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Very cool pic I thought. Very accurate too considering my review of the latest flagship cards.

Today I wanted to cover two companies that have been responsible for pushing the envelope on how amazing computers can be at outputting more realistic graphics with each newly developed video card. Of course these companies are: NVIDIA and AMD. Both NVIDIA and AMD have essentially created the market for high end Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), technically NVIDIA created the first GPU in 1999. Conversely, AMD was the first company to develop APUs (Accelerated Proessing Units)

The Battle: These two competitors have been fighting for complete pixelated domination over computer graphics since NVIDIA came out with the GPU in 1999. AMD is mainly a processor manufacturing company but applied its computer knowledge to make some of the strongest video cards on the market today! Currently NVIDIA is looking to come back from defeat with its newer “Fermis” model video card which is a more improved Fermi card (hopefully one that uses less power!) Now lets look at each competitor to see who comes out stronger.

In This Corner: NVIDIA is my personal favorite when it comes to video card manufacturers and also seems to be the company holding the stronger foothold in some key functionality areas.

  • Direct X 11-NVIDIA cards are very compatible with Direct X 11 and Direct X compatibility of more recent cards comparable to Direct X compatibility of recent AMD video cards.
  • Display Support- More new NVIDIA graphics cards sport slightly more robust support for DisplayPort 1.2, which allows ONE NVIDIA card to manage enhanced graphics for up to 6 display monitors.
  • Stereoscopic 3D Support- NVIDIA 3D Support is pretty amazing (Check out this video! YouTube, you might need 3D glasses.) The main issue with NVIDIA 3D capabilities is the required 120HZ refresh rate for the monitor you’re using. SLI setup however, running two or more identical 3D capable video cards, allows you to power 3 monitors with the required refresh rate for amazing 3d graphics across three screens.
  • Power Consumption- More recent NVIDIA cards are much less power intensive than previous models but competitively speaking are still not as efficient as AMD video cards.
  • HD Video Encoding- The newer NVIDIA video card models feature the latest HD encoding support such full H.264 Decode Acceleration.
  • Strongest, Newest Contender- If you are willing to spend around $540.00 USD then the EVGA GTX 580 SC is one of the strongest NVIDIA cards out there today. This card is very power intensive (requires around 395 W/32 A. at max. power) and does not support DisplayPort 1.2. Click here for more info. Remember the EVGA model is overclocked slightly higher than the original model giving the card a higher output and making the graphics that much better.

& In The Other Corner: AMD has made a reputation based on efficiency and productivity and so it comes as no surprise ATI graphic card models consist of some of the strongest available in the market. Usually the downside to ATI cards seems to be the lifetime of the cards. The stronger they are the harder they fall! But here are some notes on AMD and its beastly cards.

  • Direct X 11- AMD sports equal support for Direct X 11 as does NVIDIA. Both cards function equally as well having some games perform better on either type of card.
  • Display Support- Guaranteed DisplayPort 1.2 support. In other words, these cards are built for multidisplay functionality, allowing the user to connect 3 different monitors with just one ATI Radeon 6000 card! This along with the fact that NVIDIA does not explicitly support DisplayPort 1.2 is a win for AMD.
  • Stereoscopic 3D Support- Conversely, AMD recently implemented 3D surround vision with its newer models where NVIDIA already had it implemented since 2009 with the announcement of 3D Vision (click here).
  • Power Consumption- Another positive consistent factor using AMD powered video cards is its reputation in power consumption. ATI Radeon video cards tend to usually consume less power than NVIDIA video cards and although NVIDIA has decreased the wattage required for newer models, on average, the cards are still using slightly more than AMD cards.
  • HD Video Encoding-Another strong suit for AMD video cards such as the ATI Radeon 6000 series is very robust support for HD video encoders. All the major encoders are supported with these cards such as: VC-1 and H.264.
  • Strongest, Newest Contender- One of the most newest models out right now for AMD video cards is the XFX Radeon HD 6970. This card is a veritable animal. 2 GB frame buffer, two 1.2 DisplayPort ports for multi display support and DDR5 memory support it almost beat the NVIDIA GTX 580 SC when rated in this article. But fell short due to <%100 of output used and pricing issues.

