770 and GTX 780.

Out of the box the the Phantom GTX 760 from Gainward has a clock speed of 1072MHz base and 1137MHz boost up from Nvidia reference speeds of 980MHz base and 1085MHz boost. The memory is slightly overclocked to 6200MHz, that’s compared to the reference 6008MHz. This means about a 9% overclock on the GPU in addition to a tiny 1% on the memory. That said we can expect Gainward’s implementation of the GTX 760 to be about 10% faster than a reference GTX 760 if the overclock is anything to go by.

Our Gainward GTX 760 Phantom arrived with full retail packaging and the box is very simple and sleek showing an image of the product and the key features.

The back is more lively and interesting with lots of details on the key features of the product, or as some might say this is the “marketing page” of the packaging.

Included with the Gainward GTX 760 Phantom is a manual, driver disc, DVI to HDMI adapter, VGA to DVI adapter and a molex to 6 pin adapter.

Club3D HD 7790 royalKing Poker Series 1GB Graphics Card Review


Not that long ago Club3D made a very bold and striking decision to exclusively work with AMD graphics processing units only, leaving Nvidia on the sidelines. Since then we have seen a flurry of activity from Club3D to produce a vast range of SKUs of HD 7000 series card to cater for every price point for every AMD GPU, notably with the release of their brand new ’13 series.

Today we are looking at one of their upper-range HD 7790 graphics cards, or more specifically the HD 7790 royalKing from their Poker Series. Like the majority of Club3D graphics cards the HD 7790 royalKing we have here today uses their CoolStream cooling solution to keep things running cool and quiet without breaking the bank. The Club 3D HD 7790 royalKing comes with factory overclocks out of the box, on the GPU only, which is overclocked 7.5% to 1075MHz while the memory runs at a stock speed of 6GHz. Other than that the unit is kind-of normal although the design in my opinion is one of the nicest as the unit uses a black PCB, black cooling shroud and is very compact which is ideal for such a mid-range GPU.

On the box the key features are displayed such as 4K support,  PCIe Gen 3 support and other AMD exclusive features like GCN, HD3D and App acceleration.

The back is rammed full of the usual “marketing stuff” which seems a bit strange as most people have already bought their card by the time they see this.

Included items are very basic and there is no messing around with molex adapters or VGA adapters. There is a driver CD and quick install guide. That said maybe for a card of this calibre a few “budget” accessories might of actually been well placed, like a DVI to VGA adapter and even a molex adapter for people with more basic PSUs.

Be Quiet Announce “Pure Wings 2” Fan Series

Be Quiet have just revealed their latest revision of fans for the Pure Wings series, the Pure Wings 2. These new fans from Be Quiet featured a revised fan blade design and a newly designed Rifle bearing. They claim these fans are quieter than ever with a maximum dBA of just 19.2. Part of the design innovation with the Pure Wings series has been to add two extra fan blades and reduce the size of the rest in order to increase airflow and reduce noise output. 

Be Quiet are recommending end users that these fans are ideal for both water cooling and air cooling thanks to their ability to offer both high static pressure and high airflow. The rifle bearings used are guaranteed to last for 80,000 hours – more than 9 years.  Be Quiet will launch the Pure Wings 2 series immediately with the 120mm and 140mm options. Later on this year there will be 80mm and 90mm options made available too.

Be Quiet have suggested an MSRP of €10.90 for the 120mm model and €11.90 for the 140mm model. More information can be found on the product’s datasheet.

Images courtesy of Be Quiet!

Gigabyte GTX 760 WindForce OC 2GB Graphics Card Review


Nvidia’s GTX 760 has been out now for quite a while and we’ve seen a whole variety of models hit the market. At eTeknix we’ve only managed to review one GTX 760 so far and that was the rather epic KFA2 GTX 760 EX OC 2GB graphics card. Today we’ve got another enthusiast grade overclocked GTX 760 from Gigabyte. The GTX 760 WindForce OC 2GB graphics card we have here today is using Gigabyte’s WindForce 3X cooler capable of handling thermal loads of up to 450W. It uses a trio of 80mm fans to help keep this graphics card running cool and quiet.

Gigabyte have wasted no time in giving this GTX 760 a hefty dollop of extra performance as they have raised both the core clock and GPU boost clock. The core clock has been raised from 980MHz to 1085MHz while the boost clock has been increased from 1033MHz to 1150MHz. By my calculations that’s a 10.8% overclock on the GPU core clock and an 11.3% overclock on the GPU boost clock. The memory has been left untouched at the stock 1502MHz actual, 6008MHz effective speed. Right away then we should expect the WindForce GTX 760 OC graphics card to be around 10-15% faster than a reference GTX 760 meaning it will be much faster than the current Nvidia GTX 670 and maybe even GTX 680.

Below you can see how our Gigabyte GTX 760 WindForce OC 2GB graphics card arrived. We received a dedicated review sample so it has none of the retail packaging and accessories.

Inside we had just the card in some protective foam and with some protective plastic on the outer shroud.

VTX3D Announce V Champ Series Of Graphics Cards

VTX3D have just announced a new series of graphics cards based on AMD GPUs. The V Champ series of graphics cards will initially launch to encompass the AMD HD 7850 and AMD HD 7790 graphics cards. The main feature of these new graphics cards from VTX3D is the use of the V Champ cooler which uses Vapor Chamber technology and offers 20% better performance than the regular cooling solutions. 

First up is the VTX3D V Champ HD 7850 which features a factory overclock to 1000MHz as well as a dual 80mm fan cooler. The card also uses a black PCB design.

