GeForce GTX 670 Ti competes with Radeon HD 7950
VR Zone reports NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 670 Ti will use a cut-down GK104 to compete with AMD's Radeon HD 7950. This new card could arrive in May.
Getting back to NVIDIA - as expected, the GK104 chips which did not "pass the mustard" will be recycled and named GeForce GTX 670 and GTX 670 Ti. According to German publication 3DCenter.org, GK104 will take the GF100 (GeForce GTX 465/470/480) route: GK104 on the new cards will have one SMX less (7 in total), bringing a total of 1344 cores (should we still call them CUDA cores given the amount of GPGPU performance castration performed with Kepler?).
The remainder of the chip will remain the same, and we're looking at the following specs:
- 1344 Cores
- 4 Graphics Processing Clusters (GPC)
- 7 SMX Clusters (192 units per Cluster)
- 112 Texture Units (TU)
- 32 Raster Units (ROP)
- 256-bit Memory Controller
- 2 GB GDDR5 Memory
~900 MHz GPU Clock
~1 GHz QDR Memory Clock (5 effective GHz)
~160 GB/s video memory bandwidth
Sony PlayStation 4 specifications leaked?
Quite a lot of rumors about Sony's and Microsoft's next-gen consoles have hit the web this week. IGN claims this new console, codenamed "Orbis", will feature AMD's A8-3850 APU and the Radeon HD 7670 graphics card. However, the source of the rumor stated that while current plans for the device make use of the chips mentioned, it's possible that changes could be made prior to the system's launch.
By current standards, the HD 6670 is an entry-level processor with a price of about $74.99. Benchmark tests place framerate performance for taxing titles games like Metro 2033 and Crysis 2 set to high settings at a resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p) with average framerates of just over 30 frames-per-second. The chip also supports HDMI1.4a output, which is necessary for the system's rumored 4k output. Naturally, a comparably lightweight operating system and console-optimized games will likely improve performance, but the PS4's real edge could come from the secondary GPU provided by the APU.
Onboard the A8-3850 is an HD 6550D, which makes the APU capable of running games at baseline specs and lower resolutions without the help of a discrete GPU. When the APU is paired with the HD 7670, however, Sony will be able to utilize an asymmetrical CrossFire configuration to share the load of realtime graphics processing.
VG247 on the other hand has some details about the launch date. It's said to be 2013 and Sony is reportedly gunning to be ready with the PS4 before Microsoft launches the Xbox 720.
Following continued reports last week that PlayStation 4 is to be based on AMD hardware and is being planned for a 2013 release, a VG247 source has said Sony is aiming to get the machine to market ahead of Microsoft
Colorful GeForce GTX 680 iGame Kudan launched
Colorful presents the GeForce GTX 680 iGame Kudan. Colorful announced its most powerful GTX 680 named "iGame GTX680-2G Kudan ". The first "iGame Kudan" graphics card was released last year, and it was a GTX560Ti. Now Colorful uses the design concept on the latest GK104 chip.
Like the first generation, iGame GTX680 Kudan equipped a huge cooler which requires three slots and assembles three fans, one is 90mm, and others are 80mm and with "Shark Bionic" design in order to reduce the noise. Below the triple fans, there are heat-sinks which are crossed by ten 6mm heat-pipes. A 3mm steel plate is covered on the back of the PCB in order to enhance the PCB and improve the heat radiation.
The card is based on Silver Plated Technology of the PCB, and it has 8 phases native VRM, but when you install the Power-kit in the accessories, it will provide extra six phases of VRM. This kind of design draws power from two 8-pin power connectors. The VRM is controlled by an uP6208AM PWM chip, and the modulation range is from 0.1MHz to 1.5MHz.
There are two BIOS chips are built on the main PCB and each of them stores a set of clock. The clocks are controlled by the button on the rear plate. When users press the button, the clock will be boosted to 1059MHz/6008MHz from default clock (1008MHz/6008MHz). However, when you install the extra Power-Kit into the slot on the back of the PCB, the clock will boost to 1110MHz/6208MHz!
With the huge packaging (820mm H X 165mm L X140mm W), there are three sets of accessories provided for user's customization.
The first set is called Air-Kit, which is assembled by five detachable heat pipes that draw heat from the main heat-sink. The Air-Kit can be installed to the corresponding position that previously prepared on the graphics card, and can efficiently reduce the heat of the graphics card.
The second set is called Power-Kit, which is introduced in the previous paragraph. The Power-Kit provides extra six phases of VRM, and equips the strongest BIOS; it is the first choice when users overclock this card after installing the Power-Kit.
The third set is called Color-Kit, which is made up by acrylic paints and brushes. It is provided for those users who have interest of painting on the shell of the cooler.
Colorful iGame GTX680 Kudan is first provided in Asia, and will be also available in other regions later.
AR Google Goggles Just Got A Little More Sexy
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.
Technology should work for you
SimCity - The Economic Loop: Scenario 1
Confrontation Launch Trailer
Intel Haswell-EX gets DDR4 memory
A transition to new will start by 2014, enterprise processors based on the "Haswell" microarchitecture will drive the change, according to a VR-Zone report. While client processors based on the Haswell architecture will retain current DDR3 memory standard with a possibility of higher DDR3 clock speeds, enterprise processors under the "Haswell-EX" family will feature the industry's first DDR4 memory controllers for x86. Following that, DDR4 will filter down to future client platforms. Pictured below, is a DDR4 UDIMM by Samsung.
