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NVIDIA has a lot of GPUs on the market in all sorts of categories form entry-level chips inside notebooks and netbooks to high-end GPUs that are aimed at the gaming market for desktop users. One of the things that all of the NVIDIA GPUs has in common is that NVIDIA designs the parts and TSMC builds them for NVIDIA.
NVIDIA and TSMC have announced today that they have shipped the one billionth GeForce graphics processor. I feel like that announcement should come with a photo of Dr. Evil with his pinky to his lips. NVIDIA reports that just about every major PC maker in the world uses its GPUs. It has taken big green 12 years to hit the billion shipped mark and the company is already looking forward to its second billion.
"Since inventing the GPU more than a decade ago, NVIDIA has driven innovation in these processors at a rate virtually unmatched in the technology industry," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "With our close partnership with TSMC, the complexity of these devices has increased more than 1000 times, enabling enormous progress in computers ranging from handhelds and PCs to workstations and data centers."
Golly. It seems like such a long time ago that the Ti series of NVIDIA cards were the shiznit - NVIDIA have taken a sip from the cup of nostalgia and are rumored to be bringing it back!
Back in the day (wow do I sound old) NVIDIA had their Ti and MX ranges. The Ti range had programmable shaders, where the MX did not. This is confusing now as most GPU's from NVIDIA have nearly the same feature-set. But, the name itself brings power and nostalgia to the table.
NVIDIA isn't lying still. Their GeForce GTX460 represented some serious bang for buck performance and their upgrade on it is not looking too shabby at all.
The GTX460 had a truck load of overclocking ability, which MSI and various other companies took advantage of in the form of overclocked models like the famous HAWK cards. Now the GTX560 is ready to use some of this saved up performance and put another dent in the market.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA partner EVGA has shown off some dual-Fermi GPU based goodness. The dual-GPU will be based off of two GTX500 series GPU's, which exact GPU's is unknown at the moment.
The card has 3 DVI outputs, which would lead us to believe it's Surround Vision-capable from the single PCIe product. The card requires dual 8-pin PCIe power, so you'll need some a decent PSU to run this beast. The card also includes SLI which should be capable of attaching another dual-GPU based card and going for 4-way action.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA have announced their new notebook GPU's in the form of the GeForce 500M GPU range. The new GPU's include the GT 540M, GT 550M and the GT 555M.
All of them are promising at least four times the performance of current integrated solutions and two times the DirectX 11 performance of competing GPU's. The 520M and 525M are mainstream parts, with all three GPU's supporting Optimus technology which provides better battery life by switching between integrated GPU and discrete GPU.
NVIDIA have officially released the beta driver version 266.35 for the entire range of GeForce and ION based products.
The 266.35 driver is said to enhance performance for a fair amount of games, updates the SLI and 3D Vision profiles and support and also adds ambient occlusion to Starcraft II.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA are off to a good start for 2011, the release of the mainstream successor to the GTX460 is arriving on 25th of January in the form of the GeForce GTX560.
The card is meant to be much faster than it's predecessor and hopefully cheaper! If you're in the market for a new mainstream GPU, we'd suggest waiting a few weeks to see what this puppy can do.
Sandy Bridge is going to be one of the big stories at CES 2011, and LucidLogix has awaked from their slumber in a big way. The company's virtualization software could serve up the ability to make AMD and NVIDIA videos cards play nicely together in multicard setups on the Sandy Bridge platform.
With support for DirectX11 and only requiring the ability to "connect the display screen directly to the motherboard's Sandy Bridge display output," hopefully this becomes an easy way to tinker with both the red and green side in the same rig. The 'Virtu' software is expected to hit beta and become available sometime next month.
PowerColor has been peddling some nice video cards for a long time now that geeks and gamers would really like to put inside their computers. Video cards, like CPUs and RAM, are often overclocked by the user to get more performance and to get the most out of a GPU, the card has to be cool. PowerColor's latest video card trades fans for a water block to keep the GPU nice and frosty.
The card is called the PowerColor LCS HD6970. The thing has 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and a core clock of 925MHz. The memory clock for the card is 1425MHz and the memory interface is 256-bit. The thing ships with lots of connectivity options and connectors with support for DVI, HDMI, and mini Display port all in the same device.
The copper cooling plate of the water block can cool the GPU to under 50C even under full load. The card comes with 3/8" and ½" fittings in the box. Pricing and availability on the card is not known at this time. You can expect to pay more than a normal PowerColor HD 6970 for sure.
I think that all gamers and computer enthusiasts can agree that for the most part the only difference between video cards from different vendors is the name on the sticker and the bundle that comes with the card. One stock clocked GTX460 is the same as another when you get down to it. If you are in the market for a new video card, a company called Colorful has a new offering that has a really cool bundle and is very limited edition.
The card is called the iGame460 Commemorative Edition and only 50 of them will be offered in the entire world. That exclusivity gets you an NVIDIA GTX 460 video card with a really cool heat sink and fan. The card has dual fans and the shroud over the fans has lots of angles for good looks. It has an interesting customizable cooling solution. That spike and heat sink you see on the bottom of the picture above is actually a heat pipe that you can add onto the card if you want to.
The card and its accessories come packaged in a metal look suitcase with foam cutouts on the inside. The customizable heat sink is known as the Air-Kit aero. The card also includes something called a network snake power cord. I have no idea exactly what that is. Pricing and availability are unknown. The card has 2GB of RAM and the clock speeds are 890MHz on the core and 4000MHz on the RAM.