Introducing the Radeon HD 4890 1GB
AMD and NVIDIA again have new graphics cards for us to throw into the GPU testing beast on our bench and see what comes of it. The new RV790-based HD 4890 card takes on the cut-in-half GTX 295 known as the GeForce GTX 275 in a battle for your hard earned $250.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 30, 2009 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA-MARCH 30, 2009 - NVIDIA, the inventor of the GPU, today introduced NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS, a ground-breaking technology that allows users and visualization applications, for the first time, to take full advantage of multiple NVIDIA Quadro GPUs from a single graphics workstation in a virtualized environment.
This new technology delivers a faster, more efficient workflow to maximize productivity and lower the total cost of ownership for professionals in markets such as: digital content creatio
Details from GDC 2009
Intel was promoting Larrabee quite heavily at GDC in San Francisco this week even though there is still no hardware to be found. For the GDC audience, Intel decided to share a Larrabee instruction emulation layer so that developers can now start to see how the new x86-based GPU design can be efficiently utilized.
ATI FirePro V7750 From AMD Delivers Blazing Application Performance, Freeing Professionals to Create
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2009 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of the ATI FirePro V7750 graphics accelerator for the high-end market, ideally suited for graphics professionals working in engineering, digital content creation and scientific fields. These professionals need a 3D graphics accelerator that can quickly handle large models and shader-intensive applications, while delivering accurate color reproduction and superior visual quality.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
One of the more exciting
technologies we have been in continuing discussion about here at PC Perspective is OpenCL (and DirectX Compute) and how it will change the paradigm for heterogeneous computing. At the Game Developer's Conference this week AMD and Havok teamed up to offer up some short demonstrations of what I believe is the first publicly shown implementation of cross-processor OpenCL. It is definitely the first that we are excited about if nothing else.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2009 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking at the raw stats, the MSI R4870 MD1G is just a normal 4870, there is no factory overclock. Looking at the card, the lack of an enclosing assembly really stands out, instead it is the oval shaped heatsink and fan that grab your eyes. MSI claims that the change in cooler should allow the GPU to operate about 20C cooler than the normal heatsink assembly you see. Drop by [H]ard|OCP and you can see how the cooler does and how this card can perform against other HD4870s
A preview of Windows 7 gaming
The Windows 7 beta has been a huge success with pundits and users all over the tech world singing its praises. But what about gaming? Does moving to Windows 7 beta mean a drop in PC gaming performance like it did with Vista or do Microsoft and the driver teams at AMD and NVIDIA have it all ironed out?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
There has been a LOT of news coming out of NVIDIA about its PhysX engine finding its way into the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and now, a couple of iPhone games. In just the last week we heard that NVIDIA had gotten the PhysX engine into the Playstation 3 development platform and also on the Ninte
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs took the new 9.3 drivers from AMD on a quick spin to see how they compare to the previous 9.2 version. The two big pieces of news from this new release are support for Windows 7 and improvements to video playback on Vista. Of course, gamers are more interested in frame rate improvement, and that was what X-bit Labs focused on. From their testing it seems that while there is no reason not to install the new driver, unless you are playing Lost Planet you won't have much to