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NVIDIA Sets Up Price Cuts in Response to Radeon R9 Series

In the wake of AMD rolling out the $299 Radeon R9 280X, $199 Radeon R9 270X, and $139 Radeon R7 260X; NVIDIA is giving final touches to price cuts to several of its SKUs, beginning with the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. Originally priced at $149, pricing of the card could be adjusted closer to that of the R7 260X. Our review of the card revealed NVIDIA's offering to be a staggering 24 percent faster overall. NVIDIA could also lower the price of the now $180 GeForce GTX 660. All eyes, however, are on the $249 GeForce GTX 760, which is sandwiched by AMD's offerings.

There's also talk of NVIDIA developing a new SKU, possibly the "GeForce GTX 760 Ti" or "GeForce GTX 765" (likely names), to occupy the $240~260 price range. We expect this chip to be essentially an overclocked GeForce GTX 670 with GPU Boost 2.0; which may not quite go after the R9 280X, since it's already performing on par with the GeForce GTX 770. The new price cuts could take effect very soon; although DigiTimes isn't ruling out a second round of price-cuts in November, either.


Source: DigiTimes

MSI Announces GeForce GTX 660 Gaming Series

In a bid to spice things up in the sub-$200 market segment before the big fall-winter AAA titles hit the block, MSI announced a pair of Gaming Series graphics cards based on the GeForce GTX 660 graphics processor. The two cards are based on a new PCB design for the GK106 silicon; and the same high-performance TwinFrozr IV cooling solution as the one cooling the GeForce GTX 770 Gaming Series.

MSI is launching two SKUs of the GTX 660 Gaming Series, one which sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 980 MHz core, 1033 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.00 GHz memory; and an OC variant, which runs at 1033 MHz core, 1098 MHz GPU Boost, and an unchanged 6.00 GHz memory. Based on the 28 nm GK106 silicon, the GeForce GTX 660 features 960 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs, 24 ROPs, and a 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory. MSI didn't reveal pricing on the two cards.

Battlefield 4 MSR Largely Identical to Battlefield 3, RSR Interesting

Battlefield 4 minimum system requirements (MSR) lists released to the web show them to be largely identical to those of Battlefield 3, with a few changes in the GPU requirements. The RSR (recommended system requirements) list is interesting. There's no support for Windows XP, much like Battlefield 3, but contrary to rumors, Battlefield 4 doesn't mandate 64-bit platforms. It includes 32-bit executables, even if it can take advantage of over 4 GB of system- and over 3 GB of video-memory. Battlefield 4 needs at least a Windows Vista 32-bit installation, with Service Pack 2 and KB971512 update. An AMD Athlon X2 processor clocked at 2.80 GHz or Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM (which 32-bit platforms don't fully make available anyway), and 2009-class DirectX 10 graphics cards, are part of the MSR.

Moving on to the recommended system requirements list, EA-DICE recommends 64-bit Windows 8, making us wonder why not Windows 7 64-bit, and if it has something to do with the fact that Windows 8 supports DirectX 11.1, which Windows 7 doesn't. Any six-core AMD CPU, and any Intel quad-core CPU will do. 8 GB of RAM is recommended. The developer recommends at least Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce GTX 660 graphics cards with at least 3 GB of video memory, which strangely disqualifies the Radeon HD 7870 from the RSR list, as there's no known HD 7870 variant with ≥3 GB of video memory. Hard drive space is consistent between the two lists, at 30 GB. It was 25 GB for Battlefield 3. In all, we expect Battlefield 4 to be another eye-feast, which rewards faster hardware, and perhaps even upgrading to Windows 8.


Source: The Examiner

NVIDIA and Ubisoft Form Gaming Alliance for This Fall's Hottest Games

NVIDIA today announced an alliance with Ubisoft to offer PC gamers the best gaming experiences possible for Ubisoft's biggest fall titles, including Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, Assassins Creed IV Black Flag and Watch Dogs.

