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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
NVIDIA fan? Yes? Want the deets on the GTX580 from Asus?
Leaked specs of the upcoming Asus branded GTX580 have given everyone something to talk about - their model number being ENGTX580/2DI/1536MB. It is described as the "Standard Edition" which leads us to believe there will be higher clocked or better editions of the card to be released eventually - with the "Standard Edition" having 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4008MHz on a 384-bus.
For years we could get our hands on lots of factory, overclocked video cards from NVIDIA, but ATI would not allow the card partners to overclock its cards. This was ok for many enthusiasts because they like to overclock their cards themselves. The catch is that overclocking the card could void the warranty so some enthusiasts preferred the factory overclocked cards.
Today we can get overclocked ATI cards directly from card partners to offer better performance right out of the box and keep the warranty intact. The latest factory overclocked ATI card comes from Club 3D and is called the Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Overclocked Edition. The card is the same as the other HD 6850 cards on the market save the higher clock speeds on the GPU and memory. The card has a GPU clock of 820MHz and a memory clock of 4400MHz.
This is a bit of an added news bit to something I posted a few days ago in regards to the so close we can smell it cooking on the BBQ - GeForce GTX580 card. Some of the info was missing, and other sites are filling this gap.
We now have a "close to confirmed" TDP of 244W - slightly lower than the 480's rated 250W. Texture fillrate was flagged as one of the bottlenecks of the GTX480 - with the 580 effectively doubling the TMU to 128 - other than these fixes, it's a "fixed" release of the GTX480, something that the GTX480 was meant to be at launch, but cut down for various reasons.