TweakTown NewsRefine News by Category:
Normally next-gen video cards get me all excited, but to tell you the truth folks, the HD 8970 isn't that exciting. First off, we should expect a refresh and nothing that is architecturally new, and normally that is ok - but I want boundaries being pushed.
There's new circling that AMD's Radeon HD 8970 has been pictured, with some specs attached to this boat that is barely being kept together out at sea. We should expect a 1000MHz Base Clock, 2304 Stream Processors, 48 RO's, 3GB of GDDR5, a 384-bit memory bus and a 250W TDP. So we're talking a slight bump on what we have with the HD 7970 - nothing exciting. The other issue is the HD 8970 actually already exists, with AMD selling it as an OEM-only product.
There are specs on AMD's website about it, which put it on level with their HD 7970. So while this video card could be the HD 8970, there's no real reason to care. I think we should expect something great from AMD toward the end of the year, considering they are the ones powering all three next-gen consoles...
The mid-range NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 just may be the most anticipated GPU of the summer as the "60" series cards are usually powerful enough to run all of the year's new games with very respectable settings while remaining budget friendly. As such, gamers all over the world have been diligently awaiting the release of the card. This morning, we are learning what kind of punch the GTX 760 will pack.
According to a leaked screenshot from GPU-Z, the new GTX 760 will be a true successor rather than a rebadged GPU from the previous generation. The 760 will feature a GK104 GPU with only three of its graphics clusters enabled, while leaving the memory and raster operations untouched. This gives the GTX 760 1,154 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit GDDR5 RAM bank clocked to a massive 7 GHz. Core clock is set at 1072 MHz with a GPU Boost of 1111 MHz available.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Something Apple Mac users have long waited is the ability to play games at high resolutions, with high details, but until now their GPU offerings haven't been impressive. Sapphire's HD 7950 Mac Edition is here to help.
It has been out for a while, but we actually had a Mac Pro in front of our eyes for the first time with Sapphire's GPU sitting inside doing it's thing. They've given it a nice white heatsink and fan cover, which looks great. If you're a Mac Pro user and want to play something like Team Fortress 2 with everything cranked up and maintain 60 FPS strong, Sapphire has your back with the HD 7950 Mac Edition.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We took a closer look at Sapphire's beautiful Atomic HD 7990 GPU in their room at Computex, and wow does it look great. Not only does it feature two Tahiti XT2 cores, but the cooling system on it is really something else.
There's six miniDisplayPort outputs, for some serious multi-monitor work and the power going into it is quite insane: 12 Phase/50 amp per phase to provide 600 amps total. This is provided by three 8-pin PCI Express power connectors. The water cooling on the Atomic HD 7990 is great, too, with a full copper water block on offer, with an ultra low noise pump and for the reservoir we have a front 5.25-inch reservoir with one pump pre-installed with the option of upgrading to a dual pump system.
The radiator is 240mm and fan wise we have two 120mm fans capable of 1200 RPM.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Still one of my absolute favorite series from video cards come from our friends at MSI and while they didn't have a new Lightning based GTX 780 to show us, they did have the slightly cheaper GTX 770 on display which has also already arrived in our Taiwan labs.
Again while not on display; the first question that did come to mind was when will we see a GTX 780. While not ready just quiet yet MSI are indeed working on it and it looks like we should see it sometime in July. We're excited about both models as the Lightning series continue to be one of the strongest series of video cards available.
Outside of the new Lightning cards due, MSI are expanding the new Gaming series with the release of the GTX 770 and GTX 780 under it. We're quickly becoming a fan of the new Gaming series of cards and while we haven't got the GTX 780 variant yet, it's coming soon. So make sure you keep an eye out in the coming weeks for reviews on all the latest MSI Video Card offerings.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Inno3D today showed off the ever expanding iChiLL series of video cards with the GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid, a model that carries with it an All in One water cooling system. Considering the warmer nature of the new GTX 700 series from NVIDIA; we're really looking forward to seeing how the model goes once water has been thrown into the mix.
Alongside the new Water Cooled model which will of course carry with it quite a hefty price tag, Inno3D are showing off a chunky air cooled solution on both the GTX 770 and higher-end GTX 780. Looking below you can see the new GTX 770 HerculeZ 2000 sorts with it a pretty mean looking dual fan solution
The higher-end GTX 780 on the other hand sports a massive triple fan cooling solution which looks fantastic. If previous triple fan solutions from Inno3D are anything to go by, the upcoming i-Chill GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra should perform extremely well. We'll be keeping an eye out in the coming weeks for a sample to find out just what the new cards are capable off.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Galaxy has just unveiled two GeForce GTX 7-series cards at Computex 2013. While there is nothing special about a new GTX 780 and GTX 770 at this point, both cards are non-reference design which makes them kind of special.
As far as I know, Galaxy's new GeForce GTX 780 Superclock Hall of Fame is actually the world's first non-reference GTX 780 available to consumers. The card features a bright white PCB with a very strong VRM design to support higher factory-overclocked speeds. Cooling is handled by a very robust triple-slot air-cooler that utilizes a dense aluminum fin-stack, copper heat pipes and two large 92mm fans.
Galaxy also introduced a new GeForce GTX 770 Super Overclock (SOC) this week at the show. Unsurprisingly, this new GTX 770 SOC appears to look very similar to the GTX 680 SOC edition which is expected since there are very few differences between the two cards. You get the same white non-reference PCB as well as the triple fan cooler, which should do well to cool the card despite the higher clock speeds of the GTX 770 over GTX 670.
Computex Taipei 2013 - With new video cards being released over the recent weeks from NVIDIA we get a chance to sit down and check out the latest offerings from EVGA to find out just what they're doing with the new high-end single GPU models from NVIDIA.
As you'd expect the focus was on the new GTX 700 series and EVGA showed off four of its main models which starting from the left included the new EVGA GTX 780 Hydro Cooler which of course carries with ti that massively mean looking water block.
Moving across to the right we found ourselves looking at one card that extremely excites us; the upcoming GTX 780 Classified. Designed in house the new Classified model is due to offer some extreme performance and even more extreme overclocking capabilities with improvements in a number of areas. While final clock speeds for the model haven't been set yet, It's safe to say that most users of the upcoming model will probably be firing up EVGA Precision and trying to get even more performance out of the card.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Some of you may know how much of a multi-monitor and high-resolution fanboy I am, well, I had to stop at AMD's booth at Computex to check out their 5-screen Eyefinity rig, which just looked amazing.
The five monitors were in portrait mode, another favorite of mine, and had Tomb Raider ready to play. I didn't play it myself, but I did take some video of another show-goer playing it and it looked incredible. The rig running it was powered by an AMD FX 8350 processor, 8GB of AMD Radeon DDR3 RAM, a Radeon HD 7990 dual-GPU graphics card, and the five monitors, pumping out a resolution of 5400x1920. Now that is my kind of setup!
Computex Taipei 2013 - You know what? This is the kind of technology that I live for; Sapphire are back in the spotlight once again with an insane new dual-GPU card, the Sapphire Atomic HD7990 6GB.
As you can see from the product name, we have 6GB of RAM which will be announced later (probably some insanely fast gear) and two Tahiti XT2 GPU's. Sapphire's Atomic range always goes crazy, so we have six miniDisplayPort outputs for some crazy multi-monitor goodness, something that gets the blood flowing through my body. Now, none of this is possible without some power, and just how much does the Atomic HD7990 6GB require?