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Subject: Graphics Cards | September 1, 2010 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP had a chance to try out a new graphics card from ASUS, the EAH5870 V2 STALKER Edition
which comes with a copy of STALKER:Call of Pripyat. The card its self sports a new cooler and an extra 18MHz on the GPU, the RAM is still at stock speeds. During testing the new cooler was
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2010 - 03:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
Back in June during the Computex show in Taipei, we saw a very interesting pair of graphics cards in the Lucid suite. One combined a set of lower end GPUs in a multi-GPU single card design that otherwise hadn't existed while the other card showed a single AMD GPU and a single HYDRALogix 200 chip. (Note the small change from Lucid HYDRA to Lucid HYDRALogix.)
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2010 - 05:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
A second piece of AMD "news" is hitting the streets this Sunday night, and that is the delivery of a device to enable three-display Eyefinity support for non-DisplayPort monitor users for under the $100 price tag that has existed for a full year. When AMD first launched the Radeon 5000-series of graphics cards in September of 2009, we were very excited about Eyefinity gaming technology and how it could revolutionize PC gaming. At the time it was expensive, DP monitor support was low and the active adapters to make it work with DVI
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2010 - 04:38 AM | Ryan Shrout
All of you ATI fan boys are going to need a new moniker: AMD is officially announcing that they are phasing out the "ATI" name completely and will be replacing it with the "AMD" brand in all areas. Since the merger of ATI and AMD back in 2006 the debate has quietly been raging on when, or if, the ATI brand that we all know and love would filter its way out of relevance. Later this year, that process will begin.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2010 - 08:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Must be something in the water today; another leak as apparently sprung out about hardware that shouldn't be available yet. This time, the news is found at a Chinese website called PCinLife.com where a user has apparently taken time to share some basic performance information about the upcoming Radeon HD 6870 graphics card from the Northern Isles family rumored to have been taped out.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2010 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP but the claimed Crossfire improvements of the Catalyst 10.8 release to the test in their latest article. The two games that were singled out as improved by AMD were Aliens vs. Predator and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 so of course [H] had to test them. Believe it or not, [H] saw a 70% improvement from AvP just from updating the driver and a 44% jump from Bad Company. If you are a fan of those games and use multiple GPUs then get updating!
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2010 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Last Monday [H]ard|OCP investigated the performance differences between running a CrossFire/SLI system with both cards operating at 16x as opposed to one at 16x and one at 8x, which is more common on motherboards than true double 16x. The differences were so minute you almost had to squint to see them. Today they extend that testing by moving the second card into a PCIe slot that can only support 8x speeds. If you are wondering why someone would do that, the re
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zotac GTX 460 Amp!
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2010 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire HD 5770 FLEX
is much like any other HD 5770 out there apart from one very important point, with a pair of DVI ports an HDMI port and a DisplayPort on the back this card can support 4 monitors. Even better is the included HDMI to DVI adaptor which will allow you to use 3 DVI displays without having to resort to an expensive active DisplayPort to DVI adaptor. Now, being an HD 5770 you have to make some allowances as you are not going to be driving Metro 2033 on three 30" LCDs at full settings, but you should be able to manage many games on three monitors at 5760 x 1080
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2010 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HIS' new Silent series has three new members, two HD 5550s in 512MB and 1GB versions and an HD 5570. Card of that particular series are a little less powerful than what a gamer desires, but there silence along with the size and output capabilities make them desi
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2010 - 07:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you probably heard on Podcast #115, the gang was rather unimpressed at Blizzard's choice to disable anti-aliasing of any sort on systems using AMD GPUs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2010 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jon Peddie Reseach who have been collecting and analyzing data about the graphics card industry have noticed some big changes over the past year. With the advent of decent onboard video solutions, capable of playing not only casual games but also managing 1080p resolutions JPR saw a decline of 21% in the sales of discreet GPUs. The biggest impact comes from the move to mobile platforms like laptops that use embedded GPUs more often than a discreet card and which have been selling incredibly well over the past 6 months. The arrival of high end Fermi cards from nVIDIA could cau
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2010 - 09:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No more jaggies in Starcraft 2 for AMD GPU users with the release of the Catalyst 10.7 beta as Anti-Aliasing is now supported at the driver level. For those like Ryan playing on a six screen EyeFinity setup this is a huge improvement even though it is also a huge performance hit. Drop by to grab yours, but remember that this is a BETA, not a WHQL driver so you may find some bugs that haven't been fully ironed out yet.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2010 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since having only nVIDIA Surround on a machine with a pair of GTX480's doesn't allow you to compare the real differences between nVIDIA and AMD's multiple monitor solutions [H]ard|OCP is upgrading one of their machines with an ASUS ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum. Drop by to see a video of it in action along with a few hints as to how powerful (and over
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 27, 2010 - 02:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today should have been a good day for NVIDIA - StarCraft II was released and only their cards support anti-aliasing out of the gate AND the new Fermi-based Quadro graphics offer a significant jump in performance over previous generation parts and AMD's FirePro options. Apple apparently had other plans though and has updated its entire line of iMac and Mac Pro computers with a collection of new hardware that apparently leaves NVIDIA out in the cold.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 27, 2010 - 05:32 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you haven't checked out my wicked-awesome StarCraft II Performance Review, you definitely should, and where the hell have you been? The game is out now so you might already have it in your system, but now you should be even more interested in my results and the news we have for you tonight.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2010 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs took a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 Super-Mainboard and attached two different sets of GPUs for testing, four Radeon HD 5870s in one case and three GTX 480s in the second. This board sports a pair of Nvidia NF200-SLI chips so there are plenty of PCIe lanes to go around and with the addition of a Xigmatek 1500W PSU to the installed Zalman 1000W PSU there is 2.5 kilowatts of power available for the system. While the results in and of themselves are inc
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2010 - 09:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD's Gaming Evolved program is finally launching during the Comic-con event in San Diego. PC Perspective first saw the fruits of this developer and consumer campaign during GDC where AMD detailed its targets for innovation, industry standards and development support for gaming. The triple-headed goal for the program is summed up nicely with this Venn diagram:
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 20, 2010 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte HD 5770 Super Overclockhas two rather hefty claims that it needs to match, the first is the claim that this card is 13% better than a stock HD 5770 and the second is that it is 4.3% better than a GTX 260. It's GPU is clocked 50MHz higher than the reference card at 900MHz but the memory remains unchanged at 4.8GHz effective, so on paper it does not look terribly impressive. [H]ard|OCP did manage a better overclock with som