NVIDIA teases with GPU performance that doesn't really matter

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 10:55 PM |
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A little more news from NVIDIA today, but unlike the news post below, this isn't negative.  NVIDIA is still waiting to release a next-generation card to compete with AMD's 5000-series that has been available since late September and while we know that something is coming on March 26th, they are teasing consumers once again with some early performance numbers.

NVIDIA 196.75 driver might be a GPU killer

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 10:33 PM |
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Were you thinking of stopping by NVIDIA.com to get the latest 196.75 drivers released this week?  Well don't.  Did you already download those drivers and have them running on your system right now?  Uninstall them and revert back to an older version!  Why all the commotion?  There are confirmed reports now of the 196.75 driver killing perfectly good NVIDIA-based graphics cards by turning off the fan at the wrong time.  Which is pretty much ANY time I think.

Radeon HD5870s for under $400! Yes you can.

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 4, 2010 - 11:45 AM |
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Josh spotted a great deal this morning on NewEgg for the HIS Radeon HD 5870
(H587F1GDG).  You can grab the fastest single GPU graphics card on the planet for under $400, whether you are in the U.S. or in Canada ... there doesn't seem to be a NewEgg.mx, so we can't claim the sale is North American wide.

Source: newegg

The HD 5970 4GB is big

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2010 - 02:51 PM |
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The HD 5970 is a Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5870 sandwiched onto one board, topped with 4GB RAM all hidden beneath a very large cooler.  Expected load power draw is just shy of 300W and the large three fan cooler hopes to keep the GPUs below 90C.  Drop by HEXUS for some tantalizing shots
of this heavy hitter from AMD
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"A monster card in the works."

Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:

Source: Hexus

Is TSMC causing your GPU prices to go up?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2010 - 05:15 PM |
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Much has been said about the problems that TSMC, the foundry partner to both ATI and NVIDIA, has had with its transition to 40nm technology.  When the Radeon HD 5870 graphics card and the rest of AMD's Evergreen family of GPUs first hit the market back in early October there were quite a few notable periods of shortages of the the cards.  Shortages obviously feed on the demand to raise prices and as we saw for the first two months of the 5000-series availability, prices where higher than the estimated pricing originally fed from AMD'

GF100 cards only coming from a select few NVIDIA partners

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 25, 2010 - 04:23 PM |
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An interesting story over at Digitimes is reporting that with the upcoming launch of the Fermi-based GF100 graphics cards (GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470) only a select few of NVIDIA's partners are going to have product available at launch.  The story tells us that only that select few have even received complete reference platforms as of today even though the launch of the product is going to be on March 26th (as NVIDIA has publicly stated). 

Source: Digitimes

Radeon offers something for the mid ranged and something for the extremes

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 25, 2010 - 12:29 PM |
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AMD released two cards today, one is brand new and one we have seen before, but they have added a little something.  The new card is the mid ranged HD5830 which was hoped to bring performance close to a HD5850 while keeping the price down.  What was delivered is a card closer to the HD5770 that costs close to the HD5850.  Still there certainly is a place for this card in quiet systems that still want a little graphical power hidden inside.

Military Hawks make a fine HD5770

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2010 - 03:34 PM |
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The MSI HD R5770 Hawk sports military class components, a 7+1 phase unit and a Twin Frozr II GPU cooler all of which points towards great overclocking potential.  Out of the box it has an 875MHz core clock and memory at 1200MHz, but with a little tweaking OCC managed to hit a stable 1025MHz and 1410MHz; not a bad jump at all.  Of course at those speeds the fan does get a little noisy and those with big monitors will be upset to learn that there is only a

Source: 3DCenter

Sapphire's HD 5850 Toxic Edition: Poison or poultice?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2010 - 11:43 AM |
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Usually, but not always, the decision to buy a factory overclocked graphics card comes down to the math.  A regular Sapphire HD 5850 can be had for $309 while the new Sapphire HD 5850 Toxic Edition will run you $339.  It costs you almost 10% extra to buy an extra 5-10% performance inc

Source: AnandTech

VIA Demos Dual GPU S3 Graphics Card at Digital Signage Expo 2010

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2010 - 10:59 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 18 February 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its participation at Digital Signage Expo 2010, Feb. 24 - 25, Las Vegas.

Catalyst 10.2 arrives

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 17, 2010 - 02:55 PM |
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The aforementioned update from AMD to their Catalyst Driver series has arrived.  You can grab the 10.2 release from the game.amd.com site.  If you are using CrossfireX you owe it to yourself to upgrade as soon as possible to take advantage of the new power saving options, CrossFireX EyeFinity support

Source: AMD

The reason for the excitement about an AMD graphics driver update

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 17, 2010 - 11:32 AM |
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There was a time when new graphics driver releases were fairly big news, with major changes happening in each release.  Now that both major players are on a 'one a month' plan, things have settled down into a more incremental style of change, with not much happening between one release and the next.  The soon to be released Catalyst 10.2 driver is changing that with major changes to how Crossfire systems will operate, including support for EyeFinity as well
as other changes that might not be so noticeable

ASUS EAH 5750 Formula - Mr. Fancy Pants Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2010 - 11:43 AM |
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The heatsink on this $140 ASUS 5750
Formula
is pretty stylish for this level of graphics card, but the big question for everyone who doesn't own an acrylic case is what the cooling performance is like.  ASUS claims a 13% increase in cooling ability thanks to the cooler and they also redesigned the PCB in part to put on a standard 15 pin VGA connector and dropping the DisplayPort.  Since there is a good chance that this card is either

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

AMD populates the low end of the GPU scale

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2010 - 11:41 AM |
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If you caught the live PC Perspective Podcast last night
you heard that none of the PC Perspective crew were terribly impressed with either the Radeon HD 5450 and HD 5570.  Both lack the power to play games better than any newer cards apart from the GT210 or GT220, even if they do support DX11.  You can add to that point with the array of other AMD graphics cards available for as little as $20.  As HTPC cards, they both excel, especially the HD5450 and its passive cooling system.  You can also consider this a very cheap way to add multiple monitor support to a system that

Steam Hardware Survey: DX10 near 50% and Quad-cores on the rise

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 10, 2010 - 05:52 PM |
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The monthly Steam Hardware Survey is almost like a staple in the PC gaming world as it gives us a snapshot of what the millions of people that use the PC gaming platform are using in their gaming rigs.  I know that most of the time we are focused on high-end technology like $400+ GPUs but it is always nice to get a taste of reality with these types of statistics and information.  What does the January version of this data tell us?

AMD's finely divided $100 GPU segment gains a new member, the 5570

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2010 - 12:39 PM |
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It is getting tight around the $100 mark, the HD5670 can be had for $95 with a bit of shopping, the HD5450 for a hair under $45.  Now we can see the new

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A different take on the GTX275

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM |
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One might wonder why EVGA would be releasing a new GTX275 at this time, but the EVGA GTX275 CO-OP PhysX Edition gives the old card a new twist.  Instead of the two GPUs contained within handling purely graphics, this card gives the graphical duties to the GTX275 GPU
and the GTS250 only handles PhysX processing.  This made frame rates in

AMD's 5450, we cedar is a new low power, low cost graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 4, 2010 - 01:33 PM |
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Clocked just 50MHz higher than the HD 4550 with 50 million more transistors the new HD5450 might not seem like much, unless you pay attention to the fact that this is a 40nm card.  That new process has dropped its TDP below 20, making passive cooling an easy choice for AMD and resellers.  Add DX11 and Eyefinity support, the usual triplet of video outputs found on HD 5xxx series cards and you have a serious card for around $50.  AnandTech's biggest hope with this card is that you will finally be able to utilize the noise reducing software AMD provides as well as HD audio.&nbsp

Source: AnandTech

Choosing a budget AMD graphics setup is not as easy as you would think

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2010 - 03:14 PM |
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Around about $100 the graphics market gets a little crowded, with several nVIDIA cards and quite a few AMD cards.  The newest is the HD5670 also at the $100 level,

Source: TweakTown

First GF100 Graphics Cards to be GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2010 - 09:50 PM |
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Straight from the horse's mouth:

Fun Fact of the Week: GeForce
GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 will be the names of the first two GPUs
shipped based on our new GF100 chip!