This one goes to 11

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 11, 2007 - 04:17 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 - 05:20 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 - 03:17 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 - 03:11 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 - 01:21 PM |
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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 - 02:08 PM |
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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 4, 2007 - 01:22 AM |
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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 - 04:12 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 - 06:45 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 - 09:34 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.

OCZ Readying GeForce 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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Say what?  Yep, OCZ is entering the graphics card market!

OCZ said that it will launch its graphics card later today. Newegg is suppose to have some limited quntity of the cards as early as today and as soon as the West Coast wakes up.

The card comes at default Nvidia clocks, but OCZ endorses you to overclock the heck out of it. OCZ will handtest each card and will sell you the best overclocked ones. It comes clocked at 575MHz core and 1800MHz memory.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Prepping G84 for March 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 27, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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According to the Inquirer, NVIDIA is preparing a new entry-level graphics card to replace the 7300 based on the G80 architecture. 

This is set to replace Geforce 7300 from the market. Nvidia is really having problems making a real impact on the entry-level market but maybe will have better luck with this introduction.

The chip is a cut down version of the G80 and will probably come up with some odd memory controller number.

Source: The Inquirer

CyberLink Offers PowerDVD for HD-DVD and Blu-ray Drives

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2006 - 04:36 PM |
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Stemming from all the discussion from our NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology article, CyberLink has released PowerDVD for HD-DVD and Blu-ray drives with hardware acceleration for NVIDIA and ATI/AMD GPUs.  They promised it before Christmas, but they are cutting it close!  :)



New features for PowerDVD Ultra include:





  • Support for HD DVD and

Sapphire Debuts Dual-Radeon X1950 Pro

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 05:48 PM |
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In Taiwan, Sapphire was showing a dual-GPU graphics card using X1950 Pro GPUs

If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative.  Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather.  The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.

Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single car

Source: Daily Tech

Games for Windows Vista: how the new brand & OS will change PC gaming

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 01:25 AM |
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Tired of console games getting all the attention?  Then check out this interview at Joystiq.com that looks at how Vista and the "Games for Windows" initiative will help

Games for Windows is still very much a vision. The first priority, a retail initiative, is currently underway.

Source: General

Graphics Cards a Favorite for the Holiday

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2006 - 01:33 PM |
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There are several good video card reviews that have popped up in the last few days, the first from the gang at HardOCP that looks at the Asus EN7900GS TOP.  HotHardware has an updated review on performance of SLI configurations on the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS cards.  On the ATI front, XYZ Computing took a look at an upgraded version of

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Could High End GPUs Be Moving to their own Case?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:20 PM |
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The Inquirer seems to have gotten the smell of a new rumor that ATI/AMD might be moving high end graphics configurations OUTSIDE of your case into another one in order to improve heat issues....do we really need this??

This brings the story back around to separate cases with one for CPU/memory/drives and one for graphics. It would solve a lot of problems. Separate power, separate cooling, plenty of space, etc.

Source: The Inquirer

XFX Releases Overclocked 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:06 PM |
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XFX has just become the first NVIDIA GPU company to offer overclocked GeForce 8800 graphics cards.  Both an 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS model are offered. 


The new GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition runs at 630 MHz core clock and 2.0 GHz memory clock, compared to the reference speeds of 575 MHz core and 1.8 GHz memory.  The 8800 GTS XXX Edition runs at 550 MHz instead of 500 MHz and at 1.8 GHz memory instead of 1.6 GHz memory speeds. 

Catalyst makes a final showing

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006.  Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.