Items tagged with Video Card

When the GeForce GTX 580 arrived, it extended NVIDIA's lead in the single-GPU graphics card market. Although the green team's own GTX 480 previously held the title of fastest single-GPU, its reign was temporary as the first generation Fermi card required some tweaks in order to unleash all 512 shader cores, reduce heat output and power consumption, and minimize noise levels. With these issues addressed in the GTX 580, NVIDIA continues to be a leader in single-GPU graphics performance. AMD's Radeon HD 6970 was initially targeted to take on the GTX 580 in the high end market, but it's obvious now that those expectations were unrealistic. Rather, it's more competitive with the GTX... Read more...
In lieu of our regularly scheduled episode of Two and a Half Geeks this week, we decided to feature a rather lengthy video we put together with our podcast host, Iyaz, for his show This Old Nerd, detailing the steps necessary to assemble a system from start to finish. One of Marco’s incredibly cute daughters also makes a few surprise cameos throughout the vid if you pay attention to what’s going on in the background... For many of you HotHardware regulars, this video may be a bit elementary, but if you’ve never built a system before or have friends or family thinking about taking the plunge, we hope this helps demystify some of the process. A special thanks goes out to our friends... Read more...
NVIDIA is launching a new entry-level graphics card today, the affordable GeForce GT 430. With the release of the GeForce GT 430, NVIDIA aims to better position itself in media PC market, where hardcore, high resolution PC gaming takes a backseat to things like HD video playback, photo and video editing, and Blu-ray 3D capability. Read on to find out just how well the new GeForce GT 430 performs, and where it stands in comparison to its AMD Radeon-based counterparts... NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics... Read more...
Throughout the third and fourth quarters of '09, and right through the beginning of this year, we watched as AMD launched graphics card after graphics card, until their full product line of DX11 Radeon HD 5000 series parts filled virtually every possible market segment. More recently, NVIDIA has had the chance to answer with a number of video cards of their own based on the company's Fermi architecture. Although it was released much later than NVIDIA would have liked, the current flagship GTX 480 ended up taking the crown as the fastest single GPU on the market. And since then, the GF104 based GeForce GTX 460 has made a strong statement as one of the best... Read more...
ZOTAC Unleashes More Power Efficient GeForce® 9800GT Eco New ZOTAC GeForce® 9800GT Eco delivers GeForce® 9800GT performance with 40-percent greater power efficiency ZOTAC International, an award-winning manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today expands its GeForce 9800GT product lineup with the new more power-efficient ZOTAC GeForce 9800GT Eco. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9800GT Eco delivers phenomenal performance and breathtaking visuals with 40-percent greater power efficiency for a high-performance graphics experience that is easy on the power bill. “Our mainstream ZOTAC GeForce 9800GT has won many awards for its performance. With the new ZOTAC GeForce 9800GT Eco, you... Read more...
SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., the professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today proudly announced Diamonds Sputtering technology for video cards, which raise the bar for video card cooling technology. Now with more and more advanced relative technologies, the performance of  video cards is getting stronger and stronger, there will be more heat generated by video cards, which  significantly impairs the life expectancy of GPU and video memory chips on video cards. Video card companies have a lot of programs come and go to solve the problem of heat dissipation. The most commonly seen in general is the use of fans with cooling fins to do additional cooling. in the early days, the... Read more...
Who doesn't like a good ol' fashioned video card round-up?  The dudes at GameSpot have been punchin' doggies and pixels it seems lately in this quick-take look at all the big bulls in graphics. Now, we know you prefer a bit more in-depth analysis ala HH-style but GS does cover the basics pretty well here.  "You should consider buying a high-end video card or dual-card configuration if you want to play your games at the highest resolutions with the highest image-quality settings. We're talking resolutions that start at 1600x1200 (4:3) and 1680x1050 (widescreen) and image-quality settings that have the best antialiasing (smoothes out jagged lines) and anisotropic filtering... Read more...
If you've never had the pleasure of having a system good enough to enjoy games like Quake 4 and F.E.A.R. at decent quality settings, then you're really missing out on some great gaming experiences. A great experience doesn't always have to break your bank account though, and Madshrimps demonstrates that with their latest roundup of low to mid-range cards. From ATI's x1300 Pro to Nvidia's 7600GT, both companies have some great cards to choose from. "In this roundup we compare seven different video cards which don't cost you an arm and a leg. Using FRAPS and several popular games we test the performance and try to find... Read more...
Josh at Penstarsys has just posted an interesting editorial regarding the current availability of various graphics cards in the marketplace. Here, the author steps through the latest and greatest offerings from both ATI and NVIDIA and illustrates their availability. Somewhat surprisingly, the article even mentions S3 products for those who are not dedicated ATI or NVIDIA fans. While you're there, be sure to scroll down to the previous article regarding the AEG and NVIDIA fiasco as there are some very good points made by the author.We are now seeing some of the X1900 XTs hitting $499, which is $50 lower than MSRP. We are also seeing X1900 XTXs for around $589, a full $60 under MSRP. ... Read more...
It seems that today's mid and high-end video cards are coming with increasingly more creative cooling solutions.  Lately, large, quiet fans are becoming more popular as seen with Abit's OTES, HIS's IceQ II and Sapphire's Lethal Cooling.  All of these options aim to keep a video card cool under load while minimizing fan noise, and in some cases, making it virtually non-existent.  There are trade offs to these designs, however, such as the occupation of a second slot, but often times the upside is a direct exhausting of warm air out of the case, lowering overall case temperatures.  In the end, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks and the end result can be both cool and quiet,... Read more...
While we have already taken a look or two at NVIDIA's current mainstream offering, the GeForce 6600, in the past, today we've got a completely new take on this card with Albatron's PC6600U Trinity Series.  While the basic technology behind the PC6600U remains largely the same as past cards, the core clock and memory speeds have been raised substantially, and the cooling system utilized on the PC6600U is completely different from what has been used in the past.  Albatron's new cooling apparatus is designed to cope with this card's higher than normal clock speeds, while keeping temperatures in check.  It does this by quickly removing heat from the front of the card using heatpipes,... Read more...
One of the major up and comers in the video card industry is HIS.  In recent months, HIS has garnered some attention with several impressive additions to their product line.  They put a major emphasis on overclocking, cooling and stability, while providing competitive performance.  With such innovations as oversized, yet quiet cooling solutions and the ability to monitor and throttle fan speeds based on temperature, HIS is catering to enthusiasts who don't like to compromise. Today, we are going to take a look at the HIS X700 Pro IceQ Turbo 256MB PCIe Video Card.  Building on their experience with previous IceQ models, HIS introduces something new with this product, namely... Read more...
This morning HardOCP checks in with an interesting piece on the real benefits of SLI in gaming.  After that, there are a couple of mini-PCs worth checking out from Shuttle and Soltek.  Rounding things out is Gigabyte video card that got Hardwarezoom so excited, they posted a preview.  Check It! HardOCP has an editorial questioning whether SLI is falling short in gaming: "The bottom line is NVIDIA is going to have to kick it up several notches on the driver side if they want SLI to impact the marketplace. The optimal solution is to make it so SLI is completely transparent to games so they don't have to create a profile for each game allowing SLI to "just work." Unfortunately,... Read more...
Hey gang, sorry for the lack of news postage here, looks like some of our guys fell off the radar last night :)  Well, tis the season, so we'll let'em slide this time around.  We've all been plugging away at some pretty nice stuff these days.  I'm working on two separate DDR2 pieces on some modules that are sure to please.  The rest of the guys are covering the spectrum, with a little something for everyone, so stick around, things are going to get real interesting.  With that said, I want to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year!  It's hard to believe '04 is over, but as we ring in '05, we hope all have a good time...and be SAFE!  Best wishes to all in the... Read more...
Hey all, time for your morning news update. I'm up a little earlier than usual to get things going for you. Recently I picked up mountain biking to get my lazy butt into shape and I find beating the North Carolina Sun is a good idea. All this sitting in front of a PC is bad news for the body and I figured I better do something or I'm going to get decrepit. Rob has his volley ball league, Dave his Tai Kwon Do and Jay is a cycler too. Seemed like a good fit for me as well. We'll see what happens over time, but the cost to get started is enough to keep me going for a long time!  This is not a cheap sport.  Here's your morning fix... Samsung Yepp YP-T5V Digital Audio Player Review @ Designtechnica:... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome to HotHardware.  Things in my personal life have been quite hectic over the past few days, so I haven't had much activity on the main page.  However, back with my usual bag of tricks, here is the evening news...  Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V PCI-E Videocard Review @ PC Stats "In this review, we have some new and exciting technology to cover as PCstats.com reviews the PCI-Express x16 Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V videocard. Built around the solid Radeon X600XT core, the Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V offers quick performance figures for a mainstream card, and takes over right where the Radeon 9600XT left off. The Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V is equipped with 128MB of Hynix 2.5ns... Read more...
Well, the weekend may be just around the corner, but there's a lot of folks cranking out the reviews before it starts.  There is a ton of stuff to go through today, so let's get down to business! NVIDIA's GeForce 6800 and 6800 GT GPUs review @ Hexus.net: "What strikes me most is the performance difference the entire range of product from both IHVs has over the outgoing generation of parts. They all make 9800XT and 5950 Ultra look very very silly indeed. Something for everyone from £200 upwards." Shuttle's XPC SB81P review @ Hexus.net: "It's unappealing with the GMA900 on-board video, so wait for PCI Express graphics cards to appear, pick your CPU and GPU poison, then... Read more...
Good morning all.  It looks like we've got a fair amount of news for you this morning, with a number of sites hard at work on some interesting reading.  We've been pretty busy this week as well, with some nice treats on tap for you.  I've also been toying with the idea of writing a few guides for our newbie friends, to help them with the various facets of building and using their rig.  What I'd like is some feedback from our readers letting me know what you would find most helpful.  So if there is something you would like covered, please drop a quick line and let me know! GeForce FX Comparison - Prolink 5900XT vs. Albatron 5700P Turbo @ Tweaktown: "Today we've checked... Read more...
Diamond Multimedia's Stealth S80 A legend returns to the graphics market By Robert Maloney February 15th,  2003 Many seasoned PC enthusiasts fondly recall being the first on the block to have a high-powered Diamond Viper card in their rig, and boasting about it to their friends.  Back then, Diamond and performance were nearly synonymous in the computer world.  It was a big loss when they pulled back in 2001, only offering their Supra line of Modems and Rio MP3 players.  After a three-year absence, however, Diamond has returned, starting off a bit slowly with their new value-minded Stealth line of cards which will soon be followed up by a high-powered Viper line. Upon hearing... Read more...
  The eVGA e-GeForce4 Ti4600 Video Card with ACS2 A "GeForce" To Be Reckoned With By, Jeff Bouton May 7, 2002 eVGA.com is a relative newcomer to the video card market, starting their operations in 1999.  Although they may not be a household name just yet, we have a feeling that things are about to change for this "new" company.  Becoming a major player in a market that is fiercely competitive is no small task, however. Early on, eVGA realized that they had to offer the user a product line that would give them something the other manufacturers couldn't.  For starters, the team at eVGA put together a patented install software package, dubbed ADM (Automated... Read more...
  Elsa Gladiac 920 Video Card More GeForce 3 Action! By, Jeff Bouton October 11, 2001     When it comes to graphics cards, there is no arguing that ELSA is among the industry leaders.  For over 20 years they have been producing top quality graphics cards, as well as other computer peripherals geared toward both the commercial and industrial markets.  For years they have been specializing in professional level graphics boards engineered for use with graphically intensive design applications such as CAD.   Today we will take a look and one of their latest commercial boards geared for folks like you, that just want our games to run smoothly and look great.  The... Read more...
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