This gold isn't the soundest investment

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2008 - 12:21 PM |

The Gainward

HD 4870 1024MB Golden Sample runs 25MHz over stock at 775MHz on the GPU and 100MHz faster for the memory clock, effectively 4,000MHz when you push the Turbo button.  That is enough speed to notice an improvement over the basic HD4870 and the non-standard cooling solution did help with the heat.  The increase in performance does come at an increase in price, on high enough that bit-tech would not really recommend this card as a good value, especially w

Source: bit-tech

Fun with the financial analyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 03:28 PM |

Before Ryan started in on a marathon session listening to AMD present technical data to a bunch of suits with a lot of money, he had the time to post about AMD's plans for stream processing.  Among all the announcements expected today, the idea of utilizing the GPU for an incredibly varied list of tasks is maybe the most interesting.  Read his full article to see why that is.

ATI Catalyst 8.11 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 01:44 PM |

Performance improvements

Source: AMD

Having them do the work does come at a premium

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 02:46 PM |

Galaxy really figured out how to push the GTX260, their overclocked version sees an increase from 576MHz to 656MHz in the GPU, the stream processors are bumped from 1.242GHz to 1.405GHzand the memory picks up over 10%, hitting 2.26GHz.  Read on to see if [H]ard|OCP recommends buying the OC version, or the basic model and doing the overclocking yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP


Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

SANTA CLARA, CA - November 10, 2008 - Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history - the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800.

"The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate.

Source: NVIDIA

So, about that second HD 4850 X2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 05:24 PM |

If you are pondering picking up a pair of the new HD4850X2's as opposed to a single HD4780X2, you may want to visit Tweaktown.  They tested a pair in Crossfire and the results were not exactly encouraging.  There were some games which saw an improvement, but more saw the performance unchanged or even slightly degraded.  There is a good chance that updated drivers and game patches will at least ensure the experience is the same, but you may prefer to go with a m

Source: TweakTown

NVIDIA's 3D Glasses technology ready, monitors not so much

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:08 PM |

We have been talking about NVIDIA's 3D technology for a while now as it has been on display in one form or another for over a year.  At the NVISION08 conference this year we got our hands on a near final version of the active glasses technology as well as Mitsubishi TVs and Viewsonic monitors that ran at the required 120 Hz rate.  According to Digitimes the glasses are just about ready, the drivers are as well but the lack of any low cost and widely available displays is holding up the process a bit.&nbsp

Source: Digitimes

Windows 7 to ditch Hybrid CrossFire and SLI?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:00 PM |

Did you like the idea of having both an integrated and discrete graphics solution your notebook with the ability to switch between them depending on your need for battery life or performance?  Yeah, me too.  Tough though - someone at Microsoft apparently has a stick up their ass and doesn't approve of the technology.  According to Engadget, Microsoft's Windows 7 will not offer native support for the technology and in fact dismisses all of it as "unstab

Source: engadget

NVIDIA and VIA put partnership on hold

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 01:24 PM |

Back in June during this year's Computex show we reported on a brewing relationship between NVIDIA and VIA that partnered two companies together with a common enemy: Intel.  The idea at the time was to pair NVIDIA's mid-range GPUs with VIA's Nano processor, at the time the best low power processor option on the market, to create a cheap yet enticing low cost gaming platform.  However, once Intel's Atom processor came onto the scene and started gobbling up the marketshare VIA was attempting to get, the partnership quickly fell off the

Source: Digitimes

AMD finally delivers it's second twin

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2008 - 12:12 PM |

At an MSRP of $400, the new HD4850 X2 sits right between the HD4870 and HD4870 X2 in price, and in performance as well.  The extra GPU really adds to the power of the HD4850 taking it past the it's bigger brother, though still not coming close to the HD4870 X2.  It is also possesses a rather interesting back plate; most might have expected a rear venting setup like most modern cards sport, the HD4850 X2 has four dual-link DVI connectors as well as a TV out.  Check out HEXUS' review here.

