Function trumping form

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

The Arctic Cooling Accelero Turbo Module will appeal to a certain type of enthusiast; those who want a rig that is impressive for what it can do, not how it looks.  If you drop by Tweaknews you can see why they describe it as not terribly attractive, a giant heatsink obscuring any vie

Source: Tweaknews

Toshiba Shows off its SpursEngine

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 1, 2008 - 05:46 PM |

The Cell Processor in the PS3 has certainly received a lot of attention, but now we are finally seeing some products being introduced that are based on the same technology of the Cell.  The Toshiba SpursEngine is a derivation of the Cell, but it does not encompass any of the PowerPC portions.  Instead it is a chip that is designed around the SPE units that are found in Cell.  Toshiba is aiming this part at realtime video encoding and decoding, as well as upconverting video in real time.

There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

The graphics card market is developing a distinct pear shape as it's lower end swells with more and more value priced cards.  There are only two species at the pinnacle, the GTX280 and HD4870 X2, who along with their assorted sub-species rule the market.  From there however the choices available swell as each price point has more and more cards created to fill any gap between the prices.  The newest are AMD's HD4350 and HD4500.  There is a reason that they are both under $60, the number of stream processors has been reduced to 80 from over 300 for the 4650, the memory bus s

Source: AnandTech

Finding gold at the bottom of the barrel

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2008 - 12:01 PM |

The Tech Report investigates whether you can spend less than $100 on a graphics card and still be able to play your favourite games.  The short answer is that if your monitor is stuck at 1280x1024, then go right ahead and buy one of the many lower end video cards you can pick up from AMD and nVIDIA.  If you can go to 1920x1200 and want to see at least a few effects, or play some of the more intensive titles, up the budget to the $150 and you won't be disappointed.  You won't be playing at maximum settings, but

NVIDIA renaming GeForce 9-series and killing 8-series

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 02:01 PM |

Well, I hope none of you were attached to the GeForce 8-series or GeForce 9-series names; it looks like the G100-series will be taking over all the 55nm product names.  Nothing too dramatic here but perhaps a new way for partners to market, right?

Following a recent announcement that the companywould lay off about 7% of its staff, it seems that Nvidia is busy bringing the company back on track.

Source: TG Daily

The Diamond HD 3870 fiasco

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 01:52 PM |

Ah, this is why we love the Internet and its ability to spread stories at such speed.  On Wednesday TGDaily reported that "thousands of Diamond multimedia graphics cards potentially defective" and that the company "may have shipped between 15,000 and 20,000 AMD/ATI HD 3800-series with design/manufacturing defects to system builders and the retail market."  Of course as you'd imagine the S hit the F after that and since then some of the information has been adjusted.

Source: 3DCenter

Getting your money's worth

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2008 - 01:53 PM |

Buying a video card is getting quite difficult, especially if you want good value.  There are an incredible amount of choices right now, with tiers running from the $150 value cards to the $500 top of the line models.  [H]ard|OCP takes you through the 48xx series from AMD and the 2xx series from nVIDIA to try to figure out which cards offer you the best value.  Whichever price level you are looking at, this review covers it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Dark Knight Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2008 - 11:13 AM |

I saw over at Fudzilla that ASUS has a new graphics card on their site today under the "Dark Knight" moniker.  While I am not sure if the lawyers at DC Comics know about it yet, the card itself looks pretty cool and is based on the GeForce 9800 GTX+ 55nm G92 GPU.  
Source: Fudzilla

Digitimes interviews NVIDIA CEO: GPU on CPU 'a waste'

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2008 - 02:38 PM |

In an interview with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Digitimes asked some probing questions about the company's stance in the GPU market, NVIDIA's plans for surviving in the world of Intel's Larrabee and more.  One interesting comment came when Huang was asked about how both Intel and AMD planning to integrate GPU functionality into their CPUs would affect NVIDIA.

Source: Digitimes

Adobe 'Stonehenge' Photoshop CS4 uses the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2008 - 02:23 PM |

GPGPU is getting a big boost today as the latest Adobe's Photoshop, version CS4 previously known as Stonehenge, is announced and will be on sale in Octoboer.  For now the features that use the GPU are a bit limited: image rotation, zooming and panning are all done in real-time with even the largest of source files.

Source: Daily Tech