Video Cards

  • How do NVIDIA and AMD's latest graphics cards stack up vs. each other?

    How do NVIDIA and AMD's latest graphics cards stack up vs. each other?


    The eternal quandary for system builders has been much less quandarious (to coin a term) for the last year or so. Intel processor, AMD video card — anything else would be uncivilized. AMD’s 48xx series has been the only choice for a while, but the latest products from AMD and NVIDIA are a little less starkly separated. For around $250 (the mid-high sweet spot), the 4890 and GTX… Read More

  • First review of Radeon 4890 HD hits the webs

    First review of Radeon 4890 HD hits the webs


    Expect a lot more reviews in the next week or so; the 4890 is the product AMD has aimed at Nvidia’s high-end cards, and according to German site Gamestar, it’s doing a pretty good job. It couldn’t quite beat the GTX 295 without overclocking, but since it’ll probably cost about $100 less, we won’t hold that against it. Read More

  • New Quadros from Nvidia: expensive and powerful, not unlike myself

    New Quadros from Nvidia: expensive and powerful, not unlike myself


    Things are getting out of control in the 3D modeling business. Models for movies and games have gone from thousands to hundreds of thousands of triangles, and the lighting and shading necessary for them is getting so complicated as to require a whole separate video card. Imagine you’re an animator at Pixar — do you think they made WALL-E on netbooks? No, son. They probably used… Read More

  • Top-shelf Radeon 4890 spotted, examined

    Top-shelf Radeon 4890 spotted, examined


    As much as we like the giant-killing 4870 graphics cards from AMD, they have been around for quite a while now. It’s past time when more needs to be done than tape two together and call it “X2.” Luckily, they’ve had the successor to the 4870 in the pipe for a while now, and someone’s just gotten their dirty hands on one. Read More

  • Rumor or typo? Radeon 5870 X2 surfaces, dives

    Rumor or typo? Radeon 5870 X2 surfaces, dives

    A Dutch retailer briefly lists a “Radeon 5870 X2,” along with specs — conspiracy? Coincidence? Sham? Legit? Or just a typo? Well, check out the specs and then… you be the judge. 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

  • NVIDIA strikes back with the double-GPU GTX295

    NVIDIA strikes back with the double-GPU GTX295


    In what has become pretty much a standard move by graphics card makers, NVIDIA has revealed that its new fastest card will be… two of its old fastest cards glued together. It should be said that this is far from an ineffective approach: the 9800GX2 annihilated everything when it came out last year and the 4870X2 is the king of the hill right now on the price/performance bit. The GTX295… Read More

  • Scientists: NVIDIA put faulty solder in new MacBook Pros

    Scientists: NVIDIA put faulty solder in new MacBook Pros

    This is exactly what I feared might happen when I heard Apple was moving to a full NVIDIA solution, complete with the faulty parts that caused so many other mobile setups to croak. A very thorough article at the Inquirer, based on analysis of a new MacBook Pro teardown by parties who wish to remain anonymous, shows that the solder bumps used in at least their test MBP are in fact the… Read More

  • Another victory for NVIDIA: EA adopts PhysX

    Another victory for NVIDIA: EA adopts PhysX


    The video card business pendulum has had its swing into AMD territory, but bit by bit NVIDIA is making its comeback after an embarrassing early last generation. This time it’s not more frames per second, but favorable alliances which are gaining ground for the graphics giant: EA and 2K Games (creators of Bioshock) have both agreed to use NVIDIA’s PhysX technology to drive… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: GeForce 260 with Far Cry 2, $248 shipped

    CrunchDeal: GeForce 260 with Far Cry 2, $248 shipped


    Boy oh boy is this a sweet deal. This eVGA GeForce 260 is one of the newer ones, revised with more stream processors than the original, already a powerhouse. It should handle the included (register to get it, bleh) Far Cry 2 with ease. It’s a totally solid card and at $250 it’s a steal, even with AMD competitive right now. If you’re in the market, I’d jump on this… Read More