Sunday, 08 December 2013 21:51
AMD has been in the spotlight a fair bit lately thanks largely to their new R9 GPU series. It's easy to see why a lot of people are talking about these new cards once you take a look at the Radeon R9 270 graphics card. The good news is that these new cards are supposed to be bundled with Battlefield 4 - the downside is that they aren't. AMD says that only some cards will be bundled. Another sour note is that there has been a lot of rumors floating around regarding R9 290X press samples being much faster than actual retail samples. This is not good but AMD has a valid excuse - so they say.
AMD is trying to entice developers with their "Mantle" graphics programming layer and if you want to get deeper than the mantle, you can find out a lot more details.
On the other side of the fence of course is NVIDIA and they are really stepping things up with their GTX 780 Ti card that has been making waves in review circles. When you see that this card bas a faster base clock, boost clock, more shaders and memory bandwidth than the GTX Titan - at a lower price point, you'll understand why. It's MSRP is around $700, but it's crazy fast.
On the storage side of things, OCZ's Vector 150 keeps popping up and there is one simple reason. It's quick - and it's affordable. Okay, that is two reasons, but both make it a great choice. As more people switch to SSDs and as they have been around for a while, we start to see some failures on these drives. If you want to find out how long they will last and how much data they can transfer, you MUST check out the SSD Endurance Experiment: Testing Data Retention at 300TB. It's a great read for sure.