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Nvidia GeForce GTX 570

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Just because Nvidia is rethinking its lineup of Fermi video cards for 2011 doesn’t mean the company isn’t willing to reconsider some old ideas. Take, for example, the new GeForce GTX 570. Its name would suggest that it’s merely the current-generation version of the GTX 470—but that’s not quite true. Though it’s now second in line in terms of performance (right after the GTX 580) it is, for all intents and purposes, a GTX 480 that’s been souped up with 500-series features. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but despite being a handsome performer, the $349 (list) GTX 570 is living in even more uncertainty than its bigger brother due to the impending release of AMD’s high-end Cayman cards.
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AMD Radeon HD 6950 to HD 6970 Mod

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AMD released the Radeon HD 6970 and Radeon HD 6950. Both cards are based on AMD’s new Cayman core which is their first graphics processor to use a VLIW4 shader configuration.

Just like on all other similar products, AMD’s two Cayman variants, called Cayman Pro and Cayman XT, are based on the exact same GPU silicon. The model variant a GPU chip becomes is decided after the die is produced, at some point before it is put on the card. Creating new SKUs from the same silicon by locking features has been common practice in the industry since at least the Radeon 9500 in 2002.