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GeForce 9900GTX and 9900GT!

Vr-zone today said that there is going to be a 9900GTX and a 9900GT. They are supposed to be based off of the G94 chip. These new chips are the GT200 codename chips that will be released in Q3 2008. The 9900GTX is supposedly going to replace the dual-card 9800GX2. This means that the 9900GTS could possibly be a multi core card. The 9900GT is going to replace the 9800GTX. Sources from VR-Zone say that they are going to have a hard time fitting the GT200 on to a single PCB. They also said that the card will be big and very power hungry.


Tri-SLI 9800GTX Tested!!

The 9800GTX Triple SLI has been tested over at TweakTown. They have it compared to two 9800GX2 and against 9800GTX SLI. It only managed to beat the 980GX2 in some of the tests. This means that Nvidia ha managed to get their Dual GPU card with some good drivers, not like the 7950GX2. Read more and check out the 9800GTX at:

GeForce 9800GTX Tested.

The 9800GTX has been tested early over at TweakTown. They did not test it compared to any 8800GTS 512, but it is basically the same thing. People were complaining that the 9800GTX is the 8800GTS 512 with 2 power connectors and an extra SLI connection for Tri-sli. Anyway lets get down to business. The 9800GTX was able to sometimes compete on par with is buddy, 9800GX2, and faster than the 8800GT by a fair margin. The 9800GTX is going to stop the production of the 8800GTS 512, but it is still not the card that people were expecting to be 3 times faster than the 8800GTX. Read more over at:

AMD realeses Phenom B3 stepping

The first AMD Quad cores were somewhat not providing what people expected. They still did not beat Intels first series of cheap cores(i.e Q6600). Also the AMD cores were pummeled with the TLB bug which rendered performance and gave people a reason not to go to AMD cores. AMD tries to countered that with a new revision, Phenom X4 9550, 9650, 9750 and 9850 models running at 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5GHz.
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WOW! 4870X2 1GB GDDR5!

The final early specs for the new Radeon 4000 series. Their new series is going to be 55nm architecture and at the top will be then 4870X2. It is the same idea as the 3870X2, but with two RV770 cores using GDDR5 memory. The core clock for the 4870X2 is insane! Supposedly going to be 1050mhz and the memory at 1800mhz.

New Radeon 3850X2 specs.

Written by Andreas G 27 March 2008 15:47

As we said so many times before, AMD loves multi-GPU and just keeps pushing for ways of combining several GPUs to compete with NVIDIA's more powerful single-GPU solutions. Earlier this month we reported about how AMD was planning to launch a new dual-GPU card called Radeon HD 3850X2, and that it would arrive in late Q2, just in time for Computex. The exact specifications were unknown at the time, but it seems one of our forum users was right when he guessed that the memory might be cut in half.
Radeon HD 3850X2 will sport two RV670 cores running at a yet undetermined frequency, but most likely 668MHz. The memory buffer will be two sets of 256MB GDDR3 memory running at "only" 1.8GHz. However, overclocked versions and even versions with more memory should be expected from partners, which means that you might be able to find Radeon HD 3850X2 cards running at ~750-800MHz core and 1GB memory, perhaps also overclocked.
With the excellent yields, they can keep launching new cards that uses the same core, but in different ways and just start piling up money from the increased sales. The price will be slightly lower, somewhere in the $299-349 range.,7561.html

Top Ten Video Cards for the money.

I have had a while to look around and test some of the top of the line graphics cards out there and I have come up with this.

1. 8800GTS 512- beats the GTX and is close to the Ultra, which is still running $600.

2. HD 3870- just short of the 8800GT, but what do you expect for something $50 cheaper.

3. 8800GT- slightly slower that the GTX for $200 cheaper.

4. 9600GT-Very close to the 8800GT.

5. HD 3850- good card for a cheap price.

6. HD 3870X2- beats the ultra in most tests for $100 cheaper.

7. 8600GT- very good card for about $110.

8. 8800GTX- It has got a lot cheaper, but it is still about $400.

9. 8600GTS- little faster that the 8600GT, but $40 more

10. 9800GX2- fastest card out, but it is about $600! Who would want to pay that much.

So, 8800GTS 512 is a great card for the money and I use it every day to play games on a 50' flat screen. Works like a beast!

GeForce 9800GTX Exposed

Nvidia will release its newest graphics card on April Fool’s Day roughly one week from now.We have already established it will basically on paper be an overclocked version of the G92 8800GTS 512MB with three-way SLI support.Picture of the card which leave nothing to the imagination have emerged from a couple Chinese websites and the pictures have been posted on the VR Zone forum.

9800GTX specs confirmed.

Images have recently surfaced that pretty well conclusively confirm the specifications of Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce 9800GTX graphics card.The card which was exposed is called EN9800GTX and it features all the usual goodies – PCI Express 2.0, DirectX 10.0 (still not DX10.1) and OpenGL 2.0 support, 512MB of GDDR3 memory and triple-SLI. This specific card is based on the reference model from Nvidia which mean it carries default clock speeds. In Typical ASUS fashion, they will probably launch a factory overclocked “TOP” model sometime after the launch (April 1st).
At least on paper, it looks like nothing more than an overclocked G92 8800GT 512MB. The price tag is expected to be around $350 USD which is a reasonable price but if you were expecting a new card with ultra high performance improvements, it doesn’t seem like that will be the case at this stage and from what we have seen and heard so far.As you would expect, we have 9800GTX samples already on the way and testing will begin very soon!

