Galaxy wants to sell you some cables

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2010 - 01:51 PM |

Ever had the need for a cable or adapter that you thought for sure you had but simply couldn’t find anymore?  Or just need another HDMI cable and could use some extras along with it?  The gang at Galaxy has obviously had that feeling just like the writer’s at PC Perspective have and decided to offer a solution for it. 

Matrox Announces Multiple Graphics Expansion Module (GXM) Support

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2010 - 05:00 PM |

It wasn't long ago that if you wanted to use three or more displays at a time, Matrox was the professional's weapon of choice. But with AMD's Eyefinity on the scene, suddenly the consumer has more choice on which vendor they selected for multiple display systems.  AMD even showed off an Acer netbook running triple monitors using an external GPU during CES 2010 earlier this month (read the story here) which leaves Matrox competing on two fronts.

Source: Matrox

Despite lack of DX11 hardware, NVIDIA gains ground in GPU wars

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 26, 2010 - 03:30 PM |

In what can only be described as a win for NVIDIA, the research firm operated by Jon Peddie is reporting that even with a very strong increase in overall GPU sales in 2009, AMD was unable to capitalize on a great product release with the Radeon 5000-series to take marketshare away from NVIDIA. To quote from the report:

Update: OnLive responds to our article in a blog post

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2010 - 01:27 AM |

I posted this update to the last page of our recent OnLive Gaming Service Preview, but I thought it was worth putting on the home page as well since it was a direct response to something OnLive posted on their site.  Enjoy!

OnLive Game Service Preview - Is this the future of PC gaming?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2010 - 04:58 PM |

If you haven't read my preview article of the upcoming OnLive Gaming Service today, you definitely ought to! 

The whole gaming world has been talking about OnLive since it was
first announced back in March of 2009 and we finally were able to spend
some time with the online gaming service beta to see how it fared. We
walk you through the user interface as well as creating some side by
side comparisons of gaming with OnLive against local versions of the
same games.

Powercolor offers a deal you can refuse on an overclocked 5770

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2010 - 01:28 PM |

The Powercolor
HD 5770 PCS+ is factory overclocked, from a core of 850MHz to 875MHz and the memory is bumped from 1200MHz to 1225MHz.  Not a huge jump, techPowerUp noticed a difference of 3% over the stock card and seeing as how the MRSP jumps about 16% to $180 from $155 the deal seems a little lack luster.  Drop by to see the whole review, including about a dozen different games at techPowerUp.

Source: techPowerUp!

My nVIDIA, what big DX11 hardware you have

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2010 - 12:53 PM |

Fermi is the new family of chips from nVIDIA and GF100 is the first hardware we've seen from this new line up that replaces the ancient G80 which was incredible in its time but suffers when compared to AMD's current lineup of DX11 parts.  With the new architecture comes significant changes to the way nVIDIA's chips will process graphics as well as support for DX11.  Multiple monitor support a la EyeFinity is supported with a nice extra twist, nVIDIA's 3DVision will be available on multiple monitor setups.

Taking a poll: if you have an AMD Radeon 5000-series graphics card, please read this

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2010 - 02:02 PM |

I have a started an informal poll of users with the Radeon HD 5000 series graphics card installed on their system here in our forums to help me diagnose a potential issue.  The area we are focusing on is monitor/display noise in both 3D and Windows mode of the graphics card with varying monitors, etc.

Oh AMD, you and your paper launches

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2010 - 12:32 PM |

To get the bad news out of the way first, the new HD 5670 from AMD is not yet available anywhere but is targeted for around a $100 price point.  Sometime in the next few days to a week we should start seeing the cards, but AMD has to be very careful as to the pricing.

Speculating on the HD5830

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2010 - 03:14 PM |

AMDs next graphics card will be the HD5830, with performance in between the HD5770 and HD5850 and a price to match.  eTechnix speculates that it will be a downclocked HD5850 with a 128-bit memory bus using GDDR3 instead of GDDR5. 
Hopefully it will sit right around a $200 price point, making it easier to upgrade your card or to slap in a second card for a Crossfire rig.

Source: eTeknix

CES 2010: NVIDIA outlines new Tegra 2 products, next-gen GF100 features

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 10, 2010 - 11:45 PM |

Our good friends at NVIDIA took us around their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show to show us some new tablets that included their new Tegra 2 CPU as well as give us a demonstration of their next-gen GF100 graphics processor. Ryan and the rest of the PC Perspective team also got a quick overview of D-Link's new Boxie Box and checked out Electronic Art's game called Need for Speed SHIFT using NVIDIA's 3DVision glasses and the GF100 with Fermi architecture.

CES 2010: NVIDIA demos Fermi-based GF100

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 10, 2010 - 04:38 PM |

Even though the next-generation GF100 GPU is not rumored to be available until March, NVIDIA was showcasing the technology and what it can do.  We have discussed NVIDIA Surround in a basic manner already and we'll have more later but I wanted to show our readers another demonstration that we captured on video from the show floor.  In it you will see a system based around a Fermi GPU do some impressive GPU compute simulations in a game-style settings.

LIVE from CES 2010: NVIDIA Press Conference

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 01:32 PM |

While we may be late thanks to awesome traffic and bad shuttle drivers in Las Vegas, we will be LIVE at the NVIDIA press conference where we plan to hear about NVIDIA Surround, Tegra 2 and more!

A shining and bright look at the new multi-GPU option

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 12:51 PM |

We have been waiting with baited breath for the arrival of a LucidLogix Hydra board that is freely tested and reported on and now thanks to AnandTech we do.  The MSI Big Bang Fuzion is ready for launch and it seems that the delay was unquestionably necessary.  The performance numbers are not awful, but neither do they beat the native multiGPU solutions from nVIDIA and AMD.  There were also issues with games that were on the supported list, something that is never endearing to a consumer.  Drop

Source: AnandTech

Millions of DirectX 11 Graphics Processors Shipped by AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 11:38 AM |

LAS VEGAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the shipment of its two millionth DirectX 11-capable graphics processor to its technology partners, cementing AMD graphics as the standard for DirectX 11 computing. This millions-shipped milestone comes just three months after the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series, the first DirectX 11-capable graphics products from AMD.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA Puts 3D at Your Fingertips - Sooner and Cheaper than You Might Think!

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2010 - 12:35 AM |

NVIDIA is putting its efforts into what has emerged to become one of the hot technology trends of the year - 3D entertainment.

Source: NVIDIA

Eyefinity is also good for the reviewers

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2010 - 01:37 PM |

Revisiting the performance of AMD's new Eyefinity on various cards as new games come out certainly helps consumers get an idea what card (or cards) they will need to pick up in order to play their favourites on three monitors, but that isn't the only reason.  Reviewers see a lot of different products, of which the vast majority are improvements on existing technology, only faster or with new features.  The chance to see something completely different comes infrequently and Eyefinity is one of those special technologies. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

UPDATE: NVIDIA Fermi continues to have problems according to multiple sources

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 30, 2009 - 02:45 PM |

Earlier in December we reported that NVIDIA had more than likely lost the big high-performance computing win with Oak Ridge Labs, and the lack of any kind of response pretty much confirms that. 

The Fermi Architecture - 512 cores no more?

Has NVIDIA lost its big HPC win with Oak Ridge Labs?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2009 - 02:51 PM |

If true, the reports that NVIDIA has lost the deal with Oak Ridge Labs to power one of its upcoming super computers would be a huge blow to the ground NVIDIA has won in the high performance computing market.  A story over at SemiAccurate repots as follows:

Source: SemiAccurate

ATI Catalyst 9.12 Hotfix adds Eyefinity CrossFire X support finally!

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2009 - 02:39 PM |

If you are an AMD graphics card user there is an updated driver available for you today with the release of Catalyst 9.12.  There aren't a lot of performance changes in this driver (only 3DMark Vantage and STALKER: Call of Pripyat are noted) but there are some nice feature additions: