New nVidia ForceWare Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2005 - 06:14 PM |
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With all the ATI news around, the new ForceWare drivers have fallen by the wayside.  Tweak Town fixes that problem, with a comparison of drivers, to show what performance changes you can expect from upgrading.

"A couple of days ago nVidia released their much talked about ForceWare Release 80 graphics card driver to the world.

Source: TweakTown

State Of The Art Graphics On Store Shelves

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 04:11 PM |
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Desperate for a new video card, and unwilling to wait any longer?  TweakTown reviews 2 of ATI's Radeon X800GT, the current champion of comparatively low priced video cards.  Find out which one you actually want, PowerColor or HIS.

"In August we saw the introduction of ATI's Radeon X800GT which finally gave some competition to nVidia against their mighty mid-range GeForce 6600GT.

Source: TweakTown

NVIDIA Rel80 Drivers Boosts Performance and Flexibility

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 01:33 PM |
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You can get more information, as well as the driver by visiting NZone.com.


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—October 5, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today upgraded the performance of millions of customers with the immediate available of the NVIDIA ForceWare graphics driver Release 81.84.

ATI's 1000 series - the reviews (more added)

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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The reviews are in, but is it in stock?   Start off with Hot Hardware's comprehensive testing of this series of cards.  The top of the line card might not totally blow the 7800GTX out of the water, but then again, how many games utilize ATI's version of Shader Model 3?  Be warned that this card wants power, even when idle.  Make sure your power supply can handle the load. 


After you're done, make sure to come back and read

Source: HotHardware

ATI's New Radeon® X1800 Garnering Industry Wide Praise From Game Developers

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 09:38 AM |
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Full PR can be found here.

MARKHAM, Ontario, Oct 05, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The newly announced Radeon® X1800 family of products from ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) is receiving with widespread acclaim from game developers around the world, excited about all the new opportunities and possibilities presented by this new graphics card.

ATI 's RADEON X1000 Family Delivers New Levels of Performance and Image Quality

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 09:37 AM |
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Read the full PR release here

MARKHAM, Ontario, Oct 05, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today launched a new family of graphics processors (GPUs), the Radeon® X1000 family, that outperform competing products and deliver better image quality in every price category.

Dissatisfaction with ATI grows

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 4, 2005 - 03:22 PM |
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Not only have their recent tendency to release frequent product "paper launches" started to engender much discussion among tech sites, they have also reduced the length of their warranty on newly sold cards.  LegitReviews has an article posted discussing this little noticed change.  Could these developments undo the work ATI has put into restoring their name and reputation after the driver issues from several years back?

"ATI silently lowered its warranty from three years down to a single year on the majority of

Watercooled retail ATI X800

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 3, 2005 - 02:11 PM |
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A water cooled graphics card right out of the box.  The PowerColor X800 GT EVO that Bjorn3D reviews has a Thermaltake TideWater All in one VGA Liquid Cooling Module built right onto it.  The X800 sits in a PCIx slot, like you would expect, and the pump/radiator takes up 2 PCI slots.  Install those, and you are done!

"Today we are looking at something special from PowerColor. Something overclockers will drool at. What if I told you we have a card equipped with its own liquid cooling system?

Source: Bjorn3D

nVidia still on top of graphics ... for this week

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2005 - 02:54 PM |
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The G70 chipset, like that used in the XFX 7800GT SLI that Gamepyre reviews, is one of the top cards available today, or perhaps until next week, when ATI releases their newest offering.  If you want to see the most effects in your games, get one or two of these for your system today.

"The 7800GT is a worthy successor to the 6800GT and sell at about the same price point.

Source: Gamepyre

ATI's X800GT - Good Performance at a Good Price

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 28, 2005 - 12:55 PM |
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If you want OK graphic performance, without breaking the bank. the 2 cards to consider would probably be the GeForce 6600GT, or the ATI X800GT.  Elite Bastards has a review of the Powercolour X800GT, that comes with a good card, and a nice software bundle, including Hitman: Contracts.

"To put it simply, the Radeon X800GT isn't any one new core, or even a cut-down version of any one old core.

