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Subject: General Tech, Systems | November 22, 2013 - 07:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: xbox one, video, r9 270x, ps4, playstation 4, fx 6300, amd, 200r
After Josh and I discussed and debated which components would be best suited for a low cost gaming PC to compete with the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One, Ken and I set about to create a video to show those users nervous about the idea of building a PC how easy it can be.
Though Josh and I built systems at $550 and $750 price tags that compare to the new gaming consoles in different ways, for this build I thought it was best to focus on the higher performance, though higher priced option, detailed below.
|Gaming Build||PlayStation 4||Xbox One|
|Processor||AMD FX-6300 6-core CPU - $109||8-core Jaguar APU||8-core Jaguar APU|
|Motherboard||MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ - $59||Custom||Custom|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB 1866 MHz (2 x 4GB) - $80||8GB GDDR5||8GB DDR3|
|Graphics Card||AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB - $209
(Alternate: ASUS GTX 760 - $259)
|1152 Stream Unit APU||768 Stream Unit APU|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM HDD - $64||500GB 5400 RPM||500GB|
|Case||Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case - $59||Custom||Custom|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX 600 watt 80+ Bronze - $69||Internal||External|
|Optical Drive||Pioneer Blu-ray Reader - $49||Blu-ray||Blu-ray|
|OS||Windows 8.1 OEM - $98||Custom, FreeBSD||Custom, Windows|
|Peak Compute||2,690 GFLOPS||1,840 GFLOPS||1,270 GFLOPS|
|Total Price||$790 - Amazon Full Cart||$399 - Amazon||$499 - Amazon|
The links above will take you to the Amazon pages if you want duplicate our setup for a system of your own.
If you have never built a PC before, gaming or otherwise, it can be a little intimidating to see the list of parts you need to order. But don't fear! The build process is surprisingly easy if you pick the right parts and have the right help. The video below will detail the exact installation process for the components listed above (or close proximity thereof) to get you up and running!
If you happen to have missed the video where Josh and I discuss the REASONS for selecting the above hardware, I have included it below as well. Stay tuned in the next day or so for our video that shows the operating system installation process, Steam installation, gaming and Big Picture Mode.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 22, 2013 - 06:26 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, jpr, amd
Jen Peddie Research (JPR) reports an 8% rise in quarter-to-quarter shipments of graphics add-in boards (AIBs) for NVIDIA and a decrease of 3% for AMD. This reverses the story from last quarter where NVIDIA lost 8% and AMD gained. In all, NVIDIA holds over half the market (64.5%).
JPR attributed AMD's gains seen last quarter to consumers who added a discrete graphics solution to systems which already contain an integrated product. SLi and Crossfire were noted but pale in comparison. I expect that Never Settle to have contributed heavily. This quarter, the free games initiative was reduced with the new GPU lineup. For a decent amount of time, nothing was offered.
At the same time, NVIDIA launched the GTX 780 Ti and their own game bundle. While I do not believe this promotion was as popular as AMD's Never Settle, it probably helped. That said, it is still probably too early to tell whether the Battlefield 4 promotion (or Thief's addition to Silver Tier) will help them regain some ground.
The other vendors, Matrox and S3, were "flat to declining". Their story is the same as last quarter: they less than (maybe much less than) 7000 units. On the whole, add-in board shipments are rising from last quarter; that quarter, however, was a 5.4% drop from the one before.
Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2013 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a 2.4Ghz i7-4700MQ, 8GB DDR3-1600 and a GeForce GT755M the Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p offers some gaming potential for well under $1000. Lenovo have also chosen to go with JBL speakers as opposed to ones with questionable quality but a famous name attached to them. The bad news is that it ships with Win8 .
- Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p 14" Haswell Core i7 Gaming Laptop w/ 2GB GeForce GT 755M for $749.00 with free shipping(normally $1,299.00).
- ASUS GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card + FREE PC Games for $499.19 with Free Shipping (normally $519.99 - use coupon code: EMCWWVV37).
- Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630 (Windows 8 Touch Gestures) for $54.49 with Free Shipping (normally $69.99 - use coupon code: QG3G$33HH3QP0?).
- Asus VS247H-P 23.6-inch LED-Backlit Ultra-thin LCD Monitor for $129.99 (normally $199.99 - use coupon code: EMCWWVV23).
- Red Circuit Board Cufflinks for $31.99 with free shipping (normally $39.99).
