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PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X 8GB Review

PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X 8GB Review

» June 24, 2014 05:00PM

PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 Review

PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 Review

» June 4, 2014 05:00PM

NVIDIA 337.50 Driver Comparison

NVIDIA 337.50 Driver Comparison

» April 12, 2014 05:00PM

XFX R7 240 Review

XFX R7 240 Review

» March 23, 2014 05:00PM

Sapphire Vapor-X  R9 280X TRI-X OC Review

Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X TRI-X OC Review

» March 19, 2014 05:00PM


Video Cards News (651)

Trio of New R9 Video Cards Announced by Sapphire

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 30, 2014 06:14AM
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 03:19PM
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 07:15AM
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 09:04AM
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 04:46PM
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 02:30PM
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 03:55PM
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 07:35PM
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 02:54PM
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 10:55AM
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 06:04AM
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 04:14PM
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 08:06AM
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 01:09PM
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




NVIDIA Unveils the GTX TITAN FALL

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 1, 2014 12:56PM
Author: ClayMeow


NVIDIA has revealed its next iteration of the GTX TITAN series, the GTX TITAN FALL, engineered specifically for Respawn Entertainment's hit first-person shooter, Titanfall. The announcement comes two weeks after confirming GameWorks features would be coming to the game, and a week after unveiling the GTX TITAN Z.

What sets the GTX TITAN FALL apart from any other video card ever created is that its sole purpose is to run Titanfall and no other game. NVIDIA worked closely with Respawn to deeply integrate with the game, saying that "by focusing solely on Titanfall, we were able to achieve extraordinary results that would have never been possible if we had to account for every other game out there." The extraordinary results NVIDIA refers to is the ability to maintain a buttery smooth 120 FPS at 4K resolution with all settings maxed (including the upcoming TXAA and HBAO+)!

The GTX TITAN FALL will retail for $499 (half the price of a GTX TITAN Z) and include a copy of Titanfall (via an Origin key). A limited edition version will retail for $599 and include hand-painted figurines of Titanfall's three titans, which can be mounted (one at a time) onto the PCB of the GTX TITAN FALL, as seen in the images below. This is an amazing deal if you have a 4K monitor and all you plan on ever playing is Titanfall!

Source: NVIDIA




NVIDIA Announces Pascal, the Follow-up to Maxwell; Coming 2016

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 25, 2014 12:24PM
Author: ClayMeow


NVIDIA just launched its first Maxwell-based GPUs last month and isn't even done with Kepler (see today's GTX TITAN Z announcement), but the company is already looking to the future. During the keynote speech at NVIDIA's annual GPU Technology Conference, CEO Jen-Hsun announced the company's follow-up to the Maxwell architecture, Pascal, named after the famous 17th century French mathematical Blaise Pascal.

Due to arrive in 2016, Pascal-based GPUs will include three key new features: stacked DRAM, unified memory, and NVLink. Here are the descriptions of those features in NVIDIA's words:

  • 3D Memory: Stacks DRAM chips into dense modules with wide interfaces, and brings them inside the same package as the GPU. This lets GPUs get data from memory more quickly – boosting throughput and efficiency – allowing us to build more compact GPUs that put more power into smaller devices. The result: several times greater bandwidth, more than twice the memory capacity and quadrupled energy efficiency.
  • Unified Memory: This will make building applications that take advantage of what both GPUs and CPUs can do quicker and easier by allowing the CPU to access the GPU’s memory, and the GPU to access the CPU’s memory, so developers don’t have to allocate resources between the two.
  • NVLink: Today’s computers are constrained by the speed at which data can move between the CPU and GPU. NVLink puts a fatter pipe between the CPU and GPU, allowing data to flow at more than 80GB per second, compared to the 16GB per second available now.

If you'd like to learn more about how stacked memory and NVLink work from a more technical standpoint, check the second link below. In addition to the above features, the module used to house Pascal GPUs is "one-third the size of standard boards used today," which means we can expect high-end NVIDIA GPUs in more compact form factors.

Source: NVIDIA Blog and NVIDIA Developer Zone




NVIDIA Unveils the GTX TITAN Z, Featuring Dual-Kepler GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 25, 2014 11:33AM
Author: ClayMeow


Back in February, NVIDIA unveiled the GTX TITAN Black, which offered increased clock speeds and performance over the original GTX TITAN. Today, at NVIDIA's annual GPU Technology Conference, the company unveiled the newest iteration, the GTX TITAN Z, which includes two Kepler GPUs (with 2880 processor cores apiece) and 12GB of 7Gbps GDDR5 memory.

According to NVIDIA, TITAN Z's GPUs "are tuned to run at the same clock speed, and with dynamic power balancing [...] so neither GPU creates a performance bottleneck." The company also claims it's "cool and quiet" with "low-profile components and ducted baseplate channels" to reduce turbulence and noise.

While the TITAN Z may seem like overkill for the normal user, it's geared toward "next-generation 5K and multi-monitor gaming." And of course, it comes with quite the hefty price tag: $2,999 (three times the price of a single TITAN Black). This is clearly not for your typical gamer, but you can't fault NVIDIA for really pushing the envelope.

Source: NVIDIA Blog and GeForce.com




NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTX 800M GPUs for Gaming Notebooks

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 12, 2014 10:21AM
Author: ClayMeow


NVIDIA may not be ready to unveil the GTX 800 desktop series, but the company has just unveiled its latest iteration of notebook GPUs, the GeForce GTX 800M series. The GTX 800Ms are thinner, lighter, and faster than their GTX 700M predecessors, while also including a slew of new features never before available in the mobile space.

Starting with performance, the GTX 800Ms are 15-60% faster than their equivalent GTX 700M counterpart, based on tests of Skyrim, Far Cry 3, and Tomb Raider, as seen in the chart below. Yet despite the increased performance, the GTX 800Ms are significantly thinner and lighter, allowing for the creation of 1080p-capable notebooks at just 21mm in thickness and weighing less than five pounds.

In addition to the hardware improvements, the software is also seeing a boost - literally. NVIDIA has announced NVIDIA Battery Boost for GTX 800M-equipped notebooks, which can provide up to twice the gaming time while unplugged. Users specify a targeted frame rate (30 FPS by default) and "each notebook component is adjusted in real-time, maximizing efficiency, and ensuring buttery smooth gameplay, even when the action heats up during high-intensity moments." Users can adjust the settings via GeForce Experience and can even do so on a game-by-game basis. Along with the introduction of Battery Boost, NVIDIA is also bringing over some popular GeForce Experience features that have previously only been available to desktop users: ShadowPlay, GameStream, and GPU Boost 2.0.

Alienware, ASUS, MSI, Lenovo, and Razer have all announced new GTX 800M notebooks at varying price points, so be sure to check the source below if you're interested in purchasing one.

Source: NVIDIA




NVIDIA Releases GeForce 335.23 WHQL Drivers

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 10, 2014 01:03PM
Author: ClayMeow


With the highly anticipated Titanfall launching tomorrow, NVIDIA wanted to ensure all its users had the best experience possible on day one. New NVIDIA GeForce drivers, 335.23 WHQL, have been released today, "designed to provide optimum performance and stability" in Titanfall.

While Titanfall is the focus, the drivers also provide enhanced GPU offset options for the GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750, along with updated SLI profiles for Bound by Flame, Diablo III, DOTA 2, Need for Speed Rivals, and Watch Dogs. Whoever is able to play Watch Dogs right now, more than two months prior to release, I'm super jealous! NVIDIA 3D Vision has also been updated in Call of Duty: Ghosts to include an in-depth laser sight, with Thief now rated "Good" and Titanfall also getting a "Good" rating.

The GeForce 335.23 WHQL driver can be downloaded from the GeForce website or within GeForce Experience.

Source: NVIDIA



PowerColor Announces TurboDuo R9 280 OC

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 7, 2014 12:44PM
Author: Nick Harezga


PowerColor has added to its lineup of AMD R9 based video cards with the TurboDuo R9 280 OC. The TurboDuo is built on the GCN Architecture, giving users "astonishing performance and breathtaking image quality, making it a top choice for enthusiasts who eager for the best." The card is packed with 1792 stream processors to handle all of the heavy lifting with extensive parallel processing a real possibility. The GPU core runs at 855MHz and can be boosted to 960MHz, and 3GB of GDDR5 runs at a frequency of 1250MHz. The features of this card are rounded out with the PowerColor Gold Power Kit which includes Multi-Phase Design, DirectFET, and Digital PWM. A pair of 90mm fans blow air over multiple heat pipes and an aluminum cooling fin.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Releases GeForce 334.89 WHQL Drivers

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 18, 2014 10:23AM
Author: ClayMeow


With the debut of new video cards (GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti, and GTX TITAN Black), that obviously means new drivers must arrive to support them. New NVIDIA GeForce drivers, 334.89 WHQL, have indeed been released today, adding support for the aformentioned three cards, but even owners of existing NVIDIA cards will want to update.

Several 3D Vision profiles have been added or updated (check the link below), while SLI profiles have been added for Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry, Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Gas Guzzlers, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and The Crew. Meanwhile, overall performance has been optimized for F1 2013, Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, Company of Heroes 2, Assassin's Creed 3, BioShock Infinite, Sniper Elite V2, and Total War: Rome 2.

The GeForce 334.89 WHQL driver can be downloaded from the GeForce website or within GeForce Experience.

