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ORIGIN PC Launches New NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z Graphics Card

ORIGIN PC announced today the availability of the NVIDIA GeForce TITAN Z graphics card on their award-winning line of CHRONOS, MILLENNIUM and GENESIS desktops for gamers, artists, enthusiasts and professionals. The GeForce GTX TITAN Z was created to power the most extreme gaming rigs on the planet with its groundbreaking dual-GPU setup and its new dynamic power balancing technology engineered to run all of the latest PC titles at stunning 4K resolutions. Featuring 5,760 cores, 12 GB of 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory, and the industry's most advanced power delivery system, TITAN Z is easily the most powerful graphics card ever produced by NVIDIA for hardcore gamers and professionals all over the world.

Designed with the highest-grade components, the GeForce GTX TITAN Z delivers the best gaming experience possible inside an ORIGIN PC with its incredible speed and cool, quiet performance. Plus, it's loaded with advanced technologies like NVIDIA ShadowPlay to capture and share every moment of gaming domination and NVIDIA GameStream to stream games to the NVIDIA SHIELD portable. Obliterate the competition using the power of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z inside your next ORIGIN PC GENESIS, MILLENNIUM or CHRONOS desktop today.

ZOTAC Unleashes Most Powerful Graphics Card

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the single most powerful graphics card ever made for gaming and professional computing - the ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z. By combining the power of two flagship NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processor onto a single graphics card, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z delivers the absolute best experience for high-quality 4K gaming and immense compute power for full-precision workloads.

"The ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z enables the most demanding users to have the power of a supercomputer in a single graphics card. A ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN Z will handle everything extreme enthusiasts can possibly use it for, including stunning 4K gaming and computing complex mathematical calculations," said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International.

GeForce GT 740 Pictured, Arrives Later This Week

NVIDIA is planning to drag its entry-level GPU lineup through 2014 with the 'new' GeForce GT 740. Reports suggest that the card is a re-branding of the 28 nm GK107-based GeForce GT 640, with higher clock speeds. The chip will feature 384 CUDA cores, 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 1 GB of memory. Variants with 2 GB of memory will also be available. The card draws all its power from its PCI-Express 3.0 x16 bus interface, however some custom-designs could feature single 6-pin power connectors. NVIDIA AIC partners will have their custom-design cards out on day-one. Expreview revealed pictures of two such cards, by Galaxy and Gainward.


Source: Expreview

NVIDIA Announces GeForce 337.88 WHQL "Game Ready" Drivers

With summer upon us, and some sizzling hot PC games hitting the shelves, times call for the latest GPU drivers to deal with the games, especially with 4K Ultra HD entering the sub-$1000 consumer space. NVIDIA rolled out its GeForce 337.88 WHQL driver suite, which is the second of its kind to bear the name "Game Ready." It does so, because it ships with a huge amount of performance optimizations specific to games. The drivers also attempt to increase NVIDIA's competitiveness over AMD at higher display resolutions, namely 3840 x 2160 (UHD), and 2560 x 1440 (WQHD).

At UHD resolutions, NVIDIA promises performance gains of 10 percent or more, with Call of Duty: Ghosts, F1 2013, Hitman Absolution, Sniper Elite V2, DiRT 3, Just Cause 2, and Team Fortress 2. At WQHD, performance gains in excess of 10 percent are promised for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Sleeping Dogs, StarSwarm, Thief, World of Tanks, Hitman Absolution, Team Fortress 2, and Just Cause 2. The new drivers iron out compatibility issues with both MST and SST type Ultra HD monitors. SLI profiles are added or improved for thirteen titles, including Watch_Dogs, Windbourne, Daylight, Call of Duty: Online, and PlanetSide 2.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 337.88 WHQL for Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit, Windows Vista/7/8 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, and Windows XP 64-bit

Graphics Add-in Board Market Down in Q1, NVIDIA Holds Market Share

Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers' market share for 2014 1Q.

JPR's AIB Report tracks computer add-in graphics boards, which carry discrete graphics chips. AIBs are used in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They are sold directly to customers as aftermarket products, or are factory installed. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry using discrete chips and private high-speed memory, as compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs that share slower system memory.

Intel Gains, Nvidia Flat, and AMD Loses Graphics Market Share in Q1

Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share for 2014 1Q. For the previous three quarters, the PC graphics market has gone up. This was the first quarter to show a decrease in shipments since last. Shipments were down 11.6% quarter-to-quarter, and down 4% compared to the same quarter last year.

Quick highlights:
  • AMD's overall unit shipments decreased 18.2% quarter-to-quarter, Intel's total shipments decreased 7.9% from last quarter, and Nvidia's decreased 10.4%.
  • The attach rate of GPUs to PCs for the quarter was 135% and 33% of PCs had discrete GPUs, which means 67% of the PCs are using the embedded graphics in the CPU.
  • The overall PC market decreased 9% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased 3.5% year-to-year.

CYBERPOWERPC Announces Power Mega Pro High-Performance Workstations

Cyberpower Inc., a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, notebook systems, and high performance workstations, today announced its Power Mega Pro series - a redesigned family of AMD and Intel high-performance workstations powered by AMD and Intel processors that offer a minimum of 8 processing threads configurable up to 40 threads with dual Intel Xeon E6-2690 v2 processors.

From video editing to 3D design and rendering, the Power Mega Pro series is crafted with premium components to ensure a seamless, reliable computing experience to tackle the most demanding CPU and GPU-intensive applications. CYBERPOWERPC did extensive research and testing to design the perfect mix of seven base model Power Mega Pro systems - all of which offer workstation level performance for running advanced applications out of the box. Customers have a choice of the OpenGL performance of an NVIDIA Quadro GPU, or the ability to distribute a load across 20 or more Intel Xeon processing threads.

NVIDIA 337.81 Beta Drivers Released with 4K single-tile monitor support

NVIDIA rolled out GeForce 337.81 beta software suite, which addresses a couple of outstanding issues. To begin with, it fixes Ultra HD display not working perfectly on SLI configurations, on certain displays, such as Samsung U28D590D. SLI and multi-GPU configurations support single tile monitors. The driver adds SLI profiles for Watch_Dogs. The driver is currently only available for Windows Vista / 7 / 8.x. The rest of its feature-set is consistent with GeForce R337 series drivers.
DOWNLOAD: GeForce 337.81 BETA for Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit | Windows Vista/7/8 32-bit

Drivers Holding Back GTX TITAN-Z Launch

It turns out that drivers are holding back launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN-Z flagship graphics card. That's not to say that drivers for the card don't exist. When tested with ones that do, performance numbers yielded by Hong Kong-based tech print magazine E-Zone, reveal that the card trades blows with AMD's R9 295X2 in too many tests to warrant double its price at $2,999; and that it's also slower in some. The only way NVIDIA can sell the GTX TITAN-Z at that price, is by either making it significantly faster, or reducing the price. It looks like NVIDIA is trying the former, and not by tinkering with hardware specifications, but drivers. NVIDIA believes it can yet salvage the $2,999 pricing of the GTX TITAN-Z, by developing drivers that make the card convincingly faster than AMD's $1,499 offering. Retailers and distributors are being told not to sell their GTX TITAN-Z inventory until NVIDIA releases these drivers. The company didn't mention a date to these retailers. Given its track-record with performance-enhancing drivers, one can give NVIDIA the benefit of doubt. It may yet prevent a "GTX TITANIC-Z" from happening.


Source: Hermitage Akihabara

$2,999 Price of GeForce GTX TITAN-Z Not Justifiable: Review

Here's why NVIDIA still hasn't launched the GeForce GTX TITAN-Z at the $2,999 price-point it so boldly announced at GTC 2014 - it's not worth its price by a long shot, at least not when stacked up against the Radeon R9 295X2, according to a review published by Hong Kong based print magazine E-Zone. In most tests, the two are evenly matched, with the R9 295X2 even outperforming it by a significant margin in some. In tests where the GTX TITAN-Z leads the R9 295X2, the lead isn't significant, at least nowhere close to justifying its price. The only way NVIDIA can sell the GTX TITAN-Z, if these numbers hold true, is by delivering on its 375W TDP figure.

The review finds that a system running a single GTX TITAN-Z draws 33W less power than the same system running two GTX 780 Ti cards in SLI, and 60W less power than the same system running a single R9 295X2 (tested at FireStrike Extreme load). Unless you plan on future-proofing yourself for the next decade, the lower power draw doesn't justify the $1,500 higher price. So what explains the delay in launching the GTX TITAN-Z? Either a redesign with higher clocks (and proportionately higher power draw), or development of faster drivers.


Source: LinusTechTips Community

NVIDIA Announces Detailed Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2015

NVIDIA has reported revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, ended April 27, 2014, of $1.103 billion, up 16 percent from a year earlier and down 4 percent from $1.144 billion in the previous quarter.

NVIDIA reported its financial results earlier this week because a preliminary draft had been inadvertently emailed to an internal distribution list of about 100 individuals. Figures contained in the May 6 release are unchanged in this release.

