EVGA Announces Pro SLI Bridges V2

EVGA announced today that it was launching a line of SLI bridges that will help to bring a bit of style and class to your SLI setup. The new bridges are for two, three, and four way SLI with a back-lit white EVGA logo on black and it is shrouded with aluminum.

The standard ribbon and bare PCB bridges that are normally supplied by board makers often leave those with windowed cases wanting something more elegant. Nvidia came to market with some earlier nice black and aluminum bridges within the last year and they did great, so obviously EVGA is wanting to get in on that market and came up with their own design. No word currently on pricing and the release date is “coming soon”, but you can bookmark the webpage to keep watch for the release.

Next Generation Features:

  • Separate models to support 2-Way (Short), 2-Way (Standard), 3-Way SLI or 4-Way SLI.
  • High pixel clock design optimized for 4K+ and 120Hz+ gaming.
  • EVGA logo illuminates on select GeForce GTX graphics cards.
  • Compatible with all SLI enabled graphics cards.
  • Looks super awesome!

Compatibility:

SLI functionality works on all SLI enabled graphics cards. LED functionality works on the following cards:

  • All EVGA GTX TITAN graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 980 graphics cards.
  • Select EVGA GTX 970 graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 960 graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 780/780 Ti graphics cards.
  • Select EVGA GTX 770 graphics cards.

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

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New Mini-ITX Configurations Announced By OriginPC and CyberpowerPC

OriginPC was one of the first manufacturers to offer the monstrous Titan Z card in their custom-build PCs. However, the chassis availability capable of housing the graphics card was limited, until now that is.

The manufacturer announced that NVIDIA’s Titan Z can now fit in some if its select mini-ATX cases, making the company one of the first to offer the smallest 4K PCs on the market. The mini-ATX line capable of handling the Titan Z is the Chronos lineup, having the Corsair 250D and Silverstone RVZ01 mini-ATX cases up for grabs for users wanting a small-size Titan Z configuration.

The Titan Z base configuration announced for the Chronos lineup is set to include Intel’s i5 4460 clocked at 3.2 GHz, the ASUS H97I motherboard, 8 GB of Kingston HyperX memory and a 500 GB hard disk solution, all being priced at $4600.

In addition, CyberpowerPC appears to have announced their own new small form factor PC builds with the addition of the Fang Battlebox. The small form factor case is said to be ready for travel, allowing for a small cage to be fitted inside of a hand plastic carrying case in order for users to take their builds to gaming parties or other gaming events.

Though the Battlebox is designed to be compact, the company states that the design was made with airflow in mind, having and additional option for water-cooling solutions as well, depending on the unit and selected video card. A quick swap tray for hard drives has also been fitted inside the box, having users granted a way to quickly swap between work and leisure data wherever they travel.

In terms of base specifications, the Fang Battlebox is said to one with Intel’s Core i3 4150, 8 GB of memory, 1 TB hard drive solution and integrated graphics, having CyberpowerPC pricing it at $620. Users who want more can get the Intel i7 4770K, 16 GB of memory, 2 TB of hard drive and 128 GB of SSD solutions, as well as NVIDIA’s GTX 780 configuration at the price of $1600.

Thank you Electronista 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.

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
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Hybrid Cooled Poseidon GTX 780 Announced By Asus

ASUS announced the new Poseidon GTX 780, a standard aluminum cooling fins along the surface of the GPU, along with two 90mm fans to direct airflow. In addition, it also has the provision for attaching a liquid cooling radiator to the card. There is a DirectCU water block just behind the aluminum cooling fins, which can be directly connected to your liquid cooling solution via built-in G1/4-inch threads to further reduce temperatures.

Asus claims that temperatures can de decreased by 7 degrees Celsius by using the fans alone, and by 24 degrees when used in conjunction with a liquid cooler. It also features a 10-phase power design and DIGI+ VRM voltage regulators for increased longevity.

The Poseidon GTX 780 is based on the GK110 GPU, features a core clock of 954 MHz, along with a boost clock of 1006 MHz. It comes with 2304 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs and 32 ROPs. It has 3GB GDDR5 memory with a memory clock of 6008 MHz on a 384-bit interface.

The card comes with two DVI out, one DVI-D and one DVI-I, one DisplayPort and one HDMI out. The card uses 240-250 Watts of power under full load, and connects using one 8-pin and one 6-pin connector. There is also an LED light that glows when the card is running, and users can easily tweak the card settings via Asus’ tweak tool that not only allows them to configure the card’s hardware settings, but also broadcast live gaming sessions to the Internet.

In terms of pricing, the Asus Poseidon GTX 780 is currently sitting on retail shelves with a price tag of $745.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information
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Rumour: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 790 Specs Reveal 4992 CUDA Cores

The graphics industry is moving at a faster pace than ever. The latest flagship GPUs have yet to make an impact on the market and dual-GPU cards are already in the talks. First it was AMD’s dual Hawaii XT based Vesuvius which made the news and now NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 790 featuring dual GK110 chips with a total of 4992 CUDA cores, 10 GB of memory and 640-bit memory interface.

NVIDIA holds the crown of the fastest single GPU in the world and is now looking forward to become the ultimate king with GeForce GTX 790. The specifications are rather surprising since GTX TITAN features 2688 CUDA cores and the newly launched GTX 780 Ti features 2880 cores while GeForce GTX 780 comes with 2304 cores but the GPUs in GTX 790 are rumoured to feature 2496 CUDA cores. With two GPUs on a single PCB you do have to make compromises but if this is true then its a disappointing news.

Other specifications include a massive 10 GB memory split in to two 5 GB dedicated to each GPU along with a 640-bit memory interface also split between the two dies. On the other hand, AMD’s Vesuvius will feature fully unlocked Hawaii XT silicons and 12 GB of memory. This might be troublesome for NVIDIA in terms of performance but we do know that GeForce GPUs run relatively cooler compared to Radeon chips.

Secondly, a GTX 790 doesn’t makes sense when Maxwell is on the verge of launch. Maxwell is going to be an upgrade over Kepler and surely outperform GK110 so why not make a GTX 890?. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 790 is expected to launch in February which has put a question mark on the 6 GB variant of GTX 780 Ti.

Thank you Chip Loco for providing us with this information

Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition Specs Released

GIGABYTE has applied the same GHz Edition touch on the GTX 780 Ti as it did with the GTX 780 graphics card, rising the GPU core to over 1 GHz as stock operating frequency.

In terms of benchmarking, the graphics cared is above the GTX 780 Ti OC Edition released early last month. The GHz Edition features a new custom-design PCB by GIGABYTE, having a strong VRM coupled with the same WindForce 450W cooling solution that’s featured on the GTX 780 GHz Edition. The GTX 780 Ti OC Edition, on the other hand, is a combination of the WindForce 450W cooler and NVIDIA reference PCB, with a factory-overclock.

GIGABYTE’s GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition PCB comes with a 10+2 phase VRM that draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The cooler is a complex aluminium fin-stack heatsink to which heat is fed by five 8 mm-thick copper heat pipes, and which are cooled by three 100 mm fans. The large heatsink is supported by a base plate that draws heat from the memory and VRM, a support brace that runs along the top of the card, and a back-plate.

Gigabyte tuned the card with clock speeds of 1085 MHz core, 1150 MHz core in boost mode, and a 7.00 GHz GDDR5 memory. Based on the 28 nm GK110 silicon, the GTX 780 Ti features 2,880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 3 GB of memory. There is no news about the release date or pricing, but it should be released soon enough.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
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MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


MSI’s GTX 780 Lightning was a graphics card that was hotly anticipated by the graphics card enthusiasts of a green persuasion. Announced about 3 months ago the MSI GTX 780 Lighting is a feature packed Nvidia graphics card with seven 8mm heat pipes, three fans and a mammoth heatsink. Two of the fans are 90mm while the middle one is 80mm. The MSI GTX 780 Lighting comes with a pretty nice out the box clock speed of 980/1033MHz core/boost and is much faster than the stock GTX 780 which has speeds of 863/900MHz core/boost. Sadly the memory doesn’t get any special treatment and comes with the stock amount at the stock speed of 6GHz. MSI have made some very high-end adjustments to the power delivery system removing Nvidia restrictions, adding a 16 phase VRM and providing an independent memory power source. MSI have also equipped their “GPU reactor” on the rear of the card to provide additional filtering for the power input which should increase stability when overclocking.

A second BIOS is provided too to allow you to go forth and overclock until your heart’s content. If you stuff things up then you always have the original BIOS to fall back onto to fix the second one. As always we’ve got the usual marketing bonanza about the quality of the components – Military Class 4 is the short version. The longer versions is that it satisfies Military Standard 810G, has DrMOS 4, a double-sided CopperMOS thermal, Tantalum Hi-C Cap cores, polished surface Super Ferrite Chokes (SFCs) and corrosion proof Dark Solid CAPs. For the extreme overclocker there is the ability to measure GPU, memory and MOSFET temperatures as well as adjust GPU, memory and PLL voltages. Three V-Check point cables are provided to allow for a multi-meter connection to the card for more accurate voltage monitoring.

To top everything off MSI provide their own exclusive VGA fan control software designed only for this graphics card. It gives you the ability to control each of the fans independently or allow it to be controlled automatically by PWM controls as each fan has its own PWM connection.

MSI’s packaging bares the slogan “built to be perfect”, talk about blowing your own trumpet! All we can say is the bar is set high so let us hope it delivers.

The back details the key features more, of course its a bit small to read so for the full details you can check the product page on the MSI website.

Inside the box there is an elaborate accessory draw in which is a black SLI bridge, DVI to VGA adapter (why oh why), a set of screws, a MOS heatsink with thermal pads, three V-Check point cables, a quick user’s guide, certificate of qualtiy & stability and a driver CD.

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!

GTX 780 & Core i7 Powered Steam Machine Prototypes Tested

A few lucky members of the media have been allowed to get their hands on the Steam Machine prototypes for testing, since eTeknix haven’t been asked, we’ll have to go ahead and remove Valve from our Christmas card list. But on a more serious note, the hardware looks rather awesome.

The demo units were packing heat wit the GeForce GTX 780 and an Intel Core i7 and an unknown amount of ram, running Valve’s own Steam OS. Engadget and The Verge were lucky enough to get to test the hardware and initial impressions are promising. The chassis is aluminium and steel, measuring 30.5cm wide, 7.5cm high, features separate ventilation holes for both the GPU and GPU.

With 300 lucky gamers getting the console for testing very soon, we can only hope to be one of them as this looks like a great option for those who want to get some serious PC gaming action on the big screen and if the final retail unit looks like the demo hardware, which we have to admit looks awesome! Then Valve could be onto a real winner here.

The whole thing is still a prototype, this is still a testing phase and Valve hasn’t even begun production of their controller yet until they work out all the kinks. However, incredible performance in a sleek box like this is no bad thing and I’ll be saving up for a pre-order as soon as we have a release date.

Thank you Gamerheadlines for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Gamerheadlines.

Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition 3GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


With AMD’s R9 290 coming in at a price point of $399 Nvidia’s GTX 780 has been put under pressure at its $499 price point since the R9 290 more or less beats it for 100 dollars less. Nvidia was already on the defensive from the release of the R9 290X, forced to drop the price of its GTX 780 down from $649 to $499, but with the release of the R9 290 at a much lower price than expected the GTX 780 is surely due another price cut? Well Gigabyte aren’t hanging around for that to happen and they are instead doing something a bit different by making a GTX 780 “GHz Edition”. Yes you heard that right, a GHz Edition – that notorious AMD phrase which AMD used on the HD 7970 GHz Edition and HD 7870 GHz Edition. Gigabyte’s interpretation of a GTX 780 “GHz Edition” is taking the GTX 780 GPU and overclocking it from the stock 863MHz on the core and 900MHz on the boost, to 1020MHz on the core and 1072MHz on the boost. That’s a whopping 19% overclock compared to a stock GTX 780!

