AMD's graphics refresh, RV670

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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On paper the new Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic sports the same features as the RV600, apart from the die shrink.  What is new(ish) is the Vapour Chamber Technology, which is claimed as a break through new cooling for graphics cards.  It sounds really neat until you see the graphic in the Elite Bastards review, where you realize that this breakthrough is pretty much a heatpipe flattened into a plate.  The new architecture does reveal some improvement

Not pictured below - COD4 running at 2560x1600

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 05:51 PM |
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Although Ryan is sharing pics of the new graphics card that we will be seeing from AMD, he is keeping the game play to himself.  If we don't see any more updates from CES today, it's probably fair to assume that Ryan got 'stuck' at that table.



Source: AMD

AMD Introduces ATI Mobility RadeonT HD 3000 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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LAS VEGAS (2008 International CES) - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs. The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows notebook users to experience the full power of HD through graphics processing designed to satisfy the most demanding mobile users at work and play.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 outed

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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It would seem our buddies at HardOCP have the scoop on some upcoming NVIDIA hardware: the 9800 GX2 card.  According to Kyle's information, the card sports a pair of G92-based GPUs with 128 SPs each on two separate PCBs.  It also appears to have a total of 1GB of memory on-board and will be the new "flagship" card from NVIDIA taking the highest priced spot from the 8800 Ultra card.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Revenge of the little brother

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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The HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX runs at almost the exact same clock speeds as the more expensive 3870, and offers a few benefits as well.  It is designed to draw less power, especially when it takes advantage of the several PowerPlay states that the Guru of 3D discovered, and thanks to the inclusion of some powerful 3rd party cooling, it runs cooler as well.  The price is very much in line with the 3870, and the factory overclock is not the limit to

Source: Guru of 3D

Carrying NVIDIA's Water (Cooler)

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Last week BFG announced a dandy little product based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 512.  This water cooled product sports clocks that are well above norm, but correspondingly far more expensive than the standard 8800 GTS.  Based on the new G92 chip from NVIDIA, it has the full complement of stream units, ROP partitions, and 512 MB of fast GDDR-3.  The core runs at a sprightly 700 MHz with the memory at 970 MHz (1940 MHz effective).  The most impressive part is the stream processors clocked at a very ag

NVIDIA and Intel merger rumors mix again

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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According to the Inquirer, a bunch of NVIDIA stock calls is raising the rumors once again of an Intel and NVIDIA buyout/merger.  Both that author and this author have serious doubts about it, but hey, its always fun to speculate!

Source: The Inquirer

AMD next-gen R700 GPU taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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Charlie at TheInq seems to think that AMD's R700 has taped out already.  If that's the case, those that claimed it wasn't coming in 2008 would surely be laughed at and mocked. 

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA looking for cheaper G92 cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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Taking note of the news post below, maybe this information from Digitimes has already been answered?  Apparently NVIDIA was the board designers to find ways to cut costs on the G92 designs to better allow them to compete with the likes of the AMD HD 3800 series of cards.

Source: Digitimes

Details on GeForce 8800 GS Surface

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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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 - 06:52 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 - 04:11 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 - 03:18 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 - 02:50 PM |
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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 - 02:46 PM |
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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 - 05:16 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 - 03:08 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 - 01:33 PM |
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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 - 01:48 PM |
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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 - 12:23 PM |
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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