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It's that time again; AMD has released the newest flavor of the Catalyst drivers for AMD video cards. The biggest surprise in store for the last driver release of 2010 is and all new look to the Catalyst Control Center.
The new Catalyst also has DivX Accelerated support for AMD Radeon HD 6800 series GPUs; support for OpenGL 4.1, including new ARB extensions introduced with OpenGL 4.1; and an updated AMD Stream v2.3 API. Grab it here to give the new drivers a try!
A lucky (insert expletive here) from hardwareluxx.de forum has gotten hold of a Radeon HD6970 and to not only tease the world with photos but has also posted some early benchmark scores.
As you can see from the shot, the 6970 retains the dual-slot design with blower-style fan and requires 1 x 8pin and 1 x 6pin PCI-Express power connector. One of the surprises is the little switch that can be seen near the two Crossfire connectors.
After some naked shots of AMD's so-close-we-can-smell-it Radeon HD6970? Look no further, below there are some shots of the card with it's cooler taken off and put on it's coat hanger.
There are also various spec details regarding the GPU and it's board design also.
Sitting down? Hopefully you are because this news is a little shocking - Intel has teamed up with AMD, yes... teamed up. They've also joined up with Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG to phase out the VGA and LVDS display connectors by 2015.
HDMI and DisplayPort will be pushed up to default connections (which is being pushed now). AMD has said that it will discontinue VGA and LVDS outputs from most of it's products by 2013 following this by a complete stop by 2015.
We all know that the Intel Sandy Bridge processors are on the horizon and with the parts will come the need for a new mainboard if you plan to upgrade. NVIDIA has issued a press release today that notes most major mainboard makers have licensed its SLI technology to put into their Sandy Bridge boards. The companies include Intel, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and EVGA.
The SLI tech is licensed to use on the SLI-certified P67 mainboards. "The combined processing prowess of Sandy Bridge and NVIDIA SLI technology will provide consumers with the building blocks for the ultimate gaming PC platform," said Joel Christensen, General Manager of Intel Client Board Division at Intel Corporation. "Both NVIDIA and Intel continue to share a combined passion for furthering the PC as the definitive platform for gaming, and this combination will surely be attractive to anyone building or purchasing a brand new PC in 2011."
Today marks the launch of the NVIDIA GTX 570 video card. We posted up our own review of the Gainward GTX 570 Goes Like Hell version of the card already for you to peruse via the links below. Naturally with video cards, some of the GTX 570 cards will be different spec and clock speed wise depending o n what the card partner opted to sell.
In the case of our review card, the GTX 570 is clocked at 800MHz on the GPU, 1000MHz on the memory and 1600 MHz on the shader. If you are shopping for cards and comparing numbers today, you will want to keep in mind that clock speeds will vary as you compare. You can hit up some of the reviews her eon TweakTown and around the web after the jump.
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.4.9.
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
Support NVIDIA and ATI cards
Displays adapter, GPU and display information
Displays overclock, default clocks and 3D clocks (if available)
Validation of results
No installation required
Support for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported)
With this version, PowerColor and TechPowerUp return with the PowerColor Hardware giveaway. This time we're giving away some even cooler next-generation graphics cards, including two upcoming high-end PowerColor Radeon graphics cards, two PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+, and two PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ graphics cards. To participate, simply download the latest GPU-Z, and click on the "PowerColor Giveaway", follow the instructions.
AMD have reportedly cut down the AIB allocations for their Radeon 6950 range. Supposedly the 6950 board allocations were cut and possibly delayed from actual shipment.
While this news is not 100% accurate, this is the leaked information we have. The 'word on the street' is that there was a last minute BIOS tweak (possibly to bump speeds or something, maybe to combat the GTX5x0 cards in the wild). Keep in mind that this is not unusual for product introductions - another thing to keep in mind is that there have been zero reports of any hardware problems on any of the Cayman boards.
Deal of the Day: EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 01G-P3-1467-AR Video Card - $155 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 01G-P3-1467-AR Video Card - $155 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: Get this great gaming video card for a great price. NewEgg has the EVGA 01G-P3-1467-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card for just $154.99 after a $40 MIR.
$40 REBATE CARD expires 12/31/2010.
nVidia has launched the NVS300 - the card is primarily aimed at business users rather than the gaming or design professionals. The NVS300 replaces the NVS295 and should offer better performance-per-watt and should give a 25-percent reduction in power consumption.
The card is a low-profile design with passive cooling, so it will make no noise whatsoever. The biggest point of this card is 8-output monitor support which is an amazing feat considering it's MSRP is set at $149. The card would represent amazing value for money if used in a stock-trading setup where such a user would use 4, 6, 8, 10+ monitors in a setup.