Black Edition - the best friend of gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM |

When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip.  Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz.  The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Quarterly Driver Update for Notebooks is Now Live

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM |

Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.

The first notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.

Source: NVIDIA

Keeping it simple

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2009 - 02:31 PM |

LeadTek's WinFast GTX 285 runs at the reference clock speeds, 648MHz GPU and 1GB of 2484MHz GDDR3.  You can expect to see it sucking down about 380W under full load, and a temperature of 80C with the fan at 40%.  If you are OK with the extra noise it creates, cranking the fan up to full power will drop your temperatures to 67C, still fairly warm but certainly reasonable for the fastest single GPU card going.  You will need that extra cooling if you want to overclock the card as much as Bjorn3D did in their

Source: Bjorn3D

Only a Couple of eXtra

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2009 - 12:09 PM |

New from BFG is the GeForce GTX 285 OCX, a factory overclocked GTX285
with a core of 648MHz, the shader is 1.476GHz and GDDR3 of 2.484GHz.  All the other specs remain the same, which may be why the only benefit [H]ard|OCP saw was a handfull of extra frames, but not much more.  It is up to you whether the small gains they

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lucid Hydra chip finds use in Japan for HPC, Medical

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 02:18 PM |

It may seem like many moons ago since we first learned about the Lucid HYDRA product, but it looks as if there is a significant advancement for the technology courtesy of a Japanese computing company called ELSA.  ELSA is a system designer that targets high end graphics systems for HPC (high performance computing), broadcast and medical organizations.

Source: General

An inauspicious start to 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 01:04 PM |

The last Catalyst release, 8.12, offered huge improvements to all Radeon owners excepting those with multiple HD4850s.  The hotfix for the 8.12 even cheered those unfortunates up, as it fixed the degradation they were seeing.  Just yesterday we saw the release of the first driver for this year, Catalyst 9.1, which adds support for OpenGL, but not much in the way of other features.  X-bit Labs compares the 8.12 driver, both with and without the hotfix, against the new 9.1 driver.  T

Source: X-Bit Labs

A new year, a new Catalyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 02:24 PM |

Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:

Full OpenGL 3.0 support

This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:

Source: AMD

Making the upgrade worth your time

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 03:04 PM |

Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts.  The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs.  AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested.  The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.

Source: Big Bruin

Galaxy Expands Retail Business to Microcenter

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 02:12 AM |

A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter. 

Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter

If you've got the power ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 12:26 PM |

As long as your wallet can handle a $500 hit, your PSU can handle a 450W drain, and your CPU or RAM isn't going to offer a bottleneck, you are probably thinking fondly of the GTX 295.  Bjorn 3D took a little time before releasing their review of the BFG GTX 295, comparing it against some of nVIDIA and AMD's finest, including SLI and a second GTX 295 to see how BFG's offering fares.  When able, they also enable PhysX on the card to see what impact t

Source: Bjorn3D

nVIDIA's small steps to success

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM |

It's a fair jump for the graphics core to go from 648MHz to 702MHz, the stream processor from 1.476GHz to 1.584GHZ and the memory from 2.484GHz to 2.646GHz, but that is exactly what EVGA did with their GeForce GTX 285 SSC Edition.  Even more impressive is [H]ard|OCP's final numbers when they try overclocking this card even further.  Architecturally the GTX 285 does not really differ from the 280 it replaced, but the die shrink has really opened up the maximum clock speeds.  Read

Source: [H]ard|OCP


Subject: Graphics Cards | January 15, 2009 - 02:48 PM |

Lake Forest, IL - (January 15, 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 line of graphics cards in four factory overclocked versions; OC, OC+, OC2, and OCX.

BFG's GeForce GTX 285 factory overclocked graphics cards provide 240 processing cores and over 50% more performance than prior generations.

A small increase

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 15, 2009 - 01:00 PM |

Seeing as how Ryan has somehow managed to suppress his need
to sleep, there is a brand new review up this morning, of nVIDIA's GTX 285 1GB graphics card.  For around $400 you can grab the card that is replacing the GTX280, with higher clock speeds and a die shrink.

Video: NVIDIA 3D Vision Review in case you missed it

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 04:12 PM |

I know that during the first few days of the review being online, the video we provided to accompanying the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision review had some issues for some people.  For those of you that missed it, or even watch it again, I have provided a streaming Viddler version in the review and posted here as well.

Let me know what you think of the new format!

Take the hybrid for the win

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 01:42 PM |

AMD did get there with their new generation of cards first, it has taken nVIDIA a long time to come out with a dual GPU card like the HD4870 X2.  Now that they have, it seems that the wait was worth it as their hybridized GTX 295 is incredibly powerful.  Tech Spot shows this card beating a pair of 260's in SLI across the board and leaving the 4870 X2 in the dust.  Right now, only $

Source: Tech Spot

nVIDIA does it two!

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2009 - 02:07 PM |

Look out HD4870 X2, you are no longer competing and sometimes beating nVIDIA's best card, the GTX260+ has been replaced by the GTX 295.  Sporting an ungodly 1792MB of GDDR3 and a pair of what are essentially GTX 280 cores, this card is unbeatable.  If you splurge and pick up a pair of them (assuming you can handle ~650W draw from the cards alone), you can expect to play Crysis on high quality at 1920x1200 and get average frame rates in the high 60's, an unprecedented score.  Check out Ryan's full review of the new ki

A good thing that just keeps on getting better

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 6, 2009 - 02:48 PM |

The HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO is a full 1GB model sporting a fancy third party cooler that drops the temperatures as well as the noise at full.  As the running temperatures and fan noise were the two biggest faults of the original 4870, this really is a great step forward.  Add into that equation the coming price drop as well as the ~10% o

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA GT212 details hint at 384 SPs

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:51 PM |

A post over at Expreview is indicating they have source spilling some proverbial beans about the upcoming NVIDIA GT212 GPU update due in mid-2009.  Here's the table of interest:

Source: Expreview

XFX cards with ATI Radeon inside start to show up

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:40 PM |

XFX sent out a PR email blast letting the whole world know that the XFX Radeon HD 4000 series of graphics are official and should be available any day now.  The company has its Radeon products website up and running at has quite a few new cards on the table including:


NVIDIA 9-series rebranding gets more specific

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2009 - 01:50 PM |

AudioFreak39 points out in a thread in our forums that the pending GeForce 9-series rebranding process has now been unearthed as the GeForce Gx00 series:

GeForce G110 (rebranded 9400GT):

GeForce G120 (rebranded 9500GT):