Asus GTX670 DirectCU Mini graphics card measures 6.7-inches long
Asus has revealed a shortened graphics card designed to work in small form factor PCs. The GeForce GTX670 DirectCU Mini measures 17 centimeters (6.7-inches) long, much shorter than the reference GTX 670 at 24.13cm (9.5-inches), yet is still clocked at 928MHz and houses 2GB of GDDR5 RAM despite its small size. It uses the Asus DirectCU cooling system with vapor chamber and cooling fan, and also uses Direct Power technology to bridge power delivery components and the GPU for a cleaner supply of power. Asus has yet to reveal a release date or price for the pint-sized graphics card.
Two budget chips, three performance chips start new lineup
Nvidia today updated its line of notebook graphic processing units (GPU) -- the 700M series. The new Kepler-based lineup includes the mainstream 720M and 735M, coupled with the performance-oriented 740M, 745M, and 750M. All five of the new chipsets include three technologies meant to balance performance with battery life -- Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0, Nvidia Optimus, and GeForce Experience software.
New card line could cost users over $1,000
Nvidia's next graphics processor line could be announced by the company in the next few days, and will share it's name with a Kepler-based supercomputer. Leaked details for a graphics processor dubbed the GeForce GTX Titan suggests it will be the new flagship GPU for Nvidia, and will come with a hefty pricetag when it is formally revealed on February 18th.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660 will cost $229, GTX 650 just $109
NVIDIA is attempting to appeal to budget-conscious PC gamers with its latest pair of offerings. The Kepler-based GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 will cost $229 and $109, respectively. The former has 2GB of dedicated RAM and 960 CUDA cores along with a GPU Boost mode that automatically overclocks it as needed. There is also a 980MHz core clock onboard.
NVIDIA's 28nm GeForce GTX 680M with 4GB of RAM comes to EON15-S, EON17-S
Origin PC on Monday announced it has added NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 680M GPUs to two of its two high-end gaming notebooks, the 15.6-inch EON15-S and 17.3-inch EON17-S laptops. The GPUs support NVIDIA's Optimus battery life tech and the PhysX physics engine. It has 4GB of dedicated memory and 1,344 CUDA cores for graphics and general processing.
New Ivy Bridge Dell desktop ranges ship in mid-May
In addition to making official the Special Edition 15R leaked earlier, along with the smaller 14R, Dell on Tuesday also announced XPS 8500 and Vostro 470 desktop PC families. Both feature Intel's third-generation Core-series processors, dubbed Ivy Bridge. Meant for gamers, graphics professionals, or movie editors, the XPS 8500 desktops are offered with either a 3.1GHz Quad Core i5 3450 or 3.4GHz Quad Core i7 3770.
Series 7 Gamer gets 2.3GHz Core i7, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M GPU
Samsung's Ivy Bridge-powered Series 7 Gamer notebook, introduced yesterday as part of a larger unveiling, is now available for sale in the US. The 17.3-inch notebook sports 1080p resolution and has Intel's quad-core, 2.3GHz Core i7 3610QM chip onboard, along with NVIDIA's 2GB GeForce GTX 675M GPU. Prices start at $1,900.
HP dv series gets 2012 Intel and NVIDIA tech
HP has quietly continued its 2012 PC updates by swinging its attention to notebooks. The Pavilion dv6t and dv7t have made the leap to Intel's Ivy Bridge processors, with each starting off using a quad-core 2.3GHz Core i7. The two likewise share NVIDIA's GeForce GT 630M to give them mid-level video.
Origin PC EON11-S puts quad Core i7 into 11in PC
Origin PC took its turn at the high-performance ultraportable category Sunday with the EON11-S. Using the same Clevo-made frame as the Maingear Pulse 11, it's small with an 11.6-inch screen but still fits as much as a quad 2.1GHz Core i7 courtesy of Intel's low-power Ivy Bridge architecture. Likewise, it carries a new GeForce GT 650M that gives it mid-level gaming.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 becomes fastest dual GPU
NVIDIA at its Gaming Festival in Shanghai unveiled the expected GeForce GTX 690. The dual-chip board is billed as the fastest on offer and combines two partly downscaled GTX 680 units for a major leap in speed over the GTX 590. With 3,072 processing cores, it in many cases runs games twice as fast as the GTX 680.
