Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2010 - 12:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It can feel to the hardware junkie that the graphics world has been a little slow lately. We have seen plenty of refreshes to existing lineups and optimizations to existing chips but as far as brand new technology goes it has been relatively quiet. Today your desires will be met by the brand spanking new Cayman architecture present on the new Radeon 6970 and 6950. This is no refresh, these cards sport completely new features and some unique power saving features that attempt to keep the card cooler and quieter while not having a deleterious effect on performance.
The New Cayman Architecture
The new Cayman architecture from AMD is the first big change to the GPU in some time introducing a new VLIW4 design as well as improved tessellation and AA performance. But can the HD 6970 and HD 6950 stand up to the power of the GF110-based GTX 580 and GTX 570 cards and how does PowerTune technology get into the mix?
A much needed update
AMD's Catalyst Control Center was in a desperate need of an update and today AMD is in the final stages of releasing one. We have a quick preview of the new Catalyst Control Center 2 with some mostly aesthetic changes and a few functional ones that should make frequency CCC users happy.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2010 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown is conducting a little experiment in what if today. They are curious just what the GTX 480 would have performed like if it had been released with a full 512 shader instead of the 480 that were actually enabled. To do so they took a GTX 580 and downclocked it to match the speeds of a stock GTX 480. The power of those extra 32 shaders is obvious in the testing, sometimes resulting in a 10% jump over the GTX 480 when testing at higher reso
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2010 - 04:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (December 7, 2010) - ASUS, the world’s number #1 motherboard manufacturer and leading innovator in graphics cards, is proud to introduce NVIDIA’s latest high-end GPU, the GTX570 Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) that features the fastest DX11 performance in its class.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2010 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To hurdle the bad news about the new nVIDIA GTX570 for process junkies and tech lovers, there is almost nothing new about the card. It still uses the GF110 GPU with a 3 billion transistor count, and there are 480 CUDA cores, 60 texture units and 40 ROPs which result in a 320-bit memory bus. The only upside a full speed FP16 texture filtering addition and improved Z-cull efficiency.
Another GF110 Part
The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB graphics card brings very similar specifications to the GTX 480 with slightly improved clocks and a lower price that should please gamers looking for a holiday upgrade. But how does it compare to the best from AMD's single GPU offerings or even the high-end GeForce GTX 580?
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2010 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Heaven has released a piece that examines the performance of the $140 XFX Radeon HD5770 in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Medal of Honor, F1 2010, Fallout New Vegas and Civilization 5 as well as playing BluRay movies. What they found was flawless performance pretty much across the board at a resolution of 1920x1080 with maximum detail levels. If you are playing on a smaller monitor and aren't really planning on going with multi
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2010 - 11:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
I have really never been able to recommend the GeForce GTX 460 768MB graphics card; the performance drop from the 1GB model to the 768MB model of these cards was much more dramatic than the slight frame buffer change would indicate. The performance drop really came from the move from a 256-bit to a 192-bit memory bus width. It would seem that NVIDIA was paying attention to this criticism and is releasing a new GF104-based GPU called the GeForce GTX 460 SE that still doesn't quite get it right.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2010 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a good quarter for graphics enthusiasts as we have seen major releases from both GPU manufacturers in amongst the many other hardware updates that companies are getting in before the end of the year. [H]ard|OCP had a chance to test out ASUS' first HD6870 card, one that comes with the same cooling solution but with a 15MHz GPU overclock bringing the frequency to 915MHz. That overclock doesn't add much to the performance but you will be pl