Items tagged with NASDAQ:NVDA

Leave it to Zotac to build a mini-PC designed for gamers. Zotac lives and breathes pint-sized PCs, and thanks to an era where the hardware is generally outpacing the software, Zotac was able to build a pretty impressive gaming system within the popular ZBOX mold. Specifically, Zotac's new ZBOX EN760 comes out swinging with an Intel Core i5 4200U dual-core processor (1.6GHz, 3MB L2 cache) based on Haswell and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GPU (Maxwell). That's a potent one-two punch for gaming. If you opt for the Plus model, it'll also come with 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 1TB hard drive. Based on our experience with previous ZBOX systems, we'd suggest opting for the non-Plus model and plopping a solid... Read more...
Xiaomi announced a new, relatively inexpensive Android tablet yesterday called the MiPad, and NVIDIA has made sure to bang the drum for the new device as it has the company’s Tegra K1 SoC inside, and NVIDIA talked up Xiaomi as a company, too. “Fast. Xiaomi does everything fast,” wrote NVIDIA’s Will Park in a company blog post. “Its Tegra 4-powered Mi3 was the world’s fastest phone at launch. They’re growing fast, too: Xiaomi is now one of the world’s largest smartphone vendors. And now, they’re the first to build a tablet with our out-of-this-world fast Tegra K1 mobile processor.” The Tegra K1 mobile processor (the “K” is... Read more...
Even though it was AMD that secured lucrative contracts with the major console makers, NVIDIA's benefiting from an impressive lineup of mobile and desktop GPUs for the PC. Citing growth in PC gaming as a partial reason for its profitable quarter, NVIDIA raked in over $1.1 billion in total revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, ended April 27, 2014. That represents a 4 percent decline sequentially, but a 16 percent jump compared to the same quarter a year ago. After paying the bills, NVIDIA was left with profit of $136.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share on a GAAP basis ($166.1 million, or $0.29 per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis). NVIDIA is planning to pay its next quarterly cash... Read more...
If you're feeling that your PC gaming rig could use a boost, look no further: Asus has just announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z dual-GPU graphics card, powered by the best that NVIDIA can crank out at the moment. It's a high-performance beast, stacked with 12GB of GDDR5 memory and NVIDIA's GPU Boost 2.0 technology. Atop the usual trimmings, there's GPU Tweal: that's an Asus exclusive that "allows users to tune graphics parameters in real-time." You'll be able to modify the clock speeds and voltage levels, along with cooling fan speeds. All told, you're looking at two NVIDIA GeForce GPUs (876MHz boost clock), 12GB of onboard memory, a total of 5,760 CUDA cores, and plenty of oomph to handle output... Read more...
You never know how a game will actually turn out until you've had a chance to play it and/or see it in person, but with that said, we're confident that Ubisoft's forthcoming Watch Dog title is going to at least look fantastic on the PC. You will too after viewing the latest Watch Dogs trailer, which showcases various NVIDIA technology. "Ubisoft and NVIDIA have been working closely in order to create the most vivid and breath taking Chicago possible for the PC version of Watch Dogs," explains Paul Vlasie, PC Lead Engineer on Watch Dogs. Vlasie narrates the trailer, providing viewers with some insight into the technology involved with the PC version. One of those technologies is HBAO+, which stands... Read more...
One of the most anticipated announcements of GDC this year has been Microsoft's unveiling of DirectX 12. The event today was light on some details, but didn't disappoint -- DirectX 12 looks like a huge step forward for gaming. The problem DX12 wants to solve is the same issue that drove Mantle. DirectX 11 isn't very good at allocating resources efficiently, the API's performance is often choked by single-threaded CPU performance. GPUs are already far faster than CPUs (as shown below), so limiting the graphics card's performance by choking it with a single-threaded CPU is a major problem. What's New In DX12 Microsoft and Nvidia have both posted blog posts talking about the new features of the... Read more...
Have you ever seen an iPad cry? Would you like to? It's easy -- just plop one next to Panasonic's Toughpad 4K tablet and start comparing specs. The same goes for any other tablet, really. Panasonic has thrown down the gauntlet in terms of performance slates by launching the world's first 20-inch 4K ultra high definition (UHD) tablet. There's so much going on here it's tough to decide where to begin. Let's start with the obvious -- the 20-inch IPS 10-point multi-touch 4K display. This is a massive touchscreen panel that simply dwarfs all those 7-inch and 8-inch slates on the market, and even larger size tablets in the 10-inch range. Why so big? Panasonic didn't design the Toughpad 4K to just surf... Read more...
id you call in sick to work today in order to play Titanfall? Wait, don’t answer that--but if you are locked in with a six-pack of Mt. Dew and copious bags of Cheetos for a day or two of nonstop Titanfall action, don’t forget to grab some fresh GPU drivers for your NVIDIA-based system. There’s a lot in this particular release, which is GeForce 335.23 WHQL, and updates include SLI profiles for Bound by Flame, Diablo III, DOTA 2, Need For Speed Rivals, and Watch Dogs. There’s also new 3D vision capabilities: Thief and Titanfall are now rated “good”, and Call of Duty: Ghosts has In-Depth Laser Sight. Other features include support for GeForce ShadowPlay, Twitch... Read more...
It was just late December when the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 got the latest Android 4.3 update, but NVIDIA announced that the device is already being updated to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), and there’s now an LTE version is coming, too. NVIDIA is popping a fifth-gen i500 LTE modem into the Tegra Note 7, and the software-defined radio technology inside means it can receive upgrades without requiring new hardware. The KitKat update includes Gamepad Mapper, which allows players to use a physical Bluetooth controller to play touch-only mobile games. The original Tegra Note 7 (our review here) is just $199, and the LTE version costs $299 and includes the Tegra 4 processor and 72-core GPU, 5MP rear and... Read more...
It appears that ASUS is bringing its mobile mojo to the gaming community with a handheld Android console that's similar to NVIDIA's Shield device. The "Gamebox," as ASUS is calling it, features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC) flanked by 2GB of system RAM and 8GB of internal flash storage. Word of the console comes courtesy of German language website Mobile Geeks, which noticed a reference to the Gamebox in the database of a popular Android benchmark called AnTuTu (it's one of the benchmarks we use when testing Android devices). According to the listing, the Gamebox will sport a 5-inch display with a 720p (1280x270) resolution. This is the primary reason why it's believed the form factor... Read more...
We've known for several years that the next GPU architecture after Kepler would be codenamed Maxwell. NVIDIA revealed as much in a roadmap as far back as September 2010 when Fermi was the top dog, and though it will arrive just a tad behind the GPU maker's original schedule, Maxwell parts are right around the corner. Back in 2010, NVIDIA expected to be pushing out 20nm GPUs by now, though the reality is TSMC isn't up to the task of transitioning to 20nm territory at an acceptable yield. If NVIDIA decided to push the issue, costs would likely jump up dramatically on the manufacturing side, which would result in higher priced graphics cards. With AMD already being so aggressive with its pricing... Read more...
Although it cuts against the app’s actual name, NVIDIA’s TegraZone is now available on all Android devices whether or not they’re running a Tegra chip. This, courtesy of TegraZone v.2.9, which is now available in the Google Play Store. With the update, users can track their game collection across any and all of their Android devices, and there’s support for Google Play Game Services as well, which includes achievements for downloading games, submitting reviews and ratings, and more. You can also personalize your TegraZone experience with Google+ login implementation. One feature sure to make a few users happy is full support for controls for the NVIDIA SHIELD and MadCatz... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti and GTX Titan are two of the fastest graphics cards on the planet, but lest you think the company is going to rest on its laurels, it's about to launch even faster parts. There's the GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition with a pile of onboard GDDR5 memory (6GB, to be exact) and the dual-GPU GTX 790, also with 6GB. Thanks to some early listing for ASUS brand cards, we have an idea of what the early price points will be, at least overseas. The folks at VideoCardz.com dug up a listing for the ASUS GeForce GTX Titan Black going for 974 euros (around $1,330 in U.S. currency). It lists the card as having 6GB of onboard memory, as was previously rumored. Unfortunately, there's... Read more...
Ouya has yet another competitor in the micro-console category. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, Chinese hardware maker Huawei had on display Tron, a tiny console that resembles a shrunken Mac Pro that's powered by NVIDA's Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC). Though small in stature, Tron is supposedly capable of playing PlayStation 3 games. That's according to various reports in Chinese media, where the Ouya competitor is receiving its share of hype. In addition to PS3 games, overseas reports claim Tron is capable of playing PC and Nintendo DS games. It's not clear how the console goes about all this, especially since PC, DS, and PS3 games aren't all made the same way.... Read more...
