graphics card en Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Lets You Choose Air or Water Cooling for $640 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_0.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Choose your own adventure (in cooling)</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O</strong>, a hybrid thermal solution that lets users choose between air or water cooling. The cooler sports a custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the card's GPU for better heat dispersal, while copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins help whisk heat out and away from the card.</p> <p>Using water cooling, Asus ROG says the Poseidon GTX 980 can achieve temperatures that are up to 27C lower compared to reference, which the company claims will translate into up to 10 percent faster performance in Watch Dogs and 7 percent in Battlefield 4 (through less throttling, presumably).</p> <p>Asus said it used high end components for longevity -- things like black metallic solid state capacitors, 10-phase Super Alloy Power chokes, hardened MOSFETs, and Digi+ VRM for clean and stable voltage. There's also a tough backplate made of aluminum alloy and a die-cast thermal armor with thermal pads to prevent bending.</p> <p>The Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 will be available soon for $640 MSRP.</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> air cooling asus Build a PC games graphics card Hardware poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card water cooling News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 29103 at Asus Pairs GeForce GTX 750 Graphics Card with Passive Cooler <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_geforce_gtx_750_passive.jpg" alt="Asus GeForce GTX 750 Passive" title="Asus GeForce GTX 750 Passive" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />Keep it hush</h3> <p>Do you know what's a great sound when you pass by a home theater PC, or really any type of system for that matter? Trick question -- the answer is nothing, which is what you expect to hear from a silently configured computer. To help you build one, <strong>Asus has released a passively cooled version of the GeForce GTX 750</strong> (GTX750-DCSL-2GD5), or at least it's going to. There's a product page for the card on the company's website, just no press release or domestic retailer listing (yet) that we can find.</p> <p>We stumbled upon the card over at <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a>, a news and rumor site that itself credits Chinese-language website <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a> for first spotting the card. Between the three of us, we've been unable to locate the card selling online in the U.S., though we expect that to change in the near-term considering there exists an official product page and at least one overseas listing.</p> <p>The GeForce GTX 750 is essentially a somewhat gimped version of the Nvidia's Maxwell GM107 GPU with 512 CUDA cores. Asus stuck with Nvidia's reference parameters by keeping the base and boost clocks at 1020MHz and 1085MHz, respectively. The card also boasts <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">1GB</span> 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5010MHz on a 128-bit bus, resulting in 80Gbps of memory bandwidth.</p> <p>So it's a standard GTX 750, in other words, but with a fanless DirectCU Silent cooler that Asus claims lowers temps by 16 percent compared to "conventional passive cards," though there's no mention of how it compares to Nvidia's reference cooler. Cooling is also aided by "exclusively formulated" premium alloys in power delivery components, Asus says.</p> <p>No word on price in the U.S., though the non-passive version from Asus streets for around $115 to $125.</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 cooling directcu ii geforce gtx 750 graphics card Hardware silent computing Video Card News Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:36:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 29068 at Rumor: AMD’s Next-Gen GPU Family is Codenamed ‘Caribbean Islands’ <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="AMD R9 300 Series" title="AMD R9 300 Series" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Sorry Shakespeare, but GPU family names are kinda important</h3> <p>Those next-gen AMD GPU rumors are coming in thick and fast. Late last month, we had someone on Chinese tech forum ChipHell post <a href="" target="_blank">some tantalizing performance numbers</a> that they claimed belonged to an upcoming (presumably a R9 300 series) graphics card and now we have a new report that is questioning something that the tech media has taken for granted until now — <strong>the codename of AMD’s next-gen GPU family</strong>.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Fudzilla</a>, the company’s next-gen GPU series isn’t codenamed “Pirate Islands”, as has been widely believed for what now appears <a href="" target="_blank">an eternity</a>, but “Caribbean Islands.” And lest you not take this report seriously, the author decided to personally vouch for the reliability of the site’s sources, who are apparently “never wrong about these things.” </p> <p>“AMD might actually confirm this at its February investor relations conference. It also shared the news with some of its partners,” Fudzilla said. “We won't go into details and speculate whether this is a planar 20nm or even 16 FinFET generation, as we simply don’t know at this time. We are sure speculation will be rampant and we will find out sooner or later.”