Watering an 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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DangerDen and Swiftech offer updated VGA cooler designs to fit the new 8800 series, and MADSHRIMPS is on a a quest to see if using them is worth it.  DangerDen offers an all new NV-88GTS-PC, while Swiftech choose to provide a mounting adapter for their MCW-60.  While they do not foray into overclocking, you can clearly see the temperatures offered from these 2 coolers compared against air cooling solutions, which will give you an idea just how much further these cooler will allow you to go.

Source: Madshrimps

Giving the Ultra a boost

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2007 - 10:43 AM |
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The EVGA 8800 Ultra Superclocked has been pushed to a 650MHz core, and 1125MHz memory.  It is a case of nVIDIA competing with it's self, so it's no surprise that nVIDIA still has the fastest card out there.  If you are dying to be able to enable those last few settings like 16xQAA at huge resolutions, then the review at PureOverclock is right up your alley.

BFGTech strains the 8800 GTS's silicon

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2007 - 11:04 AM |
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BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640 MB has it's memory speed pushed faster than the GTX, at 580MHz, and the clock speed is almost as good at 1.7GHz.  [H]ard|OCP tried it out against it's big brother and foudn it to be running in a nice mid ground between a normally clocked GTS and the GTX.  Even better, they found this to be the best overclock on a card from BFGTech, putting it in competition with the competitors factory overclocked cards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Vista graphics, it's nVIDIA's turn

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 29, 2007 - 08:38 AM |
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Following up on their testing of ATI's DX9 cards under Vista, Elite Bastards moves onto nVIDIA, again sticking with DX9 cards.  They look at quite a few benchmarks, and found that much like the ATI drivers there is room for improvement.  The big story was less noticeable in the benchmarks.  On the good side, the new drivers are rock solid, with no hitch

UVD or not UVD

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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AMD's UVD is an on-chip decoder for Blu-ray and HD DVD, offering 40MBits of bandwidth, their answer to nVIDIA's PureVideo HD.  As The Tech Report discovered, it is missing from the new HD 2900 XT, even though AMD's presentation seemed to imply that it was on that card.  Read the full article to find out why so many sites thought the 2900 did have UVD, and what that means to someone buying this card to display HD, especially from a Blu-ray or HD-DVD source.

XLR8 GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA OVERCLOCKED & 8800 ULTRA STANDARD UNVEILED

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2007 - 08:55 AM |
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PARSIPPANY, N.J. - May 24, 2007 - PNY Technologies, Inc. today announced
the addition of two, new XLR8(TM) graphics cards based on the NVIDIA
GeForceR 8 Series of GPUs. The XLR8 GeForce 8800 Ultra and 8800 Ultra OC
(Overclocked) round out PNY's graphics card line up, so gamers have more
choices to select a high-end card based on their particular needs and
budget.

Other features that come with all of PNY's GeForce 8 series of graphics cards include:

Source: PNY

nVIDIA 8 round up, the affordable versions

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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Over at HotHardware, you can catch a review of MSI's 8600GT, a silently cooled 8600GTS from Gigabyte and MSI's NX8500GT, all of which are under $200.  These are all contrasted against AMD's 1950 Pro which is worth about the same to buy, but is only capable of DX9.  As the benchmarks show, unless you are desperate to try DX10, the older 1950 Pro will give you more bang for your buck.

Source: HotHardware

2900XT 975X versus the P35

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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AnandTech has taken advantage of the release of Intel's P35 to revisit the performance of AMD's 2900XT in Crossfire.   The old P965 had some serious issues with Crossfire when it first appeared, something that Intel has dodged with their release of the P35, as Crossfire does work.  Take a look at the benchmarks to see just how well they have managed to do this time.

Source: AnandTech

AMD's unquenchable fire

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2007 - 08:56 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 - 08:56 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 - 09:22 AM |
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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 - 07:42 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 - 07:40 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 - 08:14 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 - 12:40 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 - 07:16 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 - 12:14 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 - 01:22 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 - 09:06 AM |
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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 - 10:09 AM |
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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.