Items tagged with x16

Now that we have motherboards that offer two PCI-E x16 slots, is it worth getting one, or is it just overkill at the moment? Do today's top graphics cards require that much bandwidth? Maybe, but to test this theory, the folks over at t-break put two 7800GTX up to the challenge. Is it time for an upgrade?"Today, we take a look at nVidia's nForce4 x16 chipset that offers two PCI-E x16 slots to provide the maximum bandwidth to video cards running in SLI mode. However, is this really needed with the current generation of cards or, like SATA2, its simply an overkill? That's precisely what we'll find out today by using two 7800GTX cards in SLI mode on a standard nForce4 SLI motherboard as well as an... Read more...
Hey All. I just wanted to let you know that NVIDIA has just released two new sets of drivers for the nForce 4 SLIX16 chipset. One set is for Windows 2000/XP and the other is for Windows XP Pro x64. They can be download from here: Platform/nForce Drivers > nForce4 AMD/Intel x16 > Windows XP Platform/nForce Drivers > nForce4 AMD/Intel x16 > Windows XP Professional x64... Read more...
The influx of press releases continues today with an interesting announcement from Sapphire.  It looks like they'll be releasing an AGP Radeon X1600 Pro.  Take a look... SAPPHIRE SUPPORTS AGP USERS WITH X1600Pro Upgrade market now enjoys latest graphics architecture Supporting the upgrade and retrofit markets using the industry standard AGP bus, leading graphics supplier Sapphire Technology is now shipping AGP versions of its latest series of graphics accelerators. Based on an exciting new architecture this family is now delivering the most sophisticated yet affordable graphics processing solutions to this market. Based on a completely new architecture, the new X1600 series has been... Read more...
When NVIDIA first resurrected the term "SLI" from the technology archives, it was welcomed back with open arms. Although the exact definition has changed from it's 3Dfx roots, it boils down to two graphics cards working on the same job. The obvious benefit is that two cards should be able to easily outperform even the fastest single card.  The only real problem for some users was that the technology was limited to owners of nForce-based motherboards, and initially that meant having an AMD Athlon processor.  NVIDIA eventually decided to address Intel's huge install-base as well, and nForce 4 SLI - Intel Edition motherboards arrived on the scene.     It has only been... Read more...
PC Perspective has just posted a review of ATI's new mainstream mobile GPU, the Mobility Radeon X1600. Those looking for yet another take on this GPU can take a glimpse at Marco's own impressions in Hot Hardware's own preview here. Overall, it looks like ATI has released a solid new mainstream product. Let's cross our fingers and hope we can find some systems using this new GPU before Christmas.The Radeon Mobility X1600 looks to be a powerful addition to the mobile GPU arsenal from ATI. With solid gameplay performance as well as new improvements in power management for battery savings, the X1600 should be a good offering for notebook users looking for a gaming notebook that doesn't have the weight... Read more...
ATI has been on tear the past few months, releasing a number of new and interesting products. Since late September / early October of this year, we've been presented with Radeon X850 CrossFire and requisite CrossFire capable dual-PEG slot motherboards to go along with it, a whole series of products based on the new X1K family of GPUs, and most recently the All-In-Wonder Radeon X1800 XL. Not to mention a handful of other products we can't tell you about just yet. It seems the company is doing all it can to keep the folks talking about ATI as we head into the holiday buying season. Today the company is introducing yet another new product, the Mobility Radeon X1600. As its name implies, the Mobility... Read more...
Fudo reports that ATI is preparing to release a new mainstream notebook GPU based on its new RV530 design. With solid performance and reasonable power draw, this could very well end up being a very lucrative solution for the daily notebook user. No word yet on actual availability of specific vendor partnerships. However, you can be sure this card won't be hard to find in a handful of offerings from the usual suspects.It will be powerful enough to provide you very good performance in this notebook segment and it has all you need for high end games. M56, Mobility Radeon X1600 of course supports all the features of Shader Model 3.0 and we heard that the power consumption of the chip will be very... Read more...
Anandtech has been given a first-hand preview of a X1800XT Crossfire setup on the latest chipsets from ATI. Despite a few initial speed-bumps, the chipset division seems to finally be up to speed and ready to release some exceptional new products. Granted, we'll reserve final judgement until we have some retail boards in our hands though statements like the following certainly leave one optimistic.Because X1800XT Crossfire and The RD580 chipset have not yet officially launched, ATI has asked that we not publish hard benchmarks of our results, since they will likely change in final release versions. We can, however, talk in general terms about performance. Those of you who believe ATI is far behind... Read more...
We certainly do evaluate and showcase our fair share of ASUS products here at HotHardware, and it's no great mystery because Asus is also typically one of the first out of the block with a new chipset technology.  The company's new A8N32 SLI Deluxe motherboard is no exception.  NVIDIA's new nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset has been out the door at NVIDIA for months now, but retail boards have yet to appear on the scene.  We've heard ABIT and others may have boards on the horizon, based on this new high-end NVIDIA chipset, but the A8N32 SLI Deluxe was the first to hit our test bench, and it looks like it will be the first to hit retail sometime this week.  NVIDIA has also launched... Read more...
NVIDIA's recent announcements of three new chipset product offerings weren't punctuated with a lot of hype or fan-fare but never the less, the new technology is compelling for market segments at completely opposite ends of the spectrum.  NVIDIA's GeForce 6100 series of Motherboard Chipsets with integrated Graphics, bring a host of new features and DirectX 9 class graphics to the Mainstream, Value and Multimedia PC arena, while the new nForce 4 SLI X16 now offers two full X16 PCI Express Graphics slots for the Enthusiast/Gaming crowd.  In a recent meeting with NVIDIA, we learned about these new chipsets and we're here now to present you the inside details. GeForce 6100 and GeForce 6150... Read more...
Hello again, HH fans!  I just wanted to pop back in to let you all know that there is some NVIDIA news today.  They are launching a pair of new nForce 4 SLI chipsets, one for the AMD platform and the other for Intel, that sport a pair of true x16 PCI Express graphics slots. The current crop of nForce 4 SLI boards have a pair or x8 electrical connections.  On top of this, NVIDIA is also announcing a new relationship with Dell.  Here's a snip from the official Press release... NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 Powers the Dell XPS Gaming Desktop Now Available: The World's First NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16-based PC Get the ultimate gaming system with the first ever NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16-based... Read more...
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