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MSI Unveils the X99A-SLI Motherboard

MSI unveiled the X99A-SLI motherboard. This is not to be confused with the X99A-SLI PLUS the company launched in its first wave of socket LGA2011v3 motherboards, in 2015. The new board features a few modern connectivity features, such as 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, a U.2 connector, and USB 3.1 with type-C. The board also comes with support for Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processors, out of the box. Built in the standard ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, and uses an 8-phase VRM to condition it for the CPU.

Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and two PCIe 2.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, a 32 Gb/s U.2 port, one 10 Gb/s SATA-Express connector, and a total of twelve SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Among the USB connectivity are two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports, from which one is type-C, and eight other USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, four by headers). 8-channel HD audio, and an Intel controller-driven gigabit Ethernet connection make for the rest of it. This could be one of MSI's more affordable socket LGA2011v3 boards.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition PCB Pictured

Here's one of the first pictures of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition (reference) PCB. The PCB is about 2/3rds the length of the actual card, and despite that, it's pretty barren. Power is drawn from a 6-pin PCIe power connector, however, this connector isn't on the PCB, but is on a receptacle towards the end of the cooler. NVIDIA designed this in response to complaints that on cards with PCB shorter than the cooler, the power connector would be in the middle of the card. It would also block the illuminated GeForce GTX logo along the top.

The 6-pin PCIe power receptacle connects to the card at big solder points. This approach has one downside. If you want to change the cooler (to, say, an aftermarket air cooler), you will have to deal with that ugly cabling. The card uses a simple 3+1 phase VRM to power the GPU, with its TDP rated at just 120W. The GP106 GPU is neighbored by six 8 Gbps GDDR5 memory chips populating its 192-bit memory bus. There's no SLI support. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, and one each of HDMI 2.0b and DVI.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5, $249

NVIDIA today announced its third desktop consumer graphics card based on the "Pascal" architecture, the GeForce GTX 1060. NVIDIA aims to strike a price-performance sweetspot, by pricing this card aggressively at US $249 (MSRP), with its reference "Founders Edition" variant priced at $299. To make sure two of these cards at $500 don't cannibalize the $599-699 GTX 1080, NVIDIA didn't even give this card 2-way SLI support. Retail availability of the cards will commence from 19th July, 2016. NVIDIA claims that the GTX 1060 performs on-par with the GeForce GTX 980 from the previous generation.

The GeForce GTX 1060 is based on the new 16 nm "GP106" silicon, the company's third ASIC based on this architecture after GP100 and GP104. It features 1,280 CUDA cores spread across ten streaming multiprocessors, 80 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and a 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 6 GB of memory. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector, as the GPU's TDP is rated at just 120W. The core is clocked up to 1.70 GHz, and the memory at 8 Gbps, at which it belts out 192 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Display outputs include three DisplayPorts 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b, and a DVI.

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 368.69 WHQL Drivers

NVIDIA released its latest version of GeForce drivers. Version 368.69 WHQL comes game-ready for "DiRT Rally VR," one of the first AAA titles to make VR a key gameplay and experience component. The drivers also add SLI profiles for "Armored Warfare," "iRacing Motorsport Simulator," "Lost Ark," and "Tiger Knight." Interestingly, it does not include GeForce Experience 3.0 (new UI, mandatory login); and instead bundles version 2.11 of the app. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 368.69 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit

Microsoft Refines DirectX 12 Multi-GPU with Simple Abstraction Layer

Microsoft is sparing no efforts in promoting DirectX 12 native multi-GPU as the go-to multi-GPU solution for game developers, obsoleting proprietary technologies like SLI and CrossFire. The company recently announced that it is making it easier for game developers to code their games to take advantage of multiple GPUs without as much coding as they do now. This involves the use of a new hardware abstraction layer that simplifies the process of pooling multiple GPUs in a system, which will let developers bypass the Explicit Multi-Adapter (EMA) mode of graphics cards.

This is the first major step by Microsoft since its announcement that DirectX 12, in theory, supports true Mixed Multi-Adapter configurations. The company stated that it will release the new abstraction layer as part of a comprehensive framework into the company's GitHub repository with two sample projects, one which takes advantage of the new multi-GPU tech, and one without. Exposed to this code, game developers' learning curve will be significantly reduced, and they will have a template on how to implement multi-GPU in their DirectX 12 projects with minimal effort. With this, Microsoft is supporting game developers in implementing API native multi-GPU, even as GPU manufacturers stated that while their GPUs will support EMA, the onus will be on game-developers to keep their games optimized.Source: GitHub

EVGA Announces its Pro SLI HB Bridges

EVGA has once again amped up the SLI bridge with the EVGA PRO SLI BRIDGE HB. These new, completely redesigned SLI bridges come with new features and improved performance. Included is an RGBW color switcher that allows you to choose Red, Green, Blue or White color. Also, with the new High Bandwidth technology on NVIDIA GTX 10 series cards, you get double the available transfer bandwidth compared to previous generation cards.

NVIDIA GeForce "Pascal" 3-way and 4-way SLI Restricted to Select Non-Gaming Apps

In a move that's set to not go down well with gamers looking for 4K 60 Hz gameplay with eye-candy maxed out; NVIDIA has changed the way it approaches 3-way and 4-way SLI support for the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. While out of the box, you can enable 2-way SLI using either an SLI HB bridge (recommended for certain high resolutions), or even a classic 2-way SLI bridge; 3-way and 4-way SLI support will be restricted to a select few non-gaming apps.

At the launch of the GTX 1080, NVIDIA told the press that it will officially not support 3-way and 4-way SLI for GeForce "Pascal" GPUs, however, it will provide a recourse for enthusiasts, by setting up an "SLI enthusiast key" webpage, from which enthusiasts can obtain a software key that unlocks 3-way and 4-way SLI support using classic bridges. NVIDIA would have merely optimized its drivers up to 2-way SLI, and the odd lucky gamer would be able to take advantage of 3-4 GPUs if a game developer got generous. That's no more to be.

EVGA SLI HB Bridges Pictured

EVGA unveiled a trio of SLI HB (high-bandwidth) bridges to go with its GeForce 10-series graphics cards. Available in 1U (no gap between two 2-slot graphics cards), 2U (1-slot gap between two 2-slot graphics cards), and 3U (2-slot gap between two 2-slot graphics cards), the bridges feature a prominent EVGA glowing logo, with switch-selectable multi-color LED illumination. SLI HB bridges are needed by GeForce 10-series graphics cards for "the best performance" in 4K @ 60 Hz HDR, 4K @ 120 Hz, and 5K, according to NVIDIA.

GALAX Hall of Fame Custom-design SLI HB Bridge Pictured

Here's the first picture of a custom-design SLI HB (high-bandwidth) bridge by GALAX. With NVIDIA recommending a new kind of SLI bridge for NVIDIA "Pascal" GPUs to give you the smoothest possible display at high-resolutions, NVIDIA partners have taken it upon themselves to launch SLI HB bridges (which you purchase separately, of course). Following last night's MSI Gaming SLI HB reveal, we have the GALAX Hall of Fame SLI HB bridge in our hands. There's not much to the bridge besides a white PCB, two SLI contact slots with metal reinforcements, and a white LED lighting up a GALAX HOF logo on the bridge's shroud. The bridge has a 2U spacing (allowing for 1-slot gap between two dual-slot graphics cards).

