BFG SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 12:54 PM |
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All BFG graphics cards on the BFG Store are at least 10%
off
, 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 |
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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 |
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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

NVIDIA MCP82 chipset details leak

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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While we aren't sure of the validity of these specs yet, they sure do look interesting and put into question the idea that NVIDIA would be leaving the chipset business.

S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality with S3FotoPro Image Enhancement Application

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Fremont, California, October 17, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of S3FotoPro, a GPGPU application using the latest programmable architecture powered by the Chrome 400 Series GPUs.

Source: S3 Graphics

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro CX - The Accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-OCTOBER 16, 2008 - Today NVIDIA introduced its new accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4 software, the NVIDIA Quadro CX. This new GPU provides creative professionals with a faster, better, more reliable way to maximize their creativity. Quadro CX was architected to deliver the best performance for the new GPU-optimized features of Adobe Creative Suite 4.

"Adobe is at the forefront of the Visual Computing Revolution," said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVDIA.

Source: NVIDIA

Highlights of the Catalyst 8.10 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2008 - 03:55 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Unreal Tournament 3: Performance increases of up to 15% are seen when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series or ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
  • Prey: Performance increases between 2% to 5% are seen on ATI CrossFire configured systems when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products

New Features

Catalyst Control Center enhancements:

Source: AMD

Shoving a little extra memory in

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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The HD4870 now comes in three distinct flavours, the X2, the original 512MB version and now the supersized 1GB version.  The doubling of memory is the only difference between the 512MB

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (October 13, 2008) - For the enthusiast seeking the utmost control from their video solution, ASUS has today released the new EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M for North America.

Source: ASUS

AMD to benefit from Adobe CS4 GPU acceleration

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:32 PM |
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This is a bit of interesting news that I had bookmarked this week but haven't gotten posted yet.  Two articles over at Fudzilla point to the fact that AMD's GPUs will benefit just as much from the recent Adobe CS4 software GPU acceleration additions as NVIDIA's parts.  First, here is the post that quotes an AMD rep saying as much.  How is that possible?

Source: Fudzilla

Apple upset about NVIDIA's bad GPUs...gulp

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:09 PM |
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This story over at TGDaily seems to indicate that not only does Apple now have some of the defective mobility GPUs that have been absolutely destroying NVIDIA's consumer confidence as of late, but that Apple took some of its internal displeasure and posted it for the world to see.  What was said?

Source: TG Daily

Galaxy increases warranty on VGA card products to two years

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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One of our new supporters sent along a note that they are increasing their warranty length as a direct result of users in our forums and elsewhere.  See, sometimes you do get what you want!

October 10, 2008Galaxy Microsystems Ltd announced
today that it has increased the warranty period on its
VGA card products from one year
to two years.

G92 isn't dead yet

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2008 - 01:17 PM |
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Why would you want to invest in a 9800 GT at this point?  A few reasons come to mind, like running Folding@Home on it or using it as a PhysX accelerator instead of using it as your main graphics processor.  Take the Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo that Guru of 3D reviewed.  For $150 you get a pre-overclocked card with an impressive Accelero cooling system that will let you push the card even further than Inno3D did.  How does bumping the shader clock from 1512MHz to nearly 19

Source: Guru of 3D

Meet the first 1 Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2008 - 04:50 PM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - September 30, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The 4600 series of cards boast up to 3 times the performance of the previous generation of GPUs.

The HD 4670 is a single slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and a clock speed of 750 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz, designed with 320 stream processors.

9600GSO who?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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If you haven't checked out the reviews of the HD4670 yet, you probably don't realize just how great a value this card is.  For under $100 you can actually play Crysis @ 1024x768 on high with 8xAF and stay well over 30fps.  As an HTPC card it is even more powerful, it supports all of AMD's recent additions to their HD processing, so BluRay playback will be smooth and the card can stream 7.1 ACM audio out the HDMI connection for single cable HTPC ou

Function trumping form

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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The Arctic Cooling Accelero Turbo Module will appeal to a certain type of enthusiast; those who want a rig that is impressive for what it can do, not how it looks.  If you drop by Tweaknews you can see why they describe it as not terribly attractive, a giant heatsink obscuring any vie

Source: Tweaknews

Toshiba Shows off its SpursEngine

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 1, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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The Cell Processor in the PS3 has certainly received a lot of attention, but now we are finally seeing some products being introduced that are based on the same technology of the Cell.  The Toshiba SpursEngine is a derivation of the Cell, but it does not encompass any of the PowerPC portions.  Instead it is a chip that is designed around the SPE units that are found in Cell.  Toshiba is aiming this part at realtime video encoding and decoding, as well as upconverting video in real time.

There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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The graphics card market is developing a distinct pear shape as it's lower end swells with more and more value priced cards.  There are only two species at the pinnacle, the GTX280 and HD4870 X2, who along with their assorted sub-species rule the market.  From there however the choices available swell as each price point has more and more cards created to fill any gap between the prices.  The newest are AMD's HD4350 and HD4500.  There is a reason that they are both under $60, the number of stream processors has been reduced to 80 from over 300 for the 4650, the memory bus s

Source: AnandTech

Finding gold at the bottom of the barrel

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The Tech Report investigates whether you can spend less than $100 on a graphics card and still be able to play your favourite games.  The short answer is that if your monitor is stuck at 1280x1024, then go right ahead and buy one of the many lower end video cards you can pick up from AMD and nVIDIA.  If you can go to 1920x1200 and want to see at least a few effects, or play some of the more intensive titles, up the budget to the $150 and you won't be disappointed.  You won't be playing at maximum settings, but

NVIDIA renaming GeForce 9-series and killing 8-series

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 02:01 PM |
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Well, I hope none of you were attached to the GeForce 8-series or GeForce 9-series names; it looks like the G100-series will be taking over all the 55nm product names.  Nothing too dramatic here but perhaps a new way for partners to market, right?

Following a recent announcement that the companywould lay off about 7% of its staff, it seems that Nvidia is busy bringing the company back on track.

Source: TG Daily