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CES 2011, Las Vegas - One thing that we managed to get a glimpse of while out at CES this year was an interesting demo from Both Intel and Lucid. You remember Lucid; they are the company that has been working on an ALI/Crossfire alternative. We first saw them a couple of years ago at IDF.
At the time Lucid was hailed as the SLI/Crossfire Killer. Unfortunately it was never meant to be positioned in that way. Still we saw companies touting it as the end a replacement for multi-GPU technology. Now Lucid has dropped down a rung or two, not by their own doing but by the pedestal that the press put them on. They are often used as a method for getting more PCIe lanes or as nothing more than a way to run SLI on an AMD motherboard. In this capacity they are actually a good solution.
I like for as much of my stuff to be wireless as possible in most instances. I am not a big fan of wireless gear for gaming, but for just working on my work computer or for use with an HTPC machine in the living room, wireless is the way to go. The only thing that we generally need wires for no matter the brand is a video card. KFA2 has a new video card that cuts those wires that might be perfect for gaming away from your hot PC or in the living room.
The video card is the KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 and it has five antennas on the back of the card making it look more like an add-in WiFi card than a video card. Those antennas are responsible for shooting that video out to your PC screen rather than having to use a cable. The interesting part is that the card still supports all those important features the GTX 460 series is known for.
The card has 336 cores, a graphics clock of 675MHz, a processor clock or 1350MHz, and a memory clock of 1800MHz. The card has 1024MB of RAM and the memory interface is 256-bit. The card has SLI support and supports 3D vision as well. A WHDI receiver for connecting to your display is included.
NVIDIA has a lot of GPUs on the market in all sorts of categories form entry-level chips inside notebooks and netbooks to high-end GPUs that are aimed at the gaming market for desktop users. One of the things that all of the NVIDIA GPUs has in common is that NVIDIA designs the parts and TSMC builds them for NVIDIA.
NVIDIA and TSMC have announced today that they have shipped the one billionth GeForce graphics processor. I feel like that announcement should come with a photo of Dr. Evil with his pinky to his lips. NVIDIA reports that just about every major PC maker in the world uses its GPUs. It has taken big green 12 years to hit the billion shipped mark and the company is already looking forward to its second billion.
"Since inventing the GPU more than a decade ago, NVIDIA has driven innovation in these processors at a rate virtually unmatched in the technology industry," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "With our close partnership with TSMC, the complexity of these devices has increased more than 1000 times, enabling enormous progress in computers ranging from handhelds and PCs to workstations and data centers."
Golly. It seems like such a long time ago that the Ti series of NVIDIA cards were the shiznit - NVIDIA have taken a sip from the cup of nostalgia and are rumored to be bringing it back!
Back in the day (wow do I sound old) NVIDIA had their Ti and MX ranges. The Ti range had programmable shaders, where the MX did not. This is confusing now as most GPU's from NVIDIA have nearly the same feature-set. But, the name itself brings power and nostalgia to the table.
NVIDIA isn't lying still. Their GeForce GTX460 represented some serious bang for buck performance and their upgrade on it is not looking too shabby at all.
The GTX460 had a truck load of overclocking ability, which MSI and various other companies took advantage of in the form of overclocked models like the famous HAWK cards. Now the GTX560 is ready to use some of this saved up performance and put another dent in the market.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA partner EVGA has shown off some dual-Fermi GPU based goodness. The dual-GPU will be based off of two GTX500 series GPU's, which exact GPU's is unknown at the moment.
The card has 3 DVI outputs, which would lead us to believe it's Surround Vision-capable from the single PCIe product. The card requires dual 8-pin PCIe power, so you'll need some a decent PSU to run this beast. The card also includes SLI which should be capable of attaching another dual-GPU based card and going for 4-way action.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA have announced their new notebook GPU's in the form of the GeForce 500M GPU range. The new GPU's include the GT 540M, GT 550M and the GT 555M.
All of them are promising at least four times the performance of current integrated solutions and two times the DirectX 11 performance of competing GPU's. The 520M and 525M are mainstream parts, with all three GPU's supporting Optimus technology which provides better battery life by switching between integrated GPU and discrete GPU.
NVIDIA have officially released the beta driver version 266.35 for the entire range of GeForce and ION based products.
The 266.35 driver is said to enhance performance for a fair amount of games, updates the SLI and 3D Vision profiles and support and also adds ambient occlusion to Starcraft II.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA are off to a good start for 2011, the release of the mainstream successor to the GTX460 is arriving on 25th of January in the form of the GeForce GTX560.
The card is meant to be much faster than it's predecessor and hopefully cheaper! If you're in the market for a new mainstream GPU, we'd suggest waiting a few weeks to see what this puppy can do.
Sandy Bridge is going to be one of the big stories at CES 2011, and LucidLogix has awaked from their slumber in a big way. The company's virtualization software could serve up the ability to make AMD and NVIDIA videos cards play nicely together in multicard setups on the Sandy Bridge platform.
With support for DirectX11 and only requiring the ability to "connect the display screen directly to the motherboard's Sandy Bridge display output," hopefully this becomes an easy way to tinker with both the red and green side in the same rig. The 'Virtu' software is expected to hit beta and become available sometime next month.