Subject: Displays | February 6, 2015 - 03:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: XL2420G, NVIDA, g-sync, benq, 24
On Amazon the BenQ XL2420G is $540, or $529 from B&H Photo, not inexpensive but within the grasp of more people than some of the larger and more expensive G-SYNC monitors. It has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz as you expect from this style of monitor and it does indeed support Nvidia's 3D Vision, although some may be deterred by the 1080p resolution and the fact that it is a TN panel. Some features do need to be sacrificed to bring the price down and the simple fact is that there are no IPS G-SYNC monitors currently for sale and TN is the faster type of monitor and this display is all about speed. The Tech Report tried it out and were very impressed, check the full review to see why.
"Today, we're turning our attention to BenQ's XL2420G, a 24" G-Sync monitor that's currently selling for about $580 at Newegg. This display is a little smaller and more affordable than some of the other G-Sync offerings we've looked at, but it's not lacking in functionality or connectivity. Quite the opposite."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Nvidia G-SYNC: A New gaming experience seen on the ASUS SWIFT PG278Q Display @ Bjorn3d
- ASUS PB279Q 4K Monitor @ Kitguru
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2015 - 10:49 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: rumors, NVIDA, leak, gtx 960, gpu, geforce
The GPU news and rumor site VideoCardz.com had yet another post about the GTX 960 yesterday, and this time the site claims they have most of the details about this unreleased GPU with new leaked photos from a forum on the Chinese site PCEVA.
The card is reportedly based on Maxwell GM206, a 1024 CUDA core part recently announced with the introduction of the GTX 965M. Clock speed was not listed but alleged screenshots indicate the sample had a 1228 MHz core and 1291 MHz Boost clock. The site is calling this an overclock, but it's still likely that the core would have a faster clock speed than the GTX 970 and 980.
The card will reportedly feature 2GB of 128-bit GDDR5 memory, though doubtless 4GB variants would likely be available after launch from the various vendors (an important option considering the possibility of the new card natively supporting triple DisplayPort monitors). Performance will clearly be a step down from the initial GTX 900-series offerings as NVIDIA has led with their more performant parts, but the 960 should still be a solid choice for 1080p gaming if these screenshots are real.
The specs as listed on the page at VideoCardz.com are follows (they do not list clock speed):
- 28nm GM206-300 GPU
- 1024 CUDA cores
- 64(?) TMUs
- 32 ROPs
- 1753 MHz memory
- 128-bit memory bus
- 2GB memory size
- 112 GB/s memory bandwidth
- DirectX 11.3/12
- 120W TDP
- 1x 6-pin power connector
- 1x DVI-I, 1x HDMI 2.0, 3x DP
We await official word on pricing and availability for this unreleased GPU.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2014 - 07:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sli, NVIDA, GTX 970
The contestants are lined up in [H]ard|OCP's test bench, at around $700 you have a pair of GTX 970's and in the same weight class are a pair of R9 290X cards, next weighing in at just under $550 are two R9 290s, and rounding out the completion are a pair of GTX 780's who punch somewhere between $800 to $1000 depending on when you look. The cards are tested for their ability to perform on a 4K stage as well as in the larger 5760x1200 multi-monitor event. After a long and gruelling battle the extra work the 290X put into trimming its self down and fitting into a lower weight class has proven to be well worth the effort as they managed to show up the 970's in every performance category although certainly not in power efficiency. Any of these pairings will be powerful but none can match a pair of GTX 980's who are also in a price class all by themselves.
"We take 2-Way NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI for a spin and compare it to R9 290X CF, R9 290 CF, GTX 780 SLI at 4K resolution as well as NV Surround on a triple-display setup. If you want to see how all these video cards compare in these different display configurations we've got just the thing. Find out what $700 SLI gets you."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition @ Bjorn3d
- MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Review @ OCC
- Gigabyte GTX 970 WindForce 3X @ HardwareOverclock
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Overclocked @ [H]ard|OCP
- MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G @ Bjorn3D
- Raijintek Morpheus VGA Cooler Review @ Hardware Asylum
- AMD Radeon Gallium3D Is Catching Up & Sometimes Beating Catalyst On Linux @ Phoronix
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2013 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tom clancy, splinter cell blacklist, NVIDA
NVIDIA is now bundling a code to get you a free copy of Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe with GTX660s and up, including the three new cards recently released. Major retailers such as NewEgg, NCIX and Amazon all qualify as participating partners in North America and you can follow the link to NVIDIA's page to see the global partners as this is not a North America exclusive deal. The deal is on until Dec 31st of this year ... or until the terrorists win by finishing the Black List.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—July 9, 2013—NVIDIA today announced it is working with Ubisoft to deliver the most dramatic and intense gaming experience possible for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist. And starting today, gamers who purchase a GeForce GTX 660, 660 Ti, 670, 680, 760, 770, or 780 from a participating partner will receive a free copy of Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe Edition for PC, which will be released on August 20, 2013 in North America.
NVIDIA engineers are working closely with the Ubisoft Toronto development team to incorporate an array of cutting-edge gaming technologies for Splinter Cell Blacklist including Direct X tessellation, NVIDIA HBAO+, TXAA antialiasing and surround technologies to ensure gamers can experience smooth frame rates and awesome visuals in all of their covert missions.
In Splinter Cell Blacklist, Sam Fisher returns as leader of 4th Echelon, an elite counter-terrorism unit armed with a new mandate to hunt down the masterminds behind The Blacklist, a series of deadly escalating attacks on U.S. interests. To stop the Blacklist countdown, gamers will choose the best way to face any challenge by tapping into Sam’s arsenal of lethal skills and training. The biggest game in the award-winning series, Splinter Cell Blacklist features an immersive single player story, distinct co-op missions, and the return of the legendary Spies Vs. Mercs multiplayer mode; all supported by a universal economy and customization system that allows players to completely customize their game experience.
For a full list of participating partners, please visit: http://www.geforce.com/landing-page/free-splinter-cell-blacklist. This offer is good only until December 31, 2013, or until The Blacklist countdown is eradicated, whichever comes first.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | February 19, 2013 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Q4 2012, NVIDA, jon peddie, Intel, amd
Jon Peddie Research have released their findings on the state of the discrete and integrated graphics market, not counting servers, smartphone nor ARM based systems. While the overall PC market showed a negligible gain of 2.8% over the final quarter of 2012, discrete graphics sales saw a decline of 8.2%, which JPR attributes to a noticeable increase of purchases of systems with only an Intel or AMD embedded GPU. When you break the quarter down by manufacturer the news is not good. For AMD the last quarter did see an increase of less than 1% on desktop CPUs but declines of 19% in laptop CPU sales and 13.6% in discrete GPU sales. Intel saw desktop CPU sales up 3% but lost over 6% on laptop sales with their overall decline compared to last quarter sitting at about 3%. NVIDIA was hit the hardest at the end of 2012 with only their discrete GPU sales applying to this survey, a loss of 15% on the desktop and a loss of 18% on mobile GPUs lead to an overall decline of 16%.
Compared to the final quarter of 2011, AMD lost 29.4%, Intel 5% and NVIDIA 4.6%, reflecting the difficulty of making sales in the past year; the total discrete GPU market dropped almost 10% or about 3 million units. Even with the companies making profits, in some cases significant profits, the entire GPU market is depressed with ARM based devices and smartphones starting to erode the market that is already shrinking thanks to Intel and AMD shipping CPUs with embedded GPUs that are good enough for many users needs.
"The news was disappointing for every one of the major players. AMD dropped 13.6%, Intel slipped the least, just 2.9%, and Nvidia declined the most with 16.7% quarter-to-quarter change, this coming on the heels of a spectacular third quarter. The overall PC market actually grew 2.8% quarter-to-quarter while the graphics market declined 8.2% reflecting a decline in double-attach. That may be attributed to Intel's improved embedded graphics, finally making "good enough" a true statement."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow @ The Register
- HDMI breakout lets you sniff HDCP crypto keys @ Hack a Day
- Nvidia announces Tegra 4i : Tegra 4's smaller sibling @ Hardware.info
- AMD: Star Trek holodecks within reach @ The Register
- Kingston Joint Giveaway @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2012 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: NVIDA, amd, graphics card, TSMC, 28nm, kepler, southern islands, gtx690, gtx680, gtx670, gtx610
Enthusiasts were offered a bit of hope this morning with news from DigiTimes that more capacity at TSMC will be available for AMD and NVIDIA which would mean more dies being made and hopefully a larger supply of GPUs. Since TSMC seems to have finished playing with their Cortex A9 process, there is a good possibility that the GTX680 and perhaps even the GTX690 will become common enough that the great unwashed actually have a chance to purchase one. We can also hope that it will give NVIDIA a chance to build up stocks of the GTX670 and 610 which are due out at the end of the month and June, respectively. Unfortunately, if a certain site is correct that may not be the case as NVIDIA will be redoing their mask and not be able to take advantage of the extra capacity TSMC could make available for them. Perhaps if this scenario is true AMD will be able to leverage TSMC to flood the market with Southern Island GPUs and hope to win the availability war as the performance crown is firmly on NVIDIA's head in this generation of GPUs.
"AMD and Nvidia, impacted by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) fully-booked capacity, had rather weak shipment performance in the first quarter; however, as more capacity will be gradually released by TSMC, shortages of 28nm graphics cards are expected to improve in late May, according to sources from graphics card makers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Gimp 2.8 Finally Released @ Slashdot
- The 2012 Top 7 Best Linux Distributions for You @ Linux.com
- Microsoft will ditch Window Live brand ahead of Windows 8 launch @ The Inquirer
- RIM unveils BlackBerry 10 platform @ DigiTimes
- AMD outs Roadrunner mainboard for Open Compute @ The Inquirer
- Biggest Tech Failures of The Last 10+ Year @ Techspot
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | April 2, 2012 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: NVIDA, gtx 680, reviewer guide
A long held tradition in the hardware reviewing world is to accuse reviewers of biasing their reviews by only running the benchmarks that the manufacturer wants you to run and providing slanted results. It really doesn't matter if every single site comes out with similar results, for some if a review doesn't fit their personal bias it is obviously flawed. As [H]ard|OCP mentions, there was a time when Reviewer's Guides did resemble something along those lines but they have changed over time as suppliers realize the more biased they attempt to make their guidelines, the less likely a review site is to follow them.
These guides are now more of a mix between a white paper and a lengthy PR release, with relatively in depth discussions on the capabilities of the product along with highlights of what the company feels are the key features on the new product. [H] has posted the document which arrived with their GTX 680, discussing features and yes ... suggesting the appropriate games with which to show off their cards features, though what game could you test PhysX with other than Batman?
"Many times we have been asked what exactly CPU and GPU companies "require" of us when working on a review of yet-to-be-released hardware. Published here is the Reviewers Guide from the recent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 launch in its entirety. Besides it being a great geeked-out read, you will likely learn a few things."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Adobe Lightroom 4 reviewed @ Ars Technica
- GNOME 3.4: Are We There Yet? @ Linux.com
- Coolest jobs in tech: hackers for hire @ Ars Technica
- 25 Years of IBM's OS/2 @ Slashdot
- Flying Car Makes Successful Maiden Flight @ Slashdot
- Apple's LLVM 3.1 Clanging On Intel Sandy Bridge @ Phoronix
- Intel to launch own-brand Z77 motherboards on April 8 @ DigiTimes
- Haswell’s GPU prowess is due to Crystalwell @ SemiAccurate
- Dell to buy Wyse to extend its cloud client range @ The Inquirer
- Icy Box IB-PL500D Powerline Network Adapter Kit @ Rbmods
- The NVIDIA Ninja Graphics Tech Report @ TechARP
- Weekly Giveaway #25: Infused and In-Win Dragon Rider Black Chassis @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2012 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, NVIDA, HD7950, kepler, Ivy Bridge, Intel
The arrival of the HD 7970 caused a bit of disappointment to some, not because of the performance of the card, instead it was the price that depressed many would be owners of the fastest GPU on the planet. That price is fair, currently the competition sells their top card, the GTX 580 for about $500 and as the HD7970 is faster charging a ~10% premium makes perfect sense ... now if only they could do something about the stock problems.
All is not lost GPU fans, DigiTimes has confirmed AMD's HD7950 should be here by the end of the month and will offer the same next generation architecture at a lower price. If it emulates the style of the HD6950 it will be a very popular card and will mean AMD beat NVIDIA to market with both enthusiast level cards. It will likely be sometime in April before we start to see Kepler based cards from NVIDIA, of which they are being fairly closed mouth about. We do know that they will be leading with mobile and mid-range chips, not the enthusiast level cards as AMD did, the reasons for that are widely debated.
Intel is also going to offer competition in the spring as they release Ivy Bridge with its integrated graphics. That may take a chunk of AMD's Llano market share but their high end discrete GPUs should be safe. NVIDIA on the other hand is vulnerable, if their mobile chips do not offer a significant advantage over Ivy Bridge's capabilities or cannot work in tandem with the chip then NVIDA's products will not be that attractive. Even worse, if their mid-range cards do not live up to expectations, they may find AMD's previous generation of cards and Intel's iGPU dominating the market segment NVIDIA hoped to keep share in.
2011 market shares from Jon Peddie Research
"AMD, after announcing 28nm high-end Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, is set to add a new 28nm member Radeon HD 7950 by the end of January, while Nvidia, considering the yield rates of the 28nm process and its inventory levels, plans to officially release its 28nm Kepler in April, at the latest, according to sources from graphics card makers.
The sources noted that Nvidia wishes to make sure that the power consumption and the manufacturing process of the graphics chip all reach perfection before entering the 28nm generation. Since Nvidia is set to release its 28nm graphics card around the same time as Intel's upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge processor, the sources believe Kepler series GPUs may have a chance to catch up with the demand for Intel's new CPUs."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves @ Slashdot
- Intel moves in on ARM with Medfield smartphones @ The Inquirer
- Learning Ins and Outs of Arduino @ Linux.com
- Nouveau For Open-Source NVIDIA In Mesa 8.0 Is Mixed @ Phoronix
- How to build a digital pinball machine @ Metku.net
- Epson PX830FWD Review @ Tech-Reviews UK
- Ninjalane Podcast - Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Gigabyte X79 Danger Den Watercooling
- Asus Overclocking Masters UK – win great prizes! @ Kitguru
- HTL CES Live Coverage Part 1 @ Hi Tech Legion
- CES 2012 Coverage @ Legit Reviews
- CES2012: Netgear Showcases Network Products @ Techwarelabs
- CES 2012 – MakerBot Replicator @ TechwareLabs