What do you do when you see your enemy twisting in the wind? You strike, of course, and that's exactly what AMD predictably decided to do as rival Nvidia goes into damage control concerning the memory controversy on its GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. AMD and its partners have lowered the price of their Radeon R9 290X graphics cards to as low as $280 after rebate, or $300 without.
Upcoming driver could improve GTX 970's memory performance
Nvidia really stepped in a pile of PR poo when it was discovered that there was an internal communication gaffe over the way the GeForce GTX 970 handles its 4GB of onboard memory and the resulting specs. In short, the GTX 970 has 56 ROPs and 1,792KB of L2 cache instead of matching the GTX 980's 64 ROPs and 2,048KB of L2 cache as originally advertised. However, Nvidia wants to make things right and has offered to help GTX 970 owners obtain a refund, if need be. Should you go that route?
Asus and EVGA represent, plus DSR and VSR benchmarks
One of the nice things about PCs is that your budget has a wide range of entry points. If you don't need the heavy lifting of an Nvidia GTX 980 or an AMD Radeon 290X, you don't have to cough up hundreds of dollars for one. Both companies offer a variety of stuff to fit your budget. Historically, Nvidia's cards ending in "60" -- like the 560, 660 and 760 – have offered performance in between the premium cards and the more economical choices. Nvidia's latest, the GTX 960 is no exception. With a 128-bit memory bus, a little over a thousand shader cores, and 2GB of VRAM, it's not designed to be a giant leap over the GTX 660. But it's not designed to be modest, either.
What better way to end the work week than by spying a glimpse of the real-deal Maxwell part we've all been waiting for? Winning the lottery? Okay, you got us on that one, but this is a cool (not close) second. Assuming the pictures making the rounds in cyberspace are real, you can take a look at Nvidia's forthcoming GM200-400-A1 GPU nestled into an engineering board (180-1G600-1102-A04).
You can’t buy driverless cars just yet, but Nvidia is hoping to change that over time with its new Tegra X1 system-on-a-chip. The SoC is an offshoot of Nvidia’s K1 chip and is based on the company’s Maxwell GPU architecture, which is currently implemented in its GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards. While consumer-grade self-driving cars are still a ways off, the X1 is being designed to help with auto-assisted driving.
One is the world’s maiden G-Sync enabled IPS monitor and the other the first with an edge-to-edge frameless display
Acer has officially announced the 27-inch XB270HU gaming monitor that we told you about in November. Specs-wise, it’s not exactly what we had expected it to be, though. What we thought would be another TN (twisted nematic) panel display with G-Sync has, to our pleasant surprise, turned out to be the world’s first G-SYNC enabled gaming monitor with an IPS display. But it is not the only upcoming Acer gaming monitor to pack a world-first design choice.
Looking back at another wild year in the tech sector
Two years ago, the world was supposed to end, based on the Mayan calendar. And last year, we heard about the death of the PC ad nauseam. Of course, neither of those things happened, setting up yet another event-filled 12 months of technology news that ran the gamut from a major security flaw affecting nearly every website on the Internet, to Blizzard announcing its first new PC game franchise in 17 years, plus a whole lot more.
A new mid-range GTX 900 Series card may be imminent
We expect to see quite a few product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, which runs from January 6-9. However, rumor has it one part that won't make the trip is Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960 graphics card. Instead, a Chinese-language website thinks it's privy to Nvidia's plan to launch the GeForce GTX 960 on January 22, 2015.
GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI notebook users steer clear of this one
Nvidia today made available its latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09 WHQL, which the company claims will give users the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous. Otherwise, there's not a ton to cover in the new driver update -- it includes the usual round of 3D Vision Profile updates, along with the addition of 3D Compatibility Mode for select titles. There's also a warning.
For best performance in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Standard warning always applies to pre-release software and drivers -- if you'e running a mission critical rig or otherwise need to minimize the risk of buggy behavior, then stay away. Savvy? For everyone else, especially those who want to live on the cutting edge, be advised that Nvidia just made its GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09, available to download in beta form.