Examining Nvidia’s Driver Progress Since Launch Drivers: GTX 780 Ti & GTX 680

Introduction


Just over a month ago we published our AMD driver analysis article looking at the progress two generations of AMD flagship GPUs, the HD 7970 and R9 290X, had made with driver updates. We compared each flagship card’s launch drivers to the latest drivers and calculated the improvements in a variety of games and benchmarks. Now that we’ve done AMD it is of course time to do the same for Nvidia. We will be taking Nvidia’s last two GTX series flagships, the GTX 680 for the GTX 600 series and the GTX 780 Ti for the GTX 700 series, and comparing their launch drivers to the current latest drivers. This means for both graphics cards we will be testing two scenarios on identical test systems, the first scenario is with the drivers the graphics cards shipped with at launch and the second is the most current driver release for the graphics cards at the time of doing the testing.

Nvidia’s GTX 680 launched on March 22nd 2012, exactly four months after AMD’s HD 7970 launched. At launch the Nvidia GTX 680 shipped with Nvidia Forceware 301.10 drivers. The GTX 780 Ti launched on the 7th of November 2013 with the special press driver package 331.70, although this was identical to the 331.65 package except with “official” GTX 780 Ti support. We used the 331.65 package since this supports the GTX 780 Ti and is identical to the unavailable 331.70 package. The latest driver package for both these Nvidia graphics cards is 340.52. The story with Nvidia is a similar one to AMD, both the flagships of last two generations are based on the same microarchitecture which is, in Nvidia’s case, 28nm Kepler. This means that the GTX 680 has had 2.5 years of driver updates while the GTX 780 Ti hasn’t even had a year yet. Of course with the GTX 780 Ti being based on the same Kepler 28nm architecture as the GTX 680 by the time the GTX 780 Ti was released many of the largest performance optimisations had already been made for the Kepler architecture. This means the GTX 680 will show greater performance improvements compared to the GTX 780 Ti. If you read our equivalent AMD driver analysis you will see that the story with the HD 7970 and R9 290X is nearly identical.

One thing I would like to note before we dive into the results is that you shouldn’t use these results to compare the GTX 680 to the HD 7970, or the R9 290X to the GTX 780 Ti. Why? Because for our Nvidia tests we used Gigabyte’s GHz Edition GTX 780 Ti and MSI’s Lightning Edition GTX 680, both of these are heavily overclocked Nvidia cards out of the box. For the AMD tests we used two cards that were close to, if not at, stock speeds. This was not done intentionally to favour Nvidia but these were the only non-reference cards we had to hand, and we only use non-reference cards as we want to avoid inconsistencies associated with thermal throttling that AMD and Nvidia cards both experience. In short, Nvidia’s results have a 10%~ or more advantage than the AMD ones due to the factory overclocked cards tested. For those who wonder why we didn’t just downclock the Nvidia cards to stock speeds, well we could have done that but the Turbo boosting baked into Kepler cards means no two cards will perform the same even when clocked at the same speed.

EVGA and Kingpin Take the GTX 780 Ti To A Staggering 2GHz

EVGA have announced that their professional overclockers Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido working with Illya “Tin” Tsemenko have set a new benchmark and frequency record. The pair of pro-overclockers managed an impressive 2025MHz frequency on the GTX 780 Ti core clock as well as a 3DMark FireStrike Extreme score of 8793, for comparison a reference GTX 780 Ti on our GPU test system manages about 4900 points. The rest of the system consisted of a 5.6GHz six-core Core i7 4960X CPU on an EVGA X79 Dark Motherboard with an EVGA power supply, 16GB of quad channel G.Skill 2400MHz memory was also used.

The 3DMark entry page for the world record can be seen here. The page appears to reveal a GPU clock speed of 1530MHz not 2025MHz so we are not sure what is causing that discrepancy.

 

Source: EVGA PR

Images courtesy of EVGA

AMD R9 295X Could Be Incoming, R9 290X Hawaii XT Is Not A Fully Utilised Chip

Some interesting news emerging from the Overclockers UK forums suggests that we could have an AMD R9 290X successor coming in the near future, possibly called the AMD R9 295X. The information was revealed by professional overclocker 8 Pack who stated that the R9 290X is “not full fat” meaning that the Hawaii chip the R9 290X is based on is not being fully utilised. Therefore there is a high-end part which fully utilises the Hawaii GPU and will offer 48 compute units and 3072 stream processors which compares favourably to the current R9 290X.

