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.
Last week Diamond Multimedia launched one of the first 1 gigabyte, overclocked versions of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card. Diamond claims that the performance matches against Nvidia’s new GeForce 9xxx series, as well against
the Radeon HD 3870 X2. We fire up the Dell 30″ to test out this claim at 2560×1600 to see just how the larger frame buffer does on a number of games. We then overclock the card and give you our thoughts!
Armed with an nForce 780i SLI motherboard and a set of GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB video cards in 3-way SLI, we push the limits of graphics technology on our 30″ Dell monitor at a resolution of 2560×1600. A couple of months ago we showed you 3-way SLI with a set of GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards, but today that is old news. Sit back and see what 3-way SLI looks like with a set of GeForce 9800 GTX graphics cards!
Video cards are launching left and right these days and it’s been a confusing time for many consumers. Trying to tell people that many of the latest GeForce 8 series cards have the same core as the GeForce 9 series isn’t an easy thing to do. To complicate things even more, NVIDIA has been reducing the frame buffer size on the latest video cards. This is not only confusing to consumers, but the media as well. Today is no different, so sit back and we will try to walk you through what is going on with the GeForce 9800 GTX!
With 1GB of GDD3 memory and a healthy dose of overclocking, does the Palit GeForce 8800 GTS 1GB Sonic have what it takes to knock out the legendary 8800 GTX? Read on as we take a pair of Palit GeForce 8800 GTS 1GB Sonic graphics cards and run them in SLI against three GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards on a Dell 30″ monitor at 2560×1600! If that isn’t enough we also overclock these already overclocked cards to the bleeding edge, which is something you’ll want to see.
Last week, we got a chance to look at the XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card and found that it was a very powerful card for gaming. At the conclusion of that article we stated that we couldn’t show Quad-SLI numbers as NVIDIA had them under NDA. The gag order has finally lifted, so we can share with you our thoughts on Quad-SLI with a pair of XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards!
NVIDIA just launched the GeForce 9800 GX2 video card with a pair of 600MHz G92 GPUs, 256 stream processors running at 1.5GHz and 1GB GDDR3 memory operating at 2GHz. We have a couple XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 cards on hand and the performance numbers are very impressive. Read on to see how the GeForce 9800 GX2 does against a number of other video cards!
We’ve had ATI CrossFireX running the past couple days here at Legit Reviews and while the drivers are not public yet, things are looking very good from what we have seen. We have slapped together a Radeon HD 3870 X2 with a Radeon HD 3870, which in turn creates a Triple CrossFireX platform with just two x16 PCI Express slots. Read on to see what CrossFireX is all about!
For the last 15 months the GeForce 8800 GTX has represented the most powerful graphics card that sane people were willing to buy. With the right motherboard and three cards you can now run 3-way SLI with a set of these cards and that is exactly what we did today here at Legit Reviews. Armed with nForce 780i SLI powered motherboard and a set of GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB video cards we pushed the limits of graphics technology on our 30″ Dell monitor!
The NVIDIA GeForce 9 series of graphics cards has finally arrived! Today, NVIDIA is announcing the GeForce 9600 GT video card and while it may not be as anticipated as previous generations, it still marks a significant turning point. Usually, a new series is kicked off by the fastest card in the bunch, but this time around NVIDIA is launching the GeForce series at the heart of the discrete graphics market, the $169-189 price range.
When it comes mixing and matching different types of graphics card and running them in either SLI or CrossFire mode you are bound to have a number of problems. You will not find too many people advising in trying this, but the video card companies are working hard at making this work. Today, we are looking at ATI’s budget friendly Radeon HD 3850 and Radeon HD 3870 graphics cards to seeing how they work together in CrossFire.