Save your change for the 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2007 - 12:24 PM |
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BFGTech's GeForce 8600GTS OC2 increases the default speeds 720MHz GPU and 1110MHz RAM, which does give you a good jump over a non-overclocked 8600GTS.  The problem is that a 320MB 8800GTS can be had for almost the same money, and Boot Daily's benchmarks show it takes two to compete with the faster card.

Source: Boot Daily

Getting the best value from the value priced GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2007 - 02:16 PM |
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XFX's 8600 GT XXX takes the 540 MHz reference frequency to 620 MHz, and the memory from 1.4 GHz to 1.6 GHz, which will help it in benchmarks against the 8600 GTS XXX and HD 2600 XT.   [H]ard|OCP takes all three cards into their benchmarking suite, to figure out which provides you with the best bang for the buck.  The benchmarks are very tight, but the price range is not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Unleashes new Graphics Drivers for G965

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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Intel has launched some new drivers for the G965 chipset; doesn't sound too exciting until you realize these are the drivers that enable hardware vertex shaders.  Finally!  Sorry, Windows XP only for now.

BFGTech ThermoIntelligence Cooler Tested

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:48 PM |
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I took a look at the new BFG Technologies 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card last month, but it's worth another look.  Kyle over at HardOCP has taken the cooler apart to show you the detailed changes inside and whether or not the new cooler is up to snuff.


The BFG ThermoIntelligence unit has an obvious advantage in terms of heatsink surface area.
Source: [H]ard|OCP

id's Todd Hollenshead and Tim Willits talk RAGE

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:45 PM |
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Rage, the upcoming racing, battle, role playing game from id (yes, the same id as Doom 3) is getting some more build up as the gang at Shacknews pull in an interview with two of the head honchos.

Shack: You mentioned you could talk about the setting a bit.


Tim Willits: Oh, yeah. That's important to mention. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Source: Shacknews

Extending the Open-Source ATI/AMD driver

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2007 - 04:02 PM |
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TV-Out functionality has been added to the Linux driver for ATI/AMD cards.  If you are hoping to build a PVR or even just watch one of your DVDs on a TV using a Linux box as the source, drop by Phoronix to see just how easy it is now.

Source: Phoronix

Passively aggressive graphics power

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed two silent 8600's from Gigabyte, an 8600GT and an 8600GTS.   The GT features Silent-Pipe II, which we have seen on other passively cooled graphics cards, but the Silent-Pipe III on the GTS model is a first, and much larger than it's predecessor, and both come with a copy of Supreme Commander. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The new face of Anti-Aliasing

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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Brand new in ATI's Catalyst 7.7 driver is a new type of Coverage Sample Anti-Aliasing, called Edge Sampling.  Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing is starting to show it's age, as gamers are looking for better detail for their high resolution ~20" (or more) monitors.  Elite Bastards gives you a look at the difference this new type of AA brings to games, and the performance hit your HD 2x00XT series card takes to use it.

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A Brief Historical Background

Diamond is back in the graphics game again, this time with the first 1GB graphics to hit the consumer market. Their new Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB card attempts to make the latest AMD GPU look more appealing than we originally saw it at launch time. Does doubling the memory to 1GB really help?

id Shows Upcoming Rage Technology at Quakecon

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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John Carmack and friends were on hand at Quakecon to show off the technology that will power their next gaming title, Rage.

Source: Daily Tech