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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2009 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2009 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2009 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2009 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 05:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2009 - 05:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2009 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can find it for sale, the SilenX IXG-80HA2 VGA cooler with the optional fan kit can give you a significant boost in performance or a reduction in noise. Made to fit almost any of the new cards from AMD and nVIDIA, in Think Computers testing it at full speed allowed them to increase clock speeds by over 30% and still kept the temperatures below the stock cooler at factory speeds. For those who are simply sick of hearing the noise generated by their HD4870 or other card, the low and medium settings on this cooler enables silent running, while still keeping the temperatures bel
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2009 - 06:23 PM | Josh Walrath
Hardware FR attended Intel's IDF in China this year and they came away with the first photographic evidence of the existence of a finished Larrabee processor. Near the end of their article, they have a picture of Pat Gelsinger hoisting up a 12 inch (300 mm) wafer full of supposed Larrabee dies. While the picture is somewhat grainy, we can see that each individual die is very large. Hardware FR believes that each individual die is around 600 mm square. After squinting at the picture I count
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2009 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you can tell someone is a doctor if they have the right letters after their last name, you can tell a graphics card is not a reference model if it has a posse from Alphabet Street following it around. For instance, the MSI N285GTX SuperPipe OC does not run at spec, but then again, it doesn't beat stock speeds by much. The GPU is 680MHz, 32MHz higher than stock, while the memory is 2.5GHz having been pushed up half as much as the GPU, a whole 16MHz. They didn't even touch the shader clock. [H]ard|OCP was able to push the card beyond that point and the cooling solution
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2009 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- ATI Catalyst 9.4 - New ATI OverDrive auto-tuning application
- ATI Catalyst 9.4 includes a new ATI Overdrive auto-tune application to estimate the over-clocked engine and memory values for ATI Overdrive supported ATI Radeon Graphics accelerators
- Designed for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series
Resolved Issue Highlights
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2009 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow missed out on the big launch last week, the new spring cards have arrived from both GPU makers, the nVIDIA GTX 275 and the AMD HD 4890. The nVIDIA card is not intended to be the new top of the line card, nor is the 4890. Instead they fill that middle range between their current single