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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.
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?
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.