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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2010 - 10:49 AM | Ryan Shrout
You know, in truth, I have rarely been a fan of water cooled graphics cards. They are much more complex to install and tend to force you to stick with one GPU for longer than you might otherwise. Just not my style - I'm an upgrade and run kind of enthusiast.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2010 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 TOXIC sports 2GB of RAM, twice as much as a normal model. That GDDR5 runs at 5GHz effective and the core is clocked to 925MHz, both higher than the reference card. The card is not quite as big as the DH 5970 but it does require more power and takes the six-and-eight-pin
PCIe power connectors familiar to fans of the highest end of GPUs. HEXUS' testing shows that the single GPU cannot beat the dual HD 5970 in most cases and in games that do not benefit from a la
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2010 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are many types of HD5770s, from the stock models to ones with custom cooling and factory set overclocks; two of which are up for review at InsideHW. The MSI HD5770 Hawk and the POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 are similar in some ways but vastly different in others. Mostly likely thanks to the improved cooling on the MSI HAWK, they
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2010 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP took a system with an HD5970 in it and installed three of the newest games on the market. They then fired them up to see what happened and recorded the results on video. The intent of this video review is to show you exactly what to expect when you try EyeFinity on these games; will their graphics settings allow you to specify EyeFinity resolutions right away or will you have to tweak configuration files in order to enjoy gaming across three screens? Drop
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2010 - 01:06 AM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 11, 2010 - 06:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
Some interesting pictures found their way to me of an upcoming graphics card from ASUS, the Radeon HD 5870 ROG MATRIX Edition (Republic of Gamers). This card appears to offer quite a bit more in the way of overclocking than nearly any other GPU we have seen to date.
The design on the PCB and cooler is completely custom and offers superior cooling compared to the reference design from AMD.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 11:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
You have likely seen other hardware and news sites posting pictures and video of some preliminary testing with a 6-panel Eyefinity gaming configuration, but I thought I would share this picture taken by our own A/V editor Ken A.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 10:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
A little more news from NVIDIA today, but unlike the news post below, this isn't negative. NVIDIA is still waiting to release a next-generation card to compete with AMD's 5000-series that has been available since late September and while we know that something is coming on March 26th, they are teasing consumers once again with some early performance numbers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 10:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
Were you thinking of stopping by NVIDIA.com to get the latest 196.75 drivers released this week? Well don't. Did you already download those drivers and have them running on your system right now? Uninstall them and revert back to an older version! Why all the commotion? There are confirmed reports now of the 196.75 driver killing perfectly good NVIDIA-based graphics cards by turning off the fan at the wrong time. Which is pretty much ANY time I think.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 4, 2010 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh spotted a great deal this morning on NewEgg for the HIS Radeon HD 5870
(H587F1GDG). You can grab the fastest single GPU graphics card on the planet for under $400, whether you are in the U.S. or in Canada ... there doesn't seem to be a NewEgg.mx, so we can't claim the sale is North American wide.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2010 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HD 5970 is a Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5870 sandwiched onto one board, topped with 4GB RAM all hidden beneath a very large cooler. Expected load power draw is just shy of 300W and the large three fan cooler hopes to keep the GPUs below 90C. Drop by HEXUS for some tantalizing shots
of this heavy hitter from AMD.
"A monster card in the works."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2010 - 05:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Much has been said about the problems that TSMC, the foundry partner to both ATI and NVIDIA, has had with its transition to 40nm technology. When the Radeon HD 5870 graphics card and the rest of AMD's Evergreen family of GPUs first hit the market back in early October there were quite a few notable periods of shortages of the the cards. Shortages obviously feed on the demand to raise prices and as we saw for the first two months of the 5000-series availability, prices where higher than the estimated pricing originally fed from AMD'
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 25, 2010 - 04:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting story over at Digitimes is reporting that with the upcoming launch of the Fermi-based GF100 graphics cards (GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470) only a select few of NVIDIA's partners are going to have product available at launch. The story tells us that only that select few have even received complete reference platforms as of today even though the launch of the product is going to be on March 26th (as NVIDIA has publicly stated).
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 25, 2010 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD released two cards today, one is brand new and one we have seen before, but they have added a little something. The new card is the mid ranged HD5830 which was hoped to bring performance close to a HD5850 while keeping the price down. What was delivered is a card closer to the HD5770 that costs close to the HD5850. Still there certainly is a place for this card in quiet systems that still want a little graphical power hidden inside.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2010 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI HD R5770 Hawk sports military class components, a 7+1 phase unit and a Twin Frozr II GPU cooler all of which points towards great overclocking potential. Out of the box it has an 875MHz core clock and memory at 1200MHz, but with a little tweaking OCC managed to hit a stable 1025MHz and 1410MHz; not a bad jump at all. Of course at those speeds the fan does get a little noisy and those with big monitors will be upset to learn that there is only a
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2010 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Usually, but not always, the decision to buy a factory overclocked graphics card comes down to the math. A regular Sapphire HD 5850 can be had for $309 while the new Sapphire HD 5850 Toxic Edition will run you $339. It costs you almost 10% extra to buy an extra 5-10% performance inc
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2010 - 10:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 18 February 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its participation at Digital Signage Expo 2010, Feb. 24 - 25, Las Vegas.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 17, 2010 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The aforementioned update from AMD to their Catalyst Driver series has arrived. You can grab the 10.2 release from the game.amd.com site. If you are using CrossfireX you owe it to yourself to upgrade as soon as possible to take advantage of the new power saving options, CrossFireX EyeFinity support
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 17, 2010 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There was a time when new graphics driver releases were fairly big news, with major changes happening in each release. Now that both major players are on a 'one a month' plan, things have settled down into a more incremental style of change, with not much happening between one release and the next. The soon to be released Catalyst 10.2 driver is changing that with major changes to how Crossfire systems will operate, including support for EyeFinity as well
as other changes that might not be so noticeable
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2010 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The heatsink on this $140 ASUS 5750
Formula is pretty stylish for this level of graphics card, but the big question for everyone who doesn't own an acrylic case is what the cooling performance is like. ASUS claims a 13% increase in cooling ability thanks to the cooler and they also redesigned the PCB in part to put on a standard 15 pin VGA connector and dropping the DisplayPort. Since there is a good chance that this card is either