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SPCR's 2012 Graphics Card/Cooler Test System

Our updated 2012 Graphics card/cooler test system utilizes a Sandy Bridge CPU and Gigabyte's versatile Z77X-UD3H motherboard, a modified Define R3 tower case, a Kingwin 1000W 80 Plus Platinum power supply, and cooling products from Thermalright, Scythe, and Antec.

Zotac GeForce GTX 950 Video Card

The GTX 950 brings Nvidia's 2nd generation Maxwell architecture to a more accessible price-point. Zotac's implementation is affordable, efficient, and delightfully compact.


Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC Graphics Card

The Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC is a double threat as it's one of the fastest single GPU video cards on the market outfitted with a substantial triple fan heatsink. It's a strong option for gamers striving for better performance at ultra high resolutions without compromising on noise.


Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Noise Review

The Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition that formed the heart of our Quiet SLI Gaming Guide had an excellent cooling solution with a surprising weakness: A high minimum fan speed. An updated BIOS that addresses the issue, so we take another look at its new and improved acoustics.


Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition

Nvidia's GTX 960 finally brings their new GPU architecture to the masses at the $200 level. The Asus Strix OC Edition takes advantage of its low power draw to create a formidable yet supremely quiet and compact graphics card.


Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler

Arctic's Acclero Hybrid II-120 combines an AIO liquid cooler with a back side heatsink to produce a formidable yet quiet cooling solution for high-end graphics cards.

NZXT Kraken G10 Graphics Adapter

Despite being tagged in our Cooling and Graphics Cards sections, the G10 is not actually a heatsink, but a metal bracket with a fan that allows any of 27 different models of AIO CPU water coolers to be used with a variety of video cards. This arrangement promises much improved cooling over stock coolers for GPUs that peak at well over 200W, but can it do so quietly?

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II

The ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II is one of the few high-end graphics cards that run really quiet and cool right out of the box.


ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II

The ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II is a high-end graphics card with a large dual fan cooler. Though it has an impressive look, it doesn't have quite what it takes to cool the GPU quietly at full load.


ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 ZONE Edition Fanless GPU

Budget graphics cards aren't as exciting as the top tier models but their lower power requirements are perfect for quiet or even silent cooling. ZOTAC has taken advantage of the GeForce GT 640's modest 65W TDP, equipping it with a completely fanless cooling solution.


ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC

The ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC graphics card has it all: big performance, low power consumption, a very efficient and quieter cooler, and a extravagant price.


Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition

Taking advantage of the AMD's Radeon HD 7750 low 55W TDP, Sapphire has outfitted it with a fanless cooler. The HD 7750 Ultimate offers silent operation for only US$15 more than actively-cooled versions of the same card.


AMD Radeon HD 6570 & 6670 Budget GPUs

The recent release of the Radeon HD 6450, 6570 and 6670 graphics cards brings the much lauded AMD HD 6000 series to the entry and budget segments. AMD introduced the higher-end cards first to garner interest, with the HD 6850, 6870, 6950, and 6970 all racking up accolades left and right. The new budget cards also offer better performance per dollar, substantial energy savings and improved video decoding capabilities and support for stereoscopic 3D playback.


Asus DirectCU & AMD Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards

The Radeon HD 6850 is AMD's sub US$200 entrant in the discrete graphics card market. We have two on the bench to compare, a reference sample from AMD, and the Asus EA6850DirectCU, which is overclocked, has an adjustable core voltage, and is cooled using a direct-touch heatpipe heatsink. They turn out to be winners, especially the Asus.


AMD Radeon HD 6870 Graphics Card

AMD's new Radeon HD 6870 is not a revolutionary game-changer, but with enhancements in efficiency and performance as well as extra display features, these video cards based on the new Barts core offer a lot of value in the competitive $250 bracket.



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