They say fate's a fickle mistress, but destiny's got nothing on the free market. For every Microsoft-esque success story, there's the burnt out husk of Sun Microsystems (R.I.P.). The really interesting tales have nothing to do with overwhelming successes or overwhelming failures, though; any budding novelist can tell you that a good story needs some tension.
Liquid cooling can be a scary proposition if you've only ever played with air. When it's your first time diving into the depths of liquid cooling, you can't help but envision a worst case scenario, one in which you end up accidentally soaking your motherboard and other pricey components with H20. Such horrific scenarios are becoming less of a concern as companies launch all-in-one liquid cooling setups, such as what you'll find on PNY's new XLR8 Liquid Cooled Graphics series.
Failed hardware is just a part of life, simple as that. You can nudge the odds in your favor by ensuring adequate cooling and keeping that foot long energy drink away from the edge of your desk so that if it spills it won't ooze into your mid-tower chassis, but there's no foolproof way to guarantee your hardware won't give up the ghost. When that happens, your next line of defense is a warranty, and graphics card maker Galaxy just announced it's offering an "extended warranty" period on its videocards. Cards purchased on or after August 1, 2011 are now backed by a 3-year warranty.
While still very rare, external graphics card docks for notebooks are nothing new. But Sony’s implementation of this idea is way more interesting than anything we have seen before. The Japanese electronics behemoth has just announced a new 13-inch ultraportable. Measuring 16.65mm at its thickest point and weighing a mere 2.64 pounds, the Vaio Z has been designed to receive an on-demand shot in the arm from its Light Peak-enabled Power Media Dock. Hit the jump for more.
PowerColor today said it "aims to blow gamers' minds" with its very first dual-GPU solution with AMD's Bart XT graphics engine, the PowerColor HD6870X2. As the name implies, this dual-GPU graphics card sports two 6870 graphics chips under its dual-fan cooling apparatus. That equates to 2,240 stream processing units and 4.03 teraFLOPS of computing power.
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.