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Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2008 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFG took a GeForce 9800 GTX, overclocked it, added a waterblock to it and called it the H2OC.
The reference speeds are GPU core of 675MHz, shaders at 1675MHz and the memory at 2.2GHz, the H2OC runs at 783MHz, 1944MHz and 2.32GHz, but the Guru of 3D managed to push it all the way to 790MHz, 2067MHz and 2.49GHz. If you have a
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2008 - 04:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
Did you buy one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 or GTX 260 cards when they initially launched? Did you pay $649 for the GTX 280? $499 for the GTX 260? Were you pissed when you found the prices drop to $499 this week? Well if you bought GTX 200 series cards from XFX, today is really going to be a stellar day for you: XFX is going to help you by giving you free money.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 14, 2008 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The previews of the HD 4870 X2 are certainly impressive, Ryan was seeing an average frame rate of 40fps in Crysis at 1920x1200 and 8xAF. It does feel like AMD is taunting their fans thanks to the way this card was released. We have no firm date (Q3 sometime-ish), no idea what the availablilty will be like, and absolutely no idea what the price will be. Still, it is nice to see positive results from AMD's graphics cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sure, DX10 and DX10.1 are getting all the attention now, but rumors are circulating that NVIDIA will skipping DX10.1 support (which did not even show up in GT200) going straight to DX11. While a release date for the new graphics API is probably not going to be discussed, apparently Microsoft will be talking about the new features, such as tessellation and multi-threaded rendering, at the upcoming XNA GameFest in Seattle.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
When we initially saw the die size that GT200 was released at last month, we knew that NVIDIA would be trying to get it moved from a 65nm process technology to 55nm very soon - money talks as the saying goes. It looks like the green GPU giant is going to get 55nm running by the end of the quarter and could even have 40nm tape outs by the end of the year!
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The sub $200 market is getting incredibly crowded, and most of those cards will bring you more performance than you might expect. The newest cards are from BFG, the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence. The ThermoIntelligence label denotes some serious cooling and a complete disregard for specified clock speeds. Read Ryan's reivew in full here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
InsideHW takes a step back before reviewing AMD's new 48xx graphics cards. Instead of putting up benchmarks and maximum playable resolutions, they focus on some of the technology that allows the cards to perform well and produce the quality of graphics we have seen. Read through their full article for a deeper look into the architecture that has helped AMD so much with this generation of graphics cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2008 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
But that is about all the benefit you will see from nVIDIA's PhysX capable GPUs,
unless you are one of the few still playing UT3 (like me). Those benefits that you saw in 3DMark, and heard arguing about, are really the only benefit. UT3 is better with the stand alone card and as it stands currently, GRAW is not compatible with the GPU PhysX; which may change in the near future. Drop by Techgage for some hard numbers on the benefits of nVIDIA's newest feature.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 04:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (June 30, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.
Backed with 24/7/365 free technical support and a lifetime warranty, the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and OCX versions are factory overclocked graphics cards that go through extensive testing to find the right mix of speeds for the core, memory, and shader clocks that will produce
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CHATSWORTH, CA - June 27, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today along with boutique system builder Smoothcreations, and Water cooling mavens, Danger Den the ATI Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition graphics card. This card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.
The HD 4870 is a smoking gun dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 512MB of DDR5 memory and a clock speed of 800 MHz. The memory speed is 1100 MHz and is designed with 800 stream processors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a graphics card update, and you budget just cannot stretch beyond $150, then the 9600 GTS is perfect for you. Ryan tried three different models, the $130 ASUS EN9600GT Silent and ASUS EN9600GT TOP and the $150 XFX 9600 GT XXX Edition. Read through the review and see if you want to spend the extra $20 for the overclocked version.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Hey, look at this! The GeForce GTX 260 896MB cards are finally showing up in stock! You can read our review of both the GTX 260 and GTX 280 here and then head over to Newegg to pick one up!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2008 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2008 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The cries are familiar to anyone who remembers the schoolyard back in the primary grades; screams of "No fair, you cheated" echo and messages are passed via third parties, "I won't talk to him unless he talks to me first" and "Oh ya, well he better apologize first or I won't ever speak to him".
Unfortunately, this bitching and moaning is not emanating
from small children, though you could be forgiven for thinking so, that whine you hear is coming from people who should have gotten over that type of behaviour years ago.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has finished reviewing the HD4850 and 4870 and he is quite happy with the results. The HD4870 can beat the dual GPU HD 3870 X2 1GB and has 7.1 channel HD audio decoding to boot. The HD4850 can also compete with the X2, although not beat it, at an MSRP of $199. Read on to get an idea of what has changed in the architecture and technology and then carry on into the benchmarks.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today achieved two world firsts in visual computing: the launch of the first teraFLOPS graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and the launch of the first graphics card featuring ultra high bandwidth GDDR5 memory, the ATI Radeon HD 4870. These two innovations combine with trademark AMD energy-efficient design and powerful DirectX 10.1 compatibility to deliver superior performance at the high-volume mainstream and performance price points. Both the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 are immediately available.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2008 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (June 24, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.
With the launch of each new NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), BFG typically releases three increasing levels of factory overclock: OC, OC2, and OCX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
By running four HD 4850 in CrossfireX you can experience Crysis at one quarter the speed as with a single card. While that may not sound like what should be true, it is in fact the reality. TweakTown did these tests after the hotfix was created by AMD, but it looks like there is still some serious work to be done at the driver level.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has had the time, and not just a bit of luck, getting the 9800 GTX+ running and compared to the HD 4850. The 4850's MSRP of $199 makes it a bit cheaper than the $229 the GTX+ is expected to sell at, but the performance gap is a little wider than that. Take a look at the full review to see the difference.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like AMD wasn't kidding about that immediate availability thing with the Radeon HD 4850 512MB cards. Newegg has a slew in stock.