Origin PC Gives Away EVGA Note 7 with Every Gaming PC for Battlefeed

ORIGIN PC announced today an exclusive promotion on their award-winning line of GENESIS, MILLENNIUM, CHRONOS desktops and EON laptops. Customers who purchase any ORIGIN PC gaming desktop or laptop starting today will receive a free digital copy of the highly anticipated PC title, Watch Dogs and a free EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 tablet. The EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 tablet is the perfect traveling companion - combining a lightning-fast NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, a brilliant 7-inch HD display in a sleek, comfortable design and up to 32GB of expandable storage. Play the latest games at full speed, capture stunning photos, watch HD video for up to ten hours and listen to your favorite music with NVIDIA PureAudio. It's mobile freedom at the speed of life and free of charge only from ORIGIN PC. Users can download the free Watch Dogs ctOS Mobile Companion application through the Google Play Store with their new EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 tablet to play with a friend!

"The first time we were introduced to Watch Dog's ctOS Mobile Companion application, we immediately thought that every user should experience this on an ORIGIN PC and with a friend who's on an EVGA Tegra Note Tablet." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder. "We're all huge gamers at ORIGIN PC and Watch Dogs is one of those highly anticipated games that you definitely must play with a friend. Now whether they own an ORIGIN PC or not, you can still play competitively online with your friends using the new EVGA Tegra Note 7 tablet that comes free with your ORIGIN PC!"

NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2015

NVIDIA today reported revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, ended April 27, 2014, of approximately $1.103 billion, up 16 percent from a year ago and down 4 percent from $1.144 billion in the previous quarter.

GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.24, up 85 percent from $0.13 a year earlier, and down 4 percent from $0.25 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.29, up 61 percent from $0.18 a year earlier, and down 9 percent from $0.32 in the previous quarter.

GeForce GTX 880 ES Intercepted En Route Testing Lab, Features 8 GB Memory?

An engineering sample (ES) of the GeForce GTX 880 was intercepted on its way from a factory in China, to NVIDIA's development center in India, where it will probably undergo testing and further development. The shipping manifest of the courier ferrying NVIDIA's precious package was sniffed out by the Chinese press. NVIDIA was rather descriptive about the ES, in its shipping declaration. Buzzwords include "GM204" and "8 GB GDDR5," hinting at what could two of the most important items on its specs sheet. GM204 is a successor of GK104, and is rumored to feature 3,200 CUDA cores, among other things, including a 256-bit wide memory bus. If NVIDIA is cramming 8 GB onto the card, it must be using some very high density memory chips. The manifest also declares its market value at around 47,000 Indian Rupees. It may convert to US $780, but adding all taxes and local markups, 47,000 INR is usually where $500-ish graphics cards end up in the Indian market. The R9 290X, for example, is going for that much.
Sources: ChipHell, VideoCardz

PowerColor Readies Air-Cooled Radeon R9 295X2 Devil13

While AMD may have scored one up over NVIDIA by making its 500-Watt dual-GPU graphics card, the Radeon R9 295X2, a 2-slot thick product that draws power from just two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, AMD's implementation also lugs along a radiator and coolant tubing that not everyone may find room in their cases for. Some enthusiasts may simply not trust factory-fitted water cooling solutions. For such people and more, who'd like to keep their builds "dry," PowerColor is coming up with the first truly non-reference design R9 295X2, the Devil13.

Pictured below, the R9 295X2 Devil13 from PowerColor features a completely custom-design PCB that is said to feature a meatier VRM than the one you get on reference design boards; which draws power from 4 (that's right, four) 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The PCB appears taller but just as long as the reference one, and features a back-plate that doubles up as structural reinforcement. The cooler is an interesting piece of engineering. It appears to feature two independent aluminium fin heatsinks, each over one of the two GPUs, and a base-plate heatsink to cool the memory, VRM, and bridge chip. The contraption is then ventilated by three 100 mm fans that appear to feature lateral+axial hybrid air-flow blades, on their impellers. PowerColor could launch the R9 295X2 Devil13 at Computex 2014, if not sooner.


Source: Hardware.info

New GTX TITAN-Z Launch Details Emerge

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN-Z missed the bus on its earlier 29th April, 2014 launch date, which was confirmed to the press by several retailers, forcing some AIC partners to content with paper-launches of cards bearing their brand. It turns out that the delay is going to be by just a little over a week. The GeForce GTX TITAN-Z is now expected to be available on the 8th of May, 2014. That will be when you'll be able to buy the US $3,000 graphics card off the shelf.

