Video Cards News - Page 286
HotHardware have posted up a comparison between the two kings of the budget video card market, the Nvidia GeForce4 Ti4200 and the ATi Radeon 8500 LE. Which is the better choice? Guess you'll have to read the review to find out!
"If you're reading this page, chances are you're a PC hardware enthusiast who is constantly thinking about his (or her) next upgrade. You may have your heart set on a shiny new GeForce 4 Ti 4600 or 128MB Radeon 8500 All-in-Wonder, but you don't have the kind of coin necessary to support your "hardware addiction". So what are you to do? Do you continue to save your money until you have enough cash for the latest and greatest, or do just bite the bullet and stick with what you have? These are questions that companies like NVIDIA and ATi try to answer for you, by introducing mid-range, "mainstream" cards with most of the features and performance of their flagship counterparts, at a fraction of the cost."
OCTools have posted a shootout of four different GeForce 4 MX440 video cards from Leadtek, Chaintech, Abit and MSI all featuring 4.0ns DDR memory except the MSI video card. The roundup also details which card is the most overclockable.
NVIDIA today announced that graphics cards based on its highly anticipated GeForce4 Ti 4600, GeForce4 Ti 4400, GeForce4 MX 460, GeForce4 MX 440, and GeForce4 MX 420 Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are now available from leading retailers nationwide from a plethora of add-in card vendors, including 3Dpower, ABIT, Anextek, AOpen, AsusTEK, Chaintech, Creative Labs, ELSA, eVGA.com, Gainward Co. Ltd., Leadtek Research, Inc., MSI, Palit, Pine Technologies, PNY Technologies, Prolink, Sparkle and Visiontek, Inc.
The pent up demand for NVIDIA's GeForce4 technology will no doubt help
NVIDIA continue its lead as the number one provider of graphics technology in the retail channel.
Renato from Achieva Technology in Australian sent me a link to some pictures of the ASUS GeForce4 card, based on what looks to be the GeForce4 MX with 64mb (model number 8170) and GeForce4 Ti4600 (model number 8460 Ultra) with 128mb onboard memory - I have no idea if these pictures are new to the Internet or not but I thought I'd post them for everyone to take a look at nevertheless.
To quote Renato, "I was told that there are some still some uncertainty whether ASUS will be implementing nVidia's GeForce 4 chips. I did manage to get some good photos from ASUS Taiwan but not much info on specs yet for the GF4 which should say they are real." I guess time can only tell.
I'll let the pictures doing the talking for themselves, as usual, click on the picture for a bigger version.
ASUS 8170 GeForce4 MX 64mb
ASUS 8460 Ultra GeForce4 Ti4600 128mb
Yummy stuff there indeed, let me at it! :)
From a reliable source down here in Australia, I have been handed some information which outlines specifications and information for LeadTek's latest graphics card based on the new nVidia GeForce4 GPU announced only just today by nVidia in the Unites States, pity I couldn't be there, one of the disadvantages of living in Australia being isolated from the rest of the world.
The WinFast A250 Ultra will use the GeForce4 Ti4600 GPU with a stunning 128mb of the "world's fastest DDR memory". Unfortunately we don't have a GeForce4 for testing just yet, so I can't really explain what each of the following features is actually capable, I can only mention the specs they were given to me. The GPU also allows for what is known as nFiniteFX II Engine for programmability, Accuview Antialiasing, nView Display Technology (we have started seeing this feature in Windows in the latest Detonator 3 drivers, a nice feature indeed), Lightspeed Memory Architecture II, a default core clock and memory clock of 300MHz and 330MHz respectively - This translates to 1.23 trillion operating / sec and an unheard of 10.4gb / sec memory bandwidth - This means we'll be able to run at 1600x or higher without sacrificing too many FPS. If this GPU anything like it's brothers, it will be overclockable, which means these already stunning figures will become faster, let me at it!
The GeForce4 looks to be pretty damn amazing on paper, this is just a taste of things to come in the future and what LeadTek are offering us for starters! The GeForce4 is here, strap yourself in for the extensive amount of reviews will have posted in the next news update for you.
UPDATE - My source kindly sent me some photos of the new LeadTek A250 GeForce4 Ti4600, as we spoke briefly about above. I'll let the pictures do the talking, as usual LeadTek have came up with the big guns in the cooling department - Not one, but two cooling fans and a whopping heatsink! Anyone thinking 3DFX VooDoo here... :)
Click the pictures above for a bigger version!
