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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2007 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFGTech's GeForce 8600GTS OC2 increases the default speeds 720MHz GPU and 1110MHz RAM, which does give you a good jump over a non-overclocked 8600GTS. The problem is that a 320MB 8800GTS can be had for almost the same money, and Boot Daily's benchmarks show it takes two to compete with the faster card.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2007 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX's 8600 GT XXX takes the 540 MHz reference frequency to 620 MHz, and the memory from 1.4 GHz to 1.6 GHz, which will help it in benchmarks against the 8600 GTS XXX and HD 2600 XT. [H]ard|OCP takes all three cards into their benchmarking suite, to figure out which provides you with the best bang for the buck. The benchmarks are very tight, but the price range is not.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel has launched some new drivers for the G965 chipset; doesn't sound too exciting until you realize these are the drivers that enable hardware vertex shaders. Finally! Sorry, Windows XP only for now.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
I took a look at the new BFG Technologies 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card last month, but it's worth another look. Kyle over at HardOCP has taken the cooler apart to show you the detailed changes inside and whether or not the new cooler is up to snuff.
The BFG ThermoIntelligence unit has an obvious advantage in terms of heatsink surface area.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Rage, the upcoming racing, battle, role playing game from id (yes, the same id as Doom 3) is getting some more build up as the gang at Shacknews pull in an interview with two of the head honchos.
Shack: You mentioned you could talk about the setting a bit.
Tim Willits: Oh, yeah. That's important to mention. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2007 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TV-Out functionality has been added to the Linux driver for ATI/AMD cards. If you are hoping to build a PVR or even just watch one of your DVDs on a TV using a Linux box as the source, drop by Phoronix to see just how easy it is now.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has reviewed two silent 8600's from Gigabyte, an 8600GT and an 8600GTS. The GT features Silent-Pipe II, which we have seen on other passively cooled graphics cards, but the Silent-Pipe III on the GTS model is a first, and much larger than it's predecessor, and both come with a copy of Supreme Commander.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Brand new in ATI's Catalyst 7.7 driver is a new type of Coverage Sample Anti-Aliasing, called Edge Sampling. Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing is starting to show it's age, as gamers are looking for better detail for their high resolution ~20" (or more) monitors. Elite Bastards gives you a look at the difference this new type of AA brings to games, and the performance hit your HD 2x00XT series card takes to use it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2007 - 03:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to Epic Games' Mark Rein, PC gaming development will largely FOLLOW the development of consoles going into the future as production costs increase. Hard to argue with his logic here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2007 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP continues their series of VGA card repair, this time focusing on the Surface Mounted Capacitors.
Whoever owns the graphics card they are using for the how to pictures really did a job on it! Head on over for the first step in your initiation into solder suckers anonymous.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just how much graphics memory do you need? The Tech Report does their best to determine the answer, by testing Diamond's 1GB HD 2900 XT. The theoretical memory bandwidth tops any card out there, the sheer amount of memory on the card is unique to consumer graphics, which makes it seem like this card can take on all comers. The question is, can the so far disappointing GPU take advantage of the memory?
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest graphics review at [H]ard|OCP is MSI's overclocked 8800GTS 320MB card. They pushed the GPU from 500 MHz to 575MHz and the RAM from 1.6GHz to 1.7 GHz, but they didn't push the price up by much. When put up against the 640MB version, the higher clock speeds pushed this card ahead, at least up to 1920*1200, and pushed past the 2900XT as well.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 19, 2007 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps has gone to great extremes to find the best cooling solution possible for a 7900GT, by testing 8 different VGA coolers. The top cooler can't just be the best performer for this test though, they are looking for a cooler that gets the job done without hitting 73.7dB! Unless you want to scare small animals and children just to get a few more frames per second, you had best take Madshrimps advice.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2007 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The contestants are ATI's Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB GDDR4 and XFX's GeForce 8600 GT XXX 256 MB GDDR3 card. The ATI version of that card is exceedingly rare, only the Sapphire cards are up for sale on Newegg and Pricegrabber, although the specs do remain the same. [H]ard|OCP did a fair amount of research to find two cards that are priced exactly the same (barring mail in rebate that makes the nVIDIA card cheaper), so the apples-to-apples comparison is dead on.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has had an interesting time trying to get their review of the HD 2400 & 2600 posted, but their persistence has paid off, and it is up. As we've seen in other reviews, these cards are lacking in the speed department, but have other benefits to offer users. The Tech Report tries to focus on some of these, like the Avivo HD that gives native support for dual-link DVI ports and HDCP. If you also consider the lower heat emission and power requirements, there are certainly applic
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2007 - 11:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Albatron has recently announced the exciting new "Blue Ray Decoder Card" giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows Vista operating system.
Blu-ray vs. DVD Video Playback
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 10, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the disappointing launch of the 2900XT a few driver revisions behind us, [H]ard|OCP revisits the card to see what improvements have been made, and if it can start to challenge the 8800 series. They set up a Crossfire rig to benchmark against a single 8800 GTS OC. With the falling price of overclocked 8800's, can the Crossfire setup and new drivers make the 2900XT the better choice?
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2007 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At just under $600, and faster than an Ultra at default speeds, PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX OC is going to turn a lot of heads. HotHardware found it to never stray more than 5 fps from the Ultra, and at a noticeably lower price. It also turns out that this card can be overclocked beyond the speed it runs at out of the box, although not to the point that some 8800 GTXs have reached.