Intel may still have a throne over at the PC world, but in the mobile land it still has to conquer its own territory. Part of Intel's problems lie with a graphics processor that is unfit for mobile devices, but the chip maker might already have a solution ready for some real-world testing.
Litecoin mining has quietly undergone a sharp rise in popularity in recent days. The cryptocurrency is an alternative to Bitcoin, which recently saw a meteoric rise in value to about $1200 before dropping off and settling in at the mid-$800 range. Litecoin's sudden breakout has resulted in a worldwide run on graphics cards used in mining Litecoins.
Mobile chip manufacturer ARM is boosting its graphics abilities with the acquisition of gaming visuals specialist Geomerics, developer of a time- and processor-saving 3D lighting system. The technology, Enlighten, is already used in Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals, EVE Online, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and will enable "photo realistic graphics in mobile" ARM says, introducing elements like compound reflections, shadows, and refractions, which would previously have demanded excessive coding time and heavy-duty chipsets to carry it out.
If you've been working with the NVIDIA GeForce Experience app over the past year or so, you've found that a single click of a button can result in full-on optimization of game settings for your gaming rig. What NVIDIA is doing this week is updating the GeForce Experience to version 1.8, this thereby allowing the customization of your optimized experience. While you wont have the NVIDIA-suggested perfect combo, you'll have whatever you think is best, and all from a single control station rather than inside each individual game.
NVIDIA has outed its most powerful GPU-based processing accelerator to-date, the Tesla K40, and it's headed to supercomputers in 2014. Mustering up to 40x the performance of the last-gen K20X, the K40 delivers 1.43 teraflops of processing power from its 2,880 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR5 memory. There'll be plenty of opportunity for it to show what it can do, too; NVIDIA has inked a collaboration with IBM that will see the two company's silicon sharing supercomputer space from next year.
AMD has pushed out its latest R9 Series video card, the AMD Radeon R9 270, promising gaming performance with a sub-$180 price tag. Hitting shelves today, the new Radeon slots in at the entry-level of AMD's R9 range, with 1,280 stream processing units and 2GB of GRRD5 memory, for up to 2.69 TFLOPS of compute power.
AMD yesterday announced some new details about the company's third-generation accelerated processing unit (APU), "Kaveri," for notebooks and desktops. Kaveri is the first APU using heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) in combination with AMD's new TrueAudio technology and the Mantle API, the company said. The Kaveri is scheduled to start shipping Jan. 14, 2014.
This week the folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced that they're rolling with a new EC2 instance called "G2 instances", running with no less a technology than NVIDIA GRID. We've seen NVIDIA's GRID system pop up here and there over the past year, having originated all the way back at CES 2012 where it was first touted as a "revolutionary cloud-gaming architecture". Here in 2013, NVIDIA GRID provides hardware virtualization of their top-level GPU technology: Kepler.
When computer gamers need more performance from their gaming PCs one of the most common places to start is with an upgraded video card. Nvidia video card partner EVGA has announced some interesting deals for the holiday season of 2013 that gamers can take advantage of right now. EVGA has unveiled some very nice free game bundles to along with some of its high-end video cards.
In an effort to expand the understanding the public has of the developer program NVIDIA has in GameWorks, this week they've taken the stage with showings of a couple of new (or otherwise newly branded) technologies called FLEX and Flame Works. With FLEX, you're working with a newly collected set of unified GPU PhysX - bouncing effects, water effects, and cloth. With Flame Works you're working with volumetric effects like smoke and fire - demonstrated by a friendly dragon in a short demo in tune.
This week the folks at NVIDIA unveiled several pieces of technology not many could have predicted, but one thing sticks as it is with essentially any of the company's gaming events: a brand new graphics card was shown. This card goes by the name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, and though we've not got one whole heck of a lot of detail on it yet, we do know that it'll be presented as a "high-end enthusiast" graphics card in the near future.