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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.
9800 GTX with a Twist
BFG is taking the 9800 GTX a step further by bumping up the core, shader and memory clocks quite a bit in the new OCX model. Come see if these new record G92 speeds are going to be worth your money.
9800 GTX > 8800 GTS > 8800 GT
NVIDIA is pumping out new products like they are going out of style...so are they? The new 9800 GTX does not bring us anything that we haven't seen before but better performance and lower prices is always a plus. Oh, and 3-Way SLI is always fun to test!
Quad SLI Technology
NVIDIA is taking another swing at Quad SLI this time with the 9800 GX2 graphics card. Can it succeed where the 7950 GX2 failed and can it best the impressive feature set that we saw with the AMD CrossFireX technology?
NVIDIA revisits dual-GPU graphics boards
NVIDIA has classed up their card line up with a new product that is both powerful for gaming and easy on the eyes with a unique completely enclosed cooling design. You might want to keep that credit card with your better half though before heading in to read.
Ray tracing for more than rendering
John Carmack sat down to talk with us about the current world in graphics including all the discussion about Intel and ray tracing, what id has in mind for the next engine following id Tech 5 / Rage and how the multi-GPU world is panning out.
Another take on ray tracing
Ray tracing and rasterization: the battle rages on. We have heard from Intel several times on the value that ray tracing offers to the gaming community but until now the other GPU giants have been silent. NVIDIA's Chief Scientist David Kirk sat down with us to answer a few questions.
GeForce 9000 series makes its debut
NVIDIA wasn't about to sit back and let the HD 3850 and HD 3870 cards from AMD have all the fun in the $200 graphics card price point. Sure, the 8800 GT was SUPPOSED to be there, but it just didn't pan out. The 9600 GT looks to be a worthy successor though.