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  • AMD could counter Nvidia's G-Sync with simpler, free sync tech

    You knew this was bound to happen but AMD is claiming that they can offer a simpler version of Nviida G-Sync using freely available technology.

    As it would turn out, AMD had the technology built into their chips for several years because it saved power.

    Koduri explained that this particular laptop's display happened to support a feature that AMD has had in its graphics chips "for three generations": dynamic refresh rates. AMD built this capability into its GPUs primarily for power-saving reasons, since unnecessary vertical refresh cycles burn power to little benefit. There's even a proposed VESA specification for dynamic refresh, and the feature has been adopted by some panel makers, though not on a consistent or widespread basis. AMD's Catalyst drivers already support it where it's available, which is why an impromptu demo was possible.

    Dynamic refresh works much like G-Sync, varying the length of the vertical blank period between display refreshes on a per-frame basis, so the screen can be drawn when the GPU has a finished frame ready to be displayed.

    We all know that AMD is the king when it comes to paper launches but this looks like something that could very easily derail the G-Sync train before it leaves the station.

    Of course you can't discredit the value of G-Sync since it actually resides on the monitor and better matches video hardware with the display but, the downside is cost and certification that is usually passed on to the consumer.

  • NVIDIA Unveils Tegra K1, a 192-Core Super Chip for Mobile

    Kepler GPU Architecture in GeForce GTX 780 Ti Morphs Into Mobile Graphics Powerhouse; Available in 32- and 64-Bit Versions

    LAS VEGAS, NV - CES -- NVIDIA today unveiled the revolutionary Tegra® K1 mobile processor, a 192-core super chip featuring the same NVIDIA® Kepler™ architecture that powers the fastest GPU on the planet, the NVIDIA GeForce® GTX™ 780 Ti. For the first time, next-generation PC gaming will now be available on mobile platforms.

    The Tegra K1 processor sets new mobile standards by supporting the latest PC-class gaming technologies, enabling it to run sophisticated gaming engines like Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4. It delivers advanced computation capabilities to speed the development of applications for computer vision and speech recognition. And its extraordinary efficiency delivers higher performance than any other mobile GPU at the same power level.

    "Over the past two decades, NVIDIA invented the GPU and has developed more graphics technologies than any other company," said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO, NVIDIA. "With Tegra K1, we're bringing that heritage to mobile. It bridges the gap for developers, who can now build next-gen games and apps that will run on any device."

    Tegra K1 is offered in two pin-to-pin compatible versions. The first version uses a 32-bit quad-core, 4-Plus-1™ ARM Cortex A15 CPU. The second version uses a custom, NVIDIA-designed 64-bit dual Super Core CPU. This CPU (codenamed "Denver") delivers very high single-thread and multi-thread performance. It is based on the ARMv8 architecture, which brings the energy-efficient heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bit computing.

    Both versions of Tegra K1 deliver stunning graphics and visual computing capabilities powered by the 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU. The 32-bit version is expected in devices in the first half of 2014, while the 64-bit version is expected in devices in the second half of the year.

  • ROCCAT to Reveal Biggest Product Line-up at CES 2014

    Hamburg – January 2, 2014 – At CES, German manufacturer ROCCAT will kick off 2014 with a full line-up of new gaming peripherals. From January 7 – 10 ROCCAT opens the doors to its Venetian Hotel showroom, showcasing new products in every category: mice, keyboards, headsets, mousepads and accessories. “2014 will be a phenomenal year for PC gaming – so much is changing at the moment and ROCCAT is about to prove its role as the industry’s leader in technology and innovation once more. With the products coming up next year we will be able to provide a whole ecosystem for PC gaming,” says René Korte, founder and CEO of ROCCAT.

    At CES 2014 ROCCAT will introduce two new Kave XTD gaming headset models, making the Kave XTD series the company’s full range line-up when it comes to audio products.

    The Kave XTD 5.1 Analog is the successor to the best-selling true 5.1 gaming headset in the world: the original Kave 5.1. Made for gamers with a 5.1 soundcard already built into their PCs, the Kave XTD 5.1 Analog features classic 5.1 audio jacks plus a USB connector to power up the in-cable remote and the LED lighting. The headset features unique Zero Noise technology thanks to the interference isolator built into its dual-mode in-cable remote. The remote can be used either as a desktop or clip-on remote. The overall comfort and build quality has also been improved significantly, with the weight impressively reduced by 25%.

    The Kave XTD Stereo offers the same build and design, dedicated to comfort and durability. The stereo version of the Kave XTD features two powerful driver units delivering intense and rich gaming sound, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with stereo headset solutions. The detachable noise-cancelling microphone provides supreme sound quality and offers fan-favorite features like the mute LED, pioneered by ROCCAT in the original Kave 5.1.

    With the Kave XTD 5.1 Digital, ROCCAT will also present again the flagship version of the series, featuring an inbuilt premium 5.1 soundcard, world-first headset-to-smartphone Bluetooth pairing and full audio controls with the comprehensive desktop remote.   

    The legendary Kone Series by ROCCAT is the origin of many features that are standard for gaming mice nowadays. Kone series models where the first ones to feature multicolor lighting, state of the art sensor technology and innovations like the tracking and distance control unit (TDCU). Now ROCCAT introduces the Kone XTD Optical with an adjustable distance control unit to customize lift-off distance and a new 6,400dpi optical sensor. Gamers are now able to significantly improve their accuracy with optical sensors. The Kone XTD Optical offers renowned features like Omron™ switches, the 4D Titan Wheel, Easy-Aim and ROCCAT Talk.

