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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The early beta of nVIDIA's 180 series of drivers, which bear the name Big Bang II have arrived just in time for FarCry2. The major improvements come in the form of changes to multi-monitor support, a topic dear to Ryan's heart. There are also claims of significant performance increases, and as Ryan is Steaming through the download of FarCry2, you should keep your eyes open for a sneak peek at performance. You can also bet the game will make it into the benchmarking section of future graphics cards.
NVIDIA gave media a preview of all the features coming in the new 180.xx driver set known internally as 'Big Bang II' and we have all the information for you here today. Even better, you can get a very early beta of these drivers if you are picking up Far Cry 2 as well!
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
All BFG graphics cards on the BFG Store are at least 10%
off, and all BFG power supplies (including Scratch and Dent!) are 30% off!
On top of the instant savings, there is an additional $20
off via mail in rebate on the GTX 280 OC, GTX 260 OC MAXCORE, and
the GTX 260 OC - so be sure to view the product page to download the
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
Want to see one of the many reasons PC nerds and Mac nerds don't get along? Check out this story that discusses the supposedly "newly added" H.264 decode acceleration on the MacOS X platform that is "mysterious". The author questions whether support for the technology will be added to previous Mac computers rather than be a secret feature on current MacBooks.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been seeing these rumors for some time, and now information is supposedly posted on Fudzilla that only six of NVIDIA's current partners are going to survive "the culling". The apparent reason for the removal of some partners is to keep competition from over flooding the market.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 05:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
While we aren't sure of the validity of these specs yet, they sure do look interesting and put into question the idea that NVIDIA would be leaving the chipset business.