Colorful Announces GTX 980 Ti iGame KUDAN

Even though the current Maxwell line-up is set to be replaced by Pascal relatively soon if recent revelations are true, it hasn’t stopped new custom models from entering production. Colourful, a vendor offering high-end solutions primarily in the Chinese market has announced their latest product based on the GM200 core. This particular GPU entitled, the GTX 980 Ti iGame KUDAN utilizes an overclocked core of 1203MHz and boost reaching 1304MHz. On another note, the graphics card is powered by two 8-pin PCI-E connectors and includes three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI and a DVI-I port. Of course, it’s built on the 28nm process and comes with 6GB GDDR5 memory using a 384 bit bus.

The GTX 980 Ti iGame KUDAN opts for a unique cooling solution with an integrated water cooling loop and five heatpipes. Furthermore, the densely packed fin array provides exceptional thermal dissipation and should allow for some impressive manual overclocking performance. The water cooling aspect even allows you to add the GPU to a custom loop via the embedded block mount.

Colourful have employed silver plating technology to improve the PCB’s reliability compared to traditional copper alternatives. This also reduces oxidation and should allow for a longer lifespan.

The graphics card employs an impressive power delivery to enable large overclocks, and there’s EMI shielding throughout. This hefty cooling solution and impeccable components makes it a great choice of users demanding the ultimate in performance. While the timing is a little strange given the upcoming release of Pascal, I highly doubt the GTX 980 Ti is suddenly going to become outclassed by lower end options. However, its price might reduce by a decent amount once the new cards arrive.

A Sword Made Entirely From Post-It Notes!?

Epic weapons, we’ve all seen them. You’ve been in a video game or watching a movie and suddenly your mouth drops open as you see a weapon you just wish was real so that you could hold it in your hands (or maybe even stand on it). From the classic hum of a lightsaber to the jagged edges of a diamond pickaxe we’ve all wanted to see them. Some people forge swords of steel while others carve them from wood so that you can see the pickaxe fly like a boomerang. What you’ve probably never done is made a kickass sword from post-it notes.

Based in Rome, Italy, Marco Ercoli is an artist with a unique twist on his sculptures; all of his sculptures are made from post-it notes. The sword pictured above is made up of 4,000 post-it notes is a complete one to one scale with an actual Katana, albeit a little more colorful.

The hand grenade shown is made up from 1,000 post-it notes or the sculpture titled “I Love America” (the pistol shown below) made up from 3,000 post-it notes. If these weren’t enough, why not try “The Sheep Stand Far From The Rainbow” (the absolutely amazing 1:1 replica of a car) with what I can only consider being countless post-it notes.

 

Time to waste some office supplies?

Love Pixel Art? Check out These Stunning 8-bit GIFs of Japan

Japan has evolved to a somewhat juxtaposition within today’s fast moving tech world but has still kept its identity and influences from the past. It’s difficult to quantify how life moves within a new direction considering we as humans live through and are not aware of the imperceptible per day changes. Tumblr creative individual 1041uuu has turned everyday life of Japan into 8 bit GIFs, which are both stunning and also simply yet colorfully distil a perspective of this country.

Below is the wonderful GIFs which really do capture the imagination, they also add that old tech vs new surroundings feel to each piece.

The build up of colour for this image below is fantastic and it demonstrates the evolution of Japan’s skyline which is dominated by skyscrapers.

This GIF below has very few animated elements, all you really see move is the rain drops, by doing this you feel that you are not rushed and can therefore sit back and admire the artwork.

I would say the next three GIFs would be my favourites of the ones I have selected for this article, the reason for this is that all three perfectly encapsulate how the digital revolution has changed not only Japan but also large swathes of the world.  The train feels as if it’s from a different era while the passengers are all without exception focused on their Smartphones.

Old style tech on the right of this GIF which is a bulky TV with built-in video player with what looks to be a PC tower from years gone by, this is blended with a new laptop on the table with, well a unique, yes lets call it that, fish tank on the left.

This last GIF again demonstrates how things have evolved within a short space of time, from the fluorescent green of an arcade machine to the latest MP3 player which is currently being used.  This could also be a perfect observation of many people’s life’s over the years who have bought each new piece of tech.

These GIFs are colourful, creative and have hit the nail on the head in a subtle yet powerful way, by all means take a gander at 1041uuu Tumblr page for more GIFs, link is below, it’s certainly worth it.

Thank you 1041uuu for providing us with this information.

Unseen GTX 9xx Cards Spotted

It’s complete graphics card overload today, the launch of the new Nvidia cards is obviously approaching fast and dozens of pictures have started to leak online. Most of the cards below haven’t been seen yet, so let’s get started and see what is on offer.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 OC

The stock GTX 980 from Gigabyte is based on a reference design, so nothing too exciting here, but we have it on good authority that they’ll also be launching their custom G1 Gaming series of cards, unfortunately no images have leaked, yet.

Colorful iGame GTX 980

The Colorful GTX 980 certainly stands out from the crowd, it’s packed with a completely over-the-top cooler, 12+2 phase design and no doubt a monster sized overclock; certainly one to watch out for, but expect it to be one of the most expensive 980s on the market.

Colorful iGame GTX 970

The iGame GTX 970 is another interesting one, the card is a non-reference design with two fans, but no factory overclock, so it’s likely focused on cool and quiet performance.

Galax GeForce GTX 970 GC

Galax (previously known as Galaxy) have created a full custom PCB, with a 6+1 phase design and a custom fan. Why on earth they put a blue PCB on a premium card is unknown, but they did!

MSI GeForce GTX 980 & 970

These MSI models may not be pretty, but the cheap plastic cooling solution means this model will be cheaper than those that feature the reference cooler. Planning on stripping the card down for a water cooling block or simply need to save a little extra money? This might be the best card for you.

ASUS STRIX GTX 980

Another ASUS card has leaked today, a factory overclocked GTX 980 with their popular 0dB DirectCU II cooling solution. It’s rumoured that this card will not be available at the 9xx launch date, but will follow shortly afterwards.

Thank you VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of VideoCardz.