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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

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.8 Released

TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular PC graphics diagnostic and monitoring utility, which gives you up to date information of the GPUs installed in your system, and lets you monitor their clock speeds, temperatures, fan-speeds, voltages, dedicated memory usage, among other things. Version 0.7.8 introduces a few handy user-interface features, beginning with the ability to resize the app's window, when the "Sensors" tab is being viewed. With modern graphics cards giving us dozens of sensors to track, throwing in a scroll-bar is making the tab cluttered, and so we decided to give it resizing. The window returns to the normal size when other tabs, such as the main "Graphics Card" tabs are clicked, and remembers your window size preference when you select the "Sensors" tab again. At this time, this feature is available only on our main (non-skinned) version.

Apart from the resizeable window for "Sensors" tab, GPU-Z 0.7.8 adds tested support for AMD Radeon R9 295X2 "Vesuvius," R9 M275, HD 7500G, and FirePro W9000. It also adds support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-Z, GTX 745, GTX 880M, GTX 870M, GTX 860M, GTX 850M, GTX 775M, and Quadro NVS 510. Release dates have been fixed for GTX 780 Ti, and GTX TITAN Black.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.8, GPU-Z 0.7.8 ASUS ROG Themed

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Palit Launches GeForce GTX 780 JetStream 6GB OC Graphics Card

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, brings another glory JetStream series on GeForce GTX 780 lineup, the 6GB OC version of Palit GeForce GTX780 JetStream. It can tweak the GTX780 performance and gives you truly game-changing performance that will transform the way you experience all your favorite titles-now and future at the ultra high-resolution setting.

GeForce GTX 780 features a massively powerful NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU with 2304 cores-50% more than its predecessor. Plus, Palit design the 6GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory on GeForce GTX780 to offer rich realistic and explosive gaming performance under maximum Ultra HD 4K resolution setting. This Paliit GTX780 JetStream 6GB is the best choice for gamers who want to experience ultimate 3D gaming by NV 3D Vision Surround technology. Also equipped with the innovationary JetStream thermal solution and the optimized hardware components to ensure the best performance for all exciting hardcore gamers. With NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 and PhysX technology, giving you the performance capabilities you need to game at extreme settings.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880 Detailed

NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce GTX 880 graphics card is shaping up to be a true successor to the GTX 680. According to a Tyden.cz report, GTX 880 will be based on NVIDIA's GM204 silicon, which ranks within its product stack in the same way GK104 does to the GeForce "Kepler" family. It won't be the biggest chip based on the "Maxwell" architecture, but will have what it takes to outperform even the GK110, again, in the same way GK104 outperforms GF110. The DirectX 12-ready chip will feature an SMM (streaming multiprocessor Maxwell) SIMD design that's identical to that of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, only there are more SMMs, spread across multiple graphics processing clusters (GPCs), probably cushioned by a large slab of cache.
This is what the GTX 880 is shaping up to be.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 337.50 Performance-Focused Graphis Driver

NVIDIA has now made available the GeForce 337.50, a new, beta-tagged graphics driver that is claimed to deliver 'performance gains of up to 71% in DirectX 11 games'. This release boosts both single-GPU and SLI performance while also including tweaks to reduce game load time, new and updated SLI profiles, plus 3D Vision optimizations.

The GeForce 337.50 beta supports GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 Series cards and comes bundled with GeForce Experience 2.0 which brings ShadowPlay desktop capture, advanced Twitch streaming controls, ShadowPlay for notebooks, and SHIELD GameStream support for notebooks.

Download: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista (32-bit) / Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista (64-bit) / Windows XP (32-bit) / Windows XP (64-bit)

EVGA Offers ACX Cooling Solution for GeForce TITAN Black

With NVIDIA's restrictions that prevent AIC partners from coming up with custom-design GeForce GTX TITAN Black graphics cards (with the exception of those with factory-fitted full-coverage water-blocks) in place, EVGA is taking a route explored by GIGABYTE last year, when it bundled NVIDIA-kosher (reference design) GTX TITAN cards with its WindForce 450 cooling solution detached, that the users can install by themselves. EVGA's approach is a tiny bit different. Its GTX TITAN Black-branded ACX cooler is sold separately, as an accessory for the company's reference-design cards; at a rather affordable price of US $39.99. The package includes the dual-fan aluminium fin heatsink, and a heatspreader to cool the memory and VRM.

NVIDIA GPUs Power Latest Adobe Creative Cloud Enhancements

NVIDIA today announced its GPUs are powering the upcoming releases and new GPU-accelerated features of Adobe Creative Cloud video applications, such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Media Encoder (AME), and Adobe Anywhere. The upcoming releases were revealed by Adobe at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.

NVIDIA's GPUs are a "must-have" tool for Adobe video professionals -- enabling the fastest performance across the widest range of Creative Cloud applications, whether working in HD or 4K, desktop or mobile, workstation or cloud. NVIDIA and Adobe have engaged in a long-standing effort to develop unmatched GPU-accelerated features designed for professional Video Editors, VFX artists and Colorists.

Eurocom Launches the World's Most Powerful 13.3" Ultraportable

Eurocom is launching the M4, the world's most powerful 13.3" QHD+ notebook. It is equipped with a breathtaking 3200x1800 QHD+ display, an Intel Core i7 Extreme Processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell graphics. The 5,760,000 pixels of the 13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+ display are powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 2GB DDR5 VRAM, 640 CUDA Cores, with a GPU core able to run at up to 1029MHz +boost. Weighing just two kilograms and being only 1.2 inches thin makes the EUROCOM M4 extremely easy to carry and transport, with no need for a power cord due to the great battery life brought on by supported NVIDIA Optimus Technology.

Gaming is all about refresh rates and great visuals, the M4 does not disappoint with a beautiful 13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+ display powered by powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics. Audio is enhanced thanks to the Sound Blaster Cinema audio platform featuring SBX Pro Studio. Powered by a full line of 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processors utilizing the Intel HM87 Express Chipset including the Intel Core i7-4940MX Processor Extreme with 4 cores and 8 threads running at 3.1 GHz (up to 4 GHz max turbo frequency) with 8 MB L3 cache. A menacing silver Backlit keyboard makes gaming or working in the dark a breeze. Up to 16 GB DDR3-1866 SODIMM memory is supported via two slots with 8 GB modules that are easy to access to upgrade or replace.

Radeon R9 295X2 Pictured in the Flesh, Specs Leaked

Here it is, folks! The first pictures of what you get inside the steel briefcase AMD ships the Radeon R9 295X2 in. AMD got over the stonewall of having to cool two 250W GPUs with a single two-slot cooling solution, by making it an air+liquid hybrid. The cooler appears to have been designed by any of the major water-cooling OEMs (such as Asetek, Akasa, etc.), and most likely consists of a pair of pump-blocks plumbed to a single 120 x 120 mm radiator, over a single coolant loop. The coolant channel, we imagine, could be identical to that of the ROG ARES 2 by ASUS. There's also a 90 mm fan, but that probably cools heatsinks covering the memory, VRM, and PCIe bridge. The card draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, which as you'll soon find out, are running at off-specs.

The Radeon R9 295X2, codenamed "Vesuvius," runs a pair of 28 nm "Hawaii" chips, routed to a PLX PEX8747 PCIe bridge. Each of the two have all 2,816 stream processors enabled, totaling the count to 5,632. The two also have 352 TMUs, and 128 ROPs between them. The entire 512-bit memory bus width is enabled, and each GPU is wired to 4 GB of memory totaling 8 GB on the card. Clock speeds remain a mystery, and probably hold the key to a lot of things, such as power draw and cooling. Lastly, there's the price. AMD could price the R9 295X2 at US $1,499, half that of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN-Z. In that price difference, heck, even for $500, you could probably buy yourself a full-coverage water block, and a full-fledged loop, complete with a meaty 3 x 120 mm radiator.


