Sunday, May 29th 2016

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition Owners Complain of Fan Revving Issues

NVIDIA's decision to sell its reference-design GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card at a $100 premium over the SKU's MSRP of $599, is beginning develop cracks, with early adopters complaining of erratic default fan behavior. The GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics card features NVIDIA's reference lateral-blower-type cooler, which didn't exactly blow us away, in our review of the card. Customers across the forumscape, including on NVIDIA's own GeForce Forums, are complaining of an issue where the fan of the cooler has a mind of its own, and revs up from 2,000 RPM to 3,000 RPM intermittently, and drops back to its idle speed. This, users complain, is particularly annoying if you're not gaming.

The users observe that these sudden and unpredictable spikes in fan-speed are not in response to rising GPU temperatures or clock speeds. Sudden variations in fan-speed are worse than gradual variations in response to legitimate triggers, as it also means sudden changes in noise, which is distracting. Users also observe that you can't even use third-party software (eg: EVGA Precision) to stabilize or override the fan-behavior, as the speed-spikes don't respect custom settings.

Next-Gen Radeon "Polaris" Nomenclature Changed?

It looks like AMD is deviating from its top-level performance-grading, with its next-generation Radeon graphics cards. The company has maintained the Radeon R3 series for embedded low-power APUs, Radeon R5 for integrated graphics solutions of larger APUs; Radeon R7 for entry-thru-mainstream discrete GPUs (eg: R7 360, R7 370); and Radeon R9 for performance-thru-enthusiast segment (eg: R9 285, R9 290X). The new nomenclature could see it rely on the second set of model numbers (eg: 4#0) to denote market-positioning, if a popular rumor on tech bulletin boards such as Reddit holds true.

A Redditor posted an image of a next-gen AMD Radeon demo machine powered by a "Radeon RX 480." Either "X" could be a variable, or it could be series-wide, prefixing all SKUs in the 400 series. It could also be AMD marketing's way of somehow playing with the number 10 (X), to establish some kind of generational parity with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 10 series. The placard also depicts a new "Radeon" logo with a different, sharper typeface. The "RX 480" was apparently able to run "Doom" (2016) at 2560x1440 @ 144 Hz, with the OpenGL API.

Source: Reddit
Friday, May 27th 2016

Today's Reviews

Graphics Cards

EVGA Announces its GeForce GTX 1080 Series

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 featuring EVGA ACX 3.0 cooling has arrived. This new graphics card features NVIDIA's new "Pascal" graphics processor which is the most advanced gaming GPU ever created. This breakthrough GPU delivers industry-leading performance, innovative new gaming technologies, and immersive, next-gen VR.

These cards also feature EVGA ACX 3.0 cooling technology. EVGA ACX 3.0 once again brings new and exciting features to the award winning EVGA ACX cooling technology. SHP 3.0 gives increased heatpipes and copper contact area for cooler operation, and optimized fan curve for even quieter gaming. Of course, ACX 3.0 coolers also feature optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor, delivering more air flow with less power, unlocking additional power for the GPU. Select EVGA ACX 3.0 models will even feature a 10CM fan and RGB LED, allowing complete control over the color from EVGA PrecisionX OC.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Reference PCB Pictured

Here's the first picture of an NVIDIA reference-design PCB for the GeForce GTX 1070. The PCB (PG411) is similar to that of the GTX 1080 (PG413), except for two major differences, VRM and memory. The two PCBs are pictured below in that order. The GTX 1070 PCB features one lesser VRM phase compared to the GTX 1080. The other major difference is that it features larger GDDR5 memory chips, compared to the smaller GDDR5X memory chips found on the GTX 1080. These are 8 Gbps chips, and according to an older article, its clock speed is maxed out to specifications, at which the memory bandwidth works out to be 256 GB/s. The GeForce GTX 1070 will be available by 10th June.

Source: VideoCardz

MSI Announces GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Cards

As the world's most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to introduce its full line up of graphics cards based on NVIDIA's new Pascal GPU with fierce new looks and supreme performance to match. Building on the monumental success of MSI's award winning GTX 900 GAMING series, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G premieres the impressive TWIN FROZR VI thermal design allowing for higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games.

