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GeCube, HIS & Sapphire rock dual HD 2600 XT cards at Computex!

Behold the magic of two HD 2600 XT video cards smashed together to form one dual slot video card! Bit-tech has the scoop on the offering from Sapphire and Hexus has the lowdown on the dualies from GeCube and HIS . These cards only have one main PCB instead of two like the 7950 GX2. There is a smaller PCB at the back of the card that allows the existence of 4 DVI ports for the GeCube and Sapphire cards.

Bit-tech's picture of the Sapphire dual HD 2600 XT.

Hexus' picture of the GeCube dual HD 2600 XT.

Graphics card manufacturers to utilize thermoelectric cooling.

Hexus has brought us word that both GeCube and Sparkle are going to be using thermoelectric cooling (TEC) solutions for some of their future graphics cards. GeCube will be using TEC on a new overclocked HD 2900 XT and Sparkle will use it for their Calibre P880 and P880+. I am pretty sure the P880 is a 8800 GTS and the P880+ is the 8800 GTX. If you are wodering what TEC is, please check out the TEC Wikipedia page.

UPDATE: 

Hexus was able to obtain some more details on the GeCube Gemini. At least some of those 4 DVI ports are dual link, but Hexus did not say if they were all dual link. 

MSI presents upgradeable SLi on a single video card.

Bit-tech has snapped some pics of this strange "new" technology. The configuration that is on display is called the MSI GeForce 8600 Geminium. It derives its power from two GeForce 8600M GT MXM modules. These are the same parts that are used in laptops. One is plugged into the bottom of the card and the other is attached to the top of the card. The really nifty part about this implementation is that the modules can be upgraded to give you more power. MSI has tried this before but way back then (in 2006), they attempted to attach both modules on one side of the card. This obviously made for a very long video card. Will the new MST Geminium be a commerical success this time? Only time will tell.

Bit-tech and hardwarezone's Geminium pictures.

Intel to screw up the whole red versus green dynamic in 2008.

In the second quarter of 2008 it will no longer be a two way skirmish of red versus green. It will be an all out three way war triangle between red, green and blue! Oh noes! DigiTimes is the site reporting on this industry changing news and I for one wish they would have just kept quiet about it. We have all become somewhat fond of the two way struggle for discrete graphics card supremacy. A dichotomy if you will. Good versus evil, Pepsi versus Coke, paper versus plastic, creationism versus evolution.

Details are scarce, but DigiTimes has speculated that Intel will need to find a way to compete with AMD and Nvidia's feature set in their current line of graphics cards. DirectX 10, Pixel Shader 4.0 and possibly even their own form of a dual card arrangement like SLi or CrossFire. Intel does make more than several motherboards with more than one PCI Express slot after all.

Instead of taking the all or nothing approach by trying to topple AMD and/or Nvidia by making cards that outperform their top-end parts, Intel will use a much safer and smarter opening strategy. They will begin in the much more popular mid-range area first. Once they have the experience, driver stability and support from game makers they could then attempt to slay the two headed beast.

ATi versus Intel versus Nvidia

Additonal info and pics of Asus' OCgear.

Endgaget's Chinese divison has provided the webiverse with some more purdy pictures and a few more details on Asus' OCgear panel for desktops and their mobile OCgear gaming solution as well. In that gallery, the first 6 pictures are of the 5.25" desktop device and the last three are of the laptop gaming device. Apparently they were planning on using a proprietary connector to connect the desktop panel to the PC but they found out that a USB connection was actually a faster connection. They did not say if the USB connection will be connected to a USB header on the motherboard, or if the unit needs to be plugged into a USB port. From the looks of the third picture in the gallery, it looks like the black thing is a USB header plug thingy.

Link to our first news post on this device

Asus OCgear

Computex GPU links for your convenience.

HardwareZone: Asus HD 2900 XT, HD 2900 XT Aquatank, HD 2600 XT, 8800 Ultra, 8600 GTS

HardwareZone: Gigabyte HD 2400 Pro, HD 2400 XT, HD 2600 XTs

HadrwareZone: Sparkle Calibre 8800 Ultra, 8600 GTS, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GTX, 8800 GTS

HardwareZone: Triplex HD 2900 XT, HD 2400 Pro, HD 2600 XT, HD 2600 Pro
I was not aware of Triplex at all, but now that I am, I will try to get them added very soon.

HardwareZone: Elsa HD 2400 XT, HD 2600 Pro, HD 2600 XT

HardwareZone: Jetway HD 2900 XT, HD 2600 XT
Once again. I was not aware of Jetway at all, but now that I am, I will try to get them added very soon.

