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MSI GeForce GTX 660 HAWK Graphics Card Detailed

MSI's flagship factory-overclocked graphics card based on the GeForce GTX 660, the N660GTX HAWK, was pictured and detailed by Expreview, earlier this week. According to the source, the card will be designed for about 15% higher core clock speeds than reference, backed by high-grade voltage regulation circuitry and the company's TwinFrozr IV cooling solution.

To begin with, the GeForce GTX 660 HAWK will ship with clock speeds of 1100 MHz core, 1176 MHz GPU Boost core clock speeds. The memory is left untouched at 6.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective). Under the hood is a 10-phase VRM that uses SSC chokes (low energy loss to noise), and IR DirectFETs. The card appears to use a high-end voltage controller that allows software voltage control, and consolidated voltage measurement points. The card draws power from two 6-pin PCIe power connectors.

NVIDIA Rolls Out GeForce 306.23 WHQL Drivers

Following launches of its GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 graphics processors earlier this day, NVIDIA released the latest stable version of its GeForce driver suite. GeForce 306.23 WHQL was released for Windows 7/Vista and Windows XP. This is NVIDIA's first WHQL-signed driver launch after GeForce GTX 660 Ti was launched last month. Hence, it includes official support for GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, and GeForce GTX 650. The company also notified that the next WHQL-signed drivers will remove support for legacy GeForce GPUs such as 6-series and 7-series.

GeForce 306.23 WHQL also adds GPU and game-specific performance improvements. Along with the latest patch by its developer, Total War: Shogun 2 will see up to 60% performance improvement with GeForce GTX 680. Performance is also significantly improved for games such as Batman: Arkham City, Dragon Age II, STALKER: Call of Pripyat, and Battlefield 3 (in SLI). SLI profiles were added or improved for a large number of games. The drivers provide early support for applications built with CUDA 5 Preview.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 306.23 WHQL for Windows 7/Vista 64-bit, Windows 7/Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 Launch Together on September 12

According to a new 3DCenter.org report, NVIDIA is planning a joint launch of two its key mid-range GPUs, the GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650, on September 12, 2012. The two GPUs will let NVIDIA capture key sub-$300 and sub-$200 price-points, with performance levels that could destabilize AMD's Radeon HD 7800 and HD 7700 series. Based on the GK106 silicon, the GTX 660 is said to pack 960 CUDA cores and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface; while the GK107-based GeForce GTX 650 is said to pack 384 CUDA cores and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 128-bit wide memory interface.

NVIDIA GK106 GPU Pictured, GeForce GTX 660 Benchmarked

Here are some of the first pictures of NVIDIA's upcoming GK106 silicon, which goes into building the GeForce GTX 660 graphics card. The GK106, built on the 28 nm silicon fab process, is poised to be NVIDIA's newest mainstream-performance chip that succeeds the GF116. The pictures reveal the chip package to be almost as big as the GF116 but smaller than the GK104. This can be attributed to fewer memory I/O pins (192-bit maximum bus width).

The rectangular die of the GK106 appears to have roughly the same area as that of the GF116, but with the higher transistor density of the 28 nm process, one can expect a significantly higher transistor count for the chip. If some of the pictures we're seeing are any indication the GK106 will be extremely energy-efficient, as an unknown graphics card based on it draws power from just one 6-pin power connector.

CyberpowerPC Announces New Desktop Gaming PCs Paired with GeForce GTX 660 Ti

CyberPower Inc. www.cyberpowerpc.com, a global manufacturer of custom gaming machines, today announced it will integrate NVIDIA's powerful next generation Kepler-powered GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card into its line of midrange to high-end desktop gaming PCs. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti adds a new dimension to the GeForce Kepler architecture by delivering the ideal fusion of power, performance and affordability.

CyberpowerPC customers can expect up to six times the performance over older systems based on DirectX 10 cards and experience richer environments brought to life by the latest NVIDIA enhancements like the new temporal antialiasing (TXAA) technique, which minimizes jaggies for exceptional image quality and performance in today's demanding games.

ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCu II Graphics Cards

ASUS announced as many as five GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card models. The cards are based on the company's dual-slot DirectCu II cooling solution, and a PCB design that's similar to that of the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCu series. Among the five models are the GTX660 TI-DC2-2GD5, the base model that sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 915/980/6008 MHz (core/boost/memory); the GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5, with a mild level of factory-overclocking, at 967/1058/6008 MHz; GTX660 TI-DC2T-2GD5, or TOP variant, with 1059/1377/6008 MHz; and variants of the GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 and GTX660 TI-DC2T-2GD5 that feature Steam coupons to Borderlands 2 game.

