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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.
It's that time again; AMD has released the newest flavor of the Catalyst drivers for AMD video cards. The biggest surprise in store for the last driver release of 2010 is and all new look to the Catalyst Control Center.
The new Catalyst also has DivX Accelerated support for AMD Radeon HD 6800 series GPUs; support for OpenGL 4.1, including new ARB extensions introduced with OpenGL 4.1; and an updated AMD Stream v2.3 API. Grab it here to give the new drivers a try!
A lucky (insert expletive here) from hardwareluxx.de forum has gotten hold of a Radeon HD6970 and to not only tease the world with photos but has also posted some early benchmark scores.
As you can see from the shot, the 6970 retains the dual-slot design with blower-style fan and requires 1 x 8pin and 1 x 6pin PCI-Express power connector. One of the surprises is the little switch that can be seen near the two Crossfire connectors.
After some naked shots of AMD's so-close-we-can-smell-it Radeon HD6970? Look no further, below there are some shots of the card with it's cooler taken off and put on it's coat hanger.
There are also various spec details regarding the GPU and it's board design also.
Sitting down? Hopefully you are because this news is a little shocking - Intel has teamed up with AMD, yes... teamed up. They've also joined up with Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG to phase out the VGA and LVDS display connectors by 2015.
HDMI and DisplayPort will be pushed up to default connections (which is being pushed now). AMD has said that it will discontinue VGA and LVDS outputs from most of it's products by 2013 following this by a complete stop by 2015.