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Today marked the launch of the new NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti video card and the reviews are pouring in as we speak. Before I give you all the links to read reviews all around the web for yourself, I will run down the basic specs of the reference cards. Some of the cards you will run across in reviews today may be overclocked and have different specs.
NVIDIA says that its reference card is 33% faster than previous generation cards and has 65% better performance in tessellation games. The base card has 384 CUDA cores, 8 tessellation engines, and a graphics clock of 822MHz. The best feature is that the card sells for about $250. Hit the review links after the jump to see how the card performs.
AMD's Matt Skynner has teased the world with the upcoming dual-GPU based Radeon HD6990. The HD6990 codenamed "Antilles" will feature two 40nm "Cayman" GPU's.
Although this one will be a different style of card compared to the HD5970 in the way that it uses a cylindrical blower (like the ones used in air-conditioners) to draw air from the rear portion of the cooler, circulate the air through the complex vapour-chamber enhanced heatsink inside.
Look out everyone, the rebranding fairy is at it again. The HD5750 and HD5770 are being magically poofed by AMD into the HD6770 and HD6750 and being aimed at the OEM market for prebuilt computer integration.
The Juniper based cards will mostly keep their familiar 5 series specs: 128-bit memory interface, 720/800 stream processors, and 1GB GDDR5 memory onboard. OpenGL 4.1 support as well as HDMI 1.4a connectivity have been added to the "new" cards. Keep an eye out for them in Dell and HP machines soon.
NVIDIA were up first yesterday and now AMD are serving up a new revision of drivers today in the form of Catalyst 11.1a hotfix. The drivers give speed increases for Radeon HD 6800 and 6900 series of GPU's.
The hotfix (as usual) is not officially supported, so install at your own risk. There will be an official Catalyst update on January 26th. Both series of GPU's will get a performance increase of roughly 7% in 3DMark Vantage, 3% increase in 3DMark 06, Call of Duty: Black Ops should get around 20% when playing with 4xMSAA and then pumps up to a 35% increase at 8xMSAA.
Titanium, it's back. NVIDIA are set to launch the GeForce GTX560 range any day now and Gigabyte are one of the first to be pictured running the old moniker of "Ti". The Gigabyte model number is GV-N560OC-1GI - the card is based off of the GF114 GPU, with 384 CUDA cores and 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
The card doesn't look that much different to a GTX460 and rumor has it that the GF114 is pin-compatible with GF104 which means R&D costs would be down, and a simple slot in GPU and BIOS is added and voila, GTX560 powah.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - One thing that we managed to get a glimpse of while out at CES this year was an interesting demo from Both Intel and Lucid. You remember Lucid; they are the company that has been working on an ALI/Crossfire alternative. We first saw them a couple of years ago at IDF.
At the time Lucid was hailed as the SLI/Crossfire Killer. Unfortunately it was never meant to be positioned in that way. Still we saw companies touting it as the end a replacement for multi-GPU technology. Now Lucid has dropped down a rung or two, not by their own doing but by the pedestal that the press put them on. They are often used as a method for getting more PCIe lanes or as nothing more than a way to run SLI on an AMD motherboard. In this capacity they are actually a good solution.
I like for as much of my stuff to be wireless as possible in most instances. I am not a big fan of wireless gear for gaming, but for just working on my work computer or for use with an HTPC machine in the living room, wireless is the way to go. The only thing that we generally need wires for no matter the brand is a video card. KFA2 has a new video card that cuts those wires that might be perfect for gaming away from your hot PC or in the living room.
The video card is the KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 and it has five antennas on the back of the card making it look more like an add-in WiFi card than a video card. Those antennas are responsible for shooting that video out to your PC screen rather than having to use a cable. The interesting part is that the card still supports all those important features the GTX 460 series is known for.
The card has 336 cores, a graphics clock of 675MHz, a processor clock or 1350MHz, and a memory clock of 1800MHz. The card has 1024MB of RAM and the memory interface is 256-bit. The card has SLI support and supports 3D vision as well. A WHDI receiver for connecting to your display is included.
NVIDIA has a lot of GPUs on the market in all sorts of categories form entry-level chips inside notebooks and netbooks to high-end GPUs that are aimed at the gaming market for desktop users. One of the things that all of the NVIDIA GPUs has in common is that NVIDIA designs the parts and TSMC builds them for NVIDIA.
NVIDIA and TSMC have announced today that they have shipped the one billionth GeForce graphics processor. I feel like that announcement should come with a photo of Dr. Evil with his pinky to his lips. NVIDIA reports that just about every major PC maker in the world uses its GPUs. It has taken big green 12 years to hit the billion shipped mark and the company is already looking forward to its second billion.
"Since inventing the GPU more than a decade ago, NVIDIA has driven innovation in these processors at a rate virtually unmatched in the technology industry," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "With our close partnership with TSMC, the complexity of these devices has increased more than 1000 times, enabling enormous progress in computers ranging from handhelds and PCs to workstations and data centers."
Golly. It seems like such a long time ago that the Ti series of NVIDIA cards were the shiznit - NVIDIA have taken a sip from the cup of nostalgia and are rumored to be bringing it back!
Back in the day (wow do I sound old) NVIDIA had their Ti and MX ranges. The Ti range had programmable shaders, where the MX did not. This is confusing now as most GPU's from NVIDIA have nearly the same feature-set. But, the name itself brings power and nostalgia to the table.
NVIDIA isn't lying still. Their GeForce GTX460 represented some serious bang for buck performance and their upgrade on it is not looking too shabby at all.
The GTX460 had a truck load of overclocking ability, which MSI and various other companies took advantage of in the form of overclocked models like the famous HAWK cards. Now the GTX560 is ready to use some of this saved up performance and put another dent in the market.