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Run an NVIDIA GeForce card? Want some free performance increases or added functionality for other NVIDIA services such as 3D Vision or SLI? Then you'll want to check out their new drivers...
The new NVIDIA drivers are WHQL signed, not beta - will support GeForce 6 series and above as well as the ION platformed GPU's. The suite also includes 3D vision software, GPU-integrated audio device driver (version 18.104.22.168), and PhysX system software (version 9.10.0514).
There's a bunch of bug fixes, performance increases and support for new GPU's (GT 430).
As for performance increases, they are exclusive to the GTX 460 and 480 GPU's.
I just love GPU wars - I seriously do. We all win because of it, each team will try to bring something out to smash the other and because of the runaway success of the 4k and 5k Radeon GPU's - NVIDIA has some serious thunder stealing to do.
With the 6k launch very imminent, NVIDIA need something - and here we go, the leaks of a GTX580 with full 512 CUDA cores.
Now, these are rumours - so don't start lighting your pitchforks and gathering your peeps... But, NVIDIA are supposedly working on a new Fermi GPU called "GF110" which builds on a restructured design with new clusters. This is NOT a reworked GF100 GPU with all CUDA cores unlocked - but a new solution, design, layout and it should hopefully see a big increase in texture units.
Currently GTX480 has 60 texture units, but according to sources NVIDIA has re-jigged it's GPU to grab texture units by the balls and squeeze them to give us 128 texture units. This is done by changing the ratio in the SM units from 8:1 to 4:1 (CUDA cores relative to TMU's) - the latter is something they did with the GT200 GPU.
Quite a few companies are announcing their flavors of the new NVIDIA GT 430 cards, and MSI is right in the middle of the fray. What puts MSI over the top with the N430GT series is the support of double over-voltage control through their Afterburner software.
MSI's N430GT cards will include the same Military Class Components as their higher end cards, including the SFC (Super Ferrite Choke) that improves overclocking capability and all-solid capacitors to increase performance and durability. These cards will also support PhysX, 3D Vision Technology, and HDMI 1.4a that supports 7.1 TrueHD and DTS-HD non-distortion high-quality sound format transmission for 3D HTPC usage.
One of the newest video cards that covers the home theater and modestly priced segments of the video card market to come from Big Green is the GT430. Club 3D has pulled the wraps off its own single slot GT430 video card and the small little card should be a nice choice for a HTPC machine that doesn't need the most powerful hardware on the market.
The GT430 from Club 3D is aimed at accelerating photos and HD video according to the company and will allow the user to watch 3D Blu-ray flicks on a computer screen or a big screen in the living room. The video card uses the PCIe v2.0 slot and has a core clock of 700MHz. The card uses 1024MB of DDR3 RAM that is clocked at 1333MHz and has a 128-bit memory interface.
Could it be? Only 11 days until the world knows what's under the hood of AMD's new 6k range of graphics cards.
NDA paperwork is starting to come through and it looks like the 22nd is cemented into history as the launch of the AMD 6000 range of graphic cards. While we don't have exact model numbers, our understanding is that the PRO and XT flavours will be coming in, which should carry the 6850 and 6870 names.
While these names seem like a "replacement" of the current HD 5850 and 5870 parts, initial speculation with the name changes suggest these products could fall into the $200 - $250 segment.
Tasty times ahead indeed!
Are you ready?
The first picture of AMD's reference built Radeon HD 6870 has been leaked ahead of it's launch later this month, it reveals some outputs on the card.
It is the first GPU to no longer hold the ATI name, bearing an AMD Radeon branding in it's place.
The rear of the card includes (the usual 2 slot cooler), 2 X DVI-I connectors, a HDMI port and two mini DisplayPort connectors. Obviously it supports AMD's EyeFinity technology - but over how many screens now that it has 5 outputs is anyone's guess.
It's not like NVIDIA is going through enough crap right now - to add to this are the rumours of NVIDIA entering into a deal with Global Foundaries to produce the upcoming Tegra SoC's - this deal would be nasty to now long time partner of NVIDIA, TMSC, as it would see NVIDIA getting all snuggly with GlobalFoundries - who is owned by competitor AMD.
href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101006PD207.html">Digitimes reported that NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang emphasised NVIDIA's strong ongoing partnership with TMSC, denying any suggestions or rumours that it may be planning to change partners. He also took the opportunity to discuss NVIDIA's position in the market and how he saw them competing in the near future.
Huang blamed the companies failure in launching an entire range of Fermi-based products for allowing AMD to gain significant market share of AMD's Radeon HD 5000-series. Huang remains optimistic though, as to the company's fortunes in the 4th quarter. He mentioned both growth in China and the recovering markets in Europe and North America.
Well, this is an interesting turn.
Kyle from HardOCP went into Best Buy in the US and bought two NVIDIA branded GPU's - not an Asus, Gigabyte, Galaxy or any other add-in-board partner, but a direct from NVIDIA card.
He called the tech support number on the side of the box and the guy on the other end said NVIDIA did not sell video cards - but obviously they do.
More news will follow as the story breaks. I'll edit this post instead of creating another - stay tuned!
When it comes to video cards for your computer there are a lot of different brands and models to choose from. Most of them will have the same tech inside and offer the same features. Galaxy has a new NVIDIA GTX 460 video card that is different from the other GTX 460 cards already on the market with a new and very cool feature that will make it easy for you to send content from your PC to the TV.
The video card is called the GTX 460 WHDI edition and it looks a bit like a WiFi expansion card has been grafted to the back of a normal video card. The WHDI edition has five antennas on the rear that stream any content including games and video from your PC directly to your living room TV. A receiver box connects directly to your TV.
Disclaimer: right now, everything is "rumor" - until proven a fact, please keep this in mind.
For what has seemed like a very long time - AMD has teased us with no refresh of their Evergreen (5xxx series), then the name change from ATI to AMD and now finally, some concrete release dates for you to check on your calender.
October 18, 2010.
This is the day AMD will unveil the new, now AMD branded, Radeon 6850 and 6870 cards. The 5k series was a great card for performance per watt, which has been AMD's strategy with the last generation of GPU. This generation kicks it up a few notches...
The 6870 will compete with the current 5850.