Nvidia shows off its wares at Computex Taipei 2015
Electronista¬† has had the opportunity at Computex Taipei 2015 to go hands on with the eagerly anticipated Nvidia Shield Console¬† and high-end GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU. Although differing substantially in terms of overall processing power, both share Nvidia's latest Maxwell GPU architecture and stand to put their respective competitors on notice. Read on for our first impressions of these intriguing pieces of technology, which also includes a look at how the GTX 980 Ti performs utilizing Nvidia's latest VR frameworks on the Oculus Rift.
GeForce GTX 980 Ti has 6GB memory, 2,816 CUDA cores
Nvidia has launched its latest non-Titan flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, as well as commencing sales for its new set-top box. Part of a raft of announcements made recently, the new card is an upgrade from the GTX 980 that is claimed to easily play games at a 4K resolution, as well as meeting Oculus' virtual reality content requirements of providing images at a resolution of 2160x1200 at 90 frames per second.
High-end graphics cards formally revealed at GTC
Nvidia has revealed more details for two high-end graphics cards at the GPU Technology Conference earlier today. The GeForce GTX Titan X, initially unveiled as the company's new flagship card for PC gaming at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, was joined by a new professional card in the Quadro range called the Quadro M6000.
New Nvidia mobile GPUs fill out 900-series collection
Nvidia has rolled out two new graphics processing units for notebooks. The GeForce GTX 960M and 950M follow the release of the similar GTX 960 GPU from January, and just like the desktop card is in comparison to the higher-powered cards in the GTX 900-series range, the new chips are being offered as a lower-cost, lower-specification alternative to the GTX 980M and 970M that still stand to offer decent visuals to users.
Titan X claimed to use 8 billion transistors, 12GB frame buffer
Nvidia is still producing new products in its Titan high-specification graphics cards range, with the company making an unexpected announcement during the Game Developers Conference. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang handed Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney the first GeForce GTX Titan X, declared by Huang to be the "most advanced GPU the world has ever seen."
Notebook GPUs gain recently-launched Maxwell architecture
Nvidia's Maxwell architecture is now available for notebooks, the graphics chip producer has announced. Previously revealed for desktops in September, the architecture is being made available in the Geforce GTX 980M and GTX 970M GPUs, components claim are now the fastest and second-fastest notebook graphics cards available today.
Cards with ACX 2.0 said to feature lower temperature, quieter fans than reference
EVGA announced that it is putting a new cooling design into effect with the next generation of Nvidia cards. The Maxwell-powered GTX 970 and GTX 980 will include the ACX 2.0 fan technology, an improvement over the company's previous generation, that is said to use less fan power, have a quieter sound signature and keep cards cooler.
GPU cards currently available to add-in partners and builders like Origin PC
Nvidia announced today that their fasted video card to date is now available to system builders and add-in card partners. The Geforce GTX Titan Z, based on the company's Kepler architecture, will run users a staggering $3000 to start according to the company.
New Nvidia GPUs will limit performance to save battery power
Nvidia is hoping to improve the battery performance of gaming notebooks, with the release of six new mobile GPUs. The unveiled 800M-series graphics chips will offer up to double the battery life of previous generations when the notebook is being used for gaming, with the company also carrying over a number of features from its desktop GPUs at the same time.
GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics card offers 6GB of GDDR5 video RAM
Nvidia has released its sequel to last year's GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, the Titan Black. The Black edition offers faster performance while retaining quiet running and cool thermals, with the capacity to power 4K content and multiple monitor setups. Its high-speed, double-precision and 6GB frame buffer memory can facilitate 3D Surround and multiple monitor gaming performances. Priced at $1,000, the GeForce GTX Titan Black can be purchased from various retailers.
Two versions of Nvidia chip on way to mobile devices, heading into cars
Nvidia has unveiled the latest model in its mobile processor line, one which uses the same Kepler architecture as the GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU. The Tegra K1 boasts a 192-core GPU, a major step up from the 72 and 60-core GPUs used in the Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i, with the chip producer also setting out to push the new arrival into vehicles.
Module synchronizes with computer GPU
Nvidia has introduced a new gaming-oriented technology, known as G-Sync, that promises to effectively synchronize a monitor and a computer GPU. When build into a monitor, the module is claimed to eliminate onscreen tearing, stuttering and lag that can occur when a GPU and monitor refresh at different rates.
Tablet renamed from Tegra Tab
Nvidia has formally unveiled the Tegra Note, a new seven-inch tablet platform that had been previewed under the name Tegra Tab. As expected, the device is powered by the company's Tegra 4 SoC with a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor and a 72-core GeForce GPU.
Enthusiast PCs gain Kepler GPU with 1,536 Cuda cores, 7Gbps memory speed
Origin PC has announced it will be adding the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 graphics card to its line of PC gaming systems. The Kepler-based graphics card packs in 1,536 CUDA cores, 128 texture mapping units, and 3.5 billion transistors, and will be accompanied by 2GB of GDDR 5 memory clocked at 7Gbps, claimed to be the fastest ever found on a graphics card.
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.