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Subject: Graphics Cards | February 3, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2006 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2006 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2006 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 09:33 AM | Ryan Shrout
ATI Launches and Ships New RadeonÂ® X1900 Graphics Processor For Advanced Multimedia and Gaming
RadeonÂ® X1900, All-In-WonderÂ® X1900 and RadeonÂ® X1900 CrossFire™ products will engage and entertain customers while they breakthrough performance and quality barriers
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2006 - 11:01 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 20, 2006 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2006 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
The Futuremark download page has a list of sources to get the large (580 MB+) file, but of course our favorite is
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2006 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2006 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 11, 2006 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2006 - 04:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to the The Inq, ATI has a big lead of next-gen GPUs as the R580 is supposedly nearly ready and the G71 is still some time off.
IT SEEMS that Nvidia might not be out with its G71 as soon as expected. We heard that it might sample as soon as next week, but major OEMs and partners confirmed that they still haven't seen the hardware and that they've all had R580, Radeon X1900 XTX for some times now.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2006 - 04:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to sources at CES, NVIDIA will have much more quanitity of hte 512 parts in the coming weeks.
I CAN sell as many 7800 GTX 512 as I can get and that's a very good product for us," an Nvidia partner told us at the show. He, she or it wants to remain incognito but the very big partner said that it actually sold all of the cards and still has back orders to fulfil.
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