Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 02:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
After attending the NVIDIA NV40 launch event yesterday in San Francisco, many of the press and gamers in attendence were amazed by the first showing of the FarCry modifcation that will enable Pixel Shader 3.0 support. We are actively trying to get a hold of either a video demonstration or screenshots to show you all, but we don't have them yet.
The demo that was shown was remarkable, showing us several scenes including a stair case with a rock wall that showed dramatic differences the realism of the textures when PS 3.0 was enabled. What is even more remarkable was
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 01:48 PM | Andrew Kaiser
When it rains, it pours! We are no longer left to speculation about the long-awaited NV40 GPU. Don't forget to check out PC Perspective's own preview, courtesy of pelly :)
Quote: Synthetic tests we ran on the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra revealed that there are no dramatic drawbacks in the architecture of the chip. We are pretty optimistic about the balance of this architecture, its ability to scale in the future as well as performance the graphics processor is able deliver in today's and tomorrow's applications.
Months of guessing and speculation regarding NV40 go out the window as we take a look at how the new GeForce 6800 Ultra meets expectations.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:44 AM | Andrew Kaiser
With the launch date so near, it's fairly safe to say that the R420 specs Digit Life has posted will be close to what actually hits the market. With 16 pipelines, and 512mb of memory on the roadmap, it certainly has met my expectations!
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:37 AM | Andrew Kaiser
The much-hyped NV40 is upon us! It now goes by 'GeForce FX 6800 Ultra/6800'. t-break takes a peek at Gigabyte's offerings, and lists many of their specs.
Quote: "Built on the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra/6800, the GV-N68 series is equipped with a complete range of features to satisfy any die-hard PC gamer. The unique NVIDIA CineFXTM 3.0 engine powers the next generation of cinematic realism in vivid true color. The next-generation shader architecture delivers faster and smoother gameplay.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2004 - 06:25 AM | Andrew Kaiser
While this certainly isn't the first stock-overclocked card offered by an OEM, this is quite a bit more agressive than I've seen before. In the past, users didn't jump for a 2% increase in clock speeds, but perhaps this pumped up card is the beginning of a new trend?
Quote: "The Gigabyte GV-N595U-GT is for those who have the money and can't live
without the best nVIDIA card. Don't like the stock FX5950 Ultra speed, but
are afraid to overclock? The GV-N595U-GT is for you. Already have a video
editing / capturing software suite? The GV-N595U-GT is for you.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2004 - 02:41 PM | Andrew Kaiser
Things are set to get interesting in the world of computer graphics, with nVidia expected to launch NV40 by April 15, and ATi launching their X800 Pro (formerly known as R420) on the 26th of this month. While early reports indicate that NV40 will greatly raise the performance bar, only time will tell if ATi can match. At any rate, the continuing war is nothing but good for us, the buyers :)
Quote: "The HIS Excalibur 9600 was no slouch when it came to game benchmarking.
The 9600 basically tied the FX5600 Turbo, winning two benchmarks, losing
two and tying one.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2004 - 02:12 AM | Andrew Kaiser
3DChip has taken the time to put together the information and tools needed to flash a GeForce FX 59x BIOS to FX 5950 Ultra, resulting in a reasonable performance boost. If you can get over the translation, it makes excellent reading :)
Quote: "The theme was and is still discussed a lot: The Flash of a FX5900 (Ultra) to a more powerful FX5950Ultra. We took time to write a litle toturial
which includes a 3DChip-Flashkit with same bioses and flashtools and tells you how to flash your videocard.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2004 - 05:23 AM | Ron Goldin
Being in the position I'm in here at PCP for as long as I have, people even in real life are always asking me about choices for upgrades. One of the biggest categories for upgrades folks are looking to make is video cards. With all the choices on the market today, its hard to keep up with them all. Luckily this guide from Adrian popped up just when I could use it most. I hope its as accurate as Adrian's work has been in the past.