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Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVidia's mid-level 6800 cards seem to be disappearing, and as The Inquirer points out, this seems a dead giveaway that there is a new mid level card on it's way, likely a 7600.
"STRANGE THINGS are afoot in retail circles. The nVidia 6800 in its PCIe variety has all but
disappeared. This leaves nVidia with a huge gap in its mid range wide open for the new 7600.
The reason this is strange is how little fuss has been made.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:05 AM | Ryan Shrout
Today VIA/S3 announced a new candidate in the mid-market graphics world with the release of a new ChromeS20 series of PCI Express GPUs. These cards are going to be made by Fujitsu's 90nm technology and offer a significant performance/watt advantage over current NVIDIA and ATI offerings. I should have some contact with these parts soon so I'll be able to get a more in-depth product analysis up later in the week.
Features on the chip include improved HDTV output, 700 MHz core clock, DDR3 memory and support for an SLI-l
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2005 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PimpRig has a look at the Sapphire X800 GTO2 Limited Edition 256MB PCIe Video Card. It's a slightly faster X800, with great overclocking potential, and more. It has 12 pipelines, as you'd expect, but with a flash, you can mod it into a 16 pipleine card, like the 850's, at about half the price. Then you overclock that, and end up with an X800 than outperforms a vanilla X850. You really want to read the whole article!
"The Sapphire X800 GTO2 was modestly launched recently
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2005 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Guru of 3D's nVHardPage SE lets you tweak settings on your video card, through an easy to use software program, and they've updated it to version 3.2. If you use it, update it ... if you've never tried it, maybe you should give it a try and see if you can breed a bit more life into your old nVidia card.
"Do you seek an easy way to en/disable overclocking options or vsync your ForceWare drivers
without the burden of importing registry entries or the need to go in that registry yourself ?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 28, 2005 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer reports on Samsung's new GDDR4 chips, which are currently undergoing testing. If they deliver, they will double the bandwidth of current GDDR3 chips.
"The latency of the shipped modules is set at 0.8 nanoseconds, which limits the highest clockspeed
of the memory to an astonishing 1.25 GHz in DDR mode.
It does not take a braniac to calculate the possible bandwidth on G80/R580 boards: 32-bytes
(256-bit) x 1.25 (GHz) x 2 (DDR) results in 80GB/s of theoretical bandwidth, almost double the
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2005 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D puts the HIS X800GT and GTO head to head in a review that also incorporates 6 other video cards. As with many other reviews, most ratings are shown twice, once for pure performance, and once as performance versus price.
"While ATI is busy showing off their new products it is easy to forget that they still have a
pretty nice line-up already out.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2005 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Modding Malaysia discovers an interesting fact about the XFX GeForce 7800 GT. It is a better performing card than the 6800 Ultra, and costs around $100 less. Keep that in mind if you're upgrading, but aren't looking to spend $500+.
"All in all, the XFX GeForce 7800 GT is a stunning graphics card. The package was impressive and
the bundled games are pretty good. This 7800 GT comes factory overclocked and it runs pretty cool
even at overclocked speeds.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 24, 2005 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware reviews ASUS' Extreme X800 Silencer. As the name implies, this is a new ATI card that runs dead silently. The heatpipes heatsink may be huge, but with it you can overclock this thing very well.
"This new passive cooling design by ASUS has proven to deliver exceptional performance while
operating with complete silence. The demand for silent cooling methods has become increasingly
popular as volume has become a real concern over the past few years.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2005 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone got their hands on Quake 4, and a bunch of high end video cards. See what you need to be able to enjoy your assault on the Strogg's!
"The latest installment of the legendary Quake series has arrived and we put it through our lab
tests to find out how it fares with various graphics hardware. Though based on the Doom 3 game
engine, we've found that Quake 4 needs much more juice.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2005 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the release of the expensive X850XT, ATI has found it's self with extra R480 cores. The solution they came up with was to use the same core in their X800GTO, a card that costs roughly half as much. TweakTown can give you the whole story on what this card can do.
"With all the hype surrounding the new generation ATI graphics cards, there are people who don't
have that kind of money to spend.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone looks at ECS's SDGE, their answer to ATI and nVidia. It is incredibly adaptable, running
mixes like PCIe x16 + PCIe x4, PCIe x8 + PCIe x8, PCIe x16 + PCIe x16. Also, in the future more combos may be included, like PCIe x16 + AGP Express, AGP 8x + PCIe Express, Integrated Graphics + AGP Express and Integr
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 03:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD Review has a head to head contest up ... it pits ATI's current flagship card against nVidia's. Check it out to see which gives you more bang for your buck.
"Today we got our hands on both an ATI X1800XL and NVIDIA 7800GT, so we decided to benchmark each of these cards with the same configuration to see what happens and how much bang you get for your buck."
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP got their hands on a BFGTech GeForce 7800 GT OC H2O! It's watercooled right out of the box, although you do need to have an existing watercooled PC to add it to. See just how far they can push this beast!
BFGTech is well known for taking video cards and bringing a guaranteed and warranty approved factory overclock right out of the box for you to enjoy more performance. As we all know, there is only so much you can do with a heat sink and fan unit using air-cooling.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2005 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIA GeForce graphic processing units (GPUs) have been selected by Activision as the preferred platform for Call of Duty 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Call of Duty which is the winner of over 80 'Game of the Year' awards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2005 - 06:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wondering which 6800GT is right for you? Tech-hounds has a shootout between 3 major players in the graphics card biz. Even if the FRAPS ratings are the same, make sure to compare heat and the bundle of goodies they come with.
"Out of the the high end graphics card from NVIDIA, the GeForce 6800GT has the best bang for the buck. Now selling around US$ 250 to 350, it's the most affordable SM 3.0 graphics card that won't slow to a crawl under high details with AA and AF on.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2005 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown has posted a comparison of ATI's newest 5.10 against the previous 5.9. Read the review to see if you should do the driver installation.
Plus, Ryan has a full review of the Asus N7800GT DUAL 7800.
"It's that time again! The folks over at the ATI HQ in Canada have just released a new set of Catalyst drivers for users of Radeon graphics cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2005 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has an article about a different use for ATI's x1000 series GPUs. Not only can they provide incredible graphical performance, but they are also much quicker at processing phsyics than your main CPU. Read the full article if you want to know how texture memory can be used for general storage, and what pixel shaders can really do.
"One of the more surprising aspects of ATI's Radeon X1000 series launch is something we didn't get a chance to talk about in our initial review of the graphics cards: ATI's eagerness to talk about using its GPUs for no
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2005 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
t-break speaks with Davud Nalasco about Crossfire, the new X1000 series, and future plans for ATI, like will the cards work properly on Vista.
Don't forget to read Ryan's BFG 7800 GT OC Water Cooled Card Review as well!
"The compositing engine is really only necessary on a master board. Its only necessary if you want to use CrossFire.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2005 - 06:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
You have got to see this! Asus has nearly completed their dual-7800 GT card and is nearly ready to ship! This card features not one, but TWO 7800 GT cores on a single card, running at 489 MHz core and 1.358 GHz memory clocks! I have included some more pictures below!!
It does use an external power supply but that might actually be a good idea as power requirements on the PSU will go down because of it. Here is a thread in our forums to discuss this new technology.