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Subject: Graphics Cards | July 10, 2007 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the disappointing launch of the 2900XT a few driver revisions behind us, [H]ard|OCP revisits the card to see what improvements have been made, and if it can start to challenge the 8800 series. They set up a Crossfire rig to benchmark against a single 8800 GTS OC. With the falling price of overclocked 8800's, can the Crossfire setup and new drivers make the 2900XT the better choice?
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2007 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At just under $600, and faster than an Ultra at default speeds, PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX OC is going to turn a lot of heads. HotHardware found it to never stray more than 5 fps from the Ultra, and at a noticeably lower price. It also turns out that this card can be overclocked beyond the speed it runs at out of the box, although not to the point that some 8800 GTXs have reached.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 5, 2007 - 04:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech tries out the 3 games which use DX10, and test them in both DX10 and DX9. While the features that DX10 offer sound quite impressive, and don't look too bad either, you take a hit in performance because of them. In some cases, it could simply be a matter of driver maturity, because there are some situations where you do see a performance benefit. At the end of the review, AnandTech makes a good point about the speed needed to be displaying 4 megapixels worth of detail on the screen in a FPS, but don't just
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 09:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Stuck with an out of date system, that needs a complete overhaul to be brought up to speed? Can't quite manage an entire system replacement, but you do want to see some of the graphical bells and whistles in todays games? Drop by Tweaknews to see how well the AGP version of the X1950 Pro performs against the competition. Maybe all you need is a $200 investment to revitalize your gaming experience.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 08:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (July 2, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the launch of the ThermoIntelligence series of cooling solutions featured on the new air-cooled, single slot BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card.
"Ever since the inception of BFG Tech back in 2002, we have been at the forefront of high performance custom cooling" said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of Marketing.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 2 brothers of the recently released 2900XT have appeared, the 2600 and the 2400. With lower clock speeds, lower power consumption and the inclusion of AMD's Universal Video Decoder, these cards are perfect for an HTPC system, or for casual gamers. Unfortunately, they are not going to satisfy any hardcore gamers. It isn't all bad news, the benefit gained in a Crossfire configuration from these two cards is better than any we've seen, which may signal hope for the future of AMD's graphics division.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
Don't worry, it's coming! At about 4am last night I decided it was better to get a few hours sleep than write something that you weren't going to be able to read....so give it a couple of hours and I'll have my full review of the new 2600 and 2400 cards from AMD online.
In the mean time, hang out in the PC Perspective Forum and chat with some other hardware fanatics!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2007 - 09:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 8000 series has been expanded to cover just about every price point, from under $100 to over $1000, and all are DX10 cards. Over at Tech-Hounds, the low to mid range 8600 GT and GTS are up for review with their older brother, the 7950GT for comparison as well as a X1950 Pro. It turns out that if raw speed is all you are interested in, maybe a lower priced DX10 card isn't what you are looking for.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2007 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has throughly investigated factory overclocked cards in this eVGA review. They grabbed a default speed 8800 GTX card, a 8800 GTX they overclocked themselves, an 8800 Ultra at default speeds and one they overclocked, and finally a hard to find 8800 Ultra Superclocked, all from eVGA. Find
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 10:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has a look at the new Linux driver for ATI, the xf86-video-avivo. They take you through the build process, and discuss the limitations that currently affect it. Take a look at what the replacement for the fglrx binary blob can do, and what still needs some ironing out.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are extending the retail line-up of our award-winning GeForce 8 Series by offering the NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS to consumers. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics processors offer the features of the GeForce 8 Series architecture for an incredible value. Superb for driving the Microsoft Windows Vista experience, the GeForce 8400 GS runs Vista features quickly and seamlessly, allowing you to play the latest Microsoft Direct X 9 and DirectX 10 games, and enjoy an outstanding HD DVD/Blu-ray movie experience.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2007 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At [H]ard|OCP, they compare the new HD 2900XT to the 320MB version of the 8800GTS and use it to exemplify the disappointment many people felt with the release of the new card from AMD. Although both cards performance falls mostly within the same speed, a certain card does pull ahead noticeably in some of the benchmarked games. Unfortunately, it is not the $400ish AMD card that pulls ahead, but rather the $250ish nVIDIA card.
"See how the 320 MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS compar
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2007 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CHATSWORTH, CA - June 14, 2007 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte). With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class.
Diamond Multimedia's new flagship graphics card is the foundation of a whole new generation of AMD/ATI Radeon Graphics.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2007 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DangerDen and Swiftech offer updated VGA cooler designs to fit the new 8800 series, and MADSHRIMPS is on a a quest to see if using them is worth it. DangerDen offers an all new NV-88GTS-PC, while Swiftech choose to provide a mounting adapter for their MCW-60. While they do not foray into overclocking, you can clearly see the temperatures offered from these 2 coolers compared against air cooling solutions, which will give you an idea just how much further these cooler will allow you to go.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2007 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EVGA 8800 Ultra Superclocked has been pushed to a 650MHz core, and 1125MHz memory. It is a case of nVIDIA competing with it's self, so it's no surprise that nVIDIA still has the fastest card out there. If you are dying to be able to enable those last few settings like 16xQAA at huge resolutions, then the review at PureOverclock is right up your alley.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2007 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640 MB has it's memory speed pushed faster than the GTX, at 580MHz, and the clock speed is almost as good at 1.7GHz. [H]ard|OCP tried it out against it's big brother and foudn it to be running in a nice mid ground between a normally clocked GTS and the GTX. Even better, they found this to be the best overclock on a card from BFGTech, putting it in competition with the competitors factory overclocked cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 29, 2007 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following up on their testing of ATI's DX9 cards under Vista, Elite Bastards moves onto nVIDIA, again sticking with DX9 cards. They look at quite a few benchmarks, and found that much like the ATI drivers there is room for improvement. The big story was less noticeable in the benchmarks. On the good side, the new drivers are rock solid, with no hitch
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2007 - 07:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's UVD is an on-chip decoder for Blu-ray and HD DVD, offering 40MBits of bandwidth, their answer to nVIDIA's PureVideo HD. As The Tech Report discovered, it is missing from the new HD 2900 XT, even though AMD's presentation seemed to imply that it was on that card. Read the full article to find out why so many sites thought the 2900 did have UVD, and what that means to someone buying this card to display HD, especially from a Blu-ray or HD-DVD source.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2007 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - May 24, 2007 - PNY Technologies, Inc. today announced
the addition of two, new XLR8(TM) graphics cards based on the NVIDIA
GeForceR 8 Series of GPUs. The XLR8 GeForce 8800 Ultra and 8800 Ultra OC
(Overclocked) round out PNY's graphics card line up, so gamers have more
choices to select a high-end card based on their particular needs and
Other features that come with all of PNY's GeForce 8 series of graphics cards include:
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2007 - 10:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at HotHardware, you can catch a review of MSI's 8600GT, a silently cooled 8600GTS from Gigabyte and MSI's NX8500GT, all of which are under $200. These are all contrasted against AMD's 1950 Pro which is worth about the same to buy, but is only capable of DX9. As the benchmarks show, unless you are desperate to try DX10, the older 1950 Pro will give you more bang for your buck.