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AMD have launched their super-value AMD Radeon HD 6790 today and it looks to eye off NVIDIA's green-powered GeForce GTX 550 Ti. The card seems to be getting its fair share of positive reactions from reviewers with our resident VGA goddess (meow) Shane Baxtor leading our review list with his take on the HD 6790.
For a full list of reviews, look no further than below this text:
NVIDIA GeForce 270.51 BETA Software Suite released, includes big changes, performance increases and love
NVIDIA have today released the version 270.51 BETA GeForce software suite. The suite is compatible with GeForce GPU 6-series and up and installs the recommended drivers for CUDA, PhysX, 3D Vision software, NVIDIA HDMI audio drivers and related software.
A new feature with 270.51 is the automated driver update feature. This feature keeps your PC up-to-date with the latest NVIDIA drivers by notifying you when a new driver is available and directing you to the driver on NVIDIA's website.
AMD's monthly tradition of driver releases was getting close, with today being one of the last days of the month left but AMD have not disappointed. Catalyst 11.3 is now out and Catalyst 11.4 preview has slipped through also.
There isn't much new with Catalyst 11.3 apart from "seamless GPU Compute support", but things fire up with the Catalyst 11.4 Early Preview driver. The pre-release driver includes support for "the AMD Radeon HD 6790 series of products" which have not been released yet. It also includes changes to the Catalyst Control Center, performance optimizations (which AMD discussed a few weeks back) and miscellaneous bug fixes.
Come April 5, AMD are set to release the next entry in the HD 6000 series, the Radeon HD 6790. AMD has been keeping this info quite close to their chest, but the HD 6790 is set to compete against the green team's GeForce GTX 550 Ti.
The HD 6790 is based on AMD's 40nm "Barts" GPU (which the HD 68x0 share also). The Barts silicon is configured to have 800 stream processors (SPs), but it will be split across two blocks of 400 SPs each, each block having its own dispatch processor.
Ah, GPU wars - don't you just love them? NVIDIA have recently released their explosive GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU video card and stated that it was the "World's Fastest Graphics Card" yet, never proved this with an industry-standard benchmark like 3DMark 11.
AMD have called them out on this and directly asked NVIDIA to "prove it, don't just say it". Dem be fighting words meester. Fisty Cuffs, go! AMD also listed a bunch of review sites pointing to their HD 6990 beating out the GTX 590. Salt, wound, hurt.
Since the launch of the GTX 590 we've seen a number of reviewers mention that their cards had died during overclocking, and it's beginning to put doubt in peoples minds when it comes to the quality of the card. About 12 hours ago I'd taken off my reviewer cap and thrown on my investigator one.
It seems that most of the GTX 590s are dieing due to the amount of Voltage being put through the card. I spoke to MSI last night about Afterburner and asked them that if 1.2v isn't safe, how come Afterburner allows the GTX 590 to go that high? - The answer to that question was; "no, Afterburner only allow to 1.05v - 1.2v is not possible".
It came as a bit of a surprise, though, when I said that MSI Afterburner indeed did offer 1.2v on the ASUS GTX 590. Originally MSI thought only Smart Doctor allowed the voltage to go that high, but we've been told that the ASUS BIOS has been tweaked, giving the ability to push the voltage higher.
Just before the reviews went live I received an email from NVIDIA and they said that voltage adjustment shouldn't be done on reference cooling and also be no higher than +25mV. That means the maximum they recommend is 963v from the default .938v. Of course, we would expect the manufacturer to really play it safe. One company told us they've tested internally at 1.000v and achieved a core clock of 840MHz and a memory clock of 4000MHz QDR.
NVIDIA has had a great last 9 months, from the struggles of the initial Fermi launch with the lacklustre 400-series, they've come back very, very strong with the release of the GTX460 and the entire 500-series lineup. Today is no different with NVIDIA launching their new flagship GPU the GeForce GTX 590.
The GeForce GTX 590 is a dual-Fermi based design with two, yes two GTX580 cores on the one card. It is pretty insane but no different to other ventures like the GTX295 or AMD's Radeon HD6990. The card seems to hit and miss where it beats the HD6990, but feel free to check out a bunch of reviews:
NVIDIA are loving it right now, teasing the world with a "top-secret" box which is so-obviously packing a dual-Fermi based GeForce GTX 590. There will be more information available on March 24, which meets the latest rumors of a launch on that day.
The video is quite short but gives you enough of a tease, Tom is even running Crysis 2 in the backround. I'm pretty sure he forgot to say "HA HA" in the video, but I'm sure you could imagine Nelson from the Simpsons doing this in your own mind. Not long to go now ladies and gents! GTX 590 should be ready to stick its green thumb in the air.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 delayed until March 24? NVIDIA use the tears of fanboys to play AMD drinking games
Rumor has it that NVIDIA has delayed the launch of their dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 until March 24, a two day delay on the previous release schedule of March 22. I don't know if it's just me, but I've checked my Steam purchase of Crysis 2 today and noticed before posting this news that Crysis 2 will not unlock until March 24.
Coincidence? I don't know. But NVIDIA have seemingly delayed the GTX 590 for two days while using this time to collect the tears of fanboys into a few bottles and play AMD drinking games with them. Every time they read an article or piece of news that says "AMD" or "Radeon", they take a shot of your tears. Boom.
AMD did not impress their fans by denying warranty if the performance "OC" bios switch was used on their Radeon HD 6990, but XFX have stepped up to the plate and are now saying that they will be fulfilling their warranty even if AMD won't.
XFX told Kitguru that they'd be offering it, with a statement saying:
XFX will warranty the 880Mhz OC Usage as per our usual RMA terms, as long as there is no Consumer Induced Damage etc, as per our usual terms and process for RMA's
XFX strongly believe that if you add a performance enhancing switch which allows the end user to ENHANCE THE CARDS PERFORMANCE, WE Believe it is only right to warranty this benefit,
Further to this, if you wish to guarantee total stability of overclocked product, XFX recommend that consumers use our performance range of XFX range of Power supplies, offering our true wattage guarantee, and easyrail technology, with the best pairing being 750w onwards both core and Modular editions.
This is great of XFX to do this and I would expect other AMD partners to step up and follow the same path - if AMD aren't showing love, then partners will only look better by doing so.