Does the new ForceWare driver bring big improvements?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 17, 2010 - 03:33 PM |

[H]ard|OCP noticed that the new ForceWare drivers seem to have jumped a few numbers and set about testing the 257.21 driver under a number of games to see if there was also a jump in performance.  It was definitely worth their time as any owner of a GTX 470 or GTX 480 needs to grab this driver now; they saw improvements across the board.  The star was Battlefield Bad Company 2, which not only offered benefits in terms of performance but also visual quality improvements.&n

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Catalyst 10.6 available now

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2010 - 06:06 PM |

ATI Catalyst 10.6 for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux platforms

GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe® Flash Player 10.1

  • AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe® Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics including:
Source: AMD

PhysX with ATI; whether nVIDIA likes it or not

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2010 - 12:23 PM |

The release of the 257.15 Beta ForceWare driver included a feature that nVIDIA had not meant to include, the ability to enable PhysX processing on an nVIDIA card when an ATI card is the primary graphics card in a system.  This is something that nVIDIA has been disabling at the driver level, most likely to avoid having to provide support for AMD cards when people run into PhysX processing problems.  That does make a lot of sense, regardless of the many conspiracy theories that have sprung up out of this particular issue, the last thing nVIDIA wants to do is tie up their tech support w

Source: TweakTown

What makes the Gigabyte R585OC Special

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 7, 2010 - 03:10 PM |

First off is the cooling system as the Gigabyte R585OC uses what Gigabyte refers to as a new generation inclined fan which they claim offers more than a 25% increase in cooling performance.  That extra cooling is added as Gigabyte increased the core clock from 725MHz to 765MHz though they left the memory frequency alone though [H]ard|OCP did not and added 500MHz effective speed to the memory and another 10MHz to the core.  The testing they did on the new fan showed improved performance compared to the stock cooling found on other cards but unfortunately not the 27% improvement that G

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Computex: Lucid shows off design wins, upcoming HYDRA-enabled graphics cards!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 7, 2010 - 03:03 PM |

Lucid had a suite at Computex last week to tout several of their new partners and interesting design wins.  We have already discussed Lucid's HYDRA technology on the MSI Big Bang Fuzion and even new motherboards from ASUS at their Computex booth this year.  The ASUS Immensity is very interesting as it includes not only a HYDRA chip but also an integrated HD 5770 GPU on-board: very unique!

Computex: Galaxy prepping dual-GTX 470 card and much more

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 4, 2010 - 08:35 AM |

There are probably still some of you that think of Galaxy as an also-ran NVIDIA GPU partner that simply sells rebranded and stickered cards to the world.  While that is not at all correct and Galaxy is definitely one of the key NVIDIA partners (often building for other brands you DO know) Galaxy is going to start proving the point as we move into the second half of 2010. 

MSI R5870 Lightning Graphics Card Redefines Extreme Performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2010 - 11:17 AM |

Stability and extreme performance for audio/video and different display applications are pretty much ubiquitous requirements among the world's elite gamers. At COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010, globally-renowned graphics card and mainboard manufacturer MSI will exhibit its record-breaking darling of the media and award’s king, the R5870 Lightning graphics card.

Source: MSI

The GTX 465 finds itself in an odd place

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2010 - 01:45 PM |

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

The GTX 465 gets an early launch

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 30, 2010 - 11:59 PM |

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

Source: newegg

Go a little insane with copper, LN2 and four HD5780's

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 27, 2010 - 12:49 PM |

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. 

Source: TweakTown

Is the overclocked ASUS ROG HD5870 a good deal?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2010 - 02:22 PM |

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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround delayed officially

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2010 - 07:00 PM |

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

Source: NVIDIA

BFG Tech Announces Exit From Graphics Card Category, Continues On With Power Supplies And Laptops/PC

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 18, 2010 - 03:37 PM |

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

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