graphics card en Asus Announces Semi Passive Strix GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC Graphics Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_strix_gtx_750.jpg" alt="Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC" title="Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC" width="228" height="232" style="float: right;" />Work in peace and quiet before jumping into a game</h3> <p><strong>Asus today unveiled its new Strix GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC graphics card</strong>, and the first time you install it, you might be inclined to think something's wrong when the fans don't start spinning. Don't fret though, that's by design. Using the company's semi-passive Strix technology, the card's fans will sit there motionless and let the rest of the cooler passively chill the card until thermals reach 65C.</p> <p>That means you can work all day long in silence -- unless your case cooling is atrocious, you're unlikely to reach 65C on the GPU by just typing out TPS reports and surfing the web. Once you fire up a demanding game, however, things are likely to heat up in a hurry, and when they do, the fans will kick on to prevent the card from cooking itself. For games like Counter Strike, if you're playing at 1920x1080, Asus says temps will probably hover around 50C, thus allowing the card to run silent.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to Asus</a>, its cooling solution keeps the card up to 58 percent chillier than a reference cooler and is three times quieter. Using the company's DirectCU II cooling technology, 6mm copper cooling pipes come in direct contact with the GPU for superior heat dissipation. The heatsink area is also 190 percent larger than reference</p> <p>Other specs include a 1,124Mhz base clockspeed, 1,202 boost clockspeed, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5,400MHz (effective) on a 128-bit bus.</p> <p>The Strix GTX 750 Ti OC will be available by the end of July. No word yet on price.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asus Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 750 ti oc graphics card Hardware strix Video Card News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28178 at Palit Releases Passively Cooled KalmX Series Graphics Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/palit_kalmx_gtx_750_ti.jpg" alt="Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX" title="Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" />Pursuing a noise-free gaming experience</h3> <p>Palit isn't a name you see bounced around too often in the U.S., though if you dig around online, you can find the company's products scattered about. <strong>Two of Palit's newest offerings fall under its new KalmX Series of silent graphics cards</strong> -- GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750 Ti. Both of these Maxwell cards sport Palit's new passive cooler for a 0dB solution (provided there's no electrical noise).</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">KalmX cooler</a> consists of two nickel plated heat pipes that snake through a "vast volume" of nickel plated fins to keep the GPU and RAM from overheating. There's also a copper base.</p> <p>No external power is required for either card, which is really a testament to Nivida's Maxwell architecture than anything else. The <a href="" target="_blank">750 KalmX</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">750 Ti KalmX</a> are almost identically spec'd with base and boost clockspeeds of 1,020MHz and 1,185MHz, respectively. However, the 750 features a memory clocksspeed of 2,505 MHz to achieve memory bandwidth of 80.16GB/s, while the 750 Ti's memory runs at 2,750MHz for 88GB/s of bandwidth. There's also a slight difference in TDP -- 60W (750 Ti) versus 55W (750).</p> <p>Palit didn't say when these cards will be available to purchase or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC cooling geforce gtx 750 ti graphics card Hardware kalmx palit silent News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:45:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28176 at Alienware Starts Offering Nvidia's Titan Z in Aurora Desktop, Price Temporarily Discounted <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_titan_z.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX Titan Z" title="GeForce GTX Titan Z" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />When two gaming hardware worlds collide</h3> <p>Dell's Alienware Aurora gaming desktop is getting an introduction to Nvidia's mighty Titan Z graphics card, and vice versa. That's to say that <strong>you can now configure an Alienware Aurora desktop with a Titan Z graphics card</strong>, and to kick off the coming together of two powerhouses, the starting price has been temporarily reduced from $3,799 to $3,609.05, a savings just shy of $190.