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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2004 - 05:44 PM | Andrew Kaiser
ATi certainly isn't sitting back and letting nVidia dominate the budget market. Digitimes has some information on ATi's new budget cards.
People are still having a hard time getting their hands on Radeon X800 XT boards, and someone has already discovered how to turn an X800 Pro into an X800 XT.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2004 - 04:10 PM | Andrew Kaiser
Some leaked internal slides intended to be used by NVIDIA's sales teams have been posted on 3DCenter's forums. Kyle at HardOCP has verifed that these slides are indeed real.
"People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" comes to mind.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2004 - 03:36 AM | Andrew Kaiser
Chances are in recent years you have encountered the mentality that the OEM brand doesn't matter, and that the GPU the card is outfitted with is all that matters. While in sectors such as storage brands suddenly become quite important based on their reliability records, for the most part this is a non-issue with video cards these days. Really, how much difference can there be?
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2004 - 10:16 AM | Sean Pelletier
Those who thought NVIDIA's new MXM mobile PCI-Express module would make life a bit easier for laptop vendors are in for a suprise. Apparently, ATI is on the verge of announcing their own module.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2004 - 05:17 AM | Andrew Kaiser
It's simply amazing how speedy the development cycle operates at in the IT industry. Here GDDR3 has hardly been out, and GDDR4 has already been revealed! Check the link below to read Guru3D's article.
Don't forget to check out Alienware's Dual PCI-Express technology!
Quote: "Why the use of third generation DDR memory? Simple, it has certain advantages over DDR1/2. First of all, lower voltage is needed to juice up the silicon. Less juice means less heat, so it can be clocked higher.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2004 - 04:19 PM | Andrew Kaiser
With the NDA lifted, a flurry of information about ATi's next gen card has been unleashed upon the web. I'll let the reviews speak for themselves, but it is certain that neither side dropped the ball this time around. The back-and-forth battle that has become so familier continues!
"Under the Pixel Shader 2.0 test from 3DMark03 We are seeing much great performance differences between the boards than in previous test The X800 XT PE is up to 65% higher performance than the X800 PRO and very close to being 3 times the performance of the 9800 XT!
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 3, 2004 - 06:32 AM | Andrew Kaiser
Gainward made my first aftermarket video card. I remember well the elation of getting it for about 30% under standard street price, yet it was a while before I found out about overclocking. When I finally became brave enough to try it, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did it boost my 3DMark scores higher than systems that cost twice as much at the time, but I was getting higher clock speeds than I was told to expect as a maximum for the card! Needless to say, I was quite satisfied.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2004 - 08:43 PM | Andrew Kaiser
With games like FarCry pushing the envelope of 3D gaming, enthusiasts are scrambling to tweak their system in order to get playable frame rates. Here's one welcome way to milk that last ounce of performance from current gen video cards :)
Quote: "The 256MB ATI Radeon 9800 Pro is probably the least popular ATI graphics card. It is a lot more expensive than the 128MB variant and the extra 128MB of memory proved rather useless. But while you may think that it is a sheer waste of money, it may actually turn out to be a real steal! Why?
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2004 - 01:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
Lake Bluff, IL - ( April 14, 2004 ) -BFG Technologies, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that they will offer two new 3D graphics cards based on the highly anticipated NV
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 02:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
After attending the NVIDIA NV40 launch event yesterday in San Francisco, many of the press and gamers in attendence were amazed by the first showing of the FarCry modifcation that will enable Pixel Shader 3.0 support. We are actively trying to get a hold of either a video demonstration or screenshots to show you all, but we don't have them yet.
The demo that was shown was remarkable, showing us several scenes including a stair case with a rock wall that showed dramatic differences the realism of the textures when PS 3.0 was enabled. What is even more remarkable was
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 01:48 PM | Andrew Kaiser
When it rains, it pours! We are no longer left to speculation about the long-awaited NV40 GPU. Don't forget to check out PC Perspective's own preview, courtesy of pelly :)
Quote: Synthetic tests we ran on the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra revealed that there are no dramatic drawbacks in the architecture of the chip. We are pretty optimistic about the balance of this architecture, its ability to scale in the future as well as performance the graphics processor is able deliver in today's and tomorrow's applications.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:44 AM | Andrew Kaiser
With the launch date so near, it's fairly safe to say that the R420 specs Digit Life has posted will be close to what actually hits the market. With 16 pipelines, and 512mb of memory on the roadmap, it certainly has met my expectations!
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:37 AM | Andrew Kaiser
The much-hyped NV40 is upon us! It now goes by 'GeForce FX 6800 Ultra/6800'. t-break takes a peek at Gigabyte's offerings, and lists many of their specs.
Quote: "Built on the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra/6800, the GV-N68 series is equipped with a complete range of features to satisfy any die-hard PC gamer. The unique NVIDIA CineFXTM 3.0 engine powers the next generation of cinematic realism in vivid true color. The next-generation shader architecture delivers faster and smoother gameplay.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:25 AM | Andrew Kaiser
While this certainly isn't the first stock-overclocked card offered by an OEM, this is quite a bit more agressive than I've seen before. In the past, users didn't jump for a 2% increase in clock speeds, but perhaps this pumped up card is the beginning of a new trend?
Quote: "The Gigabyte GV-N595U-GT is for those who have the money and can't live
without the best nVIDIA card. Don't like the stock FX5950 Ultra speed, but
are afraid to overclock? The GV-N595U-GT is for you. Already have a video
editing / capturing software suite? The GV-N595U-GT is for you.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2004 - 02:41 PM | Andrew Kaiser
Things are set to get interesting in the world of computer graphics, with nVidia expected to launch NV40 by April 15, and ATi launching their X800 Pro (formerly known as R420) on the 26th of this month. While early reports indicate that NV40 will greatly raise the performance bar, only time will tell if ATi can match. At any rate, the continuing war is nothing but good for us, the buyers :)
Quote: "The HIS Excalibur 9600 was no slouch when it came to game benchmarking.
The 9600 basically tied the FX5600 Turbo, winning two benchmarks, losing
two and tying one.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2004 - 02:12 AM | Andrew Kaiser
3DChip has taken the time to put together the information and tools needed to flash a GeForce FX 59x BIOS to FX 5950 Ultra, resulting in a reasonable performance boost. If you can get over the translation, it makes excellent reading :)
Quote: "The theme was and is still discussed a lot: The Flash of a FX5900 (Ultra) to a more powerful FX5950Ultra. We took time to write a litle toturial
which includes a 3DChip-Flashkit with same bioses and flashtools and tells you how to flash your videocard.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2004 - 05:23 AM | Ron Goldin
Being in the position I'm in here at PCP for as long as I have, people even in real life are always asking me about choices for upgrades. One of the biggest categories for upgrades folks are looking to make is video cards. With all the choices on the market today, its hard to keep up with them all. Luckily this guide from Adrian popped up just when I could use it most. I hope its as accurate as Adrian's work has been in the past.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2004 - 08:14 PM | Kristie Goldin
As always seems to happen when we approach the release of nVidia and ATi's latest and greatest, there's always so much hype on the net that the facts tend to get lost in the shuffle. So it was with great joy that I came across this article that endeavors to lay out the facts about the upcoming NV40 & R420/423.
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