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AMD has had the ride of a lifetime with the Radeon HD 5970, even today the dual-GPU 5-series card is still able to keep it's own against an onslaught of next-generation GPU technologies from not only themselves, but NVIDIA.
Enter, Radeon HD 6990. The GPU is a very power-hungry card crunching down on some serious 375W-TDP goodness but with its new vapor-chamber cooling system it also supports up to a get this, 450W of bench-pressing power! The card is mainly what was leaked a few weeks ago now, 2 x 1536 stream processors, 2 x 96 Texture Units, 2 x 32 ROPs, 830MHz core clock, 1.25GHz (5.0GHz data rate) GDDR5 memory, 2 x 256-bit memory bus, 2x2GB memory, and the best bit? A whopping 2 x 2.64B transitors... all packed neatly into a 40nm-process and with a price of $699.
It looks like NVIDIA are fans of the upcoming dual-GPU from AMD, the Radeon HD 6990. NVIDIA were approached at CeBit and were asked to pose in front of a camera with the Radeon HD 6990, which they agreed to, pearly whites included.
As the picture above shows, NVIDIA are in good spirits. This could mean a few things. They could be just smiling to get it out of the way, smiling because they know their product is better, or smiling in defeat. My guess is the NVIDIA's dual-GPU will be faster but at the use of much more power (400W+) where the HD 6990 should sit pretty at 300W and below.
NVIDIA have released a new beta driver in the form of v267.24 - which is in the Release 265 family of drivers. The driver package supports all GeForce cards from the 6-series up to the 500-series as well as ION desktop GPU's.
New features and support in 267.24 include, 3D Vision support for Bulletstorm, SLI support for Homefront, improved compatibility with Dragon Age II and also includes a fix for the problem where the NVIDIA control panel is not accessible via the Windows desktop. The driver set also includes HD Audio driver v188.8.131.52, PhysX System Software v9.10.0514.
NVIDIA's upcoming budget bonanza card the GeForce GTX 550 Ti has been spotted in several EU retail listings, this allows us a look at pricing and specs. The GTX550 is set to be a dual-slot card based on a 40nm GF116 GPU sporting 192 CUDA cores, 32 texture units with a GPU/shader clock of 900/1800MHz. It should also carry 1GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit bus and an effective speed of 4100MHz, peak power is said to be rated at 110W.
Pricing should be 160 ($220) which should put the card against the overclocked GTX460s and the Radeon HD 6870. It should be noted that it falls just below the GTX560 Ti which has double the CUDA cores and memory interface.
March is building up to be quite the month for GPU releases with both NVIDIA and AMD releasing dual-GPU based cards to impress the world. Because of CeBIT, AMD and NVIDIA partners have had the opportunity to show off their enthusiast level cards.
Sapphire has stepped up to the plate by showing off a dual Cayman-based Radeon HD 6990. Judging from the above shot, we can see the GD 6990 uses dual 8-pin power and is capable of consuming 300W of power. On the shot below we can see that it will include four DisplayPort connectors and a single DVI connector. For extra monitor support, you'll require the soon to be released DisplayPort v1.2 splitter.
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.
It looks like the NVIDIA drivers have let another cat out of the bag. The 266.7x beta drivers list a GeForce GTX550 Ti based on NVIDIA's GF116 graphics processor. It's expected to be a 40nm-based design and feature a 128-bit memory bus, a TDP of 110W or less and should ship with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Output wise it should include two dual-link DVI connectors as well as a mini-HDMI output.
It is said to resemble the PCB design of NVIDIA's GeForce GTS450 but since it carries the GTX branding it should have another kick in performance. Rumor has it that the GTX550 Ti is said to smack down the Radeon HD 5770 by a good 35% in DirectX 11 games and 20% in DirectX 10 games. Pricing wise we should see it at $200, roughly $50 cheaper than the GTX560 Ti.
Sapphire are feeling generous and have a competition where you could win one of three of the latest and greatest AMD Radeon HD6000-series based GPU's! Enter today for your change to win a Sapphire Radeon HD 6970, Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 VaporX or Sapphire HD6850 video card!
The contest is open to residents in Australia, Canada, the Member States of the European Union and the USA. The contest closes on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. As with any contest, read the terms and conditions before entry.
February has rolled along and with it comes another driver release from AMD for their Radeon graphics cards. AMD has changed its Catalyst AI texture filtering scheme as well as some new tessellation controls for 5000 and 6000-series Radeon cards.
AMD haven't stopped there, Radeon HD 5000-series owners are now able to access morphological anti-aliasing. AMD has also let users have the chance to change video quality settings for Blu-ray 3D media playback on 6000-series GPU's. COD: Black Ops performance is also increased for 5000-series owners, by 11% with anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering enabled. Disabling anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering will gain 4-percent in performance for Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Club3D has a large catalog of video cards that include offerings in the low to high range from both NVIDIA and AMD. Club3D has announced a new video card called the Radeon HD 6950 that has a unique cooling system and should perform well while staying nice and cool.
The card has many of the same specs that all HD 6950 video cards offer. The GPU uses 40nm technology and has 1408 stream processors. The card has 1GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 256-bit memory interface. The core clock for the card is 800MHz and the memory is clocked at 5000MHz.
The 6950 supports DX11 and uses the PCI-E 2.1 interface and has a dual slot active cooling solution. The recommended PSU is at least 700W and the card has lots of connectivity. Connectivity includes two DVI ports, dual Mini DisplayPorts, and HDMI. The cooling solution has two fans and lots of heat pipes for maximum cooling.