Gigabyte Launches Tiny GeForce GTX 960 ITX Windforce

Gigabyte has just announced its low-end GTX 960 model, the GeForce GTX 960 ITX, boasting a Windforce 2x cooling solution. This looks to be dedicated to people who use their PCs mostly for office and multimedia activities, though the card can also be used for some casual games that don’t require a powerhouses rig just start it.

The card features a reasonable 2GB of GDDR5, a 128-bit memory interface and a core base clock of 1127 MHz, going to up to 1178 MHz in boost mode. By the looks of it, Gigabyte plans on rolling out a OC version of the card with a base clock of 1152 MHz and boost clock of 1203 MHz. Taking into account the latter and the GeForce GTX 960 ITX already on the market, I’m fairly certain that Gigabyte will roll out a 4GB model soon enough, should 2GB be not enough for what you have in mind.

Taking a look at the Windforce 2x, the cooling solution looks to be promising in keeping the ‘little monster’ cool under full load. The blades are specially designed with triangle shapes at the edge and special 3D stripe curves to efficiently enhance and keep the card cool. In addition to that, the pure copper heat pipe direct touch (HDT) helps in keeping the card cool at an extremely low noise level, so you don’t have to worry about it buzzing your ears off when you put it to the ultimate test.

There is no official confirmation of any price for it, but EXPReview puts it at ¥1499, which is roughly £155.

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US IPv4 Address Pool Reported to Be at Its Last Drop

Well folks, the time has come to gradually transition from IPv4 towards IPv6. But don’t panic! Everyone was aware of the change and the limit is expected to be reached, as previously analysis show, sometime this summer. Will this affect your everyday user? Of course not, people will most probably not see any type of change at all (hopefully).

The guys in charge of handling the transition and making sure that everything works are the ISPs, who should have already started on getting things ready for the big change. So why do we need to make the change? Limited addresses, of course. Back in 1981 when the first IPv4 was made, it used only 32 bits to generate unique addresses. The latter number of bits is able to generate 4.3 billion unique addresses and back then people couldn’t have imagined that so many devices will be connected to the Internet is such a short amount of time.

However, further analysis pointed out the issue and so IPv6 was introduced in 1999, a 128-bit upgraded version of the IPv4 protocol, able to generate 340 trillion trillion trillion unique addresses. Now the thing is, if we are to run out of addresses for this protocol, it means that we either have the worst tech addiction or we are in an era where there are more androids running around than people.

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Colorful Announces Their iGame GeForce GTX 960 KUDAN Mini-ITX Graphics Card

Colorful has revealed their iGame GeForce GTX 960 KUDAN Mini-ITX graphics solution, featuring a custom PCB design and factory overclock frequencies.

The GeForce GTX 960 KUDAN is said to be one of the very few Mini-ITX designs with a GM206 chip, making it very popular in the $200 range market. The graphics solution is said to have a low-wattage percentage and provide great 1080p performance.

In terms of specs, the graphics card comes with 1024 CUDA cores, 64 texture mapping units, 32 raster operation units and a 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM with a 128-bit memory interface. While the memory is clocked at 7010 MHz, the GPU clock comes in two blocks.

The factory overclocked specs that come with the card are set at 1127 MHz base and 1178 MHz boost, but a second OC BIOS is said to be available that can ramp up the card to 1152 MHz and 1216 MHz respectively at the push of the button.

Looking at the aesthetics of the card, we see that it features the same design as the iGame GeForce GTX 980 KUDAN, only a bit smaller. It boasts only one fan, but given its low-budget design, it is enough to keep the Mini-ITX card cool.

Power is said to be provided via a 6-pin connector, having the card coming with a 120W TDP. There is also a single SLI connector present on the card and comes with a single DVI, HDMI and three DisplayPort connectors.

Colorful has already listed the card on its website, but details regarding its availability and pricing have yet to be made available.

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AMD Radeon R7 250XE Starts Appearing In Japanese Stores

It looks like AMD have launched a card, but neglected to tell anyone about it. The new Radeon R7 250XE may not be the most exciting card in AMDs range, actually it’s pretty much destined to be one of the least exciting, but it’s still important none the less. The new card appears to have been launched to counter the Nvidia GeForce GT 730/740 range.

The entry-level card features a low-profile, single slot design, so it may be a tempting option for compact HTPC and office style system, or just those who need a to upgrade from an on-board GPU solution. The card is said to be based around a 28nm Cape Verde refresh, features 640 stream processors, a 128 bit wide GDDR5 memory interface and is equipped with 1GB of memory. Core clock is 860 MHz and 4.5GHz for memory. The card is priced around $60-70 and we’re uncertain if it’ll be launching to a wider market, since AMD haven’t even told anyone about the original launch.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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First Images of NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 740 Revealed, Confirmed to be Entry-Level GPUs

NVIDIA has announced the GeForce GT 740 since Q2 2013, but now word about the latter has been heard so far. That is until now, having the first pic of two model GeForce 740 released by EXPReview.com (via WCCFTech). From the image at hand, it is clearly visible that the two have the PCB of an entry-level GPU, having one in standard blue and the other black with red stripes and cooler.

However, in terms of performance, it can only be speculated at the moment. No official information about the GeForce 740 has yet been released, therefore it is not quite clear what they are capable of. Many other articles and news sources, including databases point to the cards being of Kepler architecture. Although, there is also rumors of it being of Maxwell architecture, but the probability is fairly small. What is clear at the moment is the fact that the GPU is based on 28nm, anything else is up for speculation.

The two graphics cards in the image are of the Galaxy GT 740 and Gainward GT 740 Zhao Edition, one requiring a 6-pin external connector while the other one does not require any type of auxiliary power. The rumors are that the power connector is present only to keep the graphics card stable while overclocked, since the PCIe slot outputs 75W or less. The low power consumption however does not necessarily mean they are Maxwell, but the probability does come from this matter.

Another confirmed characteristic of these graphics cards is the memory and bus width, which is 1 GB GDDR5 and 128-bit. In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy GeForce GT 740 is seen to feature one DVI-D, one DVI-I, one HDMI and one Display Port while the Gainward version will feature one DVI-D, one VGA and one HDMI port.

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Sapphire Announces Its Radeon R7 250 Ultimate, First Totally Silenced Graphics Card

Sapphire has just revealed a new addition to its new R7 series. The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate is the first silent (passive cooling) card to contain all the features of this new generation of products based on the highly successful graphics GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD.

It looks like the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate is the first card in this generation to use a passive heatpipe and heatsink cooler with no fan to deliver totally silent cooling, and increased reliability as it has no mechanical moving parts. It shares all the features of the R7 series and the highly acclaimed GCN graphics processing architecture making it ideal for HTPCs and any general purpose PC where operational noise needs to be kept to a minimum. Casual and online gamers will find its silent operation attractive, as the GCN architecture supports gaming at 1080p with moderate settings.

People tend to use at least two monitors nowadays, therefore the Sapphire R7 series supports this with AMD Eyefinity, now in its second generation. The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate supports three monitors in AMD Eyefinity. In addition, the SAPPHIRE R7 series cards can simultaneously output multiple, independent audio streams allowing the correct audio content to be associated with different applications on different screens.

In terms of spec, the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate has its core clocks of 800 MHz and 1 GB of DDR5 memory clocked at 1125 MHz (4.5 GHz effective). It is believed to be the fastest passively cooled 128-bit graphics card on the market. It also comes with Displayport 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a outputs outputting a resolutions of 4096 x 2160, or Quad HD also known as latest 4K display. AMD 3D technology supports the latest Stereoscopic content over HDMI at 60 Hz per eye, 120 Hz total. The Dual-Link DVI-I output supports DVI monitors with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 and provides analogue support for legacy VGA monitors.

Along with the fourth generation of DirectX 11 compatible solutions from the graphics division of AMD, the new Sapphire R7 series supports DirectX 11.1 and the Windows 8 operating system as well as delivering all the features of DirectX 11 such as DirectCompute11 and multi-threaded communications with the CPU. It comes with the latest high speed PCI-Express Gen3.0 interface, and multiple cards can be used to further enhance performance in CrossFireX mode on a suitably specified mainboard.

The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate should now be available in-stores at a price tag of around £60 or £70.

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64-bit Smartphones To Be Released By Samsung Next Year

It appears that a senior ARM official has confirmed for Korean Herald that the chip architecture developer has been working with Samsung to bring a 64-bit processor to its smartphones and tablets next year.

The CPU should belong to Samsung’s Exynos family, and is likely planned as a direct response to the 64-bit Apple A7 chipset, as found in the iPhone 5s and the new iPads. This does not come as a surprise since competitors need to keep pace with the newest tech in order to attract customers, and competition will most likely be in the customers’ advantage.

“Executives from Samsung and ARM had a meeting today. They discussed the ARM 64-bit chip, which is expected to be used in Samsung’s smartphone next year,” the senior manager stated.

Also, Cortex-M processors have been discussed during the meeting for devices such as a smart home system, where ARM’s executive vice president of commercial and global development, Antonio Viana, has allegedly been present. There is also word that 128-bit processors are being discussed at ARM as a possibility, but not for at least two years.

“As technology moves from, for example, shifting to face recognition on smartphones from the fingerprint scanner to unlock an iPhone, it requires more powerful memory capacity,” he added

Thank you Phone Arena and Korean Herald
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