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An update to eVGA's SLI Enhancement patch has just become available which gives SLI users improved support in the latest games.
The latest patch is based on NVIDIA's GeForce 196.21 driver and brings better SLI performance in Mass Effect 2 as well as enabling SLI support in the new Aliens vs Predator and Zombie Driver games.
You can download it for Windows XP, Vista and 7 here folks.
AMD has made a bit more noise today with another addition to its HD 5000 series lineup. Don't get too excited though, as the new HD 5450 nestles in right at the bottom of the pack for entry level buyers looking for something on the cheap.
While gaming is out of the question for the most part, the card should be an attractive model due to the EyeFinity support (handy for some multi-monitor office work) and DX11 at lower than normal resolutions for around $49 - $59.
The reference model has been brought out with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, but ATI has mentioned a 1GB variant is on the horizon, not that this will do much for it really, as we have tested and learned in the past more memory is often not going to help on a card with specs this low.
You can check out our full review of Sapphire's variant here, whilst a few more reviews have popped up on the web since the nda lifted a short time ago :-
A short while back we learned of a highly unique GTS 250 graphics card from NVIDIA partner GALAXY in that it carries two GTS 250 GPUs onboard. The information that our VGA reviewer Shane acquired was somewhat limited at that time, but he's now learned a lot more about it along with having confirmation that GALAXY does in fact intend to mass produce this model.
As you can see from the fresh pictures above which reveals the type of cooling setup used, due to its design it looks like it'll take up three slots in your case, but will ensure there are no problems with its out of box overclock at 675MHz on the core and 1696MHz shader.
With the GTX 285 having reached EOL, the GTS 250 GPU is currently the fastest desktop GPU NVIDIA has in its lineup (until Fermi arrives) and GALAXY have done everything they can to make the most out of the model, not only stopping at making it a dual-GPU setup.
Shane has also acquired some screenshots of the card in action, revealing its performance characteristics through the use of Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark06.
Looking at the results here, it appears the card performs slightly better than a singular GTX 280 card and depending on what pricing GALAXY will release it with, it should attract a lot of interest at launch I am sure.
Information on an NVIDIA owned Twitter account has revealed that the first DX11 desktop cards to hit the market from the company will be branded GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470.
It's been speculated for quite a while that these parts would fall under GTX 300 series naming, but it would appear now that NVIDIA's intent is to further separate the parts from existing mobile GeForce GT 3xxx series offerings based on GT21x series GPUs that are only DX10.1 compliant.
What is known about the GTX 470/480 cards is that they're of course based on NVIDIA's new GF100 GPU with 512 CUDA cores (shader units), a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface and are fully DX11 compliant. We're not yet sure, however, where the 470 differs to the full-featured 480 model apart from inevitably shifting at a lower price point.
GALAXY have today let us know about a member of world recognised overclocking group Team HK_Centralfield who has gotten hold of GALAXY's GTX-285 with digital PWM and succeeded in breaking a new world record of P17322 under Vantage for a single GPU setup.
The system specs used for this accomplishment include a Core i7 920 processor on eVGA's X58 Classified motherboard along with some A-DATA 2200MHz memory (running at CL7-7-7-19) and a 30GB SSD from OCZ.
Thanks to the use of LN2 cooling, The CPU was running at 4.818GHz whilst the GTX 285 was pushed up to a very impressive 930/2800/2000MHz.
You can find more information about the result at HWBot.
There are some computer users that rely on accurate colors. People like graphic designers, photographers, and video editors need to see the correct colors on screen to make things look good. NEC has unveiled a new LCD just for this user group.
The screen is called the NEC MultiSync PA241W and is 24-inches in size. The screen has a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 and uses a 10-bit IPS panel with a 14-bit lookup table. Those features allow the screen to show more than a billion possible colors.
NEC claims the screen covers 102% of the NTSC and 99.3% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. Inputs include a 10-bit DisplayPort, DVI-D with HDCP, and a USB hub. The stand tilts, swivels, and height adjusts. The PA241W is now shipping for $1079.
Matrox has been offering its DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go units for a long time now. The graphics devices allow the computer user to get two or three more displays attached to their computer with multiple viewing options.
Matrox announced today that starting with GXM software suite 2.06 and higher multiple GXM modules are supported on one computer. That means that the user can get even more displays if wanted.
The software will allow an additional GXM module to be connected to the second output of a dual output video card. This will allow the support of four or six monitors depending on which GXM is used. The GXM modules have to be of the same model.
One area in the graphics card world that Matrox has kept a firm hold of over stronger competitors AMD and NVIDIA is in regards to multi-monitor configurations.
However, with AMD's most recent HD 5000 series cards that bring with them Eyefinity, this is a clear threat to Matrox's own technologies so the company has worked on bettering this field by enabling DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) to be used in tandem which in turn gives the ability to drive up to four or even six monitors from a single PC.
The new 2.06+ GXM software suite gives support for Multi-GXM setups whereby identical modules can be connected to a single graphics card with two outputs.
Here is a listing of all multi-GXM supporting products from Matrox with associated pricing :-
- DualHead2Go Analog Edition ($169)
- DualHead2Go Digital Edition ($229)
- DualHead2Go DP Edition ($229)
- TripleHead2Go Digital Edition ($329)
- TripleHead2Go DP Editio ($329)
I never really put much though into what kind of hardware was inside the arcade games at the mall or the casino games in Vegas we see at CES each year. I guess I figured the arcade games had something along the line of a gaming PC inside.
AMD has announced a new GPU today called the E4690 MXM that is aimed at the embedded market. The target products for the new GPU are digital signage, arcade and casino games, image recognition, and surveillance. The new GPU is a Mobile PCI Express (MXM) module, which is the difference in this GPU and the one unveiled last year with the same product number.
The GPU has 512MB of GDDR3 RAM, 320 shader processors, display output options, and adjustable system clocks. The GPU supports DirectX 10.1, AMD's UVD 2.0, and more. AMD promises the GPU has three times the 3D graphics performance of previous solutions.
The folks at Techpowerup have sourced images from a little birdy in Taiwan that show an upcoming HD 5870 graphics card on steroids from MSI which the company will place in its Lightning Series of overclocking-friendly models.
The images show the card in naked form without its custom cooling solution attached (whatever that may look like, we're not sure yet).
This card has two 8-pin PCI-E connectors for maximum power delivery and MSI has even chosen to give the card easily accessible measuring points for voltmodders to monitor GPU voltages directly. You can also see from the picture directly above that the card appears to have a 12-phase vGPU and 3-phase vMEM.
No word on a release date or pricing just yet.