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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.
NV partner GALAXY have just added two more NVIDIA cards to their lineup, these both based on the newly released 7900GS with a 540MHz core and 1500MHz DDR3 memory. Each card differs only in the cooling solution used, with choice for either a ZALMAN or Cooler Master heatsink/fan.
Grab GALAXY's press release here for further details.
This newest VGA accelerator based on nVidia 7xxx family chipset is a great connector between mid-range and high-end cards. For a reasonable money you can get a card which is equipped in all latest features, that a VGA can have at the moment. One more time Galaxy managed to create a unique card, far from being a reference board. It's easy to recognize Galaxy by a blue PCB, and a fancy cooling solution.
NVIDIA have released two new mainstream GeForce7 series graphics cards today, these being the 7900GS and 7950GT. NVIDIA's official press material on these can be located here, and there's plenty of coverage on the new cards as per the below links :-
- Tech Report
- The Inquirer
- The Inquirer #2
- XBit Labs
SANTA CLARA, CA-SEPTEMBER 6, 2006--NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today redefined performance expectations for graphics cards at two of the most popular price segments for PC gamers. Available immediately, NVIDIA SLI-ready GeForce 7900 GS graphics processing units (GPUs) deliver exceptional performance and cutting-edge features at the widely-accessible $199 to $249 price point. Available September 14, 2006, the GeForce 7950 GT GPU brings screaming performance and a 512MB frame buffer to the $299 to $349 price segment.
The DailyTech have posted up details of a few more entry-level/mid-range cards to soon enter NVIDIA's GeForce family, these being the GeForce 7100GS, 7900GS, and 7950GT. Talk about options these days, sheesh!
NVIDIA is set to release three new products in the coming weeks to do battle with ATI during the holiday season. This time around NVIDIA is launching new mid-range and entry level offerings to take on ATI's recently launched Radeon X1300XT, X1650 Pro, X1900XT 256MB, X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire. NVIDIA's new offerings arrive in the form of the GeForce 7100GS, 7900GS and 7950GT.
At the entry level side of things NVIDIA is replacing its GeForce 6200TC with a new GeForce 7100GS. The G72 based 7100GS retains Turbo Cache support like the GeForce 6200TC it replaces. There will be 128MB of onboard memory which translates into 512MB effective memory with NVIDIA's Turbo Cache technology. The GeForce 7100GS is also backed by a 64-bit memory interface with compatibility with DDR2 memory. Four pixel shader units are available on the GeForce 7100GS. Core clock of the GeForce 7100GS is set at a rather conservative 350 MHz. NVIDIA SLI and PureVideo technologies are supported by the GeForce 7100GS, though it lacks the SLI bridge connector.
As highlighted within this press material, GIGABYTE are currently shipping their new Radeon X1650 Pro Silent-Pipe II graphics cards with a copy of the hit strategy title "Sid Meier's Civilization IV".
For all the details on the card, grab the official PR here folks.
August 23, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., LTD. (GIGABYTE), a leading manufacturer of VGA cards, today proudly announced they will be the first VGA card maker to bundle Sid Meier's Civilization IV edition with the Radeon X1650 Pro for strategy-game enthusiasts. The package enables users to experience the thrilling challenge of creating the ultimate civilization while maintaining your PC cool with GIGABYTE's silent thermal solution.
A little while ago we were given the opportunity to run some benchmarks of ATI's latest graphics cards, the Radeon X1950XTX, however we didn't have enough time to complete a full and accurate set of benchmarks.
You'll have to wait for our full review of the X1950XTX GDDR-4 beast along with X1650 and X1300XT but until then we leave you with some pictures of the new card.
The paper launch was today and the products won't be on shop shelves until September 14th - I guess, so much for "no more paper launches". We'll have more news coverage of the new ATI graphics cards later.
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