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.
If you own a GeForce videocard, you can get a jump on your weekend gaming session by downloading Nvidia's GeForce 275.33 driver package that was just released. This is the first WHQL-certified driver from the 'Release 275' family and adds support for the recently launched GeForce GTX 560 videocard, plus a handful of performance gains in select games. More details after the jump.
If you're the glass half empty type, AMD's penchant for releasing hotfixes in between major driver releases must drive you bonkers. 'Get it right the first time,' is what you're probably thinking. For those of you who sip from a glass half full, these hotfixes help address annoying issues without having to wait a month for the next full-blown driver update. With that in mind, you'll be either to be ticked to know or thrilled to find out that AMD just dropped its Catalyst 11.b hotfix for Windows 7 and XP.
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.
Today's browsers are all moving towards hardware accelerated graphics, bringing with them rich online content and a new era of web surfing. That's the upshot, anyway, The tradeoff, according to a British security consultancy, is that your graphics card driver could make you susceptible to denial of service (DoS) attacks and cross-domain image theft. At the heart of the perceived problem is WebGL, which allows browsers to use the OpenGL graphics API.
Nvidia isn't quite ready to confirm or dispel rumors about its upcoming GeForce GTX 560 videocard, choosing instead to wait until the card launches on May 17th before revealing complete product details. In the meantime, Nvidia coughed up a sliver of performance information, what it considers optimal playable settings for a handful of games, and a teaser video of the GTX 560 in action.