The flagship ATI card from ASUS

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2006 - 07:12 PM |
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PCStats examines ASUS' EAX1900XTX a 512 MB card with dual-DVI outputs and some really impressive clocks, the GPU is 650 and the memory runs at 1550Mhz.  It will cost you a lot, but there isn't much out there that can come close to saturating it's bandwidth.


Plus, Ryan has been busy this week, dropping by the Game Developers Conference, and talking with ATI about their take on Physics accleration ...

Source: PCStats

Third Party VGA cooler shootout

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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Looking to overclock that shiny new video card, but feeling the heat, or just trying to quiet it?  Legion Hardware has a 6-way shootout between Thermalright, Zalman and Arctic Cooling.  Drop by and find out which one can do you right!


Also, Ryan has a look at 2 upcoming cards from nVIDIA, the 7600GS and the 7300LE.


"When it comes to high-end air-cooled VGA coolers the six tested here today are amongst the best.

Let's get physical

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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First we had no physics cards, and now we have a battle royal between nVIDIA and Ageia to get their physics acceleration to the market first.   The Inquirer feels that there is already a clear winner, and are quite happy to tell you who.


Ryan has also gathered a bit of information on Ageia's plans, and can even tell you how to get your hands on the cards first!


"So, the SLI physics engine can make water fall, ripples move, and rocks from the exploding cliff

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Source: The Inquirer

Ageia's PhysX SDK v2.4 for PC's and consoles

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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Ageia has announced their progress with the PhsyX physics accelerator card, and the Software Development Kit that goes with it.  City of Villains is ready to incorporate the technology into their game as soon as people have the card installed.  They aren't going to stop at PC's either, their card, and the drivers will be supported on consoles as well!


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Overclocked 7900GTX issues - help Ryan to help you

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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There have been numerous reports of problems with various vendors overclocked 7900 GTX cards not working correctly.

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nVidia causes some Havok

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2006 - 01:59 PM |
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nVIDIA has beat Ageia to the punch by partnering with Havok to create their own Physics Accelerator Card.  By using SLI, they can have one GeForce card working on the graphics, while the second is devoted to physics.  As well, it can be implemented on a single card, with some cycles devoted purely to graphics, and others to the physics calculations.  [H]ard|OCP explains further here.


For even more info, read Ryan's findings on our main

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Time to upgrade your ATI drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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TweakTown has posted the results of their testing with ATI's new 6.3 Catalysts.  Drop by and find out what enhancements you can expect from their newest drivers.

"Never fear, our Catalyst performance analyst for March 2006 is here, so let's take a look at

what ATI have done this month.

Source: TweakTown

Getting to know your X1900 better

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2006 - 05:02 PM |
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Tech-Hounds continues their look at the X1900 series from ATI in the second part of their indepth examination.  Find out more about  the differences between ATI and nVIDIA than just the PCB colour. 

"ATI's latest offering, the Radeon X1900 XTX is strong, but it does have its weak points. We already covered the lack of performance with texture dependent games in our last article. Now we discovered that ATI's adaptive antialiasing is not as effective as NVIDIA's transparency anti aliasing.

Source: Tech-Hounds

Is 512MB better than 256 yet?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2006 - 06:38 PM |
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PureOverclock ran some tests comparing a standard 256MB 7800GT and a 512MB version.  With some judicious use of NiBiTor, all clock speeds were rendered equal.  Read on to see if paying for that extra RAM is really worth it.

"Does a 512MB framebuffer make any difference?

The 7900 reviews of new video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP gives a you a good rundown of the technology behind nVIDIA's new cards, and what you can expect to get from them.  More than jsut benchmarks, you are in danger of learning something by reading this.


"The big news for NVIDIA today is that their high-end GPU has gone 90 nanometers. This actually

isn't their first 90 nanometer GPU, the GeForce 7300 GS is built on the 90 nanometer process.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI fires an answering salvo

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 01:29 PM |
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In response to nVIDIA's product launch today, ATI has struck back with the X1800GTO.  Read the review at Hot Hardware to see if ATI's newest can compete with the shiny new nVIDIA cards.

