Join us as we look back at the storied history of multi-GPU cards
The Voodoo-line of graphics cards might be long gone, but their impact is still felt today. They ushered in a new era of consumer PCs with relatively powerful video cards that could power the ultra demanding games of yesteryear like Quake and Unreal. It all started with the 3Dfx Voodoo2 and has continued on with modern cards like the Titan Z and R9 295X2.
Two-headed beast from Team Nvidia is ready to hit the town
We're getting bombarded with press releases from boutique builders and graphics card makers announcing the availability of Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan Z, and with good reason. Today is the day Nvidia is launching the dual-GPU Titan Z, which brings tons of pixel pushing power to the gaming and high-end graphics scene. If you really want to make a statement (and a dent in your bank account), you can grab two and rock a quad-SLI rig.
Nvidia warned us it was coming, but until very late last night we had no idea what they were talking about, or if we should even be excited. Would they announce lower end Kepler parts to fill out the midrange? Would they announce you could finally “buy” a GTX 680? Expectations were high when Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun took the stage for his keynote in Shanghai China, and my friends, meet the all new dual-GPU $999 GTX 690.
A Chinese website has posted a naked picture of AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 7990 graphics card. It's a partial snapshot that shows one of the two GPUs AMD crammed onto this pixel pushing monster, which supposedly consists of a pair of Tahiti XT graphics cores, the same as found on AMD's Radeon HD 7970 videocard. If the information is correct, the card will launch in April, after Nvidia's Kepler rolls into town.
A quick glance at Eurocom's website gives the impression the outfit is running a zoo, but the Cheetah, Cougar, Panther, Puma, and Leopard are all high-performance notebook PCs, and the newly refined Leopard 2.0 is a mobile workstation to be reckoned with. It starts with an 18.4-inch Full HD (1920x1080) display and continues with loads of configuration options.
Popping up over the weekend is a somewhat blurry photo (cleaned up as best we could) of a completely naked dual-GPU prototype of AMD's Radeon HD 6870. The full frontal snapshot shows two Barts GPUs positioned in the middle of a long slab of PCB. Each GPU boasts 1,120 stream processors for a total of 2.240, and each with its own 1GB of GDDR5 memory, also visible in the picture.
News and rumor site Fudzilla is reporting that Nvidia decided to push the release of its upcoming dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 videocard back by a couple of days. If Fudzilla's info is accurate, that means the GTX 590 will now launch on March 24th (next Thursday) instead of March 22nd.
We heard back in April that Nvidia would be releasing its dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 videocard sometime this month. We're now 10 days into March and the only modern-generation dual-GPU videocard on the market is AMD's recently released Radeon HD 6990. That won't be the case for long. According to reports, Nvidia will drop its new flagship part March 22nd, or just under two weeks from today.
Boutique system builder CyberPower wasted no time announcing the availability of AMD's newly minted Radeon HD 6990 graphics card across the company's entire lineup of desktop gaming PCs. That includes CyberPower's more affordable Gamer Dragon and Ultra series. Getting an entire system built around AMD's latest dual-GPU videocard might be cheaper than you think.
A Turkish website posted a ton of information on AMD's upcoming dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 graphics, along with a bevy of official slides, or at least really good Photoshops (not likely). Code named Antilles, the 6990 is slated to launch March 8 and will take its position as AMD's flagship videocard, Donanimhaber.com says. That puts the launch nearly a week ahead of Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590, running contrary to previous reports that AMD would wait until after Nvidia outed its card.