</p> <p>Despite the site’s extreme confidence in the accuracy of this info, this is still nothing more than a rumor and therefore we’d like to see something more substantial; perhaps something like a leaked company slide or a customs manifest like the one that recently <a href=";results1=84733030&amp;results2=CANADA&amp;results3=HYDERABAD+AIR+CARGO" target="_blank">confirmed the existence of an AMD GPU codenamed “Fiji XT”.<br /></a><br />As for a specific time frame for the launch, the site admittedly doesn’t have anything more accurate to offer at this stage other than “summer of 2015.” </p> <p>“The timeframe for the launch is not very accurate and we can't pinpoint it, so we are looking at a June to August launch window. That is the best range we can guess.”</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> amd captain jack caribbean islands fiji xt Gaming gpu graphics card Hardware pirate islands radeon r9 300 rumors tonga xt News Mon, 08 Dec 2014 01:16:27 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29046 at Asus Teases Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Graphics Card in Pictures <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_matrix_platinum_gtx_980_box.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Box" title="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Box" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />Early look at Asus' upcoming graphics card</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) says that online reviews of its new <a href="" target="_blank">Matrix Platinum GTX 980 graphics card</a> will hit the web next week</strong>, though in the meantime, it's providing a couple of press photos for an early look. The graphics card maker also revealed some specs about the high-end card, including the fact that it boasts a custom PCB with a 14-phase Super Alloy Power VRM and Black Metallic capacitors.</p> <p>This is a card that LN2 enthusiasts might be interested in, as it sports a memory defroster. Overclockers will also appreciate its safe mode feature for when things go wrong, along with things like the ROG color-coded load indicator and ROG Edition GPU Tweak. For those who don't plan to go crazy with LN2, the card will keep its cool with Asus ROG's DirectCU II cooler with CoolTech fan and 10mm matte-black heat pipes.</p> <p>Oddly enough, Asus didn't reveal the GPU's base clockspeed, though did say its boost clock is configured for 1,342MHz, up from Nvidia's reference clock of 1,216MHz. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory is set at 7,010MHz (effective), same as reference.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_matrix_platinum_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980" width="620" height="422" /></p> <p>Finally, the card will feature three DisplayPort connectors, along with HDMI and dual-link DVI-I display outputs.</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 graphics card Hardware matrix gtx 980 Video Card News Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:05:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 29039 at Asus Points Shrink Ray at GeForce GTX 970, Now Comes in Mini ITX Form <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_geforce_gtx_970_dc_mini.jpg" alt="Asus GeForce GTX 970 DC Mini" title="Asus GeForce GTX 970 DC Mini" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Maxwell gets the mini ITX treatment</h3> <p>The mini ITX form factor has been gaining some serious street cred as of late. Of course, it was only a matter of time, with advances in technology leading to increasingly smaller parts that are much more powerful than their sizes suggest. <strong>The newest tiny treat for mini ITX builders is the <a href="" target="_blank">Asus GeForce GTX 970 CD Mini</a><a style="&quot;float:" title="&quot;Asus" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong>, a small form factor graphics card that willl be right at home in your mini ITX motherboard.</p> <p>It measures just 17cm in length, making for an easy fit inside a compact gaming PC. And not only is the card rocking Nvidia's Maxwell architecture underneath the hood, it also received Asus' DirectCU custom cooling treatment. According to Asus, the DirectCU cooler with vapor chamber offers 20 percent cooler temps and a "vastly quieter" experience compared to reference.</p> <p>Asus didn't gimp the card, either. The GPU is actually overclocked to 1,088MHz base and 1,228MHz boost, up from Nvidia's reference blueprint that calls for 1,050MHz base and 1,178MHz boost clockspeeds. It's also paired with 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7,010MHz (effective) on a 256-bit bus for 224GB/s of memory bandwidth (same as reference).</p> <p>Connectivity options consist of DVI-I and DVI-D ports (one each), HDMI, and DisplayPort.</p> <p>No word yet on the card's price or availability. As points of reference, the Asus Strix GeForce GTX 970 (full size) commands about $350 street. Gigabyte also makes a mini ITX variant of the GTX 970 (GIGABYTE GV-N970IXOC-4GD), and that one streets for around $340.</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 geforce gtx 970 graphics card Hardware mini itx nvidia News Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:37:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29027 at Benchmarks of What Could be the AMD R9 390X Allegedly Leaked <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="AMD Logo" title="AMD Logo" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Numbers point to a powerful yet efficient graphics card</h3> <p>Ever since Nvidia launched the <a href="" target="_blank">GM204-based GTX 980</a> a couple of months back, there has been a great deal of speculation around AMD’s likely response. And with the company itself remaining tightlipped on this subject, speculation and rumors are pretty much all that we have got at this stage. That being said, we are willing to tolerate rumors as long as they come from a credible source and are sufficiently juicy.</p> <p>The purportedly leaked performance numbers of an upcoming high-end graphics card that someone recently posted on Chinese tech forum <a href="" target="_blank">ChipHell</a> are a case in point. As pointed out by <a href="" target="_blank">WCCFTECH</a>, a number of&nbsp; previous GPU benchmarks leaked onto the Chinese site have turned out to be accurate and, for all its worth, these latest benchmark charts are in the same format as many of the accurate ones. (Even so, don’t dispense with that proverbial pinch of salt.) As for the succulence of this rumor, we will let the numbers in the two benchmark charts posted below do the talking.</p> <p>Posted a few days back by a ChipHell user known only by the handle “Junmiu,” the two benchmark charts provide a performance and power efficiency comparison between an <strong>upcoming AMD graphics card codenamed “Captain Jack”</strong> and some of the best GPUs currently on the market.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: ChipHell</em></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> 980 GTX amd r9 390x benchmarks captain jack graphics card Hardware rumor News Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:29:17 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29009 at AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Receive Surprise Price Cut, Now Street Below $800 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/his_radeon_r9_295x2.jpg" alt="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" title="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 drops another $200</h3> <p>Is the best offense a good defense, or is the best defense a good offense? We're not sure, though it looks like AMD has decided to run with the latter -- <strong>dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards can now be found on Newegg for around $770</strong>, seemingly indicating that AMD has gone on the offensive and slashed the price of its flagship card by about another $200. Bear in mind that when these cards launched earlier this year, they were selling for nearly twice as much at $1,500.</p> <p>There has been <a href="">chatter</a> that AMD will release new Hawaii cards next year, though heading into the holiday shopping season, the company doesn't have any GPUs on tap, at least none that we're aware of. That could be one reason for the sizable price cut.</p> <p>The least expensive 295X2 on Newegg is the <a href=";cm_re=radeon_r9_295x2-_-14-161-458-_-Product" target="_blank">HIS Radeon R9 295X2</a>. It's listed at $770 with free shipping, no rebate or coupon code required, and it comes with Civilization: Beyond Earth. The card also qualifies for AMD's Gold tier Never Settle Space Edition, which lets you choose three additional games from a selection of titles that include Thief, Watchdog, PayDay 2, Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and more.</p> <p>VisionTek, XFX, Sapphire, and Diamond also offer models on Newegg for at least a penny below $800.</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 Build a PC gpu graphics card Hardware price cut radeon r9 295x2 Video Card News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28983 at AMD Rumor Points to a Faster Hawaii Graphics Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_0.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon" title="AMD Radeon" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />AMD might not be finished with Hawaii</h3> <p>Ever since AMD launched its Hawaii GPU architecture, there have been rumblings that a faster version exists, perhaps locked away in the Sunnyvale chip designer's underground vault for a rainy day. If that's the case, be on the lookout for storm clouds -- <strong>word on the web is that AMD will launch a faster Hawaii part next year before it comes out with Fiji</strong>. How exactly it will be faster isn't yet known.</p> <p>There are multiple paths AMD could take, from higher clock speeds to more stream processors. AMD could also make optimizations to the architecture, though none of this is confirmed, of course. Whatever the case may be, news and rumor site <em>Fudzilla </em>seems to feel confident that a faster card is coming.</p> <p>"We have learned that AMD plans to launch another Hawaii-based product before it releases Fiji," <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em> said</a>, adding that both are scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2015.</p> <p>If that's the case, the likely scenario will be a faster clocked part. The folks at <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a>, another site that's known for digging up unannounced information, thinks the new Hawaii GPU will be part of the Radeon R9 300 series rather than the current R9 200 series. The site surmises that the recent price cuts indicate AMD wants to push out as many GCN GPUs as they can in the 200 series before bumping up to its first round of R9 300 parts.</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 Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware hawaii Video Card News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:30:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28947 at Nvidia's Mightly Tesla K80 Accelerator Packs Two GPUs, 24GB of GDDR5 Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_tesla_k80.jpg" alt="Nvidia Tesla K80" title="Nvidia Tesla K80" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" />Meet the world's fastest accelerator</h3> <p>If there are any kids within earshot, send them off to play or cover their ears before reading any further, we wouldn't want their little ears being exposed to excited obscenities that may follow. As in, "Holy sh*t, how much RAM!?" Try 24GB of GDDR5 memory, which is how much <strong>Nvidia decided to use on its Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator</strong>, the new flagship offering in the Tesla family.</p> <p>According to Nvidia, the Tesla K80 offers nearly double the performance and memory bandwidth of its predecessor, the Tesla K40. It also boasts ten times higher performance than today's fastest CPUs, as it was designed for the most difficult computational challenges around -- astrophysics, genomics, quantum chemistry, data analytics, and so forth.</p> <p>With two GPUs on board, 24GB of GDDR5 memory, and 4,992 CUDA parallal processing cores, the Tesla K80 boasts 480GB/s of memory bandwidth, 8.74 teraflops of single-precision peak floating point performance, and up to 2.91 teraflops of double-precision peak floating point performance. For the sake of comparison, Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 offers 5 teraflops of single-precision performance.</p> <p>The Tesla K80 has begun shipping to server manufactures -- no word on price.</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 nvidia tesla k80 Video Card News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:08:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28944 at Asus ROG Readies Maxwell for Water, Announces Poseidon GTX 980 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Hybrid thermal solution offers both air and liquid cooling options</h3> <p>Feeling indecisive these days? Don't sweat it -- <strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) this week announced its Poseidon GTX 980 graphics card with DirectCU H20</strong>, a hybrid cooling solution capable of keeping temps at bay by air or water, dealer's choice. The benefit of having both is that you can cool the card by air today and make the leap to liquid cooling down the line, if that's your longer-term goal.</p> <p>According to Asus, the new card runs up to 27C cooler than reference (with water), is three times quieter, and offers 10 percent faster gaming performance in games like Watch Dogs. That's all thanks to the custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the GPU, along with copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins.</p> <p>"ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is also loaded with ROG technologies and innovations, including dual dust-proof fans for increased card longevity, die-cast thermal armor for improved cooling in the crucial MOSFET area, Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with black metallic capacitors for incredible stability and up to a 5X-longer lifespan than reference," <a href="" target="_blank">Asus says</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_opened.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Opened" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Opened" width="620" height="453" /></p> <p>This is the first Maxwell-based card to receive the ROG treatment, which in addition the above includes things like LED lighting and a sturdy backplate.</p> <p>Connectitivy options consist of a native Dual-Link DVI-I port, HDMI 2.0 output, and three Native DisplayPort 1.2 outputs.</p> <p>No word yet on when the card will be available 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> asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware liquid cooling poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card News Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:39:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28898 at AMD Bumps RAM to 8GB on Radeon R9 290X, Announces Civilization: Beyond Earth Bundle <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_r9_290x.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R9 290X" title="AMD Radeon R9 290X" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />Combine bundles for more gaming goodness</h3> <p>The barrage of game bundles continues today with <strong>AMD announcing that qualifying purchases of Radeon R9 295X2, R9 290X, or R9 290 graphics cards will be score a free copy of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth</strong>. Purchases must be made from a participating retailer or e-tailer between today and either February 28, 2015, or when AMD's supply of download codes is exhausted, whichever comes first. But wait, it gets better.</p> <p>AMD says you can combine the offer with its <a href="" target="_blank">Never Settle: Space Edition</a> promotion, meaning even more free games are up for grabs. All three cards mentioned above qualify for the Gold reward tier in the Never Settle bundle, giving you a choice of three additional titles.</p> <p>"I personally have enjoyed more than 500 hours of game time with the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise, and I’m thrilled by what AMD and Firaxis Games have done with the Mantle graphics API to make Beyond Earth a smooth, high-performance marvel," <a href="" target="_blank">said Roy Taylor</a>, corporate vice president, ISV/IHV Partner Group, AMD. "AMD believes that gamers should freely experience that remarkable development work, and our new Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth promotion offers exactly that as a ‘thank you’ to new AMD Radeon customers."