What else they’ve done with it isn’t that dissimilar from their GTX 780 WindForce OC we reviewed only a few weeks ago. They’ve slapped on their same impressive performing triple fan WindForce 3X cooling solution and to give it something a little bit special they’ve also put a rather suave looking backplate on. Of course Gigabyte’s modifications mean the price is going to go up a little, but only 10%, and that’s in return for a guaranteed 20% overclock, custom cooler and a backplate – sounds like a good deal to me!

Our particular sample came straight from Gigabyte HQ in Taiwan so it is nothing but a plain Gigabyte press box.

Inside we find the graphics card and absolutely nothing else. Of course the final retail version will be bundled with the usual accessories and the three games involved in the current GTX Bundle promotion which the GTX 780 is eligible for if bought at participating retailers (Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist and Batman Arkham Origins).

Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC (Rev 2.0) Graphics Card Review

Introduction


By reader request we have updated our graphs to include the GTX Titan and R9 290X. The rest of the review has not been modified.

Since Nvidia’s GTX 780 hit the market we’ve only had the opportunity to take a look at the reference design card which we reviewed over 5 months ago, be sure to check that review out here, but today we’ve kindly been provided with a custom cooled partner design of the GTX 780 that we’ve been greatly looking forward to. What we have is the best Gigabyte has to offer in the form of the GTX 780 WindForce OC graphics card.

This enthusiast graphics card uses Gigabyte’s premium WindForce 450 cooling solution that has a trio of 80mm fans, five copper heat pipes and a hefty chunk of aluminium heatsink fins to offer cooling capabilities up to 450 watts which more than exceeds the 250W TDP of the GTX 780 GPU. That said Gigabyte have fully exploited the cooling capabilities and cranked the GPU up to 954MHz/1006MHz from the stock 863MHz/900MHz while leaving the memory untouched at the stock 6GHz effective throughput speed.

Our particular graphics card was provided as part of a press sample kit so came in a plain Gigabyte box with the graphics card only.

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

AMD R9 290X 4K Teaser On Bioshock Infinite

In the run up to the launch of AMD’s R9 290X, which is happening “soon” – that’s all we can say, AMD have given us the go ahead to release a little snippet of our data. AMD have stated we can reveal the performance of the R9 290X GPU in BioShock Infinite at 4K against Nvidia’s GTX 780. Thanks to AMD’s generosity we were able to do our own 4K testing on the Sharp PN-K321 32 inch 3840 x 2160 display. Below you can see our results of the benchmark AMD is allowing media publications to release. Interestingly our results show the AMD R9 290X is 19.98% faster than Nvidia’s GTX 780 on Bioshock Infinite at 4K with very high detail settings.

AMD also provided us with their own results where they achieved an average of 44.25 FPS with the R9 290X and 37.67 with the GTX 780. Those results suggest the R9 290X is 17.5% faster than the GTX 780. Of course AMD’s test was run at Ultra with Ultra Depth of Field whereas our 4K tests were more sensible aiming to give the smoothest playable 4K framerates so we opted for “only” very high.

We will have plenty more to come for you in terms of the AMD R9 290X – we will have a full review and we will also have a 4K “gaming showdown” – both of these will go live on launch day (whenever that is!) . That showdown will include appearances from the mighty fine AMD R9 290X pictured above, the Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X which we reviewed when the R9 280X launched a while back, Nvidia’s flagship GTX Titan and Nvidia’s GTX 780. We will test all four GPUs across a range of graphically intense titles to help show you what current high end GPUs can really do at 4K.

In the mean time stay tuned to eTeknix as you’ll be able to see all the AMD R9 290X action here first.

Image #1 courtesy of AMD and image #2 courtesy of eTeknix

Nvidia Preparing Two Sub-$250 SKUs And Price Cuts For GTX 700 Series

Digitimes reports that Nvidia is planning new GPUs and price cuts in its GTX 700 series to combat the launch of AMD’s R9 and R7 series of graphics cards. Firstly Nvidia is expected to provide price cuts across the whole range of GTX 700 series GPUs in order to compete with the new AMD graphics cards. Secondly, Nvidia is expected to released 1 to 2 new GPUs to defend the USD $149-249 market segment according to industry sources. That potentially means two new cards below the GTX 760 which comes in at around $249.

“The R7 250 is priced below US$89, the R7 260X is US$139, the R9 270X US$199 and the R9 280X US$299. The highest-end R9 290X is also expected to be at a competitive price point.”

The report also states that AMD’s highly competitive pricing should see them regain market share, that’s if Nvidia doesn’t respond well enough to prevent consumers jumping ship to AMD. AMD’s Matt Skynner believes AMD can regain 50% share in the graphics card market.

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AMD’s Radeon R9 290X Expected To Cost Around $599

According to a Softpedia report AMD’s next generation flagship graphics card, the Radeon R9 290X, will cost around $600/€500/£400 pre-taxes. The aim of AMD’s pricing strategy is to put some serious competition behind Nvidia’s more expensive offerings – the GTX 780 and GTX Titan graphics cards. AMD’s R9 290X will be available from the middle of October and is based on a new silicon dubbed Hawaii. Hawaii is a redesigned 28nm silicon that has 2816 GCN stream processors, 11 computing units, 172 TMUs, 44 ROPs and a 512 bit memory interface for a hefty 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

6GB variants of the R9 290X are expected at a later date to be “true” GTX Titan killers to those who think that having 6GB of VRAM will make so much more difference compared to 4GB of VRAM. AMD detailed some of the performance and architecture metrics of the R9 290X at the GPU 14 conference earlier this week, which you can see here. A review was also leaked in China, which you can see here, that shows the R9 290X is broadly faster than Nvidia’s GTX Titan in the vast majority of games and benchmarks.

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Leadtek Reveal GTX 780 Hurricane III

Taiwanese graphics card Veterans Leadtek have just unveiled their latest Nvidia based graphics card. The Leadtek GTX 780 Hurricane III is a reference Nvidia GTX 780 PCB design with Leadtek’s highly customised Hurricane III cooling solution. The Hurricane III uses a trio of frameless fans of which two are 74mm fans and the central fan is 85mm. Underneath that trio of fans is a very dense aluminium heatsink arrangement drawing heat from what appears to be four or more 6mm heat pipes.

Leadtek have opted for modest factory overclocks of 876MHz core and 928MHz boost versus 863MHz core and 900MHz boost of the reference design. Leadtek has left the memory to operate at the stock 6GHz effective speed.  One six pin connector and one eight pin connector power this 3GB GDDR5 GK110 based graphics card.

Leadtek’s Hurricane III will start selling in two days on September 20th and will be priced at a similar level to reference GTX 780 competitors.

Images courtesy of Leadtek

KFA2 Launch GTX 780 Hall Of Fame Edition – The Galaxy HOF For Europe

KFA2, Galaxy’s European brand, have just announced that the GTX 780 Hall Of Fame Edition graphics card will now be available in Europe through the KFA2 brand. The key design philisophy with the KFA2 GTX 780 HOF graphics card is about using the highest quality components for the best overclocking card. 

Included with the KFA2 GTX 780 HOF are the CHiL CHL8318 digital PWM controllers and the IR3550 PowIRstage components which create a power 8+2 phase VRM design with 90% efficiency and capable of providing up to 480 amps to the GPU. High quality POSCAPs, high current inductors and a custom white 10 layer PCB all boost the quality of the KFA2 GTX 780 HOF over its rivals

In terms of cooling the GTX 780 HOF uses a Hybrid Vapor Chamber heat pipe cooling design that is 30X more efficient than copper. This is backed by a pair of 90mm fans in an aluminium die-cast anodized metal shroud. The KFA2 GTX 780 HOF features a Hyper Boost button which acts as a hardware supercharger for longer boosting periods that can increase clocks by a further 8%.

The KFA2 GTX 780 HOF will get a two year warranty and will be available immediately through retailers in Europe and the UK.

Specifications

  • Base Clock : 1006 MHz
  • Boost Clock : 1058 (MHz)
  • Memory Amount : 3GB
  • Memory Interface : 384-bit DDR5
  • Power Connectorsr : 2x 8pin
  • Outputs : Dual DVI-D / Dual DVI-I /Mini HDMI / DisplayPort

Images courtesy of KFA2

MSI Unveil GTX 780 Lightning

It is a graphics card that I know a lot of people have been waiting for and finally MSI have unveiled it. The MSI GTX 780 Lightning is now available and is a huge step forward at the top end of the market for graphics card enthusiasts. In terms of the basics the card uses an Nvidia GK110 GTX 780 GPU overclocked to 980MHz core, 1033MHz boost with stock 6008MHz VRAM. That said, the card has huge overclocking potential and an abundance of high end features. It boasts MSI’s newly designed high performance TriFrozr cooler and has a huge range of overclocking and enthusiast features which you can see detailed fully below.

 

Exclusive Triple Force Architecture
The latest generation of MSI’s GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING uses Triple Force Architecture. Equipped with a Triple Level Signals LED function, TriFrozr Thermal Design with independent fan control system, and PureDigital PWM control. The Triple Level Signals LED features green, blue, and red lights that represent light, medium and heavy power loads on the device. This ensures that players have complete control over their games or the overclocking process. 

The innovative TriFrozr Thermal Design with independent fan control far exceeds any traditional or custom cooler’s thermal performance and ensures better cooling of the GPU, memory and PWM modules. This iteration of MSI’s exclusive design builds upon the PropellerBlade and the Dust Removal Technology of the previous model, alongside seven 8 mm SuperPipes for unrivaled thermal performance. In addition, the PureDigital PWM control technology provides a more stable and accurate voltage signal than traditional designs. The PWM’s reaction time is shorter and helps enthusiasts more achieve a higher stability in the most stressful of environments.

Twin BIOS and the Enhanced Power Design Combine for Extreme Overclocking Capabilities

Twin BIOS is composed of an original BIOS and overclocking BIOS. The original BIOS allows users to obtain better performancethrough out of the box overclocking, while the overclocking BIOS is specifically designed for extreme LN2 overclocking. By removing restrictions, the capabilities of the graphics card are dramatically increased, which allows users to unlock the card’s full potential. The enhanced power supply provides more phases of power than standard models. The GPU has 16 phases, which more than doubles the capabilities of standard designs. The memory of the power supply even has a independent power source, which further supports a foundation for extreme overclocking. Not to mention that MSI’s exclusive, patented GPU Reactor filters out extra noise for a stable overclocking experience.

 

Top Military Class Components and Convenient Overclocking Utility

MSI always emphasizes top quality and stability when pursuing the highest in product performance. When developing products, MSI makes satisfying market demands and expectations its primary purpose. The MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING introduces the latest Military Class 4 components to the series. The components have gone through rigorous testing in a laboratory to satisfy the Military Standard 810G. Regardless if it is the advantages of the low-temperature, high performance DrMOS 4, the double-sided CopperMOS thermal design, the highly durable and stable tantalum Hi-C Cap cores, the polished surface of the New SFC for added cooling, or the corrosion proof Dark Solid CAP, each aspect of the LIGHTNING ensures the best possible stability. 

 

The 3×3 OC Kits Puts the Information in Your Hands
Designed specifically for overclocking, the 3×3 OC Kits are a must-have for all enthusiasts. The kit allows users to adjust the voltage levels GPU, memory, and PLL through MSI’s exclusive Afterburner utility while monitoring GPU, memory, and MOFSET temperatures. V-Check Points also capitalize upon the multi meter measuring of GPU, memory, and PLL voltage levels to give users direct calibration data—a function that guarantees success in the world of extreme overclocking.

Technical Specifications:

  • Model name: GTX 780 Lightning
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (GK110)
  • Base Clock: 980 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1033 MHz
  • Memory Clock / Type: 6008 MHz / GDDR5
  • Memory Size / Bus Width: 3072 MB / 384 bit
  • Thermal Design: MSI TriFrozr (2x9cm, 1x8cm)
  • GPU Reactor: Yes
  • Average Power ConsumptionLoad: 250W
  • Card Dimensions: 295 x 128.6 x 51.35 mm

MSRP (US): $749.99.

Images and Information courtesy of MSI

Rumour – Nvidia Planning Dual GK110 “GTX 790” Graphics Card

Nvidia’s GK110 GPU, that is based on the Kepler architecture, has been a very versatile piece. In addition to spawning lots of professional series Nvidia graphics cards from their Quadro line the GK110 GPU also powers the GTX Titan and GTX 780 graphics cards. Now it appears Nvidia might be planning a GTX 790 that uses a pair of GK110 GPUs if Videocardz.com are to be believed. Citing anonymous industry sources they say that their is a GTX 790 inbound. It is expected to use a pair of GK110 GPUs though whether these are more similar to the Titan or to the GTX 780 is not known.

Apparently the graphics card will not exceed the $1000 price point and it will see Nvidia reduce the prices of the GTX 780 and GTX Titan so that it is competitive. My guess is that the card will opt for a pair of GTX 780 GK110 GPUs, not GTX Titan ones, simply because two GTX Titan GPUs would mean Nvidia would essentially have to slash the price of the GTX Titan which they wouldn’t want to do. That said it wouldn’t be unfeasible for Nvidia to put a pair of either GK110 GPUs on a single PCB because both consume similar amounts of power with 250W TDPs. That said a pair of 250W TDP GPUs on a single PCB would need a mighty cooling solution.

We still aren’t sure as to how accurate this rumour is, but definitely watch this space as it could get very interesting.

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MSI GTX 780 Lightning Graphics Card Pictured

MSI’s GTX 780 Lightning Graphics card has been pictured over at HardwareZone but was later redacted, thankfully the good guys over at WCCFTech have managed to keep a hold on these pictures. They reveal exactly what MSI’s GTX 780 Lightining graphics card looks like so we can get a fuller look at the new card from MSI. The card uses a “TriFrozr” cooling design of a pair of 100mm fans on either side and a yellow 80mm fan at the centre. These cool a dense aluminium heatsink stack with seven 8mm “SuperPipes”. The TriFrozr cooler also uses digital PWM controls and MSI’s dust removal technology.

This beast of a card is powered by a pair of 8 pin PCIe connectors to a mammoth 16+3+1 phase VRM. This VRM uses DrMOS 4 components with higher efficiency and more power stability.

At the heart of the system is a  GK110-300-A2 GPU and MSI’s reactor module on the back feeding it additional clean and stable power. The card also uses a backplate.

Display outputs are all gold plated and include a pair of DVI ports, HDMI and DisplayPort. This card of course supports Nvidia Surround technology.

The source reported a price of $1000+ Singapore Dollars which is about $800 USD. We will of course endeavour to get this card in for a review but in the meantime we encourage you to check out the full article at WCCFTech if you want all the nitty-gritty details about the upcoming MSI flagship.

Images courtesy of HardwareZone via WCCFTech

Zotac Reveal GTX 780 Amp! Edition

Zotac have just unveiled their latest flagship Nvidia graphics card, the GTX 780 Amp! Edition. This graphics card uses Zotac’s Triple Silencer cooling solution and comes with a hefty out of the box overclock. The GPU base clock is increased from 860MHz stock to 1006MHz while the boost is increased from 900MHz to 1159MHz. The memory is also bolstered up from 6008MHz to 6208MHz.

Zotac are claiming up to 10 degrees cooler than reference and up to 15 dBA quieter under heavy gaming load. The cooling solution is dual slot and the graphics card is SLI ready. More details can be found over at the product page. The card will probably be priced about 10-15% higher than a normal GTX 780.

Key Features

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU
  • Engine clock: 1006 MHz (base) / 1059 MHz (boost)
  • 2,304 processor cores
  • 3 GB GDDR5 memory
  • Memory clock: 6208 MHz
  • 384-bit memory interface
  • Triple Silencer Enhanced Cooling System
  • PCI Express 3.0 interface
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology
  • NVIDIA Surround capable
  • NVIDIA FXAA & TXAA technology
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • NVIDIA SLI (3-way) ready
  • NVIDIA SHIELD gaming portable ready
  • NVIDIA NVENC video transcoding acceleration capable
  • DirectX 11.1 (feature level 11_0) technology & Shader Model 5.1
  • OpenGL 4.3 compatible
  • Blu-ray 3D ready
  • Loss-less audio bitstream capable
  • ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle: Nero Kwikmedia, XBMC and UNIGINE Heaven DX11 Benchmark
  • ZOTAC Splinter Cell Compilation game voucher: Splinter Cell Double Agent, Splinter Cell Conviction and Splinter Cell Blacklist (downloadable summer 2013)

Image #1 courtesy of Zotac, Image #2 courtesy of PCGamesHardware.De

AMD Slashes HD 7990 Prices To $699.99, Down From $999.99

AMD’s HD 7990 had been priced competitively with the GTX 690 since its release but AMD have taken a rather drastic step to compete with Nvidia’s newest line up of graphics cards. AMD have taken the move to slash a huge $300 off the recommended MSRP of the HD 7990. This means the HD 7990 is now priced competitively to the GTX 780 (a card which it easily beats) and is much cheaper than the GTX 690.

On Newegg you will now find this graphics card starting from $699.99. This is extremely good value especially considering the extensive game bundle that this graphics card does come with. If we consider that AMD recently released a new driver that fixed CrossFire latency issues then there really is no reason to say no to a HD 7990 for just $699.99. AMD will really make a lot of potential GTX 780 buyers rethink their decision. If you consider that you could sell all the games in the game bundle and potentially recoup another $100 then you could be picking up a HD 7990 for as low as $599.99.

We expect to see the new discount get phases throughout the retail channel over the world over the coming few weeks, so if you’re looking to buy a HD 7990 then make sure you get it at the new price and not the old one!

Image courtesy of ASUS, Information via TechPowerUp

Inno3D Reveal A Pair Of Overclocked GTX 780s

Inno3D has expanded its GTX 780 line up with a pair of custom-cooled GTX 780s. The first of these is the iChill Black GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid which essentially combines Nvidia’s reference GTX 780 PCB with Arctic’s Accelero Hybrid VGA cooler. This allows the card to essentially use AIO liquid cooling to cool the GPU while the smaller fan on the cards outer shroud cools VRM and VRAM. The card features no backplate on the rear side as the rear side lacks additional components. The card uses a dual slot design and features out of the box overclocks to 1020MHz core, 1059MHz Boost and 6280MHz memory up from reference speeds of 868/900/6008MHz. 

The second card is the iChill GTX 780 HerculeZ 3000 X3 Ultra which features Inno3D’s rather large HerculeZ 3000 VGA cooling solution which uses a trio of 90mm fans and a huge heatsink that overhangs the GTX 780 PCB. This ships with overclocked speeds of 1006MHz core, 1046MHz boost and 6200MHz memory up from Nvidia reference speeds. Neither cards have pricing or availability details revealed but think GTX 780 prices and then add about 20 to 25%. Inno3D is claiming that both these cards are faster than a GTX Titan

Images courtesy of Inno3D