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Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're hitting the news section to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate a pair of somewhat unique Radeons, the Sapphire Ultimate HD 3850 and Atomic HD 3870.  Unlike most reference 3850s, the Ultimate HD 3850 has a 512MB frame buffer and is outfitted with a passive heat-pipe cooling system for completely silent operation.  The Atomic HD 3870 differs from ATI’s reference design as well and features higher GPU and memory speeds, a fancy single-slot cooling solution that leverages Microloops’ Vapor-X technology, and it has one of the best bundles we have seen in quite ... Read more...
It seems like a new year always evokes the feeling of renewed hope and high expectations.  And for AMD / ATI at least, 2008 appears to have reinvigorated their graphics division, which appears to be firing on all cylinders at the moment.  After a year or so of NVIDIA dominating the high-end graphics space, ATI released the Radeon HD 3870 and HD 3850 cards, which have proved to be competent alternatives at their respective price points.  Based on the RV670 GPU, the HD 38xx series has been able to provide similar or better performance than the preceding 2900 XT, while running cooler and consuming less power.  That, and their lower price points,... Read more...
From the wild rumor and speculation department comes a tale of two future AMD platforms aimed at corporate customers.  Like any great love triangle, there's a(n alleged) problem: lack of resources to properly develop both at once.In this case, we're talking about AMD's upcoming Bulldozer architecture, which will follow likely follow the trend of being a server chip first, then a desktop chip second, and the laptop Fusion platform dubbed Swift.  Both parts of the enterprise market are extremely lucrative and very valuable to AMD, and thus it appears that there was a lot of heated debate about which platform to focus on:“As long ago as last summer, word was floating that AMD was getting... Read more...
SAPPHIRE Announces MICROLOOPS© as Strategic Thermal Solution Partner Hong Kong / Taipei / London / Los Angles / Toronto –Sept 24th 2007, SAPPHIRE Technology today announces choosing MICROLOOPS© Vapor Chamber Technology as part of its next generation of high-end thermal solutions for high performance graphics products. SAPPHIRE will incorporate MICROLOOPS© Vapor Chamber Technology into its high-end and upper-middle product lines to enhance thermal efficiency. The co-development will be carried out by both R&D Teams and the module solutions will be incorporated into Sapphire’s forthcoming product lines. “SAPPHIRE always provides the most powerful... Read more...
Just in case you hadn't noticed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you know that w e've just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we look at three mainstream video cards.  The first is the Sapphire HD 2400XT which is an ultra affordable video card with some solid features.  The next two models aim to deliver improved gaming performance while maintaining respectable price points that can appeal to a broader market, the Sapphire HD 2600Pro OC and the Sapphire HD 2600XT.  We take a look at each model's bundle, feature set, overclockability, and performance to see how they stack up to similarly priced competition... Sapphire Radeon HD... Read more...
A lot of attention is paid to framerates when discussing graphics hardware, and rightfully so.  Some argue that they are an outdated method for assessing a video card's performance, but when assessing a potential purchase, buyers need some way to determine why one card is superior to the other.  We can talk about how a card "feels" during gameplay, but framerates quantify that performance.  While framerates should not be your sole purpose for deciding on whether a particular graphics card is the right fit for your needs, they can be a useful tool for assessing the overall value of a product. Case in point, back when reviewing an ASUS EN8800GTX in December, the card churned through everything... Read more...
Over the last few years, Thermaltake has had an increasingly greater presence at Computex. The company has used Computex as a launch pad for a number of new products, and this year’s show was no exception. New coolers, cases, power supplies, and even a few gadgets were on display at Thermaltake’s booth.         One of the first coolers on display that caught our eye was the DuOrb, essentially two of Thermaltakes popular Orb coolers combined to form one giant heatsink fan. The DuOrb was designed as a quieter and more efficient replacement for the stock cooling units on high end graphics cards like the GeForce 8800GTX. Thermaltake explained that... Read more...
SAPPHIRE to launch new ULTIMATE graphics solution HD 2600 and HD 2400 series include special editions SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced that in addition to the new HD 2600 and HD 2400 series of graphics accelerators scheduled for release in July, the range will include the new completely passively cooled SAPPHIRE HD 2600 XT ULTIMATE Edition. SAPPHIRE’s ULTIMATE Editions are renowned for the key features of overclocking for enhanced performance and silent running. The low power consumption of this new generation of GPU’s allows a totally passive cooling solution to be used whilst achieving top levels of performance in it... Read more...
Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you know that we've just posted an article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's unique Radeon X1950 Pro Dual. As its name suggests, this card sports a pair of Radeon X1950 Pro GPUs on a single board. It also has 1GB of RAM and an insanely large cooler and PCB. Click the link below, or at the top of the page, to check it out... Read The Article Right Here.... Read more...
Graphics processors are, and have always been, extremely parallel in nature. This sentiment has been expressed time and time again by various GPU architects from all of the major graphics chip designers. If you want additional performance, in the vast majority of cases, you can gain it by adding on more rendering pipelines or a second (identical) graphics processing unit. Graphics applications and games scale very well with additional rendering power under the hood, as shown by both Nvidia's SLI and ATI's Crossfire technologies, which can be traced all the way back to the 3DFX Voodoo2, which was utilized the same core concepts. With the already parallel nature of graphics processors... Read more...
Hello All. We've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's affordable Radeon X1950 GT. Here's a snip from the piece: "Sapphire clocks the Radeon X1950 GT at levels which are close to, but slightly lower than the Radeon X1950 Pro. While the Radeon X1950 Pro featured the RV570 GPU clocked at 580MHz with 1.4GHz GDDR-3 memory, the Radeon X1950 GT features the RV570 at 500MHz with 1.2GHz GDDR-3 memory. While a 500MHz GPU clock may seem quite high for a mid-range part, keep in mind that this GPU features 36 pixel shaders, which is 3/4 that of the high-end Radeon X1950 XTX."... Read more...
There is a common occurrence in the graphics industry that happens near the launch of any major new architecture. Before a company introduces a major change in their GPU designs, they will take their existing GPU designs and offer them at a wide variety of different speeds and price points, sometimes surprisingly low priced, in order to clear out inventory before their new architecture comes into view. The most recent example of this would be Nvidia's GeForce 7900 GTO, which launched just a few weeks before their new GeForce 8 architecture, and provided amazing price/performance levels for those who bought it, but was quickly put out of favor when Nvidia's DX10 architecture launched.... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's top-of-the-line Radeon X1950 XTX. Here's a snip from the piece... "Today at HotHardware.com, we're going to take a look at Sapphire's take on ATI's flagship, aptly named the Sapphire Radeon X1950 XTX. On the hardware level, there is very little to differentiate this card from ATI's own branded Radeon X1950 XTX, but Sapphire does sweeten their offering with a more generous accessory bundle and a relatively competitive price." Read The Rest Right Here.... Read more...
While we all sit and wait to see what AMD/ATI have in store for us with their next-gen, DX10-class R600, the Radeon X1950 XTX remains ATI's current flagship desktop GPU. In light of NVIDIA's excellent GeForce 8 series of cards, the Radeon X1950 XTX has certainly lost some of its initial luster, but nevertheless it's still one of the more powerful graphics cards currently available. Today at HotHardware.com, we're going to take a look at Sapphire's take on ATI's flagship, aptly named the Sapphire Radeon X1950 XTX. On the hardware level, there is very little to differentiate this card from ATI's own branded Radeon X1950 XTX, but Sapphire does sweeten their offering... Read more...
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