A little while ago our friends at Sapphire announced they were going to produce dual Radeon X1950PRO cards and it seems like they are finally ready. Not only are they ready but they have a Quad Crossfire system up and running at CeBIT.
Woo, holy smokes! Cheers to the boys at PC Hardware and Games in Germany.
AMD's "RV610" and "RV630" are the codenames behind their next-gen value and midrange graphics cards, these being DX10 cards with support for shader model 4.0 and AVIVO high-definition video playback as well.
The DailyTech have sourced a bunch of info on 'em recently as per this article.
AMD's next-generation value and mainstream products are set to bring DirectX 10 and high-definition video playback to the masses. Although AMD is late to the DirectX 10 game, the upcoming RV610 and RV630 feature second-generation unified shaders with shader model 4.0 support. AMD has remained hush over the amount of unified shaders and shader clock speeds of its next-generation value and mainstream products though.
AMD is prepared to take on NVIDIA's PureVideo HD with its next-generation AVIVO video processing. AVIVO is receiving its first upgrade since its introduction with the Radeon X1k-series with the RV610 and RV630. This time around, AMD is integrating its Universal Video Decoder, or UVD, for hardware decoding of H.264 and VC-1 high-definition video formats.
Also nudging closer is the upcoming launch of NVIDIA's answer to the above; these being NVIDIA's 8600GTS, 8600GT and 8500GT. Dailytech have just acquired some more info on these babies too, along with a couple piccies for good measure.
Earlier today DailyTech received it's briefiing on NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 8600GTS, 8600GT and 8500GT graphics processors. NVIDIA's GeForce 8600GTS and 8600GT are G84-based GPUs and target the mid-range markets. The lower-positioned G86-based GeForce 8500GT serves as the flagship low to mid-range graphics card.
The budget-priced trio feature full support for DirectX 10 features including pixel and vertex shader model 4.0. NVIDIA has yet to reveal the amount of shaders or shader clocks though. Nevertheless, the trio supports NVIDIA SLI and PureVideo technologies.
GeCube have just announced a new high-end ATI based graphics card dubbed the GeCube X1950XT X Series. This x16 PCI-E offering with 512MB GDDR3 also includes GeCube's proprietary Turbo Extreme Silent Fan as shown in the clickable thumbnail piccy below.
Grab the announcement on the card here for full details peeps.
March 07, 2007, Taipei) Following on from the launch of its X1950XT AGP 8X product, The leading Taiwanese graphics card company Info-Tek released today its GECUBE X1950XT X series for the PCI-Express 16X Lane. The GECUBE X1950XT X series PCI-E also uses the ATI Radeon R580+ chip matched to 512MB of GDDR3 memory. Equipped with the company's proprietary Turbo Extreme Silent Fan, this product is among the best on the market in terms of cost versus performance.
At the ASIC of the X1950XT X series of graphics is the ATI Radeon R580+ GPU - the market's current top performance chip. Its 48 pixel pipelines architecture offers the fastest image processing speed while the 512MB of GDDR3 high speed memory gives the card spectacular performance in 3DMark. Added to the mix is GECUBE's copper Turbo Extreme Silent Fan with reduced air resistance, improved heat dissipation and lower noise.
NVIDIA have a motherboard chipset in the works to compete with AMD's recently launched 690G IGP chipset. The chipset (dubbed MCP68) will sport a new integrated graphics solution which is said to offer superior 3D performance and HDCP compatibility.
I first discovered the news on it over at Nordic Hardware, but OC Workbench have managed to get some early shots of a microATX motherboard from manufacturer "Zhiming" based on NVIDIA's answer to AMD 690G.
These chipsets will apparently make an official debut before the month is out.
NVIDIA GeForce 7050-630A will be the answer to AMD's new AMD 690G chipset, which has raised the bar for what you can call a decent integrated graphics circuit. NVIDIA will, not surprisingly, not just sit around and let AMD take control, but will instead launch its new MCP68 chipset. This series will introduce a new integrated graphics circuit, which is suppose to offer better 3D performance and HDCP compatibility. The launch of the chipsets are expected to happen later this month and during CeBIT, but already a few pictures of the first GeForce 7050-630A motherboards have appeared.
