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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, high-performance computing options to drive compute-intensive HPC and enterprise data center workloads,”... 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 same at 30Hz. The larger 32-inch PA328Q is for professionals and features 4K resolution at 60Hz over... 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 Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU, and it’s designed in part to run... 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 for the comeback!” It would certainly make sense to bring back UT, as it would be an ideal... 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, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort ports. A leaked listing of an ASUS GeForce GTX Titan Black featured 6GB... 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 MSI has a 17-inch gaming notebook in the GS70 that’s so thin, as usually those mobile gaming... 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 and DisplayPort, HDMI, and DL-DVI-I. The companion to the Z87I Gaming AC is the GTX 760 Gaming ITX... 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 tier, so buyers can snap up two free games with a purchase. Available titles include Hitman Absolution,... 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 no doubt that cameras on mobile devices have blasted sales of compact point-and-shoot cameras,... 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 finger in a circle. The Z600 speakers will work with up to three devices simultaneously--just press... 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 dual-link DVI-I, dual-link DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort 1.2, and ASUS GPU Tweak is on board. ASUS... 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 stop supporting the OS in April, and the company has been pushing for businesses, who are otherwise... 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 functional teams within AMD, as well as regular customer meetings with leadership teams responsible... 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 the software skin. The changelist for version 4.2.0 is rather lengthy and appears to offer quite... Read more...
Intel is finally offering up details on its Haswell integrated graphics offerings after teasing it at CES 2013, including branding and some performance metrics. With the release of the company’s 4th generation Core processors, Intel’s new integrated graphics will go by the “Iris” moniker. Meanwhile, Intel’s baseline HD Graphics will also see a bump in performance and capabilities. Now, we’ll see Intel HD 5000 graphics along with the higher-end Intel Iris Graphics 5100 and Iris Pro Graphics 5200; previously, these were codenamed GT3 (15W), GT3 (28W), and GT3e, respectively. Iris graphics are primarily designed for mobile devices, and we’ll be seeing them... Read more...
Although some were expecting to see Microsoft debut a new Xbox system this month, it now appears that the company’s Xbox event will actually take place later. On “What the Tech”, Paul Thurrott said that the event scheduled for April 24th will actually occur on May 21st. (His Xbox musings begin around the 55-minute mark.) The next Xbox is codenamed “Durango”, and we’ve been privy to plenty of leaks concerning what it will feature. For one thing, it may require an always-on Internet connection, and it will probably ship with the next version of Kinect. It should also have a better sensor, field of view, recognition of higher resolutions, and less latency. We... Read more...
While Adobe is busily showing off its latest and greatest wares at NAB 2013 this week, AMD is banging the drum for the major upgrades that it helped bake into the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro software. While Mac users have of late enjoyed the graphical power of OpenCL with either NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards, Windows users were forced to use NVIDIA’s CUDA only. Now, however, AMD and Adobe have enabled OpenCL support on Windows systems with AMD APUs and GPUs. “Our customers require powerful systems that enable them to work quickly and efficiently. While we already support OpenCL on the Mac, today’s announcement gives creative professionals the opportunity to tap into the... Read more...
Intel announced new drivers for its integrated HD 2500/4000 graphics (for 3rd generation Intel Core processors), and it did so in a somewhat refreshingly brief press release. The updates to the graphics drivers are for Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems (both 32-bit and 64-bit). Intel says that versions 15.31.3.3071 (32-bit) and 15.31.3.64.3071 (64-bit) bring a new driver architecture as well as optimzations designed to boost game performance by as much as 10% in some popular titles including Starcraft II, Batman: Arkham City, and WoW: Mists of Pandaria. Intel HD 2500/4000 graphics now have reduced CPU overhead as well as support for OpenCL 1.2. Up to a 10% performance boost with new drivers The... Read more...
Just a year after launching the Android version of Instagram and bringing the incredibly popular iOS app to a huge new trove of users, the photo-sharing service noted on its blog that now, about half of all Instagram users are running Android. Instagram says that on the first day of its availability on the Android platform, one million people downloaded the app. Shortly thereafter, Facebook bought the company and bumped the usership from 30 million to 40 million almost overnight. Now, Instagram has around 100 million active monthly users (and 40 million images uploaded daily), which means that approximately 50 million Instagrammers use an Android device; a year ago, there were zero Android users.... Read more...
Another day, another beautiful game trailer. This one is from Square Enix’ new Thief reboot, and the trailer is called “Out of the Shadows”. It’s brief but to the point, showing off some brilliant artwork in a special scripted scene while unfortunately keeping any real gameplay out of it. However, like any good trailer, it makes you want to pick up a controller and dig in for a long gaming session. In the closeup shots, some of the detail is astonishing, and the balance of stealth, posturing, and power makes it seem like a fun ride. Indeed, Square Enix describes the gameplay thusly: “Garrett is proven an intelligent, resourceful, and skilled thief in an adventure... Read more...
It’s (delightfully) evident how powerful mobile processors and graphics have become, but NVIDIA’s Senior Vice President of Content and Technology Tony Tamasi believes that mobile firepower is about to outpace the popular Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming consoles. “The PS3 and Xbox 360 are barely more powerful than mobile devices,” Tamasi told Bit-Tech. “The next click of mobile phones will outperform [them].” Specifically, he’s referring to the Tegra 5 mobile processor, which will follow the new Tegra 4 chip. Reportedly, Tegra 5 will feature CUDA 5 and boast a Kepler-class GPU and support Open GL 4.3. Tegra roadmap It’s not all that hard to imagine that... Read more...
Epic gave us all a sneak peak at the next generation of gaming with the release of its “Infiltrator” demo built with Unreal Engine 4, which looks terrific. Revealed at the GDC, the demo is running on a lone GeForce GTX 680, which is no less impressive than the demo itself. For the happy gamer, Unreal Engine 4 offers plenty of new features, which NVIDIA set forth on its GeForce website: -New material layering system, which provides unprecedented detail on characters and objects -Dynamically lit particles, which can emit and receive light -High-quality temporal anti-aliasing, eliminating jagged edges and temporal aliasing -Thousands of dynamic lights with tiled deferred shading -Adaptive... Read more...
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