CeBIT 2006: Graphics – Part One

CeBIT sees the rise of HDMI, water cooled graphics, Quad SLI and more.

Yesterday marked the launch of Nvidia’s new range of graphics card, the 7900 GTX, 7900 GT and 7600 GT. On top of this, we saw Quad SLI being shown off for those who have money burning a hole in their pocket and SLI notebooks for those who prefer to burn a whole in their lap. These are pretty self explanatory, so we’ll wait until we have some of these in labs before we get in to the nitty gritty. However, as a teaser, here is the picture of the Quad SLI card that will be used.

As you can see – it’s huge! At the moment, to get Quad SLI you’ll have to buy a whole new machine and at the moment Scan is said to be preparing for this.

As Benny has already done an excellent job of filling us in on the new 7900 range while Gordon and I flew out, I won’t bore you with picture upon picture of new NVIDIA cards. Instead I looked around for unique products in the graphics field.

Above we see a new water cooling system Club3D are releasing. The most unique aspect of this cooling is the spring loaded plate on the GPU cooler that can adjust to varying heights of GPU core. This way, you can purchase a new graphics card and take the cooler with you. The actual cooling system is made by Aqua Computer and looks to be very well constructed.

Carrying on with the watercooling theme, PowerColor are releasing a bundle of two X1600XT cards with a water cooling system attached to both. The water cooling system is actually Cooler Master branded, who also released this as a separate product. It should do a reasonable job of cooling and has a 24 month warranty, but doesn’t look as robust as the Club3D solution. The cards aren’t pre-overclocked, but with water cooling we can expect decent speeds.

Sapphire were first to launch an HDMI ready graphics card, but at CeBIT we are seeing them pop up all over the place at several manufacturers. But one particular card caught my eye, also on the PowerColor stand. Not only does it have HDMI output, but it’s low profile, making it perfect for building home theatre PC’s.

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