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TSMC has confirmed that it has made the first samples of NVIDIA's next generation GP100 GPU, with NVIDIA now testing the new Pascal architecture internally. When should we expect the consumer release? Sometime mid next year.
NVIDIA has been sent the first GP100 samples to its subsidiary in India, but we don't know anything other than this. The company taped out its GP100 GPU in June, which is going to be made on the 16nm FinFET+ process, and we should see it utilizing HBM2, providing 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth. This will be quite the increase on the 334GB/sec that the GTX 980 Ti and Titan X are capable of, and is double the 512GB/sec that AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X can muster with its HBM1.
The new Pascal architecture should also deliver its own upgrades over the Maxwell architecture that has been so good to NVIDIA across 2015. The GP100 rocks 17 billion transistors, and should see NVIDIA pack in some 6000 or so CUDA cores, up from the 2816 CUDA cores found in the GM200-powered GTX 980 Ti. Personally, I think we might see NVIDIA release multiple Pascal products - where I would love to see a GDDR5-based offering for the cheaper mainstream side, and a HBM2-powered GeForce 1000 series card for the enthusiasts.
Announced in a recently issued press release, EVGA has teamed up with Blizzard to offer gamers this special 'Storm Kaijo Diable Bundle', free with the purchase of any EVGA-branded NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 or GTX 960 video card.
Coming complete with the Diablo hero, Jaijo skin and a seven day stim pack, this bundle offers a little extra punch with the HD-gaming ready GTX 950 or 960 card. Designed for 1080p gaming, these video cards have been heavily marketed towards those who enjoy MOBA style games like Heroes of the Storm, offering decent FPS on higher graphics settings.
Claimed to offer three times the performance of a GTX 650, the GTX 950 package is available today, alongside the GTX 960.
The GeForce GTX 980M is already quite the mobile GPU, but as usual, NVIDIA isn't just sitting around doing nothing on the mobile GPU front. The company is reportedly preparing a new, very powerful mobile GPU that would pack the full GM204 GPU.
What's the 'full GM204' GPU you ask? Well, it's the identical GPU that is found on the GeForce GTX 980, the desktop video card from NVIDIA that was released last year. This means we can expect the full 2048 CUDA cores, 256-bit memory bus, and 4GB of GDDR5. We did expect a GTX 990M according to the rumors that we last reported on, but it looks like this new GPU is going to be the GM204-based GTX 980, this time inside of a gaming laptop.
The mobile GTX 980 would feature 2048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, and 64 ROPS - just like its desktop counterpart. If we compare this to the GTX 980M, found inside of gaming laptops like the ASUS ROG G751 that we reviewed here, it has 1536 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs and 64 ROPs. Moving over to clock speeds, the desktop GTX 980 has a GPU clock of 1126MHz and a Boost clock of 1218MHz while the GTX 980M comes in at 1038MHz, while the new GM204-based mobile GTX 980 will reportedly clock in at 1190MHz.
So the full GM204 GPU is going to be quite the upgrade, which I think will usher in a world of mobile 4K 60FPS gaming, and QHD gaming at 144Hz with G-Sync. We should expect some more details in the coming weeks on this.
MSI has unleashed a teaser to the public on its global Facebook page, depicting MSI and Corsair logo's surrounded by splashes of water, with the 'OC Series' logo pushed into the top right corner.
Combined with the caption "Now this is going to be truly 'cool'!" followed by hashtags "MSI, Corsair, GraphicsCard," it seems fairly obvious that some sort of water cooled OC Series video card product is on the way, however, you can never be sure.
TechPowerUp has rumored this new addition to be an MSI-exclusive Hydro Series cooling bracket, set to attach to an all-in-one liquid cooling loop.
EVGA has just announced its latest GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+, which stands in line after the KINGPIN and Classified versions of EVGA's GM200-powered cards.
The video card maker has used a custom PCB with an 8+2 phase VRM design, with the GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+ powered by 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The additional power, versus the 6+8-pin PCIe power connectors on most GTX 980 Ti cards allows more overclocking headroom, and 25W more power to do it with.
EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+ has a GPU base clock of 1190MHz and 1291MHz GPU Boost clock with more room left for overclocking. The 6GB of GDDR5 is at its stock 7010MHz. Moving over to the cooler, EVGA has deployed its awesome ACX 2.0+ cooler which sports two fans with optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and low-powered motor, packed with memory MOSFET Cooling Plate which is said to reduce the MOSFET temperatures by 13%.
The new EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+ is available right now through EVGA for $689.99.
For the lovers of all things liquid nitrogen, world-famous overclocked Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido has just broken the single card world record in Unigine Heaven Xtreme, doing so by setting his NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti to just over 2GHz, accompanied by the new Intel Core i7-6700K CPU clocked at 5.8GHz.
The final score is listed as 7,893.7 marking the highest single card achievement to date and something that EVGA claims has been achieved thanks to its new 100-series motherboard series.
Also on the test bench was an EVGA 1600W PSU and EVGA Z170 Classified motherboard, marking another world record for both EVGA and KINGPIN in unison.
We have had one of AMD's new Radeon R9 Nano cards for around a week now, and we've only just gotten into testing it after testing out 4-way Fury X cards in a bunch of different games and resolutions.
Well, we just so happened to throw our R9 Nano into our system and straight away went to GPU-z, which said it was an 'AMD Radeon R9 Fury series' video card. But what happens when you throw in the full-blown Radeon R9 Fury X in? It works in Crossfire with the R9 Nano, that's what. The same goes for the normal R9 Fury, which also works in Crossfire with the super-small R9 Nano.
We can't share performance numbers on the R9 Nano until later this week, but we think that our review is going to be something worth reading, that's for sure.
PowerColor has just unveiled its new Devil 13 R9 390 video card, which features two R9 390 GPUs for some serious horsepower. The card is absolutely huge, with a triple-slot design and triple-fan cooler.
The new Devil 13 R9 390 requires an insane 4 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors so that it can draw between 1000W and 1275W of power. But all of that power won't be wasted, as it packs dual Grenada PRO GPUs, each with 2560 stream processors, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs and 8GB of GDDR5. Each GPU has 345GB/sec available memory bandwidth, so the card has 691GB/sec memory bandwidth in total.
PowerColor adds that the Devil 13 R9 390 has been "built with carefully-designed Platinum Power Kit and ultra-efficient thermal design. It consists of massive 15-phase power delivery, PowerIRstage, Super Cap and Ferrite Core Choke that provides the stability and reliability for such high-end graphics solution. To support maximum performance and to qualify for the Devil 13 cooling system, 3 Double Blades Fans are attached on top of the enormous surface of aluminum fins heat sink connected with total of 10 pieces of heat pipes and 2 pieces of large die-cast panels. This superb cooling solution achieves a perfect balance between thermal solution and noise reduction. The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 has the LED backlighting that glows a bright red color, pulsating slowly on the Devil 13 logo".
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.