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nVidia are running around like headless chickens trying to get that new architecture out before AMD release their new 6k series chips. I got my first AMD graphics card not long ago now and i've had no problems what so eer, and the temps are incredible. I genuinely can't complain lol. Whereas my GTX285 was slow, hot and noisy. I can actually play games with my case fans on low.


Can't wait to see what both manufacturers have in line.


BTW aren't ASUS planning a ASUS RoG Mars 2 with Fermi chips?

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AMD Radeon HD 6870 Reference Design Looks Refined, Ready to Market

Here it is, the AMD Radeon HD 6870, all dressed up to go to work. There has been quite some speculation surrounding the naming scheme AMD is going to adopt with the HD 6000 series, but fresh information suggestively lays some of that to rest. Firstly, Radeon HD 6800 series is built around the "Barts" GPU, not "Cayman". Barts is a new performance GPU, though isn't the highest-end single GPU from AMD (which is reserved for Cayman). Barts "XT" is Radeon HD 6870, and Barts "Pro" is HD 6850. Pictured below is the HD 6870. At a purely subjective glance, the HD 6870 reference design card seems to be as long as the HD 5850 reference.


The new Radeon logo has been Photoshopped on to the fan, so the products in market will definitely do away with the older ATI logo. The rear panel resembles that of the Radeon HD 5800 series, except that the exhaust grille seems slightly wider, there are two DVI-I connectors, one standard HDMI, and two mini DisplayPort connectors for a change. The connector output sharing scheme isn't known right now, it could be 3 or 4 head Eyefinity, or all-out 5 head Eyefinity, a yet to be detailed "Eyespeed" feature is mentioned. We will definitely know more about this card in the weeks to come.


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New NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 Is the Perfect GPU for Digital Media PCs

NVIDIA today announced the latest addition to its Fermi class of graphics processing units (GPUs), the NVIDIA GeForce GT 430, which was specifically designed to provide the horsepower needed to power today's digital media PCs and provide the high definition video and audio experiences that desktop customers demand.


The GeForce GT 430 utilizes the Company's latest 40nm GPU, codenamed GF108, which is already designed into a variety of desktop and notebook platforms from the world's leading OEMs, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and others. For customers looking for a viable desktop upgrade from lowly integrated solutions, the GeForce GT 430 is a major step up, delivering unparalleled experiences in photo and video editing, Blu-ray 3D, as well as the next generation of GPU-accelerated Web browsers and Web content. And, when combined with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology and a compatible display, the GT 430 is also the only GPU in its class that allows consumers to experience their digital content in full stereoscopic 3D.


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Offering up to 1.5x the gaming performance of previous generation products, the GeForce GT 430 also adds support for DirectX 11 (DX11), the industry standard for game development. Most importantly, the GT 430 delivers unmatched out-of-the-box game compatibility and playable frame rates in all of today's top 30 games, when compared to integrated graphics solutions.


Key features of the new GeForce GT 430 include:


* Support for HDMI 1.4a, a TV standard for delivering 3D content and advanced multi-channel digital audio

* Special video engine to accelerate Blu-ray 3D content, delivering optimal 3D visuals at a full 1080p resolution

* High-definition 24-bit multi-channel audio up to 192KHz, and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio bit streaming

* Dedicated video processing engine for reduced system power and heat

* Support for NVIDIA PhysX technology, the industry's most comprehensive, cross-platform physics solution

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No offense to Mal or anything, but does anyone actually read this :P

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I skim over it, its nice to be semi informed.

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Was kinda busy and don't really have the privilege to update this thread daily.


New updates:



  • AMD Radeon HD 6800 Reference Models Pictured

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  • New leaks on the upcoming AMD Radeon HD 6800 cards!






  • GeForce GT440 (OEM)

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Nvidia designed a lower variant of GTX 460, dubbed Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SE.


