Plus sized graphics cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 15, 2008 - 12:29 PM |
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In an attempt to bridge the gap between the 9800GTX and the GTX260 the 9800GTX+ was created.  [H]ard|OCP gave the card a fair shot and found it to be slightly better than the original, but not enough to recommend it.  Simply shrinking the die was not enough to make this card shine.  It is also hard to locate on online retailers, nVIDIA chose a + symbol, which most search engines treat as an operator, not a model number, and drop it from your search

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA's GT200: Inside a Parallel Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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RealWorldTech.com has a new article up that deep-dives into the world of GPGPU computing and NVIDIA's GT200 architecture.  Keep in mind this is not an article for the feint of heart - if lines like "Each cycle the issue logic selects and forwards the highest priority 'ready to execute' warp instruction from the buffer.

Source: General

NVIDIA sued by shareholders over GPU failures

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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I saw this post over at Tech Report that discusses a new lawsuit filed against NVIDIA due to the GPU failures that have been plaguing the company for months.  The basis of the suit lies in the fact that NVIDIA knew about the potential problems as early as August 2007 yet hid that fact from the public for as long as 8 months.  Considering the stock has gone from around $18 to the today's price of $10.16 its easy to see why those involv

Analyst: Intel's Larrabee chip needs reality check

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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CNet is reporting, on a report from Collins Stewert investment banking (??), that both AMD and NVIDIA have quite a bit of lead on Intel on the graphics front and that Larrabee will not be the runaway success that many people assume it will be.  While this point is obvious to most of us in the media, while we are excited abou

AMD Empowers Professional Graphics Users with Must-Have Features and Price-Performance Leadership

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (IBC 2008) - Sept. 11, 2008 - Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) professionals who require maximum performance from their workstations can turn to AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the powerful new ATI FirePro V8700 graphics accelerator, which provides a 40 percent performance gain for memory intensive applications. Additionally, the new ATI FirePro V3750 delivers superior performance in an entry class professional graphics accelerator.

Source: AMD

Radeon HD 4670: It costs WHAT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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Today AMD has released its latest graphics processors, and this time they are aimed at the budget to lower-mainstream markets.  The release of the Radeon 4800 series certainly turned some heads, and AMD had probably the best performing parts (under pretty much every circumstance imaginable) at the $200 and $300 price levels.  To say that the Radeon 4870 and 4850 not only leveled, but overturned the playing field is not an overstatement.  In reaction NVIDIA reduced the price of their GTX 260 from $450 down to $300, and the high end GTX 280 went from $650 to $499 or so.

Source: AMD

Taking the high road and the low road

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 01:27 PM |
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The mid ranged ATI Radeon HD 4670 has arrived at Newegg.  If you have $80 and want to be able to play most games at very high image quality settings @ 1280x1024 and have enhanced HD video playback, this card is perfect for you.  It also has some interesting new power states, ensuring that the card is only pulling the power that it needs at the time. 

Source: Guru of 3D

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards for the Masses

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 10, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon HD 4600 series, mainstream graphics offerings that deliver exceptional gaming and HD multimedia performance while consuming less power than a standard light bulb.

Source: AMD

Adult only graphics cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 8, 2008 - 01:45 PM |
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XFX brands their overclocked graphics cards as XXX; but if EVGA can use FTW, then I guess it isn't too inappropriate.  Both the 260 and the 280 models are available, and [H]ard|OCP benchmarked them on a system with a QX9770 overclocked to 3.6GHz.  They even managed to get a bit of an overclock out of these factory overclocked cards, which may put a sparkle in the eyes of some enthusiasts.  Drop by to see how they stack up against the HD4870 and HD4780 X2.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Old card, new driver and BIOS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 06:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP held off on their review of the HD4870 X2 until it's driver and BIOS had time to mature.  They also pitted it against a pair of GeForce GTX 260 in SLI, just to make it fair for nVIDIA.  How did it fare?  If you are 2560x1600 widescreen gamer, you will want to see the benchmarks.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ECS Ships 9800 GTX+ Hydra - Water Cooler SLI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 04:46 PM |
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A couple of weeks ago a rather large package arrived at our door with the tagline of "graphics card" attached.  Hmm, usually they aren't THIS big I thought...

Notice the BFG GeForce GTX 280 card in front of the ECS Hydra GeForce 9800 GTX+ box; that should give you some kind of sense of scale. 

A new tuner for your new card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 2, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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RivaTuner 2.10 has arrived at the Guru of 3D.  The newest version brings much wanted support to all those owners of new nVIDIA 200 series cards as well as the 4800 series from AMD, allowing those who have grabbed the new cards more overclocking options that are available in the drivers. SLI/Crossfire is still giving them some problems though.

Source: Guru of 3D

Going heavy on the memory, again

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2008 - 04:07 PM |
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nVIDIA has displayed a fondness for odd memory buses and sizes recently.  It started with the 640Mb 8800GTS and now continues with the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB FTW, with a 448 bit memory bus.  In the testing over at The Tech Lounge, they decided that this is their preferred card over the GTX 280, thanks to reduced power consumption, noise and heat as well as price. 

GEFORCE 9-SERIES GPUs NOW AS LOW AS $59

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 26, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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NVIDIA continues to offer consumers more choice with the addition today of the GeForce 9400
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Source: NVIDIA

Showing off nVIDIA's pair

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, you can catch two reviews of nVIDIA's best offerings, the ASUS ENGTX280 TOP and ASUS ENGTX260 TOP.  The GTX280 will set you back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2, 4870, 4850 H2O Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Prague, Czech Republic - August 23, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Neptune line of water cooled Radeon graphics cards. the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB - HD 4870 512MB - HD 4850 512MB H2O Edition Graphics card all come with Danger Den & Smoothcreations custom cooling capabilities. These card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

Catalyst 8.8 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2008 - 11:33 AM |
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Highlights of the Catalyst 8.8 Windows release include:

New features

Catalyst Control Center: New Avivo video features

This release of Catalyst introduces new video features:

Source: AMD

The Lucid Hydra

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2008 - 03:23 PM |
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The newly announced Hydra Engine from Lucid seems to have trumped both Crossfire and SLI in a single swipe.  Not only do they seem to imply that their task oriented approach will outperform the brute force style that the current solutions use, the technology will allow a lot of other tasks to be accomplished that are beyond SLI and Crossfire.  It also able to combine any mix of cards from the same vendor, though you can't mix AMD and nVIDIA ...

Not for the faint of heart

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it.  All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively.  Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Trying to reclaim the crown

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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nVIDIA has been trying everything to make the GTX 280 more attractive to gamers, mostly by dropping the price by about $200.  BFG is taking it one step further with their BFG GTX 280 OCX, an overclocked version of the already fast card.  Hardware Canucks tested it against AMD's 4870 X2, as well as the 4870 and 4850 in Crossfire.  nVIDIA does retain some top spots, but not by much of a margin.