Not another DX10

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2009 - 01:57 PM |
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Microsoft had a hope that DX10 would convince masses of gamers to migrate from WinXP to Vista.   Unfortunately, a better dynamic lighting range and slightly improved textures just wasn't enough to convince gamers to upgrade en mass.  Part of that was hardware support but mostly it was the poor implementation of features into games, there was not a huge difference.  DX11's arrival saw affordable hardware on the scene already and a list of games that will support it before launch.  Perhaps the biggest draw is the Heaven Benchmark, which if you have not yet seen,

Source: Extremetech

Still not fast enough graphics!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2009 - 02:34 PM |
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What could possibly be better than an HD5970?  An HD 5970 overclocked from 725 MHz to 935 MHz on the core and from 4000MHz to 5240 MHz
on the GDDR5, that's what!  Since AMD has taken down their overvolting tool it is up to MSI's Afterburner to bump the default 1.05V GPU core to 1.1625V, as you need more power to manage this overclock.  The Guru of 3D walks you through the perils and benefits of such a hefty overclock along with showing you all the steps you need in their article.

Source: Guru of 3D

Radeon HD 5970 cards - first day stock update

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 19, 2009 - 02:47 AM |
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So the first full day of supposed Radeon HD 5970 graphics card availability has come and gone - what do we have thus far?


In case you missed it: Modern Warfare 2 working on AMD Eyefinity

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 09:55 PM |
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In case you haven't read through my entire article on the Radeon HD 5970 graphics beast from AMD (shame!), you might be interested in seeing a video that was embedded in our section on Eyefinity.  Curious to see that new PC gaming title (that only sold 4 point something million copies across all platforms in one day) on a set of THREE 30-in monitors?

New NVIDIA Tesla GPUs Reduce Cost Of Supercomputing By A Factor Of 10

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 02:24 PM |
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PORTLAND, Ore.— SC09—Nov. 16, 2009—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today unveiled the Tesla 20-series of parallel processors for the high performance computing (HPC) market, based on its new generation CUDA processor architecture, codenamed “Fermi”.

Designed from the ground-up for parallel computing, the NVIDIA Tesla 20-series GPUs slash the cost of computing by delivering the same performance of a traditional CPU-based cluster at one-tenth the cost and one-twentieth the power.

Source: NVIDIA

ATI Catalyst 9.11 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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Catalyst 9.11 is here!

New Features

GPU Acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1
Beta

Source: AMD

MSI Releases N240GT - First Graphics Card to Over-voltage with Afterburner Software

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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[City of Industry, CA] World renowned graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, MSI, formally releases the world's first graphics card to support over-voltage functionality with the N240GT series. Including the N240GT-MD512-OC/D5 and N240GT-MD1G, this series allows the user to adjust both the voltage and the overclocking configurations via the Afterburner overclocking software to increase GPU clock up to 30%!

Source: MSI

GIGABYTE Launches NVIDIA GeForce GT240 Series Graphics Cards with Premium Audio Experience

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 01:55 PM |
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GIGABYTE Technology Co. LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today presents the latest GeForceTM GT240 Series graphics cards - “GV-N240D5-512I & GV-N240D3-1GI”. Thanks to advanced 40nm process, GV-N240D5-512I and GV-N240D3-1GI provide better performance while using less power. Even during hardcore overclocking the graphics cards can still run in low operating temperatures. Using GDDR5 memory, GV-N240D5-512I promises high speed gaming experience.

Make sure you go with the GDDR5 model

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 01:32 PM |
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Although it is very nice to see nVIDIA finally putting GDDR5 on their cards, they managed to tarnish the launch of the GT 240 by pulling a mean trick on buyers of low end cards.  There are two versions of nVIDIA's enw low end card, a DDR3 version which runs at 2000 MHz and offers 32.0 GB/s of bandwidth and a GDDR5 version which runs at 3400MHz with 54.4 GB/s of memory bandwidth.

Source: Guru of 3D

Discover ECS New GPU Technology NVIDIA GeForce GT 240

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, November 17th, 2009 Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer is pleased to announce latest GT240 series graphics card with GDDR5 solution.

