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That's how a launch is done, AMD has fired off it's second generation DX11 hardware, pushing their knee firmly into NVIDIA's now gushing neck wound.
First off, we have the sexified Shane Baxtor rolling in with some reviews:
NVIDIA is always at work on new video cards and GPUs for different user groups that it can sell and put on the market to fight AMD and its ATI video cards. One of the better cards from NVIDIA over the last few years was the GTX 480 and if you were a fan of that card's performance, you will really like the GTX 580 that is coming according to DigiTimes.
The GTX 580 is supposed to offer 20% faster performance than the GTX 480 it will replace according to DigiTimes sources at video card manufacturers. The 580 will be a GF110-based video card and is expected by the end of November or the beginning of December according to sources. NVIDIA will also reportedly have new GPU families coming out next year.
Just a few moments ago PowerColor added a couple of pictures of an upcoming AMD video card on it's Facebook page that showcase its new PCS cooling system.
One would take a guess that the video card in question is one of the new AMD Radeon 6000 video cards that is being launched later this week.
As you can see from the picture above, the fancy looking black cooler sports a single 80mm fan (at least by what we can tell from the image) and it looks as if it will take up a single slot in addition to the first slot taken up by the card itself. There is another birds-eye video of the video card after the break.
This didn't take long!
These benchmarks compare the 768MB and 1GB flavours of the NVIDIA GTX460 against the 960/1120 shader (6850 and 6870) Radeon cards. Both are tested using DX11 titles.
Ready for some GPU pole dancing?? LegitReviews have a preview of the very-close-to release (3 days!) AMD Radeon 6850 and 6870.
They have some close ups of the 6800 range as well as a sneak peak at the upcoming demo AMD created called "Mecha Rampage".
Run an NVIDIA GeForce card? Want some free performance increases or added functionality for other NVIDIA services such as 3D Vision or SLI? Then you'll want to check out their new drivers...
The new NVIDIA drivers are WHQL signed, not beta - will support GeForce 6 series and above as well as the ION platformed GPU's. The suite also includes 3D vision software, GPU-integrated audio device driver (version 220.127.116.11), and PhysX system software (version 9.10.0514).
There's a bunch of bug fixes, performance increases and support for new GPU's (GT 430).
As for performance increases, they are exclusive to the GTX 460 and 480 GPU's.
I just love GPU wars - I seriously do. We all win because of it, each team will try to bring something out to smash the other and because of the runaway success of the 4k and 5k Radeon GPU's - NVIDIA has some serious thunder stealing to do.
With the 6k launch very imminent, NVIDIA need something - and here we go, the leaks of a GTX580 with full 512 CUDA cores.
Now, these are rumours - so don't start lighting your pitchforks and gathering your peeps... But, NVIDIA are supposedly working on a new Fermi GPU called "GF110" which builds on a restructured design with new clusters. This is NOT a reworked GF100 GPU with all CUDA cores unlocked - but a new solution, design, layout and it should hopefully see a big increase in texture units.
Currently GTX480 has 60 texture units, but according to sources NVIDIA has re-jigged it's GPU to grab texture units by the balls and squeeze them to give us 128 texture units. This is done by changing the ratio in the SM units from 8:1 to 4:1 (CUDA cores relative to TMU's) - the latter is something they did with the GT200 GPU.
Quite a few companies are announcing their flavors of the new NVIDIA GT 430 cards, and MSI is right in the middle of the fray. What puts MSI over the top with the N430GT series is the support of double over-voltage control through their Afterburner software.
MSI's N430GT cards will include the same Military Class Components as their higher end cards, including the SFC (Super Ferrite Choke) that improves overclocking capability and all-solid capacitors to increase performance and durability. These cards will also support PhysX, 3D Vision Technology, and HDMI 1.4a that supports 7.1 TrueHD and DTS-HD non-distortion high-quality sound format transmission for 3D HTPC usage.
One of the newest video cards that covers the home theater and modestly priced segments of the video card market to come from Big Green is the GT430. Club 3D has pulled the wraps off its own single slot GT430 video card and the small little card should be a nice choice for a HTPC machine that doesn't need the most powerful hardware on the market.
The GT430 from Club 3D is aimed at accelerating photos and HD video according to the company and will allow the user to watch 3D Blu-ray flicks on a computer screen or a big screen in the living room. The video card uses the PCIe v2.0 slot and has a core clock of 700MHz. The card uses 1024MB of DDR3 RAM that is clocked at 1333MHz and has a 128-bit memory interface.
Could it be? Only 11 days until the world knows what's under the hood of AMD's new 6k range of graphics cards.
NDA paperwork is starting to come through and it looks like the 22nd is cemented into history as the launch of the AMD 6000 range of graphic cards. While we don't have exact model numbers, our understanding is that the PRO and XT flavours will be coming in, which should carry the 6850 and 6870 names.
While these names seem like a "replacement" of the current HD 5850 and 5870 parts, initial speculation with the name changes suggest these products could fall into the $200 - $250 segment.
Tasty times ahead indeed!