Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2008 - 08:55 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?
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2008 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's is utterly dominating the lower end, with the HD4650 nicely under $100, the HD4670 at about $100 and now the HD4830 at just a bit over $100, no matter how tight your budget you can get a card that supports HD playback and will give you
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 2, 2008 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, December 2, 2008 - S3 Graphics today released Beta drivers for the latest version of the OpenGL 3.0 API to take advantage of the Khronos Group's open, cross-platform 3D standard on the newly released Chrome 500 Series programmable GPUs.
A happy holiday to YOU!
December is here and with comes an absolute onslaught of quality PC games to take up every last bit of your vacation time. Call of Duty: World at War, Dead Space, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2 and Left 4 Dead are all great games but which of these are really going to push your gaming PC to limits? If you need to upgrade, is NVIDIA's or AMD's architecture more apt to perform well with them today?
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 10:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sapphire are the only company offering the HD4850 X2, the little brother of the 4870 X2. With only the one supplier, these cards can be hard to spot, but from Ryan's testing, you can see this card pushes past the GTX 280 in the majority of tests. It also has a very unique back plate featuring four DVI outputs as well as an S-Video, giving you serious support for multi-monitor set ups. Read his full review at the top of
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PCI Express bus type for graphics cards is
the standard going forward for all systems and motherboards. In fact,
AGP is no longer being supported.
you were to upgrade your system or motherboard now or in the future,
you would need a PCI Express graphics card to support that new system,
which would improve your overall performance in 3D games and video
Finally the X2 card we were promised
We were promised the Radeon HD 4850 X2 card months ago but only now are we getting our hands on retail samples. Can this latest dual-GPU graphics solution from AMD hope to change the landscape against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 280?
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 10:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's new driver revision, 180, offers some nice benefits to those who install it. SLI on multiple monitors is much easier now, with the software allowing you to choose which display gets the SLI, as opposed to completely disabling monitors and playing with plugs. PhsyX support is also made a little easier, so you can easily choose which nVIDIA card will run your graphics and which will handle the physics processing. AnandTech walks you through all of it here.