Source: NVIDIA



NVIDIA's Maxwell Architecture Makes its Debut in GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti; GTX TITAN Black Also Unveiled

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 18, 2014 09:59AM
Author: ClayMeow


It's been a long time coming for NVIDIA's new Maxwell architecture, but instead of having it debut with the 800 series as originally rumored, NVIDIA has used it for its new 700 series cards, the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. You can read our review here, but suffice it to say that these two cards will likely be the most recommended cards for budget builds. Pricing for the GTX 750 is expected to start at $119, while the 1GB GTX 750 Ti and 2GB GTX 750 Ti will start at $139 and $149, respectively.

According to NVIDIA, the GTX 750 Ti "approximates the performance of the GeForce GTX 480," a card that launched at $499. Oh, and it does so while consuming a quarter of the power, at just 60 watts. The GTX 750 Ti also provides double the performance of the GTX 550 Ti at 1080p while using half the power, which happens to be the second most used NVIDIA GPU according to the January 2014 Steam Hardware Survey. Both GTX 750 cards come in at only 5.7" and do not require an internal power connector, making them great for small form-factor builds like HTPCs. Unlike the GTX 480 and GTX 550 Ti, both of which were Fermi-based cards, since the GTX 750 cards utilize Maxwell, you can also take advantage of NVIDIA's ShadowPlay, GameStream, and G-SYNC technologies. All that for roughly $150 or less? There's no longer any excuse to use onboard solutions!

While the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti are a nice debut for the Maxwell architecture, the Kepler architecture isn't dead just yet. Along with the Maxwell announcement, NVIDIA announced a new version of the GTX TITAN, the GTX TITAN Black. It ups the ante over the vanilla GTX Titan with increased clock speeds all around and delivers a whopping 5.1 teraFLOPS of computing performance, compared to 4.5 for the original. Of course, it's much more expensive than the aforementioned GTX 750 cards, coming in at $999 just like the original version. But it's important to note that, while the gaming performance is certainly great, the GTX Titan cards are coveted for its supercomputing capabilities, providing a nice combination of GeForce and Tesla into one card.

All three cards (GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti, and GTX TITAN Black) are available today for purchase.

Source: Press Release (GTX 750) and NVIDIA Blog (TITAN Black)




AMD Launches Radeon R7 265 and Readies Radeon R9 280

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 13, 2014 11:10AM
Author: tpsreport

AMD recently released the $100 Radeon R7 250x, and now Videocardz reports that AMD has also launched the Radeon R7 265 and will bring the Radeon R9 280 this June.

The Radeon R7 265 is a Radeon HD 7850 refresh. It features a Pitcairn core with 1024 stream processors, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPS, and has 2GB GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus at 4.8GHz clock speed with 153.6 GB/s bandwidth. The card is powered by a single 6-pin connector with a max TDP of 130. The card is already available and priced around $159.99.

The Radeon R9 280 is essentially a rebranded Radeon HD 7950 with similar specifications. It's still using the same 28nm Tahiti Pro GPU core with up to 1792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPS, and has 3GB GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit bus to create a clock speed of 5.0 GHz with 224GB/s bandwidth. While the exact core clock is unknown, it is expected to have a large TDP of 200W and requires 6+6 connector pins. This card is expected to launch in June, priced at $249.99.

Source: Videocardz



AMD Introduces $99 Radeon R7 250X

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 12, 2014 08:19AM
Author: tpsreport


AMD officially announced the Radeon R7 250X on Monday, which is already being sold for $99.

This card is essentially a rebranded AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition and like it, has similar specifications. The R7 250X is still based on the 28nm Cape Verde GPU core with up to 640 stream processors running up to 1GHz with up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus. Like the Radeon HD 7700 GHz Edition, this card does not support AMD's new TrueAudio technology nor CrossFire with XDM. This does however support PCI-E 3.0 x16, DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, and Mantle. AMD recommends a single 6-pin power connector with 95W to power the 2GB version of the graphics card.

Benchmarks provided by AMD clearly show that its card surpasses NVIDIA's GTX 650. However, it should be noted that NVIDIA's GTX 650 Ti wins benchmarks against the former Radeon HD 7700, which means it likely beats the new R7 250X too for just about $20 more. However, AMD conveniently didn't show those numbers.

