hassan mujtaba
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EVGA Z97 Classified Box
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The EVGA Z97 motherboard lineup has finally been unveiled and comes with three new motherboards based on Intel’s 9-Series chipset and LGA 1150 socket. The EVGA Z97 motherboards featuring the LGA 1150 socket will be able to support Intel’s Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Devil’s Canyon and the next-generation Broadwell processors.EVGA Z97 Motherboards

EVGA Z97 Motherboards – Z97 Classified, Z97 FTW, Z97 Stinger

EVGA has gone with a complete black color theme on their Z97 motherboards except the Z97 FTW which comes with the black and red color theme which has been used by several other manufacturers. Each motherboard has been aimed towards a different price range with the flagship Z97 Classified listed for pre-order at $379.99 US and the Z97 FTW and Z97 Stinger available at $199.99 US. You can find the links for pre-order below:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z
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Reports from HKEPC suggest that NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce GTX Titan Z flagship graphics card will feature a boost clock of up to 1058 MHz. In addition to that, we have also got a detailed look at the insides of the GeForce GTX Titan Z and the reason for its delay.NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z_1

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Can Boost Up To 1058 MHz

The official specifications chart from NVIDIA shows that the GeForce GTX Titan Z will feature the same heart and DNA of NVIDIA’s GeForce Titan and Titan Black Edition, the GeForce GTX Titan Z is an engineering marvel with two GK110-350-B1 chips under its hood that pack 7.1 billion transistors each. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will replace the GeForce GTX 690 boasting dual-GK110 cores compared to dual-GK104 cores on its predecessor. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will feature two GK110 cores with 5760 Cuda Cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs.

The card features a 384-bit x 2 bus which will run across a massive 12 GB VRAM. This is an impressive feature giving developers and games an unprecedented amount of VRAM for use. The memory is clocked at 7 GHz effective clock speed. The core clock speeds are maintained at 705 MHz base and 876 MHz boost clock and the card features a maximum single precision performance of 8.1 TFlops and 2.3 TFlops of double precision which is impressive.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z
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NVIDIA’s official specifications and performance numbers for their flagship GeForce GTX Titan Z have been unveiled by Videocardz. In addition to the details, NVIDIA will also possibly be moving away from the original release plans for the card and reschedule the launch for 8th May.NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Specifications

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Specifications and Performance Unveiled

We already reported several detailed specifications of the GeForce GTX Titan Z but we’ll do a round-up. Built with the same heart and DNA of NVIDIA’s GeForce Titan and Titan Black Edition, the GeForce GTX Titan Z is an engineering marvel with two chips under its hood that pack 7.1 billion transistors each. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will replace the GeForce GTX 690 boasting dual-GK110 cores compared to dual-GK104 cores on its predecessor. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will feature two GK110 cores with 5760 Cuda Cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs.

The card features a 384-bit x 2 bus which will run across a massive 12 GB VRAM. This is an impressive feature giving developers and games an unprecedented amount of VRAM for use. The memory is clocked at 7 GHz effective clock speed. The core clock speeds are maintained at 705 MHz base and 876 MHz boost clock and the card features a maximum single precision performance of 8.1 TFlops and 2.3 TFlops of double precision which is impressive.

MSI Zxx XPOWER AC Motherboard
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The MSI 9-Series has a massive motherboard lineup that’s headed to consumers next month and while we can’t talk about their specific chipset, we can show you pictures of the entire lineup which you would be looking at soon. Some motherboards such as the XPOWER, MPOWER MAX and Gaming series have already been detailed but we will take a deeper look in the design scheme of the new products.MSI 9-Series Motherboards

MSI 9-Series Motherboard Round-Up – OC, GAMING Lineups

First, we will detail the MSI OC series which includes three new products including the flagship XPOWER AC and MPOWER MAX AC motherboards. MSI introduced their MPOWER and XPOWER brands to the mainstream lineup last year with the Z87 chipset and are relaunching an improved version this year that makes of Intel’s latest 9-Series chipset. So let’s get on with the OC 9-Series Motherboard lineup from MSI which includes 3 motherboards listed below:

