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For the first time in a while a set of new ATI Catalyst drivers have been released which look much more worthy of your time in going out with the old, in with the new.
The new Catalyst 10.8 driver suite give a solid amount of promised performance improvements along with some additional functionalities in the way of better optimied video playback quality, support for hardware-accelerated 3D content in web browsers, anti-aliasing support in StarCraft II and OpenGL ES 2.0 support.
If you're running a Quad CrossfireX configuration with Eyefinity enabled you will also appreciate greatly improved performance with this particular driver update.
XFX is a brand that gamers will immediately recognize. The video card company made its name building some of the best performing factory overclocked NVIDIA video cards you can get your hands on. XFX also sells ATI video cards as well and has pulled the wraps off one of the coolest Radeon cards ever.
The video card is the Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited. The video card has dual GPUs inside and a dual slot heat sink to keep everything cool when in use. The card has six mini-DisplayPort adapters and comes with enough adapters to turn those ports into other connectivity options as needed. Each of the cards is numbered.
XFX was at first only selling NVIDIA video cards. Over the last few years, the company has added a full assortment of ATI branded Radeon video cards covering all sorts of uses from HTPC to high-end gaming. The latest video card to come from XFX is the Radeon HD 5770 in a single slot flavor.
The new card is available in a version with five mini DisplayPorts while the basic version has a single mini-display port. The single slot card has a special heat sink and fan setup that has 15% more heatpipe surface area allowing the card to run cooler inside a cramped chassis. The special heat sink system is also designed for low noise with up to 23.5dB lower noise production than the dual slot card.
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.4.5.
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Support NVIDIA and ATI cards
Displays adapter, GPU and display information
Displays overclock, default clocks and 3D clocks (if available)
Validation of results
No installation required
Support for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported)
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 0.4.5
Fixed shader count on NVIDIA GTX 460, added die size & transistors
Fixed ROP count on AMD Redwood
Added support for ATI FirePro V7800, ATI IGP 320M, ATI FireGL X1, ATI HD 4200 variants
Added launch on Windows startup function accessible via system menu and supporting UAC
Autoupdater will not check for update when no Internet connection detected
Fixed browser not starting correctly from autoupdater
Screenshot detection that promotes GPU-Z's own screenshot upload feature
Sensor data collection limited to 6 hours of data per sensor (~250 KB)
Shortened Clevo PCI vendor name
Anyone who has built an HTPC machine that they want to use in the living room for streaming video and content to their TV and for playing video games knows that there are tradeoffs that have to be made. The tradeoffs come when you are using a HTPC chassis that only allows low profile video cards, the more powerful video cards don't typically fit into these cases.
PowerColor has announced that it has a new video card made specifically for HTPC machines called the HD5750 Low Profile Edition. The low profile card uses a pair of cooling fans to keep the card cool even though it is going to be in a compact space. The dual fans and the heat sink cover the GPU, memory, and the MOSFET to cool all heat generating components on the card.
When it comes to video cards there are two big companies that most gamers choose from - NVIDIA and ATI/AMD. For a long time the cards to get were offerings from NVIDIA for many enthusiasts, though ATI is coming on strong with some of its recent cards offering good performance at a good price. Zotac is an NVIDIA card partner and has announced the availability of a factory overclocked video card called the GTX 460 AMP! Edition.
The new video card has 20% higher clock speeds than your average GTX 460 card. The video card has 1GB of RAM and has a core clock of 810MHz with 336 unified shaders and a shader clock of 1620MHz. The card also has a memory clock of 4000Mhz for the 1GB of GDDR5 graphics memory it sports.
News hit earlier this year when Rambus claimed that NVIDIA infringed on its patents with use memory controller technology in some of its GeForce line of video cards.
Just earlier today a press release hit the wire that Rambus and NVIDIA signed a patent license agreement to deal with such infringements. The release said that Rambus granted NVIDIA a patent license for certain memory controllers at a 1% royalty rate for SDR memory controllers and a 2% royalty rate for other memory controllers (including DDR, DDR2, DDR3, LPDDR, LPDDR2, GDDR2, GDDR3, GDDR4, and portions of GDDR5 memory controllers). Although, it was also stated that NVIDIA has not granted any licenses to Rambus.
It was noted that the agreement went into effect on August 12, 2010. It may only prove to be a stopgap though to relieve tensions a little as it was also noted that the parties have not signed any releases of liability, nor dismissed any outstanding litigation between them. That basically means, there could be more money going to the lawyers later on or possibly more agreements down the track.
Deal of the Day: Combo Deal - eVGA GeForce 210 512MB Video Card & PCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W PSU - $24.98 after Rebates
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - [Combo Deal] eVGA GeForce 210 512MB Video Card & PCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W PSU - $24.98 after Rebates, Shipped Free!.
Offer: Another great combo deal from NewEgg:
- EVGA 512-P3-1213-LR GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
- OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
PowerColor has announced the latest addition to its line of video cards using ATI GPUs. The card is called the LCS HD5870 V2. The card ships with a full waterblock installed for keeping the card extra cool with an existing liquid cooling system.
The card has a core clock of 950MHz and a memory clock of 1200MHz. PowerColor claims that the cooling solution can keep the card at 50C under full load. The card comes bundled with DiRT2 video game.
NVIDIA has unveiled the new GTX 460 line of video cards and Palit has unveiled its new line of GTX 460 video cards. Among the new video cards is the GTX 460 Sonic Platinum, an overclocked GTX 460 card.
The new video card has all the features of the plain GTX 460 video cards like support for CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, and DirectX 11. The card has 336 processor cores, 1024MB of GDDR5 RAM, and is overclocked from the factory.