nvidia http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/320/ en No BS Podcast #229: Nvidia Responds to AMD's Allegations (and Shows off Shield Tablet) http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_229_nvidia_responds_amds_allegations_and_shows_shield_tablet <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160416/gameworks.jpg" width="339" height="104" class="img-float-right" /></h3> <h3>Nvidia defends themselves against AMD's cheating allegations</h3> <p>A few weeks back in <a title="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #226" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_226_-depth_interview_amd_graphics_guru_richard_huddy">the Maximum PC No BS Podcast #226</a>, AMD's newly arrived Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy made some bold accusations about Nvidia's developer relations, such as accusing the company of handing out "black box" files designed to make Radeon cards look bad, and using sketchy contract clauses.&nbsp;Nvidia's Distinguished Engineer Tom Petersen and Senior Director of Engineering Rev Lebaradian&nbsp;came on to <a title="no bs podcast 229" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_229_20140724.mp3 " target="_blank">podcast 229</a> to tell Nvidia's side of the story (<strong>Spoilers:</strong>&nbsp;They deny the cheating allegations). 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Teased earlier this year, <strong>Asus ROG officially announced the Swift PG278Q this week</strong>, a 27-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, blazing fast 1ms response time, and Nvidia G-Sync technology. It isn't 4K, but it is prepped and primed for gaming at high res.</p> <p>User can cycle through 60Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz display modes courtesy of the panel's Turbo key for one-click switching. With a compatible graphics card, Nvidia's G-Sync technology will synchronize the display's refresh rate to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. And regardless of refresh rate, you'll enjoy a 2560x1440 resolution spread out over 27 inches of screen real estate for a pixel density of 109 ppi.</p> <p>"The ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor features the ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkey with crosshair overlay and timer functions. The former gives gamers a choice of four different crosshairs to suit their gaming environment, while the latter provides an on-screen timer to help keep track of spawn and build times," <a href="http://rog.asus.com/340122014/gaming-monitors/pr-asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-swift-pg278q-gaming-monitor/" target="_blank">Asus explains</a>.</p> <p>There's also a 5-way navigation joystick for easy access to the OSD settings, a smart air vent design that helps in dissipating heat after extended gaming sessions, a slim profile with a 6mm bezel, a cable management design feature found on the back of the panel, built-in USB 3.0 hub (2 down, 1 up), and an ergonomic stand that supports tilt, swivel, and pivot.</p> <p>The Swift PG278Q will be available in North America by the end of August for $799.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ekXHvEK2bbI" 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_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release#comments asus display g-sync Hardware monitor nvidia panel pg278q Republic of Gamers ROG swift News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28238 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Shield Tablet Revealed http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_revealed_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>8-inch tablet, Wi-Fi Direct controller, and Tegra K1</h3> <p>After many rumors of a new Shield device, Nvidia has revealed its new Shield Tablet. Powered by Android, the 8-inch gaming tablet succeeds Nvidia’s original Shield handheld gaming device, which is now dubbed the Shield Portable.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/shield_tablet_shield_controller_trine2.jpg" alt="shield tablet" title="shield tablet" width="620" height="404" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Introducing the Nvidia Shield Tablet</strong></p> <p>At the heart of the tablet is the company’s new top-tier mobile SoC, the Nvidia Tegra K1. The quad-core ARM chip features 192 CUDA cores with a 2.3GHz max clock speed. K1 supports a variety of APIs and features which include OpenGL ES 3.1, AEP, OpenGL 4.4, DX12, Tessellation, CUDA 6.0. Nvidia claims that the K1 can do all of this while consuming less than two watts of power.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rh7fWdQT2eE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Play the video above to see an Nvidia rep give us a demo of the Shield Tablet.</strong></p> <p>For the display, the Shield Tablet uses a 1900x1200-resolution IPS panel. In terms of content, Nvidia has created a new Shield hub which allows you to access your game library, purchase more games, or to launch other media apps. You’ll also be able to stream PC games through the hub. The Shield tablet will support both Nvidia GameStream (local PC streaming) and Nvidia Grid (remote PC streaming). In addition, Nvidia has partnered up with Twitch to allow you to stream your Shield gameplay sessions to the social gaming site.