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Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PCI Express bus type for graphics cards is
the standard going forward for all systems and motherboards. In fact,
AGP is no longer being supported.
you were to upgrade your system or motherboard now or in the future,
you would need a PCI Express graphics card to support that new system,
which would improve your overall performance in 3D games and video
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 10:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's new driver revision, 180, offers some nice benefits to those who install it. SLI on multiple monitors is much easier now, with the software allowing you to choose which display gets the SLI, as opposed to completely disabling monitors and playing with plugs. PhsyX support is also made a little easier, so you can easily choose which nVIDIA card will run your graphics and which will handle the physics processing. AnandTech walks you through all of it here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 20 November 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the next step in its ongoing cooperation with the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community.
Building on the recent release of the VIA graphics driver available on the VIA Linux Portal, VIA is actively collaborating with the OpenChrome development team on their Open Source graphics driver - initially assisting with multi-head support and RandR function.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2008 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HD 4870 1024MB Golden Sample runs 25MHz over stock at 775MHz on the GPU and 100MHz faster for the memory clock, effectively 4,000MHz when you push the Turbo button. That is enough speed to notice an improvement over the basic HD4870 and the non-standard cooling solution did help with the heat. The increase in performance does come at an increase in price, on high enough that bit-tech would not really recommend this card as a good value, especially w
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 08:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before Ryan started in on a marathon session listening to AMD present technical data to a bunch of suits with a lot of money, he had the time to post about AMD's plans for stream processing. Among all the announcements expected today, the idea of utilizing the GPU for an incredibly varied list of tasks is maybe the most interesting. Read his full article to see why that is.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 07:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Galaxy really figured out how to push the GTX260, their overclocked version sees an increase from 576MHz to 656MHz in the GPU, the stream processors are bumped from 1.242GHz to 1.405GHzand the memory picks up over 10%, hitting 2.26GHz. Read on to see if [H]ard|OCP recommends buying the OC version, or the basic model and doing the overclocking yourself.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 04:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - November 10, 2008 - Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history - the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800.
"The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 10:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are pondering picking up a pair of the new HD4850X2's as opposed to a single HD4780X2, you may want to visit Tweaktown. They tested a pair in Crossfire and the results were not exactly encouraging. There were some games which saw an improvement, but more saw the performance unchanged or even slightly degraded. There is a good chance that updated drivers and game patches will at least ensure the experience is the same, but you may prefer to go with a m
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 07:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been talking about NVIDIA's 3D technology for a while now as it has been on display in one form or another for over a year. At the NVISION08 conference this year we got our hands on a near final version of the active glasses technology as well as Mitsubishi TVs and Viewsonic monitors that ran at the required 120 Hz rate. According to Digitimes the glasses are just about ready, the drivers are as well but the lack of any low cost and widely available displays is holding up the process a bit.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 07:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Did you like the idea of having both an integrated and discrete graphics solution your notebook with the ability to switch between them depending on your need for battery life or performance? Yeah, me too. Tough though - someone at Microsoft apparently has a stick up their ass and doesn't approve of the technology. According to Engadget, Microsoft's Windows 7 will not offer native support for the technology and in fact dismisses all of it as "unstab
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 06:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Back in June during this year's Computex show we reported on a brewing relationship between NVIDIA and VIA that partnered two companies together with a common enemy: Intel. The idea at the time was to pair NVIDIA's mid-range GPUs with VIA's Nano processor, at the time the best low power processor option on the market, to create a cheap yet enticing low cost gaming platform. However, once Intel's Atom processor came onto the scene and started gobbling up the marketshare VIA was attempting to get, the partnership quickly fell off the
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2008 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At an MSRP of $400, the new HD4850 X2 sits right between the HD4870 and HD4870 X2 in price, and in performance as well. The extra GPU really adds to the power of the HD4850 taking it past the it's bigger brother, though still not coming close to the HD4870 X2. It is also possesses a rather interesting back plate; most might have expected a rear venting setup like most modern cards sport, the HD4850 X2 has four dual-link DVI connectors as well as a TV out. Check out HEXUS' review here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2008 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 1GB HD4870s that have arrived also heralded the
arrival of HD4870s with 2GB or VRAM, which is exactly what the Guru of 3D has up for review. That extra RAM will come in very handy with your 30" monitor, playing at 2560x1600 and the raw power of the card will let you set most, if not all options to their highest settings. If you are playing with a monitor in the 20" range, you really won't see much difference between the original HD4870 and this new version.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2008 - 06:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan's review of the KFA2 Galaxy GTX 260+ shows off the work nVIDIA and it's partners are doing with the current lineup of cards. The first big change is the use of the new Big Bang 2 drivers from nVIDIA, the second is the card it's self. The clocks on this card are bumped up by more that 10% across the board; 656 MHz core, 1405 MHz shader and 1130 MHZ memory. Support for 3 wa
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2008 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you fire up GPU-Z and have only 560 shader processors as opposed to the 640 that are on the card then you have a card with a pre-production BIOS. There is good news, it looks like only reviewers have ended up with these cards, they are not likely to have made it into the channel, though it is possible some slipped through. As well, you can take hearst in the fact that this is a BIOS issue only. The processors are there, they are just going unused and a simple BIOS flash can fix that. AnandTech did some testing and you can see the difference in performance,
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a limited time, and while supplies last only, customers who buy ANY BFG GeForce GTX 200 Series graphics card October 22, 2008 or later, will get
- a free full copy of Far Cry 2 (DVD) a $50 value.
- a free full copy of 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition (online download; BFG will supply Serial Number) a $20 value
- a BFG branded mini super bright LED torch (priceless!).
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 04:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are going to need a new way to rate low end graphics cards. There are so many really good choices out there that best price for performance is rather difficult to decide. Do you go for the high end HD4830 at about $150, or a low end HD4850 for a few dollars more, or do you want a heavily overclocked 9800GT, again about $150? Do you get cheaper but buy two, or get the fastest single card you can? Are you willing to pay $17.50 for an extra hundred GFLOPS, or only $7.38?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The early beta of nVIDIA's 180 series of drivers, which bear the name Big Bang II have arrived just in time for FarCry2. The major improvements come in the form of changes to multi-monitor support, a topic dear to Ryan's heart. There are also claims of significant performance increases, and as Ryan is Steaming through the download of FarCry2, you should keep your eyes open for a sneak peek at performance. You can also bet the game will make it into the benchmarking section of future graphics cards.