Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

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Silicon Power Unveils the Slim S80 Solid State Drive

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, today unveils the latest 7mm 2.5" SSS - Slim S80 for the new generation of ultra-slim notebooks with incredibly high capacities up to 960 GB. Built in an extra slim enclosure, the brand-new Slim S80 unleashes the full potential of the 6Gbps SATA III interface to further improve computing capability and mobility. Along with surprisingly fast transferring speeds, reasonable pricing and wide range of capacity choices, SP Slim S80 SSD is now feasible for users to make flexible configuration to achieve great capability enhancement.

Different from standard 9.5 mm SSDs, SP Slim S80 is geared with the super-slim 7 mm form factor for easy integration into the latest mobile computing platforms. Featuring ultra-slim exterior, Slim S80 perfectly complements Ultrabooks in design, and its impressive transfer rates make it the ideal SSD upgrade solution for computer enthusiasts, gamers and multitaskers who want to take their computing experiences to a new level.

Tt eSPORTS Unveils the TALON Series Optical Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional eSports gaming peripherals is releasing the TALON series of optical gaming mice, featuring the TALON and TALON Blu mice. With TALON series, Tt eSPORTS aims to show that quality engineered gaming grade mice can be put out for the more budget conscious gamer; via solid design in sensor, switch, and ambidextrous ergonomic design, and balancing functionality vs. features.

The two mice in the TALON series differ by lighting setup to better match individual preferences, but have the same hardware at its core offering the same high performance in stable tracking, consistency and a good max speed. With the ambidextrous shape, the TALON series mice feel great in either hand.

ROCCAT Releases the Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset

ROCCAT Studios, German manufacturer of high-quality gaming peripherals, adds another weapon to its gaming arsenal, the Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset.

"Our renowned Kave XTD Series has a brand new family member that provides high-class stereo sound with outstanding design and unmatched quality," says René Korte, founder and CEO of ROCCAT Studios. "When ROCCAT designs a headset, we make big claims and we back them up."

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse Launched

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the launch of the Razer DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse. The Razer DeathAdder Chroma features the renowned ergonomic design of its precursor. It is equipped with a 10,000 DPI optical sensor that is able to track lift-off distance as precise as 1 mm on most surfaces, including glass table tops. The upgraded sensor is capable of mouse movement speeds up to 200 inches per second with 50 G acceleration, ensuring exacting accuracy and organic fluidity onscreen.

Together with Razer Synapse: Stats & Heatmaps, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma provides gamers precise details such as game time, button presses, distance moved and even how much overall pressure was exerted while gaming. This incredible amount of technical tracking data coupled with the upgraded ultra accurate sensor allows gamers to tweak the Razer DeathAdder Chroma to their individual play style and further increase their accuracy more than with any other mouse on the planet.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces the G551 and G771 Gaming Laptops

ASUS today announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) G Series G551 and G771 gaming laptops. These new G Series models represent a performance leap over their predecessors, with up to Intel Core i7 processors and enthusiast-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics for the horsepower to drive today's games smoothly at their highest settings. The G Series laptops exhibit their visual prowess with wide-angle IPS displays, and provide gamers with Full HD visuals. There's also 4K/UHD-ready Trinity Display output for multi-monitor gaming or multitasking.

The distinctive G Series design features a matte-black brushed-aluminum finish with red diamond-cut edges, and bears an illuminated ROG logo on the lid. The keyboards are designed especially for gamers, and the almost-silent cooling system efficiently removes heat with minimum fan noise.

Toshiba Launches the Tecra C50 Laptop

Toshiba's Business Solutions Division (BSD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced a new laptop series designed to meet the needs of small to mid-sized businesses. The Tecra C50 offers the performance of an enterprise-class PC, the essential productivity and security features business users need and unmatched Toshiba build-quality, starting at just $579.99 MSRP and will be sold exclusively in the U.S. through Ingram Micro Inc.'s vast reseller and solution provider network.

"Growing businesses need PCs that their workforces can count on with the features they need to be productive for a low total cost of ownership - we've designed the new Tecra C50 laptop just for that," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and engineering, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Business Solutions Division. "Unlike other manufacturers who outsource most of their production, our business laptops are designed, engineered and rigorously tested in dedicated Toshiba facilities, giving us one of the industry's lowest failure rates. We are so sure of the quality of these laptops, that if any of the major components fail within the first six months, we'll give you a brand new one, no questions asked."

