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ASUS has just unveiled its new Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti, with the GM200-powered video card set to be one of the best GTX 980 Ti cards on the market. Check out the video below teasing the cooling technology deployed on the card.
The ASUS Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti includes a factory overclock on the GM200 GPU, right up to 1228MHz. We still have the usual 6GB of GDDR5 onboard, but the cooling design is what sets this card apart from the rest. ASUS has used the 'DirectCU H2O' which is a hybrid cooler of sorts. It's similar to what ZOTAC has been doing with the GTX 980 Ti ArticStorm.
ASUS says that the Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti should have 5C lower temperatures with the stock cooling, while up to 30C less temperatures when its under water cooling. The company has also used its new Auto Extreme manufacturing process, which is a mostly automated process now.
It looks like NVIDIA is really ramping things up for GRID 2.0, so that it can power an insane amount of virtual desktops thanks to its Maxwell GPU architecture.
GRID 2.0 was announced at the VMworld conference yesterday, where NVIDIA unveiled two new video cards based on their Maxwell architecture. The first is a dual-GPU, high-end card in the form of the Tesla M60 while the other is a single-GPU, high-end offering in the Tesla M6. Starting with the Tesla M60, we have 4096 CUDA cores, 16GB of GDDR5 and 7.4 TFLOPS of single precision performance. The Tesla M60 is capable of handling 36 simultaneous H.264 1080p30 streams at once and uses up to 300W of power.
The Tesla M6 features just 1536 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR5 and it can handle 18 simultaneous H.264 1080p30 streams at once. It arrives on a bare board on its own, using up to 100W of power. NVIDIA is coy on pricing at the moment, with both of the new Maxwell-based Tesla offerings being made available on September 15.
With MSI enjoying the fruits of its labor with the just-released MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning, we should all turn our attention to ASUS which just teased that they've got their ROG MATRIX GeForce GTX 980 Ti and ROG MATRIX Radeon R9 Fury on their way.
The company will reportedly unveil the two new enthusiast video cards during IFA 2015 on September 2. The new ROG MATRIX cards look like they'll feature the same cooler shroud as previous cards, but the color theme has changed a little - and we think it looks great. It looks like both ROG MATRIX cards could be dual-slot cards, boasting improved PCBs, much higher clock speeds, and much more.
We should definitely expect a new ROG MATRIX card based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, but it shouldn't be too far out of our expectations to see a new ROG MATRIX card based around the AMD Radeon R9 Fury as well as the Radeon R9 390X. We will be reporting on any new video card launches from ASUS as they happen.
Described as providing a super-powerful package in a small form factor design, the AMD Radeon R9 NANO video card has been a long-awaited addition to the new R7 and R9 Radeon families. In a bid to be ahead of the curve, CybertronPC has been one of the first companies to announce full support for this new beast, including it in pre-built systems for you to buy.
Bragging double the performance density and performance per watt of previous editions, this Fiji-based chip comes complete with High Bandwidth Memory and a 4096-Bit memory interface, seeing the output rise of 60% when compared to GDDR5.
Designed with 4k gaming and Virtual Reality in mind, CybertronPC further offer a free lifetime technical support and lifetime warranty on its systems, including a one year warranty on parts and lifetime on labor.
The /r/pcmasterrace subreddit is an interesting place, where over 12,000 gamers responded to the PCMR survey in July and August with some interesting results.
First, 67.7% of respondents said they use an NVIDIA GeForce video card, while 28.9% use an AMD Radeon video card of some sort, leaving 3.4% saying they use the integrated GPU on their Intel CPU. Speaking of CPUs, 80% of PCMR use an Intel CPU while 20% use an AMD chip. Full HD is the resolution of choice with PCMR respondents, with 66% using 1080p. Just 6% of PCMR uses 1440p, while 1.9% use a 4K monitor.
Multi-monitor setups are gaining traction with 43.2% using two monitors, 9.8% using a triple-monitor setup but 45.4% are still using a single monitor. Interestingly, 15.8% of PCMR uses a 144Hz monitor of some sort, which is the second largest outside of the huge 69.3% that use a 60Hz panel. 51.3% have 8GB of RAM in their system, while 33.7% reported using 16GB - as for DDR3, it's used by 87.8%, while just 9% are using DDR4.
It looks like we're just weeks away from the official release of AMD's Radeon R9 Nano, with DGLee from IYD.kr posting up some of the best shots of the Radeon R9 Nano yet.
Thanks to the tear down on the card, we get a better look at the small PCB that the Radeon R9 Nano features, with its single 8-pin PCIe power connector powering the card. We have a full Fiji GPU inside, the same chip that powers the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X. The entire card measures in at just 15cm, sitting just over the PCIe connector itself.
As for the price, we are expecting it to fall under $499. AMD's Radeon R9 Nano has a TDP of 175W, and should offer performance similar to that of the Radeon R9 290X (so around 5-10% less than the rebadged R9 390X and less than the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X, obviously. But for its size, this is one of the more exciting cards in AMD's Fiji-powered line up.
One of the more surprising video cards in AMD's new Fiji-powered lineup was the super-small Radeon R9 Nano, which is only as long as the PCI Express x16 port that it gets installed into.
The Radeon R9 Nano uses the same Fiji GPU that the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X are based on, with 4GB of HBM on-board. AMD is teasing that the R9 Nano has 2x the performance-per-watt compared to the Hawaii-based R9 290X, which is quite the claim. Especially when you consider that the R9 Nano will be using just 175W of power.
As for the performance compared to the Radeon R9 Fury X, it will reportedly have up to 85-90% of the performance that the Fury X does, leaving it toe-and-toe with the R9 Fury. If this is true, the R9 Nano will become AMD's most exciting video card released out of all of the Fury and 300 series cards.
Adding to the myriad of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 releases is Palit with its StormX series of video cards, brandishing two sleek and sexy designs.
This small series is lead by the overclocked StormX Dual card, complete with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a clock boosted to 1241MHz, 53MHz higher than 'stock'. This blue rendition sits alongside the all-black StormX base model card, sitting on a stock clock.
The StormX Dual further features "dual Turbofan Blade coolers" as the name and a recently issued press release points out. Palit has further added solid capacitors, ferrite core chokes and improved the PWM design - enabling 0dB cooling when operating under 60C.
We've been hearing about AMD's next generation GPUs for a while now, but it looks like they're beginning to take more form. It's being reported that AMD's upcoming 'Greenland' GPU will be an entirely new microarchitecture, with development on Greenland starting some two years ago.
But more interestingly, rumor has it that it's not just going to be yet another Graphics Core Next architecture (GCN), but it'll feature a new ISA (instruction set architecture) that will be so different to GCN, that it will be very exciting. On the surface, it'll be like previous generation Radeon products, with so much more happening underneath.
Greenland will reportedly usher in twice the power efficiency of GCN, where we can expect these GPUs to be made on the 16nm FinFET or 14nm process, with a serious jump on the number of stream processors when compared to the Fiji architecture. Fiji is the GPU behind the Radeon R9 Fury and R9 Fury X cards, powered by High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. More importantly, it's being reported that Greenland will pack HBM2, with enthusiast level and professional cards packing up to 32GB of HBM2. The consumer orientated Greenland-powered Radeon cards will come in two flavors: 8GB and 16GB, both of the next-gen HBM2 technology.
The new Greenland products will pack an insane 15-18 billion transistors, which is in the ballpark of the next-gen GeForce card from NVIDIA which is said to cram 17 billion transistors into the new enthusiast Pascal-based GeForce.
Today NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce GTX 950 card aimed at gamers who want to play PC games at 60fps 1080p without breaking their wallets.
The Maxwell-based GTX 950 has an entry-level price point of $159 and packs in 768 CUDA cores clocked in at 1021 MHz that can be boosted to 1188 MHz, and sports 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM operating on a 128-bit bus clocked at 6.6GHz. Power will be supplied via 6-pin connector, and the card will draw 90 Watts of power.
Standard NVIDIA performance tech is compatible with the GTX 950 including SLI, V-Sync adaptive sync, and PhysX. This budget model will fully support the new DirectX 12 API and will be able to play DX12 games when they become available.