A good thing that just keeps on getting better

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 6, 2009 - 02:48 PM |
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The HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO is a full 1GB model sporting a fancy third party cooler that drops the temperatures as well as the noise at full.  As the running temperatures and fan noise were the two biggest faults of the original 4870, this really is a great step forward.  Add into that equation the coming price drop as well as the ~10% o

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA GT212 details hint at 384 SPs

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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A post over at Expreview is indicating they have source spilling some proverbial beans about the upcoming NVIDIA GT212 GPU update due in mid-2009.  Here's the table of interest:

Source: Expreview

XFX cards with ATI Radeon inside start to show up

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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XFX sent out a PR email blast letting the whole world know that the XFX Radeon HD 4000 series of graphics are official and should be available any day now.  The company has its Radeon products website up and running at has quite a few new cards on the table including:

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NVIDIA 9-series rebranding gets more specific

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2009 - 01:50 PM |
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AudioFreak39 points out in a thread in our forums that the pending GeForce 9-series rebranding process has now been unearthed as the GeForce Gx00 series:

GeForce G110 (rebranded 9400GT):

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GeForce G120 (rebranded 9500GT):

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NVIDIA Beta 185.20 drivers add "ambient occlusion"

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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A very interesting discussion has started in the graphics card forum about some leaked NVIDIA drivers (revision 185.20) that adds a new feature called "ambient occlusion".  This enhancement apparently is adding some nice visual lighting effects but causes a lot of stress on gaming hardware; HonestJohn saw his Far Cry 2 performance go from about 60 FPS to 45 FPS with the option enabled.  There are screen shots included in the thread as well.

Could we see XFX ATI video cards at CES?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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A post in our graphics card forum is indicating news about a closer-than-expected release time for XFX's own ATI Radeon graphics cards.  It has barely been 3 weeks since we first learned that XFX was going to add a little red to their green but based on the speed of this release the project has been in the works for a while. 

Thanks goes to AudioFreak39 for the tip.

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Quad SLI with a pair of GTX 295s tested in 3DMark Vantage

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:16 PM |
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Fudzilla is reporting that some lucky person has gotten a hold of a pair of the new GeForce GTX 295 cards (dual-GPU solution, we tested it earlier this month here) in Quad SLI to get a 3DMark Vantage score of over 32,500.  Wow.

Source: Fudzilla

AMD RV740 40nm taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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According to this story over at Digitimes, AMD has already taped out (completed design and circuit testing) on the next generation graphics core known as the RV740.  It is built on TSMC's newest 40nm process technology and I must say I was surprised to find the technology was mature enough to actually compete a design from ATI before 2009. 

Source: Digitimes

AMD Answers Questions on Avivo Converter Issues

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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While NVIDIA is pushing Badaboom!

Source: AMD

What's this Ion thing from NVIDIA?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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You might have heard about this new NVIDIA technology called "Ion" - which is interesting because I hadn't.  Apparently this is NVIDIA's answer the world of netbooks and Intel's Atom processor - NVIDIA is pushing Intel's partners to push Intel to allow third party chipsets as thus allowing NVIDIA to make a push into these systems.