NVIDIA have added several new graphics cards to their Quadro lineup today, these being the Quadro FX 4600, Quadro FX 5600 and Quadro Plex VCS Model IV cards. The new quadro solutions are based on NVIDIA's G80 core, tweaked for optimal performance in CAD/CAM and visualization applications.
SINGAPORE - MARCH 6, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today unveiled a new line of professional graphics solutions: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600, Quadro FX 5600, and NVIDIA Quadro Plex VCS Model IV. Armed with the largest increase in GPU power and functionality to date, these solutions are designed to help solve the world's most complex professional graphics challenges.
Tackling the extreme visualisation challenges of the automotive styling and design, oil and gas exploration, medical imaging, visual simulation and training, scientific research, and advanced visual effects industries, these new Quadro solutions offer :-
Looking for a an absolute monster of an aftermarket heatsink to whack onto that monster 8800 series graphics card of yours? Then you'll be glad to know that Thermalright have just finished modifying their HR-03 VGA cooler to suit 8800 cards, now stamping it the "HR-03 Plus".
You can get the full scoop on this badboy over at Thermalright's website.
Before the end of 2006, many Thermalright supporters and users got to feel the wrath of the awesome cooling power of our VGA cooler, the HR-03. It received nothing but accolades and praises from hardware sites to world-wide end-users. Then near the end of 2006 Nvidia released their 8800 series and we started receiving inquiries about HR-03 compatibility with it. We tested the new 8800GTX in our own lab and found that performance does indeed rise up to expectation but so does the heat that it produces. Unfortunately, HR-03 did not have what it takes to work with the 8800 series, so we hastily went back to the drawing board, did a research on 8800's structures, heat dissipation pattern and amount, and evolved HR-03 into something greater! In time for the celebration of the new year 2007, we proudly announce Thermalright's HR-03 Plus!
AMD have chosen to make their CrossFire multi-GPU technology open for 3rd party motherboard chipset makers to be able to include it freely on any of their motherboards with dual PCIe x16 slots. They call it the "Open Multi-GPU Chipset Platform" initiative and it should allow for motherboards from NVIDIA, SiS and VIA to also start producing boards with the "CrossFire ready" logo on the packaging.
Currently, only AMD and Intel 965/975-series chipsets support CrossFire multi-GPU configurations with ATI graphics cards. However, HKEPC says AMD is planning to further open CrossFire so that the technology can work with any motherboard that has dual PCI Express x16 slots. This so-called "Open Multi-GPU Chipset Platform" initiative could bring CrossFire support to motherboards with Nvidia, SiS, and VIA chipsets.
The Inquirer report on some entry level sub-$100 DirectX 10 based graphics cards to surface in the near future.
Nvidia's first affordable DirectX 10 card, the G86 is almost done. Production is scheduled for March time but it may yet slip into April. We are talking about volume production, as a limited number samples are already done.
Meanwhile, ATI expects to be in full-scale production of its RV610 chips in April. Cards based on the chip are therefore unlikely to be launched at Cebit.
But we are talking about ATI's first 65 nanometre product, which it will put up against Nvidia's 80 nanometre-based G86.
Get the full scoop here peeps.
THE GRAPHICS CHIP MAKERS' pitched battle for the volume, sub-£100 market segment is set to kick off.
Nvidia's first affordable DirectX 10 card, the G86 is almost done. Production is scheduled for March time but it may yet slip into April. We are talking about volume production, as a limited number samples are already done.
After the biggest badest AGP card you can find to keep your ole' beast in good shape for the latest games etc. ? This new offering from GeCube is right up your alley in that case. They've just announced the release of their new X1950XT X Series Graphics card with exceptional overclocking abilities thanks to the residing Thermo Electric Chip(TEC)-equipped X-Turbo fan.
Get the full scoop on it via GeCube's press release here folks.
