A card as rare as uranium, and just about as heavy

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2005 - 06:08 PM |
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Hardware Asylum managed to get their hands on the extremely rare Gigabyte 3D1-68GT, a dual GPU card whose performance is great, but comes at the cost of severe heat, and a massive size.  Still no word on whether there will be an SLI version released in the future.

"The 3D1-68GT is as good a dual-GPU card as we've ever seen, but that does not exempt it from its

associated faults.

The need for passively cooled speed

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2005 - 04:23 PM |
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Cool and quiet wins out over high powered video cards once again. [H]ard|OCP examines the ASUS' Extreme N6600GT Silencer, a dead silent, GeForce 6600 GT, cooled by a large heatsink, with no fan.  While it may not give you much overhead to overclock, it will certainly give good video performance, and as I may have mentioned, quiet down your system.

"Silence is golden. There are just certain situations where silence is a wonderful thing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Valve Delivers new Filmic Effects

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 02:50 PM |
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Ryan has posted tantalizing coverage on Valve's new Filmic Effects. This new technology attempts to tackle some of graphics most complex problems, notably motion blurring and depth of field. Valve has some interesting approaches to implementing these effects which ultimately means more dramatic games in the near future.


Sadly though, there's no such thing as a free lunch...


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ATI's Catalysts and how they've changed

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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It's been a year of monthly updates for ATI's catalysts, with current rumours of a 13th release close to christmas.  AnandTech examines just what has changed over 2005, and ventures into the performance irregularities we saw earlier in the year.

"We have seen on more than one occasion that our benchmarks have been turned upside down and

inside out, with cases such as ATI's Catalyst 5.11 drivers suddenly giving ATI a decisive win in

OpenGL games, when they were being soundly defeated just a driver version b

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Valve showed a handful of hardware editors what was coming in the days and months ahead for the Source engine. After an impressive HDR implemenation, Valve is going back in time and adding filmic effects such as motion blur and depth of field to Source.

XFX puts together a sweet bundle

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 9, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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The XFX bundle that the Guru of 3D reviews is just great.  Not only do you get a reasonably videocard, it will perform better than most cards in it's class.  Plus good games!  You won't be stuck with aged titles to try out on your new card, and replaying FarCry with all the options turned up to 11 will be much fun.

"XFX did something really extraordinary with this "XXX Edition" product in two fold. First of all

the higher core and memory clocks are just brilliant.

Source: Guru of 3D

Sure it's fast, but how does it look

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2005 - 05:13 PM |
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The Firing Squad decided to compare ATI, nVidia and XGI, with an eye for quality.  If you are more concerned with the quality of your frames, as opposed to the quantity, this review is for you.

'Today FiringSquad looks at the deinterlacing performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600, the ATI

Radeon X800, and the XGI Volari 8300.

Source: Firing Squad

A card to base an HTPC around

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2005 - 06:52 PM |
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T-break reviews one of those rare non-AIW TV tuner cards, the PowerColor Theatre 550 Pro.  It's a 1x PCIx card, and is worth a look for anyone considering setting up a HTPC for themselves or as a gift.

"The included Cyberlink remote clearly lacks the luster that ATI remotes have and looks ungraceful

and clunky. The remote also lacks a thumbpad for mouse control and includes no programmable

buttons.

Source: t-break

Ray Tracing; The future of graphics?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2005 - 03:28 PM |
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Accelenation has an article up about one possible future of graphics, Parallax Mapping and Ray-Tracing.  Even is it does get a little technical at times, it is well illustrated and you will figure out exactly what they are talking about. 

"Could advanced Parallax Mapping represent the first tentative steps toward a ray-tracing future

for computer graphics?"


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Source: Accelenation

Overclock your GPU with Thermalright's help

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2005 - 06:48 PM |
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Thermalright's V1 Ultra graphics cooler will fit almost any modern GeForce or Radeon, and provides full wrap around cooling.  The cooler is much better than the stock cooling solution you probably use, in fact it's almost as good as watercooling.  SystemCooling has the full review, so see if you want to push the limits of your videocard with some new cooling.

"Back in June, we introduced users to Thermalright's maiden voyage in the world of video card

cooling, the Thermalright V1.