Function trumping form

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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The Arctic Cooling Accelero Turbo Module will appeal to a certain type of enthusiast; those who want a rig that is impressive for what it can do, not how it looks.  If you drop by Tweaknews you can see why they describe it as not terribly attractive, a giant heatsink obscuring any vie

Source: Tweaknews

Toshiba Shows off its SpursEngine

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 1, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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The Cell Processor in the PS3 has certainly received a lot of attention, but now we are finally seeing some products being introduced that are based on the same technology of the Cell.  The Toshiba SpursEngine is a derivation of the Cell, but it does not encompass any of the PowerPC portions.  Instead it is a chip that is designed around the SPE units that are found in Cell.  Toshiba is aiming this part at realtime video encoding and decoding, as well as upconverting video in real time.

There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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The graphics card market is developing a distinct pear shape as it's lower end swells with more and more value priced cards.  There are only two species at the pinnacle, the GTX280 and HD4870 X2, who along with their assorted sub-species rule the market.  From there however the choices available swell as each price point has more and more cards created to fill any gap between the prices.  The newest are AMD's HD4350 and HD4500.  There is a reason that they are both under $60, the number of stream processors has been reduced to 80 from over 300 for the 4650, the memory bus s

Source: AnandTech

Finding gold at the bottom of the barrel

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The Tech Report investigates whether you can spend less than $100 on a graphics card and still be able to play your favourite games.  The short answer is that if your monitor is stuck at 1280x1024, then go right ahead and buy one of the many lower end video cards you can pick up from AMD and nVIDIA.  If you can go to 1920x1200 and want to see at least a few effects, or play some of the more intensive titles, up the budget to the $150 and you won't be disappointed.  You won't be playing at maximum settings, but

NVIDIA renaming GeForce 9-series and killing 8-series

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 02:01 PM |
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Well, I hope none of you were attached to the GeForce 8-series or GeForce 9-series names; it looks like the G100-series will be taking over all the 55nm product names.  Nothing too dramatic here but perhaps a new way for partners to market, right?

Following a recent announcement that the companywould lay off about 7% of its staff, it seems that Nvidia is busy bringing the company back on track.

Source: TG Daily

The Diamond HD 3870 fiasco

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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Ah, this is why we love the Internet and its ability to spread stories at such speed.  On Wednesday TGDaily reported that "thousands of Diamond multimedia graphics cards potentially defective" and that the company "may have shipped between 15,000 and 20,000 AMD/ATI HD 3800-series with design/manufacturing defects to system builders and the retail market."  Of course as you'd imagine the S hit the F after that and since then some of the information has been adjusted.

Source: 3DCenter

Getting your money's worth

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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Buying a video card is getting quite difficult, especially if you want good value.  There are an incredible amount of choices right now, with tiers running from the $150 value cards to the $500 top of the line models.  [H]ard|OCP takes you through the 48xx series from AMD and the 2xx series from nVIDIA to try to figure out which cards offer you the best value.  Whichever price level you are looking at, this review covers it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Dark Knight Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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I saw over at Fudzilla that ASUS has a new graphics card on their site today under the "Dark Knight" moniker.  While I am not sure if the lawyers at DC Comics know about it yet, the card itself looks pretty cool and is based on the GeForce 9800 GTX+ 55nm G92 GPU.  
Source: Fudzilla

Digitimes interviews NVIDIA CEO: GPU on CPU 'a waste'

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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In an interview with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Digitimes asked some probing questions about the company's stance in the GPU market, NVIDIA's plans for surviving in the world of Intel's Larrabee and more.  One interesting comment came when Huang was asked about how both Intel and AMD planning to integrate GPU functionality into their CPUs would affect NVIDIA.

Source: Digitimes

Adobe 'Stonehenge' Photoshop CS4 uses the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2008 - 02:23 PM |
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GPGPU is getting a big boost today as the latest Adobe's Photoshop, version CS4 previously known as Stonehenge, is announced and will be on sale in Octoboer.  For now the features that use the GPU are a bit limited: image rotation, zooming and panning are all done in real-time with even the largest of source files.

