graphics cards en Graphics Cards Shipments Down Slightly During Seasonal Lull <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gpu.jpg" alt="Nvidia GPU" title="Nvidia GPU" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Add-in board graphics is mostly a two horse race</h3> <p>Market research firm <strong>Jon Peddie Research (JPR) said the decline in add-in graphics boards (disrete graphics cards, in other words, as opposed to integrated GPUs) during the first quarter of 2014 was "disappointing, but seasonally understandable."</strong> On a sequential basis, AIB shipments dropped 6.7 percent, though on a year-to-year basis, they're only down 0.8 percent, compared to desktop PCs as a whole, which declined 1.1 percent.</p> <p>The attach rate of AIBs to desktop PCs has fallen sharply over the last several years, dropping from 63 percent in Q1 2008 to 45 percent in Q1 2014. That's not surprising when you consider that both Intel and AMD include integrated graphics on their processors these days. In addition, the attach rate is actually up compared to last quarter, when it was 43.8 percent.</p> <p>According to JPR, Nvidia's share of the AIB market is now 65 percent, up a tick from 64.9 percent last quarter and 64.2 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, AMD's share is holding steady at 35 percent, the same as it was last quarter and down a smidgendd from 35.6 percent a year ago.</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 cards Hardware Jon Peddie Research jpr nvidia Video cards News Thu, 22 May 2014 16:14:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 27856 at Nvidia Preps GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition and GeForce GTX 790 Graphics Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_card.jpg" alt="GeForce Card" title="GeForce Card" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />A peek at what's around the corner</h3> <p>Nvidia already owns the single-GPU performance crown, having plucked it back from the competition with the release of the <a href="">GeForce GTX 780 Ti</a> graphics card two months ago after <a href="">AMD snatched it</a> from atop the <a href="">GeForce GTX Titan's</a> head. Now that it's back where Nvidia feels it rightfully belongs, the GPU maker has no plans of letting it go any time soon and will <strong>defend its crown with the upcoming launch of the GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition and dual-GPU GeForce GTX 790</strong> video cards.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>VideoCardz</em></a>, the updated Titan will flex the same GPU as the GTX 780 Ti but with higher double precision computing performance (more FP64 CUDA cores). It will also have 6GB of onboard GDDR5 memory, which is twice as much as the GTX 780 Ti, 2,880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. No word on exactly when it will be released, just that it's likely coming sometime next month and is expected to cost around $1,000 MSRP.</p> <p>The Titan Black Edition won't replace the GTX 780 Ti in performance, which is still the preferred card among gamers because of its price tag (it's several hundred dollars less than a Titan). However, those looking for a dual-GPU card will get their wish in March with the launch of the GTX 790.</p> <p><em>VideoCardz</em> warns that it wasn't able to verify the specs but believes it will ship with two 28nm GK110 GPus, two 2,496 CUDA-packed processors for 4,992 total, 416 total TMUs, 80 total ROPs, and 10GB of GDDR5 on a 320-bit bus. This one is also expected to retail for $1,000.</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 790 geforce gtx titan black edition gpu graphics cards Hardware nvidia Video cards News Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:44:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 27112 at AMD Clarifies Radeon R9 Series Game Bundle, Clears Confusion Over Battlefield 4 Eligibility <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bf4_3.jpg" alt="Battlefield 4" title="Battlefield 4" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />Not all Radeon R9 Series cards come with Battlefield 4</h3> <p>There's been quite a bit of confusion over <a href=""><strong>AMD's updated game bundle</strong></a> for the holiday season. The Sunnyvale chip designer laid out the details earlier this week, and the way it was worded, it sounded like all customers who purchased a Radeon R9 Series graphics card on or after November 13, 2013, would receive a complimentary copy of Battlefield 4. Unfortunately that's not the case -- retailers and add-in board partners ultimately decide which Radeon R9 SKUs will come with a copy of BF4, AMD says.</p> <p>"As with all limited promotions, it’s important that customers ensure that the specific product they’re purchasing qualifies for the promotion, and that they’re buying from a participating retailer during the promotion period. Also, it is critical to note that this promotion is only valid while supplies last," AMD said in an updated statement.</p> <p>To make it easy to identify which card SKUs come with BF4, AMD said it will post the ones it is aware of over the coming days and weeks at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. A couple of immediate examples include the following cards from <a href="" target="_blank">XFX</a> and <a href=";gid=3&amp;sgid=1227&amp;pid=2088&amp;leg=0&amp;lid=1" target="_blank">Sapphire</a>, AMD says.</p> <p>AMD said it also received questions from customers who already purchased R9 cards asking if the promotion can be made retroactive. While contractual obligations with EA/DICE prevent AMD from making BF4 available to card purchases prior to November 13, AMD said it will be giving away 1,000 BF4 codes through social media channels over the coming weeks as a gesture of goodwill. Details can be found on dedicated <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> pages.</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 battlefield 4 bf4 Build a PC games graphics cards Hardware radeon r9 series Software Video Card News Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:48:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 26702 at No BS Podcast #212: GPU Wars, Broadwell delayed, and Battlefield 4 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u134896/amdrad_r9_290x_flatangle_rgb_24in.jpg" alt="AMD_290x" width="220" height="182" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>AMD and Nvidia go to war, Intel's Broadwell chipset gets delayed, Battlefield 4, and more!</h3> <p>The Maximum PC Staff returns for <a title="No BS Podcast #211" href="" target="_blank">episode #212 of the No BS Podcast!</a> This time around we discuss the AMD Radeon R9 290X as well as the increasingly potent GPU war between AMD and Nvidia. We also chat about Intel delaying its 14 nanometer Broadwell chipset, Battlefield 4, and the results of some performance testing we did with the game in the lab. Finally, we wrap things up by answering some reader questions and delivering our editor picks before topping it off with Gordons' rant.</p> <h5><a title="maximum pc no bs 212" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" width="80" height="15" style="border: 0px initial initial;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" alt="chicklet_rss-2.0.png" title="chicklet_rss-2.0.png" width="80" height="15" style="border: 0px initial initial;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" alt="chicklet_itunes.gif" title="chicklet_itunes.gif" width="80" height="15" style="border: 0px initial initial;" /></a><br /> <object width="480" height="360"><param name="movie" value="//;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="360" src=";hl=en_US" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object> </h5> <h4>Editor's Picks</h4> <p><span style="white-space: pre;"><span style="white-space: pre;">Tom McNamara</span></span><span style="font-weight: normal;">: <a href="">Batman Arkham City Game of the Year Edition</a></span></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre;"><span style="white-space: pre;">Gordon Ung: </span></span><a href="">Google Nexus 7 2013 32 GB</a></p> <p>Josh Norem: <a href="">Sanyo Eneloop rechargable batteries</a></p> <p>Can't get enough Maximum PC? 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Consistently leaning towards the latter, however, have been AMD's Never Settle bundles, in which Radeon HD graphics card owners have been rewarded some sweet titles. For the first time, it looks as though AMD's <a href=""><strong>Never Settle Forever</strong></a> promotion will extend beyond the Radeon HD 7000 Series.</p> <p>AMD <a href="" target="_blank">supposedly confirmed</a> with <em></em> that the Never Settle Forever bundle will soon include R200 Series graphics cards as well. If so, this will be a sweet deal that works the same for the new cards as it does for the older ones.</p> <p>By that we mean there will be three different reward tiers, including Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Those who quality for the Bronze tier can select one free title, those with a Silver badge can pick out two, and gamers who go for the gold will be able to select three titles from a catalog of up to nine different gamse.</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 games gpu graphics cards Hardware never settle r200 series News Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:06:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 26512 at AMD Reveals Specs on Five Upcoming Radeon R7 and R9 Series Graphics Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/r9_270x.