The gaming world moves at a rapid pace. It takes only a blink of an eye for developers to come up with newfangled games that boast better graphics and graphic engines that inch closer than ever to true, lifelike realism.
Makers of graphics cards are more than willing to come up with fitting graphics card solutions. This makes it very important to consider how long a graphics card is going to last before it is superseded by newer models. With the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2, you get a top-of-the-line graphics card that is ready for today and the future.
The Hypersonic Aero AR7-R1 Notebook PC. The common cure for the not so common gamer. This notebook is packed with all the goodies you need to enjoy HD gaming right out of the box. The new Hypersonic Aero AR7-R1 notebook PC offers powerhouse performance on a brilliant 17-inch WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050) display with glossy finish. This mobile dynamo also boasts an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz processor with 4MB L2 cache, 2GB of dual-channel DDR2-667 memory (expandable to 4GB), a 120GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive with 8MB cache, and a built in 1.3MP digital video camera.
So last year, we witnessed what many described as a “Dramatic Leap Forward”, concerning affordable high-end graphics. This was brought about with the introduction of the GeForce 8800 GT cards – mean graphics at a lean price. Of course this led to a shortage of these cards, leaving an angry mob stuck with their rainy day money. It was no different for the PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB PCIe 2.0 card went on sale. And why not? It gives up only a slight performance advantage to super high-end 8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra cards, but what you get for the price is nothing short of a killer product. Fortunately, stocks are backed up, including here at Tiger, so the have-nots are no longer out of the loop.
Last summer, ATI began to ship their mid-range Radeon HD 2400 & 2600 cards. The trend towards full 1080p theater systems caught steam and Early Adopters (bless their hearts) scooped up this affordable full 1080p solution by the truckload. Prices ranged from less than $99 for Radeon HD 2400 Pro, to as much as $199 for a Radeon HD 2600 XT. Now (2008), the opportunity is here to take advantage of the price drops and build a lower cost system with an HDMI output, a nice (some say vital) option for your home theater/media center.