Video Card en Sapphire Radeon R7 265 Dual-X Review <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u163784/sapphire_radeon_r7_265_dualx_2gb.jpg" alt="Sapphire Radeon R7 265 Dual-X" title="Sapphire Radeon R7 265 Dual-X" width="250" height="190" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Meet the new king of Budget GPUs</h3> <p>In the roundup of budget GPUs from the May 2014 issue, the Sapphire Radeon R7 275 is the odds-on favorite due to its impressive specs and the fact that it consumes more than twice the power of <a title="Nvidia GTX 750 Ti Benchmarks" href=",0" target="_blank">Nvidia cards. </a>Sure, it's an unfair advantage, but hate the game, not the player. This board is essentially a rebadged Radeon HD 7850, which is a Pitcairn part, and it slides right in between the $120 R7 260X and the $180ish R7 270.&nbsp;</p> <p>The R7 265 Dual-X actually has the same clock speeds as the R7 270, but features fewer streaming processors for reduced shader performance. It has the same 2GB of memory, same 925MHz boost clock, same 256-bit memory bus, and so on. Its TDP is a very high 150w, or at least it seems high given the fact that GTX 750 Ti costs the exact same $150 and is sitting at just 60w. Unlike the lower-priced R7 260X Bonaire part though, the R7 265 is older silicon and thus does not support TrueAudio and XDMA CrossFire (bridgeless CrossFire basically). It will support the Mantle API however, some day.</p> <p>The Sapphire card delivered the goods in testing, boasting top scores in many benchmarks and coming in as the only GPU in this roundup to hit the magical 60fps in any test, which was a blistering turn in Call of Duty: Ghosts where it hit 67fps at 1080p on Ultra settings. That's damn impressive, as was its ability to run at 49fps in Battlefield 4, though the GTX 750 Ti was just a few frames behind it. Overall though, this card cleaned up, taking first place in seven out of nine benchmarks. If that isn't a Kick Ass performance, we don't know what is. The Dual-X cooler also kept temps and noise in check too, making this the go-to GPU for those with small boxes or small monitors.</p> <p><strong>$160,&nbsp;</strong><a title="Sapphire Technology" href="" target="_blank"></a></p> amd computer hardware Kick-Ass Award R7 265 radeon Review sapphire Video Card Reviews Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:12:56 +0000 Josh Norem 27662 at AMD's Flagship FirePro W9100 Graphics Card Boasts 16GB of GDDR5 Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_firepro_w9100.jpg" alt="AMD FirePro W9100" title="AMD FirePro W9100" width="228" height="230" style="float: right;" />A professional graphics card designed for next generation 4K workstations</h3> <p>What do you get when you pile on heaps of GDDR5 memory to a slab of silicon rocking a fast GPU? You end up with<strong> AMD's FirePro W9100, a monster graphics card featuring an industry-first 16GB of GDDR5 onboard memory</strong>. According to AMD, the FirePro W9100 spits out up to 2.62 TFLOPS of double precision GPU compute performance, up to 5.24 TFLOPS of peak single precision GPU compute performance, and is prepped and primed for getting work done on 4K ultra high resolution workstations.</p> <p>With that much onboard memory, AMD says professionals will have no trouble multitasking across up to half a dozen displays where they can load massive assemblies and data sets to manipulate, edit, color-correct, and layer in multiple effects to 4K video projects, all in real-time.</p> <p>"Now is the time when 4K displays are more readily available and accessible," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Graphics. "We’re seeing even more applications demand increased memory support while pushing the limits of real-time 4K video production and rendering. AMD has delivered a product at the right time to meet these needs -- the new AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics card -- designed for the most demanding workflows in next-generation workstations."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/amd_firepro_w9100_displayports.jpg" alt="AMD FirePro W9100 DisplayPorts" title="AMD FirePro W9100 DisplayPorts" width="620" height="217" /></p> <p>The new card sports 2,816 stream processors, a 512-bit memory interface, 320GB/s of memory bandwidth, DirectGMA support, and six mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs. It's 28nm GPU is clocked at 930MHz.</p> <p>AMD says the FirePro W9100 will be available this spring from <a href=";lang=eng" target="_blank">Sapphire Technology</a>, AMD FirePro Ultra Workstation providers, and in HP Z820 and Z620 workstations.<span style="text-decoration: line-through;"> No word on how much it will cost to adopt this beast.</span> AMD tells us the MSRP is $3,999.