</p> <p>“The GeForce GTX Titan Z is a gaming monster, built to power the most extreme gaming rigs on the planet. With a massive 5760 cores, 12 GB of 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory, and the most advanced power delivery system, it’s the fastest graphics card we’ve ever made. Experience incredible speed and cool, quiet performance—all in a stunning aluminum design," Nvidia said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>A baseline configuration containing a Titan Z also includes an Intel Core i7 4820K processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 2TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 24X DVD burner, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. You can also upgrade your configuration just about as far as your budget allows.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> alienware aurora Desktop Gaming graphics card Hardware nvidia OEM rigs titan z News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28130 at Overclocked EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card Tops 2GHz, Sets 3DMark Record <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingpin_classified_780_ti.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin" title="EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Blowing past the 2GHz barrier</h3> <p><strong>A pair of renowned overclockers used an EVGA graphics card to blast through the 2GHz barrier</strong> en route to setting a new 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme world record. Vince "K|GNP|N" Lucido and Illya "Tin" Tsemenko accomplished the feat with an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card plugged into an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard and powered by an EVGA brand (what else?) power supply.</p> <p>In doing so, the overclocking duo were able to coax the GPU to run at 2,025MHz, which set a record in and of itself. At that frequency, the team completed a successful 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme run and posted a <a href="" target="_blank">record breaking score</a> of 8,793 points. Here's how it scored by category:</p> <ul> <li>Graphics Score: 9,230</li> <li>Physics Score: 20,896</li> <li>Combined Score: 3,954</li> </ul> <p>"These accomplishments once again prove EVGA's dedication to the enthusiast community, and why EVGA hardware is the number one choice for gamers and extreme overclockers," EVGA was quick to boast.</p> <p>Other parts of the record breaking configuration included an Intel Core i7 4960X processor overclocked to 5.6GHz, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3-1600 RAM, 120GB G.Skill Phoenix III SSD, and Windows 7 64-bit.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 3dmark Build a PC evga geforce gtx 780 ti graphics card Hardware overclocking Video Card News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:16:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 28127 at Origin PC Shoves a Titan Z Inside Chronos, Dubs It World's Smallest 4K Gaming System <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chronos.jpg" alt="Origin PC Chronos" title="Origin PC Chronos" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Big time gaming performance from a small form factor system</h3> <p>Give credit to Origin PC for never letting its lineup of gaming PCs grow stagnant, including its small form factor Chronos option. In the past few months alone, the boutique builder <a href="">added a micro tower option</a> to Chronos and <a href="" target="_blank">upgraded its internals</a> with Intel 9 Series Z97 motherboard options. What's next? Try 4K gaming. <strong>Origin PC today announced the availability of Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX Titan Z in its Chronos micro tower</strong>, which it now bills as the world's smallest 4K gaming PC.</p> <p>"So far, 4K gaming PCs have been required to be in large tower cases with multiple video cards. It’s amazing to see that in such a short amount of time we are already offering a true 4K gaming PC in a micro tower that can sit vertically on your desk, or horizontally in your living room," said Kevin Wasielewski, Origin PC CEO and co-founder. "The Chronos micro tower with a 12GB Nvidia Titan Z is the most gaming power I have ever seen in such a small chassis."</p> <p>The Chronos comes in four different SFF and two mini-tower case options -- Corsair 250D, Silverstone RV201, Silverstone SG08, EVGA Hadron Air, Corsair 350D, and Silverstone FT03. All of them can accommodate the Titan Z, which is roughly a $3,000 upgrade over the stock GeForce GTX 750 that comes standard in some configurations.</p> <p>Pricing for a complete Chronos setup can vary wildly depending on which parts you choose. There's a lot of flexibility in component choices, such as 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB RAM options in DDR3-1600, 1866, or 2133, as well as "Premium" RAM options (Corsair Dominator Platinum).</p> <p>As previously mentioned, the <a href="" target="_blank">Titan Z is available now</a> as a GPU option in the Chronos.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 4k chronos Gaming geforce gtx titan z graphics card Hardware nvidia OEM origin pc rigs uhd ultra hd News Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:28:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 27975 at A Quick History of Multi-GPU Video Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/voodoo2creatfb.jpg" alt="Voodoo2" title="Voodoo2" width="250" height="124" style="float: right;" />Join us as we look back at the storied history of multi-GPU cards</span></h3> <p>The Voodoo-line of graphics cards might be long gone, but their impact is still felt today. They ushered in a new era of consumer PCs with relatively powerful video cards that could power the ultra demanding games of yesteryear like Quake and Unreal. It all started with the 3Dfx Voodoo2 and has continued on with modern cards like the Titan Z and R9 295X2.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some of these boards were more important, popular, and successful than others, but they're all important in the history of consumer graphics cards.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before we run down the list, it's important that we explain what exactly a GPU is. The term was first coined as part of Nvidia's marketing for the GeForce 256. The company defined it as "a single-chip processor with integrated transform, lighting, triangle setup/clipping, and rendering engines that is capable of processing a minimum of 10 million polygons per second." For our purposes we're sticking with the idea that a GPU is any processor that's specifically made to render pixels.</p> <p>Do you own any dual-GPU cards?</p> amd ati dual-gpu fastest Gaming graphics card history multi nvidia two graphics cards Video Card voodoo Features Fri, 30 May 2014 17:08:23 +0000 Ben Kim 27876 at Nvidia's Dual GPU GeForce GTX Titan Z Graphics Card Arrives <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/titan_z.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />Two-headed beast from Team Nvidia is ready to hit the town</h3> <p>We're getting bombarded with press releases from <a href="">boutique builders</a> and graphics card makers announcing the availability of Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan Z, and with good reason. Today is the day <strong>Nvidia is launching the dual-GPU Titan Z</strong>, which brings tons of pixel pushing power to the gaming and high-end graphics scene. If you really want to make a statement (and a dent in your bank account), you can grab two and rock a quad-SLI rig.</p> <p>"GTX Titan Z is the fastest and most advanced graphics card we’ve ever made. A technical masterpiece, designed from top to bottom for record breaking performance, the innovatively-designed GTX Titan Z has 12 GB of 7Gbps video memory, a 12 phase power supply with dynamic power balancing, full speed double precision support, 5,760 CUDA cores, and two GK110 GTX Titan Black GPUs to power 3840x2160 resolutions," Nvidia says.</p> <p>According to Nvidia, the double-precision computational power of multiple GTX Titan Z-accelerated systems now eclipses that of multi-million dollar supercomputers, and does it while using a fraction of the power and space. Pretty impressive.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>You have to pay to play in this kind of high-end territory with an MSRP that sits at $2,999. Expect to see custom cooled models going for even more.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC dual-gpu geforce gtx titan z graphics card Hardware nvidia Video Card News Wed, 28 May 2014 15:26:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 27892 at Maingear Now Offering Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z Graphics Card Options on All Desktops <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/maingear_titan_z.jpg" alt="Maingear Titan Z" title="Maingear Titan Z" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />Systems sporting a Titan Z start at $4,292</h3> <p>Boutique builder <strong>Maingear is now letting users configure desktops with Nvidia's dual-GPU <a href="">GeForce GTX Titan Z</a></strong> graphics card. The GPU option is available across Maingear's entire line of desktops, including the SHIFT, F131, Vybe, Rush, and Force. Not for the faint of wallet, pricing starts at just under $4,300 for a Vybe H81 equipped with a Titan Z, though if you're going that route, we suggest making a few upgrades.</p> <p>The least expensive configuration with a Titan Z comes with a Gigabyte GA-H81M-HD3 motherboard, Intel Core i3 4330 processor, 8GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 RAM, 500GB Seagate Barracuda HDD (7200 RPM), 24X DVD burner, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.</p> <p>If you're spending north of four grand, you might as well go the extra mile and upgrade to a solid state drive, faster processor, and perhaps twice as much RAM. And you certainly can -- Maingear offers a litany of customization options.</p> <p>The Titan Z rocks 5,760 cores and 12GB of onboard memory for 8 TeraFLOPS of performance. Not only will it happily handle today's 4K displays, but Nvidia says it's primed for next-generation 5K monitors (whenever those might come out) and multi-monitor gaming setups.</p> <p>Head over to <a href="" target="_blank">Maingear</a> to configure (or just window shop) a Titan Z gaming desktop.