Subject: Graphics Cards | February 17, 2010 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There was a time when new graphics driver releases were fairly big news, with major changes happening in each release. Now that both major players are on a 'one a month' plan, things have settled down into a more incremental style of change, with not much happening between one release and the next. The soon to be released Catalyst 10.2 driver is changing that with major changes to how Crossfire systems will operate, including support for EyeFinity as well
as other changes that might not be so noticeable
Catalyst 10.2 is available today
AMD is releasing a new Catalyst 10.2 driver today with some very notable changes in both architecture and features. They are also sharing details on the upcoming 10.3 driver that will dramatically change how the world of Eyefinity works for users lucky enough to be sitting in front of a set of monitors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2010 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The heatsink on this $140 ASUS 5750
Formula is pretty stylish for this level of graphics card, but the big question for everyone who doesn't own an acrylic case is what the cooling performance is like. ASUS claims a 13% increase in cooling ability thanks to the cooler and they also redesigned the PCB in part to put on a standard 15 pin VGA connector and dropping the DisplayPort. Since there is a good chance that this card is either
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2010 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you caught the live PC Perspective Podcast last night
you heard that none of the PC Perspective crew were terribly impressed with either the Radeon HD 5450 and HD 5570. Both lack the power to play games better than any newer cards apart from the GT210 or GT220, even if they do support DX11. You can add to that point with the array of other AMD graphics cards available for as little as $20. As HTPC cards, they both excel, especially the HD5450 and its passive cooling system. You can also consider this a very cheap way to add multiple monitor support to a system that
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 10, 2010 - 05:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
The monthly Steam Hardware Survey is almost like a staple in the PC gaming world as it gives us a snapshot of what the millions of people that use the PC gaming platform are using in their gaming rigs. I know that most of the time we are focused on high-end technology like $400+ GPUs but it is always nice to get a taste of reality with these types of statistics and information. What does the January version of this data tell us?
AMD Completes the DX11 Spread
AMD has released a pair of new low cost GPUs that support DX11 and Eyefinity while offering a robust feature set for home theater PCs including loss-less Blu-ray audio and half-height card designs. Can the new Radeon HD 5570 and HD 5450 best the currently available GeForce 210/220/240 cards and complete the DX11 sweep that AMD has been gunning for?
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2010 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One might wonder why EVGA would be releasing a new GTX275 at this time, but the EVGA GTX275 CO-OP PhysX Edition gives the old card a new twist. Instead of the two GPUs contained within handling purely graphics, this card gives the graphical duties to the GTX275 GPU
and the GTS250 only handles PhysX processing. This made frame rates in
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 4, 2010 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Clocked just 50MHz higher than the HD 4550 with 50 million more transistors the new HD5450 might not seem like much, unless you pay attention to the fact that this is a 40nm card. That new process has dropped its TDP below 20, making passive cooling an easy choice for AMD and resellers. Add DX11 and Eyefinity support, the usual triplet of video outputs found on HD 5xxx series cards and you have a serious card for around $50. AnandTech's biggest hope with this card is that you will finally be able to utilize the noise reducing software AMD provides as well as HD audio.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2010 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Around about $100 the graphics market gets a little crowded, with several nVIDIA cards and quite a few AMD cards. The newest is the HD5670 also at the $100 level,