Gigabyte's 7950 GT is a bundle of joy

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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HotHardware reviews Gigabyte's 7950 GT, a nice alternative to the 7900 GTX.  This particular model comes with a full version of Civ4 and a large Zalman cooler which allows some nice overclocking possibilities.

Lee also offers you an alternative to buying a new VGA, with the Thermalright HR-03 VGA Cooler, which cools hot graphics cards well without a fan, and even better with one.

Source: HotHardware

EVGA Announces Overclocked 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 01:22 AM |
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EVGA is announcing four new GeForce 8800 cards, all of which are overclocked.  The new 8800 GTXs run at 626MHz/621 MHz core and 2.0 GHz memory speeds while the 8800 GTS will run at 580MHz/576 MHz core and 1.7 GHz memory.


EVGA, a leading provider of performance computing hardware, today announced the release of their e-GeForce 8800 GTX KO w/ ACS³ (P/N:


768-P2-N837-AR) and 8800 GTS KO w/ ACS³ (P/N: 640-P2-N827-AR) NVIDIA® technology-based graphics card.

AMD R600 Chip Pushed Back

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2007 - 04:12 PM |
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I don't think this is a suprise to most of us, but the Inq is reporting more info stating a March release for their DX10 GPU

The last revision of the prototype chip - upon which a certain "pre-review" is based - also suffers from problems which are serious enough to get another re-spin, sources tell me. This re-spin puts a hold on the launch for another couple of weeks, and now R600 is looking like an early March launch, probably the week before SnowBIT in Hangover.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI R600 Specs and Benchmarks Revealed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2006 - 06:45 PM |
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Apparently, a new site by the name of Level 505 was able to get a hold of the specs and some early benchmarks for the new R6000 GPU coming from ATI early next year.  Dailytech has coverage of the news as well:

This time around it appears AMD is going for a different approach by equipping the ATI R600 with less unified shaders than NVIDIA's recently launched GeForce 8800 GTX.

Source: Daily Tech

OCZ Announces 8800 GTX Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 09:34 PM |
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Well, that didn't take too long.  After the news post I made earlier in the day (right below!) OCZ Technology has gone ahead and launched their product

Sunnyvale, CA—December 28, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their exciting return to the world of graphics cards.

OCZ Readying GeForce 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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Say what?  Yep, OCZ is entering the graphics card market!

OCZ said that it will launch its graphics card later today. Newegg is suppose to have some limited quntity of the cards as early as today and as soon as the West Coast wakes up.

The card comes at default Nvidia clocks, but OCZ endorses you to overclock the heck out of it. OCZ will handtest each card and will sell you the best overclocked ones. It comes clocked at 575MHz core and 1800MHz memory.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Prepping G84 for March 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 27, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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According to the Inquirer, NVIDIA is preparing a new entry-level graphics card to replace the 7300 based on the G80 architecture. 

This is set to replace Geforce 7300 from the market. Nvidia is really having problems making a real impact on the entry-level market but maybe will have better luck with this introduction.

The chip is a cut down version of the G80 and will probably come up with some odd memory controller number.

Source: The Inquirer

CyberLink Offers PowerDVD for HD-DVD and Blu-ray Drives

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2006 - 04:36 PM |
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Stemming from all the discussion from our NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology article, CyberLink has released PowerDVD for HD-DVD and Blu-ray drives with hardware acceleration for NVIDIA and ATI/AMD GPUs.  They promised it before Christmas, but they are cutting it close!  :)



New features for PowerDVD Ultra include:





  • Support for HD DVD and

Sapphire Debuts Dual-Radeon X1950 Pro

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 05:48 PM |
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In Taiwan, Sapphire was showing a dual-GPU graphics card using X1950 Pro GPUs

If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative.  Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather.  The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.

Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single car

Source: Daily Tech

Games for Windows Vista: how the new brand & OS will change PC gaming

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 01:25 AM |
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Tired of console games getting all the attention?  Then check out this interview at Joystiq.com that looks at how Vista and the "Games for Windows" initiative will help

Games for Windows is still very much a vision. The first priority, a retail initiative, is currently underway.

Source: General

Graphics Cards a Favorite for the Holiday

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2006 - 01:33 PM |
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There are several good video card reviews that have popped up in the last few days, the first from the gang at HardOCP that looks at the Asus EN7900GS TOP.  HotHardware has an updated review on performance of SLI configurations on the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS cards.  On the ATI front, XYZ Computing took a look at an upgraded version of

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Could High End GPUs Be Moving to their own Case?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:20 PM |
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The Inquirer seems to have gotten the smell of a new rumor that ATI/AMD might be moving high end graphics configurations OUTSIDE of your case into another one in order to improve heat issues....do we really need this??

This brings the story back around to separate cases with one for CPU/memory/drives and one for graphics. It would solve a lot of problems. Separate power, separate cooling, plenty of space, etc.

Source: The Inquirer

XFX Releases Overclocked 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:06 PM |
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XFX has just become the first NVIDIA GPU company to offer overclocked GeForce 8800 graphics cards.  Both an 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS model are offered. 


The new GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition runs at 630 MHz core clock and 2.0 GHz memory clock, compared to the reference speeds of 575 MHz core and 1.8 GHz memory.  The 8800 GTS XXX Edition runs at 550 MHz instead of 500 MHz and at 1.8 GHz memory instead of 1.6 GHz memory speeds. 

Catalyst makes a final showing

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006.  Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.

Getting in the game for <$100

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality.  Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values.  If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

CrossFire without a master card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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Tweaktown tests out how the new 6.11 drivers handle Crossfire without a master card.  By putting in 2 Crossfire ready cards and a few reboots, this driver will support Crossfire, but how much of an improvement will be seen?

You will also want to check out Ryan's SLI 8800GTX review ... 287fps at 1200x1600 with HDR, AA and AF!

Source: TweakTown

Get one more and you'll have a Quad

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2006 - 06:18 PM |
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EVGA's 7950 GX2 really impressed HotHardware.  It started out tying and sometimes even beating a pair of 7900 GTs, but when they got a 15% overclock on the core and ~25% on the memory all bets were off.

Source: HotHardware

The best of the 7950s

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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MadShrimps have lined up offerings from ASUS, Sparkle and EVGA.  If you are looking at a 7950 series, you may like EVGA's higher clock speeds.

Source: Madshrimps

RivaTuner 2.0 RC 16.2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 27, 2006 - 07:11 PM |
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There's a  brand new RivaTuner at Guru of 3D.  If you have never used this tool, you should at least try it out, and if you are a fan, you've probably been holdign your breath for 97.xx and 6.11 support.

Source: Guru of 3D