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

Analyst predicts that GPGPU computing will be important in the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:16 PM |
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An interesting little article over at The Inq takes some time to analyze the opinions of research firm "GC Research" that has decided to comment on the growing trend of GPU computing.  Let's look at some excerpts:

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA 40nm desktop variants show on...nvidia.com!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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It looks like the rumors about future 40nm desktop GPUs from NVIDIA were sped up and you can actually find a couple of them on NVIDIA's website TODAY.  Thanks goes to Tech Report for spotting this.

Radeon's illegitimate offspring

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Hexus has gotten a hold of an very interesting card from Sapphire, the HD 4730 512MB.  It is priced a little lower than the HD 4770 even though in some cases it is actually a faster card.  Its memory clock is faster than the 4770, giving it a 6.4GB/s advantage over its more expensive brother.  The saving comes in with the render and fill rate units which are halved when compared to the remainder of the current Radeon line up.  Check out its performance here.

Source: Hexus

BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC and GTX 285 OCFU announced

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 11:27 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 7, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the launch of two new additions to BFG’s GeForce family, the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution and BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCFU graphics cards that both offer outstanding PC gaming performance.

The BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution features a custom single

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Manufacturer: Caustic Graphics
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CausticGL Ray Tracing API

Caustic let us peruse a new technical brief it was working on that describes in much more detail the software side of its CausticRT ray tracing platform. Based on OpenGL ES 2.0, CausticGL aims to do for ray tracing what OpenGL did for rasterization and the company even hopes to gain Khronos Group standardization for its custom API.

The exact opposite of vapourware

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 3, 2009 - 04:00 PM |
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When you buy a factory overclocked card with some sort of spiffy name or a long string of capital letters denoting exactly how cool the card is, it can be disappointing to discover a 10MHz overclock on the GPU.  Sapphire's Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X
will not disappoint, it sports a 960MHz core clock speed which is 110MHz over reference and a 300MHz advantage in memory speed.  That translates into a noticeable bump in frame rates and to make the card even more attractive, The Guru of 3D got even

Source: Guru of 3D

AMD VP claims no price war, forgets it started it

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 1, 2009 - 03:19 PM |
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This is kind of an odd little article over at The Inquirer: an AMD Senior Vice President, Rick Bergman, claims that they "WILL NOT engage Nvidia in a price slashing war."  Uhhh, maybe I am dreaming, but I think that war is already on and in fact it was AMD that started it.

"Are we interested in winning share by losing money on every GPU we ship? No," Bergman said. "We're not going to engage in that and we haven't had to."
Source: The Inquirer