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NVIDIA has made available a new WHQL approved driver for its GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100 and 200 series cards and ION GPUs, the ForceWare 196.21.
One of the main features of the new release is the added SLI and multi-GPU support for a bunch of popular game titles. These include the Avatar Demo, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, City Bus Simulator, Dirt 2, Ferrari Virtual Race, GREED: Black Border, Mass Effect 2, Mortal Online, Ninja Blade, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Demo, Planet 51, RUSE, Serious Sam HD and Wings of Prey.
Further to the above is an upgrade to the PhysX system software (now at 9.09.1112) and a bunch of numourous bug fixes which you can learn more specifically about in the supported documentation located at this page.
You can download the drivers for Windows XP, Vista and 7 (in both 32 and 64-bit form) at this page folks.
GIGABYTE is readying three new variants to its Radeon 5800 series lineup, one of which is particularly worthy of mention and hype.
The folks at BEHardware spotted this beast sitting proudly at GIGABYTE's booth at CES; this is what the company refers to as the Radeon HD 5870 'Super Overclock'. And they're sure fire right about that with the GPU up from the stock 850MHz to a nicely rounded 1GHz. Meanwhile, the 1GB GDDR5 heads north to 5200MHz, up from 4800MHz stock speeds.
To assist in keeping the card happy, GIGABYTE opts for a 2oz PCB and a custom designed dual-slot beast of a cooler with four copper heatpipes. All the other features typical of the 5800 series is in place; 256-bit memory interface, DX11 support, CrossFireX support and ATI EyeFinity.
A release date hasn't been disclosed but it's expected to arrive before NVIDIA's GF100 shows up.
Along with todays launch of the HD 5670, AMD has several other new HD 5000 series cards ready for launch later this month. In the upper mainstream segment we will see a HD 5830 show up, whilst at the other end of the series we will see HD 5400 and HD 5500 variants released with super cheap pricing, these comprising the HD 5450 (said to be using GDDR3 memory), and HD 5550 / HD 5570 cards (supposedly GDDR5 equipped).
Images have appeared online that reveal a low-profile reference design used for these entry level HD 5000 series cards. Also resident is a miniature GPU cooler along with a DVI-D and DisplayPort connector. D-Sub connectivity is also in place if using a full height expansion bracket.
AMD helps bring DX11 closer to lower mainstream market buyers today with the launch of a new HD 5000 series card in the HD 5670.
Targeted at the sub-$100 price segment, this card gives excellent value whilst retaining features of higher-end HD 5000 series cards such as the aforemention DX11 support and EyeFinity for easier multiple monitor setups.
With the NDA having just been lifted, We have our first review online thanks to Sapphire's sample which swiftly made it to our lab the other day. You can see the card's performance characteristics inside.
Several other reviews are now showing up elsewhere around the web which you can get to via the listing below :-
We'll update the above listing as more surface throughout the day.
As we've previously heard and are expecting to be launched this week, AMD is about to extend its HD 5000 series lineup of desktop graphics cards further with new lower-mainstream variants in the 5600 series. We'll of course have a review online of our first sample right from the get go.
However, what's only just been revealed now is that AMD also plans to squeeze another model into its existing 5800 series lineup, the HD 5830. This card is designed to fill the gap between the HD 5770 and HD 5850.
The HD 5830 is said to offer comparable performance to the previous series HD 4890 card while shifting at a lower price point and carrying more features (DX11 being the main advantage).
While not yet confirmed, rumour has it we'll see this one surface come Jan 25.
Word's come about of a new piece of software eVGA plans to release soon that tests overclocking stability with stress testing techniques and artifact scanning as well as having a built-in benchmark function.
The software uses a high vertex 3D object to stress the graphics card in a similar fashion to how GPUTool and the older ATI Tool utilities work. The company plans to let it loose very soon.
CES 2010 - So when we stopped by the EVGA suite we got the chance to have some hands on time with their new dual socket 1366 board. This workstation class board seems to be perfectly setup for NVIDIA's Fermi cards. But the question we have is where in the market does this board fit?
If the information we were given from EVGA is right this new board covers both the extreme high-end gaming enthusiast as well as the emerging professional market that utilizes the power of the GPGPU. After all with seven PCI-e x16 slots (through the use of NF200 bridges) that is enough for four NVIDIA or AMD GPUs. If you are a CUDA fan you can get some amazing CUDA performance from this type of setup. Especially give the move of Adobe products to using CUDA GPGPU technology.
The board will be centered on an Tylersburg 5520 chipset but will feature the same highly overclockable components found on EVGA's Classified boards. The board will also support EVGA's EV bot for monitoring and overcloking.
One item that stood out for us the placement of the "Northbridge and NF200 chips; if you load this board up with four GPUs they you cover all of that area and trap heat. We asked EVGA about this and were told that the board we saw did not have the final cooling solution. In fact they are considering putting in passive heatsinks in the board to help remove some of the heat that will be generated here.
After looking at the new Dual CPU board with four classified GTX 28s stacked up; our thought was (besides when can we get one) what power supply would be able to keep this monster happy? There is the usual 24-pin ATX power socket as well as three six-pin and two four-pin aux power sockets. Now those are bad enough but four GTX 285 Classified cards add an extra eight three-pin and four four-pin PCIe power connectors. I have to tell you, if there ever was a system that fit the needs of a dual PSU it is this one. We do hope to get one of these for some real testing and will let you know when (and if) we have it in the lab and just how many PSUs we have to string together to keep it happily running.
CES 2010 - One of the most anticipated bits of hardware at CES this year is that of NVIDIA's upcoming GF100 desktop cards, but the company hasn't said much about it as yet.
However, it's possible to find fully working samples housed in various demo systems when strolling around the show floor. We first caught a glimpse of a single-card GF100 setup at Digital Experience yesterday which was running the DirectX 11-enabled Heaven benchmark from Unigine.
Spotted on the first day of CES today is another Maingear Shift rig running not one, but three GF100 cards in 3-way SLI. The rig was running NVIDIA's own developed Rocket Sled demo.
You can see from the images above, the cards are watercooled and paired with an eVGA X58 motherboard and Core i7 processor.
Check out the video coverage below to watch the cards in action :-
NVIDIA has confirmed it intends to release GF100 sometime in Q1 so expect to hear a lot more about it in the very near future.
A pretty outrageous motherboard has been spotted online from eVGA which they will quite likely show off during CES which kicks off in a few days.
This thing is an absolute monster; a dual socket LGA-1366 offering which looks to be Intel 5500 "Tylersberg" or X58 powered with ICH10-class Southbridge. It is neither XL-ATX or EATX in exact dimensions with a said length of 13.58 inches (344.93mm) and possibly a little wider than EATX as well.
Each LGA-1366 socket gets six DDR3 DIMM slots with independant 3-phase digital PWM circuit, whilst the CPU sockets themselves get 8-phases each. The CPU VRM requires input from an 8-pin ATX and also what looks to be an additional 6-pin +12V (PCI-E) connector. Further to that is a spot for additional 6-pin PCI-E power along with the usual 24-pin ATX connector to feed the beast, albeit some of these extra power inputs may only be needed for extreme overclocking.
There's no less than seven PCI-E x16 slots which have four x16 links to play with via the use of two NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chips. Other features include a Marvell 6Gbps SATA controller along with the usual SATA 3Gbps ports made available via the ICH10 Southbridge, two Gigabit ethernet controllers, 8-channel audio, eSATA, USB 3.0 and EV-Bot support.
All in all, eVGA has thrown absolutely everything they could think of into this mother of motherboards. Whether or not it becomes a mass produced reality remains to be seen; we'll no doubt hear more during CES.
Well NVIDIA can't be too happy that its Fermi chips have encountered another delay. The DirectX 11 compliant chipsets have been pushed back again reports DigiTimes. Comparable parts from ATI are expected in January or February.
The Fermi chipset was originally set to debut in November. All I can say is the video cards had better outperform the ATI counterparts or NVIDIA may be in big trouble.
If ATI can beat NVIDIA to market with the comparable GPUs that outperform the Fermi parts when they do finally show up, it could be a really good year for ATI and a chance for it to take back some market share. We will have to wait unit March to find out though.