A dual-GPU graphics card based on a pair of 28 nm GK110 GPUs, the GTX TITAN-Z features a total of 5,760 CUDA cores (2,880 per GPU), 480 TMUs (240 per GPU), 96 ROPs (48 per GPU), and a total of 12 GB of GDDR5 memory, spread across two 384-bit wide memory interfaces. Although each of the two GPUs is configured identical to a GTX TITAN Black, it features lower clock speeds. The core is clocked at 705 MHz (889 MHz on the GTX TITAN Black), with GPU Boost frequencies of up to 876 MHz (up to 980 MHz on the GTX TITAN Black); while the memory remains at 7.00 GHz. The card draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and its maximum power draw is rated at 375W. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Radeon R9 295X2 by AMD, which costs half as much, at $1,500.


Source: ComputerBase.de

EVGA Bundles Watch Dogs with GeForce GTX Graphics Cards

In a world of smart technology, you need smarter weaponry-GeForce GTX graphics cards. Now for a limited time, you can get Watch_Dogs free with purchase of an EVGA GeForce GTX graphics card (GTX 660 and above). Take your fight to the streets with a whole new level of performance, ingenuity, and technology including exclusive NVIDIA TXAA antialiasing for stunning graphics, HBAO+, and 4K Surround for the most immersive experience. Also, share your greatest Watch_Dogs moments with GeForce Shadowplay and get one-click settings optimization and driver support with GeForce Experience technology. Watch_Dogs on GeForce GTX. The Way It's Meant to be Played.

NVIDIA Announces Watch_Dogs Bundle

Destructoid calls it one of the "most wanted games of 2014." CNET said it was "one of the most anticipated games in recent memory." MTV said it's one of the "Can't-Miss Video Games of 2014." This, all before anyone out there has even played it.

So, starting today, gamers who purchase select NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN, 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, 690, 680, 670, 660 Ti and 660 desktop GPUs can get their chance to play Watch_Dogs, the new PC game taking the world by storm and latest masterpiece from Ubisoft.

GeForce GTX TITAN-Z Market Availability Delayed?

NVIDIA's flagship dual-GPU graphics card, the GeForce GTX TITAN-Z, was expected to go on sale later today. That launch is now delayed, according to a SweClockers report. The three thousand Dollar question is why. According to some sources, NVIDIA is effecting a last minute design change that sees a meatier cooler on the card, than the one Jen-Hsun Huang rafikied to the press at GTC 2014.

There may have been a last-minute realization at Santa Clara, that the card - as presented at GTC - may not cut it in the ring against AMD's Radeon R9 295X2, or at least it won't be able to warrant its vulgar $3000 price tag, against the R9 295X2's $1500; despite AMD's rather messy three-piece approach to its liquid-cooled product (the card itself, a radiator, and coolant tubing), and so NVIDIA could be redesigning the GTX TITAN-Z with an even bigger cooler, to facilitate higher clock speeds.

GIGABYTE Unveils its WaterForce VGA Liquid-Cooling Solution

Having earned a reputation for itself in VGA air-cooling with its WindForce line, it was only natural that it would name its VGA liquid-cooling solutions WaterForce. GIGABYTE showed its contraption off to crowds attending its Tech Tour event held on 25th April, 2014. The solution makes AMD's Asetek-made cooler for its R9 295X2 seem puny in comparison. It consists of a large external module that contains the coolant reservoirs, a gargantuan radiator with multiple fans, the pumps, and ports for coolant tubes for individual cards, that make their way into your case through a hub that takes up a 5.25-inch drive bay.

The main unit also has a coolant temperature display for each of the coolant channel, and controls that let you fine-tune cooling performance taking temperatures and noise into account. The tubes then reach each of the installed WaterForce series graphics cards, which feature full-coverage water blocks that cover not just the GPU, but also memory and VRM. The system GIGABYTE demoed had three cards based on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti. GIGABYTE also showed off its new WindForce 600W cooling solution, which recently made its debut as part of a bundle with the company's GeForce GTX TITAN Black graphics card. It's capable of handling thermal loads as high as 600W.


Source: VR-Zone

Inno3D Readies iChill HerculeZ Cooler for GTX TITAN-Z

For those not sold on the looks or performance of NVIDIA's reference cooler for its GeForce GTX TITAN-Z graphics card, Inno3D is readying an iChill HerculeZ air cooler for the card. Pictured below, the cooler consists of a densely packed aluminium fin stack shared by two bases and their heat pipes. A base plate is in charge of cooling the memory, VRM, and bridge chip. With restrictions in place for coming up with custom-design variants of the GTX TITAN-Z, barring those with factory-fitted water blocks, Inno3D could take GIGABYTE's route in including its cooler with a reference-design board, and instructions for end-users replace the cooler by themselves. NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-Z is expected to hit stores on Tuesday, the 29th of April, 2014; prices start at US $2999.


