Rumor has it that NVIDIA will be the first one out of the gate with a dual-GPU for 2011. Sources close to Taiwan-based Digitimes are saying that both AMD and NVIDIA are noticing a drop in demand for low-end discrete GPUs as IGPs and especially APUs are absorbing this segment.
The results of this? NVIDIA and AMD are looking to pump up hardware for the performance market given the shift in demand. Word is that NVIDIA is set to unveil the dual-GPU based Fermi card by the end of next month in the form of the GeForce GTX590. The GTX590 is looking to sport two GF110 cores with a total of 1024 CUDA cores, 3027MB of GDDR5 memory, dual 384-bit memory buses, 128 texture units and 96 ROPs - effectively, double the GTX580 specs.
FurMark has reached version 1.9.0 and with it brings some new support for GPU's, a heavier workload on the GPU and also a dynamic background instead of a static image. This dynamic background is optional and can be turned off.
GPU support for FurMark 1.9.0 includes NVIDIA GeForce cards from the 6 series up to the current 500 series, AMD's Radeon HD 2000 series to the latest 6000-series, Intel's Sandy Bridge HD2000/3000, S3 Graphics Chrome 400, 500 and a few others. They've also made the benchmark process more streamlined by now offering two presents: Preset:1080 and Preset:720.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 27th, 2011
- ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard @ Overclockers Club
- Intel Began Z68 Chipset Production, Launch in May @ VR-Zone
- MSI P67A-GD65 @ Ocaholic
- Sapphire PURE Black X58 Intel Mainboard @ Hardware-Mag
- Gigabyte GTX560 Ti SOC @ Overclock3D
- AMD vs Intel - Integrated Graphics in Hardcore Games @ Hardcoreware
- AMD Opens Up XvBA, Their Catalyst Linux Video API @ Phoronix
- Intel Gallium3D Graphics Driver Performance @ Phoronix
Earlier on today we visited the GIGABYTE headquarters in Taipei and had a good old fashioned full look at its newest motherboard that will be officially launched next week at CeBIT in Germany. We are talking about the X58A-OC aka Hi Cookie's baby.
GIGABYTE has long wanted to produce a motherboard dedicated strictly to overclockers - that wait is now over. We are talking about a board that doesn't just overclock well, but one that cuts out the crap and nonsense and just gets down to the business of high-end overclocking.
The Taiwanese company has long been involved with overclockers and overclocking events around the world where it has managed to create a sizable market for itself. It has learnt much from the investment put into these events over time and even managed to pick up a famous Taiwanese extreme overclocker named "Hi Cookie". This guy is the brains behind the X58A-OC, an overclocking motherboard designed by a real overclocker. Logically it makes perfect sense, but how does it actually work out? From what we saw today, pretty well.
Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.04.1389.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
Cleans the following:
Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
100% Spyware FREE
Deal of the Day: Meelectronics M9P-BK Noise-Isolating 3.5mm High Performance Headset w/ Control talk (Black) - $9.99 Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Meelectronics M9P-BK Noise-Isolating 3.5mm High Performance Headset w/ Control talk (Black) - $9.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: If you need a replacement headset for your mobile phone, this Meelectronics M9P-BK is compatible with a ton of devices including the iPhone. Check out the product page for a list of compatible phones.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 25th, 2011
- Gateway SX2851-41 @ TechReviewSource
- Sony VAIO S Laptop @ BusinessComputing
- AMD Brazos Platform @ HT4U
- MSI XPower: an LGA1366 Mainboard from "Big Bang" Series for Gamers and Computer Enthusiasts @ XBit Labs
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- Gigabyte GTX 460 SOC @ Cowcotland
- Dell U3011 Ultrasharp Monitor @ Kitguru
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Intel HD Graphics 2000 @ XBit Labs
HP refresh enterprise notebooks, show off 32-hour battery life capable of watching the LotR trilogy on a single charge
HP now have a notebook that is capable of watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy on a single charge. Color me impressed HP. The new notebooks feature new processors and a sturdier, more power efficient design. HP's latest offerings go by the names of EliteBook and ProBook and are constructed with HP's "Forge" framework that includes aluminum-allow hinges, titanium-allow display latches, a magnesium-reinforced ABS chassis, a bottom-case drain in case of spills and a HP "DisplaySafe" frame.
The EliteBook 8460p (14-inch) and 8560p (15.6-inch) seem to be the premium outings which feature the HP DuraCase that meets the MIL-STD 810G military standards and boast up to 32 hours of runtime with an HP BB09 Ultra Extended Life battery. The ProBook line features the same attributes while offering more options in configurations ranging from ultra-light to desktop replacement.
Remember Gran Turismo? Well, you won't after watching the below video. Shift 2: Unleashed has its eyes on the prize and judging by this video it looks like it's going to take the #1 position on the podium.
The trailer features some insane eye-candy, and even more insane levels of realism. You can see the depth the team as gone into to make Shift 2 Unleashed a near-realistic driving game. For those of you who don't own steering wheels, I'm pretty sure Logitech just saw me posting this news and have started production on some new steering wheels.
Apple has let the Lion out of its den and out to developers around the world. Apple's OS X 10.7 "Lion" is Apple's next-gen personal computer operating system and a preview build has been released to developers, it is much different to the current Snow Leopard in that it merges bits of iOS into the new operating system.
Apple states this in their press release as "some of the best ideas from iPad and brings them back to the Mac." The results? 10.7 is built around the Mac OS X app store and multi-touch, a new Launchpad offers the ability for users to arrange and run apps similar to how they would on an iOS-based device. There's also a new feature called "Mission Control" which allows users to use the multi-touch input to preview and switch between apps that are currently running.