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Galaxy recently wowed the masses with the introduction of their new "GeForce 7900GT Dual Core Masterpiece Edition", a singular PCB sporting two 7900GT GPUs. This beast arries higher then stock clocks with its huge cooling solution and also includes 2x512M of GDDR3 memory.
The lucky lads at Guru3D have scored one to play with and seem quite impressed with it, you can check out the review here.
Hey everybody, today Guru3D.com will be the first site ever to review an actual Dual GeForce 7900 GT GPU solution based on a single board :) That's right, this is not a GX2 with two separate boards mounted together, but one card with two graphics cores. We have seen ASUS and Gigabyte manufacture similar products with limited success already but Galaxy is the first to push the envelope slightly with the 7600/7900 series of products in their new Masterpiece range of products.
Over the years we have reviewed a lot of products for Galaxy technology. Fact is this: Galaxy is a relatively small company, and for a company to get known and grow you sometimes need to take drastic measures compared to other competitors to show that you are out there. What Galaxy usually does is offer GeForce graphics cards based on another PCB color and lately they're also using Zalman fans. They also came up with dual-bios technology (SmartFlash) and added stuff onto the videocards like little buzzers that will go off once your fan fails or the GPU is overheating.
Thermalright have added a new universal VGA cooler to their lineup today, dubbed the HR-03. This beastly design sports 4 heat pipes and is said to be able to passively cool any card currently on the market, with the option for even better cooling by mounting a 92mm fan of choice.
Head over to Thermalright's website for further info.
HR-03 works with 4 heat pipes in the forms of 2 U-pipes and 2 N-pipes (another innovative concept from Thermalright) for a well and evenly spread out distribution of heat, and just as are our other High Riser heatsinks, the HR-03 can work effectively, with or without a fan. It all depends on your preference level for noise and performance.
For those hardcore overclockers who don't mind a little noise (more or less) and just want pure performance, you can strap on any 9cm fan of your choice and just go nuts! Crank it up! Turn up the juice! The HR-03 will cool the newest and hottest GPU from ATI and Nvidia. In our own test lab, we ran the HR-03 passively without a fan on a Nvidia 7950GT against the stock cooler and it performed shoulder to shoulder with stock cooling.
The DailyTech have scored some info on NVIDIA's new nForce 650i SLI and 680i SLI chipsets for Core 2 Duo, set to take over the previous nForce 570 SLI and 590 SLI chipsets with some nice tweaks and enhancements across the board.
Check out the article here for the full scoop.
DailyTech has received NVIDIA new product notices that outline two new chipsets. The new NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI and 680i SLI are Intel Core 2 compatible and replace the nForce 570 SLI and 590 SLI Intel Editions.
NVIDIA's new nForce 650i SLI and 680i SLI aren't exactly new per se but rather a quasi-re-branding of the previously released nForce 570 SLI and 590 SLI Intel Editions. The new nForce 650i SLI SPP pairs with an nForce 430 SLI MCP to provide a total of 29 PCI Express lanes. In SLI mode the nForce 650i SLI delivers two half-speed PCI Express x16 slots.
OCZ have unveiled some new SLI approved DDR2 memory modules today, these being their "PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Modules". They operate at up to 1066MHz with rated timings of 4-5-5 and feature OCZ's platinum-mirrored XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders.
Sunnyvale, CA-October 3, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the next addition to OCZ's line of NVIDIA® certified Platinum DDR2 memory modules. The new PC2-8500 series is SLI certified ensuring ultimate breakthrough compatibility for advanced SLI platform performance.
An announcement's been issued out from TUL Corp today which highlights their PowerColor X1650 PRO graphics card to be the card of choice for gaming systems used at the world's largest e-sports competition, this being the World Cyber Games 2006 Grand Final in Monza Italy from Oct 18 through 22.
Grab the press release here for full details.
Taipei, Taiwan - October 3, 2006 - Tul Corporation, a leading provider of ATI-based graphic cards, today announced the PowerColor X1650 PRO has been selected by the World Cyber Games (WCG) to be the official graphics card for the finals on October 18- 22. 700 top gamers from 70 countries will be at the Autodromo Nazionale of Monza, in Italy to compete for titles in FIFA Soccer 06, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, StarCraft: Brood War, WarCraft III: Frozen Throne, Dawn of War: Winter Assault. Gaming systems throughout the tournament will be equipped with the PowerColor X1650 PRO.
