Ultimate Thermal Management: announcing the MSI N500GTX Twin Frozr II Series Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2011 - 03:06 PM |

City of Industry, CA – January 14, 2010 – Globally-renowned graphics card and mainboard manufacturer MSI today officially unveils its N500 series of graphics card featuring the award-winning Twin Frozr II Thermal Design. The Twin Frozr II Thermal Design has garnered unanimous praise from professional media and end-users for providing the best balance between cooling performance and lowest sound levels.

Source: MSI

NVIDIA planning a GeForce GTX 560 Ti for end of January

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2011 - 12:16 PM |

By far the most successful graphics card of the previous year was NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 that came out of nowhere to bring life to the Fermi architecture that had until that release been lambasted as being too hot, too loud and too expensive to compete with the range of options that AMD's Radeon line provided.  Then, up jump the devil, NVIDIA released GF104 and suddenly the Fermi design had legs.

Source: techPowerUp!

Double headed beasts; high end CrossFire and SLI tests

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2011 - 03:51 PM |

[H]ard|OCP has had a chance to play with high end GPUs, in multiples, which means setting up dual GPU systems to test.  Of course to truly push these cards you need to be feeding multiple monitors which is why most tests were run at a resolution of 5760x1200, as in three 1920x1200 monitors.  From their testing they saw a pattern emerge based on memory bottlenecks.  In some games it seemed that the extra memory present on the AMD cards let them soar ahead, however on

Source: [H]ard|OCP

CES 2011: Lucid's Virtu combines Sandy Bridge and discrete graphics features

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 6, 2011 - 04:00 AM |

Lucid's soon to be released graphics solution is a complete turnaround from their current  generation Hydra chip. Previously they would license a motherboard company such as MSI, to add the phsyical HydraLogic chip to a motherboard in order to allow vendor agnostic multi-GPU systems for those who wanted to use both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs in a single system.

Source: Lucidlogix

CES 2011: NVIDIA gets into phones and high-performance ARM processors

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2011 - 07:16 PM |

Though I don't want to spoil the surprise, NVIDIA had some pretty big announcements today.  First and foremost, Tegra 2 is FINALLY going to be in our hands in a phone.  The LG model will be on the Verizon 4G network (which is rocking right now in Vegas btw).

CES 2011: LucidLogix Virtu technology could solve our Sandy Bridge graphics woes

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2010 - 12:34 AM |

Remember how I was complaining on the podcast this week that if you used discrete graphics cards on your upcoming Sandy Bridge platform you weren't able to utilize the features of the integrated processor graphics like the media transcoding bits?  Well it appears there may be a solution for this from an unlikely source: LudicLogix.

Source: 3DCenter

MSI launches R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 23, 2010 - 01:27 PM |

MSI launches R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition

Unleash the potential of the Barts GPU with enhanced thermal solution and 6+1 phase power system for triple over-voltage!

Lost Circuits investigates the 3DMark11 Physics test

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2010 - 11:07 AM |

Lost Circuits has taken a more detailed look at the integrated physics test in the latest Futuremark benchmark, 3DMark11.  The interesting aspect being investigated here is how much of this "physics" test is being on done the CPU versus being done on the GPU.  In past versions of the game there were clear cut definitions of CPU tests and GPU tests but in this instance 3DMark11 lacks a dedicated "CPU test".

Widescreen gaming gone mad: 5 display setup demonstrated

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2010 - 01:22 PM |

Looking for something to drool over for the weekend?  Wish you had a bit more money to spend on some new monitors?  Well this won't really make you feel any better, but thanks to a contest over at the WideScreenGamingForum, users are posting YouTube videos of their configurations.  The winner is the one with the highest rated video - so vote with your eyes and mice. 

ASUS Launches New AMD HD6900 Series Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2010 - 05:11 PM |

Fremont, CA (December 15, 2010) - ASUS, the world’s number 1 motherboard manufacturer and leading innovator in graphics cards, is proud to introduce AMD’s new 6900 series of Graphical Processing Unit (GPU). HD6970 and HD6950 graphics cards field the latest graphics cores from AMD, dubbed “Cayman”. The ASUS 6970 and 6950 easily surpass previous generation performance levels in single GPU designs, ushering in unprecedented levels of realism in cutting edge DirectX 11 game titles.

Source: ASUS

AMD's next generation, the 6970 and 6950

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2010 - 12:40 PM |

It can feel to the hardware junkie that the graphics world has been a little slow lately.  We have seen plenty of refreshes to existing lineups and optimizations to existing chips but as far as brand new technology goes it has been relatively quiet.  Today your desires will be met by the brand spanking new Cayman architecture present on the new Radeon 6970 and 6950.  This is no refresh, these cards sport completely new features and some unique power saving features that attempt to keep the card cooler and quieter while not having a deleterious effect on performance. 

How would the GTX 480 perform with 512 shaders?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2010 - 01:27 PM |

Tweaktown is conducting a little experiment in what if today.  They are curious just what the GTX 480 would have performed like if it had been released with a full 512 shader instead of the 480 that were actually enabled.  To do so they took a GTX 580 and downclocked it to match the speeds of a stock GTX 480.  The power of those extra 32 shaders is obvious in the testing, sometimes resulting in a 10% jump over the GTX 480 when testing at higher reso

Source: TweakTown

ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Series Graphics Card Delivers Groundbreaking DirectX 11 Price/Performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2010 - 04:17 PM |

Fremont, CA (December 7, 2010) - ASUS, the world’s number #1 motherboard manufacturer and leading innovator in graphics cards, is proud to introduce NVIDIA’s latest high-end GPU, the GTX570 Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) that features the fastest DX11 performance in its class.

Source: ASUS

The good news and the bad news about the GTX570

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2010 - 12:42 PM |

To hurdle the bad news about the new nVIDIA GTX570 for process junkies and tech lovers, there is almost nothing new about the card.  It still uses the GF110 GPU with a 3 billion transistor count, and there are 480 CUDA cores, 60 texture units and 40 ROPs which result in a 320-bit memory bus.  The only upside a full speed FP16 texture filtering addition and improved Z-cull efficiency.

How much Radeon do you need? Will a 5770 cut it?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2010 - 02:11 PM |

Hardware Heaven has released a piece that examines the performance of the $140 XFX Radeon HD5770 in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Medal of Honor, F1 2010, Fallout New Vegas and Civilization 5 as well as playing BluRay movies.  What they found was  flawless performance pretty much across the board at a resolution of 1920x1080 with maximum detail levels.  If you are playing on a smaller monitor and aren't really planning on going with multi

NVIDIA launches new GTX 460 SE GPU to no fanfare

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2010 - 11:02 AM |

I have really never been able to recommend the GeForce GTX 460 768MB graphics card; the performance drop from the 1GB model to the 768MB model of these cards was much more dramatic than the slight frame buffer change would indicate.  The performance drop really came from the move from a 256-bit to a 192-bit memory bus width.  It would seem that NVIDIA was paying attention to this criticism and is releasing a new GF104-based GPU called the GeForce GTX 460 SE that still doesn't quite get it right. 

ASUS puts a bit of an overclock on their HD6870

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2010 - 02:43 PM |

It has been a good quarter for graphics enthusiasts as we have seen major releases from both GPU manufacturers in amongst the many other hardware updates that companies are getting in before the end of the year.  [H]ard|OCP had a chance to test out ASUS' first HD6870 card, one that comes with the same cooling solution but with a 15MHz GPU overclock bringing the frequency to 915MHz.  That overclock doesn't add much to the performance but you will be pl

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The difference a few shaders make

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 11, 2010 - 03:12 PM |

The HD6850 that Bjorn3D originally reviewed turned out to be a bit of a mutant, sporting an additional 160 shader units above the 960 that exists in the retail version.  So of course they grabbed a retail model for comparison.  It turns out that the 1120 shader model is noticeably different, it consumes more power and it provides a boost in performance, one that seems to grow compared to the retail model as resolution increases.  It is unlikely that you will have a chance to get a hold of an HD6850 that sport

Source: Bjorn3D

The GTX580 has arrived

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 9, 2010 - 01:15 PM |

If you want to know all about the GTX 580 you have a few reviews to go through, including Ryan's at the top of the page.  To bring you quick highlights, the GPU uses a full 512 CUDA cores and 16 streaming multiprocessors as opposed to only 15 SMs and 480 CUDA cores on the GTX 480.  The 772 MHz core, 1544 MHz shader, 1.5GB of 4008MHz GDDR5 and a 384-bit memory bus, a slight bump from the GTX480. 

If you don't have a GTX460 or HD6850 to overclock yourself

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2010 - 12:45 PM |

The Tech Report can show you what to expect when you are trying to overclock these cards, specifically an XFX made Radeon HD 6850 and an MSI Hawk Talon Attack GTX 460.  Along the way they try Sapphire's Radeon overclocking tool called TRIXX and a burn in test tool called Kombustor
for the Radeon and MSI's Afterburner for the GeForce card.  Check out the final voltages and temperatures as well as the speeds here.