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Khronos Announces an Open VR Standard Initiative

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The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, have just announced a call for participation in a new initiative to define a cross-vendor, royalty-free, open standard for access to modern virtual reality (VR) devices. “Virtual Reality’s success is dependent on a large thriving market of hardware where casual and professional consumers alike can take their pick without worry of fragmentation and incompatibility,” said Christopher Mitchell, OSVR business lead, Razer. “This has been OSVR’s vision from day one and we are thrilled to be a part of the Khronos Group in order to push standardization of interfaces across the industry.” The standards body

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Futuremark Announced VRMark, The New VR Benchmark

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Futuremark, a company best known for its 3DMark benchmark just announced the availability of their a new benchmark suite called VRMark. As the name implies, this benchmark is used for testing your system’s ability to run VR games and experiences, since the performance required to do so is much higher than normal gaming performance. As always, Futuremark did their best to use a custom game engine to drive the experiences to the levels which can make your systems slow to a crawl. With VR, the maneuvering space was limited, as reducing the framerate inside the VR experience could potentially get you in a bad shape.

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What Do You need to Play Battlefield 1

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In the eternal battle of Battlefield vs. Call of Duty, Electronic Arts once more pulled the trigger first and released Battlefield 1 on October 21th (to be followed by Call of Duty on November 4th). Following the first in-game experiences, we decided to do a review on game itself and on hardware needed to run this baby. There was much controversy surrounding Battlefield 1 and its return to World War I, also known as The Great War. Concerns about whether or not such delicate subject matter could ever be given the treatment it deserves, especially in a video game, are justified. This is unquestionably the

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New Nintendo Switch Packs NVIDIA Tegra Processor

Nintendo Switch Gaming Console / Tablet

Today, Nintendo unveiled their next generation console, more known under the codename “NX”. The rumors of NVIDIA’s involvement turned very much true, as Tegra SoC was the only mobile processor deemed to have enough graphics horsepower to fulfill Nintendo’s mission of “gaming everywhere”. All we can say is watch the three-and-half minute video, enjoy in every second of it. In my personal view, Nintendo has done it again: This tablet-console-mobile gaming enables you to play high-resolution (even in Ultra HD quality thanks to upscaling) games on the TV, or on the go as a gaming ‘tablet’. Perhaps the key to Nintendo’s Switch is the logo, which symbolizes

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Nvidia Releases Mods, Five New Games for VR Funhouse

Nvidia VR Funhouse

Back in 1990s and 2000s, every graphics card launch was followed with an impressive demo that would start numerous threads on online boards, and be the reason why would you opt for one side or the other. That trend disappeared for the better part of 2010s, until Nvidia came out with VR Funhouse. Regardless of which technology vendor you support, no one can argue that VR Funhouse is not one of the best experiences on Steam VR and HTC’s Vive headset. This is one of first VR games that has that Nintendo Wii effect, targeting people of all ages. We saw the joy on faces of children as well

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China Now Leads the Server Race: Meet the Phytium MARS Processor

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Two decades ago, the US high end microprocessor industry was a lively, diverse market where about five various instruction set architectures battled it out across the workstation and server fields. You had choices like DEC’s Alpha – the speed leader; MIPS – the Silicon Graphics heart; SPARC from Sun Microsystems, IBM POWER, HP PA, the nascent X86, and a few custom architectures for MPP massive parallel processing, for instance. The rest of the world pretty much had nothing – British Transputer and German Hyperstone platforms died out due to lack of funding, while ARM was still keeping to the low end embedded arena after the end of the

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Intel to Buy Imagination Technologies or AMD’s RTG?

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This week started with a milestone announcement of Japanese SoftBank moving in to acquire ARM Holdings for a record $32 billion. Many analysts lamented that the takeover was a result of Brexit, even though everyone in their right minds should know that negotiations of this magnitude take years and typically are made in complete silence for 6-18 months (due dilligence and all that jazz). However, this might not be the only acquisition in the modest pool of British semiconductor players. As we reported on multiple occasions, Intel is reorganizing, i.e. restructuring the company. As a part of that reorganization, the company performed no less than three rounds

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Not all GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 are VR Ready

The website promises "next-gen VR Experiences" for the Pascal GPU

When Nvidia launched the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080, the company touted Virtual Reality as one of key pillars of the “Power of 10” line-up. As the time moves on, we’re starting to see more custom models that offer its potential buyers more bang for buck. Sadly, according to reports from Nvidia’s official forums, Reddit and our colleagues at Tom’s Hardware – it looks like prospective owners of GeForce GTX 1070/1080 might experience issues when connecting the card to HTC Vive. The GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 both come with identical display configuration – three DisplayPort 1.4, single HDMI 2.0b and DVI ports. If you use

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Nvidia Pascal Based Titan 50% Faster than GeForce GTX 1080?

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 in 2-Way SLI

While Nvidia will pull out all the guns to fight the AMD Radeon RX 480, releasing GeForce GTX 1060 as early as July 7th – our focus is slowly turning towards the real big gun of Pascal-based GeForce line-up. If our sources are correct, GP100 and GP102 were essentially the same chips, with the difference being memory and bus interface on the GP102 and PCI Express for the GP100. Feature set on both chips is the same, and there are no surprises. We held the “Tesla P100 for PCI Express-based Servers” board in our hands just a few weeks ago, and just a few days ago, we managed

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NVIDIA Tesla P100 Shows Future Quadro P6000, GeForce GTX Titan

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At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), which takes place this week in Frankfurt, Nvidia finally unveiled the PCIe version of its largest chip, the GP100. This is not the rumored GP102 chip and confirms words spoken by Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia Corporation – when he said that the company ‘taped out all the Pascals’: GP100, GP104 and GP106. The GP100-based Tesla P100 is a quite long dual-slot card, which rivals dual-GPU Tesla K80 in its length. The board features lower clock for both GPU and the HBM2 memory, meaning only the Nvidia NVLink-based daughterboards will feature GP100 chip in its full performance

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GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 Shortage Until August?

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 in short supply

With the conclusion of E3 2016 trade show, which took place last week in Los Angeles, California – many international guests went on for the hunt for several hot ticketed items – HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and of course, Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. The ‘retail’ mission was the only option after availability from online e-tailers simply did not transpire. HTC Vive is available in 3 out of five Microsoft stores we’ve checked, while Oculus Rift availability was tied to Intel’s Retail Experience. Best Buy in West Hollywood didn’t had Intel Retail Experience and there was no Rift, but the story changed in

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Zotac to Launch a VR Mini PC Powerhouse

Zotac Magnus EN980 Final Design

Computex Taipei is upon us. Starting on Monday, over 150,000 people will descent onto the capital of Taiwan, a small independent country which is the home to manufactures of our digital life.  One vendor not coming out of Taiwan is ZOTAC International, a company operating out of Macau. This brother of Sapphire mostly manufacturers NVIDIA and Intel devices, while Sapphire Technologies is in charge of manufacturing AMD-powered components and devices. “This Computex comes at the right time for us to showcase our technical capabilities with award winning designs,” states Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. “We are extremely thrilled to introduce our lineup of solutions that exhibits our innovation and adventurous

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Nvidia Shield Update Adds 4K60, HDR Support – VR Next?

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Nvidia SHIELD Android TV console is perhaps the best Android TV device on the market. Ever since its launch a year ago, this Tegra X1-based device gained over 10 upgrades with improvement in specifications and features. With the Google I/O 2016 conference taking place at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, Nvidia wanted to make sure their announcements reflect on the strength of Android ecosystem and its capabilities. The Software Upgrade 3.2 brings the support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV devices, which are coming to the market later this year. It also now supports YouTube 4K at 60 fps / Hz, which was not the case in the

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Nvidia Unveils the GeForce GTX 1070

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At the inaugural Dreamhack conference held in Austin, TX – Nvidia introduced Pascal-based GeForce GTX cards, the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. While specifications of GTX 1080 were made known at the conference, final specifications for GTX 1070 were left out. Given that the previous generation saw a recall of GeForce GTX 970 boards due to significant performance issues in regards to 3.5/0.5 GB of memory – we were wondering how would Nvidia make sure GTX 970 doesn’t repeat. While the GeForce GTX 1080 packs a fully unlocked GP104 chip, GTX 1070 is the product designed to increase the chip yields to a profitable level. As such, the

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Did Microsoft Fix its Biggest Mistake?

