I like big buffers and I cannot lie!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 01:59 PM |
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At $250 the Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GBruns about $40 more than the vanilla version, but also sports twice the memory as well as a nice improved cooler.   That cooler has allowed Sapphire to raise the core GPU speed by 20MHz to 870MHz and the memory by 100MHz to 1050MHz and is capable of hitting 950MHz and 1200MHz with a little tweaking.  In addition, the cooler is significantly quieter tha

AMD Ready with Unified, WHQL-Certified Graphics Drivers for Windows 7 RTM

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the release of the company's first WHQL-certified ATI Catalyst graphics drivers for Windows 7 Release to Manufacturing (RTM), an important milestone in the development of Microsoft's next generation operating system. For ATI Radeon customers, the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver is immediately available for download from game.amd.com.

Source: AMD

Larrabee now needs HD decoders to keep up

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 09:51 PM |
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In a move that is surely going to raise some eyebrows, Intel has apparently decided to add a pair of HD video decoders to the logic on-board the Larrabee graphics chip; this according to a story over at SemiAccurate.  This would definitely go against the whole premise of the Larrabee architecture: to do as much work as possible in x86 software without the need for dedicated hardware to any one specific task.  Intel said from the beginning that textures required special hardware to run m

High definition graininess

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 12:33 PM |
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If you are looking for a little Wild West action on your PC, and a Clint Eastwood marathon just won't cut it, pick up the second iteration of Call of Juarez; Bound in Blood.  Shotguns and six shooters replace SMGs and BFGs and there is no crying allowed.  [H]ard|OCP picked up a copy to test the experience that people will have with eight of the top current video cards.  Their testing showed that even a HD4770 can manage 2560x1600, though perhaps the most interestin

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD DX11 parts could be delayed, but we know what they are called!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 10:34 PM |
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So I guess simply knowing all the codenames isn't going to make up for a possible delay to AMD's new DX11-based RV870 GPU, but I was trying to keep things civil here.  I saw over on Tech Report that there are reports of a delay to the Evergreen series of GPUs that AMD is building on the TSMC 40nm process technology targetting Windows 7 and a potential launch date inside September.  Now according to someone "in the know" AMD has been angling to push the launch back to November instead - blame is being placed on TS

Keep your cool when you install these fans

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 03:13 PM |
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The Accelero Xtreme 4870 X2 GPU cooler
is a perfect idea for anyone with a 4870X2 as it will drop your temps by a serious margin.  There is a downside which may keep many people from purchasing this cooler, the 4870X2 is very different from a single GPU card when you are trying to remove the stock cooler so you can use the Accelero Xtreme.  The Guru of 3D takes you through the steps required to install the cooler as well as a very important tip at the end.  The original kit has a strong

Source: Guru of 3D

nVIDIA and Galaxy tie the knot

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong July 20, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd. a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has become a NVIDIA Authorized Board Partner in North America and Latin America.

"Galaxy has been an authorized partner overseas for many years and we are looking forward to continue success in the American region through our retail, e-tail and channel partners," stated Kevin Poon, Galaxy Executive Vice President.

Bringing home twins

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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ATI's Radeon HD 4730 uses a 700MHz 55nm RV770 GPU, not the 40nm tech that the HD4770 does, though the RAM is GDDR5 on both cards.  This makes the HD4730 a bit of an odd duck, as it is more a bridge between the 4800 series and the 4770, a spot well filled by the HD4850.  The HD4850 can be had, right now, for about $100; the 4770 has not yet arrived on the market but is expected to sell for around $80.  Drop by InsideHW to see if a pair of these cards is worth picking up or i

Source: InsideHW

Worthy of its name

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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The MSI NGTX260 Lightning Black Edition 1792 MB DDR3 is an example of a company going all out trying to get a flagship card to the enthusiast.  Using 10 phase power with 'military' spec capacitors they pushed the card's GPU and DDR3 up by 100MHz each, once InsideHW was done with

Source: InsideHW