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

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