Review - BFG GeForce 6800 GT OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2004 - 02:26 PM |
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 - Just in time for the fresh GPU battle about to begin this summer, BFG once again produces a top-notch Nvidia-based card aimed at taking the Best-Bang-for-your-Buck catagory.

"...the BFG 6800 GT OC is nearly perfect- single slot solution, single molex connector and 6800 Ultra level performance (and beyond if overclocked)..."

Source: Neoseeker

ATI Releases Catalyst 4.7 Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2004 - 09:39 PM |
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ATI has released the new Catalyst 4.7 drivers, with some fixes and performance improvements of course.  No word on whether this release fixes the issues with the FarCry 1.2 patch yet.

This release introduces a new feature called Temporal Anti-Aliasing. OpenGL and Direct 3D applications will benefit from this feature when custom settings for Anti-Aliasing are used, and Temporal Anti-Aliasing is enabled.

NVIDIA Reintroduces SLI Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2004 - 10:50 AM |
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HardOCP has a little write up on the announced NVIDIA SLI technology.  Rather than spit out just another rendition of this article on PCP, I decided a link to this quality work would suffice.  The major points are all hit on there and you can see the slides from the presentation that we were shown. 

That said, SLI is coming. We are going to see 6800Ultras in the market for sale this year and we can bet on dual X16 PCI-Express boards to surface as well.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

What does PCI Express mean to AGP & a Catalyst Comparison

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 21, 2004 - 01:18 PM |
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Sudhain takes a look at the bandwidth needed for graphics cards, to determine just what you can expect to see from PCI-Express.  Also, Legionhardware compares Catalyst drivers to see what has changed over the past few iterations.

"My curiosity piqued, I decided to investigate just how much AGP bandwidth affected modern game and application performance, and, by extension, how much PCI-Express is likely to improve it.  While we won

Source: Sudhian

ATi to Release .11-micron X300 & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2004 - 05:44 PM |
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ATi certainly isn't sitting back and letting nVidia dominate the budget market. Digitimes has some information on ATi's new budget cards.

People are still having a hard time getting their hands on Radeon X800 XT boards, and someone has already discovered how to turn an X800 Pro into an X800 XT.

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA Criticizes ATi's X800 & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2004 - 04:10 PM |
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Some leaked internal slides intended to be used by NVIDIA's sales teams have been posted on 3DCenter's forums. Kyle at HardOCP has verifed that these slides are indeed real.
"People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" comes to mind.

Source: 3DCenter

Do You Trust Me?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2004 - 12:28 PM |
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Tech-Report has just posted an excellent article outlining the tactics behind the recent optimizations discovered within ATI's drivers.

Top Gun Video Card Shootout & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2004 - 03:36 AM |
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Chances are in recent years you have encountered the mentality that the OEM brand doesn't matter, and that the GPU the card is outfitted with is all that matters. While in sectors such as storage brands suddenly become quite important based on their reliability records, for the most part this is a non-issue with video cards these days. Really, how much difference can there be?

Source: bit-tech

ATI's Answer to MXM

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2004 - 10:16 AM |
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Those who thought NVIDIA's new MXM mobile PCI-Express module would make life a bit easier for laptop vendors are in for a suprise. Apparently, ATI is on the verge of announcing their own module.

Source: Digitimes

Tornado GeForce FX 5700 Ultra GDDR3 & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2004 - 05:17 AM |
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It's simply amazing how speedy the development cycle operates at in the IT industry. Here GDDR3 has hardly been out, and GDDR4 has already been revealed! Check the link below to read Guru3D's article.

Don't forget to check out Alienware's Dual PCI-Express technology!

Quote: "Why the use of third generation DDR memory? Simple, it has certain advantages over DDR1/2. First of all, lower voltage is needed to juice up the silicon. Less juice means less heat, so it can be clocked higher.

Source: Guru of 3D

ATi's X800 (R420) Series Previews

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2004 - 04:19 PM |
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With the NDA lifted, a flurry of information about ATi's next gen card has been unleashed upon the web. I'll let the reviews speak for themselves, but it is certain that neither side dropped the ball this time around. The back-and-forth battle that has become so familier continues!

"Under the Pixel Shader 2.0 test from 3DMark03 We are seeing much great performance differences between the boards than in previous test The X800 XT PE is up to 65% higher performance than the X800 PRO and very close to being 3 times the performance of the 9800 XT!

Source: Beyond3D

Gainward FX5900XT 128mb Golden Sample & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 3, 2004 - 06:32 AM |
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Gainward made my first aftermarket video card. I remember well the elation of getting it for about 30% under standard street price, yet it was a while before I found out about overclocking. When I finally became brave enough to try it, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did it boost my 3DMark scores higher than systems that cost twice as much at the time, but I was getting higher clock speeds than I was told to expect as a maximum for the card! Needless to say, I was quite satisfied.

Radeon 9800 to Radeon 9800XT Mod & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2004 - 08:43 PM |
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With games like FarCry pushing the envelope of 3D gaming, enthusiasts are scrambling to tweak their system in order to get playable frame rates. Here's one welcome way to milk that last ounce of performance from current gen video cards :)

Quote: "The 256MB ATI Radeon 9800 Pro is probably the least popular ATI graphics card. It is a lot more expensive than the 128MB variant and the extra 128MB of memory proved rather useless. But while you may think that it is a sheer waste of money, it may actually turn out to be a real steal! Why?

Source: Tech ARP

BFG Announces GeForce 6800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2004 - 01:30 PM |
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BFG is among the first to announce their upcoming GeForce 6800 line based on the NV40 chipset.  Look for mid to late May for availability.  And be sure to check out our GeForce 6800 review as well.

Lake Bluff, IL - ( April 14, 2004 ) -BFG Technologies, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that they will offer two new 3D graphics cards based on the highly anticipated NV

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First Look: FarCry with Pixel Shader 3.0!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 03:49 PM |
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Here is an exclusive first look at FarCry running on a GeForce 6800 Ultra using Pixel Shader 3.0.

Source: General

FarCry PS3.0 Mod Upcoming

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 02:45 PM |
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After attending the NVIDIA NV40 launch event yesterday in San Francisco, many of the press and gamers in attendence were amazed by the first showing of the FarCry modifcation that will enable Pixel Shader 3.0 support.   We are actively trying to get a hold of either a video demonstration or screenshots to show you all, but we don't have them yet.


The demo that was shown was remarkable, showing us several scenes including a stair case with a rock wall that showed dramatic differences the realism of the textures when PS 3.0 was enabled.  What is even more remarkable was

Source: NVIDIA

GeForce FX 6800 Ultra Previews

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 01:48 PM |
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When it rains, it pours! We are no longer left to speculation about the long-awaited NV40 GPU. Don't forget to check out PC Perspective's own preview, courtesy of pelly :)

Quote: Synthetic tests we ran on the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra revealed that there are no dramatic drawbacks in the architecture of the chip. We are pretty optimistic about the balance of this architecture, its ability to scale in the future as well as performance the graphics processor is able deliver in today's and tomorrow's applications.

Source: X-Bit Labs

RADEON X800 (R420) Specifications Revealed

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:44 AM |
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With the launch date so near, it's fairly safe to say that the R420 specs Digit Life has posted will be close to what actually hits the market. With 16 pipelines, and 512mb of memory on the roadmap, it certainly has met my expectations!

Source: Digit Life

Gigabyte's FX6800 (NV40) Video Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:37 AM |
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The much-hyped NV40 is upon us! It now goes by 'GeForce FX 6800 Ultra/6800'. t-break takes a peek at Gigabyte's offerings, and lists many of their specs.

Quote: "Built on the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra/6800, the GV-N68 series is equipped with a complete range of features to satisfy any die-hard PC gamer. The unique NVIDIA CineFXTM 3.0 engine powers the next generation of cinematic realism in vivid true color. The next-generation shader architecture delivers faster and smoother gameplay.

Source: t-break

Gigabyte GV-N595U-GT & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:25 AM |
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While this certainly isn't the first stock-overclocked card offered by an OEM, this is quite a bit more agressive than I've seen before. In the past, users didn't jump for a 2% increase in clock speeds, but perhaps this pumped up card is the beginning of a new trend?

Quote: "The Gigabyte GV-N595U-GT is for those who have the money and can't live
without the best nVIDIA card. Don't like the stock FX5950 Ultra speed, but
are afraid to overclock? The GV-N595U-GT is for you. Already have a video
editing / capturing software suite? The GV-N595U-GT is for you.

Source: Envy News