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AMD are back yet again with the monster of Radeon GPUs, the dual-GCN rocking Radeon HD 7990. The Radeon HD 7990 features a number-busting 8.6 billion (that's with a B) transistors, 4096 stream processors and a total of 8.2 TLOPS of compute power.
6GB of GDDR5 is baked onto the HD 7990, four miniDisplayPort connectors and a dual-link DVI connector back it up to provide five monitor support through AMD's EyeFinity technology. There's three fans on the front of the HD 7990 to keep those two GraphicsCore Next GPUs cool, which it does so without making too much noise at all - 37.8dBA compared to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 690 (NVIDIA's dual GPU) which cranks along at 47.5dBA (tests used with sound pressure at 50cm running Furmark).
AMD's ZeroCore power technology is at play, where it switches off the second GPU when not in use to save power (and heat). You can check out our own review on the Radeon HD 7990 right here.
Yesterday I reported on a leak that showed off two new additions to NVIDIA's Titan line of video cards; the Titan LE and Titan II. This morning we are learning a little more about the Titan LE, as well as two other new video cards for 2013.
According to Bright Side of News, it appears that the Titan LE name will be tossed out in favor of the GTX 780 5GB, which follows the traditional NVIDIA naming scheme. The 780 is the consumer version of the Tesla K20C and sports 2496 CUDA cores and 5GB of GDDR5 memory.
We have also came across info on two other NVIDIA boards, the GTX 770 and GTX 760 Ti. The 770 is based off a GK104-425 die, which makes it nothing more than a higher clocked GTX 680. It is expected to perform 20-25% better than the GTX 670 and be on par with a GTX 680.
Like the GTX 770, the GTX 760 Ti is just rehashed hardware. The chip is based off a GK104-225 die, and is expected to increase performance by 20-23% over the GTX 660 Ti. The GTX 760 Ti should give AMD's 7800 and 8800 line of GPUs a run for their money.
This morning rumors of two new NVIDIA GeForce Titan GPU's have made their way to our ears. Website 3DCeter.org is reporting that NVIDIA is planning to launch two revisions of its flagship Titan GPU, the Titan LE and Titan II.
The new models will bring the Titan lineup to three different units that all share the same GK110 processor with the Titan LE being a slightly underclocked model, that uses marginal chips that didn't make the grade for full-fledged Titan performance. The LE will feature 2,495 CUDA cores across 208 texture mapping units, 5GB of GDDR5, and a peak power consumption rate of 190W, according to the leak.
The GTX Titan II is an upgraded model to the now famous GTX Titan and unlocks more of the GK110's power than the stock Titan. The Titan II name is said to change to Titan Ultra on launch and will feature 2,880 CUDA cores across 256 texture mapping units. Clock speed is boosted to 950MHz with RAM staying the same as the stock Titan at 6GB.
NVIDIA did not have any comments on the rumors.
AMD's Radeon HD 8000 series is just around the corner, something I expect to be unveiled closer to Computex which happens in June, but for now, we have a tease of one of the GPUs in the HD 8000 series, the HD 8570.
The Radeon HD 8570 or "Oland Pro" is set to feature 384 stream processors (or GCN cores), 24 texture units and it should come with a clock speed of 720MHz. The memory side of things sees the HD 8570 with a 128-bit memory bus, where two versions will be available - the first, a 4.6GHz GDDR5 edition, and a 1.8GHz GDDR3 edition.
Today, NVIDIA is hosting its investor day at which CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off graphics produced with its next-generation mobile GPU. The new GPU is currently known as Kepler Mobile and Huang said that NVIDIA made a huge investment to take its high-end Kepler products and shrink them down for use in mobile devices.
The interesting benefits of this is that smartphones and tablets could soon be able to play games that utilize DirectX 11. "We want to get multiple years ahead of the competition. It was worth the sacrifice," Huang said.
To show what Kepler Mobile is capable of, Huang demoed Kepler Mobile playing Battlefield 3. The future of tablet gaming looks bright indeed.
EVGA and "k|ngp|n" have set new world records in 3DMark Fire Strike. The four records have been achieved using a single EVGA TITAN GPU and a pair of TITAN's in SLI. The four records were set in the 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark with both single and dual-GPU setups.
- #1 3DMark Fire Strike (SLI) = 22,054
- #1 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (SLI) = 11,559
- #1 3DMark Fire Strike (Single Card) = 14,600
- #1 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (Single Card) = 7,308
EVGA also made use of an upcoming EVGA X79 Dark motherboard. k|ngp|n also made use of their Precision X 4.0 tool for overclocking the GPUs. You can see EVGA's records in the Futuremark 3DMark Hall of Fame.
AMD: There won't be a DirectX 12 but the company will integrate "other technologies" into their GPUs
We've seen leaps and bounds in graphics over the years, helped by each iteration of DirectX. But, after games started being made for, and optimized for consoles, the push of graphics started to sink.
It has gotten to the point where AMD's vice president of global channel sales, Roy Taylor, stated during an interview with German publication Heise.de, that AMD don't believe we'll see a DirectX 12 API. We won't be seeing DirectX 12 with Windows 8, or Windows Blue either.
Taylor was responding to a question about next-generation GPUs and technologies that they can be built around, where Taylor replied they'd normally build them around new DirectX versions to help the next-generation GPU architectures, but there won't be a DirectX 12, which means AMD's next-gen GPUs will integrate other technologies.
I'd love to know what "other technologies" means, but in the meantime we'll enjoy the fact that Taylor also hinted that Battlefield 4 could be part of AMD's next "Never Settle" bundle.
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.
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.
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.