Have you ever tried liquid cooling a graphics card? It's not the most difficult thing in the world, though between the water cooling loop and delicately removing the card's stock cooling solution, it can be a little intimidating. And then there's EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid with an all-in-one water cooling already installed. All you need to do is plug the card into your mobo, feed it power, and mount the single 120mm fan radiator.
We also introduce Maximum PC's new Associate Editor Alex Campbell
There has been a lot of PC news since the No BS podcast last convened and on episode 237, the crew gets busy tackling it. Topics on this week’s show include Nvidia’s new $999 Titan X GPU, Valve’s revolutionary Vive VR system, GTC, GDC and more. We also introduce you to Maximum PC’s newest cast member, Associate Editor Alex Campbell. And finally, we tackle some of your reader questions!
Nvidia finally made official a new flagship graphics card today, the mighty GeForce Titan X, and right on cue are the barrage of announcements from system builders flaunting the availability of the successor to Titan Z. That includes boutique builder Digital Storm, which is now (or soon) offering the Titan X in various configurations inside its Aventum, Bolt, and Velox desktop product lines.
Go ahead and apply the standard disclaimer about leaked specs not being verified or official, because that's certainly the case here. Disclaimer aside, we hope that unconfirmed specifications of the AMD's forthcoming Radeon R9 390X graphics card turn out to be accurate, because if they are, it's going to be a potent part that's up to 60 percent faster than AMD's Radeon R9 290X.
We know that AMD is getting ready to refresh its graphics card lineup -- a refresh that's long overdue, as far as we're concerned -- though it looks like the first of the upcoming Radeon R9 300 Series won't be a flagship part. At least that won't be the case if, as rumored, XFX launches its Radeon R9 370 Core Edition video card powered by AMD's Trinidad Pro processor next month.
When Nvidia unveiled its GeForce Titan X graphics card at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) last week, company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed almost nothing about the part, other than to say it has 12GB of onboard memory and 8 billion transistors. There was no mention of other specs, let alone benchmarks, though information across the board has begun to leak on the web, including a first look at how the Titan X performs.
After the fiasco with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 graphics card and the way it handles the last .5GB of its onboard 4GB of memory, Nvidia could use a bit of positive press. One of the best ways to do that is to dangle something shiney in front of the public, like an anticipated game. So, available now for a limited time, customers who buy a select GeForce GTX 980, 970, and 960 graphics card, or a GTX 970M or above notebook, will receive a code for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Nvidia announced today.
It was speculated that Nvidia might announce a new Titan graphics card during GDC, and that's what the company did—in a somewhat dramatic fashion. It happened at the tail end of an Unreal Engine panel. As Epic founder Tim Sweeny wrapped up his discussion on the state of Unreal, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang surprised attendees by emerging on stage to unveil the company's Titan X.
There were rumors earlier this year that 4GB versions of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960 graphics card would show up in March, and it turns out they were right. EVGA has emerged as the first to cross into 4GB territory with its GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC graphics card announced today. Though it's a mid-range card, EVGA is promoting the benefit of higher texture qualities and better 4K resolution gaming performance with the added memory.
Nividia ticked off a lot of people when it came to light that its GeForce GTX 970 graphics card was suffering from performance issues when games tried to access onboard memory above 3.5GB. Turns out it's the result of an architectural design, one that doesn't exist on the GTX 980, and one that wasn't communicated to Nvidia's internal marketing team or externally to reviewers. There's been a lot of negativity surrounding the issue ever since, and in an attempt to diffuse the situation, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has offered up an explanation of the GTX 970 memory issue.