graphics card http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/225/ en Gigabyte Aims Shrink Ray at Maxwell, Ends Up with a Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970 http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_aims_shrink_ray_maxwell_ends_mini_itx_geforce_gtx_970_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_gtx_970_mini_itx.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" title="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Tiny graphics card packs a Maxwell-sized bite</h3> <p>It's not the size of the graphics card that matters, but the potency of the GPU inside, right? We'll find out when we get our hands on <strong>Gigabyte's mini ITX variant of the GeForce GTX 970</strong> (GV-N970IXOC-4GD). Though it's tiny by comparison to a full size GeForce GTX 970 video card, Gigabyte's mini ITX version is actually overclocked to run at a base clockspeed of 1076MHz and a boost clockspeed of 1216MHz.</p> <p>Nvidia's reference design calls for a 1051MHz base clockspeed and 1178MHz boost clockspeed. Granted, Gigabyte's overclock isn't anything crazy, but considering the size of the card, even just running at stock clocks would have been noteworthy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-mini-itx-gtx970-oc,27915.html" target="_blank">According to <em>TomsHardware</em></a>, the cooler is likely based on Gigabyte's WindForce 3X design, except that it only has one fan instead of three. There's an aluminum fin arry underneath, along with a Triangle Cool design to manipulate airflow more effectively.</p> <p>Apparently it works -- Gigabyte claims the card ran at 62C during a Metro Last Light benchmark, compared to a reference card running at 76C in the same test. That kind of cooling potential bodes well for a mini ITX system that's short on space with limited airflow.</p> <p>Gigabyte has priced the card at $330 and will start shipping it next month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_aims_shrink_ray_maxwell_ends_mini_itx_geforce_gtx_970_2014#comments Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 970 gigabyte graphics card Hardware mini itx Video Card News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:27:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28768 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Marks Down Radeon R9 290 and 290X Cards to Compete with Maxwell http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_marks_down_radeon_r9_290_and_290x_cards_compete_maxwell <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/radeon_r9_290x_0.jpg" alt="Radeon R9 290X" title="Radeon R9 290X" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />Taking a trip to 'Hawaii' just got a bit more affordable</h3> <p>Competition is fierce in the graphics card market, and while we've seen AMD and Nvidia duke it out with bundled game offers, it's the price wars that truly get our attention. Speaking of which, Nvidia certainly got AMD's attention when it launched Maxwell during the company's <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/13_million_people_tuned_nvidias_game24_pc_gaming_celebration">GAME24 event</a>, which saw the release of the GeForce GTX 970 and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014">GTX 980</a> for $329 and $549, respectively (MSRPs). <strong>AMD has just responded by cutting the price of its Radeon R9 290 and 290X Hawaii cards</strong>.</p> <p>We'll give <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35946-amd-drops-290-290x-hawaii-prices" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em> credit</a> for the heads up on this one. According to the news and rumor site, AMD is also planning to slash the price of its Radeon R9 280 graphics card, though at present, it's the other two cards that are marked down. Specifically, you can now find the Radeon R9 290X selling for $399 at Newegg, down from its original launch price of $549, and the Radeon R9 290 going for $299, down from $399. In some cases, prices are even lower if you factor in any applicable mail-in-rebate offers.</p> <p>As for the Radeon R9 280X, <em>Fudzilla</em> claims to have heard that it's dropping to as low as $229, though at the time of this writing, the cheapest we found one selling for new (as opposed to refurbished or open box) is $270 ($250 after mail-in-rebate).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_marks_down_radeon_r9_290_and_290x_cards_compete_maxwell#comments amd Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware maxwell nvidia r9 290 r9 290x radeon Video Card News Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:52:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28666 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Press Photo Suggests MSI is Readying a Lite Edition GeForce GTX 970 http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_press_photo_suggests_msi_readying_lite_edition_geforce_gtx_970_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gtx_970_gaming_lite_edition.jpg" alt="MSI GTX 970 Gaming Lite Edition" title="MSI GTX 970 Gaming Lite Edition" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />MSI may release a slower and less expensive version of the GeForce GTX 970</h3> <p>Nvidia has a winning architecture on its hands with Maxwell, and as we've seen in benchmarks, both the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 are fine graphics cards. As is typically the case, Nvidia's third-party partners have taken to customizing the reference designs with their own cooling solutions and factory overclocks, though interestingly <strong>MSI appears to be preparing a Lite Edition of the GeForce GTX 970</strong>.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="http://videocardz.com/52922/msi-geforce-gtx-970-gaming-also-in-lite-edition" target="_blank"><em>videocardz.com</em></a> posted what looks to be a legitimate press image (it's worth noting that they've caught early scoops like this several times in the past) of an MSI GTX 970 Gaming Lite Edition graphics card. If you look closely, you can see the "Lite Edition" label in the lower left corner of the box next to two other labels pimping 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and PCI-E 3.0.</p> <p>There are no specs to share, though <em>videocardz.com</em> says it will indeed be a slower and cheaper version of MSI's regular 970 Gaming card, with pricing in the range of reference (between $330 and $340).</p> <p>For the sake of comparison, MSI's 970 Gaming card boasts 1140MHz core and 1279MHz boost clockspeeds and streets for around $356 shipped. Nvidia's reference design calls for the core and boost clockspeeds to be 1050MHz and 1178MHz, respectively, along with a $329 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_press_photo_suggests_msi_readying_lite_edition_geforce_gtx_970_2014#comments Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 970 graphics card Hardware lite edition msi Video Card News Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:18:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28659 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce 344.16 WHQL Drivers Add Support for GTX 980 and 970 Maxwell Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34416_whql_drivers_add_support_gtx_980_and_970_maxwell_cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gtx_980.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />New GeForce drivers now availble to download</h3> <p>So, you've gone out and acquired one or two of Nvidia's new Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 or GTX 970 graphics cards, is that right? As <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014">our benchmarks show</a>, you'll be happy with your purchase, and you may even see better results than we did when applying the latest WHQL-certified drivers. No need to wait -- <strong>Nvidia's GeForce 344.16 WHQL drivers are now to available to download</strong> and install.</p> <p>In addition to adding support for Nvidia's latest Maxwell cards, the new driver release purportedly offers the best gaming experience for a handful of titles, including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014, and Alien: Isolation, according to the accompanying <a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/344.16/344.16-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">release notes (PDF)</a>.</p> <p>You'll also find added or updated application profiles and 3D Vision profiles for a bunch of games, plus 3D compatibility mode support for Assassin's Creed: Freedom City, Halo: Spartan Assault, Murdered Sould Suspect, and Sniper Elite 3.</p> <p>Hit up <a href="http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us" target="_blank">Nvidia's website</a> when you're ready to grab the new drivers.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34416_whql_drivers_add_support_gtx_980_and_970_maxwell_cards#comments Drivers geforce 344.16 graphics card GTX 970 GTX 980 maxwell nvidia Software Video Card whql News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:22:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28601 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Rolls Out Overclocked and Custom Cooled Strix GTX 980 and GTX 970 Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rolls_out_overclocked_and_custom_cooled_strix_gtx_980_and_gtx_970_cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_strix_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus Strix GTX 980" title="Asus Strix GTX 980" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />Cooler and quieter than reference</h3> <p>Are you of the opinion that speed limits are more like suggestions than enforced rules? Do you believe reference designs are for suckers? If you answered yes to one or both questions, you might be interested in the new <strong>Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 graphics cards from Asus</strong>. Both of these <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014">Maxwell-powered</a> parts sport factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions that are supposedly 30 percent quieter than Nvidia's reference cooler.</p> <p>As Asus is prone to do, it outfitted its new cards with its Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) technology and Super Alloy Power components -- fancy terms for higher end components intended to increase durability and cooling. Both cards also feature a DisplayPort interface to support gaming at up to 4K Ultra HD.</p> <p>The Strix GTX 980 is overclocked to 1279MHz, up from 1126MHz, and the Strix GTX 970 is goosed to 1253MHz, up from 1050MHz. Both sport 4GB of GDDR5 memory that runs at boosted speeds of up to 7010MHz, which is essentially reference.</p> <p>With regards to cooling, the cards use Asus' DirectCU II cooling technology that consists of 10mm heat pipes capable of transporting 40 percent more heat away from the GPU. The design also offers 220 percent more heat dissipation. <a href="http://rog.asus.com/362672014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/press-release-asus-announces-strix-gtx-980-and-strix-gtx-970/" target="_blank">According to Asus</a>, the cards run 30 percent cooler and 3x quieter than reference.</p> <p>Both cards should be available today. At the time of this writing, Newegg shows the Strix 970 as out of stock and priced at $340 (plus $6.31 shipping); there's no listing yet for the Strix 980.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rolls_out_overclocked_and_custom_cooled_strix_gtx_980_and_gtx_970_cards#comments asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware strix gtx 970 strix gtx 980 Video Card News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:58:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28572 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Press Photo of GeForce GTX 970 Suggests Nvidia is Skipping 800 Series http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_press_photo_geforce_gtx_970_suggests_nvidia_skipping_800_series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/zotac_geforce_gtx_970.jpg" alt="Zotac GeForce GTX 970" title="Zotac GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Thank you Zotac for the confirmation!</h3> <p>Supposed benchmarks of Nvidia's forthcoming GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970, and GTX 980M GPUs were <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_gtx_970_and_gtx_980m_benchmarks_purportedly_leaked" target="_blank">leaked to the web</a> earlier this week, and presuming they were real, it would seem that Nvidia is planning to skip right over the 800 Series and jump right into the 900s. Lest there be any lingering doubt, what looks to be <strong>an official press image of Zotac's GeForce GTX 970 graphics card is making its way through cyberspace</strong>.</p> <p>We spotted the image over at <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35737-nvidia-aic-partner-gtx-970-pictured-with-the-box" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which led us over to <a href="http://videocardz.com/52282/zotac-geforce-gtx-970-pictured-the-ultimate-proof-there-are-no-800-series" target="_blank"><em>VideoCardz.com</em></a>. The site says the image was leaked by a Philippine store called PCHUB that was content to consider it a "sneak peek," though we're sure Zotac (and Nvidia) aren't super thrilled about it.</p> <p>In any event, the GeForce GTX 970 is rumored to feature 1,664 CUDA cores, 138 TMUs, and 32 ROPs with a 1051MHz GPU base clockspeed and 1178MHz GPU boost clockspeed. The Zotac card will have 4GB of GDDR5 memory, presumably clocked at 7012MHz on a 256-bit bus.</p> <p>We can also see that Zotac is deviating from the reference cooler in favor of its own custom solution. Since all we have is a photo to go on, there's no word yet of a price or release date, though it's rumored the 900 Series will launch on September 19.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_press_photo_geforce_gtx_970_suggests_nvidia_skipping_800_series#comments Build a PC geforce gtx 970 graphics card Hardware nvidia Video Card zotac News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:13:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28527 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970, and GTX 980M Benchmarks Purportedly Leaked http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_gtx_970_and_gtx_980m_benchmarks_purportedly_leaked <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_card_0.jpg" alt="Nvidia Card" title="Nvidia Card" width="330" height="241" style="float: right;" />Here's a look at how Nvidia's next batch of graphics cards might perform</h3> <p>How about we kick off the work week with some rumors, speculation, and purportedly leaked info, shall we? Sure, why not! What we have tumbling out of the rumor mill today is the notion that Nvidia is going to launch its GeForce 900 Series cards based on its Maxwell architecture on September 19. Specifications are hard to come by, but in the meantime, <strong>some supposed benchmark scores of Nvidia's forthcoming GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970, and GTX 980M are making the rounds in cyberspace</strong>.