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We have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and value of XFX's nForce 630i GeForce 7150 based motherboard, the cryptically named MG-630I-7159.  Thanks to its integrated graphics processor, the MG-630I-7159 sports VGA, DVI, and HDMI outputs, and it's got some other handy on-board features as well, like an LED POST code error reporter and micro power and reset switches.  Click the link below and check it out...XFX MG-630I-7159 nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Motherboard... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we take a look at NVIDIA’s latest entrant into the mid-range workstation graphics card market, the QuadroFX 3700. This card has an MSRP of about $1,700, which puts it smack-dab in between the price tags of NVIDIA's mid-range and ultra-high-end products, although street prices for the QuadroFX 3700 are much lower than its MSRP. This card is based on NVIDIA’s popular G92 graphics processor, which has been prominently featured in their GeForce 8800 GT / GTS lineup at a very  competitive price point.  Likewise, with NVIDIA's G92 GL GPU underneath the hood, this professional-grade QuadroFX should also deliver substantially better performance in high-end OpenGL applications,... Read more...
Earlier this year, we conducted a series of reports on both the high-end and mid-range workstation graphics card markets with a range of comparative tests. In our prior tests, we found performance to be exceptionally close between comparatively priced products from AMD/ATI’s and NVIDIA’s high-end and mid-range cards. NVIDIA is typically stronger on the high-end, whereas ATI’s cards are winning in the mid-range; it was pretty cut and dry.  However, once you start pricing these cards out, you’ll soon realize that there is a huge, gaping hole in the price spectrums of each respective competitive product offering. ATI and NVIDIA sell their high-end (V8650/5600) cards for... Read more...
If you're a professional looking for a laptop/mobile workstation, NVIDIA has a new graphics chip you may want to consider before making you're purchasing decision.  Here's the scoop on the Quadro FX 3600M:“Engineered to deliver high performance and visualization of extensive datasets with extremely high image quality in an ISV-certified, notebook platform, the Quadro FX 3600M is available as a fully qualified MXM v2.1A type-III form factor mobile workstation graphics board with: 512 MB G-DDR3 memory 256-bit memory interface 51.2 GBps graphic memory bandwidth OpenGL 2.1, Shader Model 4.0, and DirectX 10 PowerMizer™ adaptive power management toolsThe complete line of NVIDIA Quadro FX... Read more...
Just in case you didn't catch the fresh link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of the XFX 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition.  As is the case with XFX’s other XXX Alpha Dog Edition cards, their 256MB GeForce 8800 GT offering ships from the factory with a significantly overclocked GPU and memory.  Click the link below and check it out...XFX 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition... Read more...
By now, we assume just about everyone knows the GeForce 8800 GT's story.  NVIDIA launched the 512MB 8800 GT in late October of last year and touted a price range of $200-250.  But retail prices initially ended up being over $300 due to supply issues. You can bet that ATI was smiling a couple weeks later when the company launched the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 and retail stock was available closer to MSRP prices. NVIDIA hit back, though, by launching the 256MB version of the 8800 GT and getting more stock onto store shelves. It goes without saying that NVIDIA wanted this 256MB part to remain closer to those original $200-250 price claims. You may be wondering what the differences are... Read more...
Just in case you didn't catch the new link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a mid-range workstation-class GPU round-up at HotHardware.  We look at three cards in particular – two from ATI and one from Nvidia.  From ATI, we’ve got the new FireGL V5600 512 MB card along with the low-end FireGL V3600 256 MB card.  And in the Nvidia camp, we’ve got the popular QuadroFX 1700 512 MB card.  All three of these cards are very tolerable in terms of size, power consumption, noise, and (most of all) price . While one shouldn't expect top of the line performance from them, in our tests we found performance in many applications to be impressively... Read more...
Just a few weeks ago, we took a look at the two fastest workstation class graphics cards currently on the market, the FireGL V8650 from ATI/AMD and the QuadroFX 5600 from Nvidia. We found both products to be quite powerful and thought either one would be a solid choice for a high-end workstation.  However, the one comment which was repeated over and over again when looking at those cards was that unless you worked for a major studio or production firm, they were simply not very affordable. At nearly $3,000 a piece, the FireGL V8650 and QuadroFX 5600 require large investments. However, don’t think that just because a graphics card is targeted for workstation use that... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're here to lety you that we have just posted a new article in which we take a look at the latest AMD 790FX based motherboard to hit our test bench, the MSI K9A2 Platinum.  Built around AMD's 790FX chipset, the K9A2 Platinum offers four-way CrossFireX support, in addition to support for HyperTransport 3.0 and PCI Express 2.0, while MSI also throws in some additional customizations of their own to raise the board to "Platinum" status.  Whether users are looking to upgrade the foundation of a current Athlon-based system or want to go all out for the full Spider experience, MSI thinks it has a solid candidate on its... Read more...
In mid-Q4 2007, AMD released their 790FX, 790X and 770 chipsets, the final pieces required to complete their Spider platform.  As the backbone of the new platform, the 700 series chipsets were designed with new feature sets to take full advantage of the Phenom processor's capabilities.  With up to 42 PCI Express lanes, support for four-way graphics, and lower power consumption then previous chipsets, AMD delivered a competitive new chipset to back their new CPUs and graphics cards.In November, we took a detailed look at the Spider platform coupled with a Phenom processor to see how it compared to its peers.  In the end, Intel still had a leg up on AMD in... Read more...
Today at HotHardware, we have two impressive workstation-class graphics card on the test bench. We’ve been given the opportunity to orchestrate a direct comparison of two of the most exciting graphics cards shipping today, AMD’s ATI FireGL V8650 and NVIDIA’s QuadroFX 5600.  The V8650 is a monstrous version of ATI’s R600 graphics processor with 2GB of memory attached, whereas the FX 5600 is the 1.5GB heavy workstation cousin of the GeForce 8800 Ultra, both of which use NVIDIA’s G80 processor. Both cards are phenomenally large, as well.  Click the link below and take a look... ATI FireGL V8650 vs. NVIDIA QuadroFX 5600... Read more...
While high-end workstation graphics cards may be based on roughly the same core architectures as gaming-targeted graphics cards, their purposes in life are very different. While they both accomplish the same task, processing commands and rendering images on-screen, workstation cards endure a more strenuous existence than their gaming brethren. Workstation cards are used to solve huge, mission-critical problems, like helping engineers design and build cars; helping architects to planning and construct buildings, and even help to our friendly oil and gas companies to provide more effective oil and gas production and transportation methods. For many HotHardware readers,... Read more...
NVIDIA’s G80 GPU has been sitting atop the 3D graphics food chain for well over a year now.  It was way back in November of ’06 that the GeForce 8800 GTX and original 640MB GTS arrived – the first two graphics cards based on the G80 GPU.  Sometime later, the more affordable 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS and current flagship GeForce 8800 Ultra arrived, but these two cards are based on the same GPU that powers NVIDIA’s initial 8800-series offerings. Obviously, even though NVIDIA’s products still clearly outperform ATI’s at the high-end, it’s time for a refresh, if just to keep things exciting for consumers this holiday season.  The first glimpse of what NVIDIA had in store came a little... Read more...
NVIDIA is updating its product stack again this morning, this time with a newly designed GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB card based on the 65nm G92 GPU.  This new GTS features 128 stream processors, up from 96 in the original GTS, but its memory bus width has been cut down to 256-bits.  This new configuration gives the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB an interesting performance profile.  We’ve got a couple of retail-ready GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cards in the labs from Asus and XFX and put them through the wringer with some current DX10 titles.  Click the link below and check them out...NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB: Asus and XFX... Read more...
When AMD introduced QuadFX last year, it was definitely a stopgap measure, but AMD said it was a long-term technology direction for the company.  Looks like they changed directions pretty quickly.Naturally, in the wake of the Phenom processor's debut, we checked with AMD about what's next for Quad FX. Here's what AMD's Suzy Pruitt told us:The short answer is that while there are still engineering resources focused on future platform offerings that build off Quad FX, the current energy and effort has gone into programs and product initiatives like “Spider” and AMD has discontinued future planning and development of its eight-core enthusiast platform at this time.We will continue to support... Read more...
  A few days ago, AMD officially unveiled their RV670 GPU, the chip at the heart of the ATI Radeon HD 3800 series of graphics cards.  Just in case you missed it on the day of the launch, our coverage of the new Radeon HD 3870 and HD 3850 cards is available right here.  While we did thoroughly explain the RV670’s architecture and explored its performance in that article, we did not tell you that the new Radeon HD 3800 series is but one part of an entirely new platform from AMD dubbed “Spider”.The rest of the Spider platform is comprised of not only new desktop processors, but core logic as well.  The second piece to the Spider puzzle is AMD’s native quad-core Phenom processor... Read more...
Good Morning All.  AMD has taken the wraps of their platform for the Phenom series of quad-core processors.  Put together the AMD Phenom quad-core processor, along with the new 790FX chipset and RV670, aka Radeon HD 3800 series graphics cards, and you have what AMD affectionately calls “Spider”.The Phenom 9600 and 9500 processor make their debut today, dressed up in an entirely new platform of technology.  And we have all the numbers; yes all the numbers, even from an unreleased Phenom 9700.AMD Spider Platform - Phenom, 790FX, RV670... Read more...
Rumors are already being circulated about AMD's upcoming 790FX chipset, and the latest is that it might end up being quite power efficient and not nearly as hot as some of the other high-end chipsets out there.  This is great news for anyone planning on building a new rig based off the 790FX, but it's especially good news for people who are planning on building a SFF/Micro-ATX system where thermals and power consumption are especially important factors due to space limitations.“It seems that implementing PCIe Gen2 and HyperTransport 3 in combination with TSMC advanced manufacturing process yielded better-than-expected thermals, while Nvidia and Intel both face the challenge of cooling hot... Read more...
Just in case you missed to new link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, bundle, overclockability, and performance of XFX’s GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty.  The XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty is one of the few GeForce 8600 GT cards on the market today that is not only passively cooled, but factory overclocked as well.  And even though its “stock” GPU and memory clock speeds are already well above NVIDIA’s reference specifications, we found the XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty to have plenty of clock speed headroom left for overclocking.  Head on over to the site and check it out...... Read more...
If silence is golden, then silence plus overclocking is platinum. Hardware enthusiasts have loved squeezing every last drop of performance out of their hardware for quite some time. Noise levels are not a concern for many of these enthusiasts, but over the last several years, more and more of them have become not only performance enthusiasts but also silence enthusiasts. So, finding a silent, overclocked product is like winning a mini lottery. For this article, we have such a product: the XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty. Not only is the XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty silently cooled, but it is also overclocked. While a reference NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT has a 540 MHz core clock and a 700 MHz... Read more...
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available Top-to-Bottom Powerful GPU Architecture Enables Breakthrough Capabilities from Ultra-High-End 3D to Professional 2D Segments SANTA CLARA, CA—September 12, 2007—Earlier this year, NVIDIA unveiled its record-setting NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 and Quadro FX 4600 professional graphics boards based on an industry-changing unified architecture that delivers high-performance processing, support for Shader Model 4.0, NVIDIA GPU computing, and other breakthrough features. Today, the company extended the family, with the launch of new mid-range and entry-level 2D... Read more...
We just got our hands on a few intriguing images that we thought you’d all be interested in checking out.  What you see pictured below is Diamond Multimedia’s VFX 2000 Series Professional Workstation graphics card, due to be launched in the coming weeks...       Diamond Multimedia’s 2GB VFX 2000 Series Professional Workstation Graphics... Read more...
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