Gaming news summary for August 27, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, CD Projekt managed to achieve over 6 million The Witcher 3 sales in six weeks, Rovio announces more job cuts, AMD reveals details of the Radeon R9 Nano GPU, and the creator of Gears of War unveils his latest project.
Radeon R9 Fury X uses Fiji GPU, measures 7.5 inches long
AMD's highest-specification graphics cards have been replaced by a new frontrunner, with the chip producer also revealing a collection of more moderate graphics cards. The new R9 Fury series is headed up by the Fury X, a card that is claimed to not only have the highest GPU memory bandwidth ever, but also manages to scale the card's length down to an extremely small 7.5 inches.
GeForce GTX 980 Ti has 6GB memory, 2,816 CUDA cores
Nvidia has launched its latest non-Titan flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, as well as commencing sales for its new set-top box. Part of a raft of announcements made recently, the new card is an upgrade from the GTX 980 that is claimed to easily play games at a 4K resolution, as well as meeting Oculus' virtual reality content requirements of providing images at a resolution of 2160x1200 at 90 frames per second.
High-end graphics cards formally revealed at GTC
Nvidia has revealed more details for two high-end graphics cards at the GPU Technology Conference earlier today. The GeForce GTX Titan X, initially unveiled as the company's new flagship card for PC gaming at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, was joined by a new professional card in the Quadro range called the Quadro M6000.
Titan X claimed to use 8 billion transistors, 12GB frame buffer
Nvidia is still producing new products in its Titan high-specification graphics cards range, with the company making an unexpected announcement during the Game Developers Conference. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang handed Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney the first GeForce GTX Titan X, declared by Huang to be the "most advanced GPU the world has ever seen."
Online retailer pricing for high-end AMD cards drops up to $150 in some cases
Online retailers like Amazon and Newegg are showing new pricing levels for the top tier of Radeon video cards from AMD. Pricing for the high-end video cards has dropped as much as $150 in some cases, a move that could be interpreted as a reaction to the release of cheaper cards last month from its main competitor, Nvidia.
Tenth generation of Nvidia architecture delivers new lighting, anti-aliasing, and sampling
During the company's Game24 livestream event, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage to announce> the next generation of GPU technology to be found in the 900 series of graphics cards. Nvidia's Maxwell, the tenth GPU architecture to be released from the graphics company, offers a number of new features over its Kepler predecessor, including new technologies like multi-frame sample anti-aliasing (MFAA) and dynamic super resolution (DSR).
New FirePro cards support 4K displays, use Graphics Core Next architecture
AMD has taken to Siggraph 2014 to launch new cards in its FirePro graphics card collection for professional use. A total of four graphics cards have joined the range, going from more basic offerings to high-performance variants, with the FirePro W2100, W4100, W5100, and W7100 all supporting 4K displays, with the group also using AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
AT&T cuts wireless data charges for individual customers without contact
AT&T has announced wireless data price cuts to individual customers that do not have annual service contracts. Done in an attempt to rival its competitor, T-Mobile, customers having one smartphone with no annual service contract will now pay $65 per month instead of $80 for a plan that features 2GB LTE wireless data, unlimited talk and text messaging, unlimited international messaging and 50GB of cloud storage. Those who have two smartphones will now pay $90 per month.
A year after support thread started no solution on the horizon
Some owners of early 2009 model iMacs that have upgraded to later versions of Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion have been reporting issues with the included Nvidia GeForce GT 130 video card without a response from Apple, according to a year-long support thread on the company's support website. The issue appears to center around a faulty kernel extension released late in the Snow Leopard updates that remains unfixed, and causes graphic glitches, crashes and even kernel panics when the graphics card is stressed, such as during games.
Card overclocks graphics cores
ASUS is currently showing its upcoming Matrix GTX 580 Platinum graphics card, an overclocked variant of the standard GTX 580. Although the company has yet to detail its flagship Mars II edition, the Platinum model will provide 1.5GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 512 CUDA cores, and a GPU core frequency pushed to 816 MHz.
ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU
AMD on Thursday morning further expanded its "Dragon" desktop platform with the introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card, featuring 1.36 TeraFLOPs of computing power, faster GDDR5 memory, and engine clock speeds capable of nearly 1GHz. The GPU card offers support for DirectX 10.1 titles, including Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X., Electronic Art’s BattleForge and SEGA’s Stormrise released last month, as well as GSC Gameworld’s S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky. According to the company, the new graphics card is not only designed to provide exceptional value to OEMs and channel partners but also to do-it-yourself (DIY) consumers.