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NVIDIA have just unveiled the world's first dedicated Visual Computing System (VCS) in their "QuadroPlex 1000", available in 3U rackmount or desktop configurations. There are three seperate models announced, each differing in GFX related specs / performance capabilities.
SIGGRAPH 2006-BOSTON, MA-August 1, 2006- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today ushered in a new era of advanced visualization for the professional graphics market with the introduction of the NVIDIA Quadro Plex 1000, the world's first dedicated Visual Computing System (VCS).
By delivering an order-of-magnitude increase in levels of productivity and capability for advanced visualization, the NVIDIA Quadro Plex offers advanced scalability in a sleek desktop or dense 3U rackmount configuration for demanding professional applications such as those powering multiple streams of 4K high-definition video, 3D styling and design, scientific and medical visualization, oil and gas exploration, or visual simulation and training.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Jul 27, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- 'Boundless gaming' comes home today as ATI Technologies (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) announced that leading system integrators and OEMs from around the world are bringing to market the powerful combination of ATI's Radeon® X1900 CrossFireT multi-GPU graphics and the Intel® CoreT 2 Extreme processor. As the graphics solution most chosen for Intel Core 2 demo systems at Computex 2006, ATI CrossFire has become the preferred graphics platform of leading system integrators and OEMs for their Intel Core 2 Extreme processor offerings.
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NVIDIA have issued out an announcement today which makes light of the many leading system builders to have chosen NVIDIA SLI-ready motherboards for their latest Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems.
SANTA CLARA, CA-JULY 27, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that many of the world's leading system builders have elected to launch new enthusiast gaming Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems exclusively with NVIDIA SLI technology. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor combined with an NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 or NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI or 570 SLI-based motherboard and one, two, or even four GeForce® graphics processing units (GPUs), has already proven to be an unbeatable combination in terms of system level and gaming performance.
This combination is earning early accolades from leading publications, such as Maximum PC magazine, which selected an Intel Core 2 Duo processor-compatible motherboard based on NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI technology and dual GeForce 7900 GTX GPUs for their 2006 Dream Machine cover story.
HKEPC have posted up a final sample image of ATIs latest GFX weapon to hit the market soon, the GDDR4 equipped X1950XTX.
Thats one very sweet looking cooler!
Driven by ATi R580+, ATi Radeon X1950XTX is the next trump card from ATi. Its model code and PCB version are 215BAABKA31FG and 102-A91501-00 respectively. Same as R580, it has 16 Pixel Shader pinelines, 48 Pixel Shader processors, and 8 Vertex Shader engine. Features at GDDR4 memory, it's equipped with 512MB 2GHz DDR. Sources indicated that ATi Radeon X1950 Crossfire is releasing on the same date with XTX version. Similar to the XTX version, the PCB version of the CrossFire version is 102-A98801-00. Both of them are available in late Aug. the final version of ATi Radeon X1950XTX is shown as below, the design of heat sink is a little bit different from those widely spread previously.
The DailyTech have posted up details of ATI's new flagship desktop graphics solution, the X1950XTX, as well as a new X1900 card based on the same R580 core, both of these due for release in a couple of weeks or so.
Amongst the transition to GDDR4 memory modules on these cards, there are several other noteworthy changes and interesting info as mentioned in the DailyTech's article here.
This week ATI sent an advisory out to its OEM partners announcing the details of the new Radeon X1950 and X1900 graphic cards. Both of these new cards are based on the same R580 core, but with some fundamental differences.
R580, the 48 pixel-shader processor version of the R520 (Radeon X1800), was announced this past January. R580 features a robust memory controller capable of utilizing several different types of memory, including GDDR4 which was not even available when the Radeon X1900 was first announced.
Since then Hynix and Samsung have both jumped on the GDDR4 train with revenue shipments beginning several weeks ago. The new GDDR4 variants of R580-based Radeons are now called Radeon X1950. Radeon X1950 will retain all of the features of the Radeon X1900, and really only have the added benefit of a new cooler, GDDR4 memory and different frequency clocks.
In other relative news, the Inquirer have made mention of the upcoming X1950XTX to include HDCP support.
ATI'S RADEON X1950 XTX will feature HDCP support. People are getting crazy about this content protection stuff, so many will be miffed that the new old ATI card will support it.
Our crystal balls suggest Blu-ray and HD DVD will become a very popular storage formats and big business interests want to ensure they should not play content without a card that supports HDCP.
However, a source at Sony suggested a while back that the firm might exclude the HDCP support from its first generation Blu-ray devices.
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As mentioned by bit-tech a short time ago, NVIDIA have finally released a working beta driver which enables Quad SLI goodness with a pair of GeForce 7950 GX2s. It's taken a while for them to get it right, and although this driver is still in beta stages it's good enough to offer fully functional Quad-SLI power to a capable system (providing other elements check in ok, such as power supply, motherboard, etc.)
NVIDIA has released a beta driver enabling Quad SLI with a pair of the recently-released GeForce 7950 GX2's.
The first implementation of NVIDIA's Quad SLI was promising, but buggy. There was a lot of work to be done on drivers, and the hardware implementation was such that you required a huge case to house the 312mm long video cards. This - and the fact that the drivers were still in development - meant that Quad SLI was limited to system builders only.
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If you've got your eyes fixed on one of NVIDIA"S current flagship graphics cards (the GeForce 7950GX2), XBit Labs have discovered that there's a new "Black Pearl" model on the way from EVGA which will no doubt be the cream of the crop, particularly with regard to its factory water cooling solution (designed by Innovatek) which would inevitably allow it to overclock to the high heavens.
EVGA, a well-known graphics cards supplier, said Tuesday it would soon release a GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics card with liquid-cooling system. The technology will allow the manufacturer to increase performance of the part to the unprecedented levels.
Nvidia's GeForce 7950 GX2, positioned as the company's top-of-the-range graphics cards, carries two GeForce 7900 graphics chips with 24 pixel processors, 8 vertex shader processors as well as 512MB of memory for each GPU. Each graphics processor is clocked at 500MHz, whereas memory functions at 1200MHz. The chips operate in SLI mode - thus giving such advantages as special SLI antialiasing modes - and communicate with each other using MIO-interface.