Last week saw the start of NVIDIA’s yearly product revamp and it commenced in a big way with the introduction of the powerful GeForce GTX 780. The company followed it up with another impressive product in the guise of the GTX 770.
The way several sectors described it, the GTX 770 can be aptly described as the GTX 680 on crack. Its clock speed and memory is being reported as 5% faster than the pricey GTX 680. The 770’s base clock has been pegged at 1,046 and its boost clock at 1,085MHz, meaning the chip has been given a 4% and 3% boost respectively. Aside from that, the 770 is the first to be implemented with the GPU Boost 2.0 which pushes the clock speed even more. Plus, it’s also the first NVIDIA chip to ship with 7GHz GDDR5, giving it a 17% higher memory.
NVIDIA has gone in a different direction in its pricing and push of the GTX 770. Unlike the GTX 780’s timid launch, NVIDIA has been more aggressive with its claims and backing this up with a $ 400 price tag. The very competitive price has left a lot of consumers’ gobsmacked. After all, the 770’s specs clearly outmatch that of the GTX 680. However, it’s doubtful that you’ll find too many gamers complaining about it. They’ll probably just all run out to get their hands on NVIDIA’s impressive GTX 770.
NVIDIA has been churning out GPUs faster than most with the release of the GTX 680 last year, the GTX Titan this February and now, with the GeForce GTX 780. NVIDIA’s latest GPU is touted to give eye-popping and crisp visuals that gaming aficionados will surely love.
The GeForce GTX 780 essentially runs much like the Titan but without the prohibitive price tag. The new GPU has the same powerful Kepler architecture with 2,304 cores and a 3GB high-speed GDDR5 memory. It also comes in a sleek metal enclosure and best of all, would only set you back around $ 650. Of course, the lower price tag means that there were compromises made on the GTX 780. For one, its 3GB RAM is half of what the Titan has and the CUDA cores went down to 2304. However, speeds were boosted to 863MHz and 900MHz and the base clock saw an increase as well.
To ensure that gamers will enjoy the best possible experience, NVIDIA is offering the beta version of its GeForce Experience as a free option with the 780. The software has been vetted and used by 1.5 million gamers since the year started and NVIDIA is claiming that it complements the GTX 780′s raw power. The GeForce Experience is impressive in the way it configures the 3D setting of each game automatically, ensuring that the game’s potential is maximized based on its system configuration. It also makes life easier for gamers by sending notifications of software updates and installing GeForce drivers automatically.
Interestingly enough, a number of testers have noted that GTX 780 had better frame rates than the Titan in some games; something that analysts say might be due to the GTX 780’s increased clock speeds. It also gives gamers who’re still undecided about the Titan something to think about. With the release of the GTX 780, NVIDIA’s has made its top shelf chip attainable to many gamers. Some hard-core gamers wouldn’t think twice about getting the Titan, despite its $ 1,000 price tag. But in today’s economy, paying that much when there’s a card that can give basically the same performance doesn’t make sense. Why pay more when you can get the same high-quality for much lower?
One surprising device that captured people’s interest in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was NVIDIA’s Project Shield, a project that showcased the company’s foray into gaming consoles. But now, that project has become an eagerly anticipated product. Now officially called the NVIDIA Shield, it’s a very handy and portable 5” Android game console & controller that can run games that are available on Google Play, TegraZone and Valve’s Steam.
The Shield is NVIDIA’s crack at giving gamers a superior gaming experience, and it might have succeeded. Unlike other portable game consoles, the Shield boasts of a 5”, 720p HD screen, a powerful bass reflex speaker system, a d-pad, two analog sticks and the usual buttons. The clamshell shaped console runs on Android 4.2.1 and is powered by NVIDIA’s new, high-end Tegra 4 processor. It also has 2GB of RAM, a GPS chip, and a mini-HDMI output.
The flagship console has a price tag of $ 349 and will be carried by retailers Canada Computers, GameStop, Micro Center and Newegg. The product is admittedly more expensive than the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS XL and time will tell if there’s a niche for it. Pre-orders for the Shield will start on May 20 but those who sign up for NVIDIA’s email list can pre-order earlier than the rest. Shield units are expected to be shipped by June.
After a long wait, Nvidia has finally revealed on its blog, that it’s much anticipated gaming console is now available for pre-order. The shipping date has been decided to be June 2013. There is a loud roar regarding this device at the market. It …