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It looks like we can expect NVIDIA to unleash next-gen GPUs this year, with the GeForce GTX 800 series to be revealed this year. Sweoverclockers is reporting that NVIDIA will launch both the GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 sometime in Q4 2014 - so between October and December.
While the GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 will be based off of NVIDIA's second generation Maxwell architecture, it will be on the 28nm process - not the 20nm process that we expected. TSMC has started volume production of the 20nm node for everyone, but this should start being spun on new GPUs in 2015 - something that will provide a large jump in performance, thermals, noise and much more for both NVIDIA and AMD.
Another interesting part of this news, is that NVIDIA has reportedly canceled the production of GM100 chips, in favor of the GM200 chips. These new GPUs are still based on the 28nm process, so it will be 2015 before things really ramp up for next-gen GPUs. This means that the new GeForce GTX 800 series are cards 'for now,' and intermediary product before NVIDIA can ramp up 20nm-based products next year.
We might see a few parts based on the 20nm process released under the GeForce GTX 800 series, but time will tell. These parts might arrive as something new, or old - such as NVIDIA bringing back the Ultra branding - which would be based on the 20nm process. This is my personal thought on the future, something I hope to see NVIDIA do. Release the intermediary product - GTX 880 and GTX 870 - and then unleash the GTX 880 Ultra based on the 20nm process before they drop the truly next-gen, 20nm-based GTX 990 (or whatever it arrives as).
It is pretty obvious that the new GeForce GTX 880 will be faster than the GeForce GTX 780, but what is interesting, is that it will be both cheaper, and more power efficient - something nobody can complain about.
The news is slowly floating out that the 20nm-based Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX 880 will be faster, cheaper, and more power efficient - but that is only one GPU in a massive lineup of cards. We should expect the new high-end Maxwell-based 20nm GPU late this year, or early 2015. NVIDIA could be forced to reveal 28nm-based Maxwell GPUs, but right now there's no threat to force their hand.
If NVIDIA do release the Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 880 on the cheap, faster than what we have with the GTX 780, or even the GTX 780 Ti, at around 200W power consumption, it would really put the pressure on AMD. This only ends up being great for consumers, though.
Computex 2014 - The Lightning Series from MSI has been one of our favorites for as long as we can remember. When we saw the GTX 780 Ti Lightning at the corner of our eye when walking around the MSI booth, we found ourselves instantly excited with just what was being shown off.
Carrying the massive triple fan Twin Frozr cooler and sporting Lightning features like GPU Reactor, Military Class 4 Components, Enhanced Power Design and Triple Force Architecture we knew that this was a card we must have. To then be told that the card wouldn't hit the market, though, was quite upsetting. Due to NVIDIA not allowing MSI to increase the voltage specification, MSI have decided to not release the model as it wouldn't give users the Lightning experience that they have come to known.
A small amount of the cards have been made which will be used by overclockers. With a modified BIOS they can increase the voltage to levels that continue to be safe while using LN2 cooling. It's really disappointing we'll never get a chance to test this model.
Computex 2014 - ASUS had a lot going on at the ROG stand with the launch of the new STRIX Series of Video Cards showing us that your ears don't need to bleed when building a high-end gaming system.
Playing StarCraft II the new DirectCU cooler with 0dB fan technology wasn't spinning. Designed to not spin under light games the new cooler means that gaming can be done with no added noise from the video card. Moving over to what ASUS label as "hardcore gaming", though, will cause the fans to spin. Still; ASUS say the new cooler is 20% cooler then the reference design and 3x quieter.
If that wasn't enough to wet your appetite, the new STRIX GTX 780 sports 6GB of GDDR5 at 6008MHz QDR and an overclocked clock which sees the base clock come in at 889MHz which is then boosted to 941MHz via NVIDIAs boost technology. ASUS has already sent us over the new STRIX GTX 780 6GB so make sure you keep an eye out for that review following the weeks after Computex as we get back into the reviewing swing of things.
