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Subject: Graphics Cards | June 17, 2009 - 04:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
When the NVIDIA Quadro CX professional graphics card launched in December of last year, its shining feature was the inclusion of support for video encoding acceleration on the GPU via an included piece of third-party software. In the end, I was really impressed with the inclusion of GPU computing in such a popular and usable application:
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 15, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Company of Heores - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
- Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
- Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2009 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech is taking a close look at the two new video transcoding techniques from AMD and nVIDIA, ATI Stream and CUDA. The software transcoder they will be using comes from Cyberlink, called MediaShow Espresso, a $40 product that supports both AMD and nVIDIA's technology. The transcodes that they will attempt are for the iPhone, MPEG2, Xbox and native H.264, and they use 3 movie trailers as the media. This GPU technology certainly beats CPU encoding; but which one is the fastest?
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 04:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Charlie D., formerly of The Inq, has a new site and he wants you to know that all the codenames you heard for the upcoming 40nm DX11 parts from AMD are wrong. We first showed you the wafer shot and details of the 40nm DX11 parts last week during Computex - definitely check that out if you haven't already.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 03:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
There is a story over at The Inquirer that is speculating once again that EVGA will find its way into the arms of Intel when the Larrabee product is released late in 2009 or early in 2010.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2009 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might recall seeing the Galaxy 9600 GT LP back in May when Ryan reviewed it, but now that the temperatures have started to go up while prices are going down, it is worth a second look. The card is 1" shorter than the normal model at 8" and almost half as wide at 2.25" as opposed to 4". It also deserves its low power moniker as the system [H]ard|OCP placed it in drew 31 Watts
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Knowing that an nVIDIA GTX 275 can hit a Core of 702MHz from the 633MHz stock speed, that it's GDDR3 can reach 1296MHz from a 1134MHz stock and that the Shader clock goes all the way to 1656MHz from 1404MHz is good, but it doesn't tell the full story. Overclocking everything as far as it can go can be an effective method, but it lacks finesse. Doing so makes it hard to judge which part has the most impact on performance or if overclocking that part has done nothing whatsoever. AnandTec
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 11:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
While wandering around the nearly-deserted Hall 1 of Computex, we ran into some friends at Gigabyte that had a couple of interesting things to show us.
First up was a custom built Radeon HD 4890 1GB graphics card that will come overclocked to 900 MHz compared to the 850 MHz stock frequency.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 06:33 AM | Ryan Shrout
Imagine my excitement when I heard the words "free 3D vision" muttered by the CEO of NVIDIA at a recent press conference!?! After all, in my testing of the active-shutter glasses-based 3D Vision gaming accessory I found the experience to be simply awesome and I urged every user to give this technology a try for themselves, even if it meant hunting down a demo. And now to get it for FREE??
Unfortunately what NVIDIA was referring to was this:
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 02:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
In what will likely be one of the biggest boons for the ION platform and the netbook/nettop market, NVIDIA and Adobe just announced a partnership for GPU-accelerated Flash content: both games and video.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those who have chosen an uncommon upgrade path or who simply spent every penny they could on their graphics subsystem, some of the results from X-Bit Labs multi-GPU benchmarks will be familiar. For the rest of us, it is a bit of an eye opener to see just how multiple GPUs perform in three way. The final conclusions compare performance differences between SLI and 3x SLI, 3x SLI versus 3x Crossfire and 3x SLI versus 4x Crossfire, and you can see that there can be a huge difference
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 10:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2009 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 26, 2009 - 03:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA might have thought it was all going to be rosy news over the weekend, what with the announcement of the Lenovo S12 notebook integrating the NVIDIA ION chipset, but not if this story pans out. Apparently Dell is on the edge of removing NVIDIA from its entire lineup of desktop and notebook PCs. If true, this could be very bad news for NVIDIA. The Inquirer believes that NVIDIA's probl
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2009 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX Radeon HD 4890 XXX
is the overclocked version of the 4890, with a whole 50MHz bump on the GPU and nothing else. Mind you, when Elite Bastards tried to overclock the card they manage to squeak another 40MHz out of the core and bumped the memory by 35MHz. That
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS ENGTX260MATRIX
might be an incredible value, dependant on the price tag that comes with it. The dual fans allow ASUS to pump this card
to a 576MHz core with 999MHz memory, the maze of heatpipes that are underneath the fans certainly help as well. What that translates into is performance similar to the heavily overclocked MSI Black Lightning Edition GTX260, within a few fps of the performance of a stock GTX275. It is possible that a true GTX275 might have a bit more overhead when it comes to overclocking, but for those who would rather leave things alone
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Unigine Tropics DX9 - performance gains of up to 11% for single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations with anti-aliasing enabled.
- Company of Heroes - performance gains of up to 10% for both single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations.
- BattleForge- performance gains of up to 10% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
ATI Catalyst 9.5 - Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting article posted over at c't magazine is the first to verify with Intel a more concrete release time frame for the company's upcoming Larrabee CPU/GPU hybrid. Intel's Joseph Shultz indicated that the first Larrabee product release would hit in the first half of 2010, finally squelching the discussion of a late 20
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the old 8800GTS was a little odd with 640MB of RAM and a 320-bit interface was a bit odd, the GTX 260 is even stranger with the reference model sporting 896 MB of RAM with a 448-bit interface. MSI decided that the card could be made even stranger by doubling the total RAM to 1792MB in their GTX 260 Lightning Black Edition. It is also factory overclocked almost to it's limits, the Guru of 3D could only manage to hit 680/145