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R9 270X" title="AMD Radeon R9 270X" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />Meet the next generation of Radeon graphics cards</h3> <p>AMD has some big plans for its Radeon graphics cards, details of which have been trickling out over the past couple of weeks. As a primer, we highly recommend checking out our Live Blog coverage of <a href=""><strong>AMD's GPU14 Tech Day 2013</strong></a> along with Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang's <a href=""><strong>photo gallery</strong></a> from his visit to Hawaii where the event was held (work can be so grueling sometimes!). Unfortunately those pesky NDAs prevent us from sharing details of AMD's R9 290X and 290 video cards, but in the meantime, we have full specs on no less than five other Radeon R9 and R7 Series parts. Let's get to it!</p> <h3>R9 270X, $199</h3> <p>In the R9 Series, there are two cards underneath the R9 290X and 290. These include the R9 270X and 280X. The R9 270X is being billed as the new $199 GPU king and is primarily intended for gamers rocking a 1080p monitor. At 1920x1080, this card should be able to handle high quality settings for any game out there. According to AMD, it's 49 percent faster than an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 card in Battlefield 3 (at 1080p), 45 percent faster in Hitman Absolution, and 26 percent faster in Tomb Raider. Here are the specs:</p> <ul> <li>Stream Processors: 1,280</li> <li>Engine Clock: Up to 1.05GHz</li> <li>Compute Performance: 2.69 TFLOPS</li> <li>Memory Configuration: 2GB or 4GB GDDR5 / 256-bit</li> <li>Memory Speed: 5.6Gbps</li> <li>Power Connectors: 2 x 6-pin</li> <li>Typical Board Power: 180W</li> <li>PCI-E Standard: PCI-E 3.0</li> <li>API Support: DirectX 11.2; OpenGL 4.3; Mantle</li> </ul> <h3>R9 280X, $299</h3> <p>For those who have $299 to spend on a graphics card, there's the R9 280X, which is built for gaming at 2560x1440. Using AMD's own benchmarking numbers once again, this part is supposed to be 20 percent faster than a GeForce GTX 760 in Battlefield 3 at 2560x1440 with 4xMSAA and Ultra settings, 39 percent faster in Tomb Raider at 2560x1440 with TressFX enabled, and 25 percent faster than Bioshock: Infinite at 2560x1440 with Ultra settings. Here are the specs:</p> <ul> <li>Steam Processors: 2,048</li> <li>Engine Clock: Up to 1GHz</li> <li>Compute Performance: 4.1 TFLOPS</li> <li>Memory Configuration: 3GB GDDR5 / 384-bit</li> <li>Memory Speed: 6Gbps</li> <li>Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin</li> <li>Typical Board Power: 250W</li> <li>PCI-E Standard: PCI-E 3.0</li> <li>API Support: DirectX 11.2; OpenGL 4.3; Mantle</li> </ul> <p><img src="/files/u69/r9_280x_benchmarks.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R9 280X Benchmarks" title="AMD Radeon R9 280X Benchmarks" width="620" height="347" /></p> <h3>R7 260X, $139</h3> <p>Moving down the totem pole, the Radeon R7 Series is represented by the R7 260X, R7 250, and R7 240 cards. All of these fall into the affordable category with the most expensive of the bunch being the R7 260X at $139 MSRP. Generally speaking, you can expect slightly better performance compared to the Radeon HD 5870, a part that debuted at $379 not all that long ago. Here's what you get with the R7 260X:</p> <ul> <li>Stream Processors: 896</li> <li>Engine Clock: Up to 1.1GHz</li> <li>Compute Performance: 1.97 TFLOPS</li> <li>Memory Configuration: 2GB GDDR5 / 128-bit</li> <li>Memory Speed: 6.5Gbps</li> <li>Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin</li> <li>Typical Board Power: 115W</li> <li>PCI-E Standard: PCI-E 3.0</li> <li>API Support: DirectX 11.2; OpenGL 4.3; Mantle</li> </ul> <h3>R7 250</h3> <p>The remaining two cards fall into the sub-$100 category, with the R7 250 debuting at just $89. AMD is billing this card as "Graphics Core Next for everyone" with an "unbeatable value." Performance is roughly on par with (and slightly better than) a Radeon HD 5770. Here are the specs:</p> <ul> <li>Stream Processors: 384</li> <li>Engine Clock: Up to 1.05GHz</li> <li>Compute Performance: 806 GFLOPS</li> <li>Memory Configuration: 1GB GDDR5 or 2GB GDDR5 / 128-bit</li> <li>Memory Speed: 4.6Gbps</li> <li>Power Connectors: None required</li> <li>Typical Board Power: 65W</li> <li>PCI-E Standard: PCI-E 3.0</li> <li>API Support: DirectX 11.2; OpenGL 4.3; Mantle</li> </ul> <h3>R7 240</h3> <p>Finally, we have the R7 240, an entry-level card with a low profile and single-slot cooling solution. AMD didn't provide pricing information on the part, though it did list out the system specs:</p> <ul> <li>Stream Processors: 320</li> <li>Engine Clock: Up to 780MHz</li> <li>Compute Performance: 499 GFLOPS</li> <li>Memory Configuration: 1GB GDDR5 or 2GB GDDR5 / 128-bit</li> <li>Memory Speed: 4.6Gbps</li> <li>Power Connectors: None required</li> <li>Typical Board Power: 30W</li> <li>PCI-E Standard: PCI-E 3.0</li> <li>API Support: DirectX 11.2; OpenGL 4.3; Mantle</li> </ul> <h3>TrueAudio</h3> <p>The last thing to point out is that TrueAudio technology will be featured on the R7 260X card, making it one of the first discrete GPUs in the world with a programmable audio pipeline. It's intended to transform game audio in the same manner that programmable shaders transformed graphics, AMD says. What this entails is a dedicated audio DSP solution for game effects.</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 graphics cards Hardware r7 240 r7 250 r7 260x r9 270x r9 280x radeon Video cards News Tue, 08 Oct 2013 04:01:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 26456 at Origin PC Now Dealing Exclusively with Nvidia Graphics, Claims AMD GPUs are Problematic <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_genesis.jpg" alt="Origin PC Genesis" title="Origin PC Genesis" width="228" height="217" style="float: right;" />Boutique builder goes all-in with Nvidia GPUs</h3> <p>Well now, here's an interesting development. We received a note from Kevin Wasielewski, co-founder and CEO of boutique system builder <a href=""><strong>Origin PC</strong></a>, alerting us that his company is no longer offering customers an option to configure rigs with AMD graphics cards. All traces of AMD brand GPUs are being removed from the website, and from here on out, Origin PC is dealing exclusively with Nvidia for graphics. Supposedly this isn't a marketing ploy, but a decision that was made for a number of reasons.</p> <p>"This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff," Wasielewski said in a statement. "Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on Nvidia GPUs."</p> <p>It's pretty interesting that Origin PC's support staff requested the removal of AMD GPUs from all of the systems the company offers. We reached out to Origin PC for clarification on what kinds of trouble it was running into using AMD graphics cards and are waiting to hear back. We'll update this post when we know more.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>Alvaro Masis, a Technical Support Manager for Origin PC, issued the following statement to Maximum PC:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">"Primarily the overall issues have been stability of the cards, overheating, performance, scaling, and the amount of time to receive new drivers on both desktop and mobile GPUs.We’ve also seen a high percentage of failures on AMD cards in the field within the first few months. Even after replacing with multiple AMD cards the failures continued. Switching these same exact customers to Nvidia resulted in fixing these failures and therefore obviously a much more positive customer experience."</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 gpu graphics cards Hardware nvidia OEM origin pc rigs News Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:50:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 26438 at Driver Update Will Add DirectX 11.2 Support to AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dx_0.jpg" alt="DirectX" title="DirectX" width="229" height="144" style="float: right;" />Breathe a sigh of relief, Radeon 7000 Series owners</h3> <p>You may have heard that <a href=""><strong>AMD</strong></a> graphics cards based on the company's first generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture -- namely, Radeon HD 7000 Series and OEM 8000 Series -- aren't compatible with Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 11.2 API. Well, you heard right, and unfortunately the current crop of HD 7000/8000 graphics will miss out on DX11.2 features when it launches with Windows 8.1, however there's good reason not to hang your head.</p> <p>AMD engineer Laylah Mah said that the incompatibility isn't due to the hardware, which fully supports DX11.2, but is on the driver level. That's because Microsoft's final specification ended up being just a tad different than what AMD was expecting, so it's a solvable problem, and it will in fact be solved with a future driver update, according to German language website <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/radeon_7870.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon HD 7870" title="AMD Radeon HD 7870" width="620" height="502" /></p> <p>In addition, AMD issued a statement confirming as much.</p> <p>"The Radeon HD 7000 series hardware architecture is fully DirectX 11.2-capable when used with a driver that enables this feature. AMD is planning to enable DirectX 11.2 with a driver update in the Windows 8.1 launch timeframe in October, when DirectX 11.2 ships," AMD said in a statement. "Today, AMD is the only GPU manufacturer to offer fully-compatible DirectX 11.1 support, and the only manufacturer to support Tiled Resources Tier-2 within a shipping product stack."