Origin PC is looking to get a leg up on other boutique system builders with a series of free upgrades on select systems. Normally we don't post this kind of stuff, in part because we know you don't come here to read about sales, but when a company offers a free upgrade to a second Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 videocard, well, we make an exception.
Who came up with the concept of a vertically oriented motherboard that positions the graphics cards upright so the tremendous heat they generate vents straight up?
It’s hard to say who first had the idea—we’ve seen cases that feature this design, and the Main-Gear Shift PC that we reviewed in June 2010 took the same approach. But Falcon Northwest claims it had a stake in the original idea and has even provided time-stamped images of its prototypes of the inverted design from 2002. That certainly predates the aforementioned examples, as well as Voodoo’s luxurious but elusive Omen.
If you're wondering which is the faster videocard, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 or AMD's Radeon HD 6970, don't take this as the end-all-be-all. But for what it's worth, Nvidia's crown jewel came out ahead of AMD's upcoming Cayman part in the newly released 3DMark 11 benchmark during Fudzilla's limited round of tests.
Fudzilla said the HD 6970 scored lower than 8,000 at entry settings while the GTX 580 posted 8700 in the same test. The GTX 570 scored just above 8,000.
At the performance level, AMD's Cayman card posted a score around 5,300, while the GTX 580 scored a little below 6,000 and the GTX 570 managed 5,250. Things leveled out a little bit at the Extreme settings, with the HD 6970 posting 1,800, while the GTX 580 scored 1,950.
Nvidia over the weekend gave PDXLAN attendees a sneak peek inside the technology behind its upcoming GeForce GTX 580 videocard, and if you thought team green was excited, e-tailers are having trouble containing themselves.
News and rumor site Fudzilla claims to have spotted an Asus ENGTX580 on Amazon priced at $519 before the online retailer yanked the listing. Using our Google-fu, we uncovered several listings on Provantage, though none of them are currently using real product pics, and several are priced through the roof (close to $1,000, which isn't what these cards will actually go for). Over at Sabre PC, we spotted an EVGA brand GTX 580 priced at $500, while EVGA forum member "Chaotic Yeti" snapped a pic of the same card selling in a Minnesota Micro Center for $580 (see below).
The bottom line is these cards are coming soon and will likely be priced between $500 to $600.