- Worth a Whirl Radio Control Helicopter for $39.99 with Free Shipping(normally $56.00).
Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2013 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Supercomputing Conference, Intel, SoC, Near Memory, knights landing
Intel spilled more beans about the new Near Memory architecture that will be accompanying their new Xeon release. The memory will be stacked directly onto the CPU giving much quicker access than you would normally see from DDR3 which has to travel over the motherboard. They have not disclosed expected speeds, which could be up to what we see in current CPU caches only in much larger sizes. This is not quite a Xeon SoC but in the presentation The Register heard of Intel's plans to incorporate optical fabrics and switches onto the CPUs as well with size being the only limit. Perhaps they do have a leg to stand on when they claim the return to power of homogeneous computing.
"According to an EE Times report, Intel's Rajeeb Hazra, a VP and general manager of its data centre group, said Intel would customise high-end Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors by closely integrating memory, both by adding memory dies to a processor package and, at a later date, integrating layers of memory dies into the processor along with optical fabrics and switches."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Forget terabit Ethernet, the next step is 400 gig – if we can afford the R&D @ The Register
- Migrating from Windows XP – Time to move on... @ The Register
- Microsoft to launch new version of Xbox One in 1Q14 @ DigiTimes
- Bitcoin Mining with a GPU is Still Viable - Using Litecoin @ hardCOREware
- ASUS RT-AC68U & PCE-AC68 Wireless AC Review @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Systems | November 21, 2013 - 09:47 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, tesla, supercomputing
GPUs are very efficient in terms of operations per watt. Their architecture is best suited for a gigantic bundle of similar calculations (such as a set of operations for each entry of a large blob of data). These are the tasks which also take up the most computation time especially for, not surprisingly, 3D graphics (where you need to do something to every pixel, fragment, vertex, etc.). It is also very relevant for scientific calculations, financial and other "big data" services, weather prediction, and so forth.
Tokyo Tech KFC achieves over 4 GigaFLOPs per watt of power draw from 160 Tesla K20X GPUs in its cluster. That is about 25% more calculations per watt than current leader of the Green500 (CINECA Eurora System in Italy, with 3.208 GFLOPs/W).
One interesting trait: this supercomputer will be cooled by oil immersion. NVIDIA offers passively cooled Tesla cards which, according to my understanding of how this works, suit very well to this fluid system. I am fairly certain that they remove all of the fans before dunking the servers (I figured they would be left on).
By the way, was it intentional to name computers dunked in giant vats of heat-conducting oil, "KFC"?
Intel has done a similar test, which we reported on last September, submerging numerous servers for over a year. Another benefit of being green is that you are not nearly as concerned about air conditioning.
NVIDIA is actually taking it to the practical market with another nice supercomputer win.
Other NVIDIA Supercomputing News:
- IBM and NVIDIA collaborate on GPU-accelerating IBM's enterprise software.
- Piz Daint, powered by Tesla K20X GPUs, greenest PFLOP-scale supercomputer.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2013 - 03:13 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: video, teardown, sshd, ps4 ssd, ps4, podcast, mars 760, mars, asus
PC Perspective Podcast #278 - 11/21/2013
Join us this week as we discuss our PS4 Teardown and Storage Benchmarks, ASUS MARS 760, and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2013 - 12:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This 27" 1080p IPS monitor from Dell is rather talented. Not only is it perfect for a Win8.1 machine as it properly supports multi-touch input it is also capable of hooking directly to a mobile device through MHL. For PCs it has VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI inputs giving it decent flexibility.
- Dell P2714T 27" 1080p Multi-touch Monitor for $629.99 with free shipping(normally $699.99).
- WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Red for $79.00 with Free Shipping (normally $119.99).
- BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router for $69.99 with Free Shipping (normally $99.99).
- MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card + Free PC Game for $79.99 (normally $109.95).
- Targus Spruce EcoSmart 15.6" Backpack for $59.99 with free shipping (normally $69.99).
- Sony MDR-X10 Headphones for $199.99 with Free Shipping(normally $299.99).
