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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 01:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2005 - 07:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2005 - 11:01 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2005 - 11:33 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 11:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 11:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 11:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2005 - 10:58 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2005 - 10:56 AM | Ryan Shrout
Here are some random video card reviews found throughout the web today.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 11:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2005 - 09:21 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2005 - 10:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
At least, that is what the Inquirer is saying.
We saw some Intel 955 motherboards with two PCIe graphics slots and when we asked around it turns out that you will be able to use ATI's cards in those boards. That is, when ATI officially reveals its marchitecture.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2005 - 11:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
Read the full release on ATI.com.
ATI Leverages Breakthrough AMD 64 Dual-Core Technology to Drive Graphics Industry Forward
MARKHAM, ON— April 21, 2005 — To mark the 2nd anniversary of the AMD Opteron™ processor platform, ATI Technologies Inc., (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) affirms its ongoing support of AMD's (NYSE : AMD) industry-leading initiatives
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 10:41 AM | Ryan Shrout
I got word of this last night, but NVIDIA posted a new graphics driver today, version 71.89. Get 'em if you need 'em, or just want them. Or whatever.
- Support for the GeForce 6200 with TurboCache™, NVIDIA PureVideo™, and NVIDIA SLI™
- MicrosoftÂ® DirectXÂ® 9.0c and OpenGLÂ® 1.5 support
- Resolved problem with overclocking not working when running GPUs in SLI mode.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 10:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
There were quite a few of them in my inbox over the last two days:
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 13, 2005 - 04:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tech Report has taken a look at three MPEG2 TV Tuner cards, one from ATI, one from NVIDIA and one from Hauppauge. Take a look!
PCs ARE SLOWLY creeping into every room of the house, particularly the living room, where home-theater PCs (HTPCs) have become popular among enthusiasts seeking to integrate multiple audiovisual devices into a single system.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2005 - 10:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
I have a few video card reviews that were sent into me this weekend for posting, so I'll finally get them up today. Enjoy!
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2005 - 06:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
I saw over at HardOCP that new Catalyst 5.4 drivers are now online, so head on over and pick 'em up if you need them. Below is a partial list of fixes:
Fixed in this driver:
- 3DMark2001: A black screen is no longer displayed when launching 3DMark2001 after launching Aquamark3 when the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER is installed
- Pacific Fighters: Playing the game after playing any track for a short period
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2005 - 02:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like NVIDIA is taking the community's comments about the state of SLI to heart, launching a new website to help the enthusiast find information on reviews, tutorials and more. It's the information like the list of supported games though, that will be the best information source on here, I think.
To kick off the webiste, they are having a contest to win the following prizes:
To kick off the new site, MSI is spon
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 29, 2005 - 01:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Man, that model name looks like something Gainward would think up! [H]ardOCP is out with yet another review today, only this time featuring the 6800GT GPU from NVIDIA.
Honestly, you have to put in context what we are testing here. The MSI NX6800GT is based on the GeForce 6800 GT GPU, which is only second to the fastest GPU available from NVIDIA at this time. It really isn't that much slower than a 6800 Ultra considering the only difference is that it is clocked at a lower speed.