NVIDIA Shows New DirectX 12 Graphics on GTX 980Ti

NVIDIA is really looking forward to bring consumers the best graphics solution in the latest Windows 10 and DirectX 12. According to 4Gamer, the latest Mech Ti video emphasises what the company has in store for its GM200 core in the GTX 980 Ti.

The demo brings new insights on NVIDIA’s Ray Traced Shadows, Sparse Smoke and Screen Space Refections technology, which looks to be very promising. The Ray Traced Shadows looks to deliver extremely sharp shadows, which compensate in performance by blurring the shadow edges a bit, depending on the ray distance. This looks to be heading to a more realistic shadow representation.

The Sparse Smoke technique adds some long anticipated fluid physics calculations as we can clearly see in the demo. This means that the smoke can now easily interact with objects passing through it and also do some lighting calculations to render its density properly. When it comes to processing power, the Volume Tiled Resources now helps take some load off the CPU by skipping a couple of frames and rendering everything based on importance rather than have everything calculated at once.

Lastly, the Screen Space Reflections might not be anything new to DirectX 12. Still, the technique brings a way for reflective surfaces to capture objects from their surroundings through rays and display them in a 2D manner on the actual surface. This reminds us of how Crytek came up with the Realtime Local Reflections way of displaying reflections, which took a similar approach to what NVIDIA wants to show us here.

Thank you 4Gamer for providing us with this information

MSI Launch GT80 SLI Titan, GS30 Shadow & GE62 Gaming Notebooks

MSI has officially launched the GT80 Titan SLI, GS30 Shadow with GamingDock and the GE62 Apache gaming notebooks at a live event. The new gaming laptops are powered by Intel i7 CPUs and use up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 GPUs to pack a serious gaming punch.

The G62 Apache is powered by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ Processor with support for up to 16GB RAM and with up to 512GB M.2 SATA SSD Super RAID + 1TB 7200RPM HDD. The graphics are powered by a GTX965M graphics card while network is taken care of by the Killer Gaming Network and Intel 1×1 Wireless AC3160 a/c connections.

The keyboard in the G62 is made by SteelSeries and the 15.6″ Full HD eDP display allows for a wide-view angle with great and accurate colours and consistent brightness.

MSI has packed the GT80 Titan SLI with a heavy punch. At the heart, it has an Intel Core i7-4980HQ CPU, dual GeForce GTX980M SLI graphics with 16GB GDDR5 memory, up to 32GB RAM, up to 1TB Super RAID 3 (4x256GB) + 1TB HDD. The connectivity is powered by the Killer Gaming Network and Killer N1525 combo (2 x 2 a/c) and it comes with 4.1 sound, mechanical Cherry MX Brown switches and backlighting

The last of the three new systems presented at the event was the GS30 Shadow with GamingDock – a really unique system. It’s an ultra portable 13.3-inch gaming notebook but features an extensive docking station with external MSI GeForce GTX980 Gaming Edition 4GB PCI-E card, Killer Gigabit LAN, 3.5″ SATA docking bay, USB 3.0 hub, speakers and subwoofer.

The GS30 itself has an Intel Core i7-4870HQ processor with support for up to 32GB RAM and 512GB SSD in Super RAID (2x256GB) M.2 SATA.

Thanks to MSI for providing us with this information

BitFenix Shadow Mid-Tower Chassis Review


BitFenix are one of the coolest chassis manufacturers around, they’ve made many great products; especially in the last couple of years with the release of products such as the Prodigy, Phenom and Colossus. Today we’re taking a look at their latest chassis, the Shadow, and while I doubt it’ll be as legendary as the Prodigy, it looks like a promising entry to the budget friendly mid-tower market.

The BitFenix Shadow is priced for the mid budget part of the market, typically where your average consumer will be spending their money when planning their new gaming build. To meet the demands of your average consumer and gaming rig, the Shadow has been equipped with plenty of features. There’s room for mini-ITX, Micro-ATX or ATX motherboards, three 5.25″ drives, seven 3.5″ drives and a single dedicated 2.5″ mount; which is way more storage space than most people will likely ever need. Since the market is so competitive, a chassis in this price range usually needs a few extras to stand out from the crowd; the Shadow ticks a few more boxes as it comes with two pre-installed BitFenix 120mm fans, SofTouch Surface Treatment, selectable red/blue LEDs and dust filters.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, just a nice big logo on the front of the box.

Around the back of the box are details of some of the Shadows’ features, these include the magnetic front door panel, removable dust filters, SofTouch treatment and LED lighting.

MSI Reveals GS30 Shadow – The Lightest Gaming Notebook in the Market

MSI have just revealed their gorgeous new 13.3 inch gaming notebook; the GS30 Shadow. The new notebook comes equipped with a 4th Gen Core i7 processor and features Iris Pro graphics, an interesting choice for a gaming notebook, but it’ll still support DX11.1, OpenCL 1.2, OpenGL 4.0 and enhanced 4k x 2k.

The main party trick of the GS30 is the weight and size of the system, clocking in at just 1.3kg and 19.8mm thick, meaning that the GS30 is the lightest gaming notebook in the market.

While gaming performance on the Iris might not sound like the best solution for mobile gaming, it’s still got enough power for when you’re out and about. When you’re back at home or in the office, you can use the dedicated desktop dock to boost performance even further. The dock is basically a stand which features a discrete graphics card of your choice. The dock will run the card through the laptop via a full PCI-e x16 interface.

The notebook is expected to launch in January 2015, giving you plenty of time to save up for one. Prices are currently unknown, but we’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

Thank you MSNews for providing us with this information.

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