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Is Lenovo Ideapad 310 the best yet from Lenovo?

Have you been thinking of buying a new laptop lately? Do latest and pocket-friendly gadgets fascinate you? Then we might just have the best laptop for you, which is none other than – Lenovo Ideapad 310. This newly launched laptop comes with many exciting features at an amazing price range. Not only is it the one sure shot answer to all of the above questions, but it also is, undoubtedly, a better-quality laptop as compared to most of the existing lots in the market. But is it the best? Let’s find out.

Lenovo Ideapad 310:

Lenovo first introduced the Ideapad 310 and Ideapad 510 together. Their launch in the Indian market was done in October 2016. There were also some of the cheap laptops in the same range but this model has some good features too. Let’s now head on to some of the striking features of this laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad 310 is backed with the latest 7th generation Intel Core i5 7200U processor running on Windows 10 Home Operating System. It comes with 4GB DDR4 RAM. The handy screen size of 15.6 inches which is actually a Full HD IPS Display coupled with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, enhances gaming, surfing, and visual experience. Lenovo Ideapad 310 also has N16V-GMR1 DDR3L Graphics processor and a hard drive space of 1 TB. Not only this, it flaunts a 1 MP webcam with microphone for better video calling and recording experience, Trackpad for scrolling and navigation, and a built-in DVD Drive. The features ensure that you get a never before experience all through the day.

 

Coming to the price, Lenovo Ideapad 310 is available on Amazon.in at a very reasonable price point of Rs. 46,990 only. If are an HFDC cardholder then with current Amazon HDFC offer you can grab additional 10% cashback. This price is very cheap if we take into consideration the Intel i5 7th Gen processor and other exquisite features of this laptop.  Buying from Amazon also gives you a choice to either pay full at the beginning or make use of the no cost EMI offer.

Pros:

Lenovo Ideapad 310 has plenty of features that make it stand out from the rest of the crowd-

The Look- The laptop offers a very clean and simplistic design. The silver-colour adds a touch of sophistication to the laptop and resembles aluminum. The sides, on the other hand, are black and flat. This Black & White contrast gives the notebook a classy retro look.

However, the interior is a different story. Sturdy from top to bottom except at the middle of the keyboard which feels really comfortable with the popular AccuType design, this laptop has got the looks to watch for.

The Cost- Lenovo Ideapad 310 comes at an unbelievable price point of just Rs 46,690. Most other companies do not give such a powerful processor in this range. Even if they do, there is surely a significant compromise made on some other aspect of performance.

Take Lenovo Yoga 510 Notebook, for instance, which is also equipped with the 7th Gen processor, but costs around 13,000 more or Dell Inspiron 500, which has roughly the same specifications as the Ideapad 310, but costs approximately Rs 12,000 more. So, Lenovo Ideapad is very cost-efficient.

The Processor- Equipped with an Intel Core i7-6500U (Skylake) dual-core processor, the Notebook’s CPU offers better than sufficient performance results for its most users. A 2.5 GHz base clock speed, that can be increased to 3 GHz (two cores) or 3.1 GHz (one core), using Turbo, is offered by the processor. The Cinebench R15 test, a tool to compare graphics and performance across various platforms and processors, gives Lenovo Ideapad 310 total 131 points as opposed to the 74 points to Lenovo Ideapad 500 (AMD A10-8700 Processor), proving  310 to be a much better performer.

Cons:

Lenovo Ideapad 310, just like everything else in this world, is far from perfect. Here are the factors it needs serious improvement on-

The Screen- Having a glossy screen with a default resolution of 1366×768 pixels, the display of Lenovo Ideapad 310 offers a fairly good contrast of 714:1, but the brightness feels insufficient. Not only this, many instances of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) flickering at a rate of 50 Hz at 80% or lower brightness levels, has also been observed. The quality of visual also decreases as we change the viewing angles, with the occurrence of contrast shift across the board. Besides, the device also shows flickering at the time of power adapter connection. All of the above factors, on prolonged exposure, may result in headaches and eye problems for users.

The Battery- The battery capacity is on the lower side, at just 30Wh, so that reflects in the performance too. When the Windows power profile is “Balanced”, the notebook is not in power saving mode, and the brightness is set to 150 cd/m², the IdeaPad reaches a run time of just 5:32 h, which is quite an average battery life.

So, is it the best from Lenovo?

The answer is No. Going through the hardware and software configuration of Lenovo Ideapad 310, it can be clearly seen that this notebook is quite budget friendly but performance wise, it is not completely up to the standard of some of its counterparts. In simplest terms, Lenovo Ideapad 310 is okay in most respects. It is good, but certainly not the best. It gives you the latest generation Intel Core i5 processor paired with Intel Integrated Graphics, which can be considered just fine compared to most other alternatives in the market. However, the screen problems and reduced battery life are a problem we just cannot overlook.

Instead, for a few extra bucks, you can always go for the more powerful Lenovo Ideapad 510, with 8 GB RAM and offers great multimedia capabilities. It can better support the 7th Gen Intel Core I5 processor and has a 2 GB Nvidia GeForce Graphic Card to enhance your gaming experience too.

At the end of the day, the Ideapad 510 is a great improvement over 310 in terms of performance, screen quality and extended features. The notebook is available on Amazon.in at an exclusive price point of Rs 59,990 only. Additionally, you can use the available electronics offers to trim down your cost considerably.

Conclusion:

Overall, Lenovo IdeaPad 310 is an amazingly designed yet affordable 15-inch gadget with newer hardware but might not necessarily be future-proof. So if you are planning to buy a laptop with nice features but have a stringent budget window of around Rs 45,000, then you can surely go for this grab. All in all, Lenovo Ideapad 310 is a very sophisticated, stylish yet powerful laptop available in a very reasonable price range, but isn’t still the best from Lenovo.

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ASUS ROG G20CB : Specification and Review

Gaming is a sector that is ruling this digital age and has a high demand in the market. It is just a virtual world in which gamers are indulged in to complete a set of task to score points. It is not a productive task but it surely helps your mind to relax. But despite all the things, it needs a very good performance machine to run some high graphics game. ASUS has been a leader in the gaming sector with it ROG(Republic of Gamers) series of products. We recently got our hands on the new G20 CB Desktop PC which is like a compact beast. If I hadn’t lifted the thing at the time of unboxing, I would have underestimated the thing. Don’t judge a book by its cover – which is the perfect thing to say when it comes to G20 CB. So without further ado let us check out the ASUS ROG G20CB specification and do a quick review to more about it.

ASUS ROG G20CB : Specification and Review

Design

ASUS has done a great job when it comes to design of G20 CB. The machine is quite compact and the form factor is just great. It has this rectangular crystal design which feels like it is carved from a rock and looks like a tower from the front. It is all plastic when it comes to the outer body. There is this power-grid like design on the front which may not look that impressive when the PC is off, but it is surely the best thing that can happen to a gamer. Apart from the sides, these lines are on all the edges. It lights up with different colors which can be controlled. These lights have their own behavior and will give different effects best when the music is on or when you are having a talk with someone on skype or hangout. There are different zones with 2 in the front and 1 in the bottom. The colors can be set according to your choice. The machine is surely heavy considering the size and it weighs 6.53 KG (14 Pounds) approximately. To give you a better idea about the size of the RIG, it is a 9.5-liter case.

ASUS ROG G20CB : Specification and Review

Dimensions

ASUS ROG G20CB : Specification and Review

PORTS

Coming to the different ports present on the ASUS ROG G20CB. Starting with the front, it has 2 USB 3.0 ports along with microphone and earphone jack. The vertical optical disk drive is also on the front with power button. All these things are exactly on the vertical center axis of the RIG which separates the two light zones. On the back, it has a total of 6 USB ports consisting of 2 USB 3.1, 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports. For internet connectivity, it has RJ45 port as LAN. Coming to the display ports, the RIG has 2 DVI ports and HDMI ports. Note that there is no VGA port that you find in other desktop PC so you can always use DVI to VGA converter. There are various audio ports on the back like speaker out, mic in, subwoofer, line in/out etc. All these things are built and carved perfectly in the chassis. Apart from that you also have inbuilt WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The design and the connectivity options in ASUS ROG G20CB are just great and you won’t find any compromises done in that sector.