</p> <p>So there you have it, nothing to worry about if you took advantage of one of AMD's <a href="">Never Settle bundles</a> and picked up a 7000 Series card.</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 directx 11.2 dx11.2 gpu graphics cards Hardware radeon 7000 series News Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:21:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 26171 at AMD Rumored to Launch Radeon HD 8000 Series in Third Quarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/radeon_ghz_edition.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon GHz Edition" title="AMD Radeon GHz Edition" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />Next generation video cards from AMD might be just around the corner.</h3> <p>The neat thing about the never ending GPU wars is that there's always something newer and faster on the horizon. <a href=""><strong>AMD</strong></a> and Nvidia never have time to rest on their laurels, instead playing a constant game of leapfrog where the biggest winners are gamers. In keeping with that theme, a Chinese language website is reporting that AMD is gearing up to launch its Radeon HD 8000 Series of graphics cards sometime in the third quarter of this year.</p> <p>In addition to a launch time frame, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Chiphell</em> posted</a> some updated specifications for AMD's new crop of cards. The fastest of the bunch is the Radeon HD 8970, which features 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and an 1,100MHz core clockspeed. It also has 6GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7,000MHz (effective) on a 384-bit bus, all of which results in 5.07TFLOPS of floating point performance. Versus the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, the new part will run 35 percent faster and cost $599.</p> <p>Next up is the Radeon HD 8950 ($399) with 28 compute units, 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7,000MHz on a 256-bit bus, 1,200MHz core clockspeed, and 4,30TFLOPS of floating point performance. It's said to run 10 percent faster than a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card.</p> <p>Below that sits the Radeon HD 8870 with 24 compute units, 1,536 stream processors, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6,000MHz on a 256-bit bus, 1,100MHz core clockspeed, and 3.38TFLOPS of floating point performance. This $299 card is supposed to be 40 percent faster than a Radeon HD 7870.</p> <p>Finally there's the Radeon HD 8850 ($229) with 20 compute units, 1,280 stream processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6,000MHz on a 256-bit bus, 1,000MHz core clockspeed, and 2.56TFLOPS of floating point performance. It's said to run 15 percent faster than a Radeon HD 7870 graphics card.</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> <p>&nbsp;</p> amd gpu graphics cards Hardware radeon hd 8000 Video cards News Wed, 29 May 2013 14:55:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 25624 at Nvidia's May Launch GeForce 700 Series GPUs at Computex 2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce" title="Nvidia GeForce" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />New graphics cards from Nvidia could be set for a summer debut.</h3> <p>Summer is just around the corner, and with it is the Computex computer expo in Taipei, Taiwan. Are you wondering what the event will introduce to the computing world? So are we, and word on the web is that <a href=""><strong>Nvidia</strong></a> is planning to launch its next generation desktop GeForce 700 Series graphics cards at Computex. In addition to pushing the performance envelope, the GeForce 700 Series is said to be in response to AMD's aggressive game bundles.</p> <p>We all know that the main reason to buy a graphics card is to improve game performance (or for design work), but for those on the fence in which direction to go, AMD has been tempting upgraders with its <a href="">Never Settle software bundles</a> consisting of triple AAA titles.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Fudzilla</em></a>, Nvidia has seen enough and isn't about to let AMD wrestle a larger share of the desktop GPU market than it already has. As such, the GeForce 700 Series might even launch ahead of Computex, the news and rumor site reports, though we're skeptical Nvidia will be quite that ambitious. We're also reluctant to get our hopes up of a summer release, as previous rumors pegged the launch to take place in 2014 sometime after the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but we'll cross our fingers nonetheless.</p> <p>As for the actual hardware, most assume the GeForce 700 Series will be based on a refreshed version of Nvidia's 28nm Kepler architecture.</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> <p>&nbsp;</p> Build a PC computex geforce 700 series gpu graphics cards Hardware nvidia Video cards News Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:52:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 25361 at AMD, Nvidia Push Out New Graphics Drivers Primed for Far Cry 3 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/far_cry_3.jpg" alt="Far Cry 3 Screenshot" title="Far Cry 3" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />The wait is over, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Far Cry 3</strong></a> is here and available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and of course our favorite gaming platform, the PC. To kick things off on a high note, both AMD and Nvidia have released new GPU drivers -- AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta and Nvidia GeForce 310.70 -- that promise to deliver big performance gains in Far Cry 3 (by as much as 38 percent in some cases), as well as a few other titles.</p> <p>Let's start with AMD. The chip designer's latest beta drivers improve performance by up 25 percent with 8xMSAA and SSAO enabled at 1600p, and up to 15 percent with 8xMSAA and HDAO enabled. A few other games receive a performance boost as a result of the 12.11 beta series, but AMD also focused on resolving a bunch of issues, including system hangs and a missing font issue in XBMC, to name just two.</p> <p>Nvidia's driver offers an even higher performance boost in Far Cry 3, at least for GeForce GTX 680 graphics card owners, who can expect up to a 38 percent boost. Double digit percentage gains are also found in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (up to 26 percent), Battlefield 3 (up to 16 percent), and Assassin's Creed III (up to 18 percent).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta Driver</a><br /><a href="" target="_blank">NVidia GeForce 310.70 Driver</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> <p>&nbsp;</p> amd Drivers far cry 3 games gpu graphics cards Hardware nvidia Software Video cards video games News Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:49:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 24618 at AMD May Launch Radeon HD 8000 Series Graphics Cards Within 6 Months <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/radeon_gpu.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon Graphics Card" title="Radeon GPU" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />Things are a bit uncertain at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Advanced Micro Devices</strong></a> (AMD) these days, what with <a href="">all the layoffs</a>, a <a href="">tumbling share price</a>, and even the decision to put its <a href="">Texas camp up for sale</a> to raise funds. But don't count AMD out. The company is still releasing products, like <a href="">Vishera</a>, and as the second quarter of 2013 rolls into view, you may finally see a new batch of Radeon graphics cards on store shelves.</p> <p>News of an impending Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics card launch comes courtesy of un-named sources in the upstream supply chain, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>DigiTimes</em> reports</a>. As <em>DigiTimes</em> tells it, AMD was originally planning to launch the new cards by the end of this year, but the release has been pushed back by up to six months as the company deals with the challenges of reorganization.</p> <p>The timing isn't terrible, however. AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series are competitive with Nvidia's current video card solutions, and there doesn't appear to be a new Kepler series coming out this year. Like AMD, Nvidia is waiting until 2013 to launch its next generation GPUs.</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> <p>&nbsp;</p> amd Build a PC graphics cards Hardware radeon hd 8000 Video cards News Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:58:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 24611 at Nvidia the Big Winner in Q3 GPU Shipments; AMD, Intel Both Losers <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gpu.jpg" alt="GeForce Graphics Card" title="NVIDIA GeForce Videocard" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" /><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Jon Peddie Research</strong></a> (JPR) released GPU shipment statistics for the third quarter of 2012, and while the numbers were all over the map, it was mostly good news for Nvidia (more on that in a moment). Discrete GPU shipments held steady at 34.3 million units, up 4.5 percent sequentially but down 5.2 percent compared to the same quarter one year ago. There was also a 4.5 percent dip in overall graphics shipments in Q3 compared to last year, JPR says.