Source: Hexus

Super-size it

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

The new 1GB HD4870s that have arrived also heralded the
arrival of HD4870s with 2GB or VRAM, which is exactly what the Guru of 3D has up for review.   That extra RAM will come in very handy with your 30" monitor, playing at 2560x1600 and the raw power of the card will let you set most, if not all options to their highest settings.  If you are playing with a monitor in the 20" range, you really won't see much difference between the original HD4870 and this new version.

Source: Guru of 3D

Not your usual GTX260 review

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2008 - 02:35 PM |

Ryan's review of the KFA2 Galaxy GTX 260+ shows off the work nVIDIA and it's partners are doing with the current lineup of cards.  The first big change is the use of the new Big Bang 2 drivers from nVIDIA, the second is the card it's self.  The clocks on this card are bumped up by more that 10% across the board; 656 MHz core, 1405 MHz shader and 1130 MHZ memory.  Support for 3 wa

Check under the hood of your HD4830

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

If you fire up GPU-Z and have only 560 shader processors as opposed to the 640 that are on the card then you have a card with a pre-production BIOS.  There is good news, it looks like only reviewers have ended up with these cards, they are not likely to have made it into the channel, though it is possible some slipped through.  As well, you can take hearst in the fact that this is a BIOS issue only.  The processors are there, they are just going unused and a simple BIOS flash can fix that.  AnandTech did some testing and you can see the difference in performance,

Source: AnandTech

Far Cry 2 Bundle with ANY BFG GTX 200 Series purchase

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 01:53 PM |

For a limited time, and while supplies last only, customers who buy ANY BFG GeForce GTX 200 Series graphics card October 22, 2008 or later, will get

  • a free full copy of Far Cry 2 (DVD) a $50 value.
  • a free full copy of 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition (online download; BFG will supply Serial Number) a $20 value
  • a BFG branded mini super bright LED torch (priceless!).


Overwhelmed by choices

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 12:33 PM |

We are going to need a new way to rate low end graphics cards.  There are so many really good choices out there that best price for performance is rather difficult to decide.  Do you go for the high end HD4830 at about $150, or a low end HD4850 for a few dollars more, or do you want a heavily overclocked 9800GT, again about $150?  Do you get cheaper but buy two, or get the fastest single card you can?  Are you willing to pay $17.50 for an extra hundred GFLOPS, or only $7.38? 

It's a new beginning for nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 02:46 PM |

The early beta of nVIDIA's 180 series of drivers, which bear the name Big Bang II have arrived just in time for FarCry2.  The major improvements come in the form of changes to multi-monitor support, a topic dear to Ryan's heart.  There are also claims of significant performance increases, and as Ryan is Steaming through the download of FarCry2, you should keep your eyes open for a sneak peek at performance.  You can also bet the game will make it into the benchmarking section of future graphics cards.


Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 12:54 PM |

All BFG graphics cards on the BFG Store are at least 10%
, and all BFG power supplies (including Scratch and Dent!) are 30% off!

On top of the instant savings, there is an additional $20
off via mail in rebate on the GTX 280 OC, GTX 260 OC MAXCORE, and
the GTX 260 OC - so be sure to view the product page to download the
rebate form.


Humor in tech: Mac gets all excited about H.264 decoding

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:12 PM |

Want to see one of the many reasons PC nerds and Mac nerds don't get along?  Check out this story that discusses the supposedly "newly added" H.264 decode acceleration on the MacOS X platform that is "mysterious".  The author questions whether support for the technology will be added to previous Mac computers rather than be a secret feature on current MacBooks

Source: Ars Technica

The Earth is falling on NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:05 PM |

We have been seeing these rumors for some time, and now information is supposedly posted on Fudzilla that only six of NVIDIA's current partners are going to survive "the culling".  The apparent reason for the removal of some partners is to keep competition from over flooding the market. 

Source: General