Chinese website Expreview.com posted some scintillating pics of a Zotac brand GeForce GTX 460 videocard like no other. Unlike every other GTX 460 board, Zotac's card comes with two GPUs on a single PCB.
Whether Zotac plans to actually the ship the thing or is just playing around isn't yet known. But what we do know is that the card features two GF104 GPUs connected via an NF200 bridge chip, two 8-pin power connectors, and 1GB of GDDR5 per core for a total or 2GB or memory.
If Zotac were to actually release something like this, it would be interesting to see what price point the company settles on. Keep in mind Nvidia recently dropped the price of its GTX 460 part (and GTX 470) in an attempt to steal some thunder from AMD's Radeon HD 6800 series launch.
It doesn't matter what videocard you own, chances are there are updated drivers available for download. AMD on Friday released its Catalyst 10.10 driver package, and now Nvidia has just dropped its GeForce 260.99 WHQL drivers into the wild.
New to version 260.99 are Express (one-click) and Custom (customized) installation routines. Those who choose the Custom option can decide whether or not to have Nvidia first remove older drivers prior to installing the new ones (clean install), as well as what driver components you want included (PhysX or 3D Vision).
The latest drivers support the GeForce GTS 450 and GT 430 GPUs and fix a handful of issues across several operating systems.
We've been hearing rumors that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 videocard will be based on the company's 40nm GF110 GPU with 512 CUDA cores and GDDR5 memory, however Nvidia hasn't yet officially announced the card.
That's okay, because team green all but confirmed the existence of the upcoming part when the company's overzealous web monkeys listed the GTX 580 on Nvidia's 3D Vision System Requirements page (UK version).
Nvidia has since erased the GTX 580 from the page, but hey, this is the Internet and there's no such thing as a do-over (check out the Print Screen capture below). The GTX 580 will do battle with AMD's upcoming Cayman-based Radeon HD 6900 series graphics cards.
As rumored, Nvidia slashed the price of its GeForce GTX 470 videocard today, and did so by more than 25 percent, at least in terms of MSRP. The GTX 470, which was originally marked at $349, can now be found for as little as $260.
That's about $20 more expensive than the lowest priced AMD Radeon HD 6870 videocards (you can read our review of the XFX HD 6870 here, and the HD 6850 here), all without any mail-in-rebate shenanigans.
So out of the two, which should you get? You could flip a piece-of-eight and be happy with the result no matter how it lands. The GTX 470 is slightly faster than the HD 6870, while the latter costs a little less. If a warranty is what matters most, out of the $260 and under cards, only the EVGA GTX 470 comes with a lifetime backing (provided you register the card within 30 days). XFX also offers a lifetime backing on its cards, which one-ups EVGA's by being transferable to a second owner, but the XFX HD 6870 runs for $280.
Are you planning to upgrade to one of these new cards? If so, which one? Even if you're not, which do you think is the better buy out of these: HD 6870, HD 6850, GTX 470, GTX 460.
For those of you who recently purchased a GeForce GTX 470 or 460 videocard, stop reading now, this might sting a little. According to HardOCP founder Kyle Bennett, Nvidia is planning some major price cuts, and soon.
"Word on the street is that Nvidia is changing UMAP pricing on the GTX 460 1GB and GTX 470 for the better, from the consumers' standpoint anyway," Bennett says. "Expect to see some fairly big price drops in the next couple of days that will bring both the cards down to previous unheard of prices. The price drops on the GTX 470 will likely be a very well received enthusiast 'sweetspot' card."
If true, these aren't random price cuts. AMD is expected to release its Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 videocards tomorrow, and a well timed price cut could steal some of the thunder away from AMD's launch.
There's been plenty of chatter about AMD's upcoming HD 6000 series, but not much in the way of what Nvidia's been up to. Will Nvidia have anything to counter AMD's new graphics cards?
According to the latest water cooler talk, Nvidia is getting close to announcing its GeForce GTX 580. This card will use the GF110 GPU and supplant the GTX 480 as Nvidia's flagship videocard.
The GTX 580 will come with 512 CUDA cores, 128 texture units, and probably 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit memory bus. German site 3dcenter.org also lists other GF110 GPUs with as many as 768 CUDA cores. Depending on the GPU, performance is expected to be anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent faster than the GTX 480.
It's driver update time, at least for Nvidia videocard owners. The graphics chip maker on Monday released its GeForce 260.89 driver packages, which add support for the newly released GeForce GT 430 graphics card.
Compared to the 258.96 drivers, Nvidia says you can expect a bump in performance in several games, including up to 16 percent in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (GTX 480) up to 22 percent in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (GTX 460), and up to 19 percent in StarCraft II (GTX 460 in SLI) to name just a few.
For a full list of changes, and to download the new drivers, head over here.
Just because you might be saddled with a tight budget doesn't mean you have to resort to integrated graphics. Hell, you can even equip your system to handle DirectX 11 eye candy without spending big bucks. Enter Nvidia's GeForce GT 430, the latest addition to its Fermi family that costs less than a C-note.
For around $80 (give or take depending on make and model), Nvidia is pitching its GeForce GT 430 primarily at digital media PCs rather than a dedicated gaming box. The GPU comes built on a 40nm manufacturing process and includes 96 CUDA cores, a 700MHz core clockspeed, 1GB of DDR3 clocked at 900MHz, a 128-bit memory bus, 4 ROPs, and 585 million transistors.
It also supports HDMI 1.4a for 3D content, HD 24-bit multi-channel audio up to 192KHz, and of course Nvidia's PhysX technology. And while it's not intended as a gaming powerhouse, Nvidia claims you can expect up to 1.5x the performance of "previous generation products" and "playable framerates in all of today's top 30 games, when compared to integrated graphics solutions."
Word from behind the lines where graphics cards are produced is that AMD recently postponed the launch of its Radeon HD 6000 series, pushing back the release from October 12 to sometime in November.
This gives Nvidia a short Window to steal some market share that would have otherwise gone towards AMD next month. To help do that, Nvidia plans to launch its new entry-level GeForce GT 430 in October, while also trimming the price on its existing GeForce GT 220 and GTX 460 graphics cards.
Getting back to AMD, sources say the company's HD 6000 series will use a 40nm manufacturing process as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) opted to skip over its 32nm R&D for GPUs and advance directly to 28nm. This would seem to give some weight to the leaked AMD slide that we posted yesterday.
Acer probably takes the name of its gamer-specific Predator desktop range too literally. The world's second largest PC maker has left no stone unturned in making every singly Predator desktop look curiously intimidating. The latest members of the Predator family also manifest this design philosophy. But let's for once turn blind to the exterior so we can sift through their innards.
The Acer Aspire Predator AG7750-U3222 packs in a quadcore Intel Core i7-930 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 graphics, 1.5TB storage (supports up to 8TB), and 12GB SDRAM. Acer is asking $1,999 for the liquid-cooled AG7750.
But if you can't justify giving an arm and a leg for the AG7750, then try to justify spending $1,350 on the mid-range AG5900, which features a Core i7-870 CPU, 8GB of memory, 1.5TB of storage space and ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB graphics.
“We’re now offering two killer Predator models with the goal of satisfying a wider range of gamers,” said Steve Smith, senior business manager of consumer desktops for Acer America. “Not everyone needs the most extreme gaming rig, so we designed the AG5900, a more mainstream alternative to our premium AG7750. The AG5900 boasts excellent core features, such as a high- speed processor, excellent graphics and tons of memory to hobble the competition at an affordable price.”