Winner?: NIVIDIA GTX 580 SC. On top of being my favorite video card manufacturing company, NVIDIA met its competition with its latest models head on in terms of performance and output  but really differentiated itself with the price. On average when I checked Amazon the GTX 580 SC was being offered at around $399.00 USD while the XFX Radeon HD 6970 was around $349.99 USD. Just $50.00 more for higher output and better quality.

 

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Hellooooo everyone! Sorry for not being able to blog for the past few days I have been super swamped at work taking care of electronic recycling needs and trying to better the environment O:). Today I was planning on doing a list type of post (5 Reasons Aliens will Invade Earth) but I found another story based on tech companies battling it out for supremacy over the customers’ imagination (and wallet :D). In lieu of this most recent story I have decided there are way too many “battles” occurring between these giants so I have made a whole new categ0ry called: Tech Battles!! to better organize all these developments happening in the technological realm.

 

The Battle: This fight is going to be between Windows 8 and the iPad. In recent years the iPad has conquered and maintained utter domination of the electronic tablet market not giving any breathing room for other companies attempting to tap into tablet profits for themselves. Here is where Microsoft 8 is supposed to come in. The newest operating system is designed with tablets in mind. Lets check out an overview of the fighters. Source: Windows 8 Battling the iPad.

How cool does Windows 8 look?!

 

 

 

In This Corner: Windows 8, the newest upcoming addition to Microsoft’s family of OS’s that is providing users with a slew of upgraded features not present in Windows 7 as well as backwards compatibility. Check here for a more detailed list of rumored/certified enhancements. So far these features include:

  • Windows 8 is going to be designed to function on all PCs that work with Windows 7.
  • In addition to using mice and keyboards, Windows 8 users will be able to input information into the OS through voice commands and touch-screen capabilities! (<— Very exciting to me.)
  • The interface design is going to be similar to that of the Windows Phone one. It is a tile interface that is different from the classic interface style and users will need to download the classic interface as an application of they do not want the tile interface.
  • Windows 8 will also allow application programming in a wider variety of languages including: HTML5, JavaScript, CSS as well as “modern” programming languages such as: Visual Basic, C, C#, C++, .Net, Silverlight and XAML.
  • Microsoft will add an online Windows Store where users can download apps they enjoy or be directed straight to application developer websites.
  • Windows 8 is going to be available via flash drive! Microsoft is targeting this to business minded people who need the OS operating on several different PCs.

...But then iPads look so clean and nice..and futuristic. What a choice. I wonder what the Samsung/Microsoft tablet will look like?

& In The Other Corner: Everyone is obviously familiar with the iPad which is supposedly the majority of the reason for much of the conceptualization Microsoft ended up sticking with when building the Windows 8 operating system. Since iPad 3 is not coming out quite yet let’s review the current iPad 2’s specifications to see what Windows 8 needs to push through as much as possible before Apple’s new IOS and iPad 3 coming onto the market:

  • iPad 2 sports Wi-Fi + 3G capabilities.
  • Storage space for the iPad 2 comes in three wonderful colors: 16G, 32G & 64G.
  • iPad 2 is Bluetooth & EDR Technology capable.
  • Carriers for the iPad 2 include: AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
  • iPad 2 is about 9.7 inches diagonally and has Multi-Touch support.
  • 1 GHz dual core Apple A5 processor.
  • Two cameras: Back Camera- Records video, HD p720, still camera w/ 5x digital zoom. Front Camera- Records video, VGA 30 frames/sec. w/ audio, VGA quality still camera.
  • 25 Watt rechargeable lithium/polymer battery.
  • Up to 10 hours of usage before recharge needed.

 

Who will win? I really have no idea nor would I want to weigh my opinions on either contender until this match actually starts! Check back for more updates!

 

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