Lost Circuits investigates the 3DMark11 Physics test

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2010 - 11:07 AM |
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Lost Circuits has taken a more detailed look at the integrated physics test in the latest Futuremark benchmark, 3DMark11.  The interesting aspect being investigated here is how much of this "physics" test is being on done the CPU versus being done on the GPU.  In past versions of the game there were clear cut definitions of CPU tests and GPU tests but in this instance 3DMark11 lacks a dedicated "CPU test".

Widescreen gaming gone mad: 5 display setup demonstrated

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2010 - 01:22 PM |
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Looking for something to drool over for the weekend?  Wish you had a bit more money to spend on some new monitors?  Well this won't really make you feel any better, but thanks to a contest over at the WideScreenGamingForum, users are posting YouTube videos of their configurations.  The winner is the one with the highest rated video - so vote with your eyes and mice. 

ASUS Launches New AMD HD6900 Series Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2010 - 05:11 PM |
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Fremont, CA (December 15, 2010) - ASUS, the world’s number 1 motherboard manufacturer and leading innovator in graphics cards, is proud to introduce AMD’s new 6900 series of Graphical Processing Unit (GPU). HD6970 and HD6950 graphics cards field the latest graphics cores from AMD, dubbed “Cayman”. The ASUS 6970 and 6950 easily surpass previous generation performance levels in single GPU designs, ushering in unprecedented levels of realism in cutting edge DirectX 11 game titles.

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AMD's next generation, the 6970 and 6950

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2010 - 12:40 PM |
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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. 

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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?

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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.

How would the GTX 480 perform with 512 shaders?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2010 - 01:27 PM |
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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

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ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Series Graphics Card Delivers Groundbreaking DirectX 11 Price/Performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2010 - 04:17 PM |
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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.

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The good news and the bad news about the GTX570

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2010 - 12:42 PM |
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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.

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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?