At the MSI PC2008 event yesterday in Taipei MSI showed off its watercooled version of the Radeon HD 2900XT and we snapped a shot for you to ogle over for now. We're working on the coverage of the whole event and it will be up later today. But for now, enjoy this picture of this card which has a very nice looking watercooler on it.
Click the image for a high-res version of the card
NVIDIA are taking high-performance mobile gaming to a new level today with the introduction of their GeForce 8M series GPUs for notebooks, this launch to coincide with Intel's new Centrino Duo (Santa Rosa) notebook platform today as well.
This family of mobile GPUs shares many characteristics with the desktop GeForce 8 series including DX10 support and NVIDIA's 2nd gen PureVideo technology for hardware HD video decoding.
There is one area though where the 8M family really shines in comparison to the desktop GeForce 8 series, and that is the shader performance thanks to some additional tweaking by the NVIDIA team since they rolled out their desktop parts.
Five variants of the 8M series exist upon launch, these being the GeForce 8600M GT, 8600M GS, 8400M GT, 8400M GS and the 8400M G. The top three cards will sport 512MB of memory on a 128-bit interface whilst the 8400M GS and 8400M G models will carry 256MB on 64-bit.
Unfortunately an 8800 derived mobile part doesnt make it into the lineup just yet, no thanks to the current 90nm form of the desktop models. Once NVIDIA manage to shrink it down i'm sure a mobile 8800 will show up soon after.
NVIDIA's press release can be found here, and there's also some coverage via the below links :-
SANTA CLARA, CA - May 9, 2007- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a new family of NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series of graphics processors targeted at the newly evolved notebook PC market. These new GPUs (graphics processing units) help power a whole, new generation of notebook PCs that deliver the ultimate visual experience for Windows Vista, DirectX 10 games, HD movies, and popular applications like Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Live Maps-changing the way users see and interact with their computers through enhanced visual quality, responsiveness and ease-of-use.
The new GeForce 8M Series notebook GPUs-the world's first to support DirectX 10 and fully accelerate decoding of H.264 full HD movies-are available now from the top PC makers such as HP, Toshiba, Acer, Samsung, and ASUS.
No doubt for the majority of you this wont be of much interest, but then again there's always those of us looking to save an extra buck or two where possible.
NVIDIA have revisited the GeForce 7 series today, having announced a new entry-level graphics card in the GeForce 7200 GS. Coming in at only $50 USD it will mostly attract buyers with IGP systems that lack the ability to handle Vista's Aero interface, or even perhaps those of you wanting tv-out from your custom HTPC on the cheap (though you can forgeddabout high-definition content).
Specs wise, this card is understandably nothing to write home about, but for DX9.0 and SM3 capabilities on the cheap, you can't go wrong.
Today NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) introduced the NVIDIA® GeForce® 7200 GS graphics processing unit ( GPU), a new, faster, entry-level GPU.
GeForce 7200 GS is designed to offer a low-cost upgrade from integrated graphics solutions and is built for Microsoft Windows® Vista™ -the industry's first operating system to require a dedicated GPU to realize its full potential.
Graphics cards equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce 7200 GS GPU are available today from e-tailers and retailers worldwide at aggressive prices under $50 and are being offered in PCs from leading OEMs and system builders.
We have got some information form a reliable source that ATI will be launching the Radeon HD 2900XTX in the end anyhow but nobody is entirely clear on the exact details.
It will most likely not be out until late July or early August, but it should be on display at Computex by at least a couple of ATI's partners from what our Taiwan spies are telling us. This is the consumer version of the XTX and will look pretty much identical to the HD 2900XT except with a different sticker and more and faster GDDR-4 RAM under the cooler, i.e. this is not the 12.4in full length cards that will be available from OEM's although both PCB length versions are floating around. The model name hasn't been set as yet and it might be called XT GDDR4 or XTX, but we'll stick with XTX for now. ATI partners have the option of ordering either the GDDR-3 XT or GDDR-4 version right now.
It will feature 1GB of GDDR memory and this means a higher memory clock, up from 1650MHz DDR for the HD 2900XT to 2020MHz DDR. The core will also be boosted, but only a laughable 10MHz from 740 to 750MHz. It seems like there will be as much point in buying the Radeon HD 2900XTX as it is to buy a GeForce 8800 Ultra. Maybe the era of the super high-end cards is finally over and we will all get decent performance from an affordable graphics card, but then again, miracles doesn't happen that easily.
ATI's 1GB GDDR-4 card will likely be priced around the same as Nvidia's GeForce 8800GTX 768MB at around $550 USD and you will probably be able to buy it in late July or sometime in August.
As though the cost of owning an NVIDIA 8800 Ultra card isnt insane enough already, BFG have just released their 8800 Ultra Water Cooled Edition, pushing the price beyond the $1,000US barrier. OUCH!
Lake Forest, IL - (May 4, 2007)- BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA® supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce® 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express® and the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express Water Cooled Edition graphics cards.
"We're excited to bring an Ultra class product back to BFG's product line-up," said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of Marketing for BFG Technologies. "The Ultra name has always stood for unbeatable performance and our new BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics cards are no exception."
TechPowerUp! has got hold of some screen shots from the HIS site that went up earlier, that contains detailed information about its Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB GDDR3 VIVO PCIe graphics card. Although much of the information contained on the screenshots is already widely known, it is at least an official confirmation of the specifications of the Radeon HD 2900XT.
However, some of the information is a little bit cryptic as there's a mention of built in HDMI, but the card features two DVI connectors. Further down on the page it lists a DVI to HDMI adapter as part of the package. HIS also lists a Crossfire cable, but one has to presume that this is the internal ribbon connector. There are no clues to how the 5.1-channel sound is being done, so this remains a mystery. HIS does confirm the Valve software coupon, as a "Valve Black Box Game Coupon" is included as well as another unspecified game coupon. HIS also supplies a game called Shadow. You can find the screen shots and some more information over at TechPowerUp!
HardwareZone jumped the NDA by a few hours and posted the first review of the GeForce 8800 Ultra from Nvidia. However, this has to be the weakest "Ultra" card from Nvidia in its entire history of making graphics cards. The core clock speed is a mere 37MHz faster than the 8800 GTX and Pixel Shader processor has been clocked up another 150MHz. The memory is clocked at 2,160MHz, up 360MHz over the 8800 GTX. Everything else remains the same, except the price tag, as these suckers are priced somewhere between US$850-999, which is an insane amount of cash to pay for a graphics card. Even more so when you consider that you can get overclocked 8800 GTX cards that are just as fast if not faster.
Looking at the benchmarks posted on HardwareZone, the 8800 Ultra has a lead by around 600 point in 3DMark 06. It manages between three and nine frames more than the 8800 GTX in Far Cry and five frames or so more in F.E.A.R. Hardly impressive for a product that costs more than twice as much. It fairs slightly better in Company of Heroes where it manages as much as 18 fps more than the 8800 GTX.
You can read the full story here
The lads over at Guru3D have brought to everyones attention something quite, err... 'droolworthy' you might say. It's not hard to understand why there might be a little hostility between NVIDIA board partners (in this case, XFX and EVGA) but what's been discovered on the packaging of XFX's 8600 GT box is quite the funny indeed.
Update: Our graphics card reviewer Shane has kindly confirmed this not just to be a once-off, he too noticed the same thing on the packaging of our XFX 8600 GTS sample. Just click on the picture below to get a better view of it.
NVIDIA board partners as you can understand are competing quite hefty with each other. Now courtesy to the Dutch Hardware-Info for this because they spotted it. Yet I could not believe it when i heard it, it sounded just too silly. Yesterday I was made aware of the fact that the XFX 8600 boxes which have the dog logo on them .. have something else embedded. Now if you look at the mouth of the dog .. you see teeth and drool / slime. Now when I first checked this I had the 8600 GTS box in my hands and spotted nothing, then dismissed the rumor.
Reading around today, some over excited folk got their wires crossed and claimed AMD would be launching their upcoming R600XT on May 2nd.
