RealityMark is available for download

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 02:40 PM |
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Set to become the 3dMark equivalent for Physics Processing Units, AGEIA has posted their RealityMark benchmarking tool for download.
Here's the system requirements

  • AGEIA PhysX Accelerator with latest drivers (2.5.1 or later required)
  • Microsoft Windows® XP 32-bit or 64-bit
  • 1GB System RAM or higher
  • At least 1 GB free hard disk space
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or Celeron Processor, 1.5GHz or higher OR AMD Athon XP™ 2400+ or higher
  • DirectX 9.0 graphics adapter with 128MB RAM or higher

Source: AGEIA

Is quiet enough for the EAX 1600 XT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent, a totally passively cooled graphics card, that costs just under $150.  The problem is that it's direct competitor is the GeForce 7600 GT, which costs even less and has more impressive stats on paper.  Read the review to find out if it can compete.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI's TV Wonder knows a few tricks

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2006 - 05:13 PM |
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After a false start with faulty capacitors, the relaunched ATI TV Wonder 650 is back on the shelves.  Motherboards.org does a full review of this truly multifunctional card, at home in just about any HTPC application.

Quality versus Quantity, The Frames per Second conundrum

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 02:42 PM |
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Take two of the fastest cards available, the nVIDIA 7950 GX2 and the ATI X1959XTX, and the speed difference at default  levels really isn't that huge in most games.  That isn't what X-bit Labs wants to find out though.   They are far more interested in maxing out AA, FSAA, Anistropic filtering and various other newer graphical improvements, first to look at the effect on FPS, and secondly to determine if it actually improves the look of the game.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Ageia RealityMark

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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If you want a little more physical reality in your games, Ageia's PPU is what will give it to you.  Short video clips and comparisons of games with and without hardware physics give you some idea what the card can do, but their upcoming benchmarking tool, RealityMark, shows it better than anything has yet. [H]ard|OCP has a clip from that benchmark, that is worth watching twice to catch everything that goes on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP
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What is Folding@Home?

ATI and Stanford are bringing massive Folding@Home power to your ATI X1900 and X1950 GPUs; oh and the Sony Playstation 3 as well.

ATI is first to annouce a DX10 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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That's right, according to an article on The Inquirer, the upcoming RV6X0 family will be full DX 10 cards.  If you listen closely you can hear the engineers chant Bum Shaka Laka.
Source: The Inquirer

A possible 7950 GS release?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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NGOHQ has heard that a possible 7950GS card may be released.  The 7950GT was released very recently, at the $300 mark.   This card would have to be cheaper, as it would not be faster, and could be the cheapest and easiest way to get SLI up and running.

Source: NGOHQ

ASUS blows trhe lid on nVIDIA's new PPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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HEXUS has noticed the answer ASUS gave about the 3rd PCI Express slot on an unrelased (P5N32 SLI) motherboard.  Much like ATI's upcoming PPU, it does more that just process physics in games, it is also meant to be a co-processor for the CPU to dump many mathematical calculations onto.

Source: Hexus

Passive extremes, the new XFX 7950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2006 - 03:56 PM |
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XFX passed on a GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme to [H]ard|OCP, who pitted it against the toughest competition they could find.  One of the most noticable things about this card is the passive cooling system, which begs the question as to what you could achieve with a 3rd party cooling solution.  Head over to see what this card can do right out of the box.

Source: [H]ard|OCP