&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dsc00799.jpg" alt="nvidia shield tablet" title="nvidia shield tablet" width="620" height="349" /></h3> <p><strong>Lots of users said they wanted a bigger screen on the Shield so Nvidia decided to detach the screen from the controller.</strong></p> <p>Of course, all of this wouldn’t sound the least bit appealing if you didn’t have a controller to game with (because playing real games with tablet controllers is just…eww.). Luckily, the Shield Tablet is not only compatible with Bluetooth controllers, but Nvidia is also making a new Wi-Fi Direct controller for the device. The company claims that the Wi-Fi Direct has 2x lower latency than Bluetooth and offers more bandwidth. What will this extra bandwidth allow you to do? For starters, you’ll be able to plug in a headphone into the controller. Secondly, you will be able to connect up to four Shield controllers to the tablet. This is ideal for when you plug the Shield Tablet into your HDTV via HDMI while in “Console Mode.”&nbsp;</p> <p>While you could use the device as a console of sorts, it is first and foremost a tablet. If you’re out and about watching movies, Nvidia says you should be able to expect 10 hours of battery life. Five to six hours is what the company claims you should be able to get out of the device when gaming.&nbsp;</p> <p>What’s interesting about the device is that unlike the first Shield which used fans for active cooling, the Shield Tablet is passively cooled. To get away with this, Nvidia installed a thermal shield (pun not intended) to dissipate more heat. This adds about a millimeter of thickness to the device, but fortunately the Shield Tablet isn’t unbearably thick to begin with.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dsc00811.jpg" alt="nvidia shield tablet" title="nvidia shield tablet" width="620" height="349" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p><strong>The new Shield controller features a touchpad at the bottom and is much lighter and more comfortable to hold compared to the original Shield.</strong></p> <p>Other features of the device include two 5MP cameras (one on the front and one on the back), an included stylus, an SD card slot, and support for 4K output at 30FPS.&nbsp;</p> <p>In terms of pricing, the Shield Tablet will come in two flavors. The 16GB version will retail for $299, whereas the 32GB LTE version will retail for $399. Unfortunately the controller will be sold separately and will retail for $59. In addition, there will also be a $39 Shield Tablet cover which can also act as a stand.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Shield Tablet launches July 29th in the US and Canada, will release in Europe mid-August, and other regions in the fall.&nbsp;</p> <p>Expect a full review of the tablet soon after we get one in. Are you intrigued about the Shield Tablet? Let us know in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_revealed_2014#comments controller gaming tablet nvidia shield tablet tegra k1 News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:01:27 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28209 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Supposedly Working on New PC-Streaming Device http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_supposedly_working_new_pc-streaming_device_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/nvidia_geforce_logo.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce logo" title="Nvidia GeForce logo" width="200" height="193" style="float: right;" />Another contender for the living room</h3> <p>Looks like Nvidia isn’t done trying to get into the living room. According to the <a title="BBC News" href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28290861" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">BBC</span></a>, <strong>Nvidia is developing a new device that will play PC games</strong> on televisions, making use of the developer’s GeForce Experience software. It will also run Android software and, BBC reports, will have a “budget-priced separate controller.”</p> <p>Purported to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip, the unnamed device boasts a 192-core GPU and was shown last month running a demo of the Unreal Engine 4 on the Android L mobile operating system. While it will run Android games natively, it is also rumored to have the ability to stream PC games via Nvidia’s GeForce Experience. However, if the device makes use of the software, then it would be restricted to the company’s more recent cards.