They found a retail box!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2009 - 05:40 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP actually managed to get a hold of a retail box XFX HD4770 dual-slot card, the YDFC model
as the YDLC is a single slot card.  It is still a 40nm process GPU with 640 stream processors and 512MB of GDDR5, what is special about the card is that XFX has always been nVIDIA only, this is the first AMD silicon they have released.   Their 'double lifetime' warranty still applies, they are not taking anything away that you'd expect to see on their nVIDIA offerings.  Check out what thi

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I like big buffers and I cannot lie!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 01:59 PM |
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At $250 the Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GBruns about $40 more than the vanilla version, but also sports twice the memory as well as a nice improved cooler.   That cooler has allowed Sapphire to raise the core GPU speed by 20MHz to 870MHz and the memory by 100MHz to 1050MHz and is capable of hitting 950MHz and 1200MHz with a little tweaking.  In addition, the cooler is significantly quieter tha

AMD Ready with Unified, WHQL-Certified Graphics Drivers for Windows 7 RTM

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the release of the company's first WHQL-certified ATI Catalyst graphics drivers for Windows 7 Release to Manufacturing (RTM), an important milestone in the development of Microsoft's next generation operating system. For ATI Radeon customers, the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver is immediately available for download from game.amd.com.

Source: AMD

Larrabee now needs HD decoders to keep up

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 09:51 PM |
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In a move that is surely going to raise some eyebrows, Intel has apparently decided to add a pair of HD video decoders to the logic on-board the Larrabee graphics chip; this according to a story over at SemiAccurate.  This would definitely go against the whole premise of the Larrabee architecture: to do as much work as possible in x86 software without the need for dedicated hardware to any one specific task.  Intel said from the beginning that textures required special hardware to run m

High definition graininess

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 12:33 PM |
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If you are looking for a little Wild West action on your PC, and a Clint Eastwood marathon just won't cut it, pick up the second iteration of Call of Juarez; Bound in Blood.  Shotguns and six shooters replace SMGs and BFGs and there is no crying allowed.  [H]ard|OCP picked up a copy to test the experience that people will have with eight of the top current video cards.  Their testing showed that even a HD4770 can manage 2560x1600, though perhaps the most interestin

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD DX11 parts could be delayed, but we know what they are called!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 10:34 PM |
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So I guess simply knowing all the codenames isn't going to make up for a possible delay to AMD's new DX11-based RV870 GPU, but I was trying to keep things civil here.  I saw over on Tech Report that there are reports of a delay to the Evergreen series of GPUs that AMD is building on the TSMC 40nm process technology targetting Windows 7 and a potential launch date inside September.  Now according to someone "in the know" AMD has been angling to push the launch back to November instead - blame is being placed on TS

Keep your cool when you install these fans

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 03:13 PM |
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The Accelero Xtreme 4870 X2 GPU cooler
is a perfect idea for anyone with a 4870X2 as it will drop your temps by a serious margin.  There is a downside which may keep many people from purchasing this cooler, the 4870X2 is very different from a single GPU card when you are trying to remove the stock cooler so you can use the Accelero Xtreme.  The Guru of 3D takes you through the steps required to install the cooler as well as a very important tip at the end.  The original kit has a strong

Source: Guru of 3D

nVIDIA and Galaxy tie the knot

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong July 20, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd. a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has become a NVIDIA Authorized Board Partner in North America and Latin America.

"Galaxy has been an authorized partner overseas for many years and we are looking forward to continue success in the American region through our retail, e-tail and channel partners," stated Kevin Poon, Galaxy Executive Vice President.

Bringing home twins

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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ATI's Radeon HD 4730 uses a 700MHz 55nm RV770 GPU, not the 40nm tech that the HD4770 does, though the RAM is GDDR5 on both cards.  This makes the HD4730 a bit of an odd duck, as it is more a bridge between the 4800 series and the 4770, a spot well filled by the HD4850.  The HD4850 can be had, right now, for about $100; the 4770 has not yet arrived on the market but is expected to sell for around $80.  Drop by InsideHW to see if a pair of these cards is worth picking up or i

Source: InsideHW

Worthy of its name

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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The MSI NGTX260 Lightning Black Edition 1792 MB DDR3 is an example of a company going all out trying to get a flagship card to the enthusiast.  Using 10 phase power with 'military' spec capacitors they pushed the card's GPU and DDR3 up by 100MHz each, once InsideHW was done with

Source: InsideHW

Analyst predicts that GPGPU computing will be important in the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:16 PM |
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An interesting little article over at The Inq takes some time to analyze the opinions of research firm "GC Research" that has decided to comment on the growing trend of GPU computing.  Let's look at some excerpts:

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA 40nm desktop variants show on...nvidia.com!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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It looks like the rumors about future 40nm desktop GPUs from NVIDIA were sped up and you can actually find a couple of them on NVIDIA's website TODAY.  Thanks goes to Tech Report for spotting this.

Radeon's illegitimate offspring

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Hexus has gotten a hold of an very interesting card from Sapphire, the HD 4730 512MB.  It is priced a little lower than the HD 4770 even though in some cases it is actually a faster card.  Its memory clock is faster than the 4770, giving it a 6.4GB/s advantage over its more expensive brother.  The saving comes in with the render and fill rate units which are halved when compared to the remainder of the current Radeon line up.  Check out its performance here.

Source: Hexus

BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC and GTX 285 OCFU announced

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 11:27 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 7, 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 launch of two new additions to BFG’s GeForce family, the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution and BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCFU graphics cards that both offer outstanding PC gaming performance.

The BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution features a custom single

The exact opposite of vapourware

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 3, 2009 - 04:00 PM |
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When you buy a factory overclocked card with some sort of spiffy name or a long string of capital letters denoting exactly how cool the card is, it can be disappointing to discover a 10MHz overclock on the GPU.  Sapphire's Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X
will not disappoint, it sports a 960MHz core clock speed which is 110MHz over reference and a 300MHz advantage in memory speed.  That translates into a noticeable bump in frame rates and to make the card even more attractive, The Guru of 3D got even

Source: Guru of 3D

AMD VP claims no price war, forgets it started it

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 1, 2009 - 03:19 PM |
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This is kind of an odd little article over at The Inquirer: an AMD Senior Vice President, Rick Bergman, claims that they "WILL NOT engage Nvidia in a price slashing war."  Uhhh, maybe I am dreaming, but I think that war is already on and in fact it was AMD that started it.

"Are we interested in winning share by losing money on every GPU we ship? No," Bergman said. "We're not going to engage in that and we haven't had to."
Source: The Inquirer

Get buffed

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2009 - 02:01 PM |
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AnandTech delves into the mysterious world of graphics buffering in this article.  Not anisotropic filtering as is commonly discussed; instead they are looking at the difference between double buffering plus vsync
versus triple buffering.  Using a clip of a horse running you can see the speed advantage that disabling vsync while using double buffering and the penalty you pay for that gain.  That same clip is used to illustrate how triple buffering can offer you the best of both worlds.  Head

Source: AnandTech

AMD still keen on the importance of DX11 in 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2009 - 05:42 PM |
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It would seem that AMD execs are still out for blood when it comes to the pending battle for Windows 7 and DX11 gaming.  In a story posted over at the Inquirer, AMD's Rick Bergman is quoted as saying that developer support for DX11 will be much quicker than the adoption of DX10 and should come even before the end of the year. 

LucidLogix Hydra chip shows up in ELSA Japan Remote renderer

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2009 - 03:00 PM |
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It is beginning to seem like forever ago now, but LucidLogix and its HYDRA platform are finally starting to get off the ground.  My