MSI Gaming Custom-design SLI HB Bridge Pictured

Here some of the first pictures of an NVIDIA add-in card (AIC) partner branded SLI-HB (high-bandwidth) bridge. This kind of bridge is recommended for use with GeForce "Pascal" graphics cards, at high resolutions, such as 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR, 4K @ 120 Hz, 5K, and above. Pictured here is a 2-way SLI HB bridge with 2U spacing (1-slot gap between the two cards). The bridge appears to have a red LED of its own, lighting up the MSI Gaming dragon logo. At this point it's not clear whether the bridge comes included with the cards, or if it needs to be purchased separately. The cards being bridged in these pictures are the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming Z, a notch above the GTX 1080 Gaming X the company debuted its custom GTX 1080 lineup with.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 368.22 Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA released its GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers. These drivers are Game Ready for "Overwatch," "World of Tanks," and "War Thunder." This includes performance optimization, SLI support (for games that support multi-GPU), and GeForce Experience optimal settings. These drivers also address a stuttering issue noticed with "Tom Clancy's The Division," after 20-30 minutes of gameplay, on SLI machines. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 368.22 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 32-bit

EVGA Announces the X99 FTW K Motherboard

EVGA welcomes you to the next generation of ground-breaking performance: the X99 FTW K! The X99 platform redefines high-performance with the introduction of the first ever quad-channel DDR4 architecture fueled by Intel's Haswell-E/Broadwell-E CPU family for up to 128GBs of RAM running at a maximum memory speed of up to 3200MHz+ (OC), all made possible due to the 4-layer memory T-Routing design.

The X99 FTW-K is built with an 8-layer Hybrid Black PCB, featuring a CPU socket with 150% higher Gold content powered by an Advanced 8-phase Digital VRM (IR3563B+IR3350), providing industry-leading stability for all your applications. This board also features a Killer NIC E2400 Ethernet which helps to prioritize and reduce network latency to keep you at the top of your game.

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 365.19 Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA released its latest GeForce "Game Ready" drivers. Version 365.19 WHQL comes with optimization for "Doom" (2016), "Homefront: The Revolution," and "Master of Orion." This includes optimization, SLI profiles (if the game engine supports it), and GeForce Experience optimal settings. This is perhaps the last driver release before NVIDIA GeForce 10 Series. Grab them from the link below.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 365.19 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit

NVIDIA to Focus on 2-way SLI with GeForce "Pascal"

At its GeForce GTX 1080 launch event, NVIDIA is said to have told the press that with its GeForce "Pascal" series, the company will focus on 2-way SLI "for maximum performance," implying an uncertain future for 3-way and 4-way SLI. The company's new SLI HB bridge introduced with the GTX 1080, enables higher bandwidth between two graphics cards in SLI, letting them more reliably render games at high resolutions. On the downside, this new bridge occupies both SLI contact points on each card, in 2-way SLI.

It might still be possible to do 3-way and 4-way SLI using a classic 3-way or 4-way bridge included with your motherboard. You'd be at the mercy of applications somehow being able to take advantage of 3-4 GPUs, NVIDIA on its part, will likely only optimize its drivers for 2-way SLI. The knight in shining armour here is DirectX 12 native multi-GPU, which doesn't care how many GPUs you're using, or if they're even the same kind (as long as the GPUs and the app support Direct3D 12).
Source: TechofTomorrow (YouTube)

Microsoft Adds New Game-centric Features to Universal Windows Platform

Microsoft added two new features to its Universal Windows Platform (UWP), the company's non-Win32 application environment built around the Windows Store and modern UI. With the latest update to Windows 10, Microsoft updated UWP to support adaptive-sync technologies such as NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync; and removed frame-rate limits. Games built on UWP (such as "Quantum Break") suffered from frame-rate caps.

UWP continues to be criticized for taking a "walled-garden" approach to third-party apps, restricting them to Microsoft APIs such as DirectX. The platform continues to suffer from several limitations for games, such as support for APIs such as OpenGL and Vulkan; and proprietary multi-GPU technologies such as SLI and CrossFire; or support for game-mods.


Source: DirectX Blog

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Specifications Released

After launching its shockingly fast (claimed) GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards, NVIDIA posted specifications of the former. The two are based on NVIDIA's swanky new 16 nm "GP104" silicon, derived from its "Pascal" GPU architecture. The architecture is detailed in our older article, here. The GeForce GTX 1080 leads the pack, featuring four graphics processing clusters, holding 2,560 CUDA cores. The core runs at a scorching 1607 MHz, with a GPU Boost frequency of 1733 MHz. In one of its demos, NVIDIA overclocked this chip to over 2100 MHz, on its reference air cooling, and the GPU barely scraped 67 °C under stress. The GTX 1080 features a 256-bit wide GDDR5X memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory. The memory is clocked at 2500 MHz (10 GHz effective), working out to a memory bandwidth of 320 GB/s.

