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Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2006 - 04:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
Stemming from all the discussion from our NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology article, CyberLink has released PowerDVD for HD-DVD and Blu-ray drives with hardware acceleration for NVIDIA and ATI/AMD GPUs. They promised it before Christmas, but they are cutting it close! :)
New features for PowerDVD Ultra include:
Support for HD DVD and
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 05:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
In Taiwan, Sapphire was showing a dual-GPU graphics card using X1950 Pro GPUs.
If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative. Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather. The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.
Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single car
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 01:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tired of console games getting all the attention? Then check out this interview at Joystiq.com that looks at how Vista and the "Games for Windows" initiative will help.
Games for Windows is still very much a vision. The first priority, a retail initiative, is currently underway.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2006 - 01:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
There are several good video card reviews that have popped up in the last few days, the first from the gang at HardOCP that looks at the Asus EN7900GS TOP. HotHardware has an updated review on performance of SLI configurations on the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS cards. On the ATI front, XYZ Computing took a look at an upgraded version of
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer seems to have gotten the smell of a new rumor that ATI/AMD might be moving high end graphics configurations OUTSIDE of your case into another one in order to improve heat issues....do we really need this??
This brings the story back around to separate cases with one for CPU/memory/drives and one for graphics. It would solve a lot of problems. Separate power, separate cooling, plenty of space, etc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
XFX has just become the first NVIDIA GPU company to offer overclocked GeForce 8800 graphics cards. Both an 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS model are offered.
The new GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition runs at 630 MHz core clock and 2.0 GHz memory clock, compared to the reference speeds of 575 MHz core and 1.8 GHz memory. The 8800 GTS XXX Edition runs at 550 MHz instead of 500 MHz and at 1.8 GHz memory instead of 1.6 GHz memory speeds.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006. Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality. Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values. If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2006 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown tests out how the new 6.11 drivers handle Crossfire without a master card. By putting in 2 Crossfire ready cards and a few reboots, this driver will support Crossfire, but how much of an improvement will be seen?
You will also want to check out Ryan's SLI 8800GTX review ... 287fps at 1200x1600 with HDR, AA and AF!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2006 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EVGA's 7950 GX2 really impressed HotHardware. It started out tying and sometimes even beating a pair of 7900 GTs, but when they got a 15% overclock on the core and ~25% on the memory all bets were off.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2006 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MadShrimps have lined up offerings from ASUS, Sparkle and EVGA. If you are looking at a 7950 series, you may like EVGA's higher clock speeds.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 27, 2006 - 07:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There's a brand new RivaTuner at Guru of 3D. If you have never used this tool, you should at least try it out, and if you are a fan, you've probably been holdign your breath for 97.xx and 6.11 support.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2006 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown has had problems this week, in specific a waterpump stopped and the GPU on a 7900GS got hot enough to melt the fasteners keeping it's waterblock on. On further examination it could have been worse, but they feel it might be a good idea to restore thermal management at the driver level, as a BSOD is probably better than a visit from the fire department.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X1600 didn't match up to the nVidia 7600GT very favourably. HIS took the already increased GPU speed and pushed it up even further. HotHardware puts it onto the test bench to find out if they have managed to unseat nVidia's current best value card.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2006 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X1650XT sounds good, at a suggested price of $149 and performance to equal the 7600GT. As [H]ard|OCP discovered though, it is very hard to find one of these cards for sale, and if you do manage to get one, then you will be paying more than $150.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2006 - 04:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
Man, would I LOVE to do this...taking a flight on one of these Zero G flights into the atmosphere!!
FLY with EVGA'S New NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Contest
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EVGA has brought you products that make your computer fly for years, but now it's time to make our customers fly as well. EVGA has partnered with Zero G to bring our customers an amazing weightless experience. Imagine free falling 10,000 feet, without a parachute!
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2006 - 04:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
How about a free copy of Ghost Recon, City of Villians and Bet on Soldier? If you've been thinking about an AGEIA PhysX card it might be time to buy! You can find them in our pricing engine starting at $175!
AGEIA Technologies Launches 'Fall For PhysX' Game Bundle
Exclusive Program A Great Deal For Gamers Who Want To Test Drive PhysX Powered Games
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2006 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get a little more with the ThermalTake TMG AT2, reviewed by techPowerUp!. While the performance gains may not be huge, dropping the fan noise from 65 to 51 dbA may be music to your ears.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 9, 2006 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ATI released a new revision of the X1900GT, something they have done for a lot of past cards as well. In this particular case, they lowered the core speed, while raising the memory's. Legion Hardware puts the 2 cards head to head, and shows what you can expect to see because of this change.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The amount of changes and improvements in this card can't really be described quickly, there are so many. The bottom line is simply this ... the only thing that can touch the 8800 is a pair of X1950XTX's in Crossfire, nothing else can come close to this cards overall performance. The Tech Zone is more than willing to tell you how nVIDIA accomplished this feat.
You should also read Ryan's review at the top of the page.