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Hitman Taking a Contract on Asynchronous Shaders

AMD has been talking up the Asynchronous Compute Engines pretty much since DirectX 12 has been announced. In short, these are hardware components in AMD GPUs that can hopefully be leveraged to add significant performance in games. We’ve been waiting for the final say for some time and while certain Beta releases have shown some promise, it’s only official releases that will not only prove the benefit of Asynchronous Shaders, but will also help determine how legit DirectX 12 is for being the next big thing for gaming. AMD just shared some info that Hitman has been working specifically with them to take advantage of their Asynchronous Shaders and it looks like we have about a month before the official release date. Whether or not Hitman is your kind of game, this will certainly be a big moment in the PC gaming industry. So keep your eyes peeled because March 11th is the official release day for Hitman and I’m sure tech sites will be looking into the performance with DirectX 12 and various AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. Below is the full statement from AMD. AMD is once again partnering with IO Interactive to bring an incredible Hitman gaming experience to the PC. As the newest member to the AMD Gaming Evolved program, Hitman will feature top-flight effects and performance optimizations for PC gamers. Hitman will leverage unique DX12 hardware found in only AMD Radeon GPUs—called asynchronous compute engines—to handle heavier workloads and better image quality with...



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Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



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GIGABYTE has Great New Motherboards and Laptops at CES 2016

GIGABYTE had an extremely impressive show floor this year at CES. It seemed like they showed off everything they had and quite frankly, I was blown away at how top-of-the-line all of their products seemed. One of the most intriguing releases coming up that I got to see personally were some new AMD boards coming with the AM3+ socket, but there were also some amazing overclocking boards on the INTEL side as well. No matter what I looked at, I was thoroughly impressed so let’s start diving into more details about what GIGABYTE showed us at CES 2016. Let’s begin with two AM3+ boards that GIGABYTE is releasing. The GA-990FX-Gaming looks like the high-end AMD motherboard users have been waiting for for some time now. It actually has a full 8 phase power system to handle high end CPUs like the 9590. It has NVMe support as well as an M.2 socket. The heatsinks look nice and the heatpipe running across them will help dissipate the heat further. The PCIe slots are reinforced like their other gaming boards, and it also includes the Killer LAN with the AMP-UP audio. This board has everything a 9590 user will most likely want, with little that isn’t useful. The AM3+ is going by the wayside, but we probably have almost a whole year before we see Zen. Most AMD users are budget conscious anyways, so with an MSRP of $149.99, this board is at a perfect spot for users who still want quality and features. I feel like this board is going to own the AM3+ market from here on out...



AMD Updates the Price of the Fury Nano to $499

The Nano was quite an interesting release from AMD. The small form factor and power efficiency made it a great fit for mini-ITX systems, but the performance was surprisingly close to the full-fledged Fury X cards. It’s a hard card to beat when compared to other small cards, but the price was still at a premium side. Now the price is not only much better for the Nano, but it’s at a very competitive point for other full sized cards as well. AMD just announced that the Nano will dropped to $499 and that’s a great price for this card. It puts it at a very competitive point with the GTX 980 but the 980 isn’t going to easily fit in a small system. This is an interesting move from AMD but I have to admit, I think consumers are going to eat this one up. Check out the AMD link below for more details on the R9 series and there’s a Newegg link so you can easily keep track of when those prices hit the retail space. http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/graphics/desktop/r9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007709%20600566293



BIOSTAR Announces GeForce Gaming GTX 750 Ti OC Graphics Card

BIOSTAR GeForce GAMING GTX 750 Ti OC: The Gamer Graphics Card More performance for the gamer advantage  December 17th, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to bring gamers the best in performance and value and brings both to gamers with its GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card for mainstream gaming. Powered by the high-efficiency Maxwell architechture, the BIOSTAR GeForce GAMING GTX 750 Ti OC delivers stunning visuals with low power draw. Complimented by 2GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit wide bus, you can play the latest games smoothly thanks to this Special GAMING OC revision designed to meet competitive gamers’ needs, its 640 CUDA cores are factory overclocked to 1127Mhz with a Boost frequency of 1178Mhz for that extra kick. The FPS unique dual-fan cooling design helps keep the GTX 750 Ti OC cool and running in top condition while looking the part as well. Designed to complement the BIOSTAR GAMING line of motherboards. The BIOSTAR GeForce GAMING GTX 750 Ti OC supports multiple displays via dual DVI and mini-HDMI output. FACTORY OVERCLOCKED FOR HIGHER PERFORMANCE  Enjoy a higher level of gaming with the higher clocks thanks to BIOSTAR’s GAMING OC. Faster than reference clock speeds improves gameplay by shifting the GTX 750 Ti to overdrive, churning out more frame rates for a smoother gaming experience.  UNIQUE DUAL-FAN COOLING DESIGN  Keeping your card cool is important to get the most out of your card. The new BIOSTAR GAMING FPS design cooler cools the full-sized PCB car...



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AMD has a Response to Gameworks with GPUOpen

We all want better graphics in games, but we like those improvements to not utterly destroy our framerates. We’re beginning a new era of PC gaming that is bringing better performance from a software side, rather than completely relying on GPU manufacturers to make beefier chips. NVIDIA GameWorks is an API released in 2014 that was not only supposed to give developers better hardware control, but also offer some rich features for better graphics in game. Unfortunately, the results led to some performance hits in various situations causing varied opinions of the benefit. Now AMD is finally responding with there own developer tool called GPUOpen. AMD seems to be stepping up their game big time and I think GPUOpen will end being a great thing for PC Gamers. As the name implies, GPUOpen is open source, which means there will be a lot more minds trying to optimize the features for performance, as well as being able to share the code without repercussion. This is a good way to bring developers on board with AMD, and should help with some of the disparity we’ve seen in performance from NVIDIA and AMD GPUs from certain game titles. The other interesting thing about GPUOpen is what it could mean for console ports. Radeon Tech is in just about every console right now, but particularly the XBox One and PS4. If the developer tool makes porting to PC that much easier, we may see more console exclusives make their way to PC since development costs can be a major detractor. S...



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What does FinFET mean for Gamers?

There’s a ton of leaks and rumors circulating about the AMD Arctic Islands and NVIDIA Pascal GPUs slated to release next year. Right now, it’s hard to get too excited about anything. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the new releases are going to be phenomenal, but we’re so early before the release of these products that any actual performance numbers are still a long ways off. However, there are still a couple of pieces of information being leaked that are intriguing and quite frankly, should be getting gamers very excited about the games of 2017 and beyond. FinFET is a new process that helps shrink the size of the transistor to 14nm or 16nm. Both TSMC and Global Foundries have managed to get their processes mature enough that they can begin mass production shortly, but we still have to see how good the yields are for determining what the cost of the new GPUs will be. Since graphics cards have been stuck on the 28nm process for quite some time now, it makes sense that efficiency and performance are going to improve significantly. While AMD is claiming double the performance per watt, that can mean little until actual gaming performance is measured. Many times, that double per watt slogan can translate into something quite a bit less than what it sounds like. However, the other factor is the massive amount of transistors that can be squeezed into one die as a result of the shrink. The flagship chip should contain up to 18 billion transistors, over do...



Leadtek NVS 810 professional graphics card released – The ultimate HD multi-display output is no longer a dream

NVS 810 professional graphics card released  The ultimate HD multi-display output is no longer a dream December 1st, 2015 from Taipei The needs of business owners have grown tremendously with advancements in technology. NVIDIA, the leading professional graphics card supplier, is working with its exclusive Asia Pacific Partner, Leadtek Research Inc., to release the all-new NVS 810 professional graphics card. Unlike Quadro and its real-time rendering features, NVS 810 is designed to provide high definition multi-screen output to satisfy business requirements that range from large exhibits, outdoor advertisement walls, and other digital image output applications. The NVS series is currently provided with the best multi-display solution available on the market. The newly released NVS 810 uses a dual-core Maxwell GPU coupled with 4GB of DDR3 memory. This single slot card fully integrates 2 GM107 units for a total of 1024 CUDA cores as well as 8 sets of Mini Display Port 1.2 output ports, giving a single system the capacity of supporting 32-screen output, making it the perfect high-density, low-cost solution for digital billboards. From the perspective of image management, NVS 810 is capable of tapping into the powerful functions provided by NVDIA DesignWorksTM package including the outstanding technologies of Warp & Blend and Mosaic multi-display, offering excellent and advanced image management capabilities. TDP has a power consumption rating of only 68W and is furnished ...



