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Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a graphics card update, and you budget just cannot stretch beyond $150, then the 9600 GTS is perfect for you. Ryan tried three different models, the $130 ASUS EN9600GT Silent and ASUS EN9600GT TOP and the $150 XFX 9600 GT XXX Edition. Read through the review and see if you want to spend the extra $20 for the overclocked version.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Hey, look at this! The GeForce GTX 260 896MB cards are finally showing up in stock! You can read our review of both the GTX 260 and GTX 280 here and then head over to Newegg to pick one up!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2008 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2008 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The cries are familiar to anyone who remembers the schoolyard back in the primary grades; screams of "No fair, you cheated" echo and messages are passed via third parties, "I won't talk to him unless he talks to me first" and "Oh ya, well he better apologize first or I won't ever speak to him".
Unfortunately, this bitching and moaning is not emanating
from small children, though you could be forgiven for thinking so, that whine you hear is coming from people who should have gotten over that type of behaviour years ago.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has finished reviewing the HD4850 and 4870 and he is quite happy with the results. The HD4870 can beat the dual GPU HD 3870 X2 1GB and has 7.1 channel HD audio decoding to boot. The HD4850 can also compete with the X2, although not beat it, at an MSRP of $199. Read on to get an idea of what has changed in the architecture and technology and then carry on into the benchmarks.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today achieved two world firsts in visual computing: the launch of the first teraFLOPS graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and the launch of the first graphics card featuring ultra high bandwidth GDDR5 memory, the ATI Radeon HD 4870. These two innovations combine with trademark AMD energy-efficient design and powerful DirectX 10.1 compatibility to deliver superior performance at the high-volume mainstream and performance price points. Both the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 are immediately available.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2008 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (June 24, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.
With the launch of each new NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), BFG typically releases three increasing levels of factory overclock: OC, OC2, and OCX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
By running four HD 4850 in CrossfireX you can experience Crysis at one quarter the speed as with a single card. While that may not sound like what should be true, it is in fact the reality. TweakTown did these tests after the hotfix was created by AMD, but it looks like there is still some serious work to be done at the driver level.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has had the time, and not just a bit of luck, getting the 9800 GTX+ running and compared to the HD 4850. The 4850's MSRP of $199 makes it a bit cheaper than the $229 the GTX+ is expected to sell at, but the performance gap is a little wider than that. Take a look at the full review to see the difference.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like AMD wasn't kidding about that immediate availability thing with the Radeon HD 4850 512MB cards. Newegg has a slew in stock.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 01:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
We've been getting some feedback from readers about our GeForce 9800 GTX+ news and revelation that it is indeed a 55nm part - not simply an overclocked version of G92. Here are some various forms of proof:
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ card unmasked
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: parade, amd, nvidia
AMD screwed up; the HD 4850 went on sale in Europe before it should have, so everyone now knows what it is. They had no choice but to inflict a sleepless night on hardware reviewers, who had their NDA suddenly yanked out from under them. nVIDIA decided that they just had to try to piss on AMD's parade by moving up the release of the die shrunken 9800 GTX+. Guess what nVIDIA? No one has had time to review it, not even Ryan ... though he did get some information up.
Get the message about knee jerk release date changes yet?
"The AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB card is a good performing card that is able to match both the GeForce 8800 GT and the 9800 GTX card in our initial preview of just a couple of major gaming titles. NVIDIA has some more tricks up their sleeve though with a little part called the GeForce 9800 GTX+ meant solely to rain on AMD's launch day parade. Whether or not that will pan out has yet to be seen."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD Radeon HD 4850 @ Guru of 3D
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 In Crossfire @ Tweaktown
- Radeon HD 4850 In Crossfire at 4GHz @ Tweaktown
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 exposed: we take a first look @ HEXUS
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 vs. Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX
- EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition @ motherboards.org
- Asus GTX260 and GTX280 Videocard Preview @ Rbmods
- NVIDIA GTX 280 & GTX 260 Technology Report @ TechARP
- XFX GTX 280 Video Card @ I4U
- Beyond Gaming - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1GB GDDR3 @ Hardware Zone
- NVIDIA GeForce 280 GTX in Tri SLI Tested @ Tweaktown
- GTX 280 ForceWare 177.35 Performance @ Tweaktown
- GeForce GTX 280 Dual and Triple SLI @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Pipeline Update @ AnandTech
- BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC edition @ Guru of 3D
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 03:49 AM | Ryan Shrout
Sure, you've already heard the news (and probably seen reviews) of AMD's Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 card - we'll have our own review ready very soon. NVIDIA apparently got the news as well and decide to try and put some additional pressure on AMD to perform.
The answer: GeForce 9800 GTX+.
What the hell?
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX is offering both the GTX 280 and 260 on their newly designed website, and they would like you to double or triple them up! They have set up a VIP kit to entice you with extra schwag on top of the graphics cards and motherboards, as well as bundling in Ass
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2008 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's two new cards, the $399 GTX 260 896MB and the $649 GTX 280 1GB sport incredible performance, and the amount of transistors fit into them are unprecedented. The gaming performance, while it does offer the best single card performance around, is not the only story with these cards. Josh tried out the two new focuses for these cards, huge increases in the speeds of Folding@Home and Video Encoding, while Ryan was busy gaming.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2008 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX 9800 GTX Black
Edition are cards that displayed an ability to go further and faster than the average 9800 GTX from XFX. Just how much faster? Read the full review at Driver Heaven, you won't be disappointed by the
performance, nor the included copy of Assassin's Creed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 6, 2008 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When talking about graphics cards, the focus tends to be on gaming and fps stats. That isn't the only type of use out there though, there are many professional level cards like the Quadro FX and FireGL series. These professional level cards are the focus of X-bit Labs review, which does happen to include a bit of gaming as well. The race between nVIDIA and AMD is much closer in this field.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 3, 2008 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest graphics cooler from Coolink is the GFXChilla, which sports a pair of 80mm fans. It is a very slim design, which should allow you to still get another card in, depending on your motherboard, and it also comes with some nice extras like memory and voltage regulation heatsinks. Icrontic was quite happy with it's performance, and it's MRSP.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a while since we've heard from S3 Graphics though that doesn't mean they are gone. The Chrome 430 that was announced a while ago is starting to show up on reviewers desks and the first review is at VIA Arena. The stats of the card sound good, a 625MHz engine clock and 256MB of 500MHz GDDR2 and full support for DX10 and PCI Express 2.0. All that for $60 and an extra 143W power draw on your system.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2008 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP likes fast, and will honestly admit that any time they are asked. There is another consideration that is important to them, and that is value. Spending double the money for a 10% performance increase is hard to justify for all but the most extreme gamers. The BFGTech GeForce 9800 GTX OXC doesn't quite cost twice as much as non-overclocked cards, but neither does it offer a 10% improvement in performance.