Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Chipsets | May 3, 2011 - 11:54 AM | John Davis
Tagged: ubuntu, rhel, Red Hat, opensuse, linux, driver, catalyst, ati, amd
In a previous article we stated:
"Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 release include: This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems Ubuntu 11.04 support (early look) SLED/SLES 10 SP4 support (early look) RHEL 5.6 support (production)"
AMD introduced a new feature into Linux with Catalyst™ 11.4, PowerXpress.
- PowerXpress: Will enable certain mainstream mobile chipsets to seemlessly switch from integrated graphics to the dedicated graphics. *note: This only applies to Intel Processors with on chip graphics and AMD dedicated graphics and must be switched on by invoking switchlibGL and switchlibglx and restarting the Xorg server.
If you are running RHEL 5.6 or SLED/SLES 10 SP4 and need the driver you can get it here.
If you are running Ubuntu 11.04, install the driver under the "Additional Drivers" program.
If you are running a BSD variant you must still use the Open-Source driver "Radeon" and "RadeonHD" as AMD has yet to release a BSD driver.
Be sure to check back to PCPer for my complete review of the 11.4 driver and PowerXpress.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors | May 2, 2011 - 07:59 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: llano, fusion, amd
On Valentine’s Day, AMD reached out to us after our relationship with Intel’s Sandy B. broke down. A mug, some chocolate, and a promise of a wonderful date with their good friend Llano was AMD’s hope to help us move on to a more stable relationship. Months have gone by and we have made up with Sandy with many a great SATAday spent together. While Llano has yet to appear, AMD did urge us to keep waiting by revealing some of her measurements and an option for another playful partner.
Image from Donanim Haber
Llano’s GPU, as reported by Donanim Haber (translated to English), will feature 400 stream processors which will be clocked at 594 MHz. TechPowerUp also reports that it will be DirectX 11 compatible as expected and can pair up with one of AMD’s “Turks” based discrete GPUs: the HD 6570 and HD 6670. This combined GPU will be registered to the system as a Radeon HD6690 using Hybrid CrossFireX.
Just under two weeks ago we reviewed the aforementioned "Turks" based HD 6670 and 6570 with games like Left 4 Dead 2. Alone, those cards were able to play many games with antialiasing for people with monitor resolutions of 1680x1050. Llano will not perform as well as those cards but should be able to play those same games, and others, with just a few settings reduced. That said, Llano is also not a discrete card and thus it is not necessarily fair to compare it with one. Lastly, Llano can also be paired with those cards for further performance benefits making them all the more enticing for gamers not wishing to purchase higher end discrete graphics cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2011 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tri-fire, triple, crossfilre, 3-way, sli, GTX580, HD6990, HD6970
[H]ard|OCP just finished a review that most enthusiasts would sell their souls ... or at least cash in their retirement savings ... to do themselves. They decided to find out which was better, a $1500 triple GTX 580 system or a $1100 HD 6990 + HD 6970 system. The findings are really quite clear, as is th efact that scaling has improved to the point where dropping that third GPU into your PC actually does make some sense to do.
"We've seen what a Radeon HD 6990 can do when paired with a Radeon HD 6970 for "Tri-Fire" performance. Now it is time to find out what three NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 video cards in 3-Way SLI game like in comparison. We will look at A2A performance comparisons and discuss which setup offers the best gameplay experience."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD Radeon 6790 (Barts LE) @ Rbmods
- XFX Radeon HD 6950 XXX Edition Review @ Neoseeker
- XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition Review @ OCC
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Inno3D GTX 560 Ti iChiLL Edition vs PowerColor Radeon 6870 PCS++ Review @ HardwareHeaven
- AMD’s Radeon HD 6770 & Radeon HD 6750: The Retail Radeon 5700 Rebadge @ AnandTech
- HIS 6950/6970 Fan Turbo 2GB and HIS 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1GB @ iXBT Labs
- AMD Catalyst 11.4 Windows 7 Driver Analysis @ Tweaktown
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Ars Reviews the Quadro 4000 Mac Edition: NVIDIA's sole Mac offering a promising start
- GELID Rev. 2 Icy Vision GPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
- MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK @ Tweaktown
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | April 28, 2011 - 11:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: graphics, battlefield 3, battlefield
Got 12 minutes to spare? No, how about at least a few? I promise you'll be pretty impressed by what you see. I think I am late to the game in posting this but EA released a 12 minute video showing gameplay of the upcoming Battlefield 3 game. While we don't know anything about the minimum specifications of the game yet, we can assume that it will indeed take advantage of some of the latest graphics hardware.
