Keeping old skool, graphically

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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Can't be bothered to deal with all this newfangled PCIe stuff?  Maybe you can't justify replacing your entire system just to get a new graphics card, but still want to run some of the newer games?  This review at Hardware Upgrade may be perfect for you, the X1950Pro in AGP!

NVIDIA DEFINES NEW CLASS OF MOTHERBOARD GPUS AT CEBIT

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 08:50 AM |
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NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) defines new class of GPUs called Motherboard GPUs (mGPUs).
In 2006, NVIDIA became the only independent supplier of GPUs. With the launch of this new category, mGPUs, NVIDIA is transforming mainstream PC graphics performance. Requirements for the mGPU include:

  • DX9.0 (ShaderModel 2.0) and above API support
  • At least one digital connector (DVI/HDMI 1.2) with HDCP
  • Multi-display support
  • Dedicated video processing engine, (minimum HQV score of 80)
  • Windows Experience Index 3.0 and above

Source: NVIDIA

R600 coming soon to a store near you?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 08:17 AM |
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Tweaktown has managed to sneak some info regarding the upcoming R600 series of cards from AMD.  Perhaps the biggest news is the targeted sales date, which is about 2 weeks away, on March 30th.  4 cards in total are listed, 2 flavours of XTX due on the 30th and 2 flavours of XL, due sometime in April.

Source: TweakTown

HDMI for midrange PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2007 - 10:05 AM |
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Get over to HotHardware and read their review of 2 HDMI cards from ASUS, the EAX1600PRO and the EN7600GT.  Without spending huge amounts of money you can get HDMI compatibility and still bea ble to game.  These cards are not going to let you run at a huge resolution with every graphics effect a

Source: HotHardware

The little guy wins a fight

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 8, 2007 - 10:46 AM |
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The ZEROtherm GX815 Gamer Edition GPU Cooler took BCCHardware by surprise.  It is meant to fit most nVIDIA (not 8800s) and ATI cards , in this test it was attached to a X1900GT.  When tested against the Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 it performed much better, a full 4 degrees better at full load.  Keep your eyes open though, the only drawback is that

Source: BCCHardware

NVIDIA Developer Tools Updated at GDC 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2007 - 08:00 PM |
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At GDC this week, NVIDIA unveiled a major update to their suite of developers tools.  Having built developer tools for over five years now, and investing millions of dollars into the program according to NVIDIA themselves, these tools allow game developers to work faster and more efficiently, getting us games faster.  With DX10 gaining in popularity, slowly but surely, the need for more advanced tools is increasing. 


And because using their tools helps to sell NVIDIA graphics cards, all of these developer tools are FREE.  NVIDIA took some time t

ATIs "new" graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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HotHardware has a review of the X1950 GT 256MB.  By dropping the Pro part of the name, reducing the clock speed and the price, this card is good choice for those not looking for the fastest card.  It's performance is still nothing to sneer at, it is capable of over 100fps with 4x FSAA and 4x anisotropic filtering enabled in Half Life Episode One.

Source: HotHardware

New Windows Vista Beta driver from NVIDIA ... now

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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Update: The new driver version 101.41 appears to be available for Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit.  Not sure, but I think this is for GF7 series and below only for now.


When the driver is available, the driver Release Notes will include a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations.

Source: NVIDIA

Superclocked indeed

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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320 MB is perfect for users under 1920x1200, is the finding from [H]ard|OCP.  If you can limit yourself to that resolution, this card will handle just about every graphical bell and whistle you can throw at it.  EVGA's 320MB Superclocked card has a 76 MHz advantage over the reference core of 500 MHz and it's stream processor is 150 MHz faster.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cool runnings

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2007 - 03:05 PM |
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Danger Den, one of the major providers for watercooling, has designed the Tyee GPU Waterblock, specifically designed for X1800/1900s.  By making the design so specific, they are able to give some serious cooling coverage with one waterblock.  Take a look at the performance gain techPowerUp! got.

Source: techPowerUp!

DirectX 10 rendering

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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Check out this project on CG Arena that showcases what to expect from DX10.  Max Edwin Wahyudi has posted the steps he used to create a virtual Song Hye Kyo.  You don't need to know who she is to appreciate the accuracy with which he managed to replicate her face using Zbrush and 3D max, and a few other tools for the final steps.

Source: CG Arena

AMD ATI All-in-Wonder Vista Support Information

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2007 - 01:50 PM |
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A reader posed a question to me recently in regards to the ATI Updates Vista Driver article: what about the All-in-Wonder line up?


In its current state, the All-in-Wonder cards from ATI, such as the X1900 AIW card I reviewed as recently as February 2006, will play your games, but not your TV.  Any of the features you loved for your TV inputs or video capture using your All-in-Wonder cards are not functioning under Windows Vista at all.  But why??  With Me

Sapphire is first to get out the Radeon X1950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2007 - 09:46 AM |
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For ~$150, the Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT has some pretty good power behind it. With 6 pixel shaders, 12 ROPs, and 8 vertex shaders, a 500MHz GPU and a memory clock of 1.2 GHz (GDDR3).  What you lose in theis model, compared to the Pro, is AVIVO support.  [H]ard|OCP puts the screws to this card and a 7900 GS as well, to see who cracks first.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Announces World's First Certified Support for Microsoft DirectX 10

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today released the world's first WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10, coinciding with the release of the first DirectX 10 test kit from Microsoft, which allows other hardware vendors to test their graphics processors using the DirectX 10 WHQL tests.

Source: NVIDIA

That's what we call a bottleneck

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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Legion Hardware examines the effect of processor power on graphics.  The 8800 can currently handle anything thrown at with ease, but if the processor can't keep up then you won't get the performance you expect.  They test  a series of AMD Athlon64 X2s, the 3800+ ,  4200+, 4600+ and the 5000+ and also Intel Core 2 Duos, the E6300, E6400, E6600, E6700 and the X6800.  Find out what effect a slower processor will have on your dream graphics card.

NVIDIA® CUDA(TM) UNLEASHES POWER OF GPU COMPUTING

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2007 - 12:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 16, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today released a public beta of the NVIDIA® CUDA™ Software Developer Kit (SDK) and C-compiler for computing on NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs).  GPU Computing with the CUDA SDK is a new approach to computing where hundreds of on-chip processors simultaneously communicate and cooperate to solve complex computing problems.

Source: NVIDIA

Frames per cent

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2007 - 09:49 AM |
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nVIDIA has a firm grip on the performance crown, but ATI has kept hold of the performance for price.  The 7950GT is their attempt at taking the price/performance crown away.  [H]ard|OCP is the judge in this contest with the ~$260 7950GT in one corner and the X1900XT, weighing in at ~$

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Half the RAM, but more than half the power

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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HotHardware has managed to pull themselves away from gaming on the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB long enough to write a review.  Their findings agree with other reviews you may have seen, this is a great performing DX10 card at a good price.  The only real impact the RAM has is if you have a 30" widescreen display and crank the resolution up to 1920x1200 and 2560x1600, and frankly if you bought the widescreen, you probably want the full 8800 GTX anyways.

Source: HotHardware

New GTS? The Guru's got it covered!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 09:45 AM |
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The Guru of 3D attacks the new release of the 8800GTS in a 20 page review that covers more than one manufacturer and includes SLI testing.  There were 2 major findings, the first of which the Guru summed up perfectly.

Gaming up-to 1920x1200 = Good
Gaming after 1920x1200 = Bad

Source: Guru of 3D