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2013 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: HAMR, western digital
In the race to increase the areal density of HDDs the tech to work towards is currently Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording as the current shingle technique has helped us increase storage capacity by a small amount but not enough to be the next evolution. Seagate announced their strategy to develop HAMR technology over a year ago but we have yet to see a prototype. Western Digital has just shown off their version of HAMR to a bevvy of journalists, not including The Register, with a working prototype. WD predicts densities reaching 4 terabits per square inch, making an 8TB 2.5" drive a possibility but they have not predicted a release date yet.
think bigger than this
"In September 2012, Seagate boss Steve Luczo gave a presentation using a HAMR technology disk drive. Now, more than a year later, a WD exec has done the same with the company's own HAMR tech drive."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Nvidia to Intel: 'Which HPC chip brain will win? Let the people decide' @ The Register
- DIY Filament Extruder @ MAKEzine
- Winamp was there? NOT FOR LONG: It's gonna be silenced forever @ The Register
- Automotive Linux Leaves Microsoft and Blackberry QNX in the Dust @ Linux.com
- XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2013 - 05:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, usb 3.0, hub, hootoo
Many times throughout a given week, we get products from vendors or from our own purchases that just find their way onto a shelf. Rarely used and even more rarely discussed, you'd likely be ashamed of me for the number of devices we come in contact with that don't see a word of coverage on this very tech site.
A USB hub might have been one of those items but this model was worth discussing thanks to its relative performance and price.
The HooToo HT-UH006 7-port USB 3.0 hub is, despite the silly sounding name, a capable product that does exactly what it states it will do: split a single USB 3.0 connection into 7 ports capable of USB 3.0 performance. My quick testing with the device showed nearly identical benchmarks of our USB 3.0 enabled SSD both directly connected to the back of my motherboard and through the HooToo hub. With 280 MB/s read speeds and 175 MB/s writes, I was essentially seeing the limit of the drive in question. I don't expect the hub to support more than those kind of performance levels IN TOTAL on the 7 ports though.
One thing the HooToo does not do, despite having an optional external power connection, is charge your iPad or other USB power hungry accessories. A quick look with our USB power meter showed our iPad Air only getting 0.46 amps of power through the USB 3.0 hub; the same power draw was recorded directly from the PC as well. This charge level did not increase when we connected the external power connection. Our search for a perfect multi-amp USB charger with multiple ports continues...
The hub is very light which actually becomes more of a problem than a feature for me. Sitting on my desk, I would prefer a heavier device that is less susceptible to movement and cable tug than the HooToo was.
But, with a price tag of only $35 on Amazon.com, the HooToo 7-port USB 3.0 hub is a simple yet useful device for most PCs. I no longer have to run an extension cable around to the front of my system to plug in additional USB thumb drives, even fast ones. Testing out new keyboards or mice is as simple as plugging the cable into the HooToo box on the top of my desk. If you are looking for a USB hub capable of USB 3.0 speeds, the HooToo 7-port seems like a solid choice.
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2013 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, linux, mesa, open source
Phoronix is continuing to test the performance of open source Linux drivers on Source Engine games with this installation focusing on the performance of the Haswell i7-4770K. They compare it to a number of RV770 based AMD GPUs as well as the newer HD 6450. As you can see in the result the performance of the HD 6450 and HD 4550 are almost exactly the same and are the only two Radeons that do not leave the Intel's GPU in the dust. If you have experience with the HD 4650 you have a very good idea as to how Intel's 4600 performs as the results are very similar. Check out the full review here.
"Earlier this week I delivered some 13-way AMD open-source Linux GPU benchmarks when tested against Valve's Source Engine powered Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Source games. Now up for testing from the Steam Linux client on Ubuntu is the Intel open-source Mesa graphics driver performance with Core i7 "Haswell" graphics."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- F1 2013 Classic Edition Review – How Far Has Evolution Come? @ Techgage
- Batman: Arkham Origins Review @ OCC
- Seeing Double: Valve Set To Reveal Its Own VR Hardware @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Galaxy-Guardin’ – Star Lords Is A New GalCiv Rival @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2013 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an desktop that you can just plug in and start working or playing you could do worse than the Dell Optiplix 7010. Included in the deal is a Core i7-3770, a 1GB Radeon HD 7470, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 500GB SATA III HDD. The machine has Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installed and comes with a 3year warranty.
- Dell Optiplex 7010 Core i7 Quad-core Mini Tower for $749.00 with free shipping(normally $1,288.14).
- AOC Q2963PM 29" IPS-Panel LED-Backlight LCD Monitor w/ 2560x1080 Resolution for $379.99 with Free Shipping (normally $549.99 - use coupon code: EMCYTZT4877).
- MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card + Free PC Game for $79.99 with Free Shipping (normally $109.99).
- Seagate BlackArmor 220 2-Bay 6TB (2 x 3 TB) NAS for $324.00 (normally $599.00 - use coupon code: DIG5).
- Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade (Download) for $78.98 with free shipping (normally $199.99).
- Today Only! Seiki SE39UY04 39" 2160p 4K LED HDTV for $493.99(normally $699.99 - use coupon code: NFF106630).
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2013 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Xeon Phi, knights landing, Intel, 14nm
Intel has been talking up the Xeon Phi, first of the Knight's Landing chips which shall arrive in the not too distant future. This new architecture is touted to bring a return of homogeneous systems architecture which will perform parallel processing on its many cores, currently 61 is the number being tossed around, at a level of performance that will exceed the GPU accelerated heterogeneous architecture being pushed by AMD and NVIDIA. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen but many server builders may prefer the familiar CPU only architecture and as at least some of the Phi's will be available in rack mounted form and not just addin cards they may choose Intel out of habit. You can also read about Micron's Automata Processor which The Register reports can outperform a 48-chip cluster of Intel Xeon 5650s in certain scenarios.
"From Intel's point of view, today's hottest trend in high-performance computing – GPU acceleration – is just a phase, one that will be superseded by the advent of many-core CPUs, beginning with Chipzilla's next-generation Xeon Phi, codenamed "Knights Landing"."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD makes more profit than Sony on the PS4 @ The Inquirer
- Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight @ The Register
- Who wants 10TB of FREE cloud storage? Hands down if China is a deal breaker? @ The Register
- Benchmarking Amazon's New EC2 "C3" Instance Types @ Phoronix
- What took you 2 years? LSI finally rolls out next-gen SandForce kit @ The Register
- Beginners Guide: How To Install / Remove an Intel Socket LGA2011 CPU @ PCSTATS
- Hardware.Info UK Awards 2013: vote and win a Zotac GeForce GTX 780 AMP! Edition
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2013 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: foxconn, apple, iphone 5c, iphone 5s
It would seem that the lower priced iPhone 5c is not very popular with Apple fans as the 5s model has sold twice as many units. This has required some changes be made to production lines at Foxconn and Pegatron as Apple's sales estimates of the two models were way off. Until the lines can be retooled to ramp up production of the more expensive model you can expect to wait a bit for your shiny new iThang to arrive. DigiTimes doesn't mention what will happen to existing supplies of 5c's, they may simply age in a warehouse until someone is willing to pay full price for one.
"Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn is shutting down production of the iPhone 5c in one of its factories in order to shift production to the higher-end iPhone 5s, sources claim."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2013 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell have incorporated a Gorilla Glass touchscreen into their newest Inspiron 17 laptop to help you use Win 8.1. The interior remains similar to previous models, a dual core i5-4200U, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB HDD, the price increase is mostly due to the touchscreen. The aluminium chassis will help it survive the inevitable bruising it will take during your travels and the 7lb weight should be easy on your shoulder.
- Dell Inspiron 17 (7000 Series) 17.3" 4th-gen Intel Core i5 Touch Laptop for $849.99 with free shipping(normally $899.99).
- Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset (PC/Xbox 360) for $54.99 with Free Shipping (normally $59.99).
- Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard for $39.99 with Free Shipping (normally $59.99).
- Bose IE2 Audio Headphones for $99.95 (normally $129.95).
- Totes Whistle Key Finder for $10.00 with free shipping (normally $20.00).
- LG 60PN5300 60" 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV for $709.99(normally $999.99).
Subject: General Tech, Processors, Storage | November 19, 2013 - 01:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: i7-4770k, gold box, deals, amazon, 530 series
I don't often post about the Amazon Gold Box deals, but today the company has some great offerings specific to PC enthusiasts and DIY builders that you might want to take advantage of. Please keep in mind though that these deals are only good today, November 19th!!
The flagship offering is the Intel Core i7-4770K, the company's highest end LGA1150 Haswell processor, is on sale for $299; $60 off the normal MSRP. That is the best price I have seen on that flagship CPU with the exception of in-store offerings from MicroCenters.
For those of you on a tighter budget, Amazon has the Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge processor on sale for $199.
Another great price can be had on the Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD that is going for $149; well under the MSRP price.
