Details emerge on ATI's R600 series

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 6, 2007 - 09:20 AM |
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The Inquirer has done a little sniffing around in the R600 driver, and have found 4 device names, referred to in the driver as DEV_9400, 9401, 9402 and 9403.  Since ATI isn't saying anything about the upcoming names, it is guessing time and if you guess XTX, XT, PRO and GT you agree with the fellows at The Inq.  Another guessing game comes from the quote below, Quad Crossfire or multiple memory devices? 

Source: The Inquirer

More power per penny

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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HotHardware reviews the Sapphire X1950 XTX, ATI's current flagship card, and direct competitor with the GeForce 7900 GTX.  Unfortunately, they have no card that can take on the 8800 series, but this card offers a different advantage.  It is priced about $200 below the 7900GTX, and is a better performer, especially if you decide to go for Crossfire.

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA Updates Vista Drivers with 100.59

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2007 - 08:17 AM |
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Late last night NVIDIA released an updated version of their GeForce 8800 Vista drivers, up to 100.59.  This version adds SLI support, but ONLY for GeForce 8-series cards. 

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Just in time processing

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2007 - 09:42 AM |
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Tweaktown has a review of the new Catalyst 7.1 that was released just in time for Vista.  With support for Blu-ray, HD DVD and enabling Crossfire, it will let you take advantage of new features in Vista as well as let you do everything you could in XP.  Read on to find out if it can overcome the performance hit that games take in Vista.

Source: TweakTown

OVERCLOCKED VERSION OF THE BFG NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GTX 768MB WATER COOLED EDITION

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2007 - 08:41 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (January 29, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX OC™ 768MB Water Cooled Edition PCI Express™  graphics card.

Announcing the CoolViva Pro

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 26, 2007 - 08:49 AM |
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CoolViva Pro's pure copper base and 3 heat pipes effectively draws heat from your GPU and direct them to the Aluminum Heat sink.

What to buy when you can't afford the 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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For under $300 you can get the EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GT KO, a card with power, albeit not as powerful as the 8800s or the X1950 XTX.  HotHardware has posted a review of this card, running by it's lonesome as well as in SLI, so head over and check it out.  There is one warning though, this is not a DX10 card, so those planning to upgrade to Vista may want to skip out on the card.

Source: HotHardware

ATI's new tricks, the X2300 and R680

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2007 - 10:20 AM |
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ASUS has just released the A8Jr notebook, based on the Radeon X2300.  It is build to run Intel Core 2 Duo Processors on the 945PM Express Chipset.  It will be powerful enough to handle Vista's Aero interface, if you are planning on switching to Vista, and is indeed the first to utilize the mobile Radeon X2300.

Source: ASUS

7950GT versus the X1900XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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Sitting around the $300 mark are 2 cards, one from nVidia and one from ATI and  [H]ard|OCP has put them in a head to head contest.   The 7950GT is based on the 90nm G71 core with 24 pixel shaders, 8 vertex shaders, and 16 ROPs with a clock speed of 550 MHz, and a 512 MB of 1.4 GHz DDR.  The ATI offering has a faster core and double the pixel shaders, but only half the memory.  Find out if there is a clear winner.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

This one goes to 11

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 11, 2007 - 01:17 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EN8800GTX, which blows away the competition.  This card essentially allows you to turn all the graphics settings up as high as they go, and it will still give you smooth game play.  [H] managed to get a 74 MHz core /100 MHz memory overclock, without having the heat priduced pass the less powerful X1950XTX.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

X1950XT with a boost

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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Hot Hardware reviews HIS' X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo.  The X1950XT normally has a core speed of 625 MHz and memory  at 1.8 GHz, but with the addition of better (and quieter) cooling, speeds of 690 MHz and 1.9 GHz are easily reachable.

'Today, we will be checking out HIS' take on the Radeon X1950 XT, the HIS X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo.

Source: HotHardware

ASUS XG Station Empowers Upgradeable Graphics Power for Notebook Computers

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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ASUS brings graphics power to notebooks with their new XG Station.  It is an external 7900GS, with an LCD display to give you information and control over the notebook easily and quickly.  If you have a notebook with an Express Card slot, the you can get serious graphics power without frying your lap or the notebook!

Source: ASUS

AGEIA Debuts Highly Anticipated PhysX Powered Games And New 'Winter Bundle' at CES 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — January 8, 2007 - Responding to the ever increasing gamer appetite for more interactive and immersive game-play, AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., has unveiled a series of new and upcoming hardcore titles that harness the power of PhysX this week at the 2007 International CES. AGEIA will preview highly anticipated titles- CellFactor: Revolution developed by Artificial Studios and Warmonger developed by NetDevil to select press and visitors in suite #73024, located in Sands.

Source: AGEIA

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES OVERCLOCKED 8800 SERIES

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 10:21 AM |
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BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC 768MB:

  • Core Clock: 600MHz vs standard 575MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1400MHz vs standard 1350MHz.


BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC 640MB:

  • Core Clock: 550MHz vs standard 500MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1300MHz vs standard 1200MHz.

Gigabyte's 7950 GT is a bundle of joy

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 11:08 AM |
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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 3, 2007 - 10:22 PM |
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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 - 01:12 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 - 03:45 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 - 06:34 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.