Today marked the official launch of the NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti video card. As you expect when a new video card comes from NVIDIA not all for them will turn up looking like the reference design that NVIDIA shows off officially. Such is the case with the new MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II series graphics card. The new card has a cool dual fan cooling solution.
The benefit of the custom cooling solution is that MSI claims the Twin Frozr II cooling system will keep the card 20% cooler than the reference design. That means that you will be able to overclock the card to a higher extent with more stability. MSI also claims that its card uses high-end military grade components in the construction.
The MSI offering also used the GPU overvoltage software that allows for easier overclocking using software. The special caps used in the card promise to last eight times longer than normal caps. MSI claims its software and components allow for easy overclocking of up to 25% over the base rate. MSI will also have a Golden Edition of this card, but no details were offered on it. I would assume the Golden Edition would be overclocked.
The latest happenings from around the web - January 25th, 2011
- AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Preview @ eTeknix
- ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- ASRock P67 Fatal1ty Profess1onal Series Motherboard @ Kitguru
- Sandy Bridge, Part 4: Core i5-2400, i5-2500K and i7-2600K CPUs @ SilentPCReview
- Intel Core i5-2500K LGA 1155 "Sandy Bridge" Processor @ ThinkComputers
- ASUS EAH 6970 2GByte @ Ocaholic
- AMD Radeon HD6870 @ XtremeComputing
- AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB @ Hardware Canucks
When it comes to overclocking a GPU on your video card the same things come into play with regard to how much performance you can get as you see in overclocking a CPU. The big determining factors are how much power you can get to the card and how cool you can keep the GPU. Keeping the GPU cool often means looking for new cooling solutions.
The catch is that some of the aftermarket cooling solutions for video cards are so large you can't use them if you run multiple video cards inside your computer. Scythe has a new GPU cooling solution that is very thin and still has a big 120mm fan to keep the GPU cool. The solution is called the Setsugen 2 and it has a special connector that will let it work on ATI and NVIDIA cards.
The cooling solution is very flat and thin at only 33mm thick and uses heat pipes that are flush. The fans have an integrated controller that slips into an expansion slot to allow you to turn the fans down when all the cooling performance isn't needed. The cooler measure 176mm x 33mm x 139mm and weighs 435g. The cooler will work with just about every ATI and NVIDIA video card out there. Pricing is unknown at this time.
Today marked the launch of the new NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti video card and the reviews are pouring in as we speak. Before I give you all the links to read reviews all around the web for yourself, I will run down the basic specs of the reference cards. Some of the cards you will run across in reviews today may be overclocked and have different specs.
NVIDIA says that its reference card is 33% faster than previous generation cards and has 65% better performance in tessellation games. The base card has 384 CUDA cores, 8 tessellation engines, and a graphics clock of 822MHz. The best feature is that the card sells for about $250. Hit the review links after the jump to see how the card performs.
It's hard to believe with all the talk of the Nintendo 3DS that has been going on for months now that the portable console is still only in the pre-order stage. It hasn't been too long since the mere existence of the console was speculation and now we know the exact price and date that the machine will land. Amazon has previously been taking pre-orders for the 3DS for about $250.
Nintendo is now taking pre-orders as well directly from its site on the 3DS for the same price of $249.99. The console will ship on March 27 and you can pre-order yours in aqua blue or cosmo black colors. Both of the machines share the same features and same chance of making you feel sick when using the device in 3D.
If you live under a rock and have somehow missed all the talk of the 3DS, the main feature is that it can play games in 3D without needing glasses. It has a motion sensor and a gyro sensor for reacting to the tilt of the console as a control. It has the same two-screen layout the other DS consoles have used. It ships with a 2GB SD card and has a lot more features as well. The $250 price tag seems a bit high to me.
Today Thermaltake opened its shiny new doors to customers, partners and press to celebrate the opening of their new Taipei Neihu based headquarters. We got an invite to go along and check out all three floors which are home to Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS, LUXA2 and the Tt Apollo's Pro Gaming Team.
Kenny Lin kicked things off with a short press conference discussing the new office and the reasons behind the investment - or so I think... it was all in Chinese. Judging by our visit today, Thermaltake has clearly invested a lot of money into its new office space, which is located in an expensive industrial area of Taipei that is home to big fish like NVIDIA, Foxconn and ECS. The new office is vibrant, follows the red and black theme colors of Thermaltake. No expenses have been spared with all the trimmings in place.
Included are such things as various Sony TV's hooked up with Nintendo Wii's for staff to take a break and get some prospective on things. Staff have various comfortable couches and bars located all around the offices to sit back, relax and discuss ideas and matters. Ceiling hung "moon air chairs" as I call them include a stunning view over Taipei and give staff another chance to get away from their typically mundane office chair. Every staff member got a Thermaltake eSPORTS keyboard and mouse and their office chairs even look comfortable, too. CONTINUED...
Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner Network Edition.
Introducing a new efficient way to use CCleaner in the business and enterprise world. CCleaner Network Edition, is a scalable network version of CCleaner that allows remote deployment and management. Use the awesome system optimization power of CCleaner, across your entire network with only a few clicks.
- Small and large network support.
- Simple one-click deployment onto clients.
- Analyze single machines, workgroups or the entire network.
- Manage cleaning rules and settings from one place.
- Highly secure client and encrypted communications.
If CCleaner can improve the speed of one machine by several factors, then imagine what it can do for your entire network!
Deal of the Day: 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - 13.3" LED-backlit Ultraportable Dell Vostro V13 Laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo ULV, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, Webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Broadband, and More for $399 plus $8 Shipping!.
Offer: Dell extended this incredible deal again on their thin (0.65" thick), light (3.5lb) 13.3" LED-backlit Vostro V13 at $399 after $345 instant discount: 13.3" LED-backlit Dell Vostro V13 ultraportable laptop with 1.3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU7300, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth, Verizon Wireless Broadband Built-in, 6-Cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, and 1 year warranty. Unknown expiration date, will expire when stock runs out.
The ChevronMP7 team met with Microsoft this week to discuss the benefits of homebrew toward developers and consumers, after a juicy discussion ChevronMP7 developers Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, and Long Zheng have posted their conclusion of their meetings with Microsoft.
Most of the discussions are still wrapped in that great NDA bow, but they've stated that they are optimistic about the future of WP7 homebrew and have said that they are working with Microsoft on an interim solution to permit homebrew on WP7 devices.
Twitter and Apple addicts aren't going to have to go far to check out the latest apps for their iOS devices. Apple has started up an official Twitter account for the App Store, and is promising Twitter-exclusive app deals and plenty of featured apps being sent to their followers.
Already rocking nearly 60,000 followers since their first tweet a mere 8 hours ago, it looks like the word is definitely out. Don't get your hopes up about the App Store following you though as they only have official Apple accounts on their follow list. Apple may have started out a little cautious over teaming up with Twitter, but with the official accounts and Ping integration it looks like Apple is now fully diving into the social networking scene.