The “Political Machine” Lets You Run For President

The various campaigns from hopeful candidates aiming to be the next president of the United States feels as if it has been going on forever, from Donald trump and his controversial views to Hillary Clinton and her private email scandal, it really feels like Groundhog day. Hoping to harness the political interest is a games developer by the name of “Stardock Entertainment” who has both developed and also released a game by the name of “The Political Machine”.

Below is a summary of the key features of this game along with a selection of screenshots,

  • Mudslinging – Use your power and money to purchase ads and influence voters.
  • The game has over a dozen political candidates – Play as one of the several pre-made candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
  • Scandals – the game includes such real-life scandals as email hacking, affairs and also natural disasters.
  • Custom built candidates – Create your own custom front-runner and race for the White House.

Below is the first screenshot, as you can see, it’s not the most high-tech game in the world in terms of graphics, although it does capture Donald Trump.

The next screenshot is below and conveys how your chosen political figure will perform in terms of how many votes will be gained and also who will win each state.

Below is a trailer video to convey the style of this game,

The specifications for this game are below, if your thinking of running this title then it should be pretty straightforward.

  • Operating System – Windows 10 / 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2
  • RAM –  1 GB RAM
  • Graphics – 64 MB DirectX 9.0c 3D Video Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
  • CPU –  1 GHz Processor
  • Hard Drive Space – 1 GB HD space
  • Sound Card – DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound card

The game is priced at $7.49 and is available through Steam, Stardock themselves and also a digital download.

AMD R9 Fury Details Exposed

We have recently received information of the upcoming AMD R9 Fury graphics card. What makes this particular card so special is the fact that manufacturers can add their own cooling solutions to the cards themselves; which is something that we missed with the R9 Fury X.

The information comes in the form of what seems to be the hardware guide for the card, which is supplied directly by AMD to their partners. Throughout the slides, we see general information that we already know from the Fury line-up, however; the last slide is particularly interesting. Contained within the slides, we see the reference to two card designs, the Sapphire Tri-X and the brand new ASUS Strix DCUIII; a peculiar thing is that AMD have used the Strix model for stock photos as well, could this mean that we are not going to see an AMD reference design at all?

Seeing the two models side by side allows us to look at the output ports, on the Fury X, we were missing the DVI port. This technology is aging, but it doesn’t force consumers to shop elsewhere or buy a new monitor just so they can use HDMI or DisplayPort. Thankfully, it seems ASUS has added a DVI port to its version.

We know now to take AMD performance figures with a relatively large pinch of salt. Here it shows the Fury outpacing the GTX 980 at 4K with ease; let’s hope AMD haven’t cut too much from the graphics core so these figures could hold truth.

Last, but not least, the figures, we can see that the processors have been cut down to 3584 from 4096, compute units down to 56 from 64 and texture units down to 224 from 256. These cutbacks see the performance drop by around 17% (compute and texture fill rate). What will be interesting is to see where the price vs performance ratio fits in against the current AMD lineup as well as the current Nvidia lineup.

We’ll bring you more information as soon as we have it.

F1 2015 PC Requirements Revealed

There have been quite a few delays and postponed release dates from Codemasters new racing game, F1 2015. The last two possible release dates revealed were the 21st of July and 10th of July. It looks like the last one, the 10th, could stick as the system requirements for the PC version have been published. That points towards a finished game where the devs know what they’re dealing with.

The specs are a little bit surprising as you’ll need a pretty decent CPU for it while the GPU requirements are more mid-level. You’ll need at least a quad-core CPU, either a Core 2 or newer or a Phenom II X4 and at least 4GB RAM. The minimum graphics card is either an HD5770 or a GTS450. If you want to play at recommended specs you’ll need a Core i7-4770 or FX 9370 CPU, 8GB RAM, and an R290 or GTX970 graphics card.

You’ll also need 20GB storage space and an internet connection to play it. It runs purely on DX11 from the looks of it and also requires your operating system to be a 64bit Windows 7 or newer.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 8 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad @ 3.0GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.2GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel 4th Gen Iris Graphics or AMD HD5770 or NVIDIA GTS450
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible soundcard

Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 8 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4770 or AMD FX 9370
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel 5th Gen Iris Pro or AMD R9 290 or Nvidia GTX970
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Direct X compatible soundcard

It might also be worth mentioning that Steam currently runs with a 10% discount on the game in anticipation of the launch. Other online vendors are also running offers, so browser around before you purchase.

