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With the Battlefield 3 beta less than a week away, NVIDIA have revealed they are working on releasing a brand new, custom driver just in time for the BF3 beta. The new Battlefield 3-specific GeForce drivers are expected to make the beta run smooth, without any driver incompatibilities, something that plagued the Bad Company 2 beta. The new drivers are said to take full advantage of NVIDIA hardware, with the ability to max out features such as tessellation.
The drivers are also expected to bring better performance across the board on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. There's no news from the red team if they'll be releasing BF3 optimized drivers, but there's still a week to go.
Colorful have unleashed a Radeon card under their ColorFire brand dubbed, ColorFire Xstorm HD 6850 X2 4GB. If you didn't already guess what it was from that ever so elusive name, it's a dual-GPU graphics card sporting two Radeon HD 6850 GPUs with a total of 4GB of memory. But that's not all, the designers of this card are trying out what they call "Silver-Plated Technology". All of the PCB's contacts, apart from the PCIe and CFBE interfaces are plated with silver. Silver being one of the best conductors, you can see why this card looks exciting.
ColorFire argue that the use of silver contacts reduces resistance and also helps with cooling. Next up we have DIP-switched based voltage control, which is an effective, yet old-school way of tuning voltages. Voltage measurement points are consolidated to a convenient location (next to the power connectors) and are angled for easy access. A pair of jumpers near the display output connectors allows the user of this card to switch between two sets of EEPROMs, each with different clock and voltage profiles.
AMD have shown off their first working 28nm notebook GPU to the public at a media event held in San Francisco, California. The chip is part of the upcoming AMD Radeon HD 7000 series and was shown off displaying Dirt 3 but resolution, graphic settings and FPS were unknown. The upcoming HD 7000 series dons the codename "Southern Islands" and is being built by TMSC. The new cards are looking to be unleashed onto the market by the end of the year - but there are also rumors TMSC are having issues with the 28nm production.
The new cards are expected to support switchable graphics and continue pushing current technology features such as Eyefinity and H3D stereo 3D gaming. There are reports that AMD are planning to launch four different GPUs based on the 28nm version of the VLIW4 architecture and will use them in three different series: the Radeon HD 7800, HD 7600 and HD 7500. These GPUs will sport between 768 and 1536 stream processors as well as using GDDR5 memory.
MSI has just launched another glorious graphics card into its well regarded Twin Frozr II series based on the popular GTX 560 Ti. Sporting that lovely, eye catching heat-pipe happy Twin Frozr II cooler, one of the other major standouts of the particular model is the arguably useful doubled up GDDR5 memory at 2GB.
Touching base on the specs, the card has 384 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit interface and carries support for 2-way SLI. MSI packs it with Military Class II components, including Hi-C Capacitors with a Tantalum core, Super Ferrite Chokes and All-Solid Caps with an aluminum core, while its connectivity options come in the form of dual-DVI along with a mini HDMI output.
The card will come out of the box with increased clock rates of 880/1760/4008 MHz, versus 822/1645/4008 MHz on the standard GTX 560 Ti. The card should be hitting shelves anytime soon.
NVIDIA has released the latest beta graphics drivers, 285.27 beta. Included in 285.27 beta are performance increases from those who are running the 280.28 drivers with 400 or 500-series GeForce cards. Performance increases of 5 - 13% are expected in more than a dozen games including Call of Duty: Black Ops, Civilization V, Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2, F1 2010, Just Cause 2, Mafia 2, Metro 2033, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, and StarCraft II.
GeForce beta 285.27 also sports a few 3D Vision-related changes, such as new game profiles for Aion, Diablo 3, Dead Rising 2: Off The Record, From Dust, Dirt 3 and others. The beta 285.27 also includes support for viewing 3DVisionLive.com and YouTube 3D with SLI-enabled PCs, it also makes windowed mode the default viewing option for 3D Vision Photo Viewer.
Four bug fixes are included for the Windows XP 32- and 64-bit: two are for single-GPU systems and two for multi-GPU builds. The first set are minor software glitches with NVIDIA Update, the other caused a BSOD when playing Adobe Flash content at HD resolutions and then switching to fullscreen mode while the other caused lousy performance in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings when using SLI.
Following leaked details on AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards earlier in the week, some new slides (said to be straight from AMD) have since popped up which add some more meat to the equation.
We are assured that the HD 7000 family will use the first VLIW4 circuits at 28nm. In usual fashion the series will be rolled out in steps, with each sub-series based off different base architectures. Looking at the latest leaked roadmap, we can ascertain that AMD is initially planning the launch of four different GPUs making up three series, said to be scheduled for a Q4 2011 launch.
There will be the Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850, HD 7670 and HD 7570. They will be equipped with GDDR5 memory across the board and sport 768 to 1536 Radeon cores (stream processors).
A little birdy has leaked out some specs on AMD's next generation Radeon HD 7000 series of graphics cards, though the information is most certainly still questionable at this stage with the lack of confirmation on any of it.
Codenamed Southern Islands, these next-gen chips will be 28nm (TSMC) based and as the chart above denotes, sitting at the top of the hill is the dual GPU wielding HD 7990. As per tid bits of info on the two Tahiti XT/Pro Cores the card will use, the max stream processor count is estimated to be around 4000 ALU, with the card featuring a TDP of >300W.
Head on over to the source link for a better idea of how the complete lineup is likely to shape up, with details on 8 known SKUs in the 7000 series shared. But remember, it's all potentially very loose information just at this point, so do remember to take it with a pinch of salt.
Here's an innovative, yet simply executed piece of tech MSI has come up with for future graphics cards. Word has come out that MSI has been testing a new feature it's looking to help make its already kickass lineup of non-reference graphics cards stand out even more.
MSI calls it "Dust Removal Technology", which is obviously to help rid your card of a negative scenario that affects every card sooner or later - dust buildup, translating to heat buildup. MSI say that enough dust buildup can eventuate to a rise in temperatures by as much as 15c, and from personal experience I can say that's not an exaggeration. Their new founded technology is quite simple in principle really.
External graphics solutions for the mobile platform has been a talked about subject for several years now, and while we've seen a few forms of these on display at various trade shows and in prototype form around the web, the big players are yet to really make a firm jump into this area.
However, it's still definitely on the cards according to NVIDIA. Fuad of Fudzilla was recently at NV headquarters where he got to have a chat with general manager of NVIDIA's notebook division, Rene Haas and while the finer details of what's planned were retained, he did say that external graphics is something they are working on and the word 'Thunderbolt' was also mentioned, possibly meaning it'll be the connection of choice to ensure enough bandwidth is provided.
No matter how much you try to convince people that "the more memory, the better" when it comes to graphics cards is a somewhat fuzzy statement, the idea of having your card crammed with as much memory as possible is just too hard to pass up for some folks, hence add-in partners sometimes going a little overboard in this respect.
On that note, it seems NVIDIA card partner Point of View is looking to break some kind of record with a new GeForce GTX 550 Ti offering, packing it with not 1.5GB, not 2GB, but a whopping 4GB (!) of memory - equating to 4 times the amount on the reference model.
Such a large increase in memory would be questionably logical on a high end model, but on a mid range card with only a 128-bit memory interface, it does very much seem overboard indeed. It also needs to be mentioned that the memory used isn't the usual GDDR5, PoV took a shortcut here and went for DDR3, clocked in at 1066MHz. Meanwhile, the core runs at 900MHz, with its 192 CUDA cores operating at 1900MHz.
The card is now available for pre-order in Europe at 113.