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AMD releases preview Catalyst 10.4a driver for Radeon 4000, 3000 and 2000 series

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About a week ago we were informed that AMD had made available a preview driver of its next Catalyst release in the 10.4s. This was designed to work only with HD 5000 series cards and was of particular benefit to the mass of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 fans out there with optimized loading times between maps.


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Now AMD has gotten back to us with a message letting us know a Catalyst 10.4a driver is now available for download and this one lets owners of earlier HD 4000, 3000 and even 2000 series cards get the same performance improvements under BF: Bad Company 2.


You can find the driver for your HD 4/3/2000 series card here.


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NVIDIA gives 4-way SLI support for Fermi with now available ForceWare 197.55 Driver

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If you're one of the lucky folks with a Fermi based card (or more if you went all out on the SLI front) in your hand, you might be interested to know that NVIDIA has made available a new WHQL approved driver for the GTX 400 series.


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The new ForceWare 197.55 driver only works with these two DirectX 11 based cards and gives one major update in the form of up to 4-way SLI support.


The ForceWare 197.55 driver is available for both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. You can get the 32-bit variant here and the 64-bit one here.


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3-way GTX 480 SLI tested

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Sure, one high-end GTX 480 from NVIDIA crammed in your gaming rig is nice, but three of them is even better. The gang at have tested 3-way SLI with NVIDIA GTX 480 video cards.


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In the end the publication found that three of the cards in one machine makes for the fastest gaming platform around today. The downside is that the cards need nearly 1000W of power, so you had better have a really big PSU.


The rig scored 22487 3Dmarks in the test system, which was a bit slower than HD 5970 CrossFireX in that benchmark. However, the NVIDIA rig made up that ground in gaming tests it seems.


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MSI opens the doors to voltage adjustment on GTX 480

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MSI has made the first step in giving GTX 400 series owners more flexibility in obtaining higher than stock clock rates with its latest Afterburner software (1.6.1 Beta 4). The installation of this software together with a GTX 480 gives the ability to start tinkering with the voltages.


Shane has confirmed that the software is not restricted to MSI-only branded cards either; you can see in his latest article here that he used a GIGABYTE branded GTX 480 to test with and it worked a treat.


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GTX 470 owners don't get the ability just yet, but don't worry guys, we've been informed there's another Afterburner update coming out within the next week or two that will make it possible to do the same on your card(s).


Obviously you'll want to keep things in check and make sure you don't go burning up your precious piece of hardware, but Shane has been told that with the stock cooler it's good enough to handle a voltage increase from .937 to 1.1v, but don't take that for gospel and keep your eyes fixated on temps before fiddling around.


You can grab the latest build of the Afterburner software from MSI here and don't forget to check out Shane's article looking at what some increased voltages can do for the card here.


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ASUS' ARES polishes up the Futuremark Hall of Fame

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The folks at Nordic Hardware share a report from reknowned overclockers Kinc and Elmor this week in which they had hold of 4k worth of ASUS' suped up ARES video cards that have been hyped up for a while now and for good reason. But we're still yet to be assured of any form of mass production worldwide (possibly never to be).


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With such a nice array of cards to tinker with, the occassion called for some liquid nitrogen loving and already there's been two world records broken under 3DMark Vantage in the Entry and Performance presets.


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More specifically, with two of their four cards on hand in CrossFireX they managed to push them up to 1150MHz on the GPUs and 1300MHz on the 4GB of GDDR5 memory which then gave them the ability to obtain the WR scores of E93549 and P51651. The rest of the system specs were as follows :-


• Intel Core i7 980X @ 5,8-5,9GHz (LN2)
• ASUS Rampage III Extreme
• Corsair Dominator GTX2 Triple channel
• 2 x Corsair TX950 950W


This link gives the pretty picture in clear detail; a look at the Futuremark Hall of Fame.


Considering the ease of getting WRs so soon after having the cards in hand, it's likely this won't be the ceiling and we might be seeing some even higher scores by the end of the coming weekend.


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MAINGEAR Launched new Quantum SHIFT PC for Graphics Professionals

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With the launch of Adobe CS5 today comes another announcement of some import. The gang over at MAINGEAR has announced a system called the Quantum SHIFT. This is a dual CPU (Intel Xeon) system with an NVIDIA Quadro GPU inside. The system will be built specifically for the needs of photography and videography professionals.


The Dual Xeons will give more than enough CPU horsepower while you can chose either a Quadro FX or a GTX 480 to handle the new CUDA accelerated Mercury Engine found in Premier Pro. The shift also uses a vertical design to keep these GPUs cool. The new MAINGEAR SHIFT certainly looks like an excellent entry into the high-end professional market.


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NVIDIA to release another high-end GTX 400 card soon

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With the new top dogs released in their latest generation of cards, NVIDIA shifts its attention to the mid and lower market segments and we await DX11 models in these lower market segments. But the latest word from EXPreview gives sign that there will be at least one more member to enter the GTX 400 series line-up, too.


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NVIDIA will apparently be branding this card the GeForce GTX 460; it will position this card to hit the market with similar pricing to ATI's HD 5850 in the sub-$300 segment.


This GF100 card will include 1GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit interface, but clock rates and stream processor count is yet to leak out.


NVIDIA is said to be giving AIC's their own design rights on the GTX 460 model, meaning there should be a good mixup of GTX 460 based cards on the market quickly following launch as companies fight it out to get the most attention.


EXPreview state that this new SKU is scheduled for launch in early June.


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Dish VIP 922 DVR with Slingbox built-in surfaces

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I picked DirecTV over Dish mostly because they had more HD channels for me to surf looking for something to watch. I have some serious DVR envy right now though.




Dish Network has unveiled its latest DVR called the VIP 922 and the thing has integrated Slingbox tech. That means you will be able to shoot the content on the DVR to other screens in the home.


The DVR also has a 1TB HDD, which makes my junky 20GB HDD in my DirecTV DVR look pretty pathetic. The DVR will sell for $695 according to reports with a lease cost of $200.


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AMD gives DX11 support and Eyefinity to professional/workstation crowd

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AMD has just brought its Eyefinity multi-monitor technology together with DX11 support to the enterprise market segment with the introduction of its new ATI FirePro V8800 series graphics card for professional workstations.


This card is essentially a HD 5870 catered to a different crowd of users that call upon its capabilities for such things as digital content creation and CAD. It includes 2GB of GDDR5 memory that will be more appreciated in other areas than what it's able to do for gamers.


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Businesses will also appreciate the card's ability to fully support the OpenGL 4.0 standard, not to mention the $300 lower price tag over its predecessor, the FirePro V8750 that was $1,800.


If its performance results you want to see in a number of different testing environments, check out a couple full reviews over at PC Perspective and Hot Hardware.


AMD's full press release on the FirePro V8800 can be found here.


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NVIDIA says don't worry about heat with the GTX 480

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The gaming and computer tech circles were aflutter when NVIDIA went official with its GTX 480 and 470 video cards based on the new Fermi architecture. The video cards promise some big performance for gamers.




When the cards started hitting market and specs were unveiled, some were aghast at the amount of power the GTX 480 consumed and how much heat the thing puts out. This lead to some worrying that the GPU might have a shorter life because of all the heat it creates.


NVIDIA has posted on its official blog that gamers and enthusiasts need not worry about the GPU. Big green says that the GTX 480 GPU was designed to operate at high temperatures and the power consumption was a concession to the performance wanted from the GPU.


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