Mainstream Battle Ground
ATI's latest GPU is the X1950 Pro that comes in to the $200 price segment swinging a hammer; a very big hammer. CrossFire gets an update as well with internal connectors and no more master or slave cards!
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2006 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the main reasons many gamers planned to go with Windows Vista when it was released is DirectX 10. According to this story on The Inquirer, the soon to be released DX 9.0 L will be DX10 for Windows XP, and will allow you to play DX 10 games. Since DX9.0L has not been released yet, nor are any DX10 graphics cards or games available, we don't know how well it will work, or what differences between the two might exist.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware gives you a sneak peek at the GeForce GO 7950 GTX. Although still a single core graphics card (like the 7950 GT), you do get a 75MHz increase in core frequency and 100MHz in memory compared to the previous GeForce Go 7900 GTX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 02:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Dailytech has the announcement and some images of the new Sapphire liquid cooled X1950 XTX and CrossFire cards. Bother use the same design that keeps the water cooling components inside the case.
Sapphire has announced the release of its new TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards catered towards enthusiasts and silent PC aficionados.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 01:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digital Life, one of the smaller shows for the tech community, opened today in New York City. I just got an email that AGEIA is on-site there with some new annoucements and showing off some new technology. They have some software on display, as well as the first public showing of the PCI Express version of the PhysX card.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — October 12, 2006 — AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Set to become the 3dMark equivalent for Physics Processing Units, AGEIA has posted their RealityMark benchmarking tool for download.
Here's the system requirements
- AGEIA PhysX Accelerator with latest drivers (2.5.1 or later required)
- Microsoft WindowsÂ® XP 32-bit or 64-bit
- 1GB System RAM or higher
- At least 1 GB free hard disk space
- IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® 4 or Celeron Processor, 1.5GHz or higher OR AMD Athon XP™ 2400+ or higher
- DirectX 9.0 graphics adapter with 128MB RAM or higher
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent, a totally passively cooled graphics card, that costs just under $150. The problem is that it's direct competitor is the GeForce 7600 GT, which costs even less and has more impressive stats on paper. Read the review to find out if it can compete.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2006 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a false start with faulty capacitors, the relaunched ATI TV Wonder 650 is back on the shelves. Motherboards.org does a full review of this truly multifunctional card, at home in just about any HTPC application.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take two of the fastest cards available, the nVIDIA 7950 GX2 and the ATI X1959XTX, and the speed difference at default levels really isn't that huge in most games. That isn't what X-bit Labs wants to find out though. They are far more interested in maxing out AA, FSAA, Anistropic filtering and various other newer graphical improvements, first to look at the effect on FPS, and secondly to determine if it actually improves the look of the game.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want a little more physical reality in your games, Ageia's PPU is what will give it to you. Short video clips and comparisons of games with and without hardware physics give you some idea what the card can do, but their upcoming benchmarking tool, RealityMark, shows it better than anything has yet. [H]ard|OCP has a clip from that benchmark, that is worth watching twice to catch everything that goes on.