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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

Pick up an HDH870 with a custom cooler and a STALKER

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 1, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

[H]ard|OCP had a chance to try out a new graphics card from ASUS, the EAH5870 V2 STALKER Edition
which comes with a copy of STALKER:Call of Pripyat.  The card its self sports a new cooler and an extra 18MHz on the GPU, the RAM is still at stock speeds.  During testing the new cooler was

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Lucid HYDRALogix UNITY technology arrives on PowerColor graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2010 - 11:43 AM |

Back in June during the Computex show in Taipei, we saw a very interesting pair of graphics cards in the Lucid suite.  One combined a set of lower end GPUs in a multi-GPU single card design that otherwise hadn't existed while the other card showed a single AMD GPU and a single HYDRALogix 200 chip.  (Note the small change from Lucid HYDRA to Lucid HYDRALogix.)

AMD finally delivers on promise of Eyefinity adapter support

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2010 - 01:00 AM |

A second piece of AMD "news" is hitting the streets this Sunday night, and that is the delivery of a device to enable three-display Eyefinity support for non-DisplayPort monitor users for under the $100 price tag that has existed for a full year.  When AMD first launched the Radeon 5000-series of graphics cards in September of 2009, we were very excited about Eyefinity gaming technology and how it could revolutionize PC gaming.  At the time it was expensive, DP monitor support was low and the active adapters to make it work with DVI

ATI brand vanishes, only AMD remains

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2010 - 12:38 AM |

All of you ATI fan boys are going to need a new moniker: AMD is officially announcing that they are phasing out the "ATI" name completely and will be replacing it with the "AMD" brand in all areas.  Since the merger of ATI and AMD back in 2006 the debate has quietly been raging on when, or if, the ATI brand that we all know and love would filter its way out of relevance.  Later this year, that process will begin.

Day of leaks continue: AMD Radeon HD 6870 Southern Island GPU tested?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2010 - 04:20 PM |

Must be something in the water today; another leak as apparently sprung out about hardware that shouldn't be available yet.  This time, the news is found at a Chinese website called where a user has apparently taken time to share some basic performance information about the upcoming Radeon HD 6870 graphics card from the Northern Isles family rumored to have been taped out.

Source: AnandTech

A new Catalyst means new Crossfire profiles

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2010 - 01:11 PM |

[H]ard|OCP but the claimed Crossfire improvements of the Catalyst 10.8 release to the test in their latest article. The two games that were singled out as improved by AMD were Aliens vs. Predator and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 so of course [H] had to test them.  Believe it or not, [H] saw a 70% improvement from AvP just from updating the driver and a 44% jump from Bad Company.  If you are a fan of those games and use multiple GPUs then get updating!

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What happens when you stick your second GPU in an 8x slot

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2010 - 01:12 PM |

Last Monday [H]ard|OCP investigated the performance differences between running a CrossFire/SLI system with both cards operating at 16x as opposed to one at 16x and one at 8x, which is more common on motherboards than true double 16x.  The differences were so minute you almost had to squint to see them.  Today they extend that testing by moving the second card into a PCIe slot that can only support 8x speeds.  If you are wondering why someone would do that, the re

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