Soory I could not make it we had 4 buildings with pipes bursting could not get on the phone. I was pulling carpet walls and flooring since 6 am to 11pm. We had a long day weather is warming up a bit so it will give us a break for the rest of the weee
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Mars 760, a graphics card that features two GeForce GTX 760 graphics-processing units (GPUs) for the ultimate gaming performance. Mars 760 outpaces even GeForce GTX Titan - with game performance that's up to 39% faster overall. Compared with GeForce GTX Titan, Mars 760 runs Bioshock Infinite 6% faster, Crysis 3 an impressive 14% quicker and increases Tomb Raider's performance by a remarkable 39%.
Mars 760 is a two-slot card that's packed with many exclusive ASUS technologies including DirectCU II for 20%-cooler and vastly quieter operation, DIGI+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for ultra-stable power delivery and GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use utility that lets users push the two GTX 760 GPUs to extremes - easily and safely. An attention-grabbing LED even illuminates as Mars 760 works. Combined with 4 GB of GDDR5 video memory Mars 760 pumps visuals with incredibly high frame rates and no stutter, ensuring extremely smooth gameplay - even at very high resolutions, such as 2560x1600.
Cool, quiet, stable, durable - and truly gorgeous Exclusive DirectCU II technology puts 8 highly-conductive copper cooling pipes in direct contact with both GPUs. These pipes provide extremely efficient cooling - Mars 760 runs 20% cooler and vastly quieter than reference GeForce GTX 690 cards. Dual 90 mm dust-proof fans provide six times (6X) greater airflow than reference design.
Mars 760 is equipped with ROG's acclaimed DIGI+ voltage-regulation module (VRM), featuring a 12-phase power design that reduces power noise by 30% and enhances efficiency by 15%. It also widens voltage-modulation tolerance and improves overall stability and longevity - by two-and-a-half times (2.5X) above reference. Japanese-made black metallic capacitors offer 20%-better temperature endurance for a lifespan that's up to five times (5X) longer. The new card is also built with extremely heard-wearing polymerized organic-semiconductor capacitors (POSCAPs) and has an aluminum backplate, further lowering power noise, increasing durability, enhancing overclocking possibilities and improving stability.
Mars 760 even looks great, with a gorgeous LED light that glows a glorious red and pulsates majestically when Mars 760 is active - a stunning reminder of awesome power at work.
Easy tuning for awesome game performance Mars 760 lets users push the two GTX 760 GPUs even further, with GPU Tweak - an exclusive tuning tool that allows quick, simple and safe control over video-memory clock speeds and voltages, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds. The ROG edition of GPU Tweak included with Mars 760 also enables detailed GPU load-line calibration and VRM-frequency tuning, allowing for the most extensive control and tweaking parameters for maximum overclocking potential - all adjusted via an attractive and easy-to-use graphical interface. As well, the GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time - so others can watch live as games are played. It's even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.
Mars 760 will be available from worldwide from the end of November 2013.
SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced that it is releasing a performance enhancing BIOS for the recently introduced SAPPHIRE R9 290 graphics card.
Based on the latest GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD, the new SAPPHIRE R9 290 introduced enthusiast level performance and some exciting new features at a more affordable price point than the flagship R9 290X model.
Many enthusiasts and gamers like to tune the performance of their systems, and SAPPHIRE has always provided tools for this to be achieved safely. For many current models, the SAPPHIRE TriXX software, free to download from the company's website, offers the ability to adjust clocks and fan speeds to optimise operation of the graphics card for different applications and save different profiles.
In the case of the new SAPPHIRE R9 290, it is recognised that performance is capped by the system when the GPU temperature reaches its operating maximum. Therefore, by providing better cooling, maximum performance levels can be raised. As all the current products are shipping with the standard blower style cooler, this can only be achieved by increasing the fan speed to increase airflow in the cooler, with the trade-off that fan and air flow noise will also be increased.
After internal testing under various operating conditions, SAPPHIRE is now releasing a BIOS specifically for the currently available R9 290 which operates with a different fan profile, and a maximum fan speed of 47%. The company believes this offers the user the best compromise for enhanced performance, noise and reliability. The new BIOS and Flash tool are available free to download from the company's website.
Always looking to provide the user with the best solutions, SAPPHIRE will be introducing new models in the R9 290 family over the coming weeks based on the company's own designs and with innovative and enhanced cooling solutions.
MSRP (before taxes) pricing of AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 290 (non-X) being around $450 is looking increasingly likely. In a string of reports that Japanese publication Hermitage Akihabara published ahead of launches of the R9 290X and the R9 290, in which the publication talked about pricing in the country, a price difference of roughly 18 percent is emerging between the two. Applying that to the $549.99 MSRP of the R9 290X stateside, one can derive a $450 pricing for the R9 290. Granted, local taxation may greatly vary between Japan and other markets, affecting the end-user price, but pre-tax MSRPs can be consistent.
