We're starting to see some unique twists on Nvidia's recently launched GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, including a model from Gainward that's been outfitted with the company's new Phantom II cooler. According to Gainward, the new and improved Phantom II cooler offers better thermal performance, runs quieter, and is more structurally sound than the previous generation Phantom.
It's been exactly a week since Nvidia officially launched its Kepler architecture with the release of the GeForce GTX 680 GPU, and though parts are in short supply (a quick glance at Newegg shows that every single SKU is out of stock), manufacturers are nonetheless trying to stand out from the crowd. Palit's fashion statement comes in the form of a triple fan GeForce GTX 680 with alternating blade rotations.
AMD has made available a new version of its Catalyst driver suite that now fully supports the Radeon HD 7900, 7800, and 7700 series of graphics cards. Outside of boosting support for the latest graphics cards, Catalyst 12.3 is a fairly light update with no mention of any performance improvements, though it does fix a handful of issues some gamers have been experiencing in Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
Johannes Kepler once wrote, “Nature uses as little as possible of anything.”
Nvidia’s latest GPU, code-named Kepler after the German mathematician, looks to be inspired by that quote, as much as by the original Kepler’s mathematical prowess. The new GPU—the GTX 680— offers superb graphics horsepower, but requires only two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors. It’s a big departure from the last-generation GTX 580, which was fast, but power hungry.
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Great news everyone, Kepler is here! Of course, you already knew that because you have MaximumPC.com bookmarked, right? And if you have MPC bookmarked, then you must have starting reading through our "Kepler Unveiled: Nvidia's GTX 680 Benchmarked In-Depth!" article (and if you haven't, be sure to check it out) the moment the NDA lifted this morning. But do you know which system builders are carrying them?
A Chinese website has posted a naked picture of AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 7990 graphics card. It's a partial snapshot that shows one of the two GPUs AMD crammed onto this pixel pushing monster, which supposedly consists of a pair of Tahiti XT graphics cores, the same as found on AMD's Radeon HD 7970 videocard. If the information is correct, the card will launch in April, after Nvidia's Kepler rolls into town.
Nvidia this week made available new GeForce 296.10 drivers, the first to officially support the GeForce GTX 560 SE GPU. Other changes are fairly minor and include an updated version of the PhysX System Software, 3D Vision support for Dear Esther and Deep Black: Reloaded, and improved SLI performance for half a dozen games, including up to a 1.8x performance increase in Blacklight: Retribution.
The software geeks at AMD have finally stripped the 'Preview' tag from their Catalyst 12.2 driver packages, which are now available to download and install. A handful of new features highlight the new driver release, starting with support for AMD's recently released Radeon HD 7900 and 7700 Series graphics, albeit 'only' in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Those of you still kicking it old school with Windows XP will have to wait until Catalyst 12.4 is available to support those graphics cards.
Nearly six years have gone by since AMD scooped up ATI for $5.4 billion, and when it was first announced, analysts wondered if the chip maker was making the right move. AMD's multi-billion dollar gamble paid off, and until Kepler arrives, the Sunnyvale chip makers owns the fastest single-GPU graphics card in the world (Radeon HD 7970). But what if AMD had acquired Nvidia instead?
In the coming weeks, AMD will flesh out its Radeon HD 7000 lineup with its mid-range 7800 Series based on the Sunnyvale chip maker's Pitcairn GPU. Pitcairn slips neatly in between Cape Verde (Radeon HD 7700 Series) and Tahiti (Radeon HD 7900 Series) and will likely consist of three separate videocards, according to information that was leaked to the Web over the weekend.