Catalyst 9.8 to be previewed at QuakeCon 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2009 - 03:35 PM |

It looks like AMD GPU fans attending QuakeCon 2009 (and you really should) will get a bit of an early dig into the world of the Catalyst 9.8 drivers.  According to this post on Catalyst driver lead Terry Makedon's twitter page, users interested in getting the first taste of 9.8 should be following him:

SLI coming to P55 chipset and Lynnfield CPU, but what about 3-Way?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2009 - 03:23 PM |

A couple of days ago news began to spread that (surprise!!) SLI support was coming to the world of Lynnfield and the P55 chipset.  Why this was a shock to so many people was confusing to me as motherboards had been advertised with "SLI Support" since Computex in June.  We saw examples from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte as well as several other brands.

Quick content creation on Linux

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2009 - 12:37 PM |

The AMD FirePro V8750 has arrived, bringing with it the first incarnation of Crossfire Pro, the equivalent of Crossfire X for production level cards.  It is not quite as flexible, allowing only a pair of cards to be used and the cards must match exactly, though you do not need a V8750, the V5700, V7750, and V8700
will also benefit from having a twin.  The big question on Phoronix's mind is how this card performs under Linux, specifically Ubuntu 9.04.  Their first disappointment was the lack of Crossfire Pro support; on the plus side the card was recognized immediately.  <

Source: Phoronix

NVIDIA's DX11-based GT300 tapes out and gets some company

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2009 - 11:18 PM |

Earlier this week we heard reports on Semiaccurate that NVIDIA's next-generation GPU part, known as GT300 around here, had actually taped out.  That means the designers think and hope they are done and the results are handed off to the manufacturer (TSMC) for the initial run of silicon.  Typically we'll see the time between a tape out and a first prototype graphics card to be about 10 weeks:

Source: General

More power!

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 5, 2009 - 02:17 PM |

The biggest change to the ASUS EAH4890 TOP is not the cooling system, instead it is the power system.  The dual fans and heatpipes are good, it is the Super ML capacitors and the ability to adjust the cards VCore through bundled software.  [H]ard|OCP found themselves amazed at the 960MHz GPU and 4.5GHz GDDR5 final overclock, with no tweaks, tricks or other chicanery, they hit that speed straight out of the box.  Those capacitors
certainly made a difference which is good news as

Source: [H]ard|OCP


Subject: Graphics Cards | August 4, 2009 - 11:32 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (August 4, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 285 H2O+ and GeForce GTX 295 H2OC graphics cards with ThermoIntelligence Advanced Cooling Solutions - saving customers time and money by providing a high performance graphics card plus a fully assembled, self-contained liquid cooling solution rig

Egg cooking attachment sold separately

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2009 - 03:05 PM |

Armed with only a hacksaw, the intrepid gamers at Bjorn3D have completed a successful heatsink transplant, the patient, one GTX275 that had a severe fever is now doing much better thanks to the Thermalright HR-03 GTX
As the cure only required an investment of $50 and could be done in home, the procedure went ahead without delay and they are pleased to announce that what was a life threatening temperature of 86C has been reduced to a

Source: Bjorn3D

They found a retail box!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2009 - 05:40 PM |

[H]ard|OCP actually managed to get a hold of a retail box XFX HD4770 dual-slot card, the YDFC model
as the YDLC is a single slot card.  It is still a 40nm process GPU with 640 stream processors and 512MB of GDDR5, what is special about the card is that XFX has always been nVIDIA only, this is the first AMD silicon they have released.   Their 'double lifetime' warranty still applies, they are not taking anything away that you'd expect to see on their nVIDIA offerings.  Check out what thi

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I like big buffers and I cannot lie!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 01:59 PM |

At $250 the Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GBruns about $40 more than the vanilla version, but also sports twice the memory as well as a nice improved cooler.   That cooler has allowed Sapphire to raise the core GPU speed by 20MHz to 870MHz and the memory by 100MHz to 1050MHz and is capable of hitting 950MHz and 1200MHz with a little tweaking.  In addition, the cooler is significantly quieter tha