Synology Launches DiskStation DS415+ NAS

Synology today announced the new DiskStation DS415+, a powerful 4-bay NAS server designed to centralize data storage, backup, and file sharing for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enthusiast home users. DS415+ features an Intel Atom 2.4Ghz quad-core processor with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, a floating-point unit, as well as 2GB DDR3 RAM. The four drive bays accommodate huge amounts of storage capacity, while the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports allow users to connect and access various external storage devices. Dual LAN ports support failover and link aggregation, thus improving resiliency and potential throughput.

"Thanks to its best-in-class combination of hardware specs and DSM software integration, DS415+ handles data transfer and encryption at blazingly fast speeds, bringing peace of mind to businesses or individuals who wish to safeguard their data while maintaining excellent performance," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. As the first desktop DiskStation model to include a quad-core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS415+ delivers performance and accelerated data encryption that is on par with more expensive high-end servers. With link aggregation enabled, DS415+ provides average reading and writing speeds that exceed 228 MB/s and 233 MB/s respectively, while encrypted file transfers retain an astoundingly similar level of performance, exceeding 232 MB/s reading and 206 MB/s writing.

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Motherboard Starts Selling

MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its latest motherboard, the Z97S SLI Krait Edition. Inspired by and developed in cooperation with the world's elite case modders, the new Z97S SLI Krait Edition is equipped with an arsenal of new features, improvements like NVIDIA SLI certified for enthusiasts looking to pair up multiple graphics cards. On-board M.2 and SATA Express provides the latest storage technology with transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s, with flexible solutions for using preferred devices. Military Class 4 provide all the stability you need through carefully selected and thoroughly tested components and materials. The Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard caters to those looking for a feature rich motherboard with a unique look & feel.

MSI Holding Off on GTX 980 Lightning, in Anticipation of Bigger Chip

MSI is reportedly holding off on launching an overclocking-grade GeForce GTX 980 graphics card that you can ride into record-setting competitions, based on its coveted OC Series Lightning brand. The company probably wants to avoid a repeat of last year, when launch of its GeForce GTX 780 Lightning graphics card was closely trailed by NVIDIA's launch of the inherently faster GeForce GTX 780 Ti, and resulting price-cuts for the GTX 780, throwing MSI's inventories in jeopardy. The year before that, MSI launched the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning just weeks before AMD launched the faster HD 7970 GHz Edition.

MSI could stick to selling its Gaming Series GTX 980, equipped with the new Twin Frozr V cooling solution, even offering factory-overclocked variants of the card. This also leads one to wonder if NVIDIA has a third, high-end graphics card based on the GM204 silicon, on the 'cards,' one with higher clock speeds, or a higher temperature-based clock speed throttle, which is currently at a hair-trigger 80°C on the GTX 980.


Source: NordicHardware
Monday, September 22nd 2014

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Storage

Super Talent Updates Its 7-pin SATA Flash Disk Module

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, updates its 7-pin SATA FDM with the 7-pin SATA SJ1. The very popular 7-pin SATA FDM is now available in a SATA III version which allows for read speeds of up to 300 MB/s and write speeds of up to 100 MB/s.

These modules mount directly onto a mainboard and are perfect for maximizing performance of embedded computing applications. The small form factor along with a left or right facing version allows for space saving solutions where component placement is very important. Further information on the 7-pin SATA SJ1 can be found here.

Corsair Unleashes Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboards, RGB Mice, and Headsets

Corsair, a leader in PC hardware, today launched Corsair Gaming, a new division within the company dedicated to the elevation of PC gaming and the development of high-performance PC peripherals. Forged from Corsair's engineering know-how and developed alongside eSports professionals and gaming enthusiasts, Corsair Gaming products are driven by a philosophy of performance, style, and comfort. Corsair Gaming's first salvo is the immediate worldwide release of the much-anticipated range of RGB keyboards and mice.

"For 20 years, Corsair has equipped gamers with high-performance, precision hardware to build their dream PCs. Corsair Gaming now introduces new ways for PC gamers to optimize how they play," said Andy Paul, Corsair President and CEO. "We've brought together our engineering expertise and our passion for gaming to build a line of products that delivers performance, customized for however you play."

