"With only sixteen PCIe 3.0 lanes available on a Z77 motherboard paired with an Ivy Bridge CPU, when we get to three or four-way GPU solutions these GPUs are itching to get more bandwidth. The Z77 specification limits us to three GPUs anyway, at x8/x4/x4. For some extra cost on the motherboard, we can add in a PLX PEX 8747 chip that effectively increases our PCIe 3.0 lane count, giving 32 PCIe 3.0 lanes overall.
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular PC benchmark. This new benchmarks has a few preset settings within the tool to let you customize the benchmark to match the horsepower of the machine; the 3DMark 11 Extreme (X) setting is a true test for enthusiast hardware with a 1080P resolution, 4x MSAA, 16x Anisotropic Filtering and visuals that are cranked up.
New BIOS unlocks fan speeds, boosts performance by 7%
Two days ago, EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman posted a preview thread on the EVGA Forums about an upcoming performance patch that would noticeably boost performance for the company's standard Geforce GTX 460 768-P3-1360 and 01G-P3-1371 models.
"The GTX 460 has gotten great reviews since it has been released a couple of days ago, as the card perfoms great, runs quiet and packs impressive overclocking potential. Nvidia aimed the GTX 460, or rather two different GTX 460 cards (768MB and 1024MB GDDR5 versions) at mid-range, sub-€200 gaming market. For high end enthusiasts, Nvidia has the GTX 480, but two GTX 460 768MB cards in SLI mode can be even better – all this for a price of a single GTX 480.
Hydro Copper FTW cards
In addition to reference and SuperClocked versions, EVGA is the first partner that has showed its water cooled Fermi cards, and although Inno3D announced that it will do a similar card, EVGA cards are already listed. The EVGA Geforce GTX 480/470 Hydro Copper FTW feature a Swiftech made water block and both feature a single slot design.
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eVGA e-GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB DDR3 PCI-E Video Card
BIOS 49 Updates:
BIOS updating can be accomplished VIA the below methods:
CD/DVD Installation - Recommended installation method
New BIOS updates released for the EVGA X58 motherboards. Get em while their hot!
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