The Radeon R9 290 is expected to launch on the 5th of November, 2013. Based on the same "Hawaii" silicon as the Radeon R9 290X, it features 2,560 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory. Its core is clocked around 948 MHz, and memory at 6.00 GHz.
With online games that require a proper smoking device to participate just as much as they do a working computer, it should come as no surprise that the creator of a new ganja gaming website wants to encourage players to get stoned to bone while they waste a little time.
Marijuanagames.org, a marijuana-themed gaming website, featuring five video game parodies of classics like Super Mario Bros. and Pacman, was officially launched last month. Website creator and game developer Russ Hudson says that he wanted to create a site that promotes for the legalization of recreational marijuana while maintaining the basic principles of the cause -- fun and relaxation.
"The entire country; indeed the entire world, is rapidly making a shift in consciousness and this shift is calling for legalization of marijuana,” says Hudson. Unfortunately, this means that right now there is an enormous amount of political pressure on the entire marijuana culture and industries. This isn’t right, because the concept of recreational marijuana use is one of relaxation, stress relief and spiritual grounding, so the hype and stress of activism is really the opposite of this concept.”
In addition to a series of games, the website also offers several reviews of marijuana strains as well as a pot proficiency quiz, memes and a number of images displaying important marijuana facts.
Rather than just being a cool website where gamers can guide stoner Pacman on a high-speed mission to devour as many marijuana leafs and purple bongs as possible while evading the rotten clutches of the law enforcement ghosts, there is also a relatively good chance that they will learn something new about the many facets of cannabis.
The entire AMD Radeon R9 280X, Radeon R9 270X and several Radeon R7 series graphic cards from several AMD’s AIC partners have been unveiled. Each graphic card features a non-reference cooling design from the manufacturer’s and the most notable are the MSI Gaming series, XFX Double Dissipation and ASUS’s DIrectCU based Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 series graphic cards. We just recently detailed the specifications of these models, you can get more information regarding them here.
Custom AMD Radeon R9 280X and R9/R7 Series GPUs Unveiled
The Radeon R9 280X is a Tahiti rebrand but would arrive at a price of only $299. The same GPU launched at $549 and with almost two years of experience at hand, manufacturer’s would now be able to offer some highly clocked models of the Radeon R9 280X GPU to users. The specifications of the GPU are virtually the same over the AMD Radeon HD 7970 including 2048 stream processors, 32 ROPs, 128 TMUs and a 3 GB GDDR5 memory operating across a 384-bit wide memory interface. The card would be clocked at 1000 MHz at base and 1050 MHz with GPU Boost while the memory would be clocked at 1600 MHz or 6 GHz effective clock speed.
The follow up is the Radeon R9 270X which is a Tahiti LE rebrand with 256-bit memory interface and 2 GB GDDR5 memory. This graphic card is supposedly faster than the Tahiti LE based Radeon HD 7870 XT due to faster clock frequencies though the other specifications would remain largely the same however we cannot confirm this at the moment.
The rest of the card specifications confirmed include the $139 Radeon R7 260X which is a Radeon HD 7790 rebrand featuring 896 Stream processors, 16 ROPs, 56 TMUs and a 2 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 128-bit wide memory interface. The core clock is maintained at 1100 MHz while memory operates at 1625 MHz. This is a reference model and one can expect higher factory overclocked cards at launch on October 8th-10th. Lastly, is the $89 Oland Pro based Radeon R7 240 which is the entry levelVolcanic Islands chip featuring 320 Shaders, 8 ROPs and 20 TMUs. The card is shipped with a Gigabyte of memory running across a 128-bit interface while clocks are maintained at 780 MHz for the core and 1150 MHz for the memory. Its bigger brother, the Radeon R7 250 which is based on the Oland XT GPU would feature 384 shaders, upto 2 GB GDDR5 memory along a 128-bit interface and faster clock speeds. You can see detailed information regarding the GPUs in the chart below:
Radeon R9 280X
Radeon R9 280X Matrix
Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R7 260X
Radeon R7 240
3 GB GDDR5
3 GB GDDR5
2 GB GDDR5
2 GB GDDR5
1 GB GDDR5
As for the Hawaii based cards, unfortunately we don’t have any more information regarding custom models for the Radeon R9 290X or the Radeon R9 290 at the moment but a recent listing at Newegg of the ASUS DirectCU based Radeon R9 290X model shows the possibility that such models may release after launch.
You can see the entire lineup from various manufacturer’s below: