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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.
Rumor has it that NVIDIA will be the first one out of the gate with a dual-GPU for 2011. Sources close to Taiwan-based Digitimes are saying that both AMD and NVIDIA are noticing a drop in demand for low-end discrete GPUs as IGPs and especially APUs are absorbing this segment.
The results of this? NVIDIA and AMD are looking to pump up hardware for the performance market given the shift in demand. Word is that NVIDIA is set to unveil the dual-GPU based Fermi card by the end of next month in the form of the GeForce GTX590. The GTX590 is looking to sport two GF110 cores with a total of 1024 CUDA cores, 3027MB of GDDR5 memory, dual 384-bit memory buses, 128 texture units and 96 ROPs - effectively, double the GTX580 specs.
It looks like the NVIDIA drivers have let another cat out of the bag. The 266.7x beta drivers list a GeForce GTX550 Ti based on NVIDIA's GF116 graphics processor. It's expected to be a 40nm-based design and feature a 128-bit memory bus, a TDP of 110W or less and should ship with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Output wise it should include two dual-link DVI connectors as well as a mini-HDMI output.
It is said to resemble the PCB design of NVIDIA's GeForce GTS450 but since it carries the GTX branding it should have another kick in performance. Rumor has it that the GTX550 Ti is said to smack down the Radeon HD 5770 by a good 35% in DirectX 11 games and 20% in DirectX 10 games. Pricing wise we should see it at $200, roughly $50 cheaper than the GTX560 Ti.
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February has rolled along and with it comes another driver release from AMD for their Radeon graphics cards. AMD has changed its Catalyst AI texture filtering scheme as well as some new tessellation controls for 5000 and 6000-series Radeon cards.
AMD haven't stopped there, Radeon HD 5000-series owners are now able to access morphological anti-aliasing. AMD has also let users have the chance to change video quality settings for Blu-ray 3D media playback on 6000-series GPU's. COD: Black Ops performance is also increased for 5000-series owners, by 11% with anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering enabled. Disabling anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering will gain 4-percent in performance for Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Club3D has a large catalog of video cards that include offerings in the low to high range from both NVIDIA and AMD. Club3D has announced a new video card called the Radeon HD 6950 that has a unique cooling system and should perform well while staying nice and cool.
The card has many of the same specs that all HD 6950 video cards offer. The GPU uses 40nm technology and has 1408 stream processors. The card has 1GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 256-bit memory interface. The core clock for the card is 800MHz and the memory is clocked at 5000MHz.
The 6950 supports DX11 and uses the PCI-E 2.1 interface and has a dual slot active cooling solution. The recommended PSU is at least 700W and the card has lots of connectivity. Connectivity includes two DVI ports, dual Mini DisplayPorts, and HDMI. The cooling solution has two fans and lots of heat pipes for maximum cooling.
Asus has a full line of video cards running from the entry level up to high-end offerings that cost big bucks. The company is also a huge and popular maker of mainboards and other components that PC gamers and enthusiasts love. The latest video card from Asus is the new NVIDIA GT 440 video card aimed at the lower end of the gaming spectrum.
The new video card uses Super Power Alloy tech, which claims to be able to keep the video card 35C cooler just because of the metal that the caps, chokes, and MOSFETs are made from. The parts also claim to extend the life of the card by 2.5 times. The card also uses a special Asus cooling fan that has anti-dust tech to keep the fan and heat sink clean and running as cool as possible.
The card slips into PCI-E 2.0 slot and has an engine clock of 822MHz. It packs in 1GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 3200MHz and has 96 CUDA cores. The memory interface of the card is 128-bit. Connectivity includes HDMI, DVI, and D-sub. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.
Gigabyte is one of the more popular computer hardware makers in the industry with a variety of mainboards and video cards that range from entry level to high-end enthusiast offerings. Today Gigabyte has unveiled a pair of new entry-level video cards using the NVIDIA GT 440 GPU. The video cards include the GV-N440TC-1GI and GV-N440D3-1GI.
Both of the cards use the same GT 440 GPU that supports DirectX 11, 3D, CUDA and a lot more. Both of the cards have D-sub, DVI, and HDMI connectivity. The N440D3 has 1GB of DDR3 RAM inside that is clocked at 1800MHz. The core clock for the GPU is 830MHz and the shader clock is 1660MHz.
The N440TC has 512MB of TurboCache GDDR5 RAM onboard had a clock speed of 830MHz. The RAM is clocked at 3200MHz and the shaders are clocked at 1660MHz. Both of the video cards are RoHS compliant and the GPUs use 40nm technology. Pricing and availability on the cards is unknown at this time.
Jon Peddie Research's graphics shipment estimates for the past quarter have arrived, with numbers being "below expectations". According to JPR the growth from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010 was only 4.3%, JPR are suggesting that tablets and iPad growth might to be blame.
Intel saw a 7.3% unit decline between the third and fourth quarter, while AMD and NVIDIA enjoyed sub-5% unit growrth. Comparing Q4 2010 and Q4 2009, AMD has come out of the fight with an 11.2% growth, compared to a 2.9% increase for Intel and drum roll... a 15.1% drop for NVIDIA.
NVIDIA is planning a launch of the upcoming dual-GPU video card in the next month. The GeForce GTX590 should launch to duke it out against AMD's upcoming Antilles, otherwise known as the Radeon HD6990.
The GTX590 will feature two GF110 cores with a total of 1024 CUDA cores, 3027MB of GDDR5 memory, dual 384-bit memory buses, 128 texture units and 96 ROPs. Based on features alone, this effectively doubles the specifications of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX580.