NVIDIA GTX 980Ti Specification Confirmed

We have been eagerly awaiting the correct and confirmed specifications for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti for a few weeks and now it seems that we have them confirmed by ASUS. This is a pretty solid confirmation, it’s not a random confirmation from a forum or a lesser known website.

We already knew the basics: 6GB VRAM, PCI-e 3.0, 7010MHz memory clock, 1GHz/ 1076MHz core/ boost clock; what we have been waiting for is the core count. The Titan X has a CUDA core count of 3072, the GTX 980 has 2048; so it would make sense for the GTX 980Ti to have somewhere in the middle. Nope, it has around 90% of the cores of the Titan X; 2816 to be exact.

The constant flow of information coming in, we have to be expecting the release of the GTX 980Ti very soon; my guess would be for the launch of Computex so that is all the participants will talk about, steal AMD’s thunder. However, AMD seems to have pre-emptively fixed this by having the Radeon 300 series launch at E3.

Pricing is still under wraps, but if the specifications are around 90%; we could see pricing around 75-90%.

Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

More Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti Details Leaked

AMD’s new flagship graphics cards with HBM memory are just around the corner and it looks like Nvidia is trying to steal the show a bit. We’ve seen more and more leaks about the upcoming GeForce GTX 980Ti recently which points in the direction of an eminent release date.

The newest information comes from the same Korean tech-publication as the previous “leaks”, only this time we get a GPU-Z screenshot revealing the clock frequencies.

The GeForce GTX 980Ti is clocked at 1000MHz and has a GPU boost frequency of 1076MHz, very close to that of the GTX Titan X. The memory is clocked at the usual 7012MHz GDDR5 speed.

Other previously revealed specifications include 2816 CUDA cores and 176 TMUs. You’ll get 6GB video memory running on a 384-bit memory bus with 336 GB/s bandwidth. The card is powered by a 6-pin and 8-pin power connector and comes with one DVI, one HDMI, and three DisplayPort connectors.

What we don’t know for sure yet are the ROPs that are expected at 96, the TDP and the MSRP.

There are also some 3DMark benchmark results coming from the same direction, both Fire Strike and Cloud Gate. The Fire Strike test clocks in with a score of 14,071 while the Cloud Gate reaches 29,444.

HDMI Forum Releases HDMI 2.0a Specifications

HDMI Forum Inc, the non-profit corporation behind the HDMI standard, announced the latest specifications that now have reached version 2.0a. The new upgraded specification enables transmission of HDR formats which provide enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image.

“We recognized that HDR would be a critical feature as the industry evolves. Our support for HDR enables our 800+ HDMI 2.0 Adopters to develop market-leading products that include HDR and will maintain interoperability across the entire HDMI ecosystem,” said Robert Blanchard, President of the HDMI Forum, Inc. “Along with the publication of the CEA extensions, the HDMI Forum continues to update the HDMI Specification and remain closely aligned with leading CE standards organizations.”

The news had barely arrived on the scene before the critics arrived too, claiming that it’s just to little to late. And in a way, they’re right. HDMI is one of the oldest of our current display transport technologies and it lacks the adoption of the newer revisions by manufacturers. There’s also those who have trouble with devices not working well together between the last two revisions, which could be why so many manufacturers still stick to 1.4a though 2.0 was released in 2013. Looks like more and more people would like their devices to have DisplayPort instead of HDMI.

GTA V PC System Requirements Revealed

Grand Theft Auto 5 is highly anticipated after being postponed a couple of times. The current release date is set for the 14th of April, which is soon, and we’ve finally got the minimum and recommended specifications for the PC version.

The game has been very well received on consoles and the previews we’ve gotten in the form of features and screenshots sure look impressive. So how much power do you need to run this game? As it turns out, not that much.

The minimum requirements are Windows Vista running on an Intel Core 2 quad-core Q6600 or AMD Phenom 9850 quad-core with 4GB RAM and a Nvidia 9800 GT 1GB or AMD HD4870 1GB graphics card.

The recommended specifications rise a bit, but not that much. You’ll need Windows 7 or better, an Intel Core i5 3470 or AMD FX-8350 CPU with 8GB RAM and a Nvidia GTX 660 2GB or AMD HD7820 2GB graphics card.