VESA Brings DisplayPort to New USB Type-C Connector

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), working in liaison with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, today announced the publication of the DisplayPort Alternate Mode ("Alt Mode") on USB Type-C Standard. Using the DisplayPort Alt Mode, a USB Type-C connector and cable can deliver full DisplayPort audio/video (A/V) performance, driving monitor resolutions of 4K and beyond, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1) data and up to 100 watts of power--over a single cable. The DisplayPort Alt Mode can also drive adaptors that support the huge installed base of existing DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and VGA displays.

VESA utilized the Alternate Mode functional extension of the USB Type-C specification in the development of this new Standard. The DisplayPort Alt Mode repurposes some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance, and uses other signaling available in the USB Type-C connector for DisplayPort's AUX channel and HPD (Hot Plug Detection) function. This enables computers, tablets, smartphones, displays, and docking stations to implement the new USB Type-C connector at both ends while using the DisplayPort Standard over USB Type-C to transmit high-resolution A/V along with USB data and power.

Adesso Announces Tru-Form 150 Keyboard

The new Adesso Tru-Form 150 - 3-Color Illuminated Ergonomic keyboard is designed with ergonomic split key zones and a gentle slope for the natural positioning of hands, wrists, and forearms, increasing maximum comfort and extended use. With its eye-soothing backlit keys made for increased productivity in dim or dark environments, you can easily switch between green, blue or red lights with one touch of a key! The multi-functional hotkeys allow quick access to your media controls, email, internet browser and other common applications. The Adesso Tru-Form 150 is also designed with membrane key switches that provide a quieter, faster response and stands up to long term usage. Sleek and modern, Adesso Tru-Form 150 brings the best in comfort, efficiency, and style.

Innodisk Announces Certified Storage Solutions for In-Vehicle Computing

Innodisk, the service-driven flash provider, announces today a new line of SSDs and DRAM designed specifically for in-vehicle computing. These storage solutions stand up to the challenges posed by the extreme environments found in cars, buses, trains, ships, fleet vehicles, and military vehicles. Innodisk is the first peripheral supplier to obtain the European E-Mark certification, and the only storage solution provider with multiple in-vehicle computing compliant standards for EMI resistance. There are multiple peripherals and electronic devices in any modern vehicle, each of which can create electromagnetic radiation that disturbs the function of other electronic components. Innodisk's In-Vehicle SSDs are certified products that cause no electromagnetic interference. System reliability is ensured at the end application.

Power is no guarantee in a moving vehicle. Innodisk's exclusive iCell and iData Guard are integrated firmware and hardware technologies that ensure data integrity even when power is not guaranteed. When power loss is detected, multiple on-board capacitors provide a power buffer to the SSD so that the last piece of data on the DRAM can be safely discharged to flash storage. At the same time, the data protection mechanism is activated to reject data commands from the host. This design can prevent incomplete data from being recorded and cause a bad block in the NAND flash.

Cooler Master Announces Novatouch TKL Keyboard

Cooler Master, a leading developer of PC and electronic components and accessories, today announces the NovaTouch TKL, a hybrid capacitive keyboard designed for high speed, extreme accuracy, and total comfort in the ultimate typing experience.

The Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL provides the ultimate typing experience for all - including the eSports professional and the expert typist. To achieve this, the NovaTouch TKL uses a Japanese made hybrid capacitive switch with a uniform 45 gram actuation force and a 1mm actuation point. This Cooler Master exclusive unique switch has an ultra smooth press, a tactile trigger point, and a rapid debounce time. The debounce time is 3x faster than traditional mechanical switches, allowing Actions per Minute (APM) to not be hindered by hardware limitations. Additionally, the switch is designed with a custom stem that is fully compatible with Cherry MX keycaps for keyboard customization enthusiasts.

BIOSTAR Announces Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Socket LGA1150 Motherboard

BIOSTAR has launched the first development of what might become a possible series of high-end gaming boards, the Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard, a board with cutting-edge features and innovative durability enhancements. The Hi-Fi Z97Z7, based on the Intel Z97 chipset, comes with key features such as a PCI Express 3.0x16 slot, PCIe M.2 support, and BIOSTAR exclusive Super Hi-Fi Audio technology.

The Hi-Fi Z97Z7 is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support. It has 4 memory slots for up to 32GB of 2800(OC) RAM. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions. There is also the introduction of the SATA Express Connector which supports both SATA and PCIe storage solutions giving maximum data transfer speed of up to 10Gb/s.

NVIDIA Rolls Out GeForce 344.16 Beta Drivers

Shortly after rolling out the GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers following the launch of its GeForce GTX 900 series GPUs, NVIDIA slipped out GeForce 344.16 Beta drivers. The driver only supports GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs, and doesn't come with a working release notes link, and so we're left to guess that NVIDIA found a bug specific to the GTX 980 and GTX 970 that needed immediate fixing, and rushed out the 344.11 Beta. Grab it from the link below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 344.16 Beta

Gigabyte Announces G1.Sniper B6 Socket LGA1150 Motherboard

Gigabyte announced a new G1.Gaming series socket LGA1150 motherboard for gamers who don't plan on overclocking their CPUs, the G1.Sniper B6. Retaining the classic black+green color scheme, which should go well with reference-design GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, the G1.Sniper B6 is based on Intel B85 Express chipset, and comes with out of the box support for Core "Haswell" and "Devil's Canyon" CPUs. On the flip-side, while the board features two long PCI-Express x16 slots, only one of the two is gen 3.0 x16, and wired to the CPU. The other is electrical gen 2.0 x4, wired to the PCH, instead. The board hence lacks NVIDIA SLI support.

Drawing power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, the board features an 8-phase CPU VRM. Other expansion slots include two each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI. Storage connectivity includes an M.2 10 Gb/s slot, and four SATA 6 Gb/s and two SATA 3 Gb/s ports. Gamer-grade features include AMP UP onboard audio featuring an EMI-shielded 115 dBA SNR CODEC, ground-layer isolation, audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, and a user-replaceable headphones amp; and Intel gigabit Ethernet. Expect this board to be priced under $120.
Saturday, September 20th 2014

iBUYPOWER Launches Systems with NVIDIA GTX 980 GPUs

The most amazing advancement in gaming graphics has arrived. iBUYPOWER is proud to announce that it now carries a full range of gaming systems powered by NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 980.

Ever thirsty for more performance and better graphics, our team of engineers is thrilled to feature NVIDIA's new GPU in our systems, and we think end users will be even more excited. The GeForce GTX 980 represents a major jump above the previous generation of GPUs, and there's no shortage of hit PC game titles coming out this holiday season to take advantage of the new "Maxwell" architecture.
Friday, September 19th 2014

Velocity Micro Systems Now Available with GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Graphics

Velocity Micro, the premier builder of award winning enthusiast desktops, laptops, and peripherals announces the availability of gaming PCs powered by NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics. Fully customized systems powered by these freshly announced GPUs and built with premium, retail grade parts, assembled by hand in Richmond, Virginia, start at around $2099.

"This new Maxwell architecture is exactly what our enthusiast audience is looking for. Powerful, advanced, and efficient, these cards are truly something special," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We're excited to be able to offer these new products as a part of our ongoing pursuit to create an ultra-performance, cutting-edge product."

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Now Available in ORIGIN PC Desktops

ORIGIN PC announced today the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards on their award-winning line of CHRONOS, MILLENNIUM and GENESIS desktops for gamers, artists, enthusiasts and professionals. The new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 are powered by the next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, giving you incredible performance, unmatched power efficiency, and cutting-edge features in your next ORIGIN PC desktop.

Maxwell is the most advanced GPU architecture ever made, designed to be the engine for next-generation gaming. Inspired by light, it was designed to solve some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing. For the first time, gaming GPUs can dynamically render indirect light using the new VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) technology. Scenes are significantly more lifelike as light interacts more realistically with the gaming environment.

GIGABYTE Unveils the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 G1 Gaming Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the release of GV-N980G1 GAMING-4GD and GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD, two new graphics cards from the next generation G1 Gaming Series. Both cards are respectively powered by the highly-anticipated GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Maxwell GPUs and combined with GIGABYTE technologies and innovations to outperform the reference.

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming graphics cards are crafted for perfection in pursuit of the ultimate graphics experience for gaming enthusiasts. Through GPU Gauntlet Sorting, the graphics cards are forged with only the top-notch GPU cores to deliver the maximum processing power for going Super Overclock. Further armed with the acclaimed WINDFORCE cooling system and innovative Flex Display technology(patent-pending), the G1 Gaming graphics cards ensure incredibly fast, cool and quiet performance, whilst providing gamers with greater flexibility in output connectivity options for multi-display gaming.

EVGA, K|NGP|N and TiN Break New Records with EVGA GeForce GTX 980

EVGA, K|NGP|N and TiN have once again broken new records with the new EVGA GeForce GTX 980. Armed with liquid nitrogen, the latest EVGA hardware including an EVGA X99 FTW motherboard, 1600W power supplies and an EVGA GeForce GTX 980 running at over 2050MHz, K|NGP|N was able to set new records on 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme, breaking 19,000 and 9,000 barrier in each benchmark.

"The Maxwell GPU in the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 is an overclocking monster," said Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido. "There is a ton of headroom on the GPU and Memory clocks, and performance scaling is some of the highest I have ever seen. Internally we have hit the highest clocks ever achieved on a GPU."

Inno3D Announces the iChill GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970

Inno3D is excited to announce the launch of the iChill and Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. The GeForce GTX 980 is the world's most advanced graphics card, powered by the new incredibly fast, power-efficient NVIDIA Maxwell architecture. With twice the performance of prior-generation graphics cards and exciting new gaming technologies, this innovative GPU provides an elite experience on virtual reality, HD, and ultra-resolution 4K displays.

Enjoy hyper-realistic real-time lighting with advanced NVIDIA Cone-traced global illumination, as well as NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology for smooth, tear-free gaming. Plus, you get Super Resolution technology that delivers a 4K experience on a 1080p display. The GTX 980 even delivers great gaming to go with NVIDIA GameStream technology, that lets you stream PC games to NVIDIA Shield devices.

EVGA Announces its GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 with ACX 2.0

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980/970 are the world's most advanced GPUs. Powered by next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, it delivers incredible performance, unmatched power efficiency, and cutting-edge features like NVIDIA Super Resolution Technology. With up to twice the performance of prior-generation cards and breakthrough graphics technologies, the EVGA GeForce GTX 980/970 provides an elite gaming experience on virtual reality, HD, and ultra-resolution 4K displays.

Most graphics card manufacturers only focus on one aspect when designing their cooling solution and neglect all other aspects of the fan design and heatsink. With EVGA ACX 2.0, we focused on the details that make a real difference, not just marketing jargon. In fact, did you know that the power consumption of a fan can directly affect your overclocking ability? Modern NVIDIA graphics cards have a maximum power ceiling that takes into account the fan power consumption, meaning the lower the power consumption from the fan, the more power available for the GPU! Triple fan coolers from competitors increase power consumption, thereby lowering your maximum overclocking headroom. When it comes to graphics cards cooling, less is more!

MSI Announces GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 OCV1 Series

MSI announced a pair of minimalist lateral blower-equipped GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970-based graphics cards, under the OC V1 series. The two don't feature flashy TwinFrozr cooling solutions, or even over the top features, but offer PCBs that are close to NVIDIA's reference design, albeit with MSI's own copper channel-flow heatsinks. The GTX 970 OCV1 offers factory-overclocked speeds of 1076 MHz core, 1216 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. The GTX 980 OCV1, on the other hand, offers clock speeds of 1152 MHz core, 1252 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. Both cards feature 4 GB of memory across 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interfaces.

Turtle Beach Releases the Ear Force Z60 PC Gaming Headset

Turtle Beach, the leading audio brand in the video games industry, today announced that the Z60 PC gaming headset is now available in stores and through online retailers. The Z60, which was unveiled at the CES trade show in January 2014, is the first PC gaming headset to feature new DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Turtle Beach is the gaming audio brand of Turtle Beach Corporation.

DTS Headphone:X is an innovative new sound experience designed to make movies, music and games sound better over headphones. Because it enables much more discrete control over speaker position and angles, the engineers at Turtle Beach have created audio presets using DTS Headphone:X designed to provide soundscapes that are more realistic than provided by existing surround sound solutions.

Gainward Announces its GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Graphics Cards

As the leading brand in enthusiastic graphics market, Gainward proudly presents the brand-new GeForce GTX graphics, base on the next generation MAXWELL architecture, GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series. Gainward GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series are the world's fastest, most advanced graphics cards. The next generation MAXWELL architecture delivers incredible performance and unmatched power efficiency. With this MAXWELL powered GPU, the Gainward GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series offer cutting-edge features like advanced sampling and Dynamic Super Resolution technology that delivers 4K (UHD) fidelity - even on 1080p displays.

Gainward GeForce GTX 980 board comes with 4096MB memory, gives you twice the performance of previous-generation cards (GTX 680). And Gainward GeForce GTX 970 series leads by GTX 970 Phantom 4GB, which is factory over-clocked at 1152MHz base clock (1304MHz boost clock) and 3500MHz memory clock speed, Gainward GTX 970 Phantom 4GB performs up to 9% more than NV's GTX 970 reference clock speed under games and benchmark score. To compete with previous-generation GTX 770, it gets up to 45% performance enhancement and 35% less power consumption. The Gainward GeForce GTX 970 4GB, with standard clock speed, offers two-slot fan cooling and better C/P value for your choice.

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 344.11 WHQL Software Suite

The new GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers are now available to download automatically through GeForce Experience, and from GeForce.com. These new drivers give GeForce GTX owners the ultimate gaming experience in the latest blockbuster titles, including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014 and Alien: Isolation, and add support for the brand new, Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970, the world's most advanced graphics cards.

Learn more in our announcement article, and tune in to the GAME24 livestream to see world exclusive demos of new Maxwell technologies that will dramatically improve your gaming experience. Additionally, GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers add support for NVIDIA G-SYNC Surround displays, making your gaming experience more realistic and immersive than ever before. Learn more on the Surround technology page.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 344.11 WHQL for Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista 32-bit | Windows XP 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit

MAINGEAR Offers New NVIDIA Maxwell Graphics on All Desktops

MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder of custom gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations, delivers pure gaming high-performance with the addition of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics cards, now available on all MAINGEAR desktops. MAINGEAR desktops with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 offer the world's most advanced graphics card, powered by the new incredibly fast and power-efficient NVIDIA Maxwell architecture.

The Maxwell architecture is based on the same 28 nm manufacturing process as Kepler, but offers more precise control that improves performance per core by 135 percent, and it doubles the GPU's performance per watt compared to the previous Kepler architecture. With twice the performance of prior-generation cards and exciting new gaming technologies, this innovative GPU provides an elite experience on virtual reality, HD and ultra-resolution 4K displays.

SYBER Launches the Vapor Xtreme GTX 980-Powered 'Gaming Console'

SYBER, a division of custom computer manufacturer CYBERPOWERPC, today announced the availability of its Vapor Xtreme gaming console with the all-new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. The inclusion of this cutting edge graphics card combined with high-end hardware makes the Vapor Xtreme the fastest PC gaming console on the market.

The new GeForce GTX 980 is powered by next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, providing incredible performance and power efficiency to match all of the features that really round out the ultimate gaming experience. The new graphics card offers double the performance over previous generations, and is ready to take on heavy graphical loads like intense gaming and virtual reality. On the Vapor Xtreme, the GeForce GTX 980 enables seamless gaming at ultra-high 4K resolution, quadruple the resolution of typical Full HD (1080p) TVs.

ASUS Announces the Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 Graphics Cards

ASUS today announced Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970, all-new gaming graphics cards packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II for cooler, quieter and faster performance for incredible action gaming; 0dB fan technology for light gameplay in total silence; and Blu-ray movie playback that's free from distracting background noise.

The new cards feature exclusive ASUS Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) technology and Super Alloy Power components for enhanced durability and cooling, and GPU Tweak for overclocking and online streaming that's as simple as it is flexible. Both cards come equipped with a DisplayPort interface to support connections up to 4K/UHD (ultra-high definition) resolution.

Zotac Debuts Its GeForce GTX 980 & GTX 970 Cards

ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the powerful and very efficient ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series next generation graphics card. The NVIDIA Maxwell architecture powered ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series arrives with customized versions including the elite AMP! Extreme Edition and premium AMP! Omega Edition.

"ZOTAC is launching the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series with a big bang. We listened to our most demanding enthusiasts to create a new lineup that is truly unique and special," said Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. "The new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 AMP! Extreme and AMP! Omega Editions is the start of a new era of next-level performance and overclocking capabilities from ZOTAC."

GALAX Launches the GeForce GTX 900 Series Graphics Cards

GALAX, a leading manufacturer of performance gaming products, recently merged from Galaxy and KFA2, announced today the release of the GeForce GTX 980 series and GeForce GTX 970 Series Graphics cards. Both series are built with the latest Maxwell GPU architecture to deliver jaw dropping performance with double the efficiency of previous generations. With the additional custom features with GALAX raise the bar even further with an aggressive factory overclock, enhanced PCB design and superior custom coolers.

A host of exciting new graphics technologies makes their debut with the GALAX GTX 900 series, including NVIDIA GameWorks technology, GameStream technology, and Super Resolution is about to provide 4K quality with 1080P monitor. All cards are DirectX 12 capable and support multi display gaming on a single card. Gamers can connect up to four simultaneous displays to the GALAX GeForce GTX 980/970 series, including one DVI-I, one HDMI, and three DisplayPort connections. For further information click here.

Palit Introduces the GeForce GTX 970 JetStream

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the latest GTX 900 series in Palit GeForce product line-up, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 970 JetStream and GeForce GTX 970. The revolutionary Palit JetStream series of graphics cards features advanced innovative cooling and an optimized product design to deliver gamers the ultimate gaming experience. As the latest and the next generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, the Palit GeForce GTX 970 JetStream guarantees gamers cutting-edge performance and a explosive new gaming experience.

Palit GeForce GTX 970 JetStream has 1664 cores and clocked at 1152 MHz, making it much faster than the stock 1050 MHz of NVIDIA's reference design. Equipped with the JetStream cooler and optimized product design, Palit GeForce GTX970 JetStream provides gaming benchmark up to 9% compared with GTX 970 reference board. With new JetStream thermal design features, the temperature is 9℃ cooler and the noise level is 9dB quieter under the hard game loading. With the new 0-dB Tech features, there is zero noise while you are at general workload, such as internet or multi-media application. Stay Quiet, Stay Cool and Enjoy the High gaming performance with Palit JetStream.

MSI Announces the GAMING Series GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Cards

MSI is pleased to announce its next generation of GAMING graphics cards powered by NVIDIA's new GTX 970 and GTX 980 GPUs. The new GTX 970 GAMING 4G and GTX 980 GAMING 4G build on the enormous legacy of MSI's #1 position in Gaming graphics cards. Kept cool by the all-new Twin Frozr V with Hybrid Frozr technology, the new MSI GTX 970 and GTX 980 GAMING cards provide new standards for low-noise and low-temperature Gaming graphics. Besides the GAMING series, MSI also provides Classic models to just meet the requirements of great performance.

Twin Frozr V Thermal Design
The new MSI twin Frozr V Thermal Design is the pinacle of Graphics Card air cooling. With a smaller than 2-slot design the new Twin Frozr V is able to surpass previous generation's by a large margin. The new 10cm Torx fans ensure huge amounts of silent airflow and visually match the bold new look of the Twin Frozr V.

EK Unveils Its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Water Blocks

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce full-cover water cooling solution for NVIDIA reference (NVA-1G401) design GeForce GTX 980 series graphics cards, based on Maxwell GM204 graphics processor.

EK-FC980 GTX directly cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks.
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NVIDIA Kills the GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780, GTX 770, Cuts GTX 760 Pricing

Following the launch of its GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, NVIDIA announced discontinuation of three of its top-selling high-end graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, the GeForce GTX 780, and the GeForce GTX 770. The $549 GeForce GTX 980 cannibalizes the GTX 780 Ti and GTX 780; and is cheaper to make, with 2 billion fewer transistors, four fewer memory chips, and a lighter VRM; while the GTX 970 targets several key sub-$350 products, blasting the GTX 770 to irrelevance. NVIDIA also tweaked pricing of its GeForce GTX 760 performance-segment graphics card, which now starts at $219. The company is expected to launch its replacement, the GeForce GTX 960, some time in October, 2014.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970

At the Game24 event held at several locations around the world, and online, NVIDIA launched its next-generation GeForce GTX 900 series high-end graphics cards, led by the GeForce GTX 980, and the GeForce GTX 970. The two are based on the company's new 28 nm GM204 silicon, derived from the "Maxwell" GPU architecture. The GeForce GTX 980 leads the pack, featuring 2,048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory.

The GeForce GTX 970, on the other hand, features 1,664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and the same memory configuration. Both cards feature TDP rating of under 170W, and clock speeds above the 1 GHz mark. The GTX 980 features clock speeds of 1126 MHz core, 1216 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. The GTX 970, on the other hand, offers 1050 MHz core, 1178 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. Both cards offer 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth, but feature technologies that help them make the most of it, such as 3rd generation Delta-color compression, a lossless texture compression algorithm. The GeForce GTX 980 starts at US $549, while the GTX 970 starts at $329.
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