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The title says it all, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 will retail at an official MSRP of just $299 US. While we earlier speculated a price point of around $349 US, it seems like NVIDIA is going to surprise everyone by selling the GTX 970 for just $299 US which is quite the sweet spot for gamers aiming for 1080P and 1440P resolutions.GeForce GTX 970

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Official MSRP Will Be $299 US

The news was broke by one of our most trusted sources who revealed that NVIDIA’s second best Maxwell offering in the GeForce 900 series will retail for just $299 US. The source didn’t reveal the exact MSRP for the GTX 980 but told that it could be anywhere around $449 up to $499 US. But the pricing for the GeForce GTX 970 is more or les confirmed and that’s really good news for the entire PC gaming community. I am pretty sure NVIDIA will have a deal or two on their upcoming cards which might add even more value such as a bundle for Borderlands: The Pre Sequel or Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt which will entice users even more to migrate towards the green team.

That’s all that was confirmed however it also makes me wonder, how will NVIDIA fill the massive gap between the GTX 980 and GTX. Suppose the GeForce GTX 980 does end up with a $499 US price which seems likely then there’s a good $200 difference between the two cards and NVIDIA needs something in between to fill the gap. Now here’s what I think (do note that every word posted after this line is speculation), the GeForce GTX 970 has three SMM units disabled so we see two chip variants of the GM204 SKU. The GM204-200 fused on the GeForce GTX 970 has 13 SMM units with 1664 cores while the GeForce GTX 980 has 16 SMM units with 2048 CUDA Cores. We haven’t seen such a large amount of units disabled in a generational switch. The GeForce GTX 680 and 670 had 1 SMX difference while the GeForce GTX 580 and 570 also had 1 SM difference. The GeForce 700 series did change a few things but even those cards had 2 SMX units difference between the GTX 780 and 1 SMX unit difference between the Titan and Titan Black / GTX 780 Ti.

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Hardware

EVGA has teased their next generation GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics card which will make use of their latest ACX 2.0 cooler with ball bearing design. The GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 will be the first true high-performance Maxwell graphics card which will feature one of the most efficient GPU in the history of the graphics industry.EVGA GeForce GTX 980 ACX

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 To Feature ACX 2.0 Cooler

One year ago, EVGA who are one of the major and most recognized board partner of NVIDIA released their ACX cooler for the GeForce GTX 780 and GeForce GTX 770 graphics cards. Those were the first NVIDIA GeForce 700 series cards to hit the market at that point of time and now that Maxwell GeForce 900 series is arriving, EVGA is yet again preparing a new variant of their ACX cooler known as the ACX 2.0. EVGA hasn’t gone with any fancy name for the card and just kept things simple by calling it ACX2 (Active Cooling Xtreme 2.0). EVGA has uploaded a teaser video of the ACX 2.0 cooler on their YouTube page which can be seen below:

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It is no secret now that Guerrilla Games, a Studio responsible for eminent first party PlayStation exclusive games such as Killzone series, has been working on an unannounced brand new PS4 exclusive role-playing game for quite sometime now; over 2 years to be more precise. For now, we know near to nothing about this upcoming title, however just recently, two allegedly leaked pieces of the game, which is codenamed “Horizon” for now, appeared on internet showing futuristic mechanic dinosaurs and a female red-head protagonist.

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First Concept Art for Guerrilla Games’ Unannounced Futuristic Open-World PS4 Exclusive RPG, Codenamed “Horizon” Leaked

The list of PS4 exclusive video game titles might not be that lengthy right now, but while keeping a strict check on other issues, Sony is working hard to bring adept, top-quality first as well as third-party exclusive video game content to its eighth generation video game console. Guerrilla Games, Sony’s first party video game development studio that is responsible for Killzone: Shadow Fall, is also among the studios that are working to introduce some brand new PS4 exclusive video games.

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Hardware

The final specifications and the architectural details regarding the GM204 GPU fused inside NVIDIA’s next generation and flagship Maxwell graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 have been revealed by Videocardz. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 launch in just three days on Friday but we have already started looking at preliminary performance results, several non-reference graphics cards from AIB vendors along with tons of new information regarding these chips.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card and GM204 GPU Detailed

Starting with the GM204 GPU which makes use of the second generation Maxwell core architecture that has faster per core performance than first generation Maxwell based chips (GM107) before it and has several new features which deliver better performance and great power efficency making GeForce GTX 980 one of the most efficient flagship offering in history. This is all achieved with the 28nm process node so one can imagine about the numbers we can expect when NVIDIA hops to an even lower process in the future. However, people are still worried about the fact that not being on a 20nm process doesn’t make the GTX 980 as a worthy contender to the Kepler architecture but that’s not true since the card has achieved some great feats and we will be able to see that in the performance reviews which arrive this weekend.

