Subject: Graphics Cards | July 19, 2007 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps has gone to great extremes to find the best cooling solution possible for a 7900GT, by testing 8 different VGA coolers. The top cooler can't just be the best performer for this test though, they are looking for a cooler that gets the job done without hitting 73.7dB! Unless you want to scare small animals and children just to get a few more frames per second, you had best take Madshrimps advice.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2007 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The contestants are ATI's Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB GDDR4 and XFX's GeForce 8600 GT XXX 256 MB GDDR3 card. The ATI version of that card is exceedingly rare, only the Sapphire cards are up for sale on Newegg and Pricegrabber, although the specs do remain the same. [H]ard|OCP did a fair amount of research to find two cards that are priced exactly the same (barring mail in rebate that makes the nVIDIA card cheaper), so the apples-to-apples comparison is dead on.
XLR8 Your Gaming Experience
PNY is getting back in the graphics card game again and their latest 8800 GTX XLR8 Overclocked Edition model looks to entice the enthusiasts back into their fold.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has had an interesting time trying to get their review of the HD 2400 & 2600 posted, but their persistence has paid off, and it is up. As we've seen in other reviews, these cards are lacking in the speed department, but have other benefits to offer users. The Tech Report tries to focus on some of these, like the Avivo HD that gives native support for dual-link DVI ports and HDCP. If you also consider the lower heat emission and power requirements, there are certainly applic
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2007 - 11:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Albatron has recently announced the exciting new "Blue Ray Decoder Card" giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows Vista operating system.
Blu-ray vs. DVD Video Playback
BFG's ThermoIntelligence Technology
The BFG 8600 GTS OC2 ThermoIntelligence graphics card brings a new cooler design to NVIDIA's mid-range graphics card with higher clock speeds as well. Does it out perform the stock cards enough to warrant the price gap?
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 10, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the disappointing launch of the 2900XT a few driver revisions behind us, [H]ard|OCP revisits the card to see what improvements have been made, and if it can start to challenge the 8800 series. They set up a Crossfire rig to benchmark against a single 8800 GTS OC. With the falling price of overclocked 8800's, can the Crossfire setup and new drivers make the 2900XT the better choice?
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2007 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At just under $600, and faster than an Ultra at default speeds, PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX OC is going to turn a lot of heads. HotHardware found it to never stray more than 5 fps from the Ultra, and at a noticeably lower price. It also turns out that this card can be overclocked beyond the speed it runs at out of the box, although not to the point that some 8800 GTXs have reached.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech tries out the 3 games which use DX10, and test them in both DX10 and DX9. While the features that DX10 offer sound quite impressive, and don't look too bad either, you take a hit in performance because of them. In some cases, it could simply be a matter of driver maturity, because there are some situations where you do see a performance benefit. At the end of the review, AnandTech makes a good point about the speed needed to be displaying 4 megapixels worth of detail on the screen in a FPS, but don't just