Dual DVI for gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2006 - 05:49 PM |
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Bona Fide reviews continues their examination of ATI's range of cards, today it is the HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo, with dual DVI and an IceQ cooler that gives the card a little advantage on overclocking over more standard cooling.  Also, the fact that it requires no extra power to run, and it still performs as a solid mid-range graphics card makes it an attractive buy.

"After reviewing the Sapphire X1300, we continue the X1K line of reviews with the HIS X1600XT

Turbo.

S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available Through Newegg.com

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2006 - 05:37 PM |
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Fremont, CA, January 23 2006 - Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com, the premier etailer of graphic cards in North America.


Featured on Newegg.com will be two models of Chrome S27 graphics cards; the first featuring 128MB DDR3 memory for US$98, and a second with 256MB DDR3 memory for US$128.

ATI tries for the performance throne

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 3, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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Bjorn3D tests the new x1900 to see if ATI will beat nVIDIA, or if they have been delegated to playing catch-up again.  For this batch of testing, they have grabbed PowerColors X1900XT.

"The late introduction of R520 had caused ATI to speed up the introduction of its new products.

Going by how the company handles kicker products, most of us assumed it would be just that; a

refresh of the older SKUs. All in all, it was a hasty and wrongful assumption.

Source: Bjorn3D

AGP is dead? Long live AGP!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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Today nVIDIA released the 7800 GS AGP card into the wide world.  This is very likely to be the last AGP board released, so you may want to plan your next upgrade around switching to PCIe, though this card will let you put that off for a while, it is quite powerful.  It's expected to retail at just over $300.  Head to Bjorn3D for a peek at some benchmarks, and a look at what makes the card powerful enough to play the newest games.


Don't forget Ryan's review, either!

Source: Bjorn3D

Better DVD playback - nVidia or ATI?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Extremetech compares the quality of DVD playback from ATI and nVidia using the filters in PowerDVD as the base for their experiment.  If you are setting up a media PC or just starting to watch more DVD's via your PC you might be interested in the results.  Mind you, since they give away standalone DVD players with TicTac's and just about anything else you buy now, maybe you still watch them without the PC at all.

"Graphics cards are all about 3D, right?

Source: Extremetech

The 2 flavours of nVidia's G71

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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According to this brief from VR-Zone, the upcoming release of the G71 graphics chip from nVidia will have 2 flavours, and 2 seperate introduction dates.  Keep your eyes open for more info as it comes.

"There is no doubt NVIDIA will be launching the 90nm G71 in March and the official name will be

GeForce 7900. We came to know that there will be 2 versions; the GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB and the

GeForce 7900 256MB.

Source: VR-Zone

Gigabyte Announces X1900 XTX and XT Availability

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2006 - 12:00 AM |
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Gigabyte sent over the PR on their new video card based on the X1900 XTX and XT GPUs.  Here's the PR and a pic.  Enjoy!

Taipei, Taiwan 25th January, 2006 GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today unleashed the world's fastest graphics accelerators, the GV-RX19X512VB-RH, GV-RX19T512VB-RH, enabling crazy gaming platform performance.

The Radeon X1900's got a posse

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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No wonder it's PCB is red, I'd be embarassed if this many people were talking about me, too!  [H]ard|OCP is a great place to start, then try seeing just how many reviews you can read before you start thinking about ways to raise the money to get a hold of one ... or two.


If you missed it, here's Ryan's look at it.


"ATI's new series of high-end desktop gaming video cards are poised to provide a more immersive

gaming experience.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI Launches and Ships New Radeon X1900 Graphics Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 09:33 AM |
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ATI's official PR is out on the X1900 GPU.  You can read the whole thing on their website.  Be sure to check out my review of the new product line today as well.


ATI Launches and Ships New Radeon® X1900 Graphics Processor For Advanced Multimedia and Gaming


Radeon® X1900, All-In-Wonder® X1900 and Radeon® X1900 CrossFire™ products will engage and entertain customers while they breakthrough performance and quality barriers


MARKHAM, ON

Source: 3DCenter

X1900 XT adds some power to ATI's product line

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2006 - 06:16 PM |
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The HardwareZone examines the brand new ATI X1900 XT (512MB), the newest member in ATI's card line up.  With performance near par with the 7800GTX (512MB), and about $100 cheaper, this card is likely to raise some eyebrows.


