Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:05 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2005 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2005 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 ?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 28, 2005 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2005 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2005 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 24, 2005 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2005 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2005 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the release of the expensive X850XT, ATI has found it's self with extra R480 cores. The solution they came up with was to use the same core in their X800GTO, a card that costs roughly half as much. TweakTown can give you the whole story on what this card can do.
"With all the hype surrounding the new generation ATI graphics cards, there are people who don't
have that kind of money to spend.