Video Card http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/384/ en Gamers Petition for GeForce GTX 970 Refund Over Error in Specs http://www.maximumpc.com/gamers_petition_geforce_gtx_970_refund_over_error_specs_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_geforce_gtx_970.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Diagram" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Internal miscommunication at Nvidia led to confusion over the GTX 970's specs</h3> <p>Sometimes the tech world can be like a geek version of a soap opera, and this is one of those times. The main characters in this case are Nvidia and the GeForce GTX 970. If you're looking for a quick summary of events, it's this: Gamers noticed a slowdown in performance when games tried to access more than 3.5GB of memory on the GTX 970. This in turn led to Nvidia explaining a new memory architecture in the GTX 970, along with clarification of specs that were different than originally reported. In light of all this, <strong>there's a petition floating around demanding a refund for anyone who purchased a GTX 970</strong>, but to really understand what's going on, a deeper explanation is necessary.</p> <p>This all began a week ago when users on various forums began investigation a memory issue with the GTX 970. At a glance, it seemed that the card was only using 3.5GB of its 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Upon closer look, it was discovered that a serious performance drop could occur when accessing that final .5GB of VRAM, which isn't an issue on the GTX 980.</p> <p>To clarify what was happening, Nvidia issued the following statement:</p> <p>"The GeForce GTX 970 is equipped with 4GB of dedicated graphics memory. However the 970 has a different configuration of SMs than the 980, and fewer crossbar resources to the memory system," Nvidia said. "To optimally manage memory traffic in this configuration, we segment graphics memory into a 3.5GB section and a 0.5GB section. The GPU has higher priority access to the 3.5GB section. When a game needs less than 3.5GB of video memory per draw command then it will only access the first partition, and 3rd party applications that measure memory usage will report 3.5GB of memory in use on GTX 970, but may report more for GTX 980 if there is more memory used by other commands. When a game requires more than 3.5GB of memory then we use both segments.</p> <p>"We understand there have been some questions about how the GTX 970 will perform when it accesses the 0.5GB memory segment. The best way to test that is to look at game performance. Compare a GTX 980 to a 970 on a game that uses less than 3.5GB. Then turn up the settings so the game needs more than 3.5GB and compare 980 and 970 performance again."</p> <p>Nvidia Senior VP of GPU Engineering, Jonah Alben, <a href="http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-Discloses-Full-Memory-Structure-and-Limitations-GTX-970" target="_blank">spoke with <em>PC Perspective</em></a> and broke things down even further with a quite a few technical details. He also offered a helpful diagram, seen below.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/gtx_970_diagram.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Diagram" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Diagram" width="620" height="479" /></p> <p>As you can see in the graph, there are 13 enabled SMMs, each with 128 CUDA cores for a total of 1,664. There are also three that are grayed out -- they've been disabled from the full GM204 found on the GTX 980. But what's really important is the memory system, which is connected to the SMMs through a crossbar interface.</p> <p>"That interface has 8 total ports to connect to collections of L2 cache and memory controllers, all of which are utilized in a GTX 980. With a GTX 970 though, only 7 of those ports are enabled, taking one of the combination L2 cache / ROP units along with it. However, the 32-bit memory controller segment remains," <em>PC Perspective</em> writes.</p> <p>There are a couple of takeaways there. First is the GTX 970 has less ROPs and L2 cache than the GTX 980 even though it was reported otherwise. Why? Nvidia blames the gaffe on an error in the reviewer's guide, which is usually a PDF (or actual paper) containing detailed info on a product prior to its launch that manufacturers send out to reviewers, and a misunderstanding between the engineering team and the technical PR team on how the architecture actually functioned.</p> <p>Bottom line is, the GTX 970 has 56 ROPs and 1,792KB of L2 cache instead of 64 ROPs and 2,048KB of L2 cache like the GTX 980.</p> <p>That's actually not as big of a deal as it sounds, as the SMMs are the true bottleneck, not the ROPs.</p> <p>"A quick note about the GTX 980 here: it uses a 1KB memory access stride to walk across the memory bus from left to right, able to hit all 4GB in this capacity," <em>PC Perspective</em> writes. "But the GTX 970 and its altered design has to do things differently. If you walked across the memory interface in the exact same way, over the same 4GB capacity, the 7th crossbar port would tend to always get twice as many requests as the other port (because it has two memories attached). In the short term that could be ok due to queuing in the memory path. But in the long term if the 7th port is fully busy, and is getting twice as many requests as the other port, then the other six must be only half busy, to match with the 2:1 ratio. So the overall bandwidth would be roughly half of peak. This would cause dramatic underutilization and would prevent optimal performance and efficiency for the GPU."