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Hello Everyone. Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new review of Sapphire's Radeon X1900 GT. This card sports a trimmed-down version of ATI's R580 GPU and 256MB of high speed GDDR3 RAM.  It's also got a few other niceties thrown in for good measure.  There's an image and a quite from the review above, otherwise you can just click here if you'd like to check it out...... Read more...
  It can be tough for a company to decide how and where to market a video card in today's demanding retail environment. Price something too high and only a brave few might purchase the card; price it too low and it could be dismissed as a low-end or budget card by some consumers, regardless of its value proposition. These issues can typically determine where said card can be purchased. It's no coincidence that large resellers like Best Buy or Circuit City typically only carry merchandise under a certain price point, as this is where the bulk of sales are generated. The flip side to this situation is maintaining the leadership in a two-way contest at the high-end. Every couple of... Read more...
Whether you're in the market for a small form factor system or not, you're bound to think the Shuttle X100 is one sexy piece of hardware. It may not be the fastest SFF system out there, but its feature set and form factor make the X100 truly impressive.  Who needs a Mac-Mini when these things are available? "Shuttle is taking a different approach to the notebook-based small form factor system. Unlike the limited upgradeability of the Apple Mac mini and AOpen mini PC, Shuttle's new notebook-based small form factor system attempts to pack the goodies and upgrade capabilities of a gaming notebook into a slim rectangular box. Does Shuttle's X100 have what it takes to win over enthusiasts... Read more...
Geoff Gasior over at the Tech Report took a look at Sapphire's water cooled Toxic X1900 XTX. This all-in-one solution is actually made up of two parts; the video card and waterblock, and the watercooling assembly. They stripped away the sticker covering Sapphire's watercooling assembly to reveal it's guts. What they find is a rather striking contraption that will look great in any mod box. "They say that some things are better left up to the imagination, but the Toxic's internals are not. The cooler looks much better naked, where it reveals its radiator, pump, and reservoir in all their glory. We can't believe that someone at Sapphire decided a big, black... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI's upcoming R580 refresh of their current flagship R580 GPU will be arriving sometime next month with an initial cost being roughly $750. The cost is expected to drop slightly down to $700 once the initial supply catches up with demand. At this time, performance estimates place the new GPU about 7% faster in most benchmark applications though no specific performance numbers have been given. Nearly as important as the increased performance, rumors have it the new card will feature a new heatsink assembly which will be a welcomed change for those currently gaming with a Radeon X1900 XTX with its high-pitched leafblower heatsink. "ATI'S UPCOMING R580+... Read more...
There is an interesting article posted tonight at NeoSeeker. They bill the article as a review of Powercolor's X1800GTO card, but they test a number of different CrossFire configurations in an attempt to see if there is a difference in performance when using a dongle or not, and when switching from an x8 / x8 to an x16 / x16 PCI Express Lane configuration. "Our Crossfire testing proves that two X1800 GTO's, even on an older dual 8x board will still provide good performance. Despite the gains that an X1800 Crossfire Master card setup present, that's hardly a viable solution and should not be considered in place of another X1800 GTO.... Read more...
As power users, we'd all love to own one, or perhaps even two, of today's latest and greatest graphics cards. But wanting to own the best and having the means to do so are two totally different things.  Lucky for us, there are usually a multitude of products that fall in just behind the top-of-the-line that tend to offer similar features and only marginally lower performance for a more palatable price. The product we'll be looking at today, the HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3, falls into this category. As its name implies, the HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3 is powered by ATI's X1900 XT GPU. But unlike an ATI built card, HIS' model sports a custom cooling apparatus that not only... Read more...
There is an interesting article posted at NeoSeeker tonight. They bill the article as a review of Powercolor's X1800GTO card, but the crew also tests performance in a number of different CrossFire configurations. According to their results, there doesn't seem to be a compelling reason to purchase an X1800 Master card to use alongside an 1800GTO. "Our Crossfire testing proves that two X1800 GTO's, even on an older dual 8x board will still provide good performance. Despite the gains that an X1800 Crossfire Master card setup present, that's hardly a viable solution and should not be considered in place of another X1800 GTO. Hopefully ATI... Read more...
  It's a shame, really. After nearly one year on the market, Socket-939 Athlon64 motherboards are finally getting to a point where we've always wished they would be. Feature packed, refined, tweakable, and quiet. Why is this a shame? Well, as AMD is transitioning to their new Socket-AM2 interface, interest in Socket-939 platforms will undoubtedly dwindle away. However, there is a huge install base of Socket-939 users on the market already, and new Socket-939 processor sales will likely continue throughout 2006. So, while Socket-AM2 may be getting all the press lately, it's still Socket-939 that's the workhorse, powering the vast majority of AMD desktop and gaming systems... Read more...
For a time it seemed like AGP was long gone, but we're still seeing more cards put out in the aging format. HIS has produced an AGP version of ATI's X1600, and while it's certainly not top of the line, it's still a decent upgrade if your going from say, a GeForce FX5200 or something of that caliber. "With VGA manufacturers releasing only PCI Express-based video cards, owners of AGP-based PCs were simply forgotten. Even though you can find quite easily AGP VGAs on the market, AGP users cannot find the latest releases for the AGP platform. For those who have an AGP-based motherboard, HIS is an oasis in the middle of the desert: they have just released an AGP-based Radeon X1600... Read more...
Madshrimps have posted a short over-clocking guide for the X1900 series of cards. The article goes over the different software tools, cooling, basic and advanced over-clocking options. The guide should be useful for anyone starting out in over-clocking. You currently own an x1900 series video card but you are now itching to compete and get the maximum out of your card. Some would wonder at this fact simply because this is arguably the fastest GPU available (when this guide was written). But we all want the most out of our investments and this is one way of doing it. But it does come with a risk.... Read more...
It looks like Best Buy isn't the only reseller to have let the Radeon X1900 GT loose at little early. If you do a quick search in our Price Grabber engine, you'll see that Dell has cards available and Directron is taking pre-orders as well.  Could end up being a nice card for the money.  We'll let you know for certain once we get a chance to test one...  ... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting today that one of their readers was able to purchase a Radeon X1900 GT/GTO card at his local Best Buy store, and that ATI plans to officially announce the card on May 9. Considering the fact that they've got pics of the card and box, and screenshots of the drivers up and running, you can't refute what the Inq's got to say today. "A faithful reader informed us that he went into his local Best Buy store and managed to buy an ATI-branded X1900 GT retail card. We note that the card is clocked at 574MHz core, and works at 500MHz in 2D, while the memory is clocked at 594MHz. The chip was heating up to 63 Celsius... Read more...
Our buddy Fudo over at The Inquirer has just posted some new information regarding ATI's upcoming Radeon X1900 GT GPU. Apparently, yields for R580 are stellar as the assumed 500MHz core frequency for this GPU is supposedly going to be a stunning 575MHz. In similar fashion, the estimated 1GHz memory frequency is now said to be 1200MHz. Obviously, these boosted frequencies will result in some hefty performance gains. Unfortunately, the cost of this board also increased as the card will sell for $350 instead of the $300 many expected. Time will tell if the ~$300 GeForce 7900GT can leverage the $50 advantage or not. Those looking for more information on the Radeon X1900 GT can... Read more...
HKEPC has some exclusive info regarding Intel's next generation integrated graphics platform. Apparently, the upcoming G965 IGP will support DirectX10 as well as Shader Model 4.0. Rounding out the features, we also find a new limit of 256MB of shared memory, Anisotropic Filtering (finally), and hardware H.264 decoding, and complete WGF 2.0/OpenGL 2.0 support. Granted, this IGP will certainly suffer in the shadow of a discrete graphics card. However, it might be slightly less painful to game on a system using Intel's latest IGP.  ... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI's Radeon X1900 GTO which was slated to launch the end of this month has been delayed. With supply of the Radeon X1800 GTO which we reviewed diminishing in the channel, ATI needs this card to fill the price-point until they can launch the RV560 and RV570 GPUs. Unfortunately, we now know these GPU's are slightly delayed as well as they will not be made at 80u as planned and instead need to be transitioned over to a 90u process.  The X1900 GTO is even more expensive to produce, but it is meant to hold its space until the new golden kids named RV560 and RV570 come to market. ATI simply wants to shake up Nvidia's mainstream... Read more...
For the last year, Abit's biggest challenge has been conquering itself. Struggling with a combination of internal financial woes, corporate investigations, and a generally un-exciting product lineup, there is no doubt that the once mighty Abit has sagged as of late. Once considered a tier one motherboard maker with a keen ear to the needs of the enthusiast, Abit has lost a lot of their exciting customer base to Asus and DFI, whose product lines have simply been all-around better. Without a killer product to drive sales, and the (seemingly) inevitable corporate implosion forcing potential customers to question their long-term support, it had been originally unclear if Abit would even make... Read more...
ClubOC has tested Gigabyte's version of the Radeon X1900XTX. They seem to have been impressed with the offering from Gigabyte. Check out how the card performs and what unique features it offers at ClubOC. Although I doubt it can compare in features to the Sapphire Blizzard we recently reviewed.  ... Read more...
X-bit Labs sends word that ATI is preparing to provide OEM's with a new Radeon X1900 GT graphics card sku. Supposedly equipped with 36 pixel processors and 12 texture units, this card will not differ much from the 48 pixel pipeline R580 GPU used on the flagship Radeon X1900 XTX. In fact, the enthusiast community will be eager to see whether these "GT" sku's can be unlocked into fully-fledged "XTX" parts with minor modification. In the meantime, OEM's ans System Integrators will be the only ones to get their hands on these cards as ATI currently has no plans to bring this card to retail.... Read more...
**Update: Sapphire re-branded this product the Toxic Radon X1900 XTX after our review was published. Sapphire has been one of ATI's premier board partners for quite some time now. Their products tend to be very similar to those available directly from ATI themselves, but Sapphire does take additional steps to differentiate their offerings with unique accessory and software bundles, and occasionally unique cooling solutions. In the past, we've reviewed a couple of Sapphire's passively cooled "Ultimate Edition" cards and have also evaluated a few products in their "Toxic" family of products that feature oversized air coolers. Today though, we're going to take... Read more...
The post is not in english, but the pictures at HKEPC tell the whole story.  It seems that some (perhaps all) Radeon X1800 GTO cards can be easily modified to unlock the additional 4 pipelines lurking within the R520 GPU.  HKEPC used an HIS card, and simply flashed the BIOS with a modified version that unlocked the additional pipelines.  This is basically the same mod procedure used to unlock the disabled pipes on the Radeon X800 GTO as well.... Read more...
The Inq is reporting today that ATI is preparing a new X1900-based card to compete head to head with NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GT, the Radeon X1900 XL.  There aren't many details available, but Faud speculates that the XL will feature a single-slot cooler and it's GPU will be clocked at 500MHz+. "WE learned that ATI has two more R580 cards around the corner. We already spoke about the X1900 GTO cards that are scheduled for April and now we learned that ATI has X1900 XL. This card is meant to fight Geforce 7900 GT, as this card can really outperform even X1800 XT cards."... Read more...
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