Today ABIT launched their sexy new GeForce FX 5900 and 5600 cards with their patented OTES method of cooling which draws hot air from the GPU to the outside of the case with only 25 decibels of noise.
In the interests of raising the standards of silent computing, ABIT has been working to establish a benchmark with which to judge silent computing. The ABIT Engineers have determined that 25 decibels is the optimum noise level for a system. On the ABIT Siluro FX5900 OTES, the ABIT Engineers have reduced the sound of the VGA card to about 25 decibels. How quiet is 25 decibels? Consider that a garbage truck operates at about 100 decibels, you speak at around 60 decibels, your living room is approximately 40 decibels and a library is at 30 decibels. Sounds that most people cannot hear start at 10 decibels. With OTES, your VGA card will operate at the coolest levels and your gaming and 3D performance at the highest levels.More information in our new Products Forum here and here
Gzeazy has posted a picture of what could be ATI's still unconfirmed Radeon 9800 SE. The existence of this card only came to light recently when it was mentioned in the Catalyst 3.5 Driver release notes.
If this photograph is authentic, then the lack of an external power connector would indicate that the SE operates at a lower core/memory frequency than the original Radeon 9800 Pro, positioning it somewhere between the 9600Pro and the 9800Pro in ATI's current product range.
nVidia has chosen July 4th, America's independence day, to release their GeForce FX 5900 Ultra based graphics card with their north American partners BFG, eVGA.com and PNY. Expect to see 5900 cards from these companies on store shelves then.
More information @ nVidia
Albatron let us know about their new patented multi-fan cooling system (Wise Fan) designed to provide efficient, fault-tolerant cooling.
Operating at only 25db and 14 degrees Celsius lower than lower than most nVidia GeForce FX cards on the market, Albatron seem to be on to something here. Using three fans in total, the Wise Fan system only activates the third fan if either of the two primary fans start spinning under 1800 RPM.
More information in our Cooling Forum
For all the latest information on Nvidia's new GeForce FX 5900 graphics processor, pop into our forums.
BFG Tech are offering what appears to be the first mainstream graphics card with 256mb of memory. This is what they have to say about their latest product.
Dearest friends outside The Institution - I waited for the nurses…watching them under the door to my cell. They want to take away my latest creation, the Asylum™ GeForce™ FX 5600 -- but I won't let them! This card is for you, the gamer and multimedia enthusiast who wants the most! Besides a whopping 256MB of memory, this card has Video-In-Video-Out connectors so you can hook up your camcorder or VCR and edit your creations using Ulead VideoStudio™ 6 SE which comes free in the box! How about free NVIDIA® NVDVD™ 2.0, which flawlessly plays back your DVDs, MP3s, and other multimedia files? Not enough? It also features NView™ multi-monitor display capabilities so you can spread your work and fun across two displays! Built for the present and the future, I designed this graphics card to play the most recent DirectX® 9.0 games and applications with cinematic-quality visuals and blistering fast performance. Now go get one before the "nurses" take my equipment!
More information @ BFG
Reviews for the new ATI Radeon 9600 were out today.
The 9600 is ATIs new is set to take over the 9500 in ATIs reasonably-priced mid-range cards.
The card will come in two flavours. The 9600 Pro and the the non pro version.
Both cards will be appearing in the retail channel in volume by the end of April. The Radeon 9600 Pro will come with RRP of $199 US and the non Pro comes in at $149 US.
With the next-generation games looming on the horizon with the promise of incredible details and obscene numbers of polygons, the performance level of the graphics card in your system is set to become more of a priority than we have seen in years. Given the sheer complexity of these titles, the graphics card of choice must possess support for the latest and greatest features as well as the raw horsepower to provide acceptable performance. Looking over the results seen within this review, we find that the new Radeon 9600 Pro is one of the few cards available today that can fit the bill. Whether it be running default settings or utilizing higher image-quality settings, the Radeon 9600 Pro has more than enough power to spare. Those looking to have solid frame-rates without a large price-tag are nearly forced to look at this card as it represents an excellent price/performance ratio.
