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February has rolled along and with it comes another driver release from AMD for their Radeon graphics cards. AMD has changed its Catalyst AI texture filtering scheme as well as some new tessellation controls for 5000 and 6000-series Radeon cards.
AMD haven't stopped there, Radeon HD 5000-series owners are now able to access morphological anti-aliasing. AMD has also let users have the chance to change video quality settings for Blu-ray 3D media playback on 6000-series GPU's. COD: Black Ops performance is also increased for 5000-series owners, by 11% with anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering enabled. Disabling anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering will gain 4-percent in performance for Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Club3D has a large catalog of video cards that include offerings in the low to high range from both NVIDIA and AMD. Club3D has announced a new video card called the Radeon HD 6950 that has a unique cooling system and should perform well while staying nice and cool.
The card has many of the same specs that all HD 6950 video cards offer. The GPU uses 40nm technology and has 1408 stream processors. The card has 1GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 256-bit memory interface. The core clock for the card is 800MHz and the memory is clocked at 5000MHz.
The 6950 supports DX11 and uses the PCI-E 2.1 interface and has a dual slot active cooling solution. The recommended PSU is at least 700W and the card has lots of connectivity. Connectivity includes two DVI ports, dual Mini DisplayPorts, and HDMI. The cooling solution has two fans and lots of heat pipes for maximum cooling.
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.