Source: ECS

The Guru lets the joose loose

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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The ASUS Radeon HD 5770 Voltage Tweak
Edition allows you more headroom on opening up the GPU and memory to its fast possible settings, though it still can't help with the fact that there is less memory bandwidth available than either the 4870 or the 5870.  Finding out the limits of the card is not as dangerous as you might think, ASUS will still provide RMA for any card that fails under their SmartDoctor overclocking/overvolting tool for

Source: Guru of 3D

AMD's list of DX11 titles is getting some 'company'

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2009 - 12:40 PM |
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AMD has some cool things coming down the pipeline for their graphics card lineup this month (really, even MORE than you've seen in the last 2 months) but some news was worth posting right away.  As you know, the AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of GPUs is the only one that supports DirectX 11 and because of that AMD is hoping DX11 titles become a big selling point before NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi GPU can gain any ground on that feature.

Well good news for AMD, another major title has been announced with DX11 support due in early 2010 - Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

King of the valley

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2009 - 03:09 PM |
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While none of these cards will be shattering 3dMark records, every one is capable of at playing modern games and video at a reasonable rate and all of the cards are $80 or less.  While the more expensive cards dominate the enthusiast level, these inexpensive cards are going to show up in a lot of prebuilt systems.  Why not take advantage and slip one of these four cards into the next 'cheap as you can make it' PC you are asked to build.

Matrox announces world's first single-slot PCIe x16 Octal graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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Montreal, Canada, November 10, 2009/PRNewswire/—Matrox Graphics, the leading manufacturer of specialized graphics solutions, today announced the launch of the Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 Octal graphics card, capable of supporting eight DisplayPort or DVI Single-Link outputs from a single workstation.

Source: Matrox

Maingear outs AMD's dual-GPU Hemlock in SHIFT

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2009 - 11:41 PM |
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Last week Maingear, one of the most impressive system builders for enthusiasts today, released a new computer called "The SHIFT."  Despite having cliched lines like it being a "personal everyday supercomputer" the system looks to be damn impressive.  The chassis is obviously based on the Silverstone Raven case (you can see the similarities in our recent review) that includes a component structure that is rotated 90 degrees. 

Source: Tech Spot

PhysX for less

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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Switching to 40nm doesn't seem like the best of ideas right now, the supply problems are well known but it is a very important step for nVIDIA as they need to continue to evolve.  Their new release takes a page from AMD's recent launch behaviour, they are leading with the low end first.  The GeForce GT220 has a 720MHz GPU, 1GB of 1600MHz DDR3 and a 128bit memory bus and will set you back all of $80

Source: Bjorn3D

Setting the bar on zombie killing

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2009 - 01:45 PM |
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Ryan finally got his hands on the Left 4 Dead 2 demo and fired it up on a variety of cards, 4 AMD (plus one XFire setup) and 5 nVIDIA cards.  His testing at 2560x1600
with 4xMSAA and 16xAF shows that even the HD5850 can supply enough power to make this game playable on a 30" monitor.  He has yet to try out EyeFinity but the results here give great hope to those who don't wish to invest in a graphics card running in the neighbourhood of $400.  It looks like you might be well off spending money on a midrange HD4xxx and picking up an

When is SLI not SLI? EVGA Hybrid GTX 275/GTS 250 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2009 - 01:15 PM |
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When it is PhysX!

EVGA and NVIDIA have teamed up to release what looks to be a pretty unique product to the marketplace.  The asymmetrical EVGA GTX 275 Co-op PhysX card features a GTX 275 paired with a GTS 250 GPU on one board.  This allows the GTX 275 chip to render all graphics, while the GTS 250 handles all of the PhysX calculations.  The board features a total of 1280 MB of memory between the two GPUs, and a total bandwidth of 179.8 GB/sec.

Source: EVGA

Photos of upcoming Radeon HD 5970 dual-GPU card leak

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 30, 2009 - 12:10 PM |
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Website Alienbabeltech.com got a hold of some photos and information on the upcoming Radeon HD 5970 graphics card - a dual Evergreen GPU part.

 
The reference card shown here is a big and power hungry as you can see from the 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors located above the fan. 
Source: General

Pushing the HD5870, the easy way

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 28, 2009 - 04:29 PM |
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As if the HD5870 wasn't impressive enough, the ASUS model that [H]ard|OCP tested came with SmartDoctor which allows you to adjust the Vcore.  This ended up netting them an additional 60MHz on top of the 100MHz overclock they managed with the Catalyst Control Center alone.  It also sucked up about 80W more, topping out the systems load at 426W.  Check out this impressive Gold Award winning card in their full review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP