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The Official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Tech Briefing!

At the Lenovo ThinkShield tech briefing and Lenovo-IDC report on Intelligent Enterprise, Lenovo took the opportunity to reveal the ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop.

Let us share with you the official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme tech briefing, as well as the specifications and price of Lenovo’s new ultralight mobile workstation!

 

The Official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Tech Briefing!

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is an ultralight mobile workstation that can be equipped with a 4K HDR touchscreen display with Dolby Vision and optional pen support.

It is powered by the 8th Generation Intel H series 6-core processor, with NVIDIA GeForce graphics and fast NVMe SSD storage. Yet, it weighs less than 2 kg, with a long-lasting 80 Whr battery!

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is also tough, being tested against 12 military-grade requirements. Needless to say, it is secure as well, with Lenovo ThinkShield technologies protecting it from the factory till the end of its lifespan.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Specifications

Here are the MAXIMUM specifications of the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme.

SpecificationsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
Operating SystemUp to Windows 10 Professional
Display OptionsA. 15.6-inch 4K HDR display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels, 400 nits brightness
- 100% Adobe RGB colour gfamut
B. 15.6-inch FHD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels, 300 nits brightness
- 72% Adobe RGB colour gamut
Processor8th Gen Intel Core FL-H vPro processor
Graphics ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
MemoryUp to 64 GB DDR4-2666 memory
StorageUp to two M.2 2280 PCIe SSDs (max. 2 TB)
ConnectivityIntel Wireless-AC 9560
- 802.11 AC 2x2
- Bluetooth 5.0
Camera720p HD video camera with ThinkShutter privacy cover
Optional Infra-red (IR) camera for Windows Hello login
SecurityFast Online Identity (FIDO) authentication
dTPM 2.0
Match-on-Chip touch fingerprint reader
Windows Hello facial recognition (with optional IR camera)
ThinkShutter privacy cover
Smart card reader
Kensington lock slot
AudioDolby Audio Premium
Dolby Atmos for headset
Noise-cancelling dual-array far-field microphones
KeyboardSpill-resistant keyboard with white backlighting
Touch PadMulti-touch glass touch pad
Ports2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 3)
4-in-1 SD card reader
HDMI 2.0
LAN port
3.5 mm audio / mic combo port
Battery4-Cell Li-Cylinder Battery (80 Whr)
- 135 watt power adaptor
Dimensions361.8 mm wide
245.7 mm deep
18.4 mm thick (FHD) / 18.7 mm thick (4K(
WeightFHD non-touch : 1.7 kg
4K touchscreen : 1.8 kg

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Price + Availability

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is available in Malaysia with immediate effect. It has a starting price of RM 7,749 / ~US$ 1,890, with the following specifications :

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  • Intel Core I5-8300H processor
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display (300 nits)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB)
  • 8 GB DDR4-2666 memory
  • 256 GB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

 

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The MSI GE75 Raider, P65 Creator, PS42 + WS65 Revealed!

MSI today revealed four different laptops, each catering to different users and market segments. They include the MSI GE75 Raider gaming laptop, the MSI P65 Creator laptop, the MSI PS42 business laptop, and the MSI WS65 mobile workstation. Check them out below!

 

The MSI GE75 Raider Gaming Laptop

The MSI GE75 Raider boasts a 17-inch IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 3 ms overclockable response time. Its slim bezel design allows the large display to fit a smaller chassis, making the GE75 Raider a lighter and more portable gaming laptop.

The MSI GE75 Raider is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics, both kept cool by its Cooler Boost 5 technology. It comes with a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with per-key RGB backlight.

 

The MSI P65 Creator Laptop

The MSI P65 Creator has a thin and light design, with a weight of just 1.88 kg, and a thin bezel display. Thanks to MSI True Colour technology, its display offers close to 100% sRGB colours giving the creative user a more accurate colour representation of their work.

The MSI P65 Creator is powered by up to the 8th Gen Intel Core ii7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics, and kept cool by the exclusive MSI Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system. You can also work up to 9 hours on it, thanks to its large battery.

 

The MSI PS42 Business Laptop

The MSI PS42 is a slim and elegant laptop with a full metal chassis, weighing just 1.19 kg. Thanks to its ultra-slim bezels, it fits a 14-inch Full HD display in a 13-inch chassis, boasting a screen-to-body ratio of 81%.

Powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processor, the MSI PS42 also comes with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics for better gaming and graphics performance. They are both kept cool by the MSI Cooling Boost 3 technology, which has two fans and three heat pipes.

 

The MSI WS65 Mobile Workstation

The MSI WS65 mobile workstation has a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, with thin bezels and 72% NSTC colour gamut. With an Intel 8th Generation Core i9 processor and NVIDIA Quadro P4200 graphics, the WS65 is up to 40% faster than its previous generation model.

Designed for portable computing in mind, the MSI WS65 features an 82Whr battery that gives it up to eight hours of battery life, and it comes with three USB 3.1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 Type-C, one HDMI 2.0, one mDP 1.4, one mic-in and a headphone out.

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The MSI GE75 Raider, P65 Creator, PS42 + WS65 Prices Revealed!

MSI GE75 Raider

MSI P65 Creator

MSI PS42

MSI WS65

 

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ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) Price, Features + Videos Revealed!

ASUS just launched the new ZenBook Pro 15 with its groundbreaking Screen Pad – an adaptive touchpad that doubles as a touchscreen display! Here are the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 price list and full details, including videos on its key features and the Screen Pad technology!

 

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580)

The new ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 continues the legacy of the ZenBook Pro family, offering top-of-the-line performance in a slim, premium form factor.

It is powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and NVIDIA GeForce graphics powering a 15-inch PANTONE-validated display with up to 4K UHD resolution. All packed into a chassis the size of a traditional 14-inch laptop!

The new ZenBook Pro 15 also boasts fast PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, and a wide range of connectivity options including Gigabit-AC WiFI, and two USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 ports. It also supports face recognition and has built-in support for the Amazon Alexa voice service.

The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) is the first ZenBook Pro model to feature the new ASUS Screen Pad technology.

 

Touch The Future With ASUS Screen Pad

Screen Pad is a Windows Precision Touchpad (PTP) combined with an interactive 5.5-inch FHD touchscreen that intelligently adapts to what the user is doing. It offers helpful functions depending on the context, making it easier and quicker to multitask. A simple press of the F6 function key toggles Screen Pad between touchscreen mode and touchpad mode.

Screen Pad can be used in several different ways. Special dedicated Screen Pad Apps run within Screen Pad itself, with a variety of useful tools including Calculator, Music Player, NumKey and Launcher. Launcher allows users to open or switch between desktop apps via user-customizable shortcuts. NumKey turns Screen Pad into a handy numeric keypad for data entry. Screen Extender mode allows Screen Pad to be used as an extension to the main display, further aiding multitasking and productivity.

Selected desktop apps — at present limited to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but with other popular apps in the pipeline — offer even closer integration with Screen Pad, with adaptive menus and editing controls on Screen Pad that change automatically according to the app and what task is being performed.

Another innovative form of adaptive Screen Pad integration is via browser extensions, such as the Screen Pad YouTube Player for Chrome: this puts video playback controls for YouTube videos at the user’s fingertips.

Live updates ensure Screen Pad is always running the latest version, and new apps can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. A Screen Pad SDK is available for developers wishing to create new apps and explore the endless possibilities of Screen Pad.

 

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 Price + Availability

The ASUS ZenBook Pro (UX580) is available in the Deep Dive Blue and Rose Gold colour options. ASUS Malaysia Country Manager Leo Tseng had the honour of revealing the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 price and model list. He also revealed the price of the 2018 ASUS VivoBook S 15 laptops.

Here is the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 price list for the three variants :

  • UX580G-EE2084T : RM 10,999 / ~US$ 2,750
    – Intel Core i9-8950HQ, 16 GB DDR4, 1 TB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD display, Microsoft Windows 10
  • UX580G-EE2030T : RM 8,899 / ~US$ 2,225
    – Intel Core i7-8750HQ, 16 GB DDR4, 1 TB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD display, Microsoft Windows 10
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  • UX580G-DBN044T : RM 5,999 / ~US$ 1,500
    – Intel Core i7-8750HQ, 8 GB DDR4, 512 GB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 4K UHD display, Microsoft Windows 10

The Core i7 models are available for purchase with immediate effect. The Core i9 model is available for booking, with delivery about 3-4 weeks later.

 

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 Q&A Session

Later, we sat down with ASUS Malaysia Country Manager Leo Tseng, ASUS Malaysia Product Manager Megan Wang, and ASUS HQ Senior Product Manager Johnny Cheng, for an exclusive Q&A session on the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15.

 

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 + Surface Laptop Revealed!

Microsoft just made available the entire range of Microsoft Surface products, with the official launch of the Microsoft Surface Book 2, and the belated launch of the Surface Laptop. Let’s check out their presentations, and our very own video tour of the two new Surface Book 2 models, and the Surface Laptop!

 

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Revealed!

First revealed in May 2017, the Microsoft Surface Laptop elevates design and performance in a sleek, elegant clamshell device.

More than a traditional laptop, is engineered to start fast and stay fast with a 7th Generation Intel Core processor and up to 14.5 hours of battery life to last through the day.

Weighing at just 1.25 kilograms, and less than 14.5mm thin, the Surface Laptop will fit nicely into your favorite bag, and is lightweight to bring everywhere.

The Surface Laptop features a signature keyboard, with a quiet and responsive keyset, and large precision trackpad. It also comes with a palm rest covered in soft, luxurious Alcantara clothfor a new level of typing comfort.

 

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 Revealed!

Removing the barrier between a conventional desktop and laptop, the Surface Book 2 features the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. This makes the new Surface Book 2 up to five times more powerful than its predecessor!

For those seeking flexibility in the way they use their device, the Surface Book 2 supports four different modes, including Studio Mode, Laptop Mode, View Mode, or even Tablet mode by simply detaching the screen.

The Surface Book 2 is available in 13.5” or 15” options, and boasts an impressive 17-hour battery life for marathon productivity sessions. It is powerful enough to run software such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk, and great games such as Forza Motorsport 7 or Gears of War at 1080p, 60fps!

 

Quick Tour Of Surface Book 2 + Surface Laptop

 

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Price & Availability

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is available starting 15 March 2018, with the following configurations :

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Price & Availability

The Microsoft Surface Laptop is available right now, with the following configurations :

Microsoft Surface Accessories Price List

  • Microsoft Surface Pen (Black, Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue) : RM 299 | US$ 99
  • Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse (Light Gray, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue) : RM 459 | US$ 64
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  • Microsoft Surface Keyboard (Silver) : RM 519 | US$ 79
  • Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse (Light Gray) : RM 399 | US$ 73
  • Microsoft Surface Mouse (Silver) : RM 249 | US$ 35
  • Microsoft Surface Ethernet Adaptor : RM 179 | US$ 32
  • Microsoft Surface VGA Adaptor : RM 179 | US$ 20
  • Microsoft Surface HDMI Adaptor : RM 179 | US$ 39
  • Microsoft Surface USB-C to HDMI Adaptor : RM 158 | US$ 37
  • Microsoft Surface USB-C to VGA Adaptor : RM 158 | US$ 36.50

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Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop Review

Gaming laptops are all the rage these days, but you will probably agree – many of them are just too darn bulky and heavy! Today, we take a look at Acer’s answer to that problem – the Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop.

The Acer Predator Triton 700 promises incredible gaming performance in a thin and light form factor. How will it really fare? Let’s find out!

 

Acer Predator Triton 700 Models

Acer currently offers the Predator Triton 700 in two models :

  • the premium PT715-51-74MY (Lazada | Amazon), with a GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and two SSDs in RAID 0
  • the PT715-51-775U (Lazada | Amazon) with a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and a single SSD

In this review, we will be looking at the premium PT715-51-74MY. Here is a table comparing their specifications :

SpecificationsAcer Predator Triton 700 (74MY - GTX 1080)Acer Predator Triton 700 (775U - GTX 1060)
ModelPT715-51-74MYPT715-51-775U
ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700HQ
- 4 cores, 8 threads, 6 MB cache
- 2.8 GHz with 3.8 GHz Turbo Boost
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
- 4 cores, 8 threads, 6 MB cache
- 2.8 GHz with 3.8 GHz Turbo Boost
Memory32 GB DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)16 GB DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design (8 GB GDDR5X)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Display15.6" Full HD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080, 120 Hz
- Supports NVIDIA G-SYNC
15.6" Full HD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080
Storage2 x 256 GB PCIe SSD in RAID 0256 GB PCIe SSD
KeyboardMechanical keyboard with individual RGB lightsMechanical keyboard with individual RGB lights
AudioDolby Atmos with Acer TrueHarmonyDolby Atmos with Acer TrueHarmony
NetworkKiller Wireless-AC 1535 (2x2 MIMO)
Killer Ethernet E2500
Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (2x2 MIMO)
Killer Ethernet E2500
Ports1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2)
3 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2)
3 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI 2.0
Battery3-cell lithium ion battery pack
- 54.0 Whr, 4670 mAh @ 11.55 V
3-cell lithium ion battery pack
- 54.0 Whr, 4670 mAh @ 11.55 V
Charger230 W230 W
Size393 mm wide
266 mm deep
18.9 mm high
393 mm wide
266 mm deep
18.9 mm high
Weight2.40 kg2.40 kg
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Unboxing The Acer Predator Triton 700

The Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) comes in a larger black cardboard box, which conceals a much smaller cardboard box inside. Take a look at our unboxing video :

Despite catering to a premium market, the Acer Predator Triton 700 has a minimalistic package, consisting of :

  • the Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop,
  • a 230 W charger, and power cord
  • one set of Setup and Quick User Guides

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The Acer Predator Triton 700 Up Close

The Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor with 32 GB of DDR4 memory, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design. It even has two PCI Express SSDs running in RAID 0.

There are a total of five USB ports – three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 3) Type C port, and a single USB 2.0 port. Curiously, that USB 2.0 port is actually recessed, and concealed by special cover.

To cater to gamers, it also comes with a full-sized LAN port, a HDMI 2.0 port, and a DisplayPort. Unfortunately, there is no SD card reader.

 

120 Hz Full HD G-SYNC Display

One of the key features of the Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) is its display. It boasts a large 15.6″ display with an IPS panel and a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. The display is capable of a 120 Hz refresh rate, and supports NVIDIA G-SYNC for a tear-free gaming experience.

If that display is not good enough, it has full-size DisplayPort and HDMI ports at the back, and a Thunderbolt 3 port on the right side, allowing you to hook up the Predator Triton 700 to an external 4K monitor.

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Keyboard & Touchpad

One of the Acer Predator Triton 700’s best features is its keyboard, which boasts low-profile mechanical switches and individual RGB backlighting for each key. In addition to tactile feedback, this mechanical keyboard also offers N-key rollover (NKRO) and anti-ghosting capabilities.

Right above the keyboard is a 0.7 mm Gorilla Glass glass plate. It allows you to peek inside at the spinning AeroBlade 3D fan, and doubles as a large precision touchpad.

The only problem is the position of the glass plate makes it rather inconvenient to use as a touchpad. It also lacks buttons, so you will need to use multi-touch gestures instead.

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AeroBlade 3D Cooler

In any premium gaming laptop, cooling is a top priority. The Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) comes with two AeroBlade 3D fans and five heat pipes to quickly whisk heat away from the CPU and GPU, and exhaust it out.

Cool air is drawn in by the two AeroBlade 3D fans through a large number of vents on the underside, and used to cool the two heatsinks at the back and an additional heatsink on each side.

While this cooling system is very sleek and quiet, the Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) can get rather toasty. During our gaming sessions, we noted that the keyboard can reach temperatures of 40°C.

This is likely because there is very little clearance under the Predator Triton 700 for it to draw in cool air. We recommend using a laptop cooler.

 

Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Performance

The Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor. This is a 4-core, 8-thread processor with a 6 MB L2 cache, a 2.8 GHz base clock and a 3.8 GHz boost clock.

It is paired with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8 GB of GDDR5X memory. This is a Max-Q Design laptop, which means the GPU is tuned for peak efficiency, as opposed to maximum performance.

The Max-Q Design allows the GeForce GTX 1080 to run 40% cooler, with only a 10% reduction in performance. You can read all about this in The NVIDIA Max-Q Design Tech Briefing.

 

Memory & Storage

Our Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) model came with a phenomenal 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory. Frankly – games do not need more than 8 GB of memory, so this is overkill. However, it is heaven-sent if you also intend to do serious work on the Predator Triton 700.

It also comes with two PCI Express SSDs in a RAID 0 (striped) configuration. Both SSDs have a storage capacity of 256 GB, so you have a total storage size of 512 GB.

Setting them up as a RAID 0 array allows for insanely fast transfer rates, which is great for benchmarks but will not matter much in games beyond loading faster.

 

The Battery

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) comes with a really tiny 3-cell lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of 54 Watt-hours. It can’t pack a large battery in such a thin form factor. Remember – it’s only 18.9 mm thick!

The downside – there’s not much juice in the tank. And the Predator Triton 700 is a thirsty beast. There’s a reason why it comes with a 230 W charger.

We could only game for 45 minutes before the battery drained to 10%. That means you need to be tethered to a wall socket to game for any significant amount of time.

 

Speakers

We are pleasantly surprised to find out that the Acer Predator Triton 700 has pretty decent speakers. It makes it more enjoyable to game without headphones.

If you prefer using headphones though, you will be glad to know that it supports Dolby Atmos. It will give you better spatial awareness, with the 3D soundscape it produces.

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Acer Predator Triton 700 : Our Verdict + Award

The Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) is a really great gaming laptop for those who want a sleek and powerful gaming laptop. It packs a ton of gaming performance in a form factor that is just under 19 mm thick, and weighs only 2.4 kg.

We are impressed by its performance. What’s not to like? It has a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with a very fast GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. If you want a gaming laptop that can take on AAA game titles, this is it.

Our model even comes with 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory, and a RAID 0 array of two PCI Express SSDs. Serious overkill for gaming, but perfect for doing serious graphics and video work.

Beyond its raw gaming performance is its mechanical keyboard. Low-profile, yet offering the tactile feedback that many gamers desire. But we have to question their decision to adopt the see-through Gorilla Glass plate as a touchpad.

Sure, it’s a unique design feature that looks good, but it’s not practical. Whether you use the Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) for work or play, you need to pair it with a mouse.

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The display is another great selling point. It offers a practical full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, with an IPS panel capable of a 120 Hz refresh rate. It also supports NVIDIA G-SYNC for a premium tear-free gaming experience.

We also like the fact that it comes with not one, not two, but three display output options. This gaming laptop is designed to support an external display, if you find the 15.6″ display too small.

Its svelte form factor makes it a cinch to carry around, but its utility on-the-go is limited by its small battery. You will always be tethered to a wall socket, which means lugging along the large and heavy charger.

But if you’re a practical person who is not going to buy into the gaming on-the-go BS, the Acer Predator Triton 700 (Price Check) is a great gaming laptop. Just hook it up to a power socket, add a mouse and it will handle any game you throw at it.

In fact, we like it so much we think it deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Acer!

Pros Cons
• 15.6″ Full HD IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC • Small 3-cell battery capacity, with a short battery life
• Svelte form factor that is 18.9 mm thin, and only weighs 2.4 kg • Bulky and heavy charger
• 32 GB of DDR4 memory!!! • Gets a little toasty during games
Ridiculously-fast RAID 0 array of two PCIe SSDs • No fingerprint sensor or infra-red camera for Windows Hello login
• Excellent gaming performance with greatly-reduced power consumption with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design • The Gorilla Glass touchpad is nice to look at, but impractical for every day use.
• Mechanical keyboard with individual RGB backlighting

 

Acer Predator Triton 700 Prices

The premium Acer Predator Triton 700 model we reviewed here (PT715-51-74MY) is priced at RM 13,999 / US$ 2,999.

The cheaper Acer Predator Triton 700 model (PT715-51-775U) is priced at RM 9,999 / US$ 1,999. It comes with a GeForce GTX 1060, 16 GB DDR4 memory and 256 GB SSD storage.

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The Acer Predator Orion 9000 HEDT Gaming PC Up Close!

At IFA 2017, one of the most exciting products that Acer revealed was the 18-core, quad-GPU behemoth known as the Acer Predator Orion 9000! We had the opportunity recently to take a close look at the Orion 9000, and get updated on its price and specifications.

 

The Acer Predator Orion 9000

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is a massive HEDT (High-End Desktop) PC that boasts an 18-core processor, and up to four graphics cards. It has a silver-and-black chassis with a spacecraft design and customisable RGB lighting along the sides of the front bezel.

To showcase the powerful hardware inside, it has a massive side window panel with a metal mesh that keeps its electromagnetic interference (EMI) in check. Up to 5 fans can be installed, with customisable RGB lighting to create a virtual light show. The two side panels are also tool-less, allowing for easy upgrades.

Despite its size, Acer made it easy to move – it is outfitted with two handles and wheels covered with a carbon fibre pattern. It also has a headset cradle and cable management to keep everything tidy during and after the move.

Liquid Cooling & IceTunnel 2.0

The Predator Orion 9000 features AIO liquid cooling for the CPU, and Acer IceTunnel 2.0 to keep the temperature down even in the most demanding conditions. IceTunnel 2.0 is an advanced airflow management design that separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual “airflow tunnel” to expel heat.

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There are huge metal mesh panels on the front and top that allow more cold air in, and the rising hot air of the liquid-cooled CPU out. Up to five 120 mm fans can be installed in the front, top, and back to channel cool air through the chassis.

Part of the airflow is redirected towards the back of the motherboard tray to cool the storage devices. The graphic cards feature blower-style fans to drive the heat out from the back, while the PSU is self-contained to avoid thermal interference.

Extreme Performance For Gaming & Content Creation

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is powered by a choice of an 18-core Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, or Intel Core i9 X-Series / Core i7 X-Series processors, with up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory. It comes with a choice of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI, or in some countries, up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards!

 

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Specifications

SpecificationsAcer Predator Orion 9000
Processor OptionsIntel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor
Intel Core i9 X-Series processor.
Intel Core i7 X-Series processor
Cooling SystemAIO CPU Liquid Cooling
Acer IceTunnel 2.0 airflow management
Up to five 120 mm fans
Memory OptionsUp to 128 GB DDR4 memory (quad channel)
Graphics Card OptionsUp to 2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Up to 4 x AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Storage OptionsUp to three M.2 slots
Available Ports2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type C, one Type A)
8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type C, seven Type A)
2 x USB 2.0 ports (Type A)
PortabilityTwo handles + case wheels
Upgradability FeaturesTool-less side panels (EMI compliant)
Top metal mesh push cover
RGB Lighting FeaturesInner chassis RGB LED
RGB lighting bar along sides of front bezel

 

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Price & Availability

The Acer Predator Orion is available for purchase in December 2017, in two configurations :

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The Battlefront II Optimised NVIDIA Driver Performance Revealed!

NVIDIA just announced the availability of the new GeForce Game Ready 388.31 WHQL drivers that are optimised for Star Wars Battlefront II, as well as Injustice 2. It also greatly increases performance in Destiny 2! Check out the details!

 

Game Ready For Star Wars Battlefront II

Available on or before launch day of Star Wars Battlefront II, NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers provide the best experience for GeForce gamers in these titles because NVIDIA engineers work up until the last possible minute to optimise performance and perfect gameplay. And as an additional verification of quality, every Game Ready Driver is WHQL-certified by Microsoft.

For optimal experience, here are the recommended NVIDIA graphics cards, that will guarantee a frame rate in excess of 60 fps in NVIDIA’s tests.

Display Resolution Detail Level Recommended Graphics Card
3840 x 2160 High GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check)
2560 x 1440 High GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check)
1920 x 1080 High GeForce GTX 1060 (Price Check)

 

Double Digit Improvements In Destiny 2

Destiny 2 players are going to get a free performance upgrade by loading up this new Game Ready Driver, with big double-digit jumps in the highest resolutions. These results are in comparison to the older 388.13 WHQL driver.

Graphics Card 2560 x 1440 Improvement 3840 x 2160 Improvement
GeForce GTX 1060 (3 GB) + 39%
GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) + 37%
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti + 30% + 46%
GeForce GTX 1080 + 40% + 47%
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti + 45% + 53%
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI + 28% + 41%
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Game Ready For Injustice 2

The NVIDIA Game Ready 388.31 driver is also the best driver for Injustice 2. To achieve a minimum frame rate of 60 fps, NVIDIA, WB Games, NetherRealm Studios and QLOC recommend the following specifications :

Specifications Minimum Recommended
Operating System 64-bit Windows 7 or later 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor Intel Core i5-750 / AMD Ryz4en 3 1200 Intel Core i3-2100 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Storage 30 GB 52 GB
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

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The ASUS ROG GeForce Price Cuts Revealed!

November 2, 2017 – ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced new price cuts on their NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. Get the full details on their GeForce price cuts here!

You may notice that we just confirmed with Bryan Del Rizzo that NVIDIA was not dropping the price of any GeForce graphics cards to make way for the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. These GeForce price cuts by ROG are just a coincidence. A happy coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless.

 

The ASUS ROG GeForce Price Cuts

ASUS ROG announced that six GeForce 10 series graphics cards are getting their prices adjusted. They are the ROG Poseidon GTX1080Ti-P11-Gaming, the ROG Strix GTX1080Ti-O11G-Gaming, the Strix GTX1070-O8G-Gaming, the Dual-GTX 1070-O8G, the Strix GTX 1060-O6G-Gaming and the Strix GTX1060 DC2O6G.

For your convenience, we created this table that summarises their key features and new prices. You can also check for the current US prices.

ASUS ROG GeForce 10 Series Models Key Features New Price
(Malaysia)
US Price
ROG-POSEIDON-GTX1080TI-P11G-GAMING 1733 MHz boost clock
DirectCU hybrid water cooler
ASUS Aura Sync
RM 4,799
~US$ 1,140
Price Check
ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING 1708 MHz boost clock
MaxContact cooler
ASUS Aura Sync
RM 4,399
~US$ 1,045
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING 1860 MHz boost clock
DirectCU III cooler
ASUS Aura
RM 2,299
~US$ 545
Price Check
DUAL-GTX1070-O8G 1797 MHz boost clock
Dual fan cooler
RM 1,999
~US$ 475
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING 1873 MHz boost clock
Direct CU III cooler
ASUS Aura
RM 1,699
~US$ 405
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1060-DC2O6G 1809 MHz boost clock
Direct CU II cooler
RM 1,499
~US$ 355
None

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The ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti A8G Gaming Revealed!

October 26, 2017 — ASUS today announced their ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti Series, an all-new lineup of gaming graphics cards powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU.

The new models include the high-performance ASUS ROG STRIX-GTX1070TI-A8G-GAMING with ASUS Aura Sync illumination for ultimate gaming power and personalization.

 

The ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti A8G Gaming

The ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti A8G Gaming is engineered with advanced cooling and reliability features to deliver ultrafast performance, plus Aura Sync illumination for the ultimate in PC personalization.

The ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti is available in two different configurations – boosted clock speeds of 1721 MHz in OC mode for the Standard Edition, and 1759 MHz for the Advanced Edition offer gamers great flexibility, as well as performance that’s up to 3.75% better than reference in full 4K UHD resolution in top games like Doom.

The ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is equipped with MaxContact, an industry-first GPU-cooling technology featuring an enhanced copper heat-spreader that provides a 10X-flatter surface for up to 2X more contact area with the GPU versus traditional heat-spreaders, resulting in improved thermal transfer. The graphics cards are also constructed with a 2.5-slot width, providing 40% more heatsink surface area for heat dissipation compared to previous two-slot designs — delivering dramatically cooler and quieter performance.

The ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti features a patented 0dB wing-blade fan design, and three distinct fans, delivering maximized air flow and 105%-greater static pressure over the heatsink. The innovative 0dB technology stops the fan completely when the GPU temperature remains below a set level, for light gaming sessions in total silence. The fans are also IP5X-certified dust resistant for improved reliability. The card benefits from FanConnect II, a set of hybrid-controlled fan headers, and a comprehensive set of tuning options via GPU Tweak II to optimize system cooling even further.

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The ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti includes ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED-synchronization technology that enables complete gaming system personalization. It also features a VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports, allowing gamers to keep a VR headset connected to their system for immersive, virtual-reality gaming.

All ASUS graphics cards are produced using Auto-Extreme technology — an industry-first 100%-automated production process — and are built of premium Super Alloy Power II components that enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, decrease component buzzing under load, and lower thermal temperatures for unsurpassed quality and reliability.

They also include GPU Tweak II for intuitive performance tweaking. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically.

 

The ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti A8G Gaming Price & Availability

The ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti A8G Gaming is available right now at the MSRP of RM 2,649 / ~US$ 629.

In the United States, it is available for $499.99.

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Review

As the drumbeats of the AMD Vega graphics cards got louder and louder, NVIDIA introduced their ultimate Pascal-based gaming graphics card – the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – to take them on. What’s astounding is that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is really a faster variant of the NVIDIA TITAN X at a massive discount!

Read our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card, and find out why we think it deserves our coveted Editor’s Choice Award!

Updated @ 2017-11-01 : Revamped the entire review, and added new benchmark results comparing the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti against the new AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards, as well as the Radeon RX 580.

Originally posted @ 2017-05-17

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Specifications Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) against the TITAN X (Pascal) and the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN XNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
GPUNVIDIA GP102NVIDIA GP102NVIDIA GM200
CUDA Cores358435842816
Textures Per Clock224224176
Pixels Per Clock968896
Base Clock Speed1417 MHz1480 MHz1000 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1531 MHz1582 MHz1075 MHz
Texture Fillrate317.4~342.9 GT/s331.5~354.4 GT/s176.0~189.2 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate136.0~147.0 GP/s130.2~139.2 GP/s96.0~104.5 GP/s
Graphics Memory12 GB GDDR5X11 GB GDDR5X6 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width384-bit352-bit384-bit
Graphics Memory Speed1250 MHz1375 MHz1753 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth480 GB/s484 GB/s337 GB/s
TDP250 W250 W250 W
Launch Prices$1,200$699 (Founder's Edition)$649

For more specifications, please take a look at our Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.

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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

This is our video showing the unboxing of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check). This is exactly what you can expect if you purchase the Founders Edition card from NVIDIA.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) comes in a really nice cardboard box that doubles as a display stand. Not that anyone would actually leave the card there just for display!

Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check)
  • DisplayPort to DVI dongle / adaptor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Quick Start Guide
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Support Guide
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti case badge

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Up Close

In this video, we are going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check), and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check).

Unlike the GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1060, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti does not come with any dual-linked DVI port. It only has three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b ports. That’s where the DisplayPort to DVI adaptor comes in.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) has a TDP of 250 W, and requires both 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI Express power cables. It also supports the SLI HB (High Bandwidth) bridge for two-way SLI pairing.

 

Founder’s Edition Advantage

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was designed to be the ultimate expression of NVIDIA’s gaming vision. Hence, they crafted it with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminium-framed shroud for strength, rigidity and looks.

Aesthetics aside, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition comes with an improved cooler built around a radial fan and an improved aluminium heatsink. The new heatsink features vapour chamber cooling and has 2x the surface area.

It also boasts a 7-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dual FETs for both GPU and memory power supplies. Coupled with a low-impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators, they deliver better power efficiency and overclocking headroom.

 

The Thermal Output

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) uses the NVIDIA GP102 GPU, which is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process. Thanks to the more efficient FinFET process, and the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture which is designed for power efficiency, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 250 W.

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, and compared it to the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics cards, as well as the older GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Despite having a 15% lower TDP than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a cooler-running card, producing 2.8°C cooler exhaust air than the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card. In fact, its peak exhaust temperature was just 2.6°C hotter than the exhaust air from the Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics card.

 

The Noise Level

Of course, the lower exhaust temperature might be due to a more powerful, and therefore, noisier, fan. Let’s see how noisy the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition fan really is…

In the video above, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was recorded while it was running the 3D Mark Time Spy benchmark. As you can hear, the fan spools up quite a bit at times, but it is still quieter than the Vega 64 (Price Check).

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

 

3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) did very well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 35% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 54% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), and 64% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070!

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3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards. Even so, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti did well, delivering scores that were 26% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 43% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 58% faster than the Vega 56.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) pulled away with the higher resolution. At 1440p, it was 30% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 48% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 64% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the new AMD Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards, but this is definitely the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti’s domain!

At this resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 28% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 45% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 63% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 3.3% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 4.5% slower than the Vega 64 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards have a big advantage in AOTS, thanks to its support for Asynchronous Compute.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At 1440p, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was virtually equal to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 in performance, and just 2.5% faster than the Vega 56.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

Only at the 4K resolution did the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti pull away from the two AMD Vega cards. Even so, it was just 4% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, and 16% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56. It completely outclassed the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 580, beating both by 75%!

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

All six graphics cards were so fast, they were CPU-limited at this resolution. But we can already see that support for Asynchronous Compute gave the new AMD Vega cards a major performance advantage. They actually beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 6-8%!

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the 1440p resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti pulled just ahead of the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), beating it by 3.3%. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was faster, but the performance gap dropped to just 3%.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Only at this 4K resolution did the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) show its true mettle. Suddenly, it was 41% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 60% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 65% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

It was also the only graphics card to deliver an average frame rate at or above 60 fps. If you want to play Warhammer at 4K in Ultra quality, this is definitely the card to use!

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was really fast, delivering average frame rates in excess of 150 fps! This made it 37% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 55% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 61% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

All the cards took a massive hit in frame rate with the resolution boost to 1440p. But the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was the only card capable of delivering an average frame rate in excess of 100 fps. In fact, its minimum frame rate was higher than the average frame rate of all the other cards in the comparison!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 48% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 65% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 71% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The 4K resolution in The Witcher 3 is really tough on graphics cards, virtually halving their frame rates. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) remained strong though. It was the only card to deliver an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps at this resolution.

Astoundingly, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 53% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 72% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 76% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 at this resolution.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Even at 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) delivered eye-popping results, with an average frame rate of 170 fps. Its minimum frame rate was actually higher than the average frame rate of the other graphics cards in this test!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 39% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 58% faster than both Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was the only card to achieve an average frame rate in excess of 100 fps. It was 43% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 63% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 68% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The 4K resolution in For Honor is a real frame rate killer. Even the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was not able to deliver an average frame rate of 60 fps, although it came close. In fact, it is the only graphics card you can consider if you want to play For Honor at the 4K resolution.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 48% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 66% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 74% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, all six cards did well, delivering average frame rates far in excess of 60 fps. Notably, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check), GeForce GTX 1070, Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), and Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) are so fast, their frame rates never dropped below 60 fps.

Thanks to Asynchronous Compute and the CPU limit at this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 was 7% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Even the much cheaper Radeon RX Vega 56 was just 4% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, every graphics card took a massive hit in their frame rates. But the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) registered only a slight dip in frame rate. This allowed it to overtake the Radeon RX Vega 64.

At this resolution, it was 26% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 35% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 44% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

When the resolution was increased to 4K, even the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) took a large hit in its frame rate. Even so, it managed to deliver an average frame rate just shy of 60 fps.

At this extremely high resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 48% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 63% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 72% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Our Verdict & Award

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) is the ultimate desktop gaming graphics card you can buy today.

Built on the NVIDIA GP102 GPU, it is actually a faster variant of the NVIDIA TITAN X. Both the TITAN X and the newer TITAN Xp are US$ 1,200 cards designed for deep learning and machine learning. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, on the other hand, is meant for gaming, and it has no real competition.

As our benchmark results show, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is in a class of its own when it comes to 4K gaming. At that resolution, it was, on average, 38% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 55% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 63% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

In most games, it will deliver average frame rates in excess 60 fps even at the 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160. It does so well at 4K gaming that it would be a real shame if you don’t pair it with a 4K Ultra HD monitor.

Thanks to the NVIDIA Pascal architecture and the 16 nm FinFET fabrication technology, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was not just much faster than its predecessor (the GeForce GTX 980 Ti), it actually ran cooler and quieter. Surprisingly, it also used less power and produced less heat than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64, which was fabricated on the smaller 14 nm FinFET process.

What is probably most amazing though is the value proposition. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) is actually faster than the NVIDIA TITAN X, but costs just over half as much. Of course, this is part of NVIDIA’s price rationalisation, designed to make their cards more competitive against the AMD Vega onslaught.

For its unchallenged performance lead and greatly improved value proposition, we think the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award. If 4K gaming is what you are aiming for, you can’t go wrong with this card! Great job, NVIDIA!

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NVIDIA Expands GeForce iCafe Programme Across APAC!

October 24, 2017 – NVIDIA today announced that there are now more than 250 GeForce iCafes in operation across Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam, with The Pantheon becoming the first GeForce iCafe to earn platinum-class in Malaysia. NVIDIA expects more than 500 GeForce iCafes to be in operation in Asia-Pacific by the end of 2018.

 

NVIDIA GeForce iCafe Certification

NVIDIA launched its dedicated GeForce iCafe certification programme two years ago to help iCafe owners deliver the ultimate gaming experience to their customers.

Certified GeForce iCafes have access to specially designed GeForce iCafe drivers that provide high performance, save power and offer robust reliability. These drivers are put through rigorous testing by NVIDIA’s Quality Assurance Laboratory and Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL).

The GeForce iCafes can also leverage NVIDIA Espresso power-saving technology, which provides strong performance and helps to drive higher profits. The technology intelligently and automatically optimises NVIDIA GeForce-based PCs to conserve GPU and CPU power consumption while providing superior graphics performance.

Other incentives of the GeForce iCafe certification program include exclusive participation in Jumpstart for new GeForce product launches, in which iCafe owners can also learn advanced business models; iCafe seminars to learn more about best practices, market trends, programme updates and promotions from NVIDIA partners; and systems integrator workshops.

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GeForce iCafe owners are also invited to attend the iCafe Discovery Conference in China. There, iCafe experts, systems integrators and add-in card partners will share innovative business models and ideas, which iCafe owners can apply in their respective countries. Conference benefits include food and beverages, VIP area, eSports zone and a broadcasting room, all aimed at helping iCafes increase revenue.

NVIDIA helps raise the profile of GeForce iCafes by holding major gaming events such as GeForce Xtreme Tournament (GEXT) and Overwatch Open SEA on their premises. These events attract thousands of gamers to the venues, raising the iCafes’ visibility.

The Pantheon is a deluxe establishment located at One Space at One City and features 116 PCs equipped with GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs. A hybrid gaming centre, it provides the ultimate gaming experience for gamers, with a dedicated VR zone and the first eSports arena in Malaysia powered by GeForce GTX and G-SYNC technology.

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The ROG Strix GD30 Gaming Desktop Revealed!

Together with the ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop, and the ROG GT51 gaming desktop, ASUS also launched the first ever ROG Strix desktop – the new ROG Strix GD30 gaming desktop. What’s new or special about the ROG Strix GD30? Let’s find out!

 

The ROG Strix GD30 Gaming Desktop Revealed!

Let’s start with a presentation on the new ROG Strix GD30 by Louis Lu (ASUS Product Manager).

And here is a quick look at the new ROG Strix GD30 gaming desktop up close.

Easy Customisation

The ROG Strix GD30 has a black and white sci-fi and cyberpunk-inspired design that Star Wars fans will appreciate. But what it offers over other gaming desktops is the ability to detach the two front panels, and rearrange them to create 6 different styles.

A matching white LED strip bisects the two panels, while the transparent side panel has an iron honeycomb screen. That’s not just aesthetically pleasing, it also reduces EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) from the system.

The detachable panels can be painted, of course, and ASUS provides a 2D layout so you can design and plan your decals. If that’s not enough, ASUS even offers a 3D source file for a miniature GD30 that you can build using a 3D printer.

Powerful Gaming Options

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The ROG Strix GD30 comes in multiple configurations, with the top model featuring a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700 CPU, 32 GB of DDR4 memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8 GB of memory.

Great Connectivity Options

Connect all the peripherals you want with four USB 2.0 ports and seven USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. One of the USB 3.1 ports has a reversible Type-C connector that provides up to 15W of power for fast-charging devices.

For easy access, there are two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports, a memory card reader, and both microphone and headphone jacks located at the top of the front panel alongside the power and reset buttons.

