You want how much for that video card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2005 - 02:48 PM |
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Penstar Systems asks the question that most of us have, how high are graphics card prices going to go?  Right now, a high end video card can be half of the entire cost of a new PC, more if you want to use 2 video cards in SLI, Chrome or Crossfire mode. 

"In the past few years successive cards from both NVIDIA and ATI have pushed that upper price

ceiling higher and higher, and now we are looking at products from both manufacturers that retail

for well above $549.

Good graphics on a budget

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 28, 2005 - 04:13 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of the XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 (256M).  While the DDR2 certainly gives this card a boost, it doesn't really benefit from the amount of memory, as it just can't process the graphics with a high enough quality setting to make it worth it.  However, as it doesn't really make this card more expensive, you just might want this in your box.


"There have been a lot of new announcements, launches, and evaluations to do in the video card

arena as of late.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Crossfire's got legs!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2005 - 06:57 PM |
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VR-Zone has some news about ATI's Crossfire, as it applies to mobility chipsets.   Any guesses how long before Alienware starts putting out new notebooks?

"ATi has something up their sleeves and is going to challenge SLI on mobile front with their

mobility Crossfire.

Source: VR-Zone

New ATI card, possible 2006 release

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2005 - 05:42 PM |
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There is a new ATI GPU coming, hopefully in the first quarter of 2006, and hopefully about the same time as the motherboards, according to DigiTimes.

"ATI Technologies is currently in the final stage of testing its R580 graphics processor units

(GPUs) with customers, sources at Taiwan graphics card makers indicated, adding that the graphics

chip vendor expects to launch the flagship chip in early 2006.

ATI will also be enhancing its entry-level GPU product line on the 80nm production node, with new

Source: Digitimes

My video what adapter?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 23, 2005 - 05:17 PM |
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Giving tech support to people with only a passing familiarity to PC technology can be a huge source of stress.  Software like SiSoft's Sandra, or WCPUID can give you some of the info you need, but a lot of times the question is simply "Can I play this game?", and with the usual limitation being the graphics card, Sandra can be a bit of overkill.  PC Mechanic has found a program called Everest Home Edition, a freeware program that ID's video cards, so drop in for a visit if it sounds like a program that could help.

"A

Source: PC Mechanic

Same card, different cooling

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2005 - 07:01 PM |
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Beyond 3D has a good run down of what you can expect from Sapphire'sRadeon X800 GTO² and X800 GTO Ultimate Editions.  Both are certainly powerful cards, with the both the GTO2 and the and the Ultimate Edition's bandwidth weighing in at 31.4 GB/sec, the Ultimate stands out because of the ginormous heatsink that wraps around the entire card.

'Those of you who are familiar with previous designs from Sapphire's range of Ultimate Edition

boards will find no surprises here - just like these previous eff

Source: Beyond3D

You, ATI, and your TV, together again

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 21, 2005 - 03:59 PM |
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ATI's All-In-Wonder series gets an update, and is added to the X1800 series.  It will output to just about any type of TV setup you can imagine. Bjorn3D has one, and they can tell you all about it here.

"With the All-In-Wonder X1800XL ATI has created a card that sits just as confortable in a MediaPC

as a gaming-PC.

Source: Bjorn3D

CHAINTECH® Releases the Latest Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan (November 18, 2005) — Walton Chaintech Corporation today announced its SE68GS, an up-to-date graphics cards, which utilize the newest NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS graphics processing unit.


Focusing on midrange price point, the SE68GS delivers even higher performance. To be powered by NVIDIA 6800 GS processor, the SE68GS provides 425MHz engine clock which beat the 400 MHz engine clock of 6800 Ultra. The Chaintech® SE68GS features 256MB DDR3 SDRAM plus the 6800 GS GPU native 256-bit memory interface; SE68GS delivers 1000MHz memory clock.

Behind the graphics - nVidia 7800

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2005 - 03:32 PM |
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You've probably read at least a half dozen reviews of the 7800 by now, but not too many touched on why it was made now, and what thought processes went into designing it.  PenStar Systems comes to the rescue of those curious souls, who wish a closer look at what goes into designing and produing a top end graphics card.

"So how did the 512 MB 7800 GTX come into existence?

Day of the 7800's

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 14, 2005 - 02:56 PM |
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This monday, everyone who has been playing with a 512M version of the 7800GTX gets to release their findings.  While you may not be able to afford to run out and buy one (or two) you can certainly live vicariously through the reviews, and dream of a card as powerful as the one Bjorn3D reviews.


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Source: Bjorn3D

ATI's new driver supports the X1800XL & XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 11, 2005 - 05:10 PM |
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TweakTown analyses the new ATI Catalyst 5.11, and checks the difference in performance between the sample drivers for the 1800's and this first official release.