BIOSTAR Partners with Thermaltake at DreamHack Winter in Sweden

BIOSTAR Partners with Thermaltake for the Ultimate Gaming Experience at DreamHack Winter 2015 in Sweden  BIOSTAR AND THERMALTAKE TEAM-UP TO SHOWCASE AN EXCITING GAMING EXPERIENCE  November 27th, 2015, Jönköping, Sweden – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its partnership with Thermaltake in the upcoming Dreamhack Winter 2015 in Sweden. BIOSTAR will be sponsoring Thermaltake’s live demo systems, equipped with the latest BIOSTAR GAMING Z170X motherboard and BIOSTAR GTX 980 graphics card for the ultimate gaming experience at DreamHack Winter 2015. Thermaltake will be showcasing these systems in their Core P5 ATX Wall Mount Panoramic Viewing LCS Chassis. “I am pleased to have BIOSTAR as one of our sponsors for the 2015 Dreamhack. We have found a partner like BIOSTAR who perfectly reflects our brand values of excitement and our sense of innovative style and design.” said Kenny Lin, President and CEO of Thermaltake. “We’re delighted to be joining with Thermaltake at DreamHack Winter event this year, It’s a great way to show consumers how to create the ultimate gaming system” said Vincent Lin, Sales VP of BIOSTAR Come see BIOSTAR’s product in action at Thermaltake’s Booth B06.10 The Perfect Gaming Combo by BIOSTAR Combining excellent performance, features and compatibility. The BIOSTAR GAMING Z170X and GTX 980 offer the best pair to serve as a platform for high-end gaming system. The combined power of the Intel 6-th Generation “Skylake” Core processo...



BIOSTAR Announces GeForce Gaming GTX 950

BIOSTAR GEFORCE GAMING GTX 950 ANNOUNCED, STYLISH PERFORMANCE FOR COMPETITIVE GAMING  Impact Your Sense of Visual  November 25th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR announces its latest graphics card designed to tackle the needs of gamers with competitive performance. BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 950 features 2GB of GDDR5 memory, with 768 CUDA cores, and support for NVIDIA PhysX and DSR Technology. Game in silence with the Low noise output via its heat pipe cooling design, and be prepared for the latest titles with its complete DirectX 12 support. The BIOSTAR GeForce GAMING GTX 950 features NVIDIA’s 2nd-generation Maxwell GPU which boasts highly-improved performance-per-watt versus other cards. With performance intended for 1080p gamers, the GTX 950 is the perfect lightweight card for MOBA gamers featuring various optimizations to improve your gaming experience while delivering the best performance-per-watt that only the latest-generation Maxwell GPU can offer. Armed with 768 CUDA cores and complimented by 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 memory, this card brings stunning visuals with support for up four monitors: dual-DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI supported. Complimented by the full-array of NVIDIA-exclusive features like GeForce Experience, Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), Multi-Frame SuperSampling, native PhysX acceleration and other visual improvements is support for DirectX 12; be ready for the next-generation of blockbuster games with the BIOSTAR GeForce GAMING GTX 950. With LED Lighting feat...



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DirectX 12 is a Great Thing for AMD

And everyone for that matter! But let’s not harsh on my sacrifice of proper grammar for stylistic writing when we can focus on good things from DirectX 12. I’m a firm believer that by the end of next year, DirectX 12 and Vulcan are going to be taking the gaming world by storm. I got a chance to play around with Fable Legends and the graphics were down right amazing! Techspot recently did a comparison of DirectX 11 and 12 to show the FPS gain from a couple of different configurations in Ashes of the Singularity. While the improvements were nice overall, there were some particular gains with FX CPUs that I’ve been waiting to see for quite some time now. Let’s start with the bad news. DirectX 12 is not Bulldozer’s salvation. If anything DirectX 12 is the final nail in that coffin, in the sense that new architecture is long overdue. Shifting away from single-thread performance was never a good move. I still believe AMD was on the right track in that we needed to move to more utilization of multi-threading, especially in gaming, but that shouldn’t have been at the sacrifice of single-thread. Zen is looking to solve these issues, but these initial results are showing an 8350 struggling to keep up with an i3. Even though the i3 is later gen, we’re still talking about a low budget range CPU beating out an enthusiast one for gaming. Now that we got that out of the way though, let’s get on to the good news for AMD. We still have only o...



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Why I think AMD is Turning it Around, and it’s not the Reason You’d Expect

Let’s face it. If you’re a full time news and editorial writer, then you want to cover every bit of info you can find without missing a beat. On the other hand, if you’re like me, then you have to balance your passion for computer hardware with a full time job, a wife, kids, and the other normal things that come your way. AMD has been pumping out some interesting news, but there hasn’t been enough concrete things that I could find the time to put enough thoughts together on. However, there are enough small things going on that I think it’s time to go over them. AMD seems to be heading in the right direction with their upcoming CPUs and GPUs, but there’s one thing that really caught my attention that encouraged me about Red’s potential to turn their fortunes around next year. Zen is the major thing everyone is hoping will bring AMD back from the brink. The new architecture combined with the new cache design seems to be showing a lot of promise. Nobody will argue with a 40% IPC gain and if the chips overclock decently, Zen could be a major win. Recently, news came out showing that the new design met AMD’s expectations and no serious bottleneck occurred in testing. This makes you wonder how much AMD knew about Bulldozer’s bottlenecks and how hard they tried to overlook them. With Global Foundries recently saying that their manufacturing process seems to be up and running, Zen looks like it’s going to be on track as w...



