AMD's graphics refresh, RV670

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2008 - 01:52 PM |

On paper the new Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic sports the same features as the RV600, apart from the die shrink.  What is new(ish) is the Vapour Chamber Technology, which is claimed as a break through new cooling for graphics cards.  It sounds really neat until you see the graphic in the Elite Bastards review, where you realize that this breakthrough is pretty much a heatpipe flattened into a plate.  The new architecture does reveal some improvement

Not pictured below - COD4 running at 2560x1600

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 05:51 PM |

Although Ryan is sharing pics of the new graphics card that we will be seeing from AMD, he is keeping the game play to himself.  If we don't see any more updates from CES today, it's probably fair to assume that Ryan got 'stuck' at that table.

Source: AMD

AMD Introduces ATI Mobility RadeonT HD 3000 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 11:21 AM |

LAS VEGAS (2008 International CES) - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs. The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows notebook users to experience the full power of HD through graphics processing designed to satisfy the most demanding mobile users at work and play.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 outed

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 06:00 PM |

It would seem our buddies at HardOCP have the scoop on some upcoming NVIDIA hardware: the 9800 GX2 card.  According to Kyle's information, the card sports a pair of G92-based GPUs with 128 SPs each on two separate PCBs.  It also appears to have a total of 1GB of memory on-board and will be the new "flagship" card from NVIDIA taking the highest priced spot from the 8800 Ultra card.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Revenge of the little brother

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:13 PM |

The HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX runs at almost the exact same clock speeds as the more expensive 3870, and offers a few benefits as well.  It is designed to draw less power, especially when it takes advantage of the several PowerPlay states that the Guru of 3D discovered, and thanks to the inclusion of some powerful 3rd party cooling, it runs cooler as well.  The price is very much in line with the 3870, and the factory overclock is not the limit to

Source: Guru of 3D

Carrying NVIDIA's Water (Cooler)

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:04 PM |

Last week BFG announced a dandy little product based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 512.  This water cooled product sports clocks that are well above norm, but correspondingly far more expensive than the standard 8800 GTS.  Based on the new G92 chip from NVIDIA, it has the full complement of stream units, ROP partitions, and 512 MB of fast GDDR-3.  The core runs at a sprightly 700 MHz with the memory at 970 MHz (1940 MHz effective).  The most impressive part is the stream processors clocked at a very ag

NVIDIA and Intel merger rumors mix again

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2008 - 11:59 AM |

According to the Inquirer, a bunch of NVIDIA stock calls is raising the rumors once again of an Intel and NVIDIA buyout/merger.  Both that author and this author have serious doubts about it, but hey, its always fun to speculate!

Source: The Inquirer

AMD next-gen R700 GPU taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2007 - 02:21 PM |

Charlie at TheInq seems to think that AMD's R700 has taped out already.  If that's the case, those that claimed it wasn't coming in 2008 would surely be laughed at and mocked. 

Source: The Inquirer
Manufacturer: XFX

The 256MB 8800 GT Shakes the Lineup

The XFX 8800 GT 256MB Alpha Dog Edition is the first we have reviewed of the 256MB 8800 GTs -- and we aren't that impressed. Sorry XFX, it looks like NVIDIA dropped a stinker in the wake of the 8800 GTS 512MB...

NVIDIA looking for cheaper G92 cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:07 PM |

Taking note of the news post below, maybe this information from Digitimes has already been answered?  Apparently NVIDIA was the board designers to find ways to cut costs on the G92 designs to better allow them to compete with the likes of the AMD HD 3800 series of cards.

Source: Digitimes