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Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
ATI has unleashed a new Catalyst driver in time for the holidays. The new v5.13 beta posted at Guru3d is showing some remarkable improvements in the video/image quality department according to FiringSquad. This new driver should give NVIDIA some renewed competition in the HTPC market.
Guru3d has also reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire card in a massive 19 page piece.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2005 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Asylum managed to get their hands on the extremely rare Gigabyte 3D1-68GT, a dual GPU card whose performance is great, but comes at the cost of severe heat, and a massive size. Still no word on whether there will be an SLI version released in the future.
"The 3D1-68GT is as good a dual-GPU card as we've ever seen, but that does not exempt it from its
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2005 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cool and quiet wins out over high powered video cards once again. [H]ard|OCP examines the ASUS' Extreme N6600GT Silencer, a dead silent, GeForce 6600 GT, cooled by a large heatsink, with no fan. While it may not give you much overhead to overclock, it will certainly give good video performance, and as I may have mentioned, quiet down your system.
"Silence is golden. There are just certain situations where silence is a wonderful thing.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 02:50 PM | Jonathan Hung
Ryan has posted tantalizing coverage on Valve's new Filmic Effects. This new technology attempts to tackle some of graphics most complex problems, notably motion blurring and depth of field. Valve has some interesting approaches to implementing these effects which ultimately means more dramatic games in the near future.
Sadly though, there's no such thing as a free lunch...
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a year of monthly updates for ATI's catalysts, with current rumours of a 13th release close to christmas. AnandTech examines just what has changed over 2005, and ventures into the performance irregularities we saw earlier in the year.
"We have seen on more than one occasion that our benchmarks have been turned upside down and
inside out, with cases such as ATI's Catalyst 5.11 drivers suddenly giving ATI a decisive win in
OpenGL games, when they were being soundly defeated just a driver version b
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 9, 2005 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX bundle that the Guru of 3D reviews is just great. Not only do you get a reasonably videocard, it will perform better than most cards in it's class. Plus good games! You won't be stuck with aged titles to try out on your new card, and replaying FarCry with all the options turned up to 11 will be much fun.
"XFX did something really extraordinary with this "XXX Edition" product in two fold. First of all
the higher core and memory clocks are just brilliant.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2005 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Firing Squad decided to compare ATI, nVidia and XGI, with an eye for quality. If you are more concerned with the quality of your frames, as opposed to the quantity, this review is for you.
'Today FiringSquad looks at the deinterlacing performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600, the ATI
Radeon X800, and the XGI Volari 8300.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2005 - 06:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
T-break reviews one of those rare non-AIW TV tuner cards, the PowerColor Theatre 550 Pro. It's a 1x PCIx card, and is worth a look for anyone considering setting up a HTPC for themselves or as a gift.
"The included Cyberlink remote clearly lacks the luster that ATI remotes have and looks ungraceful
and clunky. The remote also lacks a thumbpad for mouse control and includes no programmable
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2005 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Accelenation has an article up about one possible future of graphics, Parallax Mapping and Ray-Tracing. Even is it does get a little technical at times, it is well illustrated and you will figure out exactly what they are talking about.
"Could advanced Parallax Mapping represent the first tentative steps toward a ray-tracing future
for computer graphics?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2005 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalright's V1 Ultra graphics cooler will fit almost any modern GeForce or Radeon, and provides full wrap around cooling. The cooler is much better than the stock cooling solution you probably use, in fact it's almost as good as watercooling. SystemCooling has the full review, so see if you want to push the limits of your videocard with some new cooling.
"Back in June, we introduced users to Thermalright's maiden voyage in the world of video card
cooling, the Thermalright V1.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2005 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 28, 2005 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2005 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2005 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 23, 2005 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2005 - 07:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Beyond 3D has a good run down of what you can expect from Sapphire'sRadeon X800 GTOÂ² 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
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 21, 2005 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2005 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 ChaintechÂ® SE68GS features 256MB DDR3 SDRAM plus the 6800 GS GPU native 256-bit memory interface; SE68GS delivers 1000MHz memory clock.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2005 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 14, 2005 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.