HardwareZone: PowerColor HD 2900 XT, HD 2600 XT, HD 2600 Pro, HD 2400 Pro, HD 2600 Pro AGP

HardwareZone: Inno3D iChiLL 8600 GT, iChiLL 7600 GST, iChiLL 7950 GT

HardwareZone: Pny 8600 GT and the 8800 Ultra box

HardwareZone: Point of View 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, 8500 GT

HardwareZone: Albatron 8500 GT

HardwareZone: Chaintech 8600 GTS

HardwareZone: XFX 8800 Ultra, 8600 GT

HardwareZone: ECS 8600 GTS, 8500 GT

HardwareZone: Galaxy 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, Low Profile 8600 GT

HardwareZone: HIS Dual HD 2600 XT, HD 2600 XT IceQ

TewakTown: PowerColor Passive HD 2600 Pro and HD 2400 Pro

TweakTown: Sparkle Calibre 8500/8600 series with onboard temperature LED readout

TweakTown: MSI Dual HD 2600 XT (Geminium)

Hexus: Sparkle 8500 GT PCI... NOT PCI-E

Hexus: Sparkle mounts the 8600 GT core on the other side of the PCB, on purpose

 

Computex links part 2. The linkening. Now it's personal!

This list for yesterday was very long so I decided to make a new post for today.

HardwareZone: MSI HD 2400 Pro, HD 2400 XT, HD 2600 XT Geminium, HD 2600 Pros, HD 2600 XT

HardwareZone: GeCube HD 2400 Pro, HD 2600 Pro, HD 2600 XT, HD 2600 XT AGP

HardwareZone: GeCube OCed HD 2600 XT, OCed HD 2900 XTs in CF, HD 2600 GT Gemini

HardwareZone: Biostar 8600 GTs, 8600 GTS, 8500 GT

HardwareZone: Leadtek 8500 GTs, 8600 GTs, 8600 GTS

HardwareZone: Leadtek Quadro FX4600, Quadro FX5600, Liquid Cooilng Module for GPUs the Leviathan

HardwareZone: Palit HD 2400 Pro, HD 2900 XT, 8600 GTs

HardwareZone: XpertVision HD 2400 XT, HD 2400 Pro, HD 2600 Pros, HD 2600 XTs, 8500 GTs, 8600 GTS

TweakTown: Galaxy 8500 GE, 8600 GE, 8500 GT, 8600 GTS

PC Perspecitve: Asus HD 2900 XT Aquatank, 8600 GT OC Gear, XG Station

Our first news post that did not come from some other site.

Over the weekend Mike received an email from Diamond Multimedia about their upcoming 1GB GDDR4 HD 2900 XT. This news is exciting to us because it is the first time that we have been contacted by a company like this about a new product release. This card will be identical to the normal HD 2900 XT except for the added memory. The press release has a date of June 14th on it but had no embargo date on it.

Diamond Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB GDDR4

HD 2300s, 2400s & 2600s now shipping, but not to you...& not to retailers.

Yes they are shipping, but not to the people who really want them. BusinessWire has the AMD press release on this subject. I was not aware that there was going to be HD 2300 video cards. Apparently they are based on ATi's older X1000 series architecture. They are 90nm cards with no stream processors and they are only DirectX 9 capable. If you are one of those persons who has been wondering why the HD 2900 series does not have the Unified Video Decoder (UVD) feature like the rest of the HD series, this press release contains the answer!

Diamond and Extreme PC bring us the first 1GB HD 2900 XT!

If you want a kick ass high-end Radeon (and you happen to have $600) please go buy this right now! Diamond is the company cranking this beast out but the card has the Extreme PC style and swagger. The card features clock speeds of 825/2,100 (stock HD 2900 XT GDDR3 is 743/1,650), and 1GB of GDDR4 which gives the card 146GB/sec of memory bandwith. This thread from the [H]ard|Forums has some nice pictures of two of these cards in CrossFire inside a wroking computer. This card is mucho powerful and I can wait to see it compared to the 8800 GTX or 8800 Ultra in a game like Crysis or Bioshock.

Extreme PC's Diamond HD 2900 XT 1GB GDDR4

When I made the following chart I did factor in Shader Clock speed. Crap! I was going to put in a price column too. I guess there isn't enough room anyway.

A chart I made.

You can buy the liquid cooled Leadtek 8800 Ultra Leviathan now!

It was just shown for the first time at Computex 2007, but the Leadtek PX8800 Ultra Leviathan is now on sale at Newegg for a paltry $899.99. Perhaps even more amazing is the fact that Leadtek already has their web page up for this brand new product.

Leadtek PX8800 Ultra Leviathan

5,000 video cards down, several hundred more to go!

It is true! I just finished adding the 5,000th video card to our database. I looked around for something really interesting to add, but the best thing I could find was an overclocked 8500 GT from MSI. Mike and I are very excited about this milestone and we are still thinking about things we can do to celebrate. I am thinking I might record a special message for you guys when I get home tonight. I am sure that you all are just so excited to hear my voice for the first time. I hope i don't disappoint.

There are 76 cards in the parser right now, 73 of which are ECS video cards. I can't access ECS' site from work so that is why there are so many left. What I am really working on right now are Jetway, Triplex and Rosewill video cards. Those manufacurers are not in the parser yet, but I don't mind doing things the old fashioned way. If I were to guess (and I am going to), I would say there are maybe a total of 400-500 more video cards that are on manufacturer web sites left for us to enter as of right this second.

Mike is working on a new page which will allow you to search for specific retail cards. So if you were looking for a Sapphire Blizzard video card, you could find them using the search. When the search is ready, we would appreciate it if thousands of you would refrain from searching for the words "GeForce" and/or "Radeon" all at the same time. After all, we don't want to clog up the tubes that the Interweb is made out of.

