Both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards have been stuck on the 28nm manufacturing process for four long years, but the GTX 1080 s Pascal GPU jumps two process generations, all the way down to 16nm transistors.Some enthusiasts were disappointed that the GTX 1080 didn t feature the revolutionary high-bandwidth memory that debuted in AMD s Fury series, but first-gen HBM is limited to 4GB capacities, and the next iteration isn t expected until roughly the end of the year.You can also create 360 bubble screenshots viewable inside VR headsets or Google Cardboad.The GTX 1080 also supports HDR and copy-protected 4K streams, and offers a new GPU Boost 3.0 system that lets overclockers create per-voltage clock frequency increases that match their individual GPU s capabilities, rather than applying a blanket clock speed increase across the board.Founders EditionWhile the GTX 1080 s prices will start at $599, the only model guaranteed to be available on the May 27 launch date is Nvidia s $699 Founders Edition.Don t buy it yetYes, the GTX 1080 is the most badass graphics card ever created, and a massive leap over what came before—but don t buy it yet.
The Mi Box, as you can see below, is a sleek and simple set-top-box that doesn t look terribly different from the Apple TV device and numerous other boxes on the market.The Chinese company boasts having sold millions of set-top boxes and smart TVs in China, where it is one of the most popular electronics companies.It will support the newest at this time HDR10 standard, which will be available starting in Android N, as well as HDMI 2.0a.Under the hood lies 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage alongside a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and Mali 450 GPU.Those who need more space will be able to attach an external drive using USB.Xiaomi says it will have info on availability aside from the fact that it is launching in the US first and pricing at a later date.
We have had good success with our GPUs in high-performance computing, deep learning in hpc, deep learning, data analytics, remote work stations, said McHugh, a former Cisco executive who joined Nvidia six months ago.The Tesla M10 GPU has high user density when it comes to delivering apps such as Outlook, Office 2016, web browsers, Adobe Photoshop, and the Windows 10 operating system.Delivering business applications in a virtualized way is becoming more challenging because more businesses are using demanding graphics apps these days.The percentage of GPU-accelerated apps has more than doubled in the past five years, with half that growth coming in the first months of 2016 alone, according to a study by Lakeside Software.To provide the best user experience, these applications increasingly use OpenGL and DirectX APIs, as well as graphics technology from the data center.While the need for advanced GPU technology has commonly been associated with the usage of 3D applications, as enterprises make the move to software like Windows 10, Office 365, and other SaaS and web apps, IT departments will increasingly seek the benefits of GPU acceleration to provide everyday business tools to all of their users, said Robert Young, analyst for IT Service Management and Client Virtualization Software at IDC, in a statement.Nvidia is teaming  up with virtualization software companies, such as Citrix and VMware, to deliver a high-end virtualized app that runs as if it were being processed on a user s personal machine.The cost of running such virtual apps or remote desktop sessions is now down to less than $2 a month per user and, for virtual PCs, is less than $6 a month per user.The new Nvidia Grid software is available worldwide today, and the Tesla M10 will be generally available in the fall.Virtualized apps can now be delivered at a subscription price of about $10 per concurrent user, McHugh said, on the Nvidia Grid service.
There were some complaints surrounding the "Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge" including a gap that's formed when the laptop is closed.So, you can tell that we're not the only ones already clamoring for Microsoft to improve on an already promising formula.Likely as much as – if not a bit more than – the current Surface BookWe're quite alright with the design for the most partSurface Book 2 release dateNaturally, the company has not officially announced the product given that the Surface Book launched mere months ago.However, it's easy to speculate that a follow up is in the works, and could possibly arrive by the end of the year, next to the Surface Pro 5.This processor family will offer native USB 3.1 Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 support, feature up to four cores as the default configuration, and better performance both on the CPU and GPU fronts.This is a rather old patent, but it wouldn't be surprising nonetheless if the company pushed forward with a rechargeable Surface Pen for the Surface Book 2, even more so given Microsoft's current focus on providing better stylus support in Windows 10.
Credit: GoogleForget the CPU, GPU, and FPGA, Google says its Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, advances machine learning capability by a factor of three generations.This is roughly equivalent to fast-forwarding technology about seven years into the future three generations of Moore s Law , the blog said.Because of this, we can squeeze more operations per second into the silicon, use more sophisticated and powerful machine learning models, and apply these models more quickly, so users get more intelligent results more rapidly.The tiny TPU can fit into a hard drive slot within the data center rack and has already been powering RankBrain and Street View, the blog said.Analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moore Insights & Strategy, who attended the I/O developer conference, said, from what little Google has revealed about the TPU, he doesn t think the company is about to abandon traditional CPUs and GPUs just yet.He likened the comparison to decoding an H.265 video stream with a CPU versus an ASIC built for that task.
