The Radeon 7000 series will be sticking around a bit longer than we expected.
The GPU nuclear arm’s race between AMD and Nvidia over the last several years has been amazing for consumers, however the R&D costs associated with this competition must have been astronomical. Both companies have been trading blows at different price points for the last few generations, and AMD is finally throwing up the white flag. According to AMD Product Manager Devon Nekechuk, the company will be sticking with its HD 7000 series for the bulk of 2013, and will use promos and software bundles to remain competitive against the green team.
Hey, look who decided to join the Ultrabook party!
Gigabyte this week announced the release of its U2442, an "extreme Ultrabook" for gamers with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M or 730M graphics. On paper, there's quite a bit of power packed into a machine that measures 339mm (W) by 233mm (D) by 18.5-21mm (H) and weighs 1.69kg (3.7 pounds) or less, depending on whether it's configured with a solid state drive (SSD) or mSATA SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) combo.
It's safe to say that Steve Jobs was wrong about the 7-inch tablet category, which even Apple competes in these days (iPad mini). As times goes on, you can expect to see even more smaller size tablets enter the market place, including the 7-inch Wikipad, which is scheduled to launch in the Spring of 2013. The Wikipad is built on top of an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC foundation and is essentially a smaller (and less expensive) version of its 10-inch sibling, though it's geared for gaming.
Gaming laptops tend to push garish, over-the-top designs these days; the second-generation Razer Blade throws these clichéd conventions out the window. The result is a 16.8x10.9x.88-inch minimalist laptop that resembles a large matte-black MacBook Pro. This doesn't mean the Blade looks plain, however. Its alluring green LEDs coupled with its slick LCD trackpad give this Blade a killer edge.
Note: This review was taken from the Holiday issue of the magazine.
LucidLogix Virtu Makes Hybrid Graphics on the desktop possible
Historically, integrated graphics, with their notoriously lackluster performance, have been of little interest to power users. But perceptions began to change with Intel’s Sandy Bridge, and later its Ivy Bridge, microarchitecture. While Sandy Bridge’s DX10-class, Intel HD 2000/3000 graphics engines aren’t cutting-edge by any means, they offer enough performance for many mainstream PC users, and consequently, helped Intel gain market share in the graphics race. Ivy Bridge further improves the situation with a more powerful graphics core outfitted with additional execution units and DX11 support. Whereas Intel’s HD 3000 offers 12 EUs, Ivy Bridge’s HD 4000 engine has 16.
Nvidia's upcoming GeForce Titan could end up faster than a GeForce GTX 690.
More information is starting to trickle out about Nvidia's GeForce Titan, an upcoming consumer-grade graphics card based on the company's Kepler GK110 silicon. Initial reports stated it would offer around 85 percent of the performance of a dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690, which is mighty impressive for a single-GPU part, but it could actually end being even faster than Nvidia's flagship graphics card.
GeForce Experience hits open beta status and adds support for new games.
Nvidia on Thursday announced that its GeForce Experience beta program is now open to anyone and everyone who wants to kick its tires, so long as you're driving a supported graphics card (and no, AMD cards are not supported). It initially launched as a closed beta back in December 2012, and since that time, over 40,000 gamers downloaded the app. Nvidia said it's been using the feedback it's received over the past month to make improvements.
Nvidia is supposedly readying a GeForce Titanium video card for February.
It's been almost a year since Nvidia released its GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, still the company's flagship single-GPU Kepler part (GK104). Now it appears Nvidia is nearly ready to launch a GK110-based card for the consumer market, one that would essentially be a GeForce GTX 680 Ultra, but might be named GeForce Titan or Titanium so that it stands out. Perhaps not coincidentally, the fastest supercomputer in the world is the Cray Titan.
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.
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