Take a look! And if you are really tight on time, just to the 2:30 mark.
Considering that many people were disappointed in the appearance of the recently released Crysis 2, the considerable work being put into the Battlefield 3 PC game is going to be well appreciated. In fact, this quote from developer DICE really proves our point that "building for consoles" is stupid:
"So for our target of what we want to hit, we are now using the more powerful platform to try and prove what we see gaming being in the future rather than using the lowest common denominator, instead of developing it for the consoles and then just adding higher resolution textures and anti-aliasing for the PC version. We’re do it the other way around, we start with the highest-end technology that we can come up with and then scale it back to the consoles."
Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Chipsets | April 28, 2011 - 09:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: sli, nvidia, amd, 990x, 990fx, 970
In a move that is long overdue, NVIDIA's Tom Peteresen announced on a blog post that SLI multi-GPU support was finally going to be offered on AMD platforms with the upcoming launch of the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets. On previous AMD platforms users have not been able to use multiple NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI because NVIDIA simply did not allow licensing of the technology on them. As of this month, that policy is changing.
According to the post, NVIDIA has had a change of heart and wants to "make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they have NVIDIA SLI – the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution - to game on!" The lack of SLI on previous chipsets was the result of Intel being the dominate CPU platform of choice for gamers in recent years.
ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI are going to be the first out of the block with motherboard based on the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets with SLI support according to NVIDIA's Petersen.
This doesn't change NVIDIA's stance on the whole licensing and charging motherboard vendors to integrate SLI thing, however. In an ideal world, NVIDIA would have announced that they were opening up SLI to work on ANY motherboard, future or present, that has enough PCI Express slots on them, just like we see today with AMD's own CrossFire technology. Despite pressure to do that, NVIDIA is standing by its current formula and expanding into the realm of AMD chipsets.
Regardless, today is a good day for AMD fans and gamers alike that want more choice and more variety in their system build options for the future. The AMD Llano and Bulldozer-based processors just got a little more gaming friendly.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2011 - 12:49 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: radeon, amd, 6770, 6750, 5770, 5750
After the release of the AMD Radeon HD 6790 graphics card earlier this month that brought the Barts GPU architecture down to the sub-$150 graphics market, we expected to see something in a similar vein from the updated HD 6770 and HD 6750 cards. But it was not to be: the Radeon HD 6770 and HD 6750 will continue in nearly an identical fashion to that of the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 as we know them today.
When released back in October of 2009, the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 were based on the Juniper 40nm GPU, ran at clock speeds of 850 MHz and 700 MHz respectively and included 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at either 1200 MHz or 1150 MHz. Today, as the Radeon HD 6770 and HD 6750 see light, we are greeted with basically identical specs:
Read on for more information!
A Card Unlike Any Other
In all honesty, there aren't many graphics cards that really get our attention these days. There are GPUs that do that - releases like the Radeon HD 6990 and the GeForce GTX 590 get our juices flowing to see what new performance and features they can offer. But in terms of individual vendor-specific designs, there are very few that make us "perk up" much more than just seeing another reference card come across the test bed.
