AMD Delivers World's First TeraFLOPS Graphics Chip

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 11:13 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today achieved two world firsts in visual computing: the launch of the first teraFLOPS graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and the launch of the first graphics card featuring ultra high bandwidth GDDR5 memory, the ATI Radeon HD 4870. These two innovations combine with trademark AMD energy-efficient design and powerful DirectX 10.1 compatibility to deliver superior performance at the high-volume mainstream and performance price points. Both the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 are immediately available.

Source: AMD


Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2008 - 11:09 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (June 24, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.

With the launch of each new NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), BFG typically releases three increasing levels of factory overclock: OC, OC2, and OCX.

Wait, that's not right

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2008 - 05:59 PM |

By running four HD 4850 in CrossfireX you can experience Crysis at one quarter the speed as with a single card.  While that may not sound like what should be true, it is in fact the reality.  TweakTown did these tests after the hotfix was created by AMD, but it looks like there is still some serious work to be done at the driver level.

Source: Tweaknews


Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:34 PM |

Legit Reviews has had the time, and not just a bit of luck, getting the 9800 GTX+ running and compared to the HD 4850.  The 4850's MSRP of $199 makes it a bit cheaper than the $229 the GTX+ is expected to sell at, but the performance gap is a little wider than that.  Take a look at the full review to see the difference.

Flash! AMD Radoeon HD 4850s show up en masse!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM |

Looks like AMD wasn't kidding about that immediate availability thing with the Radeon HD 4850 512MB cards.  Newegg has a slew in stock.

Yes, Virginia, this really is a 55nm NVIDIA GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 01:26 PM |

We've been getting some feedback from readers about our GeForce 9800 GTX+ news and revelation that it is indeed a 55nm part - not simply an overclocked version of G92.  Here are some various forms of proof:

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ card unmasked

The parade looks clear so far

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 12:41 PM |
Tagged: parade, amd, nvidia

AMD screwed up; the HD 4850 went on sale in Europe before it should have, so everyone now knows what it is.  They had no choice but to inflict a sleepless night on hardware reviewers, who had their NDA suddenly yanked out from under them.  nVIDIA decided that they just had to try to piss on AMD's parade by moving up the release of the die shrunken 9800 GTX+.  Guess what nVIDIA?  No one has had time to review it, not even Ryan ... though he did get some information up.

Get the message about knee jerk release date changes yet?

"The AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB card is a good performing card that is able to match both the GeForce 8800 GT and the 9800 GTX card in our initial preview of just a couple of major gaming titles. NVIDIA has some more tricks up their sleeve though with a little part called the GeForce 9800 GTX+ meant solely to rain on AMD's launch day parade. Whether or not that will pan out has yet to be seen."

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NVIDIA to AMD: Chew on GeForce 9800 GTX+

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 03:49 AM |

Sure, you've already heard the news (and probably seen reviews) of AMD's Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 card - we'll have our own review ready very soon.  NVIDIA apparently got the news as well and decide to try and put some additional pressure on AMD to perform.

The answer: GeForce 9800 GTX+.

What the hell?

XFX GeForce GTX 200 Series: Better than Reality

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2008 - 11:41 AM |

XFX is offering both the GTX 280 and 260 on their newly designed website, and they would like you to double or triple them up!  They have set up a VIP kit to entice you with extra schwag on top of the graphics cards and motherboards, as well as bundling in Ass

Source: XFX

Two ways to ultimate power

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2008 - 12:34 PM |

nVIDIA's two new cards, the $399 GTX 260 896MB and the $649 GTX 280 1GB sport incredible performance, and the amount of transistors fit into them are unprecedented.  The gaming performance, while it does offer the best single card performance around, is not the only story with these cards.  Josh tried out the two new focuses for these cards, huge increases in the speeds of Folding@Home and Video Encoding, while Ryan was busy gaming.


Hand picked for freshness

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2008 - 01:48 PM |

The XFX 9800 GTX Black

Edition are cards that displayed an ability to go further and faster than the average 9800 GTX from XFX.   Just how much faster?  Read the full review at Driver Heaven, you won't be disappointed by the
performance, nor the included copy of Assassin's Creed.


It's not all fun and games

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 6, 2008 - 02:41 PM |

When talking about graphics cards, the focus tends to be on gaming and fps stats.  That isn't the only type of use out there though, there are many professional level cards like the Quadro FX and FireGL series.  These professional level cards are the focus of X-bit Labs review, which does happen to include a bit of gaming as well.  The race between nVIDIA and AMD is much closer in this field.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Stay cool and keep a low profile

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 3, 2008 - 02:55 PM |

The newest graphics cooler from Coolink is the GFXChilla, which sports a pair of 80mm fans.  It is a very slim design, which should allow you to still get another card in, depending on your motherboard, and it also comes with some nice extras like memory and voltage regulation heatsinks.  Icrontic was quite happy with it's performance, and it's MRSP.

Source: Icrontic

S3 has caught up with the times

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM |

It has been a while since we've heard from S3 Graphics though that doesn't mean they are gone.  The Chrome 430 that was announced a while ago is starting to show up on reviewers desks and the first review is at VIA Arena.  The stats of the card sound good, a 625MHz engine clock and 256MB of 500MHz GDDR2 and full support for DX10 and PCI Express 2.0.  All that for $60 and an extra 143W power draw on your system.

Source: VIA Arena


Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2008 - 01:46 PM |

[H]ard|OCP likes fast, and will honestly admit that any time they are asked.  There is another consideration that is important to them, and that is value.  Spending double the money for a 10% performance increase is hard to justify for all but the most extreme gamers.  The BFGTech GeForce 9800 GTX OXC doesn't quite cost twice as much as non-overclocked cards, but neither does it offer a 10% improvement in performance.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Acquires RayScale Software - Bringing Ray Tracing to the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2008 - 01:28 PM |

Sitting here at an NVIDIA meeting in San Jose, word just got passed to the world that NVIDIA will be announcing the acquisition of a ray tracing software company called RayScale

Folding@Home NVIDIA GPU Client Confirmed

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 06:00 PM |

Who is the culprit here?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 03:05 PM |

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 |

Performance improvements

Source: AMD

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

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 09:38 AM |

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: