AMD's open source graphics continue to expand

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2007 - 05:10 PM |
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Following hot on the heels of the 7.10 driver that helped Windows users comes the 8.42 driver for Linux.  Phoronix gave it a try and are more than happy with the results.  Head over to check out just how much better you can expect to run things.  It looks like AMD is on the ball when it comes to drivers, if not so much on the hardware side.

Source: Phoronix

Cooler, quieter, faster

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2007 - 05:31 PM |
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Arctic Cooling has recently released the big brother to S2 the Accelero S1, and for $20-$30 you can set up either a perfectly quiet VGA cooling system, or strap up to 2 fans onto it to get some serious cooling.  Bjorn3D didn't try pushing the graphics card they had attached it to, as they were focusing strictly on the cooler, but when the temperatures are lowered, the clock speed gets a chance to go up.

Source: Bjorn3D

The Professional

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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The HD 2900 Pro was released to the world without any fanfare, almost as if AMD was embarrassed by it.  Nonetheless, Neoseeker noticed and grabbed one to benchmark.  On the face, the card seemed a fair match up to the 8800GTS 320MB version, but tempted by the similarity to the XT, Neoseeker tried overclocking it.  They were surprised to see it hit a core clock speed of 858 MHz and 1800MHz for the DDR memory, and suddenly it became a whole new card.

Source: Neoseeker

AMD Introduces New Tuner Products to Deliver Exceptional HDTV on PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 15, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) is expanding its TV Wonder product lineup that enables HDTV on the PC. Available through VisionTek at Best Buy stores across North America, ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB, TV Wonder 600 PCI and TV Wonder 600 PCI Express transform PCs into exceptional high definition digital video recorders. The TV Wonder family of products is AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

Get it before it's gone

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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nVIDIA has been hinting that the 320MB versions of their cards don't have much time left in the channel.  That doesn't mean that they, or their partners, are slacking off.  Case and point is the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB Fatal1ty up for review at The Hardware Zone.  With a core clock set 150MHz above stock and the RAM a full 400MHz above stock there is some serious competition for the 8800 GTX 320MB version.

NVIDIA 8800 GTS 320MB End of Lifed

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2007 - 01:51 PM |
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According to the Inquirer NVIDIA might have knocked off the 320MB version of the 8800 GTS in preparation for the upcoming G92 release.

We knew that Nvidia was planning to kill the 8800GTS 320MB in order to make
room for the 65nm die-shrink that the world has come to know as G92.

Source: The Inquirer

GPU-Z Utility Released

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2007 - 01:49 PM |
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If you like the CPU-Z application for your overclocking or informational purposes, you'll probably find the new GPU-Z utility just as handy.

GPU-Z does not hide its similarity to CPU-Z when it comes to the user
interface, but the job at hand is absolutely massive. There are numerous
graphics chips on the market in most insane combinations, discrete or
integrated, and so on.

Source: The Inquirer

Dual GPU RV670 On the Rise?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2007 - 01:47 PM |
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A new rumor is circulating that a dual-GPU RV670 graphics card could be coming from AMD early next year. 

Source: General

It's Turbo time

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 4, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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Push the button and it goes faster, or at least that is the theory behind MSI's NX8600GT Twin Turbo.  Hardware Zone reviews the card, at the normal speeds and with the Turbo button pushed.  There is definitely a difference in performance, mostly thanks to the overclocking of the stream processors, but it does leave me with a question.  Who is going to buy this card and not push the Turbo button?

High frequency 2600XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 1, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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MSI's RX2600XT Diamond has overclocked the reference 2600XT to
850MHz and 2.3GHz, a gain of 50MHz and 100MHz respectively.  One of the benefits that [H]ard|OCP noticed is that the cooler from MSI is significantly better than the stock one supplied with other 2600XTs but the ATI Overdrive will still put a ceiling on the overclock.  Check out the fastest ou

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Three heads are better than one

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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If the DualHead2Go Digital Edition just doesn't offer you enough screen real estate to satisfy there is still hope.  Check out the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition.  On one end of the connector is a VGA, DVI and USB, and on the other are 3 clearly labeled DVI connectors.  Plug everything in while the PC is turned off, boot up, install the Matrox software and prepare to be amazed by Bioshock in 3840*1024.  Check out [H]ard|OCP's gallery of screens from many games all at that sa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Announces the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 25, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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AMD is excited to announce the newest member of its flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900 series, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO. The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO features the powerful next-generation unified shader architecture with 320 unified stream processors, comprehensive DirectX 10 support and built-in HDMI multimedia features for an immersive HD gaming experience.

The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO is available today on a limited basis subject to supply constraints.

Below is more detail on the three board variants of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO:

Source: AMD

Cooling your graphic card's backside

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2007 - 03:31 PM |
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We have seen plenty of 3rd party coolers for your VGA, that sit atop your GPU and memory to keep the card cool and maybe let you get a bit more speed out of it.  Hardware Canucks have published a review of a unique cooling add on, that should work with most cooling setups on several different cards.  The Thermalright HR-11 Backside Cooler will keep the heat off of the SMDs on the back of the card, and any radiant heat that might be making it's way th

Playing in 2048x768 or 2560x1024

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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Matrox who have been making graphics adapters for decades, are most frequently known for their multi-monitor support.   The newest DualHead2Go Digital Edition offers two DVI-I outputs, which can be changed to VGA with the usual adapter.  The real magic is in how much more flexibility you are offered when you compare it to the buit in multiple monitor support that Windows offers, which

Source: OCMODSHOP

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