Items tagged with graphics card

If you thought NVIDIA and AMD would develop and launch new GPUs today without letting 'ole MSI know about it, think again. Much like Zotac (and countless others) have done, MSI is letting loose its newest graphics cards based on NVIDIA's fresh GTX 275 core and ATI's HD 4890.First, we're looking at the company's N275GTX Twin Frozr, a beastly device that's centered around NVIDIA's latest. It features a dual-fan design and no fewer than five heatpipes to keep the PCB from melting while you're melting faces and breaking hearts in a undisclosed deathmatch arena. There are also 240 stream processors, 896MB of memory, a 448-bit GDDR3 memory pipe and an intelligent fan design that automatically adjusts... Read more...
Moving in lockstep with NVIDIA, Zotac has decided to also taking NVIDIA's newly launched GTX 275 core and slap it into a new card; so convenient, no? Just a day after it expanded its low-profile arrangement with a new GeForce 9600 LP, the same company is pushing its GTX 200 Series crew one step further. Today we're being formally introduced to the GeForce GTX 275 and GTX 275 AMP! Edition, both of which are powered by second generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture with 240 screaming-fast stream processors.Needless to say, both of these bad boys are perfectly suited to handle DirectX 10, OpenGL 3.0, NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX powered games and applications, and with 896MB of GDDR3 memory and a 448-bit... Read more...
Zotac is back on the offensive again after just a few days off, this time announcing its GeForce 9600GT LP for low-profile rigs and slim HTPCs. Granted, the 9600GT isn't the most powerful GPU core or anything, but it's certainly a good choice for space constrained cases given its cool operation and its low overhead design.The card is powered by 64 stream processors and fully supports DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, NVIDIA's CUDA and PhysX technologies. There's also a wide 256-bit memory interface, which joins the aforementioned stream processors to 512MB of GDDR3 video memory. Carsten Berger, marketing director of Zotac, made a few good points about bringing this level of tech to the low-profile market:... Read more...
About this time last week, MSI was busy outing a new pair of R4600 GPUs for use in HTPCs; this Friday, the company is introducing its first-ever graphics card to equip SuperPipe technology. What's SuperPipe, you ask? Good question! MSI's SuperPipe technology uses special 8mm thick heatpipes that are 60% thicker than traditional pipes, and they reportedly show about a 90% improvement in thermal efficiency. The N285GTX SuperPipe, which is based around NVIDIA's GTX 285, is the company's first card to tap into the newfangled cooling tech, but we have all ideas it won't be the last. For those unaware, thicker heatpipes can transfer more heat away from the GPU core, which obviously helps keep things... Read more...
Slotted just between the existing ATI FirePro V5700 and the high-end FirePro V8700, the all new FirePro V7750 is positioned to bring creative professionals loads of horsepower for under a grand. AMD asserts that its latest pro-level graphics accelerator is ideally suited for graphics professionals working in engineering, digital content creation and scientific fields by giving users the ability to handle "large models and shader-intensive applications, while delivering accurate color reproduction and superior visual quality."As for specifications, the card includes 320 stream processors, a full 30-but display pipeline, 1GB of GDDR3 memory, 28.8GB/sec of memory bandwidth, 8/10/18-bit color depth... Read more...
Looking to construct a new HTPC? Need a graphics card to finish the build? If so, MSI's hoping you'll cast a glance its way, as it has just announced two new cards that are prime candidates for media center PCs. The R4600 HDMI series is currently made up of just two cards -- the R4650 and R4650 -- both of which include HDMI sockets for easy TV connections and 512MB or 1GB of RAM (depending on model).Strangely, MSI doesn't bother sharing other important tidbits like clock / memory speeds or anything like that, though it does make clear that 7.1-channel audio from Blu-ray Discs is possible. Also, the card is capable of handling 1080p content, and it also supports Unified Video Decoder (UVD) 2.0,... Read more...
We can't tell one way or the other whether this here card is utilizing that rumored new PCB, but Asus sure is proud of it, regardless. The company's latest GTX 260-based graphics card -- affectionately known as the ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX -- takes a standard NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 engine and throws in 896MB of DDR3 memory, a 576MHz clock speed and a 1.998GHz memory clock speed. Moreover, the standout feature is the upgraded dual fansink Hybrid Cooler+ for automatic and independent fan speed control. Asus claims that this is one of the world's most intelligent graphics cards, and below are some of the explanations given:Twin fan control application that provides independent adjustments to the Hybrid... Read more...
Well, well -- it sure looks as if those water-cooled GeForce rumors from late last month were spot-on. Just weeks ago, BFG called "first!" with its liquid-cooled NVIDIA GeForce 295 GTX, and now Zotac is stepping in to complete the puzzle with its watercooling-ready GTX 285.The GeForce GTX 285 Infinity Edition pairs up NVIDIA's famed GPU with a high-performance water-block for higher than usual frame rates and lower than average temperatures. The unit is cooled by an all-copper water-block, which enables it to operate at higher clock frequencies while maintaining lower operating temperatures than the existing, non-watercooled version. Just so we're clear, Zotac ships the card with a water-block... Read more...
At the back end of last month, we heard a juicy rumor that seemed, well, perfectly good enough to be true. Sure enough, the whispers of a water-cooled GTX 295 have led to a real, honest-to-goodness product, though it's not being produced by either of the vendors we expected. Instead, it's being delivered by GPU mainstay BFG Technologies.The new card easily boasts one of the longest product names we've seen to date. So long, in fact, that we'll just put it out there for you to wrap your mind around: BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution. Got all that? Underneath all the fancy wording is a standard BFG GeForce 295 dual GPU graphics card which has been... Read more...
S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX: The World's Most Connected Hi-Def Card HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI unite on the Chrome 540 GTX to offer the ultimate in affordable HD playback S3 Graphics announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX. Today's users can convert an ordinary PC into a Hi-Def entertainment powerhouse for Dual-Stream Blu-ray and HD videos, using the newly defined DisplayPort digital interface, HDMI, and Dual-Link DVI for seamless connectivity to the latest digital monitors and HDTVs. Today's multimedia enthusiasts require extra GPU horsepower to perform high-quality... Read more...
S3 Graphics recently announced its next generation Chrome 500 graphics processors and new Chrome 530 GT card. This new line comes with all of the A/V goodies you're after, including an on-board Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound processor and support for Blu-ray and streaming HD playback. These new cards also support DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 applications. What’s more, the cards have GPGPU (general-purpose computing on graphics processing units) and ChromotionHD.To speed-up 3D and non-gaming functions, DirectX, OpenGL, and GPGPU applications can be processed with programmable shader cores. Because the cards support Microsoft DirectX 10.1+ / OpenGL 3.0, you’ll be able to experience the next level... Read more...
Enjoy Extreme Cooling and 109% Performance with ASUS Designed Graphics CardsASUS Launches Self-designed Graphics Cards with Dark Knight Fansink and Luxurious Components Taipei, Taiwan, ASUS - In order to cater to users who require excellent graphical performance boosts and exceptional cooling from their graphic cards, ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced a range of self-designed version graphics cards comprising the latest EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series. These ASUS designed graphics cards will come equipped with the Dark Knight Fansink that delivers extreme cooling and low noise-levels—greatly enhancing gaming enjoyment. The inclusion of... Read more...
We are writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of the BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX with Thermointelligence cooling. The BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX takes mid-range graphics up a few notches by cranking up both the memory and GPU clock speeds over NVIDIA's GeForce 9600 GT reference spec, while coupling a potent cooling solution with intelligent temperature management for maximum stability and performance. Click the link below and check it out... BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX Graphics Card... Read more...
When it comes to graphics cards for gaming, most of us desire the creme de la creme, but few of us can justify the expense of purchasing such a product.  That fact, coupled with the additional investment in hardware necessary to adequately back-up a high-end graphics card to ensure maximum enjoyment, can lead to some serious budget concerns.Fortunately, there are a number of mid-range products that often compete very well with higher end cards, while shaving off a fair percentage of the price.  Also common in this market segment are cards tweaked from the factory with higher clock speeds and enhanced cooling to elevate performance, which helps make some mid-range... Read more...
A lot has happened over the past month in the world of 3D gaming graphics: NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260, ATI introduced us to the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850, and NVIDIA tried to rain on the Radeon HD 4800 Series parade by dropping the 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+. If that weren't enough, we've already seen price drops on the GTX 280 and GTX 260 as well. The latest fight for your pixel pushing dollars is shaping up to be quite a battle, and it's just getting started.Although the latest and greatest graphics cards are always a hot topic, we're going to focus on one of the established predecessors - a GeForce 9800 GTX (without the plus sign) in this piece. Our sample comes from ASUS... Read more...
A lot has happened over the past month in the world of 3D gaming graphics: NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260, ATI introduced us to the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850, and NVIDIA tried to rain on the Radeon HD 4800 Series parade by dropping the 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+. If that weren't enough, we've already seen price drops on the GTX 280 and GTX 260 as well. The latest fight for your pixel pushing dollars is shaping up to be quite a battle, and it's just getting started. Although the latest and greatest graphics cards are always a hot topic, we're going to focus on one of the established predecessors - a GeForce 9800 GTX (without the plus sign) in this piece. Our sample... Read more...
As many of you know, ATI has been particularly aggressive with their FireGL workstation graphics card lineup over the past six months. While their flagship R600-architecture was the basis for the solid (but ultimately underwhelming) Radeon HD2900XT for the gaming market, our tests have shown that this particular GPU architecture is much more competitive in the workstation market. While the R600 may not be the best choice for a high-end gaming rig, it is indeed a powerful chip for high-end OpenGL work, and as such, has led to a revival of sorts for ATI’s FireGL lineup. With an excellent performing workstation GPU in tow, ATI finally took the steps to get their latest generation of FireGL cards... Read more...
Late last year, NVIDIA released a pair of new 8800-series graphics cards based on their G92 GPU.  The new cards were designed to keep NVIDIA's products at the top of the food chain at their respective price points, while also being a bit more affordable.  The first of the two was the GeForce 8800 GT.  It brought high-end performance to the mainstream crowd mostly due to its 112 stream processor configuration and 65m G92 GPU.  The G92's shrink to 65nm from TSMC's 90nm process used with the G80, brings with it lower power usage, but also lower prices due to a reduced die size, enabling NVIDIA to set the MSRP for the 8800... Read more...
Back in November 2007, AMD launched the 55nm ATI RV670 GPU. With this launch, we were introduced to two new ATI video cards, the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850. If you read our launch article, then you already know that the RV670 is a derivative of the R600, which powers the Radeon HD 2900 XT. Our initial experience with AMD's new cards was pretty positive. The Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 offer good performance at nice MSRPs with impressive power characteristics. After launch articles though, everyone anxiously waits for the retail board reviews. This article will be our first look at a full retail board based on the new RV670 GPU. The card we have up on the review block today is the ASUS EAH3850 TOP (full... Read more...
Back in November 2007, AMD launched the 55nm ATI RV670 GPU. With this launch, we were introduced to two new ATI video cards, the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850. If you read our launch article, then you already know that the RV670 is a derivative of the R600, which powers the Radeon HD 2900 XT. Our initial experience with AMD's new cards was pretty positive. The Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 offer good performance at nice MSRPs with impressive power characteristics. After launch articles, though, everyone anxiously waits for the retail board reviews. This article will be our first look at a full retail board based on the new RV670 GPU. The card we have up on the review block today is the ASUS... Read more...
Today at HotHardware, we have an evaluation of the new FireGL V7600 512MB workstation graphics card on tap. This card is based on the same basic board design as the Radeon HD 2900 lineup for gamers, but it is tweaked on both the hardware and software levels for enhanced workstation performance. The card is the least costly of ATI’s FireGL lineup based on the R600 GPU, and currently retails for just south of $1,000.  Click the link below and check it out...ATI FireGL V7600 512MB Workstation Graphics Card... Read more...
ATI’s FireGL brand of workstation-class graphics cards have played second fiddle to NVIDIA's offerings for some time now. NVIDIA’s rival Quadro lineup has been an incredibly strong competitor, and combined with the fact that the last several FireGL card releases have suffered from late arrival dates and lackluster performance by the time they hit the market, NVIDIA has been able to get a solid foothold in this market. However, with the power of the R600 graphics processor under the hood, ATI has introduced a new lineup of workstation cards which are giving NVIDIA a run for their money in terms of price/performance metrics. The R600 may not have been a tremendous hit for the gaming market,... Read more...
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