CellFactor to be Released Next Month for Free

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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During all the AGEIA PhysX build up, one game has constantly been the poster child for advanced physics processing: CellFactor.  We first saw it in May of last year but until now it was always a demo.  Now the full game will be released soon for free download!


The full press release is below and I have included links to our PhysX PPU articles for reference and reading.

AMD OCUR CableCard Bug

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:32 PM |
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If you were waiting for the new AMD OCUR CableCard systems to start shipping and maybe get one of your own, you are going to be waiting a bit longer according to DailyTech.  They say that some bugs in the firmware and several cable operators are forcing them to halt shipments. 

AMD's newest CableCard endeavor may have hit a snag.  Systems manufactured with the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner have a bug th

Source: Daily Tech

R600 GPU Pricing??

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:28 PM |
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Did BootDaily get the scoop on pricing of the upcoming R600 line of GPUs from AMD/ATI?

We've been able to confirm pricing on ATI's upcoming R600-series GPUs - here's the breakdown:








 R600  $499.00
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Asus XG Station Torn Open

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:25 PM |
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In our CES 2007 coverage we looked at a device Asus created called the XG Station that would allow external graphics acceleration on a notebook PC.  Well some crazy kids in Asia were able to get their hands on one to tear one open and see how it ticks.  None of the text is in English, but pictures are universal!

Source: PC Perspective

Playstation 3 Runs Real-time Ray tracing

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:22 PM |
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If you happen to have three PS3s sitting around, you can do what these guys did and set them up to run a real-time ray tracing demo.  The link goes to a video on YouTube showing the processing in action. 


Curious about ray tracing?  You should definitely check out an article published on PC Perspective that looks into the technology by Daniel Pohl -- who was just recently hired by Intel!

NVIDIA Releases new Windows XP 8800 Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:16 PM |
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NVIDIA recently released a new set of drivers for users of their GeForce 8800 cards and Windows XP: 97.94.  Get them at the NVIDIA.com site now.  A brief list of fixes is below:

  • Supports GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS GPUs.
  • Game and application compatibility fixes. For more information on this driver, please view the Release Notes.
  • USB Gamepad and 8800GTX, quite a bundle

    Subject: Graphics Cards | April 4, 2007 - 02:41 PM |
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    The Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX is up for review at HotHardware.  Along with an included bundle that has some interesting and useful additions, you get one of the fastest cards on the planet.  It runs at 575MHz Core and 1.8GHz memory out of the box, and HotHardware managed to push it to 625MHz core and 1.9GHz memory, just shy of the XXX version.  Drop by to see what else they liked abou

    Source: HotHardware

    ATI brings out the bacon

    Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2007 - 01:07 PM |
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    More non-April Fools related bizarreness from ATI, the X1650 Pro Year of the Pig Edition.  Overclockers Online has posted pictures, as well as appending it to their original review of the X1650 Pro, in case you've forgotten how it benchmarks.  They are a limited edition so get a move on if you really want a large golden pig on your graphics card.

    G80, a test for the whole family

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2007 - 12:59 PM |
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    In a large round up, Beyond3D tests the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
    and GTS 640MB

    against the 7950 GX2, the 7900 GTX
    and ATI's X1950 XTX.  Once the resolution gets higher and AA and AF are enabled, the G80 family's claim to the crown really stands out.  When the R600 hits the market, it will be quite the battle for dominance.

    Source: Beyond3D

    Run quietly, and carry a big heatsink

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2007 - 01:16 PM |
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    The PowerColour Radeon X1950 Pro SCS3 is well named when referred to as the Silent Edition.  The huge passive heatsink is larger than the actual card, and provides enough surface area to outperform the active cooling solution on an ASUS EAX1950 Pro.  Elite Bastards tried it out on some of the newer games, including the newly available S.T.A.L.K.E.R., so you can get an idea how that game will perform on a system based around a X1950 Pro.

