Could someone please put the marketers back where they belong

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 12:39 PM |
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Apart from the die shrink and a small increase in the memory size and default clocks, the newly announced NVIDIA GTS 250 is an 8800GTS that spent a short while as the 9800 GTX (sometimes with a +).  Knowing that, it really comes as no surprise that the card performs almost identically to it's previous incarnations in Ryan's testing; there is really no benefit to be seen until you look at power consumption and heat.  The GTS 250 does require noticeably less power at idle and full load thanks to the smaller die process and the PCB is e

NVIDIA GPUs Now Available For All Macs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 11:26 AM |
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NVIDIA announced today that Apple's entire Mac lineup now features GeForce GPUs to provide a superior computing experience for Mac users. Today's news is further proof of the necessity of having an NVIDIA GPU to accelerate the most popular visual computing applications like HD video, image editing, video transcoding, and games.

Source: NVIDIA

New hot graphics deal has just arrived

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 04:22 PM |
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There are Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT video cards available at Tiger Direct for the low price of $84.99.  Really, they are $114 with a $30.00 mail in rebate, valid between 02/16/2009 -  04/01/2009; the good news being that the rebate applies to multiple cards so that you can get 2-way SLI going for under $200.  Head on over and pick up your 9800 GT at Tiger Direct!

NVIDIA Unveils Low Power GPU in New ASUS Notebook at CeBIT

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 04:09 PM |
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  • NVIDIA today introduced the GeForce G102M notebook GPU featured in the new ASUS K40IN notebook at the CeBIT tradeshow in Germany.
  • The GeForce G102M is designed to provide a superior graphics experience for thin, affordable notebooks. It uses 8 watts less power when running stressful applications than typical discrete notebook GPUs.
  • The new GPU has 16 processor cores which provide up to 4 times faster graphics performance than Centrino 2 systems1.
Source: NVIDIA

Something for those other graphics intense programs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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For some PC users, there really hasn't been a new graphics card released in quite a long while.  Sure, the gamers have never had it so good, no matter how much they have to spend.  Those who use their graphics cards to create those games, or movies, or TV, etc ...

A 4750 by any other name

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has posted a preview of a card they are calling an HD4750, but is really a 40nm process RV740 card.

Source: Guru of 3D

Scaling the performance mountain

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Having plenty of time and multiple graphics cards on hand, AnandTech has assembled a long series of tests comparing systems with multiple GPUs.  This article deals with pairing, there will be others dealing with triple and quad setups for those looking for even more power.  The key to using multiple graphics cards is how much better the performance gets when the second card is added.  Buying a full price second card that nets you an increase of 15% might get you bragging rights on the 3DMark website, but as an investment it really isn't that sound. 

Source: AnandTech

ATI Catalyst 9.2 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.2 Windows release include:

Performance improvements

  • Crysis DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%

  • Crysis Warhead DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%

  • World in Conflict DX10 - performance gains of up to 5%

  • Fear 2 CrossFireX support - Fear 2 now includes Multi-GPU performance enhancements

New Features

Source: AMD

Performing for under $100

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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The Sapphire HD 4670 has two things going for it that the stock model does not, it uses GDDR4 and a third party cooler.  It sports DVI and VGA ports, as well as an HDMI connector as one of the chief uses of this card would be to power a 1080p HTPC.  The extra power this card has compared to the base model does make it very viable for a gaming machine, just look at the benchmarks Modders-Inc saw in their review.

Source: Modders-Inc

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FIRST WATERCOOLED DUAL GPU GEFORCE GTX 295

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2009 - 11:20 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (February 12, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

BFG Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den to offer a totally silent cooling sol

S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX: The World's Most Connected Hi-Def Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 03:18 PM |
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Fremont, California, February 12, 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX.

Source: S3 Graphics

Black Edition - the best friend of gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip.  Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz.  The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Quarterly Driver Update for Notebooks is Now Live

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on NVIDIA.com, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.

The first NVIDIA.com notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.

Source: NVIDIA

Keeping it simple

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2009 - 02:31 PM |
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LeadTek's WinFast GTX 285 runs at the reference clock speeds, 648MHz GPU and 1GB of 2484MHz GDDR3.  You can expect to see it sucking down about 380W under full load, and a temperature of 80C with the fan at 40%.  If you are OK with the extra noise it creates, cranking the fan up to full power will drop your temperatures to 67C, still fairly warm but certainly reasonable for the fastest single GPU card going.  You will need that extra cooling if you want to overclock the card as much as Bjorn3D did in their

Source: Bjorn3D

Only a Couple of eXtra

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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New from BFG is the GeForce GTX 285 OCX, a factory overclocked GTX285
with a core of 648MHz, the shader is 1.476GHz and GDDR3 of 2.484GHz.  All the other specs remain the same, which may be why the only benefit [H]ard|OCP saw was a handfull of extra frames, but not much more.  It is up to you whether the small gains they

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lucid Hydra chip finds use in Japan for HPC, Medical

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 02:18 PM |
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It may seem like many moons ago since we first learned about the Lucid HYDRA product, but it looks as if there is a significant advancement for the technology courtesy of a Japanese computing company called ELSA.  ELSA is a system designer that targets high end graphics systems for HPC (high performance computing), broadcast and medical organizations.

Source: General

An inauspicious start to 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 01:04 PM |
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The last Catalyst release, 8.12, offered huge improvements to all Radeon owners excepting those with multiple HD4850s.  The hotfix for the 8.12 even cheered those unfortunates up, as it fixed the degradation they were seeing.  Just yesterday we saw the release of the first driver for this year, Catalyst 9.1, which adds support for OpenGL, but not much in the way of other features.  X-bit Labs compares the 8.12 driver, both with and without the hotfix, against the new 9.1 driver.  T

Source: X-Bit Labs

A new year, a new Catalyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 02:24 PM |
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Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:

Full OpenGL 3.0 support

This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:

Source: AMD

Making the upgrade worth your time

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts.  The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs.  AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested.  The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.

Source: Big Bruin

Galaxy Expands Retail Business to Microcenter

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 02:12 AM |
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A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter. 

Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter