ASUS has announced that its GTX Titan, the fastest single GPU card on the market, has broken four 3DMark world records. The cards were assisted by the expertise of ASUS' in-house overclocking experts, Andre Yang and Shamino.
With the Titan, ASUS was able to achieve a 3DMark11 entry preset score of 36658, performance preset score of 37263, and extreme preset score of 22076. It also set a new world record for 3DMark's Fire Strike benchmark with a score of 21818.
The system consisted of four ASUS GTX Titan cards overclocked and cooled with liquid nitrogen, an ROG Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, and an Intel Core i7-3970X processor. To learn more about the records or system, you can check out Futuremark's Hall of Fame.
Ask the Experts: I want to upgrade my system, and run all games at 1080p at a minimum of 45fps - what do you suggest?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Duarte from Portugal wanting to know what he has to do to his system to run all games maxed out at 1080p at 45 frames per second.
Q: I would like to upgrade my system, I have an MSI N670 PE/OC and an Intel Core i7 2600k OC to 4.6ghz. I want to run all recent games at 1080p with all graphics settings set to maximum (for example Crysis 3).
Also I don't want anything below 45 fps. Should i get another GTX 670? Or sell this one and buy lets say two AMD Radeon HD 7970s (more vram)?
I would appreciate your opinion, thanks.
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NVIDIA has debuted five new mobile GPUs for the mainstream and performance segments of the market. Ranging from the new GT 720M all the way to the new 750M, these GPUs all support NVIDIA's "GPU Boost 2.0" technology. GPU Boost dynamically changes the clockspeed of the GPU to save power when possible.
The new GT 720M and 735M compose the mainstream segment and the GT 740M, 745M, and 750M are destined for the performance user. While your current system may be a generation behind, it's highly unlikely that your older 680M will be eclipsed by the new 750M.
NVIDIA says that the new line of GPUs will be supported by all major notebook manufacturer in the coming months.
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Q: What is the best brand to buy for a GeForce GTX 660 or 660 Ti? ASUS, Gigabyte or MSI?
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NVIDIA have already entered the dual-GPU arena with their GeForce GTX 690, and have taken the crown once again with their Titan GPU, so AMD have been sitting out of the GPU spotlight for a while now.
This might all end with the unveiling of their Radeon HD 7990, their dual-GPU behemoth. GM of AMD's Graphics Business Unit, Matt Skynner, held up the card for the world to see, saying: "This is the first public showing. We're not saying much about it other than it's two series-7900 GPUs on a single card, and it's whisper quiet."
AMD's Radeon HD 7990 will be a full-sized, dual-slot card, which was expected. The heatsink and fan design runs down the entire card, with no less than three fans keeping the two GPUs cool. We should hear more on this card in the coming weeks, and I'm sure a proper unveiling before, or at Computex in Taipei in June.
AMD have launched their Radeon HD 7790 today, the new mid-range GPU that is set to have gamers upgrading across the world. Sure, you can't afford an HD 7970, not all of us can, but in this age of console ports - it's simply not required to get some decent gaming action.
We've grabbed a bunch of reviews and listed them below for you, of course we have our review right here, but there are plenty of other reviews for you to check out too across multiple brands, too. What are your thoughts on AMD's new mid-range Radeon HD 7790?
Ask the Experts: I want to get a GPU capable of CrossFire in the future, should I get the Sapphire HD 7870 XT, or the HD 7950 Vapor-X?
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Q: I'm buying a new system and trying to choose a single GPU for now and upgrade to crossfire later. Between the Sapphire Radeon HD7870 XT Edition, Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X 3GB or a card for a similar price which would you say is the best one.
I know the HD 7970 is better but I don't know if its really worth the extra money. Thanks.
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Q: Is the AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card compatible with the ASUS M5A97 motherboard?
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NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose earlier today unveiled some interesting developments with the company, with NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun-Huang revealing the next step in their GPU roadmap - Volta.
Volta will arrive after Maxwell, and will provide GPUs with an insane amount of memory bandwidth. Volta-based GPUs will provide up to 1TB per second of bandwidth, made capable by stacking the DRAM on top of the GPU itself, with a silica substrate between them. Then, cutting a hole through the silicon and connecting each layer provides the ability for this insane level of bandwidth. Something Huang has said has the ability to shift "all of the data from a full Blu-Ray disc through the chip in 1/50th of a second."
I don't know what this will do in the consumer space, as even the unreleased next-gen consoles will be holding back a beast like Volta. The future is looking great for NVIDIA, and I'm excited to see what we'll see from these next-gen GPUs.
There have been rumblings about this for a few weeks now, but Sapphire have just announced the release of their new HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card. From the model alone, you can tell this is destined for an Apple machine, more specifically, their Mac Pro series of desktop PCs.
Sapphire's HD 7950 Mac Edition comes with 3GB of GDDR5 memory, and works on the PC too thanks to its dual firmware support through a simple dual BIOS switch. The HD 7950 Mac Edition GPU is compatible with Apple Mac Pro late-2010 and up models, as long as there is an available PCI-Express x16 slot. Two six-pin PCIe power connections are required, which come in the box.
AMD brings along their powerful Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, which gives the Mac a number of technologies to play with. These include de-blocking, de-noising, automatic de-interlacing, Mosquito noise reduction and edge enhancement as well as advanced image quality enhancement technology, such as adaptive anti-aliasing and 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering.
As for graphics horsepower in games, there's a huge improvement in that department - up to 200% faster than competing graphics cards (an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT is what Sapphire are comparing to - a commonly used GPU in Mac Pro's).
It looks like NVIDIA may be working on a second GK110-based consumer GPU to fill the gap between the marginally expensive GTX 680 and the ridiculously expensive GTX Titan released last month. With a $500 gap between the GTX 680 and GTX Titan, NVIDIA has a lot of wiggle room to squeeze another GPU in the lineup.
The video card is said to feature 13 of the 15 streaming multiprocessors that are built into the GK110 silicon. This means we would have 2,496 CUDA cores to do our gaming bidding. Combine that with 208 texture memory units, 40ROPs, a 320-bit memory interface, and 5GB of GDDR5 RAM and you end up with a fairly powerful card.
The rumored release date is somewhere between July and August of this year.
There's a gap in AMD's GPUs that needs to be filled, which is the very lucrative $110-$170 price point. NVIDIA currently nails this with their GeForce GTX 650 Ti, but AMD are looking to correct their mistake with the HD 7790, or "Bonaire".
The Radeon HD 7790 looks to skip the "Pitcairn" and "Cape Verde" silicons, moving directly to an entirely new ASIC codenamed "Bonaire". The first SKU to be built on this silicon will be the Radeon HD 7790, which should feature 896 stream processors, and will perform at around 10% slowly than the HD 7850. This should definitely take some of the lime light away from the GTX 650 Ti, and if AMD work on the price, they could move a lot of that lime light away.
We should see the HD 7790 launched sometime next month.
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Q: Which card do you think is better? The Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 or the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr? Right now I'm really leaning MSI.
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ASUS have unveiled something quite awesome on their Facebook page, a new GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. From the name alone, it might not seem like a lot, but this GPU is a full GeForce GTX 670 and only measures in at 17cm, or 6.7 inches long.
This means that the GPU is just as long as a miniITX motherboard, and they're very short. Super amounts of power in a very small space. I'd like to see what a couple of them in SLI could do! If you'll notice, it only has a single 8-pin PCIe connector, which is nice.
Ask the Experts: My OCZ Vector SSD is having issues, is it the SSD or something else in my system causing the problems?
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Q: I have an OCZ Vector 128gb SSD and I have reinstalled windows on it several times, yet it keeps failing, AND I keep getting the the blue screen of death, so now I am back on my western digital 2tb hard drive, and I am wondering, did I waste money on this OCZ?
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Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Peter in Australia wanting to know which GPU he should buy for his system.
Q: Hi. I would like your suggestion on which graphics would suit a 30 to 32in full high def single monitor, using Cuda, PhysX, tessellation, 3D, 3D surround at max settings. I play BF3. I have read many articles on the new Titan which were compared to GTX690, and in most cases, the 690 was slightly better.
However, the Titan has 6GB ram, while the 690 only has 4GB. I know the Titan runs cooler, quieter and uses less power than the 690, and that running 3D requires plenty of RAM. I do not want issues such as stuttering, micro stuttering, bottle-necking etc. Which would be better 1 x Titan or 1 x 690, or 2 x Titins or 2 x 690's.
Thanking you Kindly
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Render. Rinse. Repeat! That's AMD's new recommended method of hair care. The company could have just very well ushered in a new era of 3D graphics with its new hair processing technique dubbed TressFX. The process showcases more "realistic" and "natural" hair for in game characters.
AMD says that the new technique allows for individual strands of hair to be rendered out, and everything will flow more naturally with unique physics properties and collision detection. Long gone are the days when you have to suffer trough Laura Croft's pony tail bouncing within a seemingly flat plane.
AMD's blog stated:
Simply: realistic hair is one of the most complex and challenging materials to accurately reproduce in real-time. DirectCompute is additionally utilized to perform the real-time physics simulations for TressFX Hair. This physics system treats each strand of hair as a chain with dozens of links, permitting for forces like gravity, wind and movement of the head to move and curl Lara's hair in a realistic fashion. Further, collision detection is performed to ensure that strands do not pass through one another, or other solid surfaces such as Lara's head, clothing and body. Finally, hair styles are simulated by gradually pulling the strands back towards their original shape after they have moved in response to an external force.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Igor from Bosnia with $400 to spend on his GPU and needs some suggestions on what to buy.
Q: Some suggestions on upgrading my system?
Hello, I'm currently planning to upgrade some stuff on my rig. Currently I have:
- PSU: FSP AURUM GOLD 700W
- Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V
- CPU: Intel i7-2600
- RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333MHz (2x 4GB dual channel)
- GPU: ASUS HD6770 (EAH6770)
- HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB
I'd like some suggestions on which gaming GPU to get with cost of under 400$. Also, I've been planning to get 16GB (4x 4GB) of Kingston's HyperX Genesis DDR3 RAM. Is this RAM a good choice?
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Ask the Experts: I recently asked about a GPU upgrade, but I've increased my budget, does that change your recommendation?
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Q: Hi i recently asked a question concerning Radeon graphics cards, and iv'e decided to up my budget. I'm looking at the 7970 and 7870. The 7970 has almost twice as many stream processors. the 3GB versus 2GB isnt a huge factor since i think either would be more than sufficient for my 27 in monitor.
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Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Andrew from the US wanting some help deciding between AMD's Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7850 GPUs.
Q: I'm getting pretty heavy into gaming and my graphics card just can't handle these new games, even on low settings.
My current card is an ATI Radeon HD 4650
Would you recommend the Radeon HD 7770 or the Radeon HD 7850? the 7850 has a 256 bit memory interface while the 7770 has only 128. However, the 7770's clock speed is 1020 Mhz while the 7850 is only 860 Mhz! Which would be optimal for high graphics gaming.
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