Sources: ChipHell, WCCFTech

More Details of Radeon R9 295X2 Emerge

More details of AMD's upcoming dual-GPU graphics cards based on the "Hawaii" silicon emerged, in the run up to its April 8 launch. That's right, AMD plans to launch the card exactly one week from now. The card will bear the name Radeon R9 295X2, after all. The $3,000 pricing set by NVIDIA for its GTX TITAN-Z graphics card will be taken advantage of AMD, which will splurge on stuff such as a metal briefcase to ship the card in (with two combi-locks no less!), possibly high-quality (expensive) cooler shroud materials, and more. The card will be cooled by an air+liquid hybrid cooling solution, much like the ASUS ROG ARES 2. A factory-fitted (AIO) liquid cooling loop will handle the two 250W GPUs, while a fan-heatsink will cool the memory, VRM, and PCIe bridge chip. AMD will not chase down the ludicrous 12 GB memory amount of GTX TITAN-Z despite its wider memory bus, and will instead equip it with 8 GB (4 GB per GPU). And lastly, the card will have a total of five display outputs, including four mini-DP and one dual-link DVI-D (digital-only).


Source: VideoCardz

EVGA Announces GeForce GTX 750 FTW 2GB

EVGA announced an Amazon-exclusive 2 GB variant of its GeForce GTX 750 FTW graphics card (model: 02G-P4-2758-KR). Built in an identical board design to the original GTX 750 FTW, with the company's ACX cooling solution, the card offers factory-overclocked speeds of 1229 MHz core, 1320 MHz GPU Boost, and 5012 MHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, and features 2 GB of it across the chip's 128-bit wide memory interface. The cooling solution is designed to deal with much bigger chips, and should keep the GTX 750 quiet and comfy, even at its maker-given speeds. Based on the 28 nm GM107 silicon, the GTX 750 packs 512 CUDA cores, and is based on NVIDIA's new "Maxwell" GPU architecture. The card is priced at US $149.99.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX TITAN-Z

Here it is, folks, the fabled monster dual-GPU graphics card from NVIDIA, based on its GK110 silicon, the GeForce GTX TITAN-Z (sounds like "Titans"). The first reference-design graphics card to span across three expansion slots, the GTX TITAN-Z features a cooler design that's an upscale of the GTX 690, with a pair of meaty heat-pipe fed heatsinks being ventilated by a centrally-located fan. The card features a pair of GK110 chips, with all 2,880 CUDA cores enabled, on each. That works out to a total core count of 5,760!

That's not all, the two chips have 480 TMUs, and 96 ROPs between them; and each of the two is wired to 6 GB of memory, totaling a stunning 12 GB on the card. At this point it's not clear if the GPUs feature full-DPFP, but their SPFP totals 8 TFLOP/s. Display outputs on the card include two dual-link DVI, a DisplayPort, and an HDMI. According to its makers, the GTX TITAN-Z is the first graphics card that's truly ready for 5K resolution (5120 x 2700 pixels) on a single display head, for gaming. At US $2,999, the card costs thrice as much as a GTX TITAN Black, for twice its performance.

NVIDIA and VMware Bring Graphics-Rich Virtual Desktops to Public Clouds

Unlocking the full potential of desktop virtualization for enterprises, NVIDIA and VMware today announced that NVIDIA GRID technology is available on the VMware Horizon DaaS Platform to deliver 3D graphics on virtualized desktops and applications delivered through the cloud. The combination offers the industry's only multi-tenant desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform for service providers to deliver graphics-rich desktops and applications to customers requiring visual computing, such as engineering firms, automakers, movie studios and retail designers.

DaaS can improve productivity by enabling mobile access and remote collaboration for project teams or contractors in multiple locations by delivering graphics-intensive 3D applications to users anywhere, at any time, on any connected device served. Multi-tenancy is a software architecture that enables a single instance of a software application to serve multiple customers -- increasing agility and lowering costs.

