ASUS Released GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II Boost GPU

In the wake of the release of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, the various manufacturers come out with their own versions of Nvidia’s new GPU, which should push full HD gaming to an even more affordable level. Our review will explain all the details and subjects the GPU to a fair amount of tests. ASUS could not provide us with a sample on time for the test, but let us know they have a GTX 650 Ti Boost ready, completely with the famous DirectCU II cooling – and standard overclocked.

  AUSU GeForce GTX 650

Where the GTX 650 Ti Boost typically runs at 980 MHz with a ‘Boost’ to 1033 MHz and the memory at 1502 MHz, the GTX 650 Ti Direct CU II Boost is clocked a notch higher. ASUS specifies a standard GPU speed of 1020 MHz, with a boost of 1085 MHz.

These speeds apply to the overclocked version, because there are two models: the GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 and GTX650TIB-DC2-2GD5. Both come with 2GB DDR5 memory running at an effectively 6008MHz (1502 MHz GDDR5). Furthermore these cards have a DVI-I and DVI-D output, plus HDMI and DisplayPort.

ASUS claims to have 20% lower temperatures for the DirectCU II cooler in comparison with a reference model. This cooler has two 80mm fans which should be very quite due to the minimal airflow resistance.

A test sample arrived already in our lab, too late to be included in the main test of the GTX 650 Ti Boost GPU, but of course we will elaborate on this once the test is completed, to see what the added value is of the standard clock.

Prices and availability are not yet known as of this time of writing, but we will add this as soon as we hear from ASUS.

[Update 03/26/2013 2:21 p.m.] ASUS let us know that the graphic cards should be in store by the end of next week. The MSRP of the OC version is 179 euros, the standard edition will not be available through the regular channels in the Netherlands.

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Metal Gear Solid trailer V: The Phantom Pain

During the GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco, Konami presents the trailer will be the new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

In the video you can see Solid Snake in a hospital while a group of doctors make several efforts to try to save his life. We can also get an idea of the type of gameplay the game, not to mention the weapons and setting.

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers Released

Wizards of the Coast has released the most recent version of their card collectible series, which is entitled Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers. The new series is called Magic 2014. It says that it has ten new decks, fifteen new experiences, ten new puzzle adventures and a new gaming mode. It also makes it possible for you to work with the new line of cards in a digital manner before they are later put into a cardboard format. This does not seem to be as big of an upgrade as the Magic 2012 and 2013 upgrades. This will be the case if the new mode is not all that great.

The trailer that comes with it really does not give you that much information. Instead it puts a lot of emphasis on the Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar. Remember, she has the ability to put her own hair on fire. Honestly, this is not that hard. The difficult piece will be to turn your bounce back to the way that it should be without getting burned at the same time.


I love my HP Envy x2

I have purchased the HP Envy x2 (in France where I am living) and love it.
My background : my brother has the Surface RT, my wife an iPad so I have extensive experience on both.

Several points pointed above that does not make sense for me :
– ATOM not done for gaming : This is one the funniest thing that I have read. How want to game on a tablet ?

I have a desktop computer with a QuadCore i750 overclocked, 16Go of RAM, a CUDA GPU (to take advantage of for Premiere Pro hardware acceleration), a SSD for the OS. with a 27″ screen I use that when I am making photos or videos. I do not want to make photoshop on a 10 or 11″ screen and really do not see who would like to !!! So far, the HP Envy is accepting everything I am throwing to. Surfing, email, chat… is working perfectly. The interface is very very fluid, as much as an iPad. Office 2013 (that I have installed) works perfectly. It is just working perfectly fine for 95% of the usage you would have on a screen of this size.
By the way, does an iPad offers a better gaming experience ? Is there another tablet better for game ? You must choose a gaming laptop!

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