NVIDIA Prepping G84 for March 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 27, 2006 - 07:53 AM |
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According to the Inquirer, NVIDIA is preparing a new entry-level graphics card to replace the 7300 based on the G80 architecture. 

This is set to replace Geforce 7300 from the market. Nvidia is really having problems making a real impact on the entry-level market but maybe will have better luck with this introduction.

The chip is a cut down version of the G80 and will probably come up with some odd memory controller number.

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The BFG 8800 GTS Card

BFG's 8800 GTS model doesn't stray from the reference design much, but that isn't a bad thing as we see in our performance tests of a single card and SLI configuration.

CyberLink Offers PowerDVD for HD-DVD and Blu-ray Drives

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2006 - 01:36 PM |
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Stemming from all the discussion from our NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology article, CyberLink has released PowerDVD for HD-DVD and Blu-ray drives with hardware acceleration for NVIDIA and ATI/AMD GPUs.  They promised it before Christmas, but they are cutting it close!  :)



New features for PowerDVD Ultra include:





  • Support for HD DVD and

Sapphire Debuts Dual-Radeon X1950 Pro

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 02:48 PM |
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In Taiwan, Sapphire was showing a dual-GPU graphics card using X1950 Pro GPUs

If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative.  Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather.  The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.

Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single car

Source: Daily Tech

Games for Windows Vista: how the new brand & OS will change PC gaming

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2006 - 10:25 PM |
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Tired of console games getting all the attention?  Then check out this interview at Joystiq.com that looks at how Vista and the "Games for Windows" initiative will help

Games for Windows is still very much a vision. The first priority, a retail initiative, is currently underway.

Source: General

Graphics Cards a Favorite for the Holiday

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2006 - 10:33 AM |
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There are several good video card reviews that have popped up in the last few days, the first from the gang at HardOCP that looks at the Asus EN7900GS TOP.  HotHardware has an updated review on performance of SLI configurations on the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS cards.  On the ATI front, XYZ Computing took a look at an upgraded version of

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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 - 08:20 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 - 08:06 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 - 10:54 AM |
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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.