NVIDIA Previews the GTX 295 dual-GPU graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:03 PM |
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Today NVIDIA let loose some preview information for the upcoming GTX 295 graphics card - the dual-GPU 55nm GT200-based part that takes back the performance crown from AMD's Radeon HD 4870 X2. 

You can read my preview here that includes some pictures, performance numbers and analysis.

Get your transcoding engines started

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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Ryan has spent a lot of time working with the new version of Badaboom from nVIDIA, the more expensive and higher quality video transcoder to compete with AMD's offering.  It is not professional level software and can easily be used my anyone but the depth is there in the controls to get exactly what you want.  Read on to get a feel for what may be your best choice in making your videos and DVDs play on anything.

XFX adds AMD Graphics to its product line

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2008 - 11:23 PM |
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The rumors were true!  XFX has officially announced that they are going green - the other kind of green, with a bit or red in it.  Gross.

Anyway, XFX, well known for their line of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, has on their website news to expect AMD-based parts in early 2009, which is only a couple of short weeks away. 

Viva la revolucion

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2008 - 01:32 PM |
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Palit's new Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 stands out among other X2s thanks to it's 3 slot design.  They have thrown a large overclock on this already hot card and kept the temperatures within reason by adding a huge cooler to the card.  They didn't waste that extra space on the back, in addition to a pair of exhaust vents there is a VGA connector, Display Port, HDMI and a single DVI.  Check out the performance at Overclockers Online, who never broke 72 degrees Celsius in their testing with

How big of a bang was it?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2008 - 03:55 PM |
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Tech Connect Magazine tries out 3 of nVIDIA's newest drivers to see just how well they are improving.  Driver revisions don't tend to have huge impacts on performance overall, though the bug fixes can certainly help.  Once the testing was done, it turns out that the WHQL certified 180.48 is your best choice ... at least until the 181 series appears.

Owning the lower end

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2008 - 01:27 PM |
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AMD's is utterly dominating the lower end, with the HD4650 nicely under $100, the HD4670 at about $100 and now the HD4830 at just a bit over $100, no matter how tight your budget you can get a card that supports HD playback and will give you

Source: Big Bruin

S3 Graphics Unleashes Full OpenGL 3.0 API Support with Beta Driver for Chrome 500 Series GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 2, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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Fremont, California, December 2, 2008 - S3 Graphics today released Beta drivers for the latest version of the OpenGL 3.0 API to take advantage of the Khronos Group's open, cross-platform 3D standard on the newly released Chrome 500 Series programmable GPUs.

Source: S3 Graphics

If the HD4850 is just a bit too much ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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The HD4830 is receiving a lot of positive reviews, but at ~$120, it may not fit the bill as a stocking stuffer for an builder of HTPCs or a part time gamer.

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Hard to find, but well worth looking for

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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Sapphire are the only company offering the HD4850 X2, the little brother of the 4870 X2.  With only the one supplier, these cards can be hard to spot, but from Ryan's testing, you can see this card pushes past the GTX 280 in the majority of tests.  It also has a very unique back plate featuring four DVI outputs as well as an S-Video, giving you serious support for multi-monitor set ups.  Read his full review at the top of

BFG Gives Free Upgrade to PCI Express for BFG AGP card holders

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 12:53 PM |
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The PCI Express bus type for graphics cards is
the standard going forward for all systems and motherboards. In fact,
AGP is no longer being supported.

If
you were to upgrade your system or motherboard now or in the future,
you would need a PCI Express graphics card to support that new system,
which would improve your overall performance in 3D games and video
processing.

Time for nVIDIA to switch drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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nVIDIA's new driver revision, 180, offers some nice benefits to those who install it.  SLI on multiple monitors is much easier now, with the software allowing you to choose which display gets the SLI, as opposed to completely disabling monitors and playing with plugs.  PhsyX support is also made a little easier, so you can easily choose which nVIDIA card will run your graphics and which will handle the physics processing. AnandTech walks you through all of it here.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Collaborates with OpenChrome on Open Source Video Driver

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 20 November 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the next step in its ongoing cooperation with the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community.

Building on the recent release of the VIA graphics driver available on the VIA Linux Portal, VIA is actively collaborating with the OpenChrome development team on their Open Source graphics driver - initially assisting with multi-head support and RandR function.

This gold isn't the soundest investment

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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The Gainward

HD 4870 1024MB Golden Sample runs 25MHz over stock at 775MHz on the GPU and 100MHz faster for the memory clock, effectively 4,000MHz when you push the Turbo button.  That is enough speed to notice an improvement over the basic HD4870 and the non-standard cooling solution did help with the heat.  The increase in performance does come at an increase in price, on high enough that bit-tech would not really recommend this card as a good value, especially w

Source: bit-tech

Fun with the financial analyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 03:28 PM |
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Before Ryan started in on a marathon session listening to AMD present technical data to a bunch of suits with a lot of money, he had the time to post about AMD's plans for stream processing.  Among all the announcements expected today, the idea of utilizing the GPU for an incredibly varied list of tasks is maybe the most interesting.  Read his full article to see why that is.

ATI Catalyst 8.11 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 01:44 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

Having them do the work does come at a premium

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 02:46 PM |
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Galaxy really figured out how to push the GTX260, their overclocked version sees an increase from 576MHz to 656MHz in the GPU, the stream processors are bumped from 1.242GHz to 1.405GHzand the memory picks up over 10%, hitting 2.26GHz.  Read on to see if [H]ard|OCP recommends buying the OC version, or the basic model and doing the overclocking yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA BREAKS VISUAL COMPUTING BARRIERS WITH FIRST 4GB GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - November 10, 2008 - Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history - the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800.

"The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate.

Source: NVIDIA

So, about that second HD 4850 X2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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If you are pondering picking up a pair of the new HD4850X2's as opposed to a single HD4780X2, you may want to visit Tweaktown.  They tested a pair in Crossfire and the results were not exactly encouraging.  There were some games which saw an improvement, but more saw the performance unchanged or even slightly degraded.  There is a good chance that updated drivers and game patches will at least ensure the experience is the same, but you may prefer to go with a m

Source: TweakTown

NVIDIA's 3D Glasses technology ready, monitors not so much

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:08 PM |
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We have been talking about NVIDIA's 3D technology for a while now as it has been on display in one form or another for over a year.  At the NVISION08 conference this year we got our hands on a near final version of the active glasses technology as well as Mitsubishi TVs and Viewsonic monitors that ran at the required 120 Hz rate.  According to Digitimes the glasses are just about ready, the drivers are as well but the lack of any low cost and widely available displays is holding up the process a bit.&nbsp

Source: Digitimes