ASUS has announced the exclusive pre-order for the highly-anticipated PQ321Q True 4K UHD monitor. U.S. consumers will be able to pre-order the world’s first consumer 4K monitor through Newegg, Amazon, or TigerDirect at an introductory price of USD 3,499. The PQ321Q True 4K UHD monitor, a desktop display with a stunning Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution, delivers a screen resolution equivalent to four Full HD displays combined. It has a 31.5-inch LED-backlit 4K Ultra HD display (140 pixels-per-inch) with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and supports 10-bit RGB ‘deep color’ for vibrant images with more natural transitions between hues.
The ASUS PQ321Q True 4K UHD monitor uses cutting-edge Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) rather than traditional amorphous silicon for the active layer of its LCD panel. IGZO panels support much smaller transistors than amorphous silicon, enabling much smaller pixels. This allows the PQ321Q to have four times the amount of pixels compared to a 1920 x 1080 Full HD display. Despite the increase in pixels, the PQ321Q offers peace of mind by coming with a 30-day Zero Bright Dot warranty.
To ensure the ultimate visual experience, 176-degree wide viewing angles on both vertical and horizontal planes minimize onscreen color shift, while the 350cd/m^2 brightness rating and 8ms gray-to-gray response time ensure smooth, bright, and vibrant moving visuals. IGZO technology also gives reduced energy consumption compared to amorphous silicon and reduces bulk, maximizing your available space. At 35mm at its thickest point, the PQ321Q is not only the first True 4K UHD consumer monitor but also the thinnest available today.
The ASUS PQ321Q True 4K UHD monitor features DisplayPort and dual HDMI ports with Picture-by-Picture support. DisplayPort’s Multi Stream Transport mode allows 60 Hz refresh rates at 3840 x 2160 resolution using graphics cards from NVIDIA, AMD, and integrated video from fourth Generation Intel Core processors. Built-in 2W stereo speakers remove the need for additional desktop clutter and, in addition to being wall-mountable, the monitor stand offers full height, swivel, and tilt adjustments.
NVIDIA has launched the GeForce GTX 760 GPU, the newest addition to its Kepler architecture lineup of gaming GPUs. The GTX 760 joins the GTX TITAN, the GTX 770, and the GTX 780 in delivering superior gaming performance, advanced features, and silky smooth frame rates for unsurpassed high-definition PC gaming.
The GeForce GTX 760 boasts a Kepler GPU with 1,152 cores and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory accessed at 6 GHz. The card has a base clock of 980 MHz and a boost clock of 1,033 MHz.
To satisfy gamer demands for greater customization and overclocking options, the GeForce GTX 760 GPU includes NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which automatically increases the GPU’s clock speeds for enhanced gaming performance, while adding temperature target and fan controls, as well as extra over-voltage headroom and optimizations for advanced water-cooling solutions.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 GPU is available now from the world’s leading add-in card suppliers, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac. Partner participation will vary by region. Pricing is expected to start at USD 249.
Following the launch of the GeForce GTX 770 GPU, NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX 700M series of notebook GPUs. Based on the NVIDIA Kepler architecture, 700M series GPUs feature technologies that automatically maximize notebook performance and the gaming experience. With no effort or input from the user, the technologies work in the background to save battery life, enhance performance and enrich visual details – providing the best notebook experience the GPU can deliver. They include:
NVIDIA Optimus technology, which enables extra-long battery life by switching the GPU on and off so it runs only when needed.
NVIDIA GeForce Experience software, which adjusts in-game settings for the best performance and visual quality specific to a user’s notebook and automatically keeps GeForce drivers up to date.
NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which intelligently adjusts GPU clock speed to maximize graphics performance.
The new GeForce GTX 700M GPU lineup includes:
GeForce GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 760M
823 MHz + Boost
811 MHz + Boost
850 MHz + Boost
657 MHz + Boost
Up to 4GB GDDR5
Up to 3GB GDDR5
Up to 2GB GDDR5
Up to 2GB GDDR5
Memory Bus Width
Notebook manufacturers that have committed to using GeForce GTX 700M GPUs in their designs include Acer, Asus, Clevo, Gigabyte, MSI, Razer, and Toshiba. Others will be announced soon.
Today, NVIDIA launched the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 GPU. The newest addition to the NVIDIA Kepler architecture lineup of gaming GPUs for the high-end market, the GTX 770 joins the GTX TITAN and the GTX 780 in delivering superior gaming performance, advanced features, and silky smooth frame rates for unsurpassed high-definition PC gaming.
Designed for dispatching extremely fast frame rates to all of this year’s hottest PC games, including Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs, and Battlefield 4, the GeForce GTX 770 boasts a Kepler GPU with 1,536 cores and either 4 GB or 2 GB of GDDR5 memory accessed at 7 GHz.
To satisfy gamer demands for greater customization and overclocking options, the GeForce GTX 770 GPU includes NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which automatically increases the GPU’s clock speeds for enhanced gaming performance, while adding temperature target and fan controls, as well as extra over-voltage headroom and optimizations for advanced water-cooling solutions.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 GPU is available now from the world’s leading add-in card suppliers, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac. Partner participation will vary by region. Pricing is expected to start at USD 399 for the 2 GB version.
Today, NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX 780, a video card equipped with a Kepler GPU featuring 2,304 cores and 3 GB of GDDR5 memory. According to NVIDIA, the GTX 780 is 70% faster than GeForce GTX 580 and over 40% faster than GeForce GTX 680.
The GeForce GTX 780 is clocked at 863 MHz (900 MHz in turbo mode), and accesses its memory at 6 GHz through a 384-bit interface. The card comes with two DL-DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort 1.2 video connectors.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 is available now from the world’s leading add-in card suppliers, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac. Pricing is expected to start at USD 649.
AMD has expanded its notebook GPU offering with the launch of the Radeon HD 8970M. This brand new chip runs at 850 MHz (900 MHz in turbo mode), and can accesses up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory at 4.8 GHz through a 256-bit interface.
Notebooks equipped with the Radeon HD 8970M GPU are expected to reach the market soon.
Cables and wires amount to sheer havoc once accumulated to multitudes that may trip or strangle people. It’s also frustrating when one constantly needs to search through heaps of tangled cables in order to swap to different devices that share the same monitor. Well, the good news is, from now on with ASRock’s A-Style: HDMI-In, you may connect both your monitor and secondary device to your motherboard, and then toggle between the computer’s screen and the secondary device’s screen with a hotkey.
HDMI-In can be applied to any device with an HDMI output, such as laptops, smartphones, handheld game consoles, and video game consoles. Plus, it works even if your computer is powered off. Hence, no more cable unplugging and plugging is required. Moreover, you won’t need to deal with that murderous mass of wires lying behind your computer, or at least not yet.
Zotac has unveiled a factory-overclocked version of the GeForce GTX Titan video card, dubbed GeForce GTX Titan AMP! Edition. This card runs at 902 MHz (954 MHz in turbo mode) and has 6 GB of GDDR5 memory accessed at 6,608 MHz through a 384-bit interface.
Just to let you know, the original GTX Titan runs at 837 MHz (876 MHz in turbo mode) and has 6 GB of GDDR5 memory accessed at 6 GHz through a 384-bit interface.
Today, AMD launched its fastest video card, the Radeon HD 7990. This dual-GPU video card features a core clock of 1000 MHz, 2048 stream processors (4096 in total), 128 TMUs (256 in total), 32 ROPs (64 in total), and the full 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. Each GPU holds 3 GB of memory totaling the card’s memory amount to 6 GB. The memory is accessed at 6 GHz. The two GPUs are tied to the system bus using a PLX PEX8747 48-lane PCI-Express 3.0 switch.
With the launch of the Radeon HD 7990 video card, AMD is offering the biggest free game bundle in history with a total of eight titles:
DeusEx: Human Revolution
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
The AMD Radeon HD 7990 video card will be available worldwide in two weeks for USD 999.
Several video card manufacturers have already announced their models based on the Radeon HD 7990, as you can see below.
Sapphire has just introduced a 2 GB model to their HD 7790 series of video card.
The Sapphire HD 7790 2 GB OC Edition is a factory-overclocked video card, with core clocks of 1,050 MHz (5% above the stock clock) and memory clocks of 6 GHz (6.66% above the stock clock).
The video board features a new cooler design, which uses a dual heatpipe system and a single aerofoil section fan assembly with dust repelling bearings for maximum efficiency and reliability. One of Sapphire’s proprietary features is the integration into the cooling system of the metal backplate which cools the memory chips on the reverse side of the PCB and helps with PBC rigidity. A finned heatsink attached to the backplate passes through the PCB and extends into the airflow from the fan on the front side of the card, enabling the airflow to carry away the heat from the components on the back of the PCB and reducing memory temperatures to as low as 13 ºC.
Sapphire HD 7700 series supports AMD Eyefinity, now in its second generation. The Sapphire HD 7790 OC Edition has two DVI ports (DVI-I and DVI-D), HDMI and a single DisplayPort output, supporting up to four monitors.
The Sapphire HD 7790 OC Edition model supports the FleX feature, pioneered by Sapphire, that allows three digital displays to be connected to the DVI and HDMI outputs and used in AMD Eyefinity mode without the need for an external active adapter. All four outputs can be used in AMD Eyefinity mode, but the fourth display must be a DisplayPort monitor or connected with an active adapter.
The Sapphire HD 7790 OC Edition can be installed in any PC with a free x16 PCI-Express slot, and communication with the host PC is optimised with the use of the latest high speed PCI-Express 3.0 interface. Built in hardware support for AMD CrossFire enables multiple cards to be used to further enhance performance in a suitably specified mainboard.
The Sapphire HD 7790 OC supports the latest industry standards and is ready for Windows 8 with its architecture designed for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2, and OpenCL 1.2. This latest version of AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture also supports an unparalleled array of display and audio technologies, with new fast HDMI features (such as support for 4K resolution and full frame rate 1080p stereoscopic support), DisplayPort 1.2 certification (with support for Multi-Stream Transmission), and DDM Audio (which adds supports for up to 6 simultaneous independent audio streams). Video capabilities include native support for 3D Blu-ray (MVC Codec), DivX decode and hardware encoding of H.264 video via VCE.
APP Acceleration is the name given to the enhanced performance of a wide range of applications using the stream processing capabilities and specific hardware features of the GCN graphics architecture. The HD 7000 series has been optimised for this type of task. Typical applications include video encoding and decoding, compression and multiplexing for media distribution, gaming or video conferencing. APP acceleration can also enhance everyday tasks such as Internet browsing, Office applications and file compression with supported software suites.
The Sapphire HD 7790 series is shipping now and is available through Sapphire’s established retail and retail partners. Purchasers will also receive a voucher for a free copy of BioShock Infinite from participating retailers.