GeForce

  • $800 video card is worth every penny if you're into that kind of thing

    $800 video card is worth every penny if you're into that kind of thing

    BFG has always been one of the go-to brands for high-end video cards and hardware, and their latest opus continues the tradition. The BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2OC is the beastliest card out there, and is easily the most powerful single-card solution out there, even beating out such dual-GPU solutions as the Radeon HD 4870 X2. That’s some serious power… must be why it costs $800. Read More

  • GeForce GTX 295: not quite a 4870 X2-killer

    GeForce GTX 295: not quite a 4870 X2-killer


    NVIDIA’s ice-cream sandwich-looking dual-GPU answer to AMD’s dual-GPU 4870 X2 doesn’t excel, but doesn’t disappoint, either. Although the GeForce GTX 280 has recently surpassed the 4870 in performance with its new drivers, the architecture of the GTX 295 limits the capabilities and makes it just barely eke ahead of AMD, and even then it’s with a price premium. Read More

  • GeForce 9400M to rescue the Intel Atom?

    GeForce 9400M to rescue the Intel Atom?

    The Achilles heal of Intel Atom powered netbooks/nettops is that the graphic power sucks. Hopefully, that will change with an on-motherboard GeForce GPU 9400M. That graphics chip is the same found in Apple’s latest MacBooks and should help improve the lackluster Intel Atom’s graphic performance. Read More

  • NVIDIA drops a little more info on the new 9400M

    NVIDIA drops a little more info on the new 9400M


    If you’re wondering about those new MacBooks and what exactly it is that NVIDIA contributed, they’ve got you covered. There’s not a lot of testing yet (we’ll cover it as soon as it happens), but it’s enough for them to say that the 9400M is a huge improvement over the last generation MacBooks’ integrated graphics. “Industry-Changing” is, I… Read More

  • Crack WPA ten thousand percent faster with CUDA!

    Crack WPA ten thousand percent faster with CUDA!


    If you’re really in a hurry to “recover” that password from the WPA-secured wi-fi network you’re “sharing” with a neighbor, you’re going to be waiting a long time for that brute force crack to work on your old traditional processor. Why not make yourself a tool using NVIDIA’s parallel processing environment CUDA and run it on a nice GeForce GTX… Read More

  • MSI drops single-slot, water-cooled, overclocked GeForce 280

    MSI drops single-slot, water-cooled, overclocked GeForce 280


    Will wonders never cease? It wasn’t so long ago that water-cooling your CPU or video card meant expensive modifications at the risk of ruining your whole setup. This MSI GeForce N280GTX is already set up with water cooling, and what’s more, it only takes up one slot! Now you can actually have dual water-cooled GeForces, something that sounds like something you upgrade your… Read More

  • "Lucid" chip tech enables GeForce/Radeon cross-SLI

    "Lucid" chip tech enables GeForce/Radeon cross-SLI


    SLI rendering has gained a lot of popularity lately, even to the point where people are making SLI rigs of pre-SLI’ed cards like the 9800GX2 and the 4870X2. The problem is that drivers and motherboards aren’t really set up to take advantage of two cards. Sure, it works a lot better than one card, but Hydra feels that it’s time mobos got an integrated SLI controller that… Read More

  • Dell kind of bites the bullet on faulty GeForce M rigs

    Dell kind of bites the bullet on faulty GeForce M rigs

    Dell is offering a 12-month warranty extension for those of you suffering (or about to suffer) from faultily manufactured GeForce GPUs on your laptops. Their previous solution was to fool the BIOS into turning the fans up all the time, thus preventing overheating at the cost of noise and wear and tear — not really the best trade-off. So now they’re essentially saying… Read More

  • Tool to mod NVIDIA desktop drivers into laptop drivers

    Tool to mod NVIDIA desktop drivers into laptop drivers

    Handy if you have, well, almost any laptop these days. While I really don’t think the laptop gaming population is that great, there’s no reason they should have to play on drivers a couple generations back. This tool from Driver Heaven, the Mobility Modder, modifies the newest drivers (for instance, PhysX-enabling ones) to run on pretty much any card with a “Go” or… Read More

  • Nvidia committing to newfangled 55nm process

    Nvidia committing to newfangled 55nm process


    Son, I remember the days when chips were 55 meters! Ain’t no one ever even heard of a nano back then. Had troops o’ monkeys cartin’ ice packs to and from the walk-in freezer just to keep that machine from meltin’ down and burying us all in hot copper — dag nabbit! Seriously, though. Nvidia’s newest, fastest cards are being done on a 55nm process, which… Read More

  • ATI's Radeon 4870 hit NVIDIA so hard their prices fell down

    ATI's Radeon 4870 hit NVIDIA so hard their prices fell down


    Damn, when I first heard about the GeForce 260 and 280 I thought it was checkmate. No one expected much of the new line of Radeons in the first place given ATI’s lackluster offerings lately, and combine that with the improvement in the 65nm 280 — I think I was justified in thinking so. But the Radeon 4850 came out a little later and jaws dropped. It offered nearly the performance… Read More

  • Today's a good day to upgrade your video card

    Today's a good day to upgrade your video card


    Or maybe over the next week or so. With the release of the ATI HD 4850 and NVIDIA’s new 55nm-based 9800GTX+, the price/performance ratio is really nice right now. Of course, as with all components, the longer you wait, the better the deal is, but if you’re looking for an upgrade right now, these new releases will drop quite a few prices across the board. The 4850 is available for… Read More

  • NVNews reviews the insane new NVIDIA GTX 280 "FTW Edition"

    NVNews reviews the insane new NVIDIA GTX 280 "FTW Edition"


    I could tell you about the list of improvements as long as my arm, including vastly increased memory bandwidth, 65nm fabrication, and huge increases in shader and thread counts. I could bore you with more technical specs and statistics. But I think what you really need to know is that it runs Bioshock at 2560×1600 with 4x anti-aliasing and 8x anisotropic filtering at nearly 60fps. If… Read More

  • Nvidia's new laptop graphics platform: dual-GPU "Hybrid SLI"

    Nvidia's new laptop graphics platform: dual-GPU "Hybrid SLI"


    There is an increased need for laptops to be a person’s only computer; consequently, demands for performance are increased at the same time efficiency needs to be controlled &mdash. After all, can’t have your main machine running out of battery. NVIDIA is providing a smart, but probably expensive, solution to this problem as graphics-intensive programs, games, and rich web… Read More

  • BIOS modding strikes again: turn your Geforce 9600 into an 8800GTS

    BIOS modding strikes again: turn your Geforce 9600 into an 8800GTS


    Back in the day, the cool thing to do was to modify your lower-end Radeon 9800 into a 9800Pro, or at least something like it, by essentially drawing on it with a pencil. Well, here’s a sequel that might actually apply to you. If you have a certain kind of Geforce 9600 (like this one), all you have to do is flash the BIOS and it rejiggers the card to unlock the unused shader units and the… Read More

  • Silent, affordable, adequate video solution: Asus' passively cooled 9600GT

    Silent, affordable, adequate video solution: Asus' passively cooled 9600GT


    If you’re in the market for it, this silent Asus 9600GT is a great deal right now. The hardware and performance are quite good enough to play Call of Duty 4, Team Fortress, or World at War, but the price is a drop in the bucket. It competes on a par with the 8800GT and Radeon 3870, and has the benefit of being completely passively cooled. Bad news if you’re an overclocker, but… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Palit GeForce 9600GT for $130, wow

    CrunchDeals: Palit GeForce 9600GT for $130, wow


    Nvidia’s 9600GT is a huge value: DirectX 10 support, great performance, and they work fantastically in SLI if you’ve got the mobo for it. With this deal, you can get two 9600GTs, set them up in SLI, and get waaay more performance than a single card at the same price point. Or just do one and you’re getting more than enough to play games at a decent frame rate. Shipping is… Read More

  • Keep that receipt: GeForce 9800 GX2s have heat problems with some motherboards

    Keep that receipt: GeForce 9800 GX2s have heat problems with some motherboards


    There was a big to-do yesterday with the release of the GeForce 9800 GX2, the dual-GPU supercard from Nvidia. Reviews were cautiously positive, but Bit-Tech had a mysterious problem: constant overheating. They did some testing and found that on some nForce 700 mobos (in their tests, the Asus Striker II), the placement of the nForce 200 chip made for a hot pocket of up to almost 200… Read More

  • Nvidia's dual-GPU 9800 GX2 will break you: review roundup

    Nvidia's dual-GPU 9800 GX2 will break you: review roundup


    The first reviews are showing up for Nvidia’s beast of a single-slot card, the 9800 GX2. In case you don’t remember it from when it showed on the scene, the GX2 is basically a pair of 8800s in a native SLI, one-PCI-express slot configuration. It costs an arm and a leg (~$600) and it’s very, very powerful. And how does it stand up? The consensus seems to be that the 9800… Read More

  • Nvidia's 9800GTX coming at the end of March

    Nvidia's 9800GTX coming at the end of March


    I don’t plan on upgrading just yet, especially considering how much this thing is certain to cost, but if the performance of the 9600 is any indication, this new line is going to be great. 512MB of 0.8ns DDR3 memory with a 256-bit interface, nice high clock speeds, and a new architecture, looks like a winner. It also supports 3-way SLI, which I’m sure is as over-the-top as it… Read More