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.
NVIDIA has just announced five new notebook GPUs which deliver a trifecta of technologies that seamlessly and automatically maximize a consumer’s notebook performance and experience. With no effort or input from the notebook user, the technologies work in the background to save battery life, enhance performance and enrich the visual experience -- providing the best notebook experience the GPU can deliver. They include:
New NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which intelligently adjusts GPU clock speed to maximize graphics performance.
NVIDIA Optimus technology, which enables extra-long battery life by switching the GPU on and off so it runs only when needed.
GeForce Experience software, which adjusts in-game settings for the best performance and visual quality specific to a user’s notebook and keeps GeForce drivers up to date.
Incorporating all three of these technologies, the new lineup of NVIDIA GeForce 700M GPUs includes GeForce GT 750M, GeForce GT 745M, and GeForce GT 740M GPUs for the performance segment, as a well as GeForce GT 735M and GeForce GT 720M GPUs for the mainstream segment.
NVIDIA GeForce 700M GPUs are available today. Every leading notebook manufacturer will be introducing notebooks with GPU Boost 2.0 technology, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.
Today, NVIDIA announced the newest member of its family of video cards, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Compared to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost features a 5% faster 980 MHz base clock, a higher texture fill rate of 62.7 Gigatexels per second, and 60% more memory bandwidth. When enabled, the Boost Clock pushes the reference clock to 1,033 MHz, 105 MHz higher than the fixed-speed GTX 650 Ti.
In the table below you can compare the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost with the other members of the NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX family.
Today AMD announced the Radeon HD 7790 video card, which comes to the market to fill a gap between the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition and the Radeon HD 7850, and to compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
The Radeon HD 7790 works at 1 GHz, has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 6 GHz through a 128-bit interface, and TDP 85 W. This PCI Express 3.0 video card includes two DVI connectors, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. AMD Radeon HD 7790 also features a new version of AMD PowerTune technology that can now optimize voltages for efficient power consumption.
AMD Radeon HD 7790 video cards from different add-in-board suppliers will be available in retail next month for USD 149 in the U.S.
NVIDIA has introduced the industry’s first visual computing appliance, enabling businesses to deliver ultra-fast GPU performance to any Windows, Linux or Mac client on their network.
The NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) is a powerful GPU-based system that runs complex applications such as those from Adobe Systems Incorporated, Autodesk, and Dassault Systèmes, and sends their graphics output over the network to be displayed on a client computer. This remote GPU acceleration gives users the same rich graphics experience they would get from an expensive, dedicated PC under their desk.
NVIDIA GRID VCA provides enormous flexibility to small and medium-sized businesses with limited IT infrastructures. Their employees can, through the simple click of an icon, create a virtual machine called a workspace. These workspaces – which are, effectively, dedicated, high-performance GPU-based systems – can be added, deleted, or reallocated as needed.
NVIDIA GRID VCA is an easy-to-install, easy-to-manage 4U appliance. Its 16 NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA GRID VGX software provide NVIDIA Quadro-class graphics performance for up to 16 concurrent users, with low latency, high resolution and maximum interactivity for unparalleled quality of service.
Available in the United States in May from authorized value-added resellers, NVIDIA GRID VCA is offered in 8 GPU or 16 GPU configurations, with pricing starting at USD 24,900, plus an annual software license of USD 2,400.
NVIDIA has announced support for Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation4 with the popular NVIDIA PhysX and NVIDIA APEX software development kits (SDKs). Game designers use PhysX and APEX Technologies for collision detection and simulation of rigid bodies, clothing, fluids, particle systems and more across a wide range of platforms, including desktop PCs, game consoles, and mobile and handheld devices.
NVIDIA PhysX technology is a physics solution for designing real-time, real-world effects into interactive entertainment titles. NVIDIA APEX technology lets artists create intricate physics-enabled environments. They can expand the quantity and visual quality of destructible objects; make smoke and other particle-based fluids integral to game play; and create life-like clothing that interacts with the character’s body to achieve more realism in their games.
NVIDIA PhysX and APEX technologies are designed to run on a variety of CPU architectures and can be accelerated by any CUDA architecture-enabled NVIDIA GPU, GeForce 8-series or higher.
NVIDIA has just introduced the GeForce GTX Titan video card for desktop, the GPU at the heart of the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan supercomputer.
The GeForce GTX Titan features 2,688 processors (75% more than NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 GPU), works at 837 MHz (876 MHz in turbo mode), has 6 GB of GDDR5 memory accessed at 6 GHz through a 384-bit interface, a TDP of 250 W, and two DL-DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort 1.2 video outputs.
The GeForce GTX Titan GPU will be available starting on February 25, 2013 from NVIDIA’s add-in card partners, including ASUS and EVGA in North America, and additional partners, including Colorful, Galaxy, Gigabyte, INNO 3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac outside the US. Partner participation will vary by region. Pricing is expected to start at USD 999.
The GeForce GTX Titan will also be sold in fully configured systems from leading U.S.-based system builders, including AVADirect, Cyberpower, Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Geekbox, IBUYPOWER, Maingear, Origin PC, Puget Systems, V3 Gaming, Velocity Micro, and other system integrators outside North America.
Inno3D has announced the bundle promotion with Furturemark for 3DMark11. From February 18, 2013, users will get a free 3DMark11 Advanced Edition key for every Inno3D GeForce iChill video cards or the newest NVIDIA flagship video cards purchased. Customers can use the latest Inno3D video cards to enjoy the mesmerizing visual effects of DirectX11 using 3DMark11.
3DMark11 uses a native DirectX11 engine designed to make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX11, including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading.
Today, Western Digital unveils WD TV Play, a versatile media player that streams popular Internet channels, as well as personal photos, music and movies from other networked devices in the home, directly to an HDTV.
With the Wi-Fi connected WD TV Play media player, customers can easily stream hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on TV shows, and stay connected to social networks through apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, SlingPlayer, Spotify, Pandora and Facebook, among others. Unlike many other streaming media players, WD TV Play also lets customers enjoy a variety of media that they already own, such as photos, music and videos. Customers can play content located on any computer or network attached storage (NAS) that has a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) server, such as the My Book Live personal cloud storage, as well as from any directly connected digital camcorder, camera or USB drive.
WD TV Play’s high-speed wireless or Ethernet connections support Full-HD 1080p video streaming. The setup process is simple and intuitive so that customers are up and running in minutes. Once connected, customers navigate a familiar-feeling app-based user interface to play their entertainment or personalize their home screen with favorite apps. Customers can also set their favorite app to automatically play when WD TV Play is turned on, perfect for listening to music and running a slideshow of photos.
WD TV Play’s new remote control features pre-programmed buttons, giving customers one-touch access to their favorite apps. Customers can also download the free WD TV Remote app to turn their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced remote control. WD TV Remote connects over the home wireless network and works with multiple WD TV media players in the home.
WD TV Play is currently available online at www.wdstore.com starting at USD 69.99.