Alright, so the GM204 has two variants, the GM204-400 which is fused on the GeForce GTX 980 and the GM204-200 which is fused on the GeForce GTX 970. We know a lot about the GeForce GTX 970 since a few weeks now but the real flagship part to be discussed is the GeForce GTX 980’s GM204-400 chip. The GM204 chip features 4 GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters) which feature four SMM blocks each. These blocks include four logic units each which consist of 32 cores so in total, a single SMM unit results in 128 Cores while the 16 blocks available on the GM204-400 chip equate to 2048 CUDA Cores. The GM204-200 has three less SMM units which result in a lower core count of 1664 thus making it around as fast as the GeForce GTX 780 while the GTX 980 will tackle the GeForce GTX 980 with a good 15-20% performance lead.

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NVIDIA is going to launch their GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards on 19th September however several non-reference and reference models have started appearing on the web. Today, we are looking at the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 models from AIB partners ASUS and Gainward that feature the latest GM204 GPU.Gainward GeForce GTX 970

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX and Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phantom Pictured

The leaks come from Videocardz and Computerbase and the cards shown are the final variants which will be available to purchase on Friday, this week. Before looking at the cards, let me list down the specifications for the GM204-200 GPU which is being featured across the GeForce GTX 970 graphics card while the GTX 980 will adopt the GM204-400 GPU which is the fully enabled GM204 chip.

NVIDIA’s GeForce GX 970 features 13 SMM units placed in 4 GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters). Since each SMM unit has 128 CUDA cores, 32 in each logic unit (32 x 4), the total number of CUDA cores equates to 1664 on the die. From the first generation Maxwell core architecture, we learned that a Maxwell SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) unit has 128 cores compared to 192 on the current generation Kepler SMX units. The cores fused on the GeForce Maxwell generation of graphics cards were shows at 35% faster than Kepler cores but the percentage is increased with the second generation Maxwell architecture due to a mature process and architecture design that enables amazing power efficiency.

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A research team at the department of Materials Science and Engineering in the University of Texas at Arlington has published a very interesting paper in the world renown journal, Nature. The team successfully created a chip that cools itself down to -228C at room temperature. No liquid Nitrogen or Helium was used or any sort of external cooling measure.

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New Breakthrough in Electronics Cooling Technology

This works by building quantum wells into the chip itself. These wells work as filters that only allow extremely cool electrons to pass through them. This means that engineers can build transistors that operate under exceptionally low temperatures. Quantum wells can be summarized as tiny gaps between two semiconductors, Silicon in this instance. Only electrons with very specific characteristics would hit this filter and pass through it while all other electrons would bounce back.

“We are the first to effectively cool electrons at room temperature. Researchers have done electron cooling before, but only when the entire device is immersed into an extremely cold cooling bath” said Seong Jin Koh who led the research effort.

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Introduction

The ASRock ‘FATAL1TY’ X99X Killer is a serial killer that you want to have on your side. Okay, okay – so it’s not really a serial killer (at least not during the daytime), but the ASRock X99X Killer completely kills the competition in terms of a budget gaming board that delivers in a lot of ways in terms of all the current ASRock X99 offerings. The MSRP of $289.99 comes with this board that is layered with a black/red design surface and adorns the X99 emblem of CPU support. The board itself features Super Alloy components, which are simply stunning, ranging from the Aluminum Alloy heatsinks, to the Power Choke 60A that provide for better current saturation across the PCB. The ASRock X99X Killer also comes with the Killer e2200 LAN which is something that we only see in higher end boards, and it’s a great thing to see this being used here for network performance being optimal per gaming packet.

Being the choice for the hardcore gamer on a budget, ASRock really delivers something for the value. The ASRock X99X Killer comes with the Realtek 1150 powered chipset that runs across the I/O with support for Purity Sound 2.0 – a real nice software multiplexer for audio that can handle 7.1 surround sound before the world starts looking to 12.1 for consumer use.

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The latest update regarding NVIDIA’s Maxwell generation of graphics cards is upon us with Videocardz bringing in first pictures of the reference based GeForce GTX 980. The GeForce GTX 980 will be NVIDIA’s flagship graphics of the GeForce 900 series lineup followed by the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 960. NVIDIA’s GeForce 900 series Maxwell will be tuned for gaming performance delivering performance on par with the GK110 core under 180W for the GeForce GTX 980 and under 150W for the GeForce GTX 970.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 “Maxwell” Pictured – Features NVTTM Cooler

Let’s start with the design which is the focus of this leak. NVIDIA is reintroducing their NVTTM cooler on their GeForce 900 series cards. While the GeForce GTX 970 uses a reference design carried over from the GeForce GTX 660/760, the GeForce GTX 980 will make use of an update and denser NVTTM cooler which we have seen on the GeForce GTX Titan Z, GeForce GTX Titan Black, GeForce GTX Titan, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770 and the GeForce GTX 690. Now the dual chip models have made use of a redesigned version of this cooler, their implementation remains the same and both coolers are the longest running in the graphics industry spanning a good 2 years. The GeForce GTX Titan was the first to introduce the single chip design of this cooler back in February 2013.

The GeForce GTX 980 is making use of an update revision of the cooler introduced on the GeForce GTX Titan Black with a all black naming logo etched on the shroud near the I/O plate and a all black heatsink which can be spotted from the mirror cut out in the center of the shroud. The card obviously makes of vapor chamber which is cooler off by a blower fan. We were unable to find the Dual Axial fan design which NVIDIA had patented back a few months and was rumored to be a part of the new graphics card series but I expect the card even as it is will do a great job cooling the card considering it can dissipate heat of up to 275W while GeForce GTX 980 will have a maximum thermal dissipation power of just under 180W. So that’s a ton of cooling being supplied to the core and we can expect massive overclocking headroom for a card which is already clocked past the 1050 MHz barrier.

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After much speculation, Rockstar finally provided PC gamers with a release date for GTA V, the upcoming next-gen overhaul of a blockbuster last-gen open world action-adventure video game. But as crashing it might sound, it will be only a couple of months after the publisher pushes out the remastered version of the game for the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles that PC gamers will be able to enjoy it ultimately. The delay of GTA V PC version has sparked a lot of discussions, and Rockstar has now issued an explanation as to why the delay is in the best favor of PC gamers.

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Rockstar Explains GTA V PC Version Was Delayed Due to the Need of More Development Time Required to Enhance the Gameplay

Rockstar recently revealed some new details about the next-gen version of its record-breaking GTA V title, including new trailer, screenshots and release date of the game. It was announced that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users will only have to wait two more months before the game launches on November 18. However, PC gamers will have to wait even more as they won’t be able to play the game before January 27, 2015. Of course, now that is not something that PC gamers were expecting, so players are pretty pissed, however, Rockstar has offered some explanation on the topic.

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Introduction

The Austrian based cooler manufacturing company, Noctua, is a name renowned by several enthusiasts and overclockers in the PC industry. Emerged back in 2005, Noctua has become one of the most respected cooling product manufacturer in the industry with their legacy products such as the highly acclaimed Noctua NH-D14. Released back in 2009, the NH-D14 hit the market like a wild fire offering superb cooling performance on the most high-end Intel and AMD processors with its dual heatsink stack design which several cooling product makers have followed since.

Noctua, at their core are a desktop-centric manufacturer aiming to deliver specialized coolers with incredible cooling performance and low noise output that has won the hearts of many enthusiasts since 2005. Looking at the current state of the desktop PC market, the OEM shipments are constantly declining while there is still a boom in the DIY market which Noctua aims to deliver high-end products for. This decline in the PC market has been due to the emergence of compact and portable devices such as smartphones and tablets which don’t require a high-end cooling solution nor do casual users need to overclock. So one asks, why is there a need for high-end coolers when all they want to do is browse the internet and watch movies. The only thing such bulky coolers will do is output more noise which would be a let down for the product itself.

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Cramping malicious software is something that every PC gamer might have come across once during the course of fooling around in video games, but encountering such a malware that wipes everything clean and leaves you with an empty online wallet is nothing less than nightmare. Unfortunately, a similar, yet unusual kind of malware is being advertised via the chat feature of an immensely popular video game live-streaming website called Twitch. The malware first tricks its target and then logs into the Steam account of the target and wipes everything including the linked wallet, and any valuable items.Steam OS First True Gaming OS

Hackers Shamelessly Stealing Everything From Steam Accounts Using Cruel Malware Advertised on Twitch Chat Forums

Internet is sometimes a very horrible place, especially for those who conform to acquire several valuable items in a linked online account, and then get tricked into giving that account away. Currently, something similar is going on at the chat forums managed by Twitch, which is an immensely popular live-streaming destination for players. Gamers are being targeted by a cruel malicious software that gets into accounts on Steam, which is a digital video game content distribution and multiplayer social networking platform developed by Valve Corporation, and spends their money without authorization.

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Today is a wealthy day for those who have been eagerly waiting to know when GTA V, the next-gen overhaul of Rockstar’s ambitious and most popular game of all time, will finally land on the latest consoles and PC. Along with many other details, the developer has revealed that there are still a couple of months before PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be able to enjoy the game on November 18, and as for PC, well the release date has been pushed back to January 27, 2015. Keeping that all aside, let’s get to the point, Rockstar has released some fresh screenshots from next-gen version of GTA V, and you can see below that they look staggering compared to the last-gen version.