</p> <p>There are a LOT more details to digest, and rather than continue to quote bits and pieces, we suggest you read <em>PC Perspective's</em> <a href="http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-Discloses-Full-Memory-Structure-and-Limitations-GTX-970" target="_blank">detailed report</a>. If after doing so you come to the conclusion that it's much ado about nothing, great, there's nothing more to see here. However, if you fall on the other side of the fence and feel duped, you can check out and sign the <a href="https://www.change.org/p/nvidia-refund-for-gtx-970" target="_blank">petition at Change.org</a>.</p> <p>Our take? It's an unfortunate situation Nvidia created for itself, and gamers have a right to be angry over the misreported specs. At the same time, it appears that the impact on real-world performance is negligible, at least for now -- this could be a bigger issue as higher resolution game play becomes more common. Even still, it remains a great card for the 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/gamers_petition_geforce_gtx_970_refund_over_error_specs_2015#comments Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 970 graphics card Hardware petition Video Card News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:07:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 29322 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Radeon R9 380X Rumored to Arrive in Second Quarter of 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_radeon_r9_380x_rumored_arrive_second_quarter_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_gpu_0.jpg" alt="AMD GPU" title="AMD GPU" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />Rumor has it the Radeon R9 380X will feature 4,096 GCN cores</h3> <p>Keeping in mind that nothing is ever official until it's official (one of the many mottos of Captain Obvious), purported details of AMD's forthcoming Radeon R9 380X have started to emerge. If they turn out to be accurate, you can expect the <strong>Radeon R9 380X to arrive sometime between April and June of this year</strong> with 4,096 GCN cores in tow, along with 4GB of 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HDM).</p> <p>That's according to <a href="http://wccftech.com/r9-380x-coming-q2-2015/" target="_blank"><em>WCCFTech</em></a>, which is getting its information from Swedish website <a href="http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/19919-amd-lanserar-radeon-r9-380x-till-varen" target="_blank"><em>SWEClockers</em></a><em>, </em>"which have been proven to be quite accurate in their estimations." In this case, the report points to AMD running with the 380X nomenclature rather than 390X, which would indicate that an even more powerful graphics card is on tap for 2015.</p> <p>As for the 380X, the use of HBM is reported to be 9 times faster than GDDR5. Looking at just the increased number of compute units, however, it's estimated that the 380X could be 45 percent faster than AMD's R9 290X, and that's without taking into considerations architectural improvements or memory bandwidth.</p> <p>The card will be based on a GPU code named Fiji XT. Along with its release, AMD is expected to refresh its current lineup with new GPUs, including a Radeon R9 270 replacement called Trinidad.</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_radeon_r9_380x_rumored_arrive_second_quarter_2015#comments amd Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware radeon r9 380x Video Card News Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:33:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 29284 at http://www.maximumpc.com Pictures of Nvidia's GM200 GPU Leak to the Web http://www.maximumpc.com/pictures_nvidias_gm200_gpu_leak_web_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_gm200.jpg" alt="GM200" title="GM200" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Maxwell unchained</h3> <p>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, <strong>you can take a look at Nvidia's forthcoming GM200-400-A1 GPU</strong> nestled into an engineering board (180-1G600-1102-A04).</p> <p>The GM200-400-A1 part is Nvidia's newest Maxwell GPU that will reportedly appear in future GeForce Series graphics cards. According to <a href="http://videocardz.com/54358/nvidia-maxwell-gm200-pictured" target="_blank"><em>Videocardz.com</em></a>, the part is expected to be used in the next line of Titan graphics cards, which the site says will debut next month.</p> <p>It's a significant part because it represents the full Maxwell experience. Rumor has it the chip will sport 3,072 CUDA cores, which is 50 percent more than the GM204.</p> <p>As for the mysterious reference board, it's using 24 Hynix H5GQ4H24MFR modules (12GB in all) clocked at 7GHz.. There's no DVI port visible on the card, though you can see three DisplayPort connectors and HDMI 2.0 output.</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/pictures_nvidias_gm200_gpu_leak_web_2015#comments GM200 gpu graphics card Hardware maxwell nvidia Video Card News Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:48:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 29265 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Rumored to Release GeForce GTX 960 on January 22, 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_rumored_release_geforce_gtx_960_january_22_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_graphics_card_2.jpg" alt="Nvidia Graphics Card" title="Nvidia Graphics Card" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />A new mid-range GTX 900 Series card may be imminent</h3> <p>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 <strong>Nvidia's plan to launch the GeForce GTX 960 on January 22, 2015</strong>.