NVIDIA Unveils First Mobile Supercomputer for Embedded Systems

NVIDIA today opened the door to the development of a new generation of applications that employ computer vision, image processing and real-time data processing -- with the launch of a developer platform based on the world's first mobile supercomputer for embedded systems.

The NVIDIA Jetson TK1 Developer Kit provides developers with the tools to create systems and applications that can enable robots to seamlessly navigate, physicians to perform mobile ultrasound scans, drones to avoid moving objects and cars to detect pedestrians.

NVIDIA Launches World's First High-Speed GPU Interconnect

NVIDIA today announced that it plans to integrate a high-speed interconnect, called NVIDIA NVLink, into its future GPUs, enabling GPUs and CPUs to share data five to 12 times faster than they can today. This will eliminate a longstanding bottleneck and help pave the way for a new generation of exascale supercomputers that are 50-100 times faster than today's most powerful systems.

NVIDIA will add NVLink technology into its Pascal GPU architecture -- expected to be introduced in 2016 -- following this year's new NVIDIA Maxwell compute architecture. The new interconnect was co-developed with IBM, which is incorporating it in future versions of its POWER CPUs.

MSI Announces AG220 and AG240 All-in-One PCs

MSI, prominent developer in gaming technology, is once again leading the way by releasing the new AG220 and AG240 as the successors to its AG2712A that won the CES Innovation Award this year. The AG220 and AG240 are 21.5" and 23.6" Full HD All-in-One PCs that support MSI's industry-leading Anti-Flicker and Less Blue Light technologies. Both AG220 and AG240 come with touch and non-touch displays and are based on Intel's latest Haswell platform with support for quad-core processors. The PCs also feature NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 860M gamer-grade discrete graphics card and Killer game networking accelerator favored by professional gamers. Additionally, they come with speakers by Yamaha and the all new Headset Master technology to easily switch between headset and speaker audio output.

NVIDIA Outlines Support Plans for its DirectX 10 Generation GPUs

With its next-generation "Maxwell" GPUs on the horizon, NVIDIA is preparing plans to gradually retire the GeForce 8 series, 9 series, and 200 series from its mainline driver support model. The GPUs make up NVIDIA's DirectX 10 generation, and include some iconic models, such as the 8800 GTX, the 8800 GT, the 9600 GT, and the GTX 260. The upcoming GeForce Release 340 driver will be the last to support these GPU series alongside its newer DirectX 11 generations, such as "Fermi," "Kepler," and "Maxwell." The driver that succeeds it, R343, will drop support for the older DirectX 10 generation.

With the R340 release, the DirectX 10 generation will be market "legacy." The lot will see continued support under R340 till April 2016. Whenever there's a glaring bug or security hole to address for the older GPUs, NVIDIA may ship out an R340 version (340.xx), but the GPUs will not get planned driver updates, unlike the "current" DirectX 11 generation. Support cycles are hence different from production cycle. A GeForce GTX 480, for example, may be "EOL" (end of life) in terms of its production cycle, but is still "current" in terms of its support cycle.

Source: NVIDIA

Puget Systems Launches New Laptops with NVIDIA 800M Graphics

Puget Systems is excited to announce the launch of four new models of our Traverse laptops, which include the new NVIDIA 800M series graphics. These graphics cards bring higher performance, greater efficiency, and new features such as Battery Boost. That balances performance and power consumption by assessing characteristics of the load your laptop is under and adjusting performance on the fly. As a result these new NVIDIA GPUs are 15-60% faster than the previous generation.

Our Traverse V Series features an NVIDIA GTX 860M video card, making it an excellent general purpose laptop. When not under load the dedicated GPU is disabled via NVIDIA Optimus technology, allowing the integrated Intel graphics to take over. This provides lower power draw, longer battery life, and quieter operation. When that video power is needed, the NVIDIA graphics enable and seamlessly take over.

