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The launch of NVIDIA's first wave of DX11 capable desktop graphics cards is nigh and while ATI don't have any new models on the horizon to answer to it (except for Eyefinity6 variants of existing models), there has been talk of ATI combating GTX 470/480 by lowering pricing on its cards.
However, our VGA guru Shane has heard through the grapevine that while AMD/ATI had considered doing this, it has apparently decided against it and is happy where its lineup of cards sit on the market price wise.
It's likely that this close to launch ATI have a good idea of how NVIDIA's new cards perform and don't seem to be persuaded to adjust pricing on their models; not to mention stock levels not being so much of a problem for Radeon cards these days.
NVIDIA's long awaited Fermi based GXT 400 series GPUs are all set to hit the market on the 26ths of this month. However, as with many past launches of new GPUs we are beginning to see the early peaks and leaks of pictures and specs.
Today it is MSI that is showing of their new GXT 480 in the hopes that at launch time you have them firmly in mind for your NVIDIA DX11 purchase. The card in question is the N480GTX, and like the others that will hit the stores around the 26th it is a reference card.
MSI is making claims of "military-class" components for N480GTX. However, I am not sure that this is the right thing to do. After being in the Military myself, I can tell you that most of what I used was old, used and often in need of constant maintenance. Here's to hoping that they MSI GTX 480 is nothing like that at all.
No word on pricing or actual retail availability just yet.
Just a few days before launch, early press images of Leadtek's upcoming GTX 470 and GTX 480 cards have leaked onto the web and as to have been expected, they strictly follow the reference design; albeit with some colored changes via the use of their own stickers.
The first two shots are of Leadtek's GTX 470, while the following two are of the top dog 480 model.
As we close in on the launch of NVIDIA's GTX 400 series graphics cards, sources within AIBs have let loose a bit of sour news regarding the initial batch of cards to hit the retail market.
It's been said that these cards will have fewer cores than what was originally expected (512) due to low 40nm yield (less than 50%) at TSMC. NVIDIA combats this by blocking some of the problematic cores on the card.
The sources went on to say this will result in only 480 cores on the GTX 480 and 448 on the GTX 470. Also mentioned was that these new cards won't be shipped in volume until April 6. The GTX 480 is confirmed to be priced at $499 U.S. while the GTX 470 will sell at $349 U.S.
If you are a gamer that has been looking forward to a Fermi video card from NVIDIA, we have some new specs today. The cards are rumored to be landing later this month and pricing and details have surfaced.
The GTX 480 will have a core clock of 700MHz, a shader clock of 1401MHz and a memory clock of 1848MHz with a 384-bit memory interface. The card will have 1536MB of VRAM and a 295W TDP selling at $499.
The GTX 470 will have a core clock of 607MHz, a shader running at 1215MHz, and a memory clock of 1674MHz. The memory interface is 320-bit and it has 1280MB of RAM. the TDP is 225W and the card is said to sell for $349.
It is staggering that NVIDIA even let such a bad driver go through validation and processing when we discuss the GeForce 196.75 driver package that failed to control the fan speeds on certain GeForce based video cards.
The driver caused certain NVIDIA video cards to overheat and as a result caused system stability issues and the like. Not good, at all.
If you are experiencing such issues or just want the latest driver for your system, yesterday NVIDIA released its latest ForceWare driver labeled 197.13 (you can download it here for 64-bit Vista or Windows 7) that fixes the fan speed control issue, as well as adds in a bunch of new features - such as support for the Next Generation ION and the GeForce GT 320, GeForce GT 330 and GeForce GT 340.
Did you experience issues with the bad driver in quesiton? Let us know in the comments below!
PowerColor today introduced a new video card that should successfully satisfy the sick, sick, sick fetishes of multi-monitor lovers around the world.
The video card is based on a mid-range ATI Radeon HD 5770 GPU that has its core clocked at 850MHz and 1GB of GDDR5 onboard memory clocked at 1200MHz. Gamers can run up to five LCD monitors from a single video card due to the implementation of five mini DisplayPort connectors on the back of the card. Rock on!
AMD is due to come out with its Eyefinity 6 video card at the end of this month that will bring support for up to six monitors using its Eyefinity multi-monitor technology. We'll have a review of it online here at TweakTown when the NDA expires. For more precise details on PowerColor's Eyefinity 5 solution, you can read the press release here.
If you remember back during CES we told you about EVGA's ambitious project to build a highly overclockable dual 1366 socket motherboard that could run Quad SLI or Quad Crossfire. Well it has finally been announced and given a name. This board will be known as the Classified SR-2.
Just like we told you before this will run two Xeon 55xx or 56xx CPU with up to 48GB of registered DDR3 1333 memory (24GB per CPU) it supports both dual and triple channel setups. It also has a enough PCIe x16 slots to support up to four GPUs in full x16 mode across all of them. However, to get all this in the board has to be huge! It is even larger than full XL-ATX. It is so big EVGA had to come up with a new size name HPTX.
Power will also be an issue, to run Tri SLI and OC both sockets will put you in the area of 1500 Watts of power draw. With Quad SLI you are looking at 2000+ Watts. Most are thinking that to get this off the ground a pair of 1200-1400 Watt PSUs will be needed. Unfortunately there is still no word on when these will actually hit the market.
Over at NVIDIA's company nTersect Blog, Ashu Rege has blogged about the impressive DirectX 11 technology demonstrations that the graphics firm showcased at GDC in San Francisco last week. These demonstrations are designed to show developers what next-gen GPU technology such as the GeForce GTX 480 and 470 can do and also create hype in the community.
We already saw a video of the amazing DX11 hair demo the other day, but now we get a closer look into some of the other demos that were on display to game developers during the event.
There is also the DX11 island demo, which was created to showcase a large scene with simulated waves. Next up is the DX11 grass demo, which displays around 3.5 million blades of grass moving around in the wind. Sadly we haven't discovered videos of these two new demos in action, but even from the pictures and what we saw with the hair demo, you can bet they will be super impressive.
As the launch date nudges closer, the big talk of the town is of course NVIDIA's next-gen GTX 470 and GTX 480 graphics cards that bring DX11 support and expectedly a significant performance leap over anything we've seen up 'till now; these slated for a March 26 launch date.
However, there's a wee bit of sour news for those of you who already have every intent in getting a hold of one the minute it's available. while NVIDIA originally planned for cards to hit retail shelves only a few days after launch (March 29th apparently), our VGA reviewer has been given indication that the availability date has been forcefully pushed back by NV to April 6.
The most probable reason for this is due to NVIDIA not wanting to make samples available to reviewers until close to launch and then issuing out an optimized working driver for the cards very close to this time to prevent early leaks of performance figures on older non-optimized drivers that could affect initial impressions. To ensure partners don't accidently let leak a sample ahead of time, NVIDIA is tightly holding onto all cards until launch date, so the April 6 availability date gives enough time for cards to reach retailers.