AMD's unquenchable fire

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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NordicHardware, being who they are, couldn't resist a little fun with a 2900XT and some LN.  They have a screenshot of the core @ 1211MHz, and the memory @ 999MHz running a calculated 777 GFlops.  That was the best they managed because the card got too hot!  That's right, not even LN cooling can push this card to it's maximum frequency.  It will be interesting to see more OCing results with more traditional cooling methods, this card has a lot of overhead for those who can cool it.

DX10 mobility madness

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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With the release of the HD2900XT yesterday' and the unveiling of the other members of the R600 series, one thing is missing.  No mobile GPUs were announced.  On the flip side, nVIDIA's 8M series offers DX10 on the laptop, and not just one type either.  There are 5 members of the family; the 8400M G, 8400M GS, 8400M GT, 8600M GS and the 8600M GT, as well as several Quadros integrated GPUs for the workplace.  Read on at AnandTech and see what nVIDIA has to offer.
 

Source: AnandTech

AMD/ATI's anxiously awaited launch

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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With no less that 25 English reviews of the 2900XT, and the R600/2000 series in general, this launch is one of the most watched out for in a long time.  Start off with The Tech Report's review, which starts out with a look at the architecture used to bring this new generation of video cards to life.  Looking at the power consumption and noise, you see some rather impressively high figu

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 10:42 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. -- May 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, a top-to-bottom line of ten discrete graphics processors (GPUs) for both desktop and mobile platforms.

Source: AMD

PC Ecosystem Gears Up for the ATI RadeonT HD 2000 Series from AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 10:40 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 14, 2007 - The much anticipated ATI Radeon(tm) HD 2000 Series of graphics cards is garnering great support from the PC ecosystem, with 26 power supply vendors already signing up for certification of their products by AMD (NYSE: AMD), and more are expected to follow. They are partnering with AMD to launch the next generation of graphics processing units, which give gamers superior DirectX® 10 performance at every price point, as well as the ultimate HD experience.

Source: AMD

AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2007 - 11:14 PM |
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In a few minutes you'll start to see reviews of the new AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card, previously known as R600.  Mine won't be ready for some time due to some server down time that decided to happen in the middle of my testing and write up time. 


Stay tuned!


Mobility Madness

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 9, 2007 - 03:40 PM |
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There is a brand new set of mobile graphics chips that were unveiled today by nVIDIA.  Although the 8800 series doesn't have a mobile equivalent, the rest of the 8000's are represented so you can get DX10 goodness on your laptop.  Head over to HotHardware to get the lowdown on their specs and see how they perform.

Source: HotHardware

New NVIDIA 8800 GTX to use both 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2007 - 10:16 AM |
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An interesting product announcement hit my inbox just now that I thought I would share with you all.  From PNY, a new 8800 GTX "Limited Edition" card that is highly overclocked will be available NOW or very soon.  Here are the specs:



  • 621 MHz core versus 575 MHz stock

  • 1.45 GHz shader core versus 1.35 GHz stock

  • 2.0 GHz memory speed versus 1.8 GHz stock

  • 96 GB/s memory bandwidth versus 86.4 GB/s stock

  • 39.7 billion pixels/s fill rate versus 36.8 billion pixels/s

  • MSRP of $579.99

Considering that the

Getting more bang for your buck

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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PC Stats has decided to test out a question many value minded gamers are wondering.  Which is better, a single 8800GTX or a pair of 8800GTS' in SLI?  You pay pretty much the same price for either setup, although the single GTX does allow you to install a second card down the road ... when you can afford it.

As the tests show, it is a matter of choosing between great performance now, or really good performance now and astounding performance in the future.

