A new year, a new Catalyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 07:24 PM |
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Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:

Full OpenGL 3.0 support

This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:

Source: AMD

Making the upgrade worth your time

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 08:04 PM |
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Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts.  The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs.  AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested.  The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.

Source: Big Bruin

Galaxy Expands Retail Business to Microcenter

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 07:12 AM |
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A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter. 

Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter

If you've got the power ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 05:26 PM |
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As long as your wallet can handle a $500 hit, your PSU can handle a 450W drain, and your CPU or RAM isn't going to offer a bottleneck, you are probably thinking fondly of the GTX 295.  Bjorn 3D took a little time before releasing their review of the BFG GTX 295, comparing it against some of nVIDIA and AMD's finest, including SLI and a second GTX 295 to see how BFG's offering fares.  When able, they also enable PhysX on the card to see what impact t

Source: Bjorn3D

nVIDIA's small steps to success

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2009 - 05:08 PM |
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It's a fair jump for the graphics core to go from 648MHz to 702MHz, the stream processor from 1.476GHz to 1.584GHZ and the memory from 2.484GHz to 2.646GHz, but that is exactly what EVGA did with their GeForce GTX 285 SSC Edition.  Even more impressive is [H]ard|OCP's final numbers when they try overclocking this card even further.  Architecturally the GTX 285 does not really differ from the 280 it replaced, but the die shrink has really opened up the maximum clock speeds.  Read

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES FULL LINE OF FACTORY OVERCLOCKED GTX 285s

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 15, 2009 - 07:48 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (January 15, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 285 line of graphics cards in four factory overclocked versions; OC, OC+, OC2, and OCX.

BFG's GeForce GTX 285 factory overclocked graphics cards provide 240 processing cores and over 50% more performance than prior generations.

A small increase

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 15, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Seeing as how Ryan has somehow managed to suppress his need
to sleep, there is a brand new review up this morning, of nVIDIA's GTX 285 1GB graphics card.  For around $400 you can grab the card that is replacing the GTX280, with higher clock speeds and a die shrink.

Video: NVIDIA 3D Vision Review in case you missed it

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 09:12 PM |
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I know that during the first few days of the review being online, the video we provided to accompanying the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision review had some issues for some people.  For those of you that missed it, or even watch it again, I have provided a streaming Viddler version in the review and posted here as well.

Let me know what you think of the new format!

Take the hybrid for the win

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 06:42 PM |
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AMD did get there with their new generation of cards first, it has taken nVIDIA a long time to come out with a dual GPU card like the HD4870 X2.  Now that they have, it seems that the wait was worth it as their hybridized GTX 295 is incredibly powerful.  Tech Spot shows this card beating a pair of 260's in SLI across the board and leaving the 4870 X2 in the dust.  Right now, only $

Source: Tech Spot

nVIDIA does it two!

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2009 - 07:07 PM |
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Look out HD4870 X2, you are no longer competing and sometimes beating nVIDIA's best card, the GTX260+ has been replaced by the GTX 295.  Sporting an ungodly 1792MB of GDDR3 and a pair of what are essentially GTX 280 cores, this card is unbeatable.  If you splurge and pick up a pair of them (assuming you can handle ~650W draw from the cards alone), you can expect to play Crysis on high quality at 1920x1200 and get average frame rates in the high 60's, an unprecedented score.  Check out Ryan's full review of the new ki

A good thing that just keeps on getting better

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 6, 2009 - 07:48 PM |
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The HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO is a full 1GB model sporting a fancy third party cooler that drops the temperatures as well as the noise at full.  As the running temperatures and fan noise were the two biggest faults of the original 4870, this really is a great step forward.  Add into that equation the coming price drop as well as the ~10% o

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA GT212 details hint at 384 SPs

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 08:51 PM |
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A post over at Expreview is indicating they have source spilling some proverbial beans about the upcoming NVIDIA GT212 GPU update due in mid-2009.  Here's the table of interest:

Source: Expreview

XFX cards with ATI Radeon inside start to show up

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 08:40 PM |
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XFX sent out a PR email blast letting the whole world know that the XFX Radeon HD 4000 series of graphics are official and should be available any day now.  The company has its Radeon products website up and running at has quite a few new cards on the table including:

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NVIDIA 9-series rebranding gets more specific

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2009 - 06:50 PM |
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AudioFreak39 points out in a thread in our forums that the pending GeForce 9-series rebranding process has now been unearthed as the GeForce Gx00 series:

GeForce G110 (rebranded 9400GT):

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GeForce G120 (rebranded 9500GT):

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NVIDIA Beta 185.20 drivers add "ambient occlusion"

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 05:22 PM |
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A very interesting discussion has started in the graphics card forum about some leaked NVIDIA drivers (revision 185.20) that adds a new feature called "ambient occlusion".  This enhancement apparently is adding some nice visual lighting effects but causes a lot of stress on gaming hardware; HonestJohn saw his Far Cry 2 performance go from about 60 FPS to 45 FPS with the option enabled.  There are screen shots included in the thread as well.

Could we see XFX ATI video cards at CES?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 05:15 PM |
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A post in our graphics card forum is indicating news about a closer-than-expected release time for XFX's own ATI Radeon graphics cards.  It has barely been 3 weeks since we first learned that XFX was going to add a little red to their green but based on the speed of this release the project has been in the works for a while. 

Thanks goes to AudioFreak39 for the tip.

Product lineup:

Quad SLI with a pair of GTX 295s tested in 3DMark Vantage

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 08:16 PM |
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Fudzilla is reporting that some lucky person has gotten a hold of a pair of the new GeForce GTX 295 cards (dual-GPU solution, we tested it earlier this month here) in Quad SLI to get a 3DMark Vantage score of over 32,500.  Wow.

Source: Fudzilla

AMD RV740 40nm taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 08:10 PM |
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According to this story over at Digitimes, AMD has already taped out (completed design and circuit testing) on the next generation graphics core known as the RV740.  It is built on TSMC's newest 40nm process technology and I must say I was surprised to find the technology was mature enough to actually compete a design from ATI before 2009. 

Source: Digitimes

AMD Answers Questions on Avivo Converter Issues

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2008 - 07:37 PM |
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While NVIDIA is pushing Badaboom!

Source: AMD

What's this Ion thing from NVIDIA?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2008 - 05:18 PM |
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You might have heard about this new NVIDIA technology called "Ion" - which is interesting because I hadn't.  Apparently this is NVIDIA's answer the world of netbooks and Intel's Atom processor - NVIDIA is pushing Intel's partners to push Intel to allow third party chipsets as thus allowing NVIDIA to make a push into these systems.