The famous shapes of the eye-catching TWIN FROZR cooler are intensified by a fiery red GAMING glow piercing through the cover, while the MSI GAMING dragon RGB LED on the side can be set to any of 16.8 million colors to match your mood or build. A completely new custom 10-phase PCB design using Military Class 4 components with an 8+ 6-pin power connectors enables higher overclocking performance to push your graphics card to the max. The classy matte black solid metal backplate gives the card more structural strength and provides a nice finishing touch.

ZOTAC Announces its GeForce GTX 1080 Series

ZOTAC International, a global manufacturer of innovation, is pleased to change the playing field of graphics cards once more with ZOTAC GeForce GTX 10 Series. The first of the new ZOTAC 10 Series is the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, the flagship card of the series. Using the advanced NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the performance has been tuned to incredible levels to provide users with an astonishing out-of-the-box experience.

"ZOTAC is pleased to be standing on the new page of gaming history. Pascal opens many doors to applications that we haven't seen before, especially in the scope of virtual reality," says Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. "Our engineering team has taken great measures to ensure our graphics cards continue to shine brightly, so that we can bring smiles to each gamer."

ASUS Announces the ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix GeForce GTX 1080, an all-new VR-ready gaming graphics card with ultra-fast gaming performance, advanced cooling and reliability, and personalized styling. Powered by the latest GeForce GTX 1080 graphics processing unit (GPU), clocked at 1936 MHz in OC mode, ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 delivers up to 6.5% faster performance in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and 7.4% faster gaming performance in Hitman.

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow for 30%-cooler and three times (3X) quieter performance, and ASUS FanConnect, which features GPU-controlled fan headers for targeted supplemental cooling. Industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components ensures premium quality and reliability.

Inno3D Announces New GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Cards

InnoVISION Multimedia Limited, a leading manufacturer of high-end hardware components and computer utilities, introduces its new line of Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards. The new flagship will be available in both GamingOC as well as iChiLL editions. Built for future high-end graphics, the GeForce GTX 1080 builds on NVIDIA's new Pascal architecture, where performance reaches unknown territories and provides the user unprecedented performance, power efficiency, and gaming experiences.

The new, and recently introduced, iChiLL X3 and X4 cooling solutions even improve the overall temperature control and come equipped with the Herculez cooling armor. As a result, the Inno3D GTX 1080 products will be capable to run at even higher clocks, fully optimizing the 2560 Cuda cores inside the GPU without losing grip on heat production. "We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved in such a short timeframe, allowing an outstanding product to evolve into an epic chapter in the history of graphics" said Ken Ho, CEO at InnoVISION Multimedia Limited. "Especially our iChiLL X3 and X4 cooling solutions will 'blow away' high-end gamers and overclockers."

Gainward Announces the GeForce GTX 1080 Phoenix Series

As the leading brand in enthusiastic graphics market, Gainward proudly presents the brand-new GeForce GTX graphics - GeForce GTX 1080 Phoenix series. Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Phoenix series is the most advanced graphics card, accelerated by the groundbreaking NVIDIA PASCAL architecture to deliver an unbeatable 4K and virtual reality experience. With the most advanced process - 16nm FinFET, the Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Phoenix series deliveries powerful graphics performance with extremely high efficiency power usage. By adoption of the 10Gbps GDDR5X memory, the Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Phoenix series gives you amazing gaming performance by two times faster than previous generation.

Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 Phoenix series comes with new Phoenix cooler design, provides extreme high thermal performance with very low acoustic level even under heavy-loading gaming environment. The cooler design is also including a LED-lighting loading indicator that gives users clear indication for the GPU temperature range. And, a "dual BIOS" design brings the confidence from a second VBIOS on the board that provides backup-BIOS to boot up whenever needed.

Palit Announces the GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock and Super JetStream

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the brand new GameRock series in Palit GeForce product line-up, GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock. The revolutionary GameRock series provides the best gaming features, the best thermal solution and the best graphics card quality to deliver gamers the ultimate gaming experience.

GeForce GTX 1080 is the most advanced gaming GPU ever created , the GeForce GTX 1080 is based on the NVIDIA Pascal architecture GP104 GPU armed with 2560 CUDA cores and equipped with 8GB of GDDR5X memory running at an effective clock rate of 10Ghz on a 256-bit bus. Palit GeForce GTX 1080 series is designed to deliver 3x more performance than previous-generation video card and its breakthrough innovations in gaming give gamers new possibilities to enjoy via VR experiences.