</p> <p>There's also a new graphics card thrown into the mix. As <a href="">previously rumored</a>, AMD added an 8GB version of its Radeon R9 290x to its lineup to help with Civilization: Beyond Earth and "next-generation PC games that crave larger GPU frame buffers." The 8GB card will be available sometime this month, though AMD didn't say how much it will cost.</p> <p>That additional on-board memory isn't likely to do much on a Full HD 1080p monitor, but once you get into 4K territory, the larger frame buffer can help with high-resolution textures. The caveat there is that it typically takes two GPUs to game comfortably at 4K. An 8GB card is also a safety of sorts against what tomorrow's games might require.</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 Build a PC games graphics card Hardware radeon r9 290x 8gb sid meier's civilization: beyond earth Software Video Card News Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:14:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28849 at AMD Rumored to Relaunch Radeon R9 290X with 8GB of GDDR5 Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sapphire_radeon_r9_290x_8gb.jpg" alt="Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB" title="Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB" width="228" height="230" style="float: right;" />Is 8GB the new 4GB?</h3> <p>While still a rumor until we catch wind of an official statement or product, <strong>there are multiple reports that AMD is planning to launch a version of its Radeon R9 290X graphics card with a massive 8GB of GDDR5 memory on-board</strong>. We've actually already seen this with Sapphire earlier this year, though it appears AMD wants to see more hardware partners offer an 8GB SKU, including MSI, hence the upcoming relaunch.</p> <p>Over at <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a>, there's a press photo of an MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming graphics card advertised as having 8GB of memory (it appears on the side of the box). Granted, it could be a fancy Photoshop job, but with so much smoke -- plus Sapphire already having paved a path -- there's a good chance we'll see fire.</p> <p>Other companies that have been named in the rumor include Club3D and PowerColor. If true, the good thing about having several vendors jump on board is that there's likely to be some price competition for what would otherwise be a niche product.</p> <p>Why 8GB? It could be in response to separate rumors suggesting Nvidia is planning to launch 8GB versions of its Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards.</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 Build a PC graphics card Hardware radeon R9 290x Video Card News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:31:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28839 at Nvidia Entices Gamers to Upgrade with 'Pick Your Path' Free Game Offer <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pick_your_path.jpg" alt="Pick Your Path" title="Pick Your Path" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Pick your path, not your nose</h3> <p>Graphics card vendors often turn to free game bundles as way to lure players to their wares, and we're all for it -- if vendors want to throw free software at us for upgrading, then so be it! We bring this up because <strong>Nvidia has sweet-talked Ubisoft into letting gamers who purchase a qualifying GeForce GTX graphics card receive a free game</strong> as part of its "Pick Your Path" promotion.</p> <p>GPUs that quality for the offer include the GeForce GTX 780, 780 Ti, 970, and 980. Alternately, if you pick up a notebook rocking a GeForce GTX 970M or 980M inside, it also qualifies. You can then choose to receive a download code for The Crew, Far Cry 4, or Assassin's Creed Unity at no extra cost.</p> <p>"Each game is an excellent example of our GameWorks technology at work. By integrating technologies such as HBAO+ for realistic shadows and TXAA for cinema quality smoothness and enhanced 4K support, Ubisoft delivers games that push the industry forward," Nvidia said in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>The purchase must be made from a participating retailer, e-tailer, or system builder. To find out more, or to redeem your code, visit Nvidia's <a href="" target="_blank">Pick Your Path</a> portal.</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> assassin's creed unity far cry 4 games graphics card nvidia Software the crew ubisoft News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:06:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28838 at Gigabyte Aims Shrink Ray at Maxwell, Ends Up with a Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970 <!--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=",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="" 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 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 AMD Marks Down Radeon R9 290 and 290X Cards to Compete with 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="">GAME24 event</a>, which saw the release of the GeForce GTX 970 and <a href="">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="" 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="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 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