We've been lucky enough to obtain a media & sales kit from GIGABYTE showing off an upcoming successor to their popular 3D Aurora Chassis, the "3D Aurora 570". This looks to be one very snazzy case, we'll apparently see it launched sometime next month.
Interested to learn more about the history of desktop 3D graphics cards from over the last 7+ yrs? Accelnation have just once again updated their now quite large and in-depth article which takes the journey back through time to show us how quickly we've progressed over the years in one of the fastest moving areas of the IT Industry.
It has been six years since first we started to collate the history of desktop 3D graphics at the turn of the Millennium. We left the story at the point where most of the field had fallen away, leaving the two-horse race between NVIDIA and ATI. It was at this point that a new lap of programmable technology had begun. Although the continuance of that race has been well documented across the Web, it is worth updating this record with a brief summery. To this end we have collated the following basic timeline of major events.
AMD's press release on FX-57 is now doing the rounds. You can read it at this section of their site folks.
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- June 27, 2005 --As part of an ongoing effort to deliver the industry's highest-performing PC technology, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor, the world's ultimate PC processor for enthusiasts and hard-core gamers. Providing unparalleled PC performance on 3D games and intense applications, the new AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor allows power-hungry users to experience the next generation of single-threaded games with intense and realistic graphic resolutions.
"AMD recognizes that today's games are single-threaded. Users who crave the absolute best performance on 3D games and extreme applications can experience realistic physics and lighting, as well as gripping artificial intelligence and sound, with the single-core AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 processor," said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Business, Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS), AMD. "Since the AMD Athlon FX processor was first introduced, AMD has consistently delivered the absolute best performing PC processor for games. Now in our fourth iteration, the AMD Athlon 64 FX family of processors continues to remain unmatched in the industry, designed to provide even the most demanding gamer with reduced memory latency and increased performance."
Yesterday Creative announced their monster 3D Blaster Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card in 128MB and 256MB configurations. The 256MB version comes in at $1,300 AU, so it is not for the faint of heart.
More information in our New Products Forum
Hercules has now officially launched its 3D Prophet 9800 Pro graphics card, which will be available from the end of this month. As several of you have shown an interest in this card, I have posted the specs and some photos here.
Based on the RADEON™ 9800 PRO - the fastest, most visually advanced 3D chipset on the planet - the ultra-powerful 3D Prophet 9800 Pro graphics boards feature a 256-bit DDR memory interface and 8-pixel pipeline engine for the ultimate in hardcore fragging. As usual, Hercules has developed a set of customized features to exceed gamers' already high expectations: Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, OpenGL® hardware support, incredible core and RAM clocks, advanced filtering technologies (Anisotropic Filtering up to X16 and Full Scene Anti-Aliasing up to 4x) for high-quality rendering without a compromise in framerates. Hercules
More information @ Hercules
Today t-break looks at ATI's latest and greatest Radeon 9700 GPU based Creative card. Here's a bit from the review:
Creative has a very interesting history with graphics cards. Itˇ¦s the only company we know of that has produced graphics cards based on 3DFX, S3, nVidia and ATI technologies. Whatˇ¦s even more interesting is that earlier this year, Creative acquired 3D Labs meaning we shall be looking at Creative's "in-house" graphics cards soon. Now that does raise an interesting point- why would Creative chose to release a Radeon 9700 Pro based card when they're expecting their own 3D Labs solution pretty soon. We donˇ¦t have an answer for that yet, however, we do have Creative's Radeon 9700 Pro based card- the 3D Labs Blaster 5 RX9700 in out hands today.More information at t-break
Overclockers Online have slapped up a review of the Hercules 3D Prophet 4800 videocard. This card is based on the Kyro2 SE chipset and is aimed towards the casual gamer and the budget market in general.
The default clock and memory speed of the Kyro2 SE chipset are synchronized at 200MHz. This means the core runs at 200MHz as well as the memory ;) The core is cooled down by a normal-sized blue active cooler. The fan on this cooler does not produce much noise and that is a definite plus compared to some other videocards we have reviewed before! The card uses 64MB of 4.7ns Hynix SDRAM (no DDR - rated at 212MHz) combined with a 128bit memory interface. The memory chips come without RAM sinks, but that should not be a problem considering the fact that the RAM is capable of running 212MHz by default.More information at Overclockers Online
I just recently got back into gaming with the immense amount of quality games out right now, 3D Avenue however are looking forward to some of the games yet to be released. They have posted an article about their top 10 most wanted games.
Everyone wants games that have been exposed and touted to no end, but when they finally come out, we find many titles never live up to the hype. However, there is gold out there, and today we have done out best to cut down the crap and showcase what we believe are the top 10 games to be looking out for.More information at 3D Avenue.
There was a slight error with the accompanying text to the benchmark information on Page 6 of our latest Clash of the 3D Monsters article which has now been updated. Thanks for your attention.
At Tom's Hardware they have an article up entitled Aquanox - Bringing 3D To Its Knees where they give 11 3D graphics cards a workout with the retail version of Aquanox and discover the limits of power of today's 3D graphics.
Well The GURU Of 3D is back, alive and kicking, though they're still having a few problems with they're files server but they hope to have that fixed in the next couple of days.
Yes it's true. Many people where quite upset when The GURU of 3D annouced it's death back in early December of last year but it seems that the grave wasn't comfortable if you look here http://www.guru3d.com/.
3D Xtreme has a look at the inexpensive Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT video card and finds that you don't have to outlay big dollars for decent frame rates even though they don't recommend it for serious gamers.
It's sad to see but The GURU of 3D will no longer exist as from Monday and it's not all to do with their host Playnet going down either but Hilbert Hagedoorn puts his reasons down here as to why and those of you who use the Geforce Tweak Utility will still be able to get it from this location.