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Two short months ago, we evaluated the FirePro V8800 the current king of ATI's workstation graphics card line-up, which replaced the V8750 as the flagship FirePro model. Unfortunately, we were unable to test it alongside any NVIDIA workstation cards for comparison purposes. At the time, we were handcuffed by two unfortunate circumstances. One was the fact that we no longer had Quadro FX cards available for re-testing, and our newly upgraded test bed prohibited us from using previous data for comparison. But also because there wasn't a current generation Quadro FX model available to compete against the V8800. And as of the release of this article, there still isn't.... Read more...
AMD is poised to release a new Catalyst drive package, v10.6, that incorporates a number of new features and performance enhancements. While there are a handful of game-specific performance enhancements, it's the new video-related features that are potentially the most interesting. Here is a breakdown of the new features available in the Catalyst 10.6 display driver release, snapped directly from the release notes: GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms... Read more...
Eurocom announced the EUROCOM X8100 Leopard Mobile Workstation. This new 18.4-inch gaming notebook features two ATi Radeon Mobility HD5870 running in CrossFireX, a single GTX480M or a variety of other NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro cards running in single or SLI configurations. The EUROCOM X8100 Leopard also supports four physical SATA-300 hard drives and RAID 0/1/5/10 as well as a variety of Intel Mobile processors up to i7 Extreme 940XM. This gaming notebook has plenty of ports as well including a DVI port, 3x USB 2.0, 1x USB2.0/eSATA, HDMI, card reader, LAN, FireWire, ExpressCard slot, and an antenna port (for the optional TV-card). The X8100 comes with an 18.4-inch display with a resolution... Read more...
Another week, another MSI notebook for the taking! This time around, MSI is skipping on by the hardcore gamers and going straight for those on the fence. The ones trying to decide between a 13" ultraportable and a 15" mainstream notebook. The 14" CX410 is the company's newest in the Classic Series, featuring AMD internals and ATI graphics. Being in the Classic family, there's nothing too extraordinary about the design. It's pretty standard, but that's perfect for the mobile professional who does't want to draw too much attention. There's a matte black finish, metal touchpad keys and MSI's own "beveled construction." Underneath all of that, there's a 14" 16:9 backlit LCD, up to 8GB of memory,... Read more...
There's no shortage of outrageous hardware over here in Computex 2010. But one of the most memorable products we've seen in Taiwan came from ATI graphics partner, PowerColor. The HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 Edition is so extreme that its "mainly for commercial use" and not made for specifically for the consumer market. For the most part, it looks a lot like the reference design HD 5970, but features 4GB of memory and 12 mini-DisplayPort connections by making use of a small extender board which adds another 6 ports to the ones found on the rear panel of the card. In case you were wondering, the card takes up three PCIe slots and measures 12" long. PowerColor also showed off a couple of graphics cards... Read more...
The Computex convention in Taipei officially kicked off this morning, and that means you can expect a spate of product announcements at every turn. One of those comes from MSI, who has just announced their R5870 Lightning graphics card. Built around the same 40nm manufacturing process as other HD 5870 parts and sporting the same 2GB of RAM, MSI says they took things to a new level by using military class components, a unique cooling solution, and a voltage regulator function. Of interest to overclockers, MSI's Lightning iteration includes a 15-phase PWM design to provide more power to the GPU and memory, as well as a built-in dual 8-pin power source interface. It's all supplemented by server... Read more...
Earlier this year, we attended the Asus 2010 CES Event in Las Vegas. While there, we caught a glimpse of several upcoming notebooks the hardware giant had in store. One of the most anticipated products we saw was in the Republic of Gamers line up. Dubbed the G73JH, it possessed a list of impressive specifications and an aggressive, stealth fighter design that spoke directly to enthusiasts. Thankfully, this powerhouse of a notebook made it to our lab and we had a chance to put it through our own testing. Ever since CES, we've been waiting to find out if the G73JH performed as good as it looked. Equally important, we aimed to determine where it fits in a market bursting at the seams with gaming... Read more...
Earlier this year, we attended the Asus 2010 CES Event in Las Vegas. While there, we caught a glimpse of several upcoming notebooks the hardware giant had in store. One of the most anticipated products we saw was in the Republic of Gamers line up. Dubbed the G73JH, it possessed a list of impressive specifications and an aggressive, stealth fighter design that spoke directly to enthusiasts. Thankfully, this powerhouse of a notebook made it to our lab and we had a chance to put it through our own testing. Ever since CES, we've been waiting to find out if the G73JH performed as good as it looked. Equally important, we aimed to determine where it fits in a market bursting at the seams with... Read more...
Another new day, another new MSI notebook! The company has really been expanding their mainstream line lately, with another new 15.6" machine being introduced today. The CX500DX is another multi-media powerhouse, equipped with a classic black outer shell, ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 545v discrete GPU (512MB) and a LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen display. The entire machine measures just 3cm thick and weighs 2.48kg, and the exterior Color Film Print means that the paint changes color in the light. Spiffy! Other specifications include an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 250GB/320GB/500GB SATA hard drive, DVD Super-Multi drive, a 4-in-1 card reader, VGA output, three USB 2.0 ports, audio... Read more...
In terms of technology, DirectX 11 isn't the API defining, behind-the-scenes reboot that DirectX 10 was. It's an incremental update, much in the same way that Windows 7 is an update of Vista. At the end of the day, DirectX 11 is basically just DirectX 10 with a bunch of new features stuck on. However, we'd speculate that DirectX 11 should have a much larger impact on the end-user experience than DirectX 10 did because it brings several new features to the table that will make creating advanced graphical effects seldom seen in past games, much easier. Some critics have said that Windows 7 is everything that Vista was supposed to be. But is DirectX 11 everything DirectX 10 was hyped up to be? We... Read more...
Touted as one of the biggest milestones in Windows games development in recent years, DirectX 10 ultimately didn't live up to the hype as far as end-users were concerned. A large part of the disappointment was perhaps due to a misunderstanding of what DirectX 10 was supposed to be. DirectX 10 was a fundamental refresh of the entire API and it brought a much-needed reboot to an aging API model. The reboot removed a lot of the legacy clutter left over from over a decade of previous DirectX developments. DirectX 10 was never really about the end users at all, it was really about the developers. It also didn't help that DirectX 10 was tied to Windows Vista, which was unpopular with gamers from launch.... Read more...
MSI might have a tough time topping the well-equipped, well-priced GE600, but there's nothing like one-upping a 16" multi-media monster with a 17.3" beast. The new CX705MX is yet another large screen, powerful notebook from the company that aims to strike a balance between raw power and cost, with the massive screen being perfect for gaming and movie viewing. Unlike many of the newer 17" machines, this one comes with Intel's somewhat older Core 2 Duo CPU. It also features ATI's Radeon HD 545V with 512MB of VRAM, room for 8GB of DDR2 memory, a 1600x900 resolution screen, a 2.5" hard drive (250GB/320GB/500GB SATA), a 4-in-1 card reader, HDMI output, VGA output, three USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out,... Read more...
If you're going to spend upwards of $700 or so on a videocard, you might as well make sure it's the fastest graphics card in the known universe, right? Better look into Sapphire's product line up then, and specifically, the company's new HD 5970 4G TOXIC Edition. With 4GB of GDDR5 memory, Sapphire's newest videocard boasts twice the amount of memory found on standard HD 5970 cards. Clock speeds check in at 900MHz (core) and 4800MHz effective (memory), up from 725MHz and 4000MHz, respectively, on reference specs. But it isn't just the clockspeeds that have been goosed. Sapphire also beefed up the cooling with a customized heatsink/fan solution from Arctic Cooling. Featuring three low noise fans,... Read more...
AMD's FirePro line of graphics cards don't get the same level of attention as the consumer-oriented Radeon lineup, but with the introduction of Eyefinity, DisplayPort and DirectX 11, the "professional" line is suddenly becoming a lot more appealing to anyone. Following the introduction of the FirePro V8800, AMD has today rolled out four new additions in the next-gen FirePro family: ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V5800, ATI FirePro V4800, and ATI FirePro V3800. These cards are aimed at professionals in the digital content creation (DCC) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) industries, and in case those weren't enough, AMD is also unveiling the FirePro 2460 Multi-View. This card is a low-profile one... Read more...
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