Galaxy recently wowed the masses with the introduction of their new "GeForce 7900GT Dual Core Masterpiece Edition", a singular PCB sporting two 7900GT GPUs. This beast arries higher then stock clocks with its huge cooling solution and also includes 2x512M of GDDR3 memory.
The lucky lads at Guru3D have scored one to play with and seem quite impressed with it, you can check out the review here.
Hey everybody, today Guru3D.com will be the first site ever to review an actual Dual GeForce 7900 GT GPU solution based on a single board :) That's right, this is not a GX2 with two separate boards mounted together, but one card with two graphics cores. We have seen ASUS and Gigabyte manufacture similar products with limited success already but Galaxy is the first to push the envelope slightly with the 7600/7900 series of products in their new Masterpiece range of products.
Over the years we have reviewed a lot of products for Galaxy technology. Fact is this: Galaxy is a relatively small company, and for a company to get known and grow you sometimes need to take drastic measures compared to other competitors to show that you are out there. What Galaxy usually does is offer GeForce graphics cards based on another PCB color and lately they're also using Zalman fans. They also came up with dual-bios technology (SmartFlash) and added stuff onto the videocards like little buzzers that will go off once your fan fails or the GPU is overheating.
Thermalright have added a new universal VGA cooler to their lineup today, dubbed the HR-03. This beastly design sports 4 heat pipes and is said to be able to passively cool any card currently on the market, with the option for even better cooling by mounting a 92mm fan of choice.
Head over to Thermalright's website for further info.
HR-03 works with 4 heat pipes in the forms of 2 U-pipes and 2 N-pipes (another innovative concept from Thermalright) for a well and evenly spread out distribution of heat, and just as are our other High Riser heatsinks, the HR-03 can work effectively, with or without a fan. It all depends on your preference level for noise and performance.
For those hardcore overclockers who don't mind a little noise (more or less) and just want pure performance, you can strap on any 9cm fan of your choice and just go nuts! Crank it up! Turn up the juice! The HR-03 will cool the newest and hottest GPU from ATI and Nvidia. In our own test lab, we ran the HR-03 passively without a fan on a Nvidia 7950GT against the stock cooler and it performed shoulder to shoulder with stock cooling.
The DailyTech have scored some info on NVIDIA's new nForce 650i SLI and 680i SLI chipsets for Core 2 Duo, set to take over the previous nForce 570 SLI and 590 SLI chipsets with some nice tweaks and enhancements across the board.
Check out the article here for the full scoop.
DailyTech has received NVIDIA new product notices that outline two new chipsets. The new NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI and 680i SLI are Intel Core 2 compatible and replace the nForce 570 SLI and 590 SLI Intel Editions.
NVIDIA's new nForce 650i SLI and 680i SLI aren't exactly new per se but rather a quasi-re-branding of the previously released nForce 570 SLI and 590 SLI Intel Editions. The new nForce 650i SLI SPP pairs with an nForce 430 SLI MCP to provide a total of 29 PCI Express lanes. In SLI mode the nForce 650i SLI delivers two half-speed PCI Express x16 slots.
OCZ have unveiled some new SLI approved DDR2 memory modules today, these being their "PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Modules". They operate at up to 1066MHz with rated timings of 4-5-5 and feature OCZ's platinum-mirrored XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders.
Sunnyvale, CA-October 3, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the next addition to OCZ's line of NVIDIA® certified Platinum DDR2 memory modules. The new PC2-8500 series is SLI™ certified ensuring ultimate breakthrough compatibility for advanced SLI platform performance.
An announcement's been issued out from TUL Corp today which highlights their PowerColor X1650 PRO graphics card to be the card of choice for gaming systems used at the world's largest e-sports competition, this being the World Cyber Games 2006 Grand Final in Monza Italy from Oct 18 through 22.
Grab the press release here for full details.
Taipei, Taiwan - October 3, 2006 - Tul Corporation, a leading provider of ATI-based graphic cards, today announced the PowerColor X1650 PRO has been selected by the World Cyber Games (WCG) to be the official graphics card for the finals on October 18- 22. 700 top gamers from 70 countries will be at the Autodromo Nazionale of Monza, in Italy to compete for titles in FIFA Soccer 06, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, StarCraft: Brood War, WarCraft III: Frozen Throne, Dawn of War: Winter Assault. Gaming systems throughout the tournament will be equipped with the PowerColor X1650 PRO.
A press release from Swiftech a couple days back supports the release of their new MCW-Ramcool VGA memory water-block, designed for NVIDIA"s current crop of GeForce cards.
For more info, head over to the product page on Swiftech's website.
Signal Hill, CA - Friday 29th, September 2006 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the MCW-Ramcool VGA memory water-block for nVidia® GeForce™ graphics cards. "The design concept was to physically separate the memory cooling from the GPU cooling solution in order to get the best possible thermal joint and therefore superior overclocking performance; universal compatibility was also a must, so we had to invent a new type of fitting to allow for this and thus were born the patent pending "F" fittings, which I am sure will also have numerous applications in other fields; this was a creative challenge, but we are all quite proud of the result!" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. These new products will be available thru Swiftech's reseller's network this month.
Now that the words spread on P965 based motherboards being CrossFire ready (providing they sport 2 residing x16 PCIe ports), GIGABYTE are confirming their own P965 variants (the GA-965P-DQ6, GA-965P-DS4 and GA-965G-DS4) are ready for CrossFire action, as per this press release.
Taipei, Taiwan, September 27, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions, today announced support for ATI CrossFire™ dual graphics technology for their award-winning range of Intel® 965 motherboards including the GA-965P-DQ6, GA-965P-DS4 and GA-965G-DS4. Combined with support for the highly advanced Intel® Core™2 Duo processor, the GIGABYTE 965 series of motherboards provide gamers with the highest performance, feature-rich platforms in the industry.
ATI have just lifted the curtain on a new trio of Mobility Radeon GPUS, these being the Mobility Radeon X1700, Mobility Radeon X1450 and Mobility Radeon X1350. The X1700 sports 12 pixel shader processors and 4 vertex shader processors whilst the other two have 4 pixel shader processors and 2 vertex shader processors.
These are all still fabbed on ATI's 90nm process however its been said that the X1700 variant has been designed around strained silicon technology which apparently brings dramatically improved performance per watt. Interesting!
For full details, have a read of ATI's official press material here.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Sep 25, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) has developed a family of notebook graphics to meet the complete needs of mobile professionals-from creating vivid presentations, to watching high definition videos to playing their favorite video game on their flight home. ATI's Mobility Radeon X1700®, Mobility Radeon® X1450 and Mobility Radeon® X1350 Balance performance with longer battery life to transform notebook PCs into high-powered mobile entertainment systems and Windows Vista*#153;-ready workstations.
HKEPC have scooped up some fresh info on Intel's upcoming "Kentsfield" processors, these being quad-core monsters which will be stamped as "Core 2 Quadro/Extreme" variants. They will apparently surface in November!
Intel recently released a memo to manufacturers indicating that the new quad-core processors are going to be announced this month. The first quad-core processors, codename Kenstfield, belong to as a part of Intel Core 2 Quadro family for mainstream market as well as Intel Core 2 Extreme family for high-end users.
Sources said Core 2 Quadro Q6600 would be the first quad-core processor to be released. It's a 2.4GHz with 4MB x2 L2 Cache and 1066MHz FSB model for advanced users. Yet its price is not determined. In addition, all quad-core processors for mainstream based on Core macroarchitecture belong to Intel Core 2 Quadro family.
Although cut off the production line before they were ready to be shipped in volume, early samples of DFI's highly anticipated "LAN Party NF590 SLI Intel Edition" motherboard were discovered to be a hell of a performer (even with an immature BIOS).
The reason DFI pulled it was apparently because they werent happy with NVIDIA's C19-based chipset and will instead launch a new board based on the revised "NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition C55" chipset.
DFI LAN Party NF590 SLI Intel Edition looked like a very promising motherboard for overclockers working with Intel's Core 2 Duo architecture but after that the first samples appeared DFI decided to cancel the development of the board. The reason was that it wasn't happy with NVIDIA's Intel-version of nForce 590 code-named C19. It has since then announced that it will instead focus on the new version of the chipset, NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition C55. At VR-Zone they've had a C19-based LAN Party board in the test lab and except from a immature BIOS they were very pleased with the board.
NV partner GALAXY have just added two more NVIDIA cards to their lineup, these both based on the newly released 7900GS with a 540MHz core and 1500MHz DDR3 memory. Each card differs only in the cooling solution used, with choice for either a ZALMAN or Cooler Master heatsink/fan.
Grab GALAXY's press release here for further details.
This newest VGA accelerator based on nVidia 7xxx family chipset is a great connector between mid-range and high-end cards. For a reasonable money you can get a card which is equipped in all latest features, that a VGA can have at the moment. One more time Galaxy managed to create a unique card, far from being a reference board. It's easy to recognize Galaxy by a blue PCB, and a fancy cooling solution.
NVIDIA have released two new mainstream GeForce7 series graphics cards today, these being the 7900GS and 7950GT. NVIDIA's official press material on these can be located here, and there's plenty of coverage on the new cards as per the below links :-
- Tech Report
- The Inquirer
- The Inquirer #2
- XBit Labs
SANTA CLARA, CA-SEPTEMBER 6, 2006--NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today redefined performance expectations for graphics cards at two of the most popular price segments for PC gamers. Available immediately, NVIDIA SLI™-ready GeForce 7900 GS graphics processing units (GPUs) deliver exceptional performance and cutting-edge features at the widely-accessible $199 to $249 price point. Available September 14, 2006, the GeForce 7950 GT GPU brings screaming performance and a 512MB frame buffer to the $299 to $349 price segment.
The DailyTech have posted up details of a few more entry-level/mid-range cards to soon enter NVIDIA's GeForce family, these being the GeForce 7100GS, 7900GS, and 7950GT. Talk about options these days, sheesh!
NVIDIA is set to release three new products in the coming weeks to do battle with ATI during the holiday season. This time around NVIDIA is launching new mid-range and entry level offerings to take on ATI's recently launched Radeon X1300XT, X1650 Pro, X1900XT 256MB, X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire. NVIDIA's new offerings arrive in the form of the GeForce 7100GS, 7900GS and 7950GT.
At the entry level side of things NVIDIA is replacing its GeForce 6200TC with a new GeForce 7100GS. The G72 based 7100GS retains Turbo Cache support like the GeForce 6200TC it replaces. There will be 128MB of onboard memory which translates into 512MB effective memory with NVIDIA's Turbo Cache technology. The GeForce 7100GS is also backed by a 64-bit memory interface with compatibility with DDR2 memory. Four pixel shader units are available on the GeForce 7100GS. Core clock of the GeForce 7100GS is set at a rather conservative 350 MHz. NVIDIA SLI and PureVideo technologies are supported by the GeForce 7100GS, though it lacks the SLI bridge connector.
As highlighted within this press material, GIGABYTE are currently shipping their new Radeon X1650 Pro Silent-Pipe II graphics cards with a copy of the hit strategy title "Sid Meier's Civilization IV".
For all the details on the card, grab the official PR here folks.
August 23, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., LTD. (GIGABYTE), a leading manufacturer of VGA cards, today proudly announced they will be the first VGA card maker to bundle Sid Meier's Civilization IV edition with the Radeon X1650 Pro for strategy-game enthusiasts. The package enables users to experience the thrilling challenge of creating the ultimate civilization while maintaining your PC cool with GIGABYTE's silent thermal solution.
A little while ago we were given the opportunity to run some benchmarks of ATI's latest graphics cards, the Radeon X1950XTX, however we didn't have enough time to complete a full and accurate set of benchmarks.
You'll have to wait for our full review of the X1950XTX GDDR-4 beast along with X1650 and X1300XT but until then we leave you with some pictures of the new card.
The paper launch was today and the products won't be on shop shelves until September 14th - I guess, so much for "no more paper launches". We'll have more news coverage of the new ATI graphics cards later.
Spotted over at the Tech Report a short while ago, low-key website IT.com.cn have 'somehow' obtained leaked slides from NVIDIA which show off a couple of upcoming graphics cards, these being a GeForce 7950 GT and 7900 GS!
As rumors swirl about ATI prepping a new Radeon X1950 XTX and its Radeon X1900 XT inches closer to the $299 mark, Nvidia apparently has a surprise in store for next month. Leaked Nvidia slides obtained by Chinese site IT.com.cn reveal the existence (translate here) of an upcoming GeForce 7950 GT planned for September 14. The card will reportedly be clocked at 550MHz with 24 pixel shader processors, 512MB of 700MHz memory (1.4GHz effective), and High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection built in as standard.
Info-Tek (makers of GECUBE graphics cards) are proud to announce today that they've received the "ATI certification honor" for several of their products.
The ATI® certification program includes various hardware compatibility testing procedures to ensure that ATI® partner graphics cards meet the highest quality standards during the manufacturing process, and that only when they meet all requirements are they approved and receive certification. Thus, the "Certified By ATI" mark not only attests to ATI's backing of GECUBE products, it signifies Info-Tek's commitment to quality and consumer rights, as only by purchasing an ATI-certified graphics card can consumers be sure of a product's stability and reliability.
For full details, grab the press release here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, August 14--Info-Tek Corporation, production supplier for the leading global graphics card brand GECUBETM has received ATI certification honor for the GECUBE RADEON® X1300 256MB/512MB (GC-RX1300GA2-D3/E3), GECUBE RADEON X1600XT (GC-RX1600XTG3-D3), GECUBE RADEON X1600Pro 256MB/512MB (GC-RX1600PGA2-D3)( GC-RX1600PG2-E3), and GECUBE RADEON X1800 Crossfire Edition (GC-CX1800-E2) graphics, providing end-users worldwide with the very best in graphics cards product.
The first known benchmarks of ATI's upcoming flagship card have surfaced on the web, the (R580+) X1950XTX. These cards should start flooding the market by this time next month, with a scheduled launch date of somewhere between August 23 and 27.
Check out the full article and benchmark results at the DailyTech.
DailyTech has received early benchmarks of ATI's upcoming Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire graphics cards. ATI's upcoming Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire is expected to make its debut on August 23rd. Specifications for the Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire are finalized with a 650 MHz core clock and 2 GHz effective memory clock. The core clock is unchanged from the previous Radeon X1900XTX while memory clock receives a hefty 550 MHz boost. This time around the Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire are equipped with 90nm Samsung GDDR4 memory.
Quad-SLI goodness for the masses has become officially supported today with the release of NVIDIA's latest WHQL certified ForceWare 91.45 driver suite. Below is a brief listing of changes/features :-
- Adds support for Quad NVIDIA SLI Technology on GeForce 7950 GX2 GPUs
- Includes the new NVIDIA Control Panel
- New NVIDIA PureVideo features and enhancements
*Adds noise reduction post processing
*Adds image sharpening post processing
*Improved Inverse telecine algorithm
*Improved de-interlacing algorithm
*Improved compatibility with third party MPEG-2 decoders
- Microsoft DirectX 9.0c and OpenGL 2.0 support
Strangely enough however, these new drivers ONLY support GeForce 7950GX2 graphics cards, users of other GeForce cards are stuck with the previous release for now.
There's some coverage on the new driver as per the linkies below folks.
And finally, here's NVIDIA's press announcement detailing the official introduction of Quad-SLI for the Do-It-Yourself crowd.
SANTA CLARA, CA-AUGUST 9, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has made extreme high-definition PC gaming a reality for everyone with the release of the new NVIDIA ForceWare® 91.45 graphics driver with Quad NVIDIA SLI technology support. For the first time, users in the do-it yourself (DIY) segment have access to Quad SLI technology, which utilizes the power of four GPUs to make extreme high-definition gaming (XHD)-with resolutions of up to 2560x1600-a possibility for hardcore gamers and computer enthusiasts.
If you've been holding out for a while in the hopes ATI (err, or should I say AMD?) would eventually lower prices on their high-end range of graphics cards, your patience has certainly paid off!
The DailyTech report on some heavy price cuts across the entire X1900 lineup today.
For those of you who can't wait until the Radeon X1950 to debut on the 27th, ATI has already started to cut pricing on the ASICs for the Radeon X1900 series cards: Radeon X1900 CrossFire, X1900XTX, X1900XT and X1900GT. Essentially, all of the ATI cards have shifted down a price tier, leaving the top $500 price tag open for the Radeon X1950.
XBit have given everyone the heads up on a new quietly released Radeon X1800 *GTO2* card from Sapphire. This offering supposedly has superior performance not only to the original GTO variant, but also compared with X1800XL models. It's clocked up 500Mhz and carries 512MB of 1000MHz GDDR3 memory.
get the full scoop on it here folks.
Sapphire Radeon X1800 GTO2 comes with fully-fledged Radeon X1800 XL processor clocked at 500MHz with 16 pixel shader engines, 8 vertex shader engines as well as 16 texture units. The graphics board is equipped with 512MB of 1000MHz GDDR3 memory as well as video input/video output capability. The graphics card is currently sold in Japan, according to Akiba PC Hotline, however, there are reports that the products can also be acquired in Eastern Europe.
ATI Radeon X1800 GTO has 12 pixel shader processors and 8 vertex processors, while the Radeon X1800 XL features 16 pixel shader units and 8 vertex shader units. Both are equipped with 256MB of GDDR3 and are clocked at 500MHz/1000MHz core/memory. Considering the specs, it is clear that the Radeon X1800 GTO2 is more powerful than the X1800 GTO or X1800 XL models.
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