AKA less jaggies

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 12:11 PM |

[H]ard|OCP compares AMD's new(ish) Edge Detect CFAA to nVIDIA's MSAA and CSAA.  AMD's previous cards had Narrow or Wide-Tent CFAA, which no one was really a huge fan of, but this new generation has some interesting tricks.  The article covers a bit on how Adaptive AA works to choose the best way to render textures, and has a lot of screenshots comparing the ways that nVIDIA and AMD's AA differ.  They also look at the performance impact and mention a few titles in which you w

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG is making a big splash with their H2OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2008 - 03:02 PM |

BFG took a GeForce 9800 GTX, overclocked it, added a waterblock to it and called it the H2OC
The reference speeds are GPU core of 675MHz, shaders at 1675MHz and the memory at 2.2GHz, the H2OC runs at 783MHz, 1944MHz and 2.32GHz, but the Guru of 3D managed to push it all the way to 790MHz, 2067MHz and 2.49GHz.  If you have a

Source: Guru of 3D

Great news for some GTX 280/260 buyers: cash back!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2008 - 04:01 PM |

Did you buy one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 or GTX 260 cards when they initially launched?  Did you pay $649 for the GTX 280?  $499 for the GTX 260?  Were you pissed when you found the prices drop to $499 this week?  Well if you bought GTX 200 series cards from XFX, today is really going to be a stellar day for you: XFX is going to help you by giving you free money.

It sure sounds nice, but when can we get them?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 14, 2008 - 12:02 PM |

The previews of the HD 4870 X2 are certainly impressive, Ryan was seeing an average frame rate of 40fps in Crysis at 1920x1200 and 8xAF.  It does feel like AMD is taunting their fans thanks to the way this card was released.  We have no firm date (Q3 sometime-ish), no idea what the availablilty will be like, and absolutely no idea what the price will be.  Still, it is nice to see positive results from AMD's graphics cards.

Manufacturer: AMD

A little preview action

AMD let us spend some time with an R700 - yes that means the dual-GPU RV770 card is nearly here! This is not the official launch yet, but the card is just around the corner and AMD was excited to show off its performance. It looks like the GTX 280's reign was short and sweet...

DirectX 11 to be discussed in just weeks!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:45 PM |

Sure, DX10 and DX10.1 are getting all the attention now, but rumors are circulating that NVIDIA will skipping DX10.1 support (which did not even show up in GT200) going straight to DX11.  While a release date for the new graphics API is probably not going to be discussed, apparently Microsoft will be talking about the new features, such as tessellation and multi-threaded rendering, at the upcoming XNA GameFest in Seattle. 

Source: General

NVIDIA pushing 55nm products out sooner

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:40 PM |

When we initially saw the die size that GT200 was released at last month, we knew that NVIDIA would be trying to get it moved from a 65nm process technology to 55nm very soon - money talks as the saying goes.  It looks like the green GPU giant is going to get 55nm running by the end of the quarter and could even have 40nm tape outs by the end of the year!

Source: Digitimes

A (Thermo)Intelligent decision

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 01:30 PM |

The sub $200 market is getting incredibly crowded, and most of those cards will bring you more performance than you might expect.  The newest cards are from BFG, the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence.  The ThermoIntelligence label denotes some serious cooling and a complete disregard for specified clock speeds.  Read Ryan's reivew in full here.

Manufacturer: BFG Tech

Introduction and 8800 GT OCX TI

BFG has released a pair of new graphics cards based on names we are all too familiar with: the 8800 GT and the 9600 GT. Even in the face of the GT200 series and Radeon HD 4800-series of cards these two new offerings have some strengths in the price/performance arena that make them stand out.

AMD's design on the future of graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2008 - 12:14 PM |

InsideHW takes a step back before reviewing AMD's new 48xx graphics cards.  Instead of putting up benchmarks and maximum playable resolutions, they focus on some of the technology that allows the cards to perform well and produce the quality of graphics we have seen.  Read through their full article for a deeper look into the architecture that has helped AMD so much with this generation of graphics cards.

Source: InsideHW