An inauspicious start to 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 06:04 PM |
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The last Catalyst release, 8.12, offered huge improvements to all Radeon owners excepting those with multiple HD4850s.  The hotfix for the 8.12 even cheered those unfortunates up, as it fixed the degradation they were seeing.  Just yesterday we saw the release of the first driver for this year, Catalyst 9.1, which adds support for OpenGL, but not much in the way of other features.  X-bit Labs compares the 8.12 driver, both with and without the hotfix, against the new 9.1 driver.  T

Source: X-Bit Labs

A new year, a new Catalyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 07:24 PM |
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Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:

Full OpenGL 3.0 support

This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:

Source: AMD

Making the upgrade worth your time

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 08:04 PM |
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Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts.  The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs.  AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested.  The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.

Source: Big Bruin

Galaxy Expands Retail Business to Microcenter

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 07:12 AM |
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A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter. 

Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter

If you've got the power ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 05:26 PM |
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As long as your wallet can handle a $500 hit, your PSU can handle a 450W drain, and your CPU or RAM isn't going to offer a bottleneck, you are probably thinking fondly of the GTX 295.  Bjorn 3D took a little time before releasing their review of the BFG GTX 295, comparing it against some of nVIDIA and AMD's finest, including SLI and a second GTX 295 to see how BFG's offering fares.  When able, they also enable PhysX on the card to see what impact t

Source: Bjorn3D

nVIDIA's small steps to success

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2009 - 05:08 PM |
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It's a fair jump for the graphics core to go from 648MHz to 702MHz, the stream processor from 1.476GHz to 1.584GHZ and the memory from 2.484GHz to 2.646GHz, but that is exactly what EVGA did with their GeForce GTX 285 SSC Edition.  Even more impressive is [H]ard|OCP's final numbers when they try overclocking this card even further.  Architecturally the GTX 285 does not really differ from the 280 it replaced, but the die shrink has really opened up the maximum clock speeds.  Read

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES FULL LINE OF FACTORY OVERCLOCKED GTX 285s

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 15, 2009 - 07:48 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (January 15, 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 BFG GeForce GTX 285 line of graphics cards in four factory overclocked versions; OC, OC+, OC2, and OCX.

BFG's GeForce GTX 285 factory overclocked graphics cards provide 240 processing cores and over 50% more performance than prior generations.

A small increase

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 15, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Seeing as how Ryan has somehow managed to suppress his need
to sleep, there is a brand new review up this morning, of nVIDIA's GTX 285 1GB graphics card.  For around $400 you can grab the card that is replacing the GTX280, with higher clock speeds and a die shrink.

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GTX 285 Shows its 55nm Face

The new GeForce GTX 285 GPU uses the same great architecture (the GT200) that is behind the GTX 280 though shrunk down to a 55nm process technology. What the hell does that mean for you? Higher clocks, lower power and lower prices!

Video: NVIDIA 3D Vision Review in case you missed it

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 09:12 PM |
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I know that during the first few days of the review being online, the video we provided to accompanying the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision review had some issues for some people.  For those of you that missed it, or even watch it again, I have provided a streaming Viddler version in the review and posted here as well.

Let me know what you think of the new format!