Review - HIS Excalibur X800XT IceQ II VIVO LE

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2004 - 12:15 PM |
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Hightech Information System {HiS} Excalibur x800 XT IceQ II VIVO 256 MB GDDR3 (Limited Edition) - Watch jaws drop as you run that card name past your next LAN party. Guru3d runs one of the current "cream of the crop" cards through its paces, as well as answer any questions pertaining to the purchase of a card with the MSRP of $575.00 USD.

"...According to HiS, IceQ-II cooling will bring you a 11 °C lower temperature compared to the reference cooling solution.

Source: Guru of 3D

Review - ATI Radeon X800 XT PCIe

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2004 - 01:12 PM |
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The X800/R420 GPU series from the ATI camp is winding up for a great summer. But before we get too far into the decision process of buying a new video card - dont forget to check out the differences between the R420 and its little sister, the R423 PCIe.

"...at texture sizes of 1024x1024, which will certainly require some texture addressing over the bus, the PCIe X800 XT manages to outperform the AGP boards by a fairly significant margin..."

Source: Beyond3D

Review - 12 Pipeline Nvidia GeForce 6800

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 10, 2004 - 04:57 PM |
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The referance model of Nvidias newest GPU - the GeForce 6800 series - leaves a definite impression upon those wanting the cutting edge technology as well as remain on a budget.

"...The GeForce 6800 is a 12-Pipeline version of the NV40. It has all of the same features as the 6800 Ultra, minus 4 pixel pipelines, and its core and memory are clocked considerably lower at 325MHz / 350MHz (700MHz DDR). But with fewer pixel pipelines and lower clock speeds also comes a lower price.

Source: HotHardware

Review - BFG GeForce 6800 GT OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2004 - 02:26 PM |
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 - Just in time for the fresh GPU battle about to begin this summer, BFG once again produces a top-notch Nvidia-based card aimed at taking the Best-Bang-for-your-Buck catagory.

"...the BFG 6800 GT OC is nearly perfect- single slot solution, single molex connector and 6800 Ultra level performance (and beyond if overclocked)..."

Source: Neoseeker

ATI Releases Catalyst 4.7 Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2004 - 09:39 PM |
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ATI has released the new Catalyst 4.7 drivers, with some fixes and performance improvements of course.  No word on whether this release fixes the issues with the FarCry 1.2 patch yet.

This release introduces a new feature called Temporal Anti-Aliasing. OpenGL and Direct 3D applications will benefit from this feature when custom settings for Anti-Aliasing are used, and Temporal Anti-Aliasing is enabled.

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Intro to SM3.0

Crytek gave us a sneak look at the new FarCry 1.2 patch that brings Pixel Shader 3.0 into the game. What benefits does the new NVIDIA 6800 series card see from it?

NVIDIA Reintroduces SLI Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2004 - 10:50 AM |
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HardOCP has a little write up on the announced NVIDIA SLI technology.  Rather than spit out just another rendition of this article on PCP, I decided a link to this quality work would suffice.  The major points are all hit on there and you can see the slides from the presentation that we were shown. 

That said, SLI is coming. We are going to see 6800Ultras in the market for sale this year and we can bet on dual X16 PCI-Express boards to surface as well.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

What does PCI Express mean to AGP & a Catalyst Comparison

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 21, 2004 - 01:18 PM |
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Sudhain takes a look at the bandwidth needed for graphics cards, to determine just what you can expect to see from PCI-Express.  Also, Legionhardware compares Catalyst drivers to see what has changed over the past few iterations.

"My curiosity piqued, I decided to investigate just how much AGP bandwidth affected modern game and application performance, and, by extension, how much PCI-Express is likely to improve it.  While we won

Source: Sudhian

ATi to Release .11-micron X300 & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2004 - 05:44 PM |
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ATi certainly isn't sitting back and letting nVidia dominate the budget market. Digitimes has some information on ATi's new budget cards.

People are still having a hard time getting their hands on Radeon X800 XT boards, and someone has already discovered how to turn an X800 Pro into an X800 XT.

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA Criticizes ATi's X800 & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2004 - 04:10 PM |
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Some leaked internal slides intended to be used by NVIDIA's sales teams have been posted on 3DCenter's forums. Kyle at HardOCP has verifed that these slides are indeed real.
"People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" comes to mind.

Source: 3DCenter