    Mid range graphics showdown

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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    MSI's 7900 GS is up against a Radeon X1950 Pro in this review at [H]ard|OCP.  The MSI card has twice the memory, but the Radeon is clocked faster.  The cards are priced within ~$50 of each other, but you may want to read carefully before you lean towards spending a little less.

    Source: [H]ard|OCP

    Keeping old skool, graphically

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2007 - 04:59 PM |
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    Can't be bothered to deal with all this newfangled PCIe stuff?  Maybe you can't justify replacing your entire system just to get a new graphics card, but still want to run some of the newer games?  This review at Hardware Upgrade may be perfect for you, the X1950Pro in AGP!

    NVIDIA DEFINES NEW CLASS OF MOTHERBOARD GPUS AT CEBIT

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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    NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) defines new class of GPUs called Motherboard GPUs (mGPUs).
    In 2006, NVIDIA became the only independent supplier of GPUs. With the launch of this new category, mGPUs, NVIDIA is transforming mainstream PC graphics performance. Requirements for the mGPU include:

    • DX9.0 (ShaderModel 2.0) and above API support
    • At least one digital connector (DVI/HDMI 1.2) with HDCP
    • Multi-display support
    • Dedicated video processing engine, (minimum HQV score of 80)
    • Windows Experience Index 3.0 and above

    Source: NVIDIA

    R600 coming soon to a store near you?

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 11:17 AM |
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    Tweaktown has managed to sneak some info regarding the upcoming R600 series of cards from AMD.  Perhaps the biggest news is the targeted sales date, which is about 2 weeks away, on March 30th.  4 cards in total are listed, 2 flavours of XTX due on the 30th and 2 flavours of XL, due sometime in April.

    Source: TweakTown

    HDMI for midrange PCs

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2007 - 01:05 PM |
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    Get over to HotHardware and read their review of 2 HDMI cards from ASUS, the EAX1600PRO and the EN7600GT.  Without spending huge amounts of money you can get HDMI compatibility and still bea ble to game.  These cards are not going to let you run at a huge resolution with every graphics effect a

    Source: HotHardware

    The little guy wins a fight

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 8, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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    The ZEROtherm GX815 Gamer Edition GPU Cooler took BCCHardware by surprise.  It is meant to fit most nVIDIA (not 8800s) and ATI cards , in this test it was attached to a X1900GT.  When tested against the Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 it performed much better, a full 4 degrees better at full load.  Keep your eyes open though, the only drawback is that

    Source: BCCHardware

    NVIDIA Developer Tools Updated at GDC 2007

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2007 - 11:00 PM |
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    At GDC this week, NVIDIA unveiled a major update to their suite of developers tools.  Having built developer tools for over five years now, and investing millions of dollars into the program according to NVIDIA themselves, these tools allow game developers to work faster and more efficiently, getting us games faster.  With DX10 gaining in popularity, slowly but surely, the need for more advanced tools is increasing. 


    And because using their tools helps to sell NVIDIA graphics cards, all of these developer tools are FREE.  NVIDIA took some time t

    ATIs "new" graphics card

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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    HotHardware has a review of the X1950 GT 256MB.  By dropping the Pro part of the name, reducing the clock speed and the price, this card is good choice for those not looking for the fastest card.  It's performance is still nothing to sneer at, it is capable of over 100fps with 4x FSAA and 4x anisotropic filtering enabled in Half Life Episode One.

    Source: HotHardware

    New Windows Vista Beta driver from NVIDIA ... now

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 04:24 PM |
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    Update: The new driver version 101.41 appears to be available for Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit.  Not sure, but I think this is for GF7 series and below only for now.


    When the driver is available, the driver Release Notes will include a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations.

    Source: NVIDIA

    Superclocked indeed

    Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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    320 MB is perfect for users under 1920x1200, is the finding from [H]ard|OCP.  If you can limit yourself to that resolution, this card will handle just about every graphical bell and whistle you can throw at it.  EVGA's 320MB Superclocked card has a 76 MHz advantage over the reference core of 500 MHz and it's stream processor is 150 MHz faster.

    Source: [H]ard|OCP