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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.
The technology field is highly competitive not only in the products launched but in employees. Competitors are always after key workers at places like Apple, Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD. Workers routinely move from one company to the other as they are lured away to the competition.
NVIDIA has reportedly lost its VP of CUDA and PhysX Manju Hegde to AMD. Hedge was key in helping NVIDI Again support for PhysX and CUDA early in the life of both offerings. Both are doing well today.
In warm-up phase for Computex MSI gave folks in Holland a bit of a tease on what they plan to hit the VGA market with when NVIDIA breaks the chains on its GTX 465 at the beginning of next month.
MSI's well regarded Twin Frozr II cooler will be implemented in a non-reference version of this card, and they have plans to include it on GTX 470 and 480 cards as well.
There were no actual pictures of the cards shown with the coolers attached; we only know from the press event slide that the cards will be called N480 / N470 / N465 TwinFrozr II, using a large heatsink with chunky full copper base. No doubt we'll catch them in full whilst doing our rounds at Computex.
Props to the crew at Fudzilla for getting the scoop.
Unigine's Heaven Benchmark tool is a popular one being built around DirectX 11 and taking advantage of all the fancy features the latest graphics cards offer. The developers have just rolled out version 2.1 which brings two significant adjustments with it along with some general stability fixes and improvements.
The first one is support for OpenGL 4.0 which is an API that technologically rivals DX11. 2.1 will use all of the advanced features OGL4 is capable of (incl. hardware tessellation).
The other change is that stereoscopic 3D is also now available for people with supporting equipment. There are now several stereo 3D viewing modes selectable such as Analygraph, separate images, 3D Vision, and iZ3D.
Along with the Deep Sea tech demo video that was just released by Futuremark, the Finish developers have also released a 3DMark 11 Fact Sheet to press which goes into plenty of detail about explaining the inner details of the next big DX11 3D benchmark that is due out probably around the September timeframe this year.
Grab it here and have a read if you are interested. It is a 2.4MB PDF file.