Pushing just a bit harder

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Palit has pushed their overclocked 9600 GT a bit further than many other manufacturers; their 9600 GT Sonic hits 700 MHz on the GPU, the shader's are raised to 1.75 GHz, and the RAM runs at 2 GHz.  That wasn't enough to convince [H]ard|OCP to give it a Gold Award, what was the deciding factor is that Palit revamped the whole card with new power circuitry and added output ports.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD HD 3870 X2 with GDDR4 to be shown at CeBit

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 29, 2008 - 03:12 PM |
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It looks like the rumor going around the pre-CeBit floor is that AMD and its partners will be showing off a GDDR4 version of the recently released Radeon HD 3870 X2 card (review here).  The current cards use GDDR3 memory but there are not as of yet any indicators that performance will be increased because of it - stay tuned!

Most of ATI’s partners will showcase their Radeon 3870 X2 DDR4
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Source: fastlanehw

Playing tricks on your memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2008 - 02:23 PM |
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The Tech Report grabbed 3 GeForce 8800 GTs representing the three different models, the 256MB, 512MB and the 1GB.  If you've ever wondered just why so many people snigger at those who paid extra for the 1GB model, read on and all will be revealed.

Intel buys Project Offset, makers of the Offset engine

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 04:28 PM |
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An interesting bit of news came across earlier in the week about Intel purchasing Project Offset, makers of the Offset Engine.  While no games have actually come out with it yet, I can remember seeing demos of the technology at NVIDIA/ATI press days for several years. 

Source: Ars Technica

High value at a low cost

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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When you are building a low cost system, AMD is still a great way to go, and the ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 can be the basis of a low cost, highly reliable PC.  ECS have placed a lot of extras on this board and have still managed to keep it's cost well below $100.  Big Bruin's review shows that it is solid, but if you are looking for overclocking potential, high powered cooling and a ha

Source: Big Bruin

Intel demonstrates ray tracing on ultra-mobile PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:08 PM |
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As frequent readers of PC Perspective know, we have been very interested in the work of on Daniel Pohl, now an employee at Intel, that developed some of the first modern ray tracing gaming engines.  Daniel has written a couple of articles here on PC Perspective on the subject including Ray Tracing and Gaming - Quake 4: Ray Traced Project and Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later.  I have also covered a lot of the technology behind ray tracing such as the Terascale pr

The 9600 GT is still hard at work

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:00 PM |
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Not convinced that nVIDIA's new 9600GT is one of the best budget cards around?  Check out the Tech Report's review, where they overclock it to the point that it is beating the 8800 GT, never mind the HD3850.  It's one Achilles heel is it shaders, but we probably won't be seeing games with shaders that are so complex that the card starts to slow down for a while.

Double trouble for your G94

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2008 - 04:05 PM |
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MVKTECH.NET has two ways for you to make or break your brand new 9600GT.  The first, and possibly slightly less dangerous is the new version of the nVIDIA BIOS Editor, which will let you tweak any possible setting.  The second tool is nVIDIA's nvFlash, which will let you update firmware, as well as backing up your current BIOS, just in case your tweaking goes a bit too far.

Source: MVKTECH.NET

Sapphire's Toxic Avenger

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 04:17 PM |
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SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced global availability of its exciting new HD 3870 TOXIC edition high performance graphics accelerator.

Source: Sapphire

Asus GeForce EN9600GT - Multimedia options galore

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:45 PM |
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By now you have surely seen the NVIDIA 9600 GT release today - our review of it is easy to find on the site: right here.  But not to be outdone, Asus has also sent in a new 9600 GT part for us to play with: the Asus EN9600GT. 


EVGA announces the EVGA e-GeForce 9600GT Family GPU's

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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Brea, California and Munich, Germany - February 21, 2008 - EVGA, a market leader and premier provider of high-performance graphics solutions and motherboards today announced a new Price/Performance DirectX 10 card, the EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT Family.

Source: EVGA

AMD Previews on nVIDIA's day

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:47 PM |
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Pay attention to the P ... this article at AnandTech is not a review of CrossfireX, it is a very limited preview with restrictions on the platform they were to use to do the testing, as well as the software they were allowed to test.  On the other hand, seeing what two Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards can do is a bit of a treat.  Head over and see what having 3 or 4 GPUs does to gaming performance.

Source: AnandTech

Right speed, wrong price

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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G94 is here, with the introduction of the 9600GT, and it is a chip refresh like we saw in the good old days.  The performance gains are not like we have been used to seeing between refreshes recently, when you had to squint to be able to make out the performance improvements.  As the graphs at [H]ard|OCP show, this new GT blows the 8600GT out of the water, and it takes out the HD3850 and 3870 easily as well.  It is also nice to see that 8800GT owners will not be upset either, as the newcomers performance is still below the 8800GT's performance. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lots of NVIDIA 9600 GT rumors and information

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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There are a lot of rumblings about the NVIDIA 9600 GT today, and not all of it from NVIDIA and its partners.  First up, AMD has apparently been on the war trail talking about how the company is "not fazed by impending Nvidia 9600 launch" and that it has "had cards offering similar, if not better, features on the market for the past three months."  This all comes from Digitimes, that also points out that the 9600 GT will lack features like DX10.1 support, integrated DVI-to-HDMI supp

30% overclock beats a 30% discount any day!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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The EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GS 384 MB offers a nice challenge to the HD3850, and even the 3870 in some cases.  With a 550MHz GPU and 800MHz RAM, it can keep up with most of it's competitors, the cutbacks happened in the bus width which has been throttled back to 192 bit.  With a bit of work, TechPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

Has the GeForce 9600 GT been delayed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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It would appear that its possible the 9600 GT is seeing FURTHER delays and a possible recall, at least according to this story at The Inquirer.  There is no reason given for the delay.

Source: The Inquirer

9800 GX2 clocks revealed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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It looks like the debate on what the final clock speeds of the NVIDIA 9800 GX2 might be settled; and we posed this question just yesterday in our latest podcast episode

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Good news everyone!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 14, 2008 - 02:31 PM |
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The Tech Report was paying close attention during nVIDIA's 4th quarter conference call, and caught mention of physics processing coming to certain nVIDIA cards.  After further discussions, it turns out that any card with CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) will be able to start doing physics processing with a tweak to the software, no hardware changes necessary.  The good news is that all 8800 series cards use CUDA, meaning that any and all of those cards are capable of physics processing using their GPUs.

ATI Catalyst 8.2 Display Driver for Windows Vista (64 bit)

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2008 - 03:02 PM |
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Get your brand new 64-bit drivers for Radeons, with the new Catalyst 8.2 drivers.  Not all the kinks have been totally worked out, but you can see the list of fixes in the release notes.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Specs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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In what might be the last article from Charlie at the Inquirer, he details information on the upcoming 9600 GT from NVIDIA.

Source: The Inquirer