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Asus has a full line of video cards running from the entry level up to high-end offerings that cost big bucks. The company is also a huge and popular maker of mainboards and other components that PC gamers and enthusiasts love. The latest video card from Asus is the new NVIDIA GT 440 video card aimed at the lower end of the gaming spectrum.
The new video card uses Super Power Alloy tech, which claims to be able to keep the video card 35C cooler just because of the metal that the caps, chokes, and MOSFETs are made from. The parts also claim to extend the life of the card by 2.5 times. The card also uses a special Asus cooling fan that has anti-dust tech to keep the fan and heat sink clean and running as cool as possible.
The card slips into PCI-E 2.0 slot and has an engine clock of 822MHz. It packs in 1GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 3200MHz and has 96 CUDA cores. The memory interface of the card is 128-bit. Connectivity includes HDMI, DVI, and D-sub. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.
Gigabyte is one of the more popular computer hardware makers in the industry with a variety of mainboards and video cards that range from entry level to high-end enthusiast offerings. Today Gigabyte has unveiled a pair of new entry-level video cards using the NVIDIA GT 440 GPU. The video cards include the GV-N440TC-1GI and GV-N440D3-1GI.
Both of the cards use the same GT 440 GPU that supports DirectX 11, 3D, CUDA and a lot more. Both of the cards have D-sub, DVI, and HDMI connectivity. The N440D3 has 1GB of DDR3 RAM inside that is clocked at 1800MHz. The core clock for the GPU is 830MHz and the shader clock is 1660MHz.
The N440TC has 512MB of TurboCache GDDR5 RAM onboard had a clock speed of 830MHz. The RAM is clocked at 3200MHz and the shaders are clocked at 1660MHz. Both of the video cards are RoHS compliant and the GPUs use 40nm technology. Pricing and availability on the cards is unknown at this time.
Jon Peddie Research's graphics shipment estimates for the past quarter have arrived, with numbers being "below expectations". According to JPR the growth from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010 was only 4.3%, JPR are suggesting that tablets and iPad growth might to be blame.
Intel saw a 7.3% unit decline between the third and fourth quarter, while AMD and NVIDIA enjoyed sub-5% unit growrth. Comparing Q4 2010 and Q4 2009, AMD has come out of the fight with an 11.2% growth, compared to a 2.9% increase for Intel and drum roll... a 15.1% drop for NVIDIA.
NVIDIA is planning a launch of the upcoming dual-GPU video card in the next month. The GeForce GTX590 should launch to duke it out against AMD's upcoming Antilles, otherwise known as the Radeon HD6990.
The GTX590 will feature two GF110 cores with a total of 1024 CUDA cores, 3027MB of GDDR5 memory, dual 384-bit memory buses, 128 texture units and 96 ROPs. Based on features alone, this effectively doubles the specifications of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX580.
Some news has leaked in the form of AMD's upcoming pwn-them-all GPU, the Radeon HD6990 dual-Cayman GPU based powerhouse card. Rumor says it'll include 3072 stream processors alongside 4GB of GDDR5 memory which spans across a 2 x 256-bit memory interface.
The fan is placed in the centre of the card between the two cores with a dual-slot cooler. Rumor also has it that the HD6990 will feature a dual vapor chamber design. Pictures have shown a 6 pin and 8 pin power setup, but this might change to a dual 8-pin power requirement. The HD6990 also features dual crossfire connectors and also includes a single DVI output backed up by four mini-DisplayPort outputs.
AMD have today released the WHQL-certified Catalyst 11.1 and 11.1a hotfix packages. The 11.1 set brings a tonne of new features, performance increases and other goodies.
Catalyst 11.1 includes a new Catalyst Control Center which is made to simplify the user experience to help customers get the most use out of their AMD product. Below is a full list of what the AMD Catalyst 11.1 release includes:
AMD are dropping prices and introducing a new card just in time for NVIDIA's GTX560 Ti launch. The 1GB HD6950 variant will be priced at $259. The card is identical to the 2GB HD6950, except it has half the memory.
AMD have also cut prices on the 2GB HD6950, from $289 to $269 and the HD6850 has seen a cut from $239 to $219. Not bad at all, and even better if you were wondering what to buy, now you have plenty of choice from either company.
Today marked the official launch of the NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti video card. As you expect when a new video card comes from NVIDIA not all for them will turn up looking like the reference design that NVIDIA shows off officially. Such is the case with the new MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II series graphics card. The new card has a cool dual fan cooling solution.
The benefit of the custom cooling solution is that MSI claims the Twin Frozr II cooling system will keep the card 20% cooler than the reference design. That means that you will be able to overclock the card to a higher extent with more stability. MSI also claims that its card uses high-end military grade components in the construction.
The MSI offering also used the GPU overvoltage software that allows for easier overclocking using software. The special caps used in the card promise to last eight times longer than normal caps. MSI claims its software and components allow for easy overclocking of up to 25% over the base rate. MSI will also have a Golden Edition of this card, but no details were offered on it. I would assume the Golden Edition would be overclocked.
Today marked the launch of the new NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti video card and the reviews are pouring in as we speak. Before I give you all the links to read reviews all around the web for yourself, I will run down the basic specs of the reference cards. Some of the cards you will run across in reviews today may be overclocked and have different specs.
NVIDIA says that its reference card is 33% faster than previous generation cards and has 65% better performance in tessellation games. The base card has 384 CUDA cores, 8 tessellation engines, and a graphics clock of 822MHz. The best feature is that the card sells for about $250. Hit the review links after the jump to see how the card performs.
AMD's Matt Skynner has teased the world with the upcoming dual-GPU based Radeon HD6990. The HD6990 codenamed "Antilles" will feature two 40nm "Cayman" GPU's.
Although this one will be a different style of card compared to the HD5970 in the way that it uses a cylindrical blower (like the ones used in air-conditioners) to draw air from the rear portion of the cooler, circulate the air through the complex vapour-chamber enhanced heatsink inside.