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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2006 - 11:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
Firingsquad has put together a review of the new Asus X1800 XT TOP graphics card that I also have in house for testing.
At first glance, ASUS' Extreme X1800 XT TOP looks like no other Radeon X1800 XT card on the market. Sitting next to ATI's own Radeon X1800 XT reference board, the ASUS Extreme X1800 XT TOP looks massive. It even looks large sitting next to a GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB. But actually, the board is based entirely on ATI's reference board design for the Radeon X1800 XT.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 03:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
Lot's of questions in today's news...this time about NVIDIA's upcoming 90nm opposition to ATI's R580 in the form of the G71.
As the G71 will be able to process 32 pixels per clock, it will physically have 32 pipelines but will have just 16 ROPs. This is no surprise to us as Nvidia's G70, Geforce 7800 GTX actually has 24 pipelines and 16 ROPs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 03:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer claims to have some good knowledge of the upcoming R580 specifications include a 695 MHz core clock and 1550 MHz memory clock!
OUR CHINESE colleagues have reported that R580 comes in a couple of flavours and our Theo wrote about this before. But this time these guys have a picture of the actual hardware and have some of the clock details. The card looks very much like the previous R520 based chip.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 02:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the first images of ATI's upcoming R580 chip have hit the web over at HKEPC. Nothing incredibly exciting really, though. Check out this quote:
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Subject: Graphics Cards | December 23, 2005 - 03:54 PM | Ryan Shrout
Legit Reviews has an article online today that looks at overclocking an ATI X1800 XL well past its 500/500 stock speed.
First and most obvious you're going to need an X1800XL. We are using the reference board sent to us by ATI. All of the R520 GPU's come from ATI and that's the only thing that we can promise. It's up to the board partners on what type of memory will be used and how closely they will follow the reference design set by ATI. This is very important to keep in mind as this will affect your results.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 12:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
New driver releases from NVIDIA and ATI today. Get your NVIDIA 81.98 Forceware and the ATI 5.13 Catalyst drivers. After you've installed them, visit our Video Card forum to discuss the latest drivers with fellow readers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
XBitLabs takes a look at 7 LCD displays that feature Response Time Compensation. Response Time Compensation is a technique that reduces a pixel's transition timw by applying a higher voltage. It's a very interesting article that is a must for anyone who is thinking of buying an LCD display in the next year.
What is UDI and why should you care?
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
ATI has unleashed a new Catalyst driver in time for the holidays. The new v5.13 beta posted at Guru3d is showing some remarkable improvements in the video/image quality department according to FiringSquad. This new driver should give NVIDIA some renewed competition in the HTPC market.
Guru3d has also reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire card in a massive 19 page piece.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2005 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Asylum managed to get their hands on the extremely rare Gigabyte 3D1-68GT, a dual GPU card whose performance is great, but comes at the cost of severe heat, and a massive size. Still no word on whether there will be an SLI version released in the future.
"The 3D1-68GT is as good a dual-GPU card as we've ever seen, but that does not exempt it from its
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2005 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cool and quiet wins out over high powered video cards once again. [H]ard|OCP examines the ASUS' Extreme N6600GT Silencer, a dead silent, GeForce 6600 GT, cooled by a large heatsink, with no fan. While it may not give you much overhead to overclock, it will certainly give good video performance, and as I may have mentioned, quiet down your system.
"Silence is golden. There are just certain situations where silence is a wonderful thing.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 02:50 PM | Jonathan Hung
Ryan has posted tantalizing coverage on Valve's new Filmic Effects. This new technology attempts to tackle some of graphics most complex problems, notably motion blurring and depth of field. Valve has some interesting approaches to implementing these effects which ultimately means more dramatic games in the near future.
Sadly though, there's no such thing as a free lunch...
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a year of monthly updates for ATI's catalysts, with current rumours of a 13th release close to christmas. AnandTech examines just what has changed over 2005, and ventures into the performance irregularities we saw earlier in the year.
"We have seen on more than one occasion that our benchmarks have been turned upside down and
inside out, with cases such as ATI's Catalyst 5.11 drivers suddenly giving ATI a decisive win in
OpenGL games, when they were being soundly defeated just a driver version b
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 9, 2005 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX bundle that the Guru of 3D reviews is just great. Not only do you get a reasonably videocard, it will perform better than most cards in it's class. Plus good games! You won't be stuck with aged titles to try out on your new card, and replaying FarCry with all the options turned up to 11 will be much fun.
"XFX did something really extraordinary with this "XXX Edition" product in two fold. First of all
the higher core and memory clocks are just brilliant.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2005 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Firing Squad decided to compare ATI, nVidia and XGI, with an eye for quality. If you are more concerned with the quality of your frames, as opposed to the quantity, this review is for you.
'Today FiringSquad looks at the deinterlacing performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600, the ATI
Radeon X800, and the XGI Volari 8300.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2005 - 06:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
T-break reviews one of those rare non-AIW TV tuner cards, the PowerColor Theatre 550 Pro. It's a 1x PCIx card, and is worth a look for anyone considering setting up a HTPC for themselves or as a gift.
"The included Cyberlink remote clearly lacks the luster that ATI remotes have and looks ungraceful
and clunky. The remote also lacks a thumbpad for mouse control and includes no programmable
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2005 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Accelenation has an article up about one possible future of graphics, Parallax Mapping and Ray-Tracing. Even is it does get a little technical at times, it is well illustrated and you will figure out exactly what they are talking about.
"Could advanced Parallax Mapping represent the first tentative steps toward a ray-tracing future
for computer graphics?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2005 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalright's V1 Ultra graphics cooler will fit almost any modern GeForce or Radeon, and provides full wrap around cooling. The cooler is much better than the stock cooling solution you probably use, in fact it's almost as good as watercooling. SystemCooling has the full review, so see if you want to push the limits of your videocard with some new cooling.
"Back in June, we introduced users to Thermalright's maiden voyage in the world of video card
cooling, the Thermalright V1.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2005 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Penstar Systems asks the question that most of us have, how high are graphics card prices going to go? Right now, a high end video card can be half of the entire cost of a new PC, more if you want to use 2 video cards in SLI, Chrome or Crossfire mode.
"In the past few years successive cards from both NVIDIA and ATI have pushed that upper price
ceiling higher and higher, and now we are looking at products from both manufacturers that retail
for well above $549.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 28, 2005 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of the XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 (256M). While the DDR2 certainly gives this card a boost, it doesn't really benefit from the amount of memory, as it just can't process the graphics with a high enough quality setting to make it worth it. However, as it doesn't really make this card more expensive, you just might want this in your box.
"There have been a lot of new announcements, launches, and evaluations to do in the video card
arena as of late.