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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.
After finding out yesterday when NVIDIA plans to officially release its third GTX 400 series graphics card in the GTX 465 (when Computex kicks off), a sample has already made its way into the hands of some Chinese folks over at eNet.
As such, they had shared out some interesting info about the card with screenshots of the NV driver control panel that reveal some of the key specs as well as taking it for a spin in several benchmarks to give an idea of expected performance.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the sneak peek appears to have been pulled since. However, the folks over at Tech Report were quick to get the scoop on all the interesting bits about the card before this occured.
Our VGA gun Shane has learned that the upcoming GTX 465 that gets you a top end NVIDIA DX11 capable graphics card for less dollars will be officially launched on June 1, the day Computex makes its 2010 splash.
He's also been able to ascertain that stock levels won't be an issue come launch, unlike when the GTX 470/480 cards were released. Apparently several manufacturers already have stock in hand of this card and samples are being prepared for shipments this week, giving potential for leaked results on the interwebs ahead of launch.
It is not known for sure as to what specifications exactly this card will use. There have been rumours and numbers thrown about, but until samples get in peoples hands none of it can be confirmed, though that doesn't sound like very long of a wait now.
Along with GALAXY's new non reference GTX 470 GC Edition graphics card, Inno 3D have readied up a non-ref model of their own in the GTX 470 Hawk.
This card uses an iChill heatsink with a large aluminum fin array and active cooling across the entire card from three fans. Inno3D claims the cooler is around 10 dBA quieter than the stock cooler from NVIDIA, whilst also lowering temps by as much as 22c under load.
The card itself remains pretty much bone stock, including the clock rates of 608/1215/837 MHz on the core/shader/memory.
You should be able to find the card listed at select etailers and retailers anytime now.
GALAXY is one of several companies looking to bring out modified versions of the GTX 400 series cards from NVIDIA and below you can see the worlds first 100% modified GTX 470 which GALAXY has been working on.
GALAXY calls this the GTX 470 GC and not only is the aftermarket cooling solution a standout, but the PCB itself has also been modified by GALAXY; a blue PCB which is 0.5" shorter than the reference design and re-locates the two 6-pin PCIe power connectors to the rear section of the card.
The cooler itself is unique to other aftermarket coolng solutions not only aesthetically, but by design with an innovative detachable fan setup that allows one to easily remove it for cleaning along with easier access to clean the heatsink under it. The large aluminum fin array spans across the entire card.
Of course, it goes without saying the card comes with higher than stock clockrates out of the box. The core has been clocked up to 625MHz, whilst the shader moves up to 1250MHz and the memory up to 3348MHz effective.
The folks at VR-Zone were lucky enough to get a fully boxed sample for a brief preview and along with providing a good amount of info and photos of the card, also took the time to run some noise and performance tests on the cooler itself to see how well it fares in keeping temps and noise down.
The GTX 470 GC Edition from GALAXY is due to hit retailers and etailers anytime now. Pricing is unknown.
A suped up non-reference GTX 480 has been sighted from ZOTAC which will take top spot in its popular AMP! Edition line-up of overclocked graphics cards.
Upon first glance the massive aftermarket cooling solution stands out. This is Zalman's VF3000 GPU cooler which will take up three expansion slots and should do a good job of combating the extra heat while keeping the card stable with its overclocked clock rates of 750MHz core, 1512MHz shader and 3800MHz memory (stock being 700/1401/3700MHz).
We're yet to hear of a price or when it'll become available.
Sapphire is one of a few ATI partners to have just released a budget positioned graphics card based on the HD 5550 GPU
Sapphire calls it the HD 5550 Ultimate Silent, and silent it certainly is thanks to the use of a passive cooling system comprising a decent sized aluminum heatsink with a couple heatpipes.
The card comes with 1GB of DDR2 memory onboard. Other specs include 320 Stream Processors, 128-bit memory interface and clock speeds of 550MHz / 800MHz on the GPU and memory respectively.
At the rear I/O is connectivity options for D-Sub, DVI and HDMI. At around $100 U.S. it's not a bad choice if you want DX11 features and silence for your HTPC on the cheap.
Further details in the PR here.
Multi-monitor mad users who are addicted to connecting as many monitors as they can to a single PC would have been foaming at the mouth when AMD announced its Eyefinity6 technology (giving the ability to connect six monitors to a single video card).
However, while this in itself seems like it would only be fully harnessed by a niche crowd looking to go all out with gaming simulation setups or advanced (overkill?) levels of productivity, Power Color seems to think there are people out there who still feel it's not enough.
Take a look at this picture below :-
No doubt your eyes were quick to fixate on the I/O area. You'd be right in counting 12 mini-DisplayPorts, indicative of a unique "Eyefinity12" setup. As you can also see, the card is dual-GPU based, it's based on the ATI flagship offering, HD 5970 and carries 4GB of GDDR5 memory to help drive this massive array of monitors. The ability to run 12 outputs from this card comes thanks to each Cypress chip carrying six display pipelines; it could never have been accomplished from a lesser model.
As you can also see, the card will take up three PCIe slots, not surprising given how many ports needed to be packed in at the rear whilst allowing for heat exhaustion. The custom cooler Power Color will use for this monster is still in the works and it's been hinted the company plans to make it capable enough to handle significant out-of-the-box overclocks on the core and memory.
No word on availability or pricing just yet, but expect to see and hear a lot more about it come Computex in early June.
The latest gatherings of info from the Jon Peddie Research shows that overall for the first quarter of 2010, shipments of GPUs have increased by a whopping 44.3% versus the same time period last year.
Breaking it all down some more, AMD come out with the brightest colours, showing a massive 96.3% growth year-to-year, whilst NVIDIA still holds a slightly larger market share overall (26.5% vs AMD's 21.7%), also showing a respectable 22.3% increase year-to-year.
Intel, however, holds the largest overall market share at 51.5%; this mostly contributed to thanks to the use of integrated graphics processors in its latest Clarkdale and Arrandale CPUs that are selling like hotcakes.