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Thinking of a way to spend over $3,000 USD in one go? Easy! You buy four nVidia GeForce 7950GX2 cards (two GeForce 7900 cards joined together) for a total of eight GPU's along with a motherboard with four physical PCI Express graphics card slots, such as the Gigabyte 8N-SLI Quad Royal.
OK - so we kind of lied and are merely showing off what is sitting around in our lab. If you look closely, you can see that this kind of setup is not possible but interesting nevertheless. The first set of four GPU's is unable to communicate with the second set of GPU's.
Due to some issues with our GeForce 7950 GX2 samples, our review has been delayed but we are testing as we speak with a range of cards from XFX, BFG and Leadtek. Unlike other sites, we will be testing with a total of four GPU's whereas all other sites were only sent one 7950 GX2 card (two GPU).
Stay tuned as our review will be online soon and it should be interesting as we're testing all the way up to 2560 x 1600 with everything turned up for people with 30" LCD monitors. Life is good and Computex 2006 is due to begin in about 9 hours - we just might see 8-way GPU SLI here but I doubt it.
Taiwanese based hardware site HKEPC have sourced some hot spicey details on ATI's upcoming Intel (Conroe) CrossFire platform, RD600. This is looking to be a real weapon and will hopefully help close the gap with NVIDIA in the way of producing a highly competitive chipset for the enthusiast market.
Unfortunately the translated content is a little sketchy but theres some white paper material (in english) and images giving us a few ideas of what this chipset will bring to the table (Mmmmm ATI physics support, bring on the candy baby!).
We'll no doubt be hearing a lot more about this during the course of Computex next week!
News shared from Taiwan manufacturer, ATi would announce the most powerful Intel CrossFire platform chipset, ATi RD600, in the coming days. It ' s temporarily named ATi Xpress 3,200 Intel Edition and compatible to the new Intel Conroe processor. It would be manufactured by TSMC with 90nm process.
This product is targeted on enthusiastic user, supporting 1333MHz FSB, Dual Channel DDR2-1066 and providing Split Channel Mode to lower the latency. From the internal testing, a maximum of 1600MHz was reported in the over clock mode with A13 version, which has 6 PCB layers. In addition, the memory clock is independent to the FSB. It sounds good to the fans of over clocking.
The new flagship MCP from NVIDIA designed for AMD's latest Socket AM2 platform has been officially introduced. Many of the sites with previews of AM2 (of which I rounded up in an earlier posting) were using motherboards based on this MCP for their analysis and testing.
You can learn more about the nForce 500 series of MCPs for Socket AM2 at this section of NVIDIA's website folks.
SANTA CLARA, CA-MAY 23, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphic processor technologies, continues to redefine the PC as the ultimate gaming platform with the introduction today of the new NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI media and communications processor (MCP), a high-performance motherboard solution for the latest and upcoming x86 PC platforms, including those based on socket AM2 processors by AMD.
Based on NVIDIA's new "nForce 570 SLI" chipset for the AMD Socket AM2 platform, EPoX have just issued out an announcement supporting the release of their EP-MF570 SLI motherboard.
[May 23, 2006, Taipei]AMD has finally unveiled its new platform, socket AM2, which is a 940-pin socket and has full support for DDR2 memory, bringing the speed of AMD platform to the next level. EPoX now launches its socket AM2 based mainboard, EP-MF570 SLI., using nVidia's top of the range chipset, the nForce 570 SLI.
EP-MF570 SLI features support for DDR2 800 memory with a bandwidth of upto 6.4GB/s and a maximum 16GB memory capacity. For SLI mode, the driver can automatically detect for the cards present and there is no old school paddle card or jumpers that need to be changed. With one VGA card the setting will be x16 and x8, the left x8 slot can be used for other PCI-E cards or RAID devices.
GIGABYTE have just added another VGA card to their lineup, based on NVIDIA's new 7300GT core. The GV-NX73T256P-RH sports GIGABYTE's exclusive "Silent-Pipe" thermal cooling solution and is also bundled with a copy of the first person shooter "Serious Sam 2".
For further information, grab the press release here folks.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today announces a special version of GV-NX73T256P-RH that features the GeForce 7300 GT visual processor bundled with "SERIOUS SAM 2". The GV-NX73T256P-RH offers superior performance, silent solution and outstanding cooling with proprietary GIGABYTE's over-clocking technology, "Turbo Force" and the unique "Silent-Pipe" thermal design enables you to experience the latest HDR gaming effects.
