graphics card http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/225/ en 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 MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC Review http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_radeon_r9_270_gaming_oc_review <!--paging_filter--><h3>No surprises here, just a solid 1080p card</h3> <p><a title="msi" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/msi" target="_blank">MSI</a> is offering two flavors of its midrange Radeon R9 270 GPU, formerly known as the <a title="7870 GHz" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/radeon_hd_7870_ghz_edition" target="_blank">Radeon HD 7870 GHz edition</a>. There is a standard model and one with an “X” after its name. The difference between the two is the X model has slightly higher core and boost clocks, but otherwise the two cards are the same and are both based on AMD’s Pitcairn GCN core, which is a 28nm part that debuted in 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/r9_270x_gaming_2gd5v303_3d1_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/r9_270x_gaming_2gd5v303_3d1_small.jpg" alt="Don’t bother with the R9 270X—the non-X version shown here is just fine. " title="MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC" width="620" height="487" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Don’t bother with the R9 270X—the non-X version shown here is just fine. </strong></p> <p>The card in front of you is the MSI R9 270 Gaming model, which is a stock R9 270 with a mild overclock, hence the word “Gaming” in its moniker. It has an MSRP of $180, while the X version is roughly $20 more, though street prices are higher due to the mining craze and short supply. For those who are prone to guffawing at a card that is merely rebadged and price-dropped, this is par for the course and actually good news for gamers. That’s because both Nvidia and AMD refine their manufacturing processes over time, so by the time a GPU gets a rebadge, it’s often able to run at higher clocks with better efficiency for a much lower price. The bottom line is that this card once had a $350 price tag and now costs less than $200, so there’s very little to complain about.</p> <p>To rehash the specs, this is a card with a base clock of 900MHz and a boost clock of 975MHz, which is 50MHz higher than the reference board. It has 2GB of GDDR5 memory that runs at 5.6GHz, and 1,280 stream processors. Since this is not new silicon, the card does not offer support for TrueAudio, but as it’s a Graphics Core Next (GCN) card, it does support AMD’s new Mantle API (at press time, BF4 was not optimized for Mantle with the R9 270, but AMD said it’s “being investigated”). As a midrange GPU, the R9 270 has a low-ish TDP of 150w, and therefore requires only a single six-pin PCIe connector for power—an advantage over the 270X, which requires two six-pin connectors. Interestingly, the R9 270 doesn’t have a direct competitor from Nvidia since it costs just a bit over $200, so it sits right in between the $250 GTX 760 and the $150 GTX 650 Ti (the Ti Boost is out of stock everywhere, but costs around $175). The GTX 660 is about the same price, but that card is ancient, so we compared it to the more-expensive GTX 760.</p> <p>Overall, we had a pleasant testing experience with the MSI R9 270 card. It was quiet and cool—never getting hotter than <br />60 C—and was totally stable. It ran the grueling new Star Swarm demo over a weekend with nary a hiccup, and we were also able to overclock it to 1,140MHz boost clock, which netted a 10 percent bump in performance. Basically, we found its performance exactly in line with its price, in that it was a bit slower than the more-expensive GTX 760 in all the games we test aside from Tomb Raider, which is an AMD game.</p> <p>In the end, there’s nothing wrong with the MSI R9 270 Gaming OC and we have no problem recommending it. However, we’d still go with the GTX 760 just because it is quite a bit faster in many games, and only costs $30 more. If Mantle support is important to you, though, feel free to pull the trigger.</p> <p><strong>$220 (street),</strong> <a href="http://www.msi.com/index.php">www.msi.com</a></p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Note: This review was originally featured in the April 2014 issue of the&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="maximum pc mag" href="https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/IM/MAX/MAX-subscribe.jsp?cds_page_id=63027&amp;cds_mag_code=MAX&amp;id=1366314265949&amp;lsid=31081444255021801&amp;vid=1&amp;cds_response_key=IHTH31ANN" target="_blank">magazine</a><span style="font-style: italic;">.</span></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_radeon_r9_270_gaming_oc_review#comments april issues 2014 graphics card Hardware maximum pc msi radeon r9 270 oc Review videocard Reviews Videocards Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:39:42 +0000 Josh Norem 28096 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 290X Review http://www.maximumpc.com/sapphire_tri-x_radeon_r9_290x_review <!--paging_filter--><h3>A real gem of a GPU</h3> <p>For those who haven’t kept up with current events: Late last year AMD launched its all-new Hawaii GPUs, starting with its flagship Radeon R9 290X that featured a blower-type cooler designed by AMD. In testing, it ran hotter than any GPU we’ve ever tested, hitting 94 C at full load, which is about 20 C higher than normal. AMD assured everyone this was no problemo, and that the board was designed to run those temps until the meerkats came home. It was stable at 94 C, but the GPU throttled performance at those temps. The stock fan was also a bit loud at max revs, so though the card offered kick-ass performance, it was clearly being held back by the reference cooler.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/sapphire_13650_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/sapphire_13650_small.jpg" alt="The Tri-X throws off AMD’s meh cooler." title="Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 290X" width="620" height="413" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Tri-X throws off AMD’s meh cooler.</strong></p> <p>Therefore, we all eagerly awaited the arrival of cards with aftermarket coolers, and this month we received the first aftermarket Radeon R9 290X—the massive triple-fan Tri-X model from Sapphire; and we must say, all of our Radeon prayers have been answered by this card.</p> <p>Not only does it run totally cool and quiet at all times, but because it runs so chilly it has plenty of room to overclock, making it a card that addresses every single one of our complaints about the reference design from AMD. There is one caveat: price. The Sapphire card is $50 more expensive than the reference card at $600, but you are obviously getting quite a bit of additional horsepower for your ducats.