AMD Ready with Unified, WHQL-Certified Graphics Drivers for Windows 7 RTM

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 12:23 PM |

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the release of the company's first WHQL-certified ATI Catalyst graphics drivers for Windows 7 Release to Manufacturing (RTM), an important milestone in the development of Microsoft's next generation operating system. For ATI Radeon customers, the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver is immediately available for download from

Source: AMD

Larrabee now needs HD decoders to keep up

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 09:51 PM |

In a move that is surely going to raise some eyebrows, Intel has apparently decided to add a pair of HD video decoders to the logic on-board the Larrabee graphics chip; this according to a story over at SemiAccurate.  This would definitely go against the whole premise of the Larrabee architecture: to do as much work as possible in x86 software without the need for dedicated hardware to any one specific task.  Intel said from the beginning that textures required special hardware to run m

High definition graininess

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 12:33 PM |

If you are looking for a little Wild West action on your PC, and a Clint Eastwood marathon just won't cut it, pick up the second iteration of Call of Juarez; Bound in Blood.  Shotguns and six shooters replace SMGs and BFGs and there is no crying allowed.  [H]ard|OCP picked up a copy to test the experience that people will have with eight of the top current video cards.  Their testing showed that even a HD4770 can manage 2560x1600, though perhaps the most interestin

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD DX11 parts could be delayed, but we know what they are called!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 10:34 PM |

So I guess simply knowing all the codenames isn't going to make up for a possible delay to AMD's new DX11-based RV870 GPU, but I was trying to keep things civil here.  I saw over on Tech Report that there are reports of a delay to the Evergreen series of GPUs that AMD is building on the TSMC 40nm process technology targetting Windows 7 and a potential launch date inside September.  Now according to someone "in the know" AMD has been angling to push the launch back to November instead - blame is being placed on TS

Keep your cool when you install these fans

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 03:13 PM |

The Accelero Xtreme 4870 X2 GPU cooler
is a perfect idea for anyone with a 4870X2 as it will drop your temps by a serious margin.  There is a downside which may keep many people from purchasing this cooler, the 4870X2 is very different from a single GPU card when you are trying to remove the stock cooler so you can use the Accelero Xtreme.  The Guru of 3D takes you through the steps required to install the cooler as well as a very important tip at the end.  The original kit has a strong

Source: Guru of 3D

nVIDIA and Galaxy tie the knot

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 12:16 PM |

Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong July 20, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd. a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has become a NVIDIA Authorized Board Partner in North America and Latin America.

"Galaxy has been an authorized partner overseas for many years and we are looking forward to continue success in the American region through our retail, e-tail and channel partners," stated Kevin Poon, Galaxy Executive Vice President.

Bringing home twins

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2009 - 03:29 PM |

ATI's Radeon HD 4730 uses a 700MHz 55nm RV770 GPU, not the 40nm tech that the HD4770 does, though the RAM is GDDR5 on both cards.  This makes the HD4730 a bit of an odd duck, as it is more a bridge between the 4800 series and the 4770, a spot well filled by the HD4850.  The HD4850 can be had, right now, for about $100; the 4770 has not yet arrived on the market but is expected to sell for around $80.  Drop by InsideHW to see if a pair of these cards is worth picking up or i

Source: InsideHW

Worthy of its name

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM |

The MSI NGTX260 Lightning Black Edition 1792 MB DDR3 is an example of a company going all out trying to get a flagship card to the enthusiast.  Using 10 phase power with 'military' spec capacitors they pushed the card's GPU and DDR3 up by 100MHz each, once InsideHW was done with

Source: InsideHW

Analyst predicts that GPGPU computing will be important in the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:16 PM |

An interesting little article over at The Inq takes some time to analyze the opinions of research firm "GC Research" that has decided to comment on the growing trend of GPU computing.  Let's look at some excerpts:

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA 40nm desktop variants show!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:03 PM |

It looks like the rumors about future 40nm desktop GPUs from NVIDIA were sped up and you can actually find a couple of them on NVIDIA's website TODAY.  Thanks goes to Tech Report for spotting this.