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Thoughts on DX12, Mantle and NVIDIA building their own PCs

Question by Brett from New Zealand | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Mar 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm CST

Hi there, I was wondering if 3 could be answered please? They are centered a bit about speculation.

1: I was wondering what your thoughts and ideas are about DX12 in terms of hardware that would need to support it and weather Intel and AMD will have to produce new hardware (besides GPU's) to support this new API?

Second: I was also wondering your thoughts on how much of Mantle would be used by Microsoft for DX12?

Lastly: Do you think NVIDIA will eventually build their own branded PC's in a few years time with their ARM Technology once that architecture gets good enough?

Sorry about the questions, I just like sticking my head into that kind of territory and taking off my tinfoil hat once in a while :)

AMD FX-8350 or Intel Core i7-4790K for video production/rendering PC?

Question by Mike from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Feb 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm CST

I am trying to decide between a FX8350 set up vs a i7 4790K set up.

I will use the pc for gaming, graphic design, 3D design and rendering and video editing.

I am moving up from a old q6600 system.

I don't have to have the best, just something that works well. The less money to spend the better, I can get other stuff I need.

My gpu is a GTX660 that will transfer to the new build until I can buy a GTX970 or GTX980.

Which pc set up should I go for?

My video card is overheating! What should I do?

Question by William from Philippines | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Feb 22, 2015 at 12:39 am CST

I have a problem! My NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 1GB video card crashes when I play games like DOTA 2. It starts off okay, with around 60-70FPS but after five minutes the fRAMe rate drops all of the sudden to 20-30FPS then the game crashed.

I've taken a look at GPU-Z and noticed that the card is reaching 110C!! What should I do?!

The fan on my video card is broken, what should I do?

Question by Isiac from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Feb 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm CST

I have a GALAXY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB video card. At some point while in storage dust got in the card and the fan stopped working properly causing my computer to shut down if I didn't make sure the fan was spinning.

This lead me to remove the already partially dislodged fRAMe to remove the fan to clean the fan itself.

This solved the problem but now I can't really get the fan to stay on the card...

The card gets warm so tape won't work and I'm wary about using glue.

What's the best way to keep the fan fRAMe on the card?

Should I wait for Windows 10 to be released before buying a new PC?

Question by Sonya from Australia | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Software | Feb 12, 2015 at 5:21 am CST

Hey there TweakTown,

I'm in the market for a new Ultrabook to replace my Windows 7 PC, but I've heard that Windows 10 is coming out later this year. Should I bite the bullet and buy a Windows 8/8.1 machine now, or wait until Windows 10 is released?

My current laptop is working fine, but I want something a bit faster, with a higher resolution screen and maybe touchscreen support.


Should I upgrade to the new GeForce GTX 960?

Question by Steven from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Jan 26, 2015 at 12:15 am CST

Hello TweakTown!

I've been waiting for NVIDIA to release a mid-range GPU since they announced the GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards last year, but couldn't afford either. Now that the GeForce GTX 960 is here, do you recommend it? I mostly game at 1080p, but I've been thinking about buying a 1440p resolution monitor. Is there a good upgrade path there? Keep in mind I'm upgrading from an old GeForce GTX 660 video card.



Which GPU should I buy with a budget of $1500?

Question by Chazzy from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Aug 21, 2014 at 1:25 am CDT

I confusing to choose a 'plethora' GPU around the market these days.

I like gaming and audio/video editing. I already do research at any web reviewer, but still I didn't got any idea.

At least at 2560 X 1440 res my GPU can give a solid performance. as I see there is no GPU for now can give a solid performance for 4K gaming.

I hope an advise from you, according I have budget around $1500 for my GPU.

Which is better a Sapphire OC R9295 X2 OR Crossfire MSI R9 290X Lightning OR 2 WAY GIGABYTE GTX780Ti GHz Edition.

here is my system:

1. gigabyte z97x g1 gaming wifi bk

2. intel core i7 4790k

3. (4X8GB) corsair vengeance pro

4. intel SSD 730 480 GB

5. evga 1200w p2 PSU