Some Initial (and mostly unsubstantiated) Thoughts on AMD's upcoming HD 6800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2010 - 04:41 PM |

I have yet to be invited to an NDA session about the upcoming AMD HD 6000 series of cards, so I thought I would throw out some last minute thoughts before I get an official lowdown (and have to bite my tongue until they are released).  Both of the images used in this news item appear to have been taken down from their original sites (hence the lack of links), but I was able to scrounge around for copies.  All architectural discussions in this article are based on the numbers in the table listed below.

Introducing Fermi for HTPCs with the GT430

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2010 - 04:43 PM |

Ryan recently wrapped up a review of the Galaxy GT 430 1GB, priced under $100 and pegged against the HD5570/5550 from AMD.  While it did not manage to beat either of those cards in some quick gaming tests it does have quite a few positive features.  It supports HD video decode acceleration, Blu-ray support, and even support for the latest HDMI 1.4, but those are just the icing.  The big benefit to choosing this card is its support for 3D application, so with this card and a 3D TV all you need is the cable and a set of 3D glasse


Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2010 - 04:33 PM |

Galaxy Microsystems, a leading manufacturer and worldwide supplier of NVIDIA based graphics solutions, announced today the release of the Galaxy GeForce® GT 430 graphics card with TrueHD and DTS-HD HD audio bitstreaming.

“Our new GT 430 delivers a home theater experience with HD video and audio so amazing that you’ll want to charge admission.” said Shane Vance, US Sales, Galaxy.

NVIDIA enters retail graphics card market at Best Buy

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2010 - 09:30 PM |

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for NVIDIA as far as we are concerned.  The company hosted a handful of press and a huge group of researchers and academics at the GPU Technology Conference to demonstrate the value of GPU computing, CUDA and the programs that NVIDIA has setup to support these programmers.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

nVIDIA's Fermi based answer to AMD's FirePro

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2010 - 11:56 AM |

nVIDIA has released information on their two upcoming professional level Quadro graphics cards.  Neither are going to be the upper end of the lineup, as you can see by the CUDA core count which even on the midranged Quadro 2000 has less than a GTX 460, 192 versus 336, which implies six streaming multiprocessors.  The one thing not mentioned in The Inquirer's article is how anyone is supposed to locate these cards when there are so many outdated and similarly named FX cards on the mar

Source: The Inquirer

Getting a better bargain from a GTS450

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 4, 2010 - 11:56 AM |

At just $140 the Galaxy GeForce GTS450 Super OC offers GPU core clocked 105MHz higher than spec at 888MHz, which puts the shader core at 1.776GHz and RAM running 4GHz, the reference spec is 3.6GHz.  [H]ard|OCP was most interested in the overclocking potential of this card, which is what they focus on in this article.  As Galaxy Tech did not ship this card with a proprietary overclocking tool,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Galaxy Selects AMIMON for World’s First Wireless Graphics Card Enabling PC-to-TV Connectivity

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 3, 2010 - 06:48 PM |

Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong – September 30, 2010 – Galaxy Microsystems, a leading manufacturer and worldwide supplier of NVIDIA based graphics solutions, announced today that it has selected WHDI technology from AMIMON as the platform for it’s new Galaxy GTX 460 WHDI Edition shipping in October.

“Teaming with Galaxy introduces AMIMON’s WHDI technology to the gaming community; with Galaxy and the WHDI technology gamers will be able to maximize high-quality HD graphics of HDTVs utilizing an uncompressed HD wireless link,” said Shimon Greenberg, vice president of sales for AMIMON.

New drivers means new SLI and Crossfire results

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2010 - 02:49 PM |

It seems a really good idea keeping an eye on graphics driver updates right now, with a battle for one of the sweetest spots for gamers being fought between single card and dual card setups that cost about the same price.  The contenders are the GTX 480 and 460 SLI as well as the 5870 in CrossFireX and the variable is the ability for the driver to improve scaling in new versions.  Since an extra card has been added, the ability for the driver to work properly often changes from game to game and when you bring multiple monitors into the equation it can change even more. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another flavour of GTX460

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2010 - 05:46 PM |

Over at [H]ard|OCP you can catch a peak of the MSI N460GTX Hawk Edition, designed for you to overclock.  It does ship with an overclock but in order to get your money's worth out of the card you are going to have to manually play around a bit.  With the cooling provided by the dual fans of the Twin Frozr II
and the ability to tweak the voltages of the CPU, RAM and Phase Lock Loop using the included Afterburner software the 675

Source: [H]ard|OCP

GTC 2010: NVIDIA discusses future GPU roadmap, Kepler and Maxwell

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2010 - 02:23 PM |

During the opening keynote at the GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang brought out a few details about NVIDIA's upcoming GPU product roadmap.  There isn't a large amount of detail that we can discuss yet, but some information is better than none and I know how our readers like to debate and theorize about the future of graphics.