</p> <p>When we first fired it up, we were amazed to see it hit 1,040MHz under load, and stay there throughout testing. Even more surprising were the temps we were seeing. Since the reference card hits 94 C all day long, this is obviously a really hot GPU, but the Sapphire Tri-X cooler was holding it down at a chilly 75 C. The card was whisper-quiet too, which was also a pleasant surprise given the noise level of the reference cooler. We were also able to overclock it to 1,113MHz, which is a turnaround in that we could not overclock the reference board at all since it throttles at stock settings.</p> <p><strong>$600,</strong> <a href="http://www.sapphiretech.com/landing.aspx?lid=1">www.sapphiretech.com</a></p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Note: This review was originally featured in the March 2014 issue of the&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="maximum pc mag" href="https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/IM/MAX/MAX-subscribe.jsp?cds_page_id=63027&amp;cds_mag_code=MAX&amp;id=1366314265949&amp;lsid=31081444255021801&amp;vid=1&amp;cds_response_key=IHTH31ANN" target="_blank">magazine</a><span style="font-style: italic;">.</span></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sapphire_tri-x_radeon_r9_290x_review#comments Air Cooling amd gpu graphics card Hardware March issues 2014 maximun pc Review Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 290X Reviews Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:09:13 +0000 Josh Norem 28024 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Announces Semi Passive Strix GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/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="http://rog.asus.com/338932014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/pr-asus-announces-strix-gtx-750-ti-oc/" 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="//www.youtube.com/embed/27hBljJjmGI" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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_announces_semi_passive_strix_geforce_gtx_750_ti_oc_graphics_card#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Palit Releases Passively Cooled KalmX Series Graphics Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/palit_releases_passively_cooled_kalmx_series_graphics_cards_2014 <!--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="http://www.palit.biz/enews/event/worldwide/GTX750_Kalm/Palit-GTX750_Kalm-en_01.php" 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="http://www.palit.biz/palit/vgapro.php?id=2377" target="_blank">750 KalmX</a> and <a href="http://www.palit.biz/palit/vgapro.php?id=2378" 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="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/palit_releases_passively_cooled_kalmx_series_graphics_cards_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Alienware Starts Offering Nvidia's Titan Z in Aurora Desktop, Price Temporarily Discounted http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_starts_offering_nvidias_titan_z_aurora_desktop_price_temporarily_discounted_2014 <!--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="http://na.alienwarearena.com/news/nvidia-titan-z-now-available" 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="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/alienware_starts_offering_nvidias_titan_z_aurora_desktop_price_temporarily_discounted_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Overclocked EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card Tops 2GHz, Sets 3DMark Record http://www.maximumpc.com/overclocked_evga_geforce_gtx_780_ti_graphics_card_tops_2ghz_sets_3dmark_record_2014 <!--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="http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2382812" 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="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/overclocked_evga_geforce_gtx_780_ti_graphics_card_tops_2ghz_sets_3dmark_record_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Shoves a Titan Z Inside Chronos, Dubs It World's Smallest 4K Gaming System http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_shoves_titan_z_inside_chronos_dubs_it_worlds_smallest_4k_gaming_system_2014 <!--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="http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_adds_micro_tower_option_chronos_line_desktop_gaming_rigs_2014">added a micro tower option</a> to Chronos and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_upgrades_desktops_systems_intel_9_series_z97_motherboards" 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="http://www.originpc.com/gaming/desktops/chronos/" target="_blank">Titan Z is available now</a> as a GPU option in the Chronos.</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/origin_pc_shoves_titan_z_inside_chronos_dubs_it_worlds_smallest_4k_gaming_system_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com A Quick History of Multi-GPU Video Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/quick_history_multi-gpu_video_cards_2014 <!--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> http://www.maximumpc.com/quick_history_multi-gpu_video_cards_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia's Dual GPU GeForce GTX Titan Z Graphics Card Arrives http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidias_dual_gpu_geforce_gtx_titan_z_graphics_card_hits_retail_2014 <!--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="http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_now_offering_nvidia_geforce_gtx_titan_z_graphics_card_options_all_desktops_2014">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="//www.youtube.com/embed/gw7yFAdBZu8" 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="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/nvidias_dual_gpu_geforce_gtx_titan_z_graphics_card_hits_retail_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Maingear Now Offering Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z Graphics Card Options on All Desktops http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_now_offering_nvidia_geforce_gtx_titan_z_graphics_card_options_all_desktops_2014 <!--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="http://www.maximumpc.com/gpu_doubletake_nvidia_launches_dual-gpu_geforce_titan_z_2999">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="http://www.maingear.com/index.php" target="_blank">Maingear</a> to configure (or just window shop) a Titan Z gaming desktop.</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/maingear_now_offering_nvidia_geforce_gtx_titan_z_graphics_card_options_all_desktops_2014#comments geforce gtx titan z graphics card Hardware maingear nvidia OEM rigs News Wed, 28 May 2014 13:50:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 27890 at http://www.maximumpc.com