Maingear Pulse 11 due in June for $1,100
Maingear just took the wraps off an upcoming 11.6-inch notebook, the Pulse 11. According to Engadget, the small computer will be powered by the latest Ivy Bridge CPUs, with the standard model getting a Core i5 of unspecified clock speed. There is also support for up to 16GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GT650M GPU with 2GB of dedicated RAM is an option.
Build To Order desktops feature new Intel chips
Epson has become the latest manufacturer to make computers based on Intel's Ivy Bridge chipset available to customers. On Tuesday, the manufacturer debuted a line of customizable, business-to-business oriented entry level desktops for the Japanese market.
NVIDIA may unveil GeForce GTX 690 on April 28
NVIDIA has now added a countdown to its earlier Facebook teaser for what is expected to be the GeForce GTX 690 graphics card. The official announcement will be made on April 28 at 7:30PM Pacific time at the the NVIDIA Gaming Festival in Shanghai, China. A live stream of the event will be available for viewing on GeForce.com.
AMD Radeon HD 7000M official
AMD offered its answer to NVIDIA on Tuesday through the Radeon HD 7000M. The 7700M, 7800M, and 7900M are the first parts to use Enduro, a live graphics switching technology like NVIDIA's Optimus. The implementation can flip between the Radeon and integrated graphics without having to reload or specify apps, and unlike NVIDIA's approach, can work with both AMD processors as well as Intel's.
MSI GT60, GT70 gaming notebooks start at $1,500
MSI has begun US-based shipping for the gaming-oriented GT60 and GT70 notebooks that were introduced at CeBIT at the start of March. Other than size, both have nearly identical hardware components, running Intel's new Ivy Bridge-based 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM and paired with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670M for graphics. The backlit keyboards come from gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 coming soon
NVIDIA used its Facebook page late this week to offer a teaser for what's likely its next-generation, dual-chip graphics hardware. Although the text only shows that "it's coming," traces of a thick card with two sets of heatsinks point to it being a higher-end board rather than a mid-range model. With the GTX 680 already out, the component is likely to ba called the GTX 690.
ASUS prices, dates mobile gear for Italy
At the Milan Design Week, ASUS priced and dated many of its upcoming portable products for the European market, Notebook Italia learned. The Padfone will ship late in May, or about a month later than in its home market of Taiwan. Its price at a telephone operator hasn't been revealed, but the Padfone Station that includes the 32GB handset and a docking tablet that's coming in June will cost 700 euros (about $914).
Toshiba to ship latest Qosmios in July
Toshiba is rolling out a number of notebook introductions on Tuesday, with the Qosmio X875 and X875 3D the latest among them. The flagship notebooks are meant for gamers and/or video editors as well as other demanding users. They get Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M GPUs with 3GB of dedicated video memory.
Toshiba introduces performance notebooks
Toshiba has brought out two new performance laptops alongside today's earlier affordable notebook announcement. The Satellite P800 series will be powered by Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and NVIDIA GeForce 630M discrete graphics, while the Satellite S800 series will have the choice of Ivy Bridge or AMD's most recent notebook processors with optional AMD graphics.
Origin PC gaming notebooks get Ivy Bridge chipset
OriginPC chose the last day of the PAX expo to unveil a remake of its EOS gaming notebooks. The EOS15-S and EOS17-S both share the HM77 chipset they'll need to support Intel's Ivy Bridge, even without immediately using the new processors. They also now use the fastest graphics in NVIDIA's stable, including both the earlier GeForce GTX 670M and 675M as well as the more recent GTX 660M.
Both laptops to sport next generation Intel CPUs
Images of HP's new Intel Ivy Bridge-powered Pavilion notebooks have emerged. Notebook Italia has posted previews of the 15.6-inch dv6-7000 and 17.3-inch dv7-7000 computers. HP is expected to begin taking pre-orders for both devices in the US starting this Sunday, with shipment by the end of the month.
NVIDIA renames two OEM cards, cuts RAM in half
NVIDIA has shaken up its GeForce graphics card lineup, rebranding two budget-priced OEM GT 500-series cards from the Fermi-era architecture into 600-series examples. The GT 520 will now be known as the GT 620 while the GT 510 becomes the GT 605. Other than the name change, there are some slight hardware changes, though mostly not for the better.
TSMC may have low 28nm supply for CPUs, GPUs
A new and potentially far-reaching rumor has had TSMC's 28-nanometer manufacturing capacity significantly hampered for about half of the year. Supply was said by Digitimes, which has a mixed track record, to be tight enough that it wouldn't clear up until the end of the summer. The shortage was enough that it was purportedly forcing AMD, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm to all limit their releases or find alternative suppliers.
Dell XPS 15 to get 3rd-gen Core and GeForce 600M
New leaks have pointed to the full-size Dell XPS 15 getting much slimmer along with its 2012 revamp. The Netherlands' Tweakers.net provided both a photo and claims that the mid-size notebook would fall from a very thick 1.5-inch body down to a more MacBook Pro-like 0.95 inches. Its new design should have a 15.6-inch, 1080p white LED-backlit display with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass on top.
NVIDIA sees Apple and itself hurting cheap PCs
NVIDIA's mobile lead Rene Haas in a conversation published overnight saw both his own company and Apple squeezing out traditional low-end notebooks. He explained to CNET that, just as Apple's MacBook Air had mostly killed the need for a "middle" system between the ultraportable and the faster MacBook Pro, NVIDIA would serve both Tegra-based mobile devices at the low end and graphics-heavy, performance-based notebooks on top. It was the stereotypical Windows notebook, which didn't have any of the performance edges or the portability, that was most at risk.
NVIDIA fills out GeForce 600M line
NVIDIA has paired up the GeForce GTX 680 launched Thursday with its first notebook graphics sharing the same Kepler architecture. The GeForce GT 640M LE, GT 640M, GT 650M, and GTX 660M all use the new 28-nanometer building process both to be smaller and cooler than their ancestors as well as up the core count and clock speeds. They peak at 384 cores on the 640M, 650M and 660M and up to either 735MHz or 850MHz on the 660M, depending on whether or not it's using GDDR5 or DDR3 memory.
NVIDIA GeForce 600 Kepler graphics official
NVIDIA formally brought its Kepler graphics core to the market Thursday, starting with its desktop line. The GeForce GTX 680 introduces new multiprocessing core groups known as SMX; they reportedly provide twice as much performance for the same energy as the GeForce 500 series. With three times as many cores as its ancestor (1,536), 2GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory, and a 1GHz base clock, it's purportedly 43 percent faster in a game like Skyrim than AMD's Radeon HD 7970, even as it uses 28 percent less power.
Components housed in sandblasted aluminum
Commodore has introduced its latest desktop PC, the Amiga Mini, along with updated versions of the C64x Supreme, VIC Mini and VIC Slim keyboard computer. The computer, which resembles a tall Mac Mini with a slot-load optical drive, is powered by a quad-core 3.5GHz Core i7 processor and a 1GB GeForce graphics card.
GeForce GTX 680 features spoiled in official clip
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680 was spoiled in large fashion after a promo video was leaked (below) online. Product Marketing VP Ujesh Desai claims both that the GTX 680 is the fastest graphics card in the world along with introducing multiple new features. One, GPU Boost, would allow for dynamic overclocking: games and other 3D apps that underuse certain parts of the graphics could see their performance improve with higher frequencies.
LG adds new models to Xnote A540 lineup
Korea's LG Electronics has expanded its Xnote A540 3notebook lineup with the 3D-capable A540-T/D and the 2D but AH-IPS equipped A540-P. The first of the group, the glasses-free, 3D-capable A540-H, was introduced at CES. The T/D uses passive 3D glasses and uses the webcam to track users' eyes, maximizing the effect.
