Adobe 'Stonehenge' Photoshop CS4 uses the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2008 - 02:23 PM |
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GPGPU is getting a big boost today as the latest Adobe's Photoshop, version CS4 previously known as Stonehenge, is announced and will be on sale in Octoboer.  For now the features that use the GPU are a bit limited: image rotation, zooming and panning are all done in real-time with even the largest of source files.

Source: Daily Tech

A tight race for the middle

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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The sub $100 graphics market hasn't been this hot in a long time, if ever.  The two main competitors for your hard earned dollars are the HD4670 and the GeForce 9600 GSO.  Now XFX has made that segment even more interesting with their 9600GSO XXX edition, with core and shader clocks almost 24% faster than the reference mod

Source: bit-tech

Where is the Radeon HD 4850 X2?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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When the Radeon HD 4870 X2 card was released back in the middle of August, there was a particular slide that interested us:

Source: Fudzilla

Top of the line need not apply

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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The Arctic-Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo VGA cooler will help you push your newer graphics cards even harder, but it won't help GTX260/280 or 4870 X2 owners.  Almost anyone else can benefit from this oversized cooler, especially if you are willing to put up with the noise generated when you make use of the 12V adaptor.  Legion Hardware can show you what to expect in their full review.

Catalyst 8.9, get it while it's hot

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2008 - 04:05 PM |
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New Features

Catalyst Control Center: New Display mode support

  • This release of Catalyst™ introduces 1080p @ 50Hz custom mode support for HDTVs for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products. Users can configure their own custom 1080p @ 50Hz modes to best fit their display.

Overdrive support for QUAD CrossFireX configurations

Source: AMD

This one's for real

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Unlike the ASUS Trinity, you will be able to buy the BFG MAXCORE cards very soon.  The MSRPs are $300 for the OC model, the OC2 at $320 and the OCX model at $330 MSRP; the original GTX 260 can be had for almost $100 less.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing, a pair of conclusions seemed clear; the first is that the new GTX260 outclasses the HD4870.  Secondly, while it does beat the old GTX260, the price is going to have to come down because it doesn't beat it by that much.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG ANNOUNCES FACTORY OVERCLOCKED GEFORCE GTX 260 MAXCORE

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 11:24 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (September 16, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 260 MAXCORE graphics cards in three factory overclocked versions; OC, OC2, and OCX.

BFG's GeForce GTX 260 MAXCORE graphics cards boast 216 processing cores- 24 more cores than a standard GeForce GTX 260.

NVIDIA Releases new GTX 260 with 216 Shaders

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 09:00 AM |
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I just wanted to make note of a new NVIDIA release that is happening today - a revision of the GeForce GTX 260 GPU will be hitting the streets this week to increase competition on the AMD Radeon HD 4870.  We'll have our full review up for you tomorrow - BFG sent us an overclocked OCX model we are putting through the paces as I type this. 

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