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Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 09:30 PM | Josh Walrath
Today AMD has released its latest graphics processors, and this time they are aimed at the budget to lower-mainstream markets. The release of the Radeon 4800 series certainly turned some heads, and AMD had probably the best performing parts (under pretty much every circumstance imaginable) at the $200 and $300 price levels. To say that the Radeon 4870 and 4850 not only leveled, but overturned the playing field is not an overstatement. In reaction NVIDIA reduced the price of their GTX 260 from $450 down to $300, and the high end GTX 280 went from $650 to $499 or so.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The mid ranged ATI Radeon HD 4670 has arrived at Newegg. If you have $80 and want to be able to play most games at very high image quality settings @ 1280x1024 and have enhanced HD video playback, this card is perfect for you. It also has some interesting new power states, ensuring that the card is only pulling the power that it needs at the time.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 10, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon HD 4600 series, mainstream graphics offerings that deliver exceptional gaming and HD multimedia performance while consuming less power than a standard light bulb.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 8, 2008 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX brands their overclocked graphics cards as XXX; but if EVGA can use FTW, then I guess it isn't too inappropriate. Both the 260 and the 280 models are available, and [H]ard|OCP benchmarked them on a system with a QX9770 overclocked to 3.6GHz. They even managed to get a bit of an overclock out of these factory overclocked cards, which may put a sparkle in the eyes of some enthusiasts. Drop by to see how they stack up against the HD4870 and HD4780 X2.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 10:29 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 - 08:46 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 - 04:10 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 - 08:07 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 - 03:41 PM | 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 - 07:23 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 - 07:38 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 - 09:09 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 - 09:56 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 - 06:30 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 - 07:30 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 - 05:44 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 - 05:14 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.