Source: Expreview

GeForce GTX TITAN-Z Market Availability Detailed

NVIDIA's upcoming flagship graphics card, the dual-GPU GeForce GTX TITAN-Z, could see the light of the day (well, lights of a hardware store/warehouse), on April 29, 2014. That's when you'll be able to buy the card from ground stores off the shelf, or order one online. It's expected to stick to the price NVIDIA announced when it was unveiled at GTC 2014, which is a wallet-scorching US $2,999 (excl. taxes). Depending on your country's taxation and import excise, you could be paying anywhere between 10 and 33 percent over that. In Japan, for instance, the card is expected to be priced around 400,000¥ (incl. taxes), which converts to about $3,900.

The GeForce GTX TITAN-Z is a dual-GPU graphics card with a pair of 28 nm GK110 GPUs. The chips are configured to feature all 2,880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs, and 48 ROPs at their disposal; and are each wired to 6 GB of GDDR5 memory across their 384-bit wide memory interfaces, totaling 12 GB on the card. The best part? Unlike AMD's Radeon R9 295X2, the GTX TITAN-Z is air-cooled. Just be ready with three slots in your system, and give up on your dream of equipping your ITX rig with it.


Source: Hermitage Akihabara

No 20 nm GPUs from AMD This Year

It's not just NVIDIA, which will lack 20 nm GPUs in its portfolio this year. AMD senior vice-president Lisa Su, responding to a question by Wells Fargo, in its Q1 investors call, confirmed that her company will stay on 28 nm throughout 2014, and it's only later that it will move on to 20 nm, and FinFET after that. "I think what I said earlier sort of what we're doing in terms of technology strategy, we are 28 this year, we have 20-nanometer in design, and then FinFET thereafter. So that's the overall product portfolio," she said.

AMD and NVIDIA manufacture their GPUs on a common foundry, TSMC, which has faced delays in implementing its 20 nanometer silicon fab node transition, forcing both companies to come up with new GPUs on existing 28 nm nodes. A huge leap in performance could be a tough ask for those new GPUs. NVIDIA is expected to tape out its performance-segment GM204 and mid-range GM206 chips, both of which are 28 nm, later this month, and the first GeForce GTX products based on the two are expected to roll out by late-Q4 2014 and early-Q1 2015, respectively.


Source: Seeking Alpha

NVIDIA GM204 and GM206 to Tape-Out in April, Products to Launch in Q4?

It looks like things are going horribly wrong at TSMC, NVIDIA and AMD's principal foundry partner, with its 20 nm manufacturing process, which is throwing a wrench into the works at NVIDIA, forcing it to re-engineer an entire lineup of "Maxwell" GPUs based on existing 28 nm process. Either that, or NVIDIA is confident of delivering an efficiency leap using Maxwell on existing/mature 28 nm process, and saving costs in the process. NVIDIA is probably drawing comfort from the excellent energy-efficiency demonstrated by its Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 750 series. According to a 3DCenter.org report, NVIDIA's next mainline GPUs, the GM204 and GM206, which will be built on the 28 nm process, and "Maxwell" architecture, will tape out later this month. Products based on the two, however, can't be expected before Q4 2014, as late as December, or even as late as January 2015.

GM204 succeeds GK104 as the company's next workhorse performance-segment silicon, which could power graphics card SKUs ranging all the way from US $250 to $500. An older report suggests that it could feature as many as 3,200 CUDA cores. The GM204 could be taped out in April 2014, and the first GeForce products based on it could launch no sooner than December 2014. The GM206 is the company's next mid-range silicon, which succeeds GK106. It will tape out in April, alongside the GM204, but products based on it will launch only in January 2015. The GM200 is a different beast altogether. There's no mention of which process the chip will be based on, but it will succeed the GK110, and should offer performance increments worthy of being a successor. For that, it has to be based on the 20 nm process. It will tape-out in June 2014, and products based on it will launch only in or after Q2 2015.Source: 3DCenter.org

NVIDIA Rolls Out GeForce 337.61 BETA Hotfix

NVIDIA rolled out GeForce R337.61 BETA, which is a hotfix for two glaring issues that came to light with R337.50, which launched earlier this month. To begin with, it fixes an issue faced with Dell's compact 4K Ultra HD monitors, specifically P3214Q and UP2414Q, in which the GeForce GPU would give out "half" or no display (Ultra HD resolution is handled over multiple TMDS links). It also fixes a Code 43 error message after installing driver 337.50 on a PC with Hyper-V enabled. The rest of its feature-set is identical to that of its predecessor.
DOWNLOAD: GeForce 337.61 Beta Hotfix for Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit
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