GeForce GTX 680 to get 2GB of RAM, have 195W TDP?
Some early specs and an image of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 680 graphics card have been leaked thanks to China's PCOnline and ChipHell. It will be the company's first based on the 28nm architecture and reportedly sport a clock speed of 1,006MHz, but can be overclocked to 1,058MHz for short bursts. There are also said to be 1,536 visual processing cores onboard, along with 2GB of RAM on a 256-bit memory bus.
Company boasts of Battlefield 3 performance
Acer has introduced the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG, an ultrabook that is claimed to be the first to be equipped with one of NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs. The GeForce GT 640M card is claimed to enable the ultrabook to play Battlefield 3 on the game's highest detail settings on the 15.6-inch 1366x768 display.
Expected to sport Ivy Bridge Core i5 or i7 CPUs
Dell may be prepping an updated version of its mid-sized XPS 15 laptop. Dell-Lab has posted potential specs for the 15-inch XPS L521X. The blog has been fairly accurate in past Dell product information.
Toshiba crosses the Ivy Bridge with GeForce 600M
Toshiba has revamped its Satellite P range with the launch of the P8-series. The new line will ship in Q2 and will feature Intelís latest Ivy Bridge processors and Intelís GeForce 600M, although the company is remaining somewhat coy in outing the new components by name in its press materials. The full line-up includes two 15.6-inch notebooks (P-850, P855) and two 17.6-inch notebooks (P870, P875).
GeForce GTX 680M, GT 650M, 640M show
The higher end of NVIDIA's GeForce 600M lineup may have been leaked this week. The GTX 680M, GT 650M, and GT 640M spotted in the Notebook Review forums would be true next-generation parts using the Kepler architecture on a much smaller, more efficient 28 nanometer process. The GTX 680M as the centerpiece would use the full GK104 core from the desktop and make the most of its speed with a 256-bit bus and GDDR5 memory.
Acer Timeline Ultra M3 and V3 kick off CeBIT
Acer used Germany's CeBIT expo to unveil a pair of new notebooks to take its 2012 roster in new directions. The Timeline Ultra M3 stretches the definition of an ultrabook with a 15-inch screen and an optical drive, counting mostly on its 0.79-inch thickness as an edge. Its true rarity is the inclusion of dedicated graphics: it can afford to fit a GeForce GT 640M for video, making it useful for games.
Integrate up to 3 drives in "superRAID" design
MSI has unveiled two new gaming laptops at the CeBIt 2012 Show in Hanover, Germany. The GT60 offers a 15.6-inch HD screen, while the GT70 provides a 17.3-inch display. Both are expected to be equipped with nextgen Intel quad-core Ivy Bridge processors and NVIDIA Kepler (GeForce 600M series) graphics chipsets.
Alienware M18X R2 gets more graphics option
More leaks have surfacesd around the upcoming Alienware M18X R2 that have outlined its potential graphics power. The two higher-end graphics cores, the as-yet unannounced Radeon HD 7970M and GeForce GTX 675M, will both be available in twin-chip setups for very high-end systems if Dell-Lab's historically accurate tips are right. A GeForce GTX 660M would occupy the bottom and might be the only graphics without a dual-chip option in the 18-inch gaming notebook.
We review Dell's smaller XPS performance notebook
The 13- to 14-inch notebook screen size is currently one of the hottest areas of competition right now: it's where Apple, HP, and others start off their higher-end models. Dell has certainly been one of the most active in this space and has brought its high-end XPS line to that space through the 14z. We'll check in our Dell XPS 14z review whether the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Sony VAIO S, or comparable rivals will feel the strain.
Gaming laptop features 3rd generation Core i7 CPU
Samsung's new Ivy Bridge powered gaming laptop has popped up at the company's US website and is available for pre-order. The 17.3-inch NP700G7C-S01US is powered by a third-generation and so far unannounced 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM quad-core processor. It comes paired with a similarly unofficial, discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M for graphics.
