Since they'd already shown us the box-art for their new video cards based on NVIDIA's GTX 480/470 GPU, it perhaps comes as little surprise that ASUS have made their ENGTX480 and ENGTX470 cards official. Using the GeForce Fermi chips, the ENGTX480 uses the GTX480 core with 1401 stream processors and a 384-bit memory interface, while the ENGTX470 has 1215 stream processors.
NVIDIA's Fermi GF100-based GeForce GTX 480/470 video cards are expected to arrive sometime today, but according to the latest rumors the company is already planning their mid-range and entry-level alternatives. Believed to be on track for a June 2010 launch at the earliest, according to 3dceter.org three of the cards will use the 40nm GF104 core with up to 256 shader cores, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory bus. Although naming isn't finalised, they're believed to be known as the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 440 and 430.
It's obviously a week for leaky video cards, as after the first sighting of Sapphire's stonking Radeon HD 5970 yesterday comes in-the-wild images of NVIDIA's rival card, the GTX 480. Based on the company's Fermi architecture, the GTX 480 is tipped to begin arriving on cards from select manufacturers this month.
Twitter is often a source of leaks and tips that manufacturers have to deal with then it comes to early info on their products getting out. At times, the companies themselves use Twitter to tease us about upcoming products with little tidbits like NVIDIA has tossed out in a tweet today.
BFG Technologies have announced their latest liquid-cooling system, this time for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 and GeForce GTX 295, promising maintenance-free performance cooling. The two cards come pre-fitted with BFG's ThermoIntelligence advanced cooling systems, with the company claiming running temperatures of up to 30-degrees centigrade cooler than standard air-cooled models.
MSI have announced their first video card with SuperPipe technology, using a heatpipe cooling system that is 60-percent thicker than traditional pipes. The MSI N285GTX SuperPipe combines an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 GPU with a cooling system that's demonstrates 90-percent improvement in thermal efficiency.
We're already caught sight of it - metaphorically speaking - in Clevo's D900F 17-inch gaming laptop, but NVIDIA have officially announced the new GeForce GTX 280M, one of four fresh mobile GPUs. The GTX 280M apparently offers up to 50-percent more performance than its last-gen "enthusiast laptop GPUs", with support for CUDA and PhysX gaming effects.
VIA have announced the S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX, which they're calling the world's most-connected high-definition video card. The card has HDMI, DisplayPort and Dual-Link DVI connections, together with an integrated Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound processor and 256MB of GDDR3 memory.