NVIDIA is designing a new variant of its GeForce GTX 460 graphics processor, the GeForce GTX 460 SE. Based on the 40 nm GF104 silicon, it's positioned below the GTX 460 768 MB. It has 288 CUDA cores (6/8 streaming multiprocessors enabled, compared to 7/8 on the other GTX 460 variants), but uses the complete 256-bit wide memory interface, with GDDR5 memory. The GPU and memory are clocked at 650/1300 MHz DDR, compared to 670/1350 MHz DDR on the other GTX 460 variants. No information regarding pricing/availability is available.





News has been circulated that Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 will be released by 9th Nov.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 is here!!!


GeForce gamers,


In March, we launched the GeForce GTX 480 – our flagship DirectX 11 GPU. Since then, we've been hard at work building its successor. Our goal was not only to create a faster GPU, but also one that's quieter and more power efficient. Today I am pleased to introduce our new flagship graphics processor – the GeForce GTX 580 – our fastest and most power efficient high end GPU to date.




The GeForce GTX 480 shipped with 480 CUDA cores clocked at 1.4GHz. With the GeForce GTX 580, we increased the number of CUDA cores to 512 and cranked up the processor clock to 1.54GHz. Filtering for FP16 textures (commonly used in high dynamic range rendering) is now twice as fast. Z-cull, where invisible pixels are removed to avoid wasted shading, has been designed to be even more effective. The net result is that games on the GTX 580 run 15-20% faster than the GTX 480.



We didn’t stop there. With our goal of making GTX 580 both faster and quieter, we needed to improve power efficiency. To achieve this, we literally went "down to the metal," pouring over every transistor on the chip to find ways to reduce power consumption and leakage. We re-designed the GPU using lower power transistors on less timing sensitive processing paths, and higher speed transistors on more critical processing paths. The end result was faster clocks with slightly less power consumption than GTX 480.


With the performance and power improvements at the chip level done, we set out to design a brand new thermal solution optimized for performance and acoustics. We got quite a bit of feedback from the community on acoustics with GTX 480, and the GTX 580 design took this feedback to heart. Our first step in improving the thermal solution was to move to a vapor chamber design. A vapor chamber looks similar to a regular heat sink, except its copper base is filled with a small amount of liquid that's constantly going through a cycle of evaporation and condensation. The heat near the GPU causes the liquid to boil and evaporate. The evaporating liquid draws away heat at a rapid pace – up to ten times faster than straight copper. As the vapor reaches the surface adjacent to the heat sink fins, it cools, condenses, and eventually flows back toward the GPU where the cycle repeats again. While we are not the first to use a vapor chamber, we have been able to implement it very effectively with the GTX 580.




Along with the new heat sink design, we spent a lot of time tuning the GPU fan. We increased the stiffness of the fins to help minimize high frequency noise (heard as whining), so the fan sounds quieter at a given RPM. We rewrote the algorithm that controls how and when the fan ramps so there's a smoother transition between different states. The sum total of these improvements helped us bring the noise down substantially, making it not only quieter than the GTX 480, but also its predecessor, the GTX 285.


Beyond great performance and acoustics, GTX 580 also comes with some pretty massive tessellation horsepower for DX11 games. If you are able to score a new GTX 580, we put together two technology demos that show off its tessellation capabilities (the demos will also run on a GTX 480). The first is called Endless City and shows how tessellation can be used to create an incredibly complex (and never-ending) city environment.



The second demo is called Alien Vs. Triangles (link coming soon!), and gives a great example of how tessellation can be used to inflict accurate, customized damage onto a enemy character. Aliens, lasers, and a ton of tessellated geometry – what more could you ask for?



We built the GeForce GTX 580 as the ultimate gamer's GPU, and we are excited to be launching it on the same day as the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops, one of the most anticipated shooters of the year. COD: Black Ops looks simply incredible with 3D Vision and GTX 580 will let you max everything out with great frame rates.


The new GTX 580 cards are available starting today from e-tailers and system builders around the world. If you have questions on GTX 580, post them here. If I can pry myself away from COD: Black Ops, I'll check in and answer a few. ;-)



Jason Paul

Product Manager | GeForce GTX 580








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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Launches!

Hot on the heels of last month's successful launch of the GeForce GTX 580 graphics processing unit (GPU), NVIDIA today announced the immediate availability of the GeForce GTX 570 -- the newest addition to its GTX 500 Series of DirectX 11 (DX11) GPUs designed for PC gaming enthusiast platforms. The GeForce GTX 570 brings a new level of DX11 price/performance to the enthusiast PC gaming market while maintaining quiet acoustics and is available starting today from the world's leading add-in card partners, including ASL, ASUS, Colorful, ECS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, Jetway, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle, Zotac and others.




Like all NVIDIA "DX11 Done Right" GPUs, the GTX 570 delivers the world's fastest performance for DirectX 11 (DX11) games in its class. When compared to the closest competitive product, the GTX 570 is up to 128 percent faster in today's newest DX11 tessellated games, and even 30 percent faster in previous-generation DX9 and DX10 games as well. With all of this performance under the hood, it is no wonder why GeForce GPUs remain as the world's number one brand for consumer GPUs.


With full support for NVIDIA 3D Vision and NVIDIA Surround technologies, the GeForce GTX 570 GPU also provides the graphics horsepower and video bandwidth needed to experience games and high-definition Blu-ray movies in eye-popping stereoscopic 3D on a single display or spanning across three screens for an immersive gaming environment. And with NVIDIA SLI technology, the industry's most scalable multi-GPU platform, gamers will be delighted by the sheer increase in gaming performance by adding a second GeForce GTX 570 to their PC.


For a more lighthearted take on the GeForce GTX 570 and additional product specifications, please visit this page.


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I was quite surprised the 12th generation of the GeForce cards has quickly arrived just several months after the 11th generation (after bypassing the GT100 and GT300 series). There's not much significant change in the GT500 series compared to the GT400 series.


Besides, I don't see the energy efficiency of these latest GeForce video cards very much lately and also it still lacks the dual-core capability in one video card. From what I noticed in the Wikipedia page on the GeForce GT500 series, the GTX590 might become Nvidia's first dual-core video card.


Since it's not PCI-Express 3.0, I'll pass until the GT600 series. PCI-Express 3.0 is seemingly coming ashore now after a few years of delays. Until Windows 8 comes, motherboards and video cards with 128-bit (maybe), DirectX 12, PCI-Express 3.0 and USB 3.0 will become the new PC standard of the 2010 decade. But by then, there will be far lesser HD games due to a slumping gaming market and HD 3D games gets more difficult and complex to develop.

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The market, in my opinion, isn't necessarily slumping; rather, it's shifting. The focus has slowly drifted away from single player games (in which you can max out graphics like it's going out of style) to multiplayer ones (in which graphics takes a back seat in comparison to latency, ping, mechanics, etc.). The main market for the new cards won't usually be gamers (game developers tend to ensure that even older video cards are at least, to some extent, supported by their games) but rather video editors, like me and my dad. Seriously, nobody wants to see an Adobe After Effects video worth about 5 minutes taking about 20 minutes to render, and that's raw by the way, no compression or codec bull****. Those dual core video cards will come in handy, especially in reducing render periods and buffering (useful when scrubbing videos). In short, editors will benefit the most in the short term; gamers will have to wait before the full power of those cards will completely be utilized by games.



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You do realize that most people who edit videos don't generally use desktop graphics cards, but workstation graphics cards, right?

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Actually, that would be a common misconception. Me and my dad are actually into that business. Most outsource labor (at least in the video editing business and in general computer-related business) uses desktop graphic cards, except we prefer those with some nifty features (like Nvidia's CUDA). And there are a lot of outsourced video editing jobs nowadays. Just look at the Craig's list. Of course, these desktop cards aren't really for movie editing, or game development; rather, this would be for smaller-scale, boutique-like jobs (let's say short ads, AE and PR work, etc.). So yeah, you're right in the sense that those that will edit movies and develop games won't bother with these cards, but I will stress my point that a large percentage of the video editing labor force (in the form of outsourcing) use desktop graphic cards.