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> geforce gtx titan z graphics card Hardware maingear nvidia OEM rigs News Wed, 28 May 2014 13:50:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 27890 at Nvidia GeForce 337.88 Driver Now Available to Download <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_close.jpg" alt="GeForce Close" title="GeForce Close" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />New drivers coincide with Watch Dogs launch</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia on Monday launched new GeForce 337.88 WHQL certified drivers</strong> in preparation for today's release of Ubisoft's much anticipated Watch Dogs title. According to Nvidia, this latest release "ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for Watch Dogs." In addition, Nvidia promises performance gains of 10 percent or more in several titles at 2560x1400 and 3840x2160 (4K) resolutions.</p> <p>Some of these include Call of Duty: Ghosts, F1 2013, Hitman Absolution, Sniper v2, DiRT 3, Just Cause 2, Team Fortress 2, Sleeping Dogs, Thief, and a few others.</p> <p>Nvidia also said it made some key DirectX optimizations that should result in lower game loading times and "significant performance increases" in a bunch of titles compared to the previous 335.23 WHQL drivers. You can also expect CPU overhead reductions, which should improve performance across the board.</p> <p>You find out more in the <a href="" target="_blank">Release Notes (PDF)</a> and the grab the updated drivers direct from <a href="" target="_blank">Nvidia</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 337.88 driver Gaming geforce gpu graphics card nvidia Software Video Card watch dogs News Tue, 27 May 2014 15:38:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 27882 at AMD Gets a Handle on Production, Pricing for Radeon R9 Graphics Cards No Longer Inflated <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/r9_270.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R9" title="AMD Radeon R9" width="228" height="222" style="float: right;" />It's time to go GPU shopping again</h3> <p>Have you put off upgrading your graphics card because you're interested in AMD's R9 series but didn't like the inflated price points (compared to MSRP)? Well, good news, folks -- apparently that's no longer going to be a concern. <strong>AMD is reportedly putting the word out that its entire line of R9 video cards is available</strong>, in stock, and with street prices back down to where they should be.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">news comes from <em>Forbes</em></a>, which says it received the communication direct from AMD's headquarters in a "very carefully" worded manner so as not to come right out and blame the shortage of parts (and subsequent price hikes) on virtual coin mining. However, it's no secret virtual coin mining is the root cause -- AMD's newest GPUs are simply better than Nvidia's at mining cryptocurrencies like Litecoin and Dogecoin, and miners were quick to gobble up inventory.</p> <p>Regardless, R9 cards are now back in stock and priced appropriately. For example, one of the lowest priced Radeon R9 270 graphics cards on Newegg currently is the <a href="" target="_blank">PowerColor model</a> that sells for $170 (and comes with two games). Much higher on the totem pole is a <a href="" target="_blank">Sapphire Radeon R9 290X</a> graphics card for $522 shipped -- it comes with three games.</p> <p>In any event, if it's been some time since you last checked AMD GPU pricing, give it a look -- you might be surprised.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd buiild a pc Gaming graphics card Hardware r9 radeon Video Card News Thu, 15 May 2014 16:47:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 27817 at PowerColor Teases New Devil 13 Graphics Card, Leaked Photos Suggest Radeon R9 295X2 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/devil_13.jpg" alt="PowerColor Devil 13 Radeon R9 295X2" title="PowerColor Devil 13 Radeon R9 295X2" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />PowerColor's next Devil 13 graphics card may require four 8-pin PCI-E power connectors</h3> <p>You might have expected hell would freeze over before you'd ever see a graphics card with the audacity to demand four -- yes FOUR! -- 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. You'd also be wrong. Maybe, anyway -- if leaked photos posted to a Chinese language web forum turn out to be legitimate, then PowerColor's upcoming Devil 13 Radeon R9 295X2 dual-GPU graphics card will have a hellish thirst for electricity.</p> <p>Here's what we know for sure -- PowerColor is conjuring up another Devil 13 graphics card. We know this because the company teased a Devil 13 photograph on its <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> with the caption, "Something very special is coming in May... dare to guess?"</p> <p>Guesses might not be necessary, as a <a href="" target="_blank">handful of blurry photos</a> (aren't they always?) posted to Chip Hell show what the poster claims is PowerColor's Devil 13 Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. One of the photos shows a row of 8-pin PCI-E connectors, four in all, waiting to be filled. That's twice as many as found on a reference Radeon R9 295X2.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/devil_13_r9_295x2_connectors.jpg" alt="PowerColor Devil 13 Radeon R9 295X2 Connectors" title="PowerColor Devil 13 Radeon R9 295X2 Connectors" width="580" height="393" /></p> <p>The rest of the card sports an aggressive design that takes up three slots looks authentic, so we're inclined to believe this is the real deal.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC devil 13 gpu graphics card Hardware powercolor r9 295x2 radeon Video Card News Wed, 07 May 2014 17:59:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 27770 at Grab a Select EVGA GeForce GTX Graphics Card, Score Watch Dogs for Free <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/watch_dogs_0.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs" title="Watch Dogs" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />A sweet deal from EVGA and Ubisoft</h3> <p>The GPU wars certainly heated up in the past year or so, and they don't show any signs of cooling down. It's not just a game of playing leapfrog for the performance crown anymore, either. When all things are equal (or close to being equal), game bundles can be the nudge you need if you're on the fence. With that in mind, <strong>EVGA let us know that it's giving away copies of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards</strong>.</p> <p>The promotion applies to EVGA brand GeForce GTX 660 or higher video cards. Purchases must have been made on or after April 29, 2014 from EVGA's online store.</p> <p>To collect your game code, you need to register your card with EVGA, upload your invoice showing a qualifying purchase, and request a Watch Dogs code by filling out a form.</p> <p>Easy cheesy, right? Full details for the promotion can be found on a <a href="" target="_blank">special page on EVGA's website</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC evga games GeForce GTX graphics card Hardware nvidia Software ubisoft Video Card watch dogs News Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:46:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 27723 at Testing the Speed Limit: Sapphire Launches First Overclocked Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sappire_295x2_oc.jpg" alt="Sapphire Radeon R9 295X2 OC" title="Sapphire Radeon R9 295X2 OC" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />When two stock-clocked GPUs just isn't enough</h3> <p>Kudos to AMD for releasing a monster dual-GPU graphics card that comes standard with a liquid cooling setup, and props to Sapphire for having the gems to overclock AMD's two-headed beast. Available as a limited edition part, <strong>Sapphire said it's now shipping the R9 295X2 OC</strong>, which features two goosed GPUs running at 1030MHz (core) with 8GB of GDDR5 memory pushed up to 5200MHz (effective).</p> <p>Sapphire's also shipping a vanilla version (if you can call it that) of the R9 295X2 that isn't overclocked. Either one will drive your 4K gaming needs, or get you ready for 4K gaming if you're holding out for an ultra-high definition monitor that isn't plagued with goofy issues.</p> <p>As a reminder, AMD just <a href="">recently refreshed</a> its Never Settle Forever game bundle with new titles and also the ability to save codes until a later date. Just bear in mind that you have to purchase your card from a qualifying vendor, details of which you can find on AMD's <a href="" target="_blank">Never Settle Forever page</a>.</p> <p>We've spotted Sapphire's stock clocked model online for around $1,500 (MSRP and street) but have yet to dig up the <a href=";gid=3&amp;sgid=1227&amp;pid=2293&amp;psn=&amp;lid=1&amp;leg=0" target="_blank">OC version</a>. No word from Sapphire on how much it's supposed to cost.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC graphics card Hardware overclocking radeon r9 295x2 sapphire Video Card News Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:10:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 27707 at Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC Review <!--paging_filter--><h3>A ‘Force’ to be reckoned with</h3> <p>The Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC Edition is somewhat like a Maximum PC editor, in that it is powerful and mostly silent. This is the OC Edition we are testing, so it’s in a high state of tune right out of the box, thanks to a colossal “WindForce” cooler that can expel up to 450W of heat—it’s almost overkill on this 250W TDP GPU. Keep in mind we are big fans of overkill, though, particularly when this package costs exactly the same amount of money as the reference board. So, yes, you get all this cooling and overclocking for free.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/9227_big_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/9227_big_small.jpg" alt="The ultra-fancy WindForce cooler sports anti-turbulence inclined fans, copper heat pipes, and vapor chambers." title="Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC " width="620" height="309" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The ultra-fancy WindForce cooler sports anti-turbulence inclined fans, copper heat pipes, and vapor chambers.