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Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Set to become the 3dMark equivalent for Physics Processing Units, AGEIA has posted their RealityMark benchmarking tool for download.
Here's the system requirements
- AGEIA PhysX Accelerator with latest drivers (2.5.1 or later required)
- Microsoft WindowsÂ® XP 32-bit or 64-bit
- 1GB System RAM or higher
- At least 1 GB free hard disk space
- IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® 4 or Celeron Processor, 1.5GHz or higher OR AMD Athon XP™ 2400+ or higher
- DirectX 9.0 graphics adapter with 128MB RAM or higher
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 09:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2006 - 02:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 08:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2006 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2006 - 11:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2006 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2006 - 09:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2006 - 08:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2006 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2006 - 09:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2006 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 08:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (September 6, 2006) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, 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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 08:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2006 - 09:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 31, 2006 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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."
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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
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