GECUBE believes the market of AGP interface advanced graphic card is continuously growing. The story or high-end VGA started at the end of 2006, where the introduction of the X1950PRO series drew much attention from the general public. Today, another bright new product, X1950XT X series, is announced. It uses an ATI RADEON R580+ GPU with GDDR3 256MB and comes with GECUBE's exclusive X-Turbo fan, built-in Thermo Electric Chip (TEC), and temperature-controlled devices. The core clock speed not only directly challenges that of the X1950XTX level (648MHz), its overclocking speed can also reach at least 675 MHz or even higher. Overclocking can be done with ATI's built-in Overdrive Control panel. With overclocking, the temperature is still maintained at 70~80°C, which is lower than the normal operating temperature of general graphic card without overclocking. Moreover, the temperature monitor allows game players to overclock at their own will without worrying about burning up the chip. GECUBE believes that "ultimate overclocking capability with enhanced efficiency in heat dissipation" is the newest norm for selecting a graphic card.
Though theres still a lot left to be desired from NVIDIA in the way of decent fully functional Vista drivers, they've just let us know about the release of a new 100.64 driver with support for the new 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS cards now flooding the market.
The driver also apparently has a few minor fixes, you can get to the release notes here or hop straight to the download links below peeps.
News just hit our bench about upcoming information regarding nVidia's upcoming G80 based graphics cards. We want to first clearly state that we're not sure if the information is accurate and at best it would just be estimated prices.
Our friends over at OCW seem to be talking to the right people here in Taiwan and have a bunch of information regarding the most expensive GeForce 8950GX2 that will be sold for $599 USD. It is rumored to be a dual GPU solution much like the 7950GX2 and will come with a total of 512MB GDDR-4 memory per GPU.
The second on the list is the GeForce 8900GTX which will replace the current high-end 8800GTX. It will ship at a retail price of $549 USD and sees total pipelines increased to 128 which is an increase of 32 or 25% as suggested by Fudo over at the INQ recently. It will also see the inclusion of GDDR4 memory which allows nVidia to increase the clock speed to a huge 2200MHz DDR. It also seems like the manufacturing process is being reduced to 80nm from 90nm in the latest batch of G80 chips.
In case you're not sure, one of our local Taiwanese drinking buddies (thanks Charlie!) was kind enough to provide translation. The top part after NV G80 says "specs and prices are estimated" and from left to right - chip name, core / memory frequency, memory type, memory bandwidth, memory amount, pipelines, process and price (USD).
As you can see, nVidia have a whole range of new graphics cards ready and apparently waiting to spoil AMD and ATI's R600 launch. Word around Taiwan is that the cards are basically ready and nVidia is just waiting for AMD to take the covers off their range of upcoming R600 graphics cards.
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And here's a press release from ECS to support their new lower priced 8800 GTS offering.
Milton Keynes, England, 12th February, 2007 - With innovative products that span multiple target markets, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, is releasing the N8800GTS-320MX, the latest addition to the ECS NVIDIA GeForce 8800 graphics card series. The N8800GTS-320MX is a price-conscious 8800 GPU-based graphics card aimed at gamers and performance users that want innovative graphics performance, but at a lower price.
The new card uses the same GeForce 8800 GTS core as the N8800GTS-640MX, but provides 320MB of memory instead of 640MB. It has a core speed of 500MHz, 1.6GHz memory clock and GDDR3 with 320-bit memory interface. It is practical solution for extreme gamers, designers and video/graphics users and anyone else wanting a high performance graphics card.
Following the launch of NVIDIA's latest halved memory 8800 GTS graphics card, add-in partners are dishing out press announcements supporting their own variants of it. This first PR sent to me from Albatron.
Albatron Technology recently announced the latest addition to its 8800 Series DirectX10 VGA cards, the 8800GTST. This product marks an important transition for the much anticipated DirectX10 market. It represents the first affordable DirectX 10 VGA card available for a large segment of cost conscious consumers waiting for an opportunity to latch on to this revolutionary and imminently important technology.
