Ever since we published the article on the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics cards last week Legit Reviews has been getting a ton of e-mail complaining about NVIDIA’s paper launch spoiler and the fact that the drivers we used for are not fair. We talk with Futuremark and NVIDIA about the cheating claims and try to figure out if anything is being done that shouldn’t be.
Last week, AMD was forced to release the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards early since some retailers had already started selling the card to the public before it was launched. This week AMD has released the the Radeon HD 4870, which is priced at $299. This is the big brother to the Radeon HD 4850 and features higher clock speeds and newer cutting edge technology like GDDR5 memory ICs for improved memory bandwidth.
How well does the GeForce 9800 GTX+ overclock? We set off to answer that question today by finding the limit of our card and running a number of benchmarks to see just how well it does. Our original review showed that the GeForce 9800 GTX+ was 10.4% faster than the Radeon HD 4850, so any gains should be money in the bank. Read on to see how NVIDIA’s first 55nm GPU overclocks on the GeForce 9800 GTX+ video card!
The scheduled release for ATI’s upcoming RV770 parts, the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870, was scheduled for next week, but it seems that it got bumped up to today. Some European e-tailer has started to sell cards and AMD/ATI had no choice other than to remove our gag order on the video cards we already have. Read on to check out our preview and see what NVIDIA did to spoil it – GeForce 9800 GTX+!!!
The battle between ATI and NVIDIA reached a tense moment today when ATI removed the gag order on the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card by more than a week. NVIDIA was trying to spoil the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 4850 by launching an ultra secret graphics card called the GeForce 9800 GTX+! Read on as we benchmark the Radeon HD 4850 versus the GeForce 9800 GTX+!
Built with over 1.4 billion transistors, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 280 and 260 GPUs are the largest and most complex GPUs ever created. Featuring 240 shader processors, 80 texture processors, and 1 GB of frame buffer, the GeForce GTX 280 better be enough to make you get all hot and sweaty. Read on as we look at the only water cooled GeForce GTX 280′s on the market!
For roughly $150 the GeForce 9600 GT is one of the best price versus performance graphics cards on the street today. The card are looking at today is the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT and it features 512MB of GDDR3 frame buffer memory with a 650 MHz core clock. The PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT is ready for PCI Express 2.0 motherboards and supports NVIDIA SLI technology. Read on as we compare it to an equally priced ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB graphics card to see how it fairs.
It has been over a year since ATI got into the Folding@home project and it seems that the time is right for NVIDIA to join in! Mr. Vijay Pande himself was in San Jose today and we managed to catch up with him while he was giving the presentation on behalf of Stanford University on how folding is going to work on NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. This is a must read if you are interested in distributed computing.
Today at the NVIDIA corporate office we had a chance to sit down and listen to NVIDIA Chief Scientist David Kirk talk about what the GPU can do beyond just gaming. NVIDIA has spent a ton of time and a fair amount of money getting their CUDA software off the ground and they have had a strong acceptance in the community. NVIDIA also announced that they are acquiring a ray tracing company called RayScale.
Big on performance and easy on the wallet, the Albatron GeForce 9600GT-512X video card offers unheard of graphics processing power at a wallet friendly price point. Finally you can enjoy decent frame rates in the latest DirectX 10 games at resolutions that gamers actually want to use. Read on as we take a look at the Albatron GeForce 9600GT-512X and how it does when we game on it and then overclock it to the max.
Have you heard about NVIDIA Hybrid SLI and HybridPower over the past several few months? Having the ability to turn off a graphics card and run integrated graphics in order to save power and reduce noise sounds great in theory, but does it work? That is exactly what we have been working on here on the test bench and bring you our findings after spending countless hours with the ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe motherboard and the XFX GeForce 9800 GTX graphics card.
The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB card has been around since November 2007 and now, six months later some very interesting versions of this card are appearing on the market. The ECS N8800GT-256MX is one of these cards! It appears that ECS has placed 512MB of GDDR3 memory on the N8800GT-256MX, but only enabled 256MB of the graphics memory through the BIOS. Once a quick BIOS flash is performed on the card it turned into a GeForce 8800 GT 512MB graphics card for the price of a 256MB card!
3DMark Vantage is a gaming performance benchmark that is used to measure native DirectX 10 and multi-core CPU performance with large amounts of physics, AI and graphics on PC’s running Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. 3DMark Vantage shows the user where their gaming system performs at its peak or doesn’t have the horsepower, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware for today’s and tomorrow’s games.
This past Tuesday we did an article on the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3870 1GB video card and it turns out some of the details in that article were incorrect. When the Diamond Multimedia launched the first 1GB ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card they had the memory interface incorrectly labeled as 512-bit. Legit Reviews contacted the Diamond Multimedia marketing department and they confirmed it was really just 256-bit.