Source: PCStats

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GRAPHICS CARDS BASED ON THE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 04:22 PM |
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The BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express graphics card is the pinnacle of consumer graphics technology and will excel against any competition in the market.   With unparalleled performance, courtesy of NVIDIA's revolutionary unified architecture, the 8800 Ultra packs the power of 128 stream processors operating at 1500MHz which are supported by an amazing 103.7GB/s of memory bandwidth.  For users with water cooled systems, BFG is continuing to lead the way by bringing the first 8800 Ultra Water Cooled Edition to market with a custom single slot copper water block co-d

A better investment?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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DX10 is new and will add a lot to your gaming experience ... eventually.  You won't be seeing games using right away, so if you are in the market for a cheap card the 8600 series may not be the way to go.  Legion Hardware proves that a 7900 GS can be turned into a better card that the 8600 with a bit of overclocking.  Read on to see just how much better in their full review.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE BFG NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GTS OVERCLOCKED 640MB WATER COOLED EDITION

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 01:09 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (May 2, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA® supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce® 8800 GTS OC™ 640MB Water Cooled Edition PCI Express® graphics card.

The Ultras are here and they want your wallet

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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The 8800 series owns both the performance crown and the record for most expensive consumer graphics card.  If you like to game above 1600*1200 then this card is what you want, but if your monitor can't handle that resolution you won't be able to take full advantage of the card.  [H]ard|OCP put the new Ultra version of this card to the test, and ran out of resolutions and features to turn up ... everything was maxed and the card was still going strong.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

EVGA e-GeForce 8800 Ultra Step-Up

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 11:21 AM |
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Welcome to the EVGA exclusive Step-Up program
. We have just opened a limited special offer to allow customers
with any NVIDIA 8800 Series product to Step-Up to the new e-GeForce 8800 Ultra. A total of 20 pieces for North
America and 20 pieces for Europe have been set aside for this offer. Now is your chance to switch your
video card from another brand to EVGA, Step-Up to the highest level video performance, and qualify for the best
customer service in the industry.

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Bringing back the dead part 2

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 1, 2007 - 02:27 PM |
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In part one of Tech ARPs guide to fixing dead graphics cards, they covered larger capacitors and inductorsToday they have released part 2 of their guide, dealing with Surface Mounted Devices, in this case capacitors, which is a much more delicate job.  Even so, a pair of tweezers and a steady hand can repair the damage and get the card working again.

Source: Tech ARP

The fact that it is a paper launch isn't the most disappointing thing

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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Thanks to The Inquirer, we now have the stats on the 8800 Ultra, it's GPU runs at 612MHz, the 128 scalar units runs at 1.5GHz and the memory is 2.16GHz.  That also puts the theoretical memory bandwidth below the upcoming Radeon HD 2900XT; the Radeon will be 105.60GB/s to the Ultra's 103.68GB/s.  Looks like you are better off with a volt mod.

Source: The Inquirer

Cheap DX10 card shootout

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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The new mid-range cards from nVIDIA are the 8500GT, 8600GT and the 8600GTS, and Pro-clockers have rounded up one of each from Zotac.  The cards they tested do not appear on PriceGrabber, but other manufacturers have priced the 8500GT at about $100, the 8600GT at $160 and the

Double the fun

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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The Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual is a pair of X1950 GPUs piggybacked on one circuit board.  Unfortunately it seems to be a paper release, as there is nowhere to buy it, and it is not listed on the Sapphire website.  Still, HotHardware managed to get their hands on one and benchmark it.  While it does offer good performance, it has difficulty pulling ahead of the DX10 8800 GTS 320 MB and trouble fitting inside most cases.

Source: HotHardware

Bringing your graphics card back from the dead

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 20, 2007 - 01:18 PM |
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This Tech ARP article may not work in every single case, but for busted capacitors and other minor damage, the Graphics Card Repair Guide will get your card up and running again.  Just some solder, a bit of time and a steady hand are all that you need.

Source: Tech ARP

Aim for high mid range, or low top range?

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 18, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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The Tech Report puts the 8600 GT and GTS through the paces on a Vista system.  These DX10 cards can certainly hold their own and push well past the 7950, that used to be the top of nVIDIA's mid range line, and trump ATI's offerings as well.  However they point out a fact that cannot be avoided ... by shopping around you can pick up a GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB for about $80 more.