Monday, May 30th 2016

Today's Reviews

Desktop PC
Graphics Cards

Lian Li PC-J60WRX Case Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of the PC-J60WRX, the company's new ATX mid-tower case for the season. The case is characterized by black brushed-aluminium panels with red accents. This case too is firmly rooted in the post-5.25" era, with the forward portion having room for a radiator, and the top having a radiator bay that stretches all the way to the front. This gives you room for a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator up front, a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator on the top, and the usual 120 mm rear exhaust. The case's storage areas are lined along the bottom, with five 3.5-inch bays, and one 2.5-incher. The case measures 210 mm x 507 mm x 489 mm (WxHxD).

MSI Gaming Custom-design SLI HB Bridge Pictured

Here some of the first pictures of an NVIDIA add-in card (AIC) partner branded SLI-HB (high-bandwidth) bridge. This kind of bridge is recommended for use with GeForce "Pascal" graphics cards, at high resolutions, such as 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR, 4K @ 120 Hz, 5K, and above. Pictured here is a 2-way SLI HB bridge with 2U spacing (1-slot gap between the two cards). The bridge appears to have a red LED of its own, lighting up the MSI Gaming dragon logo. At this point it's not clear whether the bridge comes included with the cards, or if it needs to be purchased separately. The cards being bridged in these pictures are the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming Z, a notch above the GTX 1080 Gaming X the company debuted its custom GTX 1080 lineup with.

Be Quiet! Silent Loop AIO Liquid CPU Coolers Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of the upcoming Be Quiet! Silent Loop series all-in-one liquid CPU coolers. These coolers come in sizes of 280 mm x 140 mm, 240 mm x 120 mm and 120 mm x 120 mm; and are characterized by pump+block fittings that don't move around a pivot, and come out from the top of the block. This approach clears up a lot of space around the CPU socket. This may also hint at the cooler's possible non-Asetek origins. You also get fill-ports along the pump-block and the reservoir attached to the radiator. Be Quiet! is bundling PureWings 2 PWM fans. The coolers will be backed by 3-year warranties.

ID-Cooling Enthusiast Case with Monitor Stand Spied

ID-Cooling is ready with a new enthusiast grade rail-type case, which doubles up as a VESA-mount monitor stand, so you could pack a real wallop behind your >27-inch display. The rail-type case features a 3-dimensional T-shaped frame, with an L-shaped frame tapering to the back. The cage has room for a mini-ITX motherboard, but with enough clearance for a long, 2-slot high-end graphics card. You also get room for a fairly big high-Wattage PSU, and enough clearance for a DIY liquid-cooling loop (including a reservoir, a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator), and the works. A tinted tempered-glass panel tops off the case from the rear. A small cutout lets you manage your cable spaghetti and route cables to your monitor.

OCZ Shows Off VT180 and TR150 2.5-inch SATA SSDs

OCZ is refining its popular consumer SSD brands to reach out to more buyers. As part of the integration with Toshiba, they rebranded their consumer SSD lines, to VT180, and the TR150, which more closely aligns with Toshiba's SSD model naming. Besides the naming, both drives are identical to the Vector 180 and Trion 150. The VT180 comes in capacities ranging from 120 GB to 960 GB, and is powered by Toshiba-made MLC NAND flash. These drives offer sequential transfer rates of up to 550 MB/s reads, with up to 530 MB/s writes, and 96,000 IOPS 4K random reads, with 90,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The TR150, on the other hand, runs TLC NAND flash memory, and although its maximum sequential speeds are rated the same as the VT180 series, their 4K random access numbers are different - 87,000 IOPS reads, and 83,000 IOPS writes.

MSI Shows Off Gaming Carbon Themed CPU Air Cooler

Want to take your MSI Gaming purism to the next level? Check out this MSI Gaming-branded CPU air cooler we found at Computex. This unnamed cooler features an aluminium fin-stack tower-type heatsink, ventilated by a pair of 120 mm spinners in push-pull configuration. The fans are 4-pin PWM ready, and the cooler itself embeds an RGB multi-color LED illuminating the MSI Gaming "dragon" logo with a faux carbon fiber background sticker. MSI is demoing this cooler on a socket LGA2011v3 motherboard, so that should tell you that this cooler has the chops to tame 140W Core i7 HEDT CPUs.

MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Pictured

Here's the first picture of MSI's next premium socket LGA2011v3 motherboard targeted at overclockers, the X99A XPower Gaming Titanium. Likely positioned a notch below the X99A GODLIKE Gaming Carbon, and a successor to the X99A XPower AC, this board features MSI's signature metallic silver PCB, mated with silvery heatsinks denoting "Titanium." This scheme caught up with the company's recent Z170A XPower and Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium boards. The board is packed to the brim with the company's latest motherboard innovations, such as reinforcement braces along the eight DDR4 DIMM slots, five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (which are ready for 4-way multi-GPU solutions), and a host of modern connectivity options, such as 32 Gb/s U.2, USB 3.1 (including type-A and type-C ports), and a 32 Gb/s M.2-22110 slot with NVMe boot support. The board comes with out-of-the-box support for Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processors.

MSI 970A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Pictured

MSI's drive to "carbonate" its Gaming Pro motherboard lineup is extending to the AMD platform, with the 970A Gaming Pro Carbon. Designed with the latest features available to this platform, this board resembles the 970A Gaming Pro, with the notable exception of faux carbon fiber patterns on the metal stickers heading the chipset and VRM heatsinks. You get quite a few modern features on this AMD 970+SB950 chipset based motherboard, such as dual-channel DDR3-2133 support out of the box, 20 Gb/s M.2 with NVMe support, two USB 3.1 ports (one each of type-A and type-C), and Intel gigabit Ethernet.

MSI Teases its First Intel 200-series Chipset Motherboard

This could very well be the first picture of a socket LGA1151 motherboard based on Intel's upcoming 200-series chipset, which succeeds the 100-series. Named the Z2T0-Anniversary (is that a typo for Z270-Anniversary?), the board is likely based on the chipset that succeeds the Z170-Express (Z270-Express?), and will be timed with Intel's launch of the 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processors. MSI did not finalize the board's aesthetics (heatsink design, PCB markings), but the development board seems pretty loaded with features, that rival the current Z170A-Gaming M7 (we know this from the 6-layer PCB markings). MSI says that the board will be launched in November, 2016.

GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Hall of Fame Pictured

Here's the first picture of GALAX' flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 Hall of Fame (HOF). The card features the company's strongest VRM solution for this chip, with a 12-phase setup that draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors, 2 GHz-scraping factory OC, and the groovy styling of a white PCB, with a mostly white colored cooling solution. One way to take advantage of the white scheme is to embed it with RGB multi-color LEDs. Enthusiasts also get features such as dual-BIOS, letting them tinker with their expensive card's BIOS. The card shown to us features a triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution, however, it wouldn't surprise us if GALAX also launched a liquid cooling-ready variant with a factory-fitted full-coverage water block.

GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Lineup Detailed, Readies HOF Model

It looks like GALAX has a pretty comprehensive lineup of GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards, addressing key performance-thru-enthusiast price-points. The lineup begins with the blower-type base model. This card is built to a cost, and GALAX could look to sell it close to the $379 baseline NVIDIA set for the GTX 1070. Higher up the ladder, is the company's custom-design EXOC graphics card.

Expected to be priced close to the $450 price NVIDIA is asking for the GTX 1070 Founders Edition card, the EXOC gives you more, with a large triple-fan cooling solution, a custom-design PCB with a stronger VRM, and factory-overclocked speeds. Then there's the GTX 1070 Hall of Fame, which GALAX is still working on. The company only has its PCB (minus the ASIC) to show us. Likely priced above $500, this card will feature the company's highest factory-OC which should get its performance in the same ballpark as some of the affordable custom-design GTX 1080 cards (while looking a lot cooler).

GALAX Unveils Gamer Series DDR4 Memory

The Hall of Fame DDR4-4000 is just the tip of the iceberg, with the company giving finishing touches to a broader line of performance-segment memory kits addressing various price-points, under the colorful Gamer series. The module consists of a black PCB with a single-color crown, and its matching color LEDs glowing with a "breathing" effect. The modules come in speeds of DDR4-2133, DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, and DDR4-3000; and in densities of 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB (16 GB not available on some of the higher clocked models); making up 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB dual-channel kits, respectively. The DDR4-2133, DDR4-2400, and DDR4-2666 modules are timed at 15-15-15-35 @1.2V; the DDR4-2800 module at 16-16-16-36 @1.2V; and the DDR4-3000 module at 16-16-16-36 @1.35V.

GALAX Hall of Fame DDR4-4000 Memory Pictured, Too

It looks like GALAX is also kicking the door in with enthusiast memory. The company showed off its top of the line Hall of Fame (HOF) DDR4-4000 memory, which features the company's signature white PCB, and design language along the white+chrome heatspreaders. The module comes in densities of 4 GB and 8 GB (making up 8 GB and 16 GB dual-channel kits, respectively). It achieves its marketed speed of DDR4-4000 with timings of 19-25-25-45, and module voltage of 1.4 Volts. The heatspreaders feature white LEDs with "breathing" effect.

GALAX Hall of Fame U.2, M.2, and PCIe SSDs Spied

GALAX is preparing an onslaught for the enthusiast consumer SSD space, with the new Hall of Fame (HOF) NVMe Series. Spanning three key enthusiast form-factors, namely 2.5-inch with 32 Gb/s U.2 interface; 32 Gb/s M.2, and PCI-Express 3.0 x4 add-on card; the lineup sees the company use a very powerful custom controller to churn up sequential transfer rates of 2.5 TB/s. To begin with, the 2.5-inch with U.2 form-factor drive comes in 512 GB and 1 TB sizes, offering speeds of up to 2500 MB/s reads, with 1200 MB/s writes, 300,000 IOPS 4K random reads, and 250,000 IOPS 4K random writes.

The M.2 lineup comes in two module lengths - the more common M.2-2280, and the longer M.2-22110. The M.2-2280 drive comes in capacities of up to 512 GB, and offers slightly higher write-performance of up to 1350 MB/s, while the M.2-22110 drive comes in capacities of up to 1 TB, offering the same transfer rates as the U.2 drives. Then there's the PCIe add-on card form-factor drive for those without either M.2 or U.2, which comes in sizes of up to 1 TB, and has the same performance as the U.2 drives. There's also a 2.5-inch SATA 6 Gb/s drive in this series, but its specs don't hold our attention for too long.

Palit GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 JetStream and G-Panel Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of Palit's enthusiast-grade, JetStream-branded GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards. The two cards look similar, with an identical JetStream cooling solution, with slightly different PCBs on account of different memory types between the two SKUs. These cards are not to be confused with the GTX 1080 Super JetStream, which features the company's highest possible factory OC for the GTX 1080.

Much like the GTX 1070/GTX 1080 GamerRock, the JetStream features a touch of RGB LED lighting along its cooler's top. The company also showed off the G-Panel accessory. We're not sure if this comes bundled with the JetStream cards, or is meant to be purchased separately. The module plugs into one of the USB 3.0 headers on your motherboard, or a type-A port if used externally, and puts out two front-panel USB 3.0 ports of its own (one each of type-A and type-C). The biggest feature, however, is the 2-color LCD display, which can put out five lines of text in the system font, with useful realtime temperature/clocks monitoring, general information, or simply a cool alarm clock.

Palit GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 GameRock Graphics Cards Up-close

Here's Palit's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080/GTX 1070 GameRock graphics card, pictured up-close. Palit is using a common board design for both its GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 SKUs (with SKU-specific changes on the PCB). The GameRock graphics card is characterized by a minor factory-overclock, and a design-focus on RGB LED lighting that lines the card's cooling solution. The card features a reasonably meaty triple-slot, dual-fan cooling solution, lined with LEDs along the fans, top and sides. You can configure the LED lighting with the included software.


GIGABYTE unveiled its latest BRIX mini-PC, which it feels is capable of gaming and the Ultra HD resolution (but not necessarily the two). The new BRIX Gaming UHD (model: BNi7HG4-950) combines a Core i7 "Skylake-U" processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950. This duo should be enough for gaming at 1080p with fairly high eye-candy. The GTX 950 also enables you to plug-in 4K Ultra HD displays for smooth non-gaming 3D applications. Being a barebones desktop, you're expected to drop in your own 2.5-inch drive or M.2 SSD, and one or two DDR4 DIMMs. The unit measures 220 mm x 110 mm x 110 mm (HxWxL), and is just 2.6L in volume.

GIGABYTE XK-700 Xtreme Gaming Keyboard Pictured

GIGABYTE showed off its latest Xtreme Gaming keyboard, the XK-700, nearly completing its brand purism. This board features a minimalist design with an frosty aluminium front panel, a simple 104-key layout with a handful of macros and multimedia function keys, but underneath is a mechanical switch-set (brand currently unknown), with RGB LED lighting that not just lights up the key characters in different colors, but also puts up up a groovy light show as light from the elevated keys fall onto the aluminium panel.

