As much as we'd like them to be, videocards aren't always about fun and play, For getting serious work done, you need a graphics card that cares not if it can run Crysis so long as it can compute the pants off of CAD design and other professional applications. That's the kind of thing Nvidia's new Quadro 400 videocard was designed for, and according to Nvidia, designers and engineers can expect up to 10 times better performance compared to a Sandy Bridge-equipped system, and 5 times better performance than the mighty GeForce GTX 580 in select tasks.
The graphics gurus over at TechPowerUp released an updated version of their GPU-Z utility today, version 0.5.2. GPU-Z, if you've never used it before, is similar to the popular CPU-Z utility, except it's for videocards. It offers up all kinds of vitals about your graphics hardware, everything from the BIOS revision to various clockspeeds. It's a handy piece of software to ensure your overclocking efforts and/or motherboard settings aren't wreaking havoc with your GPU, and the latest version adds a handful of key upgrades.
News and rumor site Fudzilla is reporting that Nvidia decided to push the release of its upcoming dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 videocard back by a couple of days. If Fudzilla's info is accurate, that means the GTX 590 will now launch on March 24th (next Thursday) instead of March 22nd.
Gigabyte claims its new GeForce GTX 550 Ti Overclock Edition graphics card strikes just the right balance between faster clockspeeds and quiet computing. Armed with a custom cooler, the GV-N550OC-1GI, as it's named, boasts "extraordinary overclocking ability" and outpaces reference GTX 550 Ti cards by 6 percent, Gigabyte says.
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.
If you're wondering what the frak "Super Alloy Technology" is, don't worry, we had the same puzzled look when heard about Asus' new GT 440 graphics card. Here's how Asus explains it:
"The Asus GT 440 includes Super Alloy Power technology, featuring a special alloy formula used in power delivery components such as capacitors, chokes and MOSFETs. It instantly lowers average operating temperatures up to 35°C, extends product lifespan 2.5 times, and improves overall performance up to 15%. This gives users access to greater overclocking potential, as the G440 can withstand higher operating temperatures than its reference counterparts."
Savvy? Let's move on. Asus' factory overclocked GT 440 sports an 822MHz engine clock and 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 3200MHz on a 128-bit bus. Other specs include 96 CUDA cores, D-Sub output, DVI-I output, HDMI 1.4a compliance, and a funky looking cooling solution.
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.
If you're not yet acquainted with the GTX 560 Ti, we have some recommended reading:
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.
AMD was forced to relinquish its single-GPU performance crown when Nvidia launched its GeForce GTX 580 videocard, but still retained bragging rights for having the fastest single videocard on the planet, the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970. Meet the successor to this popular card, the Radeon HD 6990 (codenamed Antilles).
Matt Skynner, AMD's Corporate VP and General Manager of its GPU division, surprised attendees of the AMD Asia Pacific Fusion Tech Day by whipping out the upcoming card packed with two Cayman GPUs insides, pictures of which quickly flooded the Internet.
AMD didn't get into too many specifics, but you can spy a single DVI output and four mini DisplayPorts. Power is provided by a 6-pin and 8-pin pair of connectors, and according to HardwareZone, the card is "close to the length of a forearm" (holding a piece of paper up to the card, 4Gamer.net estimates the length to be around 300mm, or just shy of 12 inches).
4Gamer says the card should be begin shipping by the end of the first quarter.
Let's start with the good news. For you penny pinchers, AMD apparently plans to release a Radeon HD 6950 videcoard with half the amount of RAM as the original (1GB versus 2GB). It's a safe bet that cutting the frame buffer in half will impact performance in some games at certain resolutions and visual quality settings, but depending on the price, it could be an acceptable trade-off.
That leads us to the bad news. According to Hardware Canucks, which claims to have spoken with AMD about the upcoming card, the lesser equipped HD 6950 in 1GB trim will sell for $279. If that is indeed the case, gamers on a strict budget will have to decide if it's worth saving a mere $20 over a standard HD 6950 with the full 2GB, and that's without factoring in mail-in-rebates (Newegg lists a handful of 2GB 6950 cards marked down after rebate, including an HIS model for $270 post-rebate).
All other specs will remain the same, HC says, including the stock speeds and stream processor count.
NVIDIA on Wednesday unveiled its latest range of mobile graphics cards. Sandwiched between the graphics chip maker’s mainstream and enthusiast offerings, the new GeForce 500M family of GPUs is focused on performance.
The GPUs introduced yesterday are all fabricated on the 40nm process technology and feature up to 1.5GB of GDDR5 or DDR3 memory, with the GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 550M, and GeForce GT 555M offering four times the performance of integrated graphics and the GeForce GT 520M and GeForce GT 525M offering around twice as much. Of course, they are all designed to work with Intel’s new generation of Core processors.
NVIDIA also reminded us in the press release that GeForce 500M GPUs support DirectX 11, NVIDIA 3D Vision, PhysX physics engine, CUDA and NVIDIA 3DTV Play. The new range will be hitting the market later this month as part of laptops from the likes of Acer, Alienware, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba.