New cooling, new clock speed, new price

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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The Tech Report has posted a full review of the card we covered in the 8th PC Perspective Podcast, the

Make 'em hear you boot up from a block away

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 19, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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Madshrimps has gone to great extremes to find the best cooling solution possible for a 7900GT, by testing 8 different VGA coolers.  The top cooler can't just be the best performer for this test though, they are looking for a cooler that gets the job done without hitting 73.7dB!  Unless you want to scare small animals and children just to get a few more frames per second, you had best take Madshrimps advice.

Source: Madshrimps

Mid range nVIDIA versus AMD, dollar for dollar

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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The contestants are ATI's Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB GDDR4 and XFX's GeForce 8600 GT XXX 256 MB GDDR3 card.  The ATI version of that card is exceedingly rare, only the Sapphire cards are up for sale on Newegg and Pricegrabber, although the specs do remain the same.  [H]ard|OCP did a fair amount of research to find two cards that are priced exactly the same (barring mail in rebate that makes the nVIDIA card cheaper), so the apples-to-apples comparison is dead on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The AMD midrange cards curse has been lifted from The Tech Report

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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The Tech Report has had an interesting time trying to get their review of the HD 2400 & 2600 posted, but their persistence has paid off, and it is up.  As we've seen in other reviews, these cards are lacking in the speed department, but have other benefits to offer users.  The Tech Report tries to focus on some of these, like the Avivo HD that gives native support for dual-link DVI ports and HDCP.  If you also consider the lower heat emission and power requirements, there are certainly applic

Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2007 - 11:04 AM |
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Albatron has recently announced the exciting new "Blue Ray Decoder Card" giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows Vista operating system.

Blu-ray vs. DVD Video Playback

Source: Albatron

Room for improvement

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 10, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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With the disappointing launch of the 2900XT a few driver revisions behind us, [H]ard|OCP revisits the card to see what improvements have been made, and if it can start to challenge the 8800 series.  They set up a Crossfire rig to benchmark against a single 8800 GTS OC.  With the falling price of overclocked 8800's, can the Crossfire setup and new drivers make the 2900XT the better choice?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PNY shows up the Ultra

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2007 - 02:12 PM |
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At just under $600, and faster than an Ultra at default speeds, PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX OC is going to turn a lot of heads.  HotHardware found it to never stray more than 5 fps from the Ultra, and at a noticeably lower price.  It also turns out that this card can be overclocked beyond the speed it runs at out of the box, although not to the point that some 8800 GTXs have reached.

Source: HotHardware

What DX10 can give you

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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AnandTech tries out the 3 games which use DX10, and test them in both DX10 and DX9.  While the features that DX10 offer sound quite impressive, and don't look too bad either, you take a hit in performance because of them.  In some cases, it could simply be a matter of driver maturity, because there are some situations where you do see a performance benefit.  At the end of the review, AnandTech makes a good point about the speed needed to be displaying 4 megapixels worth of detail on the screen in a FPS, but don't just

Source: AnandTech

Not dead yet

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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Stuck with an out of date system, that needs a complete overhaul to be brought up to speed?  Can't quite manage an entire system replacement, but you do want to see some of the graphical bells and whistles in todays games?  Drop by Tweaknews to see how well the AGP version of the X1950 Pro performs against the competition.  Maybe all you need is a $200 investment to revitalize your gaming experience.

Source: Tweaknews

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE THERMOINTELLIGENCE SERIES

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 04:53 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 2, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the launch of the ThermoIntelligence series of cooling solutions featured on the new air-cooled, single slot BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card.

"Ever since the inception of BFG Tech back in 2002, we have been at the forefront of high performance custom cooling" said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of Marketing.

AMD Unleashes The ATI Radeon HD 2600 And HD 2400 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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The 2 brothers of the recently released 2900XT have appeared, the 2600 and the 2400.  With lower clock speeds, lower power consumption and the inclusion of AMD's Universal Video Decoder, these cards are perfect for an HTPC system, or for casual gamers.  Unfortunately, they are not going to satisfy any hardcore gamers.  It isn't all bad news, the benefit gained in a Crossfire configuration from these two cards is better than any we've seen, which may signal hope for the future of AMD's graphics division.

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Source: AMD

Where is the Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 review?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 09:38 AM |
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Don't worry, it's coming!  At about 4am last night I decided it was better to get a few hours sleep than write something that you weren't going to be able to read....so give it a couple of hours and I'll have my full review of the new 2600 and 2400 cards from AMD online.


In the mean time, hang out in the PC Perspective Forum and chat with some other hardware fanatics!


nVIDIA's DX10 spread

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2007 - 05:12 PM |
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The 8000 series has been expanded to cover just about every price point, from under $100 to over $1000, and all are DX10 cards.  Over at Tech-Hounds, the low to mid range 8600 GT and GTS are up for review with their older brother, the 7950GT for comparison as well as a X1950 Pro.  It turns out that if raw speed is all you are interested in, maybe a lower priced DX10 card isn't what you are looking for.

Source: Tech-Hounds

Who overclocks better?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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ExtremeTech has throughly investigated factory overclocked cards in this eVGA review.  They grabbed a default speed 8800 GTX card, a 8800 GTX they overclocked themselves, an 8800 Ultra at default speeds and one they overclocked, and finally a hard to find 8800 Ultra Superclocked, all from eVGA.  Find

Opening up ATI/AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 06:43 PM |
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Phoronix has a look at the new Linux driver for ATI, the xf86-video-avivo.  They take you through the build process, and discuss the limitations that currently affect it.  Take a look at what the replacement for the fglrx binary blob can do, and what still needs some ironing out.

Source: Phoronix

GeForce 8400 GS hits retail soon

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 01:53 PM |
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We are extending the retail line-up of our award-winning GeForce 8 Series by offering the NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS to consumers. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics processors offer the features of the GeForce 8 Series architecture for an incredible value. Superb for driving the Microsoft Windows Vista experience, the GeForce 8400 GS runs Vista features quickly and seamlessly, allowing you to play the latest Microsoft Direct X 9 and DirectX 10 games, and enjoy an outstanding HD DVD/Blu-ray movie experience.

Source: NVIDIA

The new mid-level performance battleground

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2007 - 01:09 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, they compare the new HD 2900XT to the 320MB version of the 8800GTS and use it to exemplify the disappointment many people felt with the release of the new card from AMD.  Although both cards performance falls mostly within the same speed, a certain card does pull ahead noticeably in some of the benchmarked games.  Unfortunately, it is not the $400ish AMD card that pulls ahead, but rather the $250ish nVIDIA card.

"See how the 320 MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS compar

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Diamond Multimedia Announces the First Radeon HD 2900 XT with 1 Gigabyte of memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2007 - 12:46 PM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - June 14, 2007 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte). With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class.

Diamond Multimedia's new flagship graphics card is the foundation of a whole new generation of AMD/ATI Radeon Graphics.

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Watering an 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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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 - 01:43 PM |
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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.