ATI Multi-GPU Technology and More from CeBit

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2005 - 12:10 AM |
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With still more CeBit coverage, Hexus has visited the Asus booth and found more than a few interesting tid bits for you all to read about.  The most note worthy is a spotting of the ATI MVP technology for dual GPUs in a single system.  They also have the dual 6800 Ultra and 6600 GT cards pictured, the Intel 955 motherboard and a Pentium M board on display as well.

MVP supports split frame rendering using supertiling, where the screen is split up into tiled areas with each tile processed

Source: Hexus

More Dual 6800 Ultra Pics!

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2005 - 11:57 PM |
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You need to stop by HardOCP to see the updated, hi resolution photos they have coming in from CeBIT of the Asus dual 6800 Ultra card -- two 6800U GPUs on a single card???  Outrageous.

Notes on this are that the card uses 512MB of DDR3 (256 per GPU) and will require a special motherboard. Of course we saw Gigabytes dual 6600 require a special motherboard, but it did run on our ASUS SLI board just fine. So time will tell.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Is ATI Close with Multi GPU Technology?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 11, 2005 - 08:34 AM |
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Fudo at the Inquirer seems to think so... 

Anyway ATI has its marchitecture ready and we learned that you will be able to do ATI Multiple VPU with two different cards. You will be able to plug one X800 and one X850 cards together and faster card will downscale to the slower and will work simultaiously with it.


ATI is showing of its motherboard supporting ATI Multiple VPU powered with two Radeon X850 XT PE cards or should we use R480 codenames.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Shows 512 MB 6800 Ultra @ CeBit

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2005 - 05:09 PM |
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NVIDIA is announcing two new items for the GeForce 6000 series of products today at CeBit.  The first of them is low-cost AGP version of the GeForce 6200 card.  The other is a 512 MB version of the 6800 Ultra.  Talk about a different in GPU power!  In related stories, our buddies at Hexus.net have a short look at TWO of these beasts running in SLI mode, for a total of 1 GB of video memory, holy crap!

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S3 Graphics Announces Availability of GammaChromeS18 PCI Express Graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2005 - 03:36 PM |
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S3 Graphics Announces Availability of GammaChromeS18 PCI Express Graphics


GammaChrome GPUs boast native support of PCI Express and Hi-Def(TM) HDTV, bringing the latest graphics and video technologies to the mainstream


Fremont, 9 March 2005 Keeping pace with the latest developments in the graphics arena, S3 Graphics today announced the availability of GammaChromeS18, the first in the GammaChrome line of GPUs targeted at the mainstream graphics market, featuring full DirectX 9.0 hardware, a native PCI Express interface and S3G's signature Hi-Def(TM)

ATI X800 XT All-In-Wonder Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2005 - 12:31 PM |
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The 'blokes' at Hexus.net are serving up a review of the ATI X800 XT-based All-In-Wonder card today.

Otherwise, and I'll ignore my issues with MMC's interface, since I'm assured it's being worked on, it's a standout multimedia product. It's the definitive, best-of-breed combination 3D and video product for AGP systems, by quite some margin.

Source: Hexus

Ageia PhysX Chip - Interview

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 8, 2005 - 10:06 AM |
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Duane from Gamers Depot let me know that he has posted an interview with the CEO and COO of Ageia, the compnay responsible for all the hype around physics processing units. 

The PPU is different from but complementary to the CPU/GPU as follows: It is dependent on the nature of application for which the processor has been optimized.

Source: General

ATI Announces X800 XL and X850 XT in AGP Form

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2005 - 01:28 PM |
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This is quite a surprise announcement from ATI this morning -- they are now announcing that they have AGP parts based on the X800 XL and X800 XT GPUs.  These cards use an ATI bridge chip that converts the PCIe bus to the AGP bus.  Here's some more information in the official PR:


ATI Extends its Line of High-End Graphics Cards


RADEON® X800 XL and RADEON® X850 XT now available for AGP customers


MARKHAM, ON

February 28, 2005

The Ultimate Graphics Card Kit?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2005 - 11:24 AM |
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If this new kit from Gainward isn't the ultimate graphics card upgrade kit, it has to be pretty damn close. The thought of two watercooled GeForce 6800 Ultras with 512MB of memory (each) in SLI should be enough to put a smile on any gamer's face. Can you image the benchmark scores from this SLI kit with 1GB of total VGA memory?


Source: X-Bit Labs

512MB NVIDIA Layout Changes?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2005 - 11:17 AM |
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A few images on an engineering sample 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra have been floating around online today. Although the additional 256MB is an obvious benefit, there are some rather drastic layout changes to the board which should certainly raise an eyebrow. Taking a glimpse at the image below, you'll see that the memory is not cooled in any way here and that the traditional passive heatsink assembly seen on 6800 Ultras will not fit.

Source: General