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 4k 9100 amd Build a PC firepro graphics card Hardware Video Card News Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:46:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27580 at Sapphire Announces Overclocked Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X OC Graphics Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sapphire_r9_290_vapor_x_oc.jpg" alt="Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC" title="Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC" width="228" height="222" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Factory overclocked and custom cooled</h3> <p>AMD's Radeon R9 290 graphics card already runs fast, but kicking things up a notch is <strong>Sapphire, which just launched its R9 290 Vapor-X OC</strong> with a custom cooling solution. It has 2,560 Stream Processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1,400MHz (5.6GB/s effective), and an overclocked GPU that's been goosed to 1,030MHz, up from a maximum clockspeed of 947MHz on reference cards.</p> <p>To keep things stable, Sapphire combined its vapor chamber cooler with its Tri-X fans. The vapor chamber is mounted between the GPU itself and the base of the heatsink and cooler assembly to pull the most amount of heat away from the GPU and into the cooler.</p> <p>Sapphire's Tri-X cooling solution consists of three 90mm fans with dust repelling ball bearings and five heat pipes, including a 10mm core heat pipe flanked by two 8mm pipes and two 6mm pipes snaking through the cooler.</p> <p>"The stylish fan shroud also contains molded guides to control the airflow across and through the cooler, including over the Power Control circuitry," <a href=";articleID=5683&amp;lid=1" target="_blank">Sapphire explains</a>. "The combination of Vapor-X and Tri-X technologies results in GPU temperatures between 5 and 10 degrees cooler than with Tri-X alone – delivering industry leading cooling for this generation of graphics cards."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/sapphire_r9_290_vapor-x_oc_front.jpg" alt="Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC" title="Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC" width="620" height="279" /></p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href=";gid=3&amp;sgid=1227&amp;pid=2167&amp;psn=&amp;lid=1&amp;leg=0" target="_blank">Sapphire R9 290 Vapor-X OC</a> 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> Build a PC gpu graphics card Hardware overclocking r9 290 vapor-x oc radeon sapphire Video Card News Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:21:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 27566 at Here's What AMD's Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295 X2 Graphics Card Could Look Like <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_r9_295_x2_chiphell.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R9 295 X2" title="AMD Radeon R9 295 X2" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />AMD's dual-GPU card might rock a hybrid cooling solution</h3> <p>It's good practice to take Internet rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially on April Fool's Day. Got it? Good, now we can continue with what are claimed to be the <strong>first photos of AMD's rumored Radeon R9 295 X2</strong>, a dual-GPU graphics card that some have <a href="">surmised</a> could carry a massive 500W TDP. If that's true, a gnarly cooling solution would be mandatory, and certainly that's what these early photos show.</p> <p>Chinese language website <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Chip Hell</em> posted a couple photos</a> of what the author says is AMD's upcoming card, and to keep the two GPUs chilly, it's shown with a dual-slot hybrid cooler. It essentially combines a self-contained liquid cooler with a traditional air cooling shroud to give the card a double dose of cooling potential.</p> <p>It's a funky looking design and one that's sure to draw criticism if AMD goes forward with a setup like this, especially since Nvidia hasn't needed to resort to anything this extravagant. At the same time, it's believed that each GPU carries a 250W TDP, so with two of those underneath the hood, it wouldn't be shocking if AMD used a hybrid cooling solution.</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 radeon r9 295 Video Card News Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:20:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 27546 at EVGA to Start Offering GeForce GTX 780 Graphics Cards with 6GB of GDDR5 Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_gtx_780_6gb.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB SC" title="EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB SC" width="228" height="223" style="float: right;" />GeForce GTX 780 cards with double the memory</h3> <p>One of Nvidia's hardware partners is getting ready to roll out a line of GeForce GTX 780 graphics cards with twice as much memory as reference. <strong>EVGA sent out emails announcing plans to refresh its GeForce GTX 780 family with 6GB models</strong>, including at least one SKU that will feature the company's ACX cooling solution. They'll also be featured in <a href="" target="_blank">EVGA's Step-Up program</a>, which allows users who purchased an EVGA graphics card within the last 90 days to upgrade to the new model by paying the difference in price.