Details from GDC 2009
Intel was promoting Larrabee quite heavily at GDC in San Francisco this week even though there is still no hardware to be found. For the GDC audience, Intel decided to share a Larrabee instruction emulation layer so that developers can now start to see how the new x86-based GPU design can be efficiently utilized.
ATI FirePro V7750 From AMD Delivers Blazing Application Performance, Freeing Professionals to Create
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2009 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of the ATI FirePro V7750 graphics accelerator for the high-end market, ideally suited for graphics professionals working in engineering, digital content creation and scientific fields. These professionals need a 3D graphics accelerator that can quickly handle large models and shader-intensive applications, while delivering accurate color reproduction and superior visual quality.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
One of the more exciting
technologies we have been in continuing discussion about here at PC Perspective is OpenCL (and DirectX Compute) and how it will change the paradigm for heterogeneous computing. At the Game Developer's Conference this week AMD and Havok teamed up to offer up some short demonstrations of what I believe is the first publicly shown implementation of cross-processor OpenCL. It is definitely the first that we are excited about if nothing else.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2009 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking at the raw stats, the MSI R4870 MD1G is just a normal 4870, there is no factory overclock. Looking at the card, the lack of an enclosing assembly really stands out, instead it is the oval shaped heatsink and fan that grab your eyes. MSI claims that the change in cooler should allow the GPU to operate about 20C cooler than the normal heatsink assembly you see. Drop by [H]ard|OCP and you can see how the cooler does and how this card can perform against other HD4870s
A preview of Windows 7 gaming
The Windows 7 beta has been a huge success with pundits and users all over the tech world singing its praises. But what about gaming? Does moving to Windows 7 beta mean a drop in PC gaming performance like it did with Vista or do Microsoft and the driver teams at AMD and NVIDIA have it all ironed out?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
There has been a LOT of news coming out of NVIDIA about its PhysX engine finding its way into the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and now, a couple of iPhone games. In just the last week we heard that NVIDIA had gotten the PhysX engine into the Playstation 3 development platform and also on the Ninte
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs took the new 9.3 drivers from AMD on a quick spin to see how they compare to the previous 9.2 version. The two big pieces of news from this new release are support for Windows 7 and improvements to video playback on Vista. Of course, gamers are more interested in frame rate improvement, and that was what X-bit Labs focused on. From their testing it seems that while there is no reason not to install the new driver, unless you are playing Lost Planet you won't have much to
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2009 - 11:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
If the news over at Fudzilla is true, and we believe that it is, then if you have any interest in the Radeon HD 4830 graphics cards, you better get them while they are still available. The Radeon HD 4830 was original
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2009 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 18, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today released Windows 7 driver support as part of the latest ATI Catalyst 9.3 unified graphics driver. ATI Catalyst 9.3 represents the industry's first unified driver installation package to incorporate Windows 7 support, including Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.1 compliance, bringing with it a host of benefits for developers currently testing and updating applications using the widely available Windows 7 beta release.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2009 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up one EVGA GTX 280 will run you almost $500, in order to replicate motherboard.org's review you would need to spend $1500, plus the 1200W PSU needed to power your system. Seeing as how performance is provided in bulk, you might hope buying a three pack of GTX 280's would result in a diminished cost but that is not the case. Even leaving aside the fact that not every program can handle multiple graphics cards, the scalablity really make