A 100% DirectX compatible sound card and 65GB hard disk capacity is needed for both and it comes with the usual warning that system requirements might change at any time and that AGP and integrated graphics might not work, just as mobile chipsets might not.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
  • Hard Drive: 65 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHz (8 CPUs)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB
  • Hard Drive: 65 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
  • Additional Notes:

Thanks to Steam via MyDrivers for supplying us with this information

Official Titan X Specifications Leaked, Launch Set in 24 Hours

VideoCards has just leaked the official specifications of NVIDIA’s GTX Titan X, having them match everything that has been leaked before.

As we all know, the Titan X houses the GM200 core, which is the successor of the GM204. One of the problems found in the GM204 was the lack of FP64 performance and if the GM200 is able to address that, we are looking at a worthy successor to the GK110-based original Titan chip.

There are two inconsistencies however, one linked to the other. The memory clock was thought to be 2000 MHz (8000 in total), however the table shows the memory is 1753 MHz. This in turn affects the memory bandwidth due to the fact that a 2000 MHz memory clock would have given the card a 384 GB/s output, but instead only 336 GB/s are outputted if the memory frequency turns out to be the one displayed in the table.

Thank you WCCF and VideoCards for providing us with this information

Official Battlefield Hardline PC System Requirements Revealed

The open beta phase for Battlefield Hardline starts tomorrow and EA revealed to official PC system requirements for the game to go along. You’ll need a pretty decent machine to play this game under recommended guidelines, but not as bad as it could be.

A quad-core CPU and 8GB of RAM isn’t hard to achieve, but you’ll also need either a Radeon R9 290 or GTX 760 graphics card with 3GB or more VRAM. It will also take up 60GB of storage on your hard drive.

Lower end systems are supported, but Electronic Arts said that PC systems with 4GB or less RAM may experience issues in tomorrow’s Battlefield Hardline open beta. Gameplay performance for lower-end PCs is still being optimized.

Recommended:

  • OS: WINDOWS 8 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • CPU: INTEL QUAD-CORE CPU, AMD SIX-CORE CPU
  • MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon R9 290, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • GRAPHICS MEMORY: 3 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

Minimum:

  • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • PROCESSOR: Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz, Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
  • MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

Raspberry Pi Model A+ Details Leaked

The Raspberry Pi foundation released the B+ model this summer and since then we’ve expected a new A+ model to appear as well. We got the first teaser during this years TechCrunch Disrupt in London where Upton confirmed that the A+ would be arriving to replace the current A model that didn’t sell too good.

We finally got some details about the upcoming model-refresh when the website Element14 briefly listed the A+ model over the weekend before quickly taking the link down again. But not before a couple of people got the images and relevant facts from the site.

The new Raspberry Pi A+ is basically a shrunk down version of the old B model but with the improvements made on the B+ model. The old 26-pin GPIO connector will be replaced by a 40-pin connector instead, the SD card slot will be replaced by a micro SD slot instead while the overall power consumption has been optimized and reduced. The new A+ model will also support power-hungry USB devices better than the current A model.

Thanks to CNXsoftware for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of CNXsoftware

Far Cry 4 System Requirements Revealed – Have You Got a GTX 680?

Far Cry 4 is almost here and while we await the games final release date, there is just enough time to make sure your gaming rig is capable of running it, as the game’s specifications have just been revealed by Nvidia.

You’ll be wanting to run the game on a minimum of an Intel i5-750 / AMD Phenom II X4 955, with 4GB of RAM and around 30GB of hard drive space. The game only supports DirectX 11, so your graphics card will likely have to be compliant with that specification as a bare minimum, although that’s pretty much every card of the last five years.

Kicking things up to the recommended specifications will require some pretty sizable hardware. An Intel Core i5 or AMD FX-8350, 8GB of RAM and most importantly, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon R9 290X or better, with at least 2GB of VRAM.

Far Cry 4 PC Requirements:

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD5850 (1GB VRAM)
  • Direct X: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon R9 290X or better (2GB VRAM)
  • Direct X: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers

So, can you run it? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you DSO for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of DSO.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Specs Revealed, Promises 4K, Mantle and More.

BioWare have been working hard on the latest entry in the massively popular Dragon Age series and with the November 18th release date rapidly approaching, PC gamers have been eager to find out the answer to the age-old question “can I run it?”

BioWare have a good history with PC gamers, so we’re expecting them to put in the extra effort with their game engine to take full advantage of high-end PC gaming hardware, and the developer have promised that they’re fine tuning the game for keyboard and mouse gameplay, as well as all the new things that excite PC gamers these days; such as 4K resolution support and AMD Mantle.

The system requirements look pretty respectable without being too crazy, the now quite old HD 4870 and GeForce 8800 GT should be enough to get you going, although I wouldn’t expect the game to look very good on this level of hardware.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
  • CPU: AMD quad-core CPU @ 2.5 GHz, Intel quad-core CPU @ 2.0 GHz
  • System RAM: 4 GB
  • Graphics CARD: AMD Radeon HD 4870, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • Graphics Memory: 512 MB
  • Hard Drive: 26 GB
  • DirectX 10

The recommended specifications are a little more high-end, requiring a 2GB R9 270 or GeForce GTX 660 and while I suspect this will be enough to run the game on high settings, 4K resolutions and beyond with maxed out graphics will certainly demand something with a little more grunt and more VRAM.

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
  • CPU: AMD six core CPU @ 3.2 GHz, Intel quad-core CPU @ 3.0 GHz
  • System RAM: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 or R9 270, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: 26 GB
  • DirectX 11

Thank you Origin for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Origin.

Final GeForce GTX 980 Specifications Revealed

The new flagship GPU from Nvidia; the GeForce GTX 980, has been rumoured for some time now. When Nvidia announced their Game24 event, it didn’t take much to put two and two together and figure out that it would be presented during that show. Actually, they will be presenting two new cards, but it will be the GTX 980 that steals the show while the GTX 970 is more of a gap filler.

Since then we’ve seen a steady stream of leaks, photos and specifications. We’ve seen both the stock-card itself and some of the after market coolers. Now thanks to videocardz.com we have the final specifications to share with you.

The new Nvidia flagship is a card that deservers to carry this title, at least when you look at the pure specifications. The card uses the new GM204 processor and it is the first GPU based upon the Second Generation Maxwell architecture. The new processor still uses the 28 nm fabrication node, something many people had hoped to be smaller.

It features 16 Streaming Multiprocessors and has 64 Raster Operating Units (ROP), that’s twice that of the Kepler GK110. With 5.2 billion transistors packed into the GM204 the GPU has a die size of 398 mm². The L2 cache has also grown quite a bit, it has actually quadrupled into 2 MB.

Some of the new features mentioned are Dynamic Super Resolution, which is basically a new up-scaling technology advertised as “4k Quality on a 1080p display”. It also has Third Generation Delta Colour Compression; a technology that will help increase memory efficiency on the limited 256-bit interface. The last new technology we get teased with is the Multi-Pixel Programmable Sampling; a technology that improves sample randomization and reduces quantization artefacts.

The above was the processor specific numbers and while relevant, they’re not the most important thing for us now, so lets summarize what the GTX 980 really packs. It has 2048 CUDA cores, 128 TMU’s and 64 ROP’s. The card is equipped with 4 GB GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit interface. The memory will run at 7012 MHz effectively (1750 MHz) while the GPU itself has a base clock of 1126 MHz and a boost of 1216 MHz. 

These are some really nice figures for a card that only draws 165W TDP. This is only two-thirds of the power consumption the GK110 has, with its 250W. We also get confirmation that the GTX 980 will support HDMI 2.0 among its five display outputs, making them a DVI, a HDMI 2.0 and three DisplayPort 1.2 connectors.

The retail price, while still only a rumour, seems to be set at a MSRP of $599; about the same price as the current GTX 780Ti.

Thank you Videocardzfor providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Videocardz

LG G Watch R Images and Specifications Leaked Ahead of Launch

LG is planning to unveil their new smart watch during next week’s IFA 2014 in Berlin, but the specifications and product images have already leaked onto the web. This isn’t the first smart watch on the market, but it is one of the few that actually look like a watch and not some square contraption mounted to your arm.

With the circular design, the button on the side and overall looks of an ordinary watch, this new G Watch R could appeal to many more then the ones from rival Apple or Samsung.

The watch is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor and has 512MB RAM. It has an internal storage of 4GB and should be running Android Wear as operating system. The screen is about 1.3 inch wide and made of an OLED panel that takes up 100 percent of the watch’s round face. It should be easy viewable in sunlight

The watch also has a heart rate monitor build in that could enrich its capabilities in personal health and exercise monitoring with companion apps. Availability is set to the fourth quarter of 2014, but no word on the price yet.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”600″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1STW7LQXONo[/youtube]

Thank you expreview for supplying us with this information.

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6 New Boards On The Horizon From MSI for Intel’s 5th Gen Chipset

Over the last few weeks we have been hearing some interesting information come to light regarding Intel’s 5th Generation chipset and its Haswell Refresh processors and with a launch date of 11th May only a matter of weeks away now, we are starting to see snippets of information come through with regards to the motherboards that are going to power the 5th Generation processors.

MSI have been throwing out some teasers of what is to come in their latest motherboard lineup and whilst some boards were on display at this year’s CeBIT in Germany, they were only prototype items. This means that whilst they give us an insight into what is on offer when the boards finally go on sale, what is seen is only to be taken with a pinch of salt and things are likely to change between then and the final release.

So what do we know about the new line of motherboards and what features will we see across the product stack? Like previous generation boards we will see the latest release of many features including Military Class IV components, V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Audio Boost 2 and new to this line of boards we will also see an M.2 interface for the latest SSDs as standard and a Delid Die Guard for the XPower AC as seen last week.

To break up what each board will bring to the market, have a look at the next couple of pages where I’ll touch on what each board has to offer as we go up through the stack. At the moment there is no work on pricing for any of these boards, although we will be certain to keep you all updated as information comes to light.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 DirectX 12 Graphics Card Detailed

The graphics card war is more exciting than ever before this last few months and with AMD currently sitting pretty with their 295×2 graphics card, Nvidia are no doubt keen to show their new graphics card hardware to steal some of AMD’s thunder. As you can see from the specifications below, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 packs some very impressive specifications that should make it a solid update from the still rather powerful GTX 680. The new card is based on Nvidia’s own GM204 silicon, Making it the successor to the GK104 hardware, but were told that this chip won’t be the biggest slab of silicon in the Maxwell range, so expect something really crazy in the not too distant future.

The new card will be based on the newer Maxwell architecture, designed much in the same way as the considerably less powerful GTX 750 Ti, but with a lot more SMMs spread across a lot more graphics processing clusters (GPCs) and a larger cache, in short, this packed with powerful processors that we suspect will make mincemeat of some of the current high end Nvidia graphics cards.

On top of having 20nm GM204 silicon, the card will pack an impressive 3,200 CUDA cores, 200 TMU’s and 32 ROPs, so epic performance is to be expected one way or another. The real trick however is that this card will be fully DirectX 12 ready, meaning “mantle like” performance gains from its API that could push this card even further than its specifications would suggest.

  • 20 nm GM204 silicon
  • 7.9 billion transistors
  • 3,200 CUDA cores
  • 200 TMUs
  • 32 ROPs
  • 5.7 TFLOP/s single-precision floating-point throughput
  • 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface
  • 4 GB standard memory amount
  • 238 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Clock speeds of 900 MHz core, 950 MHz GPU Boost, 7.40 GHz memory
  • 230W board power

We really can’t wait to see what this thing can do and with the cards release seeming closer than ever, I doubt we’ll have long to wait to find out what Nvidia has in store for us.

Thank you TechPowerUp For providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp.

 

Official Radeon R9 295X2 Pictures And Specifications Unveiled

While we’ve been quick to bring you all the latest rumours and leaks we can find about the new king of AMD graphics cards, it looks like the leaks have now become a full blown storm as the folks over at VideoCardz blow the lid off everything we wanted to know about the new dual-GPU graphics card.

As you can see from the image below, we can confirm that the R9 295X2 will feature two full Hawaii-XT graphics processors on a single PCB, giving it a staggering 5632 stream processors, 352 TMUs and a core clock speed of 1018 MHz.

The card will be backed up by 8GB of GDDR5 memory which runs on the 512-bit x2 memory bus at a speed of 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective).

The card runs from dual 8pin power connectors, so there is no doubt that this will be a power hungry beast, in fact it’ll be able to churn up a TDP of 500W! Each Hawaii-XT core will have a 5+1 VRM, much like that of the 290X.

Both cores will be connected via the PLA chip and xDMA to help improve scaling and given that this card will be able to push video via its four DisplayPorts and a single DVI port, Eyefinity and 4K should be easy work for the 295X2.

The whole thing is cooled by what AMD are calling Project Hydra, which is just a fancy name for a 120mm water cooling radiator which comes with a push pull fan configurations, and two cooling tubes which are hooked up to individual GPU blocks. In the middle of the card is a red LED back-lit 92mm fan and you’ll also find a red LED light up Radeon logo on the side of the card.

That’s all for now, and while some of these cards show performance figures, I’ve always been wary of manufacturers in-house performance figures, we’ll wait for the real world results before we start weighing this thing up against the competition.

Thank you VideoCards for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of VideoCards.

Final Specifications And First Images OF R9 295X2 Leaked

While the new card from AMD isn’t due to be fully revealed (officially) for another week, that hasn’t stopped a few leaks from getting through the cracks in the internet, just like every other major hardware reveal. As you may already know, the Radeon R9 295×2 is a single GPU that features two 290X cores on one PCB, offering massive power gains from its two full-Hawaii XT cores.

While the specifications above are just a rumoured leak, this close to the reveal we have little reason to doubt they’re as close to final as can be. As you can see above we have 5632 SPs, up to 4-8GB GDDR5, which can be doubled in a 4+4 or 8+8 format on a per GPU basis. A huge memory bus, dual 8-pin power connections and a retail price that is half of the Titan Z. Does this card have any hope of competing with the Titan Z? Nope, not really, but in terms of price vs performance it could smash Nvidia into the ground.

The cards have already started to surface in the tech world, but that hasn’t stopped someone from leaking two images of what is belived to be the new card and the water cooler that has been rumoured. We long suspected the card would be water cooled, especially given that the 290X Radeon cores run very hot, putting two on one card runs the risk of the card melting through the Earths crust without sufficient cooling.

Only one week to go and well know for certain what this card is capable of and with this and the Titan Z hitting the market, it’s going to be a very exciting month for ultra-high-end graphics cards.

Thank you PC Max for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Chiphell.

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

Official Next-Gen Xbox Name, Design And Controller Revealed

The next gen console race is now officially in full swing as Microsoft reveals the Xbox successor the “Xbox One”

Microsoft got off straight on their usual form with a montage video, like a cheesy infomercial format that only large corporations seem able to make happen, but such is the world of business.

“you and your TV are going to have a relationship” – Microsoft

Don Mattrick took to the stage first to talk about the success of Xbox and the Xbox 360, including Xbox live, Kinect and pretty much everything we’ve been using from Xbox over the last 8 years.

Don went onto discussing the future of Xbox and how Microsoft were inspired to create their future platform as an “All in One System”.

Then we had a run down video of the consoles design, as well as the controller and new connect device.

It seem many of the leaks were miles off the mark and some were bang on right, but no one guessed the name, no one guessed these features and well… I’m impressed and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be anywhere near as impressed as I am.

Google Releases Tech Specs Of Glass Explorer Editions

Google recently released Glass API, along with the specs for the Glass Explorer Editions. One of the key specs is that it uses 5 Megapixel camera that can take 720p Videos as well. It has 16GB storage with 12GB as usable storage.

One of the coolest feature is the bone conduction transducer which can send sound from the Google Glass, through the bones of the wearer skull for the sound to reach to the inner ear.

But the Glass will be using 802.11 B/G Wi-Fi, probably either to save energy and use a smaller chip size that support the current 802.11 ac standard. Google also says that their display is equivalent of a 25″ HD TV when you view it at a distance of about 8 feet away.

Here are the full specs:

Fit

  • Adjustable nosepads and durable frame fits any face.
  • Extra nosepads in two sizes.

Display

  • High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

Camera

  • Photos – 5 MP
  • Videos – 720p

Audio

  • Bone Conduction Transducer

Connectivity

  • Wifi – 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth

Storage

  • 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.

Battery

  • One full day of typical use. Some features, like Hangouts and video recording, are more battery intensive.

Charger

  • Included Micro USB cable and charger.
  • While there are thousands of Micro USB chargers out there, Glass is designed and tested with the included charger in mind. Use it and preserve long and prosperous Glass use.

Compatibility

  • Any Bluetooth-capable phone.
  • The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messaging.

Source: Techcrunch