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Video Cards News (658)

Samsung Files Lawsuit to Block GeForce GPU Shipments in America

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 22, 2014 11:37PM
Author: bp9801

Samsung and NVIDIA haven't seen eye to eye on some things of late, with NVIDIA filing a patent lawsuit against both Samsung and Qualcomm over GPU licensing fees. Now Samsung is firing back with a lawsuit of its own, and this one is a little interesting. While NVIDIA wants to block Samsung Galaxy phones with its lawsuit, Samsung wants to block NVIDIA GPUs in the U.S. market. Both GeForce and Tegra products would be blocked, which would not only affect NVIDIA but any third-party company that ships its products. The exact reasoning for Samsung's desire to block the GPUs is not known at this time, but it's probably based on some technology that Samsung feels it is owed money for in order for NVIDIA to use it.

There is a long way to go before anything concrete comes of this lawsuit, so don't fret just yet. Hopefully NVIDIA and Samsung can come to some kind of an agreement for both cases, otherwise some of the most popular smartphones and GPUs won't be available in the U.S.

Source: Bloomberg



PowerColor Announces Name Our Babies Contest To Rename Product Lines

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 18, 2014 04:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

PowerColor is seeking your help to rename some of its video card lines as part of the Name Our Babies contest. The three lines that are up for a rename are the PCS+, LCS, and SCS series. The contest runs until December 6 at 23:59 PST and will award three PCS+ R9 290X cards as a grand prize and three Devil R9 270X cards as a second prize. Entry is rather simple and requires nothing more than creativity in naming the products and providing a reason for your name.

Source: PowerColor



First Details Available For NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 13, 2014 04:14PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The rumor mill is churning around the next generation of NVIDIA cards and the latest indicates that the next iteration of the powerful GeForce GTX Titan will be coming in the form of the Titan II. The card will be built using GM200 series GPUs using the 28nm manufacturing process. 12GB of GDDR5 will run on a 384-bit memory bus at a frequency of 6,000 MHz. It will also have 3,072 CUDA cores and a core clock speed of 1,100 MHz. There is no current estimate of the expected price, but if the previous Titan cards are any indication, it should be very high.

Source: Tech Spot



NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Expected to Have 4GB of GDDR5

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 13, 2014 04:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The next generation of NVIDIA video cards, the GeForce GTX 960, will be powered by the GM204 GPU and some new findings reveal details about its memory as well. A sample of the upcoming card has been entered into a database that tracks imports and exports in India reveals that the card will have 4GB of GDDR5 operating on a 256-bit memory bus. The card is expected to launch in the first quarter of next year at a price less than $249.

Source: Kit Guru



PowerColor Announces New R9 290X Video Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 10, 2014 11:40AM
Author: Nick Harezga


PowerColor has announced the PCS+ R9 290X, a new AMD based GPU that packs 8GB of GDDR5 into a single card. The memory runs at 1375MHz and the GPU core runs at 1030MHz. PowerColor chose to go with 8GB of memory to "fully support future graphically demanding titles at 4k resolution." The inclusion of the PowerColor Gold Power Kit utilizes digital PWM, PowIRstage technology, and a Multi Phase Design to help increase power efficiency and stability under demanding conditions. The PCS+ triple fan design rounds out the features of this card and uses three fans to blow air over two sets of aluminum fins and five heat pipes, delivering performance up to 24% cooler and 17% quieter than the reference implementation.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Releases GeForce 344.60 WHQL Game Ready Driver

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 4, 2014 08:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has just released the GeForce 344.60 Game Ready driver, coming just in time for the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Besides fully supporting the recently released Call of Duty title with an application profile, the latest driver from NVIDIA includes version 6.5 of CUDA, version 16.13.56.0 of GeForce Experience, and version 9.14.0702 of PhysX System Software. The GeForce 344.60 WHQL Game Ready Driver, which can be downloaded from the NVIDIA website, is only available for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1.

Source: techPowerUp



Additional Radeon R9 290X GPUs with 8GB of RAM are Coming Soon

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 1, 2014 03:56AM
Author: Brentt Moore

While the GeForce GTX 980 is currently dominating most of the GPU market with its low power consumption and excellent performance, AMD is looking to release more of its 8GB Radeon R9 290X GPUs in order to compete with the flagship NVIDIA card. According to SweClockers, AMD is planning to launch more 8GB versions of its Radeon R9 290X with three partners, which include Club3D, PowerColor, and Sapphire. At this time, Sapphire is the only manufacturer of the three to have any Radeon R9 290X 8GB cards available, but with increased quantities of Radeon R9 290X graphics cards with 8GB GDDR5 memory, customers will have more choices than ever. Although the cards are not expected to be released until November 6, 2014, the prices for the 8GB Radeon R9 290X GPUs are expected to be 10 percent higher than the 4GB versions.

Source: VideoCardz.com



Dell Introduces the Alienware Graphics Amplifier

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 28, 2014 03:47AM
Author: Brentt Moore


In order to better serve Alienware laptop owners who tend to be at a desk during gaming sessions, Dell has announced the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. This device itself supports nearly any desktop GPU up to 375 watts, features four powered USB ports, and connects to a compatible Alienware laptop through a proprietary PCI-Express-based cable. By connecting the Alienware Graphics Amplifier to a compatible Alienware laptop, gamers can utilize the power of various GPUs currently on the market, which allows for improved performance. Unfortunately, the new Alienware 13 is the only laptop that supports the PCI-Express-based cable that the Alienware Graphics Amplifier uses, but according to a Dell spokesperson, future models will feature the same connection.

The latest Alienware accessory is available to preorder immediately for $299 and is expected to ship sometime next month.

Source: Engadget


NVIDIA Releases New GeForce Game Ready Driver

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 22, 2014 10:08AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has just launched the new GeForce Game Ready driver, which promises to deliver the best possible gaming experience for owners of compatible GeForce graphics cards who wish to play the latest blockbuster titles. The driver, version 344.48 WHQL, brings support for Dynamic Super Resolution, or DSR, to Kepler and Fermi desktop GPUs. The new GeForce Game Ready driver also adds support for Lords of the Fallen, Civilization: Beyond Earth, and Elite: Dangerous.

Version 344.48 WHQL of the GeForce Game Ready driver can be downloaded directly from the NVIDIA website.

Source: Press Release


AMD Releases Catalyst 14.9.1 Beta Driver

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 10, 2014 09:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Version 14.9 of the AMD Catalyst Software Suite was released to the masses on September 29. Due to issues that have been found since its release, AMD has just pushed an update to the Catalyst driver, known as version 14.9.1 beta. The latest beta driver resolves some general issues such as the Catalyst Control Center intermittently crashing with error popup messages, the driver installation randomly crashing or hanging, and an intermittent black screen or BSOD on reboot after driver installation. Catalyst 14.9.1 beta also fixes random hangs or BSOD when enabling or disabling quad Crossfire, intermittent hangs when launching Sniper Elite 3 with quad Crossfire, and random hangs or BSOD when launching Battlefield 4 in quad Crossfire.

AMD Catalyst 14.9.1 Beta is available for immediate download in both 32-bit and 64-bit form.

Source: AMD



NVIDIA Launches the GeForce GTX 980M and 970M GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 7, 2014 08:51AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has just launched the GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics processing units, bringing its latest Maxwell architecture improvements to a plethora of gaming laptops. The latest laptop graphics cards bring lower power consumption, a downsampling feature that enables 4K content to be displayed on any monitor, and Multi-Frame Sample Anti-Aliasing which promises to boost performance by as much as 30 percent with no visual impact. All of these features, combined with amazing performance improvements contained within the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX mobile GPUs, provide gamers with an excellent visual experience.

Laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M are available immediately for purchase. Examples of laptops that come equipped with the new NVIDIA GPUs include the MSI GT72 and GS60, the ASUS G751, the Gigabyte Aorus X7, and the Clevo P150.

