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.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NEW 8800 GT OC2T GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2007 - 09:56 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (November 16, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC2 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card for a suggested retail price of $319 USD.

"Just in time for the launch of the hottest game of the season, the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC2 512MB offers mind-blowing performance at an insane price" said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of marketing at BFG Technologies.

The game just got interesting again

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2007 - 09:25 AM |
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Things are finally heating up in the graphics world at the mid range level, with the introduction of the HD3870 and HD3850.  Not only do these cards signify a complete change in the way ATI/AMD names their cards, but they are also a huge change from the release of the HD2900 series.  These 2 cards deliver some serious performance for their price range, with the 3850 capable of out performing the 8800GT in some tests.  Check out the action at [H]ard|OCP, who test both of these ca

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Two heads in one

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2007 - 10:47 AM |
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DriverHeaven has posted a review of the easiest way to get CrossFire up and running, the Visiontek 2600XT Quad.  This card is actually two 2600XTs joined at the hip, with the ability to disable the second card if you feel the need.  While even a pair of 2600XTs has difficulty keeping up with less expensive nVIDIA cards in gaming, ATI really gets to show off it's superior HD Decoding.

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AMD Delivers First Stream Processor with Double Precision Floating Point Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2007 - 09:43 PM |
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This looks like it could be a coup for AMD's GPGPU area -- as NVIDIA has said their own double precision floating point hardware won't be around until mid-2008.

Visit http://www.amd.com/ for more info.

AMD Delivers First Stream Processor with Double Precision
Floating Point Technology

AMD FireStream 9170 and supporting Software Development
Kit unlock Stream-based Accelerated Computing

Can the special edition save the 8800GTS?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2007 - 10:23 AM |
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We know the prices of the 8800GT and 8800GTS are rather far apart, but the performance is not.  nVIDIA has tried to remedy that by releasing a special edition GTS that has 112 shader processors, as opposed to the original 96, but still remains on t

The good and the bad, but neither are ugly

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 5, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Up for review on PC Apex are a pair of coolers from Zalman, the low profile CPU cooler, CNPS8000 CPU and the powerful VF900-Cu for your GPU.  The results come in how you might expect a company better known for taming the heat from graphics cards

Source: PCApex

Driver or the OS, which is to blame

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Support for ATI/AMD graphics cards on Linux has been improving in huge leaps and bounds, thanks to the community that has been working on it and AMD for releasing specs to the open source community.  Phoronix has published a review that may shatter some of your preconceptions about Linux, pitting Vista versus Fedora to see which can handle Quake Wars and Doom3 better.

Source: Phoronix

This means war

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 02:15 PM |
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PenStar Systems takes a more general look at the release of the 8800GT, not focusing on the card as much as discussing what G92 may mean to the graphics market.  AMD's response is the RV670, which offers DX10.1 compatibility and hopefully will give nVIDIA some stiff competition.  The flexibility of these chips may herald a change in the order in which graphics cards are released, for instance the release of the 8800GT, instead of a top of the line example of the next family from nVIDIA.

ASUS Unveils New Generation EN8800GT 512MB Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 11:00 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (October 29, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M graphics card for mainstream enthusiasts. Based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT graphics processing unit (GPU), the ASUS EN8800GT 512MB graphics card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming experience and the best multimedia playback while reducing energy consumption thanks to the new power-efficient 65nm processor.

Source: ASUS

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NEW 8800 SERIES GRAPHICS CARD WITH HEAVYWEIGHT PERFORMANCE AND LIGHTWEIGH

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 08:40 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (October 29, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card for a suggested retail price of $299 USD.

A bed of nails for your graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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Zalman's ZM-RHS88 Heatsink bears more than a passing resemblance to an aluminium hedgehog, though the  VF1000 LED GPU
Cooler
has a more usual look to it. 

Source: BCCHardware

AMD's open source graphics continue to expand

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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Following hot on the heels of the 7.10 driver that helped Windows users comes the 8.42 driver for Linux.  Phoronix gave it a try and are more than happy with the results.  Head over to check out just how much better you can expect to run things.  It looks like AMD is on the ball when it comes to drivers, if not so much on the hardware side.

Source: Phoronix

Cooler, quieter, faster

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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Arctic Cooling has recently released the big brother to S2 the Accelero S1, and for $20-$30 you can set up either a perfectly quiet VGA cooling system, or strap up to 2 fans onto it to get some serious cooling.  Bjorn3D didn't try pushing the graphics card they had attached it to, as they were focusing strictly on the cooler, but when the temperatures are lowered, the clock speed gets a chance to go up.

Source: Bjorn3D