If there’s one thing readers of Maximum PC can appreciate, it’s a ludicrously sized GPU like the PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990. This unholy video card combines the power of two Radeon HD 7970 GPUs along with 6GB of RAM into a massive, power-sucking, case-hogging, and benchmark flogging masterpiece. Notable features include one-touch overclocking, a triple-fan cooling solution that takes up three slots inside your PC, and a custom assortment of tools from legendary tool-maker Wiha. It should also be noted that this video card is so muscle-bound that it comes with its own support stand, for Pete’s sake.
Meet the world's first 2U four-way GPU server system.
AVADirect, a boutique system builder based in Ohio, claims it's the first system builder on planet Earth to offer 2U server systems with support for up to four GPUs or Tesla graphics cards. Having that much potential GPU horsepower crammed into a 2U server solution is supposedly something the industry has never seen, and it comes courtesy of Asus with its new ESC4000 G2 Black 2U server platform.
New graphics drivers from AMD boosts performance in Far Cry 3 and other games.
Ever since Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) ditched its monthly schedule for Catalyst driver updates, it's been a big guessing game for Radeon graphics card owners as to when a new release would be available. If you fall into that category, then you'll be pleased to know that there's a new driver update available to download, Catalyst 13.1. The latest drivers bring about the usual assortment of bug fixes and performance improvements across a variety of titles.
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.
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.
Sapphire's latest AMD graphics card sports two fans and dust repellant bearings.
The Mayan calendar tells us the end of the world is nigh (wait until you see what Google has in store), but that didn't stop Sapphire from launching another graphics card. If the world really does come to an end tomorrow, the 'Sapphire HD 7870 XT with Boost' will be the company's last product ever released, and on paper, it doesn't look like a bad way to be remembered.
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.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has started talking about its upcoming Radeon HD 8000M GPUs, codenamed "Solar System," which it plans to fully detail next month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. There will be at least four laptops at CES running the new GPUs, which are said to support DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.3, and OpenCL 2.1 programming interfaces.
A Spanish website posted a bevy of detailed specs for Advanced Micro Device's (AMD) upcoming Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics card, and assuming they're accurate, there will be a dual-GPU version launching in the second quarter of 2013. That coincides nicely with a recent report that AMD was pushing the launch of its entire Radeon HD 8000 Series into next year, though we're inclined to take the launch dates with a grain of salt.