AMD whispers; while ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 19, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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Have you heard about the HD 2900Pro? A new graphics card by AMD just released with the new R630 GPU?

No?

Neither has anyone else, but The Inquirer found one for sale.  It's clock is reduced to 600MHz, the memory to 800MHz and with a 256-bit memory interface. 

It is awfully quiet over at AMD compared to the Intel's currently running festival for developers and enthusiats.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Skulltrail Will Use NVIDIA SLI Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2007 - 06:55 PM |
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We have been hearing about Intel's Skulltrail platform for some time now, off and on thoughout the year.  Recently here at IDF, Pat Gelsinger mentioned the Skulltrail platform during his keynote, pictured here below:



The system uses dual Yorkfield processors that are liquid cooled (stock and to be supplied by Intel) and has four graphics card slots for potential quad-GPU usage. 


The word "SLI" has been mentioned several times duri

The World's fastest 8800GTS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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Click on the banner for a trip to XFX and a look at the Fatal1ty 8800GTS

Source: XFX

Higher clock, lower price

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2007 - 05:14 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a review of the fastest air cooled graphics card on the planet.  MSI overclocked a 8800 Ultra, but stuck with air cooling, which means the overclock isn't that impressive, only 48MHz on the core and 70MHz on the memory.  The big news is that it is the cheapest 8800 Ultra you can buy.  Read on to see if the extra money is worth it, or if you are still better off wit

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Diamond's back, with the 1GB HD 2900XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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This card runs at the stock 742MHz on the GPU, and a nice 2000MHz for the memory.  X-bit Labs picked up a pair for a big SLI versus CrossFire showdown, with both DX9 and DX10 being tested.  The testing reveals some interesting performance characteristics, as well as highlighting serious differences in the way games use nVIDIA versus ATI and dual graphics setups.  The oddest benchmark would have to be Neverwinter Nights 2, where the Radeon performs better at 2560x1600 than it does at 1920x

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD Leaks New Graphics Card Models

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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You have to love it when the company itself is responsible for information leak as is the case here.  It appears that AMD put in the names for a few unannounced graphics cards in the driver release files of Catalyst 7.9. 

The latest driver revision, numbered 7.9, includes fixes for all
versions of Windows as well as specific improvements related to Enemy
Territory: Quake Wars, the demo for which is out this week.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Details Strategic Open Source Graphics Driver Development Initiative

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif -- September 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a major strategic initiative to support the Open Source development community for ATI Radeon graphics processors. The week of September 10th, AMD plans to provide an open source information and development package supporting the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series as well as ATI Radeon X1000 series of graphics processing units (GPU) on Linux desktops. To accelerate this initiative, AMD partnered with Novell’s SuSE Linux engineering team.

Source: AMD

AMD and NVIDIA Battle over New HQV Results

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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It would seem that AMD has taken offense to the results that NVIDIA is posting about their image quality in the new HD HQV benchmark.  Apparently AMD thinks that NVIDIA's drivers are increasing noise filtering to get better scores but that their IQ suffers greatly on other IQ tests because of it.

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA GPU Partner Finds Way to Add HDMI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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A little-known NVIDIA graphics card partner is claiming to have found a way to include DVI audio on GeForce 8-series graphics boards thus allowing for NVIDIA's own version of a DVI-to-HDMI dongle.  This will not however integrate any kind of sound chip on the graphics card itself, but will depend on external solutions.

Source: The Inquirer

Open source nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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You can get a lot of information about the Nouveau project and the team that is trying to bring open source 3D graphics to Linux, over at Linux.com.  Some veterans of the R300 project, which did the same thing for ATI/AMD drivers, are taking their success onto the next major graphics card manufacturer.  They also mention ways in which Linux users can help out, either getting involved in the development, or just doing end-user testing.

Source: Linux.com

Two GPUs for you

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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GECUBE is back with the Gemini 3, two overclocked HD2600XT cards in one.  It gives you a chance to essentially run 2 cards while taking up one slot and a lot less space.  It will be interesting to see if this board can be run in Crossfire before the new Quad-GPU support of the upcoming AMD 790 chipset.  Get a good look at this board, and what it can do, at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

Save your change for the 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2007 - 12:24 PM |
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BFGTech's GeForce 8600GTS OC2 increases the default speeds 720MHz GPU and 1110MHz RAM, which does give you a good jump over a non-overclocked 8600GTS.  The problem is that a 320MB 8800GTS can be had for almost the same money, and Boot Daily's benchmarks show it takes two to compete with the faster card.

Source: Boot Daily

Getting the best value from the value priced GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2007 - 02:16 PM |
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XFX's 8600 GT XXX takes the 540 MHz reference frequency to 620 MHz, and the memory from 1.4 GHz to 1.6 GHz, which will help it in benchmarks against the 8600 GTS XXX and HD 2600 XT.   [H]ard|OCP takes all three cards into their benchmarking suite, to figure out which provides you with the best bang for the buck.  The benchmarks are very tight, but the price range is not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Unleashes new Graphics Drivers for G965

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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Intel has launched some new drivers for the G965 chipset; doesn't sound too exciting until you realize these are the drivers that enable hardware vertex shaders.  Finally!  Sorry, Windows XP only for now.

BFGTech ThermoIntelligence Cooler Tested

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:48 PM |
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I took a look at the new BFG Technologies 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card last month, but it's worth another look.  Kyle over at HardOCP has taken the cooler apart to show you the detailed changes inside and whether or not the new cooler is up to snuff.


The BFG ThermoIntelligence unit has an obvious advantage in terms of heatsink surface area.
Source: [H]ard|OCP

id's Todd Hollenshead and Tim Willits talk RAGE

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:45 PM |
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Rage, the upcoming racing, battle, role playing game from id (yes, the same id as Doom 3) is getting some more build up as the gang at Shacknews pull in an interview with two of the head honchos.

Shack: You mentioned you could talk about the setting a bit.


Tim Willits: Oh, yeah. That's important to mention. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Source: Shacknews

Extending the Open-Source ATI/AMD driver

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2007 - 04:02 PM |
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TV-Out functionality has been added to the Linux driver for ATI/AMD cards.  If you are hoping to build a PVR or even just watch one of your DVDs on a TV using a Linux box as the source, drop by Phoronix to see just how easy it is now.

Source: Phoronix

Passively aggressive graphics power

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed two silent 8600's from Gigabyte, an 8600GT and an 8600GTS.   The GT features Silent-Pipe II, which we have seen on other passively cooled graphics cards, but the Silent-Pipe III on the GTS model is a first, and much larger than it's predecessor, and both come with a copy of Supreme Commander. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP