NVIDIA have just unveiled the world's first dedicated Visual Computing System (VCS) in their "QuadroPlex 1000", available in 3U rackmount or desktop configurations. There are three seperate models announced, each differing in GFX related specs / performance capabilities.
SIGGRAPH 2006-BOSTON, MA-August 1, 2006- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today ushered in a new era of advanced visualization for the professional graphics market with the introduction of the NVIDIA Quadro Plex 1000, the world's first dedicated Visual Computing System (VCS).
By delivering an order-of-magnitude increase in levels of productivity and capability for advanced visualization, the NVIDIA Quadro Plex offers advanced scalability in a sleek desktop or dense 3U rackmount configuration for demanding professional applications such as those powering multiple streams of 4K high-definition video, 3D styling and design, scientific and medical visualization, oil and gas exploration, or visual simulation and training.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Jul 27, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- 'Boundless gaming' comes home today as ATI Technologies (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) announced that leading system integrators and OEMs from around the world are bringing to market the powerful combination of ATI's Radeon® X1900 CrossFireT multi-GPU graphics and the Intel® CoreT 2 Extreme processor. As the graphics solution most chosen for Intel Core 2 demo systems at Computex 2006, ATI CrossFire has become the preferred graphics platform of leading system integrators and OEMs for their Intel Core 2 Extreme processor offerings.
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NVIDIA have issued out an announcement today which makes light of the many leading system builders to have chosen NVIDIA SLI-ready motherboards for their latest Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems.
SANTA CLARA, CA-JULY 27, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that many of the world's leading system builders have elected to launch new enthusiast gaming Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems exclusively with NVIDIA SLI technology. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor combined with an NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 or NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI or 570 SLI-based motherboard and one, two, or even four GeForce® graphics processing units (GPUs), has already proven to be an unbeatable combination in terms of system level and gaming performance.
This combination is earning early accolades from leading publications, such as Maximum PC magazine, which selected an Intel Core 2 Duo processor-compatible motherboard based on NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI technology and dual GeForce 7900 GTX GPUs for their 2006 Dream Machine cover story.
HKEPC have posted up a final sample image of ATIs latest GFX weapon to hit the market soon, the GDDR4 equipped X1950XTX.
Thats one very sweet looking cooler!
Driven by ATi R580+, ATi Radeon X1950XTX is the next trump card from ATi. Its model code and PCB version are 215BAABKA31FG and 102-A91501-00 respectively. Same as R580, it has 16 Pixel Shader pinelines, 48 Pixel Shader processors, and 8 Vertex Shader engine. Features at GDDR4 memory, it's equipped with 512MB 2GHz DDR. Sources indicated that ATi Radeon X1950 Crossfire is releasing on the same date with XTX version. Similar to the XTX version, the PCB version of the CrossFire version is 102-A98801-00. Both of them are available in late Aug. the final version of ATi Radeon X1950XTX is shown as below, the design of heat sink is a little bit different from those widely spread previously.
The DailyTech have posted up details of ATI's new flagship desktop graphics solution, the X1950XTX, as well as a new X1900 card based on the same R580 core, both of these due for release in a couple of weeks or so.
Amongst the transition to GDDR4 memory modules on these cards, there are several other noteworthy changes and interesting info as mentioned in the DailyTech's article here.
This week ATI sent an advisory out to its OEM partners announcing the details of the new Radeon X1950 and X1900 graphic cards. Both of these new cards are based on the same R580 core, but with some fundamental differences.
R580, the 48 pixel-shader processor version of the R520 (Radeon X1800), was announced this past January. R580 features a robust memory controller capable of utilizing several different types of memory, including GDDR4 which was not even available when the Radeon X1900 was first announced.
Since then Hynix and Samsung have both jumped on the GDDR4 train with revenue shipments beginning several weeks ago. The new GDDR4 variants of R580-based Radeons are now called Radeon X1950. Radeon X1950 will retain all of the features of the Radeon X1900, and really only have the added benefit of a new cooler, GDDR4 memory and different frequency clocks.
In other relative news, the Inquirer have made mention of the upcoming X1950XTX to include HDCP support.
ATI'S RADEON X1950 XTX will feature HDCP support. People are getting crazy about this content protection stuff, so many will be miffed that the new old ATI card will support it.
Our crystal balls suggest Blu-ray and HD DVD will become a very popular storage formats and big business interests want to ensure they should not play content without a card that supports HDCP.
However, a source at Sony suggested a while back that the firm might exclude the HDCP support from its first generation Blu-ray devices.
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As mentioned by bit-tech a short time ago, NVIDIA have finally released a working beta driver which enables Quad SLI goodness with a pair of GeForce 7950 GX2s. It's taken a while for them to get it right, and although this driver is still in beta stages it's good enough to offer fully functional Quad-SLI power to a capable system (providing other elements check in ok, such as power supply, motherboard, etc.)
NVIDIA has released a beta driver enabling Quad SLI with a pair of the recently-released GeForce 7950 GX2's.
The first implementation of NVIDIA's Quad SLI was promising, but buggy. There was a lot of work to be done on drivers, and the hardware implementation was such that you required a huge case to house the 312mm long video cards. This - and the fact that the drivers were still in development - meant that Quad SLI was limited to system builders only.
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If you've got your eyes fixed on one of NVIDIA"S current flagship graphics cards (the GeForce 7950GX2), XBit Labs have discovered that there's a new "Black Pearl" model on the way from EVGA which will no doubt be the cream of the crop, particularly with regard to its factory water cooling solution (designed by Innovatek) which would inevitably allow it to overclock to the high heavens.
EVGA, a well-known graphics cards supplier, said Tuesday it would soon release a GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics card with liquid-cooling system. The technology will allow the manufacturer to increase performance of the part to the unprecedented levels.
Nvidia's GeForce 7950 GX2, positioned as the company's top-of-the-range graphics cards, carries two GeForce 7900 graphics chips with 24 pixel processors, 8 vertex shader processors as well as 512MB of memory for each GPU. Each graphics processor is clocked at 500MHz, whereas memory functions at 1200MHz. The chips operate in SLI mode - thus giving such advantages as special SLI antialiasing modes - and communicate with each other using MIO-interface.
NVIDIA's current top to bottom line of Quadro FX solutions are shifting very well it seems, with an announcement highlighting such companies as Hewlett Packard to make use of the cards in several of their new mobile and desktop workstation solutions.
NVIDIA's official announcement resides here.
SANTA CLARA, CA-June 28, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, announces NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics solutions offering customers next-generation architecture, NVIDIA High-Precision Dynamic Range (HPDR) technology and refined vertex and pixel programmability for advanced graphics, are now being integrated into many of the newest mobile and desktop workstations from companies such as Hewlett-Packard.
This new motherboard from the DFI guns is bound to draw lots of attention. Based on the Intel 975X Express + ICH7 chipset, the INFINITY 975X/G is ready for Conroe and Crossfire and should become available at the end of the month.
For full details, grab DFI's official PR here.
Taipei, Taiwan - June 20, 2006 - DFI today announced the release of INFINITY 975X/G with support for the next generation Intel® Conroe processors and ATI® CrossFire technology. The board's Intel® 975X Express + ICH7 chipset offers supreme video experience for the hardcore gamer while delivering seamless performance handling simultaneous applications for multimedia entertainment and high-end computation programs.
The DFI INFINITY 975X/G is a versatile solution that is compatible with the latest Intel® processors, including Intel® Conroe processors. It supports Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® Technology (EIST) to regulate and potentially lower power consumption, Intel® Hyper-Threading technology to significantly enhance video game effects, Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T) to improve the performance via access to additional memory, and Intel® Advanced Smart Cache technology to increase efficiency by reducing latency to frequently used data.
As expected, ATI arnt letting NVIDIA soak up all the attention at Computex, they have a few goodies of their own to show off at the moment. Two announcements from them emerged earlier today, the first of which introduces their new TheaterT 650 Pro video processor chip which is quite an advancement over the previous 550 series model.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Jun 6, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) announced the Theater™ 650 Pro video processor chip for superb analog and digital TV reception for PC users around the world. The new chip offers full hardware support for Personal Video Recording (PVR) backed by unrivaled Avivo™ image quality. Theater 650 Pro is supported by ATI's new Catalyst Media Center™ software which combines easy-to-use PVR capabilities with the ability to handle any signal, any time in any advanced format, from H.264 to DivX.
"We're really excited about ATI's Theater 650 Pro. It offers the convenience of both analog and digital over-the-air TV in one card with exceptional picture quality," said Rakesh Agrawal, CEO and president of SnapStream Media. "Beyond TV takes advantage of Theater 650 to give PC users more of want they want - outstanding TV-on-the-PC with an award-winning PVR solution."
Also officially announced by the ATI guns today is their alternative hardware physics processing solution to the standalone AGEIA products starting to surface in the market. As an addition to their CrossFire technology (by means of utilizing a third graphics card dedicated to the physics processing tasks), ATI are calling it the 'boundless gaming experience'.
Check out the announcement here for the full scoop.
MARKHAM, CANADA and COMPUTEX, TAIWAN, Jun 6, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) is loosening the ties that bind gamers to their physical realities by immersing them in a simulation more complete than anything they've seen before. The 'boundless gaming' experience is created by combining the rendering horsepower of two ATI graphics cards with a third devoted to modeling the environment. This asymmetric CrossFire configuration fuses the best looking, highest performing graphics available with physics performance beyond anything available on a PC before(1). Added to the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo platform, it introduces 'boundless gaming' to the world on the highest performing PC platform ever conceived.
Timed deliberately just before the doors open to one of the largest yearly IT shows (that of Computex in Taipei), NVIDIA make their presence known at the event with a bang, as today marks the launch of the most extreme GPU solution for the desktop market yet, say hello to their killer 7950 GX2.
This card is basically a couple of G71 (7900 series) cards stuck together, you've got two GPUs and 2x512MBs of memory as well as a couple of low-profile coolers (taking up two case slots), however only one PCIe slot is needed to get this mighty serious piece of hardware crankin'. Take two of these puppys, and whack them into SLI? Easy "Quad-GPU" powah!
Being launch day, hardware sites galore are naturally firing up their take on this new weapon from the giant graphics maker, as sourced via the linkies below (with more to be added as they surface throughout the next 24 hrs).
- Tech Report
- Hot Hardware
- PC Perspective
- Hardware Zone #1
- Hardware Zone #2
- Toms Hardware
NVIDIA's official press release is also up folks.
SANTA CLARA, CA-JUNE 5, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the new NVIDIA® GeForce 7950 GX2, the world's fastest graphics card , is available immediately from the Company's add-in card partners. The GeForce 7950 GX2 performs as much as 72% faster than the leading single-GPU graphics cards on the market today by harnessing the power of two GeForce 7950 graphics processing units (GPUs) on one card.
"The GeForce 7950 GX2 is a great card for the gamer that's looking for the absolute best performance in a single graphics card solution," said Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at NVIDIA. "With that kind of power gamers can crank up their screen resolution to an unbelievable 2560x1600 for an extreme high definition gaming experience."
Thinking of a way to spend over $3,000 USD in one go? Easy! You buy four nVidia GeForce 7950GX2 cards (two GeForce 7900 cards joined together) for a total of eight GPU's along with a motherboard with four physical PCI Express graphics card slots, such as the Gigabyte 8N-SLI Quad Royal.
OK - so we kind of lied and are merely showing off what is sitting around in our lab. If you look closely, you can see that this kind of setup is not possible but interesting nevertheless. The first set of four GPU's is unable to communicate with the second set of GPU's.
Due to some issues with our GeForce 7950 GX2 samples, our review has been delayed but we are testing as we speak with a range of cards from XFX, BFG and Leadtek. Unlike other sites, we will be testing with a total of four GPU's whereas all other sites were only sent one 7950 GX2 card (two GPU).
Stay tuned as our review will be online soon and it should be interesting as we're testing all the way up to 2560 x 1600 with everything turned up for people with 30" LCD monitors. Life is good and Computex 2006 is due to begin in about 9 hours - we just might see 8-way GPU SLI here but I doubt it.
Taiwanese based hardware site HKEPC have sourced some hot spicey details on ATI's upcoming Intel (Conroe) CrossFire platform, RD600. This is looking to be a real weapon and will hopefully help close the gap with NVIDIA in the way of producing a highly competitive chipset for the enthusiast market.
Unfortunately the translated content is a little sketchy but theres some white paper material (in english) and images giving us a few ideas of what this chipset will bring to the table (Mmmmm ATI physics support, bring on the candy baby!).
We'll no doubt be hearing a lot more about this during the course of Computex next week!
News shared from Taiwan manufacturer, ATi would announce the most powerful Intel CrossFire platform chipset, ATi RD600, in the coming days. It ' s temporarily named ATi Xpress 3,200 Intel Edition and compatible to the new Intel Conroe processor. It would be manufactured by TSMC with 90nm process.
