G71 Well Behind X1900 XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2006 - 04:43 PM |
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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.

Source: The Inquirer

GeForce 7800 GTX 512 Stock Coming Back

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2006 - 04:40 PM |
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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.
Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Already Ready with G71?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2006 - 11:51 PM |
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NVIDIA apparently has the new G71 up its sleeve and ready for ATI's X1900 product...

NVIDIA'S latest graphic offering should start sampling as soon as next week. It's all in the promises now but we have a reason to believe that Nvidia is on the schedule with this one. We also heard that the chip should work around 700 MHz frequency and as we reported before it should feature 32 pixel pipelines.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI's X1900XTX name game explained

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2006 - 11:47 PM |
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Do they really think people are falling for this?

Its Platinum Edition, or PE, appeared in such short supply it became known as the 'Press Edition' or even 'Pathetic Edition' such was its scarcity. It was so rare that you could barely get it. We'll applaud ATI for actually learning something from past mistakes.

Competitor Nvidia had a similar branding problem with its Ultra line, which was dumped in favour of the GTX label.

Source: The Inquirer

Asus Radeon X1800 XT TOP Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2006 - 11:07 AM |
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Firingsquad has put together a review of the new Asus X1800 XT TOP graphics card that I also have in house for testing. 

At first glance, ASUS' Extreme X1800 XT TOP looks like no other Radeon X1800 XT card on the market. Sitting next to ATI's own Radeon X1800 XT reference board, the ASUS Extreme X1800 XT TOP looks massive. It even looks large sitting next to a GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB. But actually, the board is based entirely on ATI's reference board design for the Radeon X1800 XT.

Source: Firing Squad

Will NVIDIA's G71 Chip Use 32 pipelines?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 03:29 PM |
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Lot's of questions in today's news...this time about NVIDIA's upcoming 90nm opposition to ATI's R580 in the form of the G71. 

As the G71 will be able to process 32 pixels per clock, it will physically have 32 pipelines but will have just 16 ROPs. This is no surprise to us as Nvidia's G70, Geforce 7800 GTX actually has 24 pipelines and 16 ROPs.

Source: The Inquirer

More Details on R580 and ATI's X1900XT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 03:27 PM |
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The Inquirer claims to have some good knowledge of the upcoming R580 specifications include a 695 MHz core clock and 1550 MHz memory clock!

OUR CHINESE colleagues have reported that R580 comes in a couple of flavours and our Theo wrote about this before. But this time these guys have a picture of the actual hardware and have some of the clock details. The card looks very much like the previous R520 based chip.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI's R580 Spotted

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 02:29 PM |
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It looks like the first images of ATI's upcoming R580 chip have hit the web over at HKEPC.  Nothing incredibly exciting really, though.  Check out this quote:

時ATi的尚未向廠商提交R580核心的正式規格,只知道將會分為3個版本,最高階的為Radeon X1900XTX,取代舊有以PE命名的方法,核心時脈為650MHz,記憶體時脈則為1550MHz。Radeon X1900XT核心時脈為625MHz,記憶體時脈則為1450MHz。而CrossFire版本亦會在同日發佈,æ 

Source: HKEPC

ATI Radeon X1800 XL Overclocking

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 23, 2005 - 03:54 PM |
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Legit Reviews has an article online today that looks at overclocking an ATI X1800 XL well past its 500/500 stock speed.

First and most obvious you're going to need an X1800XL. We are using the reference board sent to us by ATI. All of the R520 GPU's come from ATI and that's the only thing that we can promise. It's up to the board partners on what type of memory will be used and how closely they will follow the reference design set by ATI. This is very important to keep in mind as this will affect your results.

Drivers in Red and Blue

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 12:30 PM |
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New driver releases from NVIDIA and ATI today. Get your NVIDIA 81.98 Forceware and the ATI 5.13 Catalyst drivers. After you've installed them, visit our Video Card forum to discuss the latest drivers with fellow readers.


Source: NVIDIA

ATI Posts Increased Revenue

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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ATI has posted some positive financial news today with Q1 revenues climbing 26% from Q4 2005.

Response Time Compensation LCD Displays

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM |
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XBitLabs takes a look at 7 LCD displays that feature Response Time Compensation. Response Time Compensation is a technique that reduces a pixel's transition timw by applying a higher voltage. It's a very interesting article that is a must for anyone who is thinking of buying an LCD display in the next year.


What is UDI and why should you care?

Source: X-Bit Labs

CrossFire in Overdrive

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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ATI has unleashed a new Catalyst driver in time for the holidays. The new v5.13 beta posted at Guru3d is showing some remarkable improvements in the video/image quality department according to FiringSquad. This new driver should give NVIDIA some renewed competition in the HTPC market.


Guru3d has also reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire card in a massive 19 page piece.

Source: Guru of 3D

A card as rare as uranium, and just about as heavy

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2005 - 06:08 PM |
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Hardware Asylum managed to get their hands on the extremely rare Gigabyte 3D1-68GT, a dual GPU card whose performance is great, but comes at the cost of severe heat, and a massive size.  Still no word on whether there will be an SLI version released in the future.

"The 3D1-68GT is as good a dual-GPU card as we've ever seen, but that does not exempt it from its

associated faults.

The need for passively cooled speed

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2005 - 04:23 PM |
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Cool and quiet wins out over high powered video cards once again. [H]ard|OCP examines the ASUS' Extreme N6600GT Silencer, a dead silent, GeForce 6600 GT, cooled by a large heatsink, with no fan.  While it may not give you much overhead to overclock, it will certainly give good video performance, and as I may have mentioned, quiet down your system.

"Silence is golden. There are just certain situations where silence is a wonderful thing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Valve Delivers new Filmic Effects

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 02:50 PM |
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Ryan has posted tantalizing coverage on Valve's new Filmic Effects. This new technology attempts to tackle some of graphics most complex problems, notably motion blurring and depth of field. Valve has some interesting approaches to implementing these effects which ultimately means more dramatic games in the near future.


Sadly though, there's no such thing as a free lunch...


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ATI's Catalysts and how they've changed

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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It's been a year of monthly updates for ATI's catalysts, with current rumours of a 13th release close to christmas.  AnandTech examines just what has changed over 2005, and ventures into the performance irregularities we saw earlier in the year.

"We have seen on more than one occasion that our benchmarks have been turned upside down and

inside out, with cases such as ATI's Catalyst 5.11 drivers suddenly giving ATI a decisive win in

OpenGL games, when they were being soundly defeated just a driver version b

Source: AnandTech

XFX puts together a sweet bundle

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 9, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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The XFX bundle that the Guru of 3D reviews is just great.  Not only do you get a reasonably videocard, it will perform better than most cards in it's class.  Plus good games!  You won't be stuck with aged titles to try out on your new card, and replaying FarCry with all the options turned up to 11 will be much fun.

"XFX did something really extraordinary with this "XXX Edition" product in two fold. First of all

the higher core and memory clocks are just brilliant.

Source: Guru of 3D

Sure it's fast, but how does it look

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2005 - 05:13 PM |
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The Firing Squad decided to compare ATI, nVidia and XGI, with an eye for quality.  If you are more concerned with the quality of your frames, as opposed to the quantity, this review is for you.

'Today FiringSquad looks at the deinterlacing performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600, the ATI

Radeon X800, and the XGI Volari 8300.

Source: Firing Squad

A card to base an HTPC around

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2005 - 06:52 PM |
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T-break reviews one of those rare non-AIW TV tuner cards, the PowerColor Theatre 550 Pro.  It's a 1x PCIx card, and is worth a look for anyone considering setting up a HTPC for themselves or as a gift.

"The included Cyberlink remote clearly lacks the luster that ATI remotes have and looks ungraceful

and clunky. The remote also lacks a thumbpad for mouse control and includes no programmable

buttons.

Source: t-break