Performance

ASUS ROG G20CB : Specification and Review

i7 Processor clocked at 3.4 GHz

Let us get inside the body now. ASUS G20CB has an Intel H170 chipset with Intel core i7-6700 processor. It has 16 GB of DDR4 RAM(2133 MHz) by default which can be extended up to 64 GB. There are 2 slots available for RAM stick. The review unit I got had 32 GB of RAM. Now that is a massive amount of RAM to play some heavy games, endless multitasking, and running 2-3 desktops simultaneously with ease. Speaking about the storage it has 256 GB of SSD and 3 TB of HDD(mentioned on their website, I got it with 2 TB of storage). ASUS has done justice when it comes to storage and memory. Plus you get 100 GB of ASUS webstorage for 1 year. Coming to the crucial part that is graphics, it has the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. Now this graphic card handles a 4K screen like a piece of cake. You can also run a setup of 3 desktops together for gaming with G20CB. The performance is just great while playing games like GTA 5, WatchDogs, Call of Duty Ghosts, NFS Most Wanted, Crysis 3 etc. I got more than 60 FPS in most of the games played on this machine which is a sign of good performance. The multitasking on this machine is excellent because of the massive amount of RAM. The i7 processor does its best to process multiple threads together. It will give you 10% performance boost and 23% more efficiency if we compare it with 6th generation. The boot time is something similar to a setup box+ TV arrangement. The operating system that comes preinstalled with the device is Windows 10 Home. So with the quick boot on, it is just like pressing the power button waiting for 2-3 seconds and boom you are good to go. You can connect 4 displays at max with this machine, that is 3 for gaming and one standalone display for twitch streams.

ASUS ROG G20CB : Specification and Review

3 Display for gaming + 1 for settings

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Now one of the best things about ASUS ROG G20CB is how silently the machine works even at high performance. ASUS has done a great job reducing the noise and the cooling system is also great. You won’t feel much of a heat if you keep the tower on your desk. The air intake is from the 1 cm wide channel at the bottom while the hot air is thrown out from the back(Graphic card exhaust) and the top(bundled with two fans, copper pipes – channeled properly). The lights actually make all the difference in the world, which you can change according to your mood. Even the audio level was shown visually via the LED lights while I was on a skype call. Same goes with the music rhythm. According to ASUS, GTX 1080 performs 50% better than GTX 980. In 4K you will get an average frame rate of 55 FPS. at highest graphics setting.

 

The ASUS ROG G20CB is all ready for the future. It comes equipped with technology that allows this machine to support VR gaming. It has plug-n-play feature for VR headsets that are driven by NVIDIA VRWorks. I didn’t get a chance to test this feature, but they promise to provide lowest latency rates and an amazing experience along with haptic feedback which makes gaming immersive. I cannot just wait to try on VR gaming which will somehow change the whole world of gaming.

ASUS ROG G20CB : Specification and Review

VR GAMING

The sound output from the speakers and headphones is great because of SonicMaster. It has 5 preset modes – Warroom, Soundscape, Battlefield, Action, and Multimedia. Each having an altogether different experience with the audio settings. Gaming is something which is like 50% dependent on the audio and it can boost the experience of playing too. ASUS has built an app for the PC called Aegis which can help you monitor the system resource consumption. One has the option to set thresholds on temperature and voltage so that system can maintain the levels for optimum performance. Boost launcher will free up CPU and RAM resources to ensure smooth gameplay.

Overall ASUS ROG G20CB is a great machine to work & play with. It is specially made for people expecting hardcore gaming and graphics requirement. You can always do some video editing and run other heavy graphic software on this machine to get less rendering time with faster outputs. You also get keyboard and mouse with the RIG. The mouse is not that great but the keyboard is backlit along with volume control knob. Now the only drawback that you might see is price. You can always go ahead and assemble your own RIG which will be a cheaper and better option in terms of customizations. But if you look at the ready made machines, then ASUS ROG G20CB does give some serious performance output. Though if it would be me, then I would always go for assembling a RIG by myself. Hope you liked the review of ASUS G20CB ROG, tell me in the comments if you would go for this beast.

Where can you buy ASUS ROG G20CB?

It is available on Amazon for 2299$ approx. Make sure you check the specifications before you go ahead and buy this machine. In India, it is approximately priced at Rs. 1,70,000.

Pokemon Go With Joystick

How to play Pokemon GO from home without walking [No Root Required]

Pokemon GO is a location based game wherein you have to move around different places to catch Pokemons. The game requires you to walk around various locations to catch different variety of Pokemon which are available at only certain places. But there are few lazy people who tried playing it while sitting in the car, bus, train etc. Now in the new update the game prompts you not to play it while driving. But for lazy people like me who don’t like to walk for enjoying this game, there is a new hack where you can fake the GPS location and move around with a joystick. This method doesn’t even require for you to root the phone.

Requirements

  • Android Phone with Marshmallow 6.0
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If you have lower Android version then you cannot use the joystick feature, but you can use the Fixed Fake GPS location feature.

  • Pokemon GO game installed

Video Tutorial:

How to play Pokemon GO from your Home/Office without walking?

  1. Go ahead and download Fake GPS/Fly GPS app from Playstore (While searching directly on the Playstore type ‘Fly GPS’).
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    FLY GPS – Fake GPS location Playstore

  2. Install the App in your android device.
  3.  Go to settings and check if developer options is enabled in your phone. If not then, go in about and tap on build number 7 times until it shows ‘congratulations you are a developer‘.
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    Mock Location App – FlyGPS

  4. Now launch the Fake/Fly GPS app. After that it will prompt you to allow mock location. Just tap on Settings -> Select Mock location app. After that choose Fly GPS as the app for Mock location.
  5. Next you can choose the desired starting location. This will be your starting location when you launch the game. Now click on Please select the menu. 
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    FLY GPS enable joystick mode – Fake location

  6. From the shown three options, select GPS Service Run. After that choose JoyStick Location Mode – (Pokemon). For the people not having Android Marshmallow should opt for the first option -> Fixed location mode.
  7. If you completed all the above steps then the app will minimize and show you a message “Service was started“. you will also see a compass icon and Joystick on the display. 
    How to play Pokemon GO from home without walking [No Root Required]

    Fly GPS Started

  8. Time to launch the Pokemon GO game. As soon as the game starts you will see that, the starting location is the desired location you chose.
  9. You can move around using the joystick with respect to the game’s north heading. Voila!You can play Pokemon Go from your home/office without walking a single step using a joystick.
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    Pokemon Go with Fly GPS

  10. For people using older Android version can play by continuously changing your fixed GPS location. Or maybe you can try other apps to fake GPS that may or may not require root.

You can always move the joystick by long pressing on the sides and moving it. Sometimes long pressing may close the joystick option, in that case you can relaunch the fly GPS and follow the instruction from step 4. Just start from the last used location. You can also bookmark certain locations where you often find Pokemon easily using the FlyGPS app.

What is the RISK involved in using FLY GPS to fake location?

Your account may get soft banned for a few hours if you jump on to different locations(changing countries)

How to avoid getting banned while using Fly GPS?

Always change the location according to the flight time. Like if you started playing the game choosing Mumbai as your fake location. Then next time if you plan to choose Delhi as your fake location then at least have a gap of 2 hrs(As Mumbai to Delhi flight time is around 2hrs). Till then close your game and the Fly GPS app. So accordingly maintaining the gap of playing with respect to the flight time.

Note:This is just a theory and it worked for me till now. So I will not be responsible if your account gets banned.

So this was all about how to play Pokemon GO from your home/office without walking a single step. I hope you have fun playing the game without actually walking and just sitting on your couch. Share your experience with us in the comment section below. If you have any doubts then do post them below .

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ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

ASUS has been launching various types of laptops in the market, and recently we got our hands on the new ASUS ROG G751 gaming laptop. We took it for a review and tested various high-end games on it. If I were to describe it in one sentence then, this is a compressed version of a Desktop gaming PC. Let’s take a closer look and find out if it’s worth buying.

ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

Design

The ASUS ROG G751 looks like a gaming monster as its heavy(around 4 Kg) and large in size(17.3 inch screen). It is not that portable as you may imagine while buying a normal laptop. If you plan to keep it on your desk most of the time while playing, then the weight may not be an issue. Keeping in mind that it is a high-performance gaming laptop I can compromise with the portability factor. The dual air vents are on the rear which looks like the exhaust vents of a jet engine. The top of the lid has a fine matte finish which provides a good grip while holding this beast in your hand. The hinge of the laptop is 1.5 inches away from the edge. On the back of the lid, there is a red lighted ROG(Republic Of Gamers) logo which gives it a cool look. The keyboard and trackpad are also well designed with W, A, S, D keys highlighted with red color. It has a red backlight keyboard which again maintains the color theme of the laptop. There are some custom keys to toggle ShadowPlay, Steam and three programmable buttons (M1,M2,M3). The Trackpad is also large enough and responsive to easily handle the navigation and the gestures. In a nutshell, the build is strong but we cannot term it as highly portable.

Display

ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

ASUS ROG G751 has a 17.3-inch display, which is quite good enough for gaming experience keeping in mind that its a laptop(Though in gaming the screen size is like – the more the merrier). It has 178 deg of viewing angle as promised by ASUS, and we can assure you that the viewing angles are great. The display is an IPS FHD with a resolution of 1920×1080 covered by a anti-glare coating.

