Is Dell dropping NVIDIA from all its products?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 26, 2009 - 03:36 AM |

NVIDIA might have thought it was all going to be rosy news over the weekend, what with the announcement of the Lenovo S12 notebook integrating the NVIDIA ION chipset, but not if this story pans out.  Apparently Dell is on the edge of removing NVIDIA from its entire lineup of desktop and notebook PCs.  If true, this could be very bad news for NVIDIA.  The Inquirer believes that NVIDIA's probl

Source: The Inquirer

Put some effort into it

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2009 - 01:36 PM |

The XFX Radeon HD 4890 XXX
is the overclocked version of the 4890, with a whole 50MHz bump on the GPU and nothing else.  Mind you, when Elite Bastards tried to overclock the card they manage to squeak another 40MHz out of the core and bumped the memory by 35MHz.  That

Pending price approval

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 05:36 PM |

might be an incredible value, dependant on the price tag that comes with it.  The dual fans allow ASUS to pump this card
to a 576MHz core with 999MHz memory, the maze of heatpipes that are underneath the fans certainly help as well.  What that translates into is performance similar to the heavily overclocked MSI Black Lightning Edition GTX260, within a few fps of the performance of a stock GTX275.  It is possible that a true GTX275 might have a bit more overhead when it comes to overclocking, but for those who would rather leave things alone

Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.5 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 02:37 PM |

Performance improvements

  • Unigine Tropics DX9 - performance gains of up to 11% for single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations with anti-aliasing enabled.
  • Company of Heroes - performance gains of up to 10% for both single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  •  BattleForge- performance gains of up to 10% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.

New Features

ATI Catalyst 9.5 - Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Source: AMD

Intel more concrete with 2010 Larrabee release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2009 - 01:30 PM |

An interesting article posted over at c't magazine is the first to verify with Intel a more concrete release time frame for the company's upcoming Larrabee CPU/GPU hybrid.  Intel's Joseph Shultz indicated that the first Larrabee product release would hit in the first half of 2010, finally squelching the discussion of a late 20

Source: TG Daily

MSI goes against the flow

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:45 PM |

While the old 8800GTS was a little odd with 640MB of RAM and a 320-bit interface was a bit odd, the GTX 260 is even stranger with the reference model sporting 896 MB of RAM with a 448-bit interface.  MSI decided that the card could be made even stranger by doubling the total RAM to 1792MB in their GTX 260 Lightning Black Edition.  It is also factory overclocked almost to it's limits, the Guru of 3D could only manage to hit 680/145

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA Releases World's First Stereoscopic Driver for Windows 7

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:15 PM |

Today, we released the new NVIDIA 3D Vision CD v1.08 driver kit, which includes the GeForce driver v185.85 and the 3D Vision driver v185.85.

This driver release marks the world's first stereoscopic 3D driver for Windows 7, available only from NVIDIA. This driver release also supports Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit.

Driver download links

Full CD Kits

Source: NVIDIA

Detailed Larrabee die shot shown, cores counted

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:42 PM |

The first (slightly) detailed image of Intel's upcoming Larrabee architecture was shown today at the opening ceremonies for the Visual Computing Institute of the Saarland University in Germany.  Website PC Games Hardware was on hand at the event and snapped up this image:

AMD Delivers the World's First 1 GHz Graphics Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:39 PM |


Source: AMD

Down, but not out

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2009 - 02:15 PM |

Weighing in with a GPU of 575MHz, GDDR3 of 900MHz and a 256 bit wide memory bus, the HD 4830 has a hard time keeping up with the new HD 4770 even though they are almost exactly the same price, the HD 4850 is only a competitor if you want to spend almost $50 on an extra handful of

NVIDIA posts losses of more than $200M for the quarter

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2009 - 03:39 PM |

Wouldn't it be great to lose about $201 million in the span of 3 months but still have a positive outlook on the future?  That's just what NVIDIA is talking about this week as the quarterly earnings call results are spread across the media.  What is most interesting to me is how varied the opinions are on what NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, had to say.  TG Daily got the distinct impression that NVIDIA's Quadro line of products would be the immediate saving grace for NVIDIA's bottom line whil

Source: TG Daily

It's getting crowded in the $200 market too

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2009 - 12:09 PM |

XFX has been a solid nVIDA partner, but hasn't work with AMD's graphics division until now, and they chose to enter at the high end with their HD 4870 1GB XXX card.  Overclocked to
775MHz core and 3.8GHz GDDR5 it does have an advantage over the vanilla card, but not as much as the XXX would imply.  It's competitor is

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bigger is not always better

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2009 - 12:42 PM |

With the HD 4870 X2, the 2GB of GDDR5 is so each GPU can address 1GB of storage, which makes more sense than giving each core only 512MB.  It was inevitable that someone would try slapping a full 2GB of GDDR5 on a single HD4870 core, and Sapphire seems to be the first to hit market with it.  The Sapphire Radeon HD4870 2GB will run you more than the 1GB version, so the question becomes one of performance.  Can the extra memory push this cards performance higher than it already is?&nbsp


Even more bang for your 100 bucks

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2009 - 06:22 PM |

We've already discussed how incredible a deal the HD4770 currently is for it's price.  Legit Reviews wants to show you how to make it even better with this overclocking guide.  Using only RivaTuner, no voltage mods and no changes to the cooling they we

Deal of the Day: Radeon HD 4850 512MB for $89!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 05:09 PM |

Okay, I've never really done this before, but I couldn't pass up sharing this offer with you guys.  I know we just posted our review of the Radeon HD 4770 512MB card today and it sells for $99 after rebate - a great card at that price. 

Intel and Nvidia come roaring back in Q1'09 According to Jon Peddie Research

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 03:08 PM |

TIBURON, CA-April 28, 2009-Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market share for the first calendar quarter of 2009.

Graphics chips (GPUs and IGPs) are the leading indicator of the PC market. The GPUs go into a system before it becomes a PC and gets into the hands of the customer.

8.8GFLOPS/$ or 12GLFOPS/W, either way it's a winner

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 12:48 PM |

Really, there are only two things you need to know about AMD's new Radeon HD4770.  The first is it's price, which is currently $109.99 on Newegg.  From that price you may assume that it is a fairly low end part, maybe intended to replace the HD4850; and you can be forgiven for that.  What the card is in fact is an improvement, as Ryan puts it in his conclusion "the HD

Stick with a single or go for the pair?

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2009 - 04:15 PM |

Source: [H]ard|OCP

X marks the spot

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM |

XFX has taken their love of factory overclocked cards and applied it to their HD4890 XXX and priced it only $20 above their reference model.  The overclock is not huge, a mere 50MHz which pushed the core clock from 850 to 900, which gives a small but noticeable bump to it's speed. 
Along with that bump comes a copy of HAWX and assorted connectors for the graphics card.&n

Nero Move It brings GPU acceleration with CUDA

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2009 - 05:30 PM |

Today we had a chance to talk with Nero about an upcoming update to their Nero Move It software that will enable quite a few new features as well as support for accelerated transcoding using NVIDIA GPUs.

The Nero Move It software is an application set that allows a user to collect, organize, publish and transcode multimedia files to and from various devices.  It works with your desktop as well as numerous portable devices like the PSP, Blackberry and iPhone.  The update for the software, free to existing owners, will introduce CUDA support.