Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Long the bane of mobile gaming's existence, NVIDIA has taken the first step in allowing all users of notebook computers that want to the best possible gaming performance access to NVIDIA updated drivers. Why is this news? Since the beginning of time, users that wanted an updated graphics driver for their laptop had to wait for their hardware vendor to update it on its own support site. This happened fairly infrequently and often times not at all.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today NVIDIA let loose some preview information for the upcoming GTX 295 graphics card - the dual-GPU 55nm GT200-based part that takes back the performance crown from AMD's Radeon HD 4870 X2.
You can read my preview here that includes some pictures, performance numbers and analysis.
A change of holiday plans
NVIDIA gave us a little time with the new GeForce GTX 295 graphics card - the first dual-GPU solution from the company since the 9800 GX2 featuring a pair of 55nm GT200-based cores on a pair of PCBs on a single card. Can this new GPU get NVIDIA the performance crown again and will it cost you the remainder of your 401k to buy?
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2008 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has spent a lot of time working with the new version of Badaboom from nVIDIA, the more expensive and higher quality video transcoder to compete with AMD's offering. It is not professional level software and can easily be used my anyone but the depth is there in the controls to get exactly what you want. Read on to get a feel for what may be your best choice in making your videos and DVDs play on anything.
Minor or major update
NVIDIA knew that the Elemental Technologies Badaboom application was a bit lacking in terms of features in the original release and ATI's Avivo Video Converter likely pushed the software to its newest version a bit faster. See what changes v1.1 offers!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2008 - 11:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
The rumors were true! XFX has officially announced that they are going green - the other kind of green, with a bit or red in it. Gross.
Anyway, XFX, well known for their line of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, has on their website news to expect AMD-based parts in early 2009, which is only a couple of short weeks away.
The NVIDIA Quadro CX Card
The NVIDIA Quadro CX is dubbed "the accelerator for Adobe CS4 Suite" and it is in fact just that. With the release of the CS4 series of software Adobe began offering GPU-enabled computing models in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects and NVIDIA's partner Elemental has a GPU-based encoder for Premiere Pro as well. All are examined and tested inside!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2008 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Palit's new Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 stands out among other X2s thanks to it's 3 slot design. They have thrown a large overclock on this already hot card and kept the temperatures within reason by adding a huge cooler to the card. They didn't waste that extra space on the back, in addition to a pair of exhaust vents there is a VGA connector, Display Port, HDMI and a single DVI. Check out the performance at Overclockers Online, who never broke 72 degrees Celsius in their testing with
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Connect Magazine tries out 3 of nVIDIA's newest drivers to see just how well they are improving. Driver revisions don't tend to have huge impacts on performance overall, though the bug fixes can certainly help. Once the testing was done, it turns out that the WHQL certified 180.48 is your best choice ... at least until the 181 series appears.
GPU Transcoding in your future
Now that both NVIDIA and AMD each have its own GPU-based transcoding application, I thought it was time to get a head-to-head comparison going and see which of the two software applications is really the best for consumer usage. While NVIDIA's offering will run you $30 for the full version, the ATI software is completely free. Is that all that matters though?