 

Price & Availability

The ROG Strix GD30 (GD30CI) gaming desktop is now available with the following specifications for a launch price of RM 7,499 / ~US$ 1,789, inclusive of the 6% GST.

  • Intel Core i7-7700
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB GDDR5 memory
  • 16 GB DDR4-2400 memory
  • 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD + 1 TB HDD

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The 2017 ASUS ROG GT51 Gaming Desktop Revealed!

The Iron Man-inspired ASUS ROG GT51 gaming desktop was first revealed last year, winning the 2016 CES Innovation Award, as well as the iF Design Award. Now ASUS reveals the newly-updated 2017 ROG GT51 gaming desktop! Check out what’s new!

 

The 2017 ASUS ROG GT51 Gaming Desktop Revealed!

Let’s start with a presentation on the 2017 ROG GT51 by Louis Lu (ASUS Product Manager).

And here is a quick look at the 2017 ASUS ROG GT51 gaming desktop up close. The exterior looks exactly the same as the 2016 model – it’s the internals that have been changed.

Full Core CPU Overclocking

The 2017 ROG GT51 is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor that ASUS has aged for 40 hours, and overclocked by 14%. With their Turbo Gear feature, you can enable full-core overclocking without having to reboot the system. The ASUS Hydro Overclocking System ensures rock-solid stability during overclocking.

Awesome Graphics

The 2017 ROG GT51 supports up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics cards in SLI to deliver smooth, stutter-free 4K UHD gaming at over 60 fps!

Fast Memory & Storage

The 2017 ROG GT51 comes with the fast DDR4 memory, the latest NVMe PCI Express SSD, and the new USB 3.1 ports.

Advanced Cooling System

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The 2017 ROG GT51 boasts a multi-zone thermal solution that decreases system temperature by up to 31%, even under the heaviest of loads. The CPU is liquid-cooled, while the GPU has a dedicated air channel. The power supply unit, found in the bottom corner of the chassis, features its own isolated airflow design.

Customisable 8-Million Colour LED Lighting

Dynamic light effects illuminate the case, including the iconic ROG logo and twin side-light strips. You can even customize the RGB LEDs on the air intake with any of the 8 million colors! And when you overclock ROG GT51, the dramatic OC lighting mode is activated.

ROG Band

The wearable ROG BAND lets you access Shadow Drive — a hidden storage space for keeping your personal and confidential data safe. You can also use ROG BAND to activate the overclocking mode.

 

Price & Availability

The 2017 ASUS ROG GT51 (GT51CH) gaming desktop is now available with the following specifications for a launch price of RM 11,999 / ~US$ 2,859, inclusive of the 6% GST.

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus (GX501) Gaming Laptop Revealed!

When we first saw the ASUS ROG Zephyrus (GX501) gaming laptop at Computex 2017, we were very impressed. Unlike the usual gaming laptops that traded weight and bulk for performance, what we saw was a very sleek and powerful laptop.

ASUS calls the ROG Zephyrus the world’s slimmest gaming laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. And now, it’s available in Malaysia! Let’s take a closer look at the ROG Zephyrus!

 

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus (GX501) Gaming Laptop Revealed!

Let’s start with a short presentation on the ASUS ROG Zephyrus (GX501) gaming laptop by Megan Wang (ASUS Consumer Product Notebook Manager).

And the big reveal!

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus (GX501) Gaming Laptop Up Close!

Now, let’s take a closer look at the ROG Zephyrus and find out what’s great about it!

Slim And Sleek

The ROG Zephyrus has a slim profile just 16.9-17.9 mm thin and weighs only 2.2 kg, but that doesn’t stop it from packing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design inside! An innovative hinge and fan module help keep the GPU cool, resulting in a gaming laptop that’s portable enough to carry with you anywhere, yet potent enough to compete with powerful gaming desktops.

Play It Cool

The ASUS Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) allows the ROG Zephyrus to run cooler and quieter without sacrificing performance. When the laptop is opened, part of the bottom plate opens up to create 20% more open space for air circulation. Along with their AeroAccelerator technology, this gap improves airflow by 32% and reduces temperatures by 20% compared to conventional cooling.

Breathe Deeply

The ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) includes several enhancements to make the cooler more effective, improving internal airflow and allowing the fan to spin slower and quieter while maintaining low temperatures. ASUS also adjusted the shape of the intake to reduce noise levels further and make the acoustic profile less obtrusive.

Aura RGB Keyboard

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The ROG Zephyrus’ keyboard is positioned at the front of the chassis to allow better cooling for the internal components and a more comfortable, familiar position for gamers accustomed to desktop keyboards. Aura RGB lighting lets you customize colors and dynamic effects for the entire keyboard, and you can adjust the QWER and WASD clusters separately to adapt to MOBA, FPS, and other games.

Anti-ghosting tech ensures your commands are interpreted instantly and correctly — even if you hit up to 30 keys simultaneously. The ergonomically designed keys have 1.4mm of travel for greater comfort and accuracy when gaming and typing. With an expected lifetime of 20 million presses, the keys offer exceptional durability and reliability for heavy use.

Ultimate Gaming Performance

ROG Zephyrus is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, which allows it to go toe-to-toe with the most hardcore gaming laptops — and even high-end desktops.

 

Price & Availability

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus (GX501) gaming laptop is now available with the following specifications for a launch price of RM 15,999 / ~US$ 3,799, inclusive of the 6% GST.

  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X memory and Max-Q Design
  • 24 GB DDR4-2400 memory
  • 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD
  • 15.6″ Full HD 120 Hz G-SYNC display with anti-glare, wide-angle panel

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review – 1440p Gaming FTW!

The road to Vega has been a rather long one. We first saw the AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in December 2016. Not unlike a baby, it took AMD nine months to give birth to the AMD Radeon RX Vega. Today, we are going to take a close look at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics card that is designed to take on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. Let’s see how it performs!

 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Specification Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 against those of its rival, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

SpecificationsAMD Radeon RX Vega 64AMD Radeon RX Vega 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUVega 10Vega 10NVIDIA GP104
Stream Processors409635841920
Textures Per Clock256224120
Pixels Per Clock646464
Base Clock Speed1247 MHz1156 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1546 MHz1471 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate319.2~395.8 GT/s258.9~329.5 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate79.8~98.9 GP/s74.0~94.1 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB HBM28 GB HBM28 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width2048-bits2048-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory Speed945 MHz800 MHz2000 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth483.8 GB/s409.6 GB/s256.0 GB/s
TDP295 W210 W150 W
Retail Prices$499$399$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Up Close

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) looks exactly like the AMD Radeon RX 480, just longer. It has the same black shroud design that debuted with that Polaris-based card.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 still offers a dual-linked DVI port, but the AMD Radeon RX Vega skips that for three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.0b port.

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Power Consumption

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) uses the Vega 10 GPU with 12.5 billion transistors fabricated using the 14 nm FinFET process technology. Even though it’s using a finer process technology than NVIDIA, the extra 5.3 billion transistors need more power.

Hence, the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) has a TDP of 210 W60 W (40%) more than the GeForce GTX 1070. On a watt per transistor basis, this makes the Radeon RX Vega 56 is 24% more efficient than the GeForce GTX 1070. Of course, what matters more is power efficiency on a watt / performance basis.

Curiously, AMD equipped the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) with not one, but two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors for a peak power draw of 375 W.

Incidentally, there is a GPUTach LED light strip right next to the two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, which tells you the GPU load at a glance. There are two switches nearby that allows you to turn it on or off, and switch between the red and blue LED colours.

 

The Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Take a look.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Despite its much higher TDP, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56’s exhaust temperature is just slightly higher than that of the GeForce GTX 1070. That is likely because it uses a more powerful fan with a larger heatsink.

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The Noise Level

Needless to say, you will be wondering about the noise level of the more powerful cooler used to keep the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) cool. In this video, we recorded the Radeon RX Vega 56 running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark at the 4K resolution.