API support includes DirectX 12 (feature-level 12_1), OpenGL 4.5, and Vulkan. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, one HDMI 2.0b, and one dual-link DVI. The reference-design card is 10.5-inch long, and double-slot. It draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, and its typical board power is rated at 180W. With the GeForce "Pascal" family, instead of caving in to DirectX 12 native multi-GPU, NVIDIA developed its SLI technology further, with the new SLI HB (high-bandwidth) bridge standard. It's essentially a 2-way bridge in which both SLI fingers of the card are used. This doubles bandwidth between the two cards, allowing higher display resolutions, and multi-display setups between high-resolution monitors. The GeForce GTX 1080 will be available from May 27, 2016, starting at US $599. The $379 GTX 1070 specifications will be revealed closer to its June 10, 2016 market availability.

MSI Launches 3-way and 4-way SLI Bridge Kits

MSI launched what could be the first custom NVIDIA SLI bridge cables that do more than look fancy - help ventilate your tightly stacked up graphics cards. The company announced a pair of new 3-way and 4-way SLI bridge kits, which combine a hardened bridge PCB shroud with a 120 mm fan mount. A silent 120 mm spinner is bundled, which is oriented to push air into the gaps between your graphics cards, but one that you can orient to pull air, too. The bridge shroud is styled along MSI Gaming red+black design language, and under it is a hard fiberglass PCB, with reinforced bridge connector slots. Thumb-screws and washers hold the fan mount in place between your graphics cards. MSI didn't reveal pricing.

GIGABYTE Intros the 990X-Gaming SLI Motherboard

GIGABYTE announced its third G1.Gaming series socket AM3+ motherboard, the 990X-Gaming SLI. This board closely follows recent launches by the company based on the AMD 970 and AMD 990FX chipsets. As its name suggests, this board is based on the AMD 990X chipset, and features NVIDIA SLI support. In addition to out-of-the-box support for the latest FX-8370 processor, the board also supports 220W TDP chips from the FX-9000 series. Based on the ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and conditions it for the CPU with a 11-phase VRM.

The board supports up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3-2400 memory. Expansion slots include two each of PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 when both are populated), PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and legacy PCI. Storage connectivity includes a 20 Gb/s M.2 slot, and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Among its modern connectivity features are two USB 3.1 ports (both type-A) and four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by headers). Networking is care of an Intel I-218V gigabit Ethernet. The onboard 10-channel audio solution combines a 115 dBA SNR CODEC with ground-layer isolation and electrolytic capacitors. The board is driven by UEFI BIOS, with NVMe boot device support. Expect this to be priced just over $100.

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 362.00 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA released the latest version of its GeForce software. Version 362.00 WHQL comes game-ready for the hardware-intensive "Far Cry Primal," and "Gears of War Ultimate Edition." This includes performance optimizations, SLI profiles (if supported), and GeForce Experience optimal settings for the two games. The drivers are also optimized for the latest update of "Dying Light." Grab them from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 362.00 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 64-bit

NVIDIA Unveils GeForce 361.75 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

Following a month without any driver releases (the last one being dated December 21), NVIDIA released its latest GeForce drivers. Version 361.75 WHQL drivers are "Game Ready" for Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Tom Clancy's The Division (beta). This includes performance optimization, SLI profiles, and GeForce Experience optimal settings. The drivers also come with early (beta) support for GeForce GTX GPUs installed in external graphics solutions over the Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s) interface. Grab them from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 361.75 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8.1/7 64-bit | Windows 8.1/7 32-bit

MSI Vortex is a Mac Pro Inspired Dual-GPU Monster

MSI unveiled its latest desktop under its coveted MSI Gaming logo - the Vortex. This compact gaming desktop features a design that's heavily inspired by the Mac Pro - a cylindrical case with three planes, and key components arranged along those planes, with a common air channel running through the bore of the cylinder. Much like the Mac Pro, the MSI Vortex packs a wallop.