  • MSI XPOWER AC
  • MSI MPOWER MAX AC
  • MSI MPOWER
AMD Beema Die Shot
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Last week, AMD made a teaser site for an upcoming product which we believe had to do something with the upcoming Mullins and Beema APU. Today, we can confirm that AMD is officially going to introduce both APU designs based on their next generation PUMA+ cores in less than 10 hours left in launch as noted from AMD’s teaser site, we thought that its time to detail some bits and pieces of AMD’s new mainstream and low-power APUs.AMD Puma+ x86 Cores

AMD PUMA+ x86 Core and Graphics Core Next Architecture

So the first thing we are going to talk about is the architecture behind the new Mullins and Beema cores. Both accelerated processing units are architecturally similar but aimed at different segments. AMD has been taking time developing their latest x86 core architecture which is codenamed as PUMA+ and while it is not a drastic leap forward then Jaguar in terms of design but it does comes with enhancements in both performance and power efficiency which we are going to talk about in this article.

For starters, Both Mullins and Beema APU will feature the PUMA+ x86 core architecture. The top most SOC chip will feature a Quad Core design followed by Dual Core variants. In addition to the x86 cores, the new APUs will be the first processors on x86 technology to integrate an ARM core exclusively for security purposes. Aside from the PUMA+ cores, we are also looking at Graphic Core Next GPU architecture which will be fused on the APU die. The new GCN core architecture will leverage the performance of AMD APUs in graphics intensive tasks and overall better user experience. This also shows just how scalable the GCN architecture is empowering both AMD’s top high-performance Radeon R9 290X graphics card and even their low-power 4.5W Mullins APUs.

ASUS Maximus VII Ranger render
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We recently reported in an article that ASUS would be breaking its NDA with Intel and would let publications post about their latest Z97 motherboards. Last week, we posted a major leak of ASUS Z97 motherboards but since it is official now, we are going to do a round-up of all ASUS Z97 chipset based motherboards that would be available in the upcoming month.ASUS Z97 Motherboards

ASUS Z97 Motherboard Round-Up – TUF, ROG, Classic Lineups

The first lineup we will detail is ASUS’s Z97 ROG motherboard lineup which includes ASUS’s Republic of Gamers branded products which are aimed towards enthusiasts, overclockers and gamers. The new motherboards from ASUS include some intresting features this round such as  Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, GameFirst III, Supreme FX, Sonic Radar II, KeyBot, TrueVolt USB and Gamer’s Guardian which will come in handy for easier connectivity and accessibility. The ASUS Z97 motherboards ‘ROG’ lineup includes the following products which will be detailed below:

  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Hero
  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Gene
  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger
Inno3D-iChill-GTX-680-Sketch
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Yesterday, we reported that NVIDIA is planning to launch their flagship GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card on 29th April. The GeForce GTX Titan Z would be NVIDIA’s latest dual-chip graphics solution featuring the mighty Kepler GK110 core architecture which has spanned an entire generation of GeForce graphics cards.Inno3D GeForce GTX Titan Z

Inno3D Preparing GeForce GTX Titan Z Beefy HerculeZ Cooler

Now if we go by NVIDIA’s history, their green-light program restricts manufacturers from adding or preparing custom designs of their own until NVIDIA allows. We saw the same trend with GeForce GTX 690 and the recent GeForce GTX Titan and Titan Black Edition graphics cards. Now we would suspected that the same trend would have followed with their upcoming GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card but one manufacturer is preparing a new cooling scheme for the latest GeForce graphics card.

Inno3D who have developed some amazing cooling designs over the last few years, namely their HerculeZ cooler are once again preparing a massive new cooler which will be featured on the GeForce GTX Titan Z. It is unknown at the moment if the cooler will be shipped aside the reference GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card or would really be assembled on the PCB when dispatched from the factory. Gigabyte and EVGA have shipped their WindForce and ACX coolers with various Titan and Titan Black edition cards so we suspect that Inno3D would also ship the cooler alongside the reference card but nevertheless, let’s head on and talk about the cooler itself.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z
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At GTC 2014, NVIDIA unveiled their most high-performance graphics card, the GeForce GTX Titan Z powered with the GK110 core architecture. During the announcement, NVIDIA didn’t confirm the launch schedule for their upcoming Goliath but GDM.OR.JP has revealed that NVIDIA’s next dual-chip performance card is set for launch on 29th April.NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z