</p> <p>What this essentially boils down to is EVGA giving the GeForce GTX 780 the Titan treatment but without the massive pricing premium. Pricing will start at $550 MSRP, which is just $30 more expensive than <a href="" target="_blank">EVGA's 3GB SKU</a>, though interestingly it's $50 higher than the <a href="" target="_blank">GTX 780 with ACX cooler</a>. Either way, it's nice to see that EVGA isn't is getting crazy with pricing for the additional memory.</p> <p>There will be at least two SKUs -- the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB SC and a second SC model with an ACX cooler. The first will feature a base clockspeed of 941MHz, boost clockspeed of 993MHz, and of course 6GB of GDDR5 clocked at 6,008MHz on a 384-bit memory bus. EVGA's ACX cooled model will see clockspeeds bumped up to 941MHz (base) and 993MHz (boost).</p> <p>It's not yet known if EVGA will offer any additional SKUs of the 6GB model. Before adding new cards to the lineup, EVGA already has no less than 9 different GTX 780 SKUs ranging from a stock clocked card to the GTX 780 Dual Classified Hydro Copper with pre-installed waterblock and dual BIOSes.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC evga geforce gtx 780 graphics card Hardware Video Card News Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:34:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 27495 at Nvidia Details Legacy Support Plans for DirectX 10 Generation Graphics Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bfg_9800_gtx.png" alt="BFG 9800 GTX" title="BFG 9800 GTX" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />It's time to think about upgrading that GeForce 9800 GTX card</h3> <p>Just as Microsoft is getting ready to end support for Windows XP next month, Nvidia also has an end in sight for its own legacy products, though it's not coming up quite as quickly. <strong>When Nvidia gets around to releasing its GeForce 343 drivers, support will officially end for all DirectX 10 generation graphics cards</strong>, freeing the GPU maker to focus soley on Fermi, Kepler, and Maxwell products.</p> <p>This doesn't mean you have to rush out and buy a new graphics card, as Nvidia will continue to support your old hardware up through its upcoming GeForce 340 drivers. However, that will be the end of the line for such products.</p> <p>"The Release 340 drivers will continue to support these products until April 1, 2016, and the Nvidia support team will continue to address driver issues for these products in driver branches up to and including Release 340. However, future driver enhancements and optimizations in driver releases after Release 340 will not support these products," <a href="" target="_blank">Nvidia states</a> on a new support page.</p> <p>Lots of GPUs will be affected by this, including all GeForce 8 and 9 Series desktop parts, and GeForce 7, 8, and 9 Series notebook GPUs, to name just a few. This also affects Nvidia's professional line, such as the Quadro FX 5800 and others.</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 directx 10 Drivers DX10 gpu graphics card Hardware nvidia Video Card News Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:44:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 27435 at Nvidia Announces New GeForce Game Bundles with Select GPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/daylight.jpg" alt="Daylight" title="Daylight" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Score Daylight or $150 of in-game currency</h3> <p>Winter is almost over, though depending on where you live (like the midwest), you might not know it by the amount of snow that sits unmelted outside. Nevertheless, <strong>Nvidia is ready to welcome the spring season by offering two fresh game bundles </strong>with the purchase of select GeForce GTX desktop graphics cards and GeForce GTX-powered laptops. One of the freebie offerings is a downloadable code for Daylight, the first game built around the Unreal Engine 4.</p> <p>To qualify for Daylight, you'll need to purchase a qualifying GPU, among which are the GeForce GTX Titan, 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, 690, 680, 670, 660 Ti, and 650. If you pick one up from a participating vendor, you'll receive a redemption code, which you can activate beginning April 8, 2014 (the day the game launches).</p> <p>Nvidia's other bundle is $150 ($50 per title) of of in-game currency for three free-to-play games: Warface, Heroes of Newerth, and Path of Exile. The in-game bounty will be given to gamers who purchase a GeForce GTX 650, 650 Ti, 750, or 750 Ti graphics card, or select GTX 700M/800M-based notebooks.