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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2008 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Watercooled Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 overclocked to 4GHz - CHECK!
- EVGA 780i SLI that supports Quad SLI - CHECK!
- 4GB OCZ Reaper X PC6400 DDR-2 4-4-3-12 - CHECK!
- WD Raptor 150GB 10,00RPM SATA - CHECK!
- Zalman 1000W Modular PSU - CHECK!
- Forceware 174.53 driver - CHECK!
- Two GeForce 9800 GX2's in SLI - CHECK!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GeForce 9800 GX2 has arrived, with XFX supplying the card that Ryan tested. The big news for nVIDIA is performance; Crysis at 1024X768 with 4xAA ran with a higher average frame rate than any previous cards maximum. This card doesn't beat the competition by a small margin, it is far in the lead. The performance does come with a price, and I don't mean the $600 it goes for on NewEgg. The ca
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2008 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev. 2 is a great deal, and you can look at it in two ways. If you want to play it safe, the cooler temperatures you can reach on your GPU with this cooler ought to extend it's life; or you can use it to overclock the bejesus out of the card. Either way, there is a good chance you will like this cooler as much as [H]ard|OCP does.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this report on VR-Zone their is a good chance that NVIDIA's next generation chip will be a die-shrunk version of the G92 architecture. The current G92 runs on a 65nm process as the 8800 GT and 8800 GTS 512MB cards and a 55nm revision would likely bring higher clocks and lower power - always a plus.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's deja vu all over again, nVIDIA is releasing a 'two cards in one' graphics card, and the initial results aren't encouraging. The performance isn't that much better, and the price is much higher. As The Inquirer points out, the price is actually in the same ball park as a 3870X2 AND a 3870. Three-way CrossfireX for the same price as single card SLI ... which would you go with?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Could a new graphics card from AMD that uses two HD 3850 GPUs instead of two HD 3870 GPUs be ready for Computex? That is one rumor that is circulating though the prospect is not as odd as it might first sound. Remember, the HD 3870 and HD 3850 are essentially the same GPU with different clock speeds and different memory configurations in most cases. It would be very easy for AMD to simply use two lower clocked GPUs and cut the memory in half to offer a po
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
An odd post over at Fudzilla is talking about the possibility that NVIDIA is going to be showing off some kind of benchmark that raises the question of which is more important: the CPU or the GPU. One can of course guess that the answer would be the GPU if NVIDIA is doing the promoting and apparently the discussion centers on comparing a low-end CPU with a high-end GPU versus a low-end GPU with a high-end CPU.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2008 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has run tests comparing the BFGTech 9600 GT OC in SLI; about $400 if you can find them for sale, against a GeForce 8800 GTX, also about $400. Which one offers you the best performance for your dollar?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2008 - 12:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
I usually try not to post individual deals like this one, but Newegg.com has an MSI 8800 GT card that is overclocked to 660 MHz core that goes for a final price of $174.99! The price is $229.99 - $10 MIR - $30 MIR - $15 for promo code "MSIVGA15" for a total price of $174.99; if you can live with the mail-in rebates.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2008 - 01:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are looking for new mainstream graphics card, today might be the day to jump on that deal. XFX sent over word of a completely new pricing structure for their 8800 GT 512MB, 9600 GT 512MB and 8800GS 384MB cards. Here's the deal:
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 04:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Thanks goes to Aaron for letting me know that the AMD Catalyst 8.3 drivers have dropped on the official AMD websites and Game.AMD.com. These drivers add support for Quad-CrossFireX, Hybrid CrossFire with the 780G chipset, DirectX 10.1 support among many others features and fixes.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 03:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
Some images have surfaced of the NVIDIA 9800 GTX and according to the notes on the page with them, the 9800 GTX will be a G92-based product and will basically be a higher clocked 8800 GT/GTS card. Not a whole lot more data, but if you wanna see what a video card looks like, I guess you can look here; not much to see.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has put together a beast to test out CrossfireX. Four CPU cores thanks to the QX9650, 4 graphics cores thanks to a pair of HD 3870 X2s and even 4Gb of RAM. All of that power is pitted against Crysis, as well as some other popular games. Read on to see what [H] thinks about CrossfireX, and AMDs chances of being picked by the power gamer.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Palit has pushed their overclocked 9600 GT a bit further than many other manufacturers; their 9600 GT Sonic hits 700 MHz on the GPU, the shader's are raised to 1.75 GHz, and the RAM runs at 2 GHz. That wasn't enough to convince [H]ard|OCP to give it a Gold Award, what was the deciding factor is that Palit revamped the whole card with new power circuitry and added output ports.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 29, 2008 - 03:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the rumor going around the pre-CeBit floor is that AMD and its partners will be showing off a GDDR4 version of the recently released Radeon HD 3870 X2 card (review here). The current cards use GDDR3 memory but there are not as of yet any indicators that performance will be increased because of it - stay tuned!
Most of ATI’s partners will showcase their Radeon 3870 X2 DDR4
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2008 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report grabbed 3 GeForce 8800 GTs representing the three different models, the 256MB, 512MB and the 1GB. If you've ever wondered just why so many people snigger at those who paid extra for the 1GB model, read on and all will be revealed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 04:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting bit of news came across earlier in the week about Intel purchasing Project Offset, makers of the Offset Engine. While no games have actually come out with it yet, I can remember seeing demos of the technology at NVIDIA/ATI press days for several years.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are building a low cost system, AMD is still a great way to go, and the ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 can be the basis of a low cost, highly reliable PC. ECS have placed a lot of extras on this board and have still managed to keep it's cost well below $100. Big Bruin's review shows that it is solid, but if you are looking for overclocking potential, high powered cooling and a ha
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
As frequent readers of PC Perspective know, we have been very interested in the work of on Daniel Pohl, now an employee at Intel, that developed some of the first modern ray tracing gaming engines. Daniel has written a couple of articles here on PC Perspective on the subject including Ray Tracing and Gaming - Quake 4: Ray Traced Project and Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later. I have also covered a lot of the technology behind ray tracing such as the Terascale pr