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NVIDIA tease 4K Surround with Origin on Project CARS at CES 2014

CES 2014 - NVIDIA was showing off an amazing Origin Genesis PC that was heavily customized, pumping out Project CARS onto three 65-inch 4K TVs with 4-way GeForce GTX Titans.

 

 

Project CARS is one of the best-looking games being developed, with Slightly Mad Studios' coding abilities being shown off at CES 2014. It shows that Project CARS scales unbelievably well, all the way up to 12K (if that's even a thing) - or 4K Surround as NVIDIA would put it. The four GTX Titan's are going to cost you $4000 on their own, so imagine the total cost of this PC and the TVs... yes, it's for the PC master race, that's for sure.

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Google placing guidelines on Glass branding, accessories to devs

As Google edges closer to the consumer release of its Glass headset, the search giant has unveiled some brand guidelines for developers. Google is trying to maintain control over the way Glass is treated by third-party companies, in the way of its marketing and branding.

 

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For example, Google wants the "G" in Glass to be capitalized, and that the term is never possessive or plural. This means that the search giant won't allow "Glasses" or "Glass's", which might get annoying, fast. Apple has been here, done that, where it removed "the" before its iPhone, iPad, and iPod products. Another example of walking the fine wearable walk with Glass, is that you should never have the word "Glass" in its name.

 

It provide an example, "Glass Cat Facts" and "Glassy Cat Photos" are not accepted, but "Cat Facts for Glass" is acceptable. Google also wants to see developers using #throughglass when sharing Glass content, which it says is for better "discoverability and aggregation". As for e-mails, it wants to see users use "Sent through Glass".

Razer unveils its fitness tracking smartwatch, the Nabu

CES 2014 - Razer has just unveiled its first foray into the fitness tracking smartwatch world at CES 2014, by introducing the Razer Nabu. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said: "We are calling it a cross between a smartwatch and a fitness band. It's a wearable device focused on helping you live smarter."

 

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Razer's Nabu is a mashup of the traditional fitness tracking band, and the latest smartwatches. Nabu features two notification screens, one that displays the usual watch face, with the opposite side displaying wellness data and smartphone notifications. Nabu tracks your steps walked, distance traveled, and it will monitor your sleeping patterns, too.

 

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The gaming peripheral maker suggests a battery life of around 7-10 hours, and is rain and splash proof. The Nabu is available to developers right now at a cost of $49, but this price should increase considerably when it reaches consumers.

MSI teases R9 290X Lightning, features triple-fan, triple-slot cooler

CES 2014 - I'm still gushing over SAPPHIRE's Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPU, which runs incredibly cool and has some serious overclocking headroom thanks to its impressive cooler, but MSI has just shown its new Radeon R9 290X Lightning GPU at CES 2014, which trumps the cooling on the SAPPHIRE card.

 

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MSI have used a triple-slot, triple-fan design on the Lightning, which should keep the Hawaii GPU underneath nice and cool. It will also provide for some serious overclocking potential, but has a serious flaw - the triple-slot design. This will stop people from going for 3- and 4-way R9 290X Lightning rigs, which is unfortunate.

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RumorTT: NVIDIA preparing GeForce GTX 790 with 10GB of GDDR5 RAM

CES 2014 - We're hours away from CES 2014 now and we have a massive tease from NVIDIA, who is rumored to unleash a new GeForce GTX 790 GPU. Yes, a GTX 790, not the GTX 780 Ti, or TITAN, but a new, super-fast GPU.

 

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The GeForce GTX 790 would feature an insane 10GB of GDDR5 RAM (5GB GDDR5 x2), 4992 CUDA cores (2496 x2), 640-bit memory (dual 320-bit), and two GK110 cores. If NVIDIA were to release this GPU, we could expect the high-end to really light up, blowing away all of the things AMD has tried to build up with its new Hawaii-based R9 290X GPU.

AMD Hawaii-based GPU has unused streaming processors available

It looks like there is some untapped performance in the awesome AMD Hawaii-based GPUs, which is the silicon behind its flagship GPU, the Radeon R9 290X. The die shot below shows off a GPU which features as many as 48 CUs, which would see some 3072 stream processors (SPs).

 

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This would reflect to consumers as a new Radeon R9 290X, with 10% more performance, which would be nice. Right now, AMD has one of the fastest GPUs on the market with its Radeon R9 290X, and it would be even better with a third-party HSF, like the one we see on the very impressive SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPUs.

Sapphire unveils new Radeon R9 270X Dual-X 4GB model

Today Sapphire Technology unveiled a new variant of its R9 270X GPU. The new R9 290X Dual-X 4GB GPU features the same specifications of its previous counterpart, except the new 4GB model features double the RAM. Sapphire says that they have updated the card with 4GB of RAM to meet Battlefield 4 recommended specs.

 

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The R9 270X Dual-X 4GB features 4GB of GDDR5 RAM that has been clocked in at 5.6GHz across a 256-bit wide interface and is capable of cranking out a bandwidth of 179GB/s. The card is a non-reference design, and features Sapphire's Dual-X cooling solution which helps the card remain budget friendly while managing to keep things cool. The new card is expected to retail between $220 and $230.

Club 3D rolls out its '14Series line of video cards

The first video cards from the Club 3D '14Series will be the Radeon R9 270 and 270X, and should be an affordable product for PC users and gamers looking for a full-HD 1080p gaming experience.

 

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The '13Series was introduced by Club 3D earlier in the year as an extension to its PokerSeries gaming cards - but the launch of R7 and R9 chipsets left Club 3D scrambling to upgrade. The '13Series was designed for system integrators and PC users looking for an added boost with a second GPU in their workstations - and the '14Series promises even better performance:

 

Club 3D Radeon R9 270 specs:

 

  • 1280 stream processors
  • Up to 955MHz clock speed
  • 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
  • TDP of 150 watts
  • Fitted with quiet high-performance CoolStream cooler
  • Will benefit from AMD Mantle technology

 

Club 3D Radeon R9 270X specs:

 

  • 1280 stream processors
  • Up to 1080MHz clock speed
  • 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
  • TDP of 175 watts
  • Fitted with Coolstream cooler
  • Eyefinity 4 capable

NVIDIA releases GeForce Experience 1.8.1, adds in Twitch integration

Today NVIDIA announced an update to its GeForce Experience bringing the current version up to version 1.8.1. This new update comes less than a month after version 1.8 was released to the public, and brings forth Twitch streaming to ShadowPlay.

 

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This new feature allows users to stream their games live on Twitch via NVIDIA Shadow Play, and include real-time commentary as well. NVIDIA says that ShadowPlay streaming to Twitch does not have any negative impact on gameplay due to H.264 encoding. "Broadcasting to Twitch has become an integral part of the gaming experience," said Brooke Van Dusen, Director of Business Development, Twitch. "We're extremely excited to work with NVIDIA to make Twitch live streaming available to GeForce Experience users. ShadowPlay is revolutionary, providing high quality streams with almost no noticeable performance impact for our users."

AMD is working on "Vesuvius", a dual-GPU card based on Hawaii XT

If you were holding off on pulling the trigger on that fancy new Mantle-capable AMD Radeon R9 290X, this news is just for you. According to "reliable sources" of VR-Zone, AMD is planning on releasing a new dual-GPU based on two Hawaii XT cores - the same core used in the R9 290X.

 

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The dual-GPU has a unique codename: "Vesuvius", which is the only active volcano in Europe, and is located in the east coast of the Bay of Naples, in southern Italy. There's not much known about the card, but there are some questions: the R9 290X has had power issues, and gets pretty hot as it is, so what would AMD do with two of these cores on the single PCB?

 

We're talking about some serious horsepower here, which is going to generate lots of heat, which will require a more than formidable cooling setup. Exciting times ahead, I'm looking forward to what AMD can show us in the coming months.

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