Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it. All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively. Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.
SLI and CrossFire could be done
Before IDF kicks off tomorrow, I got a sneak peek at some incredibly interesting new technology called HYDRA. This start-up company promises to scale GPUs at nearly linear rates and is completely chipset and GPU technology independent. Is it worthy of the hype?
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2008 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has been trying everything to make the GTX 280 more attractive to gamers, mostly by dropping the price by about $200. BFG is taking it one step further with their BFG GTX 280 OCX, an overclocked version of the already fast card. Hardware Canucks tested it against AMD's 4870 X2, as well as the 4870 and 4850 in Crossfire. nVIDIA does retain some top spots, but not by much of a margin.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crysis has been a serious glove slap for the graphics companies, as they watch their top of the line graphics cards struggle desperately to provide reasonable framerates with high resolution and details. The 4870 X2 release yesterday offered a nice response, a card with enough power to get Crysis looking as it should, especially in Crossfire configurations. Madshrimps was curious about the wide variance in the Crysis benchmarks that were published, so they decided to get to the bottom of it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphics cards with high performance and exceptional speeds are never far from the gamer's mind. That is why ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the graphical solution for the latest generation of AMD dual RV770XT GPUs - the ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G - equipped with double GPUs and a massive 2G of on-board memory.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 03:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting bit of editorial came across my desk today from none other than the big green company known as NVIDIA. As a whole NVIDIA has not been shy in their attacks on Intel what with the "cans of whoop ass" and the like; but this time NVIDIA has taken it upon themselves to send the media a document detail "questions" about Intel's Larrabee on the day the architecture gets detailed at Siggraph.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, Calf. August 12, 2008 - Asetek's industry-leading, LCLC liquid cooling solution is now available for AMD's much anticipated multi-GPU cards, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 family of graphics cards (codenamed R700). The unique, liquid cooling approach is exactly what OEMs need to extract the highest performance from the graphics card and produce top-of-the-line gaming and entertainment products.
"Heat is an 'age-old' problem for computers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD 4870 X2 is here, and it certainly does not disappoint.
Able to keep up with a pair of 4870 X2's in Crossfire, and leaving the 280 in the dust, this card is very impressive. Check out the benchmark score that Ryan managed with this card, and how badly the 280 fares against AMD's newest offering.
AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 Technology
NVIDIA is in trouble; and on many fronts. Their chipset division has had some extreme highs and lows recently and AMD's graphics cards have quickly caught up with NVIDIA past performance advantages. The new HD 4870 X2 we previewed before is back and giving NVIDIA fits...
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2008 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like someone has leaked out the minimum system requirements for the upcoming Far Cry 2 release; and they actually aren't all that bad. The absolute minimum includes an Athlon 64 3500+, Pentium D 2.4 GHz or higher, 1 GB of memory and a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1650 graphics card. The full experience will require a bit more of you: Core 2 Duo or Phenom, 2GB of memory, 8600 GTS or X1900 GPU or better with a 512MB frame buffer.