The ASUS ARES dual-5870 card was probably the last one do to that - and for $1200 is better have! EVGA is ready with another card though that definitely made us interested, and for a much more reasonable price of $419 or so.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2WIN is a custom built card that combines a pair of GTX 460 1GB GPUs on a single PCB to create a new level of performance and pricing that we found was unmatched in the market today. And even better, the features improved as well by utilizing the power of both GPUs in an SLI configuration.
Read on and see why the GTX 460 2WIN might be my new favorite graphics card!
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2011 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gtx560 ti, hawk, overclocked GPU, msi
NVIDIA's GTX 550 Ti did not do so well when Ryan reviewed it, as it simply wasn't fast enough to justify the price is being sold at. Now its bigger brother, the MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk has made an appearance on the [H]ard|OCP review bench. Sticking with their usual milieu with the Hawk series, the only original part on this MSI card is the Fermi silicon, the PCB, GDDR5 and cooler are all specifically designed and implemented for this series of card. Can the overclock match the HD6950 which costs only $20 more?
"Microstar's latest Hawk video card is here, packing a highly overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Can its enhanced PCB and cooler fend off the Radeon HD 6950's falling prices? Does it actually offer anything over a standard GeForce GTX 560 Ti? The end results are incredible and price drops have completely changed the landscape."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Zotac GeForce GTX 580 AMP, Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP, Zotac GeForce GTX 460 SE @ iXBT Labs
- ASUS GTX 570 vs HD 6970: Two DirectCU Cards Head-to-head @ InsideHW
- Hunter Squad: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Overclocked Roundup @ X-Bit Labs
- NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD Radeon 6950 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 @ Phoronix
- Sapphire Radeon HD6670 Review @ OCC
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Review @ Neoseeker
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers
- PowerColor LCS HD6970 @ OC3D
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 and Radeon HD 6570 Graphics Cards Review @ HardwareHeaven
- HIS IceQ X HD 6790 Turbo Review @ t-break
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- GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6990 @ Bjorn3D
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB DDR5 DX 11 Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- HIS Radeon HD 6850 & 6870 IceQ X Turbo Crossfire @ TechSpot
- HD 6870 Roundup: Diamond, PowerColor, MSI, Sapphire & XFX @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards | April 26, 2011 - 02:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: virtu, synergy, optimus, nvidia, lucid, gpu
Remember when we previewed a piece of software from Lucid called Virtu that promised the capability to combine processor graphics features of the Intel Sandy Bridge lineup with the performance and DX11 support of discrete graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD? The ideas was pretty simple but it addressed one of our major complaints about the initial Sandy Bridge processor launch: the IGP features like fast video transcode acceleration and ultra-low-power video acceleration were unavailable to users that chose to also use a discrete graphics solution.
Lucid's Virtu software running in our previous testing
Lucid's solution was to "virtualize" the GPUs and use a software layer that would decide which applications to run on the discrete GPU and which to run on the integrated processor graphics on the Intel CPU. There were some limitations including the need to have the displays connected to the IGP outputs rather than the discrete card and that the software worked on a rather clunky white-list implementation. Also, discrete graphics control panels were a bit of a headache and only worked with NVIDIA cards and not in all cases even then.
Virtu was to be distributed through motherboard vendors starting with the release of the Z68 chipset (as it was the first mainstream chipset to support overclocking AND display outputs) but now it appears that NVIDIA itself is diving into the same realm with a new piece of software called "Synergy".
Check out more after the break!
Introduction and the new Turks GPU
It seems that the graphics card wars have really heated up recently. With the release of the Radeon HD 6990 4GB and the GeForce GTX 590 3GB card it might seem that EVERYONE was spending $600 on their next GPU purchase. Obviously that isn't the case and the world of the sub-$100 card, while way less sexy, is just as important.
This week AMD has announced a slew of new options to address this market including the Radeon HD 6670, HD 6570 and even the HD 6450. Topping out at $99, the Radeon HD 6670 offers good performance, strong HTPC features and low power consumption. NVIDIA's competition is still reasonable though as we compare how the now price-dropped GeForce GTS 450 sits into the stack.