</p> <p>You can find a full list of participating vendors by going <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games geforce graphics card Hardware nvidia Software Video Card News Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:34:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 27428 at Galaxy's White Hot GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF V20 Graphics Card Sets 3DMark Record <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_hof_power.jpg" alt="Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 Ti Power Connectors" title="Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 Ti Power Connectors" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />It's a shame the this sexy PCB has to be covered with a heatsink</h3> <p>Under normal circumstances, you'll never see the majority of your video card's PCB (printed circuit board), and that's too bad when it comes to <strong>Galaxy's GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF (Hall of Fame) V20</strong>. This recently unveiled card sports a large white PCB, but not only are its looks unique, the card's performance is top notch, especially if you're willing to go the extra mile with some LN2 cooling.</p> <p>Overclocker "Mad Tse" did just that and promptly set a 3DMark world record for the single GPU category in Fire Strike Extreme, <a href="" target="_blank">Galaxy announced</a> on its Facebook page. His <a href="" target="_blank">score of 8,479</a> was just enough to leapfrog into first place, which was also aided by an Asus Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard and Intel Core i7 4930K processor.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_hof_card.jpg" alt="Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF V20" title="Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF V20" width="620" height="357" /></p> <p>A for the graphics card, <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a> says the PCB features a 16-phase core, 2-phase memory, and 3-phase PLL. It uses high-end components throughout, while the memory is equipped with its own heatspreader. Not for the faint of PSU, this monster card requires dual 8-pin PCI-E connectors and a single 6-pin PCI-E connector.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 3dmark Build a PC galaxy geforce gtx 780 ti graphics card Hardware Video Card News Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:08:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 27420 at Sapphire Chills Out with R9 280 Dual-X and R9 280X Vapor-X Graphics Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sapphire_r9_280x.jpg" alt="Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X" title="Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />New cards from Sapphire keep their cool by using multiple fans</h3> <p>Nobody knows how to chill better than Jeff Bridges and John Goodman from <em>The Big Lewbowski</em>, though Sapphire's willing to give it the old college try, only in a different way. <strong>Sapphire today announced a pair of custom cooled Radeon R9 Series graphics cards</strong>, the Dual-X R9 280 with two aerofoil fans and graduated heatpipes, and Vapor-X R9 280X featuring the company's new Tri-X triple fan design.</p> <p>Starting with the former, the <a href=";gid=3&amp;sgid=1227&amp;pid=2194&amp;psn=&amp;lid=1&amp;leg=0" target="_blank">Dual-X R9 280</a> is based on AMD's brand new R9 280 graphics card introduced today. Unlike the reference design, the Dual-X design supposedly allows the card to run cooler, quieter, and even a little faster at up to 940MHz Boost (versus 933MHz via Boost), or perhaps Sapphire is just rounding up.</p> <p>Whereas the Dual-X cooler has been featured on other cards in Sapphire's stable, the <a href=";gid=3&amp;sgid=1227&amp;pid=2131&amp;psn=&amp;lid=1&amp;leg=0" target="_blank">Vapor-X R9 280X</a> is the first to sport the tri-fan solution, which uses vapor-chamber cooling. According to Sapphire, this translates into a virtually silent gaming experience with more headroom to explore overclocking. As such, it comes factory overclocked to 1,000MHz core (1,100MHz Boost) and 1,500MHz (6GB/s) memory.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</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> 49 280 dual-x Build a PC gpu graphics card Hardware r9 280x vapor-x sapphire Video Card News Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:26:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 27380 at EVGA's Newest GeForce GTX 750 SKUs Wield 2GB of GDDR5 Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_750_sc_2gb.