Wouldn't it be awesome if there were do-overs in everyday life like there are in some sports? That's pretty much what EVGA is offering through a line of graphics cards that now feature "Double BIOS," the marketing name for what's essentially a secondary BIOS in case you screw something up. It's also there to support experimentation with custom BIOSes, and should something go wrong, BIOS recovery is a flip of the switch away.
According to newly released data by Jon Peddie Research (JPR), AMD was the big winner in the GPU sweepstakes in the second quarter of 2013, at least in terms of market share growth. AMD bumped up its share of the GPU market to 21.9 percent, a gain of 10.9 percent sequentially, while Intel grew a more modest 6.2 percent sequentially for a 62 percent stranglehold on the market.
Nvidia this week reported $977.2 million in total revenue for its second quarter of fiscal 2014 ended July 28, 2013, up 2.4 percent from $954.7 million the prior quarter though down 6.4 percent from $1.04 billion in the same period a year ago. This led to a 23.8 percent sequential jump in profit to $96.4 billion, or $0.16 per share. Not too shabby considering Tegra sales fell off a cliff last quarter.
You don't see too many graphics cards that combine a standard heat sink with a water block. One of the most recent companies to take this is approach is Asus, which offered up a sneak peek of its upcoming GeForce GTX 770 Poseidon graphics card under its Rebublic of Gamers (ROG) brand. It features the firm's new DirectCU H2O design which can be used in a standard air or liquid cooled setup, offering gamers a bit of flexibility as their rigs change over time.
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.
Now that we have reasonably fast dual-core and quad-core processors powering our mobile devices, attention is starting to shift to the GPU to drive gaming and advanced graphics technology. Enter Samsung's Exynos 5420, the newest addition to the company's Exynos 5 Octa family of eight-core processors, though that bit needs a little bit of explaining before we dive into the GPU side.
Traditional PC sales may be in a slump, but the same isn't necessarily true of the computer graphics market, an industry that's seen growth since it was established in the late 1970s, according to data by Jon Peddie Research (JPR). Having survived the recession that plagued the PC industry over the last several years, the computer graphics segment is showing signs of "renewed vigor and potential."
We don't know when Galaxy's GeForce GTX 780 Hall of Fame (HOF) Edition graphics card will set foot in retail, but while we patiently wait for it to land, there are pics and specs to drool over. These aren't blurry pictures either, but high-quality shots of the card stripped down to its white PCB. What you're looking at is an engineering sample that's supposedly 95 percent complete.
The Devil is back, and this time it's in the form of a Radeon HD 7870 graphics card. Powercolor first summoned the Devil to power its dual-GPU Radeon 7990 part, a hellacious card that's almost as fast as two cards in Crossfire. This second member to Powercolor's Devil family of graphics card isn't wielding multiple GPUs, but it is equipped with an elaborate cooling solution similar to the Devil 13.
Just before the release of the GeForce GTX Titan this month, AMD held a conference call with tech media to reiterate its position in the market today, its plans going forward, and to drive home one particular point: AMD has the fastest hardware available, period. At the time of the call, we thought, “Well, that’s debatable.” But AMD pressed on, and further clarified its position by stating that the Asus Ares II was the fastest GPU available, bar none. Since most of us on the call hadn’t seen that card, and most people never will since only 999 were produced, we didn’t dispute the claim, nor did we have the data to know if the claim was correct. Well, about a week later, the card arrived from Asus and now that we’ve run the benchmarks, it looks like AMD was telling the truth—the Ares II is without a doubt the fastest single-card GPU available. So step aside, Nvidia GeForce GTX 690, there’s a new sheriff in town, and it’s not only faster in benchmarks, it runs cooler and quieter, to boot.
Note: This review was originally featured in the April 2013 issue of the magazine.