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NVIDIA drivers land in Fallout 4’s tree of optimizations

NVIDIA drivers land in Fallout 4’s tree of optimizations

Launch day for Fallout 4 includes the release of NVIDIA's newest Game Ready driver, ready to pump the quality up to the tippety top of all your computer's abilities. Users will - of course - need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU, the Game Ready driver itself, and GeForce Experience more than likely. Using the GeForce Experience, users will be able to tap into optimal settings for their unique setup with a couple of taps of a couple of buttons - far easier than going in to the game's settings and setting everything up yourself.

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Microsoft’s clever hot-swap Surface Book graphics now cheaper

Microsoft’s clever hot-swap Surface Book graphics now cheaper

Ford may have popularized "any color you want as long as it's black," but Microsoft is taking a far more flexible approach to Surface Book sales. Though shipments of the convertible notebook-tablet hybrid aren't expected to begin until Monday, the company has quietly added a new configuration seemingly targeted at those with more ambitious graphical demands but a tighter budget.

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ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

Despite the growing popularity of wearables, smartwatches, and IoT devices, few of the hardware inside them are specifically designed with those form factors in mind. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 used in many smartwatches, for example, is running on half its cores to maintain the balance between performance and power drain. ARM Holdings, designer of the popular computing architecture, is changing that status quo by releasing the Mali-470, a new graphics core that has been designed to address the needs of tomorrow's smartwatches and the Internet of Things.

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NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA's hopes to tie up Samsung and Qualcomm in an expensive sales ban over mobile graphics chips has hit a roadblock. The company had sought an injunction from the United States International Trade Commission, alleging that rival chipmakers were infringing on its graphics patents with silicon found inside - among others - the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

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NVIDIA reveals desktop-class GTX 980 in a laptop

NVIDIA reveals desktop-class GTX 980 in a laptop

While NVIDIA has previously suggested they had the ability to bring desktop graphics to a laptop, never before have they actually pushed a desktop card to a laptop machine. Today they've revealed that they're bringing the desktop-class GPU GTX 980 to the laptop space. A laptop such as this will have a GPU therefor with 2048 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1126, boost clock of 1216, memory clock at 7GBPS, 4GB of RAM, and a 256-bit memory interface.

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Historical irony: AMD creates Radeon Technology Group division

Historical irony: AMD creates Radeon Technology Group division

In 2005, AMD, then still in a much stronger business and financial position, sought to take both Intel and NVIDIA head on at the same time by acquiring NVIDIA's rival ATI. Today, AMD is forming a new standalone division called Radeon Technology Group that it hopes will help accelerate its progress in the graphics chip market. Short of actually turning this new group into separate subsidiary, a.k.a. ATI Redux, the events seem to be hinting at the company's increasing problems in staying afloat in both chip markets.

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Intel 6th-gen Core “Skylake”: What you need to know

Intel 6th-gen Core “Skylake”: What you need to know

It's the processor revamp gamers have been waiting for, Apple fans have been holding off upgrading over, and video card companies feared. Intel has finally detailed its 6th-generation Core "Skylake" platform, a brand new 14nm architecture putting performance, security, graphics abilities, and power consumption at the forefront, with a sizable nod to Windows 10 in the process.

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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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