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Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2009 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2009 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As GPUs learn how to do more and more things it is almost a waste to let it idle now. If you aren't gaming then you can get Folding@Home to use those spare cycles, but there is more that it can do. The recent release of Flash 10 sees the introduction of a Flash player that can utilize the GPU as oppose to your overworked CPU. Now Benchmark Reviews wants to ensure that your movie playback, either SD or HD, takes advantage of that expensive GPU in your system to ensure smooth playback.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 27, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a while since we've seen a review of an unbalanced Crossfire setup, so drop by Overclockers Club to see an HD 5870 and an HD 5850,
that they managed to get their hands on somehow, paired on a Core i7 920 system. They overclocked the HD5850 to the same speeds as the HD5870, 1GHz GPU and 1200MHz for the memory. The boost they saw was impressive, the Catalys
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2009 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft had a hope that DX10 would convince masses of gamers to migrate from WinXP to Vista. Unfortunately, a better dynamic lighting range and slightly improved textures just wasn't enough to convince gamers to upgrade en mass. Part of that was hardware support but mostly it was the poor implementation of features into games, there was not a huge difference. DX11's arrival saw affordable hardware on the scene already and a list of games that will support it before launch. Perhaps the biggest draw is the Heaven Benchmark, which if you have not yet seen,
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2009 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What could possibly be better than an HD5970? An HD 5970 overclocked from 725 MHz to 935 MHz on the core and from 4000MHz to 5240 MHz
on the GDDR5, that's what! Since AMD has taken down their overvolting tool it is up to MSI's Afterburner to bump the default 1.05V GPU core to 1.1625V, as you need more power to manage this overclock. The Guru of 3D walks you through the perils and benefits of such a hefty overclock along with showing you all the steps you need in their article.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 09:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PORTLAND, Ore.— SC09—Nov. 16, 2009—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today unveiled the Tesla 20-series of parallel processors for the high performance computing (HPC) market, based on its new generation CUDA processor architecture, codenamed “Fermi”.
Designed from the ground-up for parallel computing, the NVIDIA Tesla 20-series GPUs slash the cost of computing by delivering the same performance of a traditional CPU-based cluster at one-tenth the cost and one-twentieth the power.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[City of Industry, CA] World renowned graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, MSI, formally releases the world's first graphics card to support over-voltage functionality with the N240GT series. Including the N240GT-MD512-OC/D5 and N240GT-MD1G, this series allows the user to adjust both the voltage and the overclocking configurations via the Afterburner overclocking software to increase GPU clock up to 30%!
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GIGABYTE Technology Co. LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today presents the latest GeForceTM GT240 Series graphics cards - “GV-N240D5-512I & GV-N240D3-1GI”. Thanks to advanced 40nm process, GV-N240D5-512I and GV-N240D3-1GI provide better performance while using less power. Even during hardcore overclocking the graphics cards can still run in low operating temperatures. Using GDDR5 memory, GV-N240D5-512I promises high speed gaming experience.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although it is very nice to see nVIDIA finally putting GDDR5 on their cards, they managed to tarnish the launch of the GT 240 by pulling a mean trick on buyers of low end cards. There are two versions of nVIDIA's enw low end card, a DDR3 version which runs at 2000 MHz and offers 32.0 GB/s of bandwidth and a GDDR5 version which runs at 3400MHz with 54.4 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, November 17th, 2009 Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer is pleased to announce latest GT240 series graphics card with GDDR5 solution.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Radeon HD 5770 Voltage Tweak
Edition allows you more headroom on opening up the GPU and memory to its fast possible settings, though it still can't help with the fact that there is less memory bandwidth available than either the 4870 or the 5870. Finding out the limits of the card is not as dangerous as you might think, ASUS will still provide RMA for any card that fails under their SmartDoctor overclocking/overvolting tool for
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2009 - 12:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD has some cool things coming down the pipeline for their graphics card lineup this month (really, even MORE than you've seen in the last 2 months) but some news was worth posting right away. As you know, the AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of GPUs is the only one that supports DirectX 11 and because of that AMD is hoping DX11 titles become a big selling point before NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi GPU can gain any ground on that feature.
Well good news for AMD, another major title has been announced with DX11 support due in early 2010 - Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2009 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While none of these cards will be shattering 3dMark records, every one is capable of at playing modern games and video at a reasonable rate and all of the cards are $80 or less. While the more expensive cards dominate the enthusiast level, these inexpensive cards are going to show up in a lot of prebuilt systems. Why not take advantage and slip one of these four cards into the next 'cheap as you can make it' PC you are asked to build.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2009 - 02:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Montreal, Canada, November 10, 2009/PRNewswire/—Matrox Graphics, the leading manufacturer of specialized graphics solutions, today announced the launch of the Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 Octal graphics card, capable of supporting eight DisplayPort or DVI Single-Link outputs from a single workstation.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2009 - 11:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
Last week Maingear, one of the most impressive system builders for enthusiasts today, released a new computer called "The SHIFT." Despite having cliched lines like it being a "personal everyday supercomputer" the system looks to be damn impressive. The chassis is obviously based on the Silverstone Raven case (you can see the similarities in our recent review) that includes a component structure that is rotated 90 degrees.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Switching to 40nm doesn't seem like the best of ideas right now, the supply problems are well known but it is a very important step for nVIDIA as they need to continue to evolve. Their new release takes a page from AMD's recent launch behaviour, they are leading with the low end first. The GeForce GT220 has a 720MHz GPU, 1GB of 1600MHz DDR3 and a 128bit memory bus and will set you back all of $80
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan finally got his hands on the Left 4 Dead 2 demo and fired it up on a variety of cards, 4 AMD (plus one XFire setup) and 5 nVIDIA cards. His testing at 2560x1600
with 4xMSAA and 16xAF shows that even the HD5850 can supply enough power to make this game playable on a 30" monitor. He has yet to try out EyeFinity but the results here give great hope to those who don't wish to invest in a graphics card running in the neighbourhood of $400. It looks like you might be well off spending money on a midrange HD4xxx and picking up an