Connectivity

ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

ASUS ROG G751 Ports

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  • 4 USB 3.0 ports (2 on left and 2 on the right)
  • 1 VGA port
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 1 Thunderbolt port
  • 3 Audio Jacks (Headphone, microphone and podcast)
  • 1 Lan Port
  • SD/MMC reader
  • Blu-ray reader and writer
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and Wifi

Performance

ASUS ROG G751 runs an intel i7-4710HQ processor clocked at 2.5Ghz with 24GB of RAM(23.9 User available). It comes with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphic card(2GB- NVIDIA, 2GB- Intel HD 4600) which is the soul of this beast. Because of the graphic card, we are able to output video to 4K displays and enhance the overall gaming performance. Talking about the memory we have 1 TB hard disk(HDD) out of which 256 GB SSD storage is available for the operating system. You can press the ShadowPlay button to record the gameplay which is supported by the new GeForce graphics cards. We tried various high graphics games like Shadow of Mordor, Watch Dogs, GTA V, Assassin’s creed unity, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare etc which ran very well without any lag. Performance wise the ROG G751 has no issues as such, and delivers the max performance. The dual fans with three copper pipes does a good job of cooling the laptop even when its overclocked. It comes with ASUS TurboMaster GPU overclocking which boosts the performance by 5%.

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ASUS ROG G751 SubWoofer

The speakers are placed near the hinge which face directly towards the user for enhanced sound output. The sound quality is good and the speakers are sufficiently loud. At the botton there is a low frequency subwoofer to enhance the overall gaming performance.

It comes with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled and some default software from ASUS and NVIDIA like ASUS smart gesture, gaming center, macro key, GPU tweak, web storage, GeForce Experience etc. You should definitely try these software to tweak the features of the laptop.

ASUS ROG G751 charging Adapter

ASUS ROG G751 charging Adapter

Battery and pricing

This is the point where the G751 doesn’t performs much well. You can hardly get 1 hour of battery backup while gaming and 3-4 hrs with normal usage. One more issues that I noticed was whenever the battery level goes below 50% while playing game, it will start to lag and you will have to connect it to a power source to solve the problem. May be the graphic card doesn’t get the required power to run efficiently. So you can’t expect much from the battery backup of G751 while playing games.

The laptop is available on Amazon for 2244$(including shipping), and for Indian Users its available on Ebay for Rs.206,175. There is a 1 year Internation warranty on the laptop with 1 year accidental damage cover.

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Magic Runner comes to Android Playstore

After the tremendous success of ‘Rama Force’, Studio Dream Games has launched an all new horizontal runner game, Magic Runner. With real times run physics, parallax background and intuitive sound Fx, Magic Runner is available for free download on Android phones. A class apart in terms of clarity, fluidity of movement, total immersion and levels of difficulty, Magic Runner is a must play for those who love to challenge themselves. This exhilarating game follows in the footsteps of Rama Force in a manner that it leaves a positive impact on the players and emphasize the victory of good over evil.

With 16 achievements to unlock and several coins to leverage his performance, Magic Runner — by the virtue of being an endless, complex challenge — is one of the most challenging runner games to hit the market. Magic Runner does not include death or physical violence. Instead the game uses the agility, intuitiveness and quick reflexes of the hero to add to the thrill and sense of adventure. One unique feature of the game is that whenever you retry after dying, you will be reborn from the same place so that you can explore further parts of the game. This will give you new challenges even after you experience death.

GAMEPLAY:

Magic Runner is the classic battle between Evil vs. Virtue which founder Umang Mathur holds close to his heart. He said, “After creating a strategy-based game like Rama Force, we wanted to develop a casual game this time. We focused on the didactic value of Magic Runner as we want the players to learn beyond the game. King Elex cannot kill anybody in the game, which eventually percolates to the players, who can be children too.” 

Magic Runner is a journey of a hero trying his best to win a battle against malevolent forces and save planet Earth. It has been specially designed and developed as a hard-to-put-down, casual game. The game’s plot centres on King Elex from Earth trying to prevent the malicious Lord of Broy, Bazooka and his army from destroying the beautiful planet he calls home. It is situated in the fictional world of Broy. As they help King Elex on his journey to defeat Bazooka, gamers have to reach deep within for strategic and instinctive manoeuvres to keep the hero on track for his mission.

Download Magic Runner from Android PlayStore: http://bit.ly/1JeOloR

Do give it a try and let us know your feedback of the game in the comment section below.

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GIGABYTE Enters Indian Graphics Card Market

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India, 13 October, 2014 — GIGABYTE, world’s leading premium hardware brand, has launched the full range of NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards in India with exclusive distribution partner, INGRAM MICRO. Combined with technical expertise, innovative products, and superb customer service, GIGABYTE is now bringing its top-notch quality products to the market, and providing Indian users the ultimate graphics experience.

Given the significance and an anticipated strong growth in the future, India has been targeted as one of GIGABYTE key markets for graphics cards in the coming years. By cooperating with INGRAM MICRO, the nationwide leader in IT distribution, GIGABYTE graphics cards have become more easily accessible to local users across the country. Speaking about this partnership, Mayank Sharma, country manager of Graphic Card Business Unit at GIGABYTE, said, “As for the rapidly growing emerging market like India, the extensive expertise of INGRAM MICRO will be a fast access for us to enter effectively into the market, and increase our presence in the country. We believe we will receive great results together”.

To ensure customer service is responded in a timely manner, GIGABYTE collaborates with India’s leading integrated IT services provider, Accel Frontline Ltd. All graphics cards have a 3 year carry-in warranty provided by the nearest GIGABYTE Authorized Service Center. For more details, please go to www.gigabyte.in, and find under “Support” the complete list of all the service and collection centers.

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NVIDIA Unveils Full Power of Maxwell GPU Architecture

Making a huge difference in gaming area, NVIDIA introduced GeForce® GTX™ 980 and 970 GPUs which are the first high-end products based on its Maxwell™ chip architecture. Being twice the energy efficient from the previous GTX750Ti and GTX750, the GTX980 and GTX970 deliver unmatched performance and major new graphics capabilities essential for upcoming games.

Maxwell is the company’s 10th-generation GPU architecture, following Kepler™. The engine of next-generation gaming, it solves some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing. Its new Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI) technology enables gaming GPUs for the first time to deliver real-time dynamic global illumination. Scenes are significantly more lifelike as light interacts realistically in the game environment—resulting in deeper vels of immersion for gamers.

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Some of the new advancements include :

  • Multi-Frame sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA)
  • Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR)
  • VR Direct
  • Extremely energy-efficient design

These features enable Maxwell-based GTX 980 and 970 GPUs to render frames with the highest fidelity at higher clock speeds and lower power consumption than their nearest competitor.

Maxwell has been years in the making, inspired by our gamers, and created by the best minds in 3D graphics. Its extraordinary performance, efficiency and technologies will empower developers to do their finest work and delight gamers worldwide.

, said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

GeForce GTX 980 specifications

(based on base clock)

Graphics Processing Clusters 4
Streaming Multiprocessors 16
CUDA Cores 2048
Texture Units 128
ROP Units 64
Base Clock 1126 MHz
Boost Clock 1216 MHz
Memory Clock (Data rate) 7000 MHz
L2 Cache Size 2048K
Total Video Memory 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 224 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 144.1 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication Process 28 nm
Transistor Count 5.2 Billion
Connectors 3 x DisplayPort1 x HDMI

1 x Dual-Link DVI

Form Factor Dual Slot
Power Connectors Two 6-pin
Recommended Power Supply 500 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP)1 165 Watts
Thermal Threshold2 95° C

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GeForce GTX 970 specifications

(based on base clock)

Graphics Processing Clusters 4
Streaming Multiprocessors 13
CUDA Cores 1664
Texture Units 104
ROP Units 64
Base Clock 1050 MHz
Boost Clock 1178 MHz
Memory Clock (Data rate) 7000 MHz
L2 Cache Size 2048K
Total Video Memory 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 224 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 109.2 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication Process 28 nm
Transistor Count 5.2 Billion
Connectors 3 x DisplayPort1 x HDMI

1 x Dual-Link DVI

Form Factor Dual Slot
Power Connectors Two 6-pin
Recommended Power Supply 500 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP)3 145 Watts
Thermal Threshold4 95° C

VXGI – Voxel Global Illumination

Realistic lighting is among the most challenging problems faced in real-time graphics. Simulating both direct and indirect lighting, such as reflections for dynamic scenes, has to date been too computationally demanding for GPUs beyond those available to professionals. Game developers have been forced to use lighting tricks that compromise scene realism.

Maxwell overcomes these limitations, combining the performance and programmability required to model both direct and indirect light sources. It does so by deploying VXGI, a new NVIDIA technique to accurately depict indirect lighting, including diffuse lighting, specular lighting and reflections.Realistic lighting is among the most challenging problems faced in real-time graphics. Simulating both direct and indirect lighting, such as reflections for dynamic scenes, has to date been too computationally demanding for GPUs beyond those available to professionals. Game developers have been forced to use lighting tricks that compromise scene realism.

VXGI is being added to NVIDIA GameWorks™, the world’s most advanced game graphics library, so developers can build future games with dynamic environments filled with rich, natural lighting and breathtaking realism. It is being integrated into popular games engines like Unreal Engine 4, and will be available to developers later this year.

