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GPU-Z Screenshot Shows NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Specifications

Today, 12:56 PM

At the end of last week, some rumored specifications for NVIDIA's unannounced GeForce GTX 980 Ti appeared and showed some really promising information. Today we have something new about it, something that looks to be even more concrete. A GPU-Z image has surfaced that apparently is a reading of the GTX 980 Ti, and while a couple details are missing, the rest looks quite good. The name shows the GTX 980 Ti, there are 2816 shaders (CUDA cores), 6144MB of GDDR5 from Hynix, a 384-bit bus, a pixel fillrate of 96 GPixels/s, and a texture fillrate of 234 GTexels/s. The core is shown at 1000MHz, the memory at 1753MHz, and the boost is at 1076MHz; all things that are in line with the TITAN X. The big information that has a watermark over it is the ROP count, which is really the only unknown detail at this time. If it's the same as the TITAN X or slightly less because of the CUDA count is something that could factor into the total usable memory, but I guess we still have to wait to find that out.

Two leaked shots of 3DMark tests also accompany the GPU-Z image, with the 3DMark Fire Strike test hitting a total score of 14,071, and the Cloud Gate test obtaining a total of 29,444. The graphics score for Fire Strike is 17,091, while the graphics score for Cloud Gate is 107,868. All are impressive, but are still unconfirmed until we get something definitive from NVIDIA. Hopefully soon.

Source: Hardware Battle via Legit Reviews

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New Photo Surfaces of AMD's R9 300 Series

Today, 08:52 AM

A new photo of AMD's still unannounced R9 300 series of video cards has recently surfaced, and while the photo is from an extreme angle, it looks quite interesting, much like the earlier photo. Previous rumors suggested the top-of-the-line Fiji card would be rocking a liquid cooler, and this photo seems to confirm that. The front of the card is completely flat, at least from what we can see, which certainly lends credence to the liquid cooler idea. The only branding on the card is "RADEON," which appears on the top and by the bracket, so you can see it from multiple angles in your case. A combination of metal and plastic also adorn the card, although if it fully encloses it or leaves the back exposed cannot be inferred. Also unknown is the length, as the photo tends to trail off at the end and then blur out, but AMD seemed to suggest the Fiji XT could be a half-length PCB, so this could be the case here.

We still need the full picture concerning AMD's plans for the R9 300 series, which hopefully arrives next week during Computex. Most of the series is expected to be a rebrand, with the Fiji XT and Fiji VR being the only truly new options, but time will tell for certain.

Source: WCCFtech

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August Announcement Expected for Intel Skylake Processors; Launch in September

Today, 08:03 AM

Rumors and details concerning Intel's upcoming Skylake series of processors has slowly been starting to trickle out, with the Haswell successors on the way soon. There have been shots of the new Intel Z170 motherboards, which are expected to arrive in September to coincide with the processor launch, and then two different roadmaps showing a quarter three launch. Now we have yet another roadmap, and once again all things point towards September. This new roadmap suggests that Intel will officially announce the Skylake series at IDF15 in San Francisco, which is set for August 18 to 20. A fitting time for a new CPU series to be announced, and then a month later we can all get our hands on whatever chip suits our needs.

The Skylake series is composed of the Skylake-S, -H, -U, and -Y, with the desktop series being Skylake-S. The Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K should be the two people are going to be gunning for to replace their 4770K, 2550K, or whatever chip they may have. The Skylake-H, -U, and -Y series are all aimed at the mobile side of things, with the Skylake-H the high-performance laptop CPUs, the Skylake-U the mid-range laptop replacement, and the Skylake-Y the low-power replacement for the Core M series.

There's not much a whole lot of time remaining before the Intel Skylake processors arrive, and you can expect to find full coverage of their announcement, as well as their eventual review, right here at OCC.

Source: WCCFtech

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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Edition

Today, 07:42 AM

May is wrapping up, with under a week to go, but there are still plenty of items for you to check out. There is a review of the Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z FORGED mechanical gaming keyboard, which is the first entry in the series to feature five dedicated macro keys. We also have the Cougar 500K gaming keyboard, a model that's similar appearance to its big brother 700K, but without the mechanical switches. For those in need of a new laptop, perhaps the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible is the one for you. If you're looking for something a little different, there's a review of the Neurio home intelligence system, a Kickstarter success that can turn your home into a smart home.

Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z FORGED Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
Cougar 500K Gaming Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2nd Gen Convertible @ Madshrimps

Neutrio Home Intelligence @ TechSpot

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Fix Inbound for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Performance on NVIDIA Kepler GPUs

24 May 2015 - 01:52 PM

If, like many gamers, you picked up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and have been enjoying it immensely, yet are running an NVIDIA Kepler GPU and have noticed some performance issues, you aren't alone. Apparently some problems were discovered when playing The Witcher 3 on a Kepler GPU, although what exactly the problems are was not mentioned. It could be related to HairWorks or GameWorks in general, or just performance across the board. NVIDIA is working on a fix for them and will deliver it via a driver download, but when exactly it will arrive is not known. Maxwell GPUs aren't affected by the performance issues, so if you have one of those you're fine. Anyone running a Kepler GPU, however, just has to wait for the fix to get a boost. Once it arrives, we'll be sure to let you know.

Source: GeForce Forums

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