"We did mention in our regular Catalyst performance analysis earlier in the day

that one of the most important additions to the Catalyst 5.11 drivers was the

inclusion of the X1800XL and X1800XT.

Source: TweakTown

7800 reasons to get silent cooling

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2005 - 04:09 PM |
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nVidia's 7800 series stock cooling solutions can often be loud, and in some cases limit your overclocking abilty.  InsaneTek looks at the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Rev3, built for cooling 7800's, and doing it very quietly.  If you have one of these cards, you owe it to your ears to read the review.


"Arctic Cooling has done it again. The NV Silencer 5 Rev3 made for the Geforce 7800 series is an

excellent cooler that performs in dead silence.

Source: InsaneTek

Faster! Faster! You fool! You Fool!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2005 - 06:33 PM |
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Tweaktown isn't happy with the speed of ATI's X1800XT and X1600XT.  They spent hours figuring out how to overclock them, and today they share their findings with everyone.

"Today we will be using that very tool and overclocking both the new Radeon X1800XT and X1600XT.

We would have liked to also include the X1800XL but unfortunately it has left our hands for the

time being.

Source: TweakTown

240 graphics cards compared, and counting

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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If you aren't familiar with Adrian's Rojak Pot's gigantic video card comparision, now is a good time to check it out.  If you are familiar, it's been updated with the new ATI cards, as well as some additions and corrections.

"Covering over 240 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily

compare 15 different specifications for each and every card!

Source: Tech ARP

Harmless Overclocking, or MADNESS!!!!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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It's all fun and games until someone looses dry ice, then it's a sport.  Hardware Asylum has done some insane things with the clock speeds of whatever they can get their hands on.  While it may well have inspired their name, it has also inspired their members to take the top spot in 3DMarks 2001SE, 2003 and 2005.  Take a peek at what a GPU at - 171 C looks like.

Team Hardware Asylum has broken all three Futuremark 3DMark world records.

nVidia's Vanishing Mid-line

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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nVidia's mid-level 6800 cards seem to be disappearing, and as The Inquirer points out, this seems a dead giveaway that there is a new mid level card on it's way, likely a 7600.

"STRANGE THINGS are afoot in retail circles. The nVidia 6800 in its PCIe variety has all but

disappeared. This leaves nVidia with a huge gap in its mid range wide open for the new 7600.

The reason this is strange is how little fuss has been made.

Source: The Inquirer

S3 Graphics Announces ChromeS20 Series PCIe GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:05 AM |
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Today VIA/S3 announced a new candidate in the mid-market graphics world with the release of a new ChromeS20 series of PCI Express GPUs.  These cards are going to be made by Fujitsu's 90nm technology and offer a significant performance/watt advantage over current NVIDIA and ATI offerings.  I should have some contact with these parts soon so I'll be able to get a more in-depth product analysis up later in the week.


Features on the chip include improved HDTV output, 700 MHz core clock, DDR3 memory and support for an SLI-l

This card is begging to be overclocked

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2005 - 06:26 PM |
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PimpRig has a look at the Sapphire X800 GTO2 Limited Edition 256MB PCIe Video Card.  It's a slightly faster X800, with great overclocking potential, and more.  It has 12 pipelines, as you'd expect, but with a flash, you can mod it into a 16 pipleine card, like the 850's, at about half the price.  Then you overclock that, and end up with an X800 than outperforms a vanilla X850.  You really want to read the whole article!

"The Sapphire X800 GTO2 was modestly launched recently

Source: PimpRig

The Guru Delivers - nVHardPage SE version 3.2

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Guru of 3D's nVHardPage SE lets you tweak settings on your video card, through an easy to use software program, and they've updated it to version 3.2.  If you use it, update it ... if you've never tried it, maybe you should give it a try and see if you can breed a bit more life into your old nVidia card.


"Do you seek an easy way to en/disable overclocking options or vsync your ForceWare drivers

without the burden of importing registry entries or the need to go in that registry yourself ?

Source: Guru of 3D

DDR4 - Coming soon to a GPU near you

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 28, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on Samsung's new GDDR4 chips, which are currently undergoing testing.  If they deliver, they will double the bandwidth of current GDDR3 chips.

"The latency of the shipped modules is set at 0.8 nanoseconds, which limits the highest clockspeed

of the memory to an astonishing 1.25 GHz in DDR mode.

It does not take a braniac to calculate the possible bandwidth on G80/R580 boards: 32-bytes

(256-bit) x 1.25 (GHz) x 2 (DDR) results in 80GB/s of theoretical bandwidth, almost double the

currently

Source: The Inquirer