Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2008 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's two new cards, the $399 GTX 260 896MB and the $649 GTX 280 1GB sport incredible performance, and the amount of transistors fit into them are unprecedented. The gaming performance, while it does offer the best single card performance around, is not the only story with these cards. Josh tried out the two new focuses for these cards, huge increases in the speeds of Folding@Home and Video Encoding, while Ryan was busy gaming.
NVIDIA GT200 Architecture
Part 1 of our 2-part story on the release of the NVIDIA GT200 GPU starts where you would think it would - architecture analysis and then some heavy hitting game play testing. Do the GTX 280 1GB and GTX 260 896MB cards stand up well to existing competition like the 9800 GX2 and 3870 X2?
GPU Computing and the GTX 280
With the release of the GTX 200 series of cards, NVIDIA is making a strong push into the brave, new world of stream processing/GPU computing. I take a look at how the GTX 280 performs with two upcoming applications which leverage the power of the new architecture into applications which could effect a user's daily life (or death).
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX 9800 GTX Black
Edition are cards that displayed an ability to go further and faster than the average 9800 GTX from XFX. Just how much faster? Read the full review at Driver Heaven, you won't be disappointed by the
performance, nor the included copy of Assassin's Creed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 6, 2008 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When talking about graphics cards, the focus tends to be on gaming and fps stats. That isn't the only type of use out there though, there are many professional level cards like the Quadro FX and FireGL series. These professional level cards are the focus of X-bit Labs review, which does happen to include a bit of gaming as well. The race between nVIDIA and AMD is much closer in this field.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 3, 2008 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest graphics cooler from Coolink is the GFXChilla, which sports a pair of 80mm fans. It is a very slim design, which should allow you to still get another card in, depending on your motherboard, and it also comes with some nice extras like memory and voltage regulation heatsinks. Icrontic was quite happy with it's performance, and it's MRSP.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 30, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a while since we've heard from S3 Graphics though that doesn't mean they are gone. The Chrome 430 that was announced a while ago is starting to show up on reviewers desks and the first review is at VIA Arena. The stats of the card sound good, a 625MHz engine clock and 256MB of 500MHz GDDR2 and full support for DX10 and PCI Express 2.0. All that for $60 and an extra 143W power draw on your system.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP likes fast, and will honestly admit that any time they are asked. There is another consideration that is important to them, and that is value. Spending double the money for a 10% performance increase is hard to justify for all but the most extreme gamers. The BFGTech GeForce 9800 GTX OXC doesn't quite cost twice as much as non-overclocked cards, but neither does it offer a 10% improvement in performance.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2008 - 05:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sitting here at an NVIDIA meeting in San Jose, word just got passed to the world that NVIDIA will be announcing the acquisition of a ray tracing software company called RayScale.