CES 2011: NVIDIA gets into phones and high-performance ARM processors

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2011 - 07:16 PM |
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Though I don't want to spoil the surprise, NVIDIA had some pretty big announcements today.  First and foremost, Tegra 2 is FINALLY going to be in our hands in a phone.  The LG model will be on the Verizon 4G network (which is rocking right now in Vegas btw).

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Mobility Goes Mainstream

NVIDIA is in the console world, courtesy of Sony's failure to predict how 3D graphics have evolved combined with the limitations of the Cell processor and archticture. NVIDIA was able to slip in with a console optimized GeForce 7900 GPU, and the PS3 was given the ability to compete with Microsoft and the XBox 360. Here we are six years later and NVIDIA is approaching the overall performance and capabilities of that console GPU in a mobile, low power form.

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Manufacturer: Galaxy
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Single slot cooler

Galaxy might still be a lesser known graphics card vendor in the US but they are still pushing the envelope as far as or further than anyone else today. The GeForce GTX 460 1GB Razor card is the first and only air cooled single slot option on the market with this gaming power. Is it worth the added cost though? That depends on your configuration and our review!

CES 2011: LucidLogix Virtu technology could solve our Sandy Bridge graphics woes

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2010 - 12:34 AM |
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Remember how I was complaining on the podcast this week that if you used discrete graphics cards on your upcoming Sandy Bridge platform you weren't able to utilize the features of the integrated processor graphics like the media transcoding bits?  Well it appears there may be a solution for this from an unlikely source: LudicLogix.

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2011 Already?

2010 was a tremendous year in terms of graphics. We saw both leading companies flesh out all of their DX11 offerings, and there were some distinct surprises and disappointments from both companies. 2011 looks to be a different beast, but as we head into the new year let us take a look where the two giants stand in terms of desktop graphics.

MSI launches R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 23, 2010 - 01:27 PM |
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MSI launches R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition

Unleash the potential of the Barts GPU with enhanced thermal solution and 6+1 phase power system for triple over-voltage!

Lost Circuits investigates the 3DMark11 Physics test

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2010 - 11:07 AM |
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Lost Circuits has taken a more detailed look at the integrated physics test in the latest Futuremark benchmark, 3DMark11.  The interesting aspect being investigated here is how much of this "physics" test is being on done the CPU versus being done on the GPU.  In past versions of the game there were clear cut definitions of CPU tests and GPU tests but in this instance 3DMark11 lacks a dedicated "CPU test".

Widescreen gaming gone mad: 5 display setup demonstrated

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2010 - 01:22 PM |
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Looking for something to drool over for the weekend?  Wish you had a bit more money to spend on some new monitors?  Well this won't really make you feel any better, but thanks to a contest over at the WideScreenGamingForum, users are posting YouTube videos of their configurations.  The winner is the one with the highest rated video - so vote with your eyes and mice. 

ASUS Launches New AMD HD6900 Series Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2010 - 05:11 PM |
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Fremont, CA (December 15, 2010) - ASUS, the world’s number 1 motherboard manufacturer and leading innovator in graphics cards, is proud to introduce AMD’s new 6900 series of Graphical Processing Unit (GPU). HD6970 and HD6950 graphics cards field the latest graphics cores from AMD, dubbed “Cayman”. The ASUS 6970 and 6950 easily surpass previous generation performance levels in single GPU designs, ushering in unprecedented levels of realism in cutting edge DirectX 11 game titles.

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AMD's next generation, the 6970 and 6950

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2010 - 12:40 PM |
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It can feel to the hardware junkie that the graphics world has been a little slow lately.  We have seen plenty of refreshes to existing lineups and optimizations to existing chips but as far as brand new technology goes it has been relatively quiet.  Today your desires will be met by the brand spanking new Cayman architecture present on the new Radeon 6970 and 6950.  This is no refresh, these cards sport completely new features and some unique power saving features that attempt to keep the card cooler and quieter while not having a deleterious effect on performance.