Those looking to pick up the hottest piece of gaming gear at the end of this year, namely an Nvidia Fermi GT300 series card, are going to have quite the bleak and unhappy Christmas. According to DigiTimes, Nvidia is waiting until fiscal year 2011 (read: late January) to release this new gaming beast of a chip. The delay is disappointing to say the least. “Industry sources” had this to say about the matter:
Nvidia will ramp Fermi for three different product lines: GeForce, Quadro and Tesla in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, during a recent conference call with financial analysts. Huang’s statement means that Nvidia will only be able to start shipping its Fermi-based GPUs in 2010, instead of the end of 2009 as originally planned, the sources pointed out.
The short delay that is forecasted isn’t that bad but still, any delay is heartbreaking. What else are gamers who live on the bleeding edge supposed to do now…?
As sad as it is, I don’t have a pimped out gaming PC. I’ve lusted for one for years. I don’t have a preference as to pre-built or custom though I know custom is the way to go for us picky folks. Still, other things keep getting in the way. In the world of gaming PC’s, the gamers #1 concern is a big burly graphics card. One that will move pixel based mountains and pwn Crisis framerates like a champ. Once such card that could be capable of such has so graciously allowed itself to be snapped is the Radeon HD 5870 X2. Mind you this is an early engineering sample of the card. Regardless, all you need to concern yourself with is the size of this card. It’s huge. 13.5″ huge to be exact. Really nothing else to say. Just sit back and stare. (Don’t stare with your mouth open though. Then you just look dumb…)
Take any mind blowing, wallet raping, eye melting gaming rig or big screen you can think of and throw it out of your mind. AMD’s up and coming new hotness, graphics cards packin’ the DirectX11 moniker have some truly impressive muscle under the hood. How much muscle? Well, lets start with the fact that the new cards will support Display Port technology allowing you to daisy chain monitor after monitor via USB. Even better is that the new DX11 AMD cards also support running said daisy chained monitors as one monitor. And the icing on top you ask? The example shown above (more pictures inside) consists of 6-30″ Dell monitors corralled together and pumping out an astonishing 7680 x 4800 quintuple HD resolution. *Jaw drops…drool trickling out…speechless*. The possibilities are enough to make any geek lose their vocabulary for long spans of time. Gaming, PC use, TV, etc. The list of uses goes on.
The lucky folks of Maximum PC were able to physically see this visual monstrosity in the flesh pushing XPlane 9 and Far Cry 2 at full resolution at a respectable 12-20 frames per second. Another batch of lucky folk at HotHardware had the privilege of seeing an upcoming DX11 game, Dirt 2, demoed at 7680 x 3200 and noted “respectable frame rates” were displayed. Now, looking back at the earlier 12-20 fps figure isn’t very reassuring as 12-20 is hardly “acceptable” in the gaming world. Though at 7680 x 4800/3200, pretty much any other set up would choke, die, and subsequently explode.
As promised, a few more pics to gaze over just after the click.