The rumour mill's running at full steam today with reports surfacing regarding the pricing structure of Nvidia's upcoming GTX 900 series of graphics cards, with a full unveiling expect at this Friday's worldwide Game24 event.
Leaked sources from Nvidia claim that the GeForce GTX 970 with GM204 unit and 2nd Generation Maxwell architecture with 28nm lithography will go up for $299 with non-reference cards to be available around $329 to $349. If this rumour is confirmed, then the GeForce GTX 970 will be an ideal card for those who want to make a more affordable leap to modest 4K gaming. This might also indicate that Nvidia is finally slashing down its pricing structure for the latest models, but all will be confirmed at the Game24 Event on September 19th.
Reports indicate that Microsoft is in the process of testing a cloud gaming service that could allow all Xbox 360 and Xbox One games to played at 60 FPS via a web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.
Microsoft’s cloud game platform Delorean is designed to predict gamers’ upcoming action to reduce potential lag, and Microsoft has supposedly already got the technology up and running with working versions of Fable III and Doom 3.
Microsoft has confirmed it will be hosting a Windows 9 event on September 30th, with a Technical Preview build of Windows 9 available to buy shortly after.
Rumours have persisted for months now that Microsoft has been readying a build of Windows 9, with footage even emerging last appearing to show the new operating system in action. The invite for the event merely says “Join us to hear about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”
Microsoft has announced the official wired Xbox One controller for Windows, allowing PC gamers to plug and play Microsoft’s high-tech gaming controller. The USB-powered controller just needs plugging in via the 9-foot cable and Windows will automatically recognise the accessory and install the necessary drivers.
This is the very latest controller for Microsoft’s Xbox One console and is compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The only difference between it and the official Xbox One controller is the wired USB cable. In comparison to the Xbox 360 controller the Xbox One controller has impulse triggers, precision controls, and better ergonomics.
The lid has finally come off Nvidia’s eagerly-anticipated next-generation of graphics cards, beginning with its upcoming flagship model, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980. Built on second generation Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980 sports a GM204 GPU which is again produced using the 28nm fabrication process.
Right, onto those specs, and the GeForce GTX 980 will come packing 2048 CUDA cores spread across 16 Streaming Multiprocessors Maxwell, along with with 4GB of on-board GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus, with a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 224 GB/s.
The DisplayPort 1.3 standard has arrived, allowing the potential for 4K gaming beyond the 60 Hz currently restricted by HDMI 2.0-compatible devices. Cabling standards have been hamstrung in recent months by the rush to both 4K gaming and sky-high refresh rates, but now with DisplayPort 1.3 these standards don’t need to be mutually exclusive.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have discovered a nanotechnology capable of cooling electrons to as low as -228 C without any external cooling solutions. This basically means electronics can be cooled to extreme lows while the chip itself remains at room temperature, opening up the possibility of devices working with practically no energy demands.
The cryogenic on-chip quantum electron cooling works thanks to a quantum well that traps the electrons and cools them down to cryogenic temperatures. Heat is one of the biggest problems facing high-end computing today; you only have to look at the introduction of reference liquid cooling on the AMD R9 390X to see heat may be getting out of control. This newly discovered technology opens the door for extremely high-performance devices and ultra-low power consumption.
The first pictures have emerged of Nvidia’s Maxwell GPU-powered GeForce GTX 980, which is expected to be officially unveiled at Nvidia’s Game24 event this weekend. The GeForce GTX 980 will be Nvidia’s new flagship model, and if recent 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks are anything to go by it will deliver around 15% faster performance than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti.
The leaked images suggest that the GeForce GTX 980 will adopt a similar design to the GTX 780 Ti and the GeForce GTX Titan Z among others, including the use of an NVTTM cooler for the reference design. This will allow it to dissipate 250W worth of power despite the GTX 980 only using 180W, giving some room for some serious overclocking.
The first prototype picture has been leaked of upcoming Radeon R9 300 series cooling system, and it appears that AMD’s next flagship reference GPU will be coming with liquid cooling.
Last month the GPU liquid cooling specialists Asetek announced an undisclosed deal with an OEM customer that was expected to be worth up to 4 million dollars in revenue, with shipping expected in the first half of 2015. The deal, it turns out, was with AMD for the production of an R9 300 series cooling solutions, expected to be the R9 390X, potentially making it the world’s first single-GPU liquid-cooled reference design.
Intel has been trumpeting the success of desktop gaming at its recent Intel Developer Forum event, taking to the stage to claim that not along is traditional PC gaming flourishing, but it estimates there are a staggering 711 million PC gamers in the world today.
Senior VP at Intel Kirk Skaugen took to the stage to make the revelations that fly in the face of figures that traditional PC sales are down, claiming "There are 711 million PC gamers in the world today, that's one in ten people on the planet.”