Even with prices going up, it's still a great time to be a PC gamer.
Are you planning to build a gaming PC for the summer? If so, you might want to get started early in order to get the most bang for your buck. Yesterday we told you that desktop DRAM pricing is on the rise as contract chip prices have already jumped 50 percent in 2013, spiking 20 percent in March alone, and now we're hearing that graphics cards are getting more expensive.
The first and only small form factor GeForce GTX 670.
Graphics cards aren't just getting more powerful by the generation, they've also grown in size over the last several years. Depending on your case, you might even need to remove a drive cage to accommodate a longer graphics card, though that's not likely to be a problem with Asus' new GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. Living up to its "Mini" nomenclature, Asus claims it's the only small form factor (SFF) GTX 670 money can buy.
Look for a new batch of games in AMD's next Never Settle bundle.
As if gamers with aging GPUs need another reason to upgrade their graphics card, game bundles from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have been providing extra incentive, and more importantly (for AMD), tempting users away from Nvidia. The next "Never Settle" bundle from AMD may include Battlefield 4, which would make perfect sense after the Sunnyvale chip designer demoed the title running on a new Malta Radeon HD 7990 graphics card.
Meet the newest sub-$200 graphics card from Nvidia.
Sure, we'd all love to game on multiple top-shelf graphics cards, and while we're making a money-is-no-object wishlist, a toilet made of gold would be pimp as well. Most of us can't afford such luxuries, so we sit our backsides on porcelain and game on less expensive graphics cards. Luckily there are options, and if you have less than $200 to spend on a GPU, Nvidia hopes you'll consider its new GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost.
The latest graphics card driver from AMD offers double digit performance gains in some instances.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) no longer offers monthly Catalyst driver updates like it used to, instead choosing to dish out new drivers when it makes sense to do so. Now is apparently one of those times. AMD Catalyst 13.3 enters its third beta as it nears release, and if you're itching to upgrade your software, the latest beta build will reward you with performance gains and fixes in a handful of titles.
GPU comparison website helps nail down the exact graphics card you're looking for.
Last week we gave you heads up about GPUBoss.com, a new website that offers to do for graphics cards what CPUBoss.com does for processors, which is make it easy to sort through the available options and compare different models from a number of criteria. You can actually choose from over 40 criteria to find the video card that best fits your needs, and can sort by price, brand, gaming performance, noise, power, and performance per dollar. It's a pretty handy website and it's now open to the public.
GeForce GTX 680 owners will see performance gains in several titles using Nvidia's latest drivers.
Nvidia on Monday made available new beta drivers for GeForce graphics card owners. The GeForce 314.14 drivers, while not yet officially certified, are said to increase performance by up to 23 percent for GeForce 400, 500, and 600 series GPUs in several PC games versus the GeForce 314.07 WHQL-certified drivers. Naturally, results will vary depending on your particular setup.
A new "Dual Silencer" cooling system and game bundle have been added to Zotac's GTX 680 AMP! Edition card.
Zotac on Wednesday announced a "refined" version of its GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition (ZT-60105-10P) graphics card, which at first we thought that meant it would come dressed in a fancy suit and speak with a British accent -- chip chip cherio and all that jazz. Even better, Zotac was referring to a new and enhanced "Dual Silencer" cooling solution and game bundle that includes Assassin's Creed III.
The FirePro R5000 can remote up to four 1920x1200 resolution displays per user.
Amid the blitz of mobile products that will be announced this week, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) today introduced its FirePro R5000 remote graphics card. AMD's pitching its latest GPU offering as a flexible, manageable solution designed and engineered to power remote 3D graphics workflows and full computing experiences over IP networks. It does this by combining AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture with Teradici's PCoIP technology.
Not quite the fastest single-card, but definitely the fastest Single GPU
On Tuesday we posted our preview of the GK110-based Geforce GTX Titan from Nvidia, and like all of yall we were eager to stuff the Titan into a test system to see what it could do in both single-card and dual-card configurations. Now that the dust has settled and our initial testing is complete, we have to say we think we misunderstood what Nvidia was said to us when we asked them how the Titan compares to the GTX 690. The Titan is one hellishly fast single GPU, but it's not the fastest single-card solution for gaming. That title still rests comfortably with the dual-GPU GTX 690.