Intel more concrete with 2010 Larrabee release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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An interesting article posted over at c't magazine is the first to verify with Intel a more concrete release time frame for the company's upcoming Larrabee CPU/GPU hybrid.  Intel's Joseph Shultz indicated that the first Larrabee product release would hit in the first half of 2010, finally squelching the discussion of a late 20

Source: TG Daily

MSI goes against the flow

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:45 PM |
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While the old 8800GTS was a little odd with 640MB of RAM and a 320-bit interface was a bit odd, the GTX 260 is even stranger with the reference model sporting 896 MB of RAM with a 448-bit interface.  MSI decided that the card could be made even stranger by doubling the total RAM to 1792MB in their GTX 260 Lightning Black Edition.  It is also factory overclocked almost to it's limits, the Guru of 3D could only manage to hit 680/145

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA Releases World's First Stereoscopic Driver for Windows 7

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:15 PM |
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Today, we released the new NVIDIA 3D Vision CD v1.08 driver kit, which includes the GeForce driver v185.85 and the 3D Vision driver v185.85.

This driver release marks the world's first stereoscopic 3D driver for Windows 7, available only from NVIDIA. This driver release also supports Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit.

Driver download links

Full CD Kits

Source: NVIDIA

Detailed Larrabee die shot shown, cores counted

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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The first (slightly) detailed image of Intel's upcoming Larrabee architecture was shown today at the opening ceremonies for the Visual Computing Institute of the Saarland University in Germany.  Website PC Games Hardware was on hand at the event and snapped up this image:

AMD Delivers the World's First 1 GHz Graphics Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.

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Down, but not out

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2009 - 02:15 PM |
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Weighing in with a GPU of 575MHz, GDDR3 of 900MHz and a 256 bit wide memory bus, the HD 4830 has a hard time keeping up with the new HD 4770 even though they are almost exactly the same price, the HD 4850 is only a competitor if you want to spend almost $50 on an extra handful of

NVIDIA posts losses of more than $200M for the quarter

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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Wouldn't it be great to lose about $201 million in the span of 3 months but still have a positive outlook on the future?  That's just what NVIDIA is talking about this week as the quarterly earnings call results are spread across the media.  What is most interesting to me is how varied the opinions are on what NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, had to say.  TG Daily got the distinct impression that NVIDIA's Quadro line of products would be the immediate saving grace for NVIDIA's bottom line whil

Source: TG Daily

It's getting crowded in the $200 market too

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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XFX has been a solid nVIDA partner, but hasn't work with AMD's graphics division until now, and they chose to enter at the high end with their HD 4870 1GB XXX card.  Overclocked to
775MHz core and 3.8GHz GDDR5 it does have an advantage over the vanilla card, but not as much as the XXX would imply.  It's competitor is

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bigger is not always better

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2009 - 12:42 PM |
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With the HD 4870 X2, the 2GB of GDDR5 is so each GPU can address 1GB of storage, which makes more sense than giving each core only 512MB.  It was inevitable that someone would try slapping a full 2GB of GDDR5 on a single HD4870 core, and Sapphire seems to be the first to hit market with it.  The Sapphire Radeon HD4870 2GB will run you more than the 1GB version, so the question becomes one of performance.  Can the extra memory push this cards performance higher than it already is?&nbsp

Source: TECHGAGE

Even more bang for your 100 bucks

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2009 - 06:22 PM |
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We've already discussed how incredible a deal the HD4770 currently is for it's price.  Legit Reviews wants to show you how to make it even better with this overclocking guide.  Using only RivaTuner, no voltage mods and no changes to the cooling they we

Deal of the Day: Radeon HD 4850 512MB for $89!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 05:09 PM |
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Okay, I've never really done this before, but I couldn't pass up sharing this offer with you guys.  I know we just posted our review of the Radeon HD 4770 512MB card today and it sells for $99 after rebate - a great card at that price. 

Intel and Nvidia come roaring back in Q1'09 According to Jon Peddie Research

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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TIBURON, CA-April 28, 2009-Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market share for the first calendar quarter of 2009.

Graphics chips (GPUs and IGPs) are the leading indicator of the PC market. The GPUs go into a system before it becomes a PC and gets into the hands of the customer.

8.8GFLOPS/$ or 12GLFOPS/W, either way it's a winner

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 12:48 PM |
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Really, there are only two things you need to know about AMD's new Radeon HD4770.  The first is it's price, which is currently $109.99 on Newegg.  From that price you may assume that it is a fairly low end part, maybe intended to replace the HD4850; and you can be forgiven for that.  What the card is in fact is an improvement, as Ryan puts it in his conclusion "the HD

Stick with a single or go for the pair?

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2009 - 04:15 PM |
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X marks the spot

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM |
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XFX has taken their love of factory overclocked cards and applied it to their HD4890 XXX and priced it only $20 above their reference model.  The overclock is not huge, a mere 50MHz which pushed the core clock from 850 to 900, which gives a small but noticeable bump to it's speed. 
Along with that bump comes a copy of HAWX and assorted connectors for the graphics card.&n

Nero Move It brings GPU acceleration with CUDA

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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Today we had a chance to talk with Nero about an upcoming update to their Nero Move It software that will enable quite a few new features as well as support for accelerated transcoding using NVIDIA GPUs.

The Nero Move It software is an application set that allows a user to collect, organize, publish and transcode multimedia files to and from various devices.  It works with your desktop as well as numerous portable devices like the PSP, Blackberry and iPhone.  The update for the software, free to existing owners, will introduce CUDA support. 

 

Get a serious upgrade for low money

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2009 - 06:15 PM |
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If you can find it for sale, the SilenX IXG-80HA2 VGA cooler with the optional fan kit can give you a significant boost in performance or a reduction in noise.  Made to fit almost any of the new cards from AMD and nVIDIA, in Think Computers testing it at full speed allowed them to increase clock speeds by over 30% and still kept the temperatures below the stock cooler at factory speeds.  For those who are simply sick of hearing the noise generated by their HD4870 or other card, the low and medium settings on this cooler enables silent running, while still keeping the temperatures bel

First Look at Larrabee Wafer

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2009 - 06:23 PM |
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Hardware FR attended Intel's IDF in China this year and they came away with the first photographic evidence of the existence of a finished Larrabee processor.  Near the end of their article, they have a picture of Pat Gelsinger hoisting up a 12 inch (300 mm) wafer full of supposed Larrabee dies.  While the picture is somewhat grainy, we can see that each individual die is very large.  Hardware FR believes that each individual die is around 600 mm square.  After squinting at the picture I count

It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's SuperPipe!!!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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As you can tell someone is a doctor if they have the right letters after their last name, you can tell a graphics card is not a reference model if it has a posse from Alphabet Street following it around.  For instance, the MSI N285GTX SuperPipe OC does not run at spec, but then again, it doesn't beat stock speeds by much.  The GPU is 680MHz, 32MHz higher than stock, while the memory is 2.5GHz having been pushed up half as much as the GPU, a whole 16MHz.  They didn't even touch the shader clock.  [H]ard|OCP was able to push the card beyond that point and the cooling solution

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.4 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2009 - 03:20 PM |
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New Features

  • ATI Catalyst 9.4 - New ATI OverDrive auto-tuning application
  • ATI Catalyst 9.4 includes a new ATI Overdrive auto-tune application to estimate the over-clocked engine and memory values for ATI Overdrive supported ATI Radeon Graphics accelerators
  • Designed for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series

Resolved Issue Highlights

Source: AMD