Remember when NVIDIA was primarily a company that cranked out new GPUs for hardcore gamers? Honestly, that feels like an age ago, as the company has evolved into one that's producing its own gaming handheld (SHIELD) and has outfitted a number of tablets with the silicon necessary to run the latest operating systems from the world's software leaders. Now, as CES winds down and Q1-Q2 roadmaps become clearer, rumors are flying that NVIDIA's handiwork may power the third iteration of Microsoft's Surface. Of course, Surface has had a pretty tough time in the market thus far, but it's still a young product. The Tegra K1, which boasts 192 Kepler graphics cores and a re-engineered CPU, was one of the... Read more...
If you're in need of a new monitor for your gaming machine, you're in good shape. We've already seen a number of display announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including an interesting 27-inch panel by Philips that uses NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology to synchronize refresh rates to the PC's GPU. The "Philips 27-inch Gaming Monitor with G-SYNC" (model 272G5DYEB) rocks a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, 1,000:1 contrast ratio (typical), 300cd/cm2 brightness, and a 144Hz refresh rate with 1ms response time for fast action visuals presumably void of ghosting and other nasty artifacts. "This 27-inch Philips monitor is a perfect gaming partner, with G-SYNC technology bringing... Read more...
The war in mobile is being fought on many different battlegrounds, even your wrist, assuming the whole smart watch movement gains any traction. However, one of the most important battlegrounds could be your car. In response to an initiative launched this past summer by Apple to integrate iPhones and other iOS devices into car dashboards, Google and NVIDIA are teaming up to put Android in automobiles. German auto maker Audi AG is on board with Android and plans to jointly announce with Google at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that the two companies are collaborating on in-car entertainment and information systems based on Android, The Wall Street Journal reports. The... Read more...
Never underestimate the passion of a programmer and true geek at heart. That's the lesson to take away from today's story of little Julia, a 12-year-old girl who plays on her school's basketball and volleyball teams, is into swimming, and who recently spent an hour learning the fundamentals of CUDA programming at the Supercomputing 13 conference in Denver, Colorado. That's right, not all teens are simply content to sit back and play console games in their living rooms or tap away at their tablets as they fling pissed off birds across the display at thieving little pigs. Programming is alive and well, and people like Julia are proof positive of that. Once an aspiring architect, Julia now wants... Read more...
There are many things you could build with 11,396 Lego pieces, but for Xiaosheng Li, a 23-year-old freelance writer for Chinese websites and an avid NVIDIA fan, there was only one thing on his mind. He wanted to build a replica GeForce GTX 690 graphics card, so in July he created a digital mockup using Lego modeling software. Three months later, he had accomplished his goal. According to NVIDIA, the 23-year-old writer came up with the idea after seeing a "crude model of a competing company's graphics card" that also used Legos. Being an NVIDIA fan, he wanted to make a better looking model. It appears he succeeded, having built a realistic looking replica that measures almost 6 feet long, more... Read more...
We were impressed with NVIDIA’s SHIELD portable gaming system when we reviewed it in depth, but NVIDIA announced even more features that bump the device’s prowess up even further. The most notable update concerns GameStream, a tool that’s fresh out of beta and lets users stream games from your (GeForce GTX-equipped) PC to SHIELD; even better, in Console Mode, you can use a controller and GameStream to play on a big screen. GameStream now offers streaming at 1080p at 60fps over an Ethernet connection, which is all the more notable because the SHIELD’s display is only 720p. Other new features include Gamepad Mapper, which optimizes Android games for the SHIELD’s analog... Read more...
The supercomputing conference SC13 kicks off this week, which means we'll be seeing a great deal of information related to multiple initiatives and launches from all the major players in High Performance Computing (HPC). Nvidia is kicking off their own event with the launch of a new GPU and a strategic partnership with IBM. For those of you that follow the consumer market, the GPU is going to look fairly familiar. K40 -- GK110 Goes Full Fat Just as the GTX 780 Ti was the full consumer implementation of the GK110 GPU, the new K40 Tesla card is the supercomputing / HPC variant of the same core architecture. The K40 picks up additional clock headroom and implements the same variable clock speed... Read more...
Apple seems fairly content letting everyone else battle it out for the under-$200 tablet market share crown, and if you haven't noticed, the war that's waging down there is getting pretty intense. Google's heralded Nexus 7 has a bit of like-minded competition today courtesy of the Tegra Note. Designed by EVGA, the Tegra Note 7 packs NVIDIA's 1.8GHz Tegra 4, a stylus, a built-in 5MP rear camera, 1GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, a 7" HD IPS display (1280x800), and a VGA front-facing webcam. There's also 16GB of storage, a microSD expansion slot, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS + GLONASS, an ambient light sensor, HDMI output, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 4100mAh battery that's supposedly... Read more...
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