Integrated Graphics: Xpress 200 vs GMA 950

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2005 - 06:56 AM |
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If for some reason you are interested in comparing the performance of integrated graphics solutions of ATI and Intel, now is your chance.  Anandtech has the feature!  ;)


These numbers serve to show that spending 50 to 75 USD on an add-in card can actually make the difference between a good gaming experience and a mediocre one.
Source: AnandTech

Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 Specs Comparison

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2005 - 02:59 PM |
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It looks like Microsoft has written a little article comparing the specs of the Xbox 360 against the Sony Playstation 3.  Guess who came out on top?  Take all this with a grain of salt...

We decided to put this Microsoft-provided information up undigested. Thus, enclosed is a Microsoft-made comparitive analysis. We have not altered, added, or tinkered with the data. We have not interpreted the specs. We have cut and pasted this information from the email into our site and formatted it.

Source: General

ASUS EN6800Ultra-DUAL GPU Preview

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2005 - 06:34 AM |
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Virtual Zone has a preview of a dual 6800 Ultra GPU card from ASUS. This thing is just monstrous!



ASUS is going to launch their new EN6800Ultra Dual card later this month at Computex that features two 6800Ultra GPUs on a single card.

Source: Virtual Zone

Nvidia Geforce 6600/6600GT Videocard Roundup

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2005 - 06:16 AM |
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Mike Dowler has put together a nine card Nvidia Geforce 6600/6600GT Roundup at PCStats. This roundup tests both AGP and PCI Express versions of the 6600/6600GT cards.


The Geforce 6600/6600GT GPU, like its opposite the ATI X700/X700 PRO, offers considerably more for the money than the mainstream cards of previous generations did. PCstats is testing out nine Geforce 6600 and Geforce 6600 GT based videocards, in both AGP and PCI Express versions.
Source: PCStats

A Whole Lot of Ageia PhysX News

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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A whole lot of press releases from Ageia, the pioneers of the PhysX physics processing unit, hit my inbox a bit ago. 


First up, it looks like the Playstation 3 is going to have some Ageia Physics middleware to aid in development of games on the new console.  Fans of City of Hereos and those looking forward to City of Villians will be interested to know that the Ageia NovodeX physics software is going to be used in the engine for the g

ATI and Microsoft Usher in the HD Era of Gaming

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 07:40 AM |
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ATI just sent this PR out over the wire. 


ATI and Microsoft Usher in the HD Era of Gaming


Xbox 360 redefines the visual experience: unparalleled performance drives new levels of realism and immersion


E3 - LOS ANGELES, CA

May 17, 2005 The era of HD gaming is in full effect at E3 2005 with ATI Technologies Inc.

ATI Mobility X700 Reviewed

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 07:36 AM |
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Beyond3D.com has taken a look at a notebook featuring the ATI X700 Mobility part to see how it stacks up as a gaming machine. 

As well as comparing the performance of the Mobility Radeon X700 with relatively freshly taken scores from the desktop X700 PRO and X600 XT we'll also compare it against the previous performances of the Mobility Radeon 9800 and X800, where we can.

Source: Beyond3D

BFG 6800 Ultra OC 512 MB Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 07:34 AM |
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Chris Angelini has written up a review of the BFG 6800 Ultra 512 MB card for Firingsquad today.  If you feel a need to spend $1000+ on a graphics card, you're in luck!  ;)

This is a tough one to call, and it took collaboration between a couple of FS staffers to determine if spending one grand on a graphics card represents the epitome of hardcore or the depths of foolishness. In the end, we fell right about in the middle.

Source: General

NVIDIA Has Breakthrough GPU at Playstation 3 Conference

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 05:37 PM |
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You can get the whole PR at the NVIDIA site.


NVIDIA PRESENTS BREAKTHROUGH NEXT-GENERATION GRAPHICS AT SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT'S PLAYSTATION®3 PRESS CONFERENCE


SONY PICTURES STUDIOS

—CULVER CITY, CA—MAY 16, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, provided a first look at the power

Albatron Release AGP to PCI Express Adaptor?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 10:40 AM |
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I saw this thread in our forums this morning and tried to dig up some more info on it, but came up empty thus far.  Albatron has apparently released something called the "ATOP" that allows current AGP video card users to upgrade to a PCIe motherboard without buying a new video card.  Based on the photo I see on the Albatron website, this is not giong to be a universal option for AGP cards at all.  The AGP video card that is shown is very

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NVIDIA G70 To Show at Computex

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2005 - 04:19 AM |
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It looks like NVIDIA will be showing off their next GPU technology at Computex this June.  According to this report, it should be twice as fast as the 6800 series of GPUs and will be made on the 0.11 micron process.  Apparently, the R520 from ATI will be on the .09 micron process.

Since the G70 is currently under non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Nvidia, motherboard makers declined to provide more details about the product.

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA to Release 128 MB TurboCache in Q3?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2005 - 08:01 AM |
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Currently, NVIDIA only has 16, 32 and 64MB TurboCache products on the market while ATI has a 32 and a 128MB configuration in their HyperMemory products.  You can see my recent review of them here.  Well it looks like this summer NVIDIA might be launching a 128MB version of their TC product.


Nvidia plans to introduce a new version of its GeForce 6200 with TurboCache that includes 128MB of on-board memory for the mainstrea

Source: Digitimes

Abit Launches Fatal1ty X800 XL 512 MB and SLI Boards

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2005 - 08:33 AM |
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Abit announced late last night that they were releasing a Fatal1ty branded X800 XL 512 MB video card that features vGuru options.  For those unfamiliar, vGuru is much like uGuru, only for video cards instead of motherboards, and allows users to overclock their video cards much more easily. 


Also announced last night, were two Abit motherboards supporting SLI technology.  The AN8 SLI uses the nForce4 SLI AMD Edition chipset and the NI8 SLI uses the

Tier 1 Motherboard Vendors Readying for ATI MVP

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 08:10 AM |
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It looks like Gigabyte, Asus and MSI are all gearing up for ATI's upcoming multi-GPU technology by preparing motherboards based on ATI's chipset.  The interesting part is that ATI will have a chipset for BOTH AMD and Intel platforms, so who will go with what is still a mystery. 

Tier two motherboard companies are still considering and evaluating these chipsets but most of the companies don't want to start a conflict with Nvidia, as Nvidia might give them hard time if they start using ATI chipsets all of a sudden.

Source: The Inquirer

Albatron 6200 TurboCache GPU Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 08:07 AM |
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Legit Reviews is taking a look at the Albatron 6200 TurboCache video card today.  Don't expect to be very impressed with the performance though, these are the cheapest of budget cards.  If you want another view, you can look at my comparison between TurboCache and ATI's HyperMemory technology posted today as well. 

When I first was looking to take the socket 939 plunge the first thing I noticed was the need for a new video card.

ATI's MVP (multi video processor) Details

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 08:00 AM |
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Hexus seems to be ready to "exclusively reveal details about ATi's dual-card technology" for SLI-type, multi-GPU solution.  From the information here, it looks like anyone with a current ATI PCI Express graphics card will be able to use it in a dual card configuration as long as you update to a card capable of handling the "master GPU" position, presumably the R520 and up. 

Nothing kinky here folks, the 'Master/Slave' reference tells you which card is in control of assembling the final image in its frame buffer.

Source: Hexus

Both NVIDIA and ATI GPUs to be Launched at Computex?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2005 - 07:58 AM |
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It looks like if this rumor is true, we'll have a pair of new GPU technologies to look at this June for the Computex show. 

Though we could not get other specific information like the pricing, availability and final specifications of the GPUs, the information does seem to be rather authentic when referring to previous product launches.

Source: CoolTechZone

Some Random Video Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2005 - 07:56 AM |
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Here are some random video card reviews found throughout the web today.



  • PCStats reviews an MSI 6600GT card

  • ViperLair looks at the 6200 TurboCache card from Albatron -- expect to see my budget GPU comparison up tomorrow

  • Digit Life looks at a pair of Radeon X850 XT cards

  • Gamepyre reviews a 256 MB version
Source: General

Windows x64 Edition Gaming

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 08:40 AM |
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HardOCP has written up an article looking at the current state of gaming on the newly released 64-bit version of Windows XP.  They did find that Splinter Cell refused to play in the new version of Windows...

Number 4 is the key here. The application or game itself be written to take advantage of what your 64-bit CPU has to offer. Without this, there isn't going to be any benefit in game performance on an x64 platform.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI's Radeon X800 XL 512 MB GPU Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 06:21 AM |
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After you have looked at my review of the Radeon X800 XL 512 MB GPU from ATI, then you should have a look at what these other websits are saying about the latest video card releaes.