First revealed this time last year, Nvidia and its hardware partners have finally got their butts into gear and announced the first Nvidia BFGD gaming monitors will be shipping from February. BFGD stands for Big Format Gaming Displays and these things are absolutely massive at 65 inches, with a price tag to match.
In order to meet the criteria for an Nvidia BFGD display, these monitors need to house some serious tech. They need to be 65-inches large to starters, which is bigger than the vast majority of TVs, let alone PC monitors. BFGD monitors are also required to be 4K, at least 120Hz output (144Hz preferable), 1,000 nit HDR, have a 384-zone matrix backlight, and of course, must have G-Sync HDR technology built in. The absolute best of the best, basically; massive displays with fantastic specs for the ultimate PC gaming experience.
HTC has been having a hectic time at CES 2019 this week, showing off a whole host of new VR goodies inbound for PC gamers. Top of the heap is the HTC Vive Cosmos, an all-new VR headset specifically designed around ease of use, comfort, and ease of access. Basically, the three major things that consistently get in the way of the HTC Vive achieving mainstream appeal.
Rather than court the low-end like Oculus, the Vive Cosmos is once again going to be a premium PC VR system, this time with some very handy benefits like a flip-up design, no external sensors, new lightweight materials, and updated Vive motion controllers.
UPDATE: Following on front last month's preliminary specs, EA has revealed the final PC system requirements for Anthem. BioWare's sci-fi online RPG is quite the looker, impressing us several times since its reveal back in 2017. Anthem looks as if it's going to be quite the test for any rig, particularly if you plan to max out Anthem's PC graphics settings.
The minimum specs for Anthem hew closely to the preliminary system requirements. The only change of real note is to the graphics cards. BioWare has lowered the barrier to entry for Anthem's final realise, requiring just a GeForce GTX 760 2GB or a Radeon HD 7970. These seem like reasonably low spec graphics cards as far as minimum requirements go, ensuring Anthem should be capable of running on a wide range of PC gaming systems.
It’s been a huge day for hardware fans. Nvidia spoiled us in the run-up to CES 2019 with a reveal of its eagerly anticipated GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. We’ve finally got real-time ray-tracing at the far more palatable price point of $349/£329 for the GeForce RTX 2060. It’s not cheap but it definitely beats the asking price of the RTX 2070.
Since then it’s been an even busier time thanks to hordes of reviews and benchmarks of the RTX 2060 6GB. But the big questions now are whether the GeForce RTX 2060 is a noteworthy improvement over the previous generation, and whether it’s a worthwhile upgrade for the hordes of GeForce GTX 1060 owners out there.
Attention all those with unfathomably deep pockets - Nvidia has unveiled the GeForce RTX 20 Series mobility GPUs set to power the next generation of high-end gaming laptops. Nvidia has gone in heavy this time around, announcing more than 40 gaming notebooks with GeForce Mobility graphics cards right out of the gate and over 17 Max-Q designs with the new 7nm Turing GPU.
While specs are going to vary from design to design, there are three core GeForce RTX 20 Series Mobility graphics cards inbound. These comprise the GeForce RTX 2060, GeForce RTX 2070, and GeForce RTX 2080. They will also be available in ultra-thin Max-Q designs for slimline notebooks.
Nvidia dropped a megaton during its CES 2019 live conference last night, announcing it will be expanding its G-Sync compatible ecosystem to include AMD FreeSync monitors. Team Green is adopting the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol, massively widening the potential pool of compatible monitors.
The crucial part of this change is that G-Sync display typically commands a hefty price premium over FreeSync monitors but now certain AMD FreeSync monitors will be compatible with the G-Sync initiative.
UPDATE: Early this morning Nvidia officially announced the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. This Turing-powered GPU provides the cheapest entry point to real-time ray-tracing so far, packing GeForce GTX 1070 Ti gaming performance alongside DXR compatibility.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 is priced at $349/£329 and will be launching worldwide from January 15th.
We’ve got a huge week coming up for tech fans as we roll into CES 2019 (Consumer Electronics Show). Nestled in among all the dung-powered hoovers self-driving washing machines lurks some big live events from the major hardware manufacturers.
Nvidia is, of course, present, and founder and CEO Jensen Huang will be hosting the Nvidia CES 2019 live stream today, and you can watch it all unfold right here.
Just in case you missed it, an extremely comprehensive leak happened this week concerning the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. Nvidia’s unannounced GPU was leaked in all its glory, including the specs, game performance benchmarks, potential pricing, and details of several different variants.
And later tonight? We should be getting the full reveal at CES 2019.
Nvidia has partnered up with Samsung for the fabrication of its 7nm chips, according to a report from MyNavi.
Samsung kicked off risk production of 7nm silicon using EUV (extreme ultra-violet) lithography on October 18th, some two months ahead of its original early 2019 schedule. Taiwanese silicon foundry TSMC started risk production a little later, in October, prompting Nvidia to ink the deal with Samsung.