MFAA – Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing

NVIDIA engineers have given the GTX 980 and 970 a further performance boost with a new technique called multi-frame sampled anti-aliasing, which leverages new capabilities in Maxwell GPUs.

MFAA varies the anti-aliasing sample patterns across pixels both within an individual frame and between multiple frames. It then uses a newly developed synthesis filter to produce the best image quality and does so faster than conventional anti-aliasing. For gamers, MFAA yields image quality approaching that of 4xMSAA at the cost of 2xMSAA—enabling titles to run faster while maintaining high levels of image quality.

DSR – Dynamic Super Resolution

The GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs can deliver a higher fidelity gaming experience even for those playing on standard 1080p displays. With Maxwell’s Dynamic Super Resolution technology, games can be rendered at 4K or other high-end resolutions and then scaled down to the native resolution on the user’s display using a 13-tap Gaussian filter. The resulting image is much higher quality than simply rendering directly to 1080p.

DSR is automatically enabled through GeForce Experience™, an NVIDIA application that automatically optimizes game settings for peak performance, downloads the latest drivers, and enables game streaming and in-game action capture. Gamers can turn on DSR and enjoy high-fidelity gaming with a single click of a button—without having to upgrade their monitor.

VR Direct

To deliver on the immersive potential of virtual reality, games require high frame rates and low latency. VR Direct technology incorporates a number of new features to increase performance, lower latency and increase compatibility for VR headsets. These features include:

  • VR SLI—provides heightened performance on virtual reality devices where multiple GPUs can be assigned a specific eye to render the stereo images faster.
  • Asynchronous Warp—cuts latency in half and quickly adjusts images as gamers move their heads, without the need to re-render new frames.
  • Auto Stereo—improves game compatibility for VR devices, such as Oculus Rift, and allows users to play games on select headsets that weren’t originally designed for VR.

We built Unreal Engine 4 using NVIDIA’s Kepler architecture but the GTX 980 and 970 GPUs, based on the new Maxwell architecture, are the most powerful, efficient GPUs for creating scenes of unprecedented detail across PC and VR experiences right now. Our developers are pushing the graphical high end with Maxwell GPUs.

, said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO at Epic Games.

Some of the snaps from the launch event :

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Availability and Pricing

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs are now available in India from the world’s leading add-in card suppliers like ASUS, Galaxy and Zotac. MSRP in India is ₹ 46,000 for GTX980 and ₹28,000 for GTX970.

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Nvidia introduces GTX Battlebox Gaming Rigs in Mumbai

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Nvidia a leading company in GPU and Processor manufacturing has now made something exclusive called Battlebox gaming PC’s. They provide military grade gaming experience and are made for hardcore gamers. The performance and graphics of the Battlebox Rigs is amazing. Recently Nvidia introduced these Battlebox in Mumbai and we had a chance to get hands-on.

Nvidia has partnered with Asus and Cooler master for the hardware present in Battlebox. The look and feel of these machines is totally futuristic and they are easy to setup and customize. These devices are designed in such a way that they can be used for gaming as well as Entertainment purposes. They are powered by GeForce GTX-series GPUs and are designed to offer the best gaming experience: incredible speed, quiet performance – all in a stunningly crafted chassis.

Titan Nvidia

We have 5 Gaming machines viz. THE TYPHOON JUNIOR, THE TYPHOON SENIOR, THE ENIGMA, THE TITAN JUNIOR and THE TITAN SENIOR with different configurations and specifications which are given in the chart below. All lie in the price range of Rs.40,000 – Rs.1,50,000 which will fit the budget of all types of customers.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX cards also comes loaded with an arsenal of game-changing technologies like the GeForce Experience, ShadowPlay, Game streaming, PhysX®, GPU Boost 2.0, SLI, TXAA™ and 3D vision. This gives the players raw speed and performance to take on new technologies like 4K, and experience the fastest, smoothest and most advanced Battlebox gaming possible. 4K technology provides high definition graphics which makes the gaming experience seems real. See the difference of picture quality in normal HD display and 4K display in the image below.

HD vs 4K

With these Military grade Battlebox Rigs its not Gaming any more, its much more Real experience. I would recommend these next-generation devices for all those who are hardcore gamers and want to have the best experience. We played many high definition games like NFS Rivals, Batman-Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed-Black flag and we found the gaming quite intriguing on Battlebox Rigs. With much more high graphics games like GTA 5 and Watch Dogs launching in the near future, you definitely need some high performance devices. So go get your own Battlebox Rig and enjoy gaming to the fullest.