GTC 2010: NVIDIA shows impressive new DX11 demos

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2010 - 01:35 PM |

NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference 2010 is under way (GTC) and we are on-site to bring you the latest information as NVIDIA discusses it.  First up, during the opening keynote from CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Tony Tomasi demonstrated a handful of new tech demos created by the NVIDA team to really show off the power of their GPUs.  This is a pretty standard practice in the industry; creating these sample projects allows them to show off their technology to users and NVIDIA can use them as tutorials for d

Intel admits Larabee was 'impractical' and power hungry

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2010 - 12:06 PM |

By now we should all know the story about Larrabee and Intel's failed venture into the world of professional and consumer discrete graphics.  Early in 2007

Source: General

My how they've grown, mid-rage multi-GPU rematch

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2010 - 05:40 PM |

[H]ard|OCP has had a GeForce GTX 460 1GB SLI versus Radeon HD 5850 CrossFireX showdown before just over a month ago and now that we have some new drivers out it is worth revisiting.  The main reason for this is the lackluster performance offered by AMD in some games, but not in all the games tested.  If you have been holding off on a purchase of a game or hardware because of those results then take a look at the much more consistent results [H] saw this time around

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PRESS RELEASE: ZOTAC announces the new ZOTAC GeForce GTX460 2GB

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2010 - 02:02 PM |

HONG KONG – Sept. 16, 2010 – ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today announces the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 2GB - the first ZOTAC graphics card powered by NVIDIA Fermi architecture with 2GB of graphics memory.

Source: ZOTAC

ATI Catalyst 10.9 is now available

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

Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 10.9 Windows release include:

Performance improvements

  • STALKER: Call of Pripyat Benchmark
    • Performance increases up to 20% on ATI Radeon(tm) HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire(tm) configurations with Enhanced full dynamic lighting (DX11) and anti-aliasing enabled
Source: AMD

ASUS ENGTS450 Graphic Cards Deliver Innovative Design, Value, and Outstanding 3D Performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2010 - 05:38 PM |

Fremont, CA (September 13, 2010) - ASUS today announces the latest addition in its Fermi-based high-performance DirectX 11 graphics cards — the ENGTS450 DIRECTCU Series.

ASUS is excited to launch their ENGT450 graphics cards featuring NVIDIA’s latest GeForce 400 GPU design that delivers impressive DX11 graphics plus support for exciting technologies like NVIDIA 3D Vision, PhysX and CUDA and enhanced tessellation.

Source: ASUS

Fermi for under one fifty!

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2010 - 02:51 PM |

The new lower end 450GTS from nVIDIA has received an overwhelming amount of reviews.  The card is available for less than $150 from a variety of resellers who have added their own tweaks and customizations to the reference design.  It has 192 CUDA cores, the same as the original launch of its big brother and its clocks are 783MHz for the GPU, the shader runs at 1.566GHz a

Source: [H]ard|OCP

IDF 2010: Intel shows off cloud-based ray tracing for games

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2010 - 02:00 AM |

This evening at an IDF "Day Zero" event, Intel showed off some of the new technologies that will be on display at the show this week.  One that I found particularly interesting was a live demo of a cloud-based ray tracing solution for games.  To quote from Intel:

"This demo showed how future gaming experiences on mobile devices could be enhanced by Intel-based servers in the cloud."

ASUS ENGTX460 TOP, a little less RAM and a little more voltage

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 8, 2010 - 03:52 PM |

What distinguishes the ASUS ENGTX460 TOP from the rest of the pack is a proprietary cooling system and the ability to tweak voltages.  It is overclocked out of the box, though at 700MHz, or 25MHz higher than reference GPU, it is unimpressive and neither the shaders 50MHz bump to 1400MHz nor the 80MHz effective jump to 3680MHz change the performance in any significant way.  All is not lost with this TOP, once [H]ard|OCP started their own overclock

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA GeForce 400M Mobility GPUs Announced

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 3, 2010 - 05:13 PM |

Today NVIDIA announced the release of a completely new series of mobility GPUs that finally round out the Fermi architecture to the world of notebooks.  The collection of seven new GPUs span a larger range of performance levels and are also our first taste of newer, smaller Fermi-dies from NVIDIA.  Here is the raw data of the entire lineup of GeForce 400M products from the GTX 480M to the GT415M: