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Non-reference variants of AMD's 5770 have begun to show up recently and now ASUS joins the party with its EAH5770 model CuCore model.
CuCore refers to the type of GPU cooling used on this card which sports a full copper (Cu) core and base weighing 164.5g. The heatsink itself is also impressive with the use of extra large aluminum fins to assist in better dissipation.
What's a little odd is that while the PCB of ASUS' variant is a little longer than the reference model, only one CrossFire connector is seen. Specs are otherwise run of the mill with the same 850MHz/1200MHz clock speeds on the core/mem and 1GB memory on a 128-bit interface.
ASUS does, however, include its VoltageTweak software with this card to assist in getting a solid overclock should you want to go the manual route. The I/O area is also a bit different due to the dual-slot cooler in which one slot is purely for pushing heat out the rear and the other having DVI-D, D-Sub and HDMI connections.
The price is expected to be around 130 EUR, or about 190 USD.
Seen below are a bunch of benchmark results showing off Fermi's performance vs. NVIDIA's current-gen GTX 295 and 285 graphics cards as well as ATI's HD 5870 and 5970 models.
Of course, given the lack of validity to these results along with the fact that the layout of the graphs scream out 'NVIDIA slide deck presentation', the results are to be taken with grains of salt.
Benchmarks are performed in Far Cry 2, Resident Evil 5 and STALKER: Clear Sky; you can see whether or not AA was used and at what resolution the tests were done with at the bottom portion of each graph.
If indeed these results match Fermi's true characteristics, NVIDIA have a very promising lineup of DX11 cards on the horizon to make serious gamers worldwide very excited.
Thermalright has unveiled a new high-end GPU cooler it calls the Spitfire which looks highly capable with its 147 (L) x 123 (W) x 154 (H) mm dimensions, weighing in at 550 grams.
The Spitfire has a nickel plated double-sided full copper base and makes use of six 6mm heatpipes for heat transfer to the massive aluminum fin array with which a 120mm or 140mm fan can be mounted to.
Compatibility is plentiful with support for GeForce 7, 8 (excluding G80 based models) and 9 series cards, as well as the Radeon HD 3800, 4800 and 5800 series cards.
The cooler's package also includes three types of heatsinks for the memory chips and VRM as well as various retention mechanisms and thumb-screws for tool-free installation along with a syringe of Chill Factor thermal goop.
Pricing and availability hasn't yet been disclosed.
Ah the wonders of the rumor mill and the leaks of big companies. Toady while cruising the Internet I stumbled upon an interesting article. It supposes that AMD has a new low-end (you might call it value) DX11 40nm GPU ready for release in the beginning of 2010. The new GPU is called Redwood and fits most of the information we have. There will be 400 Stream Processors (meaning 80 "fat" and 320 "thin" following the Vec5D architecture) 1GB of GDDR5 (128 Bit interface) and should not need external 12v power.
However there are, as with many leaks, inconsistencies.
The first thing that leapt out at me when looking this over is the Texture Fillrate listed by GPUz. It shows as 103.3 GTexels per Second. Quite a feat considering the 5870 only achieves about 68 GTexel/s . This could be nothing more than an incorrect reading by GPUz though.
The next is an ID string shown in the Heaven DX11 bench that was used. For both the 5670 and the 4600 series the string is 8.690.0.0. This seems to show identical GPU information for both the 5670 and the 4600 series. Normally this is a driver revision string and we highly doubt that the same driver would be pushing both cards. In fact the most current revision (Catalyst 9.11) show up as 8.671.0.0 meaning that driver is not even the most current. Yet the version of the Atiumdag.dll shown in GPUz is 8.14.10.0720 while the Atiumdag in Cat 9.11 is 8.14.10.0708. Something just does not seem quite right here.
Does this mean the screen shots and benchmarks are faked? Well, to be honest it is very likely they are. There just seem to be far too many discrepancies to account for in the information presented. Of course we could be wrong here, but my money is on a forgery here. Still we do know that a redwood GPU is to be released soon (sometime in Q1 2010 maybe), we just do not think this one is it.
Every day I try to somehow snag a Fermi sample from one of the many companies we work with here at TweakTown. The problem is for the first time over the weekend we heard the 'M' word come out of a partners mouth in regards to the release. What's the 'M' word? March!
January seemed a pretty set date from most partners when it came to the release of the new NVIDIA based graphics card, the problem is though that for the first time we've now heard a February / March timeline. You can't help be feel worried that the time is slipping further and further away.