In VR Mode, Android N switches to single buffering.A display fills in the pixels row by row, and as Burke puts it, you're "chasing the scan lines" of the display with the GPU when single buffering.Applying electricity to the LCD spiral causes them to straighten out, which, when combined with the polarizer layers, works to turn light off twisted crystals block the light or on straight crystals align with the polarizer and allow light through .Having these crystals twist and untwist takes time, which is called the "response time" and is usually measured in milliseconds.Democratizing Gear VR-style devicesEnlargeMost of this sounds like it is following the path blazed by Oculus and Samsung with the Gear VR.He talks about how he practically invented Time Warp for modern VR.
While much of today's Google IO keynote was spent on Google Home, the Mountain View company's answer to the Amazon Echo, there was a brief moment where they talked about the future of Android TV.Now entering its third year of life, Android TV will soon add picture-in-picture, live TV DVR and support for high dynamic range HDR content to its repertoire of tricks.The ability to multi-task has always been something Google products have excelled at, so it's perhaps somewhat unsurprising that it became a priority for its Android TV operating system.That news came by way of GPU giant, Nvidia.In a press release sent to techradar, Nvidia says that it has plans to leverage the technology in its Nvidia Shield and will be the first streaming video device to support the technology.Finally, Google announced that it would add several new channels to Android TV, including apps for CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, STARZ, WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and ESPN.
Like a number of other bits and bobs announced at Google I/O thus far, there are still some important questions left unanswered about the Mi Box — but here s what we do know about Xiaomi s forthcoming set-top box.It s sleek, it s small and it s apparently won the Chinese phone maker a couple of design awards already.The Mi Box is powered by Android TV 6.0, is capable of beaming 4K video at 60 FPS and supports Dolby Digital Plus audio playback.It does HDMI 2.0a and features a quad-core ARM processor, Mali 450 GPU and has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which is expandable via USB.The controller also doubles as a gaming controller for Android TV-compatible games.Availability details for both products are still forthcoming, though the company noted that the product is coming soon in a press release issued today.
For years, Google has developed a new type of processor, which takes a huge leap forward in performance for machine learning. Since last year, using several of Google's data centers, a new type of processor called Tensor Processing Unit. Tensor is the mathematical generalization of scalars, vectors and linear operators, and is used in fields such as physics, where they make it easier to work with multi-dimensional problems of fluid mechanics. Company president Sundar Pichai said during the opening speech at the I / O conference that these TPU's are up to ten times more efficient per watt than such a GPU for just this kind of calculations. This means that the company has jumped seven years in development, says Pichai. Google has also published a blog post on the new processor.
With a slated release date of June 10 for the GTX 1070 — both the $US499 Founder s Edition and the $US379 that's around £341 and £259 respectively, sans VAT, but localised pricing is TBA third-party cards are expected on this date — the new card gives the flagship GTX 1080 at least a couple of weeks to make its way into the hands of hardcore enthusiasts and early adopters.The reason is clear: early reviews are extremely positive, but plenty of people are waiting for a more affordable card that still uses the newest-generation Pascal GPU.Here s a table demonstrating the difference between the two:SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1080GeForce GTX 1070Core Clock1607MHz1506MHzBoost Clock1733MHz1683MHzCUDA Cores25601920Texture Units160120ROPs6464Memory Clock/Type10Gbps, GDDR5X8Gbps, GDDR5Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bitMemory Capacity8GB8GBTeraflops rated 8.9 TFLOPS6.5 TFLOPSTDP Watts 180W150WFrom the broad, paper-only specs available — there are only Nvidia s numbers to work from, not even the very top-line benchmark numbers we saw at the 1080 launch — it s looking like the GeForce GTX 1070 will be around 70 to 75 per cent as powerful in raw number-crunching as the GTX 1080 is.In a very simple benchmark — Nvidia loves to talk about relative performance versus previous generation cards — the GTX 1070 returns around 1.7x the performance of last year s GTX 970 in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and 1.8x in Rise Of The Tomb Raider, as well as blowing it away by around 2.5x in VR.The new GTX 1070 uses regular GDDR5 RAM versus the 1080 s newer and faster GDDR5X, and that should mean it has slightly less overall memory bandwidth.That s still significantly lower than the $US699 £619 in the UK price of the Founder s Edition GTX 1080, though, and in terms of performance per dollar we re expecting the 1070 to be the card of choice from Nvidia s camp for this generation.
With a slated release date of June 10 for the GTX 1070 — both the $US499 Founder s Edition and the $US379 that's around £341 and £259 respectively, sans VAT, but localised pricing is TBA third-party cards are expected on this date — the new card gives the flagship GTX 1080 at least a couple of weeks to make its way into the hands of hardcore enthusiasts and early adopters.The reason is clear: early reviews are extremely positive, but plenty of people are waiting for a more affordable card that still uses the newest-generation Pascal GPU.Here s a table demonstrating the difference between the two:SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1080GeForce GTX 1070Core Clock1607MHz1506MHzBoost Clock1733MHz1683MHzCUDA Cores25601920Texture Units160120ROPs6464Memory Clock/Type10Gbps, GDDR5X8Gbps, GDDR5Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bitMemory Capacity8GB8GBTeraflops rated 8.9 TFLOPS6.5 TFLOPSTDP Watts 180W150WFrom the broad, paper-only specs available — there are only Nvidia s numbers to work from, not even the very top-line benchmark numbers we saw at the 1080 launch — it s looking like the GeForce GTX 1070 will be around 70 to 75 per cent as powerful in raw number-crunching as the GTX 1080 is.In a very simple benchmark — Nvidia loves to talk about relative performance versus previous generation cards — the GTX 1070 returns around 1.7x the performance of last year s GTX 970 in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and 1.8x in Rise Of The Tomb Raider, as well as blowing it away by around 2.5x in VR.The new GTX 1070 uses regular GDDR5 RAM versus the 1080 s newer and faster GDDR5X, and that should mean it has slightly less overall memory bandwidth.That s still significantly lower than the $US699 £619 in the UK price of the Founder s Edition GTX 1080, though, and in terms of performance per dollar we re expecting the 1070 to be the card of choice from Nvidia s camp for this generation.
China s Coolpad have launched their newest phone for the Indian market, the Coolpad Max.It isn t quite a 6-incher as the name would suggest, but still fairly conscious with a 5.5-inch display FHD and a body that makes the phone feel great in the hand.Under the metal unibody, the Coolpad Max has an octa-core Snapdragon 617 4 x 1.5GHz 4 x 1.2GHz SoC with the Adreno 405 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and a 2800mAh battery.Cameras on the phone are a 13 mega-pixel ISOCELL with PDAF on the rear, and a 5 mega-pixel selfie camera on the front.It runs Android 5.1 with Cool UI 8.0 on top, but the experience is fairly stock with some value additions, including the Dual Space feature which lets you use a couple of accounts on apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.Coolpad have given the Max a price tag of 24,999 INR, which honestly doesn t seem as bad after using the phone in its metal glory.Coolpad Max Specifications5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p displaySnapdragon 617 octa-core processor4GB RAM64GB ROM13 mega-pixel rear camera5 mega-pixel front camera2800mAh batteryDual Hybrid SIM slotAndroid 5.1 Cool UI 8.0 Coolpad Max Photos Would you fancy one if Coolpad made the Max available in your market?
The battle for the long-awaited next generation of graphics cards is about to get real.After Nvidia came out swinging with the Titan-slaying GeForce GTX 1080, a badass graphics card built around the company s cutting-edge 16nm Pascal GPUs, all signs point to AMD preparing its Radeon counterpunch.The brief announcement doesn t indicate in detail what will be on show in the livestream which are typically reserved for large product launches , but Radeon graphics guru Raja Koduri will host alongside AMD CEO Lisa Su.That being said, the release only promises Polaris updates, so AMD might not necessarily reveal hard information about Polaris-based graphics cards, much less initiate a hard launch.The story behind the story: It ll be interesting to see what, exactly, AMD unveils at Computex if it indeed launches new Radeon graphics cards.Take note, chip geeks: Bristol Ridge s CPUs will be built using the same 28nm technology as 2015 s Carrizo APUs, rather than moving to the new high-performance Zen architecture AMD s rolling out later this year.
IBM is offering Nvidia Grid Tesla M60 GPU in cloud to make compute intensive tasks easier in virtual desktops.It will allow customers to deploy more powerful cloud servers for doing complex computing tasks including data analytics, graphics, energy exploration and deep learning/artificial intelligence.Tesla M60 with NVIDIA GRID virtualisation technology can speed up virtualised desktop applications like CAD/CAM computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing including AutoCAD.With the availability of the technology in cloud, companies can used the GPU resources on IBM Cloud on an on-demand basis.It will help reduce the processing time to hours in comparison to the use of CPU-only based servers.Nvidia vice president and general manager Jim McHugh said: "For the first time, businesses can deliver workstation-class graphics-intensive applications from the cloud along with high performance computing."
Inno3D's new iChill X3 and X4 cooler designs are claimed to improve performance without adding to the cost of the cards to which they will be attached.'Heat production has been the major drawback for high end graphics cards,' Inno3D product manager Ken Wong hazarded at the announcement.'We have found ways to further optimise and improve our overall top solution under our iChill label, built to bring out the best of Nvidia's consumer products.In the latter case, the cooler features Inno3D's Active Power Cooling System APCS design: the fourth fan is placed on the top edge of the board facing down towards the PCI Express socket, and is used to draw cool air onto dual heatpipes which are attached to a heatsink designed to cool the components surrounding the GPU - including voltage regulator modules VRM and memory chips.Inno3D has also indicated that the cards, to launch under the HerculeZ branding, will include temperature-sensitive LED lighting to the iChill logo on the top: at idle, the logo will glow a cool blue; as the temperature increases, the LEDs will shift colour until they are glowing red to indicate the card is operating near its peak temperature.While Inno3D has indicated that the new coolers will be available without an increase in selling price compared to the competition, the company has not yet announced pricing or availability for the first cards to feature the iChill X3 and X4 designs.
Google is bringing VR to Android in a big way with Daydream, which gives developers and manufacturers tools to build great hardware and software.It provides the tools software developers need to make games and apps, and has close ties to existing VR tools like Unity and Unreal.It s all about the GPUsIn Android N, Google is supporting the Vulkan API, which allows developers to have direct control of the GPU in a device.By giving developers a bunch of tools, Apple and Google are both encouraging a new market for mobile.That could and probably will change on a dime very soon, and both companies will be quietly working to push past one another to engage users on a new mobile front.Enjoy it.
Another is to bite the bullet and empty your wallet on a pre-built machine such as the Overclockers Titan Virtual Force VR Gaming PC.At £1,329 around $1,820 or AUS$2,535 , this VR-ready vessel from the Stoke, UK-based PC builder isn't cheap; however its components have been hand-picked to deliver the sort of VR experience that you've probably dreamt about in your sleep.There are four choices of GPU, starting with Overclockers' own reference card version of Nvidia's GTX 980Ti as the default option.Acer's Predator G6 looks a striking machine, but despite costing £250 around $362 or AUS$502 more its comparatively weaker GTX 980 scored 11,584 in 3D Mark's demanding Fire Strike test versus the Virtual Force's 14,865.The Virtual Force managed a healthy 80 fps with the details cranked up to maximum at 1080p, compared to 52 fps scored by the Predator G6.Beyond 1080p, the Virtual Force is primed for higher resolutions and 4K gaming is on the menu.
A virtual reality trip to Mars developed by Fusion and Nvidia will be released free this fall.Earlier in the day, I'd watched Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak pull off the same stunt.Courtesy of Nvidia and Fusion At Nvidia's big GPU Technology Conference in San Jose last month, Woz donned a VR headset at a remote location and bounced around Mars in the Rover while a crowd of several thousand watched on a giant screen.I got to do the same thing later in the day in a booth where a long line of people waited patiently for their own Mars trip."You're putting someone into a 3-dimensional time machine.When he got the idea for the project, Fusion's Reyes reached out to Sydney Do of MIT, who co-authored a report on the feasibility of a private Mars mission program.Reyes said he emailed the authors of the reports, and over the course of about 18 months worked with NASA's Langley Research Center and Johnson Space Center, finally reaching an agreement with NASA at the end of 2015.
To coincide with the hotly anticipated launch of Blizzard Entertainment's latest multiplayer first-person shooter, Overwatch, Nvidia has released a new set of "Game Ready" GeForce graphics card drivers that are packed with optimizations for the title.The GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers also bring performance optimizations for the upcoming War Thunder and World of Tanks updates.In case you were wondering, SLI support for Overwatch was introduced in a previous driver update.In the release notes for the 368.22 drivers, Nvidia notes that it has identified issues with Total War: Warhammer and they are working closely with developer Creative Assembly to resolve them.However it appears as though gamers won't be getting an optimal gaming experience when the title launches tomorrow.As always, the latest Nvidia GPU drivers can be installed automatically through GeForce Experience, or you can grab a manual installer from our driver download section here.
Since the whole world moved over from the original DDR memory, timings have come to play second fiddle to bandwidth and capacity.Fortunately we don t need to go out there and do the testing ourselves — the guys at TechSpot have already conducted some pretty thorough testing, and the results are illuminating to say the least.For its benchmarking session, TechSpot took five different speed memory kits, beginning at 2,133MHz and finishing up at the 4,000MHz mark, testing them alongside a pair of GTX 980 Ti graphics cards and a Core i7-6700K processor — so the CPU and GPU certainly won t be bottlenecking the memory.Photoshop, Excel, and Handbrake all showed big performance improvements from using the faster memory, in some cases by as much as 57 percent.While certainly processors and graphics card upgrades are almost always going to be the most effective way to improve your frame rates, games like ARMA III saw a 10 percent FPS improvement when opting for 4,000MHz memory over the 2,133MHz counterpart.The conclusion from the testing would suggest that if you already have a strong processor and graphics card, but are running slow, or suffer from low-quality memory, you might be handicapping your system more than you think.
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