Source: Daily Tech

A tight race for the middle

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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The sub $100 graphics market hasn't been this hot in a long time, if ever.  The two main competitors for your hard earned dollars are the HD4670 and the GeForce 9600 GSO.  Now XFX has made that segment even more interesting with their 9600GSO XXX edition, with core and shader clocks almost 24% faster than the reference mod

Source: bit-tech

Where is the Radeon HD 4850 X2?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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When the Radeon HD 4870 X2 card was released back in the middle of August, there was a particular slide that interested us:

Source: Fudzilla

Top of the line need not apply

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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The Arctic-Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo VGA cooler will help you push your newer graphics cards even harder, but it won't help GTX260/280 or 4870 X2 owners.  Almost anyone else can benefit from this oversized cooler, especially if you are willing to put up with the noise generated when you make use of the 12V adaptor.  Legion Hardware can show you what to expect in their full review.

Catalyst 8.9, get it while it's hot

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2008 - 04:05 PM |
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New Features

Catalyst Control Center: New Display mode support

  • This release of Catalyst™ introduces 1080p @ 50Hz custom mode support for HDTVs for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products. Users can configure their own custom 1080p @ 50Hz modes to best fit their display.

Overdrive support for QUAD CrossFireX configurations

Source: AMD

This one's for real

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Unlike the ASUS Trinity, you will be able to buy the BFG MAXCORE cards very soon.  The MSRPs are $300 for the OC model, the OC2 at $320 and the OCX model at $330 MSRP; the original GTX 260 can be had for almost $100 less.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing, a pair of conclusions seemed clear; the first is that the new GTX260 outclasses the HD4870.  Secondly, while it does beat the old GTX260, the price is going to have to come down because it doesn't beat it by that much.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG ANNOUNCES FACTORY OVERCLOCKED GEFORCE GTX 260 MAXCORE

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 11:24 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (September 16, 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 GeForce GTX 260 MAXCORE graphics cards in three factory overclocked versions; OC, OC2, and OCX.

BFG's GeForce GTX 260 MAXCORE graphics cards boast 216 processing cores- 24 more cores than a standard GeForce GTX 260.

NVIDIA Releases new GTX 260 with 216 Shaders

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 09:00 AM |
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I just wanted to make note of a new NVIDIA release that is happening today - a revision of the GeForce GTX 260 GPU will be hitting the streets this week to increase competition on the AMD Radeon HD 4870.  We'll have our full review up for you tomorrow - BFG sent us an overclocked OCX model we are putting through the paces as I type this. 

Plus sized graphics cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 15, 2008 - 12:29 PM |
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In an attempt to bridge the gap between the 9800GTX and the GTX260 the 9800GTX+ was created.  [H]ard|OCP gave the card a fair shot and found it to be slightly better than the original, but not enough to recommend it.  Simply shrinking the die was not enough to make this card shine.  It is also hard to locate on online retailers, nVIDIA chose a + symbol, which most search engines treat as an operator, not a model number, and drop it from your search

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA's GT200: Inside a Parallel Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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RealWorldTech.com has a new article up that deep-dives into the world of GPGPU computing and NVIDIA's GT200 architecture.  Keep in mind this is not an article for the feint of heart - if lines like "Each cycle the issue logic selects and forwards the highest priority 'ready to execute' warp instruction from the buffer.

Source: General

NVIDIA sued by shareholders over GPU failures

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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I saw this post over at Tech Report that discusses a new lawsuit filed against NVIDIA due to the GPU failures that have been plaguing the company for months.  The basis of the suit lies in the fact that NVIDIA knew about the potential problems as early as August 2007 yet hid that fact from the public for as long as 8 months.  Considering the stock has gone from around $18 to the today's price of $10.16 its easy to see why those involv