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Pentium Strikes Again!
Intel's Larrabee architecture could be the second coming of 3D graphics and high performance computing, but it is still a year away and there are many who are questioning Intel's direction of using simple X86 processors to achieve performance. Today Intel has given us a slightly more in depth look at what they hope to be the future of 3D graphics.
Sub-$100 gaming gets a refresh
The NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT is a budget card with a sub $100 price tag that offers up impressive features and performance for the price. Does your girlfriend or dad finally get that much-needed gaming upgrade??
A little preview action
AMD let us spend some time with an R700 - yes that means the dual-GPU RV770 card is nearly here! This is not the official launch yet, but the card is just around the corner and AMD was excited to show off its performance. It looks like the GTX 280's reign was short and sweet...
Introduction and 8800 GT OCX TI
BFG has released a pair of new graphics cards based on names we are all too familiar with: the 8800 GT and the 9600 GT. Even in the face of the GT200 series and Radeon HD 4800-series of cards these two new offerings have some strengths in the price/performance arena that make them stand out.
Introduction and the ASUS EN9600 Silent
Even with new GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA the GeForce 9600 GT is very appealing. Price drops and a large variety of cards featuring passive coolers, overclocked cores and custom heatsinks have expanded the 9600GT market to offer someone for just about everyone. If you are looking for a new budget graphics card check out out roundup of options.
And I don't Mean "Cold"
With recent accusations of "They're cheating again", I decided to dig a bit further and talk to the a few of the players in the 3D graphics world. The results may not be surprising, but the journey certainly was interesting!
RV770 Makes its Debut
After several false alarms, the ACTUAL official launch of the HD 4800 series of GPUs from AMD is upon us! We tested both the HD 4870 and HD 4850 in single and multi-GPU modes for your viewing pleasure. Has AMD taken back the reins at $199 and $299?
What is it like to build a game using a real-time ray tracer? Ray tracing in games is a hot topic on the Internet, with industry veterans and graphics experts involved. IGAD students did it, and reflect on the development process.
NVIDIA Dumps on the Parade
Just because we hate our readers we have YET ANOTHER short graphics card review for your perusal. This time we have tossed the newly announced, but not yet available, GeForce 9800 GTX+ on the test bench and compared it to the announced, and maybe available, AMD Radeon HD 4850.
A Pleasant Surprise
AMD got caught with its hand in its own cookie jar - HD 4850s have already hit the street for sale so we are able to bring you a quick preview of the RV770 before its official launch date next week.
NVIDIA GT200 Architecture
Part 1 of our 2-part story on the release of the NVIDIA GT200 GPU starts where you would think it would - architecture analysis and then some heavy hitting game play testing. Do the GTX 280 1GB and GTX 260 896MB cards stand up well to existing competition like the 9800 GX2 and 3870 X2?
GPU Computing and the GTX 280
With the release of the GTX 200 series of cards, NVIDIA is making a strong push into the brave, new world of stream processing/GPU computing. I take a look at how the GTX 280 performs with two upcoming applications which leverage the power of the new architecture into applications which could effect a user's daily life (or death).
PC Gaming Needs a Savior
AMD launched the GAME! initiative this week as an attempt to show how AMD-branded hardware can set a standard for the PC gaming platform and bring better PC gaming to the mainstream, non-enthusiast community that might not know about different hardware components. But can an AMD-created standard live up to those goals?
ASUS Brings X2 to the HD 3850
ASUS is the first to produce a dual-GPU card based on the HD 3850 from AMD that finally gives AMD an option in the $300-350 price range. Can it live up to the competition of the 9800 GTX and how does it compare to the HD 3870 X2?
Introduction and Specifications
The EVGA UV Plus+ allows you to connect up additional monitors to your notebook or desktop PC through a USB connection rather than requiring you to install another graphics card. Can this new device from one of our favorite video card vendors help you out of a virtual desktop space deficiency?
Diamond Improves on the HD 3870
The fastest single-GPU card from AMD is still the Radeon HD 3870 and continues to struggle to stand up to the increasing competition from NVIDIA. Diamond is attempting to bump up the GPU's performance by increasing the frame buffer to 1GB - but can it help performance at all?
New in 3DMark Vantage
The new 3DMark Vantage software is finally available after several months of "leaked" screenshots and information flooding the forums. Now that 3DMark has moved to DirectX 10 what can you expect to find in this incredibly popular benchmarking software?
VT HD 3870 Introduction
Previously we have reviewed the VisionTek Radeon HD 3850 card, but how does its bigger brother compare to the competition from big(ger) green? VisionTek has been making a pretty significant push into the retail market as of late, and the HD 3870 is their mainstream offering in the $169 to $200 price range.
Sapphire takes on the AMD Radeon HD 3650
The AMD Radeon HD 3650 is a mid-range low cost GPU aimed at the under $100 market of graphics cards. Sapphire is one of the AMD's best partners and is known for taking their products and making them better than reference design. But does the HD 3650 have the power to take on NVIDIA's 8600 GTS cards?
The ray tracing debate continues
Crytek's CEO Cevat Yerli sat with us to answer some questions on the topic of ray tracing, its future in gaming and how Intel's push into hardware ray tracing might be affecting the way games are made.