7800GT vs x1800xl Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 12:49 PM |
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AMD Review has a head to head contest up ... it pits ATI's current flagship card against nVidia's.  Check it out to see which gives you more bang for your buck.


"Today we got our hands on both an ATI X1800XL and NVIDIA 7800GT, so we decided to benchmark each of these cards with the same configuration to see what happens and how much bang you get for your buck."

Source: AMD Review

Watercooled 7800 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 09:01 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP got their hands on a BFGTech GeForce 7800 GT OC H2O!  It's watercooled right out of the box, although you do need to have an existing watercooled PC to add it to.  See just how far they can push this beast!


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BFGTech is well known for taking video cards and bringing a guaranteed and warranty approved factory overclock right out of the box for you to enjoy more performance. As we all know, there is only so much you can do with a heat sink and fan unit using air-cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Secures Exclusive Bundling Right to Call of Duty 2

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2005 - 12:32 PM |
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NVIDIA GeForce graphic processing units (GPUs) have been selected by Activision as the preferred platform for Call of Duty 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Call of Duty which is the winner of over 80 'Game of the Year' awards.

6800GT Shootout, who will reign supreme?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2005 - 03:58 PM |
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Wondering which 6800GT is right for you?  Tech-hounds has a shootout between 3 major players in the graphics card biz.  Even if the FRAPS ratings are the same, make sure to compare heat and the bundle of goodies they come with.

"Out of the the high end graphics card from NVIDIA, the GeForce 6800GT has the best bang for the buck. Now selling around US$ 250 to 350, it's the most affordable SM 3.0 graphics card that won't slow to a crawl under high details with AA and AF on.

Source: Tech-Hounds

New ATI driver ... worth installing?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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Tweaktown has posted a comparison of ATI's newest 5.10 against the previous 5.9.  Read the review to see if you should do the driver installation.


Plus, Ryan has a full review of the Asus N7800GT DUAL 7800.


"It's that time again! The folks over at the ATI HQ in Canada have just released a new set of Catalyst drivers for users of Radeon graphics cards.
Source: TweakTown

Processing Physics - Pentium 4 = 12 GFLOPS; x1800XT = 83 GFLOPS

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2005 - 01:00 PM |
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The Tech Report has an article about a different use for ATI's x1000 series GPUs.   Not only can they provide incredible graphical performance, but they are also much quicker at processing phsyics than your main CPU.   Read the full article if you want to know how texture memory can be used for general storage, and what pixel shaders can really do.

"One of the more surprising aspects of ATI's Radeon X1000 series launch is something we didn't get a chance to talk about in our initial review of the graphics cards: ATI's eagerness to talk about using its GPUs for no

t-breaks talk with with David "Tabasco" Nalasco (from ATI)

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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t-break speaks with Davud Nalasco about Crossfire, the new X1000 series, and future plans for ATI, like will the cards work properly on Vista.


Don't forget to read Ryan's BFG 7800 GT OC Water Cooled Card Review as well!


"The compositing engine is really only necessary on a master board. Its only necessary if you want to use CrossFire.
Source: t-break

Asus Preps Dual 7800 7800 GT on a Single Card!

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2005 - 03:20 PM |
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You have got to see this!  Asus has nearly completed their dual-7800 GT card and is nearly ready to ship!  This card features not one, but TWO 7800 GT cores on a single card, running at 489 MHz core and 1.358 GHz memory clocks!  I have included some more pictures below!!


It does use an external power supply but that might actually be a good idea as power requirements on the PSU will go down because of it.  Here is a thread in our forums to discuss this new technology.


X850 CrossFire and X1000 Series Cards on Newegg

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2005 - 02:36 PM |
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I just got an email in from Newegg.com announcing the availability of

King of the X800 XL's

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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Tech-Hounds have decided they need to know which of the many X800XL based cards is the best.  Head on over to see who wins between ABIT, ASUS, GeCube and Gigabyte.

"After some time off, we're back with a round up - this time it's the Radeon X800XL cards. Compared to the just recently released X1600s, we think these are still the better buy - at least if you're more concerned with AA and AF.

Source: Tech-Hounds

New nVidia ForceWare Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2005 - 03:14 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 - 01:11 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 - 10:33 AM |
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You can get more information, as well as the driver by visiting NZone.com.


SANTA CLARA, CA

—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 - 08:43 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 - 06:38 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 - 06:37 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 - 12:22 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 - 11:11 AM |
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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 - 11:54 AM |
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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 - 09:55 AM |
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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.