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

The talented new Crossfire

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2008 - 01:32 PM |
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A little experiment over at CPU3D has turned up some very interesting information, you can link an HD3870 and an HD3850 together in Crossfire, with no extra work!  They could only test the single core version of the HD3870, so it

Source: CPU3D

NVIDIA 9600 GT to be offered with 1GB of memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2008 - 11:00 AM |
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If this news from Fudzilla is true, then some partners of NVIDIA are going to offer 1GB versions of the 9600 GT.  Let me say that again - 1GB of frame buffer on a card with mid-range performance.  If this is true, and performance differences between the 512MB and 1GB versions are what I am guessing they will be (~0-1%), this could be the worst idea I've heard in a long time.

Source: fastlanehw

The liquid makes it go faster

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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The WC in BFGTech's 8800 GTS 512MB OC2 WC Edition stands for water cooling.  This card isn't one of those self contained coolers either, this is built to be added into an existing water cooling loop, so those with powerful custom built cooling systems might see better performance than the 700 MHz GPU, 1.94 GHz RAM and 1728 MHz stream processors.  [H]ard|OCP managed to push it to 800 MHz for the GPU and the RAM to 2.22 GHz, and kept it BELOW 50C!  See what gains they got fro

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD CrossFire X to allow you to pair 3850s and 3870s

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 10:29 AM |
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According to Fudzilla CrossFire X will be allow users to combine Radeon HD 3850s, 3870s and even 3870 X2s for up to four GPUs in a single system.  That means that you can pair your shiny new 3870 X2 with your previous HD 3850 and get SOME KIND of benefit out of it.  How much is still unknown, but we'll be testing it soon enough.

Source: fastlanehw

GeForce 9800 GX2 might get 2GB of memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 6, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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Its possible that not only with the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 will NVIDIA completely retake the performance crown, but these cards could also come out with 2GB of frame buffer!

Source: fastlanehw