"ATI reacts quickly this morning to NVIDIA's hard launch of GeForce 7 refreshes, with a launch of

their own for the performance mainstream sector of the market.

Source: HotHardware

nVIDIA's Big Day

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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nVIDIA came out swinging this morning, with the release of the new 7900 and 7600 cards.  Start at Hot Hardware, who have revied both the budget oriented 7600, and the powerful 7900.  Then, just keep going as there are a lot of sites working hard to give you a good look at these hot new models.


Don't forget to stop back here at PC Perspetive, as Ryan has reviewed everything nVIDIA released today.


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Source: HotHardware

ATI's Mid-Range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 6, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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LOSTCIRCUITS has tested ATI's current mid-range card, the x1600 Pro, offered in an AGP flavour.  If you are still putting off that total systems upgrade for a bit, but find yourself barely able to play some of the newer titles with any bells or whistles enabled, this card might give your PC a new lease on lfe.

"In the middle of ATI's current GPU lineup is the X1600 series, based on the R530 GPU and

described by ATI as the "Absolute in Mainstream Gaming Performance".

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Everything you wanted to know about GPU's, but ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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3D Chip has posted an article about how a GPU works, in relativly simple terms.  If you want to know why people care more about pipelines than raw speed, and were afraid to ask, this will be worth your while.

"Hello readers and reader, welcome to our new bases series to the subject of graphic cards. Did

you not ask you already often how a GPU is constructed and calculates like it of pictures?

Source: 3DChip

Run SLI on any Chipset

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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It finally happened and I figured it was going to be sooner rather than later. There is now a third-party patch available that allows everyone to run SLI regardless of chipset! The story started with a leaked ULi patch that enabled SLI, then users created their own universal patch. All you need is a motherboard capable of running two PCI-Express graphics cards (i.e. Intel 955X, 975X, XPress 200, XPress 3200, etc.).


If anything, this homebrew software will help increase the sales of NVIDIA cards; so I hope NVIDIA doesn't come down too hard on this patch.

Source: Daily Tech

Matrox Unveils World's First Portable Multi-Display Adapter

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 10:41 AM |
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Matrox has launched the world's first portable (and reusable) multi-display adapter - the TripleHead2Go, and DualHead2Go. These palm-sized devices allows a user to add up to three external displays without needing to upgrade their motherboard or graphics.

More power for less $$$

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2006 - 04:20 PM |
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Bjorn 3D examines another budget concious card from ATI, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2.  While the card won't break any speed records, it sports a 600Mhz core and 400Mhz DDR memory, all for under $100.

"Because not everyone can shell out $500+ green for a video card, I decided to review the

PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 not so long ago. On February 21st, Tul Corporation announeced

another low-end model based around RV515, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2 (RV515LE).

Source: Bjorn3D

How much is a frame per second worth to you?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Elite Bastards compares the 2 flavours of X1900, the XT and the XTX, to see exactly what you get for the extra money.  Both are based on the same chips (R580), one is simply clocked higher than the other.  Read the full review to find out which of the 2 cards is the better buy.

"From our brief foray through US retail outlets, it seems as though a $75 price difference between

the X1900 XT and XTX (When it comes to Built By ATI boards) is the best you can find at present,

VR-Zone spills the beans on NV-71

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2006 - 01:20 PM |
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The specs for the upcoming nVIDIA cards are very impressive, if VR-Zone's scoop is right.  It could even be enough to bump ATI's performance crown off.


Also, if video editing and manipulation is more your thing, check out Ryan's review of the X1900 All-In-Wonder.


"VR-Zone has posted some specs for the upcoming 90nm G71 series already. There will be two models

as we have revealed before; the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT.

Source: VR-Zone

NVIDIA Takes the Stage

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM |
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With ATI generating most of the buzz in recent weeks, NVIDIA has stepped up to deliver some excitement of their own. The biggest news being the demise of the 7800-series cards, and the introduction of 7900-series GTX and GT parts.

Source: The Inquirer