AMD's 3870, the Baskin Robbins of video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2008 - 06:23 PM |
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The HD3870 from AMD has enjoyed the most positive reception since ATI was absorbed by AMD.  Along with the vanilla card came overclocked versions, as well as a Toxic model.  Elite Bastards has manged to get their hands on a new flavour, the Sapphire HD3870 Atomic.  This choice features built in watercooling and a modest overclock of 35MHz on the GPU and 31MHz for the RAM.  It also comes with a reservoir and pump, so you do not need a watercooled rig to run this card, but a bit of free space will certainly help. 

AMD Delivers Industry's First Commercially Available 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort S

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 31, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is advancing application performance with stunning imagery through the introduction of the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support. The ATI FireGL V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Medical Imaging professionals.

Source: AMD

Abit to re-enter GPU market with NVIDIA parts

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2008 - 07:11 PM |
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Hey, what do you do when you need to improve your corporate profits and you happen to notice the NVIDIA GPU market is saturated with a bunch of other companies?  Apparently, you are supposed throw your hat into that ring as well.  Honestly, with companies like BFG, EVGA and XFX really dominating the US market and struggling to differentiate from each other Abit is going to need some unique angle to make any kind of impact.

Second-tier motherboard maker Abit is preparing to begin

Source: 3DCenter

3DMark 06: 24,909 points

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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Not a bad score for a single card, although it is a bit of a Frankenstein
design.  Three HD 3850's have been forced into cohabitation on a single card, with a watercooling "thingy" stuck on the end of the card to keep things from getting too hot.   You can get a good look at the card at NordicHardware, as well as the results of a few other benchmarks they performed.

ATI Releases driver patch for stuttering

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 07:55 PM |
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If you have an AMD GPU in the 2000 or 3000 series' and have noticed any stuttering in your gaming, TGDaily let us know that AMD has released a hotfix for the issue today

737-33033: ATI Radeon HD2xxx/HD3xxx: Intermittent stuttering issues seen when running various 3D applications

Source: TG Daily

A story about the end of polygons

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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We are all about learning new and interesting theories in the world of computing, but this look at voxels and point clouds replacing standard polygon-based geometry is out there.  A company called Unlimited Detail (ironic...) is claiming that without a GPU, modern processors can achieve much higher detail using using voxel data rather than pixels on polygons. 

Source: t-break

ASUS Planning a 3-GPU 3850 card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:38 PM |
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The gang over at NordicHardware has some shots of a new ASUS graphics card that they claim is going to combine three Radeon HD 3850 GPUs on a single PCB.  While the idea intrigues me, I have to say I have MORE than my fair share of concerns about the idea based on some experiences with previous custom built GPU hardware.

Four way flashers

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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We have been hearing about the miraculous wonders of Quad-SLI for what feels like years.  Not only was it supposed to let you play Crysis with over 100fps at 2560*1200 with every single option turned up to 11, it would feed your dog and cut the lawn as well, all at the same time.

Guess what?  Not so much, as you can see in Ryan's full review.

NVIDIA and Intel on collision course

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2008 - 07:49 PM |
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At first glance, NVIDIA and Intel might appear to be very different companies going in very different directions, but most of us know that NVIDIA is various forms of trouble.  This editorial over at The Inquirer details some thoughts on whether NVIDIA might be planning on work MORE closely with Intel or planning a direct attack on Intel's upcoming Larrabee GPU architecture.  This is definitely a good read so check it out.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Hybrid SLI DelayedUntil May

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2008 - 10:27 PM |
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Despite the fact that NVIDIA "launched" Hybrid SLI during CES in January, and has continued to push Hybrid SLI to the media in EVERY DAMN meeting, it looks like NVIDIA's technology is going to be pushed out several months.  This is very unfortunate considering their competition at AMD has had Hybrid CrossFire up and running since December and was launched with the 780G chipset earlier this month

Source: Daily Tech

S3 Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S. Market

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 06:19 PM |
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We know about as much as you do abut this, but news hit me that S3, a company that many had forgotten, launched a new GPU recently.  It's a $60 graphics card that is sold through S3 directly that offers DX10.1 support and runs on PCI Express 2.0 with a 256MB frame buffer.

As for performance: S3 compares it to the AMD HD 3450 and the NVIDIA 8400 GPUs:

AMD Launching a lesser 3800-series GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 05:49 PM |
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Digitimes is hearing that AMD is going to be releasing a new card in the Radeon HD 3800-series that will be the HD 3830.  Definitely an entry level card, it is rumored to have the full 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 RBEs that the HD 3850 and 3870 have but will have a 128-bit memory interface and will top out at 256MB of memory.  Performance is a mystery, but with prices around $129, this could be a GREAT value card for a cheap system upgrade.

Source: Digitimes

Open wide and say 'fglrx'

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2008 - 05:52 PM |
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AMD is really moving along in their efforts to make their graphics cards and source code open source.  As Phoronix reports, Radeon R100 to R600 microcode has been released.  It is nice to see a company opening up as much as AMD has, and it signifies great things for the Linux community.

Source: Phoronix

Turning green with envy

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2008 - 02:02 PM |
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  • Watercooled Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 overclocked to 4GHz - CHECK!
  • EVGA 780i SLI that supports Quad SLI - CHECK!
  • 4GB OCZ Reaper X PC6400 DDR-2 4-4-3-12 - CHECK!
  • WD Raptor 150GB 10,00RPM SATA - CHECK!
  • Zalman 1000W Modular PSU - CHECK!
  • Forceware 174.53 driver - CHECK!
  • Two GeForce 9800 GX2's in SLI - CHECK!
Source: TweakTown

Two and a half pounds of screaming graphics power

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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The GeForce 9800 GX2 has arrived, with XFX supplying the card that Ryan tested.  The big news for nVIDIA is performance; Crysis at 1024X768 with 4xAA ran with a higher average frame rate than any previous cards maximum.  This card doesn't beat the competition by a small margin, it is far in the lead.  The performance does come with a price, and I don't mean the $600 it goes for on NewEgg.  The ca

A new revision; a new review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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The Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev. 2 is a great deal, and you can look at it in two ways.  If you want to play it safe, the cooler temperatures you can reach on your GPU with this cooler ought to extend it's life; or you can use it to overclock the bejesus out of the card.  Either way, there is a good chance you will like this cooler as much as [H]ard|OCP does.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA answering AMD with their own 55nm GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:46 PM |
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According to this report on VR-Zone their is a good chance that NVIDIA's next generation chip will be a die-shrunk version of the G92 architecture.  The current G92 runs on a 65nm process as the 8800 GT and 8800 GTS 512MB cards and a 55nm revision would likely bring higher clocks and lower power - always a plus. 

Source: VR-Zone

Haven't we seen this before?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:46 PM |
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It's deja vu all over again, nVIDIA is releasing a 'two cards in one' graphics card, and the initial results aren't encouraging.  The performance isn't that much better, and the price is much higher.  As The Inquirer points out, the price is actually in the same ball park as a 3870X2 AND a 3870.  Three-way CrossfireX for the same price as single card SLI ... which would you go with?

Source: The Inquirer

Could a dual-GPU Radeon HD 3850 X2 be around the corner?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:15 PM |
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Could a new graphics card from AMD that uses two HD 3850 GPUs instead of two HD 3870 GPUs be ready for Computex?  That is one rumor that is circulating though the prospect is not as odd as it might first sound.  Remember, the HD 3870 and HD 3850 are essentially the same GPU with different clock speeds and different memory configurations in most cases.  It would be very easy for AMD to simply use two lower clocked GPUs and cut the memory in half to offer a po

NVIDA preparing a benchmark to counter CPU performance claims

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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An odd post over at Fudzilla is talking about the possibility that NVIDIA is going to be showing off some kind of benchmark that raises the question of which is more important: the CPU or the GPU.  One can of course guess that the answer would be the GPU if NVIDIA is doing the promoting and apparently the discussion centers on comparing a low-end CPU with a high-end GPU versus a low-end GPU with a high-end CPU. 

Source: fastlanehw