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Anyone who has built an HTPC machine that they want to use in the living room for streaming video and content to their TV and for playing video games knows that there are tradeoffs that have to be made. The tradeoffs come when you are using a HTPC chassis that only allows low profile video cards, the more powerful video cards don't typically fit into these cases.
PowerColor has announced that it has a new video card made specifically for HTPC machines called the HD5750 Low Profile Edition. The low profile card uses a pair of cooling fans to keep the card cool even though it is going to be in a compact space. The dual fans and the heat sink cover the GPU, memory, and the MOSFET to cool all heat generating components on the card.
When it comes to video cards there are two big companies that most gamers choose from - NVIDIA and ATI/AMD. For a long time the cards to get were offerings from NVIDIA for many enthusiasts, though ATI is coming on strong with some of its recent cards offering good performance at a good price. Zotac is an NVIDIA card partner and has announced the availability of a factory overclocked video card called the GTX 460 AMP! Edition.
The new video card has 20% higher clock speeds than your average GTX 460 card. The video card has 1GB of RAM and has a core clock of 810MHz with 336 unified shaders and a shader clock of 1620MHz. The card also has a memory clock of 4000Mhz for the 1GB of GDDR5 graphics memory it sports.
News hit earlier this year when Rambus claimed that NVIDIA infringed on its patents with use memory controller technology in some of its GeForce line of video cards.
Just earlier today a press release hit the wire that Rambus and NVIDIA signed a patent license agreement to deal with such infringements. The release said that Rambus granted NVIDIA a patent license for certain memory controllers at a 1% royalty rate for SDR memory controllers and a 2% royalty rate for other memory controllers (including DDR, DDR2, DDR3, LPDDR, LPDDR2, GDDR2, GDDR3, GDDR4, and portions of GDDR5 memory controllers). Although, it was also stated that NVIDIA has not granted any licenses to Rambus.
It was noted that the agreement went into effect on August 12, 2010. It may only prove to be a stopgap though to relieve tensions a little as it was also noted that the parties have not signed any releases of liability, nor dismissed any outstanding litigation between them. That basically means, there could be more money going to the lawyers later on or possibly more agreements down the track.
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PowerColor has announced the latest addition to its line of video cards using ATI GPUs. The card is called the LCS HD5870 V2. The card ships with a full waterblock installed for keeping the card extra cool with an existing liquid cooling system.
The card has a core clock of 950MHz and a memory clock of 1200MHz. PowerColor claims that the cooling solution can keep the card at 50C under full load. The card comes bundled with DiRT2 video game.
NVIDIA has unveiled the new GTX 460 line of video cards and Palit has unveiled its new line of GTX 460 video cards. Among the new video cards is the GTX 460 Sonic Platinum, an overclocked GTX 460 card.
The new video card has all the features of the plain GTX 460 video cards like support for CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, and DirectX 11. The card has 336 processor cores, 1024MB of GDDR5 RAM, and is overclocked from the factory.
The GTX 465 has been around for a while now and the card is a nice little performer for the price. Club3D has announced that it is launching its GTX 465. I guess we can say better late than never.
The GTX 465 is clocked at 607MHz on the core with 352 stream processors and a shader clock at 1215MHz. The card has 1024MB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 3206MHz.
It's not the biggest news of the day but some might shed a tear to hear the news.
If you head over to http://www.ati.com you will be greeted with the above image. It looks like AMD is now ready to start phasing ATI out of the picture. It just seems too soon...so hard to let go.
The german folks over at Hardware-Infos have managed to get a good scoop on NVIDIA's next dethroning weapon to the GTX 480; a mild leap forward to make it worthy of its GTX 485 SKU. NVIDIA's own chief developer Bill Dally was apparently the source for Hardware-Info's news about the card's existence, who says it will see light of day this fall.
Running quickly over the specs provided, the card looks to get mild increases in all the right areas; 512 CUDA processors (vs. 480 on the GTX 480), a 20MHz higher GPU clock speed and 40MHz higher Shader clock. Whilst the ROPs remain at 48 vs the GTX 480, there are four more texture units aboard the 485.
It's time again for another ATi Catalyst Driver update. Version 10.6 is out and listing some minor bug fixes as well as OpenGL 3.3 and 4.0 as well as GPU acceleration of H.264 video in Flash 10.1. No gaming improvements were noted in the link, but give them a try and check it out for yourself! Download links at the Source link below.