Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 12:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
New driver releases from NVIDIA and ATI today. Get your NVIDIA 81.98 Forceware and the ATI 5.13 Catalyst drivers. After you've installed them, visit our Video Card forum to discuss the latest drivers with fellow readers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
XBitLabs takes a look at 7 LCD displays that feature Response Time Compensation. Response Time Compensation is a technique that reduces a pixel's transition timw by applying a higher voltage. It's a very interesting article that is a must for anyone who is thinking of buying an LCD display in the next year.
What is UDI and why should you care?
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
ATI has unleashed a new Catalyst driver in time for the holidays. The new v5.13 beta posted at Guru3d is showing some remarkable improvements in the video/image quality department according to FiringSquad. This new driver should give NVIDIA some renewed competition in the HTPC market.
Guru3d has also reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire card in a massive 19 page piece.
CrossFire Generation 2
ATI readies their CrossFire card for the recently released X1800 XT and X1800 XL cards. Are you ready to pony up the money for these and will the performance gains be worth it?
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2005 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2005 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 02:50 PM | Jonathan Hung
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...
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
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.