Sources say that, while the mainstream Haswell 4-core platform will still stay on DDR3 - and nothing wrong with that, since by then DDR3 will approach 3000 speed grade - the high end Haswell-EX 4-socket plaform, with each chip having 16 or so cores, will for the first time, support DDR4 memory, in 2014. These monstrous chips, allowing upwards of 60 cores on each four socket mainboard, will bring a new meaning to a 'multi-core monster'. On the memory side, since DDR4 brings lower power consumption with 1.2v power supply, as well as better parity protection and recovery from errors, the benefits are there, even without the speed increase.
For the desktop side, the 22 nm Haswell and its 14 nm Broadwell successor would share the same LGA1150 socket, therefore both supporting DDR3 memory only, with DDR4 support likely only with their 2015 successors and a new microarchitecture at that time. So, here we have a one-year lag between high end and the low end for the new generation memory support, with the low end being the late one this time.
NVIDIA rebrands GeForce GT 620 and GeForce 605 for OEMs
NVIDIA has rebadged its GeForce GT 520 and GeForce 510 GPUs for OEM clients. The GeForce GT 520 is rebranded to GeForce GT 620 and the GeForce 510 lives on as the GeForce 605. OpenGL driver support has been updated from 4.1 to 4.2, and the cards also have a slightly different power rating.
What has changed (other than the amount of memory supported) from the previous generation cards is the maximum power draw. GeForce GT 520 and GeForce 510 both had a maximum power draw of 29W. In contrast, GeForce GT 620 has a maximum rated power draw of 30W, and GeForce 605 has a maximum rated power draw of 25W. Other than that, the cards have every sign of being remarks of the equivalent Fermi cards.
AMD Trinity 29 percent higher CPU and 56 percent higher GPU performance
A leaked marketing slide from AMD reveals the company's Trinity APU promises 29 percent higher productivity and 56 percent faster visuals than Llano. AMD claims mobile devices based on this platform can achieve a resting battery life of over 12 hours.
Apart from these, the slide claims Trinity to be optimized for Windows 8 (with AVX, AES-NI, SSE4.2, and DirectX 11.1 graphics, it could very well be). The processor is said to feature third-generation auto-overclocking technology, TurboCore 3.0. The mobile version of the chip will be designed to offer over 12 hours of resting battery-life. Lastly, there's mention of new media-acceleration features. AMD is expected to launch its new line of APUs in this quarter (before July).
Cubitek debuts five ICE series cases
Cubitek is pleased to announce their new line of chassis
Sniper Elite V2 - Cinematic Trailer
Far Cry 3 - First in-game MP footage
Aliens: Colonial Marines Videos
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 256GB and 512GB review
We review the OCZ Vertex 4 256 and 512GB SSD. Armed with a new Indilinx Everest 2 controller this SSD is advertised as one of the fastest on the block with screaming IOPs performance. Obviously it will pack a 6Gbps SATA interface and big NAND Flash memory partitions.
This SATA3 version as such can deliver speeds of up to 535MB/s of bandwidth and 85K 4KB IOPS.
Lets have a look shall we ?
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition photo's
The first customized GeForce GTX 680 are inbound to many technology websites. The initial ones have started to arrive here at Guru3D.com as well, below some photo's of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition.
The card comes with a custom made PCB that is armed with Gigabyte's durable component selection. Cooling will be based on the new WindForce cooler, which i can say works pretty darn well. The two power connectors consist out of a 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe PEG connector giving the card a little extra breathing room for overclocking.
The card's base clock frequency is set at 1071 MHz while the memory runs stock. A review will follow soon.
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LaCie 5big Network 2
LaCie announced its professional 5-bay RAID server is now available in a diskless model. Now, users can get all the benefits of the 5big Network 2, designed by Neil Poulton, but with the flexibility to scale their storage and security as they desire - making it an efficient investment for resourceful professionals and small businesses alike.
With the 5big Network 2 diskless model, users can migrate from zero to five disks without data loss - reducing initial investment while ensuring a long-term solution. The 5big Network 2 diskless model provides users with flexibility. They can leverage unused drives or purchase new drives based on availability and demand. It will automatically build the RAID mode accordingly. The 5big Network 2 also offers RAID modes 5 and 6, which provide automatic, hardware-level data protection. If a single disk fails, simply replace it without turning off the appliance or losing a single byte of data.
Business owners, administrators and managers will appreciate the 5big Network 2's easy integration and user interface. They can organize a backup regimen for multiple Linux, PC and Mac workstations, and ensure all data is safe and in one place. The 5big Network 2 is compatible with Time Machine and Windows 7 Backup. Additionally, with its dual LAN ports, the 5big Network 2 supports speeds up to 70 MB/s. This ensures quick information sharing and backup speeds throughout the company.
For travel-bound employees, the 5big Network 2 features remote access. This allows them to share files anywhere with an Internet connection
Mad Catz Tom Clancys Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Products
Mad Catz Interactive announced a new range of licensed Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier products, due for release to coincide with the upcoming Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier videogame from Ubisoft, expected to launch in May 2012.
Due for release on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system from Sony, the new range of licensed products includes the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Pro GamePad and the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 7.1 Surround Sound Headset.
Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. stated, "We're excited to be a part of the Tom Clancy's franchise and look forward to the release of our range of licensed Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier products."
Gigabyte 3D BIOS with Dual UEFI BIOS
Gigabyte released a video of its new 3D BIOS that will launch with the company's LGA2011 motherboard lineup. This new interface promises a more polished, function-oriented user interface than many of Gigabyte's rivals.