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

Source: Email

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

HIS Excalibur 9600 Dual DVI & More VGA Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2004 - 02:41 PM |
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Things are set to get interesting in the world of computer graphics, with nVidia expected to launch NV40 by April 15, and ATi launching their X800 Pro (formerly known as R420) on the 26th of this month. While early reports indicate that NV40 will greatly raise the performance bar, only time will tell if ATi can match. At any rate, the continuing war is nothing but good for us, the buyers :)

Quote: "The HIS Excalibur 9600 was no slouch when it came to game benchmarking.
The 9600 basically tied the FX5600 Turbo, winning two benchmarks, losing
two and tying one.

Source: VIPERLAIR

GeForceFX 59x to FX 5950 Ultra Biosmod & More Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2004 - 02:12 AM |
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3DChip has taken the time to put together the information and tools needed to flash a GeForce FX 59x BIOS to FX 5950 Ultra, resulting in a reasonable performance boost. If you can get over the translation, it makes excellent reading :)

Quote: "The theme was and is still discussed a lot: The Flash of a FX5900 (Ultra) to a more powerful FX5950Ultra. We took time to write a litle toturial

which includes a 3DChip-Flashkit with same bioses and flashtools and tells you how to flash your videocard.

Source: 3DChip

GPU Comparison Guide & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2004 - 05:23 AM |
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Being in the position I'm in here at PCP for as long as I have, people even in real life are always asking me about choices for upgrades. One of the biggest categories for upgrades folks are looking to make is video cards. With all the choices on the market today, its hard to keep up with them all. Luckily this guide from Adrian popped up just when I could use it most. I hope its as accurate as Adrian's work has been in the past.

Source: Tech ARP

Piecing together the puzzle - NV40 and R420/423 investigated & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2004 - 08:14 PM |
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Click Here to go to Video Cards  As always seems to happen when we approach the release of nVidia and ATi's latest and greatest, there's always so much hype on the net that the facts tend to get lost in the shuffle.  So it was with great joy that I came across this article that endeavors to lay out the facts about the upcoming NV40 & R420/423. 

Here at Elite Bastards, we don't profess t

MSI FX5900XT Review & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2004 - 10:25 AM |
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One thing in the Video Card world that always makes me laugh is they are just like processors. The 2 big boys trade blows back and forth for performance and pricing. But with this new 5900XT, Im not sure where Nvidia planned to put it in the market. With this review from [H]ard|OCP, it's hard to imagine where they wanted to put it. ATi's 9600XT pricepoint and quality certainly gives it a nod from me when reading this review.

Quote: "So then what makes it different?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PCI-Express Article

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2004 - 09:02 AM |
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3DGPU has just released a new article outlining NVIDIA's PCI-Express solution and how it fares against ATI. The author looks to Steve Sims, Senior Product Marketing Manager at NVIDIA to get the latest information on their product. In case you missed our article, you can find PC Perspective's in-depth look at the PCI-Express approaches of ATI and NVIDIA here.

Source: General

XGI CeBIT Coverage

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2004 - 08:41 AM |
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The folks at Volari Gamers have posted their latest coverage from CeBIT. Although it is not the longest story, it does have some good pics of XGI's booth.

CeBIT ranks as the world's number one event for the ICT sector. It is the only trade fair where representatives of business, science, politics and media can see all the latest trends in a single location.

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ATI FIRE GL X2T 256MB Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2004 - 06:58 AM |
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Our friends over at Amazon International have just posted a review of the ATI Fire GL X2T professional graphics card.

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