Has AMD birthed a successful Catalyst driver?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 5, 2010 - 02:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP pointed out that the might HD58xx series is now nine months old and they've decided to see just what has happened in the time between Catalyst 9.10 WHQL and Catalyst 10.6 WHQL.  Starting out with raw performance numbers their tests revealed an interesting fact, while performance did increase a little it generally produced about the same numbers as the original driver.  Do not draw the wrong conclusion from that as the small change is a good indicator that

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NASCAR Fans: Watch Coke Zero 400 in 3D with 3D Vision!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 3, 2010 - 11:06 AM |
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Looking for something to do tonight that might impress your friends?  Want to make sure your investment in 3D hardware, whether it be a TV or even an NVIDIA 3D Vision setup, is getting all the exercise it can?  Well tonight at 8pm ET the Daytona night race, the Coke Zero 400, will be broadcasts from DirecTV, Comcast and Time Warner will be available in 3D.  It will also be streaming online with RaceBuddy at NASCAR.com for those of you with 3D-ready PCs. 

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2D Performance - Batman and Dirt 2

Yesterday we looked at how the GeForce GTX 480s stood up to multi-monitor gaming with NVIDIA Surround and 3D Vision Surround. Today we do the same but with GTX 470s in the mix offering a lower priced option for consumers looking to move into the wild world of triple-monitors!

nVIDIA's SLI Surround and 3DVision surround finally arrive

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 29, 2010 - 01:20 PM |
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It has been a long time coming but we finally get a chance to see nVIDIA do 3DVision in surround and the news is both good and bad.  The bad news is that there are limits on the possible monitor setups you can use for 3DVision, in essence you will run 3 landscape monitors as any other permutation will not support 3DVision.  On the plus side the list of compatible cards is rather impressive, not only the GeForce GTX 480, GTX 470 and GTX 465 support this, older GeForce GTX 285/280/270/260 all support it as well as the GTX295 in certain cases.

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NVIDIA Surround is finally here

NVIDIA finally has their answer to AMD's Eyefinity technology and it is called NVIDIA Surround. Not only does this bring three monitor gaming to the NVIDIA platform but it also integrates support for 3D Vision so now we can get triple 3D panel action going! It truly is a one-of-a-kind gaming experience but can it best AMD in the 2D realm as well?

Graphics like greased lightning; MSI's new 5870

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2010 - 01:37 PM |
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If you are familiar with MSI you have probably encountered their Lightning branded GeForce cards and now they have expanded their series to include an HD5870.  They have kept the same design, with a custom cooling solution, solid state chokes, Hi-C capacitors and the famous Proadlizer.  Unfortunately [H]ard|OCP could not find a reason to justify the $90 premium over a stock HD5870.  The technology that went into the card is solid, but the factory overclock was small and

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GF100 / Fermi SLI Configuration Considerations

After way too long of a delay we finally have complete testing and benchmarking comparing a single GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 to the same cards in a dual-GPU SLI configuration. What happens if you take the highest performing GPU available and double up its performance?

Does the new ForceWare driver bring big improvements?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 17, 2010 - 03:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP noticed that the new ForceWare drivers seem to have jumped a few numbers and set about testing the 257.21 driver under a number of games to see if there was also a jump in performance.  It was definitely worth their time as any owner of a GTX 470 or GTX 480 needs to grab this driver now; they saw improvements across the board.  The star was Battlefield Bad Company 2, which not only offered benefits in terms of performance but also visual quality improvements.&n

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Catalyst 10.6 available now

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2010 - 06:06 PM |
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ATI Catalyst 10.6 for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux platforms

GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe® Flash Player 10.1

  • AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe® Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics including:
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PhysX with ATI; whether nVIDIA likes it or not

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2010 - 12:23 PM |
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The release of the 257.15 Beta ForceWare driver included a feature that nVIDIA had not meant to include, the ability to enable PhysX processing on an nVIDIA card when an ATI card is the primary graphics card in a system.  This is something that nVIDIA has been disabling at the driver level, most likely to avoid having to provide support for AMD cards when people run into PhysX processing problems.  That does make a lot of sense, regardless of the many conspiracy theories that have sprung up out of this particular issue, the last thing nVIDIA wants to do is tie up their tech support w

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