EVGA Introduces GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition

Virtual Reality is the new thing for 2016 as there is more than one VR device on its way. To pull this kind of hardware you need the rest of your hardware to play ball too, at least if you want the best possible experience. EVGA now released two new graphics cards that are the same except for the attached cooler. The new cards are called the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR EDITION and come either with a reference cooler or the much beloved ACX 2.0+ cooler.

The new GTX 980 Ti VR EDITION is built around Maxwell architecture and comes with 6GB GDDR5 memory and 2816 CUDA cores, much like any other GTX 980 Ti card. The difference with this one is that one of the HDMI ports have been moved to the other end of the card and thereby acts as an internal connector rather than a rear one.

What might look silly at first does have its reason as the VR EDITION comes with an included 5.25-inch drive bay. This unit offers you a front HDMI 2.0 port that will be connected to the internal one on the graphics card as well as two USB 3.0 ports. The idea behind this is to give you easy access for connecting and disconnecting your VR device and input devices used at the same time.

EVGA didn’t reveal a pricing or availability at this time, but we can expect it to be priced very similar to existing GTX 980 Ti cards and with a slight premium added for the extra functionality.

 

Key Features

  • Built for VR: Included 5.25-inch Drive Bay with Front HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0.
  • Internal HDMI: Connects to a 5.25” Drive Bay, no visible external wires!
  • ACX 2.0+ Cooling: EVGA’s latest cooling solution offers improved cooling, reduced fan noise and better overclocking.
  • 6GB of GDDR5 Memory: Gives you access to higher texture qualities in games, improved 4K gaming performance and optimized for the next generation of gaming.

Samsung Produces First 12Gb LPDDR4 DRAM Chips

Samsung has developed the industry’s first 12Gb LPDDR4 DRAM modules and poised to revolutionize memory capacities in mobile devices. The latest memory chips consume 20% less power and performs 30% faster than existing mobile technologies at a rate of 4,266 megabits-per-second. Samsung’s 12Gb LPDD4 selects either a 3Gb or 6Gb mobile module in a single package. The 3Gb module only requires two chips while the 6Gb uses four.

Remarkably, the 6Gb design doubles the memory capacity whilst utilizing the same dimensions. As a result, future handsets can easily increase DRAM without having to resort to major design changes. Sun Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics explained the significance of this discovery:

“By initiating mass production of 12Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM in an extremely timely manner, we now are not only helping OEMs to accelerate their moves to the next generation of mobile devices, but also providing functionality that will give mobile consumers greatly enhanced user experiences,”

“Furthermore, we intend to closely collaborate with our global customers to move beyond premium smartphones and tablets in creating new digital markets that embrace the full potential of cutting-edge technologies like next-generation mobile DRAM.”

Theoretically, this greatly enhances the smoothness of multi-tasking on Android devices and we should begin to see handsets with 6Gb of RAM in the near future. However, I’ve never encountered a situation where 2Gb isn’t enough to keep the operating system running relatively quick.

How much RAM do you feel is adequate in smartphones?

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti 6GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


 

The GTX 980Ti has been around for a few months now and in that time, manufacturers have had the chance to not only design and create their own versions but also perfect the product. Gigabyte is one of the many manufacturers that have given the 980Ti the magic treatment with a revamped version of the G1 Gaming that we previously had a glimpse of at Computex 2015. It definitely looks the part, but we didn’t know the specification apart from a memory clock of 7010MHz and that it would have a similar cooling capacity of previous G1 Gaming cards of 600W.

Well now I can finally and happily announce that we have the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti in our test bench and it is BIG; you seem to forget how big this card is thanks to the insane Windforce x3 cooling design. Like with most of the gaming series of graphics cards being released lately, this card comes with multiple clock speed settings. These different settings are preset and only available through the use of Gigabyte’s own OC Guru II software; the three settings are ECO mode of 1060MHz base and 1151MHz boost, Gaming mode of 1090MHz base and 1241MHz boost and OC mode of 1190MHz base and 1279MHz boost. I don’t really understand why there are multiple settings as most users will obviously not only want the best possible performance out of the box but also to overclock the graphics card to the maximum potential.

The G1 Gaming cooling shroud has been given a new lick of paint and a small LED upgrade. Like before, the Silent and Fan Stop LED’s illuminate when the fans have stopped.

The new feature is the customisation of the LED through the use of the bundled OC Guru II app.

Onto the specifications of this beast.

So with those specifications and price point, this is poised to be one of the best GTX 980Ti graphics cards on the market; so let’s find out shall we?

