NVIDIA Detonator 71.89 Driver Released

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 10:41 AM |
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I got word of this last night, but NVIDIA posted a new graphics driver today, version 71.89.  Get 'em if you need 'em, or just want them.  Or whatever.

Release Highlights:



  • Support for the GeForce 6200 with TurboCache™, NVIDIA PureVideo™, and NVIDIA SLI™
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 1.5 support
  • Resolved problem with overclocking not working when running GPUs in SLI mode. 

A Couple X850 XT Reviews and more

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 10:34 AM |
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There were quite a few of them in my inbox over the last two days:


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Hardware MPEG2 TV Tuner Roundup

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 13, 2005 - 04:59 PM |
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Tech Report has taken a look at three MPEG2 TV Tuner cards, one from ATI, one from NVIDIA and one from Hauppauge.  Take a look!


PCs ARE SLOWLY creeping into every room of the house, particularly the living room, where home-theater PCs (HTPCs) have become popular among enthusiasts seeking to integrate multiple audiovisual devices into a single system.

Some Graphics Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2005 - 10:08 AM |
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I have a few video card reviews that were sent into me this weekend for posting, so I'll finally get them up today.  Enjoy!


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New Cat 5.4s are Out!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2005 - 06:39 PM |
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I saw over at HardOCP that new Catalyst 5.4 drivers are now online, so head on over and pick 'em up if you need them.  Below is a partial list of fixes:

 Fixed in this driver:

  • 3DMark2001: A black screen is no longer displayed when launching 3DMark2001 after launching Aquamark3 when the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER is installed

  • Pacific Fighters: Playing the game after playing any track for a short period

NVIDIA Launches a new website: SLIzone.com

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2005 - 02:50 PM |
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It looks like NVIDIA is taking the community's comments about the state of SLI to heart, launching a new website to help the enthusiast find information on reviews, tutorials and more.  It's the information like the list of supported games though, that will be the best information source on here, I think.


To kick off the webiste, they are having a contest to win the following prizes:


To kick off the new site, MSI is spon

MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 29, 2005 - 01:45 PM |
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Man, that model name looks like something Gainward would think up!  [H]ardOCP is out with yet another review today, only this time featuring the 6800GT GPU from NVIDIA

Honestly, you have to put in context what we are testing here. The MSI NX6800GT is based on the GeForce 6800 GT GPU, which is only second to the fastest GPU available from NVIDIA at this time. It really isn't that much slower than a 6800 Ultra considering the only difference is that it is clocked at a lower speed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

3DLabs Wilcat Realizm 300 MultiGPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:13 PM |
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Anandtech is looking at the 3DLabs Wildcat Realizm 300 multi-GPU setup today.  They only test SPECviewperf, so you might not get a whole lot of this for an enthusiast user. 

We are very interested in comparing this solution to NVIDIA's SLI option. If NVIDIA is able to adapt their SLI profiles to workstation applications effectively, we could see some very impressive numbers. NVIDIA isn't choosing to focus on performance as the main selling point of Quadro SLI though.

Source: AnandTech

BFG Tech Announced 512 MB 6800 Ultra

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:07 PM |
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It looks like the first comany to announce a product on NVIDIA's 6800 Ultra reference platform is none other than home-grown BFG Tech. 


Lake Forest, IL — ( March 24, 2005 )— BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of advanced 3D graphic cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that they will offer an overclocked 512MB PCI Express™ version of their award-winning BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ graphics card.


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New Info on ATI's Multi VPU Rendering

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:27 AM |
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Not a whole lot new here, and you never know if its going to be accurate when the products launch, but Fudo at The Inquirer is telling us about some news he heard on ATI's answer to SLI.  Apparantly it will use a method called "Super Tiling" that breaks up the screens into squares like a chess board and that each card will be connected to the monitor via the DVI port.  We'll see how this pans out.

One graphic card will act as a master while the second one will act as a slave and both card will be connected to an in

Source: The Inquirer

Various Video Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:06 AM |
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There are several GPU reviews that I got wind of this morning -- I'll list them all here for you to read.