AGP Is Not Dead & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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Just because you can't afford to switch to a BTX mobo with PCIe, and all the other changes required to get to the current generation of hardware, doesn't mean that you have to suffer through HalfLife2 at 9.5 FPS.   HIS has released an mid level AGP ATI X700 ATI card, and XYZ Computing has the review.


Oh and if you have upgraded to PCIe, I think ATI might have released something today.


"This review is going to take a look at the X700 IceQ video card from HIS.

Powerful Graphics At An Attractive Price & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2005 - 12:22 PM |
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The PowerColor Radeon X800GT that 3DVelocity reviewed has 256 MB of DDR3 memory, and a 256 bit wide memory pipeline.  It's a PCIe 16x card, that might be perfect for you if you are looking to make the jump to PCIe, without paying a lot just in the videocard.  Plus, it performs well enough that you may be able to keep it in your system longer than you might expect from a middle of the road card.

"It's important to remember that mainstream users aren't people who don't want powerful graphics cards, th

Source: 3DVelocity

Fast Cards, Faster Drivers & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2005 - 12:20 PM |
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The Asus Extreme N7800GT that NGOHQ reviews may not be the fastest card based on NVidia chips, but it is certainly powerful, and signifiantly cheaper than the GTX, and it can still be setup in SLI.

"This card overclocked better than I expected, I was able to reach the core speed of 485 MHz and 1200 MHz on the memory. The card was 100% stable at that speed and no artifacts occurred.

Source: NGOHQ

A Chipset With Great Graphics Grafted On & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2005 - 06:56 PM |
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Integrated video cards on Nforce4 are here.  

 The GeForce 6100 is a 425MHz chip and the 6150 a 475MHz chip with added features, like a TV encoder.  The Tech Report has the full story, head on over.

"Today NVIDIA is announcing a new K8 chipset family that brings GeForce 6 graphics to the nForce4

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R520 Information Hits Anandtech

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2005 - 11:19 AM |
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If you would like to get all the juciest information on the R520 before it gets released later next month, you can head over to Anandtech's "pre-NDA Extravaganza" and read up on a lot of it.  The meat of it is that we will only see a 16 pipe version of this core despite older rumors and that clock speeds on the XT (top model) are going to be at 600 MHz core and 700 MHz memory!  Oh and we will now have two more cards with 512 MB memory configurations stock from ATI by the looks of it.

At the top end is the Rad

Source: AnandTech

R520 Spy Pics?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2005 - 07:05 PM |
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It looks like some pics have finally leaked of the upcoming R520 product along with specs on possible card line ups. 


The card you are seeing is the R520 XT.

Source: techPowerUp!

Master Card Requirement to Stay in R5xx Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2005 - 03:25 PM |
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The Inq believes that the upcoming R520 will still require the use of a master graphics card and won't be able to sell just a single GPU as NVIDIA is doing.

ATI SIMPLY didn't have enough time to remove the necessity for the master—slave card concept in R520 and the other R5xx cards. We learned that a handful of R520 master cards should be available at launch date and that customers will get them a few weeks after the launch.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI Roadmaps Unmasked??

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:39 PM |
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It looks like Anandtech has spilled the beans on the upcoming release of ATI's next generation GPU series, the R5xx.  Unfortunately, with the dates they have listed at least, things still aren't looking up quite yet. 

You'll first notice that ATI is releasing their cards slightly out of order this time around. ATI's approach may be to corner off NVIDIA before a next generation replacement for the 6200 series shows up.

Source: AnandTech

XFX Adds Double Lifetime Warranty GeForce 6/7 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:28 PM |
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XFX sent over word that they have increased the warranty coverage of their video cards; new AND old!  This warranty is retro-active and is good on all GeForce 6 and 7 series cards. 

Here's the deal: We will repair and service your 6-Series or 7-Series Graphics Card for as long as you own it. All you have to do is register the card with us online. And, should you sell or transfer the card, we'll honor the warranty for the card's second owner, too, as long as they register it with us online.

Catalsyt 5.8 Drivers Released

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:24 PM |
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ATI released new Catalyst drivers today in the form of a 5.8 revision.  No release notes have been posted yet.