    For the smaller Pure version of the Kone Series, ROCCAT presents three new designs at CES 2014. The Kone Pure Military features a 5,000dpi optical sensor with TDCU and will be available in three different styles: Desert Strike, Naval Storm and Camo Charge. ROCCAT will also make the new Kave XTD 5.1 Analog plus a mousepad available in the same design and sell the mice alone or as a bundle.

    ROCCAT’s mechanical gaming keyboard series, Ryos, gets two compact ten key less versions - one with per-key illumination feature and one without backlighting. The new versions are called the Ryos TKL Pro and Ryos TKL. Their development is based directly on user feedback via Facebook. “We posted the ten key less version of the Ryos as an “easter egg” earlier this year. The demand from the community was overwhelming so we basically had no choice but to build it,” says René Korte. The TKL Pro version features a cutting-edge MCU, which supports impressive illumination effects such as “breathing” and will be available in four different switch colors.

  • Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H Review @ HCW

    Gigabyte does an extremely good job at creating clear separation between their motherboard segments and while the UD4H might be considered a mid-range motherboard it does quite well at delivering high-end performance.

    Gigabyte aims to allow overclockers to take Haswell as far as possible on air with the 16-phase "Ultra Durable" Z87X-UD4H.

    I just gave one of these away in the December 2013 Custom Gear Giveaway.  Be sure to check out the event pages for details on the current contest

  • EVGA 780 Ti Classified Kingpin Clocks Final

    Just heard via twitter that the clocks for the K|ngp|n edition 780 Ti Classified are now final.

    1072Mhz Base
    1137Mhz Boost

    Compare that to the 1020Mhz / 1085Mhz of the standard EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified and you have one monster of a hot-clock.

    #daddywant happy smile

  • Apple’s Newest Mac Pro Costs Less than DIY PC Build Thanks to AMD @ Techgage

    Everyone has been talking about the new Mac and how it costs less than building your own PC and is able to be upgraded.  Not being a fan of all things Mac I'll be honest and say that I haven't been following the story but Techgage has some info.

    Word’s out that Apple’s latest Mac Pro costs less than an equal-configured do-it-yourself PC, but as we’ve discovered, this is one of those cases where there’s more than meets the eye. Has Apple finally loosened up on its famed “Apple Tax”? Not so. Instead, the attractive pricing of the latest Mac Pro owes its thanks to none other than AMD.

    Is it just me or does the new Mac look like a high priced trash can?  Well, at least its not a tissue dispenser like the cube back in the day.

  • HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo Boost | ChipLoco

    I'm not really a fan of the new R7 and R9 naming scheme.  The performance overlaps the 7000 series but it is difficult to know what card to buy if you are trying to match an older card.  Along the same lines, how do you know if a 280X is faster than a HD7870?  I suppose that is part of the allure but still pretty lame.

    Of this, I have determined that getting a card with an "X" in the name tends to be better than without. wink smile

    It’s been almost two years since AMD launched their Radeon HD 7000 series. The whole series gave a tough time to NVIDIA and when it started to lag behind AMD made a comeback with price cuts and game bundles and once again the HD 7000 series came back to the limelight. But there was obviously a time when AMD had to refresh their lineup to stay relevant and back in

    The card looks good and the benchmarks seem solid so be sure to check it out.

  • Phobya WaCoolT Benchtable @

    It isn't every day that you find a review of a bench table.  As you can imagine they are like a chassis but without the outer panels and is often considerbly taller.

    During the construction of our water cooler test rig, we want to introduce the Phobya WaCoolT Benchtable you today. Thank certainly should be known, is one of the few manufacturers Phobya from the water cooling sector, which is also active for some time in the housing segment. We have today but made us the WaCoolT Benchtable and it will test its paces. As it has done in our review, you can read on the following pages.

    As you can imagine by the headline this review is in german so don't get scared when they say things like "der auch seit einige" and "könnt ihr auf den folgenden Seiten nachlesen".

    On a related note I have been working on a bench table design that would cater to extreme overclockers.  I'm still working on a name but am leaning towards "The Slab" or something else Asylum related.

  • Zotac GeForce GTX 780 Ti AMP! Review @ Bjorn3D

    WIth a name like AMP! you might expect this video card to be the most amazing thing since the EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified with a larger VRM, massive heatsink and overclocking like you wouldn't believe.

    Sadly, the truth is, this card is nothing more than a hot-clocked reference card with a large triple fan cooler.  The really "good" Zotac gear stays in the Asia/Pacific region.

    The GeForce 780 Ti is today the fastest single-GPU card available. This doesn’t stop companies like Zotac to tweak it to get even more performance out of it. Today we are testing the Zotac GeForce GeForce 780 Ti AMP! Edition, a card that comes pre-overclocked out of the box.

    I will admit the GTX 780 Ti is the fastest single GPU you can buy and you shouldn't hold out for a super awesome custom PCB if you are in the market, that is unless you are into that sort of thing. wink smile

  • Silverstone RV04 Casemod All Orange

    Orange seems to be the new "black" when it comes to computer mods.  The past two (and one future) Custom Hardware Promotions I am hosting on Hardware Asylum all feature a pearl orange custom cases and I have heard rumors that mfgs are now offering orange components in their regular lineup.

    I suspect the orange revolution was started with the Gigabyte OC Series and appears to be what this Chinese casemodder used for their inspiration.

    The site is *not* in English but the pictures speak volumes.

    Personally I am a big fan of Red, it is a primary color on this website and on  When I started Hardware Asylum I wanted to include another complementary color that nobody really uses on the web, and that was Orange.  Turns out Orange has a ton of potential.

    I should also mention the new Raven 4 chassis.  The case is designed to be a supreme aircooler with dual 180mm fans.  Silverstone includes plastic tabs to enable you to run triple 120mm fans and/or install a 3x 120mm radiator.  The radiator in this build uses a push pull configuration but, at the expense of the internal drive bays.