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Intro, NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 and FX 3700

Both NVIDIA and AMD have updated their respective professional graphics lines in the last month or so and we sit down with a pair of Quadros and a pair of FirePro cards to see which has the ability to be the best performer AND which is the best value.

A 4750 by any other name

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has posted a preview of a card they are calling an HD4750, but is really a 40nm process RV740 card.

Source: Guru of 3D

Scaling the performance mountain

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Having plenty of time and multiple graphics cards on hand, AnandTech has assembled a long series of tests comparing systems with multiple GPUs.  This article deals with pairing, there will be others dealing with triple and quad setups for those looking for even more power.  The key to using multiple graphics cards is how much better the performance gets when the second card is added.  Buying a full price second card that nets you an increase of 15% might get you bragging rights on the 3DMark website, but as an investment it really isn't that sound. 

Source: AnandTech

ATI Catalyst 9.2 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.2 Windows release include:

Performance improvements

  • Crysis DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%

  • Crysis Warhead DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%

  • World in Conflict DX10 - performance gains of up to 5%

  • Fear 2 CrossFireX support - Fear 2 now includes Multi-GPU performance enhancements

New Features

Source: AMD

Performing for under $100

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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The Sapphire HD 4670 has two things going for it that the stock model does not, it uses GDDR4 and a third party cooler.  It sports DVI and VGA ports, as well as an HDMI connector as one of the chief uses of this card would be to power a 1080p HTPC.  The extra power this card has compared to the base model does make it very viable for a gaming machine, just look at the benchmarks Modders-Inc saw in their review.

Source: Modders-Inc

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FIRST WATERCOOLED DUAL GPU GEFORCE GTX 295

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2009 - 11:20 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (February 12, 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 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

BFG Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den to offer a totally silent cooling sol

S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX: The World's Most Connected Hi-Def Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 03:18 PM |
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Fremont, California, February 12, 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX.

Source: S3 Graphics

Black Edition - the best friend of gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip.  Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz.  The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Quarterly Driver Update for Notebooks is Now Live

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on NVIDIA.com, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.

The first NVIDIA.com notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.

Source: NVIDIA

Keeping it simple

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2009 - 02:31 PM |
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LeadTek's WinFast GTX 285 runs at the reference clock speeds, 648MHz GPU and 1GB of 2484MHz GDDR3.  You can expect to see it sucking down about 380W under full load, and a temperature of 80C with the fan at 40%.  If you are OK with the extra noise it creates, cranking the fan up to full power will drop your temperatures to 67C, still fairly warm but certainly reasonable for the fastest single GPU card going.  You will need that extra cooling if you want to overclock the card as much as Bjorn3D did in their

Source: Bjorn3D