The change is only skin deep but still impressive

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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Looking at the raw stats, the MSI R4870 MD1G is just a normal 4870, there is no factory overclock.  Looking at the card, the lack of an enclosing assembly really stands out, instead it is the oval shaped heatsink and fan that grab your eyes.  MSI claims that the change in cooler should allow the GPU to operate about 20C cooler than the normal heatsink assembly you see.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP and you can see how the cooler does and how this card can perform against other HD4870s

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PhysX now on the iPhone...why?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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There has been a LOT of news coming out of NVIDIA about its PhysX engine finding its way into the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and now, a couple of iPhone games.  In just the last week we heard that NVIDIA had gotten the PhysX engine into the Playstation 3 development platform and also on the Ninte

Source: TG Daily

A quick peek at Catalyst 9.3

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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X-bit Labs took the new 9.3 drivers from AMD on a quick spin to see how they compare to the previous 9.2 version.  The two big pieces of news from this new release are support for Windows 7 and improvements to video playback on Vista.  Of course, gamers are more interested in frame rate improvement, and that was what X-bit Labs focused on.  From their testing it seems that while there is no reason not to install the new driver, unless you are playing Lost Planet you won't have much to

Source: Hexus

Radeon HD 4830: Get 'em while they're hot!

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2009 - 11:13 PM |
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If the news over at Fudzilla is true, and we believe that it is, then if you have any interest in the Radeon HD 4830 graphics cards, you better get them while they are still available.  The Radeon HD 4830 was original

Source: Fudzilla

AMD Supports Microsoft Windows 7 in ATI Catalyst 9.3

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2009 - 11:22 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 18, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today released Windows 7 driver support as part of the latest ATI Catalyst 9.3 unified graphics driver. ATI Catalyst 9.3 represents the industry's first unified driver installation package to incorporate Windows 7 support, including Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.1 compliance, bringing with it a host of benefits for developers currently testing and updating applications using the widely available Windows 7 beta release.

Source: AMD

Diminishing returns strikes again

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2009 - 05:39 PM |
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Picking up one EVGA GTX 280 will run you almost $500, in order to replicate motherboard.org's review you would need to spend $1500, plus the 1200W PSU needed to power your system.  Seeing as how performance is provided in bulk, you might hope buying a three pack of GTX 280's would result in a diminished cost but that is not the case.  Even leaving aside the fact that not every program can handle multiple graphics cards, the scalablity really make

New details on Intel Larrabee architecture and development coming

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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We at PC Perspective are about as familiar with the upcoming Intel Larrabee technology as anyone outside of Intel can be; we have covered it at various stages of the development process since early 2007.  For those of you unfamiliar, Larrabee is a future graphics technology from Intel based around a many-core x86 architecture.  Our coverage thus far:

Caustic graphics threathens with ray tracing acceleration card

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 01:24 AM |
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Quoteth the wikipedia:

In optics, a caustic is the envelope of light rays reflected or refracted by a curved surface or object, or the projection of that envelope of rays on another surface. Caustic can also refer to the curve to which light rays are tangent, defining a boundary of an envelope of rays as a curve of concentrated light.

More interesting GPU moves coming from NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 12:50 AM |
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After the release and rebranding of the GeForce GTS 250 graphics card this month, it appears that NVIDIA might have some more "new" products coming down the pipeline.  And by "new" I mean "not really new at all."

Source: Fudzilla

Can two midranges make a high end?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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On the one hand,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

This little brother is worth watching

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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Sitting somewhere between $300 and $350, the GTX 285 isn't a mid-range card, but it is not quite at the power level that the GTX 295 and HD4870 X2 are.  At Legit Reviews there are two different models of 285 up for review, PNY's GeForce GTX 285 is a stock card with 648MHz core, 1476MHz shader, and 2484MHz memory.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES WATERCOOLED GEFORCE GTX 285

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 11:54 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (March 9, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 285 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

The BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 H2O 1GB graphics card features a totally silent, exceptionally efficient BFG ThermoIntelligence copper water block.

Update: Upcoming Catalyst 9.3 last to support R500 and below

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2009 - 12:00 AM |
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I just found out with the upcoming release of the Catalyst 9.3 driver (sometime in mid-March), ATI will officially stop supporting Radeon cards based on the R500 architecture and earlier with the monthly driver releases.  Instead, those older GPUs will be supported on a quarterly driver release schedule.  (Note: Catalyst 9.3 will support ALL Radeon GPUs - 9.4 and beyond will implement "legacy status" on the aforementioned cards.)

Could someone please put the marketers back where they belong

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 12:39 PM |
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Apart from the die shrink and a small increase in the memory size and default clocks, the newly announced NVIDIA GTS 250 is an 8800GTS that spent a short while as the 9800 GTX (sometimes with a +).  Knowing that, it really comes as no surprise that the card performs almost identically to it's previous incarnations in Ryan's testing; there is really no benefit to be seen until you look at power consumption and heat.  The GTS 250 does require noticeably less power at idle and full load thanks to the smaller die process and the PCB is e

NVIDIA GPUs Now Available For All Macs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 11:26 AM |
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NVIDIA announced today that Apple's entire Mac lineup now features GeForce GPUs to provide a superior computing experience for Mac users. Today's news is further proof of the necessity of having an NVIDIA GPU to accelerate the most popular visual computing applications like HD video, image editing, video transcoding, and games.

Source: NVIDIA

New hot graphics deal has just arrived

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 04:22 PM |
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There are Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT video cards available at Tiger Direct for the low price of $84.99.  Really, they are $114 with a $30.00 mail in rebate, valid between 02/16/2009 -  04/01/2009; the good news being that the rebate applies to multiple cards so that you can get 2-way SLI going for under $200.  Head on over and pick up your 9800 GT at Tiger Direct!

NVIDIA Unveils Low Power GPU in New ASUS Notebook at CeBIT

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 04:09 PM |
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  • NVIDIA today introduced the GeForce G102M notebook GPU featured in the new ASUS K40IN notebook at the CeBIT tradeshow in Germany.
  • The GeForce G102M is designed to provide a superior graphics experience for thin, affordable notebooks. It uses 8 watts less power when running stressful applications than typical discrete notebook GPUs.
  • The new GPU has 16 processor cores which provide up to 4 times faster graphics performance than Centrino 2 systems1.
Source: NVIDIA

Something for those other graphics intense programs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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For some PC users, there really hasn't been a new graphics card released in quite a long while.  Sure, the gamers have never had it so good, no matter how much they have to spend.  Those who use their graphics cards to create those games, or movies, or TV, etc ...

A 4750 by any other name

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has posted a preview of a card they are calling an HD4750, but is really a 40nm process RV740 card.

Source: Guru of 3D

Scaling the performance mountain

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Having plenty of time and multiple graphics cards on hand, AnandTech has assembled a long series of tests comparing systems with multiple GPUs.  This article deals with pairing, there will be others dealing with triple and quad setups for those looking for even more power.  The key to using multiple graphics cards is how much better the performance gets when the second card is added.  Buying a full price second card that nets you an increase of 15% might get you bragging rights on the 3DMark website, but as an investment it really isn't that sound. 

Source: AnandTech