Well have you had enough GF4 action? No. Ok here's some more then but don't blame me if you overdose on it though. Or start having fits because you can't lay your hands on one just yet.
To complement the new GeForce4 release The Guru of 3D now brings you RivaTuner v2 RC10. One of the very best GeForce Tweak Utilities available. This update supports the new 2x.xx drivers and allows full GeForce4 MX/Titanium Overclocking !
Here are a few changes out of many dozens:
- Added support for 27MHz reference frequency to the low level hardware overclocking module. This allows RivaTuner's low level overclocking module to work with GeForce4 boards.
- Added GeForce4 support to the built-in 60Hz refresh rate fix for Windows2000/XP.
- Added fake DDR problem workaround for GeForce4 MX boards.
- Added databases for the Detonators 23.11, 27.00, 27.10 and 27.20 for both Windows 9x and Windows 2000/XP.
- Full Detonator 27.xx support.
- SoftQuadro scripts are no longer supported and will not work with the Detonator 27.xx. The reason is that NVIDIA has implemented SoftQuadro protection again (may come with a later version).
- Microfin Copper Heatsink Shootout @ GyroTweak
- HighPoint RocketRAID 404 And Rocket 133S IDE Controller Cards @ Dan' Data
- RAID-0 Shootout with ATA-100 and ATA-133 HDD @ Overclockers Australia
- Shuttle AV45GT-R (P4X266A) Motherboard @ hardCOREware
- Lian Li PC61 USB Aluminum Case @ TEK SECTOR (New Site)
Well I hope this will do you for now as I need some sleep so good luck.
Well the nVidia GeForce 4 Series (called GeForce4 Ti and GeForce4 MX) reviews are coming out and everything is looking very good indeed from a performance veiw point with some astounding figures being shown. With things like Lightspeed Memory Architecture II, nFinite FX II Engine, Accuview AA, nView dual-display support, dual Vertex shaders and more make these video cards very desirable. It's probably better that I let the reviews speak for themselves as they would do a better job at it anyway but I do like what I've seen so far.
Well we've all heard of the problems that the Creative Live sound card cause a lot of people well it seems that the Creative Audigy causes "Squeals of Death" as it locks up PC's running either Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems. Creative representatives have classified the problem as "Severe".
Well most of you would probably have kept up with the VIA PCI Bus Problems going on over at the tecChannel.de for some time now but Legion Hardware has decided to check it out themselves as they were quite surprised to hear about this issue. Their VIA PCI bus Investigation (Part 1) takes a look at burst rates with a Promise FastTrak TX2 ATA100 RAID controller and two IBM Deskstar 61.5GB HDD's in RAID 0 configuration. Do go and check out their findings though and compare them to those from the other site and make of it what you will. They also have plans for part 2 of this saga and if you have any suggestions for them please send them along too.
- Acorp 4PX266A (P4X266A) Motherboard @ Accelenation
- FrozenCPU Blizzard 540 Case @ Overclocked Cafe
- Shuttle AS40GT-R (SiS 645) Motherboard @ Legion Hardware
- Nike Psa|120 Mp3 Player @ BurnOut PC
- Thermaltake Crystal Orb @ Club Overclocker
- ASUS A7V266-E (KT266A) Motherboard @ Tweakers Australia
- Everglide Gaming Mat @ SLCentral
- Gigabyte 8IRXP P4 Titan (i845D) Motherboard @ VR-Zone
- Nanotherm vs. Arctic Silver @ Target PC
- BAFO Technologies 7-Port Hub @ Club Overclocker
- CH Products USB Hands On Throttle And Stick Systems @ PlanetHardware
- SmartDisk USB Compact Flash Reader @ Futurelooks
- Prolink Geforce3 Ti200 Video Card Review @ Mikhailtech
Well that should keep you all entertained for a while and I'll post some more in the morning (aussie time of course).
Yesterday at HEXUS posted some GeForce 4 pics and then nVidia demanded they be taken down but not before X-bit labs grabed them so get on over there and look at the GeForce 4 pics before nVidia gets onto them too.
[Update] Well it seems that the Overclocker Cafe has got a hold of them too.