I just finished adding all these neato Inno3D cards that feature either Zalman VF900 or VF700 coolers to our database. Inno3D was even keen enough to put them all on their new Zalman page . Check it out yo!
I took some time this weekend to put together an article about all the different types of connections to and from a video card. If you've ever tried to figure out whether that s-video-looking connection is HD-output or some kind of VIVO port, then you know just why I wrote this.
When I read this news my jaw hit the floor and I tripped over it and fell into a bucket of surprise. OCZ is back to the world of graphics card manufacturing according to their press release. And they even have the page up for their 8800 GTX which makes us here at GPUReview very happy. They do list all the information that we look for when we are entering graphics cards into the database, but it could be organized a bit better. On the other hand, OCZ does get mega bonus points for providing 4 different pics of the card and 1 pic of the box it comes in! I hope they do that for all their graphics cards.
As of this morning, you can now get accurate pricing information right inline with all our usual retail card information on card pages. I know what you're thinking "oh god more ads", but no! This will be different! Instead of pricegrabber pricing engines or banner ads or other forms of advertising that I consider less-than-helpful, I've simply gone out to Newegg.com and cross-referenced their inventory with my database of retail video cards.
The overall result of this is nice, clean integration of pricing information with the GPUReview.com database. No big banner ads, no pricing for whatever the major e-tailers are pushing this week (am I the only one sick of ads for the 6800 XT?). All you'll see is the price of the cards you are looking at and nothing more. And if you click the link, it takes you straight to the page on Newegg's site to buy the card.
I hope you can all see the lengths I'm going to to ensure that GPUReview stays as helpful as possible and doesn't 'sell out'. If all goes well with Newegg, I'll be adding more retailers soon along with other features to help you all find the best video card prices on the web.
Please take a look at the new pricing info on any of our card pages and send me some feedback over on the Contact Page.
Level505 has a 12 page article that compares the R600 to the 8800 GTX, X1950 XTX CrossFire and the 7950 GX2. No one is sure if these benchmarks are real or not, but they sure make for an interesting read.
The link no longer works and all signs point to the article being a fake. Darn fakers!
In order to compete with ATi's X1950 Pro line, Nvidia will be releasing a new 8800 GTS with half the memory of the original. The memory bus type will still be the same (320 bit) and Vr-Zone reports that the clock speeds will remain the same, but personally I think this would be a good opportunity for manufacturers lke BFG and XFX to release some nice overclocked 8800 GTSs.
So I was using our awesome video card parser to add some more video cards to the database when I noticed that as of right now we have more than 4,000 video cards in our system ready for your persusal. We are sitting pretty with 4,004 cards in the system and by tonight the parser should be just about empty which will gives us over 4,050 cards.
We of course give thanks to Mike, our beloved founder for getting this all together and for making so many freakin awesome improvements that we have both lost count. Even on top of all his hard work improving the site and keeping things working he has added probably half of the video cards to the system.
And I also have to give mad props to our second most dedicated invidual...me. I really enjoy working on this site and adding thousands of video cards so that we can have the most complete video card resource on the Internet. I am also really handsome.
I encourage Mike to add some of his own comments to this post. Maybe he can drop some hints about things that may soon be added to this wonderful site in the near future.
Edited By Mike:
I've been watching that number creep towards 4,000 for quite a while now, and I glad to finally see it come and go. I'm back in school now, so major updates to the site are going to be rare for the next few months. When I get the chance I'll be adding more articles and transforming the current search page into something really powerful. Lot's of little tweaks are always in the works around here, and I encourage everyone to continue to give me feedback on how I can further improve the site.
Thanks again go to Steve for the enormous amount of time he's put into the database, I couldn't have done it without him.
VR-Zone is reporting that R600 is set to be launched on March 9th in two different varieties, the X2800XTX and the X2800XT. The XTX will come with either 512MB or a full 1GB of GDDR4 memory clocked at 2.2GHz with a core clock of 750MHz. The XT will have 512MB of GDDR3 clocked at 1.8GHz with a core clock of just 600MHz.
The XTX is sure to be a monster and I am personally foaming at the mouth in anticipation of its much-delayed arrival. I can't wait to see what they're going to do with all that memory bandwidth. I am, however, slightly concerned with the dramatic gap in core clock between the XT and XTX versions. The X1900XTX and X1900XT were much closer together in terms of core clocks. This suggests some issues getting good yields at 750MHz and I certainly hope the XTX doesn't turn into another phantom edition. On the other hand, it's quite encouraging to see no mention of disabled pipelines on the XT version, which might make for some interesting overclocking opportunities.
Check out the VR-Zone article here:
This news comes straight from China via the Google translator. Luckily the specs themselves require no translation. 8600 Ultra and 8600 GT specifications. 8300 GT and 8300 GS specifications. Apparently the 8600 Ultra has a MSRP of $179 and will launch in Q3 of 2007. The 8600 GT has a MSRP of $149 and will launch this May along with the 8300 GT which will have a MSRP of between $89 and $99. The 8300 GS is reported to have a MSRP of $69 to $79 and has no launch date specified.
Last but not least, enjoy this XFX 8600 (could be GT or Ultra) pic.
Vrzone is reporting that there will be some SLi 2.0 hotness on display at CeBIT in March. Apparently 2.0 will bring some "mixed cards" functionality to the table.
Apparently the fine bloggers at Kotaku got their hands on some ATI swag. ATI digital mascot Ruby in doll form! The question now becomes, where can ATI faithful fanboys buy one? Probably on Ebay if the Kotaku guys decide they don't wanna keep it.
Today Sapphire announced a slower version of the very popular X1950 Pro: the X1950 GT. Everything is the same between the Pro and GT with the exception of clock speeds.
The X1950 Pro runs at 575 MHz on the core and 690 MHz on the memory (1380 MHz effective). The GT takes things down a notch to 500 MHz on the core and just 600 MHz on the memory (1200 MHz effective). Given that these two cards use exactly the same core, adnt that the core is 80nm, I'm betting that the GT will be a very nice overclocker.
As always, for more information you can check out the card page for the X1950 GT.