The exact opposite of vapourware

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 3, 2009 - 04:00 PM |

When you buy a factory overclocked card with some sort of spiffy name or a long string of capital letters denoting exactly how cool the card is, it can be disappointing to discover a 10MHz overclock on the GPU.  Sapphire's Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X
will not disappoint, it sports a 960MHz core clock speed which is 110MHz over reference and a 300MHz advantage in memory speed.  That translates into a noticeable bump in frame rates and to make the card even more attractive, The Guru of 3D got even

Source: Guru of 3D

AMD VP claims no price war, forgets it started it

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 1, 2009 - 03:19 PM |

This is kind of an odd little article over at The Inquirer: an AMD Senior Vice President, Rick Bergman, claims that they "WILL NOT engage Nvidia in a price slashing war."  Uhhh, maybe I am dreaming, but I think that war is already on and in fact it was AMD that started it.

"Are we interested in winning share by losing money on every GPU we ship? No," Bergman said. "We're not going to engage in that and we haven't had to."
Source: The Inquirer

Get buffed

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2009 - 02:01 PM |

AnandTech delves into the mysterious world of graphics buffering in this article.  Not anisotropic filtering as is commonly discussed; instead they are looking at the difference between double buffering plus vsync
versus triple buffering.  Using a clip of a horse running you can see the speed advantage that disabling vsync while using double buffering and the penalty you pay for that gain.  That same clip is used to illustrate how triple buffering can offer you the best of both worlds.  Head

Source: AnandTech

AMD still keen on the importance of DX11 in 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2009 - 05:42 PM |

It would seem that AMD execs are still out for blood when it comes to the pending battle for Windows 7 and DX11 gaming.  In a story posted over at the Inquirer, AMD's Rick Bergman is quoted as saying that developer support for DX11 will be much quicker than the adoption of DX10 and should come even before the end of the year. 

LucidLogix Hydra chip shows up in ELSA Japan Remote renderer

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2009 - 03:00 PM |

It is beginning to seem like forever ago now, but LucidLogix and its HYDRA platform are finally starting to get off the ground.  My

Worth installing?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2009 - 03:39 PM |

AMDs drive to produce a new graphics driver has resulted in some lackluster updates for users.  In many cases it is not worth the reboot to install the new driver and in some cases it might actually hurt your performance in specific games or CrossfireX setups.  June has brought the Catalyst 9.6 to the public and again those using Radeon cards are scratching their heads wondering if they should install it or not.  X-bit Labs has your answer right here, as they examine the performance im

Source: X-Bit Labs

Adobe Premiere CS4 gets GPU acceleration from AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 17, 2009 - 04:29 PM |

When the NVIDIA Quadro CX professional graphics card launched in December of last year, its shining feature was the inclusion of support for video encoding acceleration on the GPU via an included piece of third-party software.  In the end, I was really impressed with the inclusion of GPU computing in such a popular and usable application:

Source: General

Superpipe to the rescue

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2009 - 02:30 PM |

Although the name might lead you to believe differently, the

Source: Bjorn3D

ATI Catalyst 9.6 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 15, 2009 - 02:38 PM |

Performance improvements

  • Company of Heores - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
  • Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  • Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
Source: AMD

CPU versus GPU in a transcoding free for all

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2009 - 01:11 PM |

ExtremeTech is taking a close look at the two new video transcoding techniques from AMD and nVIDIA, ATI Stream and CUDA.  The software transcoder they will be using comes from Cyberlink, called MediaShow Espresso, a $40 product that supports both AMD and nVIDIA's technology.  The transcodes that they will attempt are for the iPhone, MPEG2, Xbox and native H.264, and they use 3 movie trailers as the media.  This GPU technology certainly beats CPU encoding; but which one is the fastest?

Source: ExtremeMhz