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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 9, 2005 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX bundle that the Guru of 3D reviews is just great. Not only do you get a reasonably videocard, it will perform better than most cards in it's class. Plus good games! You won't be stuck with aged titles to try out on your new card, and replaying FarCry with all the options turned up to 11 will be much fun.
"XFX did something really extraordinary with this "XXX Edition" product in two fold. First of all
the higher core and memory clocks are just brilliant.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2005 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Firing Squad decided to compare ATI, nVidia and XGI, with an eye for quality. If you are more concerned with the quality of your frames, as opposed to the quantity, this review is for you.
'Today FiringSquad looks at the deinterlacing performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600, the ATI
Radeon X800, and the XGI Volari 8300.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2005 - 06:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
T-break reviews one of those rare non-AIW TV tuner cards, the PowerColor Theatre 550 Pro. It's a 1x PCIx card, and is worth a look for anyone considering setting up a HTPC for themselves or as a gift.
"The included Cyberlink remote clearly lacks the luster that ATI remotes have and looks ungraceful
and clunky. The remote also lacks a thumbpad for mouse control and includes no programmable
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2005 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Accelenation has an article up about one possible future of graphics, Parallax Mapping and Ray-Tracing. Even is it does get a little technical at times, it is well illustrated and you will figure out exactly what they are talking about.
"Could advanced Parallax Mapping represent the first tentative steps toward a ray-tracing future
for computer graphics?"
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Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2005 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalright's V1 Ultra graphics cooler will fit almost any modern GeForce or Radeon, and provides full wrap around cooling. The cooler is much better than the stock cooling solution you probably use, in fact it's almost as good as watercooling. SystemCooling has the full review, so see if you want to push the limits of your videocard with some new cooling.
"Back in June, we introduced users to Thermalright's maiden voyage in the world of video card
cooling, the Thermalright V1.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2005 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Penstar Systems asks the question that most of us have, how high are graphics card prices going to go? Right now, a high end video card can be half of the entire cost of a new PC, more if you want to use 2 video cards in SLI, Chrome or Crossfire mode.
"In the past few years successive cards from both NVIDIA and ATI have pushed that upper price
ceiling higher and higher, and now we are looking at products from both manufacturers that retail
for well above $549.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 28, 2005 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of the XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 (256M). While the DDR2 certainly gives this card a boost, it doesn't really benefit from the amount of memory, as it just can't process the graphics with a high enough quality setting to make it worth it. However, as it doesn't really make this card more expensive, you just might want this in your box.
"There have been a lot of new announcements, launches, and evaluations to do in the video card
arena as of late.
Introduction and Specifications
XFX has prepared a budget GPU based on the 6600 from NVIDIA that now features DDR2 memory and turns out to be a great option for casual gamers.