Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip. Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz. The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on NVIDIA.com, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.
The first NVIDIA.com notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2009 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LeadTek's WinFast GTX 285 runs at the reference clock speeds, 648MHz GPU and 1GB of 2484MHz GDDR3. You can expect to see it sucking down about 380W under full load, and a temperature of 80C with the fan at 40%. If you are OK with the extra noise it creates, cranking the fan up to full power will drop your temperatures to 67C, still fairly warm but certainly reasonable for the fastest single GPU card going. You will need that extra cooling if you want to overclock the card as much as Bjorn3D did in their
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New from BFG is the GeForce GTX 285 OCX, a factory overclocked GTX285
with a core of 648MHz, the shader is 1.476GHz and GDDR3 of 2.484GHz. All the other specs remain the same, which may be why the only benefit [H]ard|OCP saw was a handfull of extra frames, but not much more. It is up to you whether the small gains they
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
It may seem like many moons ago since we first learned about the Lucid HYDRA product, but it looks as if there is a significant advancement for the technology courtesy of a Japanese computing company called ELSA. ELSA is a system designer that targets high end graphics systems for HPC (high performance computing), broadcast and medical organizations.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last Catalyst release, 8.12, offered huge improvements to all Radeon owners excepting those with multiple HD4850s. The hotfix for the 8.12 even cheered those unfortunates up, as it fixed the degradation they were seeing. Just yesterday we saw the release of the first driver for this year, Catalyst 9.1, which adds support for OpenGL, but not much in the way of other features. X-bit Labs compares the 8.12 driver, both with and without the hotfix, against the new 9.1 driver. T
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:
Full OpenGL 3.0 support
This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts. The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs. AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested. The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 02:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter.
Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As long as your wallet can handle a $500 hit, your PSU can handle a 450W drain, and your CPU or RAM isn't going to offer a bottleneck, you are probably thinking fondly of the GTX 295. Bjorn 3D took a little time before releasing their review of the BFG GTX 295, comparing it against some of nVIDIA and AMD's finest, including SLI and a second GTX 295 to see how BFG's offering fares. When able, they also enable PhysX on the card to see what impact t