ECS Ships 9800 GTX+ Hydra - Water Cooler SLI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 08:46 PM |
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A couple of weeks ago a rather large package arrived at our door with the tagline of "graphics card" attached.  Hmm, usually they aren't THIS big I thought...

Notice the BFG GeForce GTX 280 card in front of the ECS Hydra GeForce 9800 GTX+ box; that should give you some kind of sense of scale. 

A new tuner for your new card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 2, 2008 - 04:10 PM |
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RivaTuner 2.10 has arrived at the Guru of 3D.  The newest version brings much wanted support to all those owners of new nVIDIA 200 series cards as well as the 4800 series from AMD, allowing those who have grabbed the new cards more overclocking options that are available in the drivers. SLI/Crossfire is still giving them some problems though.

Source: Guru of 3D
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Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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Saving the Biggest News for Last

NVIDIA decided to wait until the 11th hour to drop a bombshell on the media with information on the first non-NVIDIA chipset to natively support SLI multi-GPU technology. Come in and see all the details of 'how' and 'why' as well as what it means to the rest of the NVIDIA world.

Going heavy on the memory, again

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2008 - 08:07 PM |
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nVIDIA has displayed a fondness for odd memory buses and sizes recently.  It started with the 640Mb 8800GTS and now continues with the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB FTW, with a 448 bit memory bus.  In the testing over at The Tech Lounge, they decided that this is their preferred card over the GTX 280, thanks to reduced power consumption, noise and heat as well as price. 

GEFORCE 9-SERIES GPUs NOW AS LOW AS $59

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 26, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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NVIDIA continues to offer consumers more choice with the addition today of the GeForce 9400
GT.

Source: NVIDIA

Showing off nVIDIA's pair

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 04:30 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, you can catch two reviews of nVIDIA's best offerings, the ASUS ENGTX280 TOP and ASUS ENGTX260 TOP.  The GTX280 will set you back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2, 4870, 4850 H2O Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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Prague, Czech Republic - August 23, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Neptune line of water cooled Radeon graphics cards. the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB - HD 4870 512MB - HD 4850 512MB H2O Edition Graphics card all come with Danger Den & Smoothcreations custom cooling capabilities. These card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

Catalyst 8.8 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2008 - 03:33 PM |
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Highlights of the Catalyst 8.8 Windows release include:

New features

Catalyst Control Center: New Avivo video features

This release of Catalyst introduces new video features:

Source: AMD

The Lucid Hydra

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2008 - 07:23 PM |
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The newly announced Hydra Engine from Lucid seems to have trumped both Crossfire and SLI in a single swipe.  Not only do they seem to imply that their task oriented approach will outperform the brute force style that the current solutions use, the technology will allow a lot of other tasks to be accomplished that are beyond SLI and Crossfire.  It also able to combine any mix of cards from the same vendor, though you can't mix AMD and nVIDIA ...

Not for the faint of heart

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 07:38 PM |
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X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it.  All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively.  Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.

Source: X-Bit Labs