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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
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2010 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you caught the live PC Perspective Podcast last night
you heard that none of the PC Perspective crew were terribly impressed with either the Radeon HD 5450 and HD 5570. Both lack the power to play games better than any newer cards apart from the GT210 or GT220, even if they do support DX11. You can add to that point with the array of other AMD graphics cards available for as little as $20. As HTPC cards, they both excel, especially the HD5450 and its passive cooling system. You can also consider this a very cheap way to add multiple monitor support to a system that
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 10, 2010 - 05:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
The monthly Steam Hardware Survey is almost like a staple in the PC gaming world as it gives us a snapshot of what the millions of people that use the PC gaming platform are using in their gaming rigs. I know that most of the time we are focused on high-end technology like $400+ GPUs but it is always nice to get a taste of reality with these types of statistics and information. What does the January version of this data tell us?
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2010 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One might wonder why EVGA would be releasing a new GTX275 at this time, but the EVGA GTX275 CO-OP PhysX Edition gives the old card a new twist. Instead of the two GPUs contained within handling purely graphics, this card gives the graphical duties to the GTX275 GPU
and the GTS250 only handles PhysX processing. This made frame rates in
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 4, 2010 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Clocked just 50MHz higher than the HD 4550 with 50 million more transistors the new HD5450 might not seem like much, unless you pay attention to the fact that this is a 40nm card. That new process has dropped its TDP below 20, making passive cooling an easy choice for AMD and resellers. Add DX11 and Eyefinity support, the usual triplet of video outputs found on HD 5xxx series cards and you have a serious card for around $50. AnandTech's biggest hope with this card is that you will finally be able to utilize the noise reducing software AMD provides as well as HD audio.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2010 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Around about $100 the graphics market gets a little crowded, with several nVIDIA cards and quite a few AMD cards. The newest is the HD5670 also at the $100 level,
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2010 - 09:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
Straight from the horse's mouth:
GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 will be the names of the first two GPUs
shipped based on our new GF100 chip!
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2010 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown took a look at the new Catalyst from AMD, technically the 10.1 driver but actually labelled 9.12. It seems AMD might have been a bit rushed trying to get a new driver for the users of their graphics cards and instead of offering big changes and new features they set up a few bug fixes and marched it out the door. The performance differences are barely noticeable unless you are using the beta Hemlock driver for the HD5970 there is no real reason to up
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2010 - 01:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
Ever had the need for a cable or adapter that you thought for sure you had but simply couldn’t find anymore? Or just need another HDMI cable and could use some extras along with it? The gang at Galaxy has obviously had that feeling just like the writer’s at PC Perspective have and decided to offer a solution for it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2010 - 05:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
It wasn't long ago that if you wanted to use three or more displays at a time, Matrox was the professional's weapon of choice. But with AMD's Eyefinity on the scene, suddenly the consumer has more choice on which vendor they selected for multiple display systems. AMD even showed off an Acer netbook running triple monitors using an external GPU during CES 2010 earlier this month (read the story here) which leaves Matrox competing on two fronts.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 26, 2010 - 03:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
In what can only be described as a win for NVIDIA, the research firm operated by Jon Peddie is reporting that even with a very strong increase in overall GPU sales in 2009, AMD was unable to capitalize on a great product release with the Radeon 5000-series to take marketshare away from NVIDIA. To quote from the report:
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2010 - 01:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
I posted this update to the last page of our recent OnLive Gaming Service Preview, but I thought it was worth putting on the home page as well since it was a direct response to something OnLive posted on their site. Enjoy!
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you haven't read my preview article of the upcoming OnLive Gaming Service today, you definitely ought to!
The whole gaming world has been talking about OnLive since it was
first announced back in March of 2009 and we finally were able to spend
some time with the online gaming service beta to see how it fared. We
walk you through the user interface as well as creating some side by
side comparisons of gaming with OnLive against local versions of the
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2010 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HD 5770 PCS+ is factory overclocked, from a core of 850MHz to 875MHz and the memory is bumped from 1200MHz to 1225MHz. Not a huge jump, techPowerUp noticed a difference of 3% over the stock card and seeing as how the MRSP jumps about 16% to $180 from $155 the deal seems a little lack luster. Drop by to see the whole review, including about a dozen different games at techPowerUp.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2010 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fermi is the new family of chips from nVIDIA and GF100 is the first hardware we've seen from this new line up that replaces the ancient G80 which was incredible in its time but suffers when compared to AMD's current lineup of DX11 parts. With the new architecture comes significant changes to the way nVIDIA's chips will process graphics as well as support for DX11. Multiple monitor support a la EyeFinity is supported with a nice extra twist, nVIDIA's 3DVision will be available on multiple monitor setups.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2010 - 02:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have a started an informal poll of users with the Radeon HD 5000 series graphics card installed on their system here in our forums to help me diagnose a potential issue. The area we are focusing on is monitor/display noise in both 3D and Windows mode of the graphics card with varying monitors, etc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2010 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To get the bad news out of the way first, the new HD 5670 from AMD is not yet available anywhere but is targeted for around a $100 price point. Sometime in the next few days to a week we should start seeing the cards, but AMD has to be very careful as to the pricing.