Subject: Graphics Cards | October 4, 2011 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, GTX580, gigabyte, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock
Gigabyte's new GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock card sports a custom cooler with three fans and frequencies that can be changed from 772MHz GPU and f 1544 MHz RAM (1.5GB) to 855MHz and 1710 MHz at the flip of a switch. Those used to AMD cards might be disappointed by the outputs, two DVI ports and one mini-HDMI output seem sparse compared to a Radeon. From X-bit Labs testing, the card proves faster than the HD6970 in all but one test by a range of 11% - 24%, however you are also looking at paying at least 30% more than an overclocked HD6970. See how your favourite games performed on the Gigabyte board in the full review.
"Today we are going to talk about features, functionality and performance of a very interesting and very fast graphics accelerator built on the most powerful GPU from Nvidia."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II Graphics Card Review @ OCIA
- MSI X460DX Review @ TechReviewSource
- ASUS GeForce GTS 450 Direct CU Silent Video Card @ Tweaktown
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Catalyst 11.9 Windows 7 Driver Analysis @ Tweaktown
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 DiRT 3 Edition Review @ Neoseeker
- Sapphire HD 6850 1GB Vapor-X Edition @ OCC
- Sapphire Radeon 6850 Vapor-X with Dirt 3 @ TechwareLabs
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2011 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, kepler, GK107, GeForce 610M, GT 630M
VR-Zone spotted a string in the newest beta drivers from NVIDIA listing two new models of GPU, the NVIDIA GeForce 610M and GT 630M. From other rumours that we have collected from a variety of sources around the web we are fairly certain that these chips will be based on GK107, the low power version of the chip everyone wants to see, the GK100. While we are used to seeing both AMD and Intel to lead with mid to low range chips to simultaneously start off a new process size and chip family, NVIDIA doing so raises some eyebrows. NVIDIA's mobile graphics chips have to compete directly with the graphics portion of AMD and Intel's APUs and do so in a market where like it or not, you have already paid for the GPU portion of your processor. There will not only have to be an increase in performance, it will also have to justify the extra investment. We shall see what the final answer is early in 2012.
"In the latest unreleased 285 BETA drivers, the expected GeForce 600 branding has surfaced. The marketing names leaked are NVIDIA GeForce 610M and NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M. The GeForce 610M is likely to be an entry level GPU while the GeForce GT 630M could very well be a GK107 SKU."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The TR Podcast 97: Sweet spot SSDs and Amazon's new Kindles
- "Intelligent" nanofluids could cool computer chips @ nanotechweb
- Asustek will not compete with price in the tablet PC market, says CEO @ DigiTimes
- Check your machines for malware, Linux developers told @ The Register
- Win a Jabra Clipper Bluetooth Stereo Headset @ Tech-Reviews
If you have been visiting PC Perspective at all over the last week there is no doubt you have seen a lot of discussion about the currently running Battlefield 3 beta. We posted an article looking at performance of several different GPUs in the game and then followed it up with a look at older cards like the GeForce 9800 GT. We did a live stream of some PC Perspective staff playing BF3 with readers and fans, showed off and tested the locked Caspian Border map and even looked at multi-GPU scaling performance. It was a lot of testing and a lot of time, but now that we have completed it, we are ready to summarize our findings in a piece that many have been clamoring for - a Battlefield 3 system build guide.
The purpose of this article is simple: gather our many hours or testing and research and present the results in a way that simply says "here is the hardware we recommend." It is a the exact same philosophy that makes our PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard so successful as it gives the reader all the information they need, all in one place.
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards | September 29, 2011 - 06:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: radeon, pcper live, nvidia, geforce, bf3, battlefield 3, amd
Look, there isn't any football on tonight, so what else are you going to do? Rather than watch a rerun of Seinfeld, why not stop by here at http://pcper.com/live to hang out and not only watch us play some Battlefield 3 but also participate yourself by calling in on Skype, using Google+ Hangouts or even just chatting on our IRC server (welcome back to 1998, amiright?).
We are going to start the show at 10:30pm EST and plan on running until midnight at least, but it all depends on participation levels from YOU!
What all do we have on the agenda? Well, it is going to be pretty informal as we are still getting our feet wet with this whole "live" thing but here is what we are planning:
- Watch Ryan and Ken get destroyed over and over in Battlefield 3 and watch as we attempt to sneak our way into the password protected Caspian levels with vehicles, 64 players and a new game type (oh my!).
- Skype call ins from readers and gamers that want to talk about BF3 and their experiences with the game so far. How does it run on your hardware? Discussion like this will help others that might not have the beta figure out what they might want to upgrade in the near future. (Be prepared to give us your Skype handle in the chat so we can call you!)
- Trying some group games via our PC Perspective Platoon, the Fragging Frogs! (Head over and apply to join or become a fan!) You can also find me on EA Origin or in the Battlelog system as "ryanshrout".
- We will discuss our brainstorming sessions for what hardware we will recommend for certain gaming resolutions and specific image quality settings in a future article...all live!
- Maybe some surprise guests from the PC Perspective staff and beyond...??
We will be streaming the festivities live on our Justin.tv channel (embedded below) and will have a chat widget here as well for those of you that would rather use IRC than the integrated Justin.tv chat.
In short, we are planning on having a good time playing some games and talking hardware so if you are into that, then I think you should be sure to stop by and say hello!! Let us know in the comments if you have anything else you want to see or any more ideas for our live show. Thanks!!!
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2011 - 05:54 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: bf3, battlefield 3, nvidia, amd, geforce, radeon, gtx 460, hd 5850, 9800 gt
I just wanted to drop a quick note here on the home page to let you know that we haven't been just playing around on Battlefield 3 all day - instead we have been playing around on BF3 all day in order to bring you some more information about performance in the game! Earlier this afternoon I updated my Battlefield 3 Beta Performance article with a new page that focuses on results from the GeForce GTX 460 1GB, the AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB and the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB card for those of you that are really behind the curve in the upgrade cycle.
What's this? The Caspian map? Performance results soon!
I would recommend you check out that new content to see where you hardware might fall and hopefully over the weekend we are going to be putitng together a system guide similar to our own Hardware Leaderboard but targetted at the BF3 gaming experience. Stay tuned!!
Subject: Shows and Expos | September 29, 2011 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: starcraft 2, nvidia, geforce.com
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—September 15, 2011—Calling all StarCraft II fans! NVIDIA is bringing together the e-sports community to watch the GeForce StarCraft II professional championship matches with live premier streaming video and BarCraft events scheduled for Thursday, September 29th from 6pm to 9pm PDT.
The GeForce StarCraft 2 Pro/Am tournament is the first of its kind on GeForce.com where over 9300 players will have competed over 12 weeks to win more than $22,000 in cash and prizes. The live premier streaming video event will feature world-renowned StarCraft II shoutcasters, Husky and Day of The Game Station, commentating the final three professional matches to crown the champion.
“The GeForce StarCraft II Pro/Am tournament has been a great success for us and we deeply appreciate the support of the StarCraft II players, spectators, and our sponsor ASUS,” said Drew Henry, general manager of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “We’ve had over 70 professional and over 9300 amateur players compete and over seven million spectator views of the Husky and Day shoutcasts to date. We applaud the StarCraft community for gathering around the GeForce StarCraft II Pro/Am tournament and making it one of the largest tournaments to date.”
NVIDIA is providing three exciting ways for StarCraft fans to enjoy the championship videos all on the same time and date:
· A live premier video will be streamed on GeForce.com as well as on www.Twitch.tv.
· For gamers in the San Francisco, California Bay Area, a live BarCraft event will be held at the Mad Dog in the Fog bar at 530 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.
· A virtual BarCraft event featuring the Xmobb technology will be hosted on GeForce.com. Xmobb enables fans to gather in a 3D theater and view their favorite videos together, while interacting via text chat and other fun features.
Stay tuned to GeForce.com for up to date information on the GSPA tournament and its September 29th finale.
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2011 - 02:31 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, pci, nvidia, Intel, gt520, gaming, battlefield 3, battlefield, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #172 - 9/29/2011
Join us this week as we talk about a 1.6TB PCI-E SSD from OCZ, the Battlefield 3 beta, a PCI GT520, and more!
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- 0:01:28 OCZ Z-Drive R4 1.6TB PCIe 2.0 x8 SSD Full Review - 8 SF-2200's Can't Be Wrong!
- 0:17:11 Battlefield 3 Beta Performance Testing and Image Quality Evaluation - Day 1
- 0:32:41 AD BREAK
- 0:33:36 Intel Core i7 2700K Will Cost More Than 2600K
- 0:35:00 Internet Machines' PCI-Express Patent Lawsuit Targets Numerous System Vendors
- 0:37:53 ZOTAC Announces A75-ITX WiFi
- 0:40:52 ZOTAC Expands Value GeForce GT 520 lineup
- 0:44:54 PC Gaming to Surpass Console Gaming in Revenue by 2015
- 0:52:04 Don’t touch my wife! VIA sues Apple for patent infringement
- 0:55:25 FeTRAM is higher and lower; gives the best of both worlds
- 1:01:30 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
- Ryan: Battlefield 3 Beta - gets you some tomorrow!
