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AMD is expected to unleash it's "Hawaii" GPUs this week, with the newly named Radeon R9-290X leading the pack. There's now a new leak, with some naked shots underneath the heatsink and fan, in all its naked glory.
As you can see, the full PCB features the usual 8+6-pin PCIe power connectivity, which should provide a GPU that comes under the 300W TDP. We can see the numerous GDDR5 chips spread around the GPU socket, but eagle-eyed readers should note there are 16 GDDR5 chips... which means we could expect 4GB and 8GB versions of the new GPUs. This is going to be great for Eyefinity and 4K display setups.
This could all lead down the rabbit hole of a 512-bit memory bus, which would give the new Hawaii GPUs some incredible memory bandwidth. There are some benchmark scores, which I wouldn't put too much faith into right now, but if that's something you want to check out, by all means be our guest!
Early this morning, video card manufacturer HIS accidentally leaked the SKUs and details on seven new GPUs the company will be offering from AMD's upcoming R-200 series. It appears that with the pending 4K refresh happening in the video resolution world AMD is looking to dump the Radeon HD name for its video cards and replace it with a new system that makes it easier to identify which cards are which.
The new simplified naming scheme works something like this. R9-280X stands for Radeon Generation 9 Model 280 Variant X. AMD says that this new naming scheme will make it easier to classify future generation cards and will enable consumers to quickly chose the right card for their needs.
Now that we have the naming scheme covered, let's move on to the leaked cards. It appears that the HIS R9-280X iPower IceQ X2 will be at the top of the list and will sport 3GB of GDDR5 Memory. The HIS R7-240 iCooler will round out the list with 1GB of GDDR5. Not much is else is known about the new R-200 series, but the complete leaked list can be seen after the jump.
IDF 2013 - When you visit an Intel Sponsored conference, it only makes sense to stop by some of its demos and check out the companies new products and that is just what our own Trace Hagan did at the Intel Developer Forum this week. During a stop by one of Intel's booths, he was given a demo that debunks the long held rumor that most businesses need a high-end discrete GPU for their day to day work.
Intel showed off the performance that it is able to deliver with processor integrated graphics by playing 9 different video files at the same time while only using 30-percent of the CPU. This allows the user to process an extreme workload while still having enough resources available to perform other task. Intel also demoed a 3-minute 1080p HD video being transcoded in just 9-seconds using nothing but integrated graphics.
Today KFA2, Galaxy's premium brand of graphics cards, released its all new GeForce GTX 780 HOF Edition GPU. The company says that each of the new GTX 780 HOF GPUs are hand-picked and then given an incredible factory overclock of 1058MHz. This makes the card as much as 20-percent faster than a standard GTX 780.
The company has added a new Hybrid Vapor Chamber Heat Pipe Cooler that is said to transfer heat 30x more efficient than copper. Twin 90mm fans are specially designed with grooved blades to reduce noise while increasing cooling efficiency. In a press release, KFA2 said that the GTX 780 HOF edition has been completely redesigned and populated with the highest quality components possible.
Most notable of these are the CHiL CHL8318 top-of-the-line VR11.1 compliant digital PWM and IR3550 PowIRstage DrMOS 4.0 compliant chipset, which together create a powerful 8 + 2 phase circuit with 90-percent efficiency capable of delivering an awe inspiring 480 amps of current to the GPU. Other additions include high quality POSCAP capacitors with 2X longer lifespan and high current Coiltronics inductors. The PCB itself is a custom white substrate with 10 layers for optimum signal routing.
KFA2 has also added a new Hyper Boost button that acts as a hardware supercharger and increases core clock speeds by up to 8-percent. The company says that multiple world record benchmark scores have been broken already by just using this button. In my opinion, this is one of the best looking GPUs on the market aside from a GTX TITAN. The all white PCB combined with the mech-styled cooler creates a look that just screams power!
AMD is kicking some serious ass with its Never Settle bundles, offering some of the hottest games on the market for free with the purchase of a Radeon GPU. Now its competitor is offering something similar, with NVIDIA giving away $75 worth of in-game currency to some of the hottest free-to-play titles on the market.
These titles include Warframe, Neverwinter and Marvel Heroes. NVIDIA is extending the promotion out to new purchases of GeForce 700M-series-powered notebooks, or desktop GeForce GTX 650 GPUs. The deal starts now, and lasts until the end of the year. Purchasing one of the above notebooks or GPUs, you'll receive $25 in-game currency to each game.
This doesn't quite compete with AMD's offer, but this is for the lower-end of the market, and not its GTX TITAN range of GPUs, for example.
Today NVIDIA announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that will give those who purchase new NVIDIA GeForce-based GPU's the highly acclaimed Batman: Arkham Origins video game. The new title in the Batman series features an expansive Gotham City, and introduces a new original prequel storyline set several years before the events that took place in Batman; Arkham Asylum, and Batman Arkham City.
"The Batman: Arkham games are visually stunning and it's great that we are able to continue building upon the amazing graphics with Batman: Arkham Origins," said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "With NVIDIA's continued support, we are able to deliver an incredibly immersive gameplay experience."
And if you're attending PAX PRIME this weekend, anyone attending the sneak peek of Batman: Arkham Origins will also have the chance to purchase a bundle package at the special kiosk inside the NVIDIA booth, and will receive a limited-edition Batman lithograph. Eligible GPU's include the GeForce 660, 660TI, 670, 680, 760, 770 or 780 high-end graphics cards.
Now this is some exciting news from VideoCardz.com, who is reporting that NVIDIA is working on two new video cards that we should see in the very near future. The first of which brings back the Ultra moniker, something I've been missing for years, and a dual Kepler GPU.
The two GPUs in question would land as the GeForce GTX Titan Ultra, and the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 790. The GTX Titan Ultra would be a GK110 part, which is the same silicon found in the GTX Titan and GTX 780, but it would have all of those 2880 CUDA cores enabled for some serious graphics bench pressing. RIght now, the GTX Titan has 2688 CUDA cores enabled, and the GTX 780 has just 2304 CUDA cores enabled. This should give the GTX Titan Ultra a nice boost over its predecessor.
NVIDIA isn't stopping there though, as we should expect a GeForce GTX 790 sometime in the future. This would pack in two GK110 cores, but we don't know how many CUDA cores NVIDIA would enable per GPU. We should expect two fully-enabled GPUs on the GTX 780, as they'd need to be cut down to not leap over the 300W threshold.
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.