AMD planned the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 4550 graphics card many months ago, but oddly enough this entry level graphics card comes to light amid the worst point drop the DOW has seen to date. It almost seems right that in a time where financial stability is uncertain that AMD would launch a graphics card in the $45-$55 price range as they have been bringing out video cards that are price versus performance winners since the Radeon HD 3800 series launched last November.
When the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO was originally released in April of 2008 it was priced slightly lower than the GeForce 9600 GT as it had lower clock speeds, but oddly enough it came with more shader processors. The EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GSO Dual-Slot Edition had an MSRP of $164.99 when it first came out, but is now just $49 after rebate and boy can it fold!
A couple of days ago the great and powerful forces over at NVIDIA launched a new graphics card called the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. This new graphics card was launched to fill the gap between the GeForce GTX 260 and GeForce GTX 280. What gap might this be? It would be the gap where the ATI Radeon HD 4870 would be performing. Read on to see how this new graphics card does in the benchmarks and we also overclock it and run F@H on it to top things off!
Intel Larrabee The rumors have been circling for months now that Intel has intentions of re-entering the high-end (discrete) GPU wars. Some considered it a stretch but when you realize that as much hype as everyone puts behind the latest and greatest graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA, Intel ships more graphics chips than AMD …more
The 790GX chipset brings an updated high performance IGP and Hybrid Crossfire to the masses. Are either one of these solutions good enough for the casual gamer? We intend to find out as we take a closer look at what AMD has to offer.
The graphics card market seems to be pretty full from top to bottom these days, but that doesn’t keep the big players in the video card industry from bringing out newer models! Today, AMD is announcing the Radeon HD 4600 series, which will be made up of the ATI Radeon HD 4670 and ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics cards. Let’s take a look at the Radeon HD 4670!
NVIDIA has always had the strong arm when it comes to graphics performance and a sign of this dominance was them forcing companies to only enable SLI on their chipsets. For years if you have wanted to run SLI you had to run on an NVIDIA platform, but seems to be coming to an end very soon. NVIDIA just announced a new licensing program to enable SLI on Intel X58 Express chipsets!
The cost of high performance video cards has dropped drastically in the last year. Gone are the days of the GeForce 8800 Ultra reigning supreme and gone are the $600-$1000 cards needed to game at high resolutions. The HD 4870 is AMD’s fastest single-GPU card available on the market and packs quite a punch for a graphics card that can be found for under $250 after rebate. Read on to see how the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 does against a number of other cards in the same price range.
The 9600GT is one of the premier mid-range graphic cards on the market today. The XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX Edition takes this mid-range card and pumps up performance with a factory overclock and non-reference cooler. Read on to see how the XFX GeForce 9600 GT 512MB DDR3 XXX Alpha Dog does against the more expensive GeForce 8800 GT graphics card in a number of games!
The Palit Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card is finally released now that AMD has lifted the embargo on the fastest graphics card in the world. See how this card is redefining the world of computer graphics with its pair of GPUs and 2GB of GDDR5 memory! See how the Radeon HD 4870 X2 performs in CrossFireX versus a number of leading NVIDIA GeForce GTX products.
The new NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT is touted as the perfect and best performing mainstream graphics board solution on the market today. The GeForce 9500 GT can be found for just $69.99, needs no external power connector and has a maximum board power rating of just 50 Watts. Very impressive for a board that supports PhysX techology, CUDA applications like F@H and can still run intense 3D games!
In recent months EVGA introduced the EVGA UV Plus+ UV-16 USB 2.0 video adapter. This device allows you to take any available USB port on your Desktop or Notebook computer and turn it into an additional video output for use with another display. For under $75 the UV Plus+ UV-16 can handle up to 1600×1200 resolutions and doesn’t need a video card to operate!
Only four short months ago AMD launched the Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card and it was the flagship ATI Radeon product, but the successor has arrived. AMD has taken two of the latest cores (RV770)and placed them on a single PCB to create the Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card. AMD kept the clock frequencies the same as the Radeon HD 4870 graphics card, so basically you have the power of a pair of those running CrossFire on a single PCB!
A couple weeks ago when the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card came out the card proved itself to be a price versus performance winner, but we couldn’t ignore the high temperatures that it ran at. Our temperature testing showed that the Radeon HD 4850 ran at 85C at load, which was within specifications, but is too hot for us to ignore. We install a Coolink GFXChilla on a Radeon HD 4850 with the hopes of reducing temperatures and you’ll be shocked to see the results!