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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
A very interesting discussion has started in the graphics card forum about some leaked NVIDIA drivers (revision 185.20) that adds a new feature called "ambient occlusion". This enhancement apparently is adding some nice visual lighting effects but causes a lot of stress on gaming hardware; HonestJohn saw his Far Cry 2 performance go from about 60 FPS to 45 FPS with the option enabled. There are screen shots included in the thread as well.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
A post in our graphics card forum is indicating news about a closer-than-expected release time for XFX's own ATI Radeon graphics cards. It has barely been 3 weeks since we first learned that XFX was going to add a little red to their green but based on the speed of this release the project has been in the works for a while.
Thanks goes to AudioFreak39 for the tip.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Fudzilla is reporting that some lucky person has gotten a hold of a pair of the new GeForce GTX 295 cards (dual-GPU solution, we tested it earlier this month here) in Quad SLI to get a 3DMark Vantage score of over 32,500. Wow.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this story over at Digitimes, AMD has already taped out (completed design and circuit testing) on the next generation graphics core known as the RV740. It is built on TSMC's newest 40nm process technology and I must say I was surprised to find the technology was mature enough to actually compete a design from ATI before 2009.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
You might have heard about this new NVIDIA technology called "Ion" - which is interesting because I hadn't. Apparently this is NVIDIA's answer the world of netbooks and Intel's Atom processor - NVIDIA is pushing Intel's partners to push Intel to allow third party chipsets as thus allowing NVIDIA to make a push into these systems.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 06:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Though we already posted about NVIDIA's announcement to start supporting drivers for notebook computers, I pinged NVIDIA for some more information and they provided us with the following document that provides quite a bit more information on the topic. Read on if you have or are thinking about buying that gaming notebook.
NVIDIA Notebook Driver Release
Q: What are you announcing today?
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Long the bane of mobile gaming's existence, NVIDIA has taken the first step in allowing all users of notebook computers that want to the best possible gaming performance access to NVIDIA updated drivers. Why is this news? Since the beginning of time, users that wanted an updated graphics driver for their laptop had to wait for their hardware vendor to update it on its own support site. This happened fairly infrequently and often times not at all.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today NVIDIA let loose some preview information for the upcoming GTX 295 graphics card - the dual-GPU 55nm GT200-based part that takes back the performance crown from AMD's Radeon HD 4870 X2.
You can read my preview here that includes some pictures, performance numbers and analysis.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2008 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has spent a lot of time working with the new version of Badaboom from nVIDIA, the more expensive and higher quality video transcoder to compete with AMD's offering. It is not professional level software and can easily be used my anyone but the depth is there in the controls to get exactly what you want. Read on to get a feel for what may be your best choice in making your videos and DVDs play on anything.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2008 - 11:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
The rumors were true! XFX has officially announced that they are going green - the other kind of green, with a bit or red in it. Gross.
Anyway, XFX, well known for their line of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, has on their website news to expect AMD-based parts in early 2009, which is only a couple of short weeks away.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2008 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Palit's new Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 stands out among other X2s thanks to it's 3 slot design. They have thrown a large overclock on this already hot card and kept the temperatures within reason by adding a huge cooler to the card. They didn't waste that extra space on the back, in addition to a pair of exhaust vents there is a VGA connector, Display Port, HDMI and a single DVI. Check out the performance at Overclockers Online, who never broke 72 degrees Celsius in their testing with
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Connect Magazine tries out 3 of nVIDIA's newest drivers to see just how well they are improving. Driver revisions don't tend to have huge impacts on performance overall, though the bug fixes can certainly help. Once the testing was done, it turns out that the WHQL certified 180.48 is your best choice ... at least until the 181 series appears.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2008 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's is utterly dominating the lower end, with the HD4650 nicely under $100, the HD4670 at about $100 and now the HD4830 at just a bit over $100, no matter how tight your budget you can get a card that supports HD playback and will give you
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 2, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, December 2, 2008 - S3 Graphics today released Beta drivers for the latest version of the OpenGL 3.0 API to take advantage of the Khronos Group's open, cross-platform 3D standard on the newly released Chrome 500 Series programmable GPUs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sapphire are the only company offering the HD4850 X2, the little brother of the 4870 X2. With only the one supplier, these cards can be hard to spot, but from Ryan's testing, you can see this card pushes past the GTX 280 in the majority of tests. It also has a very unique back plate featuring four DVI outputs as well as an S-Video, giving you serious support for multi-monitor set ups. Read his full review at the top of
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PCI Express bus type for graphics cards is
the standard going forward for all systems and motherboards. In fact,
AGP is no longer being supported.
you were to upgrade your system or motherboard now or in the future,
you would need a PCI Express graphics card to support that new system,
which would improve your overall performance in 3D games and video
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's new driver revision, 180, offers some nice benefits to those who install it. SLI on multiple monitors is much easier now, with the software allowing you to choose which display gets the SLI, as opposed to completely disabling monitors and playing with plugs. PhsyX support is also made a little easier, so you can easily choose which nVIDIA card will run your graphics and which will handle the physics processing. AnandTech walks you through all of it here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 20 November 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the next step in its ongoing cooperation with the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community.
Building on the recent release of the VIA graphics driver available on the VIA Linux Portal, VIA is actively collaborating with the OpenChrome development team on their Open Source graphics driver - initially assisting with multi-head support and RandR function.