NVIDIA'S VOLTA GPU: NEARLY THREE TIMES THE BANDWIDTH, AND A NEW NAME TOOAt Nvidia’s March 2013 GPU Technology Conference, the company announced a breakthrough graphics processing unit (GPU) codenamed “Volta,” with nearly four times the bandwidth than its current top-of-the-line Kepler graphics cards. However, at the 2014 GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia changed things around a bit, by placing Volta out more than two years, or well after the 2016 release of its Volta-like “Pascal” GPUs. Essentially, Pascal will have mostly the same speed and bandwidth characteristics promised for Volta, with a new twist—Nvidia’s own homegrown bus.

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What is Nvidia G-Sync, and how does it make graphics look prettier? Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/nvidia-g-sync-make-graphics-look-prettier/#ixzz30tNRycUr Follow us: @digitaltrends on Twitter | digitaltrendsftw on FacebookFew computing programs require more system resources than games. Game developers consistently push graphics hardware to their limits. Because of this, the results are frequently less than desirable.

Sometimes, when your GPU/graphics card and monitor are out of sync, and the GPU sends a frame in the middle of a monitor’s refresh rate, the monitor ends up drawing parts of multiple frames on the display at the same time.

This can result in visually discernable artifacts known as “tears,” or tearing; a form of distortion where objects on the screen appear to be out of alignment.

You can keep your GPU and monitor in sync by enabling vsync, which causes the GPU to send frames to the screen in sync with the monitor’s refresh rate (usually at 60Hz, or 60 times per second). However, while maintaining sync via vsync eliminates tearing, it can introduce yet another artifact called “stuttering,” as well as input lag.

The


news is that Nvidia’s G-Sync monitor technology eliminates the tear, stutter, and input lag phenomena that plagues many PCs.

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EVGA Tegra Note 7 Review and RatingsOne of the most interesting and best-received of 2013’s Android tablets was Samsung’s $399-list Galaxy Note 8.0, which we gave our Editors’ Choice nod back in April 2013. Well-built, attractive, and fast, the Galaxy Note 8.0 (as well as the 2014 refresh of the Galaxy Note 10.1 that we looked at in October 2013, also an Editors’ Choice recipient) differs from most Android tablets. In addition to allowing for excellent fingertip and gesture input, with that Galaxy tablet you get Samsung’s highly innovative, useful stylus, which it dubs the “S Pen.”

Not only does the S Pen provide excellent pen-input support, but the Galaxy Note 8.0 itself also comes with a handy host of pen-enabled apps, as well as multitasking features unavailable on most other Android tablets. We found plenty of things to like about the Galaxy Note 8.0—more than enough, to our eyes, to justify the seemingly exorbitant $400 price for a compact slate.

EVGA Tegra Note 7

Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablets are, of course, premium products at premium prices, and, if you need the pen input, they justify the cost. However, graphics-hardware and mobile-processor giant Nvidia, with its 2013 release of the Tegra 4 processor, soon after unveiled a reference design for a stylus-supporting, compact Tegra tablet, which was picked up by EVGA for sale in the United States, and by several other makers for overseas distribution. We’re looking at it here in the form of the EVGA Tegra Note 7. A full $200 cheaper than the Galaxy Note 8.0 was at its debut, the Tegra Note 7 takes direct aim at Samsung’s pen tablets with an aggressive price and pen support that leverages Nvidia’s powerful mobile processor.

Granted, the Tegra Note’s pen-enabled apps are, compared to the Galaxy Note’s, sparse. And, as you’ll see in the Design & Stylus section on the next page, the tablet itself is not nearly as thin, sleek-looking, or attractive. But let’s cite that price again: It lists for only $199.

EVGA Tegra Note 7 (Angled View)

The slate we looked at is marketed under the EVGA brand, but it’s very much a showcase of Nvidia tech. Beyond the Tegra 4 inside, the other real news here is Nvidia’s inclusion of its own DirectStylus pen technology, which allows the company to build in support for a passive pressure-sensitive stylus, for a fraction of the cost of the active-pen technology Samsung uses in its Note devices. DirectStylus technology harnesses the image-processing power of Tegra 4’s GeForce GPU to analyze data from a standard touch sensor and recognize the difference between the fine tip of your stylus, your fingertip, the stylus’ eraser, and your palm brushing the screen.

Indeed, this is an unusually flexible tablet for its size and price. The inclusion of the stylus helps make the Tegra Note 7 a decent productivity slate, while Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 4 makes it a strong-performing gaming tablet. The 1,280×800-pixel screen (the same native resolution as on the Galaxy Note 8.0), may be nothing spectacular compared to, say, the super-high-resolution 1080p screen on Google’s 2013 refresh of the Nexus 7, but it looks pretty good.

Mostly, we liked this slate, barring its bulky, plasticky-feeling chassis. The build quality makes it look and feel like an inexpensive, entry-level tablet, but the Tegra Note 7 is better than that—it’s a high-performing, bargain-priced slate that’s good for games and note-taking. Despite its bulky, somewhat homely appearance, considering what you get, it’s well worth $199 if those two kinds of tablet tasks are in your wheelhouse.



 

Hands-On With the GeForce 600M Series

Somebody woke up the giant. In desktop and laptop PCs, it’s been a quiet last couple of years for Nvidia, but the big graphics powerhouse isn’t keeping it down any longer. Nvidia’s big-splash news in early 2012 was its new-to-market, long-awaited revision of its graphics architecture, code-named “Kepler.” Touted since 2010, Kepler showed up in the company’s speed-monster (but power-stingy) GeForce GTX 680 desktop video card, an able competitor to AMD’s best. (See our March 2012 review of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, as well as a look at AMD’s leading 2012 video card, the AMD Radeon HD 7970.)

In early March, two of our editors ventured to sunny San Francisco to attend Nvidia’s 2012 Editors’ Day conference, where the company gave us a sneak peek at the GTX 680. But there, they were surprised to see something that’s potentially even more of a game-changer: the GeForce 600M Series, a suite of new graphics-processing units (GPUs) for laptops.

Of course, manufacturers always tout new hardware of this kind as an epochal breakthrough, destined to change the tech landscape. Sometimes it’s true, sometimes, less so. This time, though, we have to say that the new graphics processors Nvidia showed us looked, at least from the claims on the table, nothing short of impressive. And our preliminary tests bear some of this out.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime - what a wonderful slate!

In the highly competitive tablet market, the big news in early 2012 has been the emergence of Android 4.0–based slates. (You might also have heard about Android 4.0 via its code-name, “Ice Cream Sandwich,” or ICS.) To our delight, we got our hands on one of the first tablets that feature the new operating system right out of the box: Asus’s $499.99 Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201. (Certain older tablets will see updates from 3.0 to ICS in the coming weeks.)

The Transformer Prime is a re-engineered replacement for 2011’s Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101. In addition—as if the new operating system weren’t notable enough—the Transformer Prime is the first tablet we’ve seen that makes use of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

All told, we found a lot to like in the Transformer Prime. It’s built well, and it has a gorgeous 10.1-inch screen, a thin design, and strong performance. And because the Transformer Prime makes use of the newest tablet core processor and operating system, it stands out as one of the most impressive Android-based tablets to date.

Granted, $499 may seem like an average price for a high-end slate with a screen this size, but it’s actually something of an aggressive price, in this case. Keep in mind that you get 32GB of storage, not the standard 16GB you see in slates of this price, as well as the up-to-date Tegra 3 processor. (The only major shortfall, for some buyers, will be that the Transformer Prime is Wi-Fi only; if you’re looking for a 3G or 4G tablet, you’ll have to keep looking.)

Read the review at Computer Shopper.