Introduction and Features
The massive influx of mid-range GPUs has made for a feeding frenzy by consumers looking for budget graphics solutions. Mid-range offerings from NVIDIA and ATI have completely saturated the market with sub-$100 graphics cards that can almost play Crysis Warhead at decent resolutions. Some video cards priced just over the $100 mark can easily play Crysis and other GPU-intensive games like Far Cry 2 and World in Conflict at higher resolutions too.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2009 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner you have AMD's fast card, the $200 Radeon HD 4890 1GB and in the other corner a pair of
HD 4770s that together add up to $220. The pair of cards have access to more shaders, while the single card has better memory bandwidth making the contest look inter
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 14, 2009 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With five months of ATI Catalyst driver blogs under our belt, we are seeing a growing engagement from the community via this blog site. Please keep up the great comments and suggestions and we will endeavor to answer as many as we can. So, without further ado – let me introduce the ATI Catalyst 9.8 Driver Release!
Game Optimizations: ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Driver
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 14, 2009 - 03:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
UPDATE 2: I have also added the trailer for DiRT 2 shown at QuakeCon 2009, a game that will be utilizing DX11
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2009 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner is the CPU calculated physics software called Havok and in the other corner is what used to be Ageia's and is now nVIDIA's proprietary GPU physics program, PhsyX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2009 - 03:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like AMD GPU fans attending QuakeCon 2009 (and you really should) will get a bit of an early dig into the world of the Catalyst 9.8 drivers. According to this post on Catalyst driver lead Terry Makedon's twitter page, users interested in getting the first taste of 9.8 should be following him:
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
A couple of days ago news began to spread that (surprise!!) SLI support was coming to the world of Lynnfield and the P55 chipset. Why this was a shock to so many people was confusing to me as motherboards had been advertised with "SLI Support" since Computex in June. We saw examples from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte as well as several other brands.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2009 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD FirePro V8750 has arrived, bringing with it the first incarnation of Crossfire Pro, the equivalent of Crossfire X for production level cards. It is not quite as flexible, allowing only a pair of cards to be used and the cards must match exactly, though you do not need a V8750, the V5700, V7750, and V8700
will also benefit from having a twin. The big question on Phoronix's mind is how this card performs under Linux, specifically Ubuntu 9.04. Their first disappointment was the lack of Crossfire Pro support; on the plus side the card was recognized immediately. <
Introduction, GPGPU history, ATI Stream and CUDA overviews
Since our initial review of five of NVidia's CUDA-enabled applications back in June, we've been chomping at the bit to get our first real look at ATI's entry into the GPU computing ring called ATI Stream. Both of these platforms use parallel computing architectures to utilize their GPU's stream processors, in tandem with the CPU, to significantly increase any system's video transcoding speeds. Today, we are going to discuss both of these technologies as well as benchmark a couple video transcoding applications from Cyberlink that actually support both CUDA and ATI Stream.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2009 - 11:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week we heard reports on Semiaccurate that NVIDIA's next-generation GPU part, known as GT300 around here, had actually taped out. That means the designers think and hope they are done and the results are handed off to the manufacturer (TSMC) for the initial run of silicon. Typically we'll see the time between a tape out and a first prototype graphics card to be about 10 weeks: