ASUS' Matrix 5870 demands a big investment for little return

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2010 - 12:31 PM |

As you can pick up several different models of HD5870 for $400 right now, an MSRP of $499 for the ASUS Matrix
HD 5870
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!

Source: techPowerUp!

AMD Releases Eyefinity Experience Tool for those of us without three displays

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2010 - 10:46 AM |

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

Source: AMD

Which DX11 card should you pick for your favourite game

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2010 - 03:10 PM |

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.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Valve to bring Steam to Linux by the end of the summer

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2010 - 03:03 PM |

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! 

Source: Phoronix

OpenGL performance compared across Windows, Linux and Mac OS X

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2010 - 02:53 PM |

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

Source: Phoronix

Make mine a GTX940; GTX 470 in SLI

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2010 - 05:48 PM |

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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Galaxy ships GeForce GTX 470 GC with industry-first flip fan with blue LED

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2010 - 03:36 PM |

Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong May 10th, 2010 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd.

Sapphire HD5550, perhaps the Ultimate HTPC card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 6, 2010 - 05:14 PM |

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 - 12:09 PM |

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.

Source: AMD

You bought that Fermi card, but how do you plan to power it?

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2010 - 01:41 PM |

[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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD fills out its workstation GPU lineup with a pair of new cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2010 - 02:26 PM |

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

Source: Phoronix

AMD FirePro 2460 Multi-View offers 4 display outputs in half-height card

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2010 - 12:00 AM |

With the excitement and news surrounding AMD's FirePro additions (including the V8800 and the V5800/V3800 today) another graphics card was released that might be more compelling to readers: the FirePro 2460 Multi-View.  How could a half-height card with only 512MB of memory and an average power consumption of 13 watts get us excited?

Stolen XFX 5970 Black Edition Limited Graphics Card just a marketing hoax

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 24, 2010 - 11:38 AM |


Legit Reviews took the screenshot above before Ebay removed it from their website.

Source: XFX

Mitigating the GTX 480's personality problems with a universal GPU watercooler

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2010 - 11:40 AM |

The folks at CoolIT Systems seem to be onto something with their OMNI Advanced Liquid Cooler, a watercooling system similar to the Corsair H50.  It is a completely self contained waterblock, fan, radiator and pump which is billed to fit any single graphics card; the normal OMNI uses a 120mm fan and they will release one for dual card systems with a 240mm fan that might end up living outside of your case.  It is designed to be universal, so as you upgrade your graphics card you should be able to continue to use your OMNI ALC. 

Source: Hexus

ATI Catalyst 10.4a Preview driver is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2010 - 03:28 PM |

ATI Catalyst™ 10.4a Preview features:

The ATI Catalyst 10.4a Preview provides resolution for the following issue:

  • Long load times for new maps in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 when using a Windows 7 / Windows Vista based system with an:
    • ATI Radeon HD 5xxx series graphics card
    • ATI Radeon HD 4xxx series graphics card
Source: AMD

The ASUS EAH5830 DirectCU sports an enhanced heatsink

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 20, 2010 - 05:13 PM |

The ASUS EAH5830 DirectCUis a very large example of an HD5830 thanks to a large and efficient cooler designed by ASUS.  Not only does it give the card a rather distinctive look it cools a little more quietly.  [H]ard|OCP's testing has shown that the cooler may not be that much more effective than the stock cooler but it only created concern during a very stressful benchmark, during gaming the card staye

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just how loud is that GTX480

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2010 - 05:46 PM |

Are we talking about as loud as the screaming classic Delta 80mm's?  Perhaps louder than a FX5800 Ultra or maybe an industrial vacuum cleaner?  The Tech Report thinks that maybe the noise produced by the GTX480 is not as bad as some would make it out to be.  As it turns out a single FX 5800 Ultra was nearly 9 dB louder than a GTX 480 and the 2GB model of the HD5870 is 1dB louder.  Perhaps not as bad as all that after all.

Adobe announces CS5 software, NVIDIA announces support

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2010 - 11:16 AM |

It will be a busy day and week for those of us in the broadcasting business as the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters event takes place in Las Vegas.  We expect quite a few interesting announcements, the first of which is coming from Adobe as we speak.  If you have been listening to our podcast or have been paying attention to our news, you have likely heard of the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine that was coming in the next iteration

ASUS ARES Graphics Card is true dual HD 5870 goodness

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2010 - 11:45 AM |

While sitting at the ASUS OC Summit we came across a very interesting little graphics cards.  Actually, it's not so little.

Video Review: AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2010 - 01:52 AM |

We finally got our video review of the AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6
Edition graphics card
up and ready for you to view.  I apologize for
the delay here but we had some major issues with our editing software,
etc etc.  I think you'll find the wait was well worth it!