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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2009 - 04:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The battle for the best $100 video card is a tough one, and the champion is continually changing. The various makers of the graphics cards are trying to fit the most features and the highest clocks possible without heading into the next market. At $125+ you are essentially in a new market with yet other GPUs to war against. One of the newer cards is ASUS take on the 4770, in this case called the EAH4
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2009 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember a nVIDIA video card from a ways back, that was never released in any large number nor bought in any large amount as it was pushing $1000 and no matter the performance, it was simply too much for most to even consider buying. Those days have returned, with the introduction of the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC. It is a limited edition card, it is heavily overclocked and it does have a high end self-contained liquid-cooling loop, but it is a
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2009 - 05:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
These pictures were passed to us, obviously originally posted over at ChipHell, of the upcoming AMD DX11 graphics card, codenamed Juniper. This is the mainstream offering while the Cyprus part will supposedly be the high end GPU of the Evergreen line.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2009 - 03:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
While we didn't get a chance to get the news up during the show, there were a couple of interesting news bits to come out of QuakeCon 2009 - not the least of which was word that the advertising-based business model for Quake Live was not panning out as well as hoped. John Carmack, in his opening day keynote, stated as much:
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2009 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner you have AMD's fast card, the $200 Radeon HD 4890 1GB and in the other corner a pair of
HD 4770s that together add up to $220. The pair of cards have access to more shaders, while the single card has better memory bandwidth making the contest look inter
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 14, 2009 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With five months of ATI Catalyst driver blogs under our belt, we are seeing a growing engagement from the community via this blog site. Please keep up the great comments and suggestions and we will endeavor to answer as many as we can. So, without further ado – let me introduce the ATI Catalyst 9.8 Driver Release!
Game Optimizations: ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Driver
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 14, 2009 - 03:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
UPDATE 2: I have also added the trailer for DiRT 2 shown at QuakeCon 2009, a game that will be utilizing DX11
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2009 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner is the CPU calculated physics software called Havok and in the other corner is what used to be Ageia's and is now nVIDIA's proprietary GPU physics program, PhsyX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2009 - 03:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like AMD GPU fans attending QuakeCon 2009 (and you really should) will get a bit of an early dig into the world of the Catalyst 9.8 drivers. According to this post on Catalyst driver lead Terry Makedon's twitter page, users interested in getting the first taste of 9.8 should be following him:
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
A couple of days ago news began to spread that (surprise!!) SLI support was coming to the world of Lynnfield and the P55 chipset. Why this was a shock to so many people was confusing to me as motherboards had been advertised with "SLI Support" since Computex in June. We saw examples from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte as well as several other brands.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2009 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD FirePro V8750 has arrived, bringing with it the first incarnation of Crossfire Pro, the equivalent of Crossfire X for production level cards. It is not quite as flexible, allowing only a pair of cards to be used and the cards must match exactly, though you do not need a V8750, the V5700, V7750, and V8700
will also benefit from having a twin. The big question on Phoronix's mind is how this card performs under Linux, specifically Ubuntu 9.04. Their first disappointment was the lack of Crossfire Pro support; on the plus side the card was recognized immediately. <
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2009 - 11:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week we heard reports on Semiaccurate that NVIDIA's next-generation GPU part, known as GT300 around here, had actually taped out. That means the designers think and hope they are done and the results are handed off to the manufacturer (TSMC) for the initial run of silicon. Typically we'll see the time between a tape out and a first prototype graphics card to be about 10 weeks:
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 5, 2009 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The biggest change to the ASUS EAH4890 TOP is not the cooling system, instead it is the power system. The dual fans and heatpipes are good, it is the Super ML capacitors and the ability to adjust the cards VCore through bundled software. [H]ard|OCP found themselves amazed at the 960MHz GPU and 4.5GHz GDDR5 final overclock, with no tweaks, tricks or other chicanery, they hit that speed straight out of the box. Those capacitors
certainly made a difference which is good news as
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 4, 2009 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (August 4, 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 BFG GeForce GTX 285 H2O+ and GeForce GTX 295 H2OC graphics cards with ThermoIntelligence Advanced Cooling Solutions - saving customers time and money by providing a high performance graphics card plus a fully assembled, self-contained liquid cooling solution rig
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2009 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Armed with only a hacksaw, the intrepid gamers at Bjorn3D have completed a successful heatsink transplant, the patient, one GTX275 that had a severe fever is now doing much better thanks to the Thermalright HR-03 GTX.
As the cure only required an investment of $50 and could be done in home, the procedure went ahead without delay and they are pleased to announce that what was a life threatening temperature of 86C has been reduced to a
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2009 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP actually managed to get a hold of a retail box XFX HD4770 dual-slot card, the YDFC model
as the YDLC is a single slot card. It is still a 40nm process GPU with 640 stream processors and 512MB of GDDR5, what is special about the card is that XFX has always been nVIDIA only, this is the first AMD silicon they have released. Their 'double lifetime' warranty still applies, they are not taking anything away that you'd expect to see on their nVIDIA offerings. Check out what thi
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $250 the Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GBruns about $40 more than the vanilla version, but also sports twice the memory as well as a nice improved cooler. That cooler has allowed Sapphire to raise the core GPU speed by 20MHz to 870MHz and the memory by 100MHz to 1050MHz and is capable of hitting 950MHz and 1200MHz with a little tweaking. In addition, the cooler is significantly quieter tha
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the release of the company's first WHQL-certified ATI Catalyst graphics drivers for Windows 7 Release to Manufacturing (RTM), an important milestone in the development of Microsoft's next generation operating system. For ATI Radeon customers, the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver is immediately available for download from game.amd.com.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 09:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
In a move that is surely going to raise some eyebrows, Intel has apparently decided to add a pair of HD video decoders to the logic on-board the Larrabee graphics chip; this according to a story over at SemiAccurate. This would definitely go against the whole premise of the Larrabee architecture: to do as much work as possible in x86 software without the need for dedicated hardware to any one specific task. Intel said from the beginning that textures required special hardware to run m
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a little Wild West action on your PC, and a Clint Eastwood marathon just won't cut it, pick up the second iteration of Call of Juarez; Bound in Blood. Shotguns and six shooters replace SMGs and BFGs and there is no crying allowed. [H]ard|OCP picked up a copy to test the experience that people will have with eight of the top current video cards. Their testing showed that even a HD4770 can manage 2560x1600, though perhaps the most interestin