That's simply not correct - Nvidia is launching the 8800 Ultra on May 2nd at a retail price of at least $999 USD but supply will be very low due to yield and pricing related issues. The word on the streets of Taipei tells us that unless Nvidia reduce their 8800 Ultra pricing, you'll have a hard time actually buying this part.
We got a little hot under the collar when the rumors starting circulating around that the Radeon HD X2900XT was being released on May 2nd but after some simple phone calls to our friends here in Taiwan, they confirmed the launch is May 14 and product should be for sale on the day or soon after with fairly decent quantity.
As far as drivers go, that is really the million dollar question. DailyTech managed to somehow score the chance to benchmark the R600XT and XTX cards but without much performance difference between both, it seems like there is a driver issue - or AMD are in for a further world of hurt.
From what we've been hearing in Taipei though, ATI are working busier than ever on new driver revisions which MIGHT increase performance but of course nobody knows what will happen for sure. One company claimed that ATI are waiting for "the best driver" which means if the driver is still not 100% by May 14th, we could see further delays.
OOOOoooh this isn't good at all.... Dailytech have been very fortunate over the past couple of days in being able to tinker with a preview sample of AMD/ATI's upcoming HD 2900 XT graphics card, pitting it up against NVIDIA's equivilent in the 640MB 8800 GTS to see how it faired (which actually proved to be quite well, kicking its arse in quite a number of bench runs).
So whats the bad news then? Well they've have just whacked up yet another series of benchmarks, this time with AMD/ATIs next flagship weapon, the mighty RADEON HD 2900 XTX...... Only, it would appear it 'aint gonna be so mighty when you look at how it goes up against NVIDIAs counterpart (the 768MB 8800 GTX). Even 1GB of GDDR4 memory at 2GHz and a 750MHz GPU clock doesnt appear to be enough to threaten the NV team.
Given the terrible bind AMD are in financially after having lost in excess of $500 Million U.S. during Q1'07, lets pray AMD arnt soley relying on the success of R600 to get them out of trouble... ugh!
AMD is close to unveiling its long-awaited R600-based ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. DailyTech previously posted benchmarks comparing the Radeon HD 2900 XT and GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB.
Up until at least March of 2007, the spearhead of the ATI Radeon HD 2900-family is the upcoming ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX. This model is the big daddy of AMD's DirectX 10 lineup, poised to take on NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTX and upcoming 8800 Ultra.
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX video cards feature 1GB of GDDR4 video memory, besting the GeForce 8800 GTX's 768MB of GDDR3 video memory. GPU manufacturers often wait to set the exact clock frequencies of bins until just weeks before launch. Our Radeon HD 2900 XTX sample was released to board partners in the second week of April, features memory clocked at 2.02 GHz and a core clock of 750 MHz.
NVIDIA have just unveiled a new addition to their Quadro Plex VCS (Visual Computing System) lineup, this being a dedicated enclosure which houses TWO Quadro FX 5600 graphics cards (each with 1.5GB of memory and a 4.3% higher peak texel fill rate than that of the GeForce 8800 GTX).
If you dont have an issue with forking out $17,495 for the ultimate in graphics power, then this is the bees knees.
The Inquirer also talk about the latest Quadro VCS here (in relation to AMD's GPGPU plans).
SANTA CLARA, CA-APRIL 24, 2007-NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced a new version of the NVIDIA Quadro Plex visual computing system (VCS), which incorporates the unified architecture and GPU computing capability of NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 GPUs. This new Quadro Plex VCS pushes visual computing to new extremes, boosting workstation and cluster performance for a wide range of high-performance, graphics-intensive styling and design, oil and gas, and scientific applications.
The Dailytech have acquired some fresh benchmarking results of ATI's upcoming R600 based Radeon HD 2900 XT, this card to slot beneath the flagship 2900 XTX offering. Apparently AMD/ATI plan to (finally) release R600 in mid may.
The results posted are certainly quite impressive, especially in comparison to what they achieved on the same platform using NVIDIA's second most powerful card, the GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB.
After several delays, AMD plans to launch its long-awaited R600 graphics processors. AMD is currently briefing select members of the press on its R600 architecture in the Tunisia, but there is no embargo date on the R600 for DailyTech -- we can show you benchmarks now.
AMD plans to launch a completely new DirectX 10 lineup with the flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX. Other models such as the Radeon HD 2900 XT, Radeon HD 2600-series and Radeon HD 2400-series will also join AMD's DirectX 10 family after the initial high-end launches.
Foxconn have forwarded on a press release which talks about their new variants of the GeForce 85/86 family. The press release also makes mention of some factory overclocked 8600GT and GTS cards in addition to the stock versions.
If interested you can grab the PR here peeps.
Yan Tai, China, April 17th, 2007 - Foxconn, a leading global manufacturer of quality performance computing hardware, today announced the release of their NVIDIA® GeForce 8600GTS, 8600GT and 8500GT graphics cards.
The new Foxconn GeForce 8600 graphics series feature NVIDIA's revolutionary new DX10 unified architecture which brings unparalleled levels of graphics realism and performance to gamers. In addition, the new graphics cards include Foxconn's unique cooling system, which is proven to increase overclocking capability by up to 15%.
At the sub-$100 price point, the new Foxconn GeForce 8500GT delivers unprecedented levels of graphics realism and gaming performance, without emptying your wallet.
Not long at all now before NVIDIA lift the curtain on their new entry-level / mid-range DX-10 based graphics cards. Following in ASUS's footsteps, MSI have also decided to pass on an announcement early which details their NX8500 and NX8600 series cards based on the NVIDIA 8500GT and 8600 GT/GTS. Images of each card are also contained within the press material.
Taipei, Taiwan - MSI, a leading manufacturer of computer products, proudly unveils the latest MSI graphics card - NX8600GTS/GT and NX8500GT Series. Incorporating the newest NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 GT/GTS and GeForce® 8600 GT graphics processor which delivers superior cinematic resolution and high performance acceleration for today's demanding 3D graphic applications. The MSI NX8600GTS/GT and NX8500GT Series are the best choice for the most complete solution for the 3D and video application market at a sensible price.
The NX8600 series includes various state-of-the-art technologies such as NVIDIA® Lumenex™ Engine delivers stunning image quality and floating point accuracy at ultra-fast frame rates. Microsoft DirectX® 10 Shader Model 4.0 for great gaming experiences, and OpenGL® 2.0 to ensure top-notch compatibility and performance for all OpenGL® 2.0 applications.
Here's some early benchmarking goodness of AMDs upcoming flagship R600 card (now confirmed to be named the Radeon HD2900XT), which was linked by Techpowerup on the weekend. They've sourced some 3DMark06 and Crysis demo results from Turkish website BilgiUstam and also PCINLIFE.
One is of course to take these figures with a grain of salt though, given the NDA hasnt been lifted yet we dont know what development stage the cards are truely at.
Another day another benchmark score and this time again from a Turkish website. BilgiUstam got some results for 3DMark06 and for the first time from another application: a Crysis demo. They compared the Radeon HD2900XT to a GeForce 8800GTX on the same test platform.
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800
Asus P5W DH
2×1GB PC2-6400 (5-5-5-12)
Western Digital Raptor 150
TechConnect Magazine have sourced a shot of NVIDIA's soon to be released 8300 GT graphics card, this based on their DX10 compatible G86 GPU, though being an entry level card i'd imagine running DX10 content on it would be quite painful to say the least.
The Inquirer also have their take on the card here.
Nvidia's upcoming 8600 and 8500 series cards have already revealed themselves a few times so it was only fair that the baby-DirectX 10 low-end 8300 card would eventually step out into the spotlight. The first ultra-low-end card to have its picture taken is the upcoming G86-powered GeForce 8300GT which will start bragging with its very low price around May (2007), about a month after the release of Nvidia's mainstream offer and around the time AMD releases its R610-powered cards. Unfortunately we don't have any info on the actual price (although it is expected to be lower than $89/€89) or clocks but if the 8600 trend continues we'll get acquainted with the 8300GT sooner than we think.
