A story about the end of polygons

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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We are all about learning new and interesting theories in the world of computing, but this look at voxels and point clouds replacing standard polygon-based geometry is out there.  A company called Unlimited Detail (ironic...) is claiming that without a GPU, modern processors can achieve much higher detail using using voxel data rather than pixels on polygons. 

Source: t-break

ASUS Planning a 3-GPU 3850 card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:38 PM |
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The gang over at NordicHardware has some shots of a new ASUS graphics card that they claim is going to combine three Radeon HD 3850 GPUs on a single PCB.  While the idea intrigues me, I have to say I have MORE than my fair share of concerns about the idea based on some experiences with previous custom built GPU hardware.

Four way flashers

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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We have been hearing about the miraculous wonders of Quad-SLI for what feels like years.  Not only was it supposed to let you play Crysis with over 100fps at 2560*1200 with every single option turned up to 11, it would feed your dog and cut the lawn as well, all at the same time.

Guess what?  Not so much, as you can see in Ryan's full review.

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Quad SLI Technology

NVIDIA is taking another swing at Quad SLI this time with the 9800 GX2 graphics card. Can it succeed where the 7950 GX2 failed and can it best the impressive feature set that we saw with the AMD CrossFireX technology?

NVIDIA and Intel on collision course

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2008 - 07:49 PM |
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At first glance, NVIDIA and Intel might appear to be very different companies going in very different directions, but most of us know that NVIDIA is various forms of trouble.  This editorial over at The Inquirer details some thoughts on whether NVIDIA might be planning on work MORE closely with Intel or planning a direct attack on Intel's upcoming Larrabee GPU architecture.  This is definitely a good read so check it out.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Hybrid SLI DelayedUntil May

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2008 - 10:27 PM |
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Despite the fact that NVIDIA "launched" Hybrid SLI during CES in January, and has continued to push Hybrid SLI to the media in EVERY DAMN meeting, it looks like NVIDIA's technology is going to be pushed out several months.  This is very unfortunate considering their competition at AMD has had Hybrid CrossFire up and running since December and was launched with the 780G chipset earlier this month

Source: Daily Tech

S3 Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S. Market

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 06:19 PM |
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We know about as much as you do abut this, but news hit me that S3, a company that many had forgotten, launched a new GPU recently.  It's a $60 graphics card that is sold through S3 directly that offers DX10.1 support and runs on PCI Express 2.0 with a 256MB frame buffer.

As for performance: S3 compares it to the AMD HD 3450 and the NVIDIA 8400 GPUs:

AMD Launching a lesser 3800-series GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 05:49 PM |
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Digitimes is hearing that AMD is going to be releasing a new card in the Radeon HD 3800-series that will be the HD 3830.  Definitely an entry level card, it is rumored to have the full 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 RBEs that the HD 3850 and 3870 have but will have a 128-bit memory interface and will top out at 256MB of memory.  Performance is a mystery, but with prices around $129, this could be a GREAT value card for a cheap system upgrade.

Source: Digitimes

Open wide and say 'fglrx'

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2008 - 05:52 PM |
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AMD is really moving along in their efforts to make their graphics cards and source code open source.  As Phoronix reports, Radeon R100 to R600 microcode has been released.  It is nice to see a company opening up as much as AMD has, and it signifies great things for the Linux community.

Source: Phoronix

Turning green with envy

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2008 - 02:02 PM |
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  • Watercooled Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 overclocked to 4GHz - CHECK!
  • EVGA 780i SLI that supports Quad SLI - CHECK!
  • 4GB OCZ Reaper X PC6400 DDR-2 4-4-3-12 - CHECK!
  • WD Raptor 150GB 10,00RPM SATA - CHECK!
  • Zalman 1000W Modular PSU - CHECK!
  • Forceware 174.53 driver - CHECK!
  • Two GeForce 9800 GX2's in SLI - CHECK!
Source: TweakTown