  • Firingsquad reviews 6 different X800 XL cards and compares them

  • HardwareZone has a 5-way X700 card shootout

  • PCStats takes a look at the ATI X800 XL card from Gigabyte

  • The Albatron 6600 PCI Express card gets a poke and a pr
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World of Warcraft Performance Guide

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 08:06 PM |
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If you have been playing or thinking of playing World of Warcraft, otherwise known as WoW, then you'll want to read what Anand has put together as a performance guide.  He has looked at both GPU and CPU performance in the game. 

The balance between GPU and CPU performance isn't all that matters to World of Warcraft. Memory size is also a very important factor in building a smooth running WoW box.  As with any high end gaming box, less than 512MB of memory is simply unacceptable for WoW.

Source: AnandTech

ATI Theatre 550 Pro Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 07:54 PM |
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The gang at PCStats is looking at the new Powercolor branded Theatre 550 TV tuner card today. 

As you've probably guessed by now, the Powercolor Theatre 550 Pro works as a TV-tuner ought to. Its combination of great image quality and perfect frame rates made us very happy campers indeed. ATI appears to have the makings of a hit on their hands with the Theatre Pro 550 chip.

We were less thrilled with the bundled Cyberlink PowerCinema 3 software.

Source: PCStats

Has SLI Improved Yet?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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HardOCP has come back to the table with an updated look at the status of SLI gaming.  Since we last heard from them on this topic, a new driver has been released that promised additional SLI support for everyone!  Did it happen?

We are still very concerned with the frequency of driver releases and bug fixes, however. As you can see in our gameplay testing, this driver has quite a few problems. Right now, there is a temperature issue bug, and a bug with Coolbits not allowing overclocking in SLI.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Graphics Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2005 - 12:07 AM |
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I have a couple of GPU reviews here for you tonight.


First, PenStarSys has reviewed the Sapphire Radeon X800 XL.  Though he over enthusiastically points out a $299 price point, the card is still a good performer.


Next, the gang at HotHardware are looking at a pair of cards from HIS: the X850 XT and the X800 XL


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Club 3D X800 XL PCI Express Reviewed

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2005 - 07:10 PM |
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Definitely one of the lesser known GPU vendors, the Club 3D X800 XL PCIe card is being reviewed by the gang at Viperlair today. 

I've not had a chance to look at a Club-3D product before; I've seen them in the shops occasionally along with other brands but for some reason I've not actually picked one up.

Source: VIPERLAIR

ATI Raises Prices on GPUs??

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2005 - 07:03 PM |
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Scott Wasson of the Tech Report has a bit of an editorial on the price gouging on vendors and the new ATI video cards.  It turns out, it may not completely be the vendors fault after all...

The moral of the story, it seems to me, is clear: ATI's second set of lower pricing numbers for the X800 and X800 XL was essentially incorrect. In reality, in the market, the 16-pipe Radeon X800 XL competes with the 16-pipe GeForce 6800 GT.

SLI Transforms 3DMark05 Leaderboard

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 16, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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Today NVIDIA sent out a press wire stating "NVIDIA® SLI™ TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMS THE PC ENTHUSIAST SEGMENT" and I thought after reading that, hot damn let's see what's new.  This was the subtitle: Award-Winning Dual GPU Solution Sweeps 3DMark05 Hall of Fame.


Now I'm not against using the 3Dmark genre for testing, or for benchmarks, or even for comparison, but to say that because of SLI on the top of the 3DMark05 Hall of Fame NVIDIA has "transformed the enthusiast segment" is a bit much...



NVIDIA® SLI™ TECHN

ATI Mobility Radeon X700

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 16, 2005 - 10:59 AM |
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The gang at HardOCP have written up a bit on the ATI Mobility Radeon X700 core using an Acer Travelmate notebook. 

For the class of notebook that this is the Mobility Radeon X700 is at the top of its game. It allows the highest level of playable quality settings we have seen yet for this class of notebook. Though the gaming experience isn't going to be as great as a desktop replacement laptop you can still have a whole lot of fun on the go gaming with this notebook.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Some Random GPU News

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2005 - 12:42 PM |
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The Inquirer has some interesting GPU-based news this afternoon.  First, they found the NVIDIA is looking into

Source: The Inquirer