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.

Source: Email

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.

The new mid-range DX10 monster from nVidia

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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The new 8600 series has hit the internets, and there are plenty of different manufacturers to rank.  Start off with HotHardware's review of the GeForce 8600 GTS and GT cards from Asus and XFX.  Even thought the GTS has a higher clock speed than even the 8800 series, the performance doesn't come close, and is outpaced by the 1950 Pro and XTX.  They do offer full DX10 support, and are cheaper than the 2 Radeon cards, so don't dismiss them out of hand.

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA BRINGS CUTTING-EDGE DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS AND HD VIDEO TO ALL PC USERS

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 17, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the extension of the award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series line-up to include three new graphics processing units (GPUs), bringing high-resolution gaming, stunning Microsoft® Windows VistaTM graphics, and stellar HD DVD and Blu-ray video playback to virtually everyone regardless of budget. The new GPUs that complete the world's first top-to-bottom family of DirectX® 10 GPUs include:

Source: NVIDIA

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THREE NEW DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (April 17, 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 three new BFG NVIDIA GeForce® graphics cards supporting Microsoft's DirectX® 10 API and Windows Vista™ operating system.

A heavy drinking 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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With a default speed of 610MHz/2000Mhz, the watercooled MSI NX8800GTX OC Liquid offers the fastest 8800 on the market, at least out of the box.  With the integral watercooling rig, it is very easy to get going, as the reservoir and radiator are included, and meant to be attached to the rear of your case.  Hardware Zone managed to get the core up to 680MHz alt

ASUS has a new bundle of joy

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2007 - 04:44 PM |
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Hot Hardware's review of the ASUS EN8800GTS shows the performance you would expect from a non-overclocked 8800GTS.  Where this card might get your attention is the bundle that is attached.  You get full versions of 3DMark06, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, and RACE the Official WTCC game, as well as several programs to tweak performance and quality, and even a leather CD case.

Source: HotHardware

It finally came in the mail

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP finally got their PS3!  After spending a month locked away with it in a small dark room they have emerged to give their opinion.  Since the boxen they bought had the firmware upgrades applied by the time they bought it, most of the issues early adopters had do not enter into the review.  Find out what they think of Sony's Blu-ray player and console.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG Tech 8800 GTX OC2 Review at HardOCP

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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Looking for a review on a top-of-the-line graphics card for your new system?  Check out this review of the BFG 8800 GTX OC2 at HardOCP.

BFGTech has finally delivered a competitive highly overclocked video card with their new 'OC2' line, offering better factory overclocks than previous 'OC' versions. This video card provides the best gaming experience you can buy in a single card format.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA GeForce 8300 Pictured

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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While information on the 8600 and 8500 cards from NVIDIA has been leaking out for some time, this is the first 8300 images we have seen thus far. 

Nvidia's upcoming 8600 and 8500 series cards have already revealed themselves a few times so it was only fair that the baby-DirectX 10 low-end 8300 card would eventually step out into the spotlight.

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