Been waiting for some of that sweet NVIDIA 40nm GPU action, but aren't keen on buying a new PC with an OEM card installed? You'll be pleased to hear that the first retail versions of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 220 and G210 video cards have emerged, initially courtesy of Gigabyte, and both carrying prices well under the $100 mark.
ATI has been working hard to bring the fight to NVIDIA in the discrete desktop GPU market and it is doing a decent job with video cards offering good performance at a good price. We mentioned back in September that ATI had new 5700 series desktop GPUs coming and today specs and photos of the Radeon HD 5750 and HD 5770 video cards have been revealed.
With a press conference imminent, ATI's new DirectX 11 video cards are beginning to make their appearance on retailer shelves. Two cards - the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 and the ASUS Radeon HD 5870, each marked "Cyprus HT" and with 1GB of memory - have shown up for sale at Newegg, while over at Hexus and The Tech Report they've each been reviewing the new Radeon HD 5870.
News of several graphics cards and notebook GPUs from AMD have leaked, courtesy of the usual shadowy DigiTimes sources. According to the insiders, AMD plan to launch their ATI Radeon HD 5700 series desktop GPUs in October, in the shape of the Radeon HD 5770 and 5750, followed by the Radeon 5870 X2 (R800) in November.
Lenovo have quietly launched a USB to DVI monitor adapter based on DisplayLink's virtual video card technology, that promises up to 1,920 x 1,200 WUXGA output - supporting 1080p High-Definition video - via a single USB connection. Up to six of the adapters can be used on a single computer (three if you have a ThinkPad with switchable graphics) in addition to the machines' native video outputs.
Video cards with multiple GPUs used to be common from NVIDIA. The company has got away from cramming more than one GPU onto a single video card with its latest products and the ones it did make had a reputation for driver issues when users tried to run more than one of the cards.
Any PC gamer will tell you that the better your video card is the better graphics you get when you play PC games. We see lots of customized NVIDIA video cards with new cooling solutions and other features come across the market, but custom ATI video cards are less common.
AMD made a big song and dance of their new ATI DirectX 11 video card last week, showing it off for the first time at QuakeCon and putting on some heady demonstrations of its indecently high performance. Well, we say "showing it off", but actually AMD kept a tight lid on the physical design of the new card; unfortunately not tight enough to avoid Chiphell getting their hands on some leaked images.
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.
NVIDIA have released a second graphics product in their Ion range, the Ion LE, intended for entry-level devices such as netbooks and nettops. Ion LE is apparently exactly the same as the existing Ion - which boosts netbook video performance to handle 1080p high-definition - aside from it lacks DirectX 10 support.