Maybe the Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards launched earlier this month wasn't quite your cup of tea. At $550, you should make damn sure your proverbial tea meets your tastes before you buy it. But that's the thing about graphics cards; like tea, they come in a variety of flavors. Today, AMD launched its second 28nm next-gen GPU, the Radeon HD 7950, another high-end offering -- but this one costs $100 less than its 7970 sibling.
AMD might be in for a dogfight when Nvidia's Kepler architecture leaves the porch. Early reports suggest Nvidia has a real winner on its hands and that Kepler is such a strong performer, even Nvidia's mid-range cards will give AMD's high-end GPUs a run for their money. The information available is vague and scattered, but it all points to Nvidia stealing back the performance crown.
It’s CES time! You know what that means: a ton of new, awesome looking tech is going to be unveiled this week, some of which will never actually see the light of day, and the things that actually end up launching won’t hit the streets for a while yet. Before we dive too deeply into the future, let’s take a look at something that’s actually in the here and now. Today, Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards actually started shipping. Early adopters rejoice!
GPU-Z is one of our favorite tell-all utilities to carry around on a USB stick. It doesn't require any installation, it has a small footprint (around 900KB), and it reveals just about everything you could want to know about your videocard, from the BIOS version to the number of ROPs. TechPowerUp is pretty good about keeping GPU-Z updated, and the latest build adds support for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 and 7350 graphics, as well as a few other enhancements.
Zalman is best known for its cooling products, and especially its popular CNPS line of CPU coolers. The company also builds cooling solutions for graphics cards, but why stop there? It's a question Zalman's decision makers asked themselves, and according to a Russian website, the answer they came up with is to try their hand at building videocards as an add-in board partner (AIB).
Just in time for the holiday season, Nvidia’s rolling out a new promotional GPU in select markets (read: US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Russia and the Nordic countries). The GeForce GTX 560 Ti With 448 Cores – and yes, that’s its actual name – is built around a toned-down version of the same GF110 GPU that powers the higher-end GTX 570 and GTX 580, rather than the GF114 GPU that the traditional GTX 560 Ti runs on. Its 448 CUDA cores places the promotional GPU squarely between the normal GTX 560 Ti (which has 384 cores) and the GTX 570 (which has 480 cores).
Looking for a single slot, low profile Radeon HD 6670 graphics card? Up until now, your search would have been fruitless – there wasn’t one. Today, there is, thanks to Sapphire. The company claims that the newest edition to its HD 6600 lineup, the Sapphire HD 6670 Low Profile, is the first graphics card ever created that fits that bill.
Overclocked graphics cards and Apple products; now there’s two things you won’t hear uttered in the same breath very often. You’re hearing it today though! Don’t bother looking out your window – pigs aren’t flying, the moon isn’t blue and Apple hasn’t spontaneously decided to let end users tweak their systems. Instead, MSI has brought its AfterBurner app to the iPhone and iPad. Overclocking has never been more convenient! Unless, of course, you already had the Android version, which has been out for months now.
Poor yields and other challenges associated with the 28nm manufacturing process have Nvidia's and AMD's add-in board (AIB) partners starting to voice concerns about next generation GPUs, specifically Kepler (Nvidia) and Southern Islands (AMD). Both chip designers are turning to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce 28nm chips, and the lingering concern is that past issues may again present themselves.
PNY on Monday announced it was working with Asetek to "deliver liquid-cooled, high-end graphics cards that far outperform equivalent air cooled models," but stopped well short of providing any real details, like which cards would get the Asetek treatment and for how much. It looks like PNY was just waiting for the right moment, that moment being the E3 Expo that's now taking place, and has answered all the questions we had.