Oh, it just gets better and better. Hot on the already pretty sparking heels of the 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 comes the card we've perhaps really been waiting for, the ASUS Republic of Gamers MATRIX 5870. First spotted in the wild last month, the ROG MATRIX 5870 takes ATI's new Radeon HD 5870, tickles the core GPU clock speed to 894MHz and then throws in ASUS' Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) that automatically overclocks the card depending on what it's being used for. So, ASUS reckon, you'll see an average 19-percent performance boost in FPS games set to maximum detail, or a whopping 50-percent boost to 2D graphics.
Wondering where on earth that ASUS 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 came from? Why, it's just the latest card build on ATI's new Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition video card platform, promising to be the first card capable of over 1bn pixels per second in real-world gaming. Packing a full 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 is capable of 12 times 1080p Full HD resolution by squirting out six separate Mini DisplayPort signals shared - thanks to ATI Eyefinity technology - over six separate panels.
Remember ASUS' beastly ROG overclocked Radeon HD 5870 graphics card we saw leaked a while back? The new ASUS 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 doesn't look to be quite the same card, but it's not hard to see the family resemblance: packing an overclocked 850MHz Radeon HD 5870 GPU paired with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the card has a full six Mini DisplayPort connectors for driving six monitors separately.
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.
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.