ATI's MVP (multi video processor) Details

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2005 - 11:00 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 - 10:58 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 - 10:56 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 - 11:40 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 - 09:21 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. 


ATI's Multi VPU Technology to Work on Intel Chipsets

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2005 - 10:43 AM |
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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.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI Leverages Dual Core Opterons for their Server-based Products

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2005 - 11:27 AM |
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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

NVIDIA Detonator 71.89 Driver Released

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 10:41 AM |
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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.

Release Highlights:



  • Support for the GeForce 6200 with TurboCache™, NVIDIA PureVideo™, and NVIDIA SLI™
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 1.5 support
  • Resolved problem with overclocking not working when running GPUs in SLI mode. 

A Couple X850 XT Reviews and more

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2005 - 10:34 AM |
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There were quite a few of them in my inbox over the last two days:


Source: General

Hardware MPEG2 TV Tuner Roundup

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 13, 2005 - 04:59 PM |
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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.

Some Graphics Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2005 - 10:08 AM |
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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!


Source: General

New Cat 5.4s are Out!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2005 - 06:39 PM |
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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

NVIDIA Launches a new website: SLIzone.com

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2005 - 02:50 PM |
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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

MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 29, 2005 - 01:45 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

3DLabs Wilcat Realizm 300 MultiGPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:13 PM |
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Anandtech is looking at the 3DLabs Wildcat Realizm 300 multi-GPU setup today.  They only test SPECviewperf, so you might not get a whole lot of this for an enthusiast user. 

We are very interested in comparing this solution to NVIDIA's SLI option. If NVIDIA is able to adapt their SLI profiles to workstation applications effectively, we could see some very impressive numbers. NVIDIA isn't choosing to focus on performance as the main selling point of Quadro SLI though.

Source: AnandTech

BFG Tech Announced 512 MB 6800 Ultra

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:07 PM |
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It looks like the first comany to announce a product on NVIDIA's 6800 Ultra reference platform is none other than home-grown BFG Tech. 


Lake Forest, IL — ( March 24, 2005 )— BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of advanced 3D graphic cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that they will offer an overclocked 512MB PCI Express™ version of their award-winning BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ graphics card.


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New Info on ATI's Multi VPU Rendering

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:27 AM |
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Not a whole lot new here, and you never know if its going to be accurate when the products launch, but Fudo at The Inquirer is telling us about some news he heard on ATI's answer to SLI.  Apparantly it will use a method called "Super Tiling" that breaks up the screens into squares like a chess board and that each card will be connected to the monitor via the DVI port.  We'll see how this pans out.

One graphic card will act as a master while the second one will act as a slave and both card will be connected to an in

Source: The Inquirer

Various Video Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:06 AM |
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There are several GPU reviews that I got wind of this morning -- I'll list them all here for you to read.



  • Firingsquad reviews 6 different X800 XL cards and compares them

  • HardwareZone has a 5-way X700 card shootout

  • PCStats takes a look at the ATI X800 XL card from Gigabyte

  • The Albatron 6600 PCI Express card gets a poke and a pr
Source: General

World of Warcraft Performance Guide

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 08:06 PM |
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If you have been playing or thinking of playing World of Warcraft, otherwise known as WoW, then you'll want to read what Anand has put together as a performance guide.  He has looked at both GPU and CPU performance in the game. 

The balance between GPU and CPU performance isn't all that matters to World of Warcraft. Memory size is also a very important factor in building a smooth running WoW box.  As with any high end gaming box, less than 512MB of memory is simply unacceptable for WoW.

Source: AnandTech

ATI Theatre 550 Pro Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 07:54 PM |
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The gang at PCStats is looking at the new Powercolor branded Theatre 550 TV tuner card today. 

As you've probably guessed by now, the Powercolor Theatre 550 Pro works as a TV-tuner ought to. Its combination of great image quality and perfect frame rates made us very happy campers indeed. ATI appears to have the makings of a hit on their hands with the Theatre Pro 550 chip.

We were less thrilled with the bundled Cyberlink PowerCinema 3 software.

Source: PCStats