More information @ Hardocp, Tech Report and Beyond 3D
About the only question one would have to ask here is: Can it cook?
The ATI Radeon 9800 Pro makes no false promises. We know it's powerful. This is the card that would just about make Dirty Harry's day. That is, until ATI starts shipping it with 256MB of DDRII memory. But is it really worth the upgrade for users with Radeon 9500 Pro, 9700 Pro, or the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra? Hilbert Hagedoorn at Guru3D has the answer.
It amazes me how ATI managed to advance itself way up there in that extremely competitive market. Two, maybe three years ago they had a reputation of building so-so graphics cards with mostly buggy drivers and now look again, a lot has changed since then. They certainly had an answer to that. The product, as stated my friends, is the all new Radeon 9800 Pro. A highly efficient and programmable graphics card with a computational speed that is simply breathtaking.More information @ Guru3D
Zalman has chosen CeBIT 2003 to launch its new flagship VGA heatpipe cooler, the ZM80C1-HP carries a large slow spinning fan to assist with the cooling process, no official details yet, but here's a pic.
ATi has officially announced a new line of graphics cards, for more information on the Radeon 9200, 9600, and 9800, plus Real-Time Demos, Wallpapers, Screensavers etc.., click on the link below.
More information @ ATi
Get the latest in visual processing technology and extreme gaming power. Alienware's latest Area-51™features ATI's RADEON™ 9800 PRO and delivers unparalleled graphics performance, featuring the ultimate in visual realism and immersive game play. Built with innovative engineering and design and backed by premium customer support, the award-winning Area-51™ always delivers the best gaming experience available.
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Today NVIDIA introduced its mainstream and value graphics cards, The GeForceFX 5600 and 5200. Both of these cards will fully support DirectX 9.0.
"Today, NVIDIA is changing the way computer games look and feel," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "With prices as low as $79, the GeForce FX family gives every consumer and PC gamer a platform for experiencing cinematic graphics the way it's meant to be played. With more than 1.5 million GeForce FX GPUs planned to be available by the end of April, the cinematic computing era is in full swing."More information @ NVIDIA
X-bit Labs have posted the first ever published pictures of a reference Nvidia Geforce FX 5600 graphics card. The board is equipped with a NV31GL VPU, 128MB of DDR SDRAM, D-Sub, DVI-I and TV-Out connectors.
More information @ X-bit
The GeForce FX might have been a let down, but TomsHardware shows that the QuadroFX 2000 will be a hit in the workstation area. Here, the FX 2000 is pitted against several other workstation graphics cards.
Pressure is the ratio of force to area. ATi is certainly feeling that pressure right now - at least in the OpenGL area. While the GeForceFX was remarkable in the consumer segment more for its vacuum cleaner-like acoustics and muscular design than for its superior performance, the workstation variant of the NV30 graphics card is more modestly packaged. With a slower speed and a slimmed-down cooling solution, it takes things more calmly. Pitted against seven other workstation candidates in this test, the QuadroFX 2000 shows that you don't necessarily have to forfeit any power.More information @ Tom's Hardware Guide
Sapphire Technology, one of ATi's largest partners has just released the first details on its all new Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro graphics solution, here they are.
256MB or 128MB DDR memory accelerates the latest 3D games
256-bit memory interface removes hardware performance bottleneck and provides end users with faster 3D graphics
Industry's only 8-pipeline graphics solution in its 2nd generation, providing twice the rendering power of any currently competing product.
