…and it’s the fastest production 6950 on the market That’s right. The sweet spot in AMD’s grapphics card range just got a little sweeter with Sapphire’s latest update on the stock card. The HD 6950 TOXIC comes with a core clock set at 880 MHz out of the box, a beefy PCB and improved cooling. [...]
Cooling kings, Kingpin and Tin hit the top with huge overclocks Extreme is a word that gets thrown about for almost anything, but mucking about with liquid nitrogen to get the highest gaming performance result from 3DMark 11 is extreme. Take that extreme crazy golf. Replace the ball with a grenade (preferably with a randomly [...]
DICE wax lyrical on developing their own engine, and why consoles are rubbish Speaking to NVIDIA’s GeForce blog, Battlefield 3′s executive producer Patrick Bach has sung the praises of our beloved platform and vocalised an extremely encouraging emphasis towards pushing the PC’s capabilities for the upcoming military sim. When asked whether consoles are holding back [...]
Feudal Japan will look lovely this May Historically inclined uber-devs The Creative Assembly have confirmed that Total War: Shogun 2 will get a DirectX 11 patch in the first week of May. After Crytek recently officially confirmed their DirectX 11 patch for Crysis 2, it seems there’s a bit of a trend for developers to [...]
Pre-release code 11.4 available
AMD’s project Mjolnir (the name of Thor’s hammer in case aren’t up on Norse mythology or Marvel comics) is an effort to improve the stability and performance AMD’s Catalyst software, along with a fair change in look and feel and new branding. Phase I is complete, apparently, and the results are out. The driver boasts major improvements for the entire AMD Radeon HD 6800 and 6900 Series, particularly with anti-aliasing and large resolutions.
It’s sad the Crysis 2 demo is only DirectX 9, it’s sad the depth of support for changing graphical setting is limited to the amorphous descriptions ‘Hardcore’, ‘Advanced’ and ‘Gamer’. But something that makes us happy is that we can still tweak it despite all of this.
It turns out the game engine is still able to take the usual console settings via the command line when you launch the game. For simplicity we’re going to concentrate on the standalone version rather than the Steam version.
You’ll be in for a treat with Dragon Age II if you’re running DirectX 11 hardware, Bioware were good enough to take us through a complete run down of the enhanced Dragon Age 2 effects that make full use of the latest DirectX 11 hardware. There’s also a high-resolution texture pack already available, which you can grab it from here. Details of all the features are after the jump.
Rounding off our quadruple pile of AMD Radeon HD 6990 news is the Sapphire flavoured version, not too surprisingly called the Sapphire HD 6990 4G GDDR5. This Dual GPU card is now the fastest performing card in the Sapphire portfolio and boasts all the latest features including DirectX 11 compatibility, support for five displays in AMD Eyefinity mode, accelerated stream processing with Eyespeed, and a switchable dual BIOS giving access to Extreme performance for enthusiast users.
It may be pancake day but we’re being loaded up on syrup covered AMD Radeon HD 6990 releases. Next off the blocks is HIS with its simply named HIS 6990 Fan 4GB GDDR5, we’re not sure why it’s dropped the fan part in there, we guess someone in the marketing department was suffering a blow to the head that day.
We’re calling it the most powerful graphics card in the world and oddly so is MSI, who kindly dropped us a line to let us know that its top-flight AMD graphics card has finally launched. The AMD Radeon R6990-4PD4GD5 is equipped with two AMD Radeon HD 6900-series GPUs and is the world’s first desktop card with an eye-popping 4GB of GDDR5 memory.