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NVIDIA turned quite a few heads today at their GPU Technology Conference today. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's biggest announcement was the roadmap they've set up for their future graphics products, including the next two core architectures codenamed "Kepler" and "Maxwell."
Kepler's release is planned for 2011, with products using the core coming later in the year. Kepler is planned to be based around a 28nm fabrication process with three times more efficiency in DP FLOPS per watt than Fermi's architecture. Maxwell, slated for 2013, will be based on a 22nm fabrication process with eight times the efficiency of Fermi. These improvements will not only be based on core design, but changes in chip architecture, design, and software as well.
Chiphell, a Chinese tech site has leaked out some specs on the upcoming Barts series from AMD.
The upcoming Barts series will be the successor to the very popular HD 5750 and 5770 boards. What's impressive about the new Bart boards, is it will compete with the GTX460. Not only will it compete, but it's upgraded it's memory bus from 128 to 256bit.
AMD and Valve are teaming up to make the most current video card drivers available through the Steam platform. Gamers will be able to detect, download, and install Catalyst drivers directly through Steam instead of having to go to AMD's site.
With Steam being one of the biggest online gaming platforms with over 25 million accounts, this was a nice decision on both teams parts to keep gamers up to date not only on their games but with their video card drivers as well. The first update that will be available will be Catalyst 10.9, and updates will only require a single click to get going.
Puget Systems is a maker of some nice gaming computers and the company likes to use some of the newest hardware around inside those machines. The company has announced that it is having a contest for gamers to offer the chance to win one of two new NVIDIA video cards.
The video cards in question are the new GTS 450 cards with MSRP of $129 that debuted this week. The new video cards are cheap and aimed at mainstream gamers with full support for DirectX 11 and 3D Vision technology. Entering the contest doesn't require anything that is time consuming.
A full year after AMD released the HD 5700 series to market, NVIDIA has finally come out with a solid alternative for those looking to spend no more than around $130. For this you'll get a card based on NVIDIA's Fermi architecture with DirectX 11 support and a good backing of specs for a mid range card from the GF106 core and accompanying 1GB GDDR5 memory.
Today it's all about the new GeForce GTS 450; a card that could finally take a large chunk of interest away from the other side and give NVIDIA a good jump in market share. Though with that said, the good ole' HD 5700 series should remain an attraction for many mid-range buyers with AMDs answer to the GTS 450 being a decent price drop, but will it be enough to keep them in contention?
The flood of reviews that have hit the web on NVIDIA's latest mid range weapon have all the answers on what this card does for your $130 odd. Our VGA guru Shane has kicked out his first for the day which looks at Galaxy's first GTS 450; a non reference model straight off the bat with increased clock rates and an eye catching cooler.
Stay tuned throughout the day for more GTS 450 content along with a good mixup of SLI and overclocking articles over the next few days.
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During the MSI MOA Grand Final overclocking held in Taipei today, the Taiwanese company used the event to introduce its brand new N480GTX Lightning video card to the world.
MSI has had great success with its video cards over the past year or so with its big efforts on producing parts with very good cooling and also the best components you can mount onto their PCB. The new N480GTX Lightning seems like no exception. It comes installed with a massive Twin Frozr III cooler with two large fans that look to be able to take care of cooling rather well. Of course during this event, the cooler was striped and replaced with LN2 heatsink pots for well below sub-zero temperatures.
The winning team from Sweden consisting of Elmor and ME4ME managed to break 1400MHz on the GPU core with this very video card. Clearly overclocking potential is there. Other features include gold plated I/O connectors - you get two dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector.
Shane Baxtor will no doubt have a sample coming very soon to put through its paces. Stay tuned for that review. For now check out the pictures we snapped of the new video below in the gallery.
One of the best features of modern discrete video cards for desktop computers is that most of them have multiple video outputs. ATI is putting three outputs on many of its video cards today with DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort. Most gamers are not using displays that have DisplayPort connectivity so they end up needing an adapter to use that port.
With an adapter, you can get three screens going at once from many AMD video cards. To make Eyefinity multiple display systems cheaper AMD has unveiled some cheap DisplayPort to DVI adapters that will let you hook up that third screen on the cheap. The adapters still allow support for all the video card features the other inputs offer.
Most video cards have fans that keep the GPU and other heat generating components on the card cool. Some of the lower power video cards are passively cooled making them silent. A very quiet video card is very desirable when you are putting the card inside a computer that will be in a living room for a HTPC or in a bedroom where noise can be a bother.
Gigabyte has announced the market's only passively cooled Radeon HD5770 video card. The card supports all of the features that the standard 5770 card support like DirectX 11, Eyefinity, ATI Stream, CrossFireX and more. The card is officially called the Gigabyte GV-R577SL-1GD.
The murmurs you have been hearing are now officially true; the ATI branding is being retired by AMD later this year. Products that have been sporting the ATI and Radeon/FirePro co-branding will now simply drop the ATI.
ATI has cited some extensive market research as the catalyst for the change, stating that "AMD preference triples when respondent is aware of ATI/AMD merger" and the "AMD brand is stronger than ATI vs. graphics competitors." This indicated "permission" to dump the ATI branding from video cards and fly them under AMD's flag. The change is expected to roll out with the new AMD cards coming out later this year; current cards on the market will not be renamed.