This card still boasts the same powerful 500 MHz GPU as its sibling 8800GTS but with modified memory configurations allowing it to have a more palatable price tag. The 8800GTST will contain 320 MB of DDR3 memory compared to the 8800GTS which contains 640 MB of DDR3. Aside from the differences in price and memory configurations, the 8800GTST and the 8800 GTS are virtually the same card both in features and dimensions.
ThermalTake are claiming they have the world's first VGA water block for nVidia's GeForce 8800 range of graphics cards. If you looking at adding water cooling to your new GTS or GTX card, check out the TMG ND4 from ThermalTake.
Thermaltake Technology, world's leading brand in high-performance chassis, high-efficiency power supply and coolers, today announces the introduction of world's first waterblock for Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX graphic card. TMG ND4 is a revolutionary product founded on Thermaltake's current TMG line of products to incorporate ultra-high performance with incredibly silent operation in order to achieve the ultimate gaming experience.
Custom tailor designed for Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX, TMG ND4 VGA cooler utilizes state of the art Brazing Technology to weld waterblock with all copper cold plate. Coupled with high density stacked fins for faster heat convection with surrounding cool air, TMG ND4 not only cools the main GPU, but the GDDR3 memory as well. Low-Noise fan on the edge of TMG ND4 provides additional concentrated and high-press airflow across the dissipating fins.
TMG ND4 is fully compatible with all Thermaltake liquid cooling system as well as any aftermarket solutions thanks to its multipurpose quick connectors that can be interchanged to support 1/4"(6.4mm) and 3/8"(9.5mm) diameter tubing. The thoughtful design and performance-minded features of TMG ND4 will undoubtedly bring ultimate gaming experience that gamers across the world has been searching for.
nVidia has finally released a new ForceWare graphics driver (100.59 - 32-bit and 64-bit) for the new Windows Vista operating system which supports SLI.
Don't get too excited though - it's still BETA and not WHQL certified and SLI support is only included for the new GeForce 8800 range. Maybe worst of all is that the driver still doesn't support DX10 in SLI mode.
- Beta driver for NVIDIA SLI™ support for GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS GPUs
This driver supports the following features:
- Single GPU support
DirectX 9 support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs
DirectX 10 support for GeForce 8800 GPUs
OpenGL support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs
- NVIDIA SLI support
DirectX 9 support for GeForce 8800 GPUs
OpenGL support for GeForce 8800 GPUs
- DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs and DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available in a future driver
Word is quickly spreading in regards to a superior version of NVIDIA's SLI technology, simply dubbed "SLI 2.0" (at least for the time being).
VR-Zone first published some brief info on it in which they've learnt that the updated tech is set to launch during CeBIT in March.
At this early stage, the only supposed benefit from it over the type of SLI we're currently used to, is that it will be capable of working with mixed cards (though its still unclear as to whether or not this means it is across different series or different models of the same series..).
Nvidia Corp., the world's leading supplier of discrete graphics processing units (GPUs), is reportedly planning to update its multi-GPU SLI technology in March to enhance performance and features, thus making SLI more appealing to computer enthusiasts.
The so-called Nvidia SLI 2.0 technology - which, according to a news-story over VR-Zone web-site should be unveiled at CeBIT 2007 - should support work of 4, 6 and 8 graphics chips in parallel as well as support different graphics card's operation in tandem. There are currently no clear details regarding the SLI 2.0, but the fact that Nvidia is looking forward to improve its multi-GPU technology deserves attention.
As we nudge a bit closer towards the birth of AMD/ATI's next-gen killer graphics card series to answer the mighty G80 cards from NVIDIA, VR-Zone have snapped up a lil' pic of the OEM cooling solution on it, though this will supposedly not be the one used in the retail market due to the final cards being quite a bit smaller.
This is the cooling fan unit at the back of the card that makes the R600XTX card so long. The cooler housing is transparent with a tint of black so you are able to see the copper heat-pipes within. Some AIBs are likely to add in LEDs to spice it up. Anyway this version is meant for OEM and there is a 9" version for retail.
Cooler Master have issued out an announcement today which brings to light their new "CoolViva Pro" heatsink/fan combo for graphics cards. The design is based around 3 heat pipes directed to an aluminium heat sink, with hot air being pushed out of a ventilated PCI-Bracket at the back of your case.
Grab the official PR here for further details on it.
With video graphics cards becoming more and more high-tech, cooling it becomes crucial.
To put an end to your computer's overheating problem, Cooler Master's CoolViva Pro offers you a silent cooling solution to help resolve the problem.
CoolViva Pro's pure copper base and 3 heat pipes effectively draws heat from your GPU and direct them to the Aluminum Heat sink. The Cool Viva Pro comes with PWM/4-Pin, which can be adjusted according to GUP temperature. The unique fan design draws in cool air from both top and bottom inlets cooling GPU, MOSFET and memory all at the same time, while hot air is being directed out of the chassis through the ventilated PCI-Bracket.
Users of Windows Vista and nVidia's GeForce 8800 graphics cards can almost rejoice!
nVidia plan on releasing a Vista beta driver to their website for public download on Tuesday, January 30th which includes SLI support. D3D performance is set to be improved over the Release 95 Vista drivers, and is on par with Windows XP games and applications in some cases (except OpenGL).
Driver Description: This driver is intended for testing on GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS series GPUs. This driver is intended for DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 application testing in single GPU only. It is not recommended for NVIDIA SLI testing. 3D performance of this driver is improved over Release 95 Vista drivers, and is on par with Windows XP for the top applications, with the exception of OpenGL applications. This driver can also be used with GeForce 7 and GeForce 6 series GPUs, though performance can be slower on some applications because we still have work to do on our drivers. Our goal is to get Vista performance equivalent to XP performance wherever possible, and we will do this through continuous driver updates.
NVIDIA's plan is to make a driver available for end users on NVIDIA.com on January 30, 2007. This driver is a beta driver and the first SLI driver, intended to support GeForce 8, 7, and 6 series GPUs, and will add support for GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS DirectX 9 SLI on the top applications. NVIDIA will continue to work on optimizing our Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications.
In addition, NVIDIA is working very closely with Microsoft to finalize the WHQL certified DirectX 10 driver for the GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS GPU. Both companies have been in close communication to ensure that the logo kit gets finalized to enable the certification of the driver as soon as possible to enable getting it into the hands of customers.
100.54 will be out around the same the time of the Windows Vista release but what do AMD and ATI have up their sleeves? Only we know but you will soon, too!
Following AMD/ATI's recent change to their entry-level graphics card lineup with the new X1050 and 1550 offerings, GeCube have just officially announced cards based off these.
You can get all the details on them via the press material here folks.
(Taipei, 2007/01) With its official launch date set for 2007, Microsoft's all-new operating system, Windows Vista™, will soon ignite a wave of hardware and computer upgrades. This new operating system emphasizes it's strong support for home entertainment just like the GECUBE series from GECUBE. The latest GECUBE graphics card has been certified as Windows Vista™ compliant so we are now standing by to provide you with even better video quality for the ultimate digital experience in the world of Vista.
ASUS have just unveiled details behind their new A8Jr notebook, including the yet to be announced AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 GPU! - Info on the new chip is a little scarce but it will supposedly make use of "HyperMemory" technology with superior "performance-per-watt" than competing solutions. It's been also mentioned that it's based around their upcoming R600 desktop GPU, which would suggest that it may be a DX10 offering with unified shaders.
ASUS today announced the latest addition to its popular A8J family: the A8Jr. The A8Jr takes advantage of Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processors and makes use of ATI's new Mobility Radeon X2300 GPU.
"There is an ever-increasing demand for higher graphic processing power and crisper graphics for entertainment and applications alike," said AMD's David Cummings. "Our answer to that demand is the X2300 GPU. This GPU utilizes patented technology to increase processing power and provide the user with smooth, realistic hi-resolution graphics.