Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Did you like the idea of having both an integrated and discrete graphics solution your notebook with the ability to switch between them depending on your need for battery life or performance? Yeah, me too. Tough though - someone at Microsoft apparently has a stick up their ass and doesn't approve of the technology. According to Engadget, Microsoft's Windows 7 will not offer native support for the technology and in fact dismisses all of it as "unstab
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 01:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Back in June during this year's Computex show we reported on a brewing relationship between NVIDIA and VIA that partnered two companies together with a common enemy: Intel. The idea at the time was to pair NVIDIA's mid-range GPUs with VIA's Nano processor, at the time the best low power processor option on the market, to create a cheap yet enticing low cost gaming platform. However, once Intel's Atom processor came onto the scene and started gobbling up the marketshare VIA was attempting to get, the partnership quickly fell off the
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2008 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At an MSRP of $400, the new HD4850 X2 sits right between the HD4870 and HD4870 X2 in price, and in performance as well. The extra GPU really adds to the power of the HD4850 taking it past the it's bigger brother, though still not coming close to the HD4870 X2. It is also possesses a rather interesting back plate; most might have expected a rear venting setup like most modern cards sport, the HD4850 X2 has four dual-link DVI connectors as well as a TV out. Check out HEXUS' review here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 1GB HD4870s that have arrived also heralded the
arrival of HD4870s with 2GB or VRAM, which is exactly what the Guru of 3D has up for review. That extra RAM will come in very handy with your 30" monitor, playing at 2560x1600 and the raw power of the card will let you set most, if not all options to their highest settings. If you are playing with a monitor in the 20" range, you really won't see much difference between the original HD4870 and this new version.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2008 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan's review of the KFA2 Galaxy GTX 260+ shows off the work nVIDIA and it's partners are doing with the current lineup of cards. The first big change is the use of the new Big Bang 2 drivers from nVIDIA, the second is the card it's self. The clocks on this card are bumped up by more that 10% across the board; 656 MHz core, 1405 MHz shader and 1130 MHZ memory. Support for 3 wa
Galaxy Enters the GTX 260+ Game
The updated GeForce GTX 260+ GPU with 216 shader processors is really one of the best choices in today's graphics market that balances top performance with a reasonable price. In this article we are looking at a card from Galaxy that takes that GPU and overclocks it while selling it for a price that might make you go "Hmmm".
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you fire up GPU-Z and have only 560 shader processors as opposed to the 640 that are on the card then you have a card with a pre-production BIOS. There is good news, it looks like only reviewers have ended up with these cards, they are not likely to have made it into the channel, though it is possible some slipped through. As well, you can take hearst in the fact that this is a BIOS issue only. The processors are there, they are just going unused and a simple BIOS flash can fix that. AnandTech did some testing and you can see the difference in performance,
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a limited time, and while supplies last only, customers who buy ANY BFG GeForce GTX 200 Series graphics card October 22, 2008 or later, will get
- a free full copy of Far Cry 2 (DVD) a $50 value.
- a free full copy of 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition (online download; BFG will supply Serial Number) a $20 value
- a BFG branded mini super bright LED torch (priceless!).
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are going to need a new way to rate low end graphics cards. There are so many really good choices out there that best price for performance is rather difficult to decide. Do you go for the high end HD4830 at about $150, or a low end HD4850 for a few dollars more, or do you want a heavily overclocked 9800GT, again about $150? Do you get cheaper but buy two, or get the fastest single card you can? Are you willing to pay $17.50 for an extra hundred GFLOPS, or only $7.38?
One more mid-range contender
Turns out the answer is yes. The new AMD Radeon HD 4830 512MB graphics card competes with NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GT and is actually a better overall choice in my opinion. Budget and mid-range cards are getting a BIG boost in validity this fall and it doesn't seem to be slowing down yet.