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Video Cards News (668)

Radeon R7 260X iCafe OC Graphics Card Introduced by Sapphire

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 3, 2015 04:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Sapphire has officially introduced its latest graphics card offering, the Radeon R7 260X iCafe OC, that is aimed at valued oriented builds. This graphics card includes a full length, dual-slot cooler and offers a cooling solution that features a copper core base, a plethora of aluminum fins, and an 80mm fan. The Radeon R7 260X iCafe OC comes with 896 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, core clock speeds of 1050MHz, and 2GB of memory clocked at 5GHz. The card is powered by a single 6-pin PCIe power connector and includes one DisplayPort 1.2a, one dual-link DVI, and one HDMI 1.4a.

Source: TechPowerUp



NVIDIA Grabs GPU Market Share From AMD

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 23, 2015 03:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to a report from Jon Peddie Research, NVIDIA has expanded its lead over AMD in GPU market share over the past year. From the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014 NVIDIA went from 64.9% to 76% while AMD dropped from 35% to 24%. The increase in market share is a bright spot for NVIDIA and its Maxwell GPUs, which have recently been hit with some bad press related to memory issues on the GTX 970 cards. It will be interesting to see if AMD is able to turn it around or if NVIDIA will further increase its market dominance in the coming year.

Source: PC Perspective



NVIDIA Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over GTX 970 Memory Issue

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 21, 2015 09:57PM
Author: bp9801

It seems things are not quite their best right now, as NVIDIA has been hit with a class action lawsuit concerning the GeForce GTX 970 and its memory. Specifically the lawsuit alleges NVIDIA misled its customers over the performance of the GTX 970 and the extent of the video memory. The video card shows to have 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, yet only 3.5GB is usable with the stated performance. That final 0.5GB lacks an L2 cache, which can cause a slight performance drop when all 4GB is used. The lawsuit says that final 0.5GB runs 80% slower than the rest of the VRAM and negatively affects frame rate and gameplay. NVIDIA did recently announce the exact specifications of the GTX 970, but says the performance drop of the 0.5GB is neglible. The company also said a PR mishap was to blame for the inaccurate specs when the card launched late last year.

Both NVIDIA and Gigabyte are named as defendants in the class-action, which was filed with the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The lawsuit, filed for anyone who purchased a GTX 970, wants a jury trial and payment of whatever damages are necessary under California law. Details on who can claim and when should be forthcoming, if the lawsuit goes through.

Sources: Scribd via PCWorld



Overclocking is Coming Back for NVIDIA Mobile GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 20, 2015 04:10AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Due to the latest NVIDIA drivers released just over a week ago, users of the GTX 900M series have been unable to overclock their mobile graphics cards. After many complaints to the company, NVIDIA has decided to reintroduce overclocking capabilities for the GTX 900M series. Although NVIDIA originally stated that overclocking a GeForce card found within a notebook simply carried too much risk, due to thermal limitations of laptops, the outcry of users seems to have brought back the feature. Overclocking capabilities will be included in the next version of NVIDIA drivers, which are slated to be released sometime next month. For users requiring overclocking to make certain games playable before the next driver release, NVIDIA is recommending that users downgrade to version 344.75 of the GeForce drivers. 

Source: TechPowerUp



GeForce GTX 960 Mini Unveiled by ASUS

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 16, 2015 03:43PM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS, one of the leading computer hardware and electronics companies in the world, has officially unveiled the GeForce GTX 960 Mini. This latest graphics card from ASUS features a dense heatpipe-fed toroidal aluminum fin-stack heatsink, a fan that is a hybrid between top-flow and lateral-flow blowers, and a solid brushed-aluminum back-plate. The card, which measures just 17 centimeters long, comes factory overclocked with a core clock speed of 1190MHz, a GPU boost clock of 1253MHz, and memory at 7GHz. The GeForce GTX 960 Mini from ASUS draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector and comes with one dual-link DVI interface, one HDMI 2.0 port, and three DisplayPort 1.2 connectors.

Pricing and availability of the GeForce GTX 960 Mini has not yet been revealed by ASUS.

Source: TechPowerUp


NVIDIA Removes Overclocking Support For Mobile Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 16, 2015 05:33AM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest driver from NVIDIA, GeForce R347, has removed the ability to overclock some GTX 900M series mobile graphics cards. Some users took to the NVIDIA forums to express their concerns, and are unlikely to be happy with the answer they received. Manuel Guzman of NVIDIA addressed the issue stating, "Unfortunately GeForce Notebooks were not designed to support overclocking. Overclocking is by no means a trivial feature, and depends on thoughtful design of thermal, electrical, and other considerations. By overclocking a notebook, a user risks serious damage to the system that could result in non-functional systems, reduced notebook life, or many other effects." Guzman also pointed out that overclocking mobile cards wasn't supposed to be enabled and the company considered the move a bug fix rather than a feature removal.

Source: Hot Hardware



AMD's Upcoming R9 390X Features a Cooler Master Liquid Cooler

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 15, 2015 09:46AM
Author: bp9801


The AMD R9 300 series still isn't technically announced, but that doesn't mean the rumors and unofficial confirmations aren't going to stop showing up. We have something new concerning the new flagship video card, the R9 390X, and it seems to confirm it will be featuring a liquid cooling system built right in. According to the latest leak, the AMD R9 390X features a liquid cooler from Cooler Master to keep the Fiji XT core from being overwhelmed. The liquid cooler is an Asetek model that Cooler Master is licensing, and features a closed loop design and a 120mm fan. Now, the fan and radiator may be right on the 390X, or the rad may be a separate attachment like it is with the R9 295X2. We'll just have to wait and see in that regard. AMD's partners may opt to go with an air cooler on their version of the R9 390X, but those air coolers will have to be fairly robust to compete with the reference card's liquid cooler.

If you're wondering when you can get your hands on an R9 390X, you may not have too long to wait. We may still get the official announcement this month about the R9 300 series, with a launch coming later in March or April. A demonstration of the new cards could also come during March 2 through 6 at GDC 2015, with a soft or hard launch right after. Hopefully we get some confirmation one way or the other, as well as how much we need to drop to get an R9 390X.

Source: WCCFTech



GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix 4GB Announced by ASUS

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 10, 2015 09:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS has officially announced a 4GB version of its value oriented GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix graphics card. The latest card is identical to the 2GB version of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix, as it features clock speeds of 1124MHz core, 1202MHz GPU Boost, and 5.40GHz effective memory, but offers gamers double the memory. Since the card is basically the same as the previously released version of the ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix, the 4GB model still offers 640 CUDA cores based on the Maxwell architecture as well as a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.

Pricing and availability surrounding the 4GB version of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix was not immediately released by ASUS.

Source: TechPowerUp



Super Bowl Halftime Show Powered by MAINGEAR System with Four GeForce GTX Titan Z GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 9, 2015 12:08PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Although information surrounding the systems that power the Super Bowl is generally not revealed to the public, it has been announced this year that a custom system from MAINGEAR was used to run the Super Bowl halftime show. The system, which was needed to render animation at 3780 x 3024, was comprised of an Intel Core i7-5930K processor, an ASUS X-99E WS motherboard, 16GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 RAM, a Samsung 850 PRO 256GB SSD, two Corsair AX 1200i PSUs, and four NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z GPUs in SLI. Cooling for the MAINGEAR system was provided through an all liquid cooling solution utilizing EK Water Block products.

Source: TweakTown




AMD's R9 300 Series Nearing Release; Early Details Leaked?

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 8, 2015 10:10PM
Author: bp9801

It looks like AMD isn't going to sit idly by in the video card world, as apparently it is planning to release the R9 300 series shortly. We may get the new cards this month even, or at the very least around the start of Spring. The flagship card will more than likely be the R9 390X running a Fiji XT core, with an R9 390 on a Fiji Pro core. Considering the R9 290X debuted as the flagship nearly 16 months ago, it is definitely time for AMD to get something new available. These R9 390X cards should be exceptionally fast, as they're expected to make use of SK Hynix's 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) to deliver up to four and a half times the bandwidth of GDDR5. This would mean 640GB/s of bandwidth on a 4096-bit bus and 1.25GT/s transfer rate, with a 1024-bit input/output interface. The R9 390X could have 4GB of HBM, along with 4096 GCN cores and maybe even a water cooler instead of an air cooler.

There is also rumor of a dual-GPU R9 395X2 planned for the end of the year, with a water cooler and $1499 price tag. First things first will be the R9 390X, 390, 380X, 380, 370X, 370, and R7 360 sometime in the next few months. We'll have to see exactly what these cards will be like and if they'll truly have that HBM memory on the 390X, but if so, they may be the new cards to consider. The other cards in the lineup will make use of GDDR5, with the R9 380X having 4GB on a 512-bit interface, the 370X running 3GB on a 384-bit interface, and the R7 360 featuring 2GB on a 256-bit interface.

Sources: WCCFTech [1], [2], [3], and KitGuru



Radeon Users Experience Memory Leak Issues While Running Battlefield 4 on Windows 8.1

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 4, 2015 04:16PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although AMD was successful at making the most out of the GeForce GTX 970 memory problem that was recently confirmed by NVIDIA, the company is now having issues of its own. According to David Sirland, who works at DICE LA, Radeon graphics cards are currently experiencing  memory leak issues while running Battlefield 4 on Windows 8.1. Robert Hallock, the Head of Global Technical Marketing for AMD, confirmed the problem and has reemphasized that it only affects Windows 8.1, though the cause of the leak is unknown at this time. The memory leak issues, which seems to be more severe in extended gaming sessions, is expected to be resolved for Radeon users within the next beta driver update from AMD.

Source: WCCFtech



AMD Slashes Price of R9 290X After GeForce GTX 970 Memory Issues

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 29, 2015 10:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was reported yesterday that NVIDIA publically acknowledged a problem that involves how the 4GB of VRAM featured on the GeForce GTX 970 is divided, which causes performance drops when 3.5GB of VRAM is utilized. AMD has decided to take advantage of this news by not only releasing a media document that states “4GB means 4GB,” but also by slashing the price of the Radeon R9 290X. AMD has told its add-in board partners to lower the price of the R9 290X to as low as $299, making the graphics card highly competitive against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970. AMD is also emphasizing to consumers that along with the 4GB of onboard VRAM that the R9 290X boasts, the card offers a 512-bit wide memory interface.

Source: TechPowerUp



NVIDIA Developing Software Fix For GeForce GTX 970 Memory Issues

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 28, 2015 04:56PM
Author: Nick Harezga

With the recent launch of the GeForce GTX 970, users were reporting a drop in performance with their cards. NVIDIA has come out and acknowledged that the problem is related to the way the 4GB of VRAM is divided, causing a performance drop when reaching 3.5GB of VRAM used. NVIDIA employee PeterS took to the NVIDIA forums to tell users that a driver update is in the works that will address the performance issues, stating that the driver will "tune what's allocated where in memory to further improve performance." He went on to add that users who no longer want their cards should "return it and get a refund or exchange. If you have any problems getting that done, let me know and I'll do my best to help." The driver won't be able to give users access to the full 4GB of VRAM, but should increase performance when using large amounts of memory.

Source: PC Gamer



NVIDIA Fully Details the Memory Configuration of the GeForce GTX 970

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 27, 2015 09:49PM
Author: bp9801

Recently some concerns have appeared over the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and its 4GB of memory, namely that it wasn't using all of it. If a game needed to use all 4GB of memory, some people were not seeing the level of performance expected with the GTX 970. According to the specifications released when the GTX 970 launched, it has the same number of ROPs and L2 cache as the GTX 980. Unfortunately, that was never the case, as NVIDIA has now stated the GTX 970 has one fewer ROP and thus one fewer L2 cache to access. So the GTX 970 actually has seven ROPs and 1.75MB of L2 cache to play with, but still the same 1664 CUDA cores and 104 texture units.

So, NVIDIA has now established the ROPs and L2 cache is a little less than initially thought, and attributes that to a snafu between the engineering and PR teams. But what does that mean for the performance and total memory space? Well the GTX 970 may only have seven ROPs, but that 32-bit memory controller segment remains. In a way to counter that, NVIDIA made 3.5GB of memory available to seven memory controllers and their L2 cache, with 0.5GB to that final memory controller without its L2 cache. Many games would only need to access 3.5GB of memory, so there would not be an issue. However, if all 4GB needs to be accessed, then that final 0.5GB segment works at 1/7th the speed of the rest (yet still four times faster than system memory and PCI Express bus can handle). It may sound alarming, but that is only a 4-6% drop in real-world performance, according to NVIDIA's tests. The 224GB/s memory bandwidth, however, is no longer entirely accurate, as it is only met when all 4GB is used and not when it's just the 3.5GB section.

The miscommunication at launch between engineering, PR, and reviewers did result in places labeling the GTX 970 with an incorrect ROP/L2 count is unfortunate, and yes it did take four months for clarification from NVIDIA. However, the GTX 970 still can't technically be called a 3.5GB card, because it does actually have 4GB on it. Just maybe it should be broken down to 3.5GB with a 0.5GB cache. There are still eight memory controllers after all, and the GTX 970 runs on a 256-bit bus. If NVIDIA was still on Kepler and not Maxwell, we'd have a card with a 192-bit bus and only 3GB of memory. As it is, we get a card that didn't need to be hampered in that way, just one that wasn't entirely accurate in what it could do.

