Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
A very interesting discussion has started in the graphics card forum about some leaked NVIDIA drivers (revision 185.20) that adds a new feature called "ambient occlusion". This enhancement apparently is adding some nice visual lighting effects but causes a lot of stress on gaming hardware; HonestJohn saw his Far Cry 2 performance go from about 60 FPS to 45 FPS with the option enabled. There are screen shots included in the thread as well.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
A post in our graphics card forum is indicating news about a closer-than-expected release time for XFX's own ATI Radeon graphics cards. It has barely been 3 weeks since we first learned that XFX was going to add a little red to their green but based on the speed of this release the project has been in the works for a while.
Thanks goes to AudioFreak39 for the tip.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Fudzilla is reporting that some lucky person has gotten a hold of a pair of the new GeForce GTX 295 cards (dual-GPU solution, we tested it earlier this month here) in Quad SLI to get a 3DMark Vantage score of over 32,500. Wow.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this story over at Digitimes, AMD has already taped out (completed design and circuit testing) on the next generation graphics core known as the RV740. It is built on TSMC's newest 40nm process technology and I must say I was surprised to find the technology was mature enough to actually compete a design from ATI before 2009.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
You might have heard about this new NVIDIA technology called "Ion" - which is interesting because I hadn't. Apparently this is NVIDIA's answer the world of netbooks and Intel's Atom processor - NVIDIA is pushing Intel's partners to push Intel to allow third party chipsets as thus allowing NVIDIA to make a push into these systems.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 06:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Though we already posted about NVIDIA's announcement to start supporting drivers for notebook computers, I pinged NVIDIA for some more information and they provided us with the following document that provides quite a bit more information on the topic. Read on if you have or are thinking about buying that gaming notebook.
NVIDIA Notebook Driver Release
Q: What are you announcing today?
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?