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Some news has leaked in the form of AMD's upcoming pwn-them-all GPU, the Radeon HD6990 dual-Cayman GPU based powerhouse card. Rumor says it'll include 3072 stream processors alongside 4GB of GDDR5 memory which spans across a 2 x 256-bit memory interface.
The fan is placed in the centre of the card between the two cores with a dual-slot cooler. Rumor also has it that the HD6990 will feature a dual vapor chamber design. Pictures have shown a 6 pin and 8 pin power setup, but this might change to a dual 8-pin power requirement. The HD6990 also features dual crossfire connectors and also includes a single DVI output backed up by four mini-DisplayPort outputs.
AMD have today released the WHQL-certified Catalyst 11.1 and 11.1a hotfix packages. The 11.1 set brings a tonne of new features, performance increases and other goodies.
Catalyst 11.1 includes a new Catalyst Control Center which is made to simplify the user experience to help customers get the most use out of their AMD product. Below is a full list of what the AMD Catalyst 11.1 release includes:
AMD are dropping prices and introducing a new card just in time for NVIDIA's GTX560 Ti launch. The 1GB HD6950 variant will be priced at $259. The card is identical to the 2GB HD6950, except it has half the memory.
AMD have also cut prices on the 2GB HD6950, from $289 to $269 and the HD6850 has seen a cut from $239 to $219. Not bad at all, and even better if you were wondering what to buy, now you have plenty of choice from either company.
Today marked the official launch of the NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti video card. As you expect when a new video card comes from NVIDIA not all for them will turn up looking like the reference design that NVIDIA shows off officially. Such is the case with the new MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II series graphics card. The new card has a cool dual fan cooling solution.
The benefit of the custom cooling solution is that MSI claims the Twin Frozr II cooling system will keep the card 20% cooler than the reference design. That means that you will be able to overclock the card to a higher extent with more stability. MSI also claims that its card uses high-end military grade components in the construction.
The MSI offering also used the GPU overvoltage software that allows for easier overclocking using software. The special caps used in the card promise to last eight times longer than normal caps. MSI claims its software and components allow for easy overclocking of up to 25% over the base rate. MSI will also have a Golden Edition of this card, but no details were offered on it. I would assume the Golden Edition would be overclocked.
Today marked the launch of the new NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti video card and the reviews are pouring in as we speak. Before I give you all the links to read reviews all around the web for yourself, I will run down the basic specs of the reference cards. Some of the cards you will run across in reviews today may be overclocked and have different specs.
NVIDIA says that its reference card is 33% faster than previous generation cards and has 65% better performance in tessellation games. The base card has 384 CUDA cores, 8 tessellation engines, and a graphics clock of 822MHz. The best feature is that the card sells for about $250. Hit the review links after the jump to see how the card performs.
AMD's Matt Skynner has teased the world with the upcoming dual-GPU based Radeon HD6990. The HD6990 codenamed "Antilles" will feature two 40nm "Cayman" GPU's.
Although this one will be a different style of card compared to the HD5970 in the way that it uses a cylindrical blower (like the ones used in air-conditioners) to draw air from the rear portion of the cooler, circulate the air through the complex vapour-chamber enhanced heatsink inside.
Look out everyone, the rebranding fairy is at it again. The HD5750 and HD5770 are being magically poofed by AMD into the HD6770 and HD6750 and being aimed at the OEM market for prebuilt computer integration.
The Juniper based cards will mostly keep their familiar 5 series specs: 128-bit memory interface, 720/800 stream processors, and 1GB GDDR5 memory onboard. OpenGL 4.1 support as well as HDMI 1.4a connectivity have been added to the "new" cards. Keep an eye out for them in Dell and HP machines soon.
NVIDIA were up first yesterday and now AMD are serving up a new revision of drivers today in the form of Catalyst 11.1a hotfix. The drivers give speed increases for Radeon HD 6800 and 6900 series of GPU's.
The hotfix (as usual) is not officially supported, so install at your own risk. There will be an official Catalyst update on January 26th. Both series of GPU's will get a performance increase of roughly 7% in 3DMark Vantage, 3% increase in 3DMark 06, Call of Duty: Black Ops should get around 20% when playing with 4xMSAA and then pumps up to a 35% increase at 8xMSAA.
Titanium, it's back. NVIDIA are set to launch the GeForce GTX560 range any day now and Gigabyte are one of the first to be pictured running the old moniker of "Ti". The Gigabyte model number is GV-N560OC-1GI - the card is based off of the GF114 GPU, with 384 CUDA cores and 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
The card doesn't look that much different to a GTX460 and rumor has it that the GF114 is pin-compatible with GF104 which means R&D costs would be down, and a simple slot in GPU and BIOS is added and voila, GTX560 powah.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - One thing that we managed to get a glimpse of while out at CES this year was an interesting demo from Both Intel and Lucid. You remember Lucid; they are the company that has been working on an ALI/Crossfire alternative. We first saw them a couple of years ago at IDF.
At the time Lucid was hailed as the SLI/Crossfire Killer. Unfortunately it was never meant to be positioned in that way. Still we saw companies touting it as the end a replacement for multi-GPU technology. Now Lucid has dropped down a rung or two, not by their own doing but by the pedestal that the press put them on. They are often used as a method for getting more PCIe lanes or as nothing more than a way to run SLI on an AMD motherboard. In this capacity they are actually a good solution.