Every week that NVIDIA go past without a new high-end DX11 video card, it has to become ever so slightly faster than the HD 5870. If Fermi launched in November / December, people would've simply been happy with the green teams product coming out 5 - 10% faster than ATIs, if it comes out four to five months later though people are going to expect more performance than that though.
If you've been keep tracking of what's been going on when it comes to video cards over the past few years, you would know that something similar happened to ATI a while back. While they created a good, fast product, the delay when compared to the launch of NVIDIAs product meant that it simply lost the "WOW" factor that would've been generated it if was released earlier.
Hopefully March was only mentioned as a safety net due to the company feeling a bit stressed that NVIDIA continue to push back the release of Fermi, but either way it's a worry.
Now that the well positioned HD 5750 has been out and about for a bit, companies are beginning to mix things up with modified variants, primarily in the way it is cooled.
We learn today that HIS have an IceQ+ variant ready to roll off the production line which typically makes use of a dual-slot GPU cooler that will clearly do a better job of keeping the GPU and memory cool over the stock design. The cooler is also said to be UV sensitive and resembles that of Akasa's Vortexx Neo GPU cooler.
While the GPU and memory clocks are said to remain at stock levels, there will inevitably be more overclocking headroom with this card vs. a stock model. Pricing and availability hasn't yet been confirmed, but it will apparently hit stores at somewhere around 140 to 150 Euro (220ish U.S.).
Word has come about that AMD is planning to announce a slightly cut-down version of its new top dog dual-GPU weapon, the HD 5970; this to help counter-attack NVIDIA's arsenal of Fermi (DX11) offerings which are expected to arrive around the same time.
The card we're talking about is the HD 5950 and a report suggests we'll be seeing this one launched sometime during Q1 of next year; though we're yet to see any real confirmation of this.
A german website indicates the card will be more or less a dual version of the existing HD 5850 with the same GPU used that carries 1440 stream processors and running at somewhere between 650 and 675MHz. The memory clock also gets a rough mention, sitting at somewhere between 3600MHz and 4000MHz.
NVIDIA has just quietly unveiled its first GeForce 300 series graphics chipset, dubbed the GeForce 310. But don't get too excited, it's said to be based on current architecture, not Fermi (which adds DirectX 11 support and inevitably far superior performance characteristics).
The GeForce 310 is positioned to directly replace the older 210 model as a replacement for systems limited to slow integrated graphics. As such, specifications aren't anything to wow yourself over with a 64-bit memory bus and 16 processing cores. Stock clockspeeds come in at 589MHz for the core and 500MHz on the 512MB of DDR2 memory.
Despite the lowly specs, the card is still said to be quite capable for most desktop tasks including the ability to fully accelerate 1080p video in hardware and make good use of NVIDIA's CUDA or PhysX technologies.
The reference model from NVIDIA indicates good connectivity with DisplayPort, DVI and VGA connectors (with HDMI also being possible by means of an adapter).
We're not yet sure when the GeForce 310 will become readily available on the market, but in any case, it's said to be aimed more towards pre-built computers rather than a stand-alone upgrade.
Microsoft have today announced that they are partnering with eBay to highlight eBay's daily deals through the use of Internet Explorer 8 using their Web Slice feature. This is designed to better inform people as to when there are some nice discounts on the most popular products.
The feature works by sitting in the user's favourites bar in IE8 and offering ongoing updates and information about the best daily deals around.
If you'd like to give it a try, you can get the web slice here. Further to that is the ability to add eBay as a search provider (using Visual Search) and also available is an eBay Accelerator which you may like to try.
More info on Microsoft's partnership with eBay can be found over at their PressPass segment.
Yesterday I attempted to begin my guide on bitstreaming Blu-ray HD audio from movie discs to your amplifier knowing that the current batch of NVIDIA and AMD GPUs come with this type of support. Namely the GeForce 200 series and Radeon HD 5000 series.
Suspecting it may be an issue, I quickly discovered that while the hardware side is ready to roll, the software is playing catch up. Presently, the publically available versions of CyberLink's PowerDVD do not support bitstreaming with either and we are still waiting to hear back from ArcSoft about whether or not Total Media Theater (TMT) is capable of such a feat.
We contacted CyberLink about the issue and were told that a new build as well as standalone patch will be coming out on November 27th to add bitstreaming support for AMD's 5000 series of video cards. We also asked about GeForce 200 series support, but did not get a clear answer as a product manager was not able to respond at the time.
CyberLink is providing us with an early press build with AMD 5000 series bitstreaming support on Monday and we will begin testing then and hope that a GeForce 200 series build or patch is not too far away.