It comes from the future to judge you

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2008 - 12:12 PM |

The new Futuremark is here, and while Ryan's score of P4129 may seem strange and upsetting to those familiar with 3DMark, but if you got over the switch to Vista, this shouldn't be too hard.  Futuremark 3DMark Vantage is Vista only, to do a proper job of benchmarking DX10 as well as the gamut of other tests included in this suite.  Take look at screenshots from several of the tests, including new physics tests that can take advantage of an Ageia PPU card.

Larrabee team member speaks on rasterization for the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 25, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

We have talked many, many times about Larrabee in the last several years and we consider ourselves to be pretty knowledgeable on the subject.  It's always interesting to see some new comments on the topic though and it turns out one of Larrabee's developers at Intel posted a bit on their blog on the subject of rasterization on the new GPU architecture.

Let's page through his comments if we can:

The finer parts of graphical performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 24, 2008 - 01:14 PM |

The GeForce 9800 GTX is an interesting beast.  It has a 1.688GHz shader clock, but the memory subsystem is slimmed to a 512MB framebuffer and a 256-bit memory bus.  That let [H]ard|OCP discover that Crysis wants a fast shader clock more than it wants bandwidth.  The performance doesn't scale as well as we might want in SLI, but it does add enough performance to be easily noticeable.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Radeon HD 4800-series details appear to have leaked

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 06:16 PM |

The big news circulating in the forums is that apparently the entire specs of the upcoming AMD Radeon 4800-series GPUs has leaked out.  The GPU is internally known as the RV770 and the end version will sport 480 stream processors and consist of 800+ million transistors while maintaining the 256-bit memory bus and will be built on the same 55nm process technology that the RV670s used.

Source: TG Daily

ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB hits PCPer

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 05:00 PM |

Just last month we were speculating that a dual-GPU graphics card like the AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 could be coming down the pipe but using the slightly slower AMD 3850 GPU.  Turns out we were right and in fact we already have an ASUS EAH3850 X2 1GB card in house for testing:

ATI Catalyst Software Suite Version 8.4

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 02:57 PM |

The Catalyst software suite 8.4 contains the following:

    * Radeon display driver 8.476

    * Multimedia Center™ 9.16 (Windows XP only)

    * HydraVision (Windows XP only)

    * HydraVision Basic Edition (Windows XP only)

    * Remote Wonder 3.04 (Windows XP only)

    * WDM Driver Install Bundle

    * Southbridge/IXP Driver

Source: 3DCenter

A tough summit to scale

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 01:04 PM |

The GeForce 9800 GX2 is having some trouble with scaling.  Elite Bastards put the card singly and in Quad-SLI through the usual benchmarks and found evidence of problems we saw when SLI first made an appearance.  Put in the second $500 card, and watch the performance drop.  That's not to say the performance becomes unb

S3 Graphics Announces Ultra Energy-Efficient Embedded Multimedia Graphics Processor at ESC 2008

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 11:15 AM |

Fremont, California, April 16, 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor for embedded markets, bringing the latest in HD video playback, graphics rendering, display connectivity, and power management to developers of gaming, digital signage and other multimedia intensive embedded applications.

The S3 Graphics 4300E will debut at Embedded Systems Conference, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 15-18th, at the VIA booth (2110).

Source: S3 Graphics

Introducing the First 1 Gigabyte HD 3870 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2008 - 05:04 PM |

CHATSWORTH, CA - April 15, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, introduced today the 1 gigabyte, overclocked version of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card. This card offers maximum speed and power at an incredible value. Utilizing 55nm technology, this card runs cool and quiet.

The HD 3870 is a dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and an overclocked speed of 825 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz.

With the 0dB ASUS EN9600GT SILENT, "Noiseless Gaming" Never Sounded So Good

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2008 - 11:30 AM |

FREMONT, CA (April 15, 2008) -  ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M graphics card. Incorporating our latest thermal solution - the V-Cool Heatsink, which features the V-Engine concept and Intercooler technology, the EN9600GT SILENT is the perfect solution for users who want a quiet system that doesn't compromise performance. This exclusive innovation guarantees an absolutely quiet operating environment, and an efficient means of heat dissipation, resulting in extraordinarily stable performance.

Source: ASUS

A swing ... and a miss

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2008 - 02:49 PM |

AMD has recently turned their team, that used to be ATI, into a much more productive part of their business.  The HD3870 X2 proved very powerful and affordable for enough consumers that it is considered a success.  Add the flexible CrossfireX into the picture and things start to look rosy for AMD's graphics.  Then we start to see cracks, specifically the

NVIDIA GPU implementation of PhysX nearly here

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2008 - 01:02 PM |

When NVIDIA purchased AGEIA at the beginning of February, we saw many ways in which NVIDIA could use the technology to their advantage.  Obviously their main goal is to get the PhysX engine up and running on NVIDIA's GPUs using CUDA; NVIDIA's C-like programming model for their GPUs.  This will allow gamers to run PhysX-enabled games (there still aren't many) on NVIDIA graphics cards rather than those poorly accepted dedicated PhysX cards. 

Source: TG Daily

That's refreshingly mobile

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2008 - 02:56 PM |

The one absolute success that AMD has had lately is the onboard graphics of the 790 chipset and the upcoming RV770 chip.  nVIDIA was slow to the game, but is recovering with a nice refresh of their mobile line, which VR-Zone has listed here.  We are still waiting to hear from Intel, who are rather quiet about their onboard graphics; as Ars Technica named it, Laterbe

Source: VR-Zone

RV770 could be ready by June

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2008 - 11:57 AM |

It looks like the RV770 chip is coming along pretty well and at least according to this report could be out in time for Computex in June.

We learned that the RV770 GPU already went to production and
there is a big chance to see R700 generation much earlier than anyone has
expected. TSMC is already in pilot production and the chips are, as we
reported earlier, developed in 55nm machitecture.

ASUS shows triple HD 3850 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM |

Fudzilla is showing pictures of the upcoming ASUS Triple Radeon HD 3850 card - that's three GPUs on a single card.  With 1.5GB of memory, ASUS is actually using mobility-based MXM cards for the design and is using water-cooling to keep the GPUs in line. 

Source: fastlanehw

Not so Ultra anymore

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2008 - 12:30 PM |

When the 8800 Ultra first appeared, it's MSRP was $829 or more, a hard price for almost anyone to swallow.  That hasn't changed much.  Now it is being equaled by the new 9800GTX and beaten by the new BFG 9800 GTX OCX, a card with a fairly significant overclock on it.  The BFG 9800 series will run under $400 for this version, and just over $300 for the reference clocks.  Take a loo

An eye for quality

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2008 - 01:32 PM |

High frame rates with all the bells and whistles on in a desperate firefight is processed two different ways.  With high clock speeds and numerous shader pipes, you can get the performance in a first person shooter.  What if you are going for less involvement, and would prefer to watch a movie with intense firefights instead of playing it for your self?  Elite Bastards checks out the quality you can expect from AMD and nVIDIA when watching SD and HD movies. 

nVIDIA seems to be getting ahead of themselves

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 3, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
Tagged: is not terribly impressed with the 9800 GTX, mostly because they feel it should have been an 8800 with a different model number.  Simply adding the ability to use triple SLI configuration, and bumping the shader and core speeds up a notch does not deserve to start a whole new graphics series.  On the other hand, it is cheaper than most 8800GTXs and it is a faster card.