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The New NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU Pwns the Gamer's Sweet Spot

Last summer, NVIDIA astounded gamers with the introduction of the GeForce GTX 460 GPU, which editors called "an incredible value". Flash forward 5 months later, and NVIDIA is set to do it again with the immediate availability of the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU. With average performance that is 33% faster, overclocking headroom that is off the charts, and a performance per watt that puts competitive products to shame, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is further proof as to why GeForce GTX GPUs are favored by PC gamers worldwide.




The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is the newest addition of the Company's "Fermi" line of consumer GPUs that were designed to deliver stunning DirectX 11 (DX11) performance for PC gaming platforms. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti brings a new level of DX11 price/performance to the performance PC gaming market while maintaining super quiet acoustics and minimal power requirements.


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Like all NVIDIA "DX11 Done Right" GPUs, the GTX 560 Ti delivers the world's fastest performance for DX11 games in its class. When compared to the closest competitive product, the GTX 560 Ti is up to 65 percent faster(iii) in today's newest DX11 tessellated games, and 30 percent faster(iv) in previous-generation DX9 and DX10 games. With a superior design that includes a default graphics core clocked to 822MHz, 8 tessellation engines and 384 CUDA cores that were architected for next-generation DX11 games, the GTX 560 Ti is even up to 46% faster than the competition's product offerings that cost upwards of 20% more!


"The GTX 560 Ti GPU has it all: awesome DX11 performance, terrific overclockability, and ultra quiet operation -- attributes of the perfect performance GPU," said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "With the GTX 560 Ti under the hood, and an awesome library of DX11 titles coming in the very short future, it is truly a great time to be a PC gamer!"


With full support for NVIDIA 3D Vision and NVIDIA Surround technologies, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU also provides the graphics horsepower and video bandwidth needed to experience more than 500 games and high-definition Blu-ray movies in eye-popping stereoscopic 3D on a single display or spanning across three screens for an immersive gaming environment. And with NVIDIA SLI technology, the industry's most scalable multi-GPU platform, gamers will be delighted by the sheer increase in gaming performance by adding a second GeForce GTX 560 Ti to their PC.


With an estimated selling e-tail price starting at $249 USD, the GTX 560 Ti is available starting today from the world's leading add-in card partners, including ASL, ASUS, Colorful, ECS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, Jetway, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle, Zotac and others. At launch, there will be a wide assortment of GTX 560 Ti cards available, including those with stock clocks of 822MHz and others that are clocked much higher, including some at 1 GHz.


For more information about the GTX 560 Ti, please visit www.geforce.com.





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Let's get ready to rumble


The fierce competition between AMD and NVIDIA is about to get spicier with the introduction of genuinely high-end graphics cards from both companies.


In the red corner, hailing from Toronto, Canada, and weighing in with a meaty punch is the AMD Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU card, formerly known by the code-name Antilles.


Fending off the Canuck beast is the job of the also-dual-GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590, said to be primed for a mid-March launch. This means that both cards should be released to the press at roughly the same time.


While confirmed specifications and release dates for both cards are still close-kept secrets, AMD is the first to bring its heavyweight contender to the public's critical gaze.


Common sense dictates that the Radeon HD 6990 will take the form of two power-optimised HD 6970 GPUs on one PCB. Spitting out some conjectured numbers, this translates to a jaw-dropping 3,000-plus shaders, 4GB of onboard memory and 300GB/s of combined memory bandwidth: put that in your pipe and smoke it!


Such presumed power requires a card TDP in the region of 300W, though AMD's PowerTune technology will ensure that no application can force the GPUs to put the local electricity grid on red alert.


The following AMD-provided shots have been released to nurture and whet your appetite for a graphics card that should chew through benchmarks with fervent alacrity.


Big beastie


The reference card looks surprisingly muted for an ultra-high-end offering, and it is difficult to tell it apart from a Radeon HD 6970 with a mere cursory glance.


