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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2008 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2008 - 05:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 06:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2008 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2008 - 01:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (July 23, 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 GTX+ OC 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card.
Backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry, the BFG GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC graphics card is overclocked out of the box and pushes the limit in ultra realistic game play with NVIDIA PhysX technology, offering extreme HD gaming with 3-Way NVIDIA
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP compares AMD's new(ish) Edge Detect CFAA to nVIDIA's MSAA and CSAA. AMD's previous cards had Narrow or Wide-Tent CFAA, which no one was really a huge fan of, but this new generation has some interesting tricks. The article covers a bit on how Adaptive AA works to choose the best way to render textures, and has a lot of screenshots comparing the ways that nVIDIA and AMD's AA differ. They also look at the performance impact and mention a few titles in which you w
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2008 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFG took a GeForce 9800 GTX, overclocked it, added a waterblock to it and called it the H2OC.
The reference speeds are GPU core of 675MHz, shaders at 1675MHz and the memory at 2.2GHz, the H2OC runs at 783MHz, 1944MHz and 2.32GHz, but the Guru of 3D managed to push it all the way to 790MHz, 2067MHz and 2.49GHz. If you have a
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2008 - 04:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
Did you buy one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 or GTX 260 cards when they initially launched? Did you pay $649 for the GTX 280? $499 for the GTX 260? Were you pissed when you found the prices drop to $499 this week? Well if you bought GTX 200 series cards from XFX, today is really going to be a stellar day for you: XFX is going to help you by giving you free money.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 14, 2008 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The previews of the HD 4870 X2 are certainly impressive, Ryan was seeing an average frame rate of 40fps in Crysis at 1920x1200 and 8xAF. It does feel like AMD is taunting their fans thanks to the way this card was released. We have no firm date (Q3 sometime-ish), no idea what the availablilty will be like, and absolutely no idea what the price will be. Still, it is nice to see positive results from AMD's graphics cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sure, DX10 and DX10.1 are getting all the attention now, but rumors are circulating that NVIDIA will skipping DX10.1 support (which did not even show up in GT200) going straight to DX11. While a release date for the new graphics API is probably not going to be discussed, apparently Microsoft will be talking about the new features, such as tessellation and multi-threaded rendering, at the upcoming XNA GameFest in Seattle.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
When we initially saw the die size that GT200 was released at last month, we knew that NVIDIA would be trying to get it moved from a 65nm process technology to 55nm very soon - money talks as the saying goes. It looks like the green GPU giant is going to get 55nm running by the end of the quarter and could even have 40nm tape outs by the end of the year!
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The sub $200 market is getting incredibly crowded, and most of those cards will bring you more performance than you might expect. The newest cards are from BFG, the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence. The ThermoIntelligence label denotes some serious cooling and a complete disregard for specified clock speeds. Read Ryan's reivew in full here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
InsideHW takes a step back before reviewing AMD's new 48xx graphics cards. Instead of putting up benchmarks and maximum playable resolutions, they focus on some of the technology that allows the cards to perform well and produce the quality of graphics we have seen. Read through their full article for a deeper look into the architecture that has helped AMD so much with this generation of graphics cards.