We're a day late on this one, but AMD on Halloween treated Radeon graphics card owners to new Catalyst 11.10 drivers in finished form. According to the release notes, Catalyst 11.10 enhances AMD Eyefinity support with bezel compensation, a new maximum supported resolution of 16000x16000 (on Radeon HD 6000 Series card, limited to DX11 applications only), and by enabling support for Eyefinity 5x1 display configurations in both portrait and landscape modes.
The only thing missing from Sapphire's new Radeon HD 6970 2GB graphics card is a pack of DoubleMint gum. Otherwise, this card is all about doubling up what it has to offer (outside of the GPU), including a "super efficient" dual-fan cooler with two 90mm fans, and a dual-BIOS design that lets users choose between fast and quiet or really fast and not so quiet to allow for overclocking.
AMD has ported another consumer desktop GPU over to its professional FirePro line with the launch of its new Turks-based FirePro V4900. Tooting its own horn, AMD claims the new card "blows away the competition" with more than double the performance of competitive cards in many Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) applications.
Nvidia today made available its first set of WHQL-certified GeForce videocard drivers from the Release 285 family, version 285.62. This is the recommended driver for Battlefield 3, and the recommended and enhanced driver for Batman: Arkham City and Rage, Nvidia says. It also contains a fix for the driver timeouts some people reported when using the R285 beta drivers.
Try chanting, "At least it's not Duke Nukem Forever" the next time you fire up Rage and notice any graphical glitches. Screen tearing, popping, texture corruption, and other ugly problems have plagued Rage's release on the PC, but hey, it's more fun to play than DNF, has prettier graphics, and you didn't sit around a decade-and-a-half waiting for it, so there all that going for it. There are also driver updates that are supposed to smooth things out, including AMD's new Catalyst 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver.
A German website is reporting AMD is hard at work trying to deliver its first products using 28nm graphics chips by the end of the year. If everything goes to plan, AMD will have the parts ready in the second week of December, and perhaps even before the 9th of that month. It will be a slow rollout at first, with volume shipments expected to come a few weeks later, likely in early 2012.
It's said the devil is in the details, but for Powercolor, it's all about the bundle and firery red design. We're talking about Powercolor's new Devil 13 HD6970 graphics card. This Devil edition card tries to tempt enthusiasts and overclockers with an aggressive heatsink design, high end components, and a bundled screwdriver toolkit.
It looks like Nvidia is gearing up to launch a pair of 600 Series mobile graphics chips. We know this because somebody went and dissected Nvidia's recently released GeForce 283.38 drivers and found a couple of lines of code referencing the unreleased parts, which is a good indicator that they'll be showing up soon.
If you plan on spending some quality time with the Battlefield 3 beta and aren't afraid of pre-release drivers, AMD's Catalyst 11.10 Preview package is calling your name (or Nvidia's GeForce 285.38 beta drivers, if that's the way you swing). For all other AMD videocard owners, the Santa Clara outfit just released its Catalyst 11.9 package into the wild.
Can you tell that GPU makers are totally stoked about the release of Battlefield 3? Both Nvidia and AMD have made available pre-release graphics card drivers for the Battle 3 beta, the former of which we detailed yesterday (catch a recap of Nvidia's GeForce 285.38 beta release here), and the latter we'll break down after the jump.