Is quiet enough for the EAX 1600 XT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent, a totally passively cooled graphics card, that costs just under $150.  The problem is that it's direct competitor is the GeForce 7600 GT, which costs even less and has more impressive stats on paper.  Read the review to find out if it can compete.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI's TV Wonder knows a few tricks

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2006 - 05:13 PM |
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After a false start with faulty capacitors, the relaunched ATI TV Wonder 650 is back on the shelves.  Motherboards.org does a full review of this truly multifunctional card, at home in just about any HTPC application.

Quality versus Quantity, The Frames per Second conundrum

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 02:42 PM |
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Take two of the fastest cards available, the nVIDIA 7950 GX2 and the ATI X1959XTX, and the speed difference at default  levels really isn't that huge in most games.  That isn't what X-bit Labs wants to find out though.   They are far more interested in maxing out AA, FSAA, Anistropic filtering and various other newer graphical improvements, first to look at the effect on FPS, and secondly to determine if it actually improves the look of the game.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Ageia RealityMark

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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If you want a little more physical reality in your games, Ageia's PPU is what will give it to you.  Short video clips and comparisons of games with and without hardware physics give you some idea what the card can do, but their upcoming benchmarking tool, RealityMark, shows it better than anything has yet. [H]ard|OCP has a clip from that benchmark, that is worth watching twice to catch everything that goes on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI is first to annouce a DX10 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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That's right, according to an article on The Inquirer, the upcoming RV6X0 family will be full DX 10 cards.  If you listen closely you can hear the engineers chant Bum Shaka Laka.
Source: The Inquirer

A possible 7950 GS release?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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NGOHQ has heard that a possible 7950GS card may be released.  The 7950GT was released very recently, at the $300 mark.   This card would have to be cheaper, as it would not be faster, and could be the cheapest and easiest way to get SLI up and running.

Source: NGOHQ

ASUS blows trhe lid on nVIDIA's new PPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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HEXUS has noticed the answer ASUS gave about the 3rd PCI Express slot on an unrelased (P5N32 SLI) motherboard.  Much like ATI's upcoming PPU, it does more that just process physics in games, it is also meant to be a co-processor for the CPU to dump many mathematical calculations onto.

Source: Hexus

Passive extremes, the new XFX 7950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2006 - 03:56 PM |
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XFX passed on a GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme to [H]ard|OCP, who pitted it against the toughest competition they could find.  One of the most noticable things about this card is the passive cooling system, which begs the question as to what you could achieve with a 3rd party cooling solution.  Head over to see what this card can do right out of the box.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get some PureVideo from nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP asks Scott Vouri, the Multimedia GM at nVIDIA 10 questions about HDMI/HDCP and PureVideo.  Then they follow up with their own experimentations with NVIDIA PureVideo HD, an HDMI/HDCP equipped video card, and a HD-DVD player and different types of displays.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

7950GT is here, performance for about $300

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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HotHardware is a perfect starting point to get an idea of how XFXs 7950GT will perform.  For a card that falls just below the performance of a 7950GTX, it is impressive to see a passive cooling solution.

Make sure to make your way back here, Ryan has reviewed the XFX passively cooled version, but we also managed to get a hold of BFG's actively cooled card.

Source: HotHardware

X1300 on plain old PCI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2006 - 05:41 PM |
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Why would someone release a new ATI X1300 for regular PCI?  The main reason would be the size, it can be much smaller than a PCI-E card, and work better in tight spaces such as an HTPC setup.  Of course, many HTPC setups do have PCI-E, and there are smaller versions of cards in existance.  Tech Spot's benchmarking also gives a perfect example of the difference in bandwidth between PCI and PCI-E.

Source: Tech Spot

Looking to buy a 7900GS?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2006 - 12:25 PM |
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There are a few choices on PriceGrabber

Getting a little more out of the 7900GS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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TweakTown struggled their way through reviewing the XFX GeForce 7900GS, at stock speeds.  When they realised they could go from 480MHz and 1400MHz DDR, to 658MHz and 1648 DDR, they decided they liked the card after all.

Source: TweakTown

Revisiting CoV and PPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2006 - 04:10 PM |
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The new City of Villains patch is out, so AnanadTech revisits Ageia's PPU and the effect it has on playability.  To make things easier to compare CoV now supports software physics, so the performance difference the PPU makes can realy be highlighted.

Source: AnandTech

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW 7-SERIES OVERCLOCKED GRAPHIC CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (September 6, 2006) — 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 their new BFG GeForce™ 7950 GT OC™ 512MB PCIe
and BFG GeForce™ 7900 GS OC™ 256MB PCIe graphics cards.

Reach for your wallet, the 7900GS's are here

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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nVIDIA's new card, the 7900GS comes out at the competitive price range of $200-$240, making SLI systems a little more affordable.  Although it is only about $50 cheaper than some  7900GTs, that can add up when you are getting 2 cards. Start off at [H] with their review, but don't forget Ryan's at the top of the page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

An ATI Diamond by Best Data

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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You may remember Diamond Multimedia as the graphics company that sold you your first 3DFX product.  The brand itself was purchased wholesale by a company called Best Data, who have produce many different products under the Diamond name.  [H]ard|OCP reivews their Viper X1600 Pro 512MB, not the fastest ATI chipset, but at ~$129.99, it does pretty good.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

General Purpose GPU?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 31, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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While tooling around in ATI's newest driver, Beyond3D noticed something a little odd, the GPGPU.  Take a visit and find out what they discovered.

"Using R580 and with unique device IDs of 724E and 724F, at least as far as the Linux driver is

concerned and confirmed on ATI's vendor ID page, these FireStream products appear to be distinct

boards with R580, but with a different purpose than 3D graphics acceleration."

Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:

Source: Beyond3D

Get your red hot ATI cards here

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 05:23 PM |
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The card that holds the title of best bang for you buck is on Pricegrabber.  Don't limit yourself to just reading the reviews and looking at the benchmarks, get your own X1950 XTX for $485.69, and support your favourite tech site on the net at the same time.

If you need some extra money to get it, why not sell some of your older components at the Trading Post!

More info on ATI's latest volley

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 01:51 PM |
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The new chip from ATI, the R580, and it's new flagship card, the X1950 XTX are up for review at Beyond3D.  They focus on inprovements from the last ATI card, and do their best to max out this powerful card. 

Source: Beyond3D