Next is the VTX3D V Champ HD 7790 which is factory overclocked to 1075MHz with its own dual 80mm fan cooler, something that is rare for such a budget card.

More details can seen at the respective product pages:

Pricing and availability is TBA but these should be available at most large retailers in the very near future as VTX3D will want to capitalise on the HD 7850 and HD 7790 GPUs before they are replaced by AMD’s next generation. No doubt the V Champ series of coolers will carry over into whatever AMD produces next.

Images courtesy of VTX3D

Galaxy’s GTX 760 Hall Of Fame Edition Graphics Card Spotted

Galaxy’s Hall of Fame series has so far seen a GTX 780 and GTX 770 and now we have a GTX 760. The GTX 760 Hall of Fame Edition graphics card is essentially a GTX 770 HOF graphics card with the GTX 770 GPU swapped out for a GTX 760 GPU. It has an identical layout and PCB design and the only other difference, bar the obvious GPU change, is that the memory chips used are rated for 6Gbps not 7Gbps. 

The Galaxy GTX 760 HOF graphics card features the trademark white PCB, white shroud and white fans we are used to seeing on the HOF series. Surprisingly it draws power through a pair of 8 pins supported by an 8 phase VRM.

The card uses CPL-made chokes, IR DirectFETs and an NEC-Tokin Proadilizer multi-phase capacitor. The Galaxy GTX 760 HOF ships with a factory overclock of 1111MHz core, 1176MHz boost and 6GHz memory up from the reference clocks of 980MHz core, 1033MHz boost and 6GHz memory. Like all normal GTX 760s this card uses 2GB of GDDR5 across a 256 bit interface. Pricing and availability is yet to be revealed. In Europe we expect an identical KFA2-branded model to be made available soon.

Images and information courtesy of Expreview

Spire Announce PowerCube 702 Mini-ITX Case

Spire’s collection of PC cases is yet to really venture into the mini-ITX arena but their new case the “PowerCube 702” does exactly that. This case reminds me quite a lot of the Cooler Master Elite 120 case and it uses a similar one piece outer shell. The case comes pre-fitted with a 300W SFX power supply which means you can’t really run anything too powerful in here but there is still plenty of space.Airflow is quite basic with just a single front 80mm fan mount and a rear 60mm fan mount. This certainly isn’t going to be a mini-ITX case for gaming PCs but instead a mini-ITX case for low power APU and HTPC systems.

Key Features:

  • Cool and Contemporary design
  • Durable and sturdy 0.5mm SGCC metal structure
  • Meshed lower front for cool air intake
  • Front USB2.0 and AC97 Audio Connections
  • Full Folded, Full Screen and Radiation protected
  • Mini ITX Motherboard, Compatible
  • Rear and front 80mm or 60mm fan space available
  • Pre-assembled with 300W SFX Power Supply
  • Backed by 2 years manufacturer warranty

Spire have set an MSRP of $57.95 and €44.95 for this new mini-ITX case putting it in direct competition with Cooler Master’s Elite 120 case.  That said this case does hold a significant advantage in that it already comes with a power supply making it solid value for money.

Images courtesy of Spire


Unique Looking Xigmatek Orthrus SD1467 CPU Cooler Released

It is very rare to actually see a CPU cooler that looks dramatically different to the traditional offering of AIOs, tower heatsinks, top down coolers and so on. Yet Xigmatek’s Orthrus SD1467 CPU cooler certainly breaks the mould quite a lot. Impressively this CPU cooler uses seven 6mm heat pipes of which 5 go into a larger heatsink ventilated by a 140mm fan and the other 2 go into a smaller heatsink ventilated by an 80mm fan.

This is all enclosed by a plastic shroud on top which gives a very unique look and feel. The top fan as mentioned is a 140mm fan and uses PWM between 800 and 1200 RPM, the 80mm PWM fan has a maximum RPM of 2000 RPM.

With a weight of 875 grams Xigmatek claim that the Orthrus SD1467 can dissipate up to 180W of TDP.

Key features as specified by Xigmatek can be seen below. More is available at the product page.

  • Seven high quality heat-pipes and copper base material – effective heat transfer.
  • Duel set of Heat-sink fins allows additional heat dissipation to other components on the motherboard.
  • Fans can be reverse mounted.
  • Supports E-ATX, ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX form factors.
  • Extremely quiet.
  • Fans are equipped with FCB (Fluid circulative bearing)
  • Fans are equipped with white LED’s.
  • Cooler cover-plate protects fins whilst adding a unique design.
  • Braided cables on fan, keeps the wires hidden and maintains aesthetics of the interior.
  • Easy to install

It is certainly a unique looking CPU cooler but I have a feeling more people will dislike the way it looks compared to those who like it.

Images courtesy of Xigmatek

Computex: Noctua Developing 200mm, 90mm and 80mm A Series Fans

Noctua’s A-Series fans are known for their excellent cooling performance and trademark Noctua acoustic performance and they include the NF-A15 PWMNF-A14 PWMNF-A14 FLXNF-A14 ULNNF-A9x14 PWMNF-A6x25 FLX and the NF-A4x10 FLX. At Computex Noctua have revealed plans to extend the A-Series to three new sizes; 80mm, 90mm and 200mm.

All three fans feature the same key features of the Noctua A-Series such as the Flow Acceleration Channels, AAO-Frame, inner surface microstructures, stepped inlet design, integrated anti-vibration pads and the high quality SS02 fan motor bearing.

As far as I am aware the yellow “colour” is just because these are prototype designs that have yet to be finished so I am sure they will still come in the trademark Noctua brown and beige. Noctua didn’t announce availability but hopefully they will be arriving by the end of the year.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of Noctua