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 6.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 51% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 57% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well in the two graphics tests, beating the GeForce GTX 1070 by 8-12%. Curiously, it ended up slower than the GeForce GTX 1070 in the combined test results.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was about 10% faster in the graphics tests, and matched it in the overall score.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for high-end graphics cards.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did even better, beating the GeForce GTX 1070 in the graphics tests. It still tied with the GeForce GTX 1070 in the overall scores though.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 107028% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 34% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the performance gap between the Radeon RX Vega 56 and the GeForce GTX 1070 narrowed to 7.5%.

On the other hand, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was now 39% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 45% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At this ultra high resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well, pulling away from the GeForce GTX 1070, with an 11% performance advantage. It was also 50% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 52% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, most fast graphics cards are CPU-limited. Even so, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) is able to beat the GeForce GTX 1070 by 9%. Not bad.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The 1440p resolution appears to be the sweet spot for the GeForce GTX 1070, where it almost matches the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance. Both graphics cards are about 33% faster than the other three cards.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the Ultra HD resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) widened its performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 to 3.4%. Both cards are now about 40% faster than the remaining three cards.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was about 4% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. Both graphics cards were about 40% faster than the other three cards.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) maintained its 4% performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070. Again, both graphics cards cards were about 40% faster than the remaining three cards in this comparison.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this Ultra HD resolution, both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 were more or less equal in performance. They were also both about 42% faster than the remaining three cards.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 tied for the top spot, and they were both 37-46% faster than the other three cards.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the higher 1440p resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was slightly (3.2%) faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 35% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 41% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the Ultra HD resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 extended its performance lead over the Radeon RX Vega 56 to 4.4%. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 34% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 48% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, all five cards did well, delivering average frame rates in excess of 60 fps. Both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 tied for the top spot, and they were both 24-40% faster than the other three cards.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 endured the jump in resolution better than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), with a 6.7% advantage. Still, the Radeon RX Vega 56 maintain an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps, and was 28% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 42% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The resolution increase to 4K slightly levelled the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070‘s performance advantage over the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 to 6%. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was now 33% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 47% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Our Verdict

Ever since we saw AMD Vega running DOOM, we had such high hopes for it. The success of the AMD Ryzen family of processors only buoyed that optimism. However, the AMD Vega turned out not to be the Pascal-killer we thought it would be.

On paper, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) has considerable advantages over the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. It has a 53% advantage in texture fill rate, and a 60% advantage in memory bandwidth. The GeForce GTX 1070 only beats it in pixel fill rate by 22%.

In real life though, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was virtually equal in performance to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. In some games, the Radeon RX Vega 56 was slightly faster. In other games, the GeForce GTX 1070 was slightly faster.

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Hence, it’s no wonder AMD priced it at $399 – just $20 more than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. It would be hard to justify a higher price, especially since the GeForce GTX 1070 is already a year old!

Even though the AMD Vega GPU was built using the smaller 14 nm process technology, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) uses considerably more power because it has significantly more transistors. It has a maximum TDP of 210 W – 60 W (40%) higher than the GeForce GTX 1070.

Earlier, we pointed out that the Radeon RX Vega 56 is 24% more efficient than the GeForce GTX 1070 on a watt per transistor basis. However, the GeForce GTX 1070 is ultimately about 40% more efficient in terms of watt / performance, which is ultimately what really matters.

That said, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) is a step in the right direction. It is almost 50% faster (on average) than the Radeon RX 480, which used the last generation AMD Polaris architecture. It may not have met our overly high expectations, but it is still a big improvement.

After all, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check finally offers AMD fans 1440p gaming at 60 fps at a sweet price point!

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The HP OMEN Gaming Laptop & Desktop PCs Revealed!

HP just launched the OMEN by HP line of gaming PCs. Their new OMEN gaming PCs have reputedly been engineered to give esports and competitive gamers the edge to perform at their very best. Let’s take a look at the new HP OMEN gaming laptop and desktop PCs!

 

The 2017 OMEN Gaming Laptop & Desktop PCs Revealed!

The highlight of the HP OMEN launch event was this presentation by Stacey Gan, HP Market Development Manager (Consumer Notebook) on the key features of the new OMEN gaming PCs. Check it out!

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The HP OMEN Gaming Desktop

The new OMEN gaming desktop PC was inspired by the OMEN X desktop. It leverages key features from the OMEN X desktop, like the ability to easily upgrade components, and improved cooling, to allow gamers to push the envelope of the system’s gaming performance.

  • Supports up to dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI, or dual AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics cards in CrossFire mode.
  • Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 or Core i5 CPUs with unlocked options for overclocking.
  • Improved thermal engineering with all-around edge vents and optional liquid-cooling capability.
  • Optional PCIe SSD or SSD + HDD storage options.
  • OMEN Command Center with Overclocking improves CPU performance on-the-fly.
  • Network Booster prioritises gaming traffic to reduce latency in online games.

 

The HP OMEN Gaming Laptops

The HP OMEN gaming laptops will be available in two sizes – the HP OMEN 15 with a 15.6″ display, and a HP OMEN 17 with a 17″ display. These gaming laptops feature more expansion capabilities, additional ports and more VR compatibility.

  • The HP OMEN 15 supports up to the GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q, or the Radeon RX 550.
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  • Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processors.
  • Improved cooling thanks to a multi-fan, multi-heatpipe, multi-exhaust thermal solution.
  • Integrated dual speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and boosted by HP Audio Boost.
  • Dragon-red keyboard with red-accented WASD keys, white backlights and 26-key rollover anti-ghosting capability.
  • Option of 4K display / 1080p 120Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync / 1080p 60Hz display with AMD FreeSync.
  • Single access panel for easy HDD, SSD and RAM upgrades.
  • VR-ready configurations available for virtual reality gaming.

 

Price & Availability

The HP OMEN Desktop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 5,999 / ~US$ 1,429.

The HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 4,499 / ~US$ 1,069.

The HP OMEN 17 gaming laptop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 8,899 / ~US$ 2,119.

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Jensen Huang Reveals NVIDIA Isaac, Max-Q, Volta, HGX & More!

The first major event at Computex Taipei 2017 was the Powering The AI Revolution keynote by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang. Although the keynote was heavy on artificial intelligence technologies like NVIDIA Isaac and NVIDIA Volta, Jensen also announced other technologies like GeForce GTX with Max-Q Design.

 

NVIDIA Isaac, Max-Q, Volta, HGX & More!

In this 90 minute long keynote, Jensen reveals the future of artificial intelligence and robotics. In that vision, the GPU is taking over from the CPU in delivering the petaflops of computing power required to deliver artificial intelligence.

 

He also reveals the new NVIDIA technologies that will power the next-generation AI applications – the new NVIDIA Tesla V100, which is the largest GPU ever made, and the NVIDIA HGX server that hosts eight of these GPUs to deliver almost 1 petaflops of compute performance in a single chassis!

Jensen also shows how the NVIDIA Isaac Initiative allows robots to self-learn in a virtual environment, using nothing more than the NVIDIA Jetson 2 module. Watch how AI on the edge delivers smarter intelligence with minimal work.

Whether you are a scientist in these fields, or just geeks like us, you will enjoy listening to his views and NVIDIA’s endeavours in those technologies.

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Our Blow-by-Blow Account Of The Keynote

First stop of the day – the NVIDIA AI Forum keynote. Jensen Huang is upstairs polishing his keynote while the crowd grows downstairs.

With the Japanese contingent waiting to storm up the escalator to the 3rd floor hall.

Everyone’s green as an ogre…

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The NVIDIA AI Forum Keynote Begins!

NVIDIA Jensen Huang arrives for his eagerly awaited keynote on AI and related NVIDIA technologies.

Jensen Huang announces Project Holodeck! It’s basically virtual reality for engineers.

 

GeForce GTX With Max-Q Design

Jensen Huang shows off a notebook using the new GeForce GTX with Max Q design.

 

The NVIDIA Tesla V100 (NVIDIA Volta)

Jensen Huang introduces Volta – the new Tesla V100 accelerator. That’s 120 TFLOPS of compute performance courtesy of 5,120 CUDA cores.

And this is the NVIDIA HGX server with EIGHT NVIDIA Tesla V100 accelerators producing 960 TFLOPS!

Jensen Huang showing off the new Tesla V100 accelerator module. It is the largest GPU ever built!

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The NVIDIA GPU Cloud

The NVIDIA GPU Cloud is revealed!