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="http://videocardz.com/52166/nvidia-geforce-gtx-980-gtx-970-gtx-980m-gtx-970m-3dmark-performance" target="_blank"><em>Videocardsz.com</em></a> posted what they claim are benchmarks of the aforementioned cards, which they then assembled into a neat chart fleshed out with several existing graphics cards. In 3DMark Fire Strike, the GeForce GTX 980 sits pretty high with a score of 13,005 and is only trumped by dual GPU configurations. As a point of reference, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti posted a score of 12.702.There are three different clockspeeds posted for the GTX 980, and that's because <em>Videocardz.com</em> was unable to confirm which is the actual reference clock. The 13,005 score represents the fastest clocked version (1190MHz core). It's surmised that the card sports 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus and a 7GHz memory clock.</p> <div>As for the GTX 970, it scored slightly above a GTX 780 (10,282 versus 10,008, respectively).</div> <div>What's most impressive, however, is the purported performance gain of the GTX 980M. In 3DMark Fire Strike, the 980M scored 9,364, about twice as high as the 870M (4,697) and well above the 880M (5,980). <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> </div> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_gtx_970_and_gtx_980m_benchmarks_purportedly_leaked#comments Build a PC geforce gpu graphics card GTX 970 GTX 980 GTX 980M Hardware nvidia Video Card News Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:58:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28497 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Rolls Out Ares III Dual R9 290X Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_rolls_out_ares_iii_dual_r9_290x_graphics_card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_ares_iii.jpg" alt="Asus Ares III" title="Asus Ares III" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />You know it's a serious card when it comes in a briefcase</h3> <p>See that image of the Ares III? <strong>According to Asus, the Ares III is the world's fastest water-cooled dual R9 290X graphics card on the planet</strong>, and we won't argue that claim. After all, who knows what that thing's lugging inside its metal briefcase. What we do know, however, is that this impressive graphics card is wielding dual AMD Radeon Hawaii XT R9 290X GPUs, both factory overclocked to 1030MHz.</p> <p>It's flanked by 8GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5000MHz and, according to Asus, is 15 percent faster than a GeForce GTX Titan Z when gaming at a 4K resolution</p> <p>Despite the presence of two GPUs, this is a single-slot graphics card. It features a hand-carved EK water block for a precision fit, and when hooked up, the card runs 25 percent cooler than the reference R9 295X2, <a href="http://rog.asus.com/357422014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/press-release-republic-of-gamers-announces-ares-iii/" target="_blank">Asus says</a>.</p> <p>If you need even more speed, Asus points out that the Ares III features Digi+ VRM technology with a 16-phase concrete-core power design and Japanese made 10K black metallic capacitors, which reduces power noise by 30 percent and enhances energy efficiency by 15 percent without generating whines or buzzes. Translation? You can overclock this sucker.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/ares_iii.jpg" alt="Asus Ares III Card" title="Asus Ares III Card" width="620" height="597" /></p> <p>Asus is only making 500 of these cards, which will be available this month. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_rolls_out_ares_iii_dual_r9_290x_graphics_card#comments amd ares iii asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware r9 290x radeon Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:52:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 28487 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Retains Lead in Discrete Graphics Card Business, Shipments Down Overall http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_retains_lead_discrete_graphics_card_business_shipments_down_overall_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_0.jpg" alt="Nvidia" title="Nvidia" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Tablets and embedded graphics are eating into the add-in board market</h3> <p>The latest report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) shows that <strong>graphics add-in board (AIB) shipments during the second quarter of 2014 declined 17.5 percent compared to the previous quarter</strong>. JPR says the market is behaving according to past years, though the decrease was more than the 10-year average. What's also interesting is that the drop in discrete graphics card shipments coincided with a 1.3 percent increase in desktop PC shipments.</p> <p><a href="http://jonpeddie.com/publications/add-in-board-report/" target="_blank">According to JPR</a>, tablets and embedded graphics caused part of the decline. However, "PC gaming momentum continues to build and is the bright spot in the AIB market," with Nvidia reaping the lion's share of the rewards.</p> <p>Nvidia's share of the discrete graphics card market slipped sequentially from 64.9 percent to 62 percent, though barely budged compared to the same quarter a year ago when Nvidia held a 61.9 percent share of the market. Meanwhile, AMD ended the quarter wit ha 37.9 percent share, up from 35 percent in the previous quarter and down slightly from 38 percent a year ago.