But look a bit closer and the rear outputs hint at some serious horsepower on tap. Not messing around with a range of eclectic outputs, the HD 6990's power is best put to use by pushing out video through miniDisplayPort connectors. Add the four to the solitary dual-link DVI port and, via an adapter or two, a six-screen setup looms large.


And this is good thinking by AMD, because a dual-GPU card outfitted with a large local frame-buffer and significant grunt is wasted on one or two screens.


Look to run a 5,040x1,050-pixel resolution or, even, a 7,680x2,160 (six full-HD screens) setting and the card will be taxed properly.


Grrr! I'll eat your pixels for breakfast, but I may not be able to play Crysis 2 at 1,680x1,050 at high-quality settings.


We had more commentary on an AMD-provided picture that showed the PCB with the cooler removed, though AMD rained on the naked-card parade by embargoing the picture until the official launch. You can better your bottom dollar that it's not too far away, then.


Of course, the burning issue is one of speeds and feeds. AMD has chosen to divulge neither, which is shame, but both specification and frequency need to be very handsome to stall the threat of the GTX 590 from NVIDIA.


A necessary launch


The launch of this pixel-munching monster has greater importance attached to it than previous releases, due to how the emergence of APUs - CPU(s) and GPU(s) melded on one piece of low-power silicon - has eroded the sustainability of the low-end discrete graphics-card market. AMD needs to justify have a separate GPU in your PC, and what better statement of intent than with the release of a big bruiser.


AMD and NVIDIA will undoubtedly release their respective ultra-high-end GPUs with much fanfare and bombast, but which will take the title of fastest graphics card in the world? And which will be able to Crysis 2? Wait a few more weeks to find out.










Woohoo! FInally its time for the big mean cards to be released! Can't wait!

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AMD Extends Graphics Performance Lead, Launches World's Fastest Graphics Card… Again!




AMD today announced the launch of the fastest graphics card in the world, the AMD Radeon HD 6990, packing so much raw performance it delivered a new single graphics card world record score of P11865 in the industry standard 3DMark11 benchmark. AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics cards are available immediately from retailers worldwide, with select models starting at US $699 MSRP.


Designed for the power gamer, AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics cards include AMD’s second-generation, Microsoft DirectX 11-capable architecture, advanced image quality features for the best looking games, and AMD PowerTune intelligent technology to enable higher clock speeds and faster gaming. The AMD Radeon HD 6990 offers the ultimate in immersive HD gaming and computing with native support for up to five displays using AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, with six display support possible via DisplayPort 1.2 components available for purchase later this year. The AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics cards also feature a dual-BIOS toggle switch, allowing enthusiast gamers to unlock the card and rev up the clocks and voltages for even more performance. Finally, AMD HD3D technology provides a cutting-edge stereoscopic 3D gaming and movie experience, thanks to HDMI 1.4a support.


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“Packing more raw performance than any consumer graphics card ever created, the AMD Radeon HD 6990 provides the latest for the ultimate gaming advantage,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU division, AMD. “Coupled with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, AMD PowerTune power management and AMD HD3D, this card is so powerful it can take on even the most demanding ultra-enthusiast tasks.”


Leading Graphics with second-generation DirectX 11-capable Technology


* New AMD PowerTune technology: Designed to perform real-time intelligent power management, AMD PowerTune technology on the AMD Radeon HD 6990 automatically enables higher clock speeds and faster performance in the hottest games.

* Increased memory for higher image quality: With 4GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 memory, gamers can enjoy superior detail in their favorite games, even on up to five simultaneous displays.

* The Ultimate Visual Experience: As AMD’s most advanced DirectX 11-capable GPU, AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics processors also enable an exceptional game play experience in DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL titles in single card or multi-card AMD CrossFireX configurations.

* Improved image quality: Advanced anti-aliasing features enable dramatically enhanced image quality for intensely realistic gaming. Enhanced-Quality Anti-Aliasing (EQAA) uses a new sampling technique to help improve visual quality, while Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) uses DirectCompute acceleration to provide anti-aliasing on any DirectX 9, DirectX 10, or DirectX 11 application.


