Nvidia has been popping out Kepler cards like a circus clown car since the company launched its 6-series GPUs in early 2012, and now we finally reach the bottom of the GTX barrel with the $150 GTX 650 Ti. This card slots in right below the $230 GTX 660 and has less of everything—less CUDA, less memory (and a narrower memory bus width), and less PCB.
Note: This review was taken from the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.
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.
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.
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.”
Our 2008 Dream Machine rises from the, well, not quite ashes
The Mission Our 2008 Dream Machine was a thing of beauty. We took the case from one of HP’s ambitious-but-doomed Blackbird 002s, slathered it in chrome (because we could), and built a water-cooled monster, with two Core 2 Quad QX9775 CPUs, two ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 GPUs, and a whopping 8GB of DDR2. To power it all we had PC Power & Cooling whip us up a custom 1,200W PSU. It was quite a machine in its day.
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.
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.
PowerColor's secret sauce to better cooling is to sprinkle in additional fan blades.
TUL Corporation added to its line of graphics cards by announcing the PowerColor HD7850 Fling Force Edition [APAC Limited] with a 910MHz core clockspeed and 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200MHz on a 256-bit bus. It's not the clockspeeds that make this unique -- it's the "unparalleled cooling technology" that consists of attaching additional fan blades to the original design.