Mitigating the GTX 480's personality problems with a universal GPU watercooler

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2010 - 11:40 AM |

The folks at CoolIT Systems seem to be onto something with their OMNI Advanced Liquid Cooler, a watercooling system similar to the Corsair H50.  It is a completely self contained waterblock, fan, radiator and pump which is billed to fit any single graphics card; the normal OMNI uses a 120mm fan and they will release one for dual card systems with a 240mm fan that might end up living outside of your case.  It is designed to be universal, so as you upgrade your graphics card you should be able to continue to use your OMNI ALC. 

Source: Hexus

ATI Catalyst 10.4a Preview driver is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2010 - 03:28 PM |

ATI Catalyst™ 10.4a Preview features:

The ATI Catalyst 10.4a Preview provides resolution for the following issue:

  • Long load times for new maps in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 when using a Windows 7 / Windows Vista based system with an:
    • ATI Radeon HD 5xxx series graphics card
    • ATI Radeon HD 4xxx series graphics card
Source: AMD

The ASUS EAH5830 DirectCU sports an enhanced heatsink

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 20, 2010 - 05:13 PM |

The ASUS EAH5830 DirectCUis a very large example of an HD5830 thanks to a large and efficient cooler designed by ASUS.  Not only does it give the card a rather distinctive look it cools a little more quietly.  [H]ard|OCP's testing has shown that the cooler may not be that much more effective than the stock cooler but it only created concern during a very stressful benchmark, during gaming the card staye

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just how loud is that GTX480

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2010 - 05:46 PM |

Are we talking about as loud as the screaming classic Delta 80mm's?  Perhaps louder than a FX5800 Ultra or maybe an industrial vacuum cleaner?  The Tech Report thinks that maybe the noise produced by the GTX480 is not as bad as some would make it out to be.  As it turns out a single FX 5800 Ultra was nearly 9 dB louder than a GTX 480 and the 2GB model of the HD5870 is 1dB louder.  Perhaps not as bad as all that after all.

Adobe announces CS5 software, NVIDIA announces support

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2010 - 11:16 AM |

It will be a busy day and week for those of us in the broadcasting business as the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters event takes place in Las Vegas.  We expect quite a few interesting announcements, the first of which is coming from Adobe as we speak.  If you have been listening to our podcast or have been paying attention to our news, you have likely heard of the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine that was coming in the next iteration

ASUS ARES Graphics Card is true dual HD 5870 goodness

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2010 - 11:45 AM |

While sitting at the ASUS OC Summit we came across a very interesting little graphics cards.  Actually, it's not so little.

Video Review: AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2010 - 01:52 AM |

We finally got our video review of the AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6
Edition graphics card
up and ready for you to view.  I apologize for
the delay here but we had some major issues with our editing software,
etc etc.  I think you'll find the wait was well worth it!

It's not easy being a green Radeon

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2010 - 01:04 PM |

The PowerColor HD 5750 Green sports a very large passive heatsink, a very, very large heatsink.  They took advantage of the extra height this card requires by stacking the second HDMI connector above the first as opposed to the side.  The space cleared by that move is taken up by an HDMI port and a Display port, and the power saved by the passive cooling solution means no PCIe power plugs, of either 4 pin or 6 pin, is needed.  No performance was sacrificed in the making of this card and

Source: Neoseeker

NVIDIA Interview: GF100 variants, dual-GPU GTX 480s and a bit more

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2010 - 09:54 PM |

I know, I know, we've been posting a lot of news and information about the recently released GeForce GTX 480 - but what else are we going to talk about over the weekend where my Alma Mater is left a tattered version of itself thanks to West Virginia?  Anyway...

Source: General

Fermi is here ... almost

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2010 - 07:28 PM |

At some time during the week of April 12, 2010, Fermi will actually arrive.  Until then you have to live vicariously through hardware reviews, but there is more than a few of them around the interwebs. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Benchmarks with 3-Way SLI on the new GTX 480, we salivate

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2010 - 05:45 PM |

Some of you will claim that getting benchmark numbers from a company that sells NVIDIA products (as well as AMD products) isn't the best idea; to each their own but we happen to know this "Morley" fella from MAINGEAR pretty well and I think his results are reliable.  Either way, the data he is providing in his most recently blog post is interesting to evaluate.  Morley took a set of three GeForce GTX 480s, the very same reference cards t

Source: General

ASUS Launches NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX480/470 Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2010 - 12:17 PM |

-- The eagerly anticipated ASUS ENGTX400 series powered by NVIDIA’s ground breaking GF100 GPU offers gamers’ unparalleled 3D realism along with incredible CUDA Compute performance. --

Fremont, CA (March 26th, 2010) - Long awaited by gamers, overclockers and demanding enthusiasts, the latest generation GF100 graphics processor from NVIDIA is finally here.

Galaxy has some GeForce GTX 480/470 goodies as well

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

If you are anybody in the world of graphics card, you are busy pimping your iteration of the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 from NVIDIA.  As NVIDIA partners, there really hasn't been much to be excited about for quite a while - AMD has really been dominating the world of enthusiast graphics since September 2009.  Galaxy announced their GF100 options yesterday as well!

EVGA announces water-cooled GTX 480 and GTX 470 cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2010 - 10:49 AM |

You know, in truth, I have rarely been a fan of water cooled graphics cards.  They are much more complex to install and tend to force you to stick with one GPU for longer than you might otherwise.  Just not my style - I'm an upgrade and run kind of enthusiast.

Doubling the GDDR5 on the HD 5870

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2010 - 05:01 PM |

The new Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 TOXIC sports 2GB of RAM, twice as much as a normal model.  That GDDR5 runs at 5GHz effective and the core is clocked to 925MHz, both higher than the reference card.  The card is not quite as big as the DH 5970 but it does require more power and takes the six-and-eight-pin
PCIe power connectors familiar to fans of the highest end of GPUs.  HEXUS' testing shows that the single GPU cannot beat the dual HD 5970 in most cases and in games that do not benefit from a la

Source: Hexus

A tale of two Radeon HD5770s

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2010 - 02:25 PM |

There are many types of HD5770s, from the stock models to ones with custom cooling and factory set overclocks; two of which are up for review at InsideHW.  The MSI HD5770 Hawk and the POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 are similar in some ways but vastly different in others.  Mostly likely thanks to the improved cooling on the MSI HAWK, they

Source: InsideHW

The evolution of CrossFire EyeFinity

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2010 - 04:10 PM |

[H]ard|OCP took a system with an HD5970 in it and installed three of the newest games on the market.  They then fired them up to see what happened and recorded the results on video.  The intent of this video review is to show you exactly what to expect when you try EyeFinity on these games; will their graphics settings allow you to specify EyeFinity resolutions right away or will you have to tweak configuration files in order to enjoy gaming across three screens?  Drop

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lucid HYDRA technology accelerates Eyefinity with NVIDIA GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2010 - 01:06 AM |

ASUS Radeon HD 5870 ROG MATRIX Edition Spied

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 11, 2010 - 06:56 PM |

Some interesting pictures found their way to me of an upcoming graphics card from ASUS, the Radeon HD 5870 ROG MATRIX Edition (Republic of Gamers).  This card appears to offer quite a bit more in the way of overclocking than nearly any other GPU we have seen to date.

The design on the PCB and cooler is completely custom and offers superior cooling compared to the reference design from AMD. 

Last but not least: PC Perspective sees Eyefinity 6-panel in action

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 11:12 PM |

You have likely seen other hardware and news sites posting pictures and video of some preliminary testing with a 6-panel Eyefinity gaming configuration, but I thought I would share this picture taken by our own A/V editor Ken A.