Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2011 - 12:50 PM |

Galaxy Microsystems, a leading manufacturer and worldwide supplier of NVIDIA based graphics solutions, announced today its launch of the new custom edition Galaxy GTX 560 Ti Graphics cards – Galaxy GTX 560 Ti GC (twin blade cooler).

The Galaxy GTX 560 Ti GC is built with a custom aluminum “twin blade” cooling system with dual 90 mm silent fans, gaining up to 10’C cooler and 11db quieter versus the original reference cooling system.

MSI Launches N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Series Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2011 - 12:37 PM |

City of Industry, CA – January 25, 2011 – MSI, the world-renowned graphics card and motherboard manufacturer, today officially releases the N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Series including N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC, N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/SOC and N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Golden Edition. The latest N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Series, equipped with NVIDIA's newest GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU employs the next generation of top-grade materials – Military Class II components providing the highest level of stability.

Source: MSI

Cthulu can stream HD video with the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2011 - 11:47 AM |

If you watched PC Perspective Podcast #138 you got a sneak preview of the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI edition, which bears a resemblance to a certain Elder God thanks to its five WiFi style antennas.  The WiDi portion of the name signifies that this card can provide Wireless Display, a fact Ryan proved streaming full 1080p Iron Man 2 a fair distance as well as gaming.  Read more about the capabilities of the card and the AMIMON 2120 transmitter chip that lets it stream HD content to TV's with an attached receiver in Ryan's full review.

"The Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI graphics card is a truly unique offering that brings uncompressed wireless video your current configuration with an impressive set of features. Using this Galaxy card and the included receiver you can wirelessly connect your PC to an HDTV or even just a standard monitor in another room of your house and still get the same image quality (and sound quality) you would get with the two being directly connected via HDMI or DVI. While 3D gaming and 3D Blu-ray aren't supported yet, the quality of the WHDI technology impressed me while playing games at 1920x1080 and watching Blu-ray at the full 1080p resolution."

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AMD's Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix brings improved tessellation performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2011 - 12:58 PM |

AMD's first driver update of 2011 has arrived and it brings general performance improvements and one targeted improvement.  NGOHQ is hosting the driver and have posted the list of features and improvements so you can see what the general changes are.  The real interesting bit is the performance changes to tessellation with a new AMD Optimized settings that improve the performance of heavily tessellated games without impacting the visual quality.

Source: NGOHQ

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.