</strong></p> <p>With all that cooling headroom, Gigabyte has increased the clock speeds on this sucker from the stock 875MHz to 1,020MHz, with its boost clock also increased from 928MHz to 1,085MHz. Since the 780 Ti’s memory is already running at 7GHz, Gigabyte left that untouched, so it remains at stock speeds. At press time the card should be bundled with three top games, but the deal is only “while supplies last,” so check with Gigabyte or the retailer during purchase for the bundle.</p> <p>To test the Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti, we put it up against the reference board from Nvidia, the $1,000 GTX Titan, the $650 Asus Mars 760, and the $550 AMD R9 290X. Since this is the first retail GTX 780 Ti we have tested, we expected it to break some benchmark records. And no surprise, it was the fastest GPU in every test we have, except in Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3 where it lost to the dual-GPU Asus Mars 760 by one lousy frame per second—effectively a tie. We were impressed by how much faster it was than the stock card, too—typically by around 10 percent—which, we will remind you, costs the same.</p> <p>The Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti overclocking performance was also respectable, but not as good as what we saw with the reference card from Nvidia. That card boosted up to 1,241MHz, but the Gigabyte card topped out at 1,176MHz. Under load, the Gigabyte card performed extremely well, hitting just 82 C and running totally silent at all times. The stock cooler hit around 85 C when overclocked and was quite loud. Clearly, the WindForce design reaps benefits both in acoustics and performance.</p> <p>With only the reference board to compare it to, along with the less expensive Radeon R9 290X, it’s impossible to say whether the Gigabyte is the “best” 780 Ti, but it’s damn good, and we can’t imagine how another vendor’s card would be any better at the same price. We can see a card maybe outperforming it by one or two percent, and having better software, but it won’t beat this one on price and certainly not on acoustics.</p> <p><strong>$700,</strong> <a href=""></a></p> Air Cooling fastest February issues 2014 Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC graphics card Hardware maximum pc Review Reviews Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:39:38 +0000 Josh Norem 27683 at AMD's Flagship FirePro W9100 Graphics Card Boasts 16GB of GDDR5 Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_firepro_w9100.jpg" alt="AMD FirePro W9100" title="AMD FirePro W9100" width="228" height="230" style="float: right;" />A professional graphics card designed for next generation 4K workstations</h3> <p>What do you get when you pile on heaps of GDDR5 memory to a slab of silicon rocking a fast GPU? You end up with<strong> AMD's FirePro W9100, a monster graphics card featuring an industry-first 16GB of GDDR5 onboard memory</strong>. According to AMD, the FirePro W9100 spits out up to 2.62 TFLOPS of double precision GPU compute performance, up to 5.24 TFLOPS of peak single precision GPU compute performance, and is prepped and primed for getting work done on 4K ultra high resolution workstations.</p> <p>With that much onboard memory, AMD says professionals will have no trouble multitasking across up to half a dozen displays where they can load massive assemblies and data sets to manipulate, edit, color-correct, and layer in multiple effects to 4K video projects, all in real-time.</p> <p>"Now is the time when 4K displays are more readily available and accessible," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Graphics. "We’re seeing even more applications demand increased memory support while pushing the limits of real-time 4K video production and rendering. AMD has delivered a product at the right time to meet these needs -- the new AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics card -- designed for the most demanding workflows in next-generation workstations."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/amd_firepro_w9100_displayports.jpg" alt="AMD FirePro W9100 DisplayPorts" title="AMD FirePro W9100 DisplayPorts" width="620" height="217" /></p> <p>The new card sports 2,816 stream processors, a 512-bit memory interface, 320GB/s of memory bandwidth, DirectGMA support, and six mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs. It's 28nm GPU is clocked at 930MHz.</p> <p>AMD says the FirePro W9100 will be available this spring from <a href=";lang=eng" target="_blank">Sapphire Technology</a>, AMD FirePro Ultra Workstation providers, and in HP Z820 and Z620 workstations.<span style="text-decoration: line-through;"> No word on how much it will cost to adopt this beast.</span> AMD tells us the MSRP is $3,999.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 4k 9100 amd Build a PC firepro graphics card Hardware Video Card News Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:46:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27580 at