Supports the new AGP 8X standard, providing a high-speed link between the graphics board and the rest of the PC (2.0 GB/sec)
First to fully support DirectX® 9.0 and the latest OpenGL® functionality
New SMARTSHADER™ 2.1 technology allows users to experience complex, movie-quality effects in next-generation 3D games and applications
SMOOTHVISION™ 2.1 technology enhances image quality by removing jagged edges and bringing out fine texture detail, without compromising performance
128-bit floating-point color precision allows for a greater range of colors and brightness
Unique VIDEOSHADER™ engine uses programmable pixel shaders to accelerate video processing and provide better-looking visuals
ATI's new FULLSTREAM™ technology removes blocky artifacts from Streaming and Internet video and provides sharper image quality
More information @ Sapphire Tech
FIC has released details on two new graphics cards based on ATI's Radeon 9800 and 9800 Pro GPU's. The A98 (9800) and A98P (9800 Pro) both feature a 400MHz RAMDAC, 8 pipeline architecture, 256 bit memory bus, TV-out, full DirectX 9.0/OpenGL support, and AGP 8x/4x/2x compatibility. In addition, the A98 will support 128MB of DDR memory and a core/memory clock speed of 325/310MHz. The A98P will support up to 256MB of DDR memory and has a core/memory clock speed of 400/360MHz.
More information @ FIC
Japanese site Watch Impress has posted six images of MSI's new GeForce FX 5800 Ultra graphics card, here's one of them.
More information @ Watch Impress
We can't escape the GeForce FX craze as streams of companies continue to make announcements of their FX 5800 series of graphics cards. Grace over at Prolink just let us know about the announcement of their GeForce FX 5800 Ultra and 5800 graphics cards in F1 style. The continually flow of FX product announcements tends to make you believe nVidia won't be canceling the mass production of this GPU after all.
To break through 3D graphics limit, PixelView GeForce FX5800 pack brings VGA to enter graphics new generation-Cinematic graphics¡IPixelView GeForce F1 pack are powered by NVIDIA GeForce FX GPUs which usher in the new age of cinematic visual effects on desktop. The power, precision and engineering elegance of the NVIDIA GeForce FX GPUs.deliver uncomparable 3D graphics performance and enable cinematic quality in desktop application and 3D games.More information @ Prolink Microsystems
Venny Yu from Albatron in Taiwan let us know about their Gigi GeForce FX5800 series of graphics cards. We have been promised testing samples on the 20th of March, we suspect Albatron will start shipping into retail channels at this time as well.
Feb. 2003 - Albatron Technology announced its latest graphics accelerator, the Gigi GeForce FX5800, featuring nVIDIA's highly touted GeForce FX5800 chipset otherwise known as the NV30. Albatron rolls out this card with an impressive lineup of lightning fast components including DDR II memory and AGP 8X. The DDR II memory interface comes with 128 MB and can clock up to 800 MHz. The GPU core clock is rated at 400 MHz and is designed with a 0.13-micron architecture which increases performance. In addition to performance factors, Albatron design the brand new image of butterfly-girl named 'Gigi'. This image will put on the color box of product's and all of other promotion issues.More information in our Video Cards Forum
Grace from Prolink just sent us through the ad for their GeForce FX 5800 Ultra which includes specifications and a small picture of the card itself.
View the larger version of the image in our Video Card Forums
Currently under investigation over at HardOCP: It appears that the Anit-Aliased pictures of NVIDIA's GeForce FX don't do it justice due to the manner in which the AA filters are applied both before and after the frame which is to be painted on the screen has left the frame-buffer. Traditional screen-capturing utilities typically capture images from the frame-buffer, thus neglecting the effect of the latter image-quality-enhancing filters. I'll let the last line of the quote speak for itself. Of course, NVIDIA and the rest of us would like to get to the bottom of this issue.
The GeForceFX's technology applies filters that effect AntiAliasing and Anisotropic filtering before the frame buffer and after the frame has left the frame buffer. In short, this means that all of our screenshots do not accurately represent the true in-game visual quality that the GFFX can and will produce, as the screen shots were pulled from the frame buffer (in the "middle" of the AA process). We have come to conclusions about the GFFX IQ (Image Quality) that may be simply wrong.More information @ HardOCP