An Immersive Gaming Experience with AMD Eyefinity Technology and Advanced Display Options


* Simple, flexible, affordable multi-display computing with AMD Eyefinity technology: Providing an expanded and more immersive field of view, AMD Eyefinity technology continues to be the most affordable multi-display solution available, offering dozens of possible configurations of up to five simultaneous displays.2 New to the AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics processor is the ability to configure up to five monitors in portrait mode. Making innovative technologies more affordable and accessible than ever before, the AMD Eyefinity Validated & Ready Testing Program helps ensure a seamless customer multi-display experience, with more than 70 tested and validated AMD Eyefinity-compatible titles for the greatest assurance of quality and interoperability. Continued industry leadership in multi-display computing: AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics cards offer support for both DisplayPort 1.2 features and HDMI 1.4a, offering enthusiasts incredible multi-monitor configuration options, flexibility in display selection, and new DisplayPort audio features.


Faster Applications and Brilliant Video with AMD EyeSpeed Technology


* AMD EyeSpeed visual acceleration technology lets you do more, faster: Tapping the tremendous power of the AMD Radeon HD 6990, enthusiasts will enjoy clearer and more vibrant videos, as well as improved performance and new features in top media, entertainment and productivity applications with AMD EyeSpeed technology.

* Incredible compute capabilities: Featuring leading support for IEEE 754 double precision floating point ops, the AMD Radeon HD 6990 is equipped to dominate computationally intense workloads.

* Enhanced video quality features: AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics cards feature Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD3), a dedicated video playback accelerator that helps users get the most out of HD video, online video and Blu-ray 3D, while enjoying a range of video quality improvements such as advanced post-processing and scaling, dynamic contrast enhancement, color correction and more.

* 3D entertainment choices with AMD HD3D technology: AMD continues to deliver a broad and affordable selection of 3D solutions with AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics cards, featuring AMD HD3D technology, backed by AMD’s open 3D initiative for stereo 3D gaming and movies.




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I was quite surprised at the beastly performance and price of AMD Radeon HD 6990 with a dual-core GPU and 4GB of GDDR5 memory. This card is probably AMD's best and fastest tech product yet. At a $700 price tag, I wish it had PCI Express 3.0 support. :mellow: But nowadays only less than 10% of games require at least 1GB of video memory. Question is, can it still play a Xbox360 or PS3 game with an emulator perfectly under that video card? More likely if you have a 16-core CPU going along with this video card.


Also this article tells how really fast that video card is:



I think Nvidia needs to step it up on improving with more video memory and a faster dual-core GPU.

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$700 for a video card? No thanks. I don't care how fast it is. That's way too much for a video card.

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti Redefines PC Gaming at £119




PC gaming just got a lot more fun today with the introduction of the GeForce GTX 550 Ti graphics processing unit (GPU) with an estimated e-tail price of £119. The GTX 550 Ti is the latest in NVIDIA’s Fermi line of consumer GPUs, designed to deliver stunning DirectX 11 performance. It brings a new level of price/performance to mainstream PC gaming, while maintaining exceptionally quiet acoustics and requiring minimal power.


Like all NVIDIA “DX11 Done Right” GPUs, the GTX 550 Ti delivers the world’s fastest performance in its class for DX11 games. Compared with the closest competitive product, the GTX 550 Ti is up to 50 percent faster in today’s newest DX11 tessellated games, and 38 percent fasteri in previous-generation DX9 and DX10 games. And with NVIDIA SLI technology, the industry’s most scalable multi-GPU platform, gamers will be able to increase their PC’s gaming performance by adding a second GeForce GTX 550 Ti.


“The GTX 550 Ti paired with our 3D Vision technology provides gamers with an amazing low-cost platform that delivers an awesome immersive experience,” said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. “As the leader in PC gaming hardware, we are excited about the future of PC gaming and how we can make those experiences as immersive as possible.


With an estimated selling e-tail price starting at £119, the GTX 550 Ti is available starting today from the world’s leading add-in card partners, including, ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, KFA2, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle, and Zotac.


In addition, today sees the launch of amazing new GeForce GTX 550 Ti Systems.


Just in time for Crysis 2, we are excited to announce the new GeForce GTX 550 Ti, capable of powering through the 2023 alien-infested streets of New York at over 40fps… at 1680×1050 with the ‘Advanced’ setting, no less.


GeForce GTX 550 Ti is available in stores today for $149 USD and offers 28% faster gaming over the recent GeForce GTS 450. For any of the GeForce 8600 GT owners out there who have been waiting to upgrade, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti offers a 500% performance increase over your GPU and support for DirectX 11 gaming. You’ll be equipped to crank up the visual quality in hot new games like Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm.


For those looking to completely overhaul their gaming rig for Crysis 2, check out GeForce.com where we show you how to build a completely awesome gaming rig with the GTX 550 Ti for under $600! Alternatively, if you prefer to buy a new PC instead of building one, you can pick up a $599 PC with GTX 550 Ti from Cyberpower PC or V3 Gaming PC.


For a complete picture of the GTX 550 Ti gaming performance, take a look at our suggested optimal playable settings for the top games on GeForce.com.


GeForce GTX 550 Ti is also packed with the latest GeForce GTX technologies including SLI, PhysX, 3D Vision, and NVIDIA Surround. And, starting today, you can get the new version of the 3D Vision wireless glasses kit on the NVIDIA Store, at a reduced price of $149 USD. You can learn more about this on Andrew’s blog post.


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Sweet card. That's about 18k here. Good value for your buck. But the 3D glasses? No thank you. I can still play without them ($150 seems exorbitant, what with some passive 3D monitors already out in the market).

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Tasty. :drool:


Which one? The most bang-for-buck Nvidia GTX 550 Ti?


Stay tune for the release of the upcoming monster Nvidia GTX 590, ready to obliterate the competition with AMD HD 6990!!!

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The beast is upon us!


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Is World's Fastest Graphics Card


NVIDIA today introduced the GeForce GTX 590, the fastest dual graphics card available today which also happens to be the world's quietest too. Powered by dual NVIDIA Fermi-class GPUs on a single card, the GTX 590 is designed for über enthusiasts and those looking to build the ultimate PC gaming rig.


With a combined 1024 NVIDIA CUDA architecture cores, 3GB of GDDR5 memory, 6 billion transistors and over 2200 individual components all packed into an 11 inch dual slot card, the GTX 590 delivers a staggering 32 tessellation engines that can power today's cutting edge DX11 games at resolutions of 2560x1600 and higher. With four separate video outputs on each card, consumers can configure their PC with four independent displays, or they can span their gaming across 3 3D displays, at a resolution up to 5760x1080 for an intense, immersive, stereoscopic gaming experience utilizing NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology.


Like all NVIDIA "DX11 Done Right" GPUs, the GTX 590 delivers the world's fastest performance for DX11 games(i). And with NVIDIA SLI technology, the industry's most scalable multi-GPU platform, gamers can increase their PC's gaming performance by adding a second GeForce GTX 590, for an incredible Quad SLI gaming mode.


NVIDIA engineered the GTX 590 to be the world's quietest dual GPU product. It features a special cooling system and dual vapor chambers which deliver both astounding performance and acoustics. Measured with a standard decibel meter, the GTX 590 clocks in at 48dB, more than two times quieter than the closest competitive product under full graphics load. To the human ear, this difference means the GTX 590 delivers a 3D gaming experience that is typical of a quiet library. In comparison, the competition's product is more on par with a busy freeway.


"The GTX 590 is the best dual GPU product ever built," said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "With leading performance, support for multi-monitor 3D gaming, Quad SLI, and an acoustic envelope that begs to be heard for how quiet it is, the GTX 590 epitomizes what a perfect dual graphics card looks, performs, and sounds like."


With an estimated selling e-tail price starting at $699 USD, the GeForce GTX 590 is available starting today from the world's leading add-in card partners, including Asus, EVGA, Gainward, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, POV, Palit, and Zotac.


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