NVIDIA's 3D Glasses technology ready, monitors not so much

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:08 PM |
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We have been talking about NVIDIA's 3D technology for a while now as it has been on display in one form or another for over a year.  At the NVISION08 conference this year we got our hands on a near final version of the active glasses technology as well as Mitsubishi TVs and Viewsonic monitors that ran at the required 120 Hz rate.  According to Digitimes the glasses are just about ready, the drivers are as well but the lack of any low cost and widely available displays is holding up the process a bit.&nbsp

Source: Digitimes

Windows 7 to ditch Hybrid CrossFire and SLI?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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Did you like the idea of having both an integrated and discrete graphics solution your notebook with the ability to switch between them depending on your need for battery life or performance?  Yeah, me too.  Tough though - someone at Microsoft apparently has a stick up their ass and doesn't approve of the technology.  According to Engadget, Microsoft's Windows 7 will not offer native support for the technology and in fact dismisses all of it as "unstab

Source: engadget

NVIDIA and VIA put partnership on hold

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 01:24 PM |
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Back in June during this year's Computex show we reported on a brewing relationship between NVIDIA and VIA that partnered two companies together with a common enemy: Intel.  The idea at the time was to pair NVIDIA's mid-range GPUs with VIA's Nano processor, at the time the best low power processor option on the market, to create a cheap yet enticing low cost gaming platform.  However, once Intel's Atom processor came onto the scene and started gobbling up the marketshare VIA was attempting to get, the partnership quickly fell off the

Source: Digitimes

AMD finally delivers it's second twin

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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At an MSRP of $400, the new HD4850 X2 sits right between the HD4870 and HD4870 X2 in price, and in performance as well.  The extra GPU really adds to the power of the HD4850 taking it past the it's bigger brother, though still not coming close to the HD4870 X2.  It is also possesses a rather interesting back plate; most might have expected a rear venting setup like most modern cards sport, the HD4850 X2 has four dual-link DVI connectors as well as a TV out.  Check out HEXUS' review here.

Source: Hexus

Super-size it

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The new 1GB HD4870s that have arrived also heralded the
arrival of HD4870s with 2GB or VRAM, which is exactly what the Guru of 3D has up for review.   That extra RAM will come in very handy with your 30" monitor, playing at 2560x1600 and the raw power of the card will let you set most, if not all options to their highest settings.  If you are playing with a monitor in the 20" range, you really won't see much difference between the original HD4870 and this new version.

Source: Guru of 3D

Not your usual GTX260 review

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Ryan's review of the KFA2 Galaxy GTX 260+ shows off the work nVIDIA and it's partners are doing with the current lineup of cards.  The first big change is the use of the new Big Bang 2 drivers from nVIDIA, the second is the card it's self.  The clocks on this card are bumped up by more that 10% across the board; 656 MHz core, 1405 MHz shader and 1130 MHZ memory.  Support for 3 wa

Check under the hood of your HD4830

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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If you fire up GPU-Z and have only 560 shader processors as opposed to the 640 that are on the card then you have a card with a pre-production BIOS.  There is good news, it looks like only reviewers have ended up with these cards, they are not likely to have made it into the channel, though it is possible some slipped through.  As well, you can take hearst in the fact that this is a BIOS issue only.  The processors are there, they are just going unused and a simple BIOS flash can fix that.  AnandTech did some testing and you can see the difference in performance,

Source: AnandTech

Far Cry 2 Bundle with ANY BFG GTX 200 Series purchase

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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For a limited time, and while supplies last only, customers who buy ANY BFG GeForce GTX 200 Series graphics card October 22, 2008 or later, will get

  • a free full copy of Far Cry 2 (DVD) a $50 value.
  • a free full copy of 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition (online download; BFG will supply Serial Number) a $20 value
  • a BFG branded mini super bright LED torch (priceless!).

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Overwhelmed by choices

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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We are going to need a new way to rate low end graphics cards.  There are so many really good choices out there that best price for performance is rather difficult to decide.  Do you go for the high end HD4830 at about $150, or a low end HD4850 for a few dollars more, or do you want a heavily overclocked 9800GT, again about $150?  Do you get cheaper but buy two, or get the fastest single card you can?  Are you willing to pay $17.50 for an extra hundred GFLOPS, or only $7.38? 

It's a new beginning for nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 02:46 PM |
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The early beta of nVIDIA's 180 series of drivers, which bear the name Big Bang II have arrived just in time for FarCry2.  The major improvements come in the form of changes to multi-monitor support, a topic dear to Ryan's heart.  There are also claims of significant performance increases, and as Ryan is Steaming through the download of FarCry2, you should keep your eyes open for a sneak peek at performance.  You can also bet the game will make it into the benchmarking section of future graphics cards.

BFG SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 12:54 PM |
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All BFG graphics cards on the BFG Store are at least 10%
off
, and all BFG power supplies (including Scratch and Dent!) are 30% off!

On top of the instant savings, there is an additional $20
off via mail in rebate on the GTX 280 OC, GTX 260 OC MAXCORE, and
the GTX 260 OC - so be sure to view the product page to download the
rebate form.

 

Humor in tech: Mac gets all excited about H.264 decoding

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:12 PM |
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Want to see one of the many reasons PC nerds and Mac nerds don't get along?  Check out this story that discusses the supposedly "newly added" H.264 decode acceleration on the MacOS X platform that is "mysterious".  The author questions whether support for the technology will be added to previous Mac computers rather than be a secret feature on current MacBooks

Source: Ars Technica

The Earth is falling on NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:05 PM |
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We have been seeing these rumors for some time, and now information is supposedly posted on Fudzilla that only six of NVIDIA's current partners are going to survive "the culling".  The apparent reason for the removal of some partners is to keep competition from over flooding the market. 

Source: General

NVIDIA MCP82 chipset details leak

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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While we aren't sure of the validity of these specs yet, they sure do look interesting and put into question the idea that NVIDIA would be leaving the chipset business.

S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality with S3FotoPro Image Enhancement Application

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Fremont, California, October 17, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of S3FotoPro, a GPGPU application using the latest programmable architecture powered by the Chrome 400 Series GPUs.

Source: S3 Graphics

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro CX - The Accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-OCTOBER 16, 2008 - Today NVIDIA introduced its new accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4 software, the NVIDIA Quadro CX. This new GPU provides creative professionals with a faster, better, more reliable way to maximize their creativity. Quadro CX was architected to deliver the best performance for the new GPU-optimized features of Adobe Creative Suite 4.

"Adobe is at the forefront of the Visual Computing Revolution," said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVDIA.

Source: NVIDIA

Highlights of the Catalyst 8.10 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2008 - 03:55 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Unreal Tournament 3: Performance increases of up to 15% are seen when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series or ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
  • Prey: Performance increases between 2% to 5% are seen on ATI CrossFire configured systems when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products

New Features

Catalyst Control Center enhancements:

Source: AMD

Shoving a little extra memory in

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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The HD4870 now comes in three distinct flavours, the X2, the original 512MB version and now the supersized 1GB version.  The doubling of memory is the only difference between the 512MB

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (October 13, 2008) - For the enthusiast seeking the utmost control from their video solution, ASUS has today released the new EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M for North America.

Source: ASUS

AMD to benefit from Adobe CS4 GPU acceleration

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:32 PM |
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This is a bit of interesting news that I had bookmarked this week but haven't gotten posted yet.  Two articles over at Fudzilla point to the fact that AMD's GPUs will benefit just as much from the recent Adobe CS4 software GPU acceleration additions as NVIDIA's parts.  First, here is the post that quotes an AMD rep saying as much.  How is that possible?

Source: Fudzilla