NVIDIA Launches Dual-GK110 Powered GeForce GTX Titan Z on 29th April

Built with the same heart and DNA of NVIDIA’s GeForce Titan and Titan Black Edition, the GeForce GTX Titan Z is an engineering marvel with two chips under its hood that pack 7.1 billion transistors each. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will replace the GeForce GTX 690 boasting dual-GK110 cores compared to dual-GK104 cores on its predecessor. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will feature two GK110 cores with 5760 Cuda Cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The card features a 384-bit x 2 bus which will run across a massive 12 GB VRAM. This is an impressive feature giving developers and games an unprecedented amount of VRAM for use. The memory is clocked at 7 GHz effective clock speed. The core clock speeds are not confirmed but the GeForce GTX Titan Z features a maximum single precision performance of 8 TFlops which is really impressive.

Z97 OC Formula
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ASRock’s Z97 motherboards have finally been exposed a few weeks prior to their launch next early next month with Intel 9-Series platform. The ASRock Z97 motherboards lineup is the fourth product line we will be detailing today, in addition to the several Z97 product lines from ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte which have been pictured over the past weeks.ASRock Z97 Motherboards OC Formula

ASRock Z97 Motherboards – OC and FATAL1TY Boards Pictured

ASRock’s Z97 motherboards will fall into three tiers, the OC boards will be geared towards overclockers who need the best performance with new design schemes and powerful VRM designs. The FATAL1TY series is ASRock’s long running product line which are the feature packed yet low cost offerings. These boards slightly resemble the Z97 Gaming lineups from MSI and Gigabyte. The classic series would be aimed towards everyone moving on the Z97 platform with design schemes and price ranges that make them an attractive product line. ASRock’s Z97 boards include the following:

  • ASRock Z97 OC Formula
  • ASRock Z97 Extreme 6
  • ASRock Z97 Extreme 4
  • ASRock FATAL1TY Z97X Killer
  • ASRock FATAL1TY Z97 Killer
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force Z97 Motherboards
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Gigabyte has unveiled their upcoming Z97 motherboards which will include their top tier Gaming G1 and OC Force products aimed towards gamers and overclocking enthusiasts in the respective order. The Gaming line from Gigabyte is a new addition to their motherboard lineups which will be focused towards gamers while oc series would be built for overclocking in mind.Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force Z97 Motherboards

Gigabyte  Z97 Motherboards – OC and Gamer Boards Pictured

The Gigabyte Z97 motherboards exposed belong to two separate lineups, the OC series motherboards are built for enthusiasts and overclocks who want the best performance from the product. Built with high quality and an Ultra Durable design, the motherboard features several overclocking goodies which will be detailed in the article moving onwards. The G1 lineup as you may remember is part of Gigabyte’s own gaming tier products and has been renamed to simply Gaming which includes the flagship G1 Black Edition motherboard.

  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-G1 Gaming Wi-Fi Black Edition
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force
asus_logo
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With the ASUS ROG and TUF Z97 motherboards detailed, what remains is their Legacy lineup which include their long running Deluxe series and Workstation series boards. The ASUS Z97 Workstation while not aimed specifically for consumers is the most feature rich product of the series followed by the Z97 Deluxe.ASUS Z97 Motherboards

ASUS Z97 Motherboards – Legacy Lineup Pictured and Detailed

So the third and last lineup we will detail is ASUS’s Z97 TUF Legacy motherboard lineup which are aimed towards enthusiasts, overclockers and budget users. Built with top of the line components and feature packed, the line-up is aimed towards all performance users and gamers including enthusiasts. The new motherboards from ASUS include some interesting features this round such as  Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, DIGI+ Power Control, Turbo App, Turbo LAN, Crystal Sound 2, HomeCloud (802.11ac B/G/N) and an interesting new design scheme for next-gen Intel platform. The ASUS Z97 motherboards ‘Legacy’ lineup includes the following products which will be detailed below:

  • ASUS Z97-WS
  • ASUS Z97-Deluxe
  • ASUS Z97I-Pro
  • ASUS Z97-Pro
  • ASUS Z97-A
ASUS TUF Logo
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While you must have enjoyed feasting your eyes on ASUS ROG Z97 motherboards, you’ll also enjoy the sight of their TUF series which has been updated with new products. In addition to the Sabertooth MARK 1, we’re also going to show you the MARK 2 and Gryphon motherboards in all their glory.ASUS Z97 TUF Motherboards

