Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 09:57:54 Thu, March 01, 2012 - 0 Comments
BioShock Infinite is going to be one of the most epic games ever made, and now we know that we will be able to enter the floating world of Columbia on October 16th. I was blown away when I saw the game demoed on a console behind closed doors at E3 2011 and I can only imagine how stellar it will look on a high-end gaming PC.
Prepare yourselves and your rigs gentlemen!
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 10:55:13 Thu, March 01, 2012 - 0 Comments
Newegg is having a huge coupon code sale right now with savings from 10-20% off many different types of computer hardware and some software. To be able to use the coupon codes you need to be an e-blast insider. If you are not an e-blast insider you can sign up for free at the top of this page.
These coupon codes will last for 48 hours or until the funds behind the sale run out so make sure to buy the things you need as soon as possible.
Here are some of the really nice deals:
This Corsair 430 Watt 80+ Certified Power Supply is $36.99 with Free Shipping and you get a $20 pre-paid card in the mail! That's an excellent quality 430 Watt PSU for only $16.99! This PSU has an automatic $8 promo code on it already and you can't use the sale promo code on it.
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I have never heard of TP-LINK, but I guess their USB Wireless N adapter
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Well that's about all the products I have time to post. Don't forget to check this page for all the rest of the promo codes on items like Cooler Master products, headphones, motherboards and tax software.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 12:03:48 Mon, March 05, 2012 - 1 Comments
The cards will not be available for purchase until March 19th, but the reviews are out right now! The HD 7870 and HD 7850 are powered by the Pitcairn GPU and the will be priced at around $350 and $250 respectively. When you compare the HD 7870 to the HD 7700 you may notice that the HD 7870 has twice the stream processors, texture units and ROPs. Looks like AMD was able to squeeze the contents of two Cape Verdre GPUs (1.5 billion transistors) onto one 2.8 billion transistor GPU.
The $300 to $399 price range is where the HD 6970 and the GTX 570 live right now. Looking at the reviews, the HD 7870 is faster than both of those cards. Since the HD 6970 was the fastest card in the $300 to $399 category, I have updated the Superlative page to crown the HD 7870 the new winner in that prie range.
At $250 the HD 7850 will be up against the HD 6950 and the GTX 560 Ti. Luckily for the HD 7870, it is faster than both of those chumps. I have updated the Superlative page accordingly.
Here is the Asus HD7870-DC2T-2GD5 for your eye-joyment:
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 03:19:39 Tue, March 06, 2012 - 1 Comments
I was able to fit the tables for both cards into one post this time since they aren't so huge. Both cards have some good overclocking room (over 20%) on the GPU. Enjoy!
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 10:23:42 Thu, March 15, 2012 - 2 Comments
Chiphell and PCOnline have posted new (as in different from the old rumored specs) for the upcoming GTX 680. They also provided a picture of the GTX 680, which you can see below. The new specs differ from the old ones in the following ways. 1,536 CUDA cores instead of 1,024, 1,006MHz core clock instead of 850mHz, 6MHz GDDR5 memory instead of 5.5GHz and a 256-bit a memory bus instead of a 512-bit memory bus. So the new specs say that the card has more cores at a faster speed but the memory bus has been cut in half. I would be very surprised if the GTX 680 has a 256-bit bus when the GTX 580 had a 384-bit bus.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 01:55:43 Thu, March 15, 2012 - 0 Comments
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 04:09:26 Tue, March 20, 2012 - 0 Comments
On Saturday the Dutch site ComCom listed a pre-order for a Zotac GTX 680 for what amounts to 563 US dollars. The card is listed with a 1,006MHz core speed, a 6,008MHz memory speed and only a 256-bit memory bus. Looks like I'll have to update our GTX 680 information!
Yesterday some pictures of Gigabyte's GTX 680 appeared in a Overclock.net thread. For those that don't want to sign up for those forums, click here for more info and pics.
Some GTX 680 benchmarks were posted on the Chinese VR-Zone site on Monday. Try this link if you are better with English. Over in the GPU-Z screen you can see that they were using version 300.99 Nvidia drivers and the GTX 680 was clocked to 1,150/2,299/7,200.
And today two factory overclocked GTX 680s showed up for pre-order at NCIX. There's an MSI model clocked at 1,056Mhz and a Evga Superclocked model. Both cards are listed for $577.98.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 04:06:44 Wed, March 21, 2012 - 0 Comments
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 03:01:48 Thu, March 22, 2012 - 1 Comments
The GeForce GTX 680 is finally here, and it has features and tech that have never been seen before. If you would rather watch a video than read about these new fangled things, then I suggest giving this link a click. I will be writing an easy to understand article talking about all these new features later to today.
Looking at the reviews, it seems like Nvidia succeeded in making the most powerful single GPU card ever made, it is uses less power than competiton's flagship, and it also gives you more performance per dollar than the HD 7970.
The only thing holding the GTX 680 back is its 256-bit memory bus. If Nvidia had increased it to 512-bit or even 384-bit, the GTX 680 would have totally crushed the HD 7970. As it is, the GTX 680 has higher pixel and texture fill rates, but lower FLOPS and memory bandwidth. In fact, I just noticed this interesting story on TechPowerUp about how the GTX 680 was originally the GTX 670 Ti. It seems like Nvidia made a 256-bit chip that was so good that it beat the HD 7970 and thus could be branded as an 80 part instead of 70 part.
All the reference models look the same right aside from the different stickers, so I decided to show you an exciting GTX 680 model that is not available yet. This is a mock-up of a GTX 680 from Inno3D that comes with an attached liquid cooling system, not just a waterblock cooler. This could end up being something like Sapphire's Toxic X1950 XTX card.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 04:02:02 Thu, March 22, 2012 - 1 Comments
This overclocking roundup is going to be different than all previous roundups because Nvidia has changed the way the clocks of the card operate. GPU Boost is feature that changes the clock speed of the GPU to take advantage of any power that is not being utilized. So if you are playing Battlefield 3 and using about 150 of the GTX 680's 195 watt TDP, the clock speeds on the GPU will increase (in steps of 13.5 Mhz) to take advantage of that extra 45 watts.
Now if the card gets too hot or the game starts to use more power, the clock speed will be decreased (once again in steps of 13.5Mhz) to no lower than 1.058MHz. Even though the base speed of the GTX 680 is 1,006MHz, whenever a game or 3D benchmark is running, the clock speed will adjust be at 1,058MHz or higher.
As you can imagine, this drastically changes overclocking. Evga PrecisionX is the new tool that everyone is using right now. In PrecisionX you can increase the power target to 132% which allow the GTX 680 to run at 250 watts instead of 195. Some of the sites in the roundup increased the power target to 132% but some decided not to bring it up all the way.
The next important settings in PrecisionX are the GPU and Memory Clock Offsets. The GPU offset currently goes up to 549MHz (all the sites stayed under 180Mhz) and the memory offset goes up to 1GHz. I like the way Hardware Canucks described these offsets, so I am going to steal two paragraphs from them:
"Bumping up the Offset literally heightens GPU Boost’s range by the amount you set. For example, if you set an Offset of 125MHz, situations that saw the core running at 1058MHz will now cause it to Boost up to 1183MHz while games that allowed for 1150MHz would now strive for 1275MHz. The Memory Offsets behave in the same way except they aren’t quite as constrained as the core is.
Of course, all of these numbers are dependent upon the card operating within its TDP limits. This is also why setting a Power Target is so important since without changing it, there would be much less headroom to play with. In addition, keeping the card cool will also ensure that it can run at higher GPU Boost clock speeds without slamming head first into a power and thermal barrier."
Now it is time to talk about the changes to the chart. I got rid of the reference core and memory speeds to make room for columns for the GPU and memory offsets. Also, the speeds listed in the OC core and OC memory columns refer to the highest speeds that the card attainted while the site was testing their overclock.
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 08:36:20 Fri, March 23, 2012 - 0 Comments
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 03:42:55 Tue, March 27, 2012 - 1 Comments
This may be one of the largest Newegg video card deals posts that I've ever posted. I highly recommend the two XFX HD 7770's that come with a free copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. That game is beautiful and really fun.
Galaxy GT 520 1GB $24.99 (after $20 MIR card) + Free Shipping, exp. 4/1
Sapphire HD 6570 1GB $49.99 (after $10 MIR card) + Free Shipping, exp. 3/31
Asus HD 6670 1GB $64.99 (after $20 MIR card) + Free Shipping, exp 3/31
MSI GTS 450 1GB $84.99 (after $20 MIR card) + Free Shipping, exp 3/31
Asus GTX 550 Ti 1GB $99.99 (after $20 MIR card) + Free Shipping, exp. 3/31
Gigabyte HD 6850 1GB $119.99 (after $20 MIR card) + Free Shipping, exp 3/31
Evga GTX 580 1.5GB $389.99 (after $30 MIR card) + Free Shipping, exp 3/31
XFX HD 7770 1GB $142.99 & Free Copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution (after 10% off code HARDOCPX321B & $10 MIR card) + Free Shipping, code exp. TODAY!, MIR card exp. 3/31
XFX HD 7770 1GB $159.99 & Free Copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution (after $10 MIR card) + Free Shipping, exp. 3/31
Gigabyte HD 7700 1GB $149.99 + $6.98 Shipping
Galaxy GTX 570 1,280MB $259.99 + Nvidia Sweepstakes Code + $7.56 Shipping
ECS GTX 570 1,280MB $259.99 + $7.56 Shipping
Posted By: Steve McBarnes - 04:46:04 Tue, March 27, 2012 - 1 Comments
Apparently this one! Galaxy is apparently working on a single slot GTX 680 and there are two pictures to prove it. Galaxy is taking full advantage of the GTX 680's low power consumption and low heat creation. The branding of this card apparently translates to the Warrior's Edition and I for one hope that this Warrior will make his way to the states.