ATI X1900 Series Overclocking Guide
SIGH. If you click on a superscript you are taken to this page where they talk about how many pixels you can run on your "single monitor". I did the math on those numbers for you, because I am cool like that.
64 MB of graphics memory will get you any resolution UNDER 1280x1024
128 MB of graphics memory will get you resolutions of 1280x1024 up to 1920x1200
256 MB of graphics memory will get you higher resolutions than 1920x1200. They don't list an upper limit.
One more thing, Microsoft has a Beta program for you to run on your current machine that will give you upgrade advice. They call it the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor Beta.
This was a tough call to make, but after reading through it I am going to classify this article as a quick comparison of 8 video cards and not a review of 8 video cards. That means I will link it here instead of posting it as a review for all 7 of the retail cards it includes. This decision has nothing to do with me being lazy (even though I am lazy).
You can check out the comparison here.
The cards covered are as follows:
Asus X1300 Pro Silent 256Mb, Sparkle 6600 GT 128Mb, Powercolor X800GTO 128Mb, Asus X1600 XT Silent 256Mb, eVGA 7600GT CO 256Mb, Club 3D X1800 GTO 256Mb, eVGA 7600GT CO SC 256Mb, and a reference 7600 GT.
The head man of [H]ard|OCP himself, the awesome Kyle Bennett has written up a very informative article about the problems many users are having with their overclocked 7900 series video cards from EVGA, BFG and XFX. He has spoken to all three companies about this issue and nVidia as well. I highly recommend anyone who has or is thinking about buying a 7900 to read this article.
So apparently nVidia is showing some of its Windows Vista-ready products at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in the birthplace of Grunge, Seattle, Washington. And that is about all I can tell you I guess. I can't find anything more specific than that unless you want to hear about how "excited" Microsoft is. And even if you want to know how "excited" Microsoft is, I am not going to tell you, but you can read about it in nVidia's press release if you really want to.
Apparently the news is NOT the release of the 6150 Integrated Graphics Processor and the 430 media communications processor but the fact that HP has decided to use them for their new notebooks. Both the 6150 IGP and the 430 MCP have been around since late 2005.
nVidia Press Release
ATI has announced its new mobile chipset, the Radeon Xpress 1100. It offers "33 percent faster graphics than the Radeon Xpress 200M" and increased battery life span. The chipset is designed to take full advantage of the new AMD Turion 64 X2.
This is good news for those of you looking for a blazing dual core AMD laptop.
The wonderful Europeans over at DriverHeaven have decided to show you the results of overclocking the Club3D X1900 XTX. They used the stock cooler (I don't even think they changed any voltages) then they benched several games and 3DMark05. Hurray!