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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.
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.