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It has been a while since a hacking project has gotten people excited - with more and more companies clamping down on their hardware, the hacking "scene" has not been twiddling their thumbs.
Enter, hacked Microsoft Kinect.
I don't think that any of us will be surprised that "sources" are saying that the AMD HD 6970 will beat the new NVIDIA GTX 580 in performance. What else would AMD say after all? It's not as if they can say, "our next card will suck." I like it when these two companies get to goading and competing with each other for the performance crown, and so should you.
Competition like this is when we get new cards with even more performance as they trade the world's fastest title back and forth. The only downside is that the new cards seem to get more expensive each time they launch. The upside is a new faster card means price cuts on older hardware. Kit Guru cites sources that claim the HD 6970.
Many AMD partners are wondering why they have not gotten AMD Radeon 6970 boards yet - but, it seems to stem from a shortage of a particular component from Texas Instruments, and now the yield issues that people are running around crying about.
This Texas Instruments component is an integrated driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) that was first introduced and used on the AMD Radeon 6800 series. The part is SO new that there is literally no information on the web about it, nor from the manufacturer itself.
Lots of green team news today! I guess you'll get that with the launch of a new GPU.
NVIDIA have launched "geforce.com" it's a website that "helps you get the most out of your GPU" - at geforce.com you can update your drivers, learn about the latest games and connect with other GeForce users.
KitGuru have an analysis of NVIDIA's stock market performance, the results are a good read.
A bit of a tease, shows that NVIDIA were once rolling in $1 billion revenue a quarter, which has seen a steady decline because of the 4xx series lacklustre performance. But, with the 460 banging the drums of success and the GTX580 now out - is this a turn for the better for NVIDIA?
With the release of NVIDIA's new flagship GPU - the GeForce GTX580 - they've been kind enough to release some WHQL drivers to go with it, enter 262.99 Forceware drivers.
The 262.99 release is available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 based systems in both 32 and 64-bit flavors.
AMD have confirmed something we all knew was coming - Cayman and Antilles GPU's - the 6900 series.
This isn't big news, it's just finally confirmed news from AMD slides.
Cayman Pro being the 6950, Cayman XT will be the 6970 and Antilles (a dual-Cayman-GPU based card) will end up with the 6990 moniker.
Ready for an onslaught of NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 coverage? Have a look through the various reviews below.
Gigabyte provides some of the most important pieces of hardware inside your computer system. The company is huge in the mainboard and video card markets with parts covering the range from high to low priced and everything in between. Gigabyte has today announced that it is set to toss a new NVIDIA video card onto the market.
The new card is the NVIDIA GTX 580 and with this card, NVIDIA lays claim to the title of world's fastest DirectX 11 GPU. The Gigabyte card is part number GV-N580D5-15I-B and naturally has the GTX 580 GPU onboard with GDDR5 RAM. This is the new video card that uses the NVIDIA vapor chamber cooling tech that surfaced last week. The cooling tech promises to cool better and produce less noise, which is a win/win for gamers and enthusiasts.
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.4.8.
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Support NVIDIA and ATI cards
Displays adapter, GPU and display information
Displays overclock, default clocks and 3D clocks (if available)
Validation of results
No installation required
Support for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported)
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 0.4.8
Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and future GF104 variants
Updated TMU/Texture rate calculation method. Please report any errors in the forums
Fixed memory clock monitoring on HD 6850, HD 6870
Fixed label corruption on cards without any shaders
Fixed rare CrossFire detection bug on ancient ATI drivers
Added voltage monitoring fallback for ATI cards with unsupported voltage controller
Updated PCI vendor ID for PowerColor
Removed MSI giveaway