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Video Editing For Beginners: Matrox RT.X10
Nov 26, 2002 - in Reviews
Matrox follows the trend: High CPU clock speeds yield hardware savings and make the product less expensive. For around 750 euros (US$730) you can turn your PC into a video editing system.
GeForceFX: NVIDIA goes Hollywood?
Nov 18, 2002 - in Reviews
At the computer exposition Comdex, NVIDIA is unveiling the successor to the GeForce4, the GeForceFX. Let us show you what tricks this chip has up its sleeve and how it fares against ATi's current flagship, the Radeon 9700 PRO.
Pixel-Churners: A round-up of Radeon 9700 PRO cards
Nov 4, 2002 - in Reviews
Much to NVIDIA's annoyance, graphics cards with ATi's Radeon 9700 PRO chip have the upper hand right now. We took a closer look at six cards from various manufacturers.
ATI Increases Its Lead: The New Radeon 9700, 9500 PRO and 9500
Oct 24, 2002 - in Reviews
After launching its 9700 PRO, ATI sends its smaller siblings into the battle of the market shares. The Radeon 9700, 9500 PRO and 9500 bridge the gap to the lower-priced of the 9000 series. Our tests show you what's behind all this.
NV18 & NV28: NVIDIA Chips with AGP-8x Flavor
Oct 4, 2002 - in Reviews
AGP 8x is the new favorite feature among graphics card and motherboard manufacturers. Following ATI, NVIDIA has now also invested in an AGP 8x interface for the GeForce4 MX440 and Ti4200 chips, and this takes the form of the NV18 and NV28. A first test gives you an idea of whether or not AGP 8x is really worth it for PC gamers.
HLSL's, Cg and the RenderMonkey
Oct 4, 2002 - in Reviews
A game programmer gives an overview of the HLSL battles of 3D graphics. Some day all 3D graphics will be made this way, or is it all just a bunch of phtooey?
Preview: ATI's All In Wonder 9700 PRO
Oct 2, 2002 - in Reviews
ATI introduces its new All In Wonder 9700 PRO, which is based on ATI's new DirectX 9 GPU, the R300. We bring you a first look at the features of this latest multimedia card.
ATi Radeon 9700 PRO - Pretender To The Throne
Aug 19, 2002 - in Reviews
Just one month after the product launch, the new ATI Radeon 9700 PRO arrives on the market. We give you an extensive look at how the world's first DirectX 9 card compares in practice to the NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4600, which has been the fastest 3D consumer-level graphics card up till now.
British Understatement: 3Dlabs' Wildcat VP Put To The Performance Test
Aug 7, 2002 - in Reviews
3Dlabs is back in the spotlight with a completely new chip. The Quadro4 from NVIDIA and ATi's FireGL 8800 draw the short straw here because the P10 sets new standards in the workstation area. The proof is a performance test featuring eight OpenGL graphics cards.
Xabre Rattling - SiS's New Graphics Chip
Jul 30, 2002 - in Reviews
In the mainstream graphics segment, the competition is most intense, not to say bloody. What counts here isn't the highest possible frame rate, but the most appealing price/performance ratio. With SiS, it seems that there is now a third serious contender entering the brawl. With the Xabre400, SiS brings a very interesting chip to market. It's got a long road ahead of it, but the first steps are more than promising.
The new mainstream Radeon: The 9000 series
Jul 18, 2002 - in Reviews
In addition to the coming top product R300 (alias Radeon 9700), ATI is launching a successor to the mainstream 7500 series, which goes by the name Radeon 9000. Apart from a version with a moderate clock rate, there will also be a faster 9000 PRO version on the market. ATI has already released a test sample of the Radeon 9000, although it has not yet released a test sample of the Radeon 9700. We were able to take a look at the Radeon 9000 PRO.
ATi Takes Over 3D Technology Leadership With Radeon 9700
Jul 18, 2002 - in Reviews
Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 9 with its huge set of new 3D specifications may still be months away. Still, the Canadian 3D chip maker ATi leaps forward to present the first product that doesn't only sport all those fancy DX9 features, but which is capable of crushing current 3D performance leaders in today's games just as well.
Attack Out Of The Blind Spot: Matrox Parhelia-512
Jun 25, 2002 - in Reviews
Matrox is back! After long abstinence Matrox wants to shuffle the 3D-Cards again. The long awaited 3D chip Parhelia-512 comes with lots of qualities.
VPU Technology Preview: The Wildcat VP Series From 3Dlabs
Jun 24, 2002 - in Reviews
Pure 3D chips or GPUs are out! This is the year of the Visual Processing Units (VPUs). 3Dlabs rushes ahead of NVIDIA and ATI to the market. The OpenGL cards of the Wildcat VP series are to position themselves alongside the NVIDIA Quadro4 and ATIs FireGL 8800.
At Last: A Hardware Decoder For MPEG-4
Jun 21, 2002 - in Reviews
Until now, only reasonably fast PCs could play MPEG-4 videos smoothly. In this review, we test the first video decoder board for older computers.
Aaaaand Action! Video Editing with DVStorm SE From Canopus
Jun 19, 2002 - in Reviews
Canopus' DVStorm series can do more than just process digital video material - it can even convert analog signals from old camcorders to digital format. Add a modern PC system to the mix, and you're all set to create video effects and lettering in real time.
