Gold, Silver and Bronze

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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BFGTech pumped up the clocks on the GeForce GTX 280 OCX to 665MHz and 1458MHz, from the stock 602MHz and 1296MHz, so [H]ard|OCP pitted it against a stock GTX 280 as well as the HD4870.  For those who can afford the best, then the OCX is your card.  There is nothing faster than it right now, and the next card to beat it will likely be the 4870 X2

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The densely populated graphics market

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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Taking a glance at the nVIDIA 9600 GSO 384MB card, you would think it utterly useless next to the 9600 GT.  The GT is on a more familiar 512MB bus, and has a full 512MB of memory, the clock is 650MHz and 1800MHz as opposed to the GSO's 550MHz and 1600MHz.  They seem so close together that there is no reason to even consider the GSO.

Source: TweakTown

Well, look who showed up: GeForce 9800 GTX+ Available

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2008 - 01:12 PM |
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Yep, we were starting to get worried NVIDIA, that maybe your knight that saved you from destruction by AMD's Radeon HD 4850 wasn't going to show its face.  Luckily for them, and for readers that pointed it out to me, an EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ just became available at Newegg.com for $199

Source: 3DCenter

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NVIDIA GEFORCE 9800 GTX+ OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 23, 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 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card.

Backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry, the BFG GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC graphics card is overclocked out of the box and pushes the limit in ultra realistic game play with NVIDIA PhysX technology, offering extreme HD gaming with 3-Way NVIDIA

Catalyst 8.7 for Windows Vista, Windows XP AND Linux

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

AKA less jaggies

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP compares AMD's new(ish) Edge Detect CFAA to nVIDIA's MSAA and CSAA.  AMD's previous cards had Narrow or Wide-Tent CFAA, which no one was really a huge fan of, but this new generation has some interesting tricks.  The article covers a bit on how Adaptive AA works to choose the best way to render textures, and has a lot of screenshots comparing the ways that nVIDIA and AMD's AA differ.  They also look at the performance impact and mention a few titles in which you w

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG is making a big splash with their H2OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2008 - 03:02 PM |
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BFG took a GeForce 9800 GTX, overclocked it, added a waterblock to it and called it the H2OC
The reference speeds are GPU core of 675MHz, shaders at 1675MHz and the memory at 2.2GHz, the H2OC runs at 783MHz, 1944MHz and 2.32GHz, but the Guru of 3D managed to push it all the way to 790MHz, 2067MHz and 2.49GHz.  If you have a

Source: Guru of 3D

Great news for some GTX 280/260 buyers: cash back!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2008 - 04:01 PM |
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Did you buy one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 or GTX 260 cards when they initially launched?  Did you pay $649 for the GTX 280?  $499 for the GTX 260?  Were you pissed when you found the prices drop to $499 this week?  Well if you bought GTX 200 series cards from XFX, today is really going to be a stellar day for you: XFX is going to help you by giving you free money.

It sure sounds nice, but when can we get them?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 14, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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The previews of the HD 4870 X2 are certainly impressive, Ryan was seeing an average frame rate of 40fps in Crysis at 1920x1200 and 8xAF.  It does feel like AMD is taunting their fans thanks to the way this card was released.  We have no firm date (Q3 sometime-ish), no idea what the availablilty will be like, and absolutely no idea what the price will be.  Still, it is nice to see positive results from AMD's graphics cards.

DirectX 11 to be discussed in just weeks!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:45 PM |
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Sure, DX10 and DX10.1 are getting all the attention now, but rumors are circulating that NVIDIA will skipping DX10.1 support (which did not even show up in GT200) going straight to DX11.  While a release date for the new graphics API is probably not going to be discussed, apparently Microsoft will be talking about the new features, such as tessellation and multi-threaded rendering, at the upcoming XNA GameFest in Seattle. 

Source: General

NVIDIA pushing 55nm products out sooner

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:40 PM |
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When we initially saw the die size that GT200 was released at last month, we knew that NVIDIA would be trying to get it moved from a 65nm process technology to 55nm very soon - money talks as the saying goes.  It looks like the green GPU giant is going to get 55nm running by the end of the quarter and could even have 40nm tape outs by the end of the year!

Source: Digitimes

A (Thermo)Intelligent decision

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 01:30 PM |
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The sub $200 market is getting incredibly crowded, and most of those cards will bring you more performance than you might expect.  The newest cards are from BFG, the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence.  The ThermoIntelligence label denotes some serious cooling and a complete disregard for specified clock speeds.  Read Ryan's reivew in full here.

AMD's design on the future of graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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InsideHW takes a step back before reviewing AMD's new 48xx graphics cards.  Instead of putting up benchmarks and maximum playable resolutions, they focus on some of the technology that allows the cards to perform well and produce the quality of graphics we have seen.  Read through their full article for a deeper look into the architecture that has helped AMD so much with this generation of graphics cards.

Source: InsideHW

Better benchmarks can be yours

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2008 - 05:44 PM |
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But that is about all the benefit you will see from nVIDIA's PhysX capable GPUs,
unless you are one of the few still playing UT3 (like me).  Those benefits that you saw in 3DMark, and heard arguing about, are really the only benefit.  UT3 is better with the stand alone card and as it stands currently, GRAW is not compatible with the GPU PhysX; which may change in the near future.  Drop by Techgage for some hard numbers on the benefits of nVIDIA's newest feature.

Source: TECHGAGE

BFG FACTORY OVERCLOCKED GEFORCE GTX 260 OC2 AND OCX GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 04:48 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (June 30, 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 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.

Backed with 24/7/365 free technical support and a lifetime warranty, the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and OCX versions are factory overclocked graphics cards that go through extensive testing to find the right mix of speeds for the core, memory, and shader clocks that will produce

Diamond's Unlocked Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition Graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - June 27, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today along with boutique system builder Smoothcreations, and Water cooling mavens, Danger Den the ATI Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition graphics card. This card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

The HD 4870 is a smoking gun dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 512MB of DDR5 memory and a clock speed of 800 MHz. The memory speed is 1100 MHz and is designed with 800 stream processors.

A lot of choice at the lower end

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 01:42 PM |
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If you are looking for a graphics card update, and you budget just cannot stretch beyond $150, then the 9600 GTS is perfect for you.  Ryan tried three different models, the $130 ASUS EN9600GT Silent and ASUS EN9600GT TOP and the $150 XFX 9600 GT XXX Edition.   Read through the review and see if you want to spend the extra $20 for the overclocked version.

GeForce GTX 260s show up at Newegg

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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Hey, look at this!  The GeForce GTX 260 896MB cards are finally showing up in stock!  You can read our review of both the GTX 260 and GTX 280 here and then head over to Newegg to pick one up!

Source: 3DCenter

Oh, grow up!!!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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The cries are familiar to anyone who remembers the schoolyard back in the primary grades; screams of "No fair, you cheated" echo and messages are passed via third parties, "I won't talk to him unless he talks to me first"  and "Oh ya, well he better apologize first or I won't ever speak to him".
Unfortunately, this bitching and moaning is not emanating
from small children, though you could be forgiven for thinking so, that whine you hear is coming from people who should have gotten over that type of behaviour years ago.