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The first hour playing Alien: Isolation by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Content | Posted: Oct 29, 2014 12:12 pm

I've been waiting patiently for Alien: Isolation to be released, holding back on reading reviews on it, or watching too much gameplay footage of it. After the absolute train wreck that was Aliens: Colonial Marines, I didn't have hesitations per se, but it looked so good from that first video, that I knew this wasn't going to be another mess.

 

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Holding off until just last night, I gave it my first play. I decided to record my gameplay using NVIDIA's ShadowPlay, something I looked at not too long ago. I'm playing the game on my gaming rig, which consists of:

 

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  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4930K processor w/Corsair H110 cooler
  • Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition
  • RAM: 16GB of Corsair Vengeance 2400MHz DDR3
  • Storage: 240GB SanDisk Extreme II and 480GB SanDisk Extreme II
  • Chassis: InWin X-Frame Limited Edition
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200i digital PSU
  • Software: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Drivers: GeForce 344.07 (early release)

 

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Core i7 4770K vs AMD FX-8350 with GTX 980 vs GTX 780 SLI at 4K by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 11:49 am

In the last week or so, I've written two popular articles that have involved AMD's cheap FX-8350 processor, running at 2560x1440 and 3840x2160 (4K). Both of these tests have involved the use of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780s in SLI, as well as the new Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980s in SLI.

 

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The first test, at 2560x1440, was interesting, as it showed that the $319 setup that consisted of the AMD FX-8350 CPU and a GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3 motherboard, could somewhat keep up with the Intel Core i7-4930K and ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition, which costs $1052.

 

At 1440p, the Intel system beat the AMD system in virtually every test, and in some of those tests, by a large margin. But, for 300% more cost, so it should have. Moving up to 4K though, presented an entire new world of possibilities for AMD, with the underdog actually taking swings, and beating Intel at the higher resolution.


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AMD FX-8350 powering GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI at 4K by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Oct 7, 2014 8:04 am

Earlier on in the week, we pitted our AMD and Intel systems against each other, in a battle at 2560x1440. The GPUs in question were NVIDIA's reference GeForce GTX 780s in SLI, and the new GTX 980s in SLI. For $300, the AMD represents super value, and what most would think, the loser out of the two setups.

 

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Especially when we're talking about Intel's still-powerful Core i7-4930K, which features 12 threads (6 physical cores and 6 Hyper-Threaded cores) in total. It is the company's LGA 2011 socket, and meant for enthusiasts. Mix this with a high-end ASUS motherboard, we're talking $1052 worth of goods compared to the $319 cost on the AMD gear.

 

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AMD FX-8350 powering GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI at 2560x1440 by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 5:48 am

Shawn has been cranking out reviews of the new GeForce GTX 900 series GPUs since their launch, and on the day of launch I took a look of something a little different: GeForce GTX 780 SLI versus GTX 980 SLI on Intel's LGA2011-based Core i7-4930K CPU.

 

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Well, we're back again with a new benchmark, testing the GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI cards on AMD's more budget-friendly FX-8350 eight-core CPU. We did a similar test a few months ago which was quite popular, so now we're going to continue flicking between AMD and Intel on our flagship GPUs, to see the differences between performance, and whether the CPU is holding us back.

 

First up, let's introduce you to what systems we'll be comparing today - where we have most of the hardware identical thanks to our partners. The only thing that has changed between the two PCs is the CPU and motherboard, with every other part that matters (RAM, SSD, OS, drivers) identical to the other.


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GeForce GTX 980 SLI vs GTX 780 SLI at 2560x1440 by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Sep 19, 2014 2:35 am

NVIDIA has just launched its new, 10th generation GeForce architecture, Maxwell. There have been two new Maxwell-based cards launched for the moment on desktop, the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. NVIDIA were kind enough to send me two of their new GTX 980s, which I promptly threw into SLI and began partying with.

 

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I have two GTX 780s here in SLI, so I decided to run some tests at 2560x1440 to begin with, with some more tests coming in the coming days and weeks. First off, we're going to run a bunch of benchmarks at 2560x1440, then we'll move onto 4K, and then we'll see how these bad boys overclock, since there is a heck of a lot of headroom left in the GTX 980s for some serious overclocking.


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Upgrading our AMD test bed, prepare for new benchmarks by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs Content | Posted: May 26, 2014 11:09 pm

Our last Tweakipedia entry was one of our most popular yet, where we pitted the budget AMD FX-8350 processor against the likes of Intel's Core i7-4770K and Core i7-4930K on both the LGA 1150 platform, and the high-end enthusiast LGA 2011 platform.

 

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Well, after this article went out, I had a few people ask me to update my AMD hardware - but I didn't have anything lying around at the time (apart from the hardware used in the test). I reached out to my friends at GIGABYTE and AMD who were more than happy to provide some swanky new hardware to put to work.

 


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Radeon R9 290X CF - AMD AM3+ vs. Intel LGA 1150 vs. LGA 2011 at 4K by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: May 13, 2014 5:41 am

It wasn't long ago that we tested our two Intel systems at 4K, comparing the LGA 2011 and LGA 1150 sockets against each other, but now we're going to do it all over again, but this time we're going to compare AMD against Intel's two sockets, at 4K.

 

During the first article, we found out that the CPU didn't matter too much, even when it came to gaming at 4K, but does it matter by taking things down a notch and testing it with an AMD setup? Let's take a look, shall we? First, we'll provide you with all of the specifications of our test beds, so you know what we're comparing.

 

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AMD specs:

 

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3

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BitFenix Prodigy M build - Part 2: The Build by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems Content | Posted: May 12, 2014 12:03 pm

Welcome to Part 2 of our new BitFenix Prodigy M build guide, if you're just coming into this now - you can go and check out Part 1, which was an Introduction of what we're planning to do with this slick new PC.

 

Now, onto the good stuff - we have a slew of videos showing off the inside of the Prodigy M, giving you a few tricks on how to build your PC inside of this case.

 

 

In the above video, we take a look at and around the BitFenix Prodigy M. We took out some of the fans and other parts of the case, something we give you an explanation of in the clip.

 


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BitFenix Prodigy M build - Part 1: Introduction by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems Content | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 5:22 am

This has been a long time coming, but the final parts have arrived for our new BitFenix Prodigy M build. We're going to do this build in a multi-part series, which will better show off the system itself, and our building and testing of it. What better way to show off our new system, than taking a video of it through Google Glass? Here is our new system #throughglass.

 

 

The new system will be used in a variety of ways, with different benchmarks being run on it. We'll be doing some testing at 4K, and triple 1440p, too. We're hoping to get some more 4K displays, so that we can do some triple 4K, or 12K testing - that's when the fun will really begin.


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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X CF - LGA 1150 vs. LGA 2011 at 4K by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Apr 22, 2014 6:33 am

We've tested our glorious setup on both LGA 1150 and LGA 2011 setups, where we've thrown SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPUs in CrossFire through the high-resolution hoop at 4K. The same test was run on our LGA 1150, something you can check up on here.

 

Before we get into it, lets give you a rundown of the systems we're using here today.

 

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LGA 1150 specs:

 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" processor w/Corsair H110i cooler
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z87X-OC
  • GPUs: SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X (2x)
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB kit of 2400MHz DDR3
  • Storage: 240GB Corsair Neutron GTX and 480GB Corsair Neutron GTX
  • Chassis: InWin X-Frame Limited Edition
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200i digital PSU
  • Software: Windows 7 Ultimate x64


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