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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X benchmarked at 4K by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Dec 28, 2013 5:59 am

My family is enjoying some food and each other, I'm enjoying a nice alcoholic beverage, while I sit here in my shorts on a nice, sunny day here in Australia. What better time is it to test out some Radeon R9 290X GPUs?

 

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I've played with the Radeon HD 7970s, and while they perform well, the new Radeon R9 290X GPUs are based on the Hawaii architecture, play much better with higher resolutions such as 3840x2160, or 4K, and no longer require a physical CrossFire connection.

 

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We're still testing them on our Haswell setup, but we're soon moving to a Sandy Bridge-E rig, where we'll re-run the benchmarks we've already run, and are running today. This will be coming in the next month or so, we have nearly everything, we're just waiting on a few more parts.


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AMD Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire (overclocked) benchmarked at 7680x1440 by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Nov 29, 2013 11:49 pm

The last time we looked at the AMD Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire, we were running stock clocks. But, you are on a site called TweakTown, so we decided to tweak our cards. Throwing some overclocking onto them, and re-running our tests to see how much of an improvement overclocking had at 7680x1440.

 

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We were able to drive our cards up to 1200MHz on the Core, and an astounding 1800MHz on the Memory, which you can see, above.

 

We'd like to thank Corsair, AMD, GIGABYTE, AMD, Patriot Memory, and InWin for making this all happen - without you, we couldn't have done it.

 

Now I'm sure you want to know the exact specs of the system, so here we go:

 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" processor w/Corsair H110i cooler
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z87X-OC
  • GPUs: MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning BE (2x)
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB kit of 1866MHz DDR3
  • Storage: 240GB Corsair Force Series GT (3x) and 480GB Corsair Neutron GTX
  • Chassis: InWin X-Frame Limited Edition
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200i digital PSU
  • Software: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Drivers: Catalyst 13.11 Beta 6


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Battlefield 4 benchmarked at 7860x1440 with Radeon HD 7970s in CF by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Content | Posted: Nov 30, 2013 9:11 pm

Ah, Battlefield. I have so many memories of the franchise over the years, but Battlefield 4 is becoming a quick favorite of mine. Even more so at 7680x1440.

 

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Testing BF4 can be quite hard, as there is no built-in benchmark. I decided to run the game on 'Radio Communications' map, with 32 players in the game. This gives a much, much better in-game feel of the frame rate of a proper multiplayer game.

 

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I ran the test for 5 minutes each time, to get a better minimum/average FPS result, too.


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Star Citizen benchmarked at 7860x1440 with Radeon HD 7970s in CF by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Content | Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:42 am

Disclaimer: Star Citizen is in very, very early alpha form, and in no way, shape or form, represents the final game. The final game will include so many other parts of the game - so we're just benchmarking the Hangar Module today. Keep this in mind, I've simply run this benchmark to see what the future of PC gaming holds in store for us.

 

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If you'll rewind nearly two decades now, you'll find yourself in an era of PC gaming at its golden age. There was a young, talented man known as Chris Roberts, who was the brainchild behind one of the biggest space-based games of all time: Wing Commander.

 

AMD Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire benchmarked at 7860x1440 by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 5:12 am

We've tested our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 SLI and GeForce GTX 770 SLI GPUs, but now it's time to test out what AMD's cards can do. Our first venture into the AMD side of things at 7860x1440 is with two Radeon HD 7970s, but don't worry, we have some R7 and R9 GPUs on their way, so keep checking back to see how these GPUs perform at the insane 7860x1440 resolution.

 

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 SLI benchmarked at 7860x1440 by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 8:39 am

We chucked our new Tweakipedia build under the bus a few weeks ago, seeing how it would fare with two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780s in SLI at 7860x1440. That resolution is quite strenuous on any system, mixing three 2560x1440 panels and the latest games with two of the fastest GPUs is always fun.

 

 

Well, NVIDIA were kind enough to throw two GeForce GTX 770s our way, so we're going to see how these much, much cheaper GPUs do at the same resolution through the same benchmarks.

 

First, the GeForce GTX 780 will set you back around $649 through Newegg, while the GTX 770 is priced at just $399. I expect the GTX 770 to keep up with the GTX 780, but I think it will ultimately not fare as well as the GTX 780 thanks to the uber-high resolution. Let's get into it!


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 SLI benchmarked at 7860x1440 by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 6:01 am

This has been a long time coming, slowly getting the parts that we needed to get to this point, but we're here! We have our new system built, which you can check out in this post, and the video below.

 

 

The new system kicks all sorts of ass, thanks to some of our closest friends who sent over boxes of hardware to make this happen. We'd like to thank Corsair, NVIDIA, GIGABYTE, AMD, Patriot Memory, and InWin for making this all happen - without you, we couldn't have done it.

 

Now I'm sure you want to know the exact specs of the system, so here we go:

 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" processor w/Corsair H110i cooler
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z87X-OC
  • GPUs: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 SLI (2x)
  • RAM: Patriot Memory Viper Series - 32GB of 2400MHz DDR3
  • Storage: 240GB Corsair Force Series GT (3x) and 480GB Corsair Neutron GTX
  • Chassis: InWin X-Frame Limited Edition
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200i digital PSU


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Introducing our new Tweakipedia test bed, for all things tweaking! by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems Content | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 5:18 am

For the last couple of months, I've been securing some hardware to build up a new test bed for me to use for my Tweakipedia articles. We've had some truly great support from some of our closest partners and friends, including Corsair, GIGABYTE, Patriot Memory, NVIDIA, Sapphire, InWin and more.

 

 

We've got a little video that looks at the various parts, of which you can check out above. Below, we have a video of the GPUs that we'll be testing in the coming weeks, which is an even bigger tease.

 

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I'm still waiting on some more components, and have two monitors that will be at my door step in the next two weeks. The monitors in question are the ASUS PB278Q displays, so we'll have three in total for some truly high-resolution testing. We've already overclocked one, but let's see how three do, hey?


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Moving your Steam and Origin games to a new OS installation by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software Content | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 5:04 am

I used to hate re-installing Windows, but with a few tricks it can be a quick and painless effort these days. We've written some previous articles that will help you, first of which is installing Windows from a USB drive which is worlds faster than using an optical drive.

 

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Secondly, we have the Windows Update Downloader article, and thirdly, how to slipstream your new Windows disc. This all goes towards making your PC life easier, and now we're going to do the same with games.

 

Normally, a fresh install of Windows would require you to re-install Steam and Origin (one or the other, or any other digital distribution platform - but we're centering on Steam and Origin for this Tweakipedia article). You still have to do that, but you'll be able to migrate your games over, and then let them sync to the Steam and Origin networks.


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Slipstreaming Windows Updates into a Windows ISO by TweakTown

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software Content | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 5:04 am

If you install Windows more than once every couple of months, slipstreaming your installation might be down your alley. If you don't know what slipstreaming your Windows installation is, let's have a quick chat.

 

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Don't you hate downloading your Windows Updates, which can be in the gigabytes, to only lose them when you format and re-install Windows? Well, with a few tricks, you can manually download and save your Windows Updates, and then weave them into your Windows installation disc - this, is slipstreaming.

 

This helps save so much time, and double ups on downloading your Windows Updates. For people like me, it helps because I'm constantly installing Windows on a new build, and hate having to let Windows Update do its thing before I can get to business.


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