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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2006 - 07:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCStats examines ASUS' EAX1900XTX a 512 MB card with dual-DVI outputs and some really impressive clocks, the GPU is 650 and the memory runs at 1550Mhz. It will cost you a lot, but there isn't much out there that can come close to saturating it's bandwidth.
Plus, Ryan has been busy this week, dropping by the Game Developers Conference, and talking with ATI about their take on Physics accleration ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking to overclock that shiny new video card, but feeling the heat, or just trying to quiet it? Legion Hardware has a 6-way shootout between Thermalright, Zalman and Arctic Cooling. Drop by and find out which one can do you right!
"When it comes to high-end air-cooled VGA coolers the six tested here today are amongst the best.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
First we had no physics cards, and now we have a battle royal between nVIDIA and Ageia to get their physics acceleration to the market first. The Inquirer feels that there is already a clear winner, and are quite happy to tell you who.
"So, the SLI physics engine can make water fall, ripples move, and rocks from the exploding cliff
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2006 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ageia has announced their progress with the PhsyX physics accelerator card, and the Software Development Kit that goes with it. City of Villains is ready to incorporate the technology into their game as soon as people have the card installed. They aren't going to stop at PC's either, their card, and the drivers will be supported on consoles as well!
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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2006 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There have been numerous reports of problems with various vendors overclocked 7900 GTX cards not working correctly.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2006 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has beat Ageia to the punch by partnering with Havok to create their own Physics Accelerator Card. By using SLI, they can have one GeForce card working on the graphics, while the second is devoted to physics. As well, it can be implemented on a single card, with some cycles devoted purely to graphics, and others to the physics calculations. [H]ard|OCP explains further here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2006 - 06:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown has posted the results of their testing with ATI's new 6.3 Catalysts. Drop by and find out what enhancements you can expect from their newest drivers.
"Never fear, our Catalyst performance analyst for March 2006 is here, so let's take a look at
what ATI have done this month.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2006 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech-Hounds continues their look at the X1900 series from ATI in the second part of their indepth examination. Find out more about the differences between ATI and nVIDIA than just the PCB colour.
"ATI's latest offering, the Radeon X1900 XTX is strong, but it does have its weak points. We already covered the lack of performance with texture dependent games in our last article. Now we discovered that ATI's adaptive antialiasing is not as effective as NVIDIA's transparency anti aliasing.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2006 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PureOverclock ran some tests comparing a standard 256MB 7800GT and a 512MB version. With some judicious use of NiBiTor, all clock speeds were rendered equal. Read on to see if paying for that extra RAM is really worth it.
"Does a 512MB framebuffer make any difference?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2006 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP gives a you a good rundown of the technology behind nVIDIA's new cards, and what you can expect to get from them. More than jsut benchmarks, you are in danger of learning something by reading this.
"The big news for NVIDIA today is that their high-end GPU has gone 90 nanometers. This actually
isn't their first 90 nanometer GPU, the GeForce 7300 GS is built on the 90 nanometer process.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In response to nVIDIA's product launch today, ATI has struck back with the X1800GTO. Read the review at Hot Hardware to see if ATI's newest can compete with the shiny new nVIDIA cards.
"ATI reacts quickly this morning to NVIDIA's hard launch of GeForce 7 refreshes, with a launch of
their own for the performance mainstream sector of the market.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA came out swinging this morning, with the release of the new 7900 and 7600 cards. Start at Hot Hardware, who have revied both the budget oriented 7600, and the powerful 7900. Then, just keep going as there are a lot of sites working hard to give you a good look at these hot new models.
'Our personal favorite card
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 6, 2006 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LOSTCIRCUITS has tested ATI's current mid-range card, the x1600 Pro, offered in an AGP flavour. If you are still putting off that total systems upgrade for a bit, but find yourself barely able to play some of the newer titles with any bells or whistles enabled, this card might give your PC a new lease on lfe.
"In the middle of ATI's current GPU lineup is the X1600 series, based on the R530 GPU and
described by ATI as the "Absolute in Mainstream Gaming Performance".
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2006 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3D Chip has posted an article about how a GPU works, in relativly simple terms. If you want to know why people care more about pipelines than raw speed, and were afraid to ask, this will be worth your while.
"Hello readers and reader, welcome to our new bases series to the subject of graphic cards. Did
you not ask you already often how a GPU is constructed and calculates like it of pictures?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jonathan Hung
It finally happened and I figured it was going to be sooner rather than later. There is now a third-party patch available that allows everyone to run SLI regardless of chipset! The story started with a leaked ULi patch that enabled SLI, then users created their own universal patch. All you need is a motherboard capable of running two PCI-Express graphics cards (i.e. Intel 955X, 975X, XPress 200, XPress 3200, etc.).
If anything, this homebrew software will help increase the sales of NVIDIA cards; so I hope NVIDIA doesn't come down too hard on this patch.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 10:41 AM | Jonathan Hung
Matrox has launched the world's first portable (and reusable) multi-display adapter - the TripleHead2Go, and DualHead2Go. These palm-sized devices allows a user to add up to three external displays without needing to upgrade their motherboard or graphics.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2006 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn 3D examines another budget concious card from ATI, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2. While the card won't break any speed records, it sports a 600Mhz core and 400Mhz DDR memory, all for under $100.
"Because not everyone can shell out $500+ green for a video card, I decided to review the
PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 not so long ago. On February 21st, Tul Corporation announeced
another low-end model based around RV515, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2 (RV515LE).
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elite Bastards compares the 2 flavours of X1900, the XT and the XTX, to see exactly what you get for the extra money. Both are based on the same chips (R580), one is simply clocked higher than the other. Read the full review to find out which of the 2 cards is the better buy.
"From our brief foray through US retail outlets, it seems as though a $75 price difference between
the X1900 XT and XTX (When it comes to Built By ATI boards) is the best you can find at present,
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2006 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The specs for the upcoming nVIDIA cards are very impressive, if VR-Zone's scoop is right. It could even be enough to bump ATI's performance crown off.
Also, if video editing and manipulation is more your thing, check out Ryan's review of the X1900 All-In-Wonder.
"VR-Zone has posted some specs for the upcoming 90nm G71 series already. There will be two models
as we have revealed before; the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM | Jonathan Hung
With ATI generating most of the buzz in recent weeks, NVIDIA has stepped up to deliver some excitement of their own. The biggest news being the demise of the 7800-series cards, and the introduction of 7900-series GTX and GT parts.