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GTC 2014 - NVIDIA has just unveiled its next generation GPU at its GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California - Pascal. Don't let the name fool you, there's some incredible technology that has made Pascal possible.
Pascal has three key technologies that have made it possible, NVLink, 3D Memory and a new Module size - one-third the size of a PCIe card. NVLink provides some incredible bandwidth - where it will provide up to 5-12x the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, which NVIDIA expects to see 1TB/sec memory bandwidth by 2016 thanks to the next technology, 3D Memory.
3D Memory is something that has been coming for quite sometime, but it will provide 2-4x memory bandwidth, and its extremely small. This helps NVIDIA's next-gen Pascal GPU to be just one-third the size of standard GPU - such as the just-released GeForce GTX TITAN Black GPU.
Today GIGABYTE announced the launch of two new AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) based video cards. The new GIGABYTE GV-R928WF3OC-3GD and GV-R7265WF2OC-2GD are based on AMD's Radeon R9 280 and R7 265 video cards and feature several upgrades that take them above and beyond AMD's reference designs.
The GV-R928WF3OC-3GD features 1792 GCN stream processor and 3GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory that runs on a 384-bit memory interface. Cooling is handled by a WINDFORCE 3X cooling system that ensures gamers get every ounce of performance out of this factory overclocked GPU. The GV-R7265WF2OC-2GD boast 1024 GCN stream processor, 2GB of GDDR5 memory and 256-bit memory interface. Cooling is again handled by GIGABYTE's WINDFORCE cooler, but features only 2 fans instead of the three seen on the R9 280 OC.
We're hearing more and more about AMD's upcoming dual Hawaii-based GPU, but right now there's no name for it. Dutch tech site BouweenPC.nl is reporting that AMD might call it the "Radeon R9 295X2."
The report states that the core clocks on the R9 295X2 would be under 1GHz, and that the company is working on a hybrid air+water cooling solution for the card. The cooler will reportedly feature heat sinks with airflow to the RAM, VRM and other hot components, while two liquid cooling blocks would take the head away from the GPUs.
If this is the case, the Radeon R9 295X2, or whatever AMD call it, would not be a simple installation. I'm hoping this report isn't true, and that whatever AMD releases, it is a simple plug-and-play card. The image above is of the ASUS ARES II GPU, which has a similar cooling setup for comparison.
NVIDIA made an announcement that it will end to provide driver support for its Direct X 10 card families such as GeForce 8 Series, 9 series, GeForce 100, 200 300 and 400 desktop GPU series followed by GeForce 7, 8 and 9 series for Laptop GPU. Certain Quadro FX, Quadro CX, Quardro Plex and a Tesla cards will also be present in the EOL List.
NVIDIA mentioned in its support page that following the release 343, it will drop its support for DX 10 cards and its users will be stuck with an outdated video cards.
NVIDIA released its newer lineup of notebook GPU solutions: 800M Series. The company promises that the newer notebook GPUs will provide more processing power while less power.
The lower-end note GPUs within this lineup are Maxwell based 830M and 840M, followed by Fermi architecture based 820. GTX 870M and 880M are based on Kepler architecture that is used in GeForce Titan Black desktop video cards. 850M and 860M are based on maxwell architecture.
NVIDIA also implemented few implementations for its notebook GPU emphasizing on gaming and lower power consumption during gaming.
NVIDIA GeForce's new WHQL drivers tweaked to provide the best possible gaming experience for upcoming FPS game by Respawn Entertainment: Titanfall. The company emphasized in its press released that the newer WHQL drivers are 'an essential upgrade for pilots entering the fray.'
The newer GeForce drivers also provides enhanced GPU offset options for GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 'Maxwell' video cards. Previously these card's GPU offset was limited to +130MHz, but the newer drivers allow more ability to overclock these cards.
All the way back in November last year, we reported on AMD building a dual Hawaii XT GPU - the same core used on its flagship Radeon R9 290X... but this new video card would feature two of those Hawaii XT cores.
The dual Radeon R9 290X became a little more real this week, with a tease of the ARES III GPU by ASUS. ASUS' ARES line of GPUs is its dual-GPU video cards, some of the most respected and most-wanted GPUs on the market. Talking specs, the dual Radeon R9 290X card would feature three 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, with a massive 500W TDP.
We should see 8GB of RAM total, 4GB per GPU. Personally, I think the 4GB limitation is going to be the letdown on a dual Radeon R9 290X card, as SAPPHIRE has teased a beautiful Radeon R9 290X VAPOR-X which features 8GB of RAM, on a single GPU.
NVIDIA will be using the GM107 silicon well known by its codename 'Maxwell' for notebooks. The GTX 860M is said to have an identical setup of a desktop GPU card based on Maxwell core: GTX 750 Ti.
It will feature 640 CUDA cores, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPS paired with 2GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 5 GHz on a 128-bit interface. Benchmarks of the GTX 860M was also published in a notebook enthusiast forum.
Club 3D has just announced the launch of two new flagship video cards to its PokerSeries GPUs. The cards are based on AMD's "Hawaii" architecture reference design Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X GPUs. The all new royalAce Radeon R9 290 features 2560 stream processors and 4GB of GDDR5 RAM making it one of the fastest GPUs on the market today.
The royalAce Radeon R9 290X is the king of the castle with 2816 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a tripple fan cooler that ensures gamers achieve the highest-level of performance possible. The royalAce R9 290 features a core clock speed of 1040MHz while the royalAce R9 290X is 10MHz faster at 1050MHz. Both cards are said to be much faster than the reference design and can easily compete with the best custom Hawaii designs on the market today.
While rumors of DirectX 12 have been circling for over a year now, no one knew exactly when it would debut into the public's eye, but today the new Graphics API has been all but confirmed buy a new Twitter account and webpage that has popped up onto the internet. While no official word from Microsoft has been released, the Twitter account did say that "Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated... #DirectX12 is coming to #GDC." Which means that AMD's Mantle will have a very giant competitor to deal with at GDC 2014.
The website appears to be legit as well since it is hosted on Microsoft's MSDN blog site and includes heavy hitting graphics companies like AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm. The latter suggest that DirectX 12 has been developed for mobile devices too and there is a big chance that we could see it arrive on the next Windows Phone 8.1 update that is slated for April. If the website is correct then DirectX 12 will make its debut at 10AM on March 20th at the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.