This product is targeted on enthusiastic user, supporting 1333MHz FSB, Dual Channel DDR2-1066 and providing Split Channel Mode to lower the latency. From the internal testing, a maximum of 1600MHz was reported in the over clock mode with A13 version, which has 6 PCB layers. In addition, the memory clock is independent to the FSB. It sounds good to the fans of over clocking.
The new flagship MCP from NVIDIA designed for AMD's latest Socket AM2 platform has been officially introduced. Many of the sites with previews of AM2 (of which I rounded up in an earlier posting) were using motherboards based on this MCP for their analysis and testing.
You can learn more about the nForce 500 series of MCPs for Socket AM2 at this section of NVIDIA's website folks.
SANTA CLARA, CA-MAY 23, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphic processor technologies, continues to redefine the PC as the ultimate gaming platform with the introduction today of the new NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI media and communications processor (MCP), a high-performance motherboard solution for the latest and upcoming x86 PC platforms, including those based on socket AM2 processors by AMD.
Based on NVIDIA's new "nForce 570 SLI" chipset for the AMD Socket AM2 platform, EPoX have just issued out an announcement supporting the release of their EP-MF570 SLI motherboard.
[May 23, 2006, Taipei]AMD has finally unveiled its new platform, socket AM2, which is a 940-pin socket and has full support for DDR2 memory, bringing the speed of AMD platform to the next level. EPoX now launches its socket AM2 based mainboard, EP-MF570 SLI., using nVidia's top of the range chipset, the nForce 570 SLI.
EP-MF570 SLI features support for DDR2 800 memory with a bandwidth of upto 6.4GB/s and a maximum 16GB memory capacity. For SLI mode, the driver can automatically detect for the cards present and there is no old school paddle card or jumpers that need to be changed. With one VGA card the setting will be x16 and x8, the left x8 slot can be used for other PCI-E cards or RAID devices.
GIGABYTE have just added another VGA card to their lineup, based on NVIDIA's new 7300GT core. The GV-NX73T256P-RH sports GIGABYTE's exclusive "Silent-Pipe" thermal cooling solution and is also bundled with a copy of the first person shooter "Serious Sam 2".
For further information, grab the press release here folks.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today announces a special version of GV-NX73T256P-RH that features the GeForce 7300 GT visual processor bundled with "SERIOUS SAM 2". The GV-NX73T256P-RH offers superior performance, silent solution and outstanding cooling with proprietary GIGABYTE's over-clocking technology, "Turbo Force" and the unique "Silent-Pipe" thermal design enables you to experience the latest HDR gaming effects.
Swiftech make headlines today with the launch of a new VGA thermoelectric liquid cooling solution dubbed the "MCW60-T". Using the award winning MCW60 VGA water-block coupled to a 188 Watt thermoelectric module, the unit is capable of dropping the GPU operating temperature range from well below ambient down to freezing levels, depending on the heat load and thermal capacity of the liquid cooling system.
The full press release can be obtained here.
"We designed this product for the hard-core enthusiast community, those individuals who think of nothing else but pushing the envelope of what their hardware can do" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. Mr. Rouchon also added "interestingly enough, the device also presents very useful functionalities for the large OEM and microchip manufacturers in silicon test and validation applications".m,
Today brings the launch of a new weapon in mobile motherboard chipsets from the ATI guns. The "RADEON Xpress 1100 series" is superior to the current Xpress 200M with such advancements as a faster integrated graphics core, and also better battery management by means of the refined PowerPlay technology. This chipset is also designed to support AMD's new Turion64 X2 (dual-core) mobile CPUs.
Head over to ATI's website where the official press release resides.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, May 17, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- New chipsets armed to support AMD Turion™ 64 X2 mobile technology deliver industry-leading battery life, faster graphics, and come ready for the Microsoft Windows Vista™ premium experience
ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) is squeezing longer life and more performance into today's notebook computers with the introduction of the new Radeon® Xpress™ 1100 series of chipsets, supporting AMD's Turion™ 64 X2 mobile technology. The Radeon Xpress 1100 series is built to deliver the ultimate mobile computing experience on the AMD platform, including industry-leading battery life, a 33 percent faster graphics core, and support for Microsoft Windows Vista. Whether for work or for play, the Radeon Xpress 1100 series is designed to squeeze the maximum productivity and performance out of today's notebooks, while still resulting in ever thinner and lighter designs due to its power- and heat-efficient architecture.