ASUS Z97 Motherboards – TUF Lineup Pictured and Detailed

The second lineup we will detail is ASUS’s Z97 TUF “The Ultimate Force” motherboard lineup which are aimed towards enthusiasts, overclockers. Built with top of the line Military Grade Components, the Z97 TUF series will include longer and stable performance and take overclocking to the next step. The new motherboards from ASUS include some interesting features this round such as  Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, TUF Components, DIGI+ Power Control and the latest TUF Frontier thermal shield and barrier for additional cooling and stability to the board layout. The ASUS Z97 motherboards ‘TUF’ lineup includes the following products which will be detailed below:

  • ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK 1
  • ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK 2
  • ASUS Gryphon Z97
Asus-Rog
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Yesterday, we showed you few of the upcoming Z97 motherboards from ASUS which include their ROG, TUF and Legacy tier products. Today, we have managed to find pictures of the entire motherboard lineup from the same event along with more detailed information.ASUS Z97 Motherboards Complete

ASUS Z97 Motherboards – ROG Lineup Pictured and Detailed

The first lineup we will detail is ASUS’s Z97 ROG motherboard lineup which includes ASUS’s Republic of Gamers branded products which are aimed towards enthusiasts, overclockers and gamers. The new motherboards from ASUS include some intresting features this round such as  Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, GameFirst III, Supreme FX, Sonic Radar II, KeyBot, TrueVolt USB and Gamer’s Guardian which will come in handy for easier connectivity and accessibility. The ASUS Z97 motherboards ‘ROG’ lineup includes the following products which will be detailed below:

  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Hero
  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Gene
  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger
asus_logo
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ASUS Z97 motherboard lineup has been leaked which include their upcoming Z97 ROG, Sabertooth and Legacy series products. We also have details regarding the features which ASUS’s next generation Z97 motherboards feature for gamers and overclockers.ASUS Z97 Motherboards

ASUS Z97 Motherboard Unveiled – ROG Maximus, Sabertooth and Deluxe Boards

The ASUS Z97 motherboards lineup includes a total of 6 new leaked products which range in different tiers. Starting with the flagship ROG (Republic of Gamers) overclocking lineup which includes three motherboards:

  • ASUS Maximus VII Hero
  • ASUS Maximus VII Gene
  • ASUS Maximus VII Ranger
nvidia-geforce-gtx-logo
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NVIDIA may very well be preparing their Maxwell based GM204 GPU as spotted in a leak posted by Videocardz. The leak which shows shipment data from Zauba.com (via 3DCenter) lists several GPUs along with their naming codes which means that NVIDIA may be currently testing their next generation graphics processing units.NVIDIA Maxwell

NVIDIA Maxwell GM204 GPU Spotted In The Wild, Kepler GK210 In Works

The first chip spotted is the GM204 GPU which is based on NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. How do we know if its based on Maxwell architecture? Simple, the naming scheme and the ‘M’ moniker which is used to represent the specific architecture of the chip is used for the Maxwell generation of GPUs, e.g. GM107 (GeForce Maxwell), GK 104 (GeForce Kepler, GF104 (GeForce Fermi). The chip is codenamed GM204-GB3-256 which is pretty interesting since it brings up some speculation, the 256 at the end could mean a 256-bit bus interface which might seem true since NVIDIA’s GM204 predecessor, the GK104 featured a 256-bit bus or it could just be one of those odd naming schemes (GK104-225-A2).

It is not confirmed what process would the GeForce Maxwell GM204 GPU would be based on but if the card is planned for launch in early 2H 2014 then we will be looking at a 28nm architecture otherwise we will most likely see 20nm Maxwell GPUs. We recently reported how AMD is going to stick with 28nm across their products this year so they same may be true for NVIDIA. Both companies can wait and perfect their 20nm GPUs for launch next year. The new Maxwell cards would be released as the GeForce 800 series as reported several times before since the GeForce 700 series is over crowded with several GK110 chips. The first two GPUs, presumably the GTX 880 and GTX 870 could both be based on the GM204 GPU but that remains to be seen until officially confirmed. NVIDIA did release their first GeForce Kepler cards on the GM104 architecture and only launched their higher performance GK110 a year later as the GeForce GTX Titan and now we have a lineup that has several GK110 cards.



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