Getting to know your X1900 better

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2006 - 05:02 PM |
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Tech-Hounds continues their look at the X1900 series from ATI in the second part of their indepth examination.  Find out more about  the differences between ATI and nVIDIA than just the PCB colour. 

"ATI's latest offering, the Radeon X1900 XTX is strong, but it does have its weak points. We already covered the lack of performance with texture dependent games in our last article. Now we discovered that ATI's adaptive antialiasing is not as effective as NVIDIA's transparency anti aliasing.

Source: Tech-Hounds

Is 512MB better than 256 yet?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2006 - 06:38 PM |
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PureOverclock ran some tests comparing a standard 256MB 7800GT and a 512MB version.  With some judicious use of NiBiTor, all clock speeds were rendered equal.  Read on to see if paying for that extra RAM is really worth it.

"Does a 512MB framebuffer make any difference?

The 7900 reviews of new video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP gives a you a good rundown of the technology behind nVIDIA's new cards, and what you can expect to get from them.  More than jsut benchmarks, you are in danger of learning something by reading this.


"The big news for NVIDIA today is that their high-end GPU has gone 90 nanometers. This actually

isn't their first 90 nanometer GPU, the GeForce 7300 GS is built on the 90 nanometer process.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI fires an answering salvo

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 01:29 PM |
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In response to nVIDIA's product launch today, ATI has struck back with the X1800GTO.  Read the review at Hot Hardware to see if ATI's newest can compete with the shiny new nVIDIA cards.

"ATI reacts quickly this morning to NVIDIA's hard launch of GeForce 7 refreshes, with a launch of

their own for the performance mainstream sector of the market.

Source: HotHardware

nVIDIA's Big Day

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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nVIDIA came out swinging this morning, with the release of the new 7900 and 7600 cards.  Start at Hot Hardware, who have revied both the budget oriented 7600, and the powerful 7900.  Then, just keep going as there are a lot of sites working hard to give you a good look at these hot new models.


Don't forget to stop back here at PC Perspetive, as Ryan has reviewed everything nVIDIA released today.


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Source: HotHardware

ATI's Mid-Range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 6, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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LOSTCIRCUITS has tested ATI's current mid-range card, the x1600 Pro, offered in an AGP flavour.  If you are still putting off that total systems upgrade for a bit, but find yourself barely able to play some of the newer titles with any bells or whistles enabled, this card might give your PC a new lease on lfe.

"In the middle of ATI's current GPU lineup is the X1600 series, based on the R530 GPU and

described by ATI as the "Absolute in Mainstream Gaming Performance".

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Everything you wanted to know about GPU's, but ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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3D Chip has posted an article about how a GPU works, in relativly simple terms.  If you want to know why people care more about pipelines than raw speed, and were afraid to ask, this will be worth your while.

"Hello readers and reader, welcome to our new bases series to the subject of graphic cards. Did

you not ask you already often how a GPU is constructed and calculates like it of pictures?

Source: 3DChip

Run SLI on any Chipset

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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It finally happened and I figured it was going to be sooner rather than later. There is now a third-party patch available that allows everyone to run SLI regardless of chipset! The story started with a leaked ULi patch that enabled SLI, then users created their own universal patch. All you need is a motherboard capable of running two PCI-Express graphics cards (i.e. Intel 955X, 975X, XPress 200, XPress 3200, etc.).


If anything, this homebrew software will help increase the sales of NVIDIA cards; so I hope NVIDIA doesn't come down too hard on this patch.

Source: Daily Tech

Matrox Unveils World's First Portable Multi-Display Adapter

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 10:41 AM |
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Matrox has launched the world's first portable (and reusable) multi-display adapter - the TripleHead2Go, and DualHead2Go. These palm-sized devices allows a user to add up to three external displays without needing to upgrade their motherboard or graphics.

More power for less $$$

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2006 - 04:20 PM |
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Bjorn 3D examines another budget concious card from ATI, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2.  While the card won't break any speed records, it sports a 600Mhz core and 400Mhz DDR memory, all for under $100.

"Because not everyone can shell out $500+ green for a video card, I decided to review the

PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 not so long ago. On February 21st, Tul Corporation announeced

another low-end model based around RV515, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2 (RV515LE).

Source: Bjorn3D

How much is a frame per second worth to you?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Elite Bastards compares the 2 flavours of X1900, the XT and the XTX, to see exactly what you get for the extra money.  Both are based on the same chips (R580), one is simply clocked higher than the other.  Read the full review to find out which of the 2 cards is the better buy.

"From our brief foray through US retail outlets, it seems as though a $75 price difference between

the X1900 XT and XTX (When it comes to Built By ATI boards) is the best you can find at present,

VR-Zone spills the beans on NV-71

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2006 - 01:20 PM |
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The specs for the upcoming nVIDIA cards are very impressive, if VR-Zone's scoop is right.  It could even be enough to bump ATI's performance crown off.


Also, if video editing and manipulation is more your thing, check out Ryan's review of the X1900 All-In-Wonder.


"VR-Zone has posted some specs for the upcoming 90nm G71 series already. There will be two models

as we have revealed before; the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT.

Source: VR-Zone

NVIDIA Takes the Stage

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM |
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With ATI generating most of the buzz in recent weeks, NVIDIA has stepped up to deliver some excitement of their own. The biggest news being the demise of the 7800-series cards, and the introduction of 7900-series GTX and GT parts.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI's Avivo learns new tricks

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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With the newer, more powerful X1000 series, and newer drivers, ATI has been able to increase the scope of Avivo.  With better transcoding abilites, native High Definition output, better support for dual-DVI, this updated guide from Beyond3D is worth reading.  You may even find things you weren't aware you could already do.

In the initial part of the Avivo article we took a look at an overview of many of the technologies

that ATI's video and display engine technology encompasses.

Source: Beyond3D

X1900 - running Crossfire with a x1900XTX

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2006 - 01:13 PM |
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TweakTown has found a Master x1900, and they immediately slapped it into a system with a X1900XTX, and set them up in Crossfire.   This resulted in fairly impressive benchamrks, and also gives you a rare look into setting up a Crossfire system.

"With the launch of the Radeon X1900XT and X1900XTX last month, CrossFire cards of this new Radeon

series have already popped up at a few places but aren't in full swing as most people would like.

Source: TweakTown

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