NVIDIA's developer technology team is working closely with Ubisoft's development studios on incorporating graphics technology innovations to create game worlds that deliver new heights of realism and immersion. One example is NVIDIA TXAA antialiasing, which provides Hollywood-levels of smooth animation, soft shadows, HBAO+ (horizon-based ambient occlusion) and advanced DX11 tessellation.

GeForce GTX 760 Last 700 Series SKU for 2013?

NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 760 could be the company's last GTX 700 series retail desktop SKU, at least for this year. A leaked slide by the company lays out how this year's three new GTX 700 series SKUs pretty much seal the product stack. It reveals that GeForce GTX TITAN will remain NVIDIA's flagship graphics card throughout the year. The thousand-dollar single-GPU card is based on the GK110 silicon, with 2,688 CUDA cores, and 6 GB of memory. The GeForce GTX 780, introduced this March, replaces the GeForce GTX 680 on the product-stack, even at its much higher launch price of $650, compared to its predecessor's $500. The GTX 780 has no competition from AMD at its price-point.

The slide also reveals that the GeForce GTX 770, which was launched late last month, will replace the GeForce GTX 670 from the stack. Based on the GK104 silicon, it features 1,536 CUDA cores, and 2 to 4 GB of memory. Given that it has a lot in common with the GeForce GTX 680, albeit with higher clock speeds, GPU Boost 2.0, its $400 pricing surprised us. The GeForce GTX 770 outperforms AMD's HD 7970 GHz Edition, and is generally priced on-par. The only definitively faster AMD card is the $1100 HD 7990 "Malta," which makes the GTX 770 the king of its segment.

NVIDIA Metro: Last Light Offer Goes Live

NVIDIA is giving away free copies of the upcoming survival horror FPS Metro: Last Light, with select performance-thru-extreme segment GeForce GTX graphics cards. These include the GeForce GTX 660, GTX 660 Ti, GTX 670, GTX 680, GTX 690, and GTX TITAN. The offer is valid on participating NVIDIA add-in card partners, and is valid only on qualifying graphics cards purchased on or after today (Apr 16, 2013). Partners will be including coupons either inside the product package, or with the retailer invoice, which can be redeemed on Steam to count as a pre-order. At some point as the game's May 14 launch date approaches, you should be able to pre-load the game, and begin playing once it's released.

ASUS Readies GeForce GTX 660 Dragon Edition Graphics Card

ASUS is ready with its third "Dragon Edition" graphics card, after launching ones based on GeForce GTX 660 Ti and Radeon HD 7850. The GTX 660 Dragon Edition (model: GTX660Ti-DP-2GD5) from ASUS is a premium custom-design implementation that's a couple of notches above its DirectCU II TOP (DCU2T). The card features a cooling solution largely identical to DirectCU II, with the exception of those blue stripes, and an aluminum back-plate to cool memory chips on the reverse side of the PCB. It also features ASUS' Direct Power vGPU passive signal-noise dampener that's found on the company's GTX 670 DirectCU Mini.

The GTX 660 Dragon Edition features GPU clock speeds above those of the DirectCU II TOP, with GPU Boost speed of 1150 MHz (compared to the DCU2T's 1135 MHz). Strangely, despite better memory cooling, it features NVIDIA-reference memory clock speeds of 6.00 GHz, even as the DCU2T offers 6.10 GHz. Based on the 28 nm GK106 silicon, the GeForce GTX 660 feature 960 CUDA cores, and a 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory. Based on what we learned about availability of the other Dragon Edition cards, it would be safe to conclude that this card will be sold only in the Greater China region (PRC, ROC, HK, MO).

Source: Cowcotland

NVIDIA to Bundle Metro: Last Light with GeForce GTX 660 and Above

Game bundle wars between NVIDIA and AMD have been a one-sided contest in favor of the latter, with AMD bundling the hottest AAA titles with its Radeon hardware, compared to NVIDIA offering in-game currency on popular free-to-play games. Following news of AMD stepping up its "Never Settle Reloaded" with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on all GPUs upwards of Radeon HD 7750, we've learned that NVIDIA is frantically responding by preparing to give away Metro: Last Light with all GeForce GPUs upwards of the $200 GTX 660. The bundle will go live from April 16th.

EVGA Gives Away New 3DMark with Performance thru High-End Graphics Cards

EVGA is giving away Advanced Edition licenses of the new 3DMark benchmark suite with all its performance thru high-end graphics cards; which includes GeForce GTX 660 series and above. With eligible EVGA graphics cards purchased on or after 4th March 2013, EVGA will include an unlock the Advanced Edition, which is tailored for most gamers and enthusiasts, letting you run all three test suites with custom settings, and view scores locally. Buyers who meet the criteria can log in with their EVGA account, register their EVGA graphics card, and redeem the offer from this page.

NVIDIA Outs Free 2 Play Bundle with GeForce GTX GPUs

AMD's Never Settle Reloaded may have ruffled a few feathers at NVIDIA, which responded with a game deal of its own. Although not featuring some of the biggest AAA titles of the season, such as Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider (2013), or DmC Devil May Cry; it gives buyers of new GeForce GTX graphics cards $75~$150 worth in-game currency in three of the biggest free-to-play online multiplayer titles, Planetside 2, Hawken, and World of Tanks.

Buyers of GeForce GTX 650 and GTX 650 Ti get US $25 worth in-game currency in each of the three above mentioned titles, totaling a $75 value; while buyers of GeForce GTX 660 and above (GTX 660 Ti, GTX 670, GTX 680, GTX 690) get $50 worth in-game currency, totaling $150. Although the games are free-to-play, an in-game currency is used for players to purchase high-quality equipment or consumables. The offer is available in all of NVIDIA's key market regions, including North America, EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa, India), and Asia.

Colorful Readies GeForce GTX 660 Glorious Mission Graphics Card

Glorious Mission may not ring too many bells with western gamers, but it's a pretty popular online multiplayer shooter akin to the Battlefield franchise, based around PLA. It's only natural that graphics card makers from the mainland design special edition products around the game. It just so happens that the graphics card maker interested in Glorious Mission is Colorful, known for its over the top performance-segment graphics card designs that never cease to surprise us. Its latest creation is in on the drawing boards, and we got access.

Based on the GeForce GTX 660 GPU, the new Colorful iGame Glorious Mission graphics card uses a cooler that builds on today's multi-fan aluminum fin-stack designs. The cooler uses a dual- 92 mm fan aluminum fin stack, to which heat is fed by four 8 mm-thick heat pipes, to cool the GPU. The two fans are covered by punched-metal sheets. Colorful didn't give us a specific date on its release, but we expect it to make it to this year's Computex, if not the 2013 Lunar New Year shopping season.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Graphics Card Pictured

As the Lunar New Year shopping season heats up in the Greater China Region, ZOTAC launched yet another innovative performance-segment graphics card, the GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Edition, which has nothing to do with the Thunderbolt interface (sorry to get your hopes up). What this card does bring to the table, are a high-grade non-reference design PCB, and an innovative new cooling solution.

The cooler may look like yet another aluminum fin stack ventilated by two fans, but it's in fact a chunky monolithic aluminum heatsink, with heat-transfer bolstered by three copper heat pipes. It's hence a hybrid between heatsinks and fin-stacks. Heatsinks give you the convenience of easier cleaning as spacing between their ridges are greater, and are generally more rigid. In the pictures below ZOTAC demonstrates how its hybrid heatsink is better than fin-stacks.

Lenovo Jumps the Gun with Radeon HD 8950

A recent press-release by Lenovo announcing the Erazer X700 gaming desktop may not have sounded like much, but it turns out the company is enthused by AMD, particularly AMD CrossFireX, because it is an early design win for AMD's next-generation Radeon HD 8000 series family. The specifications sheet of the Erazer X700 blurts out the graphics subsystem to consist of "up to dual Radeon HD 8950 3GB" as a graphics option next to dual- GeForce GTX 660 SLI. Given that Lenovo chose not to wait until any of the other big tech trade-shows of the year to announce this, it wouldn't be far-fetched to imagine a new AMD Radeon family launch within Q1, 2013. The other more obvious explanations are that Lenovo committed a brutal typo, or it plans to re-brand the Radeon HD 7950, an act that should be made a human-rights violation.

Source: VideoCardz

EK Introduces New Graphics Card, Motherboard Water Blocks

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear provider, is proud to announce the arrival of two new water blocks - EK-FC660 GTX for GK106 based GeForce GTX 660 graphics cards and EK-FB ASUS C5F-Z for ASUS flagship AM3+ Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard. Both product are readily available for puchase through EK Webshop as well as our Partner Reseller Network.

Leadtek Intros WinFast GeForce GTX 660 Hurricane II Graphics Card

Leadtek rolled out the WinFast GeForce GTX 660 Hurricane II graphics card. Based around the same cooler design as its recently-launched WinFast GTX 650 Ti Hurricane II, the card uses a non-reference design PCB, augmented with the company's dual-fan Hurricane II GPU cooler.

The WinFast GTX 660 Hurricane II features reference clock speeds of 980 MHz core, 1033 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.00 GHz memory (GDDR5-effective). It features 2 GB of memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface. Based on the 28 nm GK106 silicon, the GeForce GTX 660 packs 960 CUDA cores. The card draws power from a single 6-pin power connector, display outputs include two DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Destroyer DTC Graphics Card Pictured

ZOTAC released pictures of its upcoming GeForce GTX 660 Destroyer DTC (dual-traction cooling) graphics card for the Greater China region. The sporty-looking dual-slot cooler uses a dense aluminum fin array to which heat from the GPU is conveyed by 8 mm-thick copper heat pipes, and which is ventilated by two 90 mm fans spinning in the opposite directions. The GTX 660 Destroyer DTC features a high-grade VRM that draws power from 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors. Like most à la carte ZOTAC products for China, it will ship with rather small factory-overclock, but with large overclocking headroom. It's likely that ZOTAC targets the pre- Lunar New Year (Jan-Feb) shopping season in the region.

Source: Expreview

Gigabyte to Release a Second, WindForce-Cooled GeForce GTX 660

Gigabyte is currently preparing some more Kepler cards including a stock-clocked GeForce GTX 660 that comes equipped with the WindForce 2X cooler featuring a parallel-inclined fin design, two copper heatpipes, and two PWM fans.

Codenamed GV-N660WF2-2GD , the card also Ultra Durable VGA design, 960 CUDA Cores, base/boost GPU clocks of 980/1046 MHz, a 192-bit memory interface, 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM set to 6008 MHz, and dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. No word yet on the card's pricing.

EK Working on Full Cover Water Block for Reference Design GeForce GTX 660

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear provider, is currently working on a Full-Cover (FC) water block for nVidia reference design GeForce GTX 660 graphics cards based on the GK106 core.

The upcoming EK-FC660 GTX for nVidia reference design GeForce GTX 660 graphic cards will directly cool the GK106 GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water will flow directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks. EK-FC660 GTX water block will features a very high flow design therefore it can be easily used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.

Club 3D Ships the GeForce GTX 670 royalQueen and GTX 660 Ti royalQueen Graphics Cards

Club 3D has now expanded its PokerSeries line of graphics cards with two NVIDIA-powered models, the GeForce GTX 670 royalQueen and GeForce GTX 660Ti royalQueen. Both cards come equipped with a dual-slot dual-fan CoolStream cooler and feature 1344 CUDA Cores, Core/Boost clocks of 915/980 MHz, 2 GB of GDDR5 memory set to 6008 MHz, DirectX 11.1 and 3-way SLI support, and DVI (x 2), HDMI (x 1) and DisplayPort (x 1) outputs.

The GeForce GTX 670 royalQueen costs €379 and has a 256-bit memory interface, while the GeForce GTX 660Ti royalQueen goes for €262 and packs a 192-bit interface.

SPARKLE Unveils the Dual Fan Series Graphics Cards

Sparkle, one of the leading manufacturers of graphics solutions today releases the powerful Dual Fan series– SPARKLE GTX 660 OC Dual Fan, GTX 650Ti Super OC(SOC) Dual Fan and GTX 650Ti OC Dual Fan. The latest Dual Fan series features default overclocked setting, with up to 1006 MHz core speed, the Dual Fan series delivers turbocharged performance, maximizing the possibility of gaming effects.

Equipped with 4-pins PWM dual fan design, the SPARKLE Dual Fan series allows a low noisy level through automatically fan speed controlling by detecting GPU temperature, easily delivering superior cooling performance through ultra thin cooling fins fully covers the key components, enabling the most efficient heat dissipation effects. The latest series provides the ultimate overclocking gaming experience and the best cooling efficiency without any compromise.

ASUS Extends Assassin's Creed III Bundle to GTX 670 and GTX 660 DirectCu II

ASUS extended its Assassin's Creed III game bundle to include GeForce GTX 670 DirectCu II 4 GB (model: GTX670-DC2G-4GD5) and GeForce GTX 660 DirectCu II 2GB (model: GTX660-DC2TG-2GD5). The two dual-slot DirectCu II cooler-equipped graphics cards ship with coupons for the game that can be redeemed on Steam. The GTX670-DC2G-4GD5 packs 4 GB of memory, 915/980/6008 MHz clock speeds (core/boost/memory), while the GTX660-DC2TG-2GD5 ships with 2 GB of memory, and factory-overclocked 1072/1137/6108 MHz clock speeds.

Club 3D Announces its Own Set of Game Bundles for GeForce and Radeon

Club 3D offers a wide range of graphic cards. But which one will you choose ? Perhaps the games which you will get when purchasing your graphic card will help you decide. This page summarizes the games that are available with Club 3D's graphic card line. The page is divided into three sections. The first section,"The games", will lead you through the available games, and will point to the graphic cards that have this game included in the bundle. The second section, "the graphic cards and the bundles", starts with the graphic cards and will point out which game or even multiple games that are included, and the third section identifies the software that is included with which graphic cards.

NVIDIA Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2013

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported record revenue of $1.20 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 ended Oct. 28, 2012, up 15.3 percent from the previous quarter and up 12.9 percent from a year earlier.

The company also announced that it is initiating the payment of a quarterly cash dividend, and extending its existing $2.7 billion share-repurchase program, initiated in August 2004, through December 2014.

"Investments in our new growth strategies paid off this quarter in record revenues and margins," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. "Kepler GPUs are winning across the special-purpose PC markets we serve, from gaming to design to supercomputing. And Tegra is powering some of the most innovative tablets, phones and cars in the market."

AMD "Tahiti LE" Brand Named Radeon HD 7890

A little earlier this week, it was reported that AMD is working on a new Radeon HD 7800 series graphics card based on the company's 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon. According to a new report, the so-called "Tahiti LE" SKU has been brand named Radeon HD 7890. Although clock speeds, core and memory configurations are still under the wraps, the new SKU, according to the report, is being designed to be 15% faster than GeForce GTX 660 on average, while being similarly priced. AMD is gunning for the crucial X'mas shopping season, when apparently, a few cool people gift high-performance graphics cards.

Source: Expreview

All-New iMac Features Stunning Design, Brilliant Display & Faster Performance

Apple today unveiled a completely new iMac with a stunning design, brilliant display with reduced reflection, and faster processors.* With third generation Intel quad-core processors, powerful NVIDIA graphics and an innovative new storage option called Fusion Drive, the new iMac is the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made.

"With a stunning design, brilliant display and faster performance, we've made the world's leading all-in-one desktop computer better in every way," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The all-new iMac is unbelievably thin, yet packs an incredible amount of performance and technology into our most innovative desktop."
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