Intel Larrabee based on X86 technology

Author: John Freeman

There are some slides going around the net from a presentation Intel made about the upcoming Larrabee Core architecture. The schematic indicates that a key feature of this future product will be multiple x86 cores scalable to TeraFlops of processing power without a simple scalar stream processes, but rather the cores will work in an integrated way, offering “Global Illumination” and “life-like rendering”.Both features are part of the DX 10.1 capabilities, and are at the forefront of the graphics technology arena. Intel also claims that Larrabee will function with both DirectX and OpenGL.
If Intel gets this right (on paper at least it seems good), then the entire graphics industry will get a shake up. Nvidia and AMD have scoffed at Intel’s revelations, saying that nothing is new, and they have those capabilities already in their products. Intel on the other hand feels they have the correct formula to make some serious inroads to the GPU market with this new offering.Some of the key differences are as Intel says the “triangle/rasterisation” and “rigid pipeline architecture”. These characteristics of ATI/AMD and Nvidia GPU’s are holding back the capability of those GPU’s to perform as both CPU and GPU together, and also further complicate the physics processing options.Intel claims their product would most likely be the best choice for the dual capabilities as well as for possible physics and other computational co-processing options, more so than the current solutions provided by ATI and Nvidia.You can read all about it at the Custom PC website.

Geforce 9800GT reviewed

Written by Andreas G 19 March 2008 11:57

GeForce 9800GT is the successor the quite popular performance segment card GeForce 8800GT. The latter is based on the G92-270 core, and has been stripped of one shader cluster, which means that it has only 112 shader processors. The price and relative overclocking potential of the card has made it a sales success and one of the most common cards among mid-range benchmarkers. The GeForce 9800GT has been said to be quite similar and according to the review published by Chinese, it is.
The card has 112 shaders operating at 1625MHz, GPU running at 650MHz and memories clocked at 2000MHz, but the big difference between 8800GT and 9800GT is suppose to be the 3-way SLI support. The lack of 3-way SLI support is something we really missed with GeForce 8800GT, and it's nice to see that NVIDIA listened when we pointed this out.
Other than that, there are the same differences between all GeForce 8 series and 9 series cards; new and improved PCB and better power circuitry.

New Radeon 3830 coming.

Written by Andreas G 21 March 2008 21:55

In the East you can find a card called Radeon HD 3690. Unlike the other cards of the Radeon HD 3600 series, 3690 is based on the RV670 core, but the memory bus has been cut in half, to 128-bit and it has only 256MB of memory. Other than that they are identical to the regular RV670-based cards. But Radeon HD 3690 is not an official card by AMD and the naming was something partners came up with. Industry sources has now told HKEPC that AMD will launch an identical card next month, but it will instead name it Radeon HD 3830.
The card is suppose to go up against the GeForce 9600GT, which we find a bit amusing as Radeon HD 3850 is several tens of dollars cheaper and 3870 costs pretty much the same, and they both perform quite similar to 9600GT.
However, overclocked versions with more memory might be able to do better, something sources have been saying should arrive shortly after the launch. MSRP will be in the $120 range, the same as GeForce 9600GT.
Without a doubt, this is a way for AMD to dump more RV670 chips onto the market. We can imagine that the fabs have been pumping out chips at high fields for some time now and that AMD is now trying to figure out the best ways to hurt NVIDIA and get rid of excess stock at the same time.,7541.html

NZXT Tempest, the airflow king

Written by Andreas G 21 March 2008 20:06

Tempest is the latest creation from case manufacturer NZXT. NZXT is known for its gaming-oriented case and focus on building cases that can house the most powerful hardware. The Tempest is no exception as NZXT proclaims it to be The Airflow King. Two 120mm fans in the front, two 140mm in the roof, one on the side and one in the back is the reason for this. This is further strengthened by the predrilled holes for better cable management to eliminate any unnecessary obstruction of the airflow.

New Nehalem Board?

Written by Andreas G 21 March 2008 17:31

Nehalem is Intel's next microarchitecture and it should arrive sometime before the end of the year. Intel has displayed Nehalem-based systems at IDF and even though no specific performance indications have been released, seeing a dual-core workstation with two native quad-cores running sixteen simultaneous threads is simply impressive. Even though we still don't know much more since Intel decided to unveil more details on Nehalem a few days ago, we now have pictures of a pre-production motherboard codenamed Smackdown.
Perhaps not the most exciting pictures of a motherboard, but it's nice to see that things are moving forward at Intel.

Nvidia 9600GT PCIe Irregularity?

Written by Andreas G 21 March 2008 16:35

There has been a lot of buzz around the web regarding an article published by W1zzard over at TechPowerUp. He found an irregularity when testing the just launched GeForce 9600GT. It seemed that the card would perform exceptionally better when it was running with an overclocked PCIe bus, which isn't normal under these circumstances. He investigated it further and found that it seemed like the card used the PCIe frequency as a reference crystal, instead of the on-board physical crystal. A follow-up investigating the oddity was also posted.
The problem with this isn't so much that the card overclocks with the PCIe bus, it's actually quite nifty, but that the increased frequency wasn't reported by the drivers. The card seemed to operate at default frequency when it was not. People have been wondering why NVIDIA didn't reveal this to people reviewing the card, as they may have been lured into making the card look better than it was. That would be the paranoid angle of it, but right now it's the one dominating the discussions.
We still don't know why this information was omitted. It might just have been some sort of miscommunication at NVIDIA, because it has now made an official response saying that the card does indeed have two crystals. One on-board 27MHz crystal and one crystal which is connected to the PCIe bus. The things is, GeForce 9600GT isn't the only card that behaves this way. TechPowerUp discovered that GeForce 9800GX2 behaves the same way, and chances are that the rest of the GeForce 9 series cards do too.

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