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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jonathan Hung
It finally happened and I figured it was going to be sooner rather than later. There is now a third-party patch available that allows everyone to run SLI regardless of chipset! The story started with a leaked ULi patch that enabled SLI, then users created their own universal patch. All you need is a motherboard capable of running two PCI-Express graphics cards (i.e. Intel 955X, 975X, XPress 200, XPress 3200, etc.).
If anything, this homebrew software will help increase the sales of NVIDIA cards; so I hope NVIDIA doesn't come down too hard on this patch.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 10:41 AM | Jonathan Hung
Matrox has launched the world's first portable (and reusable) multi-display adapter - the TripleHead2Go, and DualHead2Go. These palm-sized devices allows a user to add up to three external displays without needing to upgrade their motherboard or graphics.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2006 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn 3D examines another budget concious card from ATI, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2. While the card won't break any speed records, it sports a 600Mhz core and 400Mhz DDR memory, all for under $100.
"Because not everyone can shell out $500+ green for a video card, I decided to review the
PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 not so long ago. On February 21st, Tul Corporation announeced
another low-end model based around RV515, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2 (RV515LE).
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elite Bastards compares the 2 flavours of X1900, the XT and the XTX, to see exactly what you get for the extra money. Both are based on the same chips (R580), one is simply clocked higher than the other. Read the full review to find out which of the 2 cards is the better buy.
"From our brief foray through US retail outlets, it seems as though a $75 price difference between
the X1900 XT and XTX (When it comes to Built By ATI boards) is the best you can find at present,
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2006 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The specs for the upcoming nVIDIA cards are very impressive, if VR-Zone's scoop is right. It could even be enough to bump ATI's performance crown off.
Also, if video editing and manipulation is more your thing, check out Ryan's review of the X1900 All-In-Wonder.
"VR-Zone has posted some specs for the upcoming 90nm G71 series already. There will be two models
as we have revealed before; the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM | Jonathan Hung
With ATI generating most of the buzz in recent weeks, NVIDIA has stepped up to deliver some excitement of their own. The biggest news being the demise of the 7800-series cards, and the introduction of 7900-series GTX and GT parts.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2006 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the newer, more powerful X1000 series, and newer drivers, ATI has been able to increase the scope of Avivo. With better transcoding abilites, native High Definition output, better support for dual-DVI, this updated guide from Beyond3D is worth reading. You may even find things you weren't aware you could already do.
In the initial part of the Avivo article we took a look at an overview of many of the technologies
that ATI's video and display engine technology encompasses.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2006 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown has found a Master x1900, and they immediately slapped it into a system with a X1900XTX, and set them up in Crossfire. This resulted in fairly impressive benchamrks, and also gives you a rare look into setting up a Crossfire system.
"With the launch of the Radeon X1900XT and X1900XTX last month, CrossFire cards of this new Radeon
series have already popped up at a few places but aren't in full swing as most people would like.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2006 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bona Fide reviews continues their examination of ATI's range of cards, today it is the HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo, with dual DVI and an IceQ cooler that gives the card a little advantage on overclocking over more standard cooling. Also, the fact that it requires no extra power to run, and it still performs as a solid mid-range graphics card makes it an attractive buy.
"After reviewing the Sapphire X1300, we continue the X1K line of reviews with the HIS X1600XT
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2006 - 05:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, January 23 2006 - Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com, the premier etailer of graphic cards in North America.
Featured on Newegg.com will be two models of Chrome S27 graphics cards; the first featuring 128MB DDR3 memory for US$98, and a second with 256MB DDR3 memory for US$128.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 3, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D tests the new x1900 to see if ATI will beat nVIDIA, or if they have been delegated to playing catch-up again. For this batch of testing, they have grabbed PowerColors X1900XT.
"The late introduction of R520 had caused ATI to speed up the introduction of its new products.
Going by how the company handles kicker products, most of us assumed it would be just that; a
refresh of the older SKUs. All in all, it was a hasty and wrongful assumption.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2006 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today nVIDIA released the 7800 GS AGP card into the wide world. This is very likely to be the last AGP board released, so you may want to plan your next upgrade around switching to PCIe, though this card will let you put that off for a while, it is quite powerful. It's expected to retail at just over $300. Head to Bjorn3D for a peek at some benchmarks, and a look at what makes the card powerful enough to play the newest games.
Don't forget Ryan's review, either!
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech compares the quality of DVD playback from ATI and nVidia using the filters in PowerDVD as the base for their experiment. If you are setting up a media PC or just starting to watch more DVD's via your PC you might be interested in the results. Mind you, since they give away standalone DVD players with TicTac's and just about anything else you buy now, maybe you still watch them without the PC at all.
"Graphics cards are all about 3D, right?
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2006 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to this brief from VR-Zone, the upcoming release of the G71 graphics chip from nVidia will have 2 flavours, and 2 seperate introduction dates. Keep your eyes open for more info as it comes.
"There is no doubt NVIDIA will be launching the 90nm G71 in March and the official name will be
GeForce 7900. We came to know that there will be 2 versions; the GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB and the
GeForce 7900 256MB.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2006 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Gigabyte sent over the PR on their new video card based on the X1900 XTX and XT GPUs. Here's the PR and a pic. Enjoy!
Taipei, Taiwan 25th January, 2006 — GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today unleashed the world's fastest graphics accelerators, the GV-RX19X512VB-RH, GV-RX19T512VB-RH, enabling crazy gaming platform performance.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No wonder it's PCB is red, I'd be embarassed if this many people were talking about me, too! [H]ard|OCP is a great place to start, then try seeing just how many reviews you can read before you start thinking about ways to raise the money to get a hold of one ... or two.
If you missed it, here's Ryan's look at it.
"ATI's new series of high-end desktop gaming video cards are poised to provide a more immersive
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 09:33 AM | Ryan Shrout
ATI Launches and Ships New RadeonÂ® X1900 Graphics Processor For Advanced Multimedia and Gaming
RadeonÂ® X1900, All-In-WonderÂ® X1900 and RadeonÂ® X1900 CrossFire™ products will engage and entertain customers while they breakthrough performance and quality barriers
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HardwareZone examines the brand new ATI X1900 XT (512MB), the newest member in ATI's card line up. With performance near par with the 7800GTX (512MB), and about $100 cheaper, this card is likely to raise some eyebrows.
Don't forget to come back, Ryan has posted a review of Asus' AX1800 XT TOP.
"Today ATI debuts its Radeon X1900 series.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2006 - 11:01 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at The Inquirer have an interesting editorial up today on the status of NVIDIA's most recent product launches. The 7300 GS was announced this past week, but no cards have been found. The quad SLI configuations were shown at CES, but you can't buy them yet even at Dell. And those 7800 GTX 512s are still mighty hard to find.
So the birth of the 7300GS may have been announced already but the hardware itself seems stuck somewhere in the birth canal.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 20, 2006 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One the ways to get more FPS out of an old videocard is to replace the manufacturers cooling solution with a new, more powerful one. Virtual-Hideout has a review of Arctic Cooling's Accelero X1 VGA Cooler, which is an inexpensive cooler that may help you get a few more Mhz out of the GPU or memory.
"With an expected availability of around the end of February 2006 and a proposed MSRP of around
$33 USD, I think it's a pretty good value.