Sparkle announces single slot GTS 450 ONE

Sparkle released a GeForce GTS 450 which utilizes a single slot cooling solution with two heatpipes and a blower style fan to deal with the heat. Apart from the single slot design the card comes with 192 Cuda cores, 1GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128bit memory interface and operates at 789/1578/3760MHz (GPU/Shader/Memeory).

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Alleged nVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 pictures show up

A couple of pictures possibly showing nVIDIA’s GTX 580, the answer to AMD’s Cayman based HD 6900 Series. The card is probably using the GF110 chip, porting the GF104 structure to larger proportions and getting better performance-per-Watt figures compared to the original GF100 architecture. Looks like the new card will retain the 384-bit memory interface and probably boast 512 Cuda Cores accompanied with somewhat higher clocks compared to the GTX 480, thus providing a steady +20% performance boost.

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ZOTAC goes dual-gpu with the GTX 460

Seems like the engineering department at Zotac is at is again after the very overclocker friendly and very custom GTX 460 they thought they can do one better… a whole GPU better. So they went bonkers and designed a dual-GPU card with two GF104 chips linked together by the nForce 200 bridge chip. The  cards is powered trough two 8-pin PCIe power connectors and utilizes a dual 3+1+1 phase VRM design for the two GTX 460 1GB spec GPUs. The card also boasts an SLI connector, so if someone needs the urge to go Quad-SLI with two of these cards they’ll have the opportunity to do so. For connectivity we get four dual-Link DVI connectors and one mini-HDMI.

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nVIDIA releases ForceWare 260.99 WHQL

New set of ForceWare brings performance improvements in Fallout 3, Final Fantasy XIV, Formula 1 2010 (DX11) and Cilivization V in SLI, improved compatibility in Fallout 3 with anti-aliasing enabled and improved alt-tab compatibility for several titles. They also come with SLI profiles for Fallout: New Vegas, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Star Wars: Force Unleashed II and 3D Profiles for Call of Duty: Black Ops and H.A.W.X. 2.

Release Notes
DownloadWinVista / Win7 32bit | WinVista / Win7 64 bit | WinXP 32bit | WinXP 64bit

AMD Catalyst 10.10 & 10.10a Hotfix available. *UPDATED*

This months Catalyst release comes with a couple of new features, such as: APP (Accelerated Parallel Processing), better dynamic contrast, accelerated WMV HD playback (HD5000 & HD 6000 Series) and AMD HD3D technology ( HD 6000 Series). The new APP feature means that from now on the OpenCL driver will be included in the package and won’t be a separate download anymore. Catalyst 10.10 also comes with performance improvements for HD 5000 Series in a number of titles such as: Aliens vs. Predator, BattleForge, Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, STALKER – Call of Pripyat, World in Conflict and the Unigine Heaven benchmark. New and updated CrossFire profiles are available for Medal of Honor, Darksider, NBA 2K11, Civilization V, H.A.W.X. 2, Formula 1 2010 and the Stone Giant benchmark, so make sure you grab the Application Profiles download as well.

Release Notes
DownloadWinXP 32bit | WinXP 64bit | Vista/Win7 32bit | Vista/Win7 64bit | CAP (Win All)

AMD also released a hotfix dubbed 10.10a that adds support for Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) and provides some performance improvements in StarCraft II, Aliens vs. Predator and general OpenGL improvements for the HD 6800 Series.

Catalyst 10.10a Hotfix – Download

Brace yourselves people here comes another Hotfix called 10.10b, this time it adds Windows XP support for the HD 6800 Series. Can’t see people using cards like this on a 10 year old OS myself, but they’ve fixed it for those who might.

Catalyst 10.10b Hotfix – Download

AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series launched

NDA on AMD’s HD 6800 Series is over, so they launched officially and reviews are out.

HD 6870
900/4200MHz (GPU/Memory)
256bit – 1GB GDDR5
TDP – 151W

HD 6850
775/4000MHZ (GPU/Memory)
256bit – 1GB GDDR5
TDP – 127W