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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.
ASUS have unveiled something quite awesome on their Facebook page, a new GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. From the name alone, it might not seem like a lot, but this GPU is a full GeForce GTX 670 and only measures in at 17cm, or 6.7 inches long.
This means that the GPU is just as long as a miniITX motherboard, and they're very short. Super amounts of power in a very small space. I'd like to see what a couple of them in SLI could do! If you'll notice, it only has a single 8-pin PCIe connector, which is nice.
Render. Rinse. Repeat! That's AMD's new recommended method of hair care. The company could have just very well ushered in a new era of 3D graphics with its new hair processing technique dubbed TressFX. The process showcases more "realistic" and "natural" hair for in game characters.
AMD says that the new technique allows for individual strands of hair to be rendered out, and everything will flow more naturally with unique physics properties and collision detection. Long gone are the days when you have to suffer trough Laura Croft's pony tail bouncing within a seemingly flat plane.
AMD's blog stated:
Simply: realistic hair is one of the most complex and challenging materials to accurately reproduce in real-time. DirectCompute is additionally utilized to perform the real-time physics simulations for TressFX Hair. This physics system treats each strand of hair as a chain with dozens of links, permitting for forces like gravity, wind and movement of the head to move and curl Lara's hair in a realistic fashion. Further, collision detection is performed to ensure that strands do not pass through one another, or other solid surfaces such as Lara's head, clothing and body. Finally, hair styles are simulated by gradually pulling the strands back towards their original shape after they have moved in response to an external force.
Earler this week, we were introduced to the NVIDIA GeForce Titan GPU, a consumer graphics card based off of the GK110 chip which is currently used in supercomputers. System integrators, such as iBuyPower, Maingear, and Origin have announced that they will be offering the GPU in some of their systems.
But I'm sure many of our readers are interested in buying just the GPU. Newegg has put the Titan up for pre-order for a mere $999. The model available on Newegg is from ASUS and is listed to be available for purchase on February 28, so six days from now. EVGA, and possibly other vendors, will be offering up their own boards, likely before February 28.
We have some good news for you, NVIDIA are set to unleash their latest GPU, the GeForce GTX Titan on February 18. This is just days away, so if you had any cash saved from not buying Valentine's Day presents, you should look at getting one of these puppies.
Now, before you get too excited - this isn't the GTX 800 series, nor is it a refresh, nor is it the Maxwell-based GPUs we should expect later this year. According to TechPowerUp's database, this is what we should expect:
What should we expect performance-wise from the GeForce GTX Titan? Well, we should expect 2688 stream processors, 224 texture units, and 48 raster operating units. The Titan should slam its hammer down with 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 6GHz on a 384-bit bus. This is the GK110 chip, folks, featuring over 7 billion transistors laid down on a 521mm2 of space and will have clock speeds pumping at 875MHz.
Word on the street is that less than 10,000 of the Titan's were made and that we should expect to only see them from ASUS and EVGA for now. We should expect some pre-built systems to feature the Titan, which we should hopefully see unleashed next week. Until then, we'll have to wait.
We've been hearing rumblings of a new card coming from NVIDIA that will be based upon the GK110 GPU. The GK110 is the GPU that powers some of NVIDIA's Tesla workstation GPUs. The rumors say that NVIDIA is planning to release the GPU to counter whatever AMD may have to offer with the HD8000 series.
A leaked posting for the new graphics card puts the price tag at $1,599. The GPU is listed online at Austin Computers, which is based in Australia. As such, the price might not be the same in the United States, but it should give us a starting point. Furthermore, some of the specifications were listed in the title bar.
The card listed is an ASUS that features a PCI-E 3.0 interface, 6GB of RAM, and a 512-bit RAM interface. Previous rumors had placed the RAM at 6GB on a 384-bit memory bus. Clocks are said to be 915MHz with a boost to 1019. There isn't a picture of the product, so take this with some reservations. This posting could be wrong.
During an interview with Japanese site 4Gamer.net, AMD's Product Manager for Desktop Graphics Products, Devon Nekechuk, revealed some startling information: that AMD won't be launching any new GPUs this year.
AMD will instead concentrate on their already great Radeon HD 7000 series, by adjusting the price and performance increases through driver releases. A slide released to 4Gamers.net shows that AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series (high-end), HD 7800 series (performance), and HD 7700 series (mainstream), will carry on the company's mantle "throughout 2013."
It looks like we're seeing a slowing down of GPU releases, which I'm guessing is because there's hardly any games that push GPUs anymore. It's also incredibly expensive in terms of R&D for GPU makers to continue pushing new GPUs out every 6-12 months, but I think the real reason is that a $200-$300 GPU will play most games at 1080p@60 now.
There's a benchmark score floating around the internet that was reportedly earned by NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce Titan. The number shows the new GK110-based GPU besting the dual-GPU GTX 690 by a hefty margin. In 3DMark11, the card reportedly earned a score of X7107. For comparison, a GTX only achieves a score of around X6000.
The details can't be confirmed because the site reporting this won't release their source. The Titan is said to be coming with 6GB of RAM on a 384-bit memory bus. The naming scheme is said to retain the GeForce Titan nomenclature, possibly as a reference to the Cray Titan supercomputer that houses just shy of 19,000 NVIDIA Tesla K20X cards.
Pricing is said to be $899 with availability starting at the end of February.
ZOTAC have just launched a new GPU, named the GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Edition. With 'Thunderbolt' in the name, most people would expect that ZOTAC have baked in some Thunderbolt interface support, but nope - it has nothing to do with the high-speed connectivity called Thunderbolt.
The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Edition, does however, arrive with a high-grade non-reference design PCB, and a very cool new cooling solution. The cooling solution sports a massive aluminum heatsink with heat-transfer helps by three copper heat pipes. This gives us a hybrid-type device, somewhere between heatsinks and fin-stacks. The pictures below show off how a hybrid heatsink is better than fin-stacks.
ZOTAC calls the cooler features "EClean", which is a mechanism that allows owners of the GPU to easily detach the cooler shroud on which the fans are mounted by simply pressing a retention notch, and sliding out the shroud that's suspended on rails on the main heatsink. All of this provides the ability to clean the heatsink, very, very nice.
A new rumor is saying that NVIDIA is readying a GK110-based GeForce Titan card to go toe-to-toe with the upcoming AMD HD 8000 series of GPUs. The new card would consist of a single GPU die and would have performance between the current GTX 680 and GTX 690, which is two GTX 680 dies on one card.
The move is likely to steal some thunder from AMD, who will try to take the performance crown back from NVIDIA. Several sources have said the card will materialize late next month with a price tag of $899. The name comes from the Titan supercomputer, which features 18,688 nodes utilizing NVIDIA's Tesla K20X GPU.
The GK110 die powers NVIDIA's enterprise Tesla video cards. The final die configuration will feature 2688 CUDA cores, an impressive number and over 1000 more than the GTX 680. Of course, this is all a rumor, though a lot of it does make sense. The card is likely utilizing chips that weren't quite up to par with the other Tesla chips as these cards have one SMX unit disabled.