GF100 / Fermi SLI Configuration Considerations
After way too long of a delay we finally have complete testing and benchmarking comparing a single GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 to the same cards in a dual-GPU SLI configuration. What happens if you take the highest performing GPU available and double up its performance?
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 17, 2010 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP noticed that the new ForceWare drivers seem to have jumped a few numbers and set about testing the 257.21 driver under a number of games to see if there was also a jump in performance. It was definitely worth their time as any owner of a GTX 470 or GTX 480 needs to grab this driver now; they saw improvements across the board. The star was Battlefield Bad Company 2, which not only offered benefits in terms of performance but also visual quality improvements.&n
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2010 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe® Flash Player 10.1
- AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe® Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization
- Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics including:
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2010 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The release of the 257.15 Beta ForceWare driver included a feature that nVIDIA had not meant to include, the ability to enable PhysX processing on an nVIDIA card when an ATI card is the primary graphics card in a system. This is something that nVIDIA has been disabling at the driver level, most likely to avoid having to provide support for AMD cards when people run into PhysX processing problems. That does make a lot of sense, regardless of the many conspiracy theories that have sprung up out of this particular issue, the last thing nVIDIA wants to do is tie up their tech support w
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 7, 2010 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
First off is the cooling system as the Gigabyte R585OC uses what Gigabyte refers to as a new generation inclined fan which they claim offers more than a 25% increase in cooling performance. That extra cooling is added as Gigabyte increased the core clock from 725MHz to 765MHz though they left the memory frequency alone though [H]ard|OCP did not and added 500MHz effective speed to the memory and another 10MHz to the core. The testing they did on the new fan showed improved performance compared to the stock cooling found on other cards but unfortunately not the 27% improvement that G
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 7, 2010 - 03:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Lucid had a suite at Computex last week to tout several of their new partners and interesting design wins. We have already discussed Lucid's HYDRA technology on the MSI Big Bang Fuzion and even new motherboards from ASUS at their Computex booth this year. The ASUS Immensity is very interesting as it includes not only a HYDRA chip but also an integrated HD 5770 GPU on-board: very unique!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 4, 2010 - 08:35 AM | Ryan Shrout
There are probably still some of you that think of Galaxy as an also-ran NVIDIA GPU partner that simply sells rebranded and stickered cards to the world. While that is not at all correct and Galaxy is definitely one of the key NVIDIA partners (often building for other brands you DO know) Galaxy is going to start proving the point as we move into the second half of 2010.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2010 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Stability and extreme performance for audio/video and different display applications are pretty much ubiquitous requirements among the world's elite gamers. At COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010, globally-renowned graphics card and mainboard manufacturer MSI will exhibit its record-breaking darling of the media and award’s king, the R5870 Lightning graphics card.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2010 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On paper the GTX 465 looked rather lackluster and it was thought that the card would not stand a chance against the HD5850 which seemed to be its natural prey. As Ryan tested the card it proved to be able to stand up to the competition better than the specs would have implied. The power consumption and heat produced are what you would expect from a Fermi chip and you will see more of both than you do from the AMD side. Features are an interesting mix, on nVIDIA's side is you have PhysX, CUDA and 3D Vision and on AMD you can b
Fermi on a diet
The new GeForce GTX 465 GPU attempts to bring down the cost of Fermi and the GF100 architecture so gamers on tighter budgets can put that new DX11-goodness from NVIDIA in their systems. Does the new GPU stand up to the competition from AMD though? Stop in to find out!!