BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC and GTX 285 OCFU announced

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 11:27 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (July 7, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the launch of two new additions to BFG’s GeForce family, the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution and BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCFU graphics cards that both offer outstanding PC gaming performance.

The BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution features a custom single

The exact opposite of vapourware

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 3, 2009 - 04:00 PM |

When you buy a factory overclocked card with some sort of spiffy name or a long string of capital letters denoting exactly how cool the card is, it can be disappointing to discover a 10MHz overclock on the GPU.  Sapphire's Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X
will not disappoint, it sports a 960MHz core clock speed which is 110MHz over reference and a 300MHz advantage in memory speed.  That translates into a noticeable bump in frame rates and to make the card even more attractive, The Guru of 3D got even

Source: Guru of 3D

AMD VP claims no price war, forgets it started it

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 1, 2009 - 03:19 PM |

This is kind of an odd little article over at The Inquirer: an AMD Senior Vice President, Rick Bergman, claims that they "WILL NOT engage Nvidia in a price slashing war."  Uhhh, maybe I am dreaming, but I think that war is already on and in fact it was AMD that started it.

"Are we interested in winning share by losing money on every GPU we ship? No," Bergman said. "We're not going to engage in that and we haven't had to."
Source: The Inquirer

Get buffed

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2009 - 02:01 PM |

AnandTech delves into the mysterious world of graphics buffering in this article.  Not anisotropic filtering as is commonly discussed; instead they are looking at the difference between double buffering plus vsync
versus triple buffering.  Using a clip of a horse running you can see the speed advantage that disabling vsync while using double buffering and the penalty you pay for that gain.  That same clip is used to illustrate how triple buffering can offer you the best of both worlds.  Head

Source: AnandTech

AMD still keen on the importance of DX11 in 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2009 - 05:42 PM |

It would seem that AMD execs are still out for blood when it comes to the pending battle for Windows 7 and DX11 gaming.  In a story posted over at the Inquirer, AMD's Rick Bergman is quoted as saying that developer support for DX11 will be much quicker than the adoption of DX10 and should come even before the end of the year. 

LucidLogix Hydra chip shows up in ELSA Japan Remote renderer

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2009 - 03:00 PM |

It is beginning to seem like forever ago now, but LucidLogix and its HYDRA platform are finally starting to get off the ground.  My

Worth installing?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2009 - 03:39 PM |

AMDs drive to produce a new graphics driver has resulted in some lackluster updates for users.  In many cases it is not worth the reboot to install the new driver and in some cases it might actually hurt your performance in specific games or CrossfireX setups.  June has brought the Catalyst 9.6 to the public and again those using Radeon cards are scratching their heads wondering if they should install it or not.  X-bit Labs has your answer right here, as they examine the performance im

Source: X-Bit Labs

Adobe Premiere CS4 gets GPU acceleration from AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 17, 2009 - 04:29 PM |

When the NVIDIA Quadro CX professional graphics card launched in December of last year, its shining feature was the inclusion of support for video encoding acceleration on the GPU via an included piece of third-party software.  In the end, I was really impressed with the inclusion of GPU computing in such a popular and usable application:

Source: General

Superpipe to the rescue

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2009 - 02:30 PM |

Although the name might lead you to believe differently, the

Source: Bjorn3D

ATI Catalyst 9.6 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 15, 2009 - 02:38 PM |

Performance improvements

  • Company of Heores - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
  • Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  • Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
Source: AMD

CPU versus GPU in a transcoding free for all

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2009 - 01:11 PM |

ExtremeTech is taking a close look at the two new video transcoding techniques from AMD and nVIDIA, ATI Stream and CUDA.  The software transcoder they will be using comes from Cyberlink, called MediaShow Espresso, a $40 product that supports both AMD and nVIDIA's technology.  The transcodes that they will attempt are for the iPhone, MPEG2, Xbox and native H.264, and they use 3 movie trailers as the media.  This GPU technology certainly beats CPU encoding; but which one is the fastest?

Source: ExtremeMhz

Know your codenames: AMD 40nm DX11 is Cyprus and Juniper

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 04:17 PM |

Charlie D., formerly of The Inq, has a new site and he wants you to know that all the codenames you heard for the upcoming 40nm DX11 parts from AMD are wrong.  We first showed you the wafer shot and details of the 40nm DX11 parts last week during Computex - definitely check that out if you haven't already. 

EVGA looks to be planning on joing Intel for Larrabee

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 03:55 PM |

There is a story over at The Inquirer that is speculating once again that EVGA will find its way into the arms of Intel when the Larrabee product is released late in 2009 or early in 2010.

Low power but high enthusiasm

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2009 - 01:42 PM |

You might recall seeing the Galaxy 9600 GT LP back in May when Ryan reviewed it, but now that the temperatures have started to go up while prices are going down, it is worth a second look.  The card is 1" shorter than the normal model at 8" and almost half as wide at 2.25" as opposed to 4".  It also deserves its low power moniker as the system [H]ard|OCP placed it in drew 31 Watts

Source: [H]ard|OCP

What's the best way to stress out a GTX 275

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2009 - 01:30 PM |

Knowing that an nVIDIA GTX 275 can hit a Core of 702MHz from the 633MHz stock speed, that it's GDDR3 can reach 1296MHz from a 1134MHz stock and that the Shader clock goes all the way to 1656MHz from 1404MHz is good, but it doesn't tell the full story.  Overclocking everything as far as it can go can be an effective method, but it lacks finesse.  Doing so makes it hard to judge which part has the most impact on performance or if overclocking that part has done nothing whatsoever.   AnandTec

Source: AnandTech

Computex 2009: Gigabyte shows 4890 OC and 4650 AGP cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 11:10 AM |

While wandering around the nearly-deserted Hall 1 of Computex, we ran into some friends at Gigabyte that had a couple of interesting things to show us. 

First up was a custom built Radeon HD 4890 1GB graphics card that will come overclocked to 900 MHz compared to the 850 MHz stock frequency.

Computex 2009: NVIDIA gives away 3D Vision, but not really

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 06:33 AM |

Imagine my excitement when I heard the words "free 3D vision" muttered by the CEO of NVIDIA at a recent press conference!?!  After all, in my testing of the active-shutter glasses-based 3D Vision gaming accessory I found the experience to be simply awesome and I urged every user to give this technology a try for themselves, even if it meant hunting down a demo.  And now to get it for FREE??

Unfortunately what NVIDIA was referring to was this:

Computex 2009: NVIDIA and Adobe finally announce GPU-accelerated Flash!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 02:09 AM |

In what will likely be one of the biggest boons for the ION platform and the netbook/nettop market, NVIDIA and Adobe just announced a partnership for GPU-accelerated Flash content: both games and video.

Tom Clancy likes multi-GPU setups

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 02:01 PM |

For those who have chosen an uncommon upgrade path or who simply spent every penny they could on their graphics subsystem, some of the results from X-Bit Labs multi-GPU benchmarks will be familiar.  For the rest of us, it is a bit of an eye opener to see just how multiple GPUs perform in three way.  The final conclusions compare performance differences between SLI and 3x SLI, 3x SLI versus 3x Crossfire and 3x SLI versus 4x Crossfire, and you can see that there can be a huge difference

Source: X-Bit Labs

Computex 2009: NVIDIA demos DX Compute and Terminator Salvation PhysX

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 10:28 AM |

At the first of two NVIDIA press conferences at Computex 2009, NVIDIA was showcasing GPU computing and the power of the CPU + GPU platform for both high-end desktop solutions and low-end ION systems.