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A happy holiday to YOU!
December is here and with comes an absolute onslaught of quality PC games to take up every last bit of your vacation time. Call of Duty: World at War, Dead Space, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2 and Left 4 Dead are all great games but which of these are really going to push your gaming PC to limits? If you need to upgrade, is NVIDIA's or AMD's architecture more apt to perform well with them today?
Finally the X2 card we were promised
We were promised the Radeon HD 4850 X2 card months ago but only now are we getting our hands on retail samples. Can this latest dual-GPU graphics solution from AMD hope to change the landscape against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 280?
A custom cooled 9800 GT
The 9800 GT is based on the aged-yet-powerful G92 GPU from NVIDIA that has seen life on the shelf for well over a year now. The new ASUS EN9800 GT Matrix card gives the 9800 GT a face lift with custom cooling and over-spec clock rates.
Galaxy Enters the GTX 260+ Game
The updated GeForce GTX 260+ GPU with 216 shader processors is really one of the best choices in today's graphics market that balances top performance with a reasonable price. In this article we are looking at a card from Galaxy that takes that GPU and overclocks it while selling it for a price that might make you go "Hmmm".
One more mid-range contender
Turns out the answer is yes. The new AMD Radeon HD 4830 512MB graphics card competes with NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GT and is actually a better overall choice in my opinion. Budget and mid-range cards are getting a BIG boost in validity this fall and it doesn't seem to be slowing down yet.
NVIDIA gave media a preview of all the features coming in the new 180.xx driver set known internally as 'Big Bang II' and we have all the information for you here today. Even better, you can get a very early beta of these drivers if you are picking up Far Cry 2 as well!
A busy segment, Radeon HD 4550 Card
Several new cards have been released from AMD recently in the sub-$70 graphics market including the Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 to compete with NVIDIA's GeForce 9500 GT and its recent price drop. Oh, and S3 Graphics is back in the mix with the new Chrome 440 GTX.
RV730 becomes the Radeon HD 4670
AMD is rolling through the budget graphics market like thunder with release after release for gamers and HTPC builders with a budget in mind. Today we take a quick look at the new Radeon HD 4670 512MB card that offers up great gaming and all the HTPC goodness that AMD has on a sub-$90 GPU.
Introducing the KFA2 Line
A new comer to the US graphics card market, Galaxy brings their KFA2 brand of products to our test bench with the promise of great performance and even better prices. How does this "new" GeForce 9800 GT product compare to some other similarly priced products? Is it worth a look for your next system build?
Introducing a new card with a familiar name
NVIDIA is updating the GTX 260 to be more competitive with the recently Radeon HD 4800 releases from AMD. Can this upgraded GTX 260 model put NVIDIA back into the clear lead for performance gaming? We take a look at an overclocked BFG model to find out!
Saving the Biggest News for Last
NVIDIA decided to wait until the 11th hour to drop a bombshell on the media with information on the first non-NVIDIA chipset to natively support SLI multi-GPU technology. Come in and see all the details of 'how' and 'why' as well as what it means to the rest of the NVIDIA world.
SLI and CrossFire could be done
Before IDF kicks off tomorrow, I got a sneak peek at some incredibly interesting new technology called HYDRA. This start-up company promises to scale GPUs at nearly linear rates and is completely chipset and GPU technology independent. Is it worthy of the hype?
AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 Technology
NVIDIA is in trouble; and on many fronts. Their chipset division has had some extreme highs and lows recently and AMD's graphics cards have quickly caught up with NVIDIA past performance advantages. The new HD 4870 X2 we previewed before is back and giving NVIDIA fits...
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?