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The need-to-know on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 graphics

The need-to-know on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 graphics

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off of its latest Adreno graphics architecture, the potent GPU to be found in its next-gen Snapdragon 820. The Qualcomm Adreno 5xx series will include GPUs like the 530, intended for the Snapdragon 820, and more affordable versions like the 510, which will be headed for the upcoming Snapdragon 610/618. Rather than throwing numbers at the wall, however Qualcomm says that this time around it started with some key user experiences and worked backwards; I sat down with the company's chip execs at SIGGRAPH 2015 this week to find out more.

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Simulating SpaceX’s Mars Rocket Engine on a virtual grid

Simulating SpaceX’s Mars Rocket Engine on a virtual grid

In addition to running real tests with actual rocket fuel in the field on a daily basis, SpaceX is running simulations of launches on high-powered computers. SpaceX Director of Research Adam Lichtl and SpaceX Lead Software Engineer Stephen Jones spoke this week at GTC 2015 in a presentation called "Full Scale Simulation of SpaceX's Mars Rocket Engine." In this presentation we got the opportunity to look behind the scenes at a demonstration of the code and a running of a simulation of a SpaceX craft as it (prospectively) heads to Mars.

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GeForce GTX Titan X detailed and priced by NVIDIA

GeForce GTX Titan X detailed and priced by NVIDIA

Today NVIDIA has revealed their newest, most powerful graphics card to the public: GeForce GTX Titan X. This device was teased at the Epic Games keynote earlier this month at GDC 2015 - here at GTC 2015, it's being revealed in full. This card works with NVIDIA's GM200 GPU, rolling with 3072 CUDA Cores, a 384-bit memory interface, 7GHz memory clock, and peak memory bandwidth of 336.5GB/sec. That's a cool 50% increase over the peak bandwidth of this card's release predecessor, the GeForce GTX 980 (have a peek at our GTX 980 Review to get an idea of where we're going from here).

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NVIDIA GPU Pascal detailed for 2016 release

NVIDIA GPU Pascal detailed for 2016 release

Onstage at GTC 2015, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed the next-generation in GPU power with Pascal. This GPU takes the place of Maxwell and will be arriving around the year 2016. After this is Volta, coming in 2018. This GPU is suggested by NVIDIA to be coming with 10x the performance of Maxwell. That's with what Huang suggested was "CEO Math" - with "very rough estimates," that is to say. Not final, but likely close to reality. Huang asked for forgiveness from all the people working on the real math - but it'll be close.

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Titan X details: supercomputing takes a jump

Titan X details: supercomputing takes a jump

This week NVIDIA announced that the total number of CUDA downloads reached a whopping 3 million. Back in 2008, there were 150,000 downloads total. In 2015 there are 319 CUDA apps, far surpassing the number of apps back in 2008 - just 27. NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang made clear that he was proud of the graphics computing community, suggesting that the jump from 77 supercomputing teraflops back in 2008 to 54,000 supercomputing teraflops globally here in 2015 was a monumental jump. This comes to fruition with 450,000 Tesla GPUs in the world today as well.

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NVIDIA Quadro M6000 GPU coming this week: Deadmau5 in tow

NVIDIA Quadro M6000 GPU coming this week: Deadmau5 in tow

Later this week we're going to get details on the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 graphics card at GTC 2015. Over the weekend, no less than the musician Deadmau5 himself showed the web that he has not one, but two of these massive cards in his tour build right this minute. Deadmau5 speaks of how he'll be using the cards to both "debayer 6K" and "still have insane GPU power for everything else" with these cards. He goes on to thank NVIDIA and suggest that "tour visuals cometh!"

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X revealed, handed to Tim Sweeney

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X revealed, handed to Tim Sweeney

This week NVIDIA decided to reveal their next big graphics card at a press event that wasn't explicitly theirs. At the Epic Games event, with Tim Sweeney next to him, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X was revealed for the first time. This card was revealed only with the promise of the whole audience that they'd come to GTC 2015. That's NVIDIA's own graphics-centric conference that takes place later this month - we'll be there too, of course.

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NVIDIA VR headset: considering the possibilities

NVIDIA VR headset: considering the possibilities

On the 3rd of March, 2015, NVIDIA may release their first virtual reality headset. Like NVIDIA SHIELD and the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, this device could be the center player for NVIDIA technology in its own unique field. Here lies the opportunity for NVIDIA to place their own "VR Direct" systems in the spotlight. Here lies the opportunity for NVIDIA to beat Oculus VR to the punch with a real working VR headset, one that works with Tegra processors, NVIDIA G-Sync, or both!

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Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with faulty GPU

Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with faulty GPU

If your MacBook Pro has what appears to be an issue with its screen, there may be reprieve for you. In some older MacBook Pros, a GPU supplied by AMD wasn’t up to snuff, and is causing some users to see lines or otherwise glitchy behavior. Now, Apple is going to fix those computers for you, even if they’re out of warranty. It’s a welcome announcement for those affected, as the screens are pretty useless under heavy strain, especially when editing video.

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Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

The pace of mobile chip development is relentless, something Qualcomm knows better than most with its new Snapdragon 810. Announced nearly a year ago, yet only set to show up in commercial phones and tablets in the coming months, the new Snapdragon arrives at a challenging time in mobile: raw performance simply isn't enough to win customers any more. So, it was with expectations broader than for just another fast chip that I sat down in Qualcomm's San Diego offices, the new Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) tablet and phone in front of me. After the cut, yes, there are benchmarks, but pure potency isn't all that you should care about.

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EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC Review with Benchmarks

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC Review with Benchmarks

This week NVIDIA brings heat with the GTX 960 graphics card family. The unit we're having a peek at today is an EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC, working with clock speeds of 1279MHz Base and 1342MHz Boost, a brand new set of cooling features with ACX 2.0+ Cooling, and the ability to output video to 5 displays at once. This isn't a top tier card, it's meant to attack the middle - extraordinary processing power for a rather inexpensive price. That's the key to hitting the graphics card market from all angles.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 targets GPU “sweet spot”

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 targets GPU “sweet spot”

NVIDIA had inadvertently set itself a challenge. On the one hand, the GeForce GTX 980 and 970 had been a rip-roaring success, with an unexpected 1m+ cards selling in less than five months. That's not bad for a graphics card that costs as much as $549, and yet it left the NVIDIA chips out of reach for a dawning cohort of upgraders two generations behind and wanting a more affordable upgrade. Enter the GeForce GTX 960.

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