Superpipe to the rescue

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2009 - 02:30 PM |
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Although the name might lead you to believe differently, the

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ATI Catalyst 9.6 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 15, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Company of Heores - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
  • Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  • Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
Source: AMD

CPU versus GPU in a transcoding free for all

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2009 - 01:11 PM |
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ExtremeTech is taking a close look at the two new video transcoding techniques from AMD and nVIDIA, ATI Stream and CUDA.  The software transcoder they will be using comes from Cyberlink, called MediaShow Espresso, a $40 product that supports both AMD and nVIDIA's technology.  The transcodes that they will attempt are for the iPhone, MPEG2, Xbox and native H.264, and they use 3 movie trailers as the media.  This GPU technology certainly beats CPU encoding; but which one is the fastest?

Source: ExtremeMhz

Know your codenames: AMD 40nm DX11 is Cyprus and Juniper

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 04:17 PM |
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Charlie D., formerly of The Inq, has a new site and he wants you to know that all the codenames you heard for the upcoming 40nm DX11 parts from AMD are wrong.  We first showed you the wafer shot and details of the 40nm DX11 parts last week during Computex - definitely check that out if you haven't already. 

EVGA looks to be planning on joing Intel for Larrabee

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 03:55 PM |
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There is a story over at The Inquirer that is speculating once again that EVGA will find its way into the arms of Intel when the Larrabee product is released late in 2009 or early in 2010. 

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Low power but high enthusiasm

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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You might recall seeing the Galaxy 9600 GT LP back in May when Ryan reviewed it, but now that the temperatures have started to go up while prices are going down, it is worth a second look.  The card is 1" shorter than the normal model at 8" and almost half as wide at 2.25" as opposed to 4".  It also deserves its low power moniker as the system [H]ard|OCP placed it in drew 31 Watts

Source: [H]ard|OCP

What's the best way to stress out a GTX 275

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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Knowing that an nVIDIA GTX 275 can hit a Core of 702MHz from the 633MHz stock speed, that it's GDDR3 can reach 1296MHz from a 1134MHz stock and that the Shader clock goes all the way to 1656MHz from 1404MHz is good, but it doesn't tell the full story.  Overclocking everything as far as it can go can be an effective method, but it lacks finesse.  Doing so makes it hard to judge which part has the most impact on performance or if overclocking that part has done nothing whatsoever.   AnandTec

Source: AnandTech

Computex 2009: Gigabyte shows 4890 OC and 4650 AGP cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 11:10 AM |
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While wandering around the nearly-deserted Hall 1 of Computex, we ran into some friends at Gigabyte that had a couple of interesting things to show us. 

First up was a custom built Radeon HD 4890 1GB graphics card that will come overclocked to 900 MHz compared to the 850 MHz stock frequency.


Computex 2009: NVIDIA gives away 3D Vision, but not really

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 06:33 AM |
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Imagine my excitement when I heard the words "free 3D vision" muttered by the CEO of NVIDIA at a recent press conference!?!  After all, in my testing of the active-shutter glasses-based 3D Vision gaming accessory I found the experience to be simply awesome and I urged every user to give this technology a try for themselves, even if it meant hunting down a demo.  And now to get it for FREE??

Unfortunately what NVIDIA was referring to was this:

Computex 2009: NVIDIA and Adobe finally announce GPU-accelerated Flash!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 02:09 AM |
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In what will likely be one of the biggest boons for the ION platform and the netbook/nettop market, NVIDIA and Adobe just announced a partnership for GPU-accelerated Flash content: both games and video.


Tom Clancy likes multi-GPU setups

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 02:01 PM |
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For those who have chosen an uncommon upgrade path or who simply spent every penny they could on their graphics subsystem, some of the results from X-Bit Labs multi-GPU benchmarks will be familiar.  For the rest of us, it is a bit of an eye opener to see just how multiple GPUs perform in three way.  The final conclusions compare performance differences between SLI and 3x SLI, 3x SLI versus 3x Crossfire and 3x SLI versus 4x Crossfire, and you can see that there can be a huge difference

Source: X-Bit Labs

Computex 2009: NVIDIA demos DX Compute and Terminator Salvation PhysX

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 10:28 AM |
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At the first of two NVIDIA press conferences at Computex 2009, NVIDIA was showcasing GPU computing and the power of the CPU + GPU platform for both high-end desktop solutions and low-end ION systems.

Is Dell dropping NVIDIA from all its products?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 26, 2009 - 03:36 AM |
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NVIDIA might have thought it was all going to be rosy news over the weekend, what with the announcement of the Lenovo S12 notebook integrating the NVIDIA ION chipset, but not if this story pans out.  Apparently Dell is on the edge of removing NVIDIA from its entire lineup of desktop and notebook PCs.  If true, this could be very bad news for NVIDIA.  The Inquirer believes that NVIDIA's probl

Source: The Inquirer

Put some effort into it

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2009 - 01:36 PM |
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The XFX Radeon HD 4890 XXX
is the overclocked version of the 4890, with a whole 50MHz bump on the GPU and nothing else.  Mind you, when Elite Bastards tried to overclock the card they manage to squeak another 40MHz out of the core and bumped the memory by 35MHz.  That

Pending price approval

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 05:36 PM |
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The ASUS ENGTX260MATRIX
might be an incredible value, dependant on the price tag that comes with it.  The dual fans allow ASUS to pump this card
to a 576MHz core with 999MHz memory, the maze of heatpipes that are underneath the fans certainly help as well.  What that translates into is performance similar to the heavily overclocked MSI Black Lightning Edition GTX260, within a few fps of the performance of a stock GTX275.  It is possible that a true GTX275 might have a bit more overhead when it comes to overclocking, but for those who would rather leave things alone

Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.5 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 02:37 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Unigine Tropics DX9 - performance gains of up to 11% for single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations with anti-aliasing enabled.
  • Company of Heroes - performance gains of up to 10% for both single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  •  BattleForge- performance gains of up to 10% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.

New Features

ATI Catalyst 9.5 - Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Source: AMD

Intel more concrete with 2010 Larrabee release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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An interesting article posted over at c't magazine is the first to verify with Intel a more concrete release time frame for the company's upcoming Larrabee CPU/GPU hybrid.  Intel's Joseph Shultz indicated that the first Larrabee product release would hit in the first half of 2010, finally squelching the discussion of a late 20

Source: TG Daily

MSI goes against the flow

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:45 PM |
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While the old 8800GTS was a little odd with 640MB of RAM and a 320-bit interface was a bit odd, the GTX 260 is even stranger with the reference model sporting 896 MB of RAM with a 448-bit interface.  MSI decided that the card could be made even stranger by doubling the total RAM to 1792MB in their GTX 260 Lightning Black Edition.  It is also factory overclocked almost to it's limits, the Guru of 3D could only manage to hit 680/145

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA Releases World's First Stereoscopic Driver for Windows 7

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:15 PM |
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Today, we released the new NVIDIA 3D Vision CD v1.08 driver kit, which includes the GeForce driver v185.85 and the 3D Vision driver v185.85.

This driver release marks the world's first stereoscopic 3D driver for Windows 7, available only from NVIDIA. This driver release also supports Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit.

Driver download links

Full CD Kits

Source: NVIDIA