Source: Engadget



Rumors Circulate Surrounding New AMD GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 29, 2014 03:44AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The GeForce GTX 980 is one of the hottest graphics cards currently available, as it boasts incredible specifications and is capable of delivering exceptional performance. AMD is of course looking to bring its own GPUs to the table in an attempt to compete with NVIDIA, and rumors are now coming forth with what products the company will use to do so. According to information from overclockers.ru, a new series of graphics cards is coming from AMD: the R9 390X based on the Bermuda GPU, the R9 380X based on Fiji, and the R9 370X based on Treasure Island. These graphics cards will feature TSMC’s new 20nm manufacturing technology and 3D stacked HBM memory, offering reduced power consumption with improved performance over previously released AMD GPUs. The R9 390X is staged to compete with the unreleased GTX 980 Ti/Titan 2, the R9 380X should go against the GTX 980 and 970, and the R9 370X will bump heads with the GTX 960.

If no issues concerning supply, manufacturing, or distribution come forth, the R9 380X should be released by February, 2015.

Source: WCCFtech


GeForce GTX SLI LED Bridges Now Available

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 23, 2014 05:28PM
Author: Brentt Moore


NVIDIA has revealed that the SLI LED bridges it had on display at GAME24 are now available for purchase. The new bridges, which come in 2-Way, 2-Way Spaced, and 3-Way Spaced configurations, feature a sleek design that proudly displays the NVIDIA logo. Compatibility only exists for GeForce GTX cards with SLI support, which include the GeForce GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti, GTX TITAN, GTX TITAN Black, GTX 970, and GTX 980. Additionally, the SLI Bridge LED is only supported on NVIDIA reference designs and requires GeForce Experience 1.7 or higher.

The GeForce GTX 2-Way and 2-Way Spaced Bridges retail for $29.99 while the GeForce GTX 3-Way is priced at $39.99. All three configurations are available immediately for purchase from the NVIDIA store.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Releases GeForce 344.16 Beta Drivers

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 22, 2014 03:43AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has just made the GeForce 344.16 drivers available for its newly released GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs. The latest drivers, which are in beta, come just days after NVIDIA released the WHQL certified GeForce 344.11 drivers. The new GeForce 344.16 drivers are only compatible with the GTX 980 and GTX 970, and while a release notes link is available on the NVIDIA website, it is nonfunctional at this time. No information has been released surrounding bug fixes and performance improvements that the GeForce 344.16 drivers may bring to the table.

Those willing to download and use the latest GeForce beta drivers for the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 can do so through the NVIDIA website.

Source: techPowerUp



Potential Specs For Next NVIDIA Cards Available

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 10, 2014 03:06PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Legit Reviews has obtained two screenshots that allege to contain the specs for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970. The first screenshot depicts a card with a core clock of 1051 MHz boosted to 1178 MHz and 4GB of GDDR5 running at 1753 MHz, an effective frequency of 7012 MHz. A second screenshot shows a core clock of 1050 MHz and effective memory clock of 7254 MHz with a total of 1664 CUDA cores. Follow the link for a full view of the screenshots. At this point the specs are just a rumor, but it will be interesting to see if they are close to the final specs.

Source: Legit Reviews



3DMark Performance Numbers for GeForce GTX 980, 970, and 980M Hit the Internet

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 8, 2014 08:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Whenever there is a hotly anticipated piece of hardware coming, you can expect leaks about it. Of course such leaks may or may not be trustworthy, but they are always interesting to see. Over at VideoCardz.com, 3DMark performance numbers for the upcoming GeForce GTX 980, 970, and 980M have been compiled into a graph, against other GPUs.

As VideoCardz.com points out immediately in its post, it does not have final specifications for the GPUs yet, which is why the GTX 980 is actually listed three times in the graph, for three different clock speeds. These speeds are 1127 MHz, 1178 MHz, and 1190 MHz for the core clock. However, the site has concluded that the GTX 980 will have 4 GB GDDR5 memory on a 256 bit bus, and a 7 GHz memory clock. According to the graph, the GTX 980, even at the slowest of the three clocks, should beat out every single-GPU option available today. In SLI, a pair of GTX 980s beats every multi-GPU option except the Radeon R9 295X2, as it appears the two cards only had 59.5% scaling.

The GTX 970, according to the graph, comes in between the GTX 780 and GTX TITAN.

Just as interesting as the desktop GPUs are the mobile options, the GTX 970M and 980M. According to the graph both the 970M and 980M beat out other single-GPU mobile options, with the GTX 780M SLI only 8% ahead of the 980M. The 980M SLI though trounces everything with 95+% scaling.

Again, these numbers have been compiled from leaks, and so they may not be reliable, but they still are fun to hope for.

Source: VideoCardz.com




Trio of New R9 Video Cards Announced by Sapphire

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 30, 2014 05:14AM
Author: Nick Harezga


Sapphire has announced three video cards based on the R9 Graphics Core Next architecture from AMD. The R9 285 Dual-X pairs an R9 core with the Sapphire Dual-X cooler. The cooler uses a multi heatpipe design with two aerofoil fans. The R9 285 OC takes stock core and memory clocks of 916MHz and 1375MHz, respectively, and factory overclocks them to 965MHz and 1400MHz. An innovative option is also presented with the R9 285 ITX Compact OC edition, a card built for small form factor systems. It is just 171mm in length with an "efficient heatpipe cooler with a single fan." The cards will be available starting September 2.

Source: Press Release




PowerColor Announces TurboDuo R9 285 OC

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 28, 2014 02:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga


PowerColor has announced the latest addition to its stable of video cards, the TurboDuo R9 285 OC. The card is being offered as "a cost-effective choice for those who are looking for the best bang for their buck." The card has 2GB of GDDR5, a factory overclocked core speed of 945MHz, and a memory clock of 1375MHz. A pair of 80mm fans help to power the namesake TurboDuo cooling system with patented Double Blades design that offers 20% more airflow. The heatsink is made of pure copper and has a U-shape heat pipe design. The features of the card are rounded out with DirectX 12 support, 7-phase power design, and multiple connection options.

Source: Press Release



Radeon R9 285 Announced by AMD

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 24, 2014 06:15AM
Author: Brentt Moore


AMD has recently announced the Radeon R9 285 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, which is set to succeed the Radeon R9 280. The latest graphics card from AMD comes with a Tonga Pro GPU, which supports new features such as AMD TrueAudio and FreeSync technology, and matches the 1792 stream processors offered by its predecessor. The Radeon R9 285 does feature a lower maximum GPU boost clock rate than the Radeon R9 280, at 918 MHz for the former compared to 933 MHz for the latter. However, the Radeon R9 285 does feature faster memory, with the new card boasting a 1375 MHz actual/5.5 GHz effective memory speed compared to the 1250 MHz/5.0 GHz effective memory speed offered by the Radeon R9 280. The main improvement that the AMD Radeon R9 285 offers is a lower TDP, as it carries a maximum 190 Watt TDP compared to the 250 Watt TDP of the Radeon R9 280.

The AMD Radeon R9 285 will be available starting September 2, 2014, and carries an MSRP of $249. The card will also be available with the Never Settle Space Edition bundle, which adds Alien Isolation and Star Citizen to the list of games that come bundled with certain Radeon graphics cards.



ZOTAC Announces GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 13, 2014 08:04AM
Author: Brentt Moore


ZOTAC, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, has today announced a silenced version of its GeForce GTX 750 graphics card, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition. This graphics card incorporates an exclusive dual slot fan-less heatsink that provides cool and quite operation, ensuring its success when used in an application such as an HTPC. Although the card makes use of passive cooling, it still delivers the performance of an overclocked GeForce GTX 750. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition feature a core clock of 1033MHz that is capable of boosting its speeds to 1111MHz, 512 processor cores, and 1GB of GDDR5 video memory clocked at 5000MHz. The latest ZOTAC card also features DL-DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort video outputs.

Source: Press Release



Zotac Announces GeForce GT 730 Series

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 18, 2014 03:46PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Zotac has announced the GeForce GT 730 Series of graphics cards with several variations to provide something for everyone. The cards will be available with GDDR5 or DDR3 memory, standard or low-profile design, and active or passive cooling. The cards will have a clock speed of 902MHz with 384 processor cores, 1GB or 2GB of memory clocked at 5010MHz for GDDR5 and 1800MHz for DDR3, and use the PCI-e 2.0 interface. A number of NVIDIA technologies are supported by the cards including Surround, FXAA and TXAA, and Adaptive Vertical Sync.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX TITAN Z

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 28, 2014 01:30PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has just announced the immediate availability of its most powerful graphics card to date, the GeForce GTX TITAN Z. The card is powered by two GK110 GTX TITAN Black GPUs, 12GB of 7Gb/s video memory, and a 12 phase dynamically balanced power supply. It features full speed double precision support, giving it computational power that "eclipses that of multi-million dollar supercomputers, while using a fraction of the power, and a fraction of the space." The GTX TITAN Z is available now with an MSRP of $2,999.

Source: Press Release



Sapphire Creates Information Portal for R7 Series Video Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 27, 2014 02:55PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Sapphire has created a website geared towards providing information regarding its lower level of video cards, the R7 Series, for users that are looking to enjoy their favorite games without breaking the bank. Sapphire is using the site to give users a preview of the capabilities of the card, which may have been overlooked for pricier options. The site features a video overview of the R7 Series as well as performance comparisons from popular games like Dota 2, Titanfall, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Source: Press Release



Galaxy Announces the GeForce GTX 780 V2

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 5, 2014 06:35PM
Author: bp9801

Galaxy, one of the leaders in the video card segment, has announced the GeForce GTX 780 V2, a new variation of the much loved NVIDIA GTX 780. The card retains the same PCB and layout as the original GTX 780, however Galaxy's V2 model features a revamped blower-style cooler. It's a custom Galaxy creation that allows for lower operating temperatures than a stock GTX 780, while still delivering quiet computing. Users are still going to get the same clock speeds and 3GB of GDDR5 RAM as other GTX 780s, along with all the killer NVIDIA features like GPU Boost 2.0, 3D Vision, Adaptive Vsync, and PhysX. Overclocking and monitoring the GTX 780 V2 can be easily accomplished by downloading Galaxy's Xtreme Tuner software from its website.

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 V2 is now available for $499.99 from the Galaxy Online Store.

Source: Press Release



Galaxy Announces GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF+

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 30, 2014 01:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Galaxy has announced a new NVIDIA based graphics card, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF+, expanding on the impressive performance of the reference card. Galaxy has added Hyper Boost hardware overdrive, hybrid vapor chamber heat pipe cooling, and an advanced IC power system to the base model. The card is built on a white PCB and has a metal backplate to help improve heat dissipation. The GPU core is factory overclocked to 1085MHz, and can be pushed even further with the Galaxy Xtreme Tuner Plus utility.

Source: Press Release



Select NVIDIA GPUs Now Bundled with Watch Dogs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 29, 2014 09:55AM
Author: ClayMeow


Earlier in the month, Ubisoft released a video that highlighted two main NVIDIA technologies utilized in Watch Dogs: HBAO+ and TXAA. So based on NVIDIA's history of including highly anticipated NVIDIA-enhanced titles with select video card purchases, it should come as no surprise that Watch Dogs was going to receive one sooner or later. NVIDIA announced that, starting today, gamers who purchase select NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 780, 770, and 760 desktop GPUs will receive a free copy of Watch Dogs.

For a full list of qualifying etailers, retailers, and system builders in your area, check here.

Source: Press Release




Sapphire Announces R9 290X Vapor-X OC GPU

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 29, 2014 05:04AM
Author: ClayMeow


Three weeks ago, Sapphire announced the R9 290 Vapor-X OC graphics card, so it was only a matter of time before the company followed up with the next addition to the AMD R9 series, the R9 290X Vapor-X OC. Based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, it features 2816 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1410MHz (5.64GB/s effective), and a core clock of 1080MHz. The card is equipped with a Dual BIOS and contains outputs for Dual DVI-D, High Speed HDMI 1.4a, and DisplayPort 1.2, along with support for CrossFire and Eyefinity. Like its predecessor, and as its name implies, the Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC card includes an advanced cooling system using Sapphire's exclusive Vapor-X and Tri-X technologies. The cooler includes a 10mm core heatpipe flanked by two 8mm pipes and two 6mm pipes, along with three 90mm fans and a PCB Component heat spreader. The Sapphire logo lights up based on the temperature the card is running at, going "from blue when cool, through yellow and on to red when running hot."

The Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X OC should be available beginning today from your favorite Sapphire etailers and retailers.

Source: Press Release



Sapphire Announces R9 290 Vapor-X OC GPU

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 7, 2014 03:14PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Sapphire has announced its newest iteration of the AMD R9 series of graphics cards, the R9 290 Vapor-X OC. The card is based on the AMD Graphics Core Next architecture and has 2560 Stream Processors. The card is factory overclocked to a core speed of 1050MHz with 4GB of GDDR5 running at 1400MHz. As the card has been overclocked, Sapphire has taken care to include an improved cooling solution with its Vapor-X technology. "Sapphire pioneered the use of vapor chamber technology on graphics cards and has now used it in several generations of highly successful products. The vapor chamber is mounted between the GPU itself and the base of the heatsink and cooler assembly to ensure the maximum transfer of heat away from the GPU into the cooler." The cooler has five heatpipes and three 90mm fans, and a PCB component heat spreader helps to round out the cooling solution.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Releases the Highly Anticipated DirectX 11 Performance Drivers Along with GeForce Experience 2.0

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 7, 2014 07:06AM
Author: ClayMeow


Two weeks ago, NVIDIA announced that a brand new driver would be arriving in April that would dramatically improve performance across all DirectX 11 (DX11) games. The major selling point was that NVIDIA's flagship card running DX11 would beat AMD's flagship card running Mantle. According to NVIDIA, "by remaining laser-focused on DirectX 11 (and the forthcoming DirectX 12), we have dramatically enhanced the efficiency of our DirectX 11 driver, enabling performance games of up to 71% in DirectX 11 games, and additional benefits in games with multi-GPU SLI support. Unlike changes tailored around custom graphics APIs, our new optimizations can benefit all DirectX 11 titles the second they go on sale, regardless of developer or publisher, and apply to all DirectX 11-capable NVIDIA GPUs."

The driver released today is the 337.50 Beta driver, so your system won't be asking you to upgrade to it automatically. But if you're running an NVIDIA DX11 card and playing some of today's hottest AAA titles, you may want to give it a shot. NVIDIA has provided benchmark results for every GTX 700 series card, both as a single-card configuration and an SLI configuration (see images below). While I won't list every single result for every game, if you're a Total War: Rome II player, you'll definitely want to upgrade, as a single GTX 700 series card can see gains up to 64%, while an SLI configuration can see gains up to 71%, according to NVIDIA's release notes. Other big single-GPU gainers are Skyrim, Sleeping Dogs, Star Swarm, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Metro: Last Light, while other big SLI gainers are Sniper Elite V2, Aliens vs. Predator, Sleeping Dogs, Black Ops 2, and Hitman Absolution.

The other big news is that GeForce Experience (GFE) 2.0 has officially arrived. One of the biggest new additions is Desktop Capture for ShadowPlay, allowing users to capture everything from windowed games, browser games, OpenGL games, and even just Windows use itself. Desktop Capture requires the 337.50 Beta driver and is disabled by default. GFE 2.0 has also added beta versions of ShadowPlay and GameStream for Notebooks, along with the beta of Remote GameStream. Remote GameStream is part of the NVIDIA SHIELD April 2014 Update, which has also officially gone live today.

Source: NVIDIA [1] [2] [3] and Driver Release Notes




Sapphire Announces R5 Series Graphics Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 4, 2014 12:09PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Sapphire has announced the addition of three new graphics cards based on the AMD Graphics Core Next architecture to its lineup as part of the R5 230 series. The three cards are low profile PCIe cards "that require no additional power connector, making them ideal for entry level systems or for upgrading existing PC systems and providing additional monitor support." All cards have 160 stream processors with a 625MHz core clock. There will be two basic models that offer a choice of 1GB or 2GB of DDR3 and several outputs including Dual-link DVI, VGA, and HDMI. The R5 230 FleX has 1GB of DDR3 that runs at an enhanced speed of 800MHz. The FleX also has the ability to support up to three monitors in an Eyefinity setup, and according to Sapphire "delivers the most cost-effective Eyefinity solution available."

Source: Press Release




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