- Jeremy: ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 560
- Josh: Nice, inexpensive speakers that sound real good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290203
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Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2011 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, kepler, GK107
As SemiAccurate reported back on the 21st, Kepler will be arriving in the form of a bottom to top release, not the top down that many enthusiasts were hoping for. The reason for this is a popular topic of speculation, the most likely suspect being that this is not only a process change, to 28nm; it is also an architecture refresh and pulling off both of those together is a tricky proposition at the best of times. VR-Zone also provides insight into the code names, with the P suffix indicating a lower powered chip, likely a replacement to the GT 500M while the E suffix denotes an enthusiast mobile chip more in line with what the GTX600M is currently. More spoilers available in their post.
"GK107 is set to feature in four mobile GeForce SKUs - N13P-LP, N13P-GS, N13P-GT and N13E-GE. If these codenames sound familiar, it is because they have previously appeared in a leaked 28nm mobile GPU line-up. GK107 features a 128-bit memory interface, and supports DDR3 and GDDR5 memory. The first three GK107 based SKUs (with a "P" suffix) will likely succeed the GeForce GT 500M series, and will presumably be branded GeForce GT 600M series. The top GK107 part, N13E-GE, may succeed GTX 560M and be part of the GTX 600M series, as denoted by the "E" suffix (Enthusiast). In addition, GK107 will also be part of mobile Quadro SKUs - N14P-Q1 and N14P-Q3."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD misses Q3 revenue targets @ The Register
- Intel new Tizen platform has most potential for tablet PCs @ DigiTimes
- Intel to unveil more ultrabook promotions in October @ DigiTimes
- Amazon's Silk browser raises security and privacy concerns @ The Inquirer
- PCIe flash performance: Your mileage may vary @ The Register
- Teach Your Router New Tricks With DD-WRT @ Slashdot
- Intel planning three new Thunderbolt controllers for 2012, one set to lower device cost @ VR-Zone
- Java, Adobe vulns blamed for Windows malware mayhem @ The Register
- Get two 1080p displays from a single USB3 port @ SemiAccurate
- As its Tevatron collider goes dark, Fermilab ponders a muon-rich future @ Ars Technica
- Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM Traveler GPS @ TechwareLabs
The Battlefield 3 Beta
Update 2 (9/30/11): We have some quick results from our time on the Caspian Border map as well if you are interested - check them out!
It was an exciting day at PC Perspective yesterday with much our time dedicated to finding, installing and playing the new Battlefield 3 public beta. Released on the morning of the 26th to those of you who had pre-ordered BF3 on Origin or those of you who had purchased Medal of Honor prior to July 26th, getting the beta a couple of days early should give those of you with more FPS talent than me a leg up once the open beta starts on Thursday the 29th.
My purpose in playing Battlefield 3 yesterday was purely scientific, of course. We wanted to test a handful of cards from both AMD and NVIDIA to see how the beta performed. With all of the talk about needing to upgrade your system and the relatively high recommended system requirements, there is a lot of worry that just about anyone without a current generation GPU is going to need to shell out some cash.
Is that a justified claim? While we didn't have time yet to test EVERY card we have at the office we did put some of the more recent high end, mid-range and lower cost GPUs to the test.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2011 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: zotac, nvidia, low power, GT 520
HONG KONG – Sept. 27, 2011 – ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and channel manufacturer, today expands the value GeForce GT 520 lineup with new PCI and PCI Express x1 form factors for users with pre-built systems that have limited expansion capabilities. The new ZOTAC GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI Express x1 graphics cards breathe new life into older systems by delivering a performance punch and new video capabilities.
“Upgrading your graphics card is the easiest way to boost your system performance and gain new capabilities. The new ZOTAC GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI Express x1 graphics cards shows that you can experience good graphics without upgrading the rest of your system,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.
The ZOTAC GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI Express x1 graphics cards provide DVI, HDMI and VGA outputs with dual simultaneous independent display support for an instant dual-monitor upgrade. The low-profile form factor enables the ZOTAC GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI express x1 graphics card to easily fit in compact pre-built systems with height limitations in addition to expansion limitations.
It’s time to play with the ZOTAC GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI Express x1 graphics card.
- New ZOTAC GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI Express x1 graphics cards
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 GPU
- Engine clock: 810 MHz
- 48 unified shaders
- Shader clock: 1620 MHz
- 512MB DDR3 memory
- Memory clock: 1333 MHz
- 64-bit memory interface
- DVI, HDMI & VGA outputs
- DirectX 11 technology & Shader Model 5.0
- OpenGL 4.1 compatible
- NVIDIA CUDA technology
- Full HD video playback
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