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Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP held off on their review of the HD4870 X2 until it's driver and BIOS had time to mature. They also pitted it against a pair of GeForce GTX 260 in SLI, just to make it fair for nVIDIA. How did it fare? If you are 2560x1600 widescreen gamer, you will want to see the benchmarks.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 04:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
A couple of weeks ago a rather large package arrived at our door with the tagline of "graphics card" attached. Hmm, usually they aren't THIS big I thought...
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 2, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RivaTuner 2.10 has arrived at the Guru of 3D. The newest version brings much wanted support to all those owners of new nVIDIA 200 series cards as well as the 4800 series from AMD, allowing those who have grabbed the new cards more overclocking options that are available in the drivers. SLI/Crossfire is still giving them some problems though.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2008 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has displayed a fondness for odd memory buses and sizes recently. It started with the 640Mb 8800GTS and now continues with the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB FTW, with a 448 bit memory bus. In the testing over at The Tech Lounge, they decided that this is their preferred card over the GTX 280, thanks to reduced power consumption, noise and heat as well as price.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Prague, Czech Republic - August 23, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Neptune line of water cooled Radeon graphics cards. the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB - HD 4870 512MB - HD 4850 512MB H2O Edition Graphics card all come with Danger Den & Smoothcreations custom cooling capabilities. These card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2008 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newly announced Hydra Engine from Lucid seems to have trumped both Crossfire and SLI in a single swipe. Not only do they seem to imply that their task oriented approach will outperform the brute force style that the current solutions use, the technology will allow a lot of other tasks to be accomplished that are beyond SLI and Crossfire. It also able to combine any mix of cards from the same vendor, though you can't mix AMD and nVIDIA ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it. All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively. Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2008 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has been trying everything to make the GTX 280 more attractive to gamers, mostly by dropping the price by about $200. BFG is taking it one step further with their BFG GTX 280 OCX, an overclocked version of the already fast card. Hardware Canucks tested it against AMD's 4870 X2, as well as the 4870 and 4850 in Crossfire. nVIDIA does retain some top spots, but not by much of a margin.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crysis has been a serious glove slap for the graphics companies, as they watch their top of the line graphics cards struggle desperately to provide reasonable framerates with high resolution and details. The 4870 X2 release yesterday offered a nice response, a card with enough power to get Crysis looking as it should, especially in Crossfire configurations. Madshrimps was curious about the wide variance in the Crysis benchmarks that were published, so they decided to get to the bottom of it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphics cards with high performance and exceptional speeds are never far from the gamer's mind. That is why ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the graphical solution for the latest generation of AMD dual RV770XT GPUs - the ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G - equipped with double GPUs and a massive 2G of on-board memory.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 03:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting bit of editorial came across my desk today from none other than the big green company known as NVIDIA. As a whole NVIDIA has not been shy in their attacks on Intel what with the "cans of whoop ass" and the like; but this time NVIDIA has taken it upon themselves to send the media a document detail "questions" about Intel's Larrabee on the day the architecture gets detailed at Siggraph.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, Calf. August 12, 2008 - Asetek's industry-leading, LCLC liquid cooling solution is now available for AMD's much anticipated multi-GPU cards, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 family of graphics cards (codenamed R700). The unique, liquid cooling approach is exactly what OEMs need to extract the highest performance from the graphics card and produce top-of-the-line gaming and entertainment products.
"Heat is an 'age-old' problem for computers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD 4870 X2 is here, and it certainly does not disappoint.
Able to keep up with a pair of 4870 X2's in Crossfire, and leaving the 280 in the dust, this card is very impressive. Check out the benchmark score that Ryan managed with this card, and how badly the 280 fares against AMD's newest offering.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2008 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like someone has leaked out the minimum system requirements for the upcoming Far Cry 2 release; and they actually aren't all that bad. The absolute minimum includes an Athlon 64 3500+, Pentium D 2.4 GHz or higher, 1 GB of memory and a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1650 graphics card. The full experience will require a bit more of you: Core 2 Duo or Phenom, 2GB of memory, 8600 GTS or X1900 GPU or better with a 512MB frame buffer.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2008 - 05:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
The answer to the first question is relatively simple. Intel is
positioning Larrabee in a market that already exists and that has
plenty of applications: Gaming. Intel told us that Larrabee will
support all the existing APIs (and some more) which should enable
gamers to run games on it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 06:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
UPDATE for 7/31/08 - I spoke with one of the lawyers for the defendants on this class-action suit and he verified for me all the information that I detailed below. The judge denied class-status to the entirety of GPU buyers and limited it to those who purchased GPUs directly from ATI or NVIDIA online; i.e.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at the table on the second page of HEXUS' preview of the 9800 GT; compare the new 9800 GT specs to the old 8800 GT specs. Can you spot the difference; I'll give you a hint, it involves a feature only found on nForce motherboards, and is a feature that neither Ryan, Josh or I could find a single good point about when we tried during a previous Podcast. You get no die shrink, no clock speed increases, you don't ev