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Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2008 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan's review of the KFA2 Galaxy GTX 260+ shows off the work nVIDIA and it's partners are doing with the current lineup of cards. The first big change is the use of the new Big Bang 2 drivers from nVIDIA, the second is the card it's self. The clocks on this card are bumped up by more that 10% across the board; 656 MHz core, 1405 MHz shader and 1130 MHZ memory. Support for 3 wa
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you fire up GPU-Z and have only 560 shader processors as opposed to the 640 that are on the card then you have a card with a pre-production BIOS. There is good news, it looks like only reviewers have ended up with these cards, they are not likely to have made it into the channel, though it is possible some slipped through. As well, you can take hearst in the fact that this is a BIOS issue only. The processors are there, they are just going unused and a simple BIOS flash can fix that. AnandTech did some testing and you can see the difference in performance,
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a limited time, and while supplies last only, customers who buy ANY BFG GeForce GTX 200 Series graphics card October 22, 2008 or later, will get
- a free full copy of Far Cry 2 (DVD) a $50 value.
- a free full copy of 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition (online download; BFG will supply Serial Number) a $20 value
- a BFG branded mini super bright LED torch (priceless!).
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are going to need a new way to rate low end graphics cards. There are so many really good choices out there that best price for performance is rather difficult to decide. Do you go for the high end HD4830 at about $150, or a low end HD4850 for a few dollars more, or do you want a heavily overclocked 9800GT, again about $150? Do you get cheaper but buy two, or get the fastest single card you can? Are you willing to pay $17.50 for an extra hundred GFLOPS, or only $7.38?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The early beta of nVIDIA's 180 series of drivers, which bear the name Big Bang II have arrived just in time for FarCry2. The major improvements come in the form of changes to multi-monitor support, a topic dear to Ryan's heart. There are also claims of significant performance increases, and as Ryan is Steaming through the download of FarCry2, you should keep your eyes open for a sneak peek at performance. You can also bet the game will make it into the benchmarking section of future graphics cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
All BFG graphics cards on the BFG Store are at least 10%
off, and all BFG power supplies (including Scratch and Dent!) are 30% off!
On top of the instant savings, there is an additional $20
off via mail in rebate on the GTX 280 OC, GTX 260 OC MAXCORE, and
the GTX 260 OC - so be sure to view the product page to download the
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
Want to see one of the many reasons PC nerds and Mac nerds don't get along? Check out this story that discusses the supposedly "newly added" H.264 decode acceleration on the MacOS X platform that is "mysterious". The author questions whether support for the technology will be added to previous Mac computers rather than be a secret feature on current MacBooks.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been seeing these rumors for some time, and now information is supposedly posted on Fudzilla that only six of NVIDIA's current partners are going to survive "the culling". The apparent reason for the removal of some partners is to keep competition from over flooding the market.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 05:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
While we aren't sure of the validity of these specs yet, they sure do look interesting and put into question the idea that NVIDIA would be leaving the chipset business.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, October 17, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of S3FotoPro, a GPGPU application using the latest programmable architecture powered by the Chrome 400 Series GPUs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA-OCTOBER 16, 2008 - Today NVIDIA introduced its new accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4 software, the NVIDIA Quadro CX. This new GPU provides creative professionals with a faster, better, more reliable way to maximize their creativity. Quadro CX was architected to deliver the best performance for the new GPU-optimized features of Adobe Creative Suite 4.
"Adobe is at the forefront of the Visual Computing Revolution," said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVDIA.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Unreal Tournament 3: Performance increases of up to 15% are seen when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series or ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
- Prey: Performance increases between 2% to 5% are seen on ATI CrossFire configured systems when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
Catalyst Control Center enhancements:
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CA (October 13, 2008) - For the enthusiast seeking the utmost control from their video solution, ASUS has today released the new EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M for North America.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:32 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is a bit of interesting news that I had bookmarked this week but haven't gotten posted yet. Two articles over at Fudzilla point to the fact that AMD's GPUs will benefit just as much from the recent Adobe CS4 software GPU acceleration additions as NVIDIA's parts. First, here is the post that quotes an AMD rep saying as much. How is that possible?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
This story over at TGDaily seems to indicate that not only does Apple now have some of the defective mobility GPUs that have been absolutely destroying NVIDIA's consumer confidence as of late, but that Apple took some of its internal displeasure and posted it for the world to see. What was said?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 03:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
One of our new supporters sent along a note that they are increasing their warranty length as a direct result of users in our forums and elsewhere. See, sometimes you do get what you want!
October 10, 2008 – Galaxy Microsystems Ltd announced
today that it has increased the warranty period on its VGA card products from one year
to two years.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2008 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why would you want to invest in a 9800 GT at this point? A few reasons come to mind, like running Folding@Home on it or using it as a PhysX accelerator instead of using it as your main graphics processor. Take the Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo that Guru of 3D reviewed. For $150 you get a pre-overclocked card with an impressive Accelero cooling system that will let you push the card even further than Inno3D did. How does bumping the shader clock from 1512MHz to nearly 19
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2008 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CHATSWORTH, CA - September 30, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The 4600 series of cards boast up to 3 times the performance of the previous generation of GPUs.
The HD 4670 is a single slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and a clock speed of 750 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz, designed with 320 stream processors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't checked out the reviews of the HD4670 yet, you probably don't realize just how great a value this card is. For under $100 you can actually play Crysis @ 1024x768 on high with 8xAF and stay well over 30fps. As an HTPC card it is even more powerful, it supports all of AMD's recent additions to their HD processing, so BluRay playback will be smooth and the card can stream 7.1 ACM audio out the HDMI connection for single cable HTPC ou