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During the MSI MOA Grand Final overclocking held in Taipei today, the Taiwanese company used the event to introduce its brand new N480GTX Lightning video card to the world.
MSI has had great success with its video cards over the past year or so with its big efforts on producing parts with very good cooling and also the best components you can mount onto their PCB. The new N480GTX Lightning seems like no exception. It comes installed with a massive Twin Frozr III cooler with two large fans that look to be able to take care of cooling rather well. Of course during this event, the cooler was striped and replaced with LN2 heatsink pots for well below sub-zero temperatures.
The winning team from Sweden consisting of Elmor and ME4ME managed to break 1400MHz on the GPU core with this very video card. Clearly overclocking potential is there. Other features include gold plated I/O connectors - you get two dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector.
Shane Baxtor will no doubt have a sample coming very soon to put through its paces. Stay tuned for that review. For now check out the pictures we snapped of the new video below in the gallery.
One of the best features of modern discrete video cards for desktop computers is that most of them have multiple video outputs. ATI is putting three outputs on many of its video cards today with DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort. Most gamers are not using displays that have DisplayPort connectivity so they end up needing an adapter to use that port.
With an adapter, you can get three screens going at once from many AMD video cards. To make Eyefinity multiple display systems cheaper AMD has unveiled some cheap DisplayPort to DVI adapters that will let you hook up that third screen on the cheap. The adapters still allow support for all the video card features the other inputs offer.
Most video cards have fans that keep the GPU and other heat generating components on the card cool. Some of the lower power video cards are passively cooled making them silent. A very quiet video card is very desirable when you are putting the card inside a computer that will be in a living room for a HTPC or in a bedroom where noise can be a bother.
Gigabyte has announced the market's only passively cooled Radeon HD5770 video card. The card supports all of the features that the standard 5770 card support like DirectX 11, Eyefinity, ATI Stream, CrossFireX and more. The card is officially called the Gigabyte GV-R577SL-1GD.
The murmurs you have been hearing are now officially true; the ATI branding is being retired by AMD later this year. Products that have been sporting the ATI and Radeon/FirePro co-branding will now simply drop the ATI.
ATI has cited some extensive market research as the catalyst for the change, stating that "AMD preference triples when respondent is aware of ATI/AMD merger" and the "AMD brand is stronger than ATI vs. graphics competitors." This indicated "permission" to dump the ATI branding from video cards and fly them under AMD's flag. The change is expected to roll out with the new AMD cards coming out later this year; current cards on the market will not be renamed.
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For the first time in a while a set of new ATI Catalyst drivers have been released which look much more worthy of your time in going out with the old, in with the new.
The new Catalyst 10.8 driver suite give a solid amount of promised performance improvements along with some additional functionalities in the way of better optimied video playback quality, support for hardware-accelerated 3D content in web browsers, anti-aliasing support in StarCraft II and OpenGL ES 2.0 support.
If you're running a Quad CrossfireX configuration with Eyefinity enabled you will also appreciate greatly improved performance with this particular driver update.
XFX is a brand that gamers will immediately recognize. The video card company made its name building some of the best performing factory overclocked NVIDIA video cards you can get your hands on. XFX also sells ATI video cards as well and has pulled the wraps off one of the coolest Radeon cards ever.
The video card is the Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited. The video card has dual GPUs inside and a dual slot heat sink to keep everything cool when in use. The card has six mini-DisplayPort adapters and comes with enough adapters to turn those ports into other connectivity options as needed. Each of the cards is numbered.
XFX was at first only selling NVIDIA video cards. Over the last few years, the company has added a full assortment of ATI branded Radeon video cards covering all sorts of uses from HTPC to high-end gaming. The latest video card to come from XFX is the Radeon HD 5770 in a single slot flavor.
The new card is available in a version with five mini DisplayPorts while the basic version has a single mini-display port. The single slot card has a special heat sink and fan setup that has 15% more heatpipe surface area allowing the card to run cooler inside a cramped chassis. The special heat sink system is also designed for low noise with up to 23.5dB lower noise production than the dual slot card.
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.4.5.
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)
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 0.4.5
Fixed shader count on NVIDIA GTX 460, added die size & transistors
Fixed ROP count on AMD Redwood
Added support for ATI FirePro V7800, ATI IGP 320M, ATI FireGL X1, ATI HD 4200 variants
Added launch on Windows startup function accessible via system menu and supporting UAC
Autoupdater will not check for update when no Internet connection detected
Fixed browser not starting correctly from autoupdater
Screenshot detection that promotes GPU-Z's own screenshot upload feature
Sensor data collection limited to 6 hours of data per sensor (~250 KB)
Shortened Clevo PCI vendor name
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.