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COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - AMD has being pushing the whole Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming thing for a good while now and despite some minor connectivity issues, it has been accepted with generally lots of excitement in the industry.
First up AMD launched Eyefinity with three monitor support, but now the latest video cards are able to support up to six monitors - and 12 in the case of a solution from PowerColor. We walked by the AMD booth today and then of just walking past it like most booths, I stopped and was really impressed with the dual Eyefinity6 setup that the folks over at AMD prepared for the show. AMD had its booth setup in a way so that folks could sit down and watch people race each other on the 'big screen' in Dirt 2. Super cool.
I just need to justify spending all those dollars on getting this setup for my lounge room. Rock on AMD!
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We managed to meet up with Bill from Sapphire who was on hand to tell us a little about some of their new technology that allows 3D multi-screen Eyefinity gaming. Off camera Bill commented that the green team shouldn't be having all the fun and it is good to see Sapphire giving some new things a try on their own accord.
Basically the technology uses AMD Eyefinity that we should all know and love by now and 3D monitors from Zalman that use polarizing technology, which also means you don't need those big heavy active shutter glasses.
We had a look through the light weight polarized glasses and the 3D did look pretty good, but NVIDIA's approach is quite a bit better. Having said that though, it is still good to see Sapphire giving new things a try.
PNY has been offering up video cards for a long time. The manufacturer has never been one of the firms that sells highly overclocked cards like XFX or EVGA. PNY sticks to stock clocked cards for the most part like the new GTX 465 the company has unveiled.
The GTX 465 from PNY has an MSRP of $279.99 and comes with two free full movie downloads. Those movies include The DaVinci Code, Hitch, Big Daddy, As Good As It Gets, 21 and S.W.A.T. Other than the movie downloads the GTX 465 is your basic card.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Lucid had a strong showing today at the Hyatt here in Taipei. You know, the guys that want to free you from the VGA slavery so you can mix and match video cards as you see fit.
So far we have only seen Lucid tech on motherboards but that is obviously about to change. The above card will come from TUL and will be able to pair with just about anything else.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 -Straight out the gate MSI have gone with a GTX 465 that really sets itself apart from the crowd. On display at their booth is the N465GTX Twin Frozr Golden Edition which boasts a big touch of bling.
The card sports an all-copper heatsink from head to toe. The heatpipes, fins and base are all made of copper, with the cooler shroud being copper coloured in matching form.
Many of you would have heard about this one coming for a while now. NVIDIA has just introduced a third member into its GTX 400 series which nestled in at the bottom, giving users all the same technologies (DX11, PhysX, CUDA, 3D Vision Surround etc.) at a more easily reachable sub $300 price point.
Where the card differs to the GTX 470 is five less streaming multiprocessors, a 352 CUDA core count and 256-bit memory bus. It also has less GDDR5 memory at a rounded 1GB. The core and shader clock remains the same as the GTX 470 at 608MHz and 1215MHz, respectively. The memory speed is clocked slower, however; sitting at 3208MHz QDR vs. the 470's 3348MHz clock speed.
So, it's easy to see already that performance will dip a noticable amount lower than the GTX 470, but at the sub-300$ price point this is expected and still promises strong performance that many users will be satisfied with. It also means a cheaper SLI setup that should really get those frame rates moving.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We just got an interview with Kiner from MSI where he gave us a quick look at one of its systems running a DX11 video card called the R5870 Lightning along with the new MSI Big Bang XPower motherboard.
A little later on we hope to get a real hands-on with an actual running version of 3DMark 11 rather than this demo, but cool nevertheless.
We don't see as many video card partners these days including full version games to give the icing on the cake; certainly not as much as we used to. So it's nice to see MSI deciding to do this :-
There's no doubt they've picked a real good'en to bundle with their new R5970 and R5870 series cards, being named Game of the Year by the New York Times and getting a big thumbs up from game reviewers everywhere. Nearly all of MSI's video cards in their lineup are non-reference in one form or another, be it superior coolers, factory overclocks or higher grade components for better stability, and in some models a mixture of all.
In usual monthly fashion AMD has just released its latest Catalyst driver suite for Radeon graphics cards; the 10.5s. A separate Mobility 10.5 driver suite is also now available for mobile Radeon users.
There are two major additions to the 10.5 release. These include 120 Hz display support for all Radeon HD 4000 and 3000 series GPUs, meaning stereoscopic 3D is now possible. The other enhancements are found in the ATI Overdrive area, giving full support for overclocking functions even when cards are connected to multiple displays.
As always, AMD have managed to introduce a lot of bug fixes for the new release including Alien vs. Predator, Bad Company 2, Empire: Total War, IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, Resident Evil 5 and Splinter Cell Conviction. Some of these fixes are only applicable to certain versions of Windows, however.
The rumor mill is always speculating on what products are coming to market along with products that will be killed off. The rumor mill of late has been speculating that NVIDIA might be ready to end the GTX 470's run despite it being new.
The Tech Report reports that NVIDIA has stated it has no plans to kill off the GTX 470. NVIDIA mentioned the good, better, best arrangement for the Fermi line making the GTX 470 the better offering in the mix.