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GTX 750 2GB Superclocked" title="EVGA GeForce GTX 750 2GB Superclocked" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />EVGA doubles down on memory</h3> <p>Nvidia's been on a rampage releasing new graphics cards over the last couple of months, one of those being the GeForce GTX 750. The reference blueprint for the GeForce GTX 750 part calls for 1GB of GDDR5 clocked at 5GHz (effective) on a 128-bit bus, and while EVGA offers such a SKU, it's now offering a couple of models with twice as much memory -- <strong>EVG</strong>A<strong> GeForce GTX 750 2GB and EVGA GeForce GTX 750 2GB Superclocked</strong>.</p> <p>Both cards offer full support for Nvidia's G-Sync technology via DisplayPort. Those who opt for the Superclocked model will enjoy lower temps (5 degrees lower, according to EVGA) courtesy of a copper core insert. The Superclocked SKU also boasts faster clockspeeds -- 1215MHz base and 1294MHz boost versus 1020MHz and 1085MHz, respectively.</p> <p>EVGA says both cards are coming soon. In the meantime, you can hit up their product pages and input your email address to be notified when they're in-stock. The <a href="" target="_blank">GeForce GTX 750 2GB</a> runs $130 and the <a href="" target="_blank">Superclocked model</a> goes for $140, each of which is priced $10 more than their 1GB equivalents.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC evga geforce gtx 750 geforce gtx 750 superclocked gpu graphics card Hardware Video Card News Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:48:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 27370 at Asus Radeon R9 280X DC2 TOP Review <!--paging_filter--><h3>The new 1080p king</h3> <p>At any given time, we have one GPU in our inventory that holds the title of “loudest card in the office.” The current title-holder is the PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 Vortex, which sounds like a jet engine. That’s just how the Radeon 7970 GHz cards are; their boosted clock speeds drum up a lot of heat, making them much louder than their Nvidia counterparts. Given this pedigree, imagine our surprise when we fired up the <strong>Asus Radeon R9 280X</strong>, which rocks the exact same Tahiti XT chip used in the 7970 GE boards. As we leaned in close to our test bed expecting to hear that oh-so-familiar fan noise, we were greeted instead with a barely audible whirring sound. It’s truly miraculous what AMD and Asus have done with this formerly unruly chip, making it whisper-quiet and also surprisingly affordable at $310, which is roughly half what it used to cost.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="img-float-right" href="/files/u152332/asus-radeon-r9-280x-directcu-ii-top-1000x716_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/asus-radeon-r9-280x-directcu-ii-top-1000x716_small.jpg" alt="The R9 280X is a heck of a lot more quiet and affordable than the original HD 7970 GE. " title="Asus Radeon R9 280X DC2 TOP" width="620" height="444" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The R9 280X is a heck of a lot more quiet and affordable than the original HD 7970 GE. </strong></p> <p>Like the previous Asus boards we’ve reviewed, this is a DirectCU II card, so it has a fancy custom PCB, high-end components for improved stability, longevity, and overclocking, as well as a hulking two-slot cooler we’ve seen before (and loved). This is a 28nm Tahiti card, with 2,048 stream processors, a 384-bit-wide memory bus, and 3GB of GDDR5 memory. This card will be competing with the more expensive Nvidia GTX 770, which costs $400 as we went to press, with no indication that Nvidia will lower its price. Perhaps after reviews of this card appear, Nvidia will rethink that proposition.</p> <p>This is a TOP card, which means it’s overclocked, but not by much at 1,070MHz, only 70MHz higher than stock. Asus also has a super-premium version of this card named the Matrix Platinum, which has a three-slot cooler and a much higher price tag. One interesting note is that, unlike the flagship R9 290X cards with their new dies that don’t require a CrossFire bridge, this card still requires a bridge in multicard configs. Thankfully, Asus threw a bridge connector into the box along with a driver CD. The card measures 11 inches long and includes two DVI connectors, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort connector.</p> <p>When we ran the R9 280X through our gauntlet of PC benchmarks, two things immediately surprised us. The first was just how quiet the card was, as it is barely audible at any time, even under heavy load. The second was that it was trading blows with the GTX 770, which costs $90 more. Sure, the GK104 and Tahiti chips have always been comparable, so this is expected, we suppose, but given this card’s low pricing (by comparison), it was hard to wrap our heads around the fact that it’s punching above its weight class. It also handily spanked the $250 GTX 760, giving it the best price-to-performance ratio in its price segment.</p> <p>In the end, this is the go-to card for ultra settings at 1080p, no question. It smokes the more expensive GTX 770 and also spanks the GTX 760, as it should. If the performance delta isn’t enough to sway you, there’s word that the Never Settle Forever game bundle will be coming to the 200-series cards soon, too, making this card almost irresistible. The only fly in the ointment is the Asus GPU Tweak software, which looks and feels antiquated, and is difficult to examine at a glance. Thankfully, third-party options are available, making this only a minor blemish on an otherwise perfect GPU.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>$310,</strong> <a href=""> </a></p> 2013 Asus Radeon R9 280X DC2 TOP gpu graphics card Hardware Holiday issues 2013 maximum pc Review Video Card Reviews Videocards Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:46:28 +0000 Josh Norem 27311 at Research Report Shows Desktop Graphics Shipments Continue to Rise <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_gpu_1.jpg" alt="Nvidia GPU" title="Nvidia GPU" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />GPU market showing signs of a recovery</h3> <p>The analytical folks at <strong>Jon Peddie Research (JPR) say there's evidence to show the graphics market may have bottomed out and is now slowly recovering</strong>, though cautioned it's still a bit premature to make any concrete determination. That said, graphics shipments increased 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, which is the second quarter in a row that shipments have been up sequentially.</p> <p>That also outpaces the -2 percent 10-year average change for graphics shipments for quarter-to-quarter, <a href="" target="_blank">JPR says</a>. Included in those figures are discrete and integrated graphics (CPU and chipset) for desktops, notebooks, and netbooks, PC-based commercial (such as POS), industrial/scientific, and embedded applications. Not included are handhelds (mobile phones), x86 servers, or ARM-based tablets, though JPR does factor in x86-based tablets and x86-based Chromebooks.</p> <p>AMD saw mixed results for the quarter. It's desktop APU shipments jumped an impressive 15 percent sequentially, but declined 26.7 percent in notebooks, JPR says. Its discrete desktop shipments increased 1.8 percent while notebook discrete shipments fell 6.7 percent. Overall, AMD's PC graphics shipments declined 10.4 percent partly as a result of being "late with its new parts," JPR says.</p> <p>Rival Nvidia saw its desktop discrete shipments rise 3.6 percent sequentially, its notebooks discrete shipments go up 3.2 percent, and its overall PC graphics shipments rise 3.4 percent.</p> <p>Intel, which leads the graphics market with a 65.1 percent stake (versus 18.3 percent for AMD and 16.6 percent for Nvidia), benefited from from a 5.1 percent increase in overall PC graphics shipments.</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 apu gpu graphics graphics card Hardware intel Jon Peddie Research jpr nvidia Video Card News Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:51:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27294 at Nvidia is Ready to Rumble with GeForce GTX Titan Black Graphics Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_titan_black.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />New graphics card from Nvidia wields a full GK110 GPU</h3> <p>What do you get if you take a <a href="">GeForce GTX 780 Ti</a> graphics card and give it a shot of adrenaline? You end up with <strong>Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan Black, a new graphics card with full CUDA support</strong> and double precision floating-point compute performance. In other words, it comes out swinging with a fully equipped 28nm GK110 GPU without any arbitrary restrictions. Intrigued? Let's have a look at some other specs.</p> <p>The GeForce GTX Titan Black is a beast with 2,880 single precision CUDA cores, 960 double-precision CUDA cores, 240 texture units, and 48 ROP units. It has a base clockspeed of 889MHz and a boost clockspeed of 980MHz, along with 6GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7,000MHz (effective) on a 384-bit bus. This gives the Titan Black 336GB/s of total memory bandwidth and a texture filtering rate of 213.4GT/s.</p> <p>Though the card is called Titan Black, it doesn't feature an all-black heatspreader as previously rumored. Instead, it looks similar to the <a href="">standard Titan</a> except that the alumimum fins and some accents around the fan have been painted black, as well as the Titan lettering. Here's a look at it with the heatsink shroud removed:</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_titan_black_opened.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black Opened" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black Opened" width="620" height="487" /></p> <p>Look for the GeForce GTX Titan Black to sell for around $999, a familiar price for a flagship GPU.