Based on the 28 nm GK104 silicon, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti packs 1344 CUDA cores, 112 TMUs, 24 ROPs, and a 192-bit wide memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory. ASUS' cards uses two 6-pin PCIe power connectors to draw power. Display outputs include a pair of dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort. The cards are 3-way SLI capable. The DirectCu II cooler uses a compound heatsink to which heat is fed by a number of copper heat pipes, which make direct contact with the GPU. ASUS plans 3 GB variants of the same models, in which six 2 Gbit memory chips make up 3072 MB of memory, with 144 GB/s memory bandwidth.

KFA2 Launches GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB and 3GB Editions

KFA2 announced today the GeForce GTX 660 Ti EX OC 2GB and GTX 660 Ti EX OC 3GB graphics cards, each with its own ground-up fully customized design offering unique performance advantages.

The KFA2 GeForce GTX 660 Ti EX OC 2GB edition is fitted with a newly designed twin fan cooler built on quad nickel plated heat pipes with an aluminum base. This new cooler delivers outstanding airflow with minimal noise levels and overall a more enjoyable gaming experience.

Eurocom Launches The Scorpius With 8 GB Of Video Memory

Eurocom Corporation, is now launching the EUROCOM Scorpius Ultra High Performance Notebook with support for dual graphics technology from NVIDIA GeForce, Quadro and AMD Radeon, powerful Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition, up to 32 GB of DDR3 1600 memory and three storage drives plus one mSATA drive.

"The EUROCOM Scorpius is an out of this world High Performance Notebook Computer. Like the mythical creature that stung and killed Orion, the EUROCOM Scorpius will take down any competition standing in its way, while allowing gamers to do the same!" exclaims Mark Bialic, Eurocom President. "We have been getting out of this world benchmark results with the EUROCOM Scorpius. Simply put, this is the most powerful system of its kind on the planet."

ELSA Announces GeForce GT 640 2 GB Graphics Card

ELSA announced a new 2 GB GeForce GT 640 graphics card in the full-height, single-slot form-factor (model: GD640-2GERGT). The card uses an aluminum fan-heatsink that stays within the confines of a single expansion card slot. The card sticks to NVIDIA reference clock-speeds for the GeForce GT 640, of 900 MHz core and 1.78 GHz memory. The card packs 2 GB of GDDR3 memory installed across a 128-bit wide memory interface. The 28 nm GK107 silicon packs 384 CUDA cores. The card draws power from the PCI-Express slot. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI and a mini-HDMI. It is slated for mid-August.

GeForce GTX 650 Ti Specifications Detailed

A little earlier this week, specifications of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 650 graphics processor were reported. An even newer report by DonanimHaber details its sibling, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, designed for the sub-$250 market. The new GPU is based on the NVIDIA's newest GK106 silicon, while the GTX 650 sticks to the GK107, and is essentially a beefed-up GeForce GT 640. These are the specifications of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti we're looking at:
  • 28 nm GK106 silicon
  • 960 CUDA cores
  • 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface
  • 1 GB and 2 GB memory options
  • Q4-2012 launch

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Specifications and Launch Date Leaked

Following the launch of its GeForce GTX 660 series graphics processors, NVIDIA is likely to turn its attention to the sub-$200 market, particularly in the crucial back-to-school shopping season, with the launch of the new GeForce GTX 650 graphics processor. The new chip will help the company capture a key sub-$200 price-point, and replace the GeForce GTX 550 Ti.

According to a DonanimHaber report, the GeForce GTX 650 will be based on the new 28 nm GK107 ASIC, which is derived from the GeForce Kepler architecture. The chip will pack 384 CUDA cores, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, which holds 1 GB of memory. The same report pin-points the launch date to 17th September.

GeForce GTX 660 Arrives Mid-August: Report

NVIDIA's newest product designed to strike the price-performance "sweetspot," the GeForce GTX 660, is set for a mid-August market launch, according to a SweClockers report. The new chip could roll out some time between August 13 and 19. Given that other Kepler-based SKUs have been launched on Tuesdays or Thursdays, it's likely that the launch date could be either the 14th, or the 16th. The GTX 660 will be based on the 28 nm "GK104" GPU. It will feature 1,344 or 1,152 CUDA cores, and a 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 1.5 GB of memory, according to the report. The new GPU could capture a crucial sub-$300 price-point.

NVIDIA Forums Hack: Passwords Not Salted

A group of hackers that claimed responsibility for hacking NVIDIA forums (forums.nvidia.com), which goes by the name "Team Apollo," posted the first piece of its exploits on Pastebin (find it here). The user data dump contains details of every fifth user of the forums. From what we can tell looking at the pasted data (which is now very much in the public domain), the passwords found in the user tables are not salted. NVIDIA was less than honest about that part.

The passwords are stored as raw MD5 hashes, which can be fairly-easily decrypted (when compared to hashes with salt values). To make matters worse, certain MD5 decryption websites have large databases of pre-decrypted MD5 phrases, potentially making decryption these hashes easy. Or you could just use a CUDA-accelerated MD5 decryption tool, which munches through unsalted MD5 hash values at the speed of a small supercomputer. If you have an NVIDIA Forums account, and your passwords on other websites (forums, email accounts, banks) even remotely resemble that of your NVIDIA forums account, it is strongly recommended that you change your passwords on each of those other websites.

Eurocom Ships Fox 4.0 15.6-inch Notebook

Eurocom Corporation, a developer of long lifespan, high performance, fully upgradable Notebooks and Mobile Workstations has launched a small form factor notebook with up to 3 terabytes storage via three 1 terabyte storage drives, 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge Processors, up to 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics with Optimus technology.

EUROCOM Fox 4.0 provides high-calibre performance, powerful graphics capabilities and high performance storage with three physical storage drives RAID 0/1/5 capability. Super powerful Intel Core i7 are supported for high-end computing wherever life takes place.

Point of View Announces its GeForce GT 640 Multimedia Graphics Card

Point of View, a premier NVIDIA graphics partner and manufacturer of Android tablets, notebooks and other hardware, launches today the GeForce 600-series all-rounder card; the POV GeForce GT 640.

GeForce GT 640 is specifically designed as an energy efficient and cool graphics processor. Developed on a 28nm die-size, the renowned Kepler architecture uses the new SMX steaming multiprocessor technology to not only offer the best performance but also the optimal performance per watt.

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 680M Notebook Graphics Processor

NVIDIA today brings its next-generation NVIDIA Kepler graphics architecture to the top of the GeForce notebook GPU lineup, with the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M. The fastest, most advanced gaming notebook GPU ever built, the GTX 680M GPU delivers unprecedented performance, incredible power efficiency and the world's most advanced gaming technology.

"The GeForce GTX 680M is the fastest mobile GPU ever, but it's more than just a speed king," said Rene Haas, vice president and general manager of the notebook business unit at NVIDIA. "It also offers an entire arsenal of next-gen gaming technology, along with Optimus technology for extended battery life."

MSI Intros New Cost-Effective GeForce GTX 550 Ti Graphics Card

MSI introduced a new cost-effective variant of its GeForce GTX 550 Ti graphics card (model: N550GTX-Ti-MD1GD5-V2), which will allow the company to compete in price-points deep within US $150. The card features a similar cooling solution to that of NVIDIA reference design, backed up by a new PCB design. The GPU sticks to NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 900 MHz (core), 1800 MHz (CUDA cores), and 3.80 GHz (GDDR5 memory effective). The GPU packs 192 CUDA cores, and a 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 1 GB of memory. The new PCB layout also allowed MSI to improve the display output loadout, which includes one each of dual-link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI (standard-size). The N550GTX-Ti-MD1GD5-V2 from MSI has started shipping to retailers, end-buyers should find it in local stores shortly.

NVIDIA Readies GK104-based GeForce GTX 680M for Computex

NVIDIA is readying a high-performance mobile GPU for a Computex 2012 unveiling. Called the GeForce GTX 680M, the chip is based on its trusty 28 nm GK104 silicon, but with about half its streaming multiprocessors disabled, resulting in a CUDA core count of around 768. Reference MXM boards of the chip could ship with memory options as high as 4 GB, across a 256-bit wide memory interface. With the right craftsmanship on the part of NVIDIA, the GTX 680M could end up with a power draw of 100W. A Chinese source had the opportunity to picture the reference board qualification sample, and put it through 3DMark 11, in which it was found to be roughly 37% faster than the GF114-based GeForce GTX 670M, scoring 4905 points in Performance preset. The test bed was driven by Intel Core i7-3720QM quad-core mobile processor.

Leadtek Announces a Trio of Winfast GeForce GT 600 Graphics Cards

Leadtek joined the GeForce GT 600 launch party with three new Winfast series graphics card models, based on the GeForce GT 630, GeForce GT 620, and GeForce GT 610 (pictured in that order, below). The GT 630 card (model: LR2741), dons a full-height PCB, a double-slot cooling solution, 1 GB of SDDR3 memory, and clock speeds of 810/1620/1600 MHz (core/CUDA cores/memory effective).

