Early adopters beware: if you were planning on picking up one of NVIDIA's new Fermi-based GeForce GTX 480 or GTX 470 graphics cards when they go on sale later on this month, you could end up getting a less capable card than expected. According to leaks out of graphics cards manufacturers, lower than expected 40nm yields at NVIDIA's suppliers have prompted the company to block those cores with problems; as a result, the GeForce GTX 480 will only have 480 cores and the GTX 470 just 448.
How much would you pay for NVIDIA's stonking Fermi-based GeForce GTX 480 video card? Early estimates pegged the high-performing cards at around €600 or $600 for the single-GPU 480 model, but new figures leaked to Fudzilla suggest a somewhat more reasonable figure: they've heard €450 including tax when the cards come to Europe.
If you are a PC gaming geek that likes new gaming hardware for your rig, step back a bit so you don't drool all over your $150 gaming keyboard before you read this. Galaxy has unveiled its suitably awesome dual-core GTS 250 retail edition video card with dual fans to keep things nice and frosty.
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.
Gigabyte's external-GPU BookTop M1305 and M1405 notebooks aren't the only machines relying on a separate graphics boost at CeBIT 2010 this week. Shuttle have brought along their interpretation, in the shape of the I-Power GXT Mini, a compact box fitted - in this case - with an ATI Radeon HD 4650 that hooks up to Shuttle netbooks via a special GXP port that looks a little like a larger HDMI port.
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My first desktop PC had a single fan; now we're looking at video cards which tote three fans apiece. Such is the price of progress, and such is the awesome Sapphire Radeon HD 5970, based on ATI's Radeon HD 5970 GPU and quietly brought out to play at CeBIT 2010 this week. According to Sapphire the triple-thick card is the fastest in the world.
AMD are hammering away with their DirectX 11 graphics cards – the ATI Radeon HD 5830 made official this morning is a good example – but things may not be quite so ship-shape over at NVIDIA. According to DigiTimes’ sources, despite NVIDIA’s intent to announce their Fermi-based GeForce GTX 470/780 GPUs on March 26th, there’ll be a limited number of actual shipping cards at the time. That, they reckon, is down to NVIDIA’s reluctance to part with reference board designs.
AMD have announced their latest graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 5830, just as they were predicted to last week. The HD 5830 slots into the sub-$250 bracket and supports DirectX 11, ATI’s Eyefinity multi-display technology and ATI Stream; however it also confirms yesterday’s leaked specifications, which revealed that the card would not be as powerful – in comparison to its HD 5850 sibling – as some users had anticipated.
Specifications for the much-anticipated ATI Radeon HD 5830 have leaked, courtesy of Chinese site IT168.com, and there's a little disappointment in store for anyone expecting a bargain HD5850 alternative. The slide - which is tipped to have come from an internal presentation deck - confirms the rumored $250 pricing window, but also that the new card is down a significant 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 ROPs on the HD 5850.
The last time we talked about the Radeon 5830 GPU we had heard that the GPU was delayed due to some sort of last minute issue. Reports are now coming in that claim AMD will launch the HD 5830 video card next week ahead of CeBIT. If true that would mean the last minute issue was a small one if it existed at all.
Details of an upcoming ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) graphics card have emerged, complete with some early photos, and it seems the company have taken an ATI Radeon HD 5870 and overclocked it. The fettled card cranks the GPU from 850MHz to 900MHz and doubles RAM to 2GB of 4.9Gbps GDDR5 memory. Meanwhile ASUS are apparently making it straightforward to overclock the ROG card a little more again, with up to 1080MHz possible from the GPU and 5.2Gbps from the memory.