Taking a poll: if you have an AMD Radeon 5000-series graphics card, please read this

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2010 - 02:02 PM |
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I have a started an informal poll of users with the Radeon HD 5000 series graphics card installed on their system here in our forums to help me diagnose a potential issue.  The area we are focusing on is monitor/display noise in both 3D and Windows mode of the graphics card with varying monitors, etc.

Oh AMD, you and your paper launches

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2010 - 12:32 PM |
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To get the bad news out of the way first, the new HD 5670 from AMD is not yet available anywhere but is targeted for around a $100 price point.  Sometime in the next few days to a week we should start seeing the cards, but AMD has to be very careful as to the pricing.

Speculating on the HD5830

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2010 - 03:14 PM |
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AMDs next graphics card will be the HD5830, with performance in between the HD5770 and HD5850 and a price to match.  eTechnix speculates that it will be a downclocked HD5850 with a 128-bit memory bus using GDDR3 instead of GDDR5. 
Hopefully it will sit right around a $200 price point, making it easier to upgrade your card or to slap in a second card for a Crossfire rig.

Source: eTeknix

CES 2010: NVIDIA outlines new Tegra 2 products, next-gen GF100 features

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 10, 2010 - 11:45 PM |
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Our good friends at NVIDIA took us around their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show to show us some new tablets that included their new Tegra 2 CPU as well as give us a demonstration of their next-gen GF100 graphics processor. Ryan and the rest of the PC Perspective team also got a quick overview of D-Link's new Boxie Box and checked out Electronic Art's game called Need for Speed SHIFT using NVIDIA's 3DVision glasses and the GF100 with Fermi architecture.

CES 2010: NVIDIA demos Fermi-based GF100

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 10, 2010 - 04:38 PM |
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Even though the next-generation GF100 GPU is not rumored to be available until March, NVIDIA was showcasing the technology and what it can do.  We have discussed NVIDIA Surround in a basic manner already and we'll have more later but I wanted to show our readers another demonstration that we captured on video from the show floor.  In it you will see a system based around a Fermi GPU do some impressive GPU compute simulations in a game-style settings.

LIVE from CES 2010: NVIDIA Press Conference

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 01:32 PM |
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While we may be late thanks to awesome traffic and bad shuttle drivers in Las Vegas, we will be LIVE at the NVIDIA press conference where we plan to hear about NVIDIA Surround, Tegra 2 and more!

A shining and bright look at the new multi-GPU option

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 12:51 PM |
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We have been waiting with baited breath for the arrival of a LucidLogix Hydra board that is freely tested and reported on and now thanks to AnandTech we do.  The MSI Big Bang Fuzion is ready for launch and it seems that the delay was unquestionably necessary.  The performance numbers are not awful, but neither do they beat the native multiGPU solutions from nVIDIA and AMD.  There were also issues with games that were on the supported list, something that is never endearing to a consumer.  Drop

Source: AnandTech

Millions of DirectX 11 Graphics Processors Shipped by AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 11:38 AM |
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LAS VEGAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the shipment of its two millionth DirectX 11-capable graphics processor to its technology partners, cementing AMD graphics as the standard for DirectX 11 computing. This millions-shipped milestone comes just three months after the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series, the first DirectX 11-capable graphics products from AMD.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA Puts 3D at Your Fingertips - Sooner and Cheaper than You Might Think!

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 12:35 AM |
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NVIDIA is putting its efforts into what has emerged to become one of the hot technology trends of the year - 3D entertainment.

Source: NVIDIA

Eyefinity is also good for the reviewers

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2010 - 01:37 PM |
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Revisiting the performance of AMD's new Eyefinity on various cards as new games come out certainly helps consumers get an idea what card (or cards) they will need to pick up in order to play their favourites on three monitors, but that isn't the only reason.  Reviewers see a lot of different products, of which the vast majority are improvements on existing technology, only faster or with new features.  The chance to see something completely different comes infrequently and Eyefinity is one of those special technologies. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

UPDATE: NVIDIA Fermi continues to have problems according to multiple sources

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 30, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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Earlier in December we reported that NVIDIA had more than likely lost the big high-performance computing win with Oak Ridge Labs, and the lack of any kind of response pretty much confirms that. 



The Fermi Architecture - 512 cores no more?

Has NVIDIA lost its big HPC win with Oak Ridge Labs?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2009 - 02:51 PM |
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If true, the reports that NVIDIA has lost the deal with Oak Ridge Labs to power one of its upcoming super computers would be a huge blow to the ground NVIDIA has won in the high performance computing market.  A story over at SemiAccurate repots as follows:

Source: SemiAccurate

ATI Catalyst 9.12 Hotfix adds Eyefinity CrossFire X support finally!

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2009 - 02:39 PM |
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If you are an AMD graphics card user there is an updated driver available for you today with the release of Catalyst 9.12.  There aren't a lot of performance changes in this driver (only 3DMark Vantage and STALKER: Call of Pripyat are noted) but there are some nice feature additions:

Perhaps try to improve your cards over generations?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2009 - 06:22 PM |
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nVIDIA's new cards are aimed to depose AMD's low performance GPU crown; with the GeForce GT 240 sitting at $89, right in the neighbourhood of AMD's older HD4670

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Kaspersky utilizes CUDA computing for virus scanning

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2009 - 07:51 PM |
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An interesting news release crossed my inbox this evening that has some very compelling implications.  Kaspersky and NVIDIA want us all to know that Kaspersky is "leveraging CUDA
with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to dramatically improve the performance of their
security software solutions by 360 times when compared to a Core2 Duo."

NVIDIA demos 3D Blu-ray running on GeForce and 3D Vision

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 9, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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3D technology continues to gain ground with mainstream TVs being released this winter with support for the up and coming visual enhancement.  One of the most exciting things coming for the world of 3D is the introduction of 3D Blu-ray movies coming later this year.  I definitely expect a lot of noise to be made at January's Consumer Electronics Show about it.

Source: 3DCenter

Vapor-X, not vapor ware

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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As far as the factory overclock goes, the Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 Vapor-X isn't really impressive; 710MHz/1160MHz versus the reference 700MHz/1150MHz
and costing an extra $20 or so.  That isn't the real trick with this card, the Vapor-X moniker signifies a special cooler on the card, one that keeps your temperatures about 11C lower, according to the testing done at L

Don't let that GPU slack off

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2009 - 06:39 PM |
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As GPUs learn how to do more and more things it is almost a waste to let it idle now.  If you aren't gaming then you can get Folding@Home to use those spare cycles, but there is more that it can do.  The recent release of Flash 10 sees the introduction of a Flash player that can utilize the GPU as oppose to your overworked CPU.  Now Benchmark Reviews wants to ensure that your movie playback, either SD or HD, takes advantage of that expensive GPU in your system to ensure smooth playback. 

Balancing asymmetrical graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 27, 2009 - 12:26 PM |
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It has been a while since we've seen a review of an unbalanced Crossfire setup, so drop by Overclockers Club to see an HD 5870 and an HD 5850,
that they managed to get their hands on somehow, paired on a Core i7 920 system.  They overclocked the HD5850 to the same speeds as the HD5870, 1GHz GPU and 1200MHz for the memory.  The boost they saw was impressive, the Catalys