With the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, Nvidia has snatched the single-GPU performance crown back from the clutches of the recently launched Radeon R9 290X, and not just by a small margin either, but by a landslide. By dethroning the R9 290X Nvidia has also taken the GTX Titan to the woodshed as well, as the GTX 780 Ti is far and away the fastest single GPU we have ever tested. Read on to see how it fares against the R9 290X, and the former champ, the GTX Titan.
According to Nvidia, the GPU inside Project Logan, its next-generation, CUDA-capable mobile processor, is a pretty big deal and as big of a milestone for mobile as the first GPU, the GeForce 256, was for the PC when it was introduced 14 years ago. That's a bold claim, though one Nvidia is confident to make since Project Logan's GPU is based on its already proven Kepler architecture.
Nvidia's upcoming GeForce Titan could end up faster than a GeForce GTX 690.
More information is starting to trickle out about Nvidia's GeForce Titan, an upcoming consumer-grade graphics card based on the company's Kepler GK110 silicon. Initial reports stated it would offer around 85 percent of the performance of a dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690, which is mighty impressive for a single-GPU part, but it could actually end being even faster than Nvidia's flagship graphics card.
PC gaming is alive and well, as evidenced by strong Kepler GPU sales that helped steer Nvidia towards record revenue of $1.20 billion for the third quarter of its fiscal 2013 period ended October 28, 2012. That's a gain of 15.3 percent compared to the previous quarter, and a 12.9 percent improvement versus last year, Nvidia said, adding that its energy efficient Kepler GPU architecture continued to make excellent headway in the market place.
Every GPU generation has its flagship videocards: the ones with the top-of-the-line GPU with all cores enabled, loaded for bear. In this generation, those cards are Nvidia’s GTX 680 (with a full GK104 GPU inside) and AMD’s Radeon HD 7970 (with a full Tahiti GPU). These cards are monstrously fast, but they’re also expensive and tricky to manufacture. Not all parts come off the line fully functional. So a few months after each flagship GPU launch, the vendors come out with a slightly stripped-down version that uses binned top-end GPUs with a few parts disabled, or lower clock speeds. AMD’s Radeon HD 7950, for example, uses the same GPU as the 7970, but with 28 GCN units instead of 32, and with an 800MHz reference clock instead of 925MHz. The cheaper, lower-powered video cards appeal both to gamers with shallower pockets and also to vendors, who clock those stripped-down, less expensive GPUs right back up to within spitting distance of their full-powered peers. Thus we arrive at the Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP, a factory-overclocked GTX 670 with a custom cooling solution.
The DirectCU II cooler’s three direct-contact heat pipes keep the GPU cool.
A few weeks ago, Nvidia hit the so-called GPU "sweet spot" when it launched the comparatively affordable GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card (be sure to check out our three-way roundup), putting Kepler within reach of gamers on a mid-range budget. Now mainstream gamers are invited to take Kepler home with the introduction of Nvidia's brand new GeForce GTX 660 and 650 graphics cards.
Boutique system builder Maingear has announced a new 15-inch gaming notebook. Available in four different prosaically named pre-configured flavors, the Vybe 15 is the company’s maiden “quick ship mobile solution,” which means that all orders will be shipped out to customers within 24-48 hours of being confirmed. But we know that you are more interested in the Vybe 15’s specs more than anything else, so just hit the jump for a look inside Maingear’s latest notebook.
You might have forgotten all about Lenovo's IdeaPad Y580 line of laptops, which the OEM first introduced to the world way back at CES in January of this year. Well, here we are six months later and you can finally order one. Lenovo's Y580 notebooks pack a one-two punch that consists of an Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 3610QM processor (Ivy Bridge) and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660M graphics (Kepler) with 2GB of video memory.
The boutique system builders over at Origin PC are now equipping EON15-S and EON17-S gaming laptops with Nvidia's latest and greatest mobile graphics chip, the GeForce GTX 680M. Based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture, the GeForce GTX 680M is a high-octane GPU with 1344 CUDA cores, 4GB of GDDR5 graphics memory, and full support for Nvidia's battery-friendly Optimus technology.
Nvidia is a master of marketing, so when they “quietly” launched the GeForce GT 610, 620, and 630 into the retail channel late last week, we knew something was up. It turns out of the three new cards, none of these are actually based on the most recently released Kepler architecture behind the GTX 670, 680, and 690, and are in reality based on the last generation designs. We knew Nvidia was already rebranding Fermi parts for use in OEM laptops and desktops, however it looks like the practice will again carry forward to the aftermarket parts as well.