Showing off nVIDIA's pair

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 04:30 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, you can catch two reviews of nVIDIA's best offerings, the ASUS ENGTX280 TOP and ASUS ENGTX260 TOP.  The GTX280 will set you back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2, 4870, 4850 H2O Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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Prague, Czech Republic - August 23, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Neptune line of water cooled Radeon graphics cards. the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB - HD 4870 512MB - HD 4850 512MB H2O Edition Graphics card all come with Danger Den & Smoothcreations custom cooling capabilities. These card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

Catalyst 8.8 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2008 - 03:33 PM |
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Highlights of the Catalyst 8.8 Windows release include:

New features

Catalyst Control Center: New Avivo video features

This release of Catalyst introduces new video features:

Source: AMD

The Lucid Hydra

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2008 - 07:23 PM |
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The newly announced Hydra Engine from Lucid seems to have trumped both Crossfire and SLI in a single swipe.  Not only do they seem to imply that their task oriented approach will outperform the brute force style that the current solutions use, the technology will allow a lot of other tasks to be accomplished that are beyond SLI and Crossfire.  It also able to combine any mix of cards from the same vendor, though you can't mix AMD and nVIDIA ...

Not for the faint of heart

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 07:38 PM |
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X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it.  All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively.  Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Trying to reclaim the crown

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2008 - 09:09 PM |
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nVIDIA has been trying everything to make the GTX 280 more attractive to gamers, mostly by dropping the price by about $200.  BFG is taking it one step further with their BFG GTX 280 OCX, an overclocked version of the already fast card.  Hardware Canucks tested it against AMD's 4870 X2, as well as the 4870 and 4850 in Crossfire.  nVIDIA does retain some top spots, but not by much of a margin.

You know it's why you bought it in the first place

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 09:56 PM |
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Crysis has been a serious glove slap for the graphics companies, as they watch their top of the line graphics cards struggle desperately to provide reasonable framerates with high resolution and details.  The 4870 X2 release yesterday offered a nice response, a card with enough power to get Crysis looking as it should, especially in Crossfire configurations.  Madshrimps was curious about the wide variance in the Crysis benchmarks that were published, so they decided to get to the bottom of it. 

Source: Madshrimps

ASUS Announces World's Fastest EAH4870X2 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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Graphics cards with high performance and exceptional speeds are never far from the gamer's mind. That is why ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the graphical solution for the latest generation of AMD dual RV770XT GPUs - the ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G - equipped with double GPUs and a massive 2G of on-board memory.

Source: ASUS

NVIDIA tackles the Larrabee question

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 07:30 PM |
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An interesting bit of editorial came across my desk today from none other than the big green company known as NVIDIA.  As a whole NVIDIA has not been shy in their attacks on Intel what with the "cans of whoop ass" and the like; but this time NVIDIA has taken it upon themselves to send the media a document detail "questions" about Intel's Larrabee on the day the architecture gets detailed at Siggraph. 

Asetek First to Cool AMD's New ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Dual Graphics Processor Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 05:44 PM |
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SAN JOSE, Calf. August 12, 2008 - Asetek's industry-leading, LCLC liquid cooling solution is now available for AMD's much anticipated multi-GPU cards, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 family of graphics cards (codenamed R700). The unique, liquid cooling approach is exactly what OEMs need to extract the highest performance from the graphics card and produce top-of-the-line gaming and entertainment products.

"Heat is an 'age-old' problem for computers.

Source: asetek

Kicking nVIDIA while they're down

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 05:14 PM |
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The AMD 4870 X2 is here, and it certainly does not disappoint. 
Able to keep up with a pair of 4870 X2's in Crossfire, and leaving the 280 in the dust, this card is very impressive.  Check out the benchmark score that Ryan managed with this card, and how badly the 280 fares against AMD's newest offering.

Far Cry 2 minimum requirements are out

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2008 - 11:23 PM |
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It looks like someone has leaked out the minimum system requirements for the upcoming Far Cry 2 release; and they actually aren't all that bad.  The absolute minimum includes an Athlon 64 3500+, Pentium D 2.4 GHz or higher, 1 GB of memory and a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1650 graphics card.  The full experience will require a bit more of you: Core 2 Duo or Phenom, 2GB of memory, 8600 GTS or X1900 GPU or better with a 512MB frame buffer.

Source: General

Are developers excited about Larrabee?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2008 - 09:15 PM |
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The gang at TGDaily has a good commentary on Larrabee and what developers are really thinking about the information released earlier this week.

The answer to the first question is relatively simple. Intel is
positioning Larrabee in a market that already exists and that has
plenty of applications: Gaming. Intel told us that Larrabee will
support all the existing APIs (and some more) which should enable
gamers to run games on it.

Source: TG Daily

NVIDIA and ATI Price Fixing Lawsuit gets Legal Backhand

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 10:00 PM |
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UPDATE for 7/31/08 - I spoke with one of the lawyers for the defendants on this class-action suit and he verified for me all the information that I detailed below.  The judge denied class-status to the entirety of GPU buyers and limited it to those who purchased GPUs directly from ATI or NVIDIA online; i.e.

One of these things is just like the other

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 09:56 PM |
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Take a look at the table on the second page of HEXUS' preview of the 9800 GT; compare the new 9800 GT specs to the old 8800 GT specs.  Can you spot the difference; I'll give you a hint, it involves a feature only found on nForce motherboards, and is a feature that neither Ryan, Josh or I could find a single good point about when we tried during a previous Podcast.  You get no die shrink, no clock speed increases, you don't ev

Source: Hexus

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NVIDIA GEFORCE 9800 GT, 9800 GT OC, AND 9500 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 07:38 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 29, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 9800 GT OC, and the GeForce 9500 GT graphics cards.

All three new BFG graphics cards offer best-in-class price versus performance, and are backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry.

An easy way to play

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 03:51 PM |
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Stuck with an ageing graphics card and holding off on picking up the newer game titles until you can manage both a new graphics cards and a new game or three?  Ryan just finished a review of the new 9500 GT from nVIDIA, which will get you around 30fps on medium detail in Crysis, and it will do it for less than $100.  This card won't give you any bragging rights, but it will certainly give you a good experience for your investment.  Check out how it performs against the $120 8600GTS and the $80 HD 3650.

Gold, Silver and Bronze

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2008 - 04:21 PM |
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BFGTech pumped up the clocks on the GeForce GTX 280 OCX to 665MHz and 1458MHz, from the stock 602MHz and 1296MHz, so [H]ard|OCP pitted it against a stock GTX 280 as well as the HD4870.  For those who can afford the best, then the OCX is your card.  There is nothing faster than it right now, and the next card to beat it will likely be the 4870 X2

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The densely populated graphics market

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2008 - 03:54 PM |
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Taking a glance at the nVIDIA 9600 GSO 384MB card, you would think it utterly useless next to the 9600 GT.  The GT is on a more familiar 512MB bus, and has a full 512MB of memory, the clock is 650MHz and 1800MHz as opposed to the GSO's 550MHz and 1600MHz.  They seem so close together that there is no reason to even consider the GSO.

Source: TweakTown

Well, look who showed up: GeForce 9800 GTX+ Available

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2008 - 05:12 PM |
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Yep, we were starting to get worried NVIDIA, that maybe your knight that saved you from destruction by AMD's Radeon HD 4850 wasn't going to show its face.  Luckily for them, and for readers that pointed it out to me, an EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ just became available at Newegg.com for $199

Source: 3DCenter