Asus is being anything but timid with Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 550 Ti videocard. Nvidia's reference design specifies a 900MHz graphics clock, but as third-party manufactures are prone to ask, why stop there? Asus didn't and instead chose to overclock the GPU to 975MHz on its new GTX550 Ti DirecCU TOP Edition card, and 1015MHz on its Extreme edition model.
Nvidia on Tuesday welcomed a new mid-range part to its family of Fermi graphics cards. Based on the company's 40nm GF116 GPU, the new GeForce GTX 550 Ti is priced below $150, making it Nvidia's most affordable 500 series desktop card thus far. Keep reading after the break for more detailed GTX 550 Ti specs.
Rumors of an imminent expansion of Alienware's gaming laptop range are nothing new, but till now they have only been restricted to talk of an 18-incher supposedly called the M18x. However, new pictures posted on a forum named dell.benyouhui, and spotted by Notebook Italia, point to not one but two new Alienware laptops from Dell. The previously unheard of second laptop happens to be a 14-incher reportedly called M14x. Hit the jump for the leaked photos.
So little Billy's been bugging you for an update on when Nvidia plans to finally launch a new dual-GPU videocard, because even though his AMD Radeon HD 5970 still has the moxie to play the latest titles, he's been bitten by the upgrade bug. Poor little fella. Fear not, because you can tell Billy that Nvidia's planning to launch its two-GPU GeForce GTX 590 videocard in mid-March, and if not, you'll hunt down every one of DigiTimes' sources and plant a fist right in their suck-hole for getting his hopes up.
Playing with beta drivers comes with certain risks -- like instability -- but can also be rewarding in not always obvious ways. Those who went and snagged Nvidia's 266.7x beta driver for GeForce videocards, for example, uncovered a couple of interesting lines that seem to indicate Nvidia is on the verge of releasing at least two new graphics cards, including a dual-GPU model. More details after the jump.
If you subscribe the motto that air is for breathing, not for cooling, then MSI's new N580GTX HydroGen is exactly the type of videocard that should float your water cooling boat. MSI ditched the reference air cooling solution and replaced it with its own proprietary HydroGen all-copper waterblock. The rest is up to you. Stick it in your water cooled rig, pop the tubes on the in/outlets, turn on the pump, and enjoy seeing those temps drop by as much as 24C over that of Billy's reference card.
Nvidia’s latest GPU release, the GF110, is essentially a re-engineered version of the original Fermi chip, with the addition of a few tweaks. By re-spinning the original, the full potential of Fermi is now realized, with all 512 compute cores active. (The original GeForce GTX 480 had the same number of compute cores, but 32 of them were deactivated.) Besides that, the GF110 features other enhancements, like improved FP16 texture performance, which boosts the frame rate in scenes using high dynamic range (HDR) rendering. The new chip also clocks higher; reference cards run at 772MHz core and 1,000MHz memory.
Excited about Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 560 Ti videocard? You aren't the only one. Boutique system builder iBuyPower announced it's now offering the new GPU across its entire line of desktops, including its LAN Warrior II Paladin XLC and Level 10 lines.
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The short and sweet of it is Nvidia's GTX 560 Ti offers "impressive performance for the dolloar and watt," and depending on what cooling solution is being used, noise is acceptable too.
As it pertains to iBuyPower, the company's aforementioned LAN Warrior II starts at $970 when equipped with a GTX 560 Ti. Other options include a Palit Sonic GTX 560 Ti (900MHz) for $19 more, an EVGA Superclocked GTX 560 Ti (900MHz) for $29 more, or a 2GB GTX 560 Ti that also adds $29 to the bottom line.
Today, Nvidia announced its new sweet-spot GPU. Our Lab tests reveal that the GTX 560Ti, an updated and beefed up version of the GTX 460 - Nvidia's previous sweet-spot graphics processor - is a solid performer. Our initial numbers are after the jump, but the short version is that, much like previous reports indicated, the GTX 560 Ti is a reengineering of the GTX 460, a card that we gave high marks in late 2010 for its power and competitive price.
The GTX 460 boasted 336 CUDA cores, and was stock-clocked at 650MHz. The GPU overclocked particularly well; factory-OC’d models like Gigabyte’s 715MHz GV-N460OC-1GI GTX 460 easily trounced their price-point competition until the introduction of the Radeon HD 6870.
The GTX 560Ti kicks the CUDA cores up to 384 and the stock clock up to 822MHz, with factory-overclocked cards hitting north of 900MHz and as high as the 1GHz mark. Catch our first benchmark runs after the jump.
Taking a cue from its parent company Palit, which itself has been known to slap more video RAM on a graphics card than the stock configuration calls for, Gainward today introduced its GeForce GTX 580 3072MB Phantom3.
According to Gainward, that superscript is supposed to denote the "Phantom power of 3," which refers to the use of three PWM cooling fans underneath the ginormous heatsink. These are flanked by six "Gainward Grand Prix Heatpipes," each one 6mm in size. Gainward claims you'll see up to 12C lower temps compared to a stock GTX 580 during 3D heavy tasks, and up to 54 percent less noise during standby.
Other specs look more familiar, including 512 CUDA cores, 783MHz GPU, 1566MHz shader, 4020MHz memory, 384-bit bus, DX11 support, dual-DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort.