When it comes to driver updates, computer users typically fall into one of two categories. There are the conservative types who prefer to wait a few days to make sure the new drivers don't break anything, and there are those who can't install the new drivers fast enough to take advantage of the new features, performance boosts, and bug fixes. If you fall into the latter category and own an AMD Radeon videocard, get to clicking because there's a new Catalyst package available.
MSI's always touting how overclockable its graphics cards are, making a big deal about Military Class components, all solid capacitors, custom cooling solutions, and other features. Turns out the graphics card wasn't just blowing a bunch of hot air. MSI's N580GTX Lightning was used to set the single-card, single-core world record for the highest GPU frequency, while the company's N560GTX-Ti was used to set the higher core frequency of any GTX 560 Ti card.
Asus today announced the launch of its new ROG (Republic of Gamers) Matrix GTX 580 videocard. It's an aggressive looking graphics card that knows nothing of stock clocks, standard cooling, or anything else that has to do with Nvidia's reference design. Instead, it comes overclocked from the factory and sports a dual-fan cooling solution and OC-friendly parts and tools that encourages users to push things as far as they'll go.
Nvidia did everything but invest in balloons and streamers to announce the launch of its GeForce GTX 560 graphics card, a mid-range GPU that nudges in between the GTX 460 and GTX 560 Ti in price and performance. Receiving far less fanfare -- as in none whatsoever -- is the concurrent launch of two new videocards for OEMs, the GeForce GT 545 and GT 530. Hit the break for specs.
Well folks, it's official. Putting an end to speculation and expanding upon the sneak performance peek recently offered up, Nvidia today cut the ribbon on its GeForce GTX 560 (non-Ti) videocard, a mid-range part that nudges in between the GeForce GTX 460 and GTX 560 Ti in both performance and price. Confirmed specs after the break.
Don't look now, but there's a slim chance you could order a GeForce GTX 560 (non-Ti) a day ahead of schedule. Here's the deal: Nvidia isn't planning to launch the GTX 560 until tomorrow, but someone over at Newegg is apparently getting a little antsy and listed a couple of cards in-stock and ready to ship today. An honest mistake?
Probably so. News and rumor site Fudzilla says Newegg listed GTX 560 cards from both Palit and MSI, each one sporting a custom cooler. By the time we jumped over to Newegg, however, the cards were either snatched up or pulled from the site. We'd guess it was the latter, but if it's the former, there's a chance more stock will come in throughout the day.
In any event, the GTX 560 will sell tomorrow, and if today's (inadvertent?) listings are any indication, expect to pay between $200 (what the Palit was listed at) to $225 (MSI). That would fit with Nvidia's claim that the GTX 560 slides in between the GTX 460 and GTX 560 Ti cards.
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.
AMD today launched its second set of Catalyst display drivers in a little less than two weeks. The newly released Catalyst 11.5 driver suite replaces the 11.4 suite as the most up-to-date drivers and, like before, applies to Radeon HD 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000 series graphics cards, and Radeon 3000 and 4000 series chipsets. So what does the latest update bring to the table that wasn't served with 11.4?
Maybe Gigabyte got bit by the overclocking bug, or perhaps the top-tier motherboard and graphics card vendor got its mitts on some better silicon. Whatever the case may be, Gigabyte is getting ready to release a second, factory overclocked Radeon HD 6970 videocard, the GV-R6970OC2-2GD. This latest variant will ship with its GPU revved up to 920MHz, up from 880MH stock (and 900MHz for the R6970OC), while the 2GB of GDDR5 remains at 5500MHz.