GeForce 9800 GX2 feels left out, takes off clothes

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2008 - 11:30 AM |
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Sure today might be all about AMD's new Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card, but NVIDIA's upcoming 9800 GX2 just feels left out.  And what do self-conscious graphics cards do to get attention?  Take off their clothes
NVIDIA's design uses two separate PCBs instead of one like AMD's new card does, but the effect is generally the same.

Source: VR-Zone

AMD's new tradition

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2008 - 04:55 PM |
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Hopefully this will soon disappear, but every launch AMD has recently tried doesn't seem to have gone as planned.  This time around, North American reviewers were instructed not to reveal the new graphics cards performance, but across the pond that message never got across.  So we have been seeing the performance of at least one of the cards for about 24 hours now.  The rest of the new family has now been revealed, there are many reviews out there, but s

NVIDIA 9600 GT possibly delayed

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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It seems that maybe the GeForce 9600 GT card, the same GPU that I got my hands on last week, might be delayed a bit due to a manufacturing issue.

RUMOUR HAS IT that the launch of Nvidia's 9600 GT has been
pushed back a few days due to a problem in manufacturing.

Source: The Inquirer

Speaking of good news that's hard to believe ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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According to some NDA-breaking benchmarks on a site in China; PCOnline.com.cn, the new AMD 3870X2 pulls ahead of an 8800Ultra in 3DMark06 scoring 14573 to 10676 with 4xAA and 16AF @ 1280x1024.  The Crysis scores are rather impressive too, although nVIDIA's card manages to keep top spot. 

Source: InsideHW

Finding the GRAM sweet spot

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2008 - 02:21 PM |
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MSIs' NX8800GT-T2D256E-OC goes the opposite way of the Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB, by halving the normal amount of memory on the 8800GT, as opposed to doubling it.  The Hardware Zone tested it, and found it lacking in certain areas.  If you never plan on showing HD content, or you have a sub 22" monitor that can't go beyond 1680x1050, then you won't be too disappointed with this cards lack of memory.  Unfortunately, the MSRP that Hardware Zone was given is awfully close to the pric

NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT: G94 Arrives Early

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2008 - 06:45 PM |
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An interesting package hit my door step yesterday and in it were two graphics cards of unknown origin.  Well, not completely unknown since I bought them from a PC Perspective Forums member, but their REAL origin is a mystery.  Why the secrets?  Turns out these cards unreleased GeForce 9600 GT cards.  No, really.  And yeah, I just BOUGHT them. 

Getting the most from your graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 16, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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One of the quickest ways to spend a good chunk of money every paycheque is to upgrade your video card every time the factory overclocked version gets a bump of a few MHz.  It doesn't have to be that way, it isn't that difficult or expensive to do it yourself.  Of course any time you overclock you run into the possibility of killing the part you are pushing beyond spec.  If that risk doesn't deter you, CPU3D has just released a new graphics overclocking guide.  Start your first overclocking project, or

Source: CPU3D

I don't think the lower temperature is the selling point they were going for

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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The Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB looks good to begin with, for only $20 you get double the memory of a regular 8800GT.  Unfortunately we have been disappointed in the past with cards sporting 1 GB of memory, and [H]ard|OCP discovered that this card is no different, 1 GB of RAM on a card of this speed doesn't do anything.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD's graphics refresh, RV670

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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On paper the new Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic sports the same features as the RV600, apart from the die shrink.  What is new(ish) is the Vapour Chamber Technology, which is claimed as a break through new cooling for graphics cards.  It sounds really neat until you see the graphic in the Elite Bastards review, where you realize that this breakthrough is pretty much a heatpipe flattened into a plate.  The new architecture does reveal some improvement

Not pictured below - COD4 running at 2560x1600

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 05:51 PM |
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Although Ryan is sharing pics of the new graphics card that we will be seeing from AMD, he is keeping the game play to himself.  If we don't see any more updates from CES today, it's probably fair to assume that Ryan got 'stuck' at that table.



Source: AMD

AMD Introduces ATI Mobility RadeonT HD 3000 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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LAS VEGAS (2008 International CES) - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs. The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows notebook users to experience the full power of HD through graphics processing designed to satisfy the most demanding mobile users at work and play.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 outed

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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It would seem our buddies at HardOCP have the scoop on some upcoming NVIDIA hardware: the 9800 GX2 card.  According to Kyle's information, the card sports a pair of G92-based GPUs with 128 SPs each on two separate PCBs.  It also appears to have a total of 1GB of memory on-board and will be the new "flagship" card from NVIDIA taking the highest priced spot from the 8800 Ultra card.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Revenge of the little brother

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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The HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX runs at almost the exact same clock speeds as the more expensive 3870, and offers a few benefits as well.  It is designed to draw less power, especially when it takes advantage of the several PowerPlay states that the Guru of 3D discovered, and thanks to the inclusion of some powerful 3rd party cooling, it runs cooler as well.  The price is very much in line with the 3870, and the factory overclock is not the limit to

Source: Guru of 3D

Carrying NVIDIA's Water (Cooler)

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Last week BFG announced a dandy little product based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 512.  This water cooled product sports clocks that are well above norm, but correspondingly far more expensive than the standard 8800 GTS.  Based on the new G92 chip from NVIDIA, it has the full complement of stream units, ROP partitions, and 512 MB of fast GDDR-3.  The core runs at a sprightly 700 MHz with the memory at 970 MHz (1940 MHz effective).  The most impressive part is the stream processors clocked at a very ag

NVIDIA and Intel merger rumors mix again

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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According to the Inquirer, a bunch of NVIDIA stock calls is raising the rumors once again of an Intel and NVIDIA buyout/merger.  Both that author and this author have serious doubts about it, but hey, its always fun to speculate!

Source: The Inquirer

AMD next-gen R700 GPU taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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Charlie at TheInq seems to think that AMD's R700 has taped out already.  If that's the case, those that claimed it wasn't coming in 2008 would surely be laughed at and mocked. 

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA looking for cheaper G92 cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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Taking note of the news post below, maybe this information from Digitimes has already been answered?  Apparently NVIDIA was the board designers to find ways to cut costs on the G92 designs to better allow them to compete with the likes of the AMD HD 3800 series of cards.

Source: Digitimes

Details on GeForce 8800 GS Surface

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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According to Expreview, NVIDIA planning another SKU based around the G92 architecture known as the 8800 GS.  I am more than a bit confused by the specs though, including a 192-bit memory bus of all things that reintroduces memory sizes of 384MB and 768MB.  The two models showcased run at similar clock speeds to the 8800 GT (one higher and one lower) while the memory sizes and shader clocks border either side of the GT as well.  Color me confused:

First GeForce 9-series parts to be budget priced

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 25, 2007 - 06:52 PM |
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The first part from the upcoming GeForce 9-series looks to be the G94, or D9P, and will be coming in February.  Set to compete with AMD's RV670 HD 3850, it will apparently have a 256-bit memory bus, 64 stream processors and be built on the same 65nm process as the G92 cards.

Nvidia will launch the mid-range part for its GeForce
9600 GPU series, codenamed D9P or G94, in February 2008, according to
sources with graphics cards makers.

Source: Digitimes

Crysis patch delayed

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 04:11 PM |
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Well, this is cruddy news.  If you read my recent 3-Way SLI review you'd have noticed I used an early copy of the Crysis 1.1 patch to try and increase SLI scaling.  Well, if you were ready to get your hands on that release....SORRY!  Delayed again according some Crysis-based forums

Patch #1 Delayed – The Reason