GIGABYTE Also Unveils H170-Designare

In addition to the Z170-Designare and the X99-Designare, GIGABYTE unveiled the more value-oriented H170-Designare, establishing a common feature-set that constitutes the "Designare" branding. To begin with, the H170-Designare covers all the basics, with a 6-phase CPU VRM, reinforced DDR4 DIMM slots, reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (one runs at full-time x16, and one runs at x4), with four additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.

Things get interesting with the connectivity that's on offer. The board features two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports driven by an Intel-made controller (one each of type-A and type-C), with 100W power delivery. The board also features an Intel I219-V gigabit Ethernet controller with cFosSpeed support. The most striking features are with its storage connectivity. You get a 32 Gb/s U.2 port, a 32 Gb/s M.2 port, and a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slot, all of which feature NVMe booting support; with BIOS-level support for 3-drive RAID 0 arrays using three Intel SSD 750 drives.

GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Detailed Some More

GIGABYTE launched its GeForce GTX 1080 lineup with just two cards, the reference Founders Edition card, and the GTX 1080 G.1 Gaming, targeted at people who use their graphics cards for gaming. The GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, which was teased in older articles, however, was missing in action. It turns out that GIGABYTE wants to give this card some Computex fame before it hits the shelves as the company's flagship GTX 1080 offering (for now).

The GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming is every bit as high-end and 'muscular' as described in our older article, but it turns out that GIGABYTE has made some major value additions. To begin with, the card will feature two front-facing HDMI ports, in addition to the one present on the rear bracket. An extended VR-link bracket lets you wire these ports out for additional HDMI ports, for your VR gear. The idea here is to let you plug in multiple HMDs to your machine, if it has enough compute power for multiple players in your game. The card also includes a more convenient 5.25-inch front-panel (if your case has them), with two HDMI ports, and two USB 3.0 ports that wire out from the motherboard's USB 3.0 front-panel header. Sadly, HMDs aren't plug-and-play, and you need to reboot your machine for your graphics card to detect and auto-configure them. The retail version of this card ships with a back-plate.

GIGABYTE Unveils Z170X-Designare Motherboard

GIGABYTE showed off the Z170X-Designare motherboard. The company's second Designare series motherboard after the X99-Designare, this board brings some of GIGABYTE's latest board design and component elements to the LGA1151 platform, such as reinforced memory and PCIe slots; and the latest storage connectivity options. Its notable features include USB 3.1 with 100W power delivery over type-A and type-C ports; a 32 Gb/s U.2 port, an extra-long M.2 22110 slot with 32 Gb/s bandwidth and NVMe support; and the company's latest UltraDurable tech, including anti-sulphur resistors, anti-rust rear I/O.

GIGABYTE Also Unveils the XC700 Gaming Chassis

In addition to the Xtreme Gaming line of PSUs, GIGABYTE also unveiled a new high-end, RGB LED-lit chassis, the XC700. GIGABYTE has had a fairly big lineup of entry-thru-mainstream mid-tower cases, but this is the company's first truly enthusiast case. Built for the post-5.25" generation, this ATX full-tower case features a contemporary aluminium silver+black front facade with a tempered-glass side-panel, and a glowing "Xtreme Gaming" badge lining the drive cage.

Instead of wasting precious real-estate on 5.25-inch drive bays, the case features a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator vents on the top-panel, with 120 mm intakes along the rear, bottom, and front panels. The case has room for large ATX and EATX motherboards, with eight expansion slots (letting you use a dual-slot graphics card on even your motherboard's bottommost slot). The star attraction here, of course, is the factory-fitted RGB LED setup, which lines key design elements of the case, including the large logo. To top it off, you get GIGABYTE's Xtreme Gaming emblem to show off your brand loyalty.

GIGABYTE Forays Into Enthusiast PSUs with New Xtreme Gaming Line

GIGABYTE is making a serious push into high-end gaming PC power supplies (PSUs), with its new Xtreme Gaming line. The company has, in the past, sold entry-thru-mid-range PSUs. The company showed off its first Xtreme Gaming PSU model, the XP1200M. This 1200W PSU features fully modular cabling, 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, an all-Japanese capacitor design, a single +12V rail, DC-to-DC switching, and a 140 mm double ball-bearing fan that stays off below a load threshold. 1200W may not be the only capacity this PSU lineup will include.
Sunday, May 29th 2016

GIGABYTE Unveils the GeForce GTX 1080 G1.Gaming Graphics Card

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today launched the GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING graphics card (GV-N1080G1 GAMING-8GD). Powered by Pascal, the new king of graphics card is packed with legendary G1 GAMING designs to deliver unprecedented performance for next-generation gaming. Featuring Super Overclock GPU, the signature WINDFORCE 3X cooling and RGB illumination, this G1 GAMING graphics card provides a proven solution in terms of overclocking capabilities, silent cooling, and customizable lighting for an enriched gaming experience and beyond.