 

The NVIDIA Isaac Initiative

NVIDIA also introduced their robotics platform – the Isaac Initiative, named after Isaac Asimov.

The NVIDIA Isaac Initiative will be built around NVIDIA Jetson 2 and the Isaac Robot Simulator, which allows the robots to train themselves in a virtual world.

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COLORFUL iGame GTX1080Ti Vulcan X OC Released!

May 05th, 2017 Shenzhen, China – Colorful Technology Company Limited is pleased to announce the release of the world’s first graphics card with built-in LCD display : the iGame GTX1080Ti Vulcan X OC. Finally ready for release, the card will be initially sold in China from May 5 onwards.

 

The iGame GTX1080Ti Vulcan X OC

The iGame GTX1080Ti Vulcan X OC features a factory overclock of 1620 MHz on the core frequency and has a boost clock of 1733 MHz thanks to GPU Boost. The card runs 11 GB GDDR5X memory wired to a 352-bit bus. The card features a 16+2 phase digital power supply reinforced by IPP (iGame Pure Power) and is equipped with the SWORIZER cooler with built-in iGame Status Monitor as well as 1.68 million color-capable RGB lighting.

The SWORIZER Cooler, with i-SDCT Base

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The new SWORIZER cooler features a redesigned thermal solution that places the contact position of the heatpipe all in one copper base and uses a C-type design to reduce thermal resistance and enhance heat conduction efficiency.

The cooling fins are cooled by three 92mm duall ball-bearing Saw Sickle fans which cools 86% more surface area than the suaul double-groove coolers. This design ultimately cools the iGame GTX1080TI Vulcan X OC.

The iGame Status Monitor

During its debut, customers from China and overseas talked about the screen on the cooler when they saw the iGame GTX1080TI Vulcan X OC. Now, the LCD screen receives an official name: the iGame Status Monitor. The display shows core frequency, core temperature, fan speed and memory used during operation. Aside from that, it also shows the status of the load level of the cards so the users are aware of the operating condition of the GPU.

 

The iGame GTX1080Ti Vulcan X OC Specifications

GPU GTX 1080Ti
CUDA Cores 3584
Video Memory 11 GB GDDR5X
Memory Bus 352-bit
Boost Clock 1.6 GHz
PCI Express 3.0
Display Output 2 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x DVI
HDCP Support Yes (2.2)
Multi-display Capability Yes
Recommended Power Supply 600 W
Power Consumption 250 W
Power Input 8-pin + 8-pin
API DirectX 12 API Feature level 12_1, OpenGL 4.5
Cooling Blower
Slot Size Dual-slot
SLI Yes – SLI HB Supported

 

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti Details 2.0

Today, NVIDIA officially reveals two new graphics cards – the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Built around the GP107 GPU, the new GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti are designed for entry-level and eSports gaming.

Posted initially @ 2016-10-18

Updated @ 2016-10-20 : Added NVIDIA’s commentary to the presentation in Page 2.

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Presentation

NVIDIA gave us a special briefing on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics yesterday. We prepared a video presentation so you can see what we saw during the briefing.

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  • It is based on the GP107 GPU.
  • It has triple the performance of the GeForce GTX 650.
  • It will deliver frame rates in excess of 60 fps in the latest games running at 1080p with medium settings.
  • It will come with 640 CUDA cores, 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, and a TDP of less than 75W.
  • It will be available on November 8th with a price tag of US$ 109.
  • A higher-end GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will have 768 CUDA cores, 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and a price tag of US$ 139 on October 25th.

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Q&A Session

We also had the opportunity to ask NVIDIA some questions about the new cards. Check out the Q&A session!

Some key takeaways from the Q&A session :
  • The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 are NOT certified VR Ready. NVIDIA recommends the GeForce GTX 1060 and above.
  • They do NOT have SLI capability (obviously).
  • There won’t be any Founder’s Edition for these two cards.
  • They will both support NVIDIA Ansel.
  • They can be used as PhysX cards.

Get more details on both cards in the next page.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 & GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Specifications

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1050GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Graphics Processing Cluster22
Streaming Multiprocessors56
CUDA Cores (single precision)640768
Texture Units4048
ROP Units3232
Base Clock1354 MHz1290 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHz1392 MHz
Memory Clock3504 MHz3504 MHz
Memory Data Rate7 Gbps7 Gbps
L2 Cache Size1024 KB1024 KB
Total Video Memory2 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128-bit128-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s112 GB/s
Texture Rate (Bilinear)54.2 GigaTexels/s61.9 GigaTexels/s
Fabrication Process14 nm14 nm
Transistor Count3.3 Billion3.3 Billion
Connectors1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x Dual-Link DVI
Form FactorDual SlotDual Slot
Power ConnectorsNoneNone
Recommended Power Supply300 Watts300 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP)75 Watts75 Watts
Thermal Threshold97 °C97 °C

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Presentation (With Commentary)

We’re adding two new gaming GPUs to our award-winning lineup of NVIDIA Pascal-based GPUs — the GeForce GTX 1050, starting at $109, and the GTX 1050 Ti, starting at $139. Both will let you play your favorite games at a smooth 60 frames-per-second.

Built on the same Pascal architecture as the most advanced GPUs in the world, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti let new PC gamers discover why GeForce delivers the best gaming experiences.

These GPUs are a great choice for new gamers. Here’s why:

1) The PC Is the Premier Gaming Platform

If you’re a new gamer, these two new GPUs let you be a part of the biggest story in gaming. PC gaming is thriving because it’s open, dynamic and upgradable and developers are releasing more games for the PC than any other platform.

From first-person shooters to massive online battle areas, from top strategy games to simulation games, the PC offers the richest variety of gaming experiences.

2) eSports Are Bigger Than Ever

One of the biggest drivers of PC gaming is eSports, which continues to grow in popularity with a viewership of almost 300 million people in 2016 alone. This growth creates a virtuous cycle of increasing prize pools, which attract the world’s best talent. In fact, the $20 million prize pool for the latest DOTA 2 International is double that of both the Cricket World Cup 2016 and the 2016 Masters Golf tournament.

New content like Overwatch — which has drawn 77 million viewers in the first two months — continues to drive immense interest. And as more people watch eSports, more people are playing PC games.

3) Modern Games Need Modern Performance

The GPU performance required to run a modern game at 1080p and 60fps with good quality settings has tripled for modern, current generation games. So if you bought a GPU 3 or 4 years ago — such as the GeForce GTX 650 — and were able to play the latest games back then, you’ll find your graphics performance coming up short in today’s games.

With the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti, you’ll be able to play today’s most popular games at a smooth 60fps, while sipping a paltry 75 watts of power.

Out of the box the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti are both blazing fast, with the GTX 1050 Ti on average 40% faster and more than 128% more power efficient than the closest competing product at stock speeds, demonstrating again the prowess of our Pascal architecture and GeForce GTX lineup.

And upgrading to the GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti couldn’t be any easier. Neither need an external power connector. Yet both deliver unheard of levels of performance and power efficiency for this class of product. Just plug in the card, install our GeForce Experience software, click a button to optimize game settings and game on.

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4) Powerful Hardware Requires Powerful Software

GeForce is more than just the No. 1 brand in PC gaming. There are over 100 million GeForce PC gamers today, which is far and away the most popular brand on Steam and it’s the most popular GPU in iCafes around the world. When professional gamers are competing for multimillion dollar prize pools, the brand they overwhelmingly trust is GeForce.

In addition to high-performance gaming hardware, we’ve also created very powerful software. More than 300 specialized graphics engineers work closely with game developers to integrate the latest game technology into their titles. We deliver Game Ready drivers alongside the latest titles so gamers worldwide are always enjoying the best gaming experience. And our GeForce Experience application pulls it all together to provide instant driver updates, automatic game optimizations, the ability to share your favorite gaming experiences, and a host of giveaways to gamers everywhere.

 

GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti: Available Everywhere from Everyone

GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti custom boards will be available from NVIDIA GeForce Partners, including ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, iGame, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. NVIDIA GeForce partners represent a global network that will deliver GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti to gamers in 238 countries and territories. GTX 1050 Ti will be available on October 25, while the GTX 1050 will be available on or before November 8.

You can check out the initial list (and pictures) of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti partner boards here!

 

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