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AMD add Catalyst Update to latest drivers

AMD adds Catalyst Update to latest drivers.New Catalyst drivers have been released for Radeon HD 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000 series graphics cards.

Catalyst 11.4 resolve a whole host of game issues, while bringing to the table a few new features; like new task based display management controls, a refreshed Eyefinity setup and AMD Catalyst update, which is similar to what Nvidia added to their drivers back in March. AMD’s Catalyst Update informs you when new drivers are available.

There are also some performance improvements in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Battleforge, Batman Arkham Asylum and a few others, see below:

Performance Enhancements
A number of performance enhancements are seen with the AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series:

  • Call of Duty Black Ops – gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations.
  • Battleforge – gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Batman Arkham Asylum – gains of up to 20% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Aliens vs. Predator – gains of up to 8% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Civilization 5 – gains of up to 15% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Far Cry 2 – gains of up to 6% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Just Cause 2 – gains of up to 9% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Lost Planet 2 – gains of up to 10% on single and multiple GPU configurations.

Download the new Catalyst drivers here.

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Radeon HD 7000 hitting mass production next month

AMDJust when you thought you couldn’t get more confused trying to remember all the names of the vast quantities of graphics cards being pumped out by AMD and Nvidia this past year, AMD are bringing out 3 more that fall squarely in the entry-level to mid-range section of their 6000 series.

The 6670, 6570 and 6450 will be launched in 7 days time on the 19th of April.

But wait, if you’re holding out for the latest and greatest you might want to hang on to your cash for a little longer. According to a source close to DigiTimes AMD’s 7000 series a.k.a. ‘Southern Islands’ is scheduled for mass production in May. The 7000 series is based on the 28 nm manufacturing process.

With its Radeon HD 6000 series product lines fully filled, AMD is already in preparation for the next generation Radeon HD 7000 series (Southern Islands) GPUs and is set to mass produce the GPU in May this year.

No details have been leaked that clarify any specifications of the 7000 series cards.

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AMD’s 6790, the new mid-range sweet-spot

AMD's 6790, the new mid-range sweet-spotAMD today launched their new mid-range graphics card, the HD 6790.

Looking to gain market share back from Nvidia’s GTX 550/560 Ti the company is enticing gamers who want a 1080p capable card without a financial meltdown. The HD 6790 is aiming at the $150 sweet-spot, offering up a well-priced GPU from the same 40 nm “Barts” architecture as the previous 6800 cards; 6970, 6870 and the 6850.

The HD 6790 will feature 800 stream processors, 40 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide 1 GB GDDR5 memory interface. The core clock/memory speed is 840/1050 MHz.

You can find the card’s full specifications here.

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MSI press release reveals new R6990-4PD4GD5 graphics card

R6990-4PD4GD5 graphics card

Yesterday saw the official launch of AMD’s new dual-GPU graphics card, the HD 6990. Other companies have been stepping up to the plate to introduce their take on the gargantuan GPU.

MSI yesterday announced its Radeon HD R6990-4PD4GD5. Their first variant of AMD’s 6990 doesn’t feature MSI’s famous Twin Frozr cooler, though this may be added to a future card.

From the press release:

Number One Performance with Revolutionary 4GB Memory
An advanced 40nm graphics architecture design on the dual-GPU R6990-4PD4GD5 allows superior visual computing power with improved process efficiency, maximizing performance when compared to a single core graphics card. The revolutionary 4GB GDDR5 memory on R6990-4PD4GD5 raises not only the smoothness of high resolution gaming, but also efficiency of multi-display image processing. R6990-4PD4GD5 has powerful specification that exceed the demand hardcore gamers and power users, achieving No. 1 performance on the planet.

MSI’s R6990-4PD4GD5 supports AMD exclusive Eyefinity multi-display technology, with 4 mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs that offer a maximum 5 display outputs from a single graphics card. Each output supports display resolution up to 2560×1600, greatly raising the visual real estate available to professional users and game players. Also, DisplayPort 1.2 enables the transmission of Stereoscopic 3D and 7.1 channel sound in the lossless TrueHD and DTS-HD sound formats for the ultimate in audio-visual experience. MSI’s R6990-4PD4GD5 graphics card carries the latest DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 graphical standards, allowing users to take advantage for the ultimate gaming experience.

MSI Afterburner overclock utility supported w/ all-new Predator video capture
MSI is entrenched in the hearts of power users after recently releasing the most complete utility for graphics card monitoring and overclocking. The newest Afterburner 2.1.0 release not only supports adjustment of GPU/memory/PLL voltages, advanced fan-speed control, information monitoring, and 5 customized profile setting are also featured. Afterburner 2.1 also introduces the new Predator in-game video capture function, allowing exciting gaming moments to be recorded . Gamers can bask in their glory and share them with the world using online video hosting sites. The popular graphics card testing utility Kombustor V2.0 provides graphics card stability test, and the new KMark mode measures a graphic card’s true performance using several different display effects.

All-Solid Caps for High Stability and Performance
The MSI R6990-4PD4GD5 graphics cards implements an all-solid capacitor design. Under high load environments over an extended period of time, the aluminum core can still maintain extremely high stability, reducing the uncertainty due to system instability or hardware component failure. This ensures the optimal user experience under mission-critical performance scenarios.

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Catalyst 11.2 drivers available

AMD

AMD has released new drivers for their HD 2000 to HD 6000 range of GPUs. The drivers add a few new features, like Tessellation Controls and options to change video quality settings in Blu-ray 3D playback.

Some performance gains can also be found in CoD: Black Ops and Batman Arkham Asylum. For a list of changes and download links head on over to AMD.

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Radeon 5000 Series Looking Mighty Tasty

Radeon 5000 Series, Time To Buy? ATI are tipped to be bringing out their 6000 series before the end of 2010 so many people are eying up a 5970/5870 GPU.

With Intel’s upcoming processor price drop, many predict that AMD will slash the cost of their 5000 series. Currently a Radeon 5970 will set you back $649.99 on Amazon but that price could change drastically when they roll out their next-gen cards.

Meanwhile if you’re late on the 5000 Series bandwagon, you can familiarize yourself with all the bits and trimmings these DX11 cards offer – including power efficiency, heat, performance and driver stabilty. Head on over to Tom’s Hardware.

Also, if you’re already using one, a new Catalyst release (10.8) is coming this Wednesday.