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Microsoft is ending its ‘free Windows 10’ upgrade program. Ever since the company announced the availability of Windows 10 and a free upgrade for the older versions, the company was adamant it will only offer free upgrade program ‘for a limited amount of time’. That free upgrade program ends on July 29th, 2016. While there is a loophole that can keep your systems running on Windows 7,  8 and 8.1 and still get the Windows 10 upgrade, discovered thanks to ZDNet: “When you upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the Windows 10 setup program checks your current activation status and reports the result to the activation

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Watch Six Minutes of DOOM Running on GeForce GTX 1080

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In case you’ve missed it, there’s six minutes of your Friday that you should not miss. The idSoftware crew demonstrated their 2016 remake of legendary DOOM, a game that practically created the first person shooter (FPS) genre. The original daddy of FPS also came from the same team. Couple of months ago, we saw that DOOM Multiplayer achieves 60 fps with ease on anything faster than a three year old Radeon R9 290, I look forward to seeing a title that will bring me back to my childhood. 🙂 In meanwhile, enjoy in these five minutes and fifty-six seconds. The team demonstrated Full HD, 1920×1080 resolution in continuous 60 frames per second

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Pascal Secrets: What Makes Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 so Fast?

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At the inaugural edition of North American Dreamhack conference, Electronic Arts and DICE launched Battlefield 1, while Nvidia unveiled their first Pascal-based consumer cards, the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070. Both cards set to offer record-breaking performance per watt, and that performance enabled Nvidia to price the parts above its predecessors. In this article, we will analyze the key elements that make second Pascal chip (GP104) even more efficient than the GP100 (Tesla P100). While the performance results are under NDA until the May 17th (expect a tidal wave of reviews from usual suspects), we are now digging into the architecture that makes GeForce GTX 1080 ‘a screamer’. Pascal GPU architecture

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Nvidia Credits AMD for Unifying Game Development

Nvidia Invites You to the Order of 10

During the Nvidia’s “Power of 10” event, Jen-Hsun Huang, Co-founder and CEO of Nvidia Corporation talked about the positive shift in mentality for game developers. Game development in the past segmented resources between consoles and PCs, often resulting in sub-par experiences on the more powerful hardware. PC-focused eSports today have an audience of over 300 million viewers, easily rivaling or even beating more established ‘real’ sports. In 2013, the situation for PC gaming was rather grim. The arrival of new, AMD powered consoles brought the x86 architecture back to Microsoft (Intel x86, IBM PowerPC, AMD x86), and marked the third architectural change for Sony (SGI MIPS, IBM PowerPC,

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TSMC Tapes out 10nm A11 Processors for Apple

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Ten years, even five years ago Intel was the undisputed process leader, and if you wanted to see how the new process node would look like, you would wait to see a new processor coming from Intel architecture. That was the unwritten law of the semiconductor industry, with an occasional blimp when TSMC would introduce a half-node step, beating Intel’s 90/65/45/32nm with 80nm, 55nm, 40nm and 28nm GPUs for ATI and Nvidia. Today, Intel’s missed approach to mobile resulted in company loosing the process node advantage, and ultimately being forced to cancel the most of Atom product family. And now, to add insult to injury, DigiTimes (also known

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Tune in to Nvidia Pascal Livestream on May 6th, 6PM Pacific

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Nvidia Pascal Editor’s Day is taking shape as select group of press, analysts and gaming VIPs are flying to Austin, the capitol of Texas, and then being driven to a W Hotel where the festivities will take place. We already know that Electronic Arts will reveal next installation of Battlefield franchise at 1PM Pacific, 10PM Central European Time while we can now deliver the news that the public part of Pascal Editor’s Day will take place at 6PM Pacific, Midnight Zulu i.e. GMT, and 2AM in Europe. Conveniently for Asian markets, the stream will take place in the morning hours on Saturday, i.e. weekend. Previous launches almost

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