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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.
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?