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Like any smart company, NVIDIA is always looking for new markets and segments to dig into, and the company is doing just that with a push into high-performance computing (HPC). NVIDIA announced that its Tesla GPUs are being used to bring ARM64-based servers to a new level of performance. There are several vendors using the Tesla GPU accelerators in their ARM64 servers, including Cirrascale, E4 Computer Engineering, and Eurotech. “Featuring Applied Micro X-GeneARM64 CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerators, the new ARM64 servers will provide customers with an expanded range of efficient,... Read more...
ASUS has been busily outing new monitors this week, but it isn’t done. The company announced three more 4K panels with the 32-inch PA328Q, 27-inch PA279Q, and future 28-inch monitor with G-Sync. The smallest of the three is aimed at prosumers and gamers and features wide viewing angles, a slim 9mm bezel, and a 5ms response. There’s 100% sRGB 10-bit color and 300nits brightness, too. Ports include mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, and four HDMI (1.4/MHL 2.0 combo with two ports supporting PiP). The DisplayPort and mini DisplayPort can output 4K at 60Hz, while the HDMI ports can handle the... Read more...
ASUS’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards have been around for a while, and ASUS has rolled out some solid pieces of ROG-branded hardware to go along with them, but the company has taken things to a whole new level by launching an entire lineup of ROG-branded gaming machines that includes a desktop, a console, a gaming notebook, a graphics card, and a monitor. G20 The ROG G20 gaming desktop is a SFF rig with no visible exhaust vents--it relies on a hidden airflow tunnel and natural convection for cooling--and ASUS claims it offers near-silent performance. Under the hood it rocks a quad-core... Read more...
We’ve been covering Unreal Engine 4 aplenty, but in one post from several weeks ago, our Rob Williams remarked, “At this point, the only thing that could make me more excited for UE4 games to get here is if one of them happened to be Unreal Tournament 4.” Today’s a good day for Rob, because that’s what’s happening. Epic Games’ VP Mark Rein as well as Paul Meegan announced on Twitter that the future of Unreal Tournament would be revealed this Thursday at 2pm on Twitch. Rein further clarified things a bit, tweeting “I love #UnrealTournament - So excited... Read more...
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since NVIDIA debuted its powerful Titan graphics card, but the months have sped by and now it’s time for the next generation of Titan GPUs--the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black. We caught wind of the Titan Black card just a couple of weeks ago, and now NVIDIA is sharing more details. The GPU boasts 5.1 teraflops of performance, and with a pair of the beastly things in your system, you get 5,760 total cores. The Titan Black shares a GK180 chip configuration with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti and offers multi-display support with two DVI,... Read more...
MSI is bringing a great big bag full of new products to CES this year, and the lineup includes new gaming notebooks including one with a 3K display, quadro workstations, motherboards, tablets, touchscreen notebooks, and an intriguing all-in-one gaming PC called the MSI AG2712A. We’ve actually heard about several of these products already, so hit up the following links for all of the juicy details. The MSI 3K GT60 gaming laptop offers an unbelievable screen res, and we’re deeply intrigued by what the AG2712A all-in-one gaming PC can (or can’t) do. It’s also impressive that... Read more...
Compact motherboard, meet compact graphics card. MSI announced a sweet-looking mobo/GPU one-two punch that offers a mini-ITX motherboard and a commensurately-sized graphics card to better enable users to put together a compact yet powerful gaming system. The MSI Z87I Gaming AC supports Intel’s 4th-gen (Haswell) processors and features a Killer E2205 gigabit NIC that includes built-in 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and Intel WiDi. There are five SATA 6Gbps ports, one eSATA 6Gbps port, and a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. It also has six USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, as well as 8-channel audio... Read more...
Last October AMD debuted its Never Settle game bundles, and the company is rolling full steam ahead with more. The latest is a doozy: Starting today, if you buy any AMD Radeon R9 Series card (wouldn’t you know it, we have a review of one right here), you can get a gratis copy of Battlefield 4. AMD says that the title is optimized for its Graphics Core Next technology, and an upcoming patch to bring the Mantle API will give the game’s Frostbite 3 engine a boost. The company is also extending the Never Settle Forever bundle to the AMD Radeon R7 260X, placing it on the Radeon Rewards Silver... Read more...
It’s an old story in tech that one evolving area of a market cannibalizes another, and it’s possible that’s what’s happening with smartphones and high-end digital camera sales. Citing IDC’s research, the WSJ notes that shipments of DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses will drop 9.1% to 17.4 million units, down from 19.1 million last year. One IDC analyst, Christopher Chute, told the WSJ that he’s found that some consumers are eschewing a high-quality camera such as a DSLR and instead spending their dollars on smartphones and tablets. Nikon Df DSLR There’s... Read more...
Logitech is going for a certain look and feel with its Z600 Bluetooth stereo speakers, which is to say that it’s trying for a sleek, high-end-looking product that matches the luster of ultrabooks. (Especially MacBooks, it would seem.) The twin speakers are quite fetching, with graceful curves and a long, tall stance. They’re sort of an aluminum-white in color, with speaker grills covering most of the outside and a white stripe down one side that contains the power button, Bluetooth button, and 3.5mm input. The flat top offers a volume control that you can manipulate by gliding your... Read more...
ASUS introduced a new highest-end graphics card to its NVIDIA-based lineup with the GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC. The card features an NVIDIA GK110-300 GPU and has 2304 CUDA cores, 3GB of GDDR5 video memory, 941MHz engine clock, and a 384-bit interface. Designed for optimal cooling with as little noise as possible, the GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC features 10mm copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU, custom PCB and heatsink, and CoolTech fan technology with a hybrid blade and bearing design that’s ostensibly enables more effective multi-directional airflow. Available ports include... Read more...
AMD has a new beta graphics driver available--the AMD Catalyst 13.6 Beta2 Driver--which features the typical sort of feature list that you’d expect from a driver release, with a notable exception: there’s no support for Windows XP. In the “system requirements” area, AMD lists Windows 8 (32 & 64-bit versions), Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit versions with SP1 or higher), and Windows Vista (32 & 64-bit versions with SP2 or higher). That’s not surprising. Windows XP is a venerable operating system, to be sure, but it’s long overdue for mothballs. Microsoft will... Read more...
Despite Intel’s dominance in the PC chip market, AMD is not going away; far from it. Talking to them at CES, you could tell the AMD folks had a plan, and apparently the Xbox One was part of it. AMD chips underpin the new consoles, and according to GameSpot, the deal AMD struck with Microsoft for the Xbox One is valued at over $3 billion. Bob Feldstein, formerly AMD vice president of Strategic Development, had a (now deleted) note on his LinkedIn profile stating that AMD developed a “custom silicon solution” for the gaming console. “This required the coordination of multiple... Read more...
There’s a new NVIDIA GPU in town, not to mention a new spate of motherboards on the way, so it’s not terribly surprising that EVGA has updated its overclocking software accordingly--EVGA Precision X (4.2.0) is now available and free to download. The latest Precision X enjoys a bit of a facelift and as always lets users overclock their GPUs by adjusting clock speed, memory clock speed, fan speed, voltage, and other parameters. For example, you can set temperature and power target controls, create custom profiles (that are enabled with a hotkey), take in-game screenshots, and even customize... Read more...
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