The GeForce GT 620 based card (model: LR2740), is low-profile capable, its cooling solution consists of an active fan-heatsink. Like the GT 630 model, this card utilizes 1 GB of SDDR3 memory as well. It comes with clock speeds of 700/1400/1333 MHz. Lastly, there's the GT 610-based card (model: LR2739), which packs a much more compact fan-heatsink, 1 GB of SDDR3 memory, and clock speeds of 810/1620/1066 MHz. All three cards provide DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI display outputs.

NVIDIA Introduces First Virtualized GPU, Accelerating Graphics for Cloud Computing

NVIDIA today unveiled the NVIDIA VGX platform, which enables IT departments to deliver a virtualized desktop with the graphics and GPU computing performance of a PC or workstation to employees using any connected device.

With the NVIDIA VGX platform in the data center, employees can now access a true cloud PC from any device -- thin client, laptop, tablet or smartphone -- regardless of its operating system, and enjoy a responsive experience for the full spectrum of applications previously only available on an office PC.

NVIDIA Pioneers New Standard for HPC With Tesla GPUs Built on Kepler Architecture

NVIDIA today unveiled a new family of Tesla GPUs based on the revolutionary NVIDIA Kepler GPU computing architecture, which makes GPU-accelerated computing easier and more accessible for a broader range of high performance computing (HPC) scientific and technical applications.

The new NVIDIA Tesla K10 and K20 GPUs are computing accelerators built to handle the most complex HPC problems in the world. Designed with an intense focus on high performance and extreme power efficiency, Kepler is three times as efficient as its predecessor, the NVIDIA Fermi architecture, which itself established a new standard for parallel computing when introduced two years ago.

EVGA Launches its GeForce GT 600 Series Products

EVGA launched its GeForce GT 600 portfolio, consisting of six models, four of which are based on the GeForce GT 610, and one each on the GeForce GT 620, and GeForce GT 630. The GeForce GT 630 packs 96 CUDA cores, 1 GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 800 MHz (1.60 GHz GDDR3 effective) over a 128-bit wide memory interface, and a core clock speed of 810 MHz, with 1620 MHz CUDA core clock. The card utilizes a full-height PCB, with display outputs that include two DVI, and a mini-HDMI. Its single slot cooling solution uses a large, low-RPM fan.

The GeForce GT 620 is similar to the GT 630, including its board design and most of its specifications, but comes with lower clock speeds, at 700 MHz core, 1400 MHz CUDA cores, and 700 MHz (1.40 GHz GDDR3 effective) memory. Lastly, there are as many as four models based on the GeForce GT 610 chip, which are based on a half-height board, and a full-height one; with 1 GB of GDDR3 memory across a 64-bit wide memory interface that comes standard, and 2 GB variants of both. The full-height cards have two DVI and a mini-HDMI output, while the half-height ones have one each of DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub (analog). The GT 610 packs 48 CUDA cores, and clock speeds of 810/1620/1000 MHz (core/CUDA cores/memory effective).

Origin PC Announces Gaming PCs Equipped with GeForce GTX 670

ORIGIN PC is excited to announce the launch of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 graphics card to their award-winning desktops. The GeForce GTX 670 graphics card taps into the powerful new GeForce architecture to deliver a faster and smoother gaming experience. It also brings richer gaming environments to life with support from the latest NVIDIA advancements like surround multi-monitor gaming on a single card, supercharged PhysX, 3D Vision and SLI technology.

"ORIGIN PC is always excited to launch the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX Graphics Cards and the GTX 670 is a nice addition to our award-winning desktops because of its game-changing innovation' says Kevin Wasielewski, CEO/Co-Founder of ORIGIN PC.

NVIDIA Contributes CUDA Compiler to Open Source Community

NVIDIA today announced that LLVM, one of the industry's most popular open source compilers, now supports NVIDIA GPUs, dramatically expanding the range of researchers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and programming languages that can take advantage of the benefits of GPU acceleration.

LLVM is a widely used open source compiler infrastructure, with a modular design that makes it easy to add support for programming languages and processor architectures. The CUDA compiler provides C, C++ and Fortran support for accelerating application using the massively parallel NVIDIA GPUs. NVIDIA has worked with LLVM developers to provide the CUDA compiler source code changes to the LLVM core and parallel thread execution backend. As a result, programmers can develop applications for GPU accelerators using a broader selection of programming languages, making GPU computing more accessible and pervasive than ever before.
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