A few weeks ago, Nvidia hit the so-called GPU "sweet spot" when it launched the comparatively affordable GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card (be sure to check out our three-way roundup), putting Kepler within reach of gamers on a mid-range budget. Now mainstream gamers are invited to take Kepler home with the introduction of Nvidia's brand new GeForce GTX 660 and 650 graphics cards.
The GTX 660 is the first 28nm Kepler board based on a new GPU dubbed GK106, and the final 6-series card to support high-performance features like GPU Boost and SLI. Compared to the GTX 660 Ti, the GTX 660 offers the same 2GB of DDR5 memory, the same 192-bit memory interface, and the same number of ROP units, but loses two SMX units compared to the GTX 660 Ti, giving it just 960 CUDA cores compared to 1,344 in the previous cards (and the 1,536 in the GTX 680). At $230 it’s our new favorite GPU in the price-to-performance category.
TUL Corporation's PowerColor division just unveiled one hell of a graphics card. It's the Devil 13 HD7990, and this fiery card wages war with dual Tahiti XT GPUs, the same as found in AMD's single GPU Radeon HD 7970 videocard. It's the first to launch out of AMD's much anticipated HD 7990 series, and the card looks every bit as beastly as you would expect from a part that takes up three slots.
Nearly every player invested in the GPU market experienced a "good, if not great quarter" in Q2 as overall graphics shipments rose 2.5 percent sequentially and 5.5 percent year-over-year, according to data released today by Jon Peddie Research. Intel enjoyed the biggest gains in both desktop (13.6 percent) and notebook (3.8 percent), which isn't surprising now that CPUs with integrated graphics are the norm and not the exception.
It seemed like a foregone conclusion that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660 Ti would be based on the GPU maker's 28nm Kepler architecture, and lest there was any lingering doubt, a Swedish overclocking site got its hands on a spec sheet that seemingly confirms as much. If the information is correct, the GTX 660 Ti is essentially a GTX 670 card with a narrower memory bus (192-bit versus 256-bit). Here's what we know.
GPU bragging rights now belong to Sapphire, which claims its new HD 7970 6GB Toxic Edition graphics card features the highest clockspeeds of any consumer grade videocard on the planet. It also has a massive 6GB frame buffer, which is twice as big as your 'run-of-the-mill' Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, if there can be such a thing. Getting back to the clockspeeds, however, this thing comes straight from the factory sporting a 1050MHz GPU (1100MHz via PowerTune Dynamic Boost) and 6000MHz (effective) memory. That's just the beginning.
One of our favorite utilities, GPU-Z, has yet to reach 1.0 status. We're not sure what the holdup is, but in the meantime, incremental updates keep rolling in, the latest one bringing the utility up to version 0.6.3 and adding support for nearly two dozen additional videocards in the process, along with improved Kepler boost clock detection, a handful of fixes, and other changes.
A new Catalyst software suite, version 12.6, is available from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for Radeon and FireStream graphics card owners. The new driver packages, which play nice with Windows XP on up to Windows 7, offer up additional Dual Graphics Technology profiles for a handful of DirectX 9 games, and also stomp out a series of bugs that are mostly applicable to Windows 7.
If you've been following the PC scene for awhile, you may recall Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) beating Intel to the punch (if only by a hair) in getting a 1GHz CPU (an Athlon "Thunderbird") into the hands of consumers back in 2000. Here we are more than a decade later and AMD's still talking up its 1GHz achievements, only this time those bragging rights are related ot its GPUs, the newest one being the just launched Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card built around the company's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
Graphics professionals waiting for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to port its Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture over to its FirePro series need not wait any longer (sort of -- more on that in a moment). The Sunnyvale chip designer on Wednesday announced the immediate availability of its FirePro W600 graphics card, the company's first professional videocard to feature its GCN design and a 28nm production technology.