The legendary WINDFORCE 3X cooling system incorporates 3 pure copper composite heat-pipes with direct touch to the GPU, special fin architecture, and unique blade fan design. Together the WINDFORCE delivers an effective heat dissipation capacity for bringing out the best of Pascal while keeping the card cool. The 3D Active Fan provides semi-passive cooling, which allows gamers to enjoy gameplay in complete silence when the system is running light or idle. An LED fan indicators provides a user-friendly, instant display of the fan status.

Patriot Memory Announces the 2TB Ignite SSD

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of high performance computer memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, consumer flash storage solutions and mobile accessories, today introduced a 2 TB addition to its performance solid state drive (SSD) line, the Ignite. Patriot looks to fulfill the ever-growing demand for increased amounts of storage in consumer PCs.

Patriot originally launched the Ignite SSD in January of 2015 with top performing speeds and capacities of 480 GB and 960 GB. Since then, Patriot has added the addition of a 240GB capacity and now a multi-terabyte capacity to tackle even the most taxing data loads. With the Ignite 2 TB SSD consumers can load an entire library of PC games to their rig without having to unload and load games when storage runs out.

Patriot Presents UHS-II Capable EP PRO-II SDXC and microSDXC

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of consumer flash storage solutions, computer memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals and mobile accessories, today announced the release of the EP PRO-II SD and microSDXC cards. Equipped with UHS-II connectors, UHS Speed Class 3 and Class 10, the EP PRO-II cards will provide users with top of the line transfer speeds as well as ample storage.

Patriot's fastest cards to come to market, the EP PRO-II SDXC and EP PRO-II microSDXC cards offer users unrivaled data transfer speeds. With maximum read speeds of up to 280MB/s and maximum write speeds of up to 100MB/s the EP PRO-II cards will provide superior performance for professional videographers and photographers with advanced media devices such as the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and the Fujifilm X-T1. Available in 64GB to 512GB capacities in the EP PRO-II SDXC full card and 32GB to 128GB in the EP PRO-II microSDXC card, consumers will never miss a second due to a lack of storage space.

QNAP Partners with Canonical to Enhance NAS with Ubuntu OS

QNAP Systems, Inc. has announced today a partnership with Canonical. The partnership will provide an advanced platform for the development of services and applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) using both Ubuntu and QTS operating systems. Canonical and QNAP will cooperate to provide, promote, and enable the creation of an ecosystem of IoT applications across home, SMB, and enterprises.

QNAP leverages its NAS operating system, QTS, with its built-in, mature, and comprehensive virtualization platform and further, integrates the Ubuntu operating system to provide a complete and familiar software development platform for software developers. Users are able to enjoy simultaneously the wide variety of apps from the QTS App Center, and diversified services available on Ubuntu.

AOC Officially Unveils AGON Gaming Brand

AOC, a global leader in display technology, is announcing its new gaming brand: "AGON". All future AOC gaming product releases will be under the AGON name. AGON will also encompass AOC's future gaming-related activities and social media voice. Some of AOC's existing gaming displays, previously grouped together with other products, will be rebranded under AGON.

The name AGON represents AOC's commitment to the PC gaming segment and the spirit of competitive gaming. AGON is an ancient Greek word (ἀγών), which refers to "a struggle or contest". The name is also intended to be an acrostic that represents AOC's vision for AGON.

GeIL Announces the EVO Forza DDR4 Memory Series

GeIL, a leading global manufacturer of PC components and peripherals, presents its latest addition to the EVO hardcore gaming memory product family - the DDR4 EVO FORZA Series. Developed with GeIL's MTCD - Maximum Thermal Conduction & Dissipation technology, the FORZA heat-spreader provides superior cooling performance.

Available in Hot-rod Red and Racing Yellow, the EVO FORZA Series is designed to be compatible with the latest Z170 and/or X99 platforms with frequency of up to 3866 MHz. In order to ensure the highest quality and reliability, the EVO FORZA Series are thoroughly tested and burned-in by GeIL's own DYNA4 SLT & DYNA4 DIMM SLT fully- automatic testers.

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.
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