It’s great to be a PC gamer these days. Gaming PC costs have fallen significantly over the past couple years largely in part due to the amount of performance AMD and Nvidia have been able to cram on their mid range graphics cards, and gaming bundles such as AMD’s Never Settle Reloaded bundles are making it easier than ever to obtain great graphics and some great games at prices unheard of many years ago.
Today we’ll be reviewing ASUS’s custom implementation of the Radeon HD 7870, the ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II (HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2). The Radeon HD 7870 is a mid to high end graphics card, which features a 1GHz clock speed, 1280 stream [...]
If you’re a budget conscious gamer these days, then you probably already know that you no longer need to empty your wallet to obtain decent gaming performance and high end features out of a graphics card. Mid-range cards such as the AMD’s 28nm Radeon HD 7800 series offer excellent performance to dollar ratio and even saves you money on your electricity bills too.
Today we’ll be reviewing one such mid range graphics card from our friends over at HIS, the HIS Radeon HD 7850 IceQ Turbo 2GB. Looking at the specs, the card is definitely promising. As its name suggests, it comes with a new revision of HIS’s custom IceQ cooler. We’ve had a [...]
SAPPHIRE Technology, a leading manufacturer and global supplier of graphics, mainboard and multimedia solutions has just announced a new mainboard developed to support the latest Trinity family of APUs from AMD.
The SAPPHIRE Pure Platinum A85XT is a full ATX sized board that supports the latest generation AMD APU A10/A8/A6/A4 series Trinity processors using socket FM2. It includes full implementation of the A85X chipset features, including USB 3.0, SATA 6G, PCI-Express expansion and extensive I/O support.
“SAPPHIRE is very excited about the launch of the Trinity platform and the new architecture it [...]
SAPPHIRE PGS announced today a professional FirePro workstation platform that uses the all new AMD FirePro™A300 APU equipped with the SAPPHIRE PGS A3 M series mainboard exclusively supplied by SAPPHIRE Technology. This platform is mainly targeted for entry level and intermediate mainstream desktop 2D and 3D workstation markets.
“Big Things Come in Small Packages”, this type of small workstation platform has the advantage of being high performance and space-saving, as well as offering flexibility; it can perform DCO (Discrete Compute Offload) technology together with the AMD [...]
The next generation console rumors are heating up between the next generation Playstation “4”, codenamed “Orbis” and the next generation Xbox “720”, codenamed “Durango”. While we eagerly anticipate for their release, more and more details have emerged about these mysterious consoles – specifically the PlayStation “4”.
Recently, Kotaku was the recipient of some juicy information regarding the next generation console from Sony, and it looks pretty legit. According to Kotaku, it seems like Sony has codenamed the next generation PlayStation [...]
AMD stole the thunder when it lauched its 28nm GPU family, the Southern Islands, before Nvidia could launch its Keplers. Three months after the successful launch of the HD7970, AMD has finally decided that the time is right to release its mid-range cards equipped with the Cape Verde line of GPUs. As currently the least expensive cards in the Southern Islands family, the HD7750 and the HD7770 aims to replace the dated HD6700 series graphics cards.
Manufactured using AMD’s latest 28nm fabrication process, the Cape Verde chips aim to reduce power consumption and increase performance. Like the more powerful Tahiti [...]
Techpowerup released GPU-Z version 0.5.8 today. The latest update on the popular video system information and diagnostic tool includes a new function that displays the ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) quality of Fermi and Southern Island GPUs. ASIC are used by AMD and Nvidia to bin newly made GPUs based on electrical leakage in the ASIC. The engineers at Techpowerup were able to find a way to quantify this into values.
Full list of updates follows:Added explanation about PCI-Express power savings and 3D render test to accurately measure bus config under load Added function to display ASIC quality [...]
Arctic Cooling displays their enthusiasm for the upcoming Southern Islands GPUs by announcing the release of their next revision of the Accelero Xtreme Cooler. Aside from being fully compatible with the HD 7970/50, it also features three 92mm PWM fans, 5 heatpipes, 84 fins, pre-applied MX-4 thermal compound, and up to 300W of cooling performance.
Source: Arctic Cooling
Well, we totally saw this one was coming. Some guys at 3dcenter.org were able to get some information regarding the upcoming Nvidia 600 Series Kepler GPUs based on the GK100 and GK104 platforms.
They’ve laid out a pretty impressive chart comparing the current GF110 and GF114 chips to the new GK100 and GK104 chips and it looks like Nvidia is planning a tsunami on AMD’s Southern Islands.
The GK104 is looking to be the mid range Kepler chip (Think 560Ti, or GF114) and will sport 640 to 768 CUDA cores (aka stream processors) and a 384 bit GDDR5 memory interface. The current flagship Nvidia GPU, the GTX 580 is only sporting 512 of these CUDA cores and a 384 bit [...]
It’s been leak after leak after leak with the new AMD Southern Islands GPUs, so naturally we need to know what’s happening at Nvidia.
According to Fudzilla, Senior Product PR Manager at Nvidia, Igor Stanek has confirmed that Nvidia is “…on track with our Kepler roadmap. We have 28nm silicon in house now. Our transition to 28nm is going better than 40nm, and yields are better than our original plan.”
While they weren’t able to get any information on any specific timeframes when the actual cards are going to be released, they are expecting the cards to be released in Q2 2012. After all, the sooner the better because the HD7000 Series is going [...]