The Inquirer have managed to get some early benchmark runs organised with NVIDIA's yet to be released mid-range GeForce 8500 / 8600 cards.
Cards tested were the 8500GT, 8600GT and 8600GTS. The DailyTech have since been able to confirm a launch date of April 17 for these cards along with pricing details as well.
Earlier this week review publications received their test kits for the GeForce 8300 through 8600. The bulk of these cards, the GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8600 GT and GeForce 8600 GTS will launch on April 17, with the GeForce 8300 GS and GeForce 8400 GS following soon after.
DailyTech published technical details of these cards last month. In a nutshell:
GeForce 8600 GTS -- 256 MB GDDR3, 675 MHz core clock, 1000 MHz memory clock
GeForce 8600 GT -- 256 MB GDDR3, 540 MHz core clock, 700 MHz memory clock
GeForce 8500 GT -- 128 to 256 MB DDR2 or GDDR3, 450 MHz core clock, 700 MHz memory clock
The lads at Techpowerup have recently discovered that DFI have added another mainboard to their LANPARTY UT lineup, this being the LANPARTY UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R Series, based on NVIDIA's slightly more cost-friendly 680i LT SLI chipset.
More info can be sourced on it at the official product page here folks.
It looks like that DFI Corp. has released new motherboard featuring NVIDIA's nForce 680i LT SLI chipset and NVIDIA MCP55P southbridge. The LANPARTY UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R mainboard supports all Intel Core2 Duo/Quad/Extreme, Pentium D and Intel Pentium 4 processors with 1333/1066/800MHz FSB. There are also 3x PCI Express x16 slots: two x16 slots for SLI and one x8 for future physics cards. Click here to read the full motherboard specs.
Word from the Inquirer has it that NVIDIA's upcoming 8500GT (their next-gen low-end card to take over the reigns from the current 7300 series) will use a 128-bit memory controller which is what AMD's equivilent X1300 series has. NVIDIA's 7300 cards were crippled performance wise due to a piddly 64-bit controller.
NVIDIA MUCKED UP with its 7300 series. Creating a GPU with a 64-bit memory controller only meant performance was constrained compared to the AMD's Radeon X1300 offering. Even though Nvidia currently owns high-end segment with the excellent GeForce 8800 series, the low-end segment makes most revenue for all companies and here is where this current line-up faltered.
Alongside the usual performance tweaks in varying game titles etc. there is said to be several Vista related improvements with these as well, particularly with regard to OpenGL.
Catalyst™ 7.3 introduces OpenGL CrossFire™ support for the entire ATI Radeon™ X1000 product series under Microsoft Vista. Users will see significant performance gains in a number of applications when running in CrossFire™ mode under Windows Vista.
Catalyst™ 7.3 includes CrossFire™ enhancements for Windows Vista that enable the Alternate Frame Rendering (AFR) CrossFire™ rendering mode by default, enabling performance benefits for all AFR compatible applications immediately (including newly released applications that have not been officially profiled for CrossFire™). Future Catalyst™ releases will add further CrossFire™ performance gains once new applications have been profiled specifically for CrossFire™.
Though focused more so on the lower-end / budget-sector, GIGABYTE are planning to push things up a notch with their variant of the AMD690G IGP chipset, making it a full-ATX sized board with a second residing PCIe slot for CrossFire graphics support.
While a number of AMD 690G main boards are designed with Micro ATX Form Factor, Gigabyte is showing the world first AMD 690G main board in ATX Form Factor, model GA-MA69G-S3.
It's big, but it's also great. One of the selling points of GA-MA69G-S3 is the support on Dual GFX, where a slot of PCI-E 4x is placed on the board. Since AMD is going to open its CrossFire technology allows a pair of graphics cards to be used in a single computer to improve graphics performance, source said GA-MA69G-S3 is probably the world first AMD 690G supporting CrossFire technology achieved by an additional graphic card installed.