Some Graphics Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2005 - 10:08 AM |
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I have a few video card reviews that were sent into me this weekend for posting, so I'll finally get them up today.  Enjoy!


Source: General

New Cat 5.4s are Out!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2005 - 06:39 PM |
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I saw over at HardOCP that new Catalyst 5.4 drivers are now online, so head on over and pick 'em up if you need them.  Below is a partial list of fixes:

 Fixed in this driver:

  • 3DMark2001: A black screen is no longer displayed when launching 3DMark2001 after launching Aquamark3 when the CATALYST™ CONTROL CENTER is installed

  • Pacific Fighters: Playing the game after playing any track for a short period

NVIDIA Launches a new website: SLIzone.com

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2005 - 02:50 PM |
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It looks like NVIDIA is taking the community's comments about the state of SLI to heart, launching a new website to help the enthusiast find information on reviews, tutorials and more.  It's the information like the list of supported games though, that will be the best information source on here, I think.


To kick off the webiste, they are having a contest to win the following prizes:


To kick off the new site, MSI is spon

MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 29, 2005 - 01:45 PM |
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Man, that model name looks like something Gainward would think up!  [H]ardOCP is out with yet another review today, only this time featuring the 6800GT GPU from NVIDIA

Honestly, you have to put in context what we are testing here. The MSI NX6800GT is based on the GeForce 6800 GT GPU, which is only second to the fastest GPU available from NVIDIA at this time. It really isn't that much slower than a 6800 Ultra considering the only difference is that it is clocked at a lower speed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

3DLabs Wilcat Realizm 300 MultiGPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:13 PM |
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Anandtech is looking at the 3DLabs Wildcat Realizm 300 multi-GPU setup today.  They only test SPECviewperf, so you might not get a whole lot of this for an enthusiast user. 

We are very interested in comparing this solution to NVIDIA's SLI option. If NVIDIA is able to adapt their SLI profiles to workstation applications effectively, we could see some very impressive numbers. NVIDIA isn't choosing to focus on performance as the main selling point of Quadro SLI though.

Source: AnandTech

BFG Tech Announced 512 MB 6800 Ultra

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2005 - 10:07 PM |
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It looks like the first comany to announce a product on NVIDIA's 6800 Ultra reference platform is none other than home-grown BFG Tech. 


Lake Forest, IL — ( March 24, 2005 )— BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of advanced 3D graphic cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that they will offer an overclocked 512MB PCI Express™ version of their award-winning BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ graphics card.


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New Info on ATI's Multi VPU Rendering

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:27 AM |
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Not a whole lot new here, and you never know if its going to be accurate when the products launch, but Fudo at The Inquirer is telling us about some news he heard on ATI's answer to SLI.  Apparantly it will use a method called "Super Tiling" that breaks up the screens into squares like a chess board and that each card will be connected to the monitor via the DVI port.  We'll see how this pans out.

One graphic card will act as a master while the second one will act as a slave and both card will be connected to an in

Source: The Inquirer

Various Video Card Reviews

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2005 - 10:06 AM |
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There are several GPU reviews that I got wind of this morning -- I'll list them all here for you to read.



  • Firingsquad reviews 6 different X800 XL cards and compares them

  • HardwareZone has a 5-way X700 card shootout

  • PCStats takes a look at the ATI X800 XL card from Gigabyte

  • The Albatron 6600 PCI Express card gets a poke and a pr
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World of Warcraft Performance Guide

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 08:06 PM |
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If you have been playing or thinking of playing World of Warcraft, otherwise known as WoW, then you'll want to read what Anand has put together as a performance guide.  He has looked at both GPU and CPU performance in the game. 

The balance between GPU and CPU performance isn't all that matters to World of Warcraft. Memory size is also a very important factor in building a smooth running WoW box.  As with any high end gaming box, less than 512MB of memory is simply unacceptable for WoW.

Source: AnandTech

ATI Theatre 550 Pro Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2005 - 07:54 PM |
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The gang at PCStats is looking at the new Powercolor branded Theatre 550 TV tuner card today. 

As you've probably guessed by now, the Powercolor Theatre 550 Pro works as a TV-tuner ought to. Its combination of great image quality and perfect frame rates made us very happy campers indeed. ATI appears to have the makings of a hit on their hands with the Theatre Pro 550 chip.

We were less thrilled with the bundled Cyberlink PowerCinema 3 software.

Source: PCStats