Details on GeForce 8800 GS Surface

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 09:03 AM |
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According to Expreview, NVIDIA planning another SKU based around the G92 architecture known as the 8800 GS.  I am more than a bit confused by the specs though, including a 192-bit memory bus of all things that reintroduces memory sizes of 384MB and 768MB.  The two models showcased run at similar clock speeds to the 8800 GT (one higher and one lower) while the memory sizes and shader clocks border either side of the GT as well.  Color me confused:

First GeForce 9-series parts to be budget priced

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 25, 2007 - 03:52 PM |
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The first part from the upcoming GeForce 9-series looks to be the G94, or D9P, and will be coming in February.  Set to compete with AMD's RV670 HD 3850, it will apparently have a 256-bit memory bus, 64 stream processors and be built on the same 65nm process as the G92 cards.

Nvidia will launch the mid-range part for its GeForce
9600 GPU series, codenamed D9P or G94, in February 2008, according to
sources with graphics cards makers.

Source: Digitimes

Crysis patch delayed

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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Well, this is cruddy news.  If you read my recent 3-Way SLI review you'd have noticed I used an early copy of the Crysis 1.1 patch to try and increase SLI scaling.  Well, if you were ready to get your hands on that release....SORRY!  Delayed again according some Crysis-based forums

Patch #1 Delayed – The Reason

AMD Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 Leaks

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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The upcoming low priced cards from AMD based on he 55nm RV670 GPU have apparently been leaked, go figure. 

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA is "Company of the Year" from Forbes, stock holders

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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As an enthusiast reading this article your brain will probably implode, as usually happens when the mainstream media tries to be "hip" and "modern" in the world of gaming, but the news for NVIDIA is good none the less.

NVIDIA sheds new drivers for the holiday

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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Just about everyone can get some new drivers for their NVIDIA GPU today - just in time to load on your system for that pending holiday gift you are SURE you are getting.

AMD Releases Cat 7.12

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2007 - 02:16 PM |
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AMD has now released the final Cat of the year.  7.12 is the number, and the amount of fixes are... minimal.  Better DX10 performance in Company of Heroes on HD 38x0 cards, and improved Overdrive functionality with HD 2900 cards.  On the Linux side there are quite a few more fixes.  Support for RedFlag 6.0 and OpenSUSE 10.3, as well as a handful of major fixes under OpenGL.

Source: AMD

Are GPUs a dying breed of logic?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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That would appear to be the case according to Charlie at The Inquirer.  Many of his points are valid, but lines like "A two generation old ATI
X1300 low end card can drive two 30" monitors" are obtuse.  Sure, they can do that with 2D and basic Vista screens but you won't be pushing dual 30" 2560x1600 displays with any gaming involved.  Also, much of the debate is based on resolutions and it doesn't completely address the fact that even if resol

Source: The Inquirer

Crysis and UT3 Sales Slow, PC Gaming as well?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2007 - 10:33 AM |
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In somewhat surprising news, the gang at Shacknews has found that sales for Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3 are substantially lower than we'd have predicted.  Apparently Crysis has only sold 87,000 copies while UT3 sold only 34,000 units as of last month.  Considering the huge success of UT2003 and the cult classic that was Far Cry, both of these sales results are very troublesome for a PC gaming industry that has seen the console creep up on it for years. 

Source: Shacknews

The ongoing interrogation of the 8800GTS

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2007 - 10:48 AM |
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If you don't think you have found out everything you can possibly know about the new 8800GTS, or want to see how different vendors handled this new card, check out the Tech Report's review of the EVGA 8800GTS.  The SLI testing they did offers even more confusion into nVIDIA's naming scheme, as now we have a GTS model that can outperform GTX cards, and GT that can out perform the older GTS.  Just try figuring out which card you need, can afford, and most of call ... can actually find for sale.

The GTS rides again

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 11, 2007 - 09:23 AM |
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The already confusing suffixes on nVIDIA's video cards got even more confusing with the release of a GT that out performed the GTS model.  Usually they run GT --> GTS -->GTX --> Ultra, but with the switch to G92 the GT outperformed the GTS, except when the extra memory of the GTS can be utilized.  The new G92 8800GTS has trimmed the memory down from 640MBs to the more usual 512MBs as well as some other nice speed improvements that placed it in it's proper spot in [H]ard|OCP'

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS Unveils World's First Overclocked GeForce 8800GTS 512 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 11, 2007 - 08:16 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (December 11, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world's first overclocked graphics cards based on NVIDIA's highly anticipated GeForce 8800GTS 512 graphics processing unit (GPU) - the EN8800GTS TOP/HTDP/512M and the EN8800GTS/HTDP/512M. With overclocked stream processors, the EN8800GTS TOP gives users a 7% boost in performance, creating a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and multimedia playback experience.

Source: ASUS

ASUS Unleashes the World's First EN8800GT Graphics Card with 1GB of Qimonda GDDR3 On-Board Memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2007 - 08:44 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (December 6, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world's first EN8800GT graphics card with 1GB of Qimonda memory: The EN8800GT/HTDP/1G. Rocking NVIDIA'S latest generation Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and an unparalleled amount of memory, this card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and multimedia playback experience at ultra-high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

Source: ASUS

Open faced cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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With all of the news surrounding AMD's release of ATI chip specifications, and the growth of open ATI drivers, you might think that nVIDIA cards are lagging behind.  This is not the case, as you can read about on Phoronix as they look at the newest beta driver for Linux released by nVIDIA.  Check out their results from XRender.

Source: Phoronix

AMD HD 3850 Cards Continue to Show up

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2007 - 07:59 AM |
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After a very turbulent month of November, we are just now getting time to sit and relax and take it all in.  What the hell actually happened last month??!? 

A silently cooled 8800GT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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For the reasons laid out in the beginning of the AnandTech article, the idea of a silently cooled 8800GT seems preposterous, die shrink or not.  The mind pictures a one slot card with a 3 slot passive cooler and heatpipes that extend beyond your case.  As it turns out, this card really isn't that large, and while the temperatures do go well over 100C, the card exhibited no errors after a Crysis torture test.

Source: AnandTech

Revenge of the GTS

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 29, 2007 - 09:19 AM |
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The new 8800GTS, the 512MB G92 version appeared on TweakTown's doorstep, begging to be tested.  This is the second revision of the 8800GTS, released after the 8800GT that destroyed the first GTS revision in performance and especially on price.  Unfortunately you shouldn't expect this new revision to work in SLI with your original series GTS.

Source: TweakTown

Getting better and better

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 26, 2007 - 10:35 AM |
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XFX's 8800GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition sports a rather lengthy name, and some rather impressive performance.  In the testing Bjorn3D put the card through, it destroyed the GTX and used less power and produced less heat while it was doing it.  The 8800GT in general, and this card in particular, really do offer great value for the money they cost.

Source: Bjorn3D

Get your overclock on

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 21, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The Inquirer has some info that makes AMD's HD3870 (and 3850) even more attractive, it overclocks well.  The bad news is that it requires a BIOS flash to unlock, so this is a little more risky than just tweaking frequencies.  It isn't as scary as it sounds, you will need to get used to flashing cards and motherboards if you want to get the most out of your system.

Source: The Inquirer

Pushing the clock speed up on the 3850

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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Hardware Zone had a chance to look at the PowerColor Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme 512MB with clock speeds pushed up to 720MHz and 1800MHz DDR from 670 and 1660, as well as having double the GRAM.  You can see how well this does at pushing the performance beyond the 8800GTS and giving the 8800GT a run for it's money.  Nice to see AMD back in the running again.