All in all, what we have with the GTX 970 is exactly what we should have. When games are accessing 3.5GB of memory or less, the performance is precisely how it should be in any review you can find on OCC or its affiliates. When all 4GB needs to be accessed, there is a small drop in performance, but it should not cause you or anyone else to abandon their GTX 970s for a 980 or equivalent card. NVIDIA made a mistake, has addressed the issue, and is making the consumer aware of what exactly they are getting. Should it have happened sooner? Yes, but we still have an incredibly powerful card that does exactly what it was always meant to. Just not always with accurate specifications. What that means to consumers on the whole remains to be seen, but I imagine any potential backlash (if any) won't be severe.

Source: PC Perspective



Hardware Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Edition

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 22, 2015 10:34AM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA is introducing a new member of its Maxwell family of video cards today with the GeForce GTX 960. It is aimed at what could be the ideal price/performance ratio, and considering it comes in right around $200, NVIDIA may have a winner on its hands. The GM206 cards feature DirectX 12 support, 128 CUDA cores, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, a 128-bit bus, and a core clock speed of 1126MHz. NVIDIA is letting its board partners release non-reference models today too, so you can find not only the stock NVIDIA version but overclocked ones right away. We have plenty of reviews covering both editions, so hit them all up below to see just what the GeForce GTX 960 is capable of!

NVIDIA, MSI, EVGA GTX 960 @ OCC
GeForce GTX 960 @ TechSpot
GeForce GTX 960 SLI @ TechSpot
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 @ PC Perspective
ASUS GTX 960 Strix @ LanOC Reviews
ZOTAC GTX 960 AMP! Edition @ Bjorn3D



First Pictures Of NVIDIA GM200 Leaked

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 19, 2015 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Leaked screenshots give us the first look at the upcoming NVIDIA GM200 GPU, the newest based on the Maxwell architecture. The card is built on the PG600 board and uses 24 Hynix H5GQ4H24MFR memory modules, giving the card a 12GB frame buffer clocked at 7GHz. It is expected to use the GM200-400 variant with 3072 CUDA cores, and it is believed that the card will be formally introduced next month.

Source: VideoCardz



3DMark Numbers Leaked for GeForce GTX 960

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 16, 2015 05:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although specifications for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 were just recently confirmed, performance figures for the card have already been leaked by PCEVA, a Chinese PC community. The GeForce GTX 960 was installed in a system that contained a Core i7-4770K running at 4.50GHz, and the card appears to be factory overclocked, if the recently revealed specifications are correct. Taking this information into account, the card was able to score P9960 and X3321 in the performance and extreme presets of 3DMark 11, respectively. On 3DMark Extreme, the GeForce GTX 960 managed to score 3,438 points, and on 3DMark Ultra, the card scored 1,087 points.

While the upcoming card from NVIDIA does seem to struggle at higher resolutions, it is worth noting that these 3DMark numbers are quite early and that drivers for the GeForce GTX 960 will undoubtedly improve over time.

Source: TechPowerUp


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Specifications Revealed

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 15, 2015 07:49AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Rumors surrounding the specifications of the GeForce GTX 960 have been circulating ever since last November, with NVIDIA also rumored to unveil the card at CES earlier this month. Thanks to the leaking of key presentation slides from the NVIDIA press-deck, the specifications of the GeForce GTX 960 have been revealed. The upcoming card from NVIDIA features the company’s 28 nm GM206 silicon, packing 1,024 CUDA cores, 64 TMUs, a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, and possibly 32 ROPs. The GeForce GTX 960 boasts a core clock speed of 1127MHz with a GPU boost clock of 1178MHz, a TDP rating of just 120W, and memory at 7GHz. NVIDIA is touting a lossless texture compression technology that will bring the effective bandwidth of the card to 9.3GHz, despite the somewhat narrow bus. The GeForce GTX 960, which draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector, features two dual-link DVI ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and one DisplayPort 1.2 port.

According to NVIDIA, the GeForce GTX 960 will launch on January 22, 2015.

Source: TechPowerUp



Early Benchmarks For Next Generation GPUs Leaked

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 21, 2014 07:43AM
Author: Nick Harezga

A series of benchmarks that are reportedly for the upcoming NVIDIA GM200 and AMD Fiji and Bermuda GPUs was posted over the weekend on Chiphell. In addition to some scores, there was also some information made available about the cards and their properties. Both the AMD Fiji R9 380X and Bermuda R9 390X are built on a 20nm process, while it is unknown what process the GM200 uses. The GM200 will be available in two versions featuring 2688 CUDA cores and an unknown number in a "fully unlocked full fat version." The lower core GM200 and R9 380X had similar scores in performance and power consumption with the GM200 winning in performance and 380X having the advantage in performance per watt. Power measurements were unavailable for the higher end cards. Keep in mind that the cards in these tests were engineering samples and that the final versions will likely have higher clock speeds and improved drivers, leading to even more graphical power.

Source: WCCF Tech



MSI Releases Full-Height Radeon R5 230

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 16, 2014 09:45AM
Author: Brentt Moore


MSI, one of the world's largest information technology manufacturers, has released a full-height Radeon R5 230 graphics card. The latest graphics card from MSI, model R5230-1GD3H, features a red PCB with a single-slot, passive heatsink that cools both the GPU and the memory. The Radeon R5 230 features 1GB of 64-bit DDR3 memory clocked at 1GHz, 160 stream processors, and GPU core clock speeds of 625MHz. The outputs featured on the MSI R5230-1GD3H include dual-link DVI, HDMI 1.4a, and D-Sub. Although specific pricing was not released by MSI, the Radeon R5 230 is expected to cost under $50 once it arrives at retailers.

Source: TechPowerUp



NVIDIA Rumored to Unveil GeForce GTX 960 at CES 2015

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 11, 2014 05:10PM
Author: Nick Harezga

We first brought you rumors of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 and its potential 4GB of GDDR5 last month. The latest rumblings have NVIDIA revealing the card at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January. In addition to a confirmation of the amount of memory that will be on the card, it was also revealed that it will use the GM206 GPU core. The card is expected to have a 944MHz core clock and a 6GHz memory clock.

Source: WCCF Tech



GeForce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum Announced by ASUS

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 4, 2014 05:14AM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS has officially announced its single-GPU flagship graphics card that is based on the GeForce GTX 980 chip, the Republic of Gamers Matrix Platinum. This latest graphics card from ASUS includes features that are common with other ROG video cards, such as a color-coded load indicator, a defroster circuit that prevents frost formation when under LN2 cooling, a sleek back-plate, and a ROG-themed GPU Tweak utility. The GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum also feature a signature ROG-themed air cooling solution, in which ASUS has incorporated a high-density fin-stack heatsink with 10-mm thick heat pipes along with an ASUS-designed CoolTech hybrid fan that is capable of pushing air both laterally, and axially. While the core clock speed is unknown at this time, ASUS did reveal that the GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum, which utilizes a strong 14-phase VRM, features a GPU Boost frequency of 1342MHz.

No pricing information for the GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum has been released by ASUS.

Source: TechPowerUp


GPU Memory Bandwidth of 1TB/s Could Be Coming Soon

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 1, 2014 04:25PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The AMD Radeon R9 390X is expected to be one of the first cards to use High Bandwidth Memory, HBM, and has the potential to provide memory bandwidth up to 640GB/s over a 4096-bit memory bus. The first generation of HBM is made by SK Hynix and is capable of bandwidth of 128GB/s per die, with up to four die able to be grouped. The second generation of HBM will be even faster, reaching bandwidth up to 256GB/s per die, giving it the ability to provide 1.28TB/s bandwidth per four core group. For comparison, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 has 224GB/s memory bandwidth. The massive increase in memory bandwidth will help to provide for better performance, especially as higher resolution displays gain popularity.

Source: Tweaktown



Leaked Benchmark Details Upcoming AMD Radeon R9 300 Series

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 1, 2014 01:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A leaked set of screenshots reportedly show the performance of the upcoming AMD Radeon R9 300 series of GPUs, also known as Fiji XT. The results come from Chinese website Chiphell, which has leaked accurate benchmarks in the past, and shows the average performance and power consumption compared to current generation cards. The card was tested on several current generation games at a resolution of 2560x1440 with all graphics settings maxed out. The average results for the R9 300 were about 16% higher than a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 980 and 31% better than the AMD R9 290X series. The full specifications for the R9 300 remains unknown at this time, but it will be interesting to see if the card will put AMD back on top of the GPU hill.

Source: Kit Guru



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



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