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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2007 - 04:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
I don't think this is a suprise to most of us, but the Inq is reporting more info stating a March release for their DX10 GPU.
The last revision of the prototype chip - upon which a certain "pre-review" is based - also suffers from problems which are serious enough to get another re-spin, sources tell me. This re-spin puts a hold on the launch for another couple of weeks, and now R600 is looking like an early March launch, probably the week before SnowBIT in Hangover.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2006 - 06:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Apparently, a new site by the name of Level 505 was able to get a hold of the specs and some early benchmarks for the new R6000 GPU coming from ATI early next year. Dailytech has coverage of the news as well:
This time around it appears AMD is going for a different approach by equipping the ATI R600 with less unified shaders than NVIDIA's recently launched GeForce 8800 GTX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 09:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, that didn't take too long. After the news post I made earlier in the day (right below!) OCZ Technology has gone ahead and launched their product.
Sunnyvale, CAâ€”December 28, 2006â€”OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their exciting return to the world of graphics cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 04:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
Say what? Yep, OCZ is entering the graphics card market!
OCZ said that it will launch its graphics card later today. Newegg is suppose to have some limited quntity of the cards as early as today and as soon as the West Coast wakes up.
The card comes at default Nvidia clocks, but OCZ endorses you to overclock the heck out of it. OCZ will handtest each card and will sell you the best overclocked ones. It comes clocked at 575MHz core and 1800MHz memory.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 27, 2006 - 10:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to the Inquirer, NVIDIA is preparing a new entry-level graphics card to replace the 7300 based on the G80 architecture.
This is set to replace Geforce 7300 from the market. Nvidia is really having problems making a real impact on the entry-level market but maybe will have better luck with this introduction.
The chip is a cut down version of the G80 and will probably come up with some odd memory controller number.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2006 - 04:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
Stemming from all the discussion from our NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology article, CyberLink has released PowerDVD for HD-DVD and Blu-ray drives with hardware acceleration for NVIDIA and ATI/AMD GPUs. They promised it before Christmas, but they are cutting it close! :)
New features for PowerDVD Ultra include:
Support for HD DVD and
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 05:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
In Taiwan, Sapphire was showing a dual-GPU graphics card using X1950 Pro GPUs.
If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative. Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather. The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.
Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single car
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 01:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tired of console games getting all the attention? Then check out this interview at Joystiq.com that looks at how Vista and the "Games for Windows" initiative will help.
Games for Windows is still very much a vision. The first priority, a retail initiative, is currently underway.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2006 - 01:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
There are several good video card reviews that have popped up in the last few days, the first from the gang at HardOCP that looks at the Asus EN7900GS TOP. HotHardware has an updated review on performance of SLI configurations on the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS cards. On the ATI front, XYZ Computing took a look at an upgraded version of
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer seems to have gotten the smell of a new rumor that ATI/AMD might be moving high end graphics configurations OUTSIDE of your case into another one in order to improve heat issues....do we really need this??
This brings the story back around to separate cases with one for CPU/memory/drives and one for graphics. It would solve a lot of problems. Separate power, separate cooling, plenty of space, etc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
XFX has just become the first NVIDIA GPU company to offer overclocked GeForce 8800 graphics cards. Both an 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS model are offered.
The new GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition runs at 630 MHz core clock and 2.0 GHz memory clock, compared to the reference speeds of 575 MHz core and 1.8 GHz memory. The 8800 GTS XXX Edition runs at 550 MHz instead of 500 MHz and at 1.8 GHz memory instead of 1.6 GHz memory speeds.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006. Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality. Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values. If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2006 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown tests out how the new 6.11 drivers handle Crossfire without a master card. By putting in 2 Crossfire ready cards and a few reboots, this driver will support Crossfire, but how much of an improvement will be seen?
You will also want to check out Ryan's SLI 8800GTX review ... 287fps at 1200x1600 with HDR, AA and AF!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2006 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EVGA's 7950 GX2 really impressed HotHardware. It started out tying and sometimes even beating a pair of 7900 GTs, but when they got a 15% overclock on the core and ~25% on the memory all bets were off.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2006 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MadShrimps have lined up offerings from ASUS, Sparkle and EVGA. If you are looking at a 7950 series, you may like EVGA's higher clock speeds.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 27, 2006 - 07:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There's a brand new RivaTuner at Guru of 3D. If you have never used this tool, you should at least try it out, and if you are a fan, you've probably been holdign your breath for 97.xx and 6.11 support.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2006 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown has had problems this week, in specific a waterpump stopped and the GPU on a 7900GS got hot enough to melt the fasteners keeping it's waterblock on. On further examination it could have been worse, but they feel it might be a good idea to restore thermal management at the driver level, as a BSOD is probably better than a visit from the fire department.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X1600 didn't match up to the nVidia 7600GT very favourably. HIS took the already increased GPU speed and pushed it up even further. HotHardware puts it onto the test bench to find out if they have managed to unseat nVidia's current best value card.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2006 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X1650XT sounds good, at a suggested price of $149 and performance to equal the 7600GT. As [H]ard|OCP discovered though, it is very hard to find one of these cards for sale, and if you do manage to get one, then you will be paying more than $150.