Manli Announces its GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Graphics Card

Manli Technology Group Limited, the major Graphics Cards and other components manufacturer, today announced the most advanced graphics solution for gamers - Manli GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. Powered by the new NVIDIA PascalTM architecture, the Manli GeForce GTX 1080 provides top tier gaming performance for gaming enthusiast.

It built-in 2560 CUDA Cores, with core frequency is at 1607 MHz, base clock that can boost up to 1733 MHz, plus high-bandwidth memory GDDR5X technologies, and support DirectX 12 features to deliver the fastest, smoothest, and most power-efficient gaming experiences. Moreover, up to 3x faster than previous generation graphics cards in VR gaming application.

Colorful Launches the GeForce GTX 1080 iGame Graphics Card

Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, is proud to announce the first custom-cooled GeForce GTX 1080 from the prestigious iGame series of gaming graphics card by Colorful. Based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the Colorful iGameGTX1080 X-TOP-8G features the latest Pascal GPU architecture boasting a 16nm FinFET fabrication process for improved efficiency and performance.

The Colorful iGameGTX1080 X-TOP-8G is factory overclocked with up to 1847Mhz frequencies to push the GTX 1080 further for faster performance in today's latest game. The new iGame cooler helps improve cooling potential thus allowing faster clock rates so you can game faster and cooler.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Now Available

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card is now available. Available in two kinds, the "Founders Edition," which is essentially the SKU's reference edition; and the various custom-design cards; the GTX 1080 starts at US $599. This is a "suggested" price by NVIDIA for how cheap custom-design cards can be sold at. The Founders Edition SKU, sold though its add-in card partners, is priced at $699. Expect most custom-design SKUs to either be priced between $599-$699, or above, making the GTX 1080 the costliest performance-segment SKU by NVIDIA. The company also put out pricing of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, which on sale from 10th June. It's priced at $449. Custom-design boards should start around $379.

Based on the 16 nm GP104 silicon, powered by the "Pascal" GPU architecture, the GeForce GTX 1080 features 2,560 CUDA cores, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5X memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory. With its TDP rated at 180W, the reference design card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The GPU is clocked at 1607 MHz, with 1733 MHz maximum GPU Boost, and 10 GHz (effective) memory, working out to a memory bandwidth of 320 GB/s. The card supports modern APIs such as DirectX 12 (feature-level 12_1), Vulkan, and OpenGL.

NVIDIA Releases VRWorks SDK Update for "Pascal"

NVIDIA today released a major update to its VRWorks SDK that enables game developers to implement new VR features features introduced by the GeForce "Pascal" graphics processors, taking advantage of the new Simultaneous Multi-projection Engine (SMP). The two major features introduced are Lens-Matched Shading and Single-Pass Stereo.

Lens-Matched Shading uses SMP to provide substantial performance improvements in pixel shading. The feature improves upon Multi-res Shading by rendering to a surface that more closely approximates the lens corrected image that is output to the headset display. This avoids the performance cost of rendering many pixels that are discarded during the VR lens warp post-process. Single-Pass Stereo, on the other hand, removes the need for a GPU to render the geometry and tessellation of a 3D scene twice (one for each eye/viewport), and lets both viewports share one pass of geometry and tessellation, thereby halving the the tessellation and vertex-shading workload.
Thursday, May 26th 2016

Today's Reviews

Desktop PC
Input Devices

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Pictured, Too

Hot on the heels of the EVGA GTX 1080 SuperClocked leak, we have the first pictures of its top-tier GeForce GTX 1080 FTW (For The Win). Unlike the GTX 1080 SC, the FTW features a fully custom-design PCB by EVGA, which features a stronger VRM that draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, instead of one. It features a bigger variant of the new ACX 3.0 cooling solution by EVGA, which is taller, and with larger fans. At this point we don't know the clock speeds of this card, but given the massive overclocking potential of the GTX 1080, they're bound to be very high. Custom-design GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards are expected to be launched very soon, as market-availability of the SKU commences later today.

Source: VideoCardz

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX Graphics Card Pictured

Here's the elusive and highly teased Republic of Gamers STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card by ASUS. The card features the company's latest DirectCU III cooling solution, which features a heatsink that's similar in size to the one found on the older generation DCU3, but with a refreshed cooler shroud that's lined by RGB multi-color LEDs that can be customized with the new GPUTweak Aura app. The card is factory-overclocked, although we don't know its clock speeds yet. NVIDIA's various add-in card (AIC) partners are expected to launch their custom-design cards very soon.

Source: VideoCardz

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SuperClocked Pictured

Here are the first pictures of EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC (SuperClocked) graphics card, featuring the company's new ACX 3.0 cooling solution. EVGA is apparently using NVIDIA reference PCB on some of its more affordable GTX 1080 custom-design SKUs, which draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The new ACX 3.0 cooler loses the all matte black color scheme for a mostly brushed aluminium look, with a white LED lit badge taking up most of its top. Underneath is an aluminium fin-stack heatsink, ventilated by a pair of fans. You also get a groovy back-plate to go with it. The clock speeds are not known. NVIDIA's add-in card (AIC) partners are expected to launch their custom-design GTX 1080 graphics cards very soon.

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA Releases First WHQL-signed GTX 1080 Driver

NVIDIA posted its first official driver for the GeForce GTX 1080, ahead of its retail availability from tomorrow (27/05). The new GeForce 368.25 WHQL appears to have the same feature-set and change-log as the GeForce 368.22 WHQL posted earlier this week, with the notable exception of supporting just the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. It should come handy for some of the earliest adopters of the retail GTX 1080 cards. Download the driver from the link below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 368.25 WHQL for GeForce GTX 1080

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Pictured

A low-resolution picture of GIGABYTE's upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming graphics card made it to the web, revealing the company's latest WindForce 3X cooling solution. The card doesn't appear to be as long as some of the older WindForce 3X based graphics cards from the company, but is taller. It features three ≥100 mm fans, compacted in a way that makes the two side fans overlap the middle fan, which is slightly receded into the heatsink, and suspended along an outwardly-static hub (the fan still blows inwards). The static hub features four LED-acrylic strips that make an "X." Not much else is known about the card. Things should clear up by the 27th, though.

Source: VideoCardz

ZOTAC GTX 1080 AMP! and AMP! Extreme Graphics Cards Pictured

Here are the first clear pictures of ZOTAC's upcoming custom-design GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, the GTX 1080 AMP! and the GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme (pictured in that order). The GTX 1080 AMP! features a simple 2-slot, dual-fan cooling solution, with a moderate factory-overclock. The GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, on the other hand, features a meaty triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution, a very strong VRM that draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and a heavy factory-overclock.

Both cards feature custom-design PCBs by ZOTAC, which are bound to feature more than one power connector; an identical display output layout of three DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b, and one DVI-D; and ZOTAC Freeze Technology, which powers down the fans when the GPU is idling (or under a temperature threshold). The clock speeds of both the cards are still under the wraps. Both cards are expected to be launched on May 27th.

Source: VideoCardz

Lian Li Unveiling New Desk, PC-O10 and New Armorsuit Chassis at Computex

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd would like to extend an invitation to all interested parties to visit its booth at Computex 2016! It will display a number of new cases, including the recently announced PC-O9 and Ebonsteel series. On top of revealing the next O-series PC-O10 and long-awaited update to the Armorsuit line, Lian Li will also put the spotlight on its computer desk chassis, showcasing the DK-04 standing desk, and unveiling an all-new model.

Visitors to the booth can see the DK-04 standing computer desk chassis: an elegant, aluminum computer chassis that doubles as a standing desk for work, or a sitting desk for play. Plus, Lian Li will have a yet-unannounced, all-new DK-series desk chassis in tow. Come take a seat at the desks and try them on for size. Several years ago Lian Li unleashed the Armorsuit line: the no-holds-barred series of aluminum super tower cases with thick panels and massive component clearances. Between large form factor motherboards, robust air and water cooling schemes, multiple-VGA card builds, and elaborate RAID storage arrays - pretty much anything could be built into these cases. Nearly eight years later, Lian Li is thrilled to reveal the next Armorsuit chassis. Get ready to rumble.

G.Skill Trident Z First to Achieve DDR4-5000 - A Frequency Record

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces the world's first DDR4 memory overclocking record to break past the mind-blowing 5GHz barrier, achieved with G.SKILL Trident Z Series DDR4 memory engineered with Samsung ICs and the MSI Z170I GAMING PRO AC motherboard. With this achievement in the official record books, the world's top 7 memory frequency records are now dominated by G.SKILL memory.

Surpassing the 5GHz frequency speed barrier had been the ultimate aspiration of the memory overclocking community since the last year's launch of the Intel Skylake platform. This historic milestone is finally succeeded today by the renowned Taiwanese overclocking legend, Toppc, under liquid nitrogen cooling. "We are extremely excited to achieve this great milestone together with Samsung components and MSI motherboard," says Tequila Huang, Corporate Vice President and Director of R&D, G.SKILL International. "We will continually push hardware performance to the limits and provide enthusiasts with even more advanced products."

Alphacool Announces the Aurora LED Ring

Following Alphacool's motto of "The next step in modding and style", the Aurora is an easy way to illuminate your reservoir with powerful colour. Versions are available in red, blue, green, white and also UV. This last one is especially suited to UV-active fluids, where the fluid itself begins to glow.

Two sizes are available, one for tube reservoirs with a diameter of 50 and one version for 60mm. The 50mm version is equipped with 18 LEDs, the 60mm with 24 LEDs. Due to the high number of LEDs, the illumination is normally much stronger than with the classic setup of single LEDs. Of course, you can also install two or more Auroras on one reservoir.

Team Group Readies New T-Force Line of Memory and SSDs

Team Group is giving finishing touches to its new T-Force line of high-performance DDR4 memory targeted at enthusiast PC builds. T-Force will be an umbrella-brand for Team Group, and the company will launch Dark, Dark Pro, and Xtreem sub-branded products under it. Below is a render of the first T-Force DDR4 memory module, with Dark Pro sub-branding. The company is said to be preparing a T-Force Xtreem module that runs at DDR4-4266 MHz with timings of 18-22-22-40, and DRAM voltage of 1.4V. Team Group is also launching solid-state drives (SSDs) under the T-Force brand, which will initially include the Dark and Dark Pro sub-brands. Below is a render of a 960 GB T-Force Dark SSD.
Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Today's Reviews

Desktop PC
Input Devices

Corsair Launches the Lapdog Portable Gaming Control Center for the Living Room

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the release of its eagerly awaited LAPDOG portable gaming control center. LAPDOG brings full-size gaming keyboard and mouse control to the living room, allowing users to mount their choice of CORSAIR K70 or K65 keyboard (not included) into its aluminium chassis, alongside a gaming mouse of choice. Backed with a removable memory foam lap cushion for supreme comfort in long gaming sessions, LAPDOG allows gamers to sit back on their sofa in front of a big screen TV and enjoy the best and most comfortable PC gaming experience to be had.

First shown at Computex 2015 and the winner of numerous "Best of Show" awards CORSAIR Lapdog brings desktop CORSAIR gaming peripheral performance to the living room. A full-size portable gaming control center, LAPDOG allows you to mount your choice of CORSAIR K70 or K65 Keyboard and mouse to enjoy the complete PC gaming experience from the comfort of your couch.

AMD Announces the FirePro S7100X Hardware-Virtualized GPU for Blade Servers

AMD today announced AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry's first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for up to 16 users that is practically indistinguishable from a native desktop experience.

Using AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology, the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU harnesses silicon expressly designed for graphics virtualization and conforming with the virtualization industry standard, SR-IOV to allow easy integration into existing hypervisor ecosystems. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is the newest addition to the AMD line of graphics virtualization products, designed in an ultra-compact form factor with a TGP of just 100W that makes it ideal for blade server deployments. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the first to offer the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU in HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades available now.

QNAP Announces High-performance TVS-x82 Business NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the powerful TVS-x82 series, aimed at business users in need of the utmost performance and storage efficiency. Available in three different models (TVS-1282, TVS-882 and TVS-682) the TVS-x82 series adopts the latest 6th Generation Intel 14nm multi-core processors and has been designed to meet specific usage scenarios to accomplish tiered storage, application-based partitioning, and network traffic distribution with outstanding performance. The TVS-x82 series also features HDMI 2.0 output for delivering an amazing 4K 60 fps viewing experience and allows storage expansion by using the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS through VJBOD technology.

