AMD's dual-GPU card might rock a hybrid cooling solution
It's good practice to take Internet rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially on April Fool's Day. Got it? Good, now we can continue with what are claimed to be the first photos of AMD's rumored Radeon R9 295 X2, a dual-GPU graphics card that some have surmised could carry a massive 500W TDP. If that's true, a gnarly cooling solution would be mandatory, and certainly that's what these early photos show.
It's been nearly a week since Nvidia unveiled its dual-GPU Titan Z, a monster dual-GPU graphics card with 5,760 CUDA cores, 12GB of memory, and a massive $2,999 price tag. Will AMD counter with a dual-GPU card of its own? Of course it will -- we don't want to imagine a world where these two companies don't go back and forth trying to one-up each other. Rumor has it that AMD's dual-GPU counter punch is going to be a rather power-hungry Radeon R9 295.
Dual front fans give graphics cards a steady stream of cool air
Corsair just expanded its Obsidian Series of computers cases with the 450D, a mid-tower chassis sporting a familiar brushed aluminum design but with increased attention on airflow. There are two 140mm AF140L intake fans behind the aluminum mesh grill on the front that provide direct airflow to where a graphics card would be, and a rear 120mm AF120L fan to expel hot air.
This dual-GPU monster wields 5,760 CUDA cores and 12GB of memory
If you were hoping Nvidia would unleash a beast at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), you certainly won't be disappointed. You might, however, suffer a stroke induced from sticker shock -- totally understandable, given that Nvidia just unveiled the GeForce Titan Z for $2,999! Information is coming in fast and furious, but so far it appears the Titan Z is essentially a dual-GPU version of the Titan Black.
One of Nvidia's hardware partners is getting ready to roll out a line of GeForce GTX 780 graphics cards with twice as much memory as reference. EVGA sent out emails announcing plans to refresh its GeForce GTX 780 family with 6GB models, including at least one SKU that will feature the company's ACX cooling solution. They'll also be featured in EVGA's Step-Up program, which allows users who purchased an EVGA graphics card within the last 90 days to upgrade to the new model by paying the difference in price.
Power users needn't worry, the desktop is alive and thriving!
These days you can't flip on the Internet without being bombarded by tablet and smartphone announcements. Hey, we love mobile just as much as the next geek, but we're also stoked when major players take time to shower some love on the desktop, which is what Intel did at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) today. One thing Intel unveiled today is an 8-core Haswell-E CPU.
IDC reports a slight drop in overall monitor shipments
It appears PC users are mostly content with their current monitors, hence why PC display shipments came in at just under 35 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing a drop of 0.4 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to data released by IDC. That's also representative of a 3.8 percent decline over the same quarter a year ago, though HP and Dell must have missed the memo because both recorded gains in the monitor segment.
If you fancy yourself a budget builder or otherwise just like getting the most bang for your buck, you might be interested in a trio of new cases from Corsair. Aimed at PC gamers, Corsair's three new Carbide Series SPEC range of enclosures feature aggressive styling, modern amenities, ample air cooling potential, and wallet-friendly price tags. How friendly? Try $50 for the SPEC-01 and $60 each for the SPEC-02 and SPEC-03.
Available in multiple form factors and up to 1TB in capacity
Micron on Tuesday unveiled its new M550 solid state drive (SSD) family, which is available today to consumers, businesses, and system builders under the company's Crucial brand, and to OEM customers under the Micron name. The M550 is a high-performance line of drives available in a variety of form factors, including 2.5-inch, mSATA, and M.2 with capacities ranging from 64GB all the way up to 1TB.
It's going to be an exciting summer for power users. Assuming all goes to plan and that leaked information turns out to be accurate, you can expect Intel to launch its Haswell-E hardware in June, along with its X99 "Wellsburg" chipset. Details of the forthcoming chipset have found their way online ahead of the chipset's release, which among other things will support DDR4 memory.