AMD’s R9 295X will probably arrive in the very near future as the suggestion that there is already an NDA in place means preparations for a launch must be fairly close. The new R9 295X will be geared to take on Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti, of which the R9 290X already does a great job of competing with when you look at custom cooled versions. As 8 Pack duly notes if the R9 295X is a well-executed release it could force Nvidia to lower its prices.

Source: Overclockers UK, Via: WCCFTech

Image #1 courtesy of AMD, Images #2-4 courtesy of Overclockers UK, Image #5 courtesy of WCCFTech

GTX 800 Series To Be Significantly Faster And Cheaper Than Current GTX 700 Series

We haven’t heard much in the way of GTX 800 series rumours since early April but some new rumours coming out of China suggest that Nvidia could be opting for a change of strategy with regards to price. Apparently the GTX 800 series will offer faster performance over its predecessors, e.g. the GTX 880 will be faster than the GTX 780 – which is fairly obvious. However, the second bit that is more interesting is that apparently the GTX 800 equivalents will be cheaper than the current GTX 700 offerings, e.g. the GTX 880 will be cheaper than the GTX 780 and so on. The rumours also suggest that we could see the new Maxwell desktop flagship parts, the GTX 880 and GTX 880 Ti, before the end of 2014 if everything goes to plan. However, taking into account other widely circulated rumours it seems likely that 2015 will mark the arrival of 20nm based graphics cards especially with TSMC struggling to achieve volume production this year. Remember rumours should be treated as such but if there is any substance to the news then this can only be a good thing, lower prices means better options for consumers and more competition between Nvidia and AMD.

Source: Expreview, Via: WCCFTech

Image courtesy of HQWallPapers.Org

4K Gaming Showdown – AMD R9 290X CrossFire Vs Nvidia GTX 780 Ti SLI

Introduction


When I wrote our first “4K Gaming Showdown” article, nearly 6 months ago, the article was very popular among our readers. However, one of the most common pieces of feedback I received was something to the tune of: “As 4K monitors are so expensive most people who would be buying a 4K monitor will also probably be going with SLI or CrossFire of high end graphics cards, can you test that too?”. To a large extent I agree with that idea, of course there are cheaper 4K monitors out there but most of the good quality 60Hz ones (which you really need for a fluid gaming experience) still cost thousands of dollars, if you’re willing to spend thousands of dollars on a monitor then you would be likely to spend a similar amount on GPUs. I’ve therefore taken this as an opportunity to see what SLI and CrossFire bring to the table for (60Hz) 4K gaming – as requested by our readers. In this article we will be doing a “smackdown” of Nvidia GTX 780 Ti SLI against AMD R9 290X SLI in a variety of games. Based on specified MSRPs the GTX 780 Ti SLI ($699 x 2) is a much more expensive option than the AMD R9 290Xs ($549 x 2) but with recent (mining induced) inflationary pricing on AMD R9 290X graphics cards the pricing is actually a lot closer than you might think and so it begs the question – which combination should you choose for the best 4K Gaming experience?

As you can see above we have a rather complicated mix of cards – sadly we do not have two identical cards for each GPU. That said we will both running all cards at reference clocks for the respective GPUs and the solitary reference graphics card, the Nvidia GTX 780 Ti, will be set to maximum fan speed to prevent thermal throttling as it is the only card out of the four where cooling is a limiting factor. With those modifications made we have 2 reference speed R9 290Xs and 2 reference speed GTX 780 Tis all able to performance at their maximum potential without any thermal throttling. Without any further ado let’s get on with looking at the monitor, the performance and my thoughts on 4K with dual GPUs.

Anyone interested in the reviews of the above graphics cards can find those listed below in order of their appearance in the above picture (top to bottom):

  • Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition 3GB Graphics Card – read our review here.
  • Nvidia GTX 780 Ti 3GB Graphics Card- read our review here.
  • Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ 4GB Graphics Card – read our review here.
  • Gigabyte R9 290X WindForce OC 4GB Graphics Card – read our review here.

Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition 3GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


When Gigabyte revealed the GTX 780 WindForce GHz Edition graphics card it was a refreshing uplift that the high-end graphics market needed. Gigabyte were offering a massive overclock with an excellent custom cooler and backplate for an immensely competitive price relative to what other vendors were doing. This led to a lot of people buying the GTX 780 GHz Edition from Gigabyte instead of the more expensive and newly released GTX 780 Ti, as the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition offered comparable performance for much less cost. Now Gigabyte are giving the GTX 780 Ti the same treatment. In this particular instance there isn’t anything better than the GTX 780 Ti in the way of single GPU graphics cards so the Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition (GV-N78TGHZ-3GD) looks set to be one of the fastest graphics cards on the market. On the face of it the card also looks almost identical to the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition and the Gigabyte R9 290X WindForce OC, this is because they all share an identical Gigabyte Windforce 450 cooling solution with three 80mm fans and six heat pipes.

Up until recently the GTX 780 Ti for me was always going to be a hard sell in comparison to the R9 290X and R9 290, but with drastically inflated AMD graphics card prices due to the cryptocurrency mining bonanza suddenly the GTX 780 Ti looks like a good value card up against AMD’s high end offerings. Gigabyte have given their GHz Edition GTX 780 Ti a massive overclock from 875MHz core to 1085MHz core and from 928MHz boost to 1150MHz boost. That’s a staggering 24% higher than reference clock speeds so that should translate into some pretty hefty gains in games and benchmarks.

The front of the box points out that whopping 1150MHz boost clock and the WindForce 450 cooling solution.

The back has the usual marketing shabang which you can read a lot more about here. The key features Gigabyte are marketing are the WindForce 3X/450W cooling system, their OC Guru II overclocking software and an upgraded VRM from 6 phases to 8 phases.

Included with the card is a pair of dual molex to 8 pin adapters, a driver & utility DVD and a quick start guide. I can’t imagine anyone buying this graphics card will use any of the included accessories but they are there if you do need them.

NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti Rumored To Be Based On Maxwell GPU Chipset

Rumors are that NVIDIA plans on releasing the GeForce GTX 750 Ti in February, but what is more interesting is that it is said to be based in Maxwell GPU architecture, rather than previously reported Kepler architecture.

It is really interesting that NVIDIA is using the 700 series for the new Maxwell lineup, instead of the 800 series. The mobility series however is using the 800 series brand name. However, according to WCCF, NVIDIA might be using the 700 series lineup as an entry-level for the Maxwell cards.

Currently, the 700 series consist of the GeForece 780 Ti, GeForece 780, GeForece 770, GeForece 760. A GeForce 750 Ti would make sense for an early low-end Maxwell launch. It would be in range of the 700 series performance, while demoing what users should expect from the later more high-end models that will come out under the 800 series lineup.

If the rumors prove to be true and the GeForce 750 Ti will be based on Maxwell chipset, it will be the first GPU architecture to feature Unified Virtual Memory which allows the GPU and CPU to share the address space. The hardware level integration helps improves memory management and reduces overhead. In addition to that, Maxwell based GPUs would be the first to integrate the Denver CPU. The custom 64-bit ARM Dual-Core CPU will be fused on the PCB and would enhance the GPGPU workload by shifting load from the CPU on to the custom ARM cores. It will also be useful when running NVIDIA’s next generation FLEX (Unified GPU PhysX) processes.

More reports state that the Maxwell desktop chip codename will be GM107 / GM117 and would replace GK106 in terms of performance. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti is rumored to launch in late February and would replace the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost for a similar price range.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of WCCF

PNY GeForce GTX 780 Ti XLR8 Overclocked Edition Announced

PNY has released information on their GeForce GTX 780 Ti Overclocked edition, which comes with a massive 3-slot / 3 fan cooler. The board has a GK110 GPU holding 2880 active shader cores and a Base/Boost GPU clocks of 980/1046 MHz. You’ll spot the standard 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 7008 MHz, 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and dual-DVI, HDMI 1.4b and DisplayPort 1.2 outputs.

