There are several ways to reconcile why PowerColor named its dual Radeon HD 7970 monstrosity the Devil 13. On the one hand, the card probably got its name from the fact that it’s an unholy abomination of GPU horsepower, combining two already-hot-running GPUs into one massive, inferno-producing card that gets as hot as Hades. On the other hand, perhaps its sinister moniker is due to the fact that this video card shouldn’t really exist, as AMD never produced one (even though we all expected it last summer.) PowerColor must have said, “Screw it, we’ll make it ourselves!” And thus the Card of Darkness was born; a rare, one-off, fire-breathing $1,000 concoction that flies in the face of power, heat, and cost concerns. And since this is Maximum PC, all we can say is, “Hell yes.”
Didn't have the chance to attend CES 2013? No problem! Allow our 50 images to show you the highlights from the show floor. Everything from booth babes, wacky gadgets, and the products of the show are featured in the gallery below.
If you could have seen one thing from this year's CES, what would it be? Let us know in the comments!
Nvidia's booth tour leaves us jonesing for a SHIELD handheld gaming device.
As busy as the last few days have been, one company that really stood out was Nvidia. The GPU maker came to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) prepared and ready to dazzle with its spin on mobile gaming, and folks, we're officially excited about what's in store for 2013. Join us as we tour the Nvidia booth and take a close up look at Project Shield and the GeForce Grid.
Just how good is Intel's integrated graphics on Haswell (codenamed GT3), the successor to Ivy Bridge? In due time, we'll answer that question with some numbers and a hands-on evaluation, but in the meantime, we've put together a little challenge for our readers. Maximum PC Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung captured on video a pair of systems running DiRT Showdown. One was equipped with a Haswell part running integrated GT3 graphics, and the other was rocking an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor paired with a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU. Let's see if you can tell the difference.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took to the stage at CES 2013 Sunday night, and proved his company is poised to do more than just ship high end GPU’s. The charismatic young CEO announced his intention to take on cloud gaming, showed off his iPad 4-smashing Tegra 4 SoC, and even debuted an Android powered handheld gaming console.
The latest mobile workstation from MSI packs some powerful components.
MSI is targeting professional content creators in need of a potent system on-the-go with its new Quadro Workstation (GT60-0NG), a Windows 8-based laptop wielding an Nvidia Quadro K2000M GPU. It supports more than 150 professional applications, including Adobe CS6, Avid Media Composer, Autodesk Inventor, Siemens NX, PTC Creo, and many more, MSI says.
Nvidia's latest drivers boost performance by up to 38 percent.
Fresh out of the oven and topped with WHQL certification is Nvidia's new 310.70 driver package for Windows. Nvidia's latest drivers deliver big performance gains in some situations, including up to 38 percent better framerates in Far Cry 3 (for GeForce GTX 680 graphics card owners). It also serves up double-digit percentage gains in several other titles, according to the release highlights.
A Chinese website posted what appears to be a legitimate slide of Nvidia's upcoming Tegra 4 architecture. Codenamed "Wayne," Tegra 4 will bring a 72-core GPU to the mobile fight, providing some powerful competition to Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors and Samsung's Exynos line. It will be built on a 28nm manufacturing process and sport the same "4-plus-1" core design featured in Tegra 3, which is basically a quad-core chip with a fifth battery saver core.
Earlier this year at the GeForce LAN party in Shanghai, Nvidia chief Jen-Hsun Huang revealed an interesting cloud-based service that's supposed to analyze your hardware and adjust in-game settings and display resolution for an optimized experience. It's an ambitious initiative given the number of hardware combinations that exist not only today, but tomorrow and beyond, yet Nvidia is determined to see this project through after having worked on it for more than half a decade. Gamers can get their first taste of Nvidia's new tool today by downloading the GeForce Experience beta.
The wait is over, Far Cry 3 is here and available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and of course our favorite gaming platform, the PC. To kick things off on a high note, both AMD and Nvidia have released new GPU drivers -- AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta and Nvidia GeForce 310.70 -- that promise to deliver big performance gains in Far Cry 3 (by as much as 38 percent in some cases), as well as a few other titles.