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The newest AMD cards are about to get a whole lot cooler as Sapphire has announced their TOXIC line of 6800 series video cards. The GPUs are build on the stock 6800 model cards but are receiving stock overclocks and the popular TOXIC cooler treatment.
The HD6850 TOXIC is overclocked to 820MHz on the core and 1100MHz for the memory to give an out of the box performance boost. Two DVI, one HDMI, and two DisplayPort connections are included for maximum connectivity and support for up to four monitors in Eyefinity. Sapphire is also offering access to their new TriXX overclocking tool as a free download for Sapphire Select Club members for even more tweaking and performance.
AMD is getting closer to the elusive Christmas sales - without a high end replacement for the smash hit Radeon 5k high end cards. This is set to change for the better in the next month with a release of the NDA on the 13th of December.
The Radeon team has said they're "going to take a bit more time before shipping the AMD Radeon HD 6900 series."
It has been a while since a hacking project has gotten people excited - with more and more companies clamping down on their hardware, the hacking "scene" has not been twiddling their thumbs.
Enter, hacked Microsoft Kinect.
I don't think that any of us will be surprised that "sources" are saying that the AMD HD 6970 will beat the new NVIDIA GTX 580 in performance. What else would AMD say after all? It's not as if they can say, "our next card will suck." I like it when these two companies get to goading and competing with each other for the performance crown, and so should you.
Competition like this is when we get new cards with even more performance as they trade the world's fastest title back and forth. The only downside is that the new cards seem to get more expensive each time they launch. The upside is a new faster card means price cuts on older hardware. Kit Guru cites sources that claim the HD 6970.
Many AMD partners are wondering why they have not gotten AMD Radeon 6970 boards yet - but, it seems to stem from a shortage of a particular component from Texas Instruments, and now the yield issues that people are running around crying about.
This Texas Instruments component is an integrated driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) that was first introduced and used on the AMD Radeon 6800 series. The part is SO new that there is literally no information on the web about it, nor from the manufacturer itself.
Lots of green team news today! I guess you'll get that with the launch of a new GPU.
NVIDIA have launched "geforce.com" it's a website that "helps you get the most out of your GPU" - at geforce.com you can update your drivers, learn about the latest games and connect with other GeForce users.
KitGuru have an analysis of NVIDIA's stock market performance, the results are a good read.
A bit of a tease, shows that NVIDIA were once rolling in $1 billion revenue a quarter, which has seen a steady decline because of the 4xx series lacklustre performance. But, with the 460 banging the drums of success and the GTX580 now out - is this a turn for the better for NVIDIA?
With the release of NVIDIA's new flagship GPU - the GeForce GTX580 - they've been kind enough to release some WHQL drivers to go with it, enter 262.99 Forceware drivers.
The 262.99 release is available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 based systems in both 32 and 64-bit flavors.
AMD have confirmed something we all knew was coming - Cayman and Antilles GPU's - the 6900 series.
This isn't big news, it's just finally confirmed news from AMD slides.
Cayman Pro being the 6950, Cayman XT will be the 6970 and Antilles (a dual-Cayman-GPU based card) will end up with the 6990 moniker.
Ready for an onslaught of NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 coverage? Have a look through the various reviews below.