Swiftech make headlines today with the launch of a new VGA thermoelectric liquid cooling solution dubbed the "MCW60-T". Using the award winning MCW60 VGA water-block coupled to a 188 Watt thermoelectric module, the unit is capable of dropping the GPU operating temperature range from well below ambient down to freezing levels, depending on the heat load and thermal capacity of the liquid cooling system.
The full press release can be obtained here.
"We designed this product for the hard-core enthusiast community, those individuals who think of nothing else but pushing the envelope of what their hardware can do" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. Mr. Rouchon also added "interestingly enough, the device also presents very useful functionalities for the large OEM and microchip manufacturers in silicon test and validation applications".m,
Today brings the launch of a new weapon in mobile motherboard chipsets from the ATI guns. The "RADEON Xpress 1100 series" is superior to the current Xpress 200M with such advancements as a faster integrated graphics core, and also better battery management by means of the refined PowerPlay technology. This chipset is also designed to support AMD's new Turion64 X2 (dual-core) mobile CPUs.
Head over to ATI's website where the official press release resides.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, May 17, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- New chipsets armed to support AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology deliver industry-leading battery life, faster graphics, and come ready for the Microsoft Windows Vista premium experience
ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) is squeezing longer life and more performance into today's notebook computers with the introduction of the new Radeon® Xpress 1100 series of chipsets, supporting AMD's Turion 64 X2 mobile technology. The Radeon Xpress 1100 series is built to deliver the ultimate mobile computing experience on the AMD platform, including industry-leading battery life, a 33 percent faster graphics core, and support for Microsoft Windows Vista. Whether for work or for play, the Radeon Xpress 1100 series is designed to squeeze the maximum productivity and performance out of today's notebooks, while still resulting in ever thinner and lighter designs due to its power- and heat-efficient architecture.
Following NVIDIA's silent introduction of their 7300GT GPU recently (a 90nm counterpart with 8 pipelines and a 128-bit memory interface), Biostar have just issued out an announcement supporting two new cards from them to use this GPU.
Both falling into their Sigma-Gate series, the V7302GT21 is aimed at those seeking silence with its fanless CoolPipe II cooling solution, whilst the V7303GT21 is a higher clocked offering due to the traditional heatsink/fan design.
ÓGate V7302GT21 integrated with NVIDIA® GeForce® 7300GT graphics processing unit (GPU). Boasting the 3D graphics features of today's most advanced GPUs-including full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and true high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting-the NVIDIA® SLI-Ready GeForce® 7300 GT GPU allows you to experience the latest gaming effects without compromising performance. It also brings stunning, high-definition video and superb picture clarity with minimal CPU usage with NVIDIA® PureVideo technology. For the performance and features you need to play the latest games and enjoy home-theater quality video.
ÓGate V7303GT21 integrated with NVIDIA® GeForce® 7300GT graphics processing unit (GPU). Boasting the 3D graphics features of today's most advanced GPUs-including full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and true high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting-the NVIDIA® SLI-Ready GeForce® 7300 GT GPU allows you to experience the latest gaming effects without compromising performance. It also brings stunning, high-definition video and superb picture clarity with minimal CPU usage with NVIDIA® PureVideo technology. For the performance and features you need to play the latest games and enjoy home-theater quality video.
Following the launch of ATI's X1900GT graphics card the other day (the most affordable of the X1900 series), GECUBE have just introduced an X1900GT offering into their lineup of ATI cards.
Grab the announcement here folks.
Taipei, May 9, 2006 - GECUBETM, one of the world's leading brands in the graphics card business, today announced its new GECUBETM X1900GT product line, further strengthening its offerings for ATI's top-of-the-line graphics platform.
The GECUBETM X1900GT product line supports the newest designs based on Shade Model 3.0 with the best frame rates in the industry. Moreover, the GECUBE X1900GT line includes 36 internal pixel shaders with a core memory refresh rate of up to 575MHz/1.2GHz. The superior quality of 3D image rendering is as close to perfect as you can get.
Although overkill for the majority of us (both in performance, and costs), Quad SLI is one of the most talked about technologies in terms of hardware for the PC gaming industry at the moment, with a number of enthusiast sites out there having reviewed the monster platform just recently.
We'll have our own Quad SLI review up a bit later this week, but for now here's a roundup of links pointing to some recent articles :-