Computex 2009: Gigabyte shows 4890 OC and 4650 AGP cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 03:10 PM |

While wandering around the nearly-deserted Hall 1 of Computex, we ran into some friends at Gigabyte that had a couple of interesting things to show us. 

First up was a custom built Radeon HD 4890 1GB graphics card that will come overclocked to 900 MHz compared to the 850 MHz stock frequency.

Computex 2009: NVIDIA gives away 3D Vision, but not really

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 10:33 AM |

Imagine my excitement when I heard the words "free 3D vision" muttered by the CEO of NVIDIA at a recent press conference!?!  After all, in my testing of the active-shutter glasses-based 3D Vision gaming accessory I found the experience to be simply awesome and I urged every user to give this technology a try for themselves, even if it meant hunting down a demo.  And now to get it for FREE??

Unfortunately what NVIDIA was referring to was this:

Computex 2009: NVIDIA and Adobe finally announce GPU-accelerated Flash!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 06:09 AM |

In what will likely be one of the biggest boons for the ION platform and the netbook/nettop market, NVIDIA and Adobe just announced a partnership for GPU-accelerated Flash content: both games and video.

Tom Clancy likes multi-GPU setups

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 06:01 PM |

For those who have chosen an uncommon upgrade path or who simply spent every penny they could on their graphics subsystem, some of the results from X-Bit Labs multi-GPU benchmarks will be familiar.  For the rest of us, it is a bit of an eye opener to see just how multiple GPUs perform in three way.  The final conclusions compare performance differences between SLI and 3x SLI, 3x SLI versus 3x Crossfire and 3x SLI versus 4x Crossfire, and you can see that there can be a huge difference

Source: X-Bit Labs

Computex 2009: NVIDIA demos DX Compute and Terminator Salvation PhysX

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 02:28 PM |

At the first of two NVIDIA press conferences at Computex 2009, NVIDIA was showcasing GPU computing and the power of the CPU + GPU platform for both high-end desktop solutions and low-end ION systems.

Is Dell dropping NVIDIA from all its products?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 26, 2009 - 07:36 AM |

NVIDIA might have thought it was all going to be rosy news over the weekend, what with the announcement of the Lenovo S12 notebook integrating the NVIDIA ION chipset, but not if this story pans out.  Apparently Dell is on the edge of removing NVIDIA from its entire lineup of desktop and notebook PCs.  If true, this could be very bad news for NVIDIA.  The Inquirer believes that NVIDIA's probl

Source: The Inquirer

Put some effort into it

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2009 - 05:36 PM |

The XFX Radeon HD 4890 XXX
is the overclocked version of the 4890, with a whole 50MHz bump on the GPU and nothing else.  Mind you, when Elite Bastards tried to overclock the card they manage to squeak another 40MHz out of the core and bumped the memory by 35MHz.  That

Pending price approval

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 09:36 PM |

might be an incredible value, dependant on the price tag that comes with it.  The dual fans allow ASUS to pump this card
to a 576MHz core with 999MHz memory, the maze of heatpipes that are underneath the fans certainly help as well.  What that translates into is performance similar to the heavily overclocked MSI Black Lightning Edition GTX260, within a few fps of the performance of a stock GTX275.  It is possible that a true GTX275 might have a bit more overhead when it comes to overclocking, but for those who would rather leave things alone

Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.5 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 06:37 PM |

Performance improvements

  • Unigine Tropics DX9 - performance gains of up to 11% for single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations with anti-aliasing enabled.
  • Company of Heroes - performance gains of up to 10% for both single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  •  BattleForge- performance gains of up to 10% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.

New Features

ATI Catalyst 9.5 - Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Source: AMD