Manufacturer: AMD

PC Gaming Needs a Savior

AMD launched the GAME! initiative this week as an attempt to show how AMD-branded hardware can set a standard for the PC gaming platform and bring better PC gaming to the mainstream, non-enthusiast community that might not know about different hardware components. But can an AMD-created standard live up to those goals?

AMD's new mid-range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2008 - 04:41 PM |

Ryan has just finished his review of the ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB, a nicely powerful new midrange card.  The extra memory won't help you at lower resolutions, but the bump in performance from a single HD 3870 is very welcome.  If only the price can fall in line with this cards competitor, the 9800 GTX.

Possible RV770 and GT200 Details show up...again

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2008 - 12:34 PM |

While it's hard to really put faith in information when the provider openly admits their LAST article on these GPUs was dead wrong, why not just report it to you anyway?!?  This article over at TGDaily details what they think are the specifications and launch periods for AMD's upcoming RV770 parts, commonly referred to as the Radeon 4800-series. 

Source: TG Daily
Manufacturer: Asus

ASUS Brings X2 to the HD 3850

ASUS is the first to produce a dual-GPU card based on the HD 3850 from AMD that finally gives AMD an option in the $300-350 price range. Can it live up to the competition of the 9800 GTX and how does it compare to the HD 3870 X2?

nVIDIA Releases GeForce 175.16

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 05:28 PM |

  • WHQL Certified for Windows XP
  • Supports GeForce FX, 6, 7, 8, and 9 series GPUs including these newly released GPUs:
    •  GeForce 9800 GX2
    •  GeForce 9800 GTX
    •  GeForce 9600 GT
    •  GeForce 9600 GSO
    •  GeForce 8300
    •  GeForce 8200/ nForce 730a
    •  GeForce 8100/NVIDIA nForce 720a
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI™ technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
  • Adds new PureVideo HD features for GeForce 9800 GX2, 980
Source: NVIDIA

There's a big battle brewing below the $100 watermark

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 12:19 PM |

The GeForce 9600 GSO is hard to find for sale right now, but is bound to gain quickly in popularity once it is available.  The replacement to the GS line of cards, it uses SM4 but it's memory is shaved down to 384MB GDDR3, clocked to 1600MHz with the core clocked at 550 MHz.  It will sell for under $100 once it is fully stocked and offers performance that in certain cases meets or beats the HD 3850.  If you have a limited budget and a screen that tops out at 1280x1024, let the G

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA CEO Rants on Intel Once Again

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 01:57 AM |

In a very interesting interview with CNet, NVIDIA's top-brass was once again talking about Intel, Larrabee and how NVIDIA wants to see a more open, non-monopolistic PC environment.  There are some very interesting points in the discussion that touch on many aspects of the NVIDIA and Intel relationship.

Getting to the bottom of price and performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM |

We all admit that having SLI'd GeForce 9800 GX2s gives you the best performance currently, but not many of us have $1200 to drop on a pair of cards.  The Tech Report, undaunted by the number of cards they would need to look at has accepted the challenge of finding the best price versus performance on the graphics market today.  There are even good mid range SLI setups to consider.

External graphics done well

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2008 - 01:16 PM |

Ryan just finished reviewing the EVGA UV Plus+, an external graphics adaptor with a nice look and size.  It is a little box that acts as a virtual GPU, even to the point of having DDR memory on board.  It can't really handle Crysis, but it has no problems display the Vista Aero interface, so it does have at least some power inside it.  It will also support up to seven displays, making it far more handy for those users who need to have enormous amounts of screen real estate.

Manufacturer: eVGA

Introduction and Specifications

The EVGA UV Plus+ allows you to connect up additional monitors to your notebook or desktop PC through a USB connection rather than requiring you to install another graphics card. Can this new device from one of our favorite video card vendors help you out of a virtual desktop space deficiency?