Taking the high road and the low road

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 01:27 PM |

The mid ranged ATI Radeon HD 4670 has arrived at Newegg.  If you have $80 and want to be able to play most games at very high image quality settings @ 1280x1024 and have enhanced HD video playback, this card is perfect for you.  It also has some interesting new power states, ensuring that the card is only pulling the power that it needs at the time. 

Source: Guru of 3D

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards for the Masses

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 11:16 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 10, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon HD 4600 series, mainstream graphics offerings that deliver exceptional gaming and HD multimedia performance while consuming less power than a standard light bulb.

Source: AMD

Adult only graphics cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 8, 2008 - 01:45 PM |

XFX brands their overclocked graphics cards as XXX; but if EVGA can use FTW, then I guess it isn't too inappropriate.  Both the 260 and the 280 models are available, and [H]ard|OCP benchmarked them on a system with a QX9770 overclocked to 3.6GHz.  They even managed to get a bit of an overclock out of these factory overclocked cards, which may put a sparkle in the eyes of some enthusiasts.  Drop by to see how they stack up against the HD4870 and HD4780 X2.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Old card, new driver and BIOS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 06:29 PM |

[H]ard|OCP held off on their review of the HD4870 X2 until it's driver and BIOS had time to mature.  They also pitted it against a pair of GeForce GTX 260 in SLI, just to make it fair for nVIDIA.  How did it fare?  If you are 2560x1600 widescreen gamer, you will want to see the benchmarks.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ECS Ships 9800 GTX+ Hydra - Water Cooler SLI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 04:46 PM |

A couple of weeks ago a rather large package arrived at our door with the tagline of "graphics card" attached.  Hmm, usually they aren't THIS big I thought...

Notice the BFG GeForce GTX 280 card in front of the ECS Hydra GeForce 9800 GTX+ box; that should give you some kind of sense of scale. 

A new tuner for your new card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 2, 2008 - 12:10 PM |

RivaTuner 2.10 has arrived at the Guru of 3D.  The newest version brings much wanted support to all those owners of new nVIDIA 200 series cards as well as the 4800 series from AMD, allowing those who have grabbed the new cards more overclocking options that are available in the drivers. SLI/Crossfire is still giving them some problems though.

Source: Guru of 3D

Going heavy on the memory, again

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2008 - 04:07 PM |

nVIDIA has displayed a fondness for odd memory buses and sizes recently.  It started with the 640Mb 8800GTS and now continues with the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB FTW, with a 448 bit memory bus.  In the testing over at The Tech Lounge, they decided that this is their preferred card over the GTX 280, thanks to reduced power consumption, noise and heat as well as price. 


Subject: Graphics Cards | August 26, 2008 - 12:02 PM |

NVIDIA continues to offer consumers more choice with the addition today of the GeForce 9400

Source: NVIDIA

Showing off nVIDIA's pair

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 12:30 PM |

At [H]ard|OCP, you can catch two reviews of nVIDIA's best offerings, the ASUS ENGTX280 TOP and ASUS ENGTX260 TOP.  The GTX280 will set you back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2, 4870, 4850 H2O Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 11:41 AM |

Prague, Czech Republic - August 23, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Neptune line of water cooled Radeon graphics cards. the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB - HD 4870 512MB - HD 4850 512MB H2O Edition Graphics card all come with Danger Den & Smoothcreations custom cooling capabilities. These card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

Catalyst 8.8 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2008 - 11:33 AM |

Highlights of the Catalyst 8.8 Windows release include:

New features

Catalyst Control Center: New Avivo video features

This release of Catalyst introduces new video features:

Source: AMD

The Lucid Hydra

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2008 - 03:23 PM |

The newly announced Hydra Engine from Lucid seems to have trumped both Crossfire and SLI in a single swipe.  Not only do they seem to imply that their task oriented approach will outperform the brute force style that the current solutions use, the technology will allow a lot of other tasks to be accomplished that are beyond SLI and Crossfire.  It also able to combine any mix of cards from the same vendor, though you can't mix AMD and nVIDIA ...

Not for the faint of heart

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 03:38 PM |

X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it.  All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively.  Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Trying to reclaim the crown

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2008 - 05:09 PM |

nVIDIA has been trying everything to make the GTX 280 more attractive to gamers, mostly by dropping the price by about $200.  BFG is taking it one step further with their BFG GTX 280 OCX, an overclocked version of the already fast card.  Hardware Canucks tested it against AMD's 4870 X2, as well as the 4870 and 4850 in Crossfire.  nVIDIA does retain some top spots, but not by much of a margin.

You know it's why you bought it in the first place

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 05:56 PM |

Crysis has been a serious glove slap for the graphics companies, as they watch their top of the line graphics cards struggle desperately to provide reasonable framerates with high resolution and details.  The 4870 X2 release yesterday offered a nice response, a card with enough power to get Crysis looking as it should, especially in Crossfire configurations.  Madshrimps was curious about the wide variance in the Crysis benchmarks that were published, so they decided to get to the bottom of it. 

Source: Madshrimps

ASUS Announces World's Fastest EAH4870X2 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 02:30 PM |

Graphics cards with high performance and exceptional speeds are never far from the gamer's mind. That is why ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the graphical solution for the latest generation of AMD dual RV770XT GPUs - the ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G - equipped with double GPUs and a massive 2G of on-board memory.

Source: ASUS

NVIDIA tackles the Larrabee question

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 03:30 PM |

An interesting bit of editorial came across my desk today from none other than the big green company known as NVIDIA.  As a whole NVIDIA has not been shy in their attacks on Intel what with the "cans of whoop ass" and the like; but this time NVIDIA has taken it upon themselves to send the media a document detail "questions" about Intel's Larrabee on the day the architecture gets detailed at Siggraph. 

Asetek First to Cool AMD's New ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Dual Graphics Processor Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:44 PM |

SAN JOSE, Calf. August 12, 2008 - Asetek's industry-leading, LCLC liquid cooling solution is now available for AMD's much anticipated multi-GPU cards, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 family of graphics cards (codenamed R700). The unique, liquid cooling approach is exactly what OEMs need to extract the highest performance from the graphics card and produce top-of-the-line gaming and entertainment products.

"Heat is an 'age-old' problem for computers.

Source: asetek

Kicking nVIDIA while they're down

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:14 PM |

The AMD 4870 X2 is here, and it certainly does not disappoint. 
Able to keep up with a pair of 4870 X2's in Crossfire, and leaving the 280 in the dust, this card is very impressive.  Check out the benchmark score that Ryan managed with this card, and how badly the 280 fares against AMD's newest offering.

Far Cry 2 minimum requirements are out

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2008 - 07:23 PM |

It looks like someone has leaked out the minimum system requirements for the upcoming Far Cry 2 release; and they actually aren't all that bad.  The absolute minimum includes an Athlon 64 3500+, Pentium D 2.4 GHz or higher, 1 GB of memory and a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1650 graphics card.  The full experience will require a bit more of you: Core 2 Duo or Phenom, 2GB of memory, 8600 GTS or X1900 GPU or better with a 512MB frame buffer.

Source: General