Making Themselves Heard: 11 GeForce4 Ti4400 and Ti4600 Cards
May 22, 2002 - in Reviews
The GeForce4 4600 range of graphics cards offer excellent performance, but is one of them right for you? This depends on quite a few factors - in addition to the price and 3D performance, there's the video quality and the noise of the cooling fan to consider as well.
Matrox Parhelia-512 - The Challenger
May 14, 2002 - in Reviews
With drum rolls and trumpet blares, Matrox announces its return to the 3D consumer market for graphics cards. However, we'll have to wait and see just how triumphant its comeback is - currently, the press has to make to with nice-looking data sheets instead of working samples of the hardware. Read on to find out what the new Parhelia-512 chip has to offer, and whether or not ATI and NVIDIA should brace themselves for a tough battle.
Next Gen 3D Is On! 3Dlabs' P10 VPU
May 3, 2002 - in Reviews
3Dlabs rushes its announcement of its next generation graphics architecture, the P10, in anticipation of becoming a part of Creative Labs. This is the first salvo in what promises to be a very exciting 18 months as graphics takes a big step into realizing a fully programmable 3D pipeline, egged on by Longhorn. We take a look at the P10's key features, and ultimately, to the underlying trends in the next generation of graphics processors.
VGA Charts I
Apr 18, 2002 - in Reviews
30 graphics cards from ATI, NVIDIA and PowerVR at one go - here, we offer you an overview of boards from the past couple of years. How fast are they in the latest games and benchmarks? How much of an advantage do you get when you switch graphics cards? These VGA charts give you the answers.
Digital Video Editing: The Canopus DVRaptor-RT
Apr 12, 2002 - in Reviews
For $599, the DVRaptor-RT offers 20 filters, 38 effects and 15 transitions in real time. Its video editing performance is at a par with other high-end products of its ilk, provided the CPU in your computer has a clock speed of at least 1600 MHz.
Big Little Sister - The GeForce4 Ti4200
Apr 9, 2002 - in Reviews
Other than the initial launch information and the preliminary specifications, not much was heard about the Ti4200 for a while. Not a single company had a product with this chip in the pipeline, and many PR managers knew no more of this chip than what had already been reported. We are finally able to shed a little light on the real story.
Preview of the New OpenGL Chips - Radeon 8800 vs. Quadro4 750XGL
Mar 20, 2002 - in Reviews
ATI's graphics card FireGL 8800 and ELSA's GLoria4 750XGL are duking it out over workstation users. The hardware is complete, but the drivers still need some brushing-up. The first round of benchmarks offers an initial glimpse at their performance.
DivX 5.0: From T-shirt To Dress Suit
Mar 15, 2002 - in Reviews
The popular "DivX" MPEG-4-Codec takes on a professional look with a new start-up, new developers and marketing, plus a cool Web site and a product that millions are using. On the streets they call it the "MP3 of video." But is it strong enough to survive?
First Sightings: Three Early Samples of the GeForce4 Ti4600
Mar 4, 2002 - in Reviews
Boards based on the NVIDIA GeForce4 started shipping on the first day of March, and we have a first look at 3 GeForce4 Ti4600 cards from ASUS, Leadtek, and Creative.
OpenGL 2.0 - Out To Save Programmable Graphics
Feb 22, 2002 - in Reviews
The danger with pixel shaders and vertex shaders is that there is no standard for programmability of graphics hardware. A schism has formed within DirectX between the competing demands of GPU makers Nvidia and ATI. Noted analyst Jon Peddie gives THG an exclusive first look at a White Paper on how OpenGL 2.0 is trying to bring stability and open standards to programmable graphics and GPUs.
Four 5-Megapixel Cameras In Review
Feb 13, 2002 - in Reviews
These little gems are designed to enhance their brands' image by showing off what the manufacturer can do, thereby (hopefully) attracting professionals as well as those amateurs who can afford it. And, with their ergonomics and cutting-edge technology, they certainly shine. But is what they offer really worth the extra cost?
PC Graphics Beyond XBOX - NVIDIA Introduces GeForce4
Feb 6, 2002 - in Reviews
Today NVIDIA launches two new graphics chips and 3 new cards for each, making it six new products. While the GeForce4 Ti series of cards will be using the new high-end chip with the code name 'NV25', the GeForce4 MX value series will be based on NVIDIA's new low-cost solution 'NV17'.
Too Much Of A Good Thing? The Lowdown On 128 MB GeForce3 Ti200 Cards
Feb 5, 2002 - in Reviews
When talking about memory, can too much ever be enough? Or is that idea really just an evil myth perpetuated by those plotting PR flaks to squeeze every last dollar out of the enthusiast's wallet, while not really delivering any measurable benefit at all? We take a look at 128 MB GeForce3 Ti200 cards, and see whether the extra bucks add up to extra performance and extra value.
Aquanox - Bringing 3D To Its Knees
Jan 24, 2002 - in Reviews
We give 3D graphics cards a workout with the retail version of Aquanox, and discover the limits of power of today's 3D graphics. Your next hardware upgrade may come sooner than you think.