Upcoming driver could improve GTX 970's memory performance
Nvidia really stepped in a pile of PR poo when it was discovered that there was an internal communication gaffe over the way the GeForce GTX 970 handles its 4GB of onboard memory and the resulting specs. In short, the GTX 970 has 56 ROPs and 1,792KB of L2 cache instead of matching the GTX 980's 64 ROPs and 2,048KB of L2 cache as originally advertised. However, Nvidia wants to make things right and has offered to help GTX 970 owners obtain a refund, if need be. Should you go that route?
What better way to end the work week than by spying a glimpse of the real-deal Maxwell part we've all been waiting for? Winning the lottery? Okay, you got us on that one, but this is a cool (not close) second. Assuming the pictures making the rounds in cyberspace are real, you can take a look at Nvidia's forthcoming GM200-400-A1 GPU nestled into an engineering board (180-1G600-1102-A04).
A new mid-range GTX 900 Series card may be imminent
We expect to see quite a few product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, which runs from January 6-9. However, rumor has it one part that won't make the trip is Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960 graphics card. Instead, a Chinese-language website thinks it's privy to Nvidia's plan to launch the GeForce GTX 960 on January 22, 2015.
Sorry Shakespeare, but GPU family names are kinda important
Those next-gen AMD GPU rumors are coming in thick and fast. Late last month, we had someone on Chinese tech forum ChipHell post some tantalizing performance numbers that they claimed belonged to an upcoming (presumably a R9 300 series) graphics card and now we have a new report that is questioning something that the tech media has taken for granted until now — the codename of AMD’s next-gen GPU family.
Is the best offense a good defense, or is the best defense a good offense? We're not sure, though it looks like AMD has decided to run with the latter -- dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards can now be found on Newegg for around $770, seemingly indicating that AMD has gone on the offensive and slashed the price of its flagship card by about another $200. Bear in mind that when these cards launched earlier this year, they were selling for nearly twice as much at $1,500.
Both companies are trying to get each other’s products banned
As companies faced with the prospect of having their products banned in the U.S. over a patent infringement complaint by an adversary are wont to do, Samsung has hit back at Nvidia with a sales ban request of its own. The world’s leading smartphone maker filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) Friday, requesting that the latter institute an investigation against Nvidia “under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, regarding certain graphics processing chips, Systems on a Chip, and products containing the same.”
AMD and Nvidia now share an equal slice of the graphics market, according to the latest data from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia. It took a strong second quarter for Nvidia to put itself on even ground with AMD -- JPR notes that Nvidia increased its graphics shipments by 12.9 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2014, while AMD's shipments declined 7 percent.
If there's anything we've learned about hardware companies over the years, it's that diversity is the key to survival, much like life in the jungle. For companies like Enermax, that seems to mean branching out beyond the power supplies and case fans that it's built a reputation on. In recent years, the company has expanded into the CPU cooling sector, and the Liqtech 240 is its latest new hotness. But we'll tell you right off the bat that this 240mm closed-loop liquid cooler is not a mold-breaker. Then again, a company doesn’t need to re-invent the wheel to be successful.
In the world of video cards, we generally have three tiers of design. There’s the stock or “reference” version from AMD or Nvidia, then the cards with proprietary cooling, and finally the cards with both special cooling and even redesigned circuitry on the board itself. The Republic of Gamers (ROG) line from Asus has long been reserved for the company’s most premium products, with ROG video cards getting a “Matrix Platinum” tag to further distinguish them.
If you caught Gordon Mah Ung's farewell podcast last week (*sniffles*), you heard him talk about the ridiculous theme he's heard throughout his career at Maximum PC, that being the impending death of the PC. The same has been said about PC gaming -- they go hand-in-hand, after all -- but in reality, PCs and PC gaming are in great places right now. If you don't believe it, put your iPad down and check out Nvidia's record performance last quarter, in which it reported revenue of $1.23 billion en route to a $173 million profit ($220 million on a non-GAAP basis).