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Introduction to Ray Tracing

Guest author Daniel Pohl shares with us his insight into using raytracing for game rendering and how the increasing power of multi-core processors are helping bring it to a reality.

Imagine playing a computer game in the quality seen in the movies of the 'Lord of the Rings'-series; absolute realistic lighting, details like in real life, believable skins and much more.

Could High End GPUs Be Moving to their own Case?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:20 PM |
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The Inquirer seems to have gotten the smell of a new rumor that ATI/AMD might be moving high end graphics configurations OUTSIDE of your case into another one in order to improve heat issues....do we really need this??

This brings the story back around to separate cases with one for CPU/memory/drives and one for graphics. It would solve a lot of problems. Separate power, separate cooling, plenty of space, etc.

Source: The Inquirer

XFX Releases Overclocked 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:06 PM |
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XFX has just become the first NVIDIA GPU company to offer overclocked GeForce 8800 graphics cards.  Both an 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS model are offered. 


The new GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition runs at 630 MHz core clock and 2.0 GHz memory clock, compared to the reference speeds of 575 MHz core and 1.8 GHz memory.  The 8800 GTS XXX Edition runs at 550 MHz instead of 500 MHz and at 1.8 GHz memory instead of 1.6 GHz memory speeds. 

Catalyst makes a final showing

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006.  Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.

Getting in the game for <$100

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality.  Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values.  If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

CrossFire without a master card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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Tweaktown tests out how the new 6.11 drivers handle Crossfire without a master card.  By putting in 2 Crossfire ready cards and a few reboots, this driver will support Crossfire, but how much of an improvement will be seen?

You will also want to check out Ryan's SLI 8800GTX review ... 287fps at 1200x1600 with HDR, AA and AF!

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Introduction and 8800 GTX Review

We finally had a pair of GeForce 8800 GTX cards sitting here long enough to get some SLI testing done; and we think you'll be impressed by the results!

Get one more and you'll have a Quad

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2006 - 06:18 PM |
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EVGA's 7950 GX2 really impressed HotHardware.  It started out tying and sometimes even beating a pair of 7900 GTs, but when they got a 15% overclock on the core and ~25% on the memory all bets were off.

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PureVideo HD Introduction

NVIDIA's PureVideo HD technology attempts to take most of the guess work out of building an HD-DVD and Blu-ray ready system for your home theater or desktop, while offering great playback performance as well.

The best of the 7950s

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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MadShrimps have lined up offerings from ASUS, Sparkle and EVGA.  If you are looking at a 7950 series, you may like EVGA's higher clock speeds.

Source: Madshrimps