Harmless Overclocking, or MADNESS!!!!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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It's all fun and games until someone looses dry ice, then it's a sport.  Hardware Asylum has done some insane things with the clock speeds of whatever they can get their hands on.  While it may well have inspired their name, it has also inspired their members to take the top spot in 3DMarks 2001SE, 2003 and 2005.  Take a peek at what a GPU at - 171 C looks like.

Team Hardware Asylum has broken all three Futuremark 3DMark world records.

nVidia's Vanishing Mid-line

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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nVidia's mid-level 6800 cards seem to be disappearing, and as The Inquirer points out, this seems a dead giveaway that there is a new mid level card on it's way, likely a 7600.

"STRANGE THINGS are afoot in retail circles. The nVidia 6800 in its PCIe variety has all but

disappeared. This leaves nVidia with a huge gap in its mid range wide open for the new 7600.

The reason this is strange is how little fuss has been made.

Source: The Inquirer

S3 Graphics Announces ChromeS20 Series PCIe GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:05 AM |
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Today VIA/S3 announced a new candidate in the mid-market graphics world with the release of a new ChromeS20 series of PCI Express GPUs.  These cards are going to be made by Fujitsu's 90nm technology and offer a significant performance/watt advantage over current NVIDIA and ATI offerings.  I should have some contact with these parts soon so I'll be able to get a more in-depth product analysis up later in the week.


Features on the chip include improved HDTV output, 700 MHz core clock, DDR3 memory and support for an SLI-l

This card is begging to be overclocked

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2005 - 06:26 PM |
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PimpRig has a look at the Sapphire X800 GTO2 Limited Edition 256MB PCIe Video Card.  It's a slightly faster X800, with great overclocking potential, and more.  It has 12 pipelines, as you'd expect, but with a flash, you can mod it into a 16 pipleine card, like the 850's, at about half the price.  Then you overclock that, and end up with an X800 than outperforms a vanilla X850.  You really want to read the whole article!

"The Sapphire X800 GTO2 was modestly launched recently

Source: PimpRig

The Guru Delivers - nVHardPage SE version 3.2

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Guru of 3D's nVHardPage SE lets you tweak settings on your video card, through an easy to use software program, and they've updated it to version 3.2.  If you use it, update it ... if you've never tried it, maybe you should give it a try and see if you can breed a bit more life into your old nVidia card.


"Do you seek an easy way to en/disable overclocking options or vsync your ForceWare drivers

without the burden of importing registry entries or the need to go in that registry yourself ?

Source: Guru of 3D

DDR4 - Coming soon to a GPU near you

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 28, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on Samsung's new GDDR4 chips, which are currently undergoing testing.  If they deliver, they will double the bandwidth of current GDDR3 chips.

"The latency of the shipped modules is set at 0.8 nanoseconds, which limits the highest clockspeed

of the memory to an astonishing 1.25 GHz in DDR mode.

It does not take a braniac to calculate the possible bandwidth on G80/R580 boards: 32-bytes

(256-bit) x 1.25 (GHz) x 2 (DDR) results in 80GB/s of theoretical bandwidth, almost double the

currently

Source: The Inquirer

The many faces of the R480

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2005 - 12:43 PM |
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Bjorn3D puts the HIS X800GT and GTO head to head in a review that also incorporates 6 other video cards.  As with many other reviews, most ratings are shown twice, once for pure performance, and once as performance versus price.

"While ATI is busy showing off their new products it is easy to forget that they still have a

pretty nice line-up already out.

Source: Bjorn3D

Stronger! Faster! Better! Cheaper?!?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2005 - 06:41 PM |
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PC Modding Malaysia discovers an interesting fact about the XFX GeForce 7800 GT.  It is a better performing card than the 6800 Ultra, and costs around $100 less.  Keep that in mind if you're upgrading, but aren't looking to spend $500+.

"All in all, the XFX GeForce 7800 GT is a stunning graphics card. The package was impressive and

the bundled games are pretty good. This 7800 GT comes factory overclocked and it runs pretty cool

even at overclocked speeds.

Walk quietly with a big Heat Stick

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 24, 2005 - 12:08 PM |
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Legion Hardware reviews ASUS' Extreme X800 Silencer.  As the name implies, this is a new ATI card that runs dead silently.  The heatpipes heatsink may be huge, but with it you can overclock this thing very well.

"This new passive cooling design by ASUS has proven to deliver exceptional performance while

operating with complete silence. The demand for silent cooling methods has become increasingly

popular as volume has become a real concern over the past few years.

Do you have what it takes to play with the Strogg?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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Hardware Zone got their hands on Quake 4, and a bunch of high end video cards.  See what you need to be able to enjoy your assault on the Strogg's!

"The latest installment of the legendary Quake series has arrived and we put it through our lab

tests to find out how it fares with various graphics hardware. Though based on the Doom 3 game

engine, we've found that Quake 4 needs much more juice.