</p> <p>Credit goes to <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/36625-nvidia-gtx-960-launch-date-pinned-down" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a> for the heads up from <a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gdm.or.jp%2Fvoices%2F2014%2F1220%2F97775&amp;edit-text=&amp;act=url" target="_blank"><em>Hermitage Akihabara</em></a>, which says that Nvidia is still working out the exact specifications for the forthcoming mid-range graphics card. About the only details the site has, other than the proposed launch date, is that it will sport a single 6-pin power connector and cost around 25,000 yen (~US$207).</p> <p>Based on other information from around the web, the card will feature Nvidia's Maxwell architecture with a GM206 GPU, details of which are pretty sparse. It's expected to debut with 2GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit bus.</p> <p>The card was initially rumored to release in October 2014, though it's <a href="http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-960-allegedly-postponed-q1-2015-due-strong-geforce-gtx-980-gtx-970-sales/" target="_blank">believed</a> that Nvidia postponed the launch because of strong sales for its GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards.</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/nvidia_rumored_release_geforce_gtx_960_january_22_2015#comments Build a PC geforce gtx 960 gpu graphics card Hardware nvidia rumor Video Card News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:09:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 29157 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Lets You Choose Air or Water Cooling for $640 http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_lets_you_choose_air_or_water_cooling_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_0.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Choose your own adventure (in cooling)</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O</strong>, a hybrid thermal solution that lets users choose between air or water cooling. The cooler sports a custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the card's GPU for better heat dispersal, while copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins help whisk heat out and away from the card.</p> <p>Using water cooling, Asus ROG says the Poseidon GTX 980 can achieve temperatures that are up to 27C lower compared to reference, which the company claims will translate into up to 10 percent faster performance in Watch Dogs and 7 percent in Battlefield 4 (through less throttling, presumably).</p> <p>Asus said it used high end components for longevity -- things like black metallic solid state capacitors, 10-phase Super Alloy Power chokes, hardened MOSFETs, and Digi+ VRM for clean and stable voltage. There's also a tough backplate made of aluminum alloy and a die-cast thermal armor with thermal pads to prevent bending.</p> <p>The Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 will be available soon for $640 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_poseidon_gtx_980_lets_you_choose_air_or_water_cooling_2014#comments air cooling asus Build a PC games graphics card Hardware poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card water cooling News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 29103 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Pairs GeForce GTX 750 Graphics Card with Passive Cooler http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_pairs_geforce_gtx_750_graphics_card_passive_cooler_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_geforce_gtx_750_passive.jpg" alt="Asus GeForce GTX 750 Passive" title="Asus GeForce GTX 750 Passive" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />Keep it hush</h3> <p>Do you know what's a great sound when you pass by a home theater PC, or really any type of system for that matter? Trick question -- the answer is nothing, which is what you expect to hear from a silently configured computer. To help you build one, <strong>Asus has released a passively cooled version of the GeForce GTX 750</strong> (GTX750-DCSL-2GD5), or at least it's going to. There's a product page for the card on the company's website, just no press release or domestic retailer listing (yet) that we can find.</p> <p>We stumbled upon the card over at <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/36517-asus-silently-introduces-new-passive-gtx-750" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a>, a news and rumor site that itself credits Chinese-language website <a href="http://www.expreview.com/37601.html" target="_blank"><em>Expreview.com</em></a> for first spotting the card. Between the three of us, we've been unable to locate the card selling online in the U.S., though we expect that to change in the near-term considering there exists an official product page and at least one overseas listing.</p> <p>The GeForce GTX 750 is essentially a somewhat gimped version of the Nvidia's Maxwell GM107 GPU with 512 CUDA cores. Asus stuck with Nvidia's reference parameters by keeping the base and boost clocks at 1020MHz and 1085MHz, respectively. The card also boasts <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">1GB</span> 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5010MHz on a 128-bit bus, resulting in 80Gbps of memory bandwidth.</p> <p>So it's a standard GTX 750, in other words, but with a fanless DirectCU Silent cooler that Asus claims lowers temps by 16 percent compared to "conventional passive cards," though there's no mention of how it compares to Nvidia's reference cooler. Cooling is also aided by "exclusively formulated" premium alloys in power delivery components, Asus says.</p> <p>No word on price in the U.S., though the non-passive version from Asus streets for around $115 to $125.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_pairs_geforce_gtx_750_graphics_card_passive_cooler_2014#comments asus Build a PC cooling directcu ii geforce gtx 750 graphics card Hardware silent computing Video Card News Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:36:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 29068 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Teases Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Graphics Card in Pictures http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_teases_matrix_platinum_gtx_980_graphics_card_pictures_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_matrix_platinum_gtx_980_box.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Box" title="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Box" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />Early look at Asus' upcoming graphics card</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) says that online reviews of its new <a href="http://rog.asus.com/390412014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/matrix-gtx-980-pictures-and-specs/" target="_blank">Matrix Platinum GTX 980 graphics card</a> will hit the web next week</strong>, though in the meantime, it's providing a couple of press photos for an early look. The graphics card maker also revealed some specs about the high-end card, including the fact that it boasts a custom PCB with a 14-phase Super Alloy Power VRM and Black Metallic capacitors.</p> <p>This is a card that LN2 enthusiasts might be interested in, as it sports a memory defroster. Overclockers will also appreciate its safe mode feature for when things go wrong, along with things like the ROG color-coded load indicator and ROG Edition GPU Tweak. For those who don't plan to go crazy with LN2, the card will keep its cool with Asus ROG's DirectCU II cooler with CoolTech fan and 10mm matte-black heat pipes.</p> <p>Oddly enough, Asus didn't reveal the GPU's base clockspeed, though did say its boost clock is configured for 1,342MHz, up from Nvidia's reference clock of 1,216MHz. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory is set at 7,010MHz (effective), same as reference.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_matrix_platinum_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980" width="620" height="422" /></p> <p>Finally, the card will feature three DisplayPort connectors, along with HDMI and dual-link DVI-I display outputs.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_teases_matrix_platinum_gtx_980_graphics_card_pictures_2014#comments asus Build a PC graphics card Hardware matrix gtx 980 Video Card News Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:05:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 29039 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Receive Surprise Price Cut, Now Street Below $800 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_radeon_r9_295x2_receive_surprise_price_cut_now_street_below_800 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/his_radeon_r9_295x2.jpg" alt="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" title="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 drops another $200</h3> <p>Is the best offense a good defense, or is the best defense a good offense? We're not sure, though it looks like AMD has decided to run with the latter -- <strong>dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards can now be found on Newegg for around $770</strong>, seemingly indicating that AMD has gone on the offensive and slashed the price of its flagship card by about another $200. Bear in mind that when these cards launched earlier this year, they were selling for nearly twice as much at $1,500.</p> <p>There has been <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumor_points_faster_hawaii_graphics_card_2014">chatter</a> that AMD will release new Hawaii cards next year, though heading into the holiday shopping season, the company doesn't have any GPUs on tap, at least none that we're aware of. That could be one reason for the sizable price cut.</p> <p>The least expensive 295X2 on Newegg is the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161458&amp;cm_re=radeon_r9_295x2-_-14-161-458-_-Product" target="_blank">HIS Radeon R9 295X2</a>. It's listed at $770 with free shipping, no rebate or coupon code required, and it comes with Civilization: Beyond Earth. The card also qualifies for AMD's Gold tier Never Settle Space Edition, which lets you choose three additional games from a selection of titles that include Thief, Watchdog, PayDay 2, Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and more.</p> <p>VisionTek, XFX, Sapphire, and Diamond also offer models on Newegg for at least a penny below $800.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_radeon_r9_295x2_receive_surprise_price_cut_now_street_below_800#comments amd Build a PC gpu graphics card Hardware price cut radeon r9 295x2 Video Card News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28983 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Rumor Points to a Faster Hawaii Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumor_points_faster_hawaii_graphics_card_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_0.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon" title="AMD Radeon" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />AMD might not be finished with Hawaii</h3> <p>Ever since AMD launched its Hawaii GPU architecture, there have been rumblings that a faster version exists, perhaps locked away in the Sunnyvale chip designer's underground vault for a rainy day. If that's the case, be on the lookout for storm clouds -- <strong>word on the web is that AMD will launch a faster Hawaii part next year before it comes out with Fiji</strong>. How exactly it will be faster isn't yet known.</p> <p>There are multiple paths AMD could take, from higher clock speeds to more stream processors. AMD could also make optimizations to the architecture, though none of this is confirmed, of course. Whatever the case may be, news and rumor site <em>Fudzilla </em>seems to feel confident that a faster card is coming.</p> <p>"We have learned that AMD plans to launch another Hawaii-based product before it releases Fiji," <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/36326-amd-to-launch-faster-hawaii-iteration" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em> said</a>, adding that both are scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2015.</p> <p>If that's the case, the likely scenario will be a faster clocked part. The folks at <a href="http://wccftech.com/amd-working-faster-gcn-hawaii-gpu-launching-radeon-r9-380x-year/" target="_blank"><em>wccftech.com</em></a>, another site that's known for digging up unannounced information, thinks the new Hawaii GPU will be part of the Radeon R9 300 series rather than the current R9 200 series. The site surmises that the recent price cuts indicate AMD wants to push out as many GCN GPUs as they can in the 200 series before bumping up to its first round of R9 300 parts.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_rumor_points_faster_hawaii_graphics_card_2014#comments amd Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware hawaii Video Card News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:30:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28947 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia's Mightly Tesla K80 Accelerator Packs Two GPUs, 24GB of GDDR5 Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidias_mightly_tesla_k80_accelerator_packs_two_gpus_24gb_gddr5_memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_tesla_k80.jpg" alt="Nvidia Tesla K80" title="Nvidia Tesla K80" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" />Meet the world's fastest accelerator</h3> <p>If there are any kids within earshot, send them off to play or cover their ears before reading any further, we wouldn't want their little ears being exposed to excited obscenities that may follow. As in, "Holy sh*t, how much RAM!?" Try 24GB of GDDR5 memory, which is how much <strong>Nvidia decided to use on its Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator</strong>, the new flagship offering in the Tesla family.</p> <p>According to Nvidia, the Tesla K80 offers nearly double the performance and memory bandwidth of its predecessor, the Tesla K40. It also boasts ten times higher performance than today's fastest CPUs, as it was designed for the most difficult computational challenges around -- astrophysics, genomics, quantum chemistry, data analytics, and so forth.</p> <p>With two GPUs on board, 24GB of GDDR5 memory, and 4,992 CUDA parallal processing cores, the Tesla K80 boasts 480GB/s of memory bandwidth, 8.74 teraflops of single-precision peak floating point performance, and up to 2.91 teraflops of double-precision peak floating point performance. For the sake of comparison, Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 offers 5 teraflops of single-precision performance.</p> <p>The Tesla K80 has begun shipping to server manufactures -- no word on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_mightly_tesla_k80_accelerator_packs_two_gpus_24gb_gddr5_memory#comments Build a PC graphics card Hardware nvidia tesla k80 Video Card News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:08:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28944 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Readies Maxwell for Water, Announces Poseidon GTX 980 http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_maxwell_water_announces_poseidon_gtx_980_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Hybrid thermal solution offers both air and liquid cooling options</h3> <p>Feeling indecisive these days? Don't sweat it -- <strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) this week announced its Poseidon GTX 980 graphics card with DirectCU H20</strong>, a hybrid cooling solution capable of keeping temps at bay by air or water, dealer's choice. The benefit of having both is that you can cool the card by air today and make the leap to liquid cooling down the line, if that's your longer-term goal.</p> <p>According to Asus, the new card runs up to 27C cooler than reference (with water), is three times quieter, and offers 10 percent faster gaming performance in games like Watch Dogs. That's all thanks to the custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the GPU, along with copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins.</p> <p>"ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is also loaded with ROG technologies and innovations, including dual dust-proof fans for increased card longevity, die-cast thermal armor for improved cooling in the crucial MOSFET area, Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with black metallic capacitors for incredible stability and up to a 5X-longer lifespan than reference," <a href="http://rog.asus.com/383202014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-poseidon-gtx-980/" target="_blank">Asus says</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_opened.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Opened" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Opened" width="620" height="453" /></p> <p>This is the first Maxwell-based card to receive the ROG treatment, which in addition the above includes things like LED lighting and a sturdy backplate.</p> <p>Connectitivy options consist of a native Dual-Link DVI-I port, HDMI 2.0 output, and three Native DisplayPort 1.2 outputs.</p> <p>No word yet on when the card will be available or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_maxwell_water_announces_poseidon_gtx_980_2014#comments asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware liquid cooling poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card News Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:39:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28898 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Bumps RAM to 8GB on Radeon R9 290X, Announces Civilization: Beyond Earth Bundle http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_bumps_ram_8gb_radeon_r9_290x_announces_civilization_beyond_earth_bundle <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_r9_290x.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R9 290X" title="AMD Radeon R9 290X" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />Combine bundles for more gaming goodness</h3> <p>The barrage of game bundles continues today with <strong>AMD announcing that qualifying purchases of Radeon R9 295X2, R9 290X, or R9 290 graphics cards will be score a free copy of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth</strong>. Purchases must be made from a participating retailer or e-tailer between today and either February 28, 2015, or when AMD's supply of download codes is exhausted, whichever comes first. But wait, it gets better.</p> <p>AMD says you can combine the offer with its <a href="http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/never-settle/Pages/never-settle.aspx" target="_blank">Never Settle: Space Edition</a> promotion, meaning even more free games are up for grabs. All three cards mentioned above qualify for the Gold reward tier in the Never Settle bundle, giving you a choice of three additional titles.</p> <p>"I personally have enjoyed more than 500 hours of game time with the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise, and I’m thrilled by what AMD and Firaxis Games have done with the Mantle graphics API to make Beyond Earth a smooth, high-performance marvel," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/amd-launches-exclusive-2014nov6.aspx" target="_blank">said Roy Taylor</a>, corporate vice president, ISV/IHV Partner Group, AMD. "AMD believes that gamers should freely experience that remarkable development work, and our new Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth promotion offers exactly that as a ‘thank you’ to new AMD Radeon customers."</p> <p>There's also a new graphics card thrown into the mix. As <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumored_relaunch_radeon_r9_290x_8gb_gddr5_memory_2014">previously rumored</a>, AMD added an 8GB version of its Radeon R9 290x to its lineup to help with Civilization: Beyond Earth and "next-generation PC games that crave larger GPU frame buffers." The 8GB card will be available sometime this month, though AMD didn't say how much it will cost.</p> <p>That additional on-board memory isn't likely to do much on a Full HD 1080p monitor, but once you get into 4K territory, the larger frame buffer can help with high-resolution textures. The caveat there is that it typically takes two GPUs to game comfortably at 4K. An 8GB card is also a safety of sorts against what tomorrow's games might require.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_bumps_ram_8gb_radeon_r9_290x_announces_civilization_beyond_earth_bundle#comments amd Build a PC games graphics card Hardware radeon r9 290x 8gb sid meier's civilization: beyond earth Software Video Card News Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:14:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28849 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Rumored to Relaunch Radeon R9 290X with 8GB of GDDR5 Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumored_relaunch_radeon_r9_290x_8gb_gddr5_memory_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sapphire_radeon_r9_290x_8gb.jpg" alt="Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB" title="Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB" width="228" height="230" style="float: right;" />Is 8GB the new 4GB?</h3> <p>While still a rumor until we catch wind of an official statement or product, <strong>there are multiple reports that AMD is planning to launch a version of its Radeon R9 290X graphics card with a massive 8GB of GDDR5 memory on-board</strong>. We've actually already seen this with Sapphire earlier this year, though it appears AMD wants to see more hardware partners offer an 8GB SKU, including MSI, hence the upcoming relaunch.