A press release from Swiftech a couple days back supports the release of their new MCW-Ramcool VGA memory water-block, designed for NVIDIA"s current crop of GeForce cards.
For more info, head over to the product page on Swiftech's website.
Signal Hill, CA - Friday 29th, September 2006 - Swiftech today announced the release of the MCW-Ramcool VGA memory water-block for nVidia® GeForce graphics cards. "The design concept was to physically separate the memory cooling from the GPU cooling solution in order to get the best possible thermal joint and therefore superior overclocking performance; universal compatibility was also a must, so we had to invent a new type of fitting to allow for this and thus were born the patent pending "F" fittings, which I am sure will also have numerous applications in other fields; this was a creative challenge, but we are all quite proud of the result!" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. These new products will be available thru Swiftech's reseller's network this month.
Now that the words spread on P965 based motherboards being CrossFire ready (providing they sport 2 residing x16 PCIe ports), GIGABYTE are confirming their own P965 variants (the GA-965P-DQ6, GA-965P-DS4 and GA-965G-DS4) are ready for CrossFire action, as per this press release.
Taipei, Taiwan, September 27, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions, today announced support for ATI CrossFire dual graphics technology for their award-winning range of Intel® 965 motherboards including the GA-965P-DQ6, GA-965P-DS4 and GA-965G-DS4. Combined with support for the highly advanced Intel® Core2 Duo processor, the GIGABYTE 965 series of motherboards provide gamers with the highest performance, feature-rich platforms in the industry.
ATI have just lifted the curtain on a new trio of Mobility Radeon GPUS, these being the Mobility Radeon X1700, Mobility Radeon X1450 and Mobility Radeon X1350. The X1700 sports 12 pixel shader processors and 4 vertex shader processors whilst the other two have 4 pixel shader processors and 2 vertex shader processors.
These are all still fabbed on ATI's 90nm process however its been said that the X1700 variant has been designed around strained silicon technology which apparently brings dramatically improved performance per watt. Interesting!
For full details, have a read of ATI's official press material here.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Sep 25, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) has developed a family of notebook graphics to meet the complete needs of mobile professionals-from creating vivid presentations, to watching high definition videos to playing their favorite video game on their flight home. ATI's Mobility Radeon X1700®, Mobility Radeon® X1450 and Mobility Radeon® X1350 Balance performance with longer battery life to transform notebook PCs into high-powered mobile entertainment systems and Windows Vista*#153;-ready workstations.
HKEPC have scooped up some fresh info on Intel's upcoming "Kentsfield" processors, these being quad-core monsters which will be stamped as "Core 2 Quadro/Extreme" variants. They will apparently surface in November!
Intel recently released a memo to manufacturers indicating that the new quad-core processors are going to be announced this month. The first quad-core processors, codename Kenstfield, belong to as a part of Intel Core 2 Quadro family for mainstream market as well as Intel Core 2 Extreme family for high-end users.
Sources said Core 2 Quadro Q6600 would be the first quad-core processor to be released. It's a 2.4GHz with 4MB x2 L2 Cache and 1066MHz FSB model for advanced users. Yet its price is not determined. In addition, all quad-core processors for mainstream based on Core macroarchitecture belong to Intel Core 2 Quadro family.
Although cut off the production line before they were ready to be shipped in volume, early samples of DFI's highly anticipated "LAN Party NF590 SLI Intel Edition" motherboard were discovered to be a hell of a performer (even with an immature BIOS).
The reason DFI pulled it was apparently because they werent happy with NVIDIA's C19-based chipset and will instead launch a new board based on the revised "NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition C55" chipset.
DFI LAN Party NF590 SLI Intel Edition looked like a very promising motherboard for overclockers working with Intel's Core 2 Duo architecture but after that the first samples appeared DFI decided to cancel the development of the board. The reason was that it wasn't happy with NVIDIA's Intel-version of nForce 590 code-named C19. It has since then announced that it will instead focus on the new version of the chipset, NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition C55. At VR-Zone they've had a C19-based LAN Party board in the test lab and except from a immature BIOS they were very pleased with the board.