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It may be a day later than the official release of the 6800 graphics card lineup, but AMD has today made Catalyst 10.10, their latest driver release, official. Along with optimization for the new graphics cards, the new driver release includes support for Linux versions openSUSE 11.3 support (production) and Ubuntu 10.10 support (early look). AMD's HD3D Technology is also introduced with this driver release, giving Blu-Ray and Stereo 3D support. Check out the full list of updates after the break, and grab the new drivers at the Source Link.
Word has quickly started to get around regarding the AMD Radeon HD 6850 carrying with it 1120 Shaders. This afternoon when I was testing for my HD 6850 OC article, I noticed that in GPU-Z my HD 6850 was listed as 1120 Shaders. When I realized I double checked the video card to see if it was actually the HD 6850 and it was.
I had a look at my Sapphire card and noticed that it also showed 1120 Shaders. With the version of GPU-Z being brand new, I put it down to nothing more than a software error since both cards showed it. It's becoming widespread that the cards actually have all 1120 Shaders enabled.
While it doesn't skew our opinion of the HD 6850, it does affect the overall performance. At the moment, though, we don't have a BIOS for the HD 6850 that's only 960 Shaders. Next week when everyone starts to get back to work, namely AMD and its partners we've got samples from, we will speak to them about the situation.
What we want to really find out is can we enable 1120 Shaders on all HD 6850s. We will keep everyone in the loop regarding this and let you know what's going on. Who knows we could be making the 1120 Shader HD 6850 BIOS public next week.
It has got us wondering, though, marketing stunt by AMD? You can kind of imagine it. Oh, people found out about the HD 6850 being able to have all the Shaders unlocked, how terrible the value looks so much better and it makes NVIDIAs cards look worse. Who knows? CONTINUED...
The aftershocks of the big BooM from AMD and its HD 6000 series launch continues :-
- Radeon HD 6850: Grinding Diamonds @ InsideHW
- AMD 6870 Disassembly Guide @ AtomicMPC
- HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB @ Techpowerup
- ASUS Radeon HD 6850 Direct CU 1 GB @ Techpowerup
- HIS Radeon HD 6850 1 GB @ Techpowerup
That's how a launch is done, AMD has fired off it's second generation DX11 hardware, pushing their knee firmly into NVIDIA's now gushing neck wound.
First off, we have the sexified Shane Baxtor rolling in with some reviews:
NVIDIA is always at work on new video cards and GPUs for different user groups that it can sell and put on the market to fight AMD and its ATI video cards. One of the better cards from NVIDIA over the last few years was the GTX 480 and if you were a fan of that card's performance, you will really like the GTX 580 that is coming according to DigiTimes.
The GTX 580 is supposed to offer 20% faster performance than the GTX 480 it will replace according to DigiTimes sources at video card manufacturers. The 580 will be a GF110-based video card and is expected by the end of November or the beginning of December according to sources. NVIDIA will also reportedly have new GPU families coming out next year.
Just a few moments ago PowerColor added a couple of pictures of an upcoming AMD video card on it's Facebook page that showcase its new PCS cooling system.
One would take a guess that the video card in question is one of the new AMD Radeon 6000 video cards that is being launched later this week.
As you can see from the picture above, the fancy looking black cooler sports a single 80mm fan (at least by what we can tell from the image) and it looks as if it will take up a single slot in addition to the first slot taken up by the card itself. There is another birds-eye video of the video card after the break.
This didn't take long!
These benchmarks compare the 768MB and 1GB flavours of the NVIDIA GTX460 against the 960/1120 shader (6850 and 6870) Radeon cards. Both are tested using DX11 titles.
Ready for some GPU pole dancing?? LegitReviews have a preview of the very-close-to release (3 days!) AMD Radeon 6850 and 6870.
They have some close ups of the 6800 range as well as a sneak peak at the upcoming demo AMD created called "Mecha Rampage".
Run an NVIDIA GeForce card? Want some free performance increases or added functionality for other NVIDIA services such as 3D Vision or SLI? Then you'll want to check out their new drivers...
The new NVIDIA drivers are WHQL signed, not beta - will support GeForce 6 series and above as well as the ION platformed GPU's. The suite also includes 3D vision software, GPU-integrated audio device driver (version 220.127.116.11), and PhysX system software (version 9.10.0514).
There's a bunch of bug fixes, performance increases and support for new GPU's (GT 430).
As for performance increases, they are exclusive to the GTX 460 and 480 GPU's.
I just love GPU wars - I seriously do. We all win because of it, each team will try to bring something out to smash the other and because of the runaway success of the 4k and 5k Radeon GPU's - NVIDIA has some serious thunder stealing to do.
With the 6k launch very imminent, NVIDIA need something - and here we go, the leaks of a GTX580 with full 512 CUDA cores.
Now, these are rumours - so don't start lighting your pitchforks and gathering your peeps... But, NVIDIA are supposedly working on a new Fermi GPU called "GF110" which builds on a restructured design with new clusters. This is NOT a reworked GF100 GPU with all CUDA cores unlocked - but a new solution, design, layout and it should hopefully see a big increase in texture units.
Currently GTX480 has 60 texture units, but according to sources NVIDIA has re-jigged it's GPU to grab texture units by the balls and squeeze them to give us 128 texture units. This is done by changing the ratio in the SM units from 8:1 to 4:1 (CUDA cores relative to TMU's) - the latter is something they did with the GT200 GPU.