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_retains_lead_discrete_graphics_card_business_shipments_down_overall_2014#comments amd graphics card jon peddie research jpr nvidia Video Card News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:11:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28419 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Announces Tonga-based R9 285 Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_announces_tonga-based_r9_285_graphics_card249 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Touts it as being faster than Nvidia’s GTX 760</h3> <p>At its “<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_celebrate_30_years_graphics_and_gaming_live_webcast_2014" target="_blank">30 Year of Gaming and Graphics</a>” event, which the company broadcast live via Twitch on Saturday, <strong>Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced the addition of a new graphics card to its Radeon R9 family</strong>. While the Radeon R9 285 is very close to its predecessor, the R9 280, in terms of specs, the new card is built around the company’s new Tonga Pro GPU.</p> <p>The R9 285, which like the R9 280 packs 1792 stream processors, 112 texture processors and 32 ROPs, boasts a maximum boost clock speed of 918MHz (base clock speed unknown), which is a bit less than that of its predecessor. However, with a TDP of 190W,&nbsp; it is considerably more power efficient than the R9 280, which has a 250W TDP. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of their specs:</p> <p><img src="/files/u46168/r9285vs_r9280.png" alt="R9 285 vs R9 280" width="620" height="90" /></p> <p>The R9 285 will go on sale on September 2, 2014 for $249.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_announces_tonga-based_r9_285_graphics_card249#comments amd Gaming gpu graphics card Hardware radeon r9 285 tonga pro News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:45:09 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28408 at http://www.maximumpc.com Falcon Northwest Tiki-Z Micro Tower Totes a Titan Z Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/falcon_northwest_tiki-z_micro_tower_totes_titan_z_graphics_card_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tiki-z.jpg" alt="Falcon Northwest Tiki Z" title="Falcon Northwest Tiki Z" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />A tiny system with the gaming performance of a Titan Z</h3> <p>Of all the systems featuring an <strong>Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card, the Tiki-Z Special Edition from Falcon Northwest </strong>might be the most impressive. That's because the Tiki-Z Special Edition is a micro-tower measuring just 4 inches wide and 13 inches tall --the same size as the standard Tiki and roughly equivalent to the original Xbox console -- yet has enough space to accommodate Nvidia's Titan Z, which is powered by a pair of Kepler GPUs.</p> <p>"Tiki-Z gives our customers the dual GPU option they’ve wanted since Tiki was first released," said Kelt Reeves, president of Falcon Northwest. "They can now play truly demanding 3D games at 4K resolution in a slim PC that can easily fit on anyone’s desk. Tiki-Z takes our power-per-cubic-inch mission to an entirely new level."</p> <p>In order to make room for Nvidia's largest graphics card and keep it cool, Falcon Northwest had to make several modifications, including laser-cut venting with a special exhaust, and the addition of a side window with lighting, which also serves as a custom air intake duct. It also needed help from its hardware partners -- SilverStone created a new version of its tiny 600W PSU.</p> <p>Pricing for the Tiki-Z starts at $5,614 and, for a limited time, will come with an Asus PB287Q 28-inch 4K monitor at no extra charge. Other features include an Asus Z97I Plus motherboard, Intel Core i7 4790K processor, Asetek liquid cooling, 8GB of DDR3-1866 RAM, GeForce GTX Titan Z, Crucial M550 256GB SSD, DVD writer, Windows 8.1, and three-year warranty.</p> <p>The Falcon Northwest Tiki-Z Special Edition is <a href="http://www.falcon-nw.com/promo/tiki-z" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/falcon_northwest_tiki-z_micro_tower_totes_titan_z_graphics_card_2014#comments falcon northwest geforce gtx titan z graphics card Hardware nvidia OEM rigs tiki-z special edition Video Card News Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:33:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28337 at http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA Announces Passively Cooled GeForce GT 720 Graphics Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/evga_announces_passively_cooled_geforce_gt_720_graphics_cards_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_geforce_gt_720.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GT 720" title="EVGA GeForce GT 720" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Available in 1GB and 2GB models</h3> <p><strong>EVGA this week added the GeForce GT 720 with passive cooling to its graphics card lineup</strong>. Compared to integrated graphics, Nvidia says you can expect up to 2x faster web browsing, 5x faster video editing, and 8x faster photo editing. And when it comes time to game, the jump in performance can be up to 70 percent faster, all while taking up just a single slot in your PC, Nvidia says.</p> <p>The EVGA GeForce GT 720 comes with <a href="http://www.evga.com/articles/00864/EVGA-GeForce-GT-720/#2722" target="_blank">1GB</a> or <a href="http://www.evga.com/articles/00864/EVGA-GeForce-GT-720/#2724" target="_blank">2GB</a> of GDDR5 memory and is available in low profile and full height form factors. Other than the amount of RAM and physical size, the specs are the same -- 192 CUDA cores, 797MHz base clock, 1800MHz memory clock, 64-bit bus, 1.43ns memory speed, and 14.4GB/s of memory bandwidth.</p> <p>Connectivity options include VGA, DVI, and HDMI. If you're so inclined, you can drive up to three separate displays at the same time using a single card, <a href="http://www.evga.com/articles/00864/EVGA-GeForce-GT-720/" target="_blank">Nvidia says</a>.</p> <p>The EVGA GeForce GT 720 will be available soon. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/evga_announces_passively_cooled_geforce_gt_720_graphics_cards_2014#comments Build a PC evga geforce gt 720 gpu graphics card Hardware Video Card News Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:31:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28336 at http://www.maximumpc.com Graphics Analysis: Wolfenstein: The New Order http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_analysis_wolfenstein_new_order_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>We compare Wolfenstein: The New Order's low, medium, high, and ultra settings with pics and video</h3> <p>For this graphical analysis feature, we examine the graphical capabilities of Bethesda's Wolfenstein: The New Order. When the first-person shooter was released on PC, it had tons of graphical glitches, which included long load times and massive texture pop-in issues. Luckily, most of these problems have been sorted out with a few patches.</p> <p>Now the new Wolfenstein title is known for being a beautiful-looking game, so we wanted to take this graphical behemoth for a test run to see how it looks across its different graphics presets. Is this game going to show off your graphics card in all of its glory? Read on to find out!<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Neztt453910" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Testing Methodology:</strong></p> <p>We wanted our tests to be easily replicated, so we ran the game in 1080p, using Wolfenstein’s preset graphics options, which include "Low," "Medium," "High”, and “Ultra”. We should mention that the point of this test is to analyze image quality and visual fidelity. This is not a frame rate performance test.</p> <p>We captured our screenshots and video with a fairly beefy gaming rig, which sports an Intel Core i7 4770K CPU, 8GB of 1600MHz G.Skill RAM, and a GTX 780 video card.</p> <p><strong>The settings we used for each test are shown in the screenshots below:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154280/2014-06-02_00001.jpg" alt="Low settings" title="Low settings" width="600" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Low Settings</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154280/2014-06-02_00002.jpg" alt="Medium settings" title="Medium settings" width="600" height="338" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Medium Settings</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/2014-06-02_00003.jpg" alt="High settings" title="High settings" width="600" height="338" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>High Settings</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/2014-06-02_00004.jpg" alt="Ultra settings" title="Ultra settings" width="600" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Ultra Settings</strong></p> <p><strong>Video Scene Analysis:</strong></p> <p>Note: You can click on the images below to see an animated GIF comparing the scene running across low, medium, high, and ultra settings.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Mech scene" href="/files/u154280/output_f9fq3a.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/mech_scene.png" alt="Mech scene" title="Mech scene" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Mech Scene:</strong></p> <p>The first scene has the main character, William Blazkowicz, inside of a mech suit. When the game is rendering in Low settings we see very little detail in our character's clothing. His sleeves gain more texture and color as we go from Low to Ultra settings. The mech suit also has some differences going from Low to Ultra settings, but they’re very minimal. For example, the gauges on the left-hand side gain more texture and lighting as we ramp up graphical fidelity. The rest of the scene looks almost the same across all four presets. Yes, there are a few extra textures sprinkled into the landscape in High and Ultra settings, which Low and Medium don’t have, but again, this a very small difference and you really have to pixel peep to notice them. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Soldier scene" href="/files/u154280/output_qzb5rg.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/soldier_scene_3.png" alt="Soldier scene" title="Soldier scene" width="600" height="338" /></a></p> <p><strong>Soldier scene:</strong></p> <p>In the Soldier scene above, we see there’s less texture and definition in the soldier who’s standing in the left corner of the screen. His clothing gets more texture as we go up in graphical quality. The same can be said for the soldier in the middle of the screen too. The texture quality of his clothing is better in Ultra than in Low settings, but the rest of the scene looks almost the same across the other presets. The dark colors and low lighting in this scene's background make it hard for us to discern any other meaningful differences.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Airplane scene" href="/files/u154280/output_ile9i3.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/airplane_scene.png" alt="Airplane scene" title="Airplane scene" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Airplane scene:</strong></p> <p>The hardest scene to tell any difference between the three presets is the Airplane scene. We couldn’t see anything inside the aircraft which looked noticeably different. The ocean in the game's Ultra preset looks the best of the four scenes, but that’s the only noticeable difference we could effectively draw here. The interior of the cabin looks very similar across all four presets.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong></p> <p>Analyzing Wolfenstein's different visual settings, we were surprised by how hard it was for us to tell the difference between any of the game’s four presets. At times, we really had to dig to bring out the nitty gritty details. In general, we found that characters look more fully realized the higher you crank up the settings. If you’re not looking at soldiers on screen, the game looks very similar across all the settings. The similar look and feel in all four presets is in part due to Wolfenstein's dark color palette. When Wolfenstein adds in more textures onto gray, black, and brown surfaces, it can be hard to notice much of a visual improvement. If the game was brighter and offered a wider color palette, it may be easier to pick up on the differences. Regardless, as it stands, it doesn't look like Wolfenstein: The New Order is going to shock and awe anyone at the highest settings, at least not compared to the game's lower presets.</p> <p>Which game would you like us to do a deep dive graphical analysis on next? Let us know in the comments below!</p> <p><span style="font-style: normal;">Follow Chris on&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: normal;" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117154316323139826718" target="_blank">Google</a><span style="font-style: normal;">+&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: normal;" href="https://twitter.com/chriszele" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_analysis_wolfenstein_new_order_2014#comments graphics analysis graphics card maximum pc pc version settings wolfenstein the new order Gaming News Features Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:03:09 +0000 Chris Zele 28164 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD FirePro S9150 Brings 2.53 TFLOPS of Double Precision Performance to Servers http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_firepro_s9150_brings_253_tflops_double_precision_performance_servers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_firepro_s9150.jpg" alt="AMD FirePro S9150" title="AMd FirePro S9150" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" />Busting through the 2.0 TFLOPS barrier</h3> <p><strong>AMD on Wednesday let loose its FirePro S9150 server card</strong>, supposedly the most powerful server GPU ever built for High Performance Computing (HPC) and the first to support double precision and break the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier. Based on AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the FirePro S9150 is specifically designed for compute workloads and is aided by 16GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit memory interface for up to 320GB/s of memory bandwidth.</p> <p>It has a maximum power consumption of 235 watts, and at full blast, the card is capable of 5.07 TFLOPS of peak single-precision floating point performance, which is up to 18 percent more than the competition, AMD says. Double-precision floating point performance peaks at 2.53 TFLOPS. It's made up of 2,816 stream processors (44 GCN compute units) and is ready to support OpenCL 2.0.</p> <p>"Today’s supercomputers feature an increasing mix of GPUs, CPUs and co-processors to achieve great performance, and many of them are being implemented in an environmentally responsible manner to help reduce power and water consumption," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/worlds-most-powerful-2014aug06.aspx" target="_blank">said David Cummings</a>, senior director and general manager, professional graphics, AMD. "Designed for large scale multi-GPU support and unmatched compute performance, AMD FirePro S9150 ushers in a new era of supercomputing. Its memory configuration, compute capabilities and performance per watt are unmatched in its class, and can help take supercomputers to the next level of performance and energy efficiency."</p> <p>AMD also rolled out its FirePro S9050 GPU with 12GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit bus for up to 264GB/s of memory bandwidth, 1,792 stream processors (28 GCN compute units), and 225W maximum power consumption.</p> <p>Both the <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/graphics/workstation/firepro-remote-graphics/s9150" target="_blank">FirePro S9150</a> and <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/graphics/workstation/firepro-remote-graphics/s9050" target="_blank">FirePro S9050</a> will be available in the third quarter of this year. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_firepro_s9150_brings_253_tflops_double_precision_performance_servers#comments amd firepro s9150 gpu graphics card Hardware server News Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:34:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28300 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X OC Review http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_radeon_r9_290x_oc_review <!--paging_filter--><h3>As good as it gets, if you can find one to buy</h3> <p>Aftermarket Radeon R9 290X GPUs are beginning to make the rounds, and this month we had a WindForce-cooled behemoth from <a title="gigabyte" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/Gigabyte" target="_blank">Gigabyte</a> strutting its stuff in the lab. Unlike last month’s <a title="sapphire tri x r9 290x" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sapphire_tri-x_radeon_r9_290x_review" target="_blank">Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X</a>, this board features a custom PCB in addition to the custom cooler, whereas the Sapphire slapped a huge cooler onto the reference design circuit board. Theoretically, this could allow for higher overclocks on the Gigabyte due to better-quality components, but more on that later.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/windforce14052_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/windforce14052_small.jpg" alt="Unlike the reference design, Gigabyte’s R9 290X is cool, quiet, and overclockable." title="Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X OC" width="620" height="476" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Unlike the reference design, Gigabyte’s R9 290X is cool, quiet, and overclockable.</strong></p> <p>This is the overclocked version of the card, so it clocks up to 1,040MHz under load, which is a mere 40MHz over stock. These boards always have conservative overclocks out of the box, though, and that is by no means the final clock speed for this card. We’ve covered its WindForce cooler in past reviews, so we won’t go into all the details, but it’s a three-fan cooler that only takes up two PCIe slots and uses six heat pipes with inclined heatsinks to better dissipate the warm. It’s good for 450W of heat dispersal, according to Gigabyte, and since the R9 290X is roughly a 300W card (AMD has never given a TDP for this particular model for some reason), the WindForce cooler should be more than up to the job.</p> <p>Like all Radeon R9 290X boards, this sucker is big and long, measuring 11.5 inches. Gigabyte recommends you use at least a 600W power supply with it, and it sports two dual-link DVI ports for 2560x1600 gaming, as well as HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2a if you want to run 4K. The card comes bundled with a free set of headphones. It used to include a free copy of Battlefield 4, but the company told us it was no longer offering the game bundle because it had run out of coupons. The MSRP of the board is $620, but some stores had it for $599 while others marked it up to $700.</p> <p>Once we had this Windy Bad Boy in the lab, we were very curious to compare it to the Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X we tested last month. Since both cards feature enormous aftermarket coolers, have the exact same specs and clocks, and are roughly the same price, we weren’t surprised to find that they performed identically for the most part.</p> <p>If you look at the benchmark chart, in every test the two cards are almost exactly the same—the only exception being Metro, but since that’s a PhysX game, AMD cards can get a bit wonky sometimes. In every other test, the two cards are within a few frames-per-second difference, making them interchangeable. Both cards also run in the mid–70 C zone under load, which is 20 C cooler than the reference design. We were able to overclock both cards to just a smidge over 1,100MHz, as well.</p> <p>“Okay,” you are saying to yourself. “I’m ready to buy!” Well, that’s where we run into a small problem. Gigabyte’s MSRP for this card is $620—the same as the Sapphire Tri-X card—but at press time, the cheapest we could find it for was $700 on Newegg. We can’t ding Gigabyte for Newegg’s pricing, but it’s a real shame these R9 290X cards are so damned expensive.</p> <p><strong>$620,</strong> <a href="http://www.gigabyte.us/">www.gigabyte.us</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_radeon_r9_290x_oc_review#comments Air Cooling amd april issues 2014 Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X OC gpu graphics card Hardware maximum pc Review Reviews Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:52:42 +0000 Josh Norem 28227 at http://www.maximumpc.com