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aside from the additional cost of purchasing a new GPU to take full advantage of the device, it would also be in contention with Valve’s own in-home streaming service. Not to mention that it would go up against Valve's Steam Machine which has been pushed <a title="Steam Machine delay" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/controller_tweaks_prompt_valve_delay_steam_machines_until_2015" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">back to 2015</span></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For now, Nvidia has declined to confirm the existence of the new device.&nbsp;</p> <p>Could this device be a sequel to the Nvidia Shield, which hasn’t been very successful, or will this be a brand new product?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_supposedly_working_new_pc-streaming_device_2014#comments geforce experience Hardware nvidia Nvidia gaming device shield Gaming News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:59:58 +0000 Sean D Knight 28172 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 Gigabyte Adds Gaming Mini PC to BRIX Family http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_adds_gaming_mini_pc_brix_family311 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/brix-gaming.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Brix Gaming Mini PC" title="Gigabyte Brix Gaming " width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Small yet powerful</h3> <p>A new member is all set to join the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gigabyte_throws_small_and_sleek_brix_mini_pc_waters2013" target="_blank">BRIX DIY mini PC range Gigabyte debuted last year</a>. Available in green and black, the new <strong>“BIX Gaming” PC kit combines a 4th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card</strong> to deliver what the company claims is a “miniature gaming powerhouse.”</p> <p>Initially, the <a href="http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5096#ov" target="_blank">BRIX Gaming small form factor (SFF) PC kit</a> will initially be only available with an Intel Core i5 4200H (2800 - 3400 MHz) processor, with a Core i7 variant following in August. However, based on the press release, it appears the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 GPU (with 3GB/6GB GDDR5 VRAM) will be common to both Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs. Further, the BRIX Gaming PC will come with four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, one Mini DisplayPort, Mini-HDMI port, and a Mini PCIe module with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and the latest Bluetooth 4.0. A power adapter and cable will also be part of the kit. </p> <p>Two things it won’t come with, though, are RAM and storage. According to the company, the kit includes two SO-DIMM DDR3L slots, one mSATA slot and one 2.5" SATA HDD slot.</p> <p>“The GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming is the perfect showcase for Intel and Nvidia’s exceptional technologies,” said Henry Kao, VP of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “The BRIX Gaming packs a high-performance, desktop-class processor and GPU that is highly suited to processor-intensive creative applications and 3D gaming titles. It is a great example of the type of innovation GIGABYTE is delivering for the desktop PC space."</p> <p>There’s no word on pricing and availability yet.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_adds_gaming_mini_pc_brix_family311#comments brix gaming core i5 4200h Gaming gigabyte gtx 760 intel mini pc nvidia sff News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:02:08 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28088 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #226: In-depth Interview with AMD Graphics Guru Richard Huddy http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_226_-depth_interview_amd_graphics_guru_richard_huddy <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/richard_huddy.jpg" alt="richard huddy interview" title="richard huddy interview" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />AMD exec doubles down on assertion that Nvidia Gameworks presents a threat to PC gamers&nbsp;</h3> <p>This week on <a title="Maximum PC no bs podcast 226" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_226_20140620.mp3" target="_blank">episode 226 of the No BS Podcast</a>, AMD graphics guru <a title="richard huddy" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_guru_richard_huddy_leaves_intel_rejoin_amd_2014" target="_blank">Richard Huddy</a> joins the Maximum PC crew. For those unfamiliar with the AMD exec, Huddy has spent time working at ATI, AMD, Nvidia, Intel, and is now back at AMD. He’s also widely considered one of the pioneers of DirectX. Suffice it to say, he knows his stuff.</p> <p>In this special edition of the podcast, we pick his brain on a variety of topics relating to AMD. Easily the most exciting part of the discussion is the fact that Huddy doubles down on AMD’s assertion that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_says_nvidia%E2%80%99s_gameworks_clear_and_present_threat_gamers_2014?page=1" target="_blank">Nvidia Gameworks presents a threat to PC gamers</a>, most notably by adding lines of code to games that would hinder performance on AMD graphics cards (It’s some pretty damning assertions). 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padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Thanks for listening!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_226_-depth_interview_amd_graphics_guru_richard_huddy#comments amd interview mantle maximum pc No BS Podcast nvidia richard huddy watch dogs Gaming News No BS Podcast Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:06:45 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28046 at http://www.maximumpc.com 67 Pictures That Defined E3 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/67_pictures_defined_e3_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/dsc00398.jpg" alt="E3 2014 pictures" title="E3 2014 pictures" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />E3 2014 pictures: games, cosplays, booth babes and hardware</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">E3 2014 came to a close last week and if you didn’t have the pleasure of attending, we’ve got you covered with a plethora of pictures.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Below you’ll find photos of everything from booth babes to the interesting booths they represent. In addition, there are a smattering of cosplayers, hardware news, and more.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">What did you think was the coolest thing about E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/67_pictures_defined_e3_2014#comments alienware booth babes cyberpower E3 2014 ibuypower maximum pc microsoft nvidia pictures sony steam machine world of tanks News Features Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:45:26 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28005 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 AMD says Nvidia’s Gameworks is “A Clear and Present Threat to Gamers” http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_says_nvidia%E2%80%99s_gameworks_clear_and_present_threat_gamers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/watch_dogs_002.jpg" alt="Watch Dogs 002" title="Watch Dogs 002" width="200" height="104" style="float: right;" />Nvidia responds to AMD’s allegations</h3> <p>The rocky launch of Watch Dogs has prompted AMD to speak out against Nvidia. In addition to the <a title="MPC Watch Dogs" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/watch_dogs_launch_dampened_uplay_server_issues_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">authentication server issue experienced</span></a>, PC gamers who own AMD GPUs also had to deal with performance issues. While competition has been heated between both companies, <strong>AMD’s Robert Hallock said that Nvidia’s Gameworks program is a “threat to gamers”</strong> when he spoke to <a title="Forbes article" href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/05/26/why-watch-dogs-is-bad-news-for-amd-users-and-potentially-the-entire-pc-gaming-ecosystem/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Forbes</span></a>.</p> <p><a title="Gameworks" href="https://developer.nvidia.com/content/introducing-nvidia-gameworks" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Gameworks</span></a> is a set of tools developed by Nvidia for the use of developers and programmers that can enhance a game's graphical perfomance. Somce of tools offered include the Core SDK that allows developers access to Nvidia's hardware and Visual FX that will enhance hair, oean simulation, and high-quality skin and eye shading.&nbsp;</p> <p>But despite its usefullness to developers, Hallock spoke out against it saying, “Gameworks represents a clear and present threat to gamers by deliberately crippling performance on AMD products (40 percent of the market) to widen the margin in favor of NVIDIA products.”</p> <p>“Participation in the Gameworks program, Hallock continued, “Often precludes the developer from accepting AMD suggestions that would improve performance directly in the game code-the most desirable form of optimization.”</p> <p>Hallock went on to say that Nvidia has made it difficult for AMD to fix the problems due to a lack of transparency. He claims, “The code obfuscation makes it difficult to perform our own after-the-fact driver optimizations, as the characteristics of the game are hidden behind many layers of circuitous and non-obvious routines. This change coincides with NVIDIA’s decision to remove all public Direct3D code samples from their site in favor of a ‘contact us for licensing’ page. AMD does not engage in, support, or condone such activities.”</p> <p>This isn’t the first time a game has been released that was optimized for one GPU and not the other. Back in 2011, when id Software’s FPS title Rage launched, AMD users experienced a plethora of performance issues.</p> <p>The claims made by Hallock prompted a response from Nvidia director of engineering Cem Cebenoyan who denied the allegations. Speaking to <a title="Forbes Nvidia response" href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/05/28/nvidia-fires-back-the-truth-about-gameworks-amd-optimization-and-watch-dogs/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Forbes</span></a>, Cebenoyan said, “I’ve heard that before from AMD and it’s a little mysterious to me. We don’t and we never have restricted anyone from getting access as part of our agreements. Not with Watch Dogs and not with any other titles.”