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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2005 - 10:56 AM | Ryan Shrout
Here are some random video card reviews found throughout the web today.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 11:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has written up an article looking at the current state of gaming on the newly released 64-bit version of Windows XP. They did find that Splinter Cell refused to play in the new version of Windows...
Number 4 is the key here. The application or game itself be written to take advantage of what your 64-bit CPU has to offer. Without this, there isn't going to be any benefit in game performance on an x64 platform.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 09:21 AM | Ryan Shrout
After you have looked at my review of the Radeon X800 XL 512 MB GPU from ATI, then you should have a look at what these other websits are saying about the latest video card releaes.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2005 - 10:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
At least, that is what the Inquirer is saying.
We saw some Intel 955 motherboards with two PCIe graphics slots and when we asked around it turns out that you will be able to use ATI's cards in those boards. That is, when ATI officially reveals its marchitecture.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2005 - 11:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
Read the full release on ATI.com.
ATI Leverages Breakthrough AMD 64 Dual-Core Technology to Drive Graphics Industry Forward
MARKHAM, ON— April 21, 2005 — To mark the 2nd anniversary of the AMD Opteron™ processor platform, ATI Technologies Inc., (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) affirms its ongoing support of AMD's (NYSE : AMD) industry-leading initiatives
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 10:41 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
- Support for the GeForce 6200 with TurboCache™, NVIDIA PureVideo™, and NVIDIA SLI™
- MicrosoftÂ® DirectXÂ® 9.0c and OpenGLÂ® 1.5 support
- Resolved problem with overclocking not working when running GPUs in SLI mode.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 10:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
There were quite a few of them in my inbox over the last two days:
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 13, 2005 - 04:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2005 - 10:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
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!
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2005 - 06:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2005 - 02:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 29, 2005 - 01:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 TechnologiesÂ®, 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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:06 AM | Ryan Shrout
There are several GPU reviews that I got wind of this morning -- I'll list them all here for you to read.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 08:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 07:54 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2005 - 12:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.