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AMD did not impress their fans by denying warranty if the performance "OC" bios switch was used on their Radeon HD 6990, but XFX have stepped up to the plate and are now saying that they will be fulfilling their warranty even if AMD won't.
XFX told Kitguru that they'd be offering it, with a statement saying:
XFX will warranty the 880Mhz OC Usage as per our usual RMA terms, as long as there is no Consumer Induced Damage etc, as per our usual terms and process for RMA's
XFX strongly believe that if you add a performance enhancing switch which allows the end user to ENHANCE THE CARDS PERFORMANCE, WE Believe it is only right to warranty this benefit,
Further to this, if you wish to guarantee total stability of overclocked product, XFX recommend that consumers use our performance range of XFX range of Power supplies, offering our true wattage guarantee, and easyrail technology, with the best pairing being 750w onwards both core and Modular editions.
This is great of XFX to do this and I would expect other AMD partners to step up and follow the same path - if AMD aren't showing love, then partners will only look better by doing so.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX550 Ti has launched today and should be the GPU of choice for the launch of Crysis 2 in one weeks time. For users of resolutions up to 1080p, you should get some decent bang-for-buck performance in the latest and greatest games.
The card features the usual outputs, in combinations of D-SUB, DVI and HDMI. Some offer dual-DVI, while some offer one of each. It's a dual-slot card and doesn't stray too far from the look and feel of NVIDIA's tasty as hell, GTX460. The GTX560 is being offered right now from virtually all NVIDIA partners, Asus, EVGA, Gainward, GALAXY, Gainward, KFA, Palit, PNY and ZOTAC.
The GeForce GTX550 Ti would be a great addition in most PC's as it has low power requirements but great performance. Yes, it's not a GTX580 or a HD6990, but for most people, this card offers great bang for buck. Not only that, but it uses the Ti-moniker, which is great to see on more cards.
NVIDIA is expected to launch the dual-Fermi based GeForce GTX 590 later this month (rumor has it, March 22nd to go side-by-side with Crysis 2) and another bit of info has leaked out. The GTX 590 is known to include two GF110 cores with all CUDA cores enabled (512 per GPU, 1024 total).
It will include 3GB of GDDR5 memory and is powered via dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors with a TDP rated at 365W. Mentioned in the above slide is that the GTX 590 includes a 12layer, 2oz copper PCB, a 10-phase GPU power system and an on-board PCIe bridge chip. Cooling wise, the GeForce GTX 590 is expected to use something similar to the Radeon HD 6990.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX590 sucks its beer gut in, shows off a possible single-slot cooler? Even The Situation is jealous.
UPDATE: The source looked at the picture wrong, I apologise if I got some people excited! The GTX590 will be a dual-slot card, at 297mm in length which is close to the GTX295's length.
The launch of the soon-to-be amazing GeForce GTX 590 dual-Fermi based GPU is about to go live and the closer we get to the release, the more that leaks out about it. NVIDIA has obviously put a lot of green sweat into this puppy and the latest shots show a 21.5mm-thick cooler which would imply that it's a single-slot based cooler.
This would be an amazing achievement if true, but could also come at the cost of your ears. If it is indeed true, NVIDIA have pulled a rabbit from the hat and should get some fairly good press based on the cooler design alone.
NVIDIA is set to launch their dual-GPU counter-punch-in-the-nuts GeForce GTX 590 on March 22nd. Coincidentally, this is the date of the Crysis 2 launch in which NVIDIA paid a pretty penny (to the tune of $2 million) for some flashy NVIDIA-only benefits. Although Crysis 2 is only launching with DirectX 9 - which is shocking considering the first game from four years ago launched with DirectX 9 and 10 modes.
The GeForce GTX 590 uses two GF110 GPUs (the same as the GTX 570/580 cards), we can expect the GTX 590 to include 3GB of RAM and out-of-the-box support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision Surround and Vision Surround technologies (which are usually only for SLI users). The card is not far away and I'm sure that they're ready to strike while the iron is hot and I have full confidence it's going to be a great card.
AMD has had the ride of a lifetime with the Radeon HD 5970, even today the dual-GPU 5-series card is still able to keep it's own against an onslaught of next-generation GPU technologies from not only themselves, but NVIDIA.
Enter, Radeon HD 6990. The GPU is a very power-hungry card crunching down on some serious 375W-TDP goodness but with its new vapor-chamber cooling system it also supports up to a get this, 450W of bench-pressing power! The card is mainly what was leaked a few weeks ago now, 2 x 1536 stream processors, 2 x 96 Texture Units, 2 x 32 ROPs, 830MHz core clock, 1.25GHz (5.0GHz data rate) GDDR5 memory, 2 x 256-bit memory bus, 2x2GB memory, and the best bit? A whopping 2 x 2.64B transitors... all packed neatly into a 40nm-process and with a price of $699.
It looks like NVIDIA are fans of the upcoming dual-GPU from AMD, the Radeon HD 6990. NVIDIA were approached at CeBit and were asked to pose in front of a camera with the Radeon HD 6990, which they agreed to, pearly whites included.
As the picture above shows, NVIDIA are in good spirits. This could mean a few things. They could be just smiling to get it out of the way, smiling because they know their product is better, or smiling in defeat. My guess is the NVIDIA's dual-GPU will be faster but at the use of much more power (400W+) where the HD 6990 should sit pretty at 300W and below.
NVIDIA have released a new beta driver in the form of v267.24 - which is in the Release 265 family of drivers. The driver package supports all GeForce cards from the 6-series up to the 500-series as well as ION desktop GPU's.
New features and support in 267.24 include, 3D Vision support for Bulletstorm, SLI support for Homefront, improved compatibility with Dragon Age II and also includes a fix for the problem where the NVIDIA control panel is not accessible via the Windows desktop. The driver set also includes HD Audio driver v18.104.22.168, PhysX System Software v9.10.0514.
NVIDIA's upcoming budget bonanza card the GeForce GTX 550 Ti has been spotted in several EU retail listings, this allows us a look at pricing and specs. The GTX550 is set to be a dual-slot card based on a 40nm GF116 GPU sporting 192 CUDA cores, 32 texture units with a GPU/shader clock of 900/1800MHz. It should also carry 1GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit bus and an effective speed of 4100MHz, peak power is said to be rated at 110W.
Pricing should be 160 ($220) which should put the card against the overclocked GTX460s and the Radeon HD 6870. It should be noted that it falls just below the GTX560 Ti which has double the CUDA cores and memory interface.
March is building up to be quite the month for GPU releases with both NVIDIA and AMD releasing dual-GPU based cards to impress the world. Because of CeBIT, AMD and NVIDIA partners have had the opportunity to show off their enthusiast level cards.
Sapphire has stepped up to the plate by showing off a dual Cayman-based Radeon HD 6990. Judging from the above shot, we can see the GD 6990 uses dual 8-pin power and is capable of consuming 300W of power. On the shot below we can see that it will include four DisplayPort connectors and a single DVI connector. For extra monitor support, you'll require the soon to be released DisplayPort v1.2 splitter.