Origin PC Launches EON Laptops with GeForce GTX 800M Series Graphics

ORIGIN PC announced today the availability of their latest award-winning EON13-S, EON15-S, EON17-S and EON17-SLX high-performance laptops with NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 800M series graphics cards for gamers, artists, professionals and enthusiasts. With breakthrough features including the all-new GeForce Battery Boost capable of delivering up to 2x longer gaming when running on battery and up to a 50% increase in GPU performance than its predecessor, the new ORIGIN PC EON laptops with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M series graphics cards will forever change notebook gaming. Also featuring support for NVIDIA's latest SHADOWPLAY, GAMESTREAM, and NVIDIA SHIELD technologies, users can now capture, share and stream their best gaming moments on the go.

Thanks to the power of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, the ORIGIN PC EON13-S high-performance laptop will feature an IPS display capable of supporting stunning optional resolutions up to 3200 x 1800 coming soon for an unprecedented mobile gaming experience! Customize and order your new ORIGIN PC EON laptop with an 800M series graphics card today and you can also receive FREE game copies of the highly anticipated PC titles: TITANFALL and DAYLIGHT; plus up to $150 Worth of "In-Game" credit for Warface, Path of Exile, and Heroes of Newerth while supplies last and for a limited time only.

NVIDIA Springs Ahead with New GeForce Game Bundles

Tired of shoveling snow? Want to beat the winter blahs? How about ushering in the start of spring with two new exciting game bundles from NVIDIA? Starting today, gamers who purchase select NVIDIA GeForce GTX desktop GPUs and GeForce GTX-powered notebooks can take advantage of two new bundle offerings, a redeemable code for DAYLIGHT or $150 of in-game currency for Heroes of Newerth, Path of Exile, and Warface.

DAYLIGHT, a procedurally-generated psychological thriller from Zombie Studios, is also the world's first game built on Unreal Engine 4. Featuring NVIDIA PhysX technology for an interactive, immersive nightmare, DAYLIGHT will scare the pants off you as you explore an abandoned hospital with only your cell phone for illumination. Purchasers of GeForce GTX TITAN graphics cards, as well as GTX 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, 690, 680, 670, 660 Ti and 660, will receive a redemption code for DAYLIGHT, which will be activated on April 11, 2014, the day the game launches.

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 335.23 WHQL Graphics Card Driver

NVIDIA has today rolled out a new graphics card driver, the GeForce 335.23. This WHQL-certified release has support for GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 and Titan Series cards and ION GPUs and it brings 'enhanced' GPU clock offset options for the Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 models, plus some updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles. This driver is also recommended for Respawn's multiplayer FPS Titanfall.

Download: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista (32-bit) / Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista (64-bit) / Windows XP (32-bit) / Windows XP (64-bit)

Palit Announces GeForce GTX 750 StormX 2 GB Graphics Card

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the power efficienct and Maxwell-based Palit GeForce GTX 750 StormX 2GB and its adding more than just state-of-the-art features on the next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture. Continuing with Palit brand new "StormX" series, Palit designed a 2GB GDDR5 memory on GTX 750, the double memory size compared with the reference 1GB GTX750. Palit GTX 750 StormX 2GB equipped not only with TurboFan Blade cooler, but also with solid capacitors, better performance and thermal solution.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M Detailed

NVIDIA slipped out the first mobile GPU based on its GM107 silicon, the GeForce GTX 860M, which was spotted on the forumscape. The GTX 860M is configured identically to the desktop GTX 750 Ti, featuring the chip's full complement of 640 CUDA cores, 40 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory. The core is clocked at 540 MHz, and the memory at 5.00 GHz (GDDR5 effective).

The mobile MXM card was put through a battery of synthetic tests, in which it was found to be twice as fast as its predecessor, the GTX 660M. In 3DMark 11 (performance preset), it scored P5339, compared to the P2563 points scored by the GTX 660M. In 3DMark 11 (extreme preset), the story is similar, with the GTX 860M scoring X1662, compared to the X774 scored by the GTX 660M.


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