Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2010 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HIS' new Silent series has three new members, two HD 5550s in 512MB and 1GB versions and an HD 5570. Card of that particular series are a little less powerful than what a gamer desires, but there silence along with the size and output capabilities make them desi
Old News at 4 Months of Age?
With all the GTX 460 news swirling around the industry, I thought I would take a step back and take a different angle at the older, but very powerful, GTX 480 from MSI. Tessellation performance and GPGPU application support are two areas where I focused on, and the results I have found are somewhat telling about the state of tessellation in the graphics industry.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2010 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you probably heard on Podcast #115, the gang was rather unimpressed at Blizzard's choice to disable anti-aliasing of any sort on systems using AMD GPUs.
Sorry Captain, the CPU can't push any more!
The full release of StarCraft II is nearly here and we are getting you prepared by detailing GPU performance across current and previous generation offerings. Will the new game require the likes of the GeForce GTX 480 to run or will your Radeon HD 4850 make it through? UPDATE: New ATI driver enables antialiasing options - fully tested inside!
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2010 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jon Peddie Reseach who have been collecting and analyzing data about the graphics card industry have noticed some big changes over the past year. With the advent of decent onboard video solutions, capable of playing not only casual games but also managing 1080p resolutions JPR saw a decline of 21% in the sales of discreet GPUs. The biggest impact comes from the move to mobile platforms like laptops that use embedded GPUs more often than a discreet card and which have been selling incredibly well over the past 6 months. The arrival of high end Fermi cards from nVIDIA could cau
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2010 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No more jaggies in Starcraft 2 for AMD GPU users with the release of the Catalyst 10.7 beta as Anti-Aliasing is now supported at the driver level. For those like Ryan playing on a six screen EyeFinity setup this is a huge improvement even though it is also a huge performance hit. Drop by to grab yours, but remember that this is a BETA, not a WHQL driver so you may find some bugs that haven't been fully ironed out yet.
Galaxy takes on the GTX 460
Galaxy has a slightly overclocked GeForce GTX 260 1GB card on the table today that sells for about the same price as the reference speed cards today. Of course, we didn't leave good enough alone and pushed the clocks quite a bit more without a problem. And can dual GTX 460s over take the GTX 480 in terms of performance per dollar?
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2010 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since having only nVIDIA Surround on a machine with a pair of GTX480's doesn't allow you to compare the real differences between nVIDIA and AMD's multiple monitor solutions [H]ard|OCP is upgrading one of their machines with an ASUS ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum. Drop by to see a video of it in action along with a few hints as to how powerful (and over
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 27, 2010 - 10:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
Today should have been a good day for NVIDIA - StarCraft II was released and only their cards support anti-aliasing out of the gate AND the new Fermi-based Quadro graphics offer a significant jump in performance over previous generation parts and AMD's FirePro options. Apple apparently had other plans though and has updated its entire line of iMac and Mac Pro computers with a collection of new hardware that apparently leaves NVIDIA out in the cold.
The New Quadro Lineup
The new NVIDIA Quadro 5000 professional graphics card finally brings the Fermi GPU to the world it was originally designed for: content creators. Even though a whole new line of parts is being introduced it is really the 5000 model that will see the brunt of attention with a modest (!!) $2250 price tag. Performance might lag in gaming (clocks and specs are under a GTX 465) but in the world of CAD, design, animation and more the NVIDIA card has the edge over AMD's FirePro line.