X1650 Pro, a 7600 GT Killer?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 30, 2006 - 12:24 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the brand new X1650 Pro, from ATI/AMD.  It is supposed to be priced under $100, although the only models for sale seem to be higher than that.  Read on to find out if it can compete with nVIDIA's budget GPU.

We also have a review at the top of the page, so you can see the tests Ryan put it through.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Delivers Great Gaming at a Knockout Value with the ATI Radeon X1650 XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 30, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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SUNNYVALE,
Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced an innovative
graphics card that makes use of its new native CrossFire™ technology, the ATI
Radeon® X1650 XT
. With its incredible image quality features and superb
performance, the ATI Radeon X1650 XT delivers enthusiast-class technology at an
impressive price point.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA G80 Information Hitting the Web

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 26, 2006 - 01:52 PM |
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With the imminent arrival of NVIDIA's new G80 graphics cards, it is no secret that information has been leaking left and right about it.  For the most part, I can't verify or deny anything that you read because of NDA's, but check back here about a weeks time to find all the official answers.  I still can point to various rumors though!  :)


This first story from the Inquirer seems to think that NVIDIA is going to modeling a Playboy Playmate model to show off their new hardware.  Wou

Source: The Inquirer

and that's what G80's are made of

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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The Inquirer has pretty much summed up all we know about the new generation of nVIDIA cards.  From what we don't know, like the number of pipelines, to what we do know, like the new SLI and the fact that reviews will be appearing quite soon, so check it out.

Source: The Inquirer

RivaTuner 2.0 RC 16.1

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2006 - 12:28 PM |
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The newest release of RivaTuner should be able to cope with all the new video cards that have come out since the last releas.  Also covered is nVIDIA drivers up to 95.97, ATI up to 6.10, and even experimental 32 bit Vista support.  Get over to the Guru of 3D to restore your overclock.

Source: Guru of 3D

Transparency anti-aliasing, now available on GeForce6's

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2006 - 03:44 PM |
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The new set of nVIDIA dirvers (91.47) allow Transparency AA on GeForce6's, which was exculsive to the GeForce7's previously.  Elite Bastards explains what exactly this type of AA does, and it's effects on gaming.

The X1950 Pro, a more mature Crossfire

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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ATIs newest card sits at a very nice price point, and is incredibly easy to set up in Crossfire.  [H]ard|OCP ran some benchmarks against nVIDIA's 7900 GS OC, which gives about the same frame rate, but they discovered some visual advantages the ATI card has over the competition.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

There goes the main reason to buy Windows Vista

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2006 - 12:43 PM |
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One of the main reasons many gamers planned to go with Windows Vista when it was released is DirectX 10.  According to this story on The Inquirer, the soon to be released DX 9.0 L will be DX10 for Windows XP, and will allow you to play DX 10 games.  Since DX9.0L has not been released yet, nor are any DX10 graphics cards or games available, we don't know how well it will work, or what differences between the two might exist.

Source: The Inquirer

Mobile Graphics Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM |
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HotHardware gives you a sneak peek at the GeForce GO 7950 GTX.  Although still a single core graphics card (like the 7950  GT), you do get a 75MHz increase in core frequency and 100MHz in memory compared to the previous GeForce Go 7900 GTX. 

Source: HotHardware

Sapphire Announces new Water Cooled X1950 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 02:03 PM |
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Dailytech has the announcement and some images of the new Sapphire liquid cooled X1950 XTX and CrossFire cards.  Bother use the same design that keeps the water cooling components inside the case.

Sapphire has announced the release of its new TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards catered towards enthusiasts and silent PC aficionados.

Source: Daily Tech

AGEIA PhysX at Digital Life in New York

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 01:38 PM |
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Digital Life, one of the smaller shows for the tech community, opened today in New York City.  I just got an email that AGEIA is on-site there with some new annoucements and showing off some new technology.  They have some software on display, as well as the first public showing of the PCI Express version of the PhysX card.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.October 12, 2006 AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc.

RealityMark is available for download

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 02:40 PM |
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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 Windows® XP 32-bit or 64-bit
  • 1GB System RAM or higher
  • At least 1 GB free hard disk space
  • Intel® Pentium® 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

Source: AGEIA

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