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Futuremark has just announced 3DMark 11, the next big 3D benchmarking program, which is the latest version of their industry standard benchmark for real-time 3D graphics.
NVIDIA is always hard at work on drivers to make their video cards more stable and perform better. A bad driver can make a great GPU look like trash in the eyes of the gamer.
NVIDIA has announced its new 256 Family drivers are now available. The new version is 257.15 beta and it is available for GeForce and ION GPUs. The WHQL certified version of the drivers are planned for launch in early June.
With ATI's mighty HD 5970 still standing up proudly on the graphics card performance podium after more than six months, it's been a long time coming for NVIDIA to answer and while many were hoping the top dog single GPU GTX 480 would bring the goods, it falls short in many cases which isn't surprising given it's only a single GPU card.
Up until just very recently there wasn't even any real indication of NVIDIA working on a dual-GPU based GTX 400 series card, but this is obviously the most logical path to go down for NVIDIA to attempt a firm hold of the crown once again.
With Computex just around the corner, Lifting up a rock in Taiwan has shed a dim light on such a card being in the works; the GTX 490.
The folks over at bit-tech have been digging hard to find out what sort of things we can expect to see at this year's Computex from the big names in the biz and has got hold of some exclusive details and pics on what MSI has planned for the event.
Most interestingly, they spotted a mysterious black plastic box with silver mesh that is clearly designed aesthetically to attract ethusiasts/gamers. From the above picture alone you might have struggling to work out what exactly this is.
This should give you a pretty good idea :-
Indeed, this is MSI's first real stab at providing more powerful external graphics to boost gaming performance in laptops.
The next generation 3DMark benchmarking suite isn't all that far away with FutureMark planning for a Q3, 2010 launch. Some new details have come to light which gives one particularly promising piece of information, or should I say, lack of; no mention of PhysX!
The inclusion of PhysX support in Vantage was disliked by many due to its proprietory nature favouring NVIDIA. Sticking to open industry standard features this time around that are available across all DirectX 11 based graphics cards (with primary focus on new texturing and hardware tessellation features) makes for a nice even playing field that 3DMark has been much loved for in past releases.
Little is known yet about the main theme FutureMark are basing "3DMark 11" on...
NVIDIA partner Inno3D have spruced up the GTX 470 with the launch of their i-Chill Black series model that comes equipped with a large water block covering all the important areas including the GPU, voltage regulators, I/O chip and memory modules.
The official press release goes into detail on the design and inner workings of this block. The card is said to be around 40c cooler in full load conditions when compared to the stock cooler variants.
Inno3D bundles the i-Chill Black series GTX 470 with the following :-
1. Fujipoly GR-d Thermal PAD
2. Backup O-Ring for VG-NGTX295B x 1
3. BP-BS90R Black Sparkle Rotary Angle IG1/4" Adapter x2
4. BP-BSWP-C07 Black Sparkle Direct-Plug Adapter x 1 / SLI connection tube (3 lengths)
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.4.3.
TechPowerUp rolled out a new version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics sub-system diagnostic utility. Version 0.4.3 comes with a load of new features and stability updates. Highlights include full capability to monitor voltages on the GeForce GTX 480, a new method of voltage monitoring which extends support for many ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, support for the upcoming GeForce GTX 465, GT 320M GT 335M, ION variant, GT 340, Tesla C2050, Tesla M2050, and other Quadro series GPUs, new display languages including Spanish and Hungarian, among other stability updates.
There are very few times in life where getting something that's supposedly worse that what you ordered is a good thing. Receiving a video card that has not even been released yet could be one of those times. Imagine the surprise of the guy who was possibly shipped a Galaxy GTX 465, which is not slated for release until June 1st, instead of the GTX 470 he ordered.
He apparently became suspicious when he installed the card and the NVIDIA drivers would not take and he had to change the device id to get it to install. The card identifies with the reported GTX 465's lowered clocks and 1024mb of RAM.
ATI already has tech that lets gamers expand their gaming experience to multiple screens. The first time I saw this tech it was cool, but I knew I wouldn't like it because of the image lost to screen bezels.
NVIDIA is hard at work on similar technology called 3D Vision surround. Big green announced today that the driver for the technology is not ready. According to NVIDIA's Tom Peterson the surround driver needs final improvements.
Remember that modified HD 5970 from Power Color we first heard about back in April which gave not six, not eight, not even 10, but 12 mini-Display ports for 'Eyefinity12' lovin' ? - A bunch of new images released from PowerColor themselves today let us know it's definitely a reality and is coming to market very soon; most likely being prepared for launch during Computex early next month.
These new pictures show the card for the first time with its cooler assembly mounted and a large and proud "12" stickered on it, of which it deserves to scream out loudly and proudly given its the first of its kind.