There goes the main reason to buy Windows Vista

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2006 - 09:43 AM |
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One of the main reasons many gamers planned to go with Windows Vista when it was released is DirectX 10.  According to this story on The Inquirer, the soon to be released DX 9.0 L will be DX10 for Windows XP, and will allow you to play DX 10 games.  Since DX9.0L has not been released yet, nor are any DX10 graphics cards or games available, we don't know how well it will work, or what differences between the two might exist.

Source: The Inquirer

Mobile Graphics Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2006 - 11:25 AM |
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HotHardware gives you a sneak peek at the GeForce GO 7950 GTX.  Although still a single core graphics card (like the 7950  GT), you do get a 75MHz increase in core frequency and 100MHz in memory compared to the previous GeForce Go 7900 GTX. 

Source: HotHardware

Sapphire Announces new Water Cooled X1950 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 11:03 AM |
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Dailytech has the announcement and some images of the new Sapphire liquid cooled X1950 XTX and CrossFire cards.  Bother use the same design that keeps the water cooling components inside the case.

Sapphire has announced the release of its new TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards catered towards enthusiasts and silent PC aficionados.

Source: Daily Tech

AGEIA PhysX at Digital Life in New York

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 10:38 AM |
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Digital Life, one of the smaller shows for the tech community, opened today in New York City.  I just got an email that AGEIA is on-site there with some new annoucements and showing off some new technology.  They have some software on display, as well as the first public showing of the PCI Express version of the PhysX card.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.October 12, 2006 AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc.

RealityMark is available for download

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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Set to become the 3dMark equivalent for Physics Processing Units, AGEIA has posted their RealityMark benchmarking tool for download.
Here's the system requirements

  • AGEIA PhysX Accelerator with latest drivers (2.5.1 or later required)
  • Microsoft Windows® XP 32-bit or 64-bit
  • 1GB System RAM or higher
  • At least 1 GB free hard disk space
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or Celeron Processor, 1.5GHz or higher OR AMD Athon XP™ 2400+ or higher
  • DirectX 9.0 graphics adapter with 128MB RAM or higher

Source: AGEIA

Is quiet enough for the EAX 1600 XT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 09:23 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent, a totally passively cooled graphics card, that costs just under $150.  The problem is that it's direct competitor is the GeForce 7600 GT, which costs even less and has more impressive stats on paper.  Read the review to find out if it can compete.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI's TV Wonder knows a few tricks

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2006 - 02:13 PM |
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After a false start with faulty capacitors, the relaunched ATI TV Wonder 650 is back on the shelves.  Motherboards.org does a full review of this truly multifunctional card, at home in just about any HTPC application.

Quality versus Quantity, The Frames per Second conundrum

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Take two of the fastest cards available, the nVIDIA 7950 GX2 and the ATI X1959XTX, and the speed difference at default  levels really isn't that huge in most games.  That isn't what X-bit Labs wants to find out though.   They are far more interested in maxing out AA, FSAA, Anistropic filtering and various other newer graphical improvements, first to look at the effect on FPS, and secondly to determine if it actually improves the look of the game.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Ageia RealityMark

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 08:58 AM |
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If you want a little more physical reality in your games, Ageia's PPU is what will give it to you.  Short video clips and comparisons of games with and without hardware physics give you some idea what the card can do, but their upcoming benchmarking tool, RealityMark, shows it better than anything has yet. [H]ard|OCP has a clip from that benchmark, that is worth watching twice to catch everything that goes on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI is first to annouce a DX10 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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That's right, according to an article on The Inquirer, the upcoming RV6X0 family will be full DX 10 cards.  If you listen closely you can hear the engineers chant Bum Shaka Laka.
Source: The Inquirer

A possible 7950 GS release?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2006 - 03:07 PM |
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NGOHQ has heard that a possible 7950GS card may be released.  The 7950GT was released very recently, at the $300 mark.   This card would have to be cheaper, as it would not be faster, and could be the cheapest and easiest way to get SLI up and running.

Source: NGOHQ

ASUS blows trhe lid on nVIDIA's new PPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2006 - 11:04 AM |
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HEXUS has noticed the answer ASUS gave about the 3rd PCI Express slot on an unrelased (P5N32 SLI) motherboard.  Much like ATI's upcoming PPU, it does more that just process physics in games, it is also meant to be a co-processor for the CPU to dump many mathematical calculations onto.

Source: Hexus

Passive extremes, the new XFX 7950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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XFX passed on a GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme to [H]ard|OCP, who pitted it against the toughest competition they could find.  One of the most noticable things about this card is the passive cooling system, which begs the question as to what you could achieve with a 3rd party cooling solution.  Head over to see what this card can do right out of the box.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get some PureVideo from nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2006 - 09:18 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP asks Scott Vouri, the Multimedia GM at nVIDIA 10 questions about HDMI/HDCP and PureVideo.  Then they follow up with their own experimentations with NVIDIA PureVideo HD, an HDMI/HDCP equipped video card, and a HD-DVD player and different types of displays.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

7950GT is here, performance for about $300

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2006 - 08:51 AM |
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HotHardware is a perfect starting point to get an idea of how XFXs 7950GT will perform.  For a card that falls just below the performance of a 7950GTX, it is impressive to see a passive cooling solution.

Make sure to make your way back here, Ryan has reviewed the XFX passively cooled version, but we also managed to get a hold of BFG's actively cooled card.

Source: HotHardware

X1300 on plain old PCI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2006 - 02:41 PM |
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Why would someone release a new ATI X1300 for regular PCI?  The main reason would be the size, it can be much smaller than a PCI-E card, and work better in tight spaces such as an HTPC setup.  Of course, many HTPC setups do have PCI-E, and there are smaller versions of cards in existance.  Tech Spot's benchmarking also gives a perfect example of the difference in bandwidth between PCI and PCI-E.

Source: Tech Spot

Looking to buy a 7900GS?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2006 - 09:25 AM |
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There are a few choices on PriceGrabber

Getting a little more out of the 7900GS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2006 - 09:12 AM |
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TweakTown struggled their way through reviewing the XFX GeForce 7900GS, at stock speeds.  When they realised they could go from 480MHz and 1400MHz DDR, to 658MHz and 1648 DDR, they decided they liked the card after all.

Source: TweakTown

Revisiting CoV and PPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2006 - 01:10 PM |
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The new City of Villains patch is out, so AnanadTech revisits Ageia's PPU and the effect it has on playability.  To make things easier to compare CoV now supports software physics, so the performance difference the PPU makes can realy be highlighted.

Source: AnandTech

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW 7-SERIES OVERCLOCKED GRAPHIC CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 08:54 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (September 6, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the
leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D
graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast
products, announced today their new BFG GeForce™ 7950 GT OC™ 512MB PCIe
and BFG GeForce™ 7900 GS OC™ 256MB PCIe graphics cards.