Source: Hot Hardware




Intel Working on Low Power Graphics Chipset

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 10, 2014 05:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Intel plans to introduce "an energy-efficient graphics processing core built on the latest 22nm tri-gate SoC process technology" at the International Solid State Circuits conference this year. By incorporating a number of new technologies Intel claims that the new chipset can improve energy efficiency by up to 40% over comparable chipsets. This improvement in power efficiency will help to increase battery life and overall system performance in mobile devices and could also see desktop applications. Intel Labs Research Scientist James Tschanz described some of the technology saying, "this design demonstrates a new “selective boosting” technique which uses a slightly higher “boosted” voltage for key parts of Vmin-limiting memory arrays in the core," and further added, "In this graphics core we therefore include a technique – called adaptive clocking – to reduce this safety margin by detecting voltage droop events and slowing down the clock frequency of the core to prevent failures."

Source: Intel



PowerColor Announces R7 250X

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 10, 2014 05:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The R7 250X is the latest entry from PowerColor into the AMD based R7 series of GPUs. The 250X is built on the GCN architecture and has a total of 512 stream processors. The card has a system clock of 1000MHz and 1GB of GDDR5 that runs at a frequency of 1125MHz. With full support for Eyefinity and CrossFire as well as DirectX 11.2, the R7 250X offers options for expandability and keeps gamers up to date with the latest technology. The card also takes advantage of AMD PowerTune and ZeroCore Power technology help to ensure that power is used efficiently under stress and keep it minimal when in idle mode.

Source: Press Release



AMD Releases the Catalyst 14.1 Mantle Beta Driver

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 2, 2014 12:33AM
Author: bp9801

AMD's Mantle driver, Catalyst 14.1 beta, has had a bit of a curious path to release. It was supposed to have launched earlier this week to coincide with Battlefield 4's Mantle-ready patch, except it never materialized. Now, however, it is finally here, so certain AMD video card users can grab the Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers to take full advantage of Mantle in BF4 and the Star Swarm benchmark. I say "certain AMD video card users," because only people with Radeon R7/R9 and HD7000/8000 series cards (plus A8-7000 and A10-7000 APUs) can experience Mantle. That doesn't mean only those people can download the drivers, as there are various improvements to cards and games across the full spectrum. There are a ton of fixes and improvements, so for the full list be sure to check out the source.

If you own one of the aforementioned AMD products and have grabbed these drivers, feel free to share your experience with Mantle below or in the forums.

Source: AMD



Sapphire Releases Silent R7 250 ULTIMATE

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 31, 2014 09:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Available immediately from global etailers and retailers, the Sapphire R7 250 ULTIMATE has been introduced by Sapphire Technology. The card is passively cooled, providing exceptional reliability and silent operation, which is ideal for individuals who enjoy noiseless computing such as HTPC owners. The Sapphire R7 250 ULTIMATE comes with a core clock speed of 800Mhz, coupled with 1GB of DDR5 memory clocked at 1125MHz. Multiple technologies are supported with the Sapphire R7 250 ULTIMATE, to include AMD 3D technology, AMD Eyefinity, and DirectX 11.1. DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a outputs are available, which support resolutions up to 4096 x 2160, and Dual-Link DVI-I outputs are available too, which support resolutions up to 2560 x 1600.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA GeForce 332.21 WHQL Drivers Arrive

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 8, 2014 09:13PM
Author: bp9801

Amidst all the CES news came some new video drivers from NVIDIA. The GeForce 332.21 WHQL driver launched yesterday, which brings new SLI profiles, 3D Vision profiles, and stability improvements systemwide. New SLI profiles were added for the games Assetto Corsa, EVE Online (DirectX 11 mode), Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Thief (a little premptive on the last two). Injustice: Gods Among Us and Path of Exile received the 3D Vision profiles, with the first being rated Excellent and the latter as Good. These drivers also coincide with GeForce Experience 1.8.1, which introduces ShadowPlay Twitch Streaming so not only can you record gameplay footage, you can broadcast it.

The GeForce 332.21 WHQL driver can be downloaded from the GeForce website or within GeForce Experience.

Source: NVIDIA GeForce



PowerColor Debuts New PCS+ Model

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 8, 2014 01:02PM
Author: Brentt Moore

At CES, PowerColor is debuting their newest PCS+ model, the PCS+ R9 290. This card features a core speed of 1040MHz, 4GB GDDR5 memory at 1350MHz, Eyefinity and CrossFire support, and DirectX 11.2 support. A wealth of video outputs are available as well that include DL DVI-D, DL DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Also being revealed is the PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X which includes all of the same specifications and features of the PCS+ R9 290, but offers a 10MHz increase in core clock speed. In order to keep both cards stable, the exclusive PowerColor Gold Power Kit is utilized. Both cards feature a metal back plate and metal shroud and offer exclusive PCS+ trio fan design, which includes two sets of aluminum cooling fins, three fans, and five heat pipes. This cooling technology by PowerColor helps keep the cards 24 percent cooler than the reference design they are built on, as well as 17 percent quieter. 

No price for either the PCS+ R9 290 or PCS+ R9 290X has been released by PowerColor

Source: Press Release


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