Items tagged with graphics card

Today, while ATI/AMD still doesn't have a "GeForce killer", it does have a number of competent and competitive low, mid and high-end cards that often score high marks for those evaluating performance from a dollar-for-dollar perspective.  One such model is the Radeon HD 2600 XT.  In this article, we will assess another 2600 XT class card in the form of the MSI RX2600XT Diamond Plus, an aggressively clocked Radeon HD 2600 XT backed with 512MB of high-speed GDDR4. Here's a HotHardware look at the card's gaming performance with a number of quality titles known to stress even the strongest of graphics cards.... Read more...
Speed.  It's the one thing that gets all the attention when most folks consider performance computer hardware.  Whether we're referring to the CPU, Memory, Hard Drive or Graphics card, one of the most important characteristics we consider is its raw performance, wanting to know just how fast a component is compared to others in its category.  Perhaps a better question to ask is how fast does it need to be?  Case in point is the constants battle between NVIDIA and AMD/ATI for who has the fastest graphics card on the market. This time last year the Geforce 8800 GTX was the new top graphics card on the scene, trouncing on every competitor it was pitted against.  This was... Read more...
ASUS Unveils New Generation EN8800GT 512MB Graphics Cards -- Enjoy amazing combat realism and superb graphics with bundled PC title: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts -- FREMONT, CA (October 29, 2007) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M graphics card for mainstream enthusiasts. Based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT graphics processing unit (GPU), the ASUS EN8800GT 512MB graphics card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming experience and the best multimedia playback while reducing energy consumption thanks to the new power-efficient 65nm processor. Additionally, with the ASUS proprietary SmartDoctor... Read more...
We recently brought you a story about Toshiba buying out Sony's interest in the Cell technology, including the production facilities.  What we didn't have at the time was why.  Now we do: Toshiba is planning to use the Cell technology to produce graphics cards.At first glance this concept might seem a little strange as we're used to large, single chip graphics cards with enough transistors to rival or even eclipse modern CPUs.  So why go with smaller, less complex CPUs but more of them?  The answer lies in the fact that graphics is a computational task that readily lends itself to parallel processing.Toshiba is tenetively calling this new technology “SpursEngine” and it seems like they might... 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...
DigiTimes is reporting that the impending release of Windows Vista has some motherboard and video card manufacturers worried that their excess inventory of low-end products that don't support Vista will be completely devalued. "With Windows Vista up and coming, makers of motherboards and VGA cards are now worried they will incur losses from their inventory of low-end products that do support Microsoft's new operating system (OS), according to industry sources. The makers are now raising the proportion of shipments to emerging markets and government purchases, worrying that if they are unable to clear their inventories of such low-end non-Vista-supporting motherboards and graphics cards, prices... Read more...
Adrian's Rojak Pot has updated their Desktop Graphics Card Comparison to Revision 11.4.  This is a large resource for graphics card comparison detailing over 290 cards against 17 different specifications. Updates to the list include: - Added the NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS & 7900 GTO cards - Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6500 card. - Corrected the ROP specifications for NVIDIA GeForce 6200 & 6600 series I would also recommend taking a look at their Definitive Bios Optimization Guide while you're there, which is still considered by many to be one of the best on the web. I have actually been using it since the '99-'00 time frame.... Read more...
GIGABYTE and ASUS Announced Joint Venture In Motherboard and Graphics Card Business August 08, 2006 - In accordance with the relevant regulations according to Company Law, Securities Law and Business Merger & Acquisition Law, a resolution of the board of directors was passed on the 8th of August, 2006 for GIGABYTE Technology Co., LTD (Stock Code: 2376) to transfer the relevant assets and businesses of its own branded motherboards and VGA cards to a newly established subsidiary. After all the necessary legal procedures and obligations have been fulfilled, ASUSTek Computer Inc. (Stock Code: 2357) plans to invest in this newly established GIGABYTE subsidiary to help manage the joint venture... Read more...
Legion Hardware answers the age old question today, "Which GeForce 7 graphics card is the best value?"  The author runs through a handful of benchmarks with 7900, 7600, and 7300 GTs, and explains where each card fits in the 3D food chain. "Providing you are going to play the latest games with quality settings, such as FSAA & Aniso enabled, the 7900GT is a must. That said when operating at their default frequencies, the 7600GT did deliver the best bang for your buck as it dominated the 7300GT with ease and was only around 30~40% slower than the 7900GT depending on the game. However if you plan on overclocking, the 7300GT is... Read more...
While browsing through the Yahoo Financial forums for ATI and NVIDIA, I stumbled across this interesting post. Here, someone claims that NVIDIA is currently working with Sony to develop a graphics card that features both an NVIDIA GPU as well as a Cell processor. Obviously, if this rumor has any substance to it the Cell processor would not have the same number of SPE's as the CELL in Playstation 3. Regardless, could this be a hint at a lucrative way of handling physics on the graphics card? Rumor is that Nvidia and Sony will make an integrated video card with a Cell processor and Nvidia graphics chip combined... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Foxconn could be showing off their own branded graphics cards at Computex this year. With boards designed by Foxconn and manufactured by Flextronics, there should be no major barriers to entry into the GPU market for Foxconn. Flextronics has been a longtime manufacturing partner for NVIDIA and is responsible for producing a significant amount of graphics cards which are then re-branded as one of the more familiar graphics card vendor products. Given Foxconn's enormous size, it should be interesting to see how their products are differentiated. More than likely, cost or features will be the focus of attention in hopes of capturing consumer attention.... Read more...
Our friends over at the Tech Report have rounded up a trio of budget-priced graphics cards and put them trough the wringer in typical TR fashion.  When all was said and done, one card was the clear winner.  But we won't give away the conclusion.  Head on over to TR for the full scoop... "While ATI and NVIDIA have successfully massaged their Radeon X1000 and GeForce 7 architectures into more affordable flavors, they're not the only ones duking it out in the budget space. S3 has slowly clawed its way back into the game, and the Chrome S27 is poised to take on the GeForce 7300 GS and Radeon X1300 Pro at the low end of the market.... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that NVIDIA has just launched their first 1GB graphics card with the arrival of the new Quadro FX 5500. Based on the powerful G71 GPU, this new graphics card will be packed with a whopping 1GB of GDDR3 memory. For those who can't afford the high price of the 1GB model, there will be 512MB and 256MB variants which should be significantly cheaper. It seems that just when the industry was getting used to the idea of 512MB cards, the bar has been raised once again. Now the real question is how long until we see consumer-based gaming cards showing up with 1GB of memory? It will be a PCIe card and... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Albatron has released one of the first new graphcis cards designed specifically for the space-constrained needs of Small Form Factor systems. Based upon NVIDIA's new 90u GeForce 7900 GT GPU, this new graphics card is at least 3cm shorter than reference boards and is half as thick. For those gaming with SFF systems, Albatron's latest product could be just the ticket you need for faster framerates without having to remove other components to make room for a shiny new graphics card.Based on the latest generation of Nvidia graphics processor unit (GPU) technology, the 7900GT card offers a 256-bit memory bus and 256MB of DDR3 memory, with a 1360MHz memory clock. The card's core... Read more...
Adrian certainly makes a good point with the fact that the majority of people aren't gaming on the fastest hardware, as hardware surveys such as the one at Steampowered.com will show. Today they review the ASUS Extreme N7300GS, which is part of Nvidia's 7x00 family, but is it fast enough to run any of today's games? "While the focus is always on the sexy, high-end cards, the reality is that most cards being sold today are lower-end cards. Today, we will take a look at the latest entry-level card to come out of the ASUS factory - the ASUS Extreme N7300GS. Based on the new NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS GPU, this card will be simple and affordable. But... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that Gainward is set to launch two new sku's that utilize 512MB of memory. Fortunately, Gainward has spared us the pain of seeing yet another entry-level GPU paired with 512MB of memory it will likely never fully use. Instead, Gainward is launching a 512MB GeForce 7800 GT as well as a 512MB GeForce 6800 GS. Given the company's past, it seems safe to assume we'll be seeing some healthy overclocked frequencies out of the box to accompany the increased memory size. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to benchmark these cards and see whether either can fully utilize the larger memory. GAINWARD decided to deploy a different tactic... Read more...
-- GIGABYTE introduces the 90nm GV-RX18T512VB, GV-RX18L256VB graphics accelerators -- Taipei, Taiwan 6th October, 2005 – GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today announces the revolutionary 90-nanometer GV-RX18T512VB, GV-RX18L256VB graphics accelerators, initiating the new standard of graphics processing technology. The GV-RX18 series are manufactured with 90 nanometer technology that, together with ATI's new Radeon X1800 architecture, generates less heat while achieving new clock speed and memory speed records for tomorrow's demanding applications. Features of the new GIGABYTE's GV-RX18T512VB and GV-RX18L256VB both include an ultra-threaded 3D core architecture... Read more...
Montreal, Canada, July 13, 2005 -- Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, announces Millennium G550 PCIe, the world's first PCI Express x1 graphics card. The x1 design allows this card to be compatible with any compliant PCI Express slot. The card is based on Matrox G550 technology and has DualHead(R) support for using 2 digital or analog monitors at a time. This announcement follows other recent Matrox releases for PCI Express, including Matrox QID LP PCIe, Millennium P650 PCIe 128, and Millennium P650 LP PCIe 64. "This product offers unprecedented flexibility for a variety of mission-critical systems, including servers and industrial computers... Read more...
When we think of TV/Video combination cards, we often think of ATI's All-In-Wonder series and NVIDIA's Personal Cinema.  Each company has been offering various hybrid cards for quite some time, covering the spectrum from high-priced enthusiast-class to the value-priced solutions.  ATI clearly has the name recognition with its All-In-Wonder and the Personal Cinema is also a solid offering in its own right, but you may be surprised to find out that these are not the only solutions out there. Today, we are going to take a look at a new TV/Video combination card from S3 dubbed OmniChrome.  S3 married an analog TV Tuner with its DeltaChrome S4 Nitro Graphics chip, upping the clock speed... Read more...
The Gigabyte GA-6CX and GA-MG400 i820 Motherboard and G400 Based Graphics Card - A package Deal The long awaited Intel i820 chipset has finally been released to the market.  What is somewhat surprising is the amount of time it is taking motherboard manufacturers to get boards designed and released based on this new chipset.  We all know Intel hasn't been exactly smooth with their transition to the new RAMBUS memory architecture that the i820 chipset utilizes.  Perhaps this is why there have obviously been a few hurdles to overcome with this new chipset. In any event, Gigabyte Technology is one of the first manufacturers to release a board, based on the i820, that supports... Read more...
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