Packaging and accessories

The outer box skin resembles that of the latest G1 Gaming designs, simple yet key features are detailed to catch the potential customers eye.

The back of the box shows a breakdown of the card and slightly more detailed information of what was shown on the front.

Gigabyte offers a ‘no-frills’ accessories package, simply offering just a quick installation guide, driver disk and PCIe power cable adapter.

Palit Super JetStream GTX 980Ti 6GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


The graphics card world experienced a shake-up when NVIDIA announced the Titan X, a 12GB VRAM monster, then did it again just a few weeks after with the launch of the GTX 980Ti. With this, it brought extreme performance to a much more affordable level and at just $600, it was around half the price of the Titan X and a in some tests just 5% slower than the Titan X.

Today on the test bench we have the Palit Super JetStream GTX; the Super JetStream branding is reserved solely for the top end air-cooled Palit graphics cards. Poised at just £539, this is only £10 more expensive than the reference design and boasts figures that only some of the higher priced models can achieve. The card features twin 10cm turbo fan blades with are designed to disperse heat as much as possible and also are translucent to project the built-in LED lighting even further.

We know that the GTX 980Ti is the current top mainstream graphics card and when it’s given to a sub-vendor it only gets better; so let’s find out how it performs in today’s review!

The outer skin is plain, displaying only key information with the trademark black and gold theme.

The back of the box is filled with information in many different languages. The key information revolves around the display features, gaming features and new ways to game, such as VR.

This box has a front door with all of the information you could want to know about the graphics card itself. Not only does it give you a graphic rendering of the card, there is a window into the box so you can see the GPU design directly.

Inside the box, you have a HDMI to DVI adapter, manual, driver disk, JetStream sticker and PCIe power adapter.

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 980Ti ‘OC’ 6GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction and Packaging


MSI is one of those names you think of when compiling a list of computer components. You know that the amount of testing and quality control that goes into each product released will shine through in performance and longevity. MSI produces some of the best looking, cooling, sounding and performing graphics cards on the market thanks to the military grade components that go into every card.

Today on the test bench is the MSI Gaming GTX 980Ti OC edition. MSI has given this card the magic touch with a custom PCB and the epic Twin Frozr V cooling solution. The new design features a brand new fan design called TORX fan, this includes a fan blade that forces air down into the heatsink and out faster than conventional fan blades.

Since the launch of the GTX 980Ti, it has been adored the world over by enthusiasts of both AMD and NVIDIA. Based on a cut-down version of the GM200 GPU found in the Titan X, the GTX 980Ti seemed like it would lag behind the Titan X by around 10%, however, that never was the case. This graphics card pretty much dethroned the Titan X overnight thanks to the sub-vendors ability to customise the cooling designs and huge price difference.

The outer box resembles the rest of the GeForce range of graphics cards made by MSI. A small amount of information on the front with the MSI Gaming dragon dominating in terms of colour.

The back of the box is filled with key MSI features, mainly focusing on the Twin Frozr V cooling solution.

Inside the main box, you’ll find a slimmer box containing the accessories.

The accessories include a user guide, product series ‘catalogue’, driver disc, DVi to VGA adapter and a 6-pin PCIe power to 8-pin adapter.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


When you think of graphics cards and manufacturers, you automatically think of NVIDIA and the GTX range; regardless of what side of the fence you are on. Without a doubt, they produce some of the best graphics cards in the world, but that performance comes at a hefty price, the current most powerful single GPU card sits at around $950; not exactly sofa change. Today we have the newest Maxwell based graphics card and the first (and likely only) Ti model of the GTX 900 series; the GeForce GTX 980Ti.

We know that Maxwell are the go-to graphics card options of early 2015, they offer amazing performance in the GTX Titan X, great bang for buck in the GTX 970 and awesome budget gaming in the GTX 960; so what are NVIDIA doing by offering up a brand new high-end graphics card? My thought is to cement the fact that NVIDIA is a formidable force in the graphics card marketplace and a new memory technology (High Bandwidth Memory) isn’t going to beat them without a fight.

The GTX 980Ti will be based on the mighty GM200 GPU with some slight modifications to bring the performance down from the Titan X. It is around 90% of the specification in regards to cores and TMUs; so let’s see if it’s around 90% of the performance too.

The retail packaging is very high-end, very strong construction and dense foam for the perfect shipping box to keep your new pride and joy safe.

The card is almost identical to that of the rest of the GTX 900 series reference coolers.

The PCB look very similar to the Titan X, but without the rear mounted VRAM and a few components missing.

Very minimalistic output end, 1x DVi port, 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI port.

 

KFA2 GTX 780 HOF OC+ 6GB Graphics Card Announced

KFA2 are easily one of my favourite GPU manufacturers, mostly because I’m a sucker for those white PCBs they use, as they really stand out from the crowd. Their Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 HOF (Hall of Fame) graphics card was and still is an incredible card, but they’ve taken it back to the drawing board and giving it an extra tweak to make it more competitive than ever before.

The new card, known as the GeForce GTX 780 HOF OC+, is still based around the exact same board design as the original, but the cards clock speeds have been given a slight bump from 1006 MHZ to 1019 MHz, both still a lot higher than the 863 MHz reference cards. GPU Boost is now 1071 MHz compared to the 1058 MHz of the original and 902 MHz of the reference.

Memory speeds have been kept steady at 6 GHz, but the card has now been bumped from just 3GB all the way up to 6GB over a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.

The company has yet to reveal pricing, but we would expect it to be a small premium over the previous model given that they’ve doubled the memory.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Palit GeForce GTX 780 JetStream 6GB OC Graphics Card Released

Palit are kings of design in my opinion, their graphics cards look absolutely stunning and this is especially true of their JetStream cooler design. Of course the black and gold look isn’t to everyone’s taste, but style will always remain a subjective quality. Now Palit Microsystems Ltd have rolled out their JetStream series once again with the release of their latest card, which enters the GeForce GTX 780 linup. Their new card is the 6GB OC edition of their popular Palit GeForce GTX 780 JetStream, this means you can expect big improvements in performance, resolution capabilities and more.

“GeForce GTX 780 features a massively powerful NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU with 2304 cores-50% more than its predecessor. Plus, Palit design the 6GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory on GeForce GTX780 to offer rich realistic and explosive gaming performance under maximum Ultra HD 4K resolution setting. This Paliit GTX780 JetStream 6GB is the best choice for gamers who want to experience ultimate 3D gaming by NV 3D Vision Surround technology. ” Said Palit in a recent press release.

The JetStream cooler may look stunning, but it’s also proven a very capable device and that is largely thanks to its triple fan design which features two 80mm fans on either side of the larger 90mm fan. The cooler also features a large copper base and more heat pipes, as well as fan control technologies such as TurboFan Blade.

The cooler is certainly needed to tame the raw power from their new card, which run an 8-Phase PWM, DrMOS and of course that thundering Kepler GPU. The card should start showing at popular online retailers over the next few days. Unfortunately there was no information on price, but expect the card to be around 10-15% over the standard Palit 780, which is already in excess of £400.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB SC Graphics Card Announced

EVGA are one of the most popular GPU manufacturers on the planet, and this morning they’ve taken action to remind us all why with the annoucnement of their latest bit of hardware for the GeForce GTX 780 range. The new EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB card feature 2,304 processing cores, 6GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory and NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, making it an ideal choice for high-resolution, high-performance gaming.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB is tuned to perform better than ever along side the Nvidia GeForce experience software, as well as with feature such as PhysX and TXAA. Not only does it represent one of the greatest cards EVGA have ever put together, but if you’ve bought an EVGA graphics card within the last 90 days, you can grab this one via their step up program by paying the difference. The new 6GB cards from EVGA will be available soon at a starting MSRP of $549.99, but more details on the actual release date are on their way.

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB Features:

  • 6GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory designed for the latest games at high resolution.
  • EVGA ACX Cooling (select SKU’s) – Double ball bearing fan design offers 15% lower GPU and Memory temperatures.
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC Ready – The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 lineup has full support for NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology.
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost Technology 2.0 – Dynamically maximizes clock speeds to push performance to new levels and bring out the best in every game.

“EVGA is also introducing a brand new cooling design; the redefining EVGA ACX Cooler. With a 40% increase in heatsink volume, the EVGA ACX is more efficient at dissipating heat, allowing for 15% lower GPU temperatures. A reinforcement baseplate maintains a straight PCB, and helps lower mosfet temperatures by 7% and memory by 15%. Even the fan blades are of the highest quality; with a 700% increase in strength, and 25% lower weight when compared to competitors. This makes the fans 20% more efficient by requiring lower power levels. EVGA is also using double ball bearing fans which offer a 12 year lifespan, 4X longer when compared to competitors!” said EVGA in a recent press release.

Specifications

  • Base Clock: 967 MHZ
  • Boost Clock: 1020 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 6008 MHz Effective
  • CUDA Cores: 2304
  • Bus Type: PCI-E 3.0
  • Memory Detail: 6144MB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 384 Bit
  • Memory Speed: 0.33ns
  • Memory Bandwidth: 288.38 GB/s

Dimensions

  • Height: 4.376in – 111.15mm
  • Length: 10.5in – 266.7mm

Key Features

  • NVIDIA PhysX technology
  • NVIDIA SLI Ready
  • NVIDIA SMX Engine
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • NVIDIA Surround
  • Supports four concurrent displays
  • Microsoft DirectX 11.2 API (feature level 11_0)
  • with Direct Compute 5.0 support
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready***
  • NVIDIA CUDA Technology
  • PCI Express 3.0 Support
  • OpenGL 4.4 Support
  • OpenCL Support
  • NVIDIA FXAA Technology
  • NVIDIA TXAA Technology
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology
  • NVIDIA G-Sync Ready

Requirements

  • 600 Watt or greater power supply with a minimum of 42 Amp on the +12 volt rail.****
  • PCI Express, PCI Express 2.0 or PCI Express 3.0 compliant motherboard with one graphics slot.
  • An available 6-pin PCI-E power connector and an available 8 pin PCI-E power connector
  • Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit, Windows Vista 32/64bit, Windows XP 32/64bit

The new card certainly sounds like a pretty awesome bit of hardware, and will no doubt prove popular with the gaming masses upon its release. Stay tuned for more information over the coming days and weeks as the official release date is revealed.

Thank you EVGA for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of EVGA.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Graphics Card Review

So its just over a week since NVIDIA officially announced their contender to the single GPU battle between themselves and AMD. The GeForce GTX Titan has been the talk of the town for a little while and now we are finally able to get our hands on one and see what the fuss is all about. NVIDIA have said that they are going to leave it to us, the reviewers, to decide whether or not this new card is any competition for AMD’s 7970. This naturally can be taken either way in that they honestly don’t know how it will compare, or they are hiding the fact that this is not only going to give AMD a run for their money, but they will have to sprint to keep up.

So what is so special about the Titan? Well NVIDIA has dubbed this as potentially being the worlds most powerful single GPU in the world and that it is build for the next generation of supercomputer gaming. At the same time, with the announcement from AMD that they won’t be bringing out any more GPUs until next year and until then will be sticking with the 7000 series for desktops (even though we know the mobile 8000 series are about), it looks like this could be the one and only major release of the year meaning that if NVIDIA can pull it off, they potentially could be holding the top spot and podium for a large portion of time when it comes to single GPU cards.

The card has been named after what is currently the worlds fastest super computer – ‘Titan’ – a behemoth of technological engineering, packing in 18688 AMD Opteron 6274 16-core CPUs, 18688 Tesla K20X GPUs, 710TB of total memory, 10PB of storage, an a theoretical peak speed of 27petaFLOPS. The Cray supercomputer which consumes a whopping 8.2MW of power costs a total of $97 million and resides at the Oak Ridge National Labratory.

We saw a few of the Titan’s highlights mentioned last week when NVIDIA lifted the NDA on the cards specifications, but to refresh ourselves on these, the single GPU design houses 2,688 CUDA cores and 7.1 billion transistors and runs at a speed of 837MHz boosting to 876MHz – this is topped with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. A key feature that we will point out that is new to Titan over any other NVIDIA GPU is GPU Boost 2.0. This works in a similar way to how GPU Boost operates on other cards, however rather than limiting the cards overclock to staying within a certain power envelope, GPU Boost 2.0 now allows to card to go even further and overclocks the card dynamically whilst keeping it under 80 degrees Celsius. This in effect means that the card will be able to overclock itself to a higher speed and since the temperature is linked directly to the vCore, the board and adjust the voltages more accurately and higher at the same time to keep the card stable.

This is not where the new features end, there is also display overclocking, a concept that allow most monitors to display frame rates higher than they typically would be able to under normal circumstances. Typically most displays run at 60Hz, although there are a number that can run at 120Hz (normally 3D enabled panels) and to put this into frame rates, 60Hz = 60fps, so whilst the card is able to push out far more than this, the panel will only display at its refresh rate. What the Titan is able to do however is overclock the refresh rate of the screen and by increasing the frequency to say 80Hz, the screen will now actually display more frames each second to give a smoother image.

Keeping things simple and to the point, we find a standard Gigabyte / NVIDIA box design with the blue Gigabyte eye that we have come to associate with the GPUs.

Inside the box, we find a tube containing a MP8000 gaming mouse mat and a separate box with a quick start guide, driver CD, VGA adapter, two power adaptor cables, a HDMI lead and a new addition to the Gigabyte array of goodies, a pack of branded cards.