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Zotac has rolled out the green carpet for NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 560 SE graphics card, and as far as we're aware of, is the first company to officially do so. The GeForce GTX 560 SE is the newest member of NVIDIA's GeForce 560 Series, which now includes six GPUs. It's built around the same GF114 core as other GeForce 500 cards, but there are some key differences to be aware of. NVIDIA disabled two SMs in the GeForce GTX 560 SE and gave it just 288 stream processors and 48 texture units. By comparison, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti sports 384 stream processors and 64 texture units. "The new Zotac GeForce GTX 560 SE gives gamers a taste of stunning 1080p gaming on a budget," Zotac stated in a press... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview has attracted over 1 million downloads since it was made available to the public yesterday, and there's no reason to believe that number won't continue to grow. It isn't the only piece of Windows 8 software out there, however. To ensure smooth sailing with your Radeon graphics card (if you own one), AMD has released special Catalyst drivers specifically for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Some of the highlights of the new drivers include native Stereo 3D support for full-screen and windowed gaming, a Unified Video API, optimized screen rotation, improved sleep/resume performance, and optimized power consumption, according to AMD's release notes. The special... Read more...
Totally silent computing isn't exactly the Holy Grail of PC enthusiasts, but it is a worthy challenge that carries just as much geek cred as overclocking. Companies are making it easier to get the job done. Take Sapphire, for instance, which just announced what it claims is the "first totally silent card to embody all of the features of this new generation of products based on the revolutionary new GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD." More specifically, Sapphire just rolled out a passively cooled Radeon HD 7750 graphics card. The Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate uses a passive heatpipe and heatsink cooler devoid of any moving parts. Oddly enough, Sapphire doesn't mention what kind of cooling... Read more...
There are several interesting takeaways from the latest graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share data from Jon Peddie Research (JPR). The first one is that Intel continues to dominate the field with a demanding 59.1 percent share of the market, down from 60.4 percent sequentially but up from 52.5 percent one year prior. Intel's dominance is a testament to the concept of integrated graphics, which is an area NVIDIA ditched to focus on discrete graphics. The second thing that's interesting is that AMD was the only major GPU player to increase its graphics chip market share sequentially. AMD ended the quarter with a 24.8 percent share, up from 23 percent in Q3. NVIDIA, meanwhile, dropped... Read more...
PowerColor on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first and only Radeon HD 7970 graphics card with a liquid cooling solution attached. The company's new LCS HD7970 features a pre-installed waterblock provided by EK Waterblocks that has a nickel coated copper base extending over the key components. According to PowerColor, the waterblock is able to keep the GPU cooled to below 50C even under full load. The waterblock comes pre-fitted with high-flow 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch fittings (barbs) with captured O-rings to prevent leaking. As for the card itself, PowerColor took the liberty of overclocking the GPU to 1050MHz (up from 925MHz reference) and the 3GB of GDDR5 memory to 1425MHz (up... Read more...
Slaying dragons isn't easy, and if that's your goal in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can use all the help you can get. Provided you're rocking a GPU built by Nvidia, new GeForce drivers released today will give you a "game changing performance boost" to work with, up to a whopping 45 percent, according to Nvidia's release notes. Nvidia is basing that off of performance measured with a GeForce GTX 560 at 1080p with Ultra settings in indoor scenes when compared with the previous driver. The new GeForce 295.73 drivers also offer up to two times the performance in Mass Effect 3 with SLI compared to 285.62. Other highlights include; GeForce-exclusive quality enhancements with ambient occlusion... Read more...
The Asus Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP is a factory overclocked graphics card being pitched as the coolest and quietest 7970 money can buy. It's also the biggest. To keep thermals and noise in check, Asus slapped an ultra-wide cooling solution that, along with the PCB, takes up three three -- yes, THREE -- slots in your computer case. All that space isn't wasted. Asus' exclusive DirecCU II is a dual-fan cooler with six copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU. This new version has a 20 percent larger dissipation area than previous DirectCU coolers, giving it a cooling effectiveness that's 20 percent better and 14dB quieter compared to AMD's reference design. Underneath the massive... Read more...
MSI this week announced a handful of its own brand Radeon HD 7950 graphics, including the R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC, which brings more to the gaming table than just a funktastic model number. Sharing the spotlight with AMD's 7950 GPU is a custom air cooler MSI claims is up to 10 percent chillier and produces 13.7dB less noise than the reference heatsink under full load. To achieve that level of cooling performance, the Twin Frozr III heatsink battles thermals with a dual 8cm fan design and two 8mm "Superpipe" heatpipes that whisk heat up and away from the GPU. A special fan blade design takes care of the rest by generating 20 percent more airflow than traditional fan blades, or so MSI claims.... Read more...
Goose and Maverick aren't the only ones with a need, a need for speed (that's a Top Gun reference for you young guns out there, not a shout out to EA's Need for Speed series). Apparently AMD isn't content to simply own the fastest single-GPU graphics card on the planet, but it's also flirting with the idea of launching an overclocked version of its Radeon HD 7970 part. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the Sunnyvale chip maker knows its GPU can dance the line at around 1,200MHz, so why not roll out an official version? That's the question AMD is currently mulling. "Several things indicate that the company is working a faster version and second wave of overclocking products," Fudzilla... Read more...
ZOTAC introduced the silent GeForce GTS 450 ZONE Edition graphics card. This card was designed for users that demand Microsoft DirectX 11 visuals and noise-free cooling. The ZOTAC GeForce GTS 450 ZONE Edition combines the GeForce GTS 450 graphics processor with a dual-slot fan-less cooling system that features copper heat-pipes and aluminum fins. When paired with compatible audio equipment and software, the ZOTAC GeForce GTS 450 ZONE Edition can stream Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs over the card's 1080p ready HDMI output. DVI and DisplayPort outputs are also available. ZOTAC® Debuts Silent GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition New ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE®... Read more...
Well here's something you don't see very often -- a single slot, low profile Radeon HD 6670 graphics card. Actually, this is something you've never seen before, according to Sapphire, which claims there's no other HD 6670 videocard like this one anywhere in the world. If you want to take that as a challenge to hunt one down, be our guest -- we tried to find another one ourselves and came up empty. As a refresher, the Radeon HD 6670 sports 480 Stream Processors and 24 texture processing units. Sapphire's model has 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1000MHz (4000MHz effective), along with a graphics core clocked at 800MHz. In other words, it's a reference design, at least as far as speeds go, but in... Read more...
If you're reading this, it's only because you're stuck at work. Otherwise, you'd be home in your man cave slaying dragons in Skyrim or shooting up your buddies in Battlefield 3. It's a good thing we caught you too, because before you check out for the day and get ready to blow your weekend playing either of the aforementioned games, there's something you should know. If you own an Nvidia graphics card and are willing to roll the dice with beta drivers, you can squeeze out better performance out of either game with the newly released GeForce 285.79 drivers. These beta drivers are supposed to squash several bugs in Battlefield 3 and make the game run better. The fix applies to both DX10 and DX11... Read more...
Have you ever tried to kill two birds with one stone? It's not always easy, and pet stores tend to frown on such things. But if you happen to need a videocard upgrade and are interested in picking up the just-released Battlefield 3 game from EA, well, Sapphire might have just what you're looking for. The new Limited Edition Sapphire FleX HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 BF3 Edition graphics card gives gamers access to a free copy of the full game everyone's talking about. And the card itself is pretty rad with 1536 stream processors, 96 texture processing units, and a dual BIOS switch that lets users switch between two performance settings. When set to Normal, the card races along at 880MHz for the core and... Read more...
We're not the least bit afraid to overclock our hardware on our own, and heck, sometimes that's half the fun. But if a vendor wants to take on that same responsibility, then more power to them. That's the decision Palit made with its new, long-winded "GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo Limited Edition" graphics card (that's a 20-syllable card, in case you're wondering). Palit didn't go crazy overclocking the 560 Ti, but did bump the engine clock from 822MHz to 835MHz, and the 1GB of GDDR5 memory from 4008MHz to 4100MHz. That's enough to push the memory bandwidth from 128GB/s to 131.2GB/s. The other distinguishing feature here is the Twin Light Turbo dual-fan cooler. It's a stout heatsink with... Read more...
At first we thought HIS was somehow trying to target real-time strategy gamers with its new Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Eyefinity RTS graphics card. Turns out RTS in this case stands for "Ready-to-See" with HIS trying to bring multi-monitor gaming via AMD's Eyefinity technology to the masses. What's different about this card is that it supports up to 3-way Eyefinity setups through any of its connectors and not just via DisplayPort. Pretty rad, right? We think so. The card comes with two mini-DisplayPort connectors, two DVI connectors, and an HDMI port. Normally you'd need multiple displays with DisplayPort connectors to take advantage of AMD's Eyefinity technology, or you could grab yourself some DisplayPort... Read more...
Sapphire today announced its HD 6950 Toxic Edition graphics card, calling it "the fastest production card in its class." To back up that claim, Sapphire set the graphics engine at 880MHz and the 2GB of onboard memory at 1330MHz for an effecitive 5.2Gb/s of bandwidth. According to Sapphire, it took more than ordinary reference parts to make it's the Toxic Edition card the fastest HD 6950 out there. "This has been achieved by building the card on a high specification PCB with digital VRMs for excellent power regulation and 8+6 pin power connectors," Sapphire explains. "It has a high performance cooler featuring a Vapor Chamber, blower fan, and a new perforated backplate to increase airflow out... Read more...
MSI announced a new application for Android devices that will let you monitor and overclock your graphics card directly from your smartphone or tablet using a Wi-Fi connection. The new MSI Afterburner App lets users monitor core temperature, frequency, memory clock speed, fan speed, and CPU and memory usage. In addition, the Afterburner App’s calibration functions let users see information about the graphics card’s core, frequency, and fan speed in real time. Gamers can also adjust display card settings while playing multi-screen 3D games. MSI Launches it's Afterburner App, the World's First Android Overclocking Utility for Graphics Cards. Turn Cellphones and Tablets into Overclocking... Read more...
You don't want to be the one everybody points and laughs at for using a reference cooler on a high end graphics card, do you? Maybe that's a little melodramatic; realistically, reference coolers aren't all that bad. But if you dream of a cooler running GPU and faster clocks, third-party cooling solutions are the way to go. HIS Digital announced today that it's gone and slapped its IceQ cooler on AMD's Radeon HD 6970 graphics card. According to HIS, you can expect up to 23C lower temps over the reference cooler AMD recommends. The IceQ boasts a 'Black Hole Impeller' design that draws cool air from both sides of the fan, and four heatpipes to help whisk heat away from the GPU. In addition to running... Read more...
Powercolor's looking to make a splash in the graphics card market by announcing what it claims is the world's first and only liquid cooling Radeon HD 6990 graphics card. For those of you rocking a water cooled rig, the LCS HD6990 will slide right in and comes with both 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch barbs with captured o-rings to prevent leakage. As Powercolor as done before, the company partnered with EKwaterblocks to provide the hardware, which includes a full water block with a copper base mounted on the card. It covers all the key components and, according to Powercolor, offers up to 30 percent better cooling on the GPU than a reference board, even under full load. Other features include a "dual BIOS... Read more...
There's a scene in Step Brothers where Brennan Huff, played by Will Ferrell, asks Dale Doback, played by John. C. Reilly, "Did we just become best friends?" The answer is an emphatic "Yep!," and the two then decide to go practice karate in the garage. AMD and Nvidia don't live together, nor would we go so far to tag them as BFFs, but the two graphics rivals did just decide to roundhouse the tech industry with a surprise announcement: Nvidia, at long last, is licensing its SLI technology to AMD. It's. About. Time! That's what you're thinking, that's what we're thinking, that's what everyone is thinking. So what exactly took so long for these two to hug out their differences and get on the same... Read more...
Today, we're looking at five DirectCU graphics cards from Asus: the GTX 580, GTX 570, HD 6970, HD 6950, and HD 6870. They span the high-end and mid-range spectrum within the GPU market, with representatives from both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon product lines. Of course, all come factory overclocked while sporting massive coolers with redesigned PCBs and enhanced components. If you're into enthusiast level hardware, especially graphics cards, you don't want to miss this article... Asus DirectCU NVIDIA & AMD Graphics Card Round-Up... Read more...
Is there anything sexy about PC components? For about 99% of the population, the answer is probably no. But since you're reading this, chances are that you've fallen in love with the design of a component at least once. Maybe the draw was strong enough to reel you into the world of enthusiast computing, where the skill of overclocking is revered, cable management is a compulsion, and upgraded cooling is not just an option, it's a necessity.   For sure, we've seen our fair share of hot deigns throughout the years, but few have spoken to our inner enthusiast quite like the DirectCU II product line from industry heavyweight, Asus. At first glance, you can tell these cards were spawned specifically... Read more...
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