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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 04:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are all about learning new and interesting theories in the world of computing, but this look at voxels and point clouds replacing standard polygon-based geometry is out there. A company called Unlimited Detail (ironic...) is claiming that without a GPU, modern processors can achieve much higher detail using using voxel data rather than pixels on polygons.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 04:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang over at NordicHardware has some shots of a new ASUS graphics card that they claim is going to combine three Radeon HD 3850 GPUs on a single PCB. While the idea intrigues me, I have to say I have MORE than my fair share of concerns about the idea based on some experiences with previous custom built GPU hardware.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 04:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have been hearing about the miraculous wonders of Quad-SLI for what feels like years. Not only was it supposed to let you play Crysis with over 100fps at 2560*1200 with every single option turned up to 11, it would feed your dog and cut the lawn as well, all at the same time.
Guess what? Not so much, as you can see in Ryan's full review.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2008 - 11:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
At first glance, NVIDIA and Intel might appear to be very different companies going in very different directions, but most of us know that NVIDIA is various forms of trouble. This editorial over at The Inquirer details some thoughts on whether NVIDIA might be planning on work MORE closely with Intel or planning a direct attack on Intel's upcoming Larrabee GPU architecture. This is definitely a good read so check it out.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2008 - 02:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
Despite the fact that NVIDIA "launched" Hybrid SLI during CES in January, and has continued to push Hybrid SLI to the media in EVERY DAMN meeting, it looks like NVIDIA's technology is going to be pushed out several months. This is very unfortunate considering their competition at AMD has had Hybrid CrossFire up and running since December and was launched with the 780G chipset earlier this month
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 10:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
We know about as much as you do abut this, but news hit me that S3, a company that many had forgotten, launched a new GPU recently. It's a $60 graphics card that is sold through S3 directly that offers DX10.1 support and runs on PCI Express 2.0 with a 256MB frame buffer.
As for performance: S3 compares it to the AMD HD 3450 and the NVIDIA 8400 GPUs:
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 09:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is hearing that AMD is going to be releasing a new card in the Radeon HD 3800-series that will be the HD 3830. Definitely an entry level card, it is rumored to have the full 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 RBEs that the HD 3850 and 3870 have but will have a 128-bit memory interface and will top out at 256MB of memory. Performance is a mystery, but with prices around $129, this could be a GREAT value card for a cheap system upgrade.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2008 - 09:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is really moving along in their efforts to make their graphics cards and source code open source. As Phoronix reports, Radeon R100 to R600 microcode has been released. It is nice to see a company opening up as much as AMD has, and it signifies great things for the Linux community.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2008 - 06:02 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 - 04:14 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 - 07:07 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 - 05:46 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 - 05:46 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 - 05:15 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 - 05:11 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 - 05:12 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 - 04:27 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 - 06:47 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 - 09:15 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 - 08:59 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.