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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.
An Introduction to CrossFire X technology
AMD has been teasing us with the notion of four GPUs in a system for quite a while, and today we were finally able to get our hands on the driver to enable it. Come in and see how much damage a pair of Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics can do!!
While we took an initial look at the 3850 some months ago, we had the chance to do a full review on VisionTek's 3850 offering. Does it trump other boards based on the reference design, or does the tremendous value of the HD 3850 overshadow all?
Physics Still in Turmoil
NVIDIA just announced they are purchasing AGEIA. Has this been the plan for the PhysX provider all along or did the purchase of Havok by Intel push their hand? Come read our analysis of this surprise addition to today's news.
Come on Guys
Intel's Skulltrail hasn't been a secret, nor has its use of an nForce chip on motherboard to permit NVIDIA SLI a fact that has been kept close to the chest. However, we have some new information that is causing a stir for us: will Skulltrail work with 3-Way SLI from NVIDIA?
AMD R680 - Dual GPU graphics card
AMD is aiming for enthusiast-class performance with their new Radeon HD 3870 X2 card and they want the areas that the 8800 Ultra and GTX from NVIDIA have held onto for a long time now. Can this new dual-GPU card really do that without busting outside the power envelope of them as well?
The 256MB 8800 GT Shakes the Lineup
The XFX 8800 GT 256MB Alpha Dog Edition is the first we have reviewed of the 256MB 8800 GTs -- and we aren't that impressed. Sorry XFX, it looks like NVIDIA dropped a stinker in the wake of the 8800 GTS 512MB...
The 8800 GT Cooling Issue
Think your new 8800 GT could use some extra cooling power? We do too and here are a couple of our favorite options. Both Thermaltake and Thermalright have good choices for different segments of users.
An Early Sneak Peek
AMD let a few members of the press get some hands on time with upcoming technology that will allow entry-level gamers combine the power of an IGP chipset with a low-cost discrete graphics board. Will this new hybrid CrossFire turn into something great?
Let's hope that the ghost of Quad SLI doesn't come up and bite us, be we are actually really impressed with the performance of 3-Way SLI running today on an nForce 680i SL motherboard. Come read how plugging three 8800 Ultra cards into your system and warm your heart and your home!
G92 Gets an Upgrade
NVIDIA is following up the wildly popular 8800 GT with a revised 8800 GTS model that has 512MB of memory, 128 stream processors and core and SP speeds higher than an 8800 GTX or Ultra. Don't know what that means? It's fast!
The EVGA KO Edition Card
The GeForce 8800 GT is one of the most successful graphics chips in recent memory as it was able to marry high speed and low costs. Now if only you could find one! But if you do, how about any overclocked model like this one from EVGA?!
The AGEIA PhysX mod for the newly released Unreal Tournament is out and we take some time to sit down and play it. Does it make the new $99 price of the PhysX cards more interesting or is it another flop?
Introduction and RV670
AMD has been in a difficult situation in the graphics market for some time now but their new RV670 graphics core is going to change all that, at least according to AMD. Stop in and see how the new HD 3850 and HD 3870 perform against NVIDIA's best of breed!
Introduction and Specifications
Asus puts a new spin on the NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT graphics card by including a nifty little overclocking tool - a dial on an external drive bay that also displays temperatures and frame rate.
G92 Details - The NVIDIA 8800 GT
The NVIDIA 8800 GT looks to be the best deal in a graphics card in many years offering performance on par with $400 GPUs for about half the price! Come see how the XFX model we reviewed stands up to the competition.
RV670 and DX 10.1 Details
We get a hold of some interesting information on the upcoming RV670 graphics card from AMD just as the release of NVIDIA's 8800 GT card is about to hit. Coincidence? I think not.
Crysis Demo Overview and Testing Setup
The single player demo of Crysis was released just yesterday and we have put together a quick performance preview, even while on the road! Come in and see how our top systems are able to handle the graphical beast that is Crysis!