Take the hybrid for the win

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 01:42 PM |

AMD did get there with their new generation of cards first, it has taken nVIDIA a long time to come out with a dual GPU card like the HD4870 X2.  Now that they have, it seems that the wait was worth it as their hybridized GTX 295 is incredibly powerful.  Tech Spot shows this card beating a pair of 260's in SLI across the board and leaving the 4870 X2 in the dust.  Right now, only $

Source: Tech Spot

nVIDIA does it two!

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2009 - 02:07 PM |

Look out HD4870 X2, you are no longer competing and sometimes beating nVIDIA's best card, the GTX260+ has been replaced by the GTX 295.  Sporting an ungodly 1792MB of GDDR3 and a pair of what are essentially GTX 280 cores, this card is unbeatable.  If you splurge and pick up a pair of them (assuming you can handle ~650W draw from the cards alone), you can expect to play Crysis on high quality at 1920x1200 and get average frame rates in the high 60's, an unprecedented score.  Check out Ryan's full review of the new ki

A good thing that just keeps on getting better

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 6, 2009 - 02:48 PM |

The HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO is a full 1GB model sporting a fancy third party cooler that drops the temperatures as well as the noise at full.  As the running temperatures and fan noise were the two biggest faults of the original 4870, this really is a great step forward.  Add into that equation the coming price drop as well as the ~10% o

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA GT212 details hint at 384 SPs

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:51 PM |

A post over at Expreview is indicating they have source spilling some proverbial beans about the upcoming NVIDIA GT212 GPU update due in mid-2009.  Here's the table of interest:

Source: Expreview

XFX cards with ATI Radeon inside start to show up

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:40 PM |

XFX sent out a PR email blast letting the whole world know that the XFX Radeon HD 4000 series of graphics are official and should be available any day now.  The company has its Radeon products website up and running at has quite a few new cards on the table including:


NVIDIA 9-series rebranding gets more specific

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2009 - 01:50 PM |

AudioFreak39 points out in a thread in our forums that the pending GeForce 9-series rebranding process has now been unearthed as the GeForce Gx00 series:

GeForce G110 (rebranded 9400GT):


GeForce G120 (rebranded 9500GT):


NVIDIA Beta 185.20 drivers add "ambient occlusion"

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:22 PM |

A very interesting discussion has started in the graphics card forum about some leaked NVIDIA drivers (revision 185.20) that adds a new feature called "ambient occlusion".  This enhancement apparently is adding some nice visual lighting effects but causes a lot of stress on gaming hardware; HonestJohn saw his Far Cry 2 performance go from about 60 FPS to 45 FPS with the option enabled.  There are screen shots included in the thread as well.

Could we see XFX ATI video cards at CES?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:15 PM |

A post in our graphics card forum is indicating news about a closer-than-expected release time for XFX's own ATI Radeon graphics cards.  It has barely been 3 weeks since we first learned that XFX was going to add a little red to their green but based on the speed of this release the project has been in the works for a while. 

Thanks goes to AudioFreak39 for the tip.

Product lineup:

Quad SLI with a pair of GTX 295s tested in 3DMark Vantage

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:16 PM |

Fudzilla is reporting that some lucky person has gotten a hold of a pair of the new GeForce GTX 295 cards (dual-GPU solution, we tested it earlier this month here) in Quad SLI to get a 3DMark Vantage score of over 32,500.  Wow.

Source: Fudzilla

AMD RV740 40nm taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:10 PM |

According to this story over at Digitimes, AMD has already taped out (completed design and circuit testing) on the next generation graphics core known as the RV740.  It is built on TSMC's newest 40nm process technology and I must say I was surprised to find the technology was mature enough to actually compete a design from ATI before 2009. 

Source: Digitimes

AMD Answers Questions on Avivo Converter Issues

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2008 - 02:37 PM |

While NVIDIA is pushing Badaboom!

Source: AMD

What's this Ion thing from NVIDIA?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2008 - 12:18 PM |

You might have heard about this new NVIDIA technology called "Ion" - which is interesting because I hadn't.  Apparently this is NVIDIA's answer the world of netbooks and Intel's Atom processor - NVIDIA is pushing Intel's partners to push Intel to allow third party chipsets as thus allowing NVIDIA to make a push into these systems. 

NVIDIA answers questions about notebook driver announcement

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 06:17 PM |

Though we already posted about NVIDIA's announcement to start supporting drivers for notebook computers, I pinged NVIDIA for some more information and they provided us with the following document that provides quite a bit more information on the topic.  Read on if you have or are thinking about buying that gaming notebook.

NVIDIA Notebook Driver Release

Q:  What are you announcing today?

Laptop dream come true: NVIDIA direct drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:42 PM |

Long the bane of mobile gaming's existence, NVIDIA has taken the first step in allowing all users of notebook computers that want to the best possible gaming performance access to NVIDIA updated drivers.  Why is this news?  Since the beginning of time, users that wanted an updated graphics driver for their laptop had to wait for their hardware vendor to update it on its own support site.  This happened fairly infrequently and often times not at all.

NVIDIA Previews the GTX 295 dual-GPU graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:03 PM |

Today NVIDIA let loose some preview information for the upcoming GTX 295 graphics card - the dual-GPU 55nm GT200-based part that takes back the performance crown from AMD's Radeon HD 4870 X2. 

You can read my preview here that includes some pictures, performance numbers and analysis.

Get your transcoding engines started

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2008 - 05:24 PM |

Ryan has spent a lot of time working with the new version of Badaboom from nVIDIA, the more expensive and higher quality video transcoder to compete with AMD's offering.  It is not professional level software and can easily be used my anyone but the depth is there in the controls to get exactly what you want.  Read on to get a feel for what may be your best choice in making your videos and DVDs play on anything.

XFX adds AMD Graphics to its product line

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2008 - 11:23 PM |

The rumors were true!  XFX has officially announced that they are going green - the other kind of green, with a bit or red in it.  Gross.

Anyway, XFX, well known for their line of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, has on their website news to expect AMD-based parts in early 2009, which is only a couple of short weeks away. 

Viva la revolucion

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2008 - 01:32 PM |

Palit's new Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 stands out among other X2s thanks to it's 3 slot design.  They have thrown a large overclock on this already hot card and kept the temperatures within reason by adding a huge cooler to the card.  They didn't waste that extra space on the back, in addition to a pair of exhaust vents there is a VGA connector, Display Port, HDMI and a single DVI.  Check out the performance at Overclockers Online, who never broke 72 degrees Celsius in their testing with

How big of a bang was it?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2008 - 03:55 PM |

Tech Connect Magazine tries out 3 of nVIDIA's newest drivers to see just how well they are improving.  Driver revisions don't tend to have huge impacts on performance overall, though the bug fixes can certainly help.  Once the testing was done, it turns out that the WHQL certified 180.48 is your best choice ... at least until the 181 series appears.

Owning the lower end

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2008 - 01:27 PM |

AMD's is utterly dominating the lower end, with the HD4650 nicely under $100, the HD4670 at about $100 and now the HD4830 at just a bit over $100, no matter how tight your budget you can get a card that supports HD playback and will give you

Source: Big Bruin