Intel buys Project Offset, makers of the Offset engine

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 04:28 PM |
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An interesting bit of news came across earlier in the week about Intel purchasing Project Offset, makers of the Offset Engine.  While no games have actually come out with it yet, I can remember seeing demos of the technology at NVIDIA/ATI press days for several years. 

Source: Ars Technica

High value at a low cost

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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When you are building a low cost system, AMD is still a great way to go, and the ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 can be the basis of a low cost, highly reliable PC.  ECS have placed a lot of extras on this board and have still managed to keep it's cost well below $100.  Big Bruin's review shows that it is solid, but if you are looking for overclocking potential, high powered cooling and a ha

Source: Big Bruin

Intel demonstrates ray tracing on ultra-mobile PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:08 PM |
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As frequent readers of PC Perspective know, we have been very interested in the work of on Daniel Pohl, now an employee at Intel, that developed some of the first modern ray tracing gaming engines.  Daniel has written a couple of articles here on PC Perspective on the subject including Ray Tracing and Gaming - Quake 4: Ray Traced Project and Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later.  I have also covered a lot of the technology behind ray tracing such as the Terascale pr

The 9600 GT is still hard at work

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:00 PM |
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Not convinced that nVIDIA's new 9600GT is one of the best budget cards around?  Check out the Tech Report's review, where they overclock it to the point that it is beating the 8800 GT, never mind the HD3850.  It's one Achilles heel is it shaders, but we probably won't be seeing games with shaders that are so complex that the card starts to slow down for a while.

Double trouble for your G94

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2008 - 04:05 PM |
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MVKTECH.NET has two ways for you to make or break your brand new 9600GT.  The first, and possibly slightly less dangerous is the new version of the nVIDIA BIOS Editor, which will let you tweak any possible setting.  The second tool is nVIDIA's nvFlash, which will let you update firmware, as well as backing up your current BIOS, just in case your tweaking goes a bit too far.

Source: MVKTECH.NET

Sapphire's Toxic Avenger

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 04:17 PM |
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SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced global availability of its exciting new HD 3870 TOXIC edition high performance graphics accelerator.

Source: Sapphire

Asus GeForce EN9600GT - Multimedia options galore

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:45 PM |
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By now you have surely seen the NVIDIA 9600 GT release today - our review of it is easy to find on the site: right here.  But not to be outdone, Asus has also sent in a new 9600 GT part for us to play with: the Asus EN9600GT. 


EVGA announces the EVGA e-GeForce 9600GT Family GPU's

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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Brea, California and Munich, Germany - February 21, 2008 - EVGA, a market leader and premier provider of high-performance graphics solutions and motherboards today announced a new Price/Performance DirectX 10 card, the EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT Family.

Source: EVGA

AMD Previews on nVIDIA's day

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:47 PM |
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Pay attention to the P ... this article at AnandTech is not a review of CrossfireX, it is a very limited preview with restrictions on the platform they were to use to do the testing, as well as the software they were allowed to test.  On the other hand, seeing what two Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards can do is a bit of a treat.  Head over and see what having 3 or 4 GPUs does to gaming performance.

Source: AnandTech

Right speed, wrong price

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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G94 is here, with the introduction of the 9600GT, and it is a chip refresh like we saw in the good old days.  The performance gains are not like we have been used to seeing between refreshes recently, when you had to squint to be able to make out the performance improvements.  As the graphs at [H]ard|OCP show, this new GT blows the 8600GT out of the water, and it takes out the HD3850 and 3870 easily as well.  It is also nice to see that 8800GT owners will not be upset either, as the newcomers performance is still below the 8800GT's performance. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP