Diminishing returns strikes again

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2009 - 05:39 PM |
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Picking up one EVGA GTX 280 will run you almost $500, in order to replicate motherboard.org's review you would need to spend $1500, plus the 1200W PSU needed to power your system.  Seeing as how performance is provided in bulk, you might hope buying a three pack of GTX 280's would result in a diminished cost but that is not the case.  Even leaving aside the fact that not every program can handle multiple graphics cards, the scalablity really make

New details on Intel Larrabee architecture and development coming

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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We at PC Perspective are about as familiar with the upcoming Intel Larrabee technology as anyone outside of Intel can be; we have covered it at various stages of the development process since early 2007.  For those of you unfamiliar, Larrabee is a future graphics technology from Intel based around a many-core x86 architecture.  Our coverage thus far:

Caustic graphics threathens with ray tracing acceleration card

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 01:24 AM |
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Quoteth the wikipedia:

In optics, a caustic is the envelope of light rays reflected or refracted by a curved surface or object, or the projection of that envelope of rays on another surface. Caustic can also refer to the curve to which light rays are tangent, defining a boundary of an envelope of rays as a curve of concentrated light.

More interesting GPU moves coming from NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 12:50 AM |
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After the release and rebranding of the GeForce GTS 250 graphics card this month, it appears that NVIDIA might have some more "new" products coming down the pipeline.  And by "new" I mean "not really new at all."

Source: Fudzilla

Can two midranges make a high end?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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On the one hand,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

This little brother is worth watching

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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Sitting somewhere between $300 and $350, the GTX 285 isn't a mid-range card, but it is not quite at the power level that the GTX 295 and HD4870 X2 are.  At Legit Reviews there are two different models of 285 up for review, PNY's GeForce GTX 285 is a stock card with 648MHz core, 1476MHz shader, and 2484MHz memory.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES WATERCOOLED GEFORCE GTX 285

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 11:54 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (March 9, 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 BFG GeForce GTX 285 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

The BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 H2O 1GB graphics card features a totally silent, exceptionally efficient BFG ThermoIntelligence copper water block.

Update: Upcoming Catalyst 9.3 last to support R500 and below

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2009 - 12:00 AM |
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I just found out with the upcoming release of the Catalyst 9.3 driver (sometime in mid-March), ATI will officially stop supporting Radeon cards based on the R500 architecture and earlier with the monthly driver releases.  Instead, those older GPUs will be supported on a quarterly driver release schedule.  (Note: Catalyst 9.3 will support ALL Radeon GPUs - 9.4 and beyond will implement "legacy status" on the aforementioned cards.)

Could someone please put the marketers back where they belong

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 12:39 PM |
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Apart from the die shrink and a small increase in the memory size and default clocks, the newly announced NVIDIA GTS 250 is an 8800GTS that spent a short while as the 9800 GTX (sometimes with a +).  Knowing that, it really comes as no surprise that the card performs almost identically to it's previous incarnations in Ryan's testing; there is really no benefit to be seen until you look at power consumption and heat.  The GTS 250 does require noticeably less power at idle and full load thanks to the smaller die process and the PCB is e

NVIDIA GPUs Now Available For All Macs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 11:26 AM |
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NVIDIA announced today that Apple's entire Mac lineup now features GeForce GPUs to provide a superior computing experience for Mac users. Today's news is further proof of the necessity of having an NVIDIA GPU to accelerate the most popular visual computing applications like HD video, image editing, video transcoding, and games.

Source: NVIDIA

New hot graphics deal has just arrived

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 04:22 PM |
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There are Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT video cards available at Tiger Direct for the low price of $84.99.  Really, they are $114 with a $30.00 mail in rebate, valid between 02/16/2009 -  04/01/2009; the good news being that the rebate applies to multiple cards so that you can get 2-way SLI going for under $200.  Head on over and pick up your 9800 GT at Tiger Direct!

NVIDIA Unveils Low Power GPU in New ASUS Notebook at CeBIT

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 04:09 PM |
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  • NVIDIA today introduced the GeForce G102M notebook GPU featured in the new ASUS K40IN notebook at the CeBIT tradeshow in Germany.
  • The GeForce G102M is designed to provide a superior graphics experience for thin, affordable notebooks. It uses 8 watts less power when running stressful applications than typical discrete notebook GPUs.
  • The new GPU has 16 processor cores which provide up to 4 times faster graphics performance than Centrino 2 systems1.
Source: NVIDIA

Something for those other graphics intense programs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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For some PC users, there really hasn't been a new graphics card released in quite a long while.  Sure, the gamers have never had it so good, no matter how much they have to spend.  Those who use their graphics cards to create those games, or movies, or TV, etc ...

A 4750 by any other name

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has posted a preview of a card they are calling an HD4750, but is really a 40nm process RV740 card.

Source: Guru of 3D

Scaling the performance mountain

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Having plenty of time and multiple graphics cards on hand, AnandTech has assembled a long series of tests comparing systems with multiple GPUs.  This article deals with pairing, there will be others dealing with triple and quad setups for those looking for even more power.  The key to using multiple graphics cards is how much better the performance gets when the second card is added.  Buying a full price second card that nets you an increase of 15% might get you bragging rights on the 3DMark website, but as an investment it really isn't that sound. 

Source: AnandTech

ATI Catalyst 9.2 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.2 Windows release include:

Performance improvements

  • Crysis DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%

  • Crysis Warhead DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%

  • World in Conflict DX10 - performance gains of up to 5%

  • Fear 2 CrossFireX support - Fear 2 now includes Multi-GPU performance enhancements

New Features

Source: AMD

Performing for under $100

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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The Sapphire HD 4670 has two things going for it that the stock model does not, it uses GDDR4 and a third party cooler.  It sports DVI and VGA ports, as well as an HDMI connector as one of the chief uses of this card would be to power a 1080p HTPC.  The extra power this card has compared to the base model does make it very viable for a gaming machine, just look at the benchmarks Modders-Inc saw in their review.

Source: Modders-Inc

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FIRST WATERCOOLED DUAL GPU GEFORCE GTX 295

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2009 - 11:20 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (February 12, 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 BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

BFG Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den to offer a totally silent cooling sol

S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX: The World's Most Connected Hi-Def Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 03:18 PM |
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Fremont, California, February 12, 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX.

Source: S3 Graphics

Black Edition - the best friend of gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip.  Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz.  The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40

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