Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2007 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX's 8600 GT XXX takes the 540 MHz reference frequency to 620 MHz, and the memory from 1.4 GHz to 1.6 GHz, which will help it in benchmarks against the 8600 GTS XXX and HD 2600 XT. [H]ard|OCP takes all three cards into their benchmarking suite, to figure out which provides you with the best bang for the buck. The benchmarks are very tight, but the price range is not.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel has launched some new drivers for the G965 chipset; doesn't sound too exciting until you realize these are the drivers that enable hardware vertex shaders. Finally! Sorry, Windows XP only for now.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
I took a look at the new BFG Technologies 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card last month, but it's worth another look. Kyle over at HardOCP has taken the cooler apart to show you the detailed changes inside and whether or not the new cooler is up to snuff.
The BFG ThermoIntelligence unit has an obvious advantage in terms of heatsink surface area.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Rage, the upcoming racing, battle, role playing game from id (yes, the same id as Doom 3) is getting some more build up as the gang at Shacknews pull in an interview with two of the head honchos.
Shack: You mentioned you could talk about the setting a bit.
Tim Willits: Oh, yeah. That's important to mention. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2007 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TV-Out functionality has been added to the Linux driver for ATI/AMD cards. If you are hoping to build a PVR or even just watch one of your DVDs on a TV using a Linux box as the source, drop by Phoronix to see just how easy it is now.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has reviewed two silent 8600's from Gigabyte, an 8600GT and an 8600GTS. The GT features Silent-Pipe II, which we have seen on other passively cooled graphics cards, but the Silent-Pipe III on the GTS model is a first, and much larger than it's predecessor, and both come with a copy of Supreme Commander.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Brand new in ATI's Catalyst 7.7 driver is a new type of Coverage Sample Anti-Aliasing, called Edge Sampling. Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing is starting to show it's age, as gamers are looking for better detail for their high resolution ~20" (or more) monitors. Elite Bastards gives you a look at the difference this new type of AA brings to games, and the performance hit your HD 2x00XT series card takes to use it.
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Diamond is back in the graphics game again, this time with the first 1GB graphics to hit the consumer market. Their new Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB card attempts to make the latest AMD GPU look more appealing than we originally saw it at launch time. Does doubling the memory to 1GB really help?
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2007 - 03:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to Epic Games' Mark Rein, PC gaming development will largely FOLLOW the development of consoles going into the future as production costs increase. Hard to argue with his logic here.