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Unlike the past when both the manufacturer and AIBs shook their heads at any form of manipulation with voltage on graphics cards to favour a better overclock, these days it's a different story with some companies going so far as to provide software with their cards that promote the ability to do so for your overclocking pleasures.
With that said, our VGA man Shane Baxtor has learned that NVIDIA won't be cutting overclocking hungry folks out with their latest lineup of DX11 based cards to hit town, GTX 480 and 470. The company is apparently going to be happy in offering people more options when tinkering with their overclock result including the ability to adjust the core voltage via the card's PWM chip, within a respectable limit of course.
What we won't know until cards start to show up on the market is how the various AIBs will provide this ability; whether it's via a unique piece of software that lets the user tap into the voltage levels, or a standard feature directly from NVIDIA themselves.
Providing this pertains to be true, we could be seeing some very serious aftermarket models coming out once the initial rush settles down that house more powerful coolers which in turn give the ability to push those voltage levels even higher whilst keeping the extra heat at bay.
Whilst we all continue to count down the days until NVIDIA lets Fermi (GF100) off its chains, little has been shared to give a clearer perspective on just how these latest and greatest monsters from NVIDIA dubbed the GTX 480 and GTX 470 will perform.
But, one thing that we're sometimes seeing pop up is the box designs some of the AIBs are going to use to ship their variants in. Not exactly exciting, but sure whets the appetite a bit.
The folks over at Toms Hardware have acquired box art images from Palit for its GTX 480 and 470 models, both using a V designed engine theme.
We can see the 470 gets a silver color theme whilst the top dog 480 gets some gold treatment. All other aspects of the features about the card shared on the box aren't anything we didn't already know. Interestingly there is no mention of DX11 support printing anywhere on the front of these boxes, but we all know that's one of the major highlights of this new family from NV and likely Palit have it printed on the back.
Stay tuned folks; March 26 is going to be a Fermi Frenzy day.
We've heard bits and pieces about Galaxy's plans to release a one of a kind dual GPU GeForce GTS 250 graphics card to market in the near future and more recently obtained concrete information that it was definitely being produced, but until now have seen very little in terms of performance expectations or how it looks in its final form.
Expreview have obtained some nicely presented images of the final retail version of the card together with a screenshot indicating its performance capabilities using 3DMark Vantage. They were able to confirm it uses 1GB of memory (512MB per GPU) and comes with clock speeds of 600/1500/1000 MHz for the core, shader and memory clocks. Galaxy also bundles the card with its Galaxy Magic Panel HD software that gives the ability to further push the clockspeeds.
The card requires two x 6-pin PCI-E connectors for power and has a unique cooling solution with the heatsink also covering the memory and VRM areas. It uses dual 70mm fans running at 2000RPM, each nestling directly above one of the two GPUs onboard.
In the screenshot below you can see the card clocked up to 675/1000/1696MHz along with a 3DMark Vantage (Performance) result at these clockrates of P13694; somewhere in between the performance of a GTX 285 and GTX 260.
The most interesting thing to note will be the price, something that hasn't yet been mentioned. This will of course determine its success in amongst an already extensive level of options on the market.
Our VGA man Shane Baxtor has managed to sus out when AMD/ATI plans to officially announce its new Eyefinity6 technology which gives the ability to drive up to six monitors from a single card.
We can expect the launch to take place during the week of the 29th of this month and it shouldn't be far beyond that date when we begin to see cards surface from AIBs which harness this extended form of multi-monitor support with half a dozen mini-DisplayPorts on their I/O plates. Word at the moment is that initial cards with Eyefinity6 support will be HD 5870s carrying double the RAM (2GB) to better assist the extended multi-monitor abilities.
However, there will be some super duper Eyefinity6 equipped variants of the top dog dual-GPU HD 5970 coming out as well, one of which got some showtime at CeBIT last week from XFX.
MSI has been peddling its thin and svelte X-Slim line of notebooks for a while now and they are all nice looking machines. MSI has added a new ultraportable to the X-Slim line today called the X360.
The new machine has a 13-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and Intel HD graphics. The operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium and the machine can have up to 4GB of RAM. Storage is to a 2.5-inch HDD up to 500GB and a memory card reader is integrated.
Other features include HDMI out, D-sub, dual USB 2.0 ports, RJ45 and more. A 1.3MP webcam is also built-in. The thin notebook runs an Intel Core i5-520UM processor. Pricing and availability are unknown.
After yesterday getting a viewing of a naked GTX 480 reference card thanks to the folks at Tweakers.com, more images have leaked onto the web, this time of the GTX 470 PCB along with its cooler.
We can see from these shots the referenced designed PCB is a little more stubby than the 480 using a more compacted arrangement. Due to the nature of its 320-bit memory interface it uses just 10 memory chips which you can see surrounding the 470 GPU. The VRM is down to 4-phases with a 1 phase vMem, whilst power is fed by two 6-pin PCI-E connectors.
The cooling assemnbly is also a more compact design when compared to the 480s but still makes use of copper heatpipes making direct contact with the GPU, whilst the cooler's base also makes contact with the memory chips and MOSFETs.
Come March 26 and we'll finally see performance numbers spreading like wildfire.
Surprisingly, someone got hold of a picture of GIGABYTEs box for the mighty GTX 480 that's still over 20 days from release. Our VGA man Shane Baxtor discovered the picture lurking on Facebook a short time ago.
What the box art tells us is nothing new really. We can see it'll have 1536MB of GDDR5 memory, supports DirectX 11 and has mini HDMI connectivity added along with support for 7.1 audio.
The days are counting away; not too long of a wait now folks.
Along with ASUS and its Ares, Sapphire and its TOXIC and a few other vendors looking to supe up the top-end HD 5970, XFX has on display at CeBIT a tidy looking specimen of its own which it calls the HD 5970 Black Edition 4GB.
This is a limited edition run which gives several advancements over the reference model including a superior GPU cooler, higher clock speeds (850MHz core / 1200MHz memory), double the memory at 4GB and ATI Eyefinity6 support with 6 mini-DisplayPort connections and the requirement of two 8-pin PCI-E connectors for power.
It is said XFX are looking to release 1500 of these to market in total, with each priced up somewhere around $1000 US.
The lucky folks over at Tweakers.net have become the first to get their hands on NVIDIA's next prize, the top notch GTX 480. While not being given the ability to test the card out, they did get a chance to strip it down and take several shots of it in naked form to give a better idea of what the card is all about.
Confirming previous reports, we can se the chunky sized 40nm GF100 core with IHS nestled in the centre region surrounded by 12 GDDR5 memory chips totalling 1536MB.
Other specs include a 384-bit memory interface, a most probable 512 CUDA cores, two PCI-E power connectors (one 6-pin and one 8-pin), up to 3-way SLI support and dual DVI + mini-HDMI outputs on the rear.
We can also see from these shots that the GPU is powered by a 6-phase circuit using DPAK MOSFETs and 2 phases for the vMem circuit.
The reference cooler looks very capable and is as chunky as one would expect it to be for a card of this calibre, using one fan and four heatpipes.
Whilst not quite the Eyefinity 6 support on select models of AMDs HD 5870 which gives the ability to connect up to six monitors to a single card, PowerColor has done its best in giving support for as many monitors as possible on one of its HD 5770 cards which is on display at CeBIT right now.
PowerColor would have also given Eyefinity 6 support to this HD 5770 card, but there are only five available TMDS links on HD 5770, thus what we have here is Eyefinity 5 for this particular model using DisplayPort connectivity.
No word on when it'll hit the market or at what price yet.