Asetek First to Cool AMD's New ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Dual Graphics Processor Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:44 PM |

SAN JOSE, Calf. August 12, 2008 - Asetek's industry-leading, LCLC liquid cooling solution is now available for AMD's much anticipated multi-GPU cards, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 family of graphics cards (codenamed R700). The unique, liquid cooling approach is exactly what OEMs need to extract the highest performance from the graphics card and produce top-of-the-line gaming and entertainment products.

"Heat is an 'age-old' problem for computers.

Source: asetek

Kicking nVIDIA while they're down

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:14 PM |

The AMD 4870 X2 is here, and it certainly does not disappoint. 
Able to keep up with a pair of 4870 X2's in Crossfire, and leaving the 280 in the dust, this card is very impressive.  Check out the benchmark score that Ryan managed with this card, and how badly the 280 fares against AMD's newest offering.

Far Cry 2 minimum requirements are out

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2008 - 07:23 PM |

It looks like someone has leaked out the minimum system requirements for the upcoming Far Cry 2 release; and they actually aren't all that bad.  The absolute minimum includes an Athlon 64 3500+, Pentium D 2.4 GHz or higher, 1 GB of memory and a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1650 graphics card.  The full experience will require a bit more of you: Core 2 Duo or Phenom, 2GB of memory, 8600 GTS or X1900 GPU or better with a 512MB frame buffer.

Source: General

Are developers excited about Larrabee?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2008 - 05:15 PM |

The gang at TGDaily has a good commentary on Larrabee and what developers are really thinking about the information released earlier this week.

The answer to the first question is relatively simple. Intel is
positioning Larrabee in a market that already exists and that has
plenty of applications: Gaming. Intel told us that Larrabee will
support all the existing APIs (and some more) which should enable
gamers to run games on it.

Source: TG Daily

NVIDIA and ATI Price Fixing Lawsuit gets Legal Backhand

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 06:00 PM |

UPDATE for 7/31/08 - I spoke with one of the lawyers for the defendants on this class-action suit and he verified for me all the information that I detailed below.  The judge denied class-status to the entirety of GPU buyers and limited it to those who purchased GPUs directly from ATI or NVIDIA online; i.e.

One of these things is just like the other

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 05:56 PM |

Take a look at the table on the second page of HEXUS' preview of the 9800 GT; compare the new 9800 GT specs to the old 8800 GT specs.  Can you spot the difference; I'll give you a hint, it involves a feature only found on nForce motherboards, and is a feature that neither Ryan, Josh or I could find a single good point about when we tried during a previous Podcast.  You get no die shrink, no clock speed increases, you don't ev

Source: Hexus


Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 03:38 PM |

Lake Forest, IL - (July 29, 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 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 9800 GT OC, and the GeForce 9500 GT graphics cards.

All three new BFG graphics cards offer best-in-class price versus performance, and are backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry.

An easy way to play

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

Stuck with an ageing graphics card and holding off on picking up the newer game titles until you can manage both a new graphics cards and a new game or three?  Ryan just finished a review of the new 9500 GT from nVIDIA, which will get you around 30fps on medium detail in Crysis, and it will do it for less than $100.  This card won't give you any bragging rights, but it will certainly give you a good experience for your investment.  Check out how it performs against the $120 8600GTS and the $80 HD 3650.

Gold, Silver and Bronze

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2008 - 12:21 PM |

BFGTech pumped up the clocks on the GeForce GTX 280 OCX to 665MHz and 1458MHz, from the stock 602MHz and 1296MHz, so [H]ard|OCP pitted it against a stock GTX 280 as well as the HD4870.  For those who can afford the best, then the OCX is your card.  There is nothing faster than it right now, and the next card to beat it will likely be the 4870 X2

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The densely populated graphics market

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

Taking a glance at the nVIDIA 9600 GSO 384MB card, you would think it utterly useless next to the 9600 GT.  The GT is on a more familiar 512MB bus, and has a full 512MB of memory, the clock is 650MHz and 1800MHz as opposed to the GSO's 550MHz and 1600MHz.  They seem so close together that there is no reason to even consider the GSO.

Source: TweakTown

Well, look who showed up: GeForce 9800 GTX+ Available

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2008 - 01:12 PM |

Yep, we were starting to get worried NVIDIA, that maybe your knight that saved you from destruction by AMD's Radeon HD 4850 wasn't going to show its face.  Luckily for them, and for readers that pointed it out to me, an EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ just became available at for $199

Source: 3DCenter


Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (July 23, 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 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card.

Backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry, the BFG GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC graphics card is overclocked out of the box and pushes the limit in ultra realistic game play with NVIDIA PhysX technology, offering extreme HD gaming with 3-Way NVIDIA

Catalyst 8.7 for Windows Vista, Windows XP AND Linux

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 03:10 PM |

Performance improvements

Source: AMD

AKA less jaggies

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 12:11 PM |

[H]ard|OCP compares AMD's new(ish) Edge Detect CFAA to nVIDIA's MSAA and CSAA.  AMD's previous cards had Narrow or Wide-Tent CFAA, which no one was really a huge fan of, but this new generation has some interesting tricks.  The article covers a bit on how Adaptive AA works to choose the best way to render textures, and has a lot of screenshots comparing the ways that nVIDIA and AMD's AA differ.  They also look at the performance impact and mention a few titles in which you w

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG is making a big splash with their H2OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2008 - 03:02 PM |

BFG took a GeForce 9800 GTX, overclocked it, added a waterblock to it and called it the H2OC
The reference speeds are GPU core of 675MHz, shaders at 1675MHz and the memory at 2.2GHz, the H2OC runs at 783MHz, 1944MHz and 2.32GHz, but the Guru of 3D managed to push it all the way to 790MHz, 2067MHz and 2.49GHz.  If you have a

Source: Guru of 3D

Great news for some GTX 280/260 buyers: cash back!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2008 - 04:01 PM |

Did you buy one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 or GTX 260 cards when they initially launched?  Did you pay $649 for the GTX 280?  $499 for the GTX 260?  Were you pissed when you found the prices drop to $499 this week?  Well if you bought GTX 200 series cards from XFX, today is really going to be a stellar day for you: XFX is going to help you by giving you free money.

It sure sounds nice, but when can we get them?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 14, 2008 - 12:02 PM |

The previews of the HD 4870 X2 are certainly impressive, Ryan was seeing an average frame rate of 40fps in Crysis at 1920x1200 and 8xAF.  It does feel like AMD is taunting their fans thanks to the way this card was released.  We have no firm date (Q3 sometime-ish), no idea what the availablilty will be like, and absolutely no idea what the price will be.  Still, it is nice to see positive results from AMD's graphics cards.

DirectX 11 to be discussed in just weeks!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:45 PM |

Sure, DX10 and DX10.1 are getting all the attention now, but rumors are circulating that NVIDIA will skipping DX10.1 support (which did not even show up in GT200) going straight to DX11.  While a release date for the new graphics API is probably not going to be discussed, apparently Microsoft will be talking about the new features, such as tessellation and multi-threaded rendering, at the upcoming XNA GameFest in Seattle. 

Source: General

NVIDIA pushing 55nm products out sooner

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:40 PM |

When we initially saw the die size that GT200 was released at last month, we knew that NVIDIA would be trying to get it moved from a 65nm process technology to 55nm very soon - money talks as the saying goes.  It looks like the green GPU giant is going to get 55nm running by the end of the quarter and could even have 40nm tape outs by the end of the year!

Source: Digitimes

A (Thermo)Intelligent decision

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 01:30 PM |

The sub $200 market is getting incredibly crowded, and most of those cards will bring you more performance than you might expect.  The newest cards are from BFG, the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence.  The ThermoIntelligence label denotes some serious cooling and a complete disregard for specified clock speeds.  Read Ryan's reivew in full here.