And I don't Mean "Cold"
With recent accusations of "They're cheating again", I decided to dig a bit further and talk to the a few of the players in the 3D graphics world. The results may not be surprising, but the journey certainly was interesting!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has finished reviewing the HD4850 and 4870 and he is quite happy with the results. The HD4870 can beat the dual GPU HD 3870 X2 1GB and has 7.1 channel HD audio decoding to boot. The HD4850 can also compete with the X2, although not beat it, at an MSRP of $199. Read on to get an idea of what has changed in the architecture and technology and then carry on into the benchmarks.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today achieved two world firsts in visual computing: the launch of the first teraFLOPS graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and the launch of the first graphics card featuring ultra high bandwidth GDDR5 memory, the ATI Radeon HD 4870. These two innovations combine with trademark AMD energy-efficient design and powerful DirectX 10.1 compatibility to deliver superior performance at the high-volume mainstream and performance price points. Both the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 are immediately available.
RV770 Makes its Debut
After several false alarms, the ACTUAL official launch of the HD 4800 series of GPUs from AMD is upon us! We tested both the HD 4870 and HD 4850 in single and multi-GPU modes for your viewing pleasure. Has AMD taken back the reins at $199 and $299?
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2008 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (June 24, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.
With the launch of each new NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), BFG typically releases three increasing levels of factory overclock: OC, OC2, and OCX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
By running four HD 4850 in CrossfireX you can experience Crysis at one quarter the speed as with a single card. While that may not sound like what should be true, it is in fact the reality. TweakTown did these tests after the hotfix was created by AMD, but it looks like there is still some serious work to be done at the driver level.
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has had the time, and not just a bit of luck, getting the 9800 GTX+ running and compared to the HD 4850. The 4850's MSRP of $199 makes it a bit cheaper than the $229 the GTX+ is expected to sell at, but the performance gap is a little wider than that. Take a look at the full review to see the difference.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like AMD wasn't kidding about that immediate availability thing with the Radeon HD 4850 512MB cards. Newegg has a slew in stock.
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.