Computex 2014 - Over in the ROG section of the ASUS Booth we saw nothing but a title for the upcoming card from them. The ARES III will be the third card in the highly popular, highly expensive, highly limited ARES line of video cards.
Showing what they've already done, the expected Dual R9 290X based card is set to be shown off during the show. The AMD based cards have always been an exciting series to watch. While out of budget for most people; we always love to see what the team over at ASUS can do when they're given free reign.
Once the cover has been lifted we'll make sure you get a chance to see just what the team over at ASUS is offering. For now, though, we can do nothing but drool over what will be.
Computex 2014 - What's better than 1080p? 4K? Well, how about triple 4K? NVIDIA was showing this off at Computex 2014, holding its own NVIDIA Gamer's Day event, showing off some of its technology.
One of those technologies was the GeForce GTX 4K Surround setup, which was pushing an insane 1.5 billion pixels per second. Better yet, it was running Project CARS, which is an incredibly tough game on any GPU.
We teased the PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 Devil 13 GPU a few weeks ago, which requires an insane four 8-pin PCIe power connectors. At the time, we thought it would be the Radeon R9 295X2, but it looks like it will arrive with two Radeon R9 290X GPUs instead.
The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X will feature two Hawaii XT cores, both clocked at 1GHz. There will be a huge 8GB of RAM on-board, which should be 4GB per GPU, over an 512-bit bus. We should expect power consumption to be higher than 600W for the GPU, which isn't too crazy considering a single Radeon R9 290X can push 300W or more.
PowerColor are gracing the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X with its custom cooling solution, which is a triple-fan solution on a triple-slot GPU. We should expect PowerColor to fully unveil the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X at Computex next week, where we will be on-hand for some pictures and drool.
As previously reported, NVIDIA was supposed to release its GeForce Titan Z flagship video card on April 29th, but the company delayed its plans, moving it to May 8th.
However since NVIDIA didn't launch that card on May 8th, speculations were on a rise about why it wasn't launched until a leaked benchmarks from a review site indicated that the video card with dual GK110 GPU is slower than AMD Radeon R9 295X2. It was also assumed that NVIDIA was bumping the card's clock speed to boost its performance.
As it turns out, the reason why NVIDIA didn't release Titan Z yet because the existing drivers stifled its performance. Since the card was slower than AMD's flagship in some tests, it didn't justify the predicted price of $2,999. NVIDIA is trying to fix the problem by developing drivers to make it significantly faster than AMD Radeon R9 295X2 which is costs around $1,499.
After quite some time of inflated prices thanks to crytocurrency users snapping up Radeon GPUs, AMD has stamped in a new official price cut on its Radeon R9 280 GPU. The price has come down from the inflated MSRP of $279, to $249, starting today.
AMD has priced its slightly-faster Radeon R9 280X at $299, and the 270X at $199, so there's a $50 increase to the R9 280 from the 270X, or a $50 decrease from the 280X, depending on which GPU you were considering. AMD can now better compete with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 which is also priced at $249.
We should see the price drop filter down to retailers over the next couple of days.
NVIDIA was all set to unleash its GeForce GTX Titan Z on April 29, but missed the launch. It was then meant to launch on May 8, but missed that launch date, too. Now we're seeing a leaked review of the dual GK110 beast, which seems to be slower than the much cheaper Radeon R9 295X2 from AMD.
The leaked goodness comes from Videocardz, which reports that the Titan Z is a triple-slot card - but air-cooled. This is compared to the liquid cooler on the Radeon R9 295X2, which requires mounting in your case. There's dual 8-pin PCIe power, so we're looking at a total TDP of 375W on NVIDIA's dual GK110 product. But what about performance? The Titan Z doesn't beat the R9 295X2 in everything, but it comes close. When compared to GTX 780s in SLI, the Titan Z loses, with a much bigger gap.
The problem here is, even if it comes close to the R9 295X2, but doesn't beat it - the Titan Z is at least $3000 (without taxes). You can go and buy a SAPPHIRE R9 295X2 on Amazon for $1536 - half the cost of the Titan Z.