Here are some other interesting deals, all found on the Gold Box deal page:
- Kingston HyperX 8GB kit DDR3-1600 for $64
- Corsair H90 cooler for $69
- Corsair AX760i power supply for $149
- Corsair Obsidian 900D Super Tower case for $289
- Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIE Sound Card for $59
- Corsair K50 Gaming Keyboard for $79
- Corsair M65 Gaming Mouse for $49
- Kingston HyperX Steel Series Siberia V2 Gaming Headset for $64
And just remember: these deals are only good today, November 19th!!
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | November 19, 2013 - 11:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: typeguard, synaptics, clickpad 2.0, clickpad
Human interface solutions developer Synaptics, makers of touchpads, touchscreens and touch interpretation software, are showcasing a pair of new technologies today that will be included in upcoming notebooks and Ultrabooks this holiday. ClickPad 2.0 improves the company's design and mechanical implementation on the first iterations of ClickPad while TypeGuard aims to improve recognition of false input from users to improve performance and experience. Even better, this combination has been recognized as a CES Innovation 2104 Design and Engineering Award honoree.
In 2010 Synaptics released the ClickPad, a solution for hardware vendors that included the design and manufacture of the entire touchpad solution. This was a shift for the company that had previously done product licensing and custom solutions for specific vendors. There were some issues with the technology in its 1.0 and 1.5 iterations that prevented users from clicking near the top of the touchpad, for example, as well as the new wrinkle of Windows 8 gestures that weren't implemented perfectly.
With ClickPad 2.0, Synaptics claims to have addressed all of these issues including top and corner clicking capability as well making the feel of the click consistent no matter where the user might push down on the pad. Window 8 gestures can now be support by a separate, but integrated, side-pad integration option. The sides of the touch pad would be textured differently and only function as gesture controls, leaving the entirety of the touchpad face for primary input functionality.
TypeGuard is a set of software algorithms that improves false inputs that might occur during use of a laptop. Palm rejection while typing is one of the biggest annoyances for users that are frequently writing on their notebooks and with TypeGuard Synaptics claims to nearly completely remove false cursor movements, taps and scrolls.
As touchpads become larger, palm contact is going to be much more likely on notebooks and preventing these kinds of accidental inputs is going to be crucial to providing a good experience for the consumer. Apple has long been considered the leader in this area (and with touchpads in general) but Synaptics believes it has matched them with this combination of ClickPad 2.0 and TypeGuard. Doing its own in-house studies has revealed a 73% decrease in false movements but we will obviously need our own hands on time with an integrated product to see how it acts over extended use.
The good news is that might be pretty soon. The HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook actually implements both of these technologies and is available for preorder in various locations.
HP will be offering this machine for $999 with a 128GB SSD, 4GB of memory, Intel Haswell processors and Windows 8.1. I am hoping to get one of these units in for a review and to use it to evaluate the strong claims that Synaptics is making about its new touch technologies.
As a frequent user of Apple portable devices, the touch experience on them has always exceeded that of the Windows environment and I'm hopeful that we can finally level the playing field.
See the full CES Innovation award press release after the break!
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 18, 2013 - 03:33 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: tesla, nvidia, K40, GK110b
The Tesla K20X ruled NVIDIA's headless GPU portfolio for quite some time now. The part is based on the GK110 chip with 192 shader cores disabled, like the GeForce Titan, and achieved 3.9 TeraFLOPs of compute performance (1.31 TeraFLOPs in double precision). Also, like the Titan, the K20X offers 6GB of memory.
The Tesla K40X
So the layout was basically the following: GK104 ruled the gamer market except for the, in hindsight, oddly-positioned GeForce Titan which was basically a Tesla K20X without a few features like error correction (ECC). The Quadro K6000 was the only card to utilize all 2880 CUDA cores.
Then, at the recent G-Sync event, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the GeForce GTX 780Ti. This card uses the GK110b processor and incorporates all 2880 CUDA cores albeit with reduced double-precision performance (for the 780 Ti, not for GK110b in general). So now we have Quadro and GeForce with the full power Kepler, your move Tesla.
And they did, the Tesla K40 launched this morning and it brought more than just cores.
A brief overview
The GeForce launch was famous for its inclusion of GPU Boost, a feature absent in the Tesla line. It turns out that NVIDIA was paying attention to the feature but wanted to include it in a way that suited data centers. GeForce cards boost based on the status of the card, its temperature or its power draw. This is apparently unsuitable for data centers because they would like every unit operating at a very similar performance. The Tesla K40 has a base clock of 745 MHz but gives the data center two boost clocks that they can manually set: 810 MHz and 875 MHz.
