Another take on ray tracing
Ray tracing and rasterization: the battle rages on. We have heard from Intel several times on the value that ray tracing offers to the gaming community but until now the other GPU giants have been silent. NVIDIA's Chief Scientist David Kirk sat down with us to answer a few questions.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 04:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Thanks goes to Aaron for letting me know that the AMD Catalyst 8.3 drivers have dropped on the official AMD websites and Game.AMD.com. These drivers add support for Quad-CrossFireX, Hybrid CrossFire with the 780G chipset, DirectX 10.1 support among many others features and fixes.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 03:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
Some images have surfaced of the NVIDIA 9800 GTX and according to the notes on the page with them, the 9800 GTX will be a G92-based product and will basically be a higher clocked 8800 GT/GTS card. Not a whole lot more data, but if you wanna see what a video card looks like, I guess you can look here; not much to see.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has put together a beast to test out CrossfireX. Four CPU cores thanks to the QX9650, 4 graphics cores thanks to a pair of HD 3870 X2s and even 4Gb of RAM. All of that power is pitted against Crysis, as well as some other popular games. Read on to see what [H] thinks about CrossfireX, and AMDs chances of being picked by the power gamer.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Palit has pushed their overclocked 9600 GT a bit further than many other manufacturers; their 9600 GT Sonic hits 700 MHz on the GPU, the shader's are raised to 1.75 GHz, and the RAM runs at 2 GHz. That wasn't enough to convince [H]ard|OCP to give it a Gold Award, what was the deciding factor is that Palit revamped the whole card with new power circuitry and added output ports.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 29, 2008 - 03:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the rumor going around the pre-CeBit floor is that AMD and its partners will be showing off a GDDR4 version of the recently released Radeon HD 3870 X2 card (review here). The current cards use GDDR3 memory but there are not as of yet any indicators that performance will be increased because of it - stay tuned!
Most of ATI’s partners will showcase their Radeon 3870 X2 DDR4
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2008 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report grabbed 3 GeForce 8800 GTs representing the three different models, the 256MB, 512MB and the 1GB. If you've ever wondered just why so many people snigger at those who paid extra for the 1GB model, read on and all will be revealed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 04:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting bit of news came across earlier in the week about Intel purchasing Project Offset, makers of the Offset Engine. While no games have actually come out with it yet, I can remember seeing demos of the technology at NVIDIA/ATI press days for several years.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are building a low cost system, AMD is still a great way to go, and the ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 can be the basis of a low cost, highly reliable PC. ECS have placed a lot of extras on this board and have still managed to keep it's cost well below $100. Big Bruin's review shows that it is solid, but if you are looking for overclocking potential, high powered cooling and a ha