Desktop replacement sports 6-core Intel CPU
Cleveland-based AVADirect is accepting pre-orders for a new gaming portable that integrates one of the refreshed, Sandy Bridge-E Intel Core i7 desktop processors into a laptop form factor. The Clevo P270WM is a 17.3-inch desktop replacement that can come equipped with either a 3.2GHz or 3.3GHz Extreme Edition chip. It can also house dual NVIDIA mobile graphics chips in SLI.
NVIDIA said pushing Kepler, trashing Radeon 7900
NVIDIA was accused this week of using dishonest marketing to try to skew gamers towards its next-generation Kepler graphics hardware. Posters in the ChipHell forums claiming to have details of the new graphics core were reportedly discovered to be NVIDIA marketers. They made bold claims about Kepler's prices and performance in what appeared to be an attempt to downplay AMD's Radeon HD 7900 line.
Alienware X51 biled as smallest gaming PC ever
Dell's Alienware badge ventured into small form factor desktops for the first time late Tuesday. The X51 is billed as the smallest gaming PC desktop ever at no more than 13.5 inches at its largest dimension. Even with a 3.7-inch thick width, it can not only fit up to a GeForce GTX 555 desktop graphics card but replace this, the hard drive, and the RAM as new technology comes through.
Ideum 65-inch 3D Presenter made for public spaces
Ideum, which makes Microsoft Surface-like computer tables such as the MT-50, has now revealed its 65-inch MT65 Presenter display that hangs vertically, on a wall. The multi-touch 3D display is meant for public consumption and is thus covered by tempered glass. It can recognize and track up to 32 touch points.
Razer 2012 lineup tested at CES
We had the opportunity to explore Razer's whole CES 2012 lineup this week. The company kicked off the year by shipping the Blade and revealing thhe Naga Hex mouse, but its true surprise was exploring tablets with Project Fiona. We'll see how all three have fared after the break.
Lenovo to show six new desktop PCs at CES
Lenovo will bring six desktop computers to CES this week, including four IdeaCentre all-in-ones from the B-series, the easily upgreadable H520s and the slim IdeaCentre K430. The IdeaCentre B540 uses a 23-inch frameless touchscreen with 1080p resolution and an integrated VESA mount that can be equipped with 3D capabilities. It can be equipped with NVIDIA's GeForce GT 650M graphics card with 2GB of RAM and DirectX 11 support.
Razer CEO explains Blade delay
Razer chief Min-Liang Tan stated this week that the Blade's SSD upgrade would lead to the gaming notebook missing the holidays. The switch to the much faster storage happened at the "eleventh hour," he said, making it impossible to ship in 2011. The first models of the 17-inch notebook would ship in mid-to-late January instead.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 retakes speed lead
AMD on Thursday retook the top spot for single-card graphics speed through the Radeon HD 7970. The video card is the first anywhere to use a 28 nanometer chipmaking process and uses this to pack 2,048 cores, or a third more than the Radeon HD 6970 it's replacing. Performance comes also through a newly widened 384-bit memory bus, PCI Express 3.0, and a full 3GB of GDDR5 memory, again a record for a single-chip card.
Razer to ship gaming laptop in time for holidays
Razer's gaming notebook,
the Blade, should soon be available for pre-order and shipping in time for Holiday gift giving. The portable was
announced in August and targets gamers looking for a truly mobile playing experience. Razer claims the laptop's thin black design with silver highlights was inspired by the Army's KA-BAR combat knife.
NVIDIA 600M starts with slight upgrades, rebadges
NVIDIA on Wednesday formally introduced GeForce 600M notebook graphics with what's now known to primarily be a respin of the 500M series. The 610M, 630M, and 635M are all parallels to the 520MX, 540M, and 555M, but all edged down in the lineup to be considered more affordable parts. The 635M does get an upgrade in support for faster 3.6GHz equivalent GDDR5 memory, giving it a higher 57.6GB per second of bandwidth over the 555M's 50.2GB.