</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 titan black gpu graphics card Hardware nvidia Video Card News Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:06:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 27280 at AMD Radeon R9 290X is Still Hard to Find <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/radeon_r9_290x.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R9 290X" title="AMD Radeon R9 290X" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Where have all the Radeon R9 290X graphics cards gone?</h3> <p>Back in <a href="" target="_blank">December of last year</a>, we noticed that <a href="">AMD's Radeon R9 290X</a> graphics card was hard to find, which we (and the rest of the web) ultimately surmised was due to the virtual coin mining craze. With the rapid rise in value of Bitcoins, miners who were late to the party started looking at Litecoin mining in hopes of making some easy money. Since AMD's cards do a better job at mining these virtual gold nuggets, the 290X became a hot commodity. Fast forward to today and <strong>the card is still in short supply</strong>, but is mining still to blame?</p> <p>Probably so, though that may not be the only reason the 290X is sold out in most locations. <em>Fudzilla</em>, which <a href="" target="_blank">noticed</a> the absence of stock in places like Newegg and TigerDirect, surmises that Mantle might also be a reason why these cards fly off of store shelves, even at inflated prices.</p> <p>AMD's Mantle API offers performance gains in Battlefield 4 and will do the same for other supported titles, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that gamers are willing to pay a premium for the 290X versus its MSRP. And obviously miners will shell out an extra $100 or so per card if they think they'll be able to dig up virtual coins for a quick profit.</p> <p>At present, the 290X is completely sold out on Newegg, where prices range from $700 to $800, well above the card's $549 MSRP. One of the few places you can find the card is on Amazon, but only through third-party sellers.</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 bitcoin Build a PC gpu graphics card Hardware litecoin radeon R9 290x Video Card News Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:40:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 27277 at AMD Announces Radeon R7 265 Graphics Card, Hits Retail in Late February for $149 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/radeon_r7_265.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R7 265" title="AMD Radeon R7 265" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Radeon R7 265 pairs 2GB of GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit bus</h3> <p>AMD is relentless in its assault on the graphics card market, especially the budget and mid-range tiers as represented by the Radeon R7 Series. Today <strong>AMD added to the heap by announcing the Radeon R7 265</strong>, the highest-end model in the R7 Series and a seemingly tantalizing option at $149 MSRP. As things are starting to get a little crowded in this segment, AMD is dropping the price of the Radeon R7 260X to $119.</p> <p>Before we go on, let's take a quick glance at the Radeon R7 Series. From top to bottom, here's what it looks like:</p> <ul> <li>Radeon R7 265</li> <li>Radeon R7 260X</li> <li>Radeon R7 260</li> <li>Radeon R7 250X</li> <li>Radeon R7 250</li> <li>Radeon R7 240</li> </ul> <p>Two of those cards are new launches -- the Radeon R7 250X, which AMD officially <a href="">introduced on Monday</a>, and today's debut of the 265.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/radeon_r7_265_slide.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R7 265 Slide" title="AMD Radeon R7 265 Slide" width="620" height="344" /></p> <p>The Radeon R7 265 flexes 1,024 stream processors, an engine clock of up to 925MHz, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus running at up to 5.6Gbps. It serves up 1.89 TFLOPS of compute performance, a bit higher than the Radeon HD 7850 that it's rumored to be based on. Compared to the R7 260X, AMD says the 265 is about 25 percent faster.</p> <p>AMD's newest graphics card requires just a single 6-pin PCI-E connector and draws 150W (typical) of power. It supports CrossFire, DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, Eyefinity, and Mantle.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/club_r7_265.jpg" alt="Club 3D Radeon R7 265" title="Club 3D Radeon R7 265" width="620" height="572" /></p> <p>The Radeon R7 265 will be available in late February. AMD says several board partners have silicon ready to go, including Sapphire, PowerColor, XFX, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, HIS, and Club 3D.</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 gpu graphic card Hardware radeon r7 265 Video Card News Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:40:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 27255 at