Don't forget to come back, Ryan has posted a review of Asus' AX1800 XT TOP.


"Today ATI debuts its Radeon X1900 series.

NVIDIA Falling Back on Paper Launch Roots

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2006 - 11:01 AM |
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The gang at The Inquirer have an interesting editorial up today on the status of NVIDIA's most recent product launches.  The 7300 GS was announced this past week, but no cards have been found.  The quad SLI configuations were shown at CES, but you can't buy them yet even at Dell.  And those 7800 GTX 512s are still mighty hard to find. 

So the birth of the 7300GS may have been announced already but the hardware itself seems stuck somewhere in the birth canal.

Source: The Inquirer

Getting more out of your videocard

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 20, 2006 - 06:08 PM |
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One the ways to get more FPS out of an old videocard is to replace the manufacturers cooling solution with a new, more powerful one.  Virtual-Hideout has a review of Arctic Cooling's Accelero X1 VGA Cooler, which is an inexpensive cooler that may help you get a few more Mhz out of the GPU or memory.

"With an expected availability of around the end of February 2006 and a proposed MSRP of around

$33 USD, I think it's a pretty good value.

New Catalysts for the New Year

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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Neoseeker checks out the new 6.1 Catalyst release, and they even find some nice surprises.

"Since the RELEASE NOTES didn't mention any performance improvements, we got curious and have

worked up a quick run of benchmarks for ATI's Catalyst 6.1 release compared to the 5.13.

Source: Neoseeker

CrossFire vs. SLI

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 06:16 PM |
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ATI's second go at Crossfire, with X1800's has seen a better reception than the first run.  Now that the drivers and hardware have improved, and it is actually possible to find a Master card to use in a Crossfire setup, it is time for a rematch against nVidia's SLI.   Head to Legit Reviews to see how they stack up.


Don't forget to look at Ryan's sneek peek of the 7300 GS, either.


"While ATI's first generation Crossfire platform proved ATI could offer a dual video c

Futuremark Overhauls the Gamer's Benchmark in 3DMark06

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:40 AM |
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The official PR just hit the wire, and Futuremark has announced availability of the new 3DMark06.  You can check out my preview of the new benchmark by clicking here. 


The Futuremark download page has a list of sources to get the large (580 MB+) file, but of course our favorite is

Source: General

NVIDIA Announces Budget 7300 GS GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:23 AM |
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Besides today's release of the 3DMark06 benchmark, NVIDIA is announcing a new budget level GPU called the 7300 GS.  Since I didn't get any samples on it, I'll just quickly go over the specs here.





  • GeForce 7300 GS


  • 4 pixel pipes


  • 3 vertex pipes


  • 550 MHz core clock


  • 400

Dual GPU's with low heat and power consumption

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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Hardware Zone reviews an interesting product from MSI, the Geminium-Go, dual 6600 MXM's power this card, that produces far less heat and needs less power than you would expect.  While it still isn't going to work in a laptop, it can bring serious power to an HTPC or SFF system.


Plus, if you haven't read Ryan's review of the XFX GeForce 6800 GS review, shame on you!


"Though SLI for notebooks hasn't arrived yet, MSI has tak

Pushing your x1800 to the limit

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2006 - 05:55 PM |
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NGOHQ has discovered that ATI's X1800 is extremely overclocking friendly.  Take a look and see how far they pushed it, and how easy it was to do.

""ATi has finally made the leap and given overclockers a reason to celebrate. In their new RADEON

X1800 series they have given us the ability to modify the GPU/DDR voltages without using a voltage

mod.

Source: NGOHQ

ATI's X1800 MasterCard

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 11, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has their hands on a matched set of x1800's, master and slave, and they see just how this new generation of videocard reposonds in a CrossFire setup.  If you have been holding off on the upgrade because of the poor availabilty of the Mastercards, this review will give you a good idea just what you are waiting for.

"The very nature of ATI's CrossFire platform is that you have a MasterCard that can be installed

with a slave card.

Source: [H]ard|OCP