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CES 2015 - We were invited up to MSI's suite to take a closer look at some of their new products. When we entered, we were welcomed by the X99A Gaming 9 ACK, one of MSI's new boards sporting the latest USB 3.1 technology. It won the CES 2015 Innovation award and rightfully so with USB 3.1, which we saw reach 650MB/s read and write speeds. The board isn't using the new type-c USB 3.1 connector, but instead relies on the traditional USB connector.
However, MSI did have a board with the new c-type connector in the works, the Z97X Gaming 6. We were able to catch a glimpse of this new technology. It felt very sturdy and yes, we were able to flip it upside down and insert it into the port.
CES 2015 - SAPPHIRE didn't have anything new to show off at CES 2015, so instead it was just showing off a handful of their most popular products.
We went in and talked to a few of the executives at the company, teeing up some new projects going into the New Year that you will have to check back with TweakTown in the near future to check out. All we can say is: it'll kick ass. Until then, here are some images of video cards that you can check out, starting with the Radeon R9 290X 4GB and R9 280X 4GB.
Here's the SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon R9 4GB.
CES 2015 - Over the last year or two ZOTAC has been making strides when it comes to the GPU market, with some truly great cards that not only look great, are featured packed, but they perform like champions. We knew the company was going to be showing off its new GeForce GTX cards at CES 2015, so here we are!
Let's start off with the GTX 980 AMP! Omega Edition, with its dual fan system, and much more. We have a base clock of 1202MHz, and boost clock of 1304MHz. The usual 4GB of RAM is found on a 256-bit memory bus, while the memory clock is at 7046MHz. We have three DisplayPort outputs, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI-I.
CES 2015 - ZOTAC is becoming a big force to be reckoned with in the VGA market, where they were teasing two small GeForce GTX 970s at CES 2015.
Starting with the GTX 970 which features a dual fan cooling system, and base and boost clocks of 1076MHz and 1216MHz respectively. We have the usual 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, too.
The other card ZOTAC were showing off, which won't be available for another couple of months yet, is the GTX 970 Single Fan.
MSI might be working on two new GeForce GTX 970s, but the new EVGA card might having everyone crying into their wallets. K|NGP|N, the crazy overclocker himself, is working with EVGA on a new GeForce GTX 980 Classified.
We don't know much about the new card, whether it will feature the GM204 core, or the bigger and badder GM204 core. I'm hoping we see EVGA push the boundaries and use the full GM200 core, but with K|NGP|N behind the scenes tinkering around with this, we can expect big, big things from EVGA's latest card.
MSI has shown off some damn impressive new GeForce GTX 970 cards, with three awesome color schemes on offer: red, gold and green. The green version is my favorite, as it's the perfect match for the company celebrating the fact they've shipped 100 million GeForce video cards.
The company is also preparing a new GTX 970 with a black and white theme, a card codenamed GTX 970 4GD5T-OC. There's also the GTX 970 100ME, but the GTX 970 4GD5T-OC card doesn't feature a backplate, and it features cheaper components, too. Both of the cards will be made available lalter this month, with the green edition of the GTX 970 featuring a "special gift".
NVIDIA made quite the splash when it launched its new Maxwell architecture in September, but the company is reportedly preparing its new Quadro M6000 GPU which will see the visual computing market get excited, very excited.
The new NVIDIA Quadro M6000 should be based on the GM200 architecture, with a fully unleashed Maxwell chip at the heart of the card. The full GM200 would feature 3072 CUDA cores (24 SMMs, while the GM204 sports 16 SMMs). This full GM200 core also features 96 ROPs, and either 192 or 256 TMUs. The memory interface will be expanded from the 256-bit bus on the GeForce GTX 980 (based on the GM204 core) to 384-bit for the Quadro M6000.
On top of that, we should see the Quadro M6000 feature a huge 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with a total memory bandwidth of 317.4GB/sec thanks to its 384-bit memory bus. We should see NVIDIA launch the Quadro M6000 later this month, or even tonight at its CES 2015 event.
CES 2015 - If you're still searching for a GeForce GTX 970 card, Zotac will be showing their new AMP! Extreme and AMP! Edition models in Las Vegas very soon at CES 2015.
Quoted as "designed for enthusiast gamers" in their recent press release, these two new graphics additions to the Zotac family will be focused around extended features and performance capabilities.
ZOTAC will be displaying these cards in an SLI configuration, showcasing their stellar 4K gaming capabilities to the public. One system each will be displaying their AMP! Edition and AMP! Extreme Edition cards.
We only reported a couple of weeks ago that NVIDIA was rumored to launch its GeForce GTX 960 in January, but now some more information is coming through, including a price. At the time, I said that if the company launched the GTX 960 with a $199 price, it could be a hit. Well, this price could end up being true.
Various sources have confirmed that the GTX 960 will rock the GM206 core, but we could end up seeing NVIDIA use a cut down GM204 core, too. We have heard previously that the GTX 960 would feature 4GB of RAM spread across a 256-bit memory bus, but now we're hearing that the GTX 960 could feature a 128-bit bus.
Speculation is starting, where we could also see a GTX 965 or GTX 960 Ti arrive, where we could see the GTX 960 feature a 128-bit bus while the GTX 960 Ti version could throw things up to a 256-bit memory bus. We are still expecting one 6-pin PCIe connector and a total of 150W TDP, which will have mid-range systems enjoying a low-power, but high performing GPU.
Prepare for sadness: AMD and NVIDIA's upcoming next-gen GPUs could be delayed, at least the 16nm or 20nm based versions of them, according to a new report from WCCFTech.
The site is reporting that TSMC may be rolling out its 20nm technology, but TSMC is busy filling orders for Qualcomm and Apple. Flagship GPU dies are much, much larger than the likes of system-on-chips (SoCs) that Qualcomm and Apple require, so that leaves Apple and NVIDIA with a very limited supply of 20nm dies.
What does this mean for AMD and NVIDIA's future GPUs? NVIDIA is already sailing quite well with its efficient Maxwell architecture, where even on the now ageing 28nm it is pulling some seriously good numbers in both camps: performance and power efficiency. AMD is most likely the next up for a GPU refresh, but it looks like the company is going to have to side on the 28nm fence, which should mean its upcoming next-gen architecture should be quite impressive.