</p> <p>Over at <a href="http://videocardz.com/53912/msi-radeon-r9-290x-gaming-8gb-pictured" target="_blank"><em>videocardz.com</em></a>, there's a press photo of an MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming graphics card advertised as having 8GB of memory (it appears on the side of the box). Granted, it could be a fancy Photoshop job, but with so much smoke -- plus Sapphire already having paved a path -- there's a good chance we'll see fire.</p> <p>Other companies that have been named in the rumor include Club3D and PowerColor. If true, the good thing about having several vendors jump on board is that there's likely to be some price competition for what would otherwise be a niche product.</p> <p>Why 8GB? It could be in response to separate rumors suggesting Nvidia is planning to launch 8GB versions of its Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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_rumored_relaunch_radeon_r9_290x_8gb_gddr5_memory_2014#comments amd Build a PC graphics card Hardware radeon R9 290x Video Card News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:31:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28839 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Aims Shrink Ray at Maxwell, Ends Up with a Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970 http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_aims_shrink_ray_maxwell_ends_mini_itx_geforce_gtx_970_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_gtx_970_mini_itx.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" title="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Tiny graphics card packs a Maxwell-sized bite</h3> <p>It's not the size of the graphics card that matters, but the potency of the GPU inside, right? We'll find out when we get our hands on <strong>Gigabyte's mini ITX variant of the GeForce GTX 970</strong> (GV-N970IXOC-4GD). Though it's tiny by comparison to a full size GeForce GTX 970 video card, Gigabyte's mini ITX version is actually overclocked to run at a base clockspeed of 1076MHz and a boost clockspeed of 1216MHz.</p> <p>Nvidia's reference design calls for a 1051MHz base clockspeed and 1178MHz boost clockspeed. Granted, Gigabyte's overclock isn't anything crazy, but considering the size of the card, even just running at stock clocks would have been noteworthy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-mini-itx-gtx970-oc,27915.html" target="_blank">According to <em>TomsHardware</em></a>, the cooler is likely based on Gigabyte's WindForce 3X design, except that it only has one fan instead of three. There's an aluminum fin arry underneath, along with a Triangle Cool design to manipulate airflow more effectively.</p> <p>Apparently it works -- Gigabyte claims the card ran at 62C during a Metro Last Light benchmark, compared to a reference card running at 76C in the same test. That kind of cooling potential bodes well for a mini ITX system that's short on space with limited airflow.</p> <p>Gigabyte has priced the card at $330 and will start shipping it next month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="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/gigabyte_aims_shrink_ray_maxwell_ends_mini_itx_geforce_gtx_970_2014#comments Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 970 gigabyte graphics card Hardware mini itx Video Card News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:27:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28768 at http://www.maximumpc.com Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Unboxing (Video) http://www.maximumpc.com/zotac_geforce_gtx_970_amp_extreme_unboxing_video <!--paging_filter--><h3>Check out Zotac's extremely fancy GeForce GTX 970</h3> <p>Tom's back again with another video, since being on camera he has become drunk with power. This time, he's showing off Zotac's shiny AMP! Extreme Editon of the GTX 970, with boosted clock speeds, big cooling, and even a carbon fiber-esque backplate. This card uses Nvidia's new "Maxwell" architecture, which improves power efficiency and performance, in addition to adding features like Voxel Global Illumination and Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing. <a title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014" target="_blank">You can read all about that in our review of the GTX 980</a>, which is the 970's big brother (as its numbering probably indicated).</p> <p><img src="/files/u160416/zotac970.jpg" alt="Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition" title="Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition" width="620" height="390" /></p> <p>The AMP! Extreme Edition is very fancy and cost $410 (up from the GTX 970's normal $330 asking-price) . Zotac isn't generally known for high-perfomance variants. MSI has "Lightning," ASUS has "Republic of Gamers," and Sapphire has "Vapor-X," to name a few. After checking out this card, we wonder if Zotac will get an enthusiast spotlight of its own. Check out our video for the details on this guy.</p> <p>.<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/y3mh5pb1tnM" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/zotac_geforce_gtx_970_amp_extreme_unboxing_video#comments geforce graphics GTX 970 MPCTV nvidia unboxing video Video Card zotac News Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:26:58 +0000 Tom McNamara 28685 at http://www.maximumpc.com