In its base configuration, the MSI Vortex comes with an Intel Core i5 "Skylake" desktop quad-core processor, and two GeForce GTX 960 (desktop) graphics cards in SLI. The top variant gives you a Core i7-6700K quad-core chip, and two GeForce GTX 980 (desktop) cards in SLI, making it capable of 4K Ultra HD gaming. Sharp edges aside, the Vortex comes with RGB LED lighting. Not just design, MSI appears to have taken cues from Apple on even pricing - the base model is expected to be priced around US $2,000.


Source: TechGage

SLI and CrossFire Support "Not Practical" - Batman Arkham Knight Developer

Batman Arkham Knight gamers' woes on the PC platform continue, as a patch that lets the game take advantage of multi-GPU technologies like SLI and CrossFire remains elusive. Responding to a distraught multi-GPU user on Steam Community forums, a developer stated that implementing multi-GPU support presented a too high risk of creating new issues for the gamers, to be "practical." The PC release of Batman Arkham Knight has been riddled with bugs, which caused its publisher to pull the Unreal Engine 3 based game off the shelves to fix those bugs, and a less than successful re-launch that ended up in distribution platform Steam taking refund requests until late-December. The developer, who goes by the username "wb.elder.pliny" stated:
We've been working with our development and graphics driver partners over the last few months to investigate utilizing multi-GPU support within Batman: Arkham Knight. The result was that even the best case estimates for performance improvements turned out to be relatively small given the high risk of creating new issues for all players. As a result we've had to make the difficult decision to stop work on further multi-GPU support. We are disappointed that this was not practical and apologize to those who have been waiting for this feature.
Source: Steam Community

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 358.91 Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA released its second "Game Ready" GeForce drivers in a span of a week, with version 358.91 WHQL. These drivers are "game-ready" for Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. This means game optimizations, SLI profiles, and GeForce Experience optimal settings for the three games. This closely follows last week's GeForce 358.87 WHQL release, which was game-ready for Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 358.91 Game Ready Drivers Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 8.1/7/Vista 64-bit

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 353.62 WHQL Drivers for Windows 10

In the wake of Microsoft Windows 10 launch, NVIDIA released its latest GeForce driver targeted at the new OS, GeForce 353.62 WHQL. This driver offers full support for WDDM 2.0, and DirectX 12 (feature level 12_0) support for NVIDIA GPUs based on the "Maxwell" and "Kepler" architectures. NVIDIA plans to enable DirectX 12 support for older "Fermi" (GTX 400, GTX 500 series) GPUs later this year. The driver also adds SLI profiles for a handful new games such as Batman: Arkham Knight (which was previously removed), Killing Floor 2, and Total War: Arena.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 353.62 WHQL for Windows 10

MSI Launches Premium GAMING SLI Bridge

As game developers continue to push the boundaries of epic in-game graphics, the popularity of 4K gaming is also on the rise. To fully enjoy this spectacular gaming experience, hardware requirements are also pushed higher than ever. Gamers running multiple powerful graphics cards in SLI are enjoying ever more benefits. As the leading brand in Gaming, MSI is excited to unveil a brand new premium GAMING SLI bridge which forms the perfect link for any MSI GAMING SLI setup.

The bridge features a premium LED illuminated GAMING logo that can be controlled by the exclusive MSI Gaming App and is forged out of high quality materials. It supports 2-Way SLI for NVIDIA GTX 900 series graphics cards. The carefully engineered metal shroud on the SLI connectors gives the new GAMING SLI Bridge a solid look & feel while also enabling higher conductivity. Optimized for 4K+ resolutions and 144Hz+ refresh rates, the MSI GAMING SLI bridge is ready for next generation gaming.
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