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With the launch of the Radeon HD 5970 and AMD grabbing the single card speed crown from NVIDIA a few people are beginning to wonder where NV is in all of this. This is especially true after the big fud-storm over the Fermi mock up. Some are saying that NV has nothing to counter the 5xxx series at all let alone the 5970.
Of course you knew that NV would not sit back idly while AMD is grabbing so much of the spotlight. Hot on the heels of their announcement of the Fermi based Tesla cards we finally see what appears to be an NVIDIA card running the DX11 version of the Unigine Heaven Benchmark. This same picture is popping up all over the internet today. Brian Burke at NVIDIA has stated that it is a real Fermi Based consumer DX11 card. Still no official word on the date of the launch (although our sources now say early December)
It is nice to know that there will be some competition for AMD before the end of the year, let's just hope that it is a hard launch and not a paper one.
Today brings the introduction of a graphics card many hardcore gamers and enthusiasts have been waiting for; ATI's answer to the GTX 295. Certainly better late than never and in this case with a few extra tricks up its sleeve besides performance, performance and performance.
As the NDA's lifted, we're allowed to wind up our sample and show you how it goes under both DX10 and 11 environments using our new suite of benchies under our Windows 7 testbed. You can get to all the results and our thoughts on the new card here. Also stay tuned for both seperate Crossfire and Overclocking articles over the next 24 hrs.
More coverage on the new dual-gpu monster can also be found via the below roundup of links :-
- Driver Heaven
- PC Perspective
- Hardware Canucks
- Hot Hardware
- Techpowerup (Crossfire article)
- Benchmark Reviews
- Legit Reviews
Check back over the next 12 hrs or so for additional coverage as it comes in.
Although we know that NVIDIA is working hard on the new GT300/Fermi cards we still do not know is when they will actually be here. The issue is not one of a single product launch but more a problem of multiple products.
The first to launch will probably be the DX11 gaming parts. These should hit by the end of the year, or at least launch and then be available in shops early next year (2010). The next are the professional cards; the Quadros. These should hit sometime around Siggraph (say April), and the last are the Tesla cards. These are the computational monsters that even now are catching up to the world's fastest supercomputers.
Here we have some extra information. It seems that NVIDIA will be launching the new Tesla 20 series should hit this spring (perhaps also in time for Siggraph). They will not come cheap though. Expect the 3GBC2050 to run about $2499 and the C2070 to hit as much as $3999. Meanwhile the heavy hitting S2050 and S2070 (1U units that allow multiple C20 series chips to work together will run you a cool $13 and $19k each.
Some more concrete evidence of the launch pricing on AMD's next big dual-GPU badboy, the HD 5970 has come to light. It looks like $599.99 U.S. will be what's required to get your hands on one initially, as per this early listing over at ZipZoomFly.
Not too over the top when you consider it'll be the fastest card the market has to offer, at least until NVIDIA's Fermi card arrives sometime in Q1 of next year. We'll have our review online of the card using our new extended Windows 7 / DX11 benchmark suite as soon as the NDA lifts in a mere couple days now; stay tuned!
AMD is set to launch a new flagship video card called the HD 5970 and ahead of that official introduction, some of the specifications for the card have been leaked online. The card has the code name Hemlock and has two GPUs on a single video card.
The GPUs are called Cypress, has an internal CrossfireX configuration, and are built on the 40nm process. Each GPU will have 1600 stream processors and a 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface. Actual VRAM will be 4GB total.
That means each GPU will get a massive 2TB of memory. The dual slot card will reportedly have a pair of DVI-D ports and a mini DisplayPort with the other slot having a large heat vent. The NDA will reportedly expire on the card on the 19th of November.
Wow there is so much spin out right now about Fermi/GT300/G100 that it is not funny. From the Anti-Green side we hear of delays and yield issues. We hear rumblings of problems with the actual design, that NVIDIA knows and is stalling, and that somehow they are pulling the wool over consumers' eyes on their DX11 parts. All in an attempt to undermine poor put upon AMD.
But what is really going on? The truthful answer to that one is, no one but NV (and maybe a few OEMs and TSMC) really knows. But still we do know that recent rumors and rumblings have some root in truth. The problem is with presentation and spin. For example we hear that Fermi is being delayed until Q1 2010. When you read this you automatically hear that everything related to the Fermi/GT300/G100 is being delayed. You think that this means no DX11 GeForce cards from NV this year, time to pull out the wallet and look to AMD right?
Well you would only be partially right.
You see Fermi actually represents several products; there is the GeForce, Tesla, and Quadro. So what are the new reports really talking about? Well they are talking about Quadro and Tesla. Traditionally new Quadro Products from NVIDIA are released in the April Time Frame right around NAB and Sigraph. So the news that this will not be launched until then is nothing new and just business as usual. As for Tesla, they are usually updated once a year so again that is not new and nothing out of the ordinary.
Now for most the big question is GeForce; so far NVIDIA is still saying that it will be launched this year. This could be very true and we will see DX11 performance from NV sometime in the next month or so. But will this be a general launch or a limited launch just to make the deadline. My thoughts now are different from what they were a couple of months ago. For starters at the time I was being told that the GT300 DX11 parts would make their debut in early to mid-November. This has now changed to late November, possibly after Black Friday. A launch this late with nothing in the stores will not improve NV sales but it might hurt AMD's if the performance is good enough. So I think that a limited product launch is very likely in the next few weeks. NV needs something on record before the end of the year to compete with AMD's current momentum. Anything less than a true DX11 part based on Fermi will not cut it with today's consumer so they had better be working very hard to get those out.
The highly anticipated upcoming monster graphics card from ATI, the HD 5870 X2 (or officially speaking, HD 5970) has recently been spotted in pixelated form about the web, but for what is believed to be the first time, we now hear about a potential slightly cut down version; also being a dual-GPU weapon.
It's believed the pics of this interesting looking card over at Alienbabeltech are from an early engineering sample of the HD 5850 X2 (or HD 5950); also using two GPUs on a single PCB like its bigger brother. The pics aren't definitive as to the card being the aforementioned model and AMD themselves have denied the existance of a 5850 X2 coming to market, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.
As expected, eVGA has just announced a new breed of GeForce graphics card based around NVIDIA's highly popular GTX 275. The card is a kind of hybrid PhysX offering with two GPUs aboard.
The GTX 275 GPU handles the actual graphics processing tasks, whilst a second residing GTS 250 struts its stuff for the PhysX side of things.
In games that fully utilize PhysX technology, eVGA says this card will perform leaps and bounds ahead of any other GTX 275 on the market, heavily factory overclocked or not. Pricing of the card currently sits at $349.99 over at eVGA's online store.
The first definitive images of the highly anticipated soon to be released Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU wielding graphics card have appeared on the web thanks to the folks over at Alienbabeltech.
What you can see in the pictures is a reference model, albeit not the final revision. You can see in the image below that the card is extremely long at 13.5 inches, barely fitting into the full size Antec 1200. It is likely the final card will be a bit shorter. The card's power source is both 8 and 6-pin PCI-E connectors.
A run of benchmarks were also completed, however AMD quickly got hold of the guys who posted them and had them pulled, also noting that both the drivers and BIOS are not finalized which will give noticably different performance results to what the final revision is capable of.
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