The tech specs for the GTX 780 Ti are superb, as the product has the full 15 Streaming clusters, thus having 2880 Shader Processing Units enabled. That’s 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. NVIDIA in a nutshell having a 45 mm × 45 mm 2397-pin S-FCBGA GK110b GPU with 2880 shader/stream/CUDA processors.

Boost your gaming experience with a stunningly beautiful, quiet design. With NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 for maximum clock speeds, PhysX® and TXAA technologies for smooth, sharp graphics, and GeForce ShadowPlay to capture all your greatest gaming moments, you will experience the ultimate gameplay. Whether you’re playing on stunning 4K monitors at extreme settings, or multiple monitors at 25 x 16, the GTX 780 Ti provides the horsepower to drive all your next-gen gaming visual experiences.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti Overclocked has a price tag of around $750 / €550 / £460. More details and feature overviews can be found on PNY’s official website here.

Thank you Club3D for providing us with this information.
Images courtesy of PNY

EVGA’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Reaches 1933 MHz Core Clock Speeds

It appears that EVGA’s in-house and world’s renowned overclocker KingPin was able to shatter the previous GPU world record with a single GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified graphic card. With some LN2 and a voltage beyond 1.5V with no additional modding, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified was able to break past the previous world record of a single GeForce GTX Titan scoring an impressive 8439 3D Marks in FireStrike benchmark.

The clocks were set at an impressive 1933 MHz core and 7.8 GHz effective clock for the memory which is just shy of 2 GHz on the core. The card was pumping an impressive bandwidth of 374.4 GB/s when overclocked. The card has an extremely powerful 14+3 phase VRM design powered with an 8+8+6 Pin power configuration and placed with several V-Check Points for enthusiasts. Besides that, the card features an EVBOT connector that allows overclockers and enthusiasts to overclock and tune their cards by preference.

The heatsink itself has three aluminum fin blocks which are inter-connected via 5 or 6 heatpipes. The front of the PCB has a red colored base plate to support it while the back has a black colored plate with a huge KingPin logo. In addition to that, the card is going to feature 3 GB VRAM.

The card is expected to arrive in stores in just under a month now, but details regarding its price are still not available.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of WCCF

Battlefield 4 Graphics Performance Overview With Current Generation GPUs

Introduction


Battlefield 4 has been one of the biggest game releases so far this year for gamers on all gaming platforms. The FPS title from EA and DICE has got off to a relatively shaky start with numerous audio, graphical and gameplay problems across the various platforms it was released on. In fact for many Battlefield 4 owners the game is still in a dysfunctional or buggy state, but you can expect (or hope) that EA and DICE will begin to patch and fix the majority of the problems within the coming weeks as they have said they will. The shaky launch aside, what most PC owners/gamers want to know, if they haven’t already found out, is how do current generation GPUs perform in Battlefield 4 on the PC?

Today we put that question to the test with an extensive, albeit not entirely complete, range of current generation AMD and Nvidia GPUs. On the AMD side we have the R7 260X, R9 270, R9 270X, R9 280X, R9 290 and R9 290X while on the Nvidia side we have a few more offerings with the GTX 650 Ti Boost, GTX 660, GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti and GTX Titan. All of the aforementioned graphics cards are current offerings and to the sharp-minded readers you will notice some graphics cards are missing. Mainly the current generation lower-end graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia are absent, that includes the Nvidia GTX 650, GT 640 GDDR5, GT 640 DDR3 and the AMD R7 250 and R7 240. The main reason for not testing these graphics cards, other than that we didn’t have most of them, is because they simply aren’t that capable of running such a high end gaming title. Of course that’s not to say they can’t but given the nature of the resolutions we test (mainly 1080p or above) and the quality settings our readers like to see (very high or ultra) these GPUs simply aren’t cut out for the test. Arguably they are more aimed at gamers with 1366 x 768 monitors tackling medium-high details but I digress. The system requirements for Battlefield 4 reveal a similar picture, if you want a smooth gameplay experience then you need an AMD Radeon HD 7870 or Nvidia GTX 660 or better. However, those system requirements show you very little about what you can expect at different resolutions.  So without any further ado let us show you our results and show you exactly how AMD and Nvidia’s offerings stack up!

Nvidia GTX 780 Ti 3GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti graphics card popped up unexpectedly by Nvidia’s normal standards of meticulous planning, very much in a similar way to the arrival of the GTX 650 Ti Boost. The GTX 780 Ti was announced around the buzz of AMD’s R9 290X graphics card release, as a direct response, much like the GTX 650 Ti Boost was released at short notice to fend off competition from the HD 7790. The GTX 780 Ti we have here today certainly isn’t a modest GPU by any stretch of the imagination with Nvidia boldly claiming the title of “the fastest GPU in the world”. Let’s be frank though, for a price of $699, compared to the $549 AMD charges for its R9 290X, you’d certainly hope that the GTX 780 Ti was the fastest GPU in the world because you are paying top dollar for it – 27% more by my calculations. Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti is hoping to encapsulate all the latest cutting edge features and technologies from Nvidia including GPU Boost 2.0, G-Sync support, 4K capability, GeForce experience, the GameWorks program, Nvidia ShadowPlay and much more.

First let’s start off with the raw specifications and straight away we can see the GTX 780 Ti is set to be a stronger performer than the GTX Titan. It features more of everything with the entire GK110 GPU enabled – yes that’s right every single SMX unit on the GK110 die is enabled allowing for the maximum 2880 CUDA cores giving the GTX 780 Ti some crazy performance potential. It also boasts higher clocks than the GTX Titan and so we can expect to see it be a much stronger performer than the GTX Titan, the only reason you’d buy a GTX Titan now is because it is the only consumer grade graphics card that comes with 6GB of VRAM as standard – that said you can pick up 6GB versions of AMD’s HD 7970/ R9 280X (like Sapphire’s Toxic variant) but of course the HD 7970 has nowhere near the power of the GTX Titan or the GTX 780 Ti. Looking back at speculation we saw earlier this year the GTX 780 Ti is essentially the GTX Titan Ultra that everyone was expecting to see.

Just to recap those specifications again with a little look in GPU-Z and you can see 2880 shaders, 336 GB/s of memory bandwidth, 48 ROPs, 240 TMUs, 3GB of GDDR5 across a 384 bit memory interface, a 42 GPixel/s fill rate and a 210.2 GTexel/s fill rate.

Just in case you needed to see those figures again but with some added “marketing spice”, here you can see it all below. Those 2880 CUDA cores equate to 25% more than the GTX 780.

Like AMD’s “Gaming Evolved” program Nvidia’s answer to that is its “GameWorks” program which includes some top tier titles like Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Call of Duty Ghosts.

Nvidia is continuing to push its GeForce experience which is being revamped daily as Nvidia’s software engineers improve the software with a wider range of hardware settings and new games that automatically optimise for your particular hardware configuration.

Nvidia are also pushing their rather unique Shadow Play feature which uses the built-in H.264 video encoder in the Kepler GPU to record 1080p footage at 60 frames per second.

4K Gaming Showdown – AMD R9 290X & R9 280X Vs Nvidia GTX Titan & GTX 780

Introduction


***Please see our latest 4K Gaming article here which adds GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780 Ti SLI and R9 290X CFX to the mix***

With GPUs getting more and more powerful and 4K monitors becoming available for consumer purchase we thought we’d use AMD’s R9 290X launch as a spring-board to look at the 4K Gaming performance of AMD and Nvidia’s top 2 single GPU graphics cards. Of course since writing this article Nvidia have revealed their intentions to release a GTX 780 Ti graphics card which is worth considering when looking at these benchmarks. AMD are also expected to reveal an R9 290 graphics card at some stage this year too. So this is by no means a comprehensive or complete look at 4K performance on high end AMD and Nvidia GPUs, but we think it is an interesting place to start.

Firstly let’s recap the graphics cards we’re using, all four are pictured above and they are:

  • AMD R9 290X – read our review here.
  • Nvidia GTX Titan – read our review here.
  • Nvidia GTX 780 – read our review here.
  • Sapphire Vapor-X OC AMD R9 280X –  read our review here.

Next we’ve managed to get a hold of a 4K monitor for this testing as AMD were kind enough to provide us with the Sharp PN-K321 4K monitor.