</p> <p>Cebenoyan continued, “Our agreements focus on interesting things we’re going to do together to improve the experience for all PC gamers and of course for Nvidia customers. We don’t have anything in there restricting anyone from accessing source code or binaries. Developers are free to give builds out to whoever they want. It’s their product.”</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_says_nvidia%E2%80%99s_gameworks_clear_and_present_threat_gamers_2014#comments amd Cem Cebenoyan nvidia Robert Hallock watch dogs Gaming News Thu, 29 May 2014 23:46:03 +0000 Sean D Knight 27906 at http://www.maximumpc.com Eurocom Shark 3 Laptop Comes Ashore Sporting a GeForce GTX 860M GPU and 5.5TB of Storage http://www.maximumpc.com/eurocom_shark_3_laptop_comes_ashore_sporting_geforce_gtx_860m_gpu_and_55tb_storage <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/eurocom_shark_3.jpg" alt="Eurocom Shark 3" title="Eurocom Shark 3" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />Shark 3 laptop packs a bite</h3> <p><strong>Eurocom on Thursday added to its mobile lineup by announcing the Shark 3, a 15.6-inch laptop</strong> intended for users looking for an upgradeable and secure system with high performance parts. The Shark 3 comes stock with an Intel Core i5 4200M processor based on Haswell, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU, and a 500GB hard drive (7200 RPM), though you can expand its storage well beyond that.</p> <p>If want to go all out with storage capacity, you can configure the Shark 3 with up to 5.5TB in your choice of select RAID arrays. That includes a 1TB mSATA solid state drive, plus three 1.5TB HDDS. Having that much storage space is overkill for most users, though impressive for a machine that measures 14 inches by 10 inches by 0.65-1.71 inches (and weighs 5.9 pounds).</p> <p>The Shark 3 sports a backlit chiclet style keyboard with adjustable backlighting. It also has a button that provides instant access to its control center, which allows users to control crucial settings.</p> <p>Your budget will ultimately determine how impressive the Shark 3 can be. It's capable of wielding up to an Intel Core i7 Extreme 4940MX processor, up to 24GB of DDR3L-1866 RAM, boatloads of HDD or SSD storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 9-in-1 card reader, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>The Eurocom <a href="http://web.eurocom.com/ec/ec_model_config1(1,252,0)x" target="_blank">Shark 3 is available now</a> starting at $871.</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/eurocom_shark_3_laptop_comes_ashore_sporting_geforce_gtx_860m_gpu_and_55tb_storage#comments Eurocom geforce gtx 860m Hardware laptop mobile notebook nvidia OEM rigs shark 3 News Thu, 29 May 2014 14:49:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 27902 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 Acer Rolls Out World's First 4K Display with Nvidia G-Sync Technology http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_rolls_out_worlds_first_4k_display_nvidia_g-sync_technology_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_monitor_2.jpg" alt="Acer Monitor" title="Acer Monitor" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />A big screen monitor for gaming</h3> <p>Up to this point, there haven't been very many 4K computer monitors to get too excited about. Some of the early models use lower quality panels, while others have janky issues pumping out 4K Ultra HD at 60Hz. The technology is maturing, however, as evidenced by <strong>Acer's XB280HK, a 28-inch gaming monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution</strong> and support for Nvidia's G-Sync technology.</p> <p>This is the <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/77934" target="_blank">first 4K monitor to support G-Sync</a>, which synchronizes the display's refresh rates to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing, minimize display stutter, and reduce input lag. The end result is smoother, faster game play without having to tweak a bunch of settings.</p> <p>Other features include 170/170 degree viewing angles (horizontal and vertical), DisplayPort input, four built-in USB 3.0 ports, LED backlight, and a multifunctional stand that supports tilt from -5 to 35 degrees, 120 degrees of rotation, 150mm of height adjustment, and pivot.</p> <p>Acer didn't say how much it's asking for the XB280HK, though the company did say it will begin shipping the monitor in the second quarter of this year.</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/acer_rolls_out_worlds_first_4k_display_nvidia_g-sync_technology_2014#comments Acer display g-sync Hardware hb280hk monitor nvidia News Tue, 27 May 2014 16:39:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 27884 at http://www.maximumpc.com