AMD has unveiled the AMD Radeon R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X, and R7 250 video cards, AMD’s first GPUs in a new era of gaming defined by UltraHD displays, renewed vigor in game engine development, and a new generation of gamers that expect a more immersive entertainment experience. AMD also introduced the world to Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games.
The new AMD Radeon R7 and R9 families of graphics chip feature three key pillars: AMD GCN architecture with tweaks that add support for DirectX 11.2 application programming interface; AMD TrueAudio technology, which empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU. AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user’s existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience in upcoming games like “THIEF” by Square Enix or “Lichdom” by Xaviant Games; as well as a set of optimizations for ultra high-definition 4K (3840*2160) output.
The new R9- and R7-series of GPUs will be available at price-points from USD 89 to USD 599+.
EVGA extended the Rise of the Triad Bundle to select GeForce GTX 700 series products. Now, for a limited time, when you purchase an EVGA GeForce GTX 770, 760, 690, 680, 670, 660 Ti, 660, 650 Ti BOOST, 650 Ti, or 650, on or after July 19th, 2013, you will get Rise of the Triad absolutely free. This will be a Steam code that will allow you to redeem the game.
HDMI Forum has announced the release of Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification, the first to be developed by the HDMI Forum, offers a significant increase in bandwidth (up to 18 Gbps) to support new features such as 4K@50/60 (2160p), which is four times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution; 32 audio channels; as well as dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to CEC.
Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification, which is backward compatible with earlier versions of the Specification, was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components. The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 88 companies.
Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification does not define new cables or new connectors. Current High Speed cables (category 2 cables) are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth.
The HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test Specification (CTS) is expected to be released before the end of 2013.
Performance Boost - Increases performance by up to 19% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 320.49 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here is one example of measured gains:
EVGA now has a line of video cards featuring two BIOS chips. A secondary BIOS allows you to experiment with custom BIOSes without the risk of breaking the card, and allows easy BIOS recovery with just the flip of a switch. Also, on select cards, the secondary BIOS may unlock additional overclocking potential and/or improved fan speed control.
Click here to see EVGA’s products that feature double BIOS.
ZOTAC has amplified the GeForce GTX 780 beyond 1 GHz for class-dominating performance. The insanely-fast ZOTAC GeForce GTX 780 AMP! Edition gives demanding gamers an extra performance edge for superior smoothness without sacrificing maximum visual quality.
Beyond the insanely-fast clock speeds is a brand new ZOTAC Triple Silencer enhanced cooling solution that incorporates three quiet high-performance fans that reduce temperatures up to 10ºC and noise levels by 15 dBA under heavy gaming loads. The ZOTAC Triple Silencer is finished off with signature orange fan blades and a black fan shroud for styling that looks as good as it performs.
TRENDnet is announcing the availability of the USB 3.0 to HD TV adapter, model TU3-HDMI, which extends a Windows-based computer’s viewing field to an HD TV, monitor, receiver, or projector with a HDMI port.
The adapter converts an USB 3.0 port on a computer to a HDMI port. It also works with standard USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports. Extend mode adds a HD TV viewing field to the left, right, top, or bottom of your existing monitor. Mirror mode copies a monitor’s viewing field to a HD TV or other device. The Primary Display function transfers a computer’s operating system controls to the connected HDMI device. The included software manages up to six TU3-HDMI adapters to copy or extend a viewing field over many TVs.
The product’s suggested retail price is USD 99.99.
Two models of the Radeon HD 7730 video card have been introduced by Sapphire. Both models have 384 Stream Processors and core clock speeds of 800 MHz. The Sapphire HD 7730 1 GB model is loaded with 1 GB of the latest DDR5 memory with an effective memory clock speed of 4500 MHz. The HD 7730 2 GB model has 2 GB of DDR3 memory with an effective clock speed of 1800 MHz. Both models have the output configuration of DVI, HDMI and VGA, and can support simultaneous display on two monitors.
The 70 inch class (69.5 inch diagonal) AQUOS Ultra HD TV is the first Ultra HD TV to receive the coveted THX(R) 4K certification in North America. THX 4K certification sets the industry standard for image quality and consistency.
“Sharp has a rich history of leading the electronics industry in innovation. Today we continue that tradition with the introduction of the AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV,” said John Herrington, President, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. “With four times the pixel resolution of HD, the 70 inch class AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV is our finest television ever.”
Sharp will be aiming its sales of Ultra HD TVs toward the North American market which has strong demands for large size TVs.