Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.5 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 02:37 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Unigine Tropics DX9 - performance gains of up to 11% for single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations with anti-aliasing enabled.
  • Company of Heroes - performance gains of up to 10% for both single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  •  BattleForge- performance gains of up to 10% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.

New Features

ATI Catalyst 9.5 - Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista

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Manufacturer: Galaxy
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A unique 9600 GT

Low power and low profile might not seem like very important features for a GPU most of the time, but you would be surprised how many new PCs on the market today can't fit a standard expansion card. Galaxy is hoping to pin that market by offering a decently-powerful 9600 GT GPU without a PCIe power connection and with a half-height PCB design.

Intel more concrete with 2010 Larrabee release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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An interesting article posted over at c't magazine is the first to verify with Intel a more concrete release time frame for the company's upcoming Larrabee CPU/GPU hybrid.  Intel's Joseph Shultz indicated that the first Larrabee product release would hit in the first half of 2010, finally squelching the discussion of a late 20

Source: TG Daily

MSI goes against the flow

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:45 PM |
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While the old 8800GTS was a little odd with 640MB of RAM and a 320-bit interface was a bit odd, the GTX 260 is even stranger with the reference model sporting 896 MB of RAM with a 448-bit interface.  MSI decided that the card could be made even stranger by doubling the total RAM to 1792MB in their GTX 260 Lightning Black Edition.  It is also factory overclocked almost to it's limits, the Guru of 3D could only manage to hit 680/145

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA Releases World's First Stereoscopic Driver for Windows 7

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:15 PM |
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Today, we released the new NVIDIA 3D Vision CD v1.08 driver kit, which includes the GeForce driver v185.85 and the 3D Vision driver v185.85.

This driver release marks the world's first stereoscopic 3D driver for Windows 7, available only from NVIDIA. This driver release also supports Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit.

Driver download links

Full CD Kits

Source: NVIDIA

Detailed Larrabee die shot shown, cores counted

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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The first (slightly) detailed image of Intel's upcoming Larrabee architecture was shown today at the opening ceremonies for the Visual Computing Institute of the Saarland University in Germany.  Website PC Games Hardware was on hand at the event and snapped up this image:

AMD Delivers the World's First 1 GHz Graphics Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.

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Down, but not out

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2009 - 02:15 PM |
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Weighing in with a GPU of 575MHz, GDDR3 of 900MHz and a 256 bit wide memory bus, the HD 4830 has a hard time keeping up with the new HD 4770 even though they are almost exactly the same price, the HD 4850 is only a competitor if you want to spend almost $50 on an extra handful of

NVIDIA posts losses of more than $200M for the quarter

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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Wouldn't it be great to lose about $201 million in the span of 3 months but still have a positive outlook on the future?  That's just what NVIDIA is talking about this week as the quarterly earnings call results are spread across the media.  What is most interesting to me is how varied the opinions are on what NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, had to say.  TG Daily got the distinct impression that NVIDIA's Quadro line of products would be the immediate saving grace for NVIDIA's bottom line whil

Source: TG Daily

It's getting crowded in the $200 market too

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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XFX has been a solid nVIDA partner, but hasn't work with AMD's graphics division until now, and they chose to enter at the high end with their HD 4870 1GB XXX card.  Overclocked to
775MHz core and 3.8GHz GDDR5 it does have an advantage over the vanilla card, but not as much as the XXX would imply.  It's competitor is

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