The Sharp PN-K321 uses a 32 inch IGZO panel providing a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Being a first generation 4K panel it uses two 1920 x 2160 displays stitched together with an advanced display controller chip. The 4K monitor is able to stream 4K at up to 60Hz which is best done through DisplayPort.

We’ve used the usual selection of games that we’d normally do in our graphics card reviews so we’ve got a selection of 7 games and one synthetic benchmark to show you: Alien vs Predator, Bioshock Infinite, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Unigine Heaven 4, Tomb Raider, Dirt Showdown and Metro Last Light. Without any further ado let’s see exactly how these AMD and Nvidia GPUs got on at some 4K gaming.

Rumour: Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti Will Cost $649 To Rival AMD’s R9 290X

According to Sweclockers the GTX 780 Ti will be priced at the same level as the GTX 780 currently is in order to compete more effectively with the AMD R9 290X. Apparently the GTX 780 Ti will cost $649 to compete with the AMD R9 290X which is expected to be priced in that same region. The GTX 780 will then be cut down from $649, probably to somewhere in the region of $550-600, to allow it to compete with the AMD R9 290 which will be priced a bit lower than the R9 290X.

Of course no one really knows what AMD’s pricing strategy for the R9 290X and R9 290 is yet and Nvidia cannot respond with price cuts until it knows. If AMD opts for $649 for the R9 290X like widely speculated then the R9 290 will likely be $100 cheaper than the R9 290X, mirroring how AMD spaced the HD 7970 and HD 7950 out by $100 on launch in 2011, meaning $649 and $549 respectively. This would mean Nvidia’s $649 GTX 780Ti would compete with the R9 290X and the GTX 780 would compete with the R9 290.

Ultimately, we won’t know for sure until the R9 290X and R9 290 graphics cards are released. When Nvidia announce price cuts we’ll bring you the news as soon as possible so stay tuned for that.

Image courtesy of Nvidia

Nvidia GTX 780 Ti Specifications Leaked

Early reports suggested that Nvidia’s newly announced GTX 780 Ti graphics card would sit somewhere in between the GTX 780 and the GTX Titan but according to the latest reports from Chinese forum Chiphell the GTX 780 Ti may marginally exceed the GTX Titan in raw performance.

The specifications of the GTX 780 Ti have been neatly summarised in the table below:

The specifications show that the higher clock speed of the GTX 780 Ti should allow it to match or maybe even beat the GTX Titan. Of course the GTX Titan still has twice the memory, more CUDA cores and a more powerful GPU – which will be its major selling points that justify its higher price over the GTX 780 Ti. In terms of a loose performance metric Hexus quotes “4,494/4709” GFLOPS for the GTX Titan and “4,503/4762” GFLOPS for the GTX 780 Ti. If GFLOPS translates into gaming performance the GTX 780 Ti should be a hair ahead of the GTX Titan at stock vs stock, except when a game demands more than 3GB of VRAM for optimal operation.

We will do our best to get Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti in for a full review but in the mean time we’ll just have to wait and see.

Image #1 courtesy of Nvidia, image #2 courtesy of Chiphell and image #3 courtesy of eTeknix

NVIDIA Shield 2 In The Works With A Next-Gen Tegra Heart

NVIDIA employees filled Montreal Marriott’s Salle de Bal 1,000-person capacity basement ballroom late last week, where Huang announced a hat-trick of major news for the company: Gamestream, G-Sync, and the new GTX 780 Ti GPU, to raucous applause. The highlight of the three, and the one that Huang emphasized by flying in a trio of game industry legends, is G-Sync. The module will arrive built into gaming monitors starting early next year, and it aims to solve the issues of tearing, stutter, and lag.

The aforementioned trio of legends, Oculus’ John Carmack, Epic’s Tim Sweeney, and EA DICE’s Johan Andersson, vouched for G-Sync, but Endgadget were able to have Huang for a quick followup interview. Beyond discussing last week’s big announcements, Huang spoke to Project Logan, aka: the next Tegra chip and NVIDIA Shield 2, which may be coming sooner than we think. Huang told us he’d love to see Logan powering the next version of Shield as representative hardware ahead of anything else.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information.