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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2010 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On paper the GTX 465 looked rather lackluster and it was thought that the card would not stand a chance against the HD5850 which seemed to be its natural prey. As Ryan tested the card it proved to be able to stand up to the competition better than the specs would have implied. The power consumption and heat produced are what you would expect from a Fermi chip and you will see more of both than you do from the AMD side. Features are an interesting mix, on nVIDIA's side is you have PhysX, CUDA and 3D Vision and on AMD you can b
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2010 - 03:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the GTX 465 was not scheduled to be revealed until Computex officially begins, it would seem that NewEgg already has them for sale. All the models are selling for $279.99 though it looks like the different card makers were allowed plenty of leeway in the design of the cooling system. For instance the Palit model below has dual fans on the top to keep this Fermi processor in check as opposed to the single fan solution more commo
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2010 - 08:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 27, 2010 - 04:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown has a video of a little graphical insanity for your viewing pleasure. They've taken four MSI HD5870's and made some custom heatsinks of a rather impressive size for each of them and placed them on an EVGA 762 4-Way Classified
motherboard with a i7 980X overclocked with LN2. They take you through the setup, including a nice tutorial on adding a custom heatsink to an HD5870 and finish up with some rather impressive runs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2010 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Republic of Gamers series of motherboards receives rave reviews and they have extended the series to include graphics cards with the ASUS ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum, sporting twice the VRAM as a normal HD5870. On this card you will find a SuperHybridEngine chips which uses a 8+2+2 phase power with automatic switching that is supposed to significantly lower GPU power noise. There is also a Super ML capacitor which should help overclockers and new software called iTracker 2 to allow you to overclock this card as far as it can go. The price will be right around the $500 m
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2010 - 11:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
First, we have some apologizing to do. In my first review of the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphics cards, which we were more impressed with than we thought we would be going in, I discussed the inclusion of 3D Vision Surround as one of the key differentiating features for the Fermi line of parts when compared to the existing Radeon HD 5000-series. In fact, we mentioned on
BFG Tech Announces Exit From Graphics Card Category, Continues On With Power Supplies And Laptops/PC
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2010 - 07:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans of BFG video cards have some bad news to deal with as of today, though not as bad as it could be. BFG is backing out of the video card business gracefully; there will be no new cards available which is an unhappy occurrence for those hoping to stick with BFG for their next upgrade. This is also going to be a damper on anyone hoping to take advantage of their popular trade up program. All is not lost for those currently using a BFG card as tech support is still available as is RMA service, ensuring that BFG is making good on the warranties that were offered with the purch
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2010 - 04:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you can pick up several different models of HD5870 for $400 right now, an MSRP of $499 for the ASUS Matrix
seems like a fair sized jump in price. For that extra investment you get a card with a few interesting features like an LED lit logo on the side which changes colours as load changes on the GPU and a 54MHz overclock on the core. TechPowerUp!
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2010 - 02:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
Much like viewing games in 3D, trying to describe the experience of playing a game with a three-monitor Eyefinity configuration is hard to do with just words. That is why we spent so much time on our Eyefinity videos and why AMD spent so much time developing their new Eyefinity Experience Tool.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2010 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One thing that has become obvious as the graphics card market grows and becomes even more diverse is that there does not tend to be one card that is the best at everything. At the top end of the market the cards perform differently in different games as the drivers, engine and other variables affect the performance.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2010 - 07:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
More good news for Linux gamers today! Phoronix is reporting that Valve will in fact be releasing the Steam platform for the Linux operating system sometime this summer!
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2010 - 06:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
Though most Windows gamers will probably think that OpenGL is dead, it would appear that is most definitely NOT the case as we have just recently born witness to Valve's Steam platform arrive for the Mac. While Direct X continues to be the dominant API for Windows-based and Xbox 360-based gaming OpenGL is only powerful cross-platform API that allows developers to target Windows, Mac OS X and even Linux. The problem of course is that OpenGL tends to lag behind Direct X in terms of features but perhaps that will shift with a renewe
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2010 - 09:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not just any GTX470's that [H]ard|OCP is testing in SLI, but the recently released Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 GC, with higher default clock speeds than the reference model. The testing went well and while it is nice to see the high fps scores the big question is how it scales as you are paying twice as much as you would for the single card. The direct comparison is a little hard to establish as in most cases the addition of a second card prompted a jump in resolution from 1920x1200 to 2560x1600 and turning additional graphics f
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2010 - 07:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong May 10th, 2010 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2010 - 09:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire HD5550 Ultimate incorporates most of the features wanted in an HTPC; passive cooling, enough graphics processing power to handle HD content and HDMI out along with VGA and HDMI. It isn't going to be doing much gaming, the performance is about equivalent to a GeForce G210 in most cases sometimes up to twice as good, but that is really not where this cards strong point are. Drop by Overclockers Club if you are shopping for an HTPC card or if you do CAD as this card does s
ATI Stream Update Gives Developers Clear Path to Deliver Next-Generation Experiences with AMD Fusion
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 3, 2010 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — May 3, 2010 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK) v2.1, the latest update of its ATI Stream SDK supporting OpenCL industry standard-based programming on AMD GPUs and x86 CPUs. ATI Stream SDK helps developers accelerate application performance by leveraging the CPU and GPU resources in a given system.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2010 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP brings you the solid numbers on what is need to power the newest of nVIDIA's cards, both singly and in multiples. Almost two dozen PSUs are recommended by the end as the power requirements of a single GTX480 might be high but seem almost reasonable compared to a tri-SLI setup. If you have a wallet thick enough to pick up these cads, you really should invest in a solid PSU at the same time. It is also a good guide to anyone building a rig with multiple
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2010 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD released a pair of workstation cards over the weekend, the FirePro V3800 and the FirePro V5800. The V5800 uses the same GPU as the HD5770 , a Juniper XT GPU, and it sports 1GB of GDDR5. That is enough power to drive a trio of displays via a pair of DisplayPort plugs and a single DVI out. The V3800 is a little less powerful, based off of the Redwood Pro GPU used in the HD5570 and will only support a pair of displays. Both performed well under Linux at Phoronix