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.
AMD tries to sweeten the pot for potential 7000 series customers.
The previous AMD“Never Settle” bundle was among the best pack in deals we’ve ever seen, and the best just keeps getting better. Today AMD announced they would be sweetening the pot by offering Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite with the purchase of a 7800 series card, or Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3 if you snap up a card from the 7900 series family. When you stop to consider that AMD and Nvidia offer very similar price to performance ratios, it makes AMD’s offering quite competitive. Nvidia cards still have a slight advantage in the performance per watt category, however if you plan to game with your new GPU (and it’s safe to say that quite a few of you do), then it’s hard to argue with the value being offered here.
The wait is over, Far Cry 3 is here and available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and of course our favorite gaming platform, the PC. To kick things off on a high note, both AMD and Nvidia have released new GPU drivers -- AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta and Nvidia GeForce 310.70 -- that promise to deliver big performance gains in Far Cry 3 (by as much as 38 percent in some cases), as well as a few other titles.
PC Manufacturers are working day and night to shrink Ultrabooks into impossibly thin new form factors, and one of the casualties of this push has been output display options. VGA and DVI made way for mini display port and HDMI, however even these smaller connectors take up precious space. Even if your laptop sports one, what if you want more than one external display? The answer my friends is DisplayLink. The proliferation of USB 3 on Intel’s new chipsets is making outputting to multiple monitors over USB much more than a hack, this could well be the future.
By far the most common question we get asked here at Maximum PC is: “should I upgrade”? The answer to this one is never easy, however AMD just dropped word that should make anyone on the hunt for a new GPU sit up and take notice. The price of the 7000 series parts are about to see another price cut, and they are finally starting to make a pretty compelling price vs. performance case for themselves vs. Nvidia.
When it comes to picking a video card these days the number of choices is pretty overwhelming. If on the other hand you are mortally allergic to the sound of fans, your list suddenly shrinks to a pretty pathetic set of offerings. Sapphire saw an opening, and was showing off a passively cooled Radeon HD 7770 at this year’s Computex.
GTX 680’s are still all but impossible to find, however that won’t stop EVGA from taunting the enthusiast community with something even more lust worthy. The EVGA 680 Classified will feature an optional water-cooling block, 14-phase power design, and voltage control inputs to give power users all the flexibility they need to catapult themselves to the top of the 3D Mark Vantage charts.
Nvidia is a master of marketing, so when they “quietly” launched the GeForce GT 610, 620, and 630 into the retail channel late last week, we knew something was up. It turns out of the three new cards, none of these are actually based on the most recently released Kepler architecture behind the GTX 670, 680, and 690, and are in reality based on the last generation designs. We knew Nvidia was already rebranding Fermi parts for use in OEM laptops and desktops, however it looks like the practice will again carry forward to the aftermarket parts as well.
Nvidia’s new Kepler-based graphics cards are still fairly new on the scene, but a fairly serious new bug has emerged that started out as a forum rant, and has evolved into an official acknowledgement from the green team. The problem in question seems to be limited to GTX 670, 680, & 690 customers who enable v-sync though the Nvidia control panel, and by most accounts, is pretty infuriating.