I would like to wish a Happy New Year and the best for 2011 to the readers. Like most of us I’ll be getting drunk so don’t expect graphics related news till the 2nd of January. Well… maybe a hangover review roundup if I can manage.
Make the most out the rest of the last day of 2010.
Yours truly, Lajos Nemeth.
The OC friendly GTX 460 from Galaxy that we reported a few months back, ended-up on the market called the GTX 460 HOF (Hall of Fame). The card comes with a milky white PCB and it has an 6+2 phase power circuitry, the six main phases are controlled by a Volterra VT1185M master and VT1157SF slave chips, while the remaining two phases power the 1GB of 0.4ns GDDR5 Samsung memory onboard. On the back of the PCB there are four NEC proadlizer chips to reduce electrical noise, and by thus improving overclocking capabilities. To make sure that power wont be capping the OC headroom the card has one 8-pin and one 6-pin power connector. The power circuitry is has it’s own heatsink, while the job of keeping the GPU cool is the job of a dual-slot heatsink with four 6mm heatpipes and the airflow is provided by one 82mm fan. To sweeten the deal even more the card comes factory overclocked to the respectable clocks of 850/1700/4000MHz (GPU/CUDA Cores/Memory), it’s quite a nice bump over the reference clocks of 675/1350/3800MHz. On the connectivity front we get one dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.
The new version of the popular GPU information utility now has full support for AMD’s Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970, it also comes with improved voltage monitoring on the GeForce GTX 570, fixing the TMU/Texture filtering rounding errors and a couple of freezes and crashes.
Since the HD 6970 and HD 6950 use the same PCB, only the latter is missing a few extra power phases. Still the remaining ones are enough to house the disabled shader modules and the clocks of the HD 6970. It’s a simple BIOS flash to turn your HD 6950 into an HD 6970, but in case your card doesn’t boot up you can use the Safe BIOS switch on your card to flash the primary BIOS back to it’s original state.
The guys over at techPowerUp! posted a detailed article how to unlock the HD 6950, head over there to read detailed instructions and grab all the necessary tools.
I would like to wish every reader a happy holiday and a great festive season. Get together with your families and loved ones.
I’ll be doing exactly that, so I’ll be back on the 28th with the graphics related news. Till then, have a good time folks!
Yours truly, Lajos V. Nemeth.
Looks like nVIDIA’s new peformance-mainstream card, the GTX 560 will be based on the GF114 GPU and launching in January with 32ROPs, 64TMUs and 384 CUDA Cores enabled, possibly featuring the clocks of 820/1640/4000MHz (GPU/CUDA Cores/Memory). With all the shader modules enabled plus the raised clocks, the GTX 560 will end-up near the HD 6950 territory regarding performance levels, thus firing up the competition in the performance mainstream segment. Some nice price drops might be inbound next month.
The new GTX 570 from Gainward is a non-reference model, using their own custom PCB and a cooler with 6 heatpipes and a reverse layout. Meaning that the dual fans actually suck air trough the fins towards the board. Is it more effective? Hell if I know, but it makes the card look great that’s for sure. Gainward also raised the clocks to 750MHz for the GPU, 1500MHz for the CUDA cores and 3900MHz effective for the memory. For connectivity we have two DVIs, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.
OCAU already had the card on their benchtable, and you can read the full review here.
Images courtesy of OCAU.