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Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.2 Windows release include:
- Crysis DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%
- Crysis Warhead DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%
- World in Conflict DX10 - performance gains of up to 5%
- Fear 2 CrossFireX support - Fear 2 now includes Multi-GPU performance enhancements
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire HD 4670 has two things going for it that the stock model does not, it uses GDDR4 and a third party cooler. It sports DVI and VGA ports, as well as an HDMI connector as one of the chief uses of this card would be to power a 1080p HTPC. The extra power this card has compared to the base model does make it very viable for a gaming machine, just look at the benchmarks Modders-Inc saw in their review.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2009 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (February 12, 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 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.
BFG Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den to offer a totally silent cooling sol
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, February 12, 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip. Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz. The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on NVIDIA.com, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.
The first NVIDIA.com notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2009 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LeadTek's WinFast GTX 285 runs at the reference clock speeds, 648MHz GPU and 1GB of 2484MHz GDDR3. You can expect to see it sucking down about 380W under full load, and a temperature of 80C with the fan at 40%. If you are OK with the extra noise it creates, cranking the fan up to full power will drop your temperatures to 67C, still fairly warm but certainly reasonable for the fastest single GPU card going. You will need that extra cooling if you want to overclock the card as much as Bjorn3D did in their
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New from BFG is the GeForce GTX 285 OCX, a factory overclocked GTX285
with a core of 648MHz, the shader is 1.476GHz and GDDR3 of 2.484GHz. All the other specs remain the same, which may be why the only benefit [H]ard|OCP saw was a handfull of extra frames, but not much more. It is up to you whether the small gains they
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
It may seem like many moons ago since we first learned about the Lucid HYDRA product, but it looks as if there is a significant advancement for the technology courtesy of a Japanese computing company called ELSA. ELSA is a system designer that targets high end graphics systems for HPC (high performance computing), broadcast and medical organizations.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last Catalyst release, 8.12, offered huge improvements to all Radeon owners excepting those with multiple HD4850s. The hotfix for the 8.12 even cheered those unfortunates up, as it fixed the degradation they were seeing. Just yesterday we saw the release of the first driver for this year, Catalyst 9.1, which adds support for OpenGL, but not much in the way of other features. X-bit Labs compares the 8.12 driver, both with and without the hotfix, against the new 9.1 driver. T
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:
Full OpenGL 3.0 support
This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts. The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs. AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested. The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 02:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter.
Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As long as your wallet can handle a $500 hit, your PSU can handle a 450W drain, and your CPU or RAM isn't going to offer a bottleneck, you are probably thinking fondly of the GTX 295. Bjorn 3D took a little time before releasing their review of the BFG GTX 295, comparing it against some of nVIDIA and AMD's finest, including SLI and a second GTX 295 to see how BFG's offering fares. When able, they also enable PhysX on the card to see what impact t
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's a fair jump for the graphics core to go from 648MHz to 702MHz, the stream processor from 1.476GHz to 1.584GHZ and the memory from 2.484GHz to 2.646GHz, but that is exactly what EVGA did with their GeForce GTX 285 SSC Edition. Even more impressive is [H]ard|OCP's final numbers when they try overclocking this card even further. Architecturally the GTX 285 does not really differ from the 280 it replaced, but the die shrink has really opened up the maximum clock speeds. Read
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 15, 2009 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (January 15, 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 line of graphics cards in four factory overclocked versions; OC, OC+, OC2, and OCX.
BFG's GeForce GTX 285 factory overclocked graphics cards provide 240 processing cores and over 50% more performance than prior generations.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 15, 2009 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seeing as how Ryan has somehow managed to suppress his need
to sleep, there is a brand new review up this morning, of nVIDIA's GTX 285 1GB graphics card. For around $400 you can grab the card that is replacing the GTX280, with higher clock speeds and a die shrink.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 04:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
I know that during the first few days of the review being online, the video we provided to accompanying the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision review had some issues for some people. For those of you that missed it, or even watch it again, I have provided a streaming Viddler version in the review and posted here as well.
Let me know what you think of the new format!
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD did get there with their new generation of cards first, it has taken nVIDIA a long time to come out with a dual GPU card like the HD4870 X2. Now that they have, it seems that the wait was worth it as their hybridized GTX 295 is incredibly powerful. Tech Spot shows this card beating a pair of 260's in SLI across the board and leaving the 4870 X2 in the dust. Right now, only $