Quick Interview with Regeneration

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2006 - 10:10 AM |
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Over the past few days I conducted an email interview with Regeneration. He's the man responsible for modifying the ULI "SLI Driver" (properly known as the PowerExpress utility) to run on chipsets not SLI-certified like VIA K8T890 and Intel 975X.

Purchase an XFX GeForce(TM) 7600 GT & get Ghost Recon Advanced free

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 20, 2006 - 11:33 AM |
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Ready for some serious action? Buy a GeForce™ 7600 GT graphic card between April 17, 2006 and May 7, 2006 and you'll qualify to get Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter™ absolutely FREE*! XFX's blistering fast GeForce™ 7600 GT card helps bring the best of the best to vibrant life, making the most of the amazing textures, lighting and particle effects and state-of-the-art-physics that are embedded in this latest of the Ghost Recon series.

Source: Email

Give that video card a workout

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2006 - 05:17 PM |
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While Matrox's Parhelia never really caught on, it looks like the TripleHead2Go just might.  With one innocuous little box, any video card can be coaxed to display over 3 monitors.  Neoseeker takes Half Life 2 & Oblivion for a spin at 3840*1024.

If the reviews are a little ATI heavy for you, Ryan just published a review of the BFG 7900 GTX OC.

Source: Neoseeker

NVIDIA Legalgrams Makers and Host of SLI Patch

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2006 - 09:41 PM |
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NVIDIA has sent NGOHQ.com, the makers and host of the "SLI Patch", a Cease and Desist letter requesting (demanding) NGOHQ stop distributing the software that NVIDIA alleges circumvents their copyrights afforded to them under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). The "patch" in question is software derived from the PowerExpress utility created by ULi that allowed "SLI" operation on ULi M1697 chipsets.

The new trend in videocard pricing

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2006 - 06:25 PM |
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The Tech Zone is not impressed with the current state of videocard sales.  Maybe I'm just suspicious, but it sounds like they bought a very expensive, top of the line video card just before Christmas.

What R600s are made of

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2006 - 06:22 PM |
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CoolTechZone takes a sneak peek at Radeon's upcoming R600, the successor to the current R580.  Much of the technology has simply increased in number or speed, though it is reassuring to hear it is expected to be fully compliant with Vista and DirectX 10.

Source: CoolTechZone

Help for freezing manufacturer OC'd 7900GTXs

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2006 - 02:48 PM |
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Ryan has managed to get nVIDIA to work on a fix for the freeze issue with the first run of factory overclocked 7900GTXs.  If you bought one, and don't seem to get what you paid for, read this article, and read it now.

7900GTX is more than just a fast 7800

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2006 - 05:04 PM |
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Tech-Hounds tested the Leadtek 7900GTX, against a 7800GTX from ASUS.  While the frame rates certainly increase, they focus on image quality and other benefits that the 7900 offers.

Source: Tech-Hounds

Crossfire under the spotlight

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2006 - 04:37 PM |
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Motherboards.org put Crossfire to the test.  They set up X1900's, 1800's and 1600's and tested them against an XFX 7900GTX and a Gigabyte 7900GT.  See how they stack up in this performance race.

Tiny TV to take travelling

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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The Compro VideoMate U900 is a tiny TV tuner that accepts coax and antenna signals, and hooks up to a PC or laptop.  While being able to carry a device to eceive a TV signal in a pocket sounds great, read the full review at [H]ard|OCP before you run out and buy one.

"The thing about the two is that, traditionally, people want larger television screens and

smaller electronics.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

VGA cooling waterfight

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 29, 2006 - 03:01 PM |
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If you have moved beyond 3rd party air cooling for your newest graphics card, 3DXtreme presents a 3 way watercooling shootout.  The participants are the DangerDen Maze 4, the AquaXtreme MP-1 and Swiftech's MCW60.  Drop by to see which can provide you with the most extra frames and craziest overclock.

"From this we have come across forums where certain products are recommended for their

performance with very little performance data to stand on.

Source: 3DXtreme

Overclock your way to savings

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Legit Reviews points out one of the best values in video cards right now.  The GeForce 7900GT isn't the fastest card out there, but with the overclock that most people can acheive, it comes close.  If you are more worried about breaking the bank than voiding warantees, take a close look at this card.

"As an enthusiast and overclocker I have to say that if you were planning to upgrade or building

a new system I highly recommend looking long and hard at the 7900 GT.

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

wall bo

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