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GTA V Next-Gen vs Last-Gen Screenshot Comparison Shows Improved Textures and Enhanced Overall In-Game Environments

Looking at the already announced upcoming video games for the latest consoles, it seems like reviving last-gen titles and remastering them with improved visuals for the latest consoles has become sort of a trend, it is like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players are left with no option but to reluctantly pay for a new disc of some game that they have already went through completely. However, when it comes to the next-gen overhaul of Rockstar’s record-breaking GTA V, the case is not all the same. The game is so immersive and overwhelming on the last-gen consoles that its remastered version was more of a public demand than the proprietor’s decision.

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AMD’s GCN core architecture has spanned the industry for a good three years and the latest revision, known as the Volcanic islands was launched last year during October. AMD is gradually putting new updates in their cards lineup with the new Tonga based Radeon R9 285 and the flagship Radeon R9 295X2 but it seems like we will be looking at a major update from AMD during the next couple of months.AMD Radeon R9 390X

AMD’s Next Generation GCN Based Graphics Card Might Feature Modified Hydra Cooling Solution

There are two reasons to believe this, one being the fact that a mysterious and new cooling solution just ended up on Baidu Chinese forums (spotted by Videocardz) and the second is AMD themselves who have hinted to a major launch related to graphics cards during the next two months. In October last year, AMD announced their GPU14 event where they showcased and announced their current Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 series cards that feature an updated GCN core architecture. While the bulk of the graphics cards were based on an older core architecture (Southern Islands; Tahiti/Pitcairn/Cape Verde) the lineup also introduced some new parts such as the flagship Hawaii, performance oriented Tonga, budget level Bonaire and entry level Oland chips. It will be a year since AMD has introduced most of their lineup next month and will probably be the best time for AMD to offer new replacements.

But there are two speculations, whether AMD will bring up a new naming scheme for the cards or stick to the current naming. That’s the one thing we should focus on since the specifications available at the moment are very sparse since industry’s focus is shifted towards NVIDIA and their latest Maxwell cards. This could also be a main factor which drives the need for a new lineup, as everyone knows, Maxwell is a new GPU core and the preliminary data shows GM204 to be much more efficient then anything on the market matching the speeds and performance of GeForce GTX 780 Ti and even out performing it by a good margin from the final results seen. Now the question is whether AMD’s new lineup is focused to tackle Maxwell or its more of a refresh of the current Radeon R9 200 and Radeon R7 200 series cards.

GTA V
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Putting an end to all the suspicion that started growing roots recently, Rockstar has finally stepped into the limelight and announced the release date for GTA V, the upcoming record-breaking open world action-adventure video game title that has been uniquely redecorated with next-gen technology for the latest video game consoles and PC. Featuring various technical upgrades, the next-gen GTA V will land on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles on November 18, the PC version however, will come a little late on January 27, 2015. Rockstar has also released new in-game media content such as trailer and screenshots, which are shared below.

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Next-Gen GTA V Coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November, PC Version Will Be Launched in 2015 – New Details Revealed

Back in June, during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Rockstar announced that its all-time hit, record-breaking open world action-adventure video game, which was originally released on the last-gen PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console, will be making its way to the latest video game consoles and PC with a whole new complexion. Other than few details and an announcement trailer, the developer didn’t say much about the next-gen version of GTA V. However just now, Rockstar has uncovered some new details about the game including final release date, trailer, and screenshots.

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So it’s quite obvious that MSI got too excited about their new Twin Frozr V cooler design and decided to give us a taste. The all new Twin Frozr V cooling features a unique look with a blend of red and black. The aggressive style resembles MSI’s latest gaming series of motherboards.

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MSI Teases Next Generation Twin Frozr V Cooling

The new cooler features dual 100mm propeller blade fans designed to suck in cold air and blow it on quite a large heatsink assembly carrying 5 heatpipes. The new design will continue to utilize MSI’s dust removal technology which works by letting the fans spin in the opposite direction for a few seconds once the computer is turned on to remove any settling dust.

The heatsink we’re told is very similar to the one used in the GTX 780 Ti and R9 290X Lightning cards but MSI opted to equip it with a dual fan setup rather than three fans like we saw with the Tri-Frozr Lightning design. This got me quite excited thinking about the prospect of  where MSI could take their new Lightning cooler designs. I have to point out that both of these images are 3D renders and the eventual product might actually end up slightly different. Fear not however everything will be revealed in a weeks time.



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