Here is the hard proof of our milestone accomplishment. That second number (3,603) means that 1,396 of our retail video card links no longer lead to a web page. This happens because manufacturers change their sites or make brand new sites. We will work on correcting as many links as possible. I have been working hard at gathering photos of all our video cards. Early this week there were 340 cards without images, so I have made some good progress.

5,000 video card milestone

5,000th video card thank you audio clip thingy.

Here is that audio clip of me that I promised you folks. It is a 4MB MP3 snuggled gently into a zip file. Let me know how much you like it or hate it. Maybe if you guys are nice to me I will record you a GPUReview.com podcast every so often...

Me all greasy, waiting in line for a launch PS3.

The 8400 GS sneaks up & coldcocks me on the back of the head.

I was somehow not aware that the GeForce 8400 GS was being launched this week. I only noticed because I ran the parser today and 8 8400 GSs magically appeared. I searched for the news about this release and I found something from Legit Reviews and VR-Zone. Nvidia recently launched their 8400 GS info page as well.

Nvidia shares are at an all time high. Scrooge McDuck approves.

Good news for all you stock traders out there. Nvidia is way up. And...up is...good. I would have shares in Nvidia, Intel and other companies if I had the money and the knowledge required to trade stocks. So if you were smart enough to buy Nvidia stocks when they were cheap, I hate you and you should send me some of your money. Then maybe I won't hate you as much.

Scrooge McDuck

Hybrid SLi is kinda like the car Hybrids...

The new SLi technology is called Hybrid because it features two distinct modes. There will be a Power Saving Mode and a Max Performance Mode. If the names of those modes are too subtle for you, you can read this article over at X-bit labs. This new form of SLi is apparently going to be great for laptop graphics performance. The first hybrid SLi systems will be available late this year.

Farker Broadcastdave's photoshop.
Props to Farker Broadcastdave for the photoshop. 

An interview with Nvidia's Roy Taylor.

Bit-tech has published a nice interview with Roy Taylor today. Roy is the current Vice President of Content Relations and was the former Vice President of Worldwide GPU Sales for Nvidia. The topics include DirectX 10, The Way It's Meant To Be Played (TWIMTBP) program, Vista and Nvidia's relationships with game developers.

I noticed that in bit-tech's picture of Roy he has very red eyes. So I wondered what he would like like with badly drawn horns and a goatee. I have nothing against Roy or Nvidia. I was just curious.

Bit-tech's photo of Roy Taylor that I altered because I was curious.

The HD 2400 & HD 2600 series is now

The mid-range cards from ATI/AMD are finally here. According to this reference HD 2600 XT and HD 2600 Pro review from ExtremeTech the price points for these cards will be:

 

  • HD 2600 XT: $119–$149
  • HD 2600 Pro: $89–$99
  • HD 2400 XT: $75–$85
  • HD 2400 Pro: $50–$55

I do not see any of these cards at Newegg yet, but I have a hunch that they may appear later today. I should also let you know that I have changed the release dates of the HD 2400 and HD 2600 series from 6-30 to 6-28, which means you can now rate these cards using our star rating system.

I will be adding reviews and cards as I find them today, and if I find sites that are selling them, I will link them here for you.

Guru3D has their own review up and they have a more detailed pricing list:

  • HD 2600 XT Gemini (CrossFire on 1 card): $189–$249
  • HD 2600 XT GDDR4: $149
  • HD 2600 XT GDDR3: $129
  • HD 2600 Pro: $89–$99
  • HD 2400 XT: $79–$89
  • HD 2400 Pro: $59–$69

Hot Hardware HD 2400 XT, HD 2600 Pro, HD 2600 XT review
AnandTech HD 2400 XT, HD 2600 Pro, HD 2600 XT review
FiringSquad HD 2600 Pro, HD 2600 XT review
Hexus HD 2400 XT. HD 2600 XT review
PC Perspective HD 2400 XT. HD 2600 XT review
Neoseeker PowerColor HD 2600 XT review

Reference HD 2600 XT

 

Dual Link DVI and regular DVI announcement.

I just finshed entering some new HD 2400 and HD 2600 cards into the database and I noticed that most of these sites are not telling me if these cards have dual Dual Link DVI ports or if they have only one Dual Link DVI port and one regular DVI port. If that happens, I always enter the card as one DL-DVI port and one DVI-I port. I do this because I am certain that there is at least one DL-DVI port on the card, but I DO NOT want to assume the second port is also DL-DVI. If I did not do that, then people could buy a card thinking that it has two DL-DVI ports, then they will find out that the card only has one DL-DVI port and then they will yell at me. I don't want people to yell at me.

A lovely chart for you!

I just finished making this chart and I am going to post it before I go home. Once I am at home I will add some explanation of the chart here.

The average overclock for the GeForce cards I gathered from a previous chart I made when the 8600 reviews went up. The shader clock for the 8600 cards was not increased because reviewers and users (that's us) are not allowed to increase the clock speed of the shader prcoessor yet.

My chart.

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