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eVGA has released the latest in its series of SLI Enhancement patches today which supports SLI users by giving superior SLI performance and wider support in the latest games.
This new SLI Enhancement patch is based on the GeForce 196.21 driver and it enables SLI support for Aliens vs. Predator in all DirectX models as well as Zombie Driver. There is also improved SLI performance to be had when using this update for Mass Effect 2.
You can download it for Windows XP, Vista and 7 over at this webpage.
Sapphire has just released a couple attractive HD 5850 based graphics cards to market which help them stand out amongst the crowd. They have launched HD 5850s under both their Vapor-X and TOXIC series naming which give out-of-the-box overclocked speeds and superior cooling designs.
Both cards use Sapphire's exclusive Vapor-X cooler design which is said to drop temps by as much as 15c as well as being 10dB quieter than stock models.
Where the two cards differ is in the factory overclocked rates. The Vapor-X takes a bump on the GPU to 735MHz and the memory to 1050MHz (4200MHZ effective), whilst the TOXIC is a step up again with a 765MHz core and 1125MHz (4500MHz effective) memory clock.
We have the meaner TOXIC sample in our labs right now and are in the midst of seeing what it's capable of when pushed to the limits. Expect our review online by early next week!
For more info on the two cards, check out Sapphire's official PR here.
The rumor wagon is in high gear today with another new product rumor surfacing. According to this rumor, AMD is getting ready to launch a new video card next week. The card is said to be the Radeon HD 5830.
The video card is pegged for a February 25 launch and will boast 1280 stream processors, 750MHz core speed, and 1GB of GDDR5 running at 4000MHz. AMD is also said t be getting ready to launch a new version of the Radeon HD 5870 called the Eyefinity 6 edition.
The card will have the same specs as the stock HD 5870. The stock card has DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectivity, which the Eyefinity 6 version will lack. Instead, the Eyefinity 6 version will ditch the stock connectivity in favor of six DisplayPort connections.
Our resident video card Guru Shane Baxtor has just posted on his blog some of the whispers that he's hearing about the upcoming HD 5830. It seems that come launch day we won't be seeing retail versions of the HD 5830.
Tracking down a second sample of the model just two days before CNY holidays was hard, from most companies I was told "We can't ship due to our factory already shutting down". Now this I can understand, and with the NDA date looking to be around the 26th, companies will be able to come back from CNY and get a sample out in time.
I'm a bit closer with some manufactures than others though, I had a few actually tell me that ATI had told them they can't ship out to reviewers and one even told me they weren't allowed to ship to their distributor.
We're not sure if this is going to affect retail supply, but head on over to Shane's blog post here to read a bit more about his thoughts on the situation.
Of course, we'll have a review of the HD 5830 the second the NDA is lifted, but it's a bit disappointing to think that a CrossFire article might not be ready at launch on this new model because ATI are holding back samples from manufacturers.
China based hardware news website Zol has managed to get a number of snaps along with some details on ASUS' upcoming HD 5870 MATRIX Edition graphics card.
the EAH5870 MATRIX is quite radically changed from the reference model with double the amount of memory onboard at 2GB, superior voltage regulators, a much more effective cooling system and of course a big bump in clock rates.
Thanks to the use of a superior VRM circuit, the card can easily reach higher clock speeds and comes clocked at 900MHz on the core and 1225MHz (4900MHz effective) on the 2GB of memory. The card requires 2x8-pin PCI-E connectors for its source of additional power.
At the rear of the card you can see there is connectivity options for DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort, which gives the ability to take advantage of EyeFinity. ASUS will also bundle the card with some of its overclocker-friendly features including VoltageTweak software voltage control and access to a safe-mode button that resets the card back to failsafe mode (in terms of voltage settings and clock rates etc.) should any funny business be going on.
No word on a price or availability as yet, but I'm sure we'll see more on this card come CeBIT.
The recent additions to AMD's HD 5000 graphics card lineup still haven't brought the series to a close with talk of the entry top-end HD 5830 still on the way.
We first heard about this model over a month ago, with word that it would arrive in early Feb, but AMD appears to have delayed the release by up to several weeks intentionally and won't give an exact date of launch.
The Cypress LE core which is used in the HD 5850 models is also used for the HD 5830. However, where the 5830 differs is in the way of fewer shaders (1280 instead of 1440), less texture units (60 vs 72), but surprisingly this model apparently runs a higher core clock speed than the HD 5850 at 750MHz vs 725MHz.
The memory configuration will remain the same; 1GB of GDDR5 memory operating at 1000MHz. Physically it will look very similar as well, most probably sticking with the same PCB and cooler design.
Early online store listings reveal the cards pricing to be around the £190 / 216 Euro / $297 mark, but keep in mind that none of the aforementioned information is official as yet.
There's an early sighting on the web of an upcoming custom-designed graphics card from ASUS based on the HD 5870 which is speculated to come out as the EAH5870-TOP.
Of course, this card will come factory overclocked and uses a superior high-performance cooler as shown above. However, actual clock speeds have not yet been revealed, nor pricing or availability (though it's likely we'll hear more details come CeBIT 2010 next month).
ASUS also looks to be readying up a non-reference HD 5850 based card dubbed the EAH5850 DirectCu. This card looks to be focused more towards providing a quieter and more efficient solution as opposed to pushing the speed barrier. The image below makes mention of the cooler being 20% cooler and 35% quieter than the stock cooler used on the 5850.
Again, no word on pricing or availability for this card as yet.
Yet another Radeon HD 5000 series model pops up today in the HD 5570, wedging in between last week's release of the entry level HD 5450 and the HD 5670.
The HD 5570, like the HD 5450, sticks with GDDR3 based memory and has the same core clock speed of 650MHz. However, this card has a 128-bit memory bus instead of 64 and offers twice the amount of ROPs at 16. The GDDR3 memory is also running 200MHz higher at 1800MHz. The model will carry an RRP of around $79 to $85 U.S. Dollars.
With the launch of the new card today comes a bunch of coverage around the web, including our review of Sapphire's variant here. You can find more coverage on the card via the below listing :-
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 :-