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The next generation 3DMark benchmarking suite isn't all that far away with FutureMark planning for a Q3, 2010 launch. Some new details have come to light which gives one particularly promising piece of information, or should I say, lack of; no mention of PhysX!
The inclusion of PhysX support in Vantage was disliked by many due to its proprietory nature favouring NVIDIA. Sticking to open industry standard features this time around that are available across all DirectX 11 based graphics cards (with primary focus on new texturing and hardware tessellation features) makes for a nice even playing field that 3DMark has been much loved for in past releases.
Little is known yet about the main theme FutureMark are basing "3DMark 11" on...
NVIDIA partner Inno3D have spruced up the GTX 470 with the launch of their i-Chill Black series model that comes equipped with a large water block covering all the important areas including the GPU, voltage regulators, I/O chip and memory modules.
The official press release goes into detail on the design and inner workings of this block. The card is said to be around 40c cooler in full load conditions when compared to the stock cooler variants.
Inno3D bundles the i-Chill Black series GTX 470 with the following :-
1. Fujipoly GR-d Thermal PAD
2. Backup O-Ring for VG-NGTX295B x 1
3. BP-BS90R Black Sparkle Rotary Angle IG1/4" Adapter x2
4. BP-BSWP-C07 Black Sparkle Direct-Plug Adapter x 1 / SLI connection tube (3 lengths)
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.4.3.
TechPowerUp rolled out a new version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics sub-system diagnostic utility. Version 0.4.3 comes with a load of new features and stability updates. Highlights include full capability to monitor voltages on the GeForce GTX 480, a new method of voltage monitoring which extends support for many ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, support for the upcoming GeForce GTX 465, GT 320M GT 335M, ION variant, GT 340, Tesla C2050, Tesla M2050, and other Quadro series GPUs, new display languages including Spanish and Hungarian, among other stability updates.
There are very few times in life where getting something that's supposedly worse that what you ordered is a good thing. Receiving a video card that has not even been released yet could be one of those times. Imagine the surprise of the guy who was possibly shipped a Galaxy GTX 465, which is not slated for release until June 1st, instead of the GTX 470 he ordered.
He apparently became suspicious when he installed the card and the NVIDIA drivers would not take and he had to change the device id to get it to install. The card identifies with the reported GTX 465's lowered clocks and 1024mb of RAM.
ATI already has tech that lets gamers expand their gaming experience to multiple screens. The first time I saw this tech it was cool, but I knew I wouldn't like it because of the image lost to screen bezels.
NVIDIA is hard at work on similar technology called 3D Vision surround. Big green announced today that the driver for the technology is not ready. According to NVIDIA's Tom Peterson the surround driver needs final improvements.
Remember that modified HD 5970 from Power Color we first heard about back in April which gave not six, not eight, not even 10, but 12 mini-Display ports for 'Eyefinity12' lovin' ? - A bunch of new images released from PowerColor themselves today let us know it's definitely a reality and is coming to market very soon; most likely being prepared for launch during Computex early next month.
These new pictures show the card for the first time with its cooler assembly mounted and a large and proud "12" stickered on it, of which it deserves to scream out loudly and proudly given its the first of its kind.
The third and cheapest member of the GTX 400 series of top-end graphics cards from NVIDIA is launching when Computex gets underway; that being the GTX 465.
The first images of a final retail version of the card have leaked out from ASUS, including a box shot and also confirmation of specs. NVIDIA were quick to have the information and images pulled by the source, but thankfully other sites got hold of the good stuff before this occured.
Being one of the first GTX 465's out of the gate, the ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 is of course a referenced designed card. It uses a quiet carbon fibre theme with a basic ASUS logo stamped on it.
A chinese website has leaked details of a significantly revised version of AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card coming out very soon. Whilst existing HD 5670's are based on the 40nm redwood core, the new ones will use the larger Juniper core that is used on the faster HD 5750 and HD 5770 cards. It's anyones guess at this stage as to why AMD felt the need to do this to an existing model in its HD 5000 series lineup rather than making it a separate SKU. Too many defective Juniper cores, perhaps?
Juniper gives up to 800 stream processors, but these will be cut back to 640 for the new HD 5670s. That's still a good jump on the 400 available in the redwood core, though.
Wondering why you haven't seen any new graphics cards released from BFG lately? That's because there aren't any; not now and not in the foreseeable future. The company has announced this week that it has pulled the plug on the graphics card market, but it is kicking on with a range of power supplies, notebooks and Phobos desktop gaming PCs.
We actually predicted this might happen as far back as the beginning of 2009 following a press release from Galaxy that hinted BFG Tech's solid partnership with mass etailer Best Buy was slipping.
Annoyed about the lack of multisample anti-aliasing in Batman: Arkham Asylum with your Radeon graphics card? Be annoyed no more, for GenL of the NGOHQ forums has managed to create a patch that works flawlessly in giving the ability and apparently it's rock solid with no side effects.
After implementing this patch, the message shown above should be gone for good and all levels of MSAA will be available. It's been verified as working properly in XP, Vista and Vista, both 32 and 64-bit.
For instructions on how to install it, head over to the source, which is also where you'll find the download link.