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

The new face of Anti-Aliasing

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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Brand new in ATI's Catalyst 7.7 driver is a new type of Coverage Sample Anti-Aliasing, called Edge Sampling.  Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing is starting to show it's age, as gamers are looking for better detail for their high resolution ~20" (or more) monitors.  Elite Bastards gives you a look at the difference this new type of AA brings to games, and the performance hit your HD 2x00XT series card takes to use it.

id Shows Upcoming Rage Technology at Quakecon

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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John Carmack and friends were on hand at Quakecon to show off the technology that will power their next gaming title, Rage.

Source: Daily Tech

Epic Games' Says PC Gaming will follow consoles

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2007 - 03:25 PM |
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According to Epic Games' Mark Rein, PC gaming development will largely FOLLOW the development of consoles going into the future as production costs increase.  Hard to argue with his logic here.

Source: The Inquirer

Mr. Fixit and the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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TechARP continues their series of VGA card repair, this time focusing on the Surface Mounted Capacitors
Whoever owns the graphics card they are using for the how to pictures really did a job on it!  Head on over for the first step in your initiation into solder suckers anonymous.

Source: Tech ARP

ATI's elephantine graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM |
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Just how much graphics memory do you need?  The Tech Report does their best to determine the answer, by testing Diamond's 1GB HD 2900 XT.  The theoretical memory bandwidth tops any card out there, the sheer amount of memory on the card is unique to consumer graphics, which makes it seem like this card can take on all comers.  The question is, can the so far disappointing GPU take advantage of the memory?

Overclocking nVIDIA cards for fun & profit

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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The newest graphics review at [H]ard|OCP is MSI's overclocked 8800GTS 320MB card.  They pushed the GPU from 500 MHz to 575MHz and the RAM from 1.6GHz to 1.7 GHz, but they didn't push the price up by much.  When put up against the 640MB version, the higher clock speeds pushed this card ahead, at least up to 1920*1200, and pushed past the 2900XT as well.

Source: [H]ard|OCP