S3 has caught up with the times

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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It has been a while since we've heard from S3 Graphics though that doesn't mean they are gone.  The Chrome 430 that was announced a while ago is starting to show up on reviewers desks and the first review is at VIA Arena.  The stats of the card sound good, a 625MHz engine clock and 256MB of 500MHz GDDR2 and full support for DX10 and PCI Express 2.0.  All that for $60 and an extra 143W power draw on your system.

Source: VIA Arena

BFG's OCX GTX - SOL

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2008 - 01:46 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP likes fast, and will honestly admit that any time they are asked.  There is another consideration that is important to them, and that is value.  Spending double the money for a 10% performance increase is hard to justify for all but the most extreme gamers.  The BFGTech GeForce 9800 GTX OXC doesn't quite cost twice as much as non-overclocked cards, but neither does it offer a 10% improvement in performance.

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NVIDIA Acquires RayScale Software - Bringing Ray Tracing to the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2008 - 01:28 PM |
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Sitting here at an NVIDIA meeting in San Jose, word just got passed to the world that NVIDIA will be announcing the acquisition of a ray tracing software company called RayScale

Folding@Home NVIDIA GPU Client Confirmed

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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Who is the culprit here?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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t-break stuck three 9800GTXs in two different systems, an Intel system with a QX9770 CPU on an ASUS Striker II Extreme with OCZ DDR3-1600MHz memory, and a Phenom system with an X4 9850 on an MSI 780 chipset based board with Corsair DDR2-1066MHz memory.  Although both systems use nVIDIA chipsets, the AMD processor is clocked 800MHz slower and the RAM is slower as well.  Read on to see just how much that will affect your gaming.

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Catalyst 8.5 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 03:52 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

AMD Will use GDDR5 Memory on Next-Generation ATI Radeon Graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 09:38 AM |
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AMD took the time today to announced that it was going to be using GDDR5 memory technology on its upcoming R700 "next-generation ATI Radeon graphics card products."  Not much else is detailed in the press release other than they are working with multiple vendors and that it will be faster than GDDR4.  Duh.

One interesting quote is this:

Quiet, we're trying to game here

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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The passively cooled ASUS EN9600GT Silent offers a way to get good performance at the $150 range, without the noise of it's actively cooled relation.  [H]ard|OCP considers this card a great value, considering you are getting the performance of an 8800GT for less.  Don't expect lower temps or a great overclock from this ca
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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?

AMD's new mid-range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2008 - 04:41 PM |
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Ryan has just finished his review of the ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB, a nicely powerful new midrange card.  The extra memory won't help you at lower resolutions, but the bump in performance from a single HD 3870 is very welcome.  If only the price can fall in line with this cards competitor, the 9800 GTX.