Following AMD's official unveiling of its Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition and 7750 graphics cards, boutique system builder Maingear announced it already has stock on hand is offering the chip maker's new Cape Verde graphics cards as options in its Shift and F131 gaming desktops. Maingear also plans to shove the mainstream parts into its Vybe desktop "in the near future."
AMD is giddy as all get-out today over the arrival of its Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition and HD 7750 graphics cards, the first of which is the world's first graphics card equipped with a 1GHz GPU, the Sunnyvale chip maker claims. The 7750's special talent is that it doesn't require its own separate power connector and pushing gaming grade pixels while staying under 75W.
There's a new version of TechPowerUp's GPU-Z utility available to download, v0.5.9. The newest build has no trouble recognizing AMD Radeon HD 7750 and 7770 graphics cards, and support has also been added for GF108-based Nvidia GeForce GT 520, GTX 555 (non-mobile), GeForce 305M, and 610M GPUs. Some long overdue love was finally given to Packard Bell, which is recognized as a PCI vendor in the latest version of GPU-Z.
Zalman is best known for its cooling products, and especially its popular CNPS line of CPU coolers. The company also builds cooling solutions for graphics cards, but why stop there? It's a question Zalman's decision makers asked themselves, and according to a Russian website, the answer they came up with is to try their hand at building videocards as an add-in board partner (AIB).
Now that both AMD and Nvidia have dual-GPU videocards on the market, quad-GPU CrossFireX and SLI setups are possible—that is, if you have the motherboard, the power supply, the money, and can actually find two dual-GPU cards.
Representing quad SLI, we have two relatively compact Nvidia GeForce GTX 590s. In the quad-CrossFireX corner are two of AMD's hulking, foot-long Radeon HD 6990s. Both paris cost about the same—an astronomical $1,500, give or take—but which is the better option?
Poor yields and other challenges associated with the 28nm manufacturing process have Nvidia's and AMD's add-in board (AIB) partners starting to voice concerns about next generation GPUs, specifically Kepler (Nvidia) and Southern Islands (AMD). Both chip designers are turning to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce 28nm chips, and the lingering concern is that past issues may again present themselves.
Ever since multicore processors appeared a few years ago, programmers have been complaining about them. Distributing a software workload among multiple CPUs isn’t as easy as running a single-threaded program on a single CPU. Now AMD is doing something even more difficult—but it’s the future of computer science.
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), a market research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, said graphics chip shipments "did not behave according to past years with regard to seasonality," but in a good way for GPU makers. Graphics chips didn't back-sass or start hanging around the wrong crowd, and instead misbehaved by outright ignoring the unwritten law of seasonality that says graphics shipments are supposed to slow down in the second quarter.
Remember the Radeon HD 5830? That videocard filled a certain price point, but it was actually the same GPU used in the high-end HD 5870, with a large chunk of the die disabled. Enter the Radeon HD 6790. At first blush, it’s similar in concept to the HD 5830. AMD took its Barts GPU (used in the Radeon HD 6870 and 6850) and disabled a big chunk of it. Voilà: the Radeon HD 6790.
The Zotac AMP edition of Nvidia’s new budget GPU, the GTX 550 Ti, pushes the clock speeds to a full 1GHz—more than 10 percent higher than the default 900MHz. It amounts to a $150 card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory that performs moderately well in modern games, if you’re willing to dial down features like antialiasing. However, Zotac doesn’t seem to be aiming this card at gamers, but rather at digital media junkies and home theater PC enthusiasts.