Go ahead and pat yourself on the back if you waited this long to upgrade your graphics card, you now have a bunch of next generation parts to choose from, including dual-GPU cards from both AMD and Nvidia. These two heavyweights aren't finished, either. According to reports, AMD is working on a mid-range Radeon HD 6790 videocard built around the 40nm Barts GPU. It should end up faster than the Juniper-based HD 5700, and perhaps nearly as fast as the 6800 series.
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.
Asus is being anything but timid with Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 550 Ti videocard. Nvidia's reference design specifies a 900MHz graphics clock, but as third-party manufactures are prone to ask, why stop there? Asus didn't and instead chose to overclock the GPU to 975MHz on its new GTX550 Ti DirecCU TOP Edition card, and 1015MHz on its Extreme edition model.
As much as we like dual-GPU videcoards with more pixel pushing power than most games know what to do with, it's not always fun and games in the graphics card market. There's professional work too, and it's the reason why Nvidia's Quadro line exists. The newest entry to Nvidia's professional graphics line is the Quadro 2000D, which was designed specifically for the medical field.
We heard back in April that Nvidia would be releasing its dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 videocard sometime this month. We're now 10 days into March and the only modern-generation dual-GPU videocard on the market is AMD's recently released Radeon HD 6990. That won't be the case for long. According to reports, Nvidia will drop its new flagship part March 22nd, or just under two weeks from today.
Boutique system builder CyberPower wasted no time announcing the availability of AMD's newly minted Radeon HD 6990 graphics card across the company's entire lineup of desktop gaming PCs. That includes CyberPower's more affordable Gamer Dragon and Ultra series. Getting an entire system built around AMD's latest dual-GPU videocard might be cheaper than you think.
A Turkish website posted a ton of information on AMD's upcoming dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 graphics, along with a bevy of official slides, or at least really good Photoshops (not likely). Code named Antilles, the 6990 is slated to launch March 8 and will take its position as AMD's flagship videocard, Donanimhaber.com says. That puts the launch nearly a week ahead of Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590, running contrary to previous reports that AMD would wait until after Nvidia outed its card.
So little Billy's been bugging you for an update on when Nvidia plans to finally launch a new dual-GPU videocard, because even though his AMD Radeon HD 5970 still has the moxie to play the latest titles, he's been bitten by the upgrade bug. Poor little fella. Fear not, because you can tell Billy that Nvidia's planning to launch its two-GPU GeForce GTX 590 videocard in mid-March, and if not, you'll hunt down every one of DigiTimes' sources and plant a fist right in their suck-hole for getting his hopes up.