The TVS-x82 features advanced hardware for greater efficiency, including built-in SATA M.2 SSD, 2.5" SSD slots, compartmentalized smart cooling, and tool-less HDD installation. QNAP's Qtier technology empowers the TVS-x82 with auto tiering that helps continuously optimize storage efficiency across M.2 SSD, SSD and SATA drives, and these different storage media can be configured as independent partitions for different applications to ensure a sufficient throughput level for every application. With multiple network ports, it allows applications to use dedicated interfaces to meet network traffic distribution requirements.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to be Based on GP102 Silicon

It looks like NVIDIA will have not one, but two "big chips" based on the "Pascal" architecture. The first one of course is the GP100, which made its debut with the Tesla P100 HPC processor. The GP100 is an expensive chip at the outset, featuring a combination of FP32 (single-precision) and FP64 (double-precision) CUDA cores, running up to 3,840 SPFP and 1,920 DPFP, working out to a gargantuan 5,760 CUDA core count. FP64 CUDA cores are practically useless on the consumer-graphics space, particularly in the hands of gamers. The GP100 also features a swanky 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface, with stacked memory dies sitting on the GPU package, making up an expensive multi-chip module. NVIDIA also doesn't want its product development cycle to be held hostage by HBM2 market availability and yields.

NVIDIA hence thinks there's room for a middle-ground between the super-complex GP100, and the rather simple GP104, if a price-war with AMD should make it impossible to sell a GP100-based SKU at $650-ish. Enter the GP102. This ASIC will be targeted at consumer graphics, making up GeForce GTX products, including the GTX 1080 Ti. It is cost-effective, in that it does away with the FP64 CUDA cores found on the GP100, retaining just a 3,840 FP32 CUDA cores count, 33% higher than that of the GP104, just as the GM200 had 33% more CUDA cores than the GM204.

Samsung Announces SSD 750 EVO 500GB

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., an expert provider of advanced memory solutions for more than three decades, today announced worldwide availability of the 750 EVO solid state drive (SSD) in 120GB, 250GB and an all new 500GB capacity. The 750 EVO SSDs provide mainstream consumers and PC builders with an efficient migration path from hard disk drives (HDDs) or slow performing entry-level SSDs to a faster and more reliable storage solution for every day computer use.

"Samsung is committed to constantly evolving and providing high-quality memory solutions that fit general consumer needs," said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. "We have seen high consumer demand for our 750 EVO in the 120GB and 250GB capacities, which have been available in select emerging markets since last year. We want to meet the consumers' expectation who seek a reliable memory solution to extend the longevity of their existing computers in an easy and effective way. By adding the 500GB version to the current 750 EVO line-up and supplying the drives to more regions, consumers who need high data consumption will be better served."

MSI Readies a "Backpack" Portable Gaming PC for VR

Get this - a portable gaming PC that's battery-powered, to which you plug in your VR headset, strap around your arms like a backpack, and walk around in an open space. MSI is tinkering with that concept, with its new untitled backpack gaming PC. The PC will be powered by cutting-edge desktop-grade Core i7 processors and GeForce GTX 980 graphics (likely GTX 1080M when it comes out?). It lets you plug in your VR gear with minimal cable clutter, and walk around without being confined to a static gaming PC. The company will detail this product further at its 2016 Computex booth.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Faster than GTX TITAN X

NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, which NVIDIA is pinning its summer upgrade revenue on, is shaping up to be faster than the previous-generation enthusiast GeForce GTX TITAN X. 3DMark FireStrike numbers scored by VideoCardz reveal that averaged across three popular resolutions - 1080p (FireStrike standard), 1440p (FireStrike Advanced), and 4K (FireStrike Ultra), the GTX 1070 is about 3 percent faster than the GTX TITAN X.

At FireStrike (standard), the GTX 1070 scored 17557 points, versus 17396 points of the GTX TITAN X; 8327 points at FireStrike Advanced against 7989; and 4078 points at FireStrike Ultra against 3862, respectively. The performance lead is highest at 4K Ultra HD. Based on the 16 nm GP104 silicon, the GeForce GTX 1070 features 1,920 CUDA cores, 120 TMUs, and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8.00 GHz (256 GB/s). The MSRP for this SKU is set at $379, although its reference design board will be sold at a $70 premium, for $449, when the card goes on sale this 10th June.

Source: VideoCardz
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