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No matter how much you try to convince people that "the more memory, the better" when it comes to graphics cards is a somewhat fuzzy statement, the idea of having your card crammed with as much memory as possible is just too hard to pass up for some folks, hence add-in partners sometimes going a little overboard in this respect.
On that note, it seems NVIDIA card partner Point of View is looking to break some kind of record with a new GeForce GTX 550 Ti offering, packing it with not 1.5GB, not 2GB, but a whopping 4GB (!) of memory - equating to 4 times the amount on the reference model.
Such a large increase in memory would be questionably logical on a high end model, but on a mid range card with only a 128-bit memory interface, it does very much seem overboard indeed. It also needs to be mentioned that the memory used isn't the usual GDDR5, PoV took a shortcut here and went for DDR3, clocked in at 1066MHz. Meanwhile, the core runs at 900MHz, with its 192 CUDA cores operating at 1900MHz.
The card is now available for pre-order in Europe at 113.
Some slightly fuzzy details on NVIDIA's upcoming 28mm mobile GPU parts have been leaked today; these being Fermi based shrinks, not based on next-gen Kepler.
It should first be noted, the chart provided by semiaccurate that you see above gives a list of the majority, but not all of the upcoming mobile GPU parts on the way, as there will likely be a few more 40nm parts entering the market in amongst this lot.
The other important attribute of what we can learn from this chart is the mass production periods noted. Sources are indicating that the much anticipated Kepler lineup of GPUs won't start being released until (at least) three months after these begin rolling out. So if we're not seeing 28nm parts hit the market until January or so, chances are Kepler will miss the boat for a Q1'12 release.
Q2 of 2011 saw a decent 16.1 million discrete GPUs shipped worldwide according to the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research. This is a 15.2% drop from the 19.03 million recorded in the previous quarter. The drops in market share didn't faze NVIDIA or AMD and their respective shares. AMD gained 0.1% from 40.5 to 40.6% in Q2 2011, seeing an 0.8% drop for year-on-year growth. The green team, NVIDIA, saw a 0.1% decrease from 59.1 to 59.1%, with a 1.1% increase year-on-year.
JPR expects a huge 33% drop in discrete graphics shipments for the entire year because of the increase in performance in integrated graphics thanks to AMD and Intel.
The final touches have been made on eVGA's upcoming super duper version of NVIDIA's flagship single GPU graphics card, the "GTX 580 Classified" and it shouldn't be too long now before it starts to hit retail channels and make its way into enthusiasts, gamers and overclockers hands.
Photos have surfaced online that depict a very bold design in all. Using an over-sized PCB, it sports a 14+3 phase PWM, three PCIe (two 8-pin + one 6-pin) power connectors, a couple NEC Proadlizer capacitors, status LEDs for voltage and headers for advanced power monitoring, a dual BIOS and native 3-way and 4-way SLI support.
GamesCom 2011 Our first stop for Day 1 of GamesCom 2011 in Germany was over at the Sapphire booth where they were showcasing their range of new video cards, motherboards and mini PC systems as well as a cool AMD Eyefinity demo showing off the flex, so to speak, of their latest Flex Edition Series video card.
Setup in an interesting dual system case, Sapphire has a three screen Eyefinity setup running Dirt 3. The video card powering the show was the Radeon HD 6950 Flex Edition. This video card supports up to five outputs whereas a standard video card only usually support three.
Just as a side note, Sapphire also had some other errm... "stuff" on display of the human kind, but you'll have to wait for that.
eVGA has just made available for purchase via their website a new back plate specifically suited to owners of reference GTX 560 Ti graphics cards.
Made of brushed metal, the back plate is designed to reinforce the PCB in order to reduce bending, while also speeding up heat dissipation. At the same time, it would indeed give an improved look of the card inside a windowed case, hiding all those solder points on the PCB.
While this accessory is a little late to the party, the GTX 560 Ti was quite the popular attraction in NVIDIA's lineup at launch thanks to the aggressive performance/price ratio and a bit of a physical facelift along with a method to try for slightly higher clock rates should be of interest to some folks, especially considering this will only set you back $20 US.
AMD beat NVIDIA to the punch with the stellar 5000-series, with the Fermi taking the literal, hot seat in the competition and requiring a refresh to keep up technologically. Rumors have been flying that their 28nm-based Kepler GPU would see a launch this year (even if it were a paper launch) but it seems that is now out of the question. Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA has come out and said:
Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn't expect product to be available this year.
Keep in mind that AMD are still hammering away at their Southern Islands, HD 7000-series of GPU and should make a launch before years end. Just in time for Battlefield 3. However, if you want to stay on Team Green, you'll have to wait that little bit longer.
A particularly interesting looking HD 6850 graphics card has been found in Japanese stores by a company unheard of to most, AFOX. It's not just the brand name and box design that stands out, though. More interestingly, this card is quite a big step away from the reference design in that it is of low-profile stature and without the need for external power.
The low profile heatsink/fan design is also a standout feature with its dual-fan aluminum setup. AFOX appears to have left the stock clock rates on the card alone, however, which are 775MHz on the core and 4000MHz on the GDDR5 memory.
A company by the name of Village Instruments has become the centre of attention for many folks as of last week when CEO, Hubert Chen wrote an open letter to Facebook in efforts to guage Mac customer interest in an external PCI-E graphics card enclosure that would connect via the Thunderbolt IO interconnect.
His promise was that if there were 50 or more people to have commented in return showing interest in a product like this, the company would begin developing the device. It's not surprising to find out that a little over a week later, there wasn't only 50 positive comments made toward the idea, but now well into the hundreds.
Chen has since confirmed development would begin soon. We can only assume at this point that it will be at least partially similar in construction to Village Instruments' existing ViDock product (pictured), although it is limited to the ExpressCard interface which is only capable of around 2.5Gb/s. Thunderbolt should prove to be much more suitable for a device like this with its 10Gb/s of bandwidth on tap.
Following the launch of its DisplayPort to dual HDMI adapters yesterday, ZOTAC makes headlines again today with a couple more products.
In collaboration with water cooling specialists CoolIT, ZOTAC has introduced the liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 580 Infinity Edition which has CoolIT's OMNI self-contained water cooling system mounted.
ZOTAC ships the card with increased clock rates of 815/1630MHz on the core and shader, and 4100MHz on the 1536MB of GDDR5 memory. The card itself is otherwise much a standard fare with its 512 CUDA cores, 384-bit memory interface and dual-DVI and single mini HDMI outputs.