Games for Windows Vista: how the new brand & OS will change PC gaming

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 01:25 AM |
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Tired of console games getting all the attention?  Then check out this interview at Joystiq.com that looks at how Vista and the "Games for Windows" initiative will help

Games for Windows is still very much a vision. The first priority, a retail initiative, is currently underway.

Source: General

Graphics Cards a Favorite for the Holiday

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2006 - 01:33 PM |
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There are several good video card reviews that have popped up in the last few days, the first from the gang at HardOCP that looks at the Asus EN7900GS TOP.  HotHardware has an updated review on performance of SLI configurations on the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS cards.  On the ATI front, XYZ Computing took a look at an upgraded version of

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Could High End GPUs Be Moving to their own Case?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:20 PM |
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The Inquirer seems to have gotten the smell of a new rumor that ATI/AMD might be moving high end graphics configurations OUTSIDE of your case into another one in order to improve heat issues....do we really need this??

This brings the story back around to separate cases with one for CPU/memory/drives and one for graphics. It would solve a lot of problems. Separate power, separate cooling, plenty of space, etc.

Source: The Inquirer

XFX Releases Overclocked 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:06 PM |
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XFX has just become the first NVIDIA GPU company to offer overclocked GeForce 8800 graphics cards.  Both an 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS model are offered. 


The new GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition runs at 630 MHz core clock and 2.0 GHz memory clock, compared to the reference speeds of 575 MHz core and 1.8 GHz memory.  The 8800 GTS XXX Edition runs at 550 MHz instead of 500 MHz and at 1.8 GHz memory instead of 1.6 GHz memory speeds. 

Catalyst makes a final showing

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006.  Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.

Getting in the game for <$100

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality.  Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values.  If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

CrossFire without a master card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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Tweaktown tests out how the new 6.11 drivers handle Crossfire without a master card.  By putting in 2 Crossfire ready cards and a few reboots, this driver will support Crossfire, but how much of an improvement will be seen?

You will also want to check out Ryan's SLI 8800GTX review ... 287fps at 1200x1600 with HDR, AA and AF!

Source: TweakTown

Get one more and you'll have a Quad

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2006 - 06:18 PM |
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EVGA's 7950 GX2 really impressed HotHardware.  It started out tying and sometimes even beating a pair of 7900 GTs, but when they got a 15% overclock on the core and ~25% on the memory all bets were off.

Source: HotHardware

The best of the 7950s

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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MadShrimps have lined up offerings from ASUS, Sparkle and EVGA.  If you are looking at a 7950 series, you may like EVGA's higher clock speeds.

Source: Madshrimps

RivaTuner 2.0 RC 16.2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 27, 2006 - 07:11 PM |
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There's a  brand new RivaTuner at Guru of 3D.  If you have never used this tool, you should at least try it out, and if you are a fan, you've probably been holdign your breath for 97.xx and 6.11 support.

Source: Guru of 3D

A killer driver?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2006 - 04:11 PM |
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Tweaktown has had problems this week, in specific a waterpump stopped and the GPU on a 7900GS got hot enough to melt the fasteners keeping it's waterblock on.  On further examination it could have been worse, but they feel it might be a good idea to restore thermal management at the driver level, as a BSOD is probably better than a visit from the fire department.

Source: TweakTown

Giving a budget card a push

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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The X1600 didn't match up to the nVidia 7600GT very favourably.  HIS took the already increased GPU speed and pushed it up even further.  HotHardware puts it onto the test bench to find out if they have managed to unseat nVidia's current best value card.

Source: HotHardware

Radeon attempts to take over budget video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2006 - 02:41 PM |
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The X1650XT sounds good, at a suggested price of $149 and performance to equal the 7600GT.  As [H]ard|OCP discovered though, it is very hard to find one of these cards for sale, and if you do manage to get one, then you will be paying more than $150.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

EVGA NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Contest

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2006 - 04:38 PM |
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Man, would I LOVE to do this...taking a flight on one of these Zero G flights into the atmosphere!!


FLY with EVGA'S New NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Contest


Want to Fly Like Superman?


EVGA has brought you products that make your computer fly for years, but now it's time to make our customers fly as well. EVGA has partnered with Zero G to bring our customers an amazing weightless experience. Imagine free falling 10,000 feet, without a parachute!

AGEIA Technologies Launches 'Fall For PhysX' Game Bundle

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2006 - 04:36 PM |
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How about a free copy of Ghost Recon, City of Villians and Bet on Soldier?  If you've been thinking about an AGEIA PhysX card it might be time to buy!  You can find them in our pricing engine starting at $175!

AGEIA Technologies Launches 'Fall For PhysX' Game Bundle

Exclusive Program A Great Deal For Gamers Who Want To Test Drive PhysX Powered Games

MOUNTAIN VI

Pushing ATI card a little harder

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2006 - 04:43 PM |
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Get a little more with the ThermalTake TMG AT2, reviewed by techPowerUp!.  While the performance gains may not be huge, dropping the fan noise from 65 to 51 dbA may be music to your ears.

Source: techPowerUp!

ATI Radeon X1900GT, Rev 1 versus Rev 2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 9, 2006 - 02:55 PM |
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ATI released a new revision of the X1900GT, something they have done for a lot of past cards as well.  In this particular case, they lowered the core speed, while raising the memory's.  Legion Hardware puts the 2 cards head to head, and shows what you can expect to see because of this change.

G80 - The 8800's are everywhere

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 04:24 PM |
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The amount of changes and improvements in this card can't really be described quickly, there are so many.  The bottom line is simply this ... the only thing that can touch the 8800 is a pair of X1950XTX's in Crossfire, nothing else can come close to this cards overall performance.  The Tech Zone is more than willing to tell you how nVIDIA accomplished this feat.

You should also read Ryan's review at the top of the page.

NEW NVIDIA PRODUCTS TRANSFORM THE PC INTO THE DEFINITIVE GAMING PLATFORM

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-NOVEMBER 8, 2006-PC enthusiasts around the world have a lot
to be excited about today as NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the
worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, introduced
two new product families that transform the PC into the premier gaming
platform: the GeForceR 8800 graphics processing unit (GPU), and the NVIDIA
nForceR 680i SLI media and communications processor (MCP) designed
specifically for IntelR CoreT 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors.

Source: NVIDIA

BFG TECH ANNOUNCES SINGLE SLOT BFG NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GTX WATER COOLED EDITION GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 02:57 PM |
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'PC Enthusiasts and gamers looking for a single slot, SLI ready solution on the latest hardware can order a BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX water cooled card and get the best water cooling in the business from BFG and Danger Den' said Scott Herkelman, EVP of marketing at BFG Technologies.