</p> <p>"The news was terrific for Nvidia and disappointing for the other major players," <a href="" target="_blank">JPR said</a>. "From Q2 to Q3 Intel slipped in both desktop (7 percent) and notebook (8.6 percent). AMD dropped (2 percent) in the desktop, and (17 percent) in notebooks. Nvidia gained 28.3 percent in desktop from quarter to quarter and jumped almost 12 percent in the notebook segment."</p> <p>Nvidia did very well for itself in what was otherwise "not a very good quarter." GPU shipments overall declined 1.45 percent sequentially and 10.8 year-over-year. It is interesting to note, however, that GPUs shipped more than PCs. The reason is because of "double attach," meaning some PCs shipped with both discrete and integrated graphics solutions.</p> <p>"The turmoil in the PC market has caused us to modify our forecast since the last report; it is less aggressive on both desktops and notebooks," JPR said. "The popularity of tablets and the persistent recession are the contributing factors that have altered the nature of the PC market. Nonetheless, the CAGR for PC graphics from 2011 to 2016 is 3.6 percent, and we expect the total shipments of graphics chips in 2016 to be 608 million units."</p> <p>Though Nvidia was the biggest winner in Q3, it's 18.5 percent share of the GPU market still trails both Intel (59.8 percent) and AMD (21.2 percent).</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> <p>&nbsp;</p> amd gpu graphics graphics cards intel Jon Peddie Research jpr nvidia videocards News Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:10:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 24566 at Possible Radeon HD 8870 and 8850 Specs Leaked to the Web <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/radeon_hd_7970_ghz_edition_0.jpg" alt="Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />The never ending GPU wars between <a href=""><strong>Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)</strong></a> and Nvidia means there's always something newer, better, and faster right around the corner. Neither player likes to tip their hand ahead of schedule, but the Internet is the ultimate tattletale, and right now it's telling us what to expect from AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 8870 and 8850 parts. If the source is to believed, that is.</p> <p>According to <a href="">V<em>'s</em> source</a>, which is the same one that leaked Tahiti specs a few months before launch, AMD's Radeon HD 8870 will be as fast as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680. Based on AMD's Oland XT GPU, the 8870 boasts 3.4 billion transistors (up from 2.8 billion found in the 7870), a 1050MHz base clockspeed, 1100MHz boost clockspeed, and 25 percent better memory bandwidth (192GB/s) compared to the 7870. The card will carry an MSRP of $279.</p> <p>AMD's Radeon HD 8850 is based on Oland Pro and has the same number of transistors and memory bandwidth as the 8870, but slower clockspeeds (925MHz base and 975MHz boost). It will sell for $199 (MSRP). It will be comparable to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 part.</p> <p>Regarding a launch date, early info points to around January 2013.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> amd Build a PC gpu graphics cards Hardware radeon hd 8850 radeon hd 8870 videocards News Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:39:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 24193 at AMD Issues Another Round of Radeon HD Price Cuts <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/7970.jpg" width="228" height="120" style="float: right;" />Summer might be coming to an end in the coming weeks, but the GPU price wars between AMD and Nvidia are just starting to heat up. To wit, AMD rolled out a series of price reductions in July for its Radeon HD 7970, 7950, and 7870 graphics cards, and now that Nvidia has made Kepler affordable with its GeForce GTX 660 Ti part, AMD is once again responding in kind with another round of cuts.</p> <p> First, lets take a look at what happened in July:</p> <ul> <li>Radeon HD 7970: $480 down to $430</li> <li>Radeon HD 7950: $400 down to $350</li> <li>Radeon HD 7870: $350 down to $300</li> </ul> <p>On top of those $50 price cuts, AMD shaved another $20 off certain models. A quick glance online shows the Radeon HD 7970 going for $410 street and the Radeon HD 7950 for $320 street (the Radeon HD 7970 is unaffected by the latest round of cuts).</p> <p>Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which competes with AMD's Radeon 7950 GPU, sells for about $300 street (and up, depending on model). You can see how it fares in our <a href="">recent roundup</a> of three GTX 660 Ti cards.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> amd Build a PC gpu graphics cards Hardware price cuts radeon videocards News Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:09:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 24022 at