NVIDIA recently released Forceware 163.44 beta that offer improved support for the game BioShock and we take a look at them to see if performance really improved since previous drivers. Using the full retail version of BioShock we benchmark the game using FRAPS on Forceware 158.18, 162.22 and 163.44 drivers on an XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card and found that these drivers offer significant frame rate increases!
AMD recently launched ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, 2600 Pro and 2600 XT Video Cards and today Legit Reviews looks at their performance on DX9 games, which happens to be what the majority of gamers are still playing. With prices on the Radeon HD 2400 XT starting at $79.99 these cards are aimed at entry level and mainstream users. Read on to see how these three cards do against 30 other top leading PCIe graphics cards.
Do you have an HDTV, but not made the move to High Definition media player? With Blu-ray and HD DVD players decreasing in price we recently picked up an Xbox 360 HD DVD player to use in conjunction with out Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC). Since our HTPC uses the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT video card we can run an HDMI cable for true 1080p with a player that is less than $200! If you’ve been curious about moving to HD and have a HTPC this article should peak your interest!
This past week THQ Inc. released a patch adding Microsoft DirectX 10 support to PC game title Company of Heroes. This makes Company of Heroes is the first commercially available DirectX 10 Windows PC game and we have been busy benchmarking it over the last couple days to bring you some performance numbers on the latest and greatest DX10 video cards from both ATI and NVIDIA.
OCZ is well known for their high performance memory and power supplies, now they are trying their hand at video cards. OCZ claims that each and every GeForce 8800 GTX card they put out has superior overclocking headroom thanks to premium GDDR3 memory and a special screening process in which only the best video cards make it to the market. Read on to see if what OCZ says it true and to see if it can compete with other brands of cards!
It seems that high end video cards from ATI and NVIDIA keep on getting hotter. Today we break out the uber geeky infrared digital laser pyrometer to find out just how hot some of these cards get when it comes to the exhaust air and PCB area behind the core of the GPU. The results were a tad shocking and it’s obvious that these high end graphics card can easily increase the room temperature when used in a small home office or dorm room!
Later today Capcom will be releasing its Lost Planet: Extreme Condition DirectX 10 demo for the PC. The demo also contains what will be the first public DirectX 10 performance test. The test is an in-engine run-through of two levels of the game, complete with enemies, explosions and 3D meshes. Read on to see how the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT does against the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX as we show you the numbers before the benchmark is made public!
ATI’s finally joins NVIDIA in the DirectX 10 market space by hard launching the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT video card, which is their new flagship graphics card. The core on the Radeon HD 2900 XT is clocked at 743MHz and its 512MB of GDDR3 RAM is clocked at 825MHz. Does this $399 video card have what it takes to beat out the NVIDIA 8800 series or does it get beat? Read on to find out!
The day has come for ATI and NVIDIA to go head to head on the first DirectX 10 video game benchmark! Call of Juarez is going to be one of the first PC games to take advantage of DirectX 10, we took the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX and ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT video cards out for a test drive on it. Don’t expect high frame rates on this one though! Read on to get the low down.
Based on the GeForce 8800 series GPUs, the GeForce 8600 series finally brings DirectX 10 to the masses at mainstream price points. The Geforce 8600 GTS is the successor to the 7600 GT, which was one of the best value DirectX 9 graphics cards of 2006. Read on as we look at the Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS Video Card and compare it to several others around the same price point!
The GeForce 8800 Ultra takes the world’s fastest GPU and pushes it further: with a core clock of 612 MHz, a shader clock of 1500MHz and a memory clock of 1080MHz, the GeForce 8800 Ultra sets a new benchmark for 3D graphics performance. The GeForce 8800 Ultra will set you back at least $829, which makes this not only the fastest, but one of the most expensive cards out there.
The EVGA e-GeForce 7600 GS 512MB video card can now be found for under $100 and features double the amount of memory that was on the original 7600 GS video cards that were launched last fall. Read on as we take a look at this budget friendly DirectX 9 PCI Express graphics card as we cover the bundle, gaming performance and overclocking on a card that doesn’t do too shabby on newer games!
It’s no secret that EVGA is the top add-in-board partner (AIB) when it comes to NVIDIA graphics card. It’s tough not being the top dog, but being behind the industry leader doesn’t mean that you can’t nip at the heels of the guy in front of you to let him know that you are still there. XFX has recently done that and lashed out at EVGA! Read on to find out how!
Wondering what DirectX 10 means to you as a gamer and what kind of difference you can expect to see in the first few titles? We take a glance at one of the first DirectX 10 titles that will hit the market, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures! Age of Conan is the first MMO to be released with DirectX 10 technology, which is significant for those that want to use their DirectX 10 graphics cards for the first time. Read on to compare DX9 and DX10 screen shots from Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures!