Who is the culprit here?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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t-break stuck three 9800GTXs in two different systems, an Intel system with a QX9770 CPU on an ASUS Striker II Extreme with OCZ DDR3-1600MHz memory, and a Phenom system with an X4 9850 on an MSI 780 chipset based board with Corsair DDR2-1066MHz memory.  Although both systems use nVIDIA chipsets, the AMD processor is clocked 800MHz slower and the RAM is slower as well.  Read on to see just how much that will affect your gaming.

Source: t-break

Catalyst 8.5 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 03:52 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

AMD Will use GDDR5 Memory on Next-Generation ATI Radeon Graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 09:38 AM |
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AMD took the time today to announced that it was going to be using GDDR5 memory technology on its upcoming R700 "next-generation ATI Radeon graphics card products."  Not much else is detailed in the press release other than they are working with multiple vendors and that it will be faster than GDDR4.  Duh.

One interesting quote is this:

Quiet, we're trying to game here

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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The passively cooled ASUS EN9600GT Silent offers a way to get good performance at the $150 range, without the noise of it's actively cooled relation.  [H]ard|OCP considers this card a great value, considering you are getting the performance of an 8800GT for less.  Don't expect lower temps or a great overclock from this ca
Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD's new mid-range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2008 - 04:41 PM |
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Ryan has just finished his review of the ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB, a nicely powerful new midrange card.  The extra memory won't help you at lower resolutions, but the bump in performance from a single HD 3870 is very welcome.  If only the price can fall in line with this cards competitor, the 9800 GTX.

Possible RV770 and GT200 Details show up...again

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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While it's hard to really put faith in information when the provider openly admits their LAST article on these GPUs was dead wrong, why not just report it to you anyway?!?  This article over at TGDaily details what they think are the specifications and launch periods for AMD's upcoming RV770 parts, commonly referred to as the Radeon 4800-series. 

Source: TG Daily

nVIDIA Releases GeForce 175.16

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 05:28 PM |
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  • WHQL Certified for Windows XP
  • Supports GeForce FX, 6, 7, 8, and 9 series GPUs including these newly released GPUs:
    •  GeForce 9800 GX2
    •  GeForce 9800 GTX
    •  GeForce 9600 GT
    •  GeForce 9600 GSO
    •  GeForce 8300
    •  GeForce 8200/ nForce 730a
    •  GeForce 8100/NVIDIA nForce 720a
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI™ technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
  • Adds new PureVideo HD features for GeForce 9800 GX2, 980
Source: NVIDIA

There's a big battle brewing below the $100 watermark

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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The GeForce 9600 GSO is hard to find for sale right now, but is bound to gain quickly in popularity once it is available.  The replacement to the GS line of cards, it uses SM4 but it's memory is shaved down to 384MB GDDR3, clocked to 1600MHz with the core clocked at 550 MHz.  It will sell for under $100 once it is fully stocked and offers performance that in certain cases meets or beats the HD 3850.  If you have a limited budget and a screen that tops out at 1280x1024, let the G

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA CEO Rants on Intel Once Again

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 01:57 AM |
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In a very interesting interview with CNet, NVIDIA's top-brass was once again talking about Intel, Larrabee and how NVIDIA wants to see a more open, non-monopolistic PC environment.  There are some very interesting points in the discussion that touch on many aspects of the NVIDIA and Intel relationship.

Getting to the bottom of price and performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM |
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We all admit that having SLI'd GeForce 9800 GX2s gives you the best performance currently, but not many of us have $1200 to drop on a pair of cards.  The Tech Report, undaunted by the number of cards they would need to look at has accepted the challenge of finding the best price versus performance on the graphics market today.  There are even good mid range SLI setups to consider.

External graphics done well

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2008 - 01:16 PM |
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Ryan just finished reviewing the EVGA UV Plus+, an external graphics adaptor with a nice look and size.  It is a little box that acts as a virtual GPU, even to the point of having DDR memory on board.  It can't really handle Crysis, but it has no problems display the Vista Aero interface, so it does have at least some power inside it.  It will also support up to seven displays, making it far more handy for those users who need to have enormous amounts of screen real estate.

Overall GPU Market dropped 5.6% from Q4'2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2008 - 05:15 PM |
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TIBURON, CA-April 30, 2008-Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the
industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia,
today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market
share for the first calendar quarter of 2008.

Traditionally, the first quarter has flat to negative growth
for the computer industry as retailers and OEMs sell what's left from
the holiday season; and this year was no different, in fact the
quarter saw the biggest drop since 2005.

 

Spread out for better ventilation

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2008 - 12:32 PM |
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EVGA's e-GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO incorporates two features that will be very attractive to overclockers, three phase power and a dual slot cooler.  While Gamepyre's testing did not include maximum overclocking abilities, they did find that nVIDIA's claims of a 20C temperature difference from the reference model were fairy accurate.  That leaves you

Source: Gamepyre

It comes from the future to judge you

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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The new Futuremark is here, and while Ryan's score of P4129 may seem strange and upsetting to those familiar with 3DMark, but if you got over the switch to Vista, this shouldn't be too hard.  Futuremark 3DMark Vantage is Vista only, to do a proper job of benchmarking DX10 as well as the gamut of other tests included in this suite.  Take look at screenshots from several of the tests, including new physics tests that can take advantage of an Ageia PPU card.

Larrabee team member speaks on rasterization for the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 25, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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We have talked many, many times about Larrabee in the last several years and we consider ourselves to be pretty knowledgeable on the subject.  It's always interesting to see some new comments on the topic though and it turns out one of Larrabee's developers at Intel posted a bit on their blog on the subject of rasterization on the new GPU architecture.

Let's page through his comments if we can:

The finer parts of graphical performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 24, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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The GeForce 9800 GTX is an interesting beast.  It has a 1.688GHz shader clock, but the memory subsystem is slimmed to a 512MB framebuffer and a 256-bit memory bus.  That let [H]ard|OCP discover that Crysis wants a fast shader clock more than it wants bandwidth.  The performance doesn't scale as well as we might want in SLI, but it does add enough performance to be easily noticeable.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Radeon HD 4800-series details appear to have leaked

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 06:16 PM |
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The big news circulating in the forums is that apparently the entire specs of the upcoming AMD Radeon 4800-series GPUs has leaked out.  The GPU is internally known as the RV770 and the end version will sport 480 stream processors and consist of 800+ million transistors while maintaining the 256-bit memory bus and will be built on the same 55nm process technology that the RV670s used.

Source: TG Daily

ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB hits PCPer

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 05:00 PM |
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Just last month we were speculating that a dual-GPU graphics card like the AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 could be coming down the pipe but using the slightly slower AMD 3850 GPU.  Turns out we were right and in fact we already have an ASUS EAH3850 X2 1GB card in house for testing:

ATI Catalyst Software Suite Version 8.4

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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The Catalyst software suite 8.4 contains the following:

    * Radeon display driver 8.476

    * Multimedia Center™ 9.16 (Windows XP only)

    * HydraVision (Windows XP only)

    * HydraVision Basic Edition (Windows XP only)

    * Remote Wonder 3.04 (Windows XP only)

    * WDM Driver Install Bundle

    * Southbridge/IXP Driver

Source: 3DCenter