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AMD drops pricing on their HD 7000 series, also offers Three for Free for HD 79xx cards - three free games!
Team Green stamped down their whoop ass foot a few weeks ago when they launched their GEFORCE GTX 680, and now AMD are returning the favor by not only dropping prices on the HD 7000 series cards, but offering three free games for any purchase of the HD 79xx cards.
The name of this promotion is called "Three for Free", because, well, that's what it is. If you purchase a HD 7950 or 7970, you'll receive Dirt Showdown (when it drops in May), Nexuiz (again, in May) as well as Deus Ex: Human Revolution (as well as the Missing Link DLC pack), which hits in May too. If this is not enough, the offer lasts up until April 30th, and you have up until May 31st to download the respective keys to the games listed above.
On top of this, there are price drops on the 7000 series, with the HD 7970 dropping from $549 to $479, the HD 7950 drops from $449 to $399. On the mid-to-low-end range, we see the HD 7770 dropping $20 to $139. You have two weeks to act on this, so if you want to grab some Team Red hardware, some free games, and a new bunch of pricing, hit it up as soon as possible!
Palit have already launched their GEFORCE GTX 680 JetStream, but did you really think they'd go back to their man cave and continue gaming on their high-end GPUs and not work on anything else? Ha!
Now we have the new JetStream which sports 4GB of RAM. The new GTX 680 JetStream 4GB joins the 4GB ranks being made up by Gainward and their Phantom 4GB as well as Galaxy's GTX 680 4GB. This new extra RAM definitely comes in handy for those insane resolution and anti-aliasing that you can use, as well as the triple-monitor Surround Vision setups.
The new GEFORCE GTX 680 JetStream standard model with 2GB comes with core speeds of 1150MHz and 6.30GHz on the memory. The 4GB variant sticks to the NVIDIA reference clocks of 1056MHz and 6.00GHz for the core and memory, respectively. It will still use the 6-pin plus 8-pin PCIe connectors. The card itself looks quite sexy with three fans, too.
An NVIDIA engineer is pushing for the industry to move toward 450mm wafers as soon as possible, as GPUs are getting more and more complex to make, it's just going to become a requirement soon enough.
By the end of this decade, we're going to require many more technologies to keep the industry headed toward a trillion transistor device, according to Sameer Halepete, vice president of VLSI engineering at NVIDIA. He said this in a keynote at a Mentor Graphics user conference. He added:
The challenges are similar to what they were before, and though their nature has changed, I'm very confident we will overcome them.
Halepete also mentions that the industry needs to move toward 450mm wafers in order to deal with the number of masks and process steps required to make chips. The larger 450mm wafers would spread the costs out among more chips and reduce the processing time per chip.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 was a powerhouse of a card, it pushed the company away from the mess that was the GTX 480 with its various power, heat and noise-related issues, and showed the world that yes, the top dog could still be, top dog.
They reiterated this with the GEFORCE GTX 680 (with the capitilization meant to emphasise the word GEFORCE I'm guessing) and are now enjoying the fruits of their labor. The GTX 680 kicks ass, which means the GTX 580 can slide into retirement, put its slippers on and enjoy a nice, fat green pension for the rest of its life.
The GeForce GTX 580 officially launched all the way back in November 2010, and has enjoyed the crown of fastest single-GPU card until the day AMD launched their HD 7900 series. That didn't last long for AMD as NVIDIA launched the GTX 680, taking back that crown. Enjoy your retirement, GTX 580, my GTX 570's are enjoying their SLI goodness in my PC right now as I type this.
We previously posted regarding how it was unlikely that AMD would be implimenting any price drops on its HD 7000 series GPUs for a couple of reasons. Now KitGuru is reporting that they got a call from an insider and is claiming that AMD is preparing price drops from the 7970 down to the 7770.
The 7970 is AMD's current flagship card. At top overclocks it can compete toe-to-toe with the GTX 680. It currently, however, is priced around $50 more than the competitor. It is set to drop in price by up to $60. The 7950 is set to drop around $55 which will move it into a price zone that is a fair bit less than the GTX680. Nvidia still has nothing for that price spot.
The drops are supposed to continue all the way down the to 7770 which is set to receive a drop of around $15. Obviously, none of this is set in stone and could change over the next couple of weeks before these occur. Prices on the shelves could take a bit of time after the price drops for board partners.
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More leaks from the all too common source of Chinese channels confirms that Nvidia has a dual-GPU GTX 690 in the works. This leak also gives some more detail on the specifications of the yet unannounced card. This card will likely be released shortly after AMD tries to steal the thunder back from Nvidia's GTX 680 with their HD 7990.
The upcoming card will be based on the GK104 silicon and require the juice of two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The card will utilize a PCI-E 3.0-compliant bridge chip to link the two cards together. Its display output configuration will comprise three DVI and one DisplayPort. Obviously power consumption is a common concern, but for the people laying down cash for a chip like this, it shouldn't be too ridiculous.
Nvidia is supposidly setting the PSU requirement at 650 watt+ which seems oddly low for such a beast (assumed) of a card. It sounds like the chips may be slightly down-clocked in order to reach this TDP and keep temperatures under control. It can be expected that all of the features of the 680 will be in the 690. More as it comes.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's manufacturing capacity has fallen way short of the demand placed upon it by Qualcomm, AMD, and Nvidia. AMD and Nvidia produce their latest generation GPUs on TSMC's 28nm process and have been having trouble getting the chips to ship. Even though the 7970 launched right at the beginning of the year, they've shipped very few due to the shortages.
Nvidia has launched only one GPU based upon its next generation, 28nm Kepler architecture due to the shortage. Nvida has had to delay launching several more models due to this shortage as they would be unable to provide the silicon to go along with the launch. Qualcomm has been forced to move to foundry to produce its ARM chips for phones and tablets.
All of these shortages are expected to lessen by the end of Q3 2012. Yield rates of the 28nm process are slowly improving and will add to reducing this shortage. More as it comes.
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NVIDIA pulled out their rebranding stamp today and stamped two new GPUs to put on the OEM-only table. The two "new" GPUs in question were the GeForce GT 520 which are now known as the GeForce GT 620. Yeah.
This new part is identical to its predecessor, except that the memory has been halved from 2GB to 1GB, or 1GB to 512MB. But, sit down because this is going to blow you away, NVIDIA added that the GT 620 now supports the OpenGL 4.2 API, something its predecessor doesn't have. Wowee.
The GT 620 is still based on the 40nm GF119 silicon, sporting 48 CUDA cores, 8 TMUs, and 4 ROPs. The other GPU is the "new" GeForce 605, which is a re-branded GeForce 510. Again, based on the GF119 silicon, the GeForce 605 core runs at 523MHz, with 1046MHz CUDA cores. This model comes in memory sizes of either 512MB or 1GB.