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This morning, NVIDIA released version 326.80 of its Game Ready GeForce Drivers. NVIDIA says that the update offers the best gaming experience for Splinter Cell Blacklist. The company is also recommending the driver update for all those who are running the Windows 8.1 preview. Additionally, NVIDIA says that the new GeForce R326 drivers also provide performance increases for a number of games. The following is a list of key performance increases and feature additions. Users can download the update at Source #1 below.
Performance Boost - Increases performance by up to 19% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 320.49 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here is one example of measured gains:
GeForce GTX 770:
- Up to 15% in Dirt: Showdown
- Up to 6% in Tomb Raider
If you've ever stared at your multiple graphics cards set up and thought to yourself "man that SLI bridge sure is ugly," then a fresh announcement from EVGA is sure to put a smile on your face. Earlier today, EVGA announced what amounts to a cosmetic upgrade for enthusiasts who run multiple NVIDIA graphics cards.
The EVGA Pro SLI Bridge is an aesthetically pleasing replacement for the typical ribbon cable-based SLI bridge that comes with all NVIDIA SLI compatible graphics cards. While it offers nothing in terms of better performance, it should really clean up the look of multiple GPU setups and give enthusiasts just a little more bragging rights about the bling in their case.
The bridge appears to be made out of plastic and features brushed aluminum panels on top with the EVGA logo front and center. Things are accented by backlighting that is provided by small LEDS shining through EVGA logos on each panel. This backlighting will only work when the bridges are used on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700-series or later graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX Titan. EVGA says that the bridges are compatible with all brands of NVIDIA graphics cards and will be available in the coming weeks.
If you're been waiting for a price drop on AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990, your time has come. The HD 7990s were selling at $999, but are now enjoying an official price of $799 from AMD.
The $799 price is AMD's MSRP, so partners can enjoy even lower prices, with consumers lapping it up. Partners like PowerColor and XFX have now priced their respective reference HD 7990 models at just $699 and $699, respectively. HIS, GIGABYTE and VisionTek are all $749 and lower, without rebates.
So in reality, the $200 price cut is actually more like $250-$330.
NVIDIA unveils the Quadro K6000, or what they're calling 'the fastest and most capable GPU ever built'
You can always count on NVIDIA to release something that gets your wallet craving an emptying, and today is no different with the announcement of their new professional-grade GPU, the Quadro K6000.
NVIDIA are calling their new Kepler-based, professional GPU "the fastest and most capable GPU ever built." It has replaced the Quadro 6000, and features an insane 12GB of DDR5 RAM, 2880 streaming multiprocessor cores, ultra-low latency video I/O and the ability to pump graphics out to four simultaneous monitors at 4K resolutions. Yeah, nice, isn't it?
Just how fast is NVIDIA's Quadro K6000? Well, Nissan have said they can nearly load almost-complete vehicle models using NVIDIA's new GPU. Impressive. It's actually not too badly priced either, comign in at $2250.
This morning, SAPPHIRE Technology has introduced two new models to its popular HD 7700 series line of discrete graphics cards. Built around AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, this series delivers an affordable yet powerful alternative to more expensive graphics processing units.
SAPPHIRE's HD 7700 series is an extensive family of graphics cards that target the enthusiast on a budget as well as mainstream users looking for a bump in graphics performance. They are based on AMD's latest generation of GPU's that are built on the 28 nm process. Up first is the new HD 7730 which is available in both 1 GB and 2 GB flavors. The GPU shares many of the features of the higher performance models in the HD 7000 series but features fewer Stream Processors.
Bot versions of the HD 7730 have 384 Stream Processors and both feature a core clock speed of 800 MHz. The 1 GB model features a memory clock speed of 4500 MHz while the 2 GB model has its memory clocked in at 1800 MHz. As with all HD 7700 series cards, both of the new models are DirectX 11.1 compliant and feature the usual DVI, HDMI and VGA connections.
This morning, GIGABYTE announced its premium GeForce GTX 760 4GB WindForce OC edition graphics card. Sporting the model number GV-N760OC-4GD, the card features 4GB of memory, a factory overclocked core speed of 1085MHz, GPU Boost of 1150MHz, and memory timing of 6GHz.
The card features GIGABYTE's new WindForce cooling solution which is capable of dissipating up to 450W of thermal energy. The GTX 760 WindForce OC is based on the same PCB as the company's GTX 770 WindForce OC which requires power input from one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe power connector. The card is expected to be priced at around $300 and will be available in all major electronics retailers.
This morning, MSI has released a new video that teases of something big happening later next month and centers around a thunderstorm theme. We expect the teaser is the prelude to the announcement of MSI's GeForce GTX 780 Lightning Edition, but we could be wrong as weirder things have happened in the past.
With the GTX 770 Lightning edition already on the market, the GTX 780 Lightning is the most likely candidate for such a big promo build up. If it were a lesser product, we would expect something, but not a full blown teaser video. With the stock MSI GTX 780 gaming edition's GK110 GPU being clocked in the 1.1GHz range, you can bet that the Lightning, which will be overclocked, will make even the most hardcore enthusiast smile!
It looks like AMD could be jumping right into the HD 9000 series, skipping the HD 8000 series altogether, and this new next-gen GPU would be launching as soon as October.
The first HD 9000 series parts are set to be Curacao and Hainan, both 28nm-based chips on the GCN 2.0 architecture. The new architecture features an improved front-end with 4 asynchronous computing engines (ACEs) and 3 geometry engines, as well as more stream processors crammed in.
The reason for skipping the HD 8000 series is most likely because AMD are already re-badging HD 7000 series GPU's as HD 8000 series parts to OEMs. We should expect the Curacao XT to feature 2304 stream processors (36 compute units) 144 texture units, 48 render back ends and a 384-bit memory controller. The Hainan will be less powerful, featuring 1792 stream processors (28 compute units) 112 texture units, 32 render back ends and a 256-bit memory bus.
The next few months will be interesting, and I have a feeling AMD are going to launch their next-gen Radeon GPU's at the same time the next-gen consoles arrive, riding the wave of AMD-powered consoles hitting the market.
This morning NVIDIA released the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 760 to the world. The 760 is a mid-range GPU that is said to be about 12% faster than its predecessor the GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Like it's GTX 770 and GTX 780 brethren, NVIDIA says that the GTX 760 features all the latest hardware and software features.
"For gamers seeking insanely fast performance and smooth frame rates for their favorite games, the choice is clear: NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs," said Scott Herkelman, general manager of the GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "At a starting price of only $249, the GeForce GTX 760 ushers in a new level of performance, features and affordability, so gamers can experience today's most graphically demanding titles with all the eye candy turned high. It's a great time to be a PC gamer!"
Powered by an NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPU with an incredible 2.3 gigaflops of processing horsepower, the GeForce GTX 760 is already dramatically more powerful than the next-generation game consoles expected by the end of the year. To satisfy gamer demands for greater customization and overclocking options, the GeForce GTX 760 includes NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which automatically increases the GPU's clock speed for enhanced performance, while adding temperature target and fan controls, as well as extra over-voltage headroom and optimizations for advanced water-cooling solutions.
With out-of-the-box factory overclocks and extra user-overclocking, expect the GTX 760 to extend its advantage even further - for performance data, check out the many press reviews that have gone live today. Available now at all e-tailers and retailers, the $249 GeForce GTX 760 will get your system ready for the first wave of next-gen games launching this Holiday season. TweakTown's own Shawn Baker reviewed NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 and you can read it here.
A European price-aggregator website has spotted what appears to be the first real leak on the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 video card. The leak showed off pricing and specification details on the ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC.
The GTX 760 DirectCU II OC was not pictured at either of the two stores that listed it, but the name and pricing was there along with some specifications that match yesterday's leak. The GTX 760 DirectCU II was listed at 264€ ($353 USD) before VAT and 316€ ($422 USD) after VAT, which leads us to believe that we should see vanilla GTX 760's priced in the $250-300 range.
Specifications included a 28nm GK104 silicon, with 1,152 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide memory interface holding 2GB of memory. This specific offering from ASUS also includes their award winning DirectCU dual slot cooler design, which should look similar to other ASUS DirectCU designs.