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NVIDIA has launched their new midrange GPU, the GeForce GTX560 today and for under $200 it's quite the powerhouse. Considering most games are pushed out at 30fps or above at 1080p resolutions, it'll be quite popular. Given that the latest Steam results show that a majority of green-clad fans are running 9800-series NVIDIA hardware, it could well be time for a great value replacement!
Below we have a bunch of reviews, feel free to check them out - a little birdie told me that the first one is the best, but I'm totally not biased or anything...
NVIDIA's Cheech and Chong edition of the GeForce GTX590 enjoys benchmarking until it went Up In Smoke. NVIDIA plans to solve this issue by throwing the GeForce GTX590 into the gym for the next few months and revising various pieces of the card so it doesn't fail, furthermore so it is better competition against the AMD Radeon HD6990.
This change in hardware will include new inductors which means a replacement baseplate is needed, sounds easy, doesn't it? But, this effects the sizing and dimensions of current GTX 590 waterblocks. This means 3rd party cooling solutions won't work on this new Butterfly-edition GTX590, until then the GTX590 stays in it's cocoon slowly evolving into a green beast that is sure to get a thrashing by reviewers, enthusiasts and green lovers on release.
NVIDIA are set to launch their Titanium-less GeForce GTX560 on May 17th and the card is set to sit between the GeForce GTX460 and GTX560 Ti in terms of both price and performance. The new card is launching along side the marketing for Duke Nukem Forever with NVIDIA showing off their new GPU playing DNF.
NVIDIA are pushing this card as the new mainstream card as it's capable of running most of the latest games at medium to high graphics at 1920x1080. Duke Nukem Forever is shown off in the above video and NVIDIA are saying it [the GTX560] can run DNF at 1080p with 3D at "rock-solid" frame rates.
AMD's Catalyst 11.5 drivers are out in both Windows and Linux flavors. Feature highlights of the Windows-flavored versions are HydraVision enhancements for Eyefinity configurations which now contain:
The HydraGrid feature found in HydraVision is now aware of user created Bezels
The HydraGrid feature found in HydraVision now also includes as "Automatic Grid" option that aligns to the user defined Eyefinity display layout.
Jon Peddie Research has published the graphics market's first quarter results to show us some interesting findings. First off there was a 10.3-percent spike in shipments, which considering things like the economy, console-ported games and the lack of reasoning to upgrade GPUs, is a shock.
Secondly, in the first quarter alone there were 125 million discrete and integrated graphics chips shipped. Looking at the stats we can see NVIDIA faced a large drop in year-on-year growth by a whopping 28.4-percent with AMD and Intel growing by 15.4 and 9.7-percent respectively. Intel dominated though controlling 54.4-percent of the market, AMD placed second with a 28.4-percent piece of the pie with NVIDIA sitting in the corner with their 20-percent cut.
AMD have released the Catalyst 11.4 drivers for Windows with various enhancements and issues resolved. First up AMD have included enhancements to the AMD VISION Engine Control Center / AMD Catalyst Control Center with new task-based Display Management controls (which is meant to simplify the configuration of displays and display settings), a new Eyefinity setup group and AMD Catalyst update notification.
There are various performance gains, which aren't too bad at all:
The first 270-family GeForce drivers have arrived in the form of the WHQL-certified 270.61 drivers. The new drivers mainly include what we got with the 270.51 beta, including the insane 241-percent to 516-percent performance jumps for GTX 560 Ti and GTX 580 owners when running Dragon Age II with specific high quality settings.
In certain configurations, both cards get a 4-percent to 19-percent improvement in the following games: Mafia 2, Metro 2033, Left 4 Dead 2, H.A.W.X. 2, Civilization V, Far Cry 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Just Cause 2.
The new drivers also include "NVIDIA Update", NVIDIA Update is a feature that will notify you when new drivers are available and direct you to a download location. Kinda like Steam's solution for AMD Radeon-powered users, but, not as good, yet.
GeForce, the product that sounds like a teen Superhero team, is back with the brand spankin' new GeForce GT 520, the perfect GPU to accelerate media, gaming and, well- pretty much everything now that we've opened up GPU-accelerated web browsing. It supports DirectX 11 (meh), GPU accelerated General Purpose Computing (CUDA), and the aptly named physics engine processor, PhysX. If you're a gamer looking to upgrade your GPU and you plan on playing World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Farming-Simulator 2011, or the bad-ass StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, you're going to want to check the GT 520 out as those games will take full and absolute advantage of this GPU's processing power. With 48 CUDA cores, 810 MHz Graphics Clock, 1620 MHz Processor Clock, and a Texture Fill Rate of 6.5 billion/sec, this GPU should some serious cajones to your gaming machine. Let's also not forget that it's 3D photo, 3D video, and 3D Blu-Ray ready.
Check out more at their product website, or more after the jump.
AMD has said that it will reveal some details of their next-generation GPUs at the AMD Fusion Development Summit (AFDS) that is set to start in mid-June. AMD are also looking to reveal trends about future directions of accelerated processing units (APUs) and software development.
Eric Demers, AMD corporate vice president and chief technology officer is set to give a keynote at AFDS where he will recap the evolution of GPUs in the recent years, including the latest VLIW5 and VLIW4 core architectures and instruction sets. More specifically, he will present an overview of the next-generation AMD cores that are currently under development, which are going to throw forward new capabilities and continue the never-ending GPU evolution.
AMD is expected to release their 28nm-based GPUs codenamed Southern Islands, later this year. The Southern Island-based GPUs will support DirectX 11 functionality and should include architectural improvements and new features.
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: