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Sandy Bridge is going to be one of the big stories at CES 2011, and LucidLogix has awaked from their slumber in a big way. The company's virtualization software could serve up the ability to make AMD and NVIDIA videos cards play nicely together in multicard setups on the Sandy Bridge platform.
With support for DirectX11 and only requiring the ability to "connect the display screen directly to the motherboard's Sandy Bridge display output," hopefully this becomes an easy way to tinker with both the red and green side in the same rig. The 'Virtu' software is expected to hit beta and become available sometime next month.
PowerColor has been peddling some nice video cards for a long time now that geeks and gamers would really like to put inside their computers. Video cards, like CPUs and RAM, are often overclocked by the user to get more performance and to get the most out of a GPU, the card has to be cool. PowerColor's latest video card trades fans for a water block to keep the GPU nice and frosty.
The card is called the PowerColor LCS HD6970. The thing has 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and a core clock of 925MHz. The memory clock for the card is 1425MHz and the memory interface is 256-bit. The thing ships with lots of connectivity options and connectors with support for DVI, HDMI, and mini Display port all in the same device.
The copper cooling plate of the water block can cool the GPU to under 50C even under full load. The card comes with 3/8" and ½" fittings in the box. Pricing and availability on the card is not known at this time. You can expect to pay more than a normal PowerColor HD 6970 for sure.
I think that all gamers and computer enthusiasts can agree that for the most part the only difference between video cards from different vendors is the name on the sticker and the bundle that comes with the card. One stock clocked GTX460 is the same as another when you get down to it. If you are in the market for a new video card, a company called Colorful has a new offering that has a really cool bundle and is very limited edition.
The card is called the iGame460 Commemorative Edition and only 50 of them will be offered in the entire world. That exclusivity gets you an NVIDIA GTX 460 video card with a really cool heat sink and fan. The card has dual fans and the shroud over the fans has lots of angles for good looks. It has an interesting customizable cooling solution. That spike and heat sink you see on the bottom of the picture above is actually a heat pipe that you can add onto the card if you want to.
The card and its accessories come packaged in a metal look suitcase with foam cutouts on the inside. The customizable heat sink is known as the Air-Kit aero. The card also includes something called a network snake power cord. I have no idea exactly what that is. Pricing and availability are unknown. The card has 2GB of RAM and the clock speeds are 890MHz on the core and 4000MHz on the RAM.
MSI did not only work up the netbook market with their U270 announcement, but they're planning to punch GPU makers in the face with their new HD6970 and GTX580 Lightning based cards.
Both cards feature the new cooling solution called Twin Frozr III. We can't see if there's any changes on the GPU itself, but we can see that the cooler looks boss - the N580GTX Lightning is powered by dual 8-pin PCI-e connectors which should give users some serious overclocking potential and world records will most likely be smashed with some of these puppies.
Well AMD, you've certaintly rustled some feathers in the community over Christmas. Reports are flying in that AMD's Radeon HD6950 can be unlocked to a full blown HD6970 with just a few clicks of your mouse.
You are able to safely perform this procedure from Windows - even if something goes wrong, you'll be ok, thanks to AMD's new Dual-BIOS feature on the HD6900 cards. The source has tested 3 cards (AMD engineering sample, HIS media sample and a retail Asus card) - all working as a HD6970.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX460 caused quite the stir in the market. It was very competitively priced, performance was explosive and stock was everywhere. SLI performance was great too, which meant great bang-for-buck SLI could be had.
NVIDIA is ready to sequel this card up with the GTX560 which will fight a very bloody fight with AMD's popular HD6950 which was just released last week. The GTX560 will still be fabricated using TMSC's 40nm process and will be designed as the cheaper alternative to NVIDIA's GTX570 and GTX580 GPU's, all without drastically reducing performance.
Today marked the official launch of the AMD Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 video cards. With the cards officially on the market, the card partners have been tossing out their branded offerings today and reviews have been pouring in of the new video cards. If you are an XFX fan, the company has unveiled its 6950 and 6970 video cards.
The XFX 6970 video card has 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and supports AMD HD3D technology among other things. The card has HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort connectivity. The GPU clock is 880MHz and the memory is clocked at 5500MHz. The memory interface is 256-bit and the card uses a dual slot design.
The HD 6950 from XFX supports the same main features and connectivity with different clock speeds. The 6950 has the same 2GB of RAM with a clock speed of 5000MHz. The GPU clock for the 6950 is 800MHz and the memory interface is 256-bit. This card is a dual slot offering as well. These cards should be popular with gamers preferring AMD parts.
AMD's Radeon HD6900 series has officially launched, a few websites leaked out results early but now the NDA has lifted and the flood gates are officially gushing out with news.
The card is getting a lot of buzz everywhere and stock is plentiful compared to other launches lately. Below we have a list of various review sites with our sick and sexified Shane Baxtor leading the way with our in-house TweakTown review:
I can remember back when I first got into PC gaming in a big way, the video cards were all single slots. I remember the first time I heard a card was going to need two slots, I thought that a dual slot card would never catch on. Here we are today with dual slot video cards being normal and single slot cards being the parts we rarely see. Most of our rigs can handle a dual slot card without any issues, but for some uses, you need a thin card that takes up less space.
A Chinese company called Colorful has shown off a new concept card that is in the works that is a single slot card with an interesting PCB design. The video card is a single slot NVIDIA GTS 450 card with a copper plate heat sink and what appears to be an aluminum tunnel system on top for shooting air across the hot GPU.
AMD Radeon fans have been salivating while waiting for the 6900 cards to come out. The folks at Bright Side of News got a hold of some early leaks of the HD 6950 specs and features and the card looks to be a very interesting one.
According to the sheets, the HD 6950 will run at 800mhz on the processor, Have 32 ROPS, and run with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. 352 processors equal out to 1408 cores and the computing power is figured at 2.25 TFLOPS in Single Precision and 563 GFLOPS in Dual Precision. Check out a couple more graphs after the break.