BIOSTAR Announces Affordable and powerful Gaming with GTX750Ti and Hi-Fi Z170Z5

Affordable and Powerful Gaming with BIOSTAR’s GeForce GTX750Ti VGA Card and Hi-Fi Z170Z5 Mainboard Great value for gamers with special gaming OC revision and FPS unique dual fan cooling design   November 3rd, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR’s latest NVIDIA based GPU, the GeForce GTX750Ti is a VGA card that features the first-generation Maxwell GPU technology. Combined with an Intel based motherboard like the Hi-Fi Z170Z5 with a DDR4 + DDR3 combo solution, Super Durable Solid Capacitors, and the BIOSTAR 6+ Experience, gamers can expect a lot of bang for their gaming buck. The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX750Ti: In BIOSTAR’s GeForce GTX750Ti using NVIDIA’s first-generation “Maxwell” architecture, there are a number of architectural enhancements designed to extract even more performance per watt consumed. In fact, there is 35% more performance per CUDA Core on shader-limited workloads delivered. Maxwell GPU technology, designed for extreme performance per Watt, delivers twice the performance of previous generation cards at half the power consumption. For gamers, this means you get the power you need to play games in full 1080 HD resolution, all at full settings. Therefore, with BIOSTAR’s GeForce GTX 750 Ti combined with a board like the Hi-Fi Z170Z5 there is no need to worry about upgrading your power supply in most cases. As a result, you can create a value priced but powerful BIOSTAR gaming PC. And because the GeForce GTX 750 Ti consumes so little power, it runs extre...



BIOSTAR Gaming H170T and GeForce GTX980Ti VGA

BIOSTAR’s Gaming H170T Mainboard and GeForce GTX980Ti VGA Card The cost and performance-balanced combination for professional gamers   October 19th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR’s latest gaming products cover both the mainboard and VGA card spaces with two products that offer a sweet spot for performance versus investment in hardware. The motherboard is the Gaming H170T which is the best valued motherboard of the Gaming Skylake platform (other brands are at least $169 and up) and the GPU is the Gaming GeForce GTW980Ti, a 6GB GDDR5, 384bit, full size PCB, high-end 3D graphic solution, supporting NVIDIA’s PhyX and CUDA technology at 4K resolutions. The Foundation: BIOSTAR’s latest mainboard, the Gaming H170T is based on Intel’s H170 chipset which is a single-chip design that supports Intel® 6th generation socket 1151 Intel® Core™ processors. Great Audio Performance: The Gaming H170T comes with Hi-Fi Technology built inside, delivering Blu-Ray audio, Puro Hi-Fi features an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier. The technology utilizes audio components with an independent power delivery design for a significant reduction in electronic noise producing superb sound quality. Moreover, the Hi-Fi H170T supports USB 3.0, PCIe M.2 (32Gb/s), SATA Express (16Gb/s) and has DisplayPort for monitor output. Best Online Gaming Experience: There is also BIOSTAR’s SmartSpeedLAN included which is a free software application that monitors and m...



Corsair Hydro Series GFX Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 980 Ti –Superclocked, Silent, and Simple

Corsair Hydro Series GFX Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 980 Ti –Superclocked, Silent, and Simple Corsair and MSI collaborate to bring liquid cooled graphics cards to PC gamers Fremont, California — September 16, 2015 — Corsair®, a world leader in high-performance PC hardware and number one supplier of PC cooling technology, today announced the Hydro GFX, a liquid cooled GeForce® GTX™ 980 Ti graphics card developed in partnership with MSI. Corsair’s exclusive liquid cooling technology enables the GPU and circuitry to run faster and cooler than standard cards, giving gamers faster, smoother frame rates with less noise. The Hydro GFX installs in minutes in almost any desktop PC, from full-size tower cases to compact gaming PCs like Corsair Bulldog. Hydro GFX consists of a MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti card with an integrated aluminum bracket cooled by a Corsair Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler. Liquid cooling keeps the card’s hottest, most critical components—the GPU, memory, and power circuitry—30% cooler than standard cards while running at higher clock speeds with no throttling, boosting the GPU clock 20% and graphics performance up to 15%. The Hydro Series H55 micro-fin copper cooling block and 120mm radiator expels the heat from the PC reducing overall system temperature and noise. The result is faster, smoother frame rates at resolutions of 4K and beyond at whisper quiet levels. The Hydro GFX installs in minutes in nearly any modern PC case. Users simply mount the r...






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