Relative performance benchmarks
The Tesla K40 also doubles the amount of RAM to 12GB. Of course this allows for the GPU to work on larger data sets without streaming in the computation from system memory or worse.
There is currently no public information on pricing for the Tesla K40 but it is available starting today. What we do know are the launch OEM partners: ASUS, Bull, Cray, Dell, Eurotech, HP, IBM, Inspur, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro, and Tyan.
If you are interested in testing out a K40, NVIDIA has remotely hosted clusters that your company can sign up for at the GPU Test Drive website.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2013 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: battlefield 4, win 8.1
One of the more interesting results from [H]ard|OCP's testing with Battlefield 4 was the RAM usage they observed, cards with 3GB or more of VRAM used 2.25GB of RAM at most points, cards with less topped out at 1.75GB of usage. This proved that some of the performance anomalies they saw from NVIDIA cards was not necessarily a VRAM issue. The R9 290X took top spot but even the 270X and GTX760 could manage Ultra settings at 1080p so almost anyone with a modern card should be able to enjoy all of the eye candy in BF4. Check out the exact results in their full review.
"Battlefield 4 is this holiday season's blockbuster from the Battlefield series. It features the brand new Frostbite 3 game engine which provides a higher level of realism in the game. We strap 8 video cards to the test bench to see what kind of gameplay experience is delivered under Windows 8.1."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI R9 270X Gaming @ LanOC Reviews
- 8-Way AMD Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Ubuntu GPU Benchmarks @ Phoronix
- GIGABYTE R9 280X OC Edition @ [H]ard|OCP
- PowerColor Devil R9 270X Review @ OCC
- ASUS AMD Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2GB @ eTeknix
- MSI R9 270 Gaming 2GB @ Custom PC Review
- MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC and Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 OC Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- AMD Radeon R9 270 @ Hardware.info
- AMD's Radeon R9 270 graphics card reviewed, new bundles exposed @ The Tech Report
- AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Asus R9 270 Direct CU II OC @ Kitguru
- Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 @ Kitguru
- EVGA GTX 780 Ti SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooler 3 GB @ techPowerUp
- HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 280X Toxic Edition 3GB @ eTeknix
- XFX R9 280X Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 3GB @ eTeknix
- HIS R9 280X IceQX2 Turbo @ Bjorn3D
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition @ Legion Hardware
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 On Linux @ Phoronix
- Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC & Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition @ Techspot
- GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs. Radeon R9 290X 4K Gaming @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2013 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an inexpensive machine in the form factor Win8 was intended for then today's deal is worth thinking about. The Dell Inspiron 11 is 1" thick and has an 11.6" touchscreen for to help you interface with Win8.1; along with keyboard and touchpad. Inside a dual core Celeron 2955U handles both processing and graphics, along with 2GB RAM and a 500GB 5400RPM HDD. If portability and price are more important to you than performance this is a great deal.
- Dell Inspiron 11 (3000 series) 11.6" Dual-core Touch Laptop + Touchpad for $394.99 with free shipping(normally $469.88).
- Dell P2714H 27" 1080p IPS Anti-glare LED-backlit LCD Monitor + $100 Gift Card for $368.99 with Free Shipping (normally $499.99).
- Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB 7mm SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $174.99 with Free Shipping (normally $199.99).
- Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case for $39.99 (normally $59.99).
- Ion Sound Splash Bluetooth Waterproof Shower Speaker for $49.99 with free shipping (normally $69.99).
- Ion Sound Splash Bluetooth Waterproof Shower Speaker for $719.99(normally $1699.99).
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2013 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: qualcomm, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Samsung, TSMC
Qualcomm is looking to diversify their supply chain and move away from dependence on TSMC and their 28nm node. They have some qualifications for their suitor to meet and being one of the larger customers means that they just might get it. Their requirement is for the rumoured Samsung and GLOBALFOUNDRIES partnership to become stable and for Samsung to use GF as a sub-contractor to make chips for Apple. If you believe all the hints we are getting the partnership could grow and it would give Qualcomm a supplier who is financially stable and still has enough free resources to fab Qualcomm's chips in the desired volume. This is the news out of DigiTimes this morning.
"Qualcomm reportedly hopes Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries can form an alliance, as the fabless IC vendor seeks to reduce its reliance on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for its advanced chips, according to industry sources."
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