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Which tablet is the best for gaming?

We were hoping to be able to say that the best tablet for gaming is the iPad mini 2, in fact we have been hoping to say it for a while. However it seemed that there is a strong possibility that it wouldn’t even be launched in 2013.

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Gaming tablet

If you have been waiting for the iPad mini 2 as your portable gaming device, then it looks as if you are going to have to keep on waiting for a while. Recently we learned that there were component shortages that were likely to delay the launch of apples new wonder tablet, but now there is even worse news, it seems that there is a major technical issue which with the tablet. There is a burn-in problem with the LED display which is probably due to problems trying to achieve HD resolution using retina technology.

So, in the absence of the iPad mini 2 what is the best tablet for gaming?

If your gaming consists of downloading an playing simple app based games and you need a new tablet this side of Christmas, then your best strategy would be to buy a cheap tablet such as the Tesco Hudl for now, in fact it is probably all you need. If you want to play console type games on your tablet then currently the best tablet is the new Nexus 7. Gaming club is a great example of a site to test out the graphics of your tablet, as it has games ranging from poker to roulette to craps.

Although the Nexus 7 might be considered to be a poor man’s solution to the iPad mini 2, it does have some great gaming features. It has a very fast quad core processor and currently the best seven inch tablet display on the market. It uses AMOLED technology which it not as bright as the Apple LED retina technology, at least it works.

The tablet costs around £200 for the 16 GB version, significantly less than the iPad mini 2, though many people would be happy to pay a little more for the Apple brand. Let us know your take on the gaming tablet through the comment section below.

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Nvidia Gefroce GTX750ti

Nvidia launches Geforce Gtx 750 ti and Gtx 750 based on 1st generation maxwell architecture

With more than 600 million Gamer’s around the globe, which is twice the population of US, Gaming has now become a major trend. With High graphics and more engaging content, gaming industry will grow tremendously in our near future. Nvidia recently contributed in gaming, by launching new Geforce GTX 750 ti and GTX 750 based on 1st generation Maxwell architecture. These new Graphic cards give stunning performance at half the power consumption.

NVIDIA unveils the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti

Nikhil Kohli, GeForce Business head unveiling GTX 750ti

‘GM107’ was the first Maxwell based GPU designed for notebooks and small form factor PC. GTX 750 Ti is the first graphic card based on GM107 GPU.  GTX 750 Ti delivers gaming experience at 1080p, with an excellent fps and fast streaming. It consumes about 60W of power which is half of what other graphic cards consume. It has compact design of about 5.7 inches and doesn’t require any internal power connector. So gamer’s can easily upgrade their PC, and need not to worry about power supply.

You can see how the GM107(Maxwell) is more advanced than the previous GK107(kepler) GPU.

GK107(kepler) vs GM107(maxwell)

GK107(kepler) vs GM107(maxwell) GPU

Because of GM107’s remarkable architectural efficiency, at 1080p resolution a GeForce GTX 750 Ti will frequently match the performance of Nvidia’s flagship GPU from four years ago, the GeForce GTX 480, but with only a 60W TDP, consumes a fourth of the power.

GTX 750 TI VS GTX 480 (PERFORMANCE)

GTX 750 TI VS GTX 480 (PERFORMANCE)

Based on the above graphs and stats, you can get a clear picture of Maxwell architecture performance against the previous architecture’s. And as GTX 750 Ti is based on Maxwell architecture, it surely is gonna provide you with excellent gaming performance.

Scott Herkelman, general manager of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA said

“We know that to advance performance, we must advance performance per watt, because every system we design for has a power limit — from supercomputers to PCs to smartphones, That’s why we architected Maxwell to be the most efficient GPU architecture ever built.”

GTX 750 Ti also includes some features like :

  • ShadowPlay™, which lets gamer’s capture and share their gaming experiences on Twitch and other online sites,
  • G-SYNC™(1) display technology, for smooth, stutter-free gaming visuals, and
  • GameStream™, which allows gamer’s to stream their favorite PC games to NVIDIA SHIELD for high-performance gaming on the go.

Tony Tamasi, senior vice president of content and technology at NVIDIA

“NVIDIA understands that delivering a next-gen gaming experience means a lot more than cranking up the clocks, heat and noise just to eke out a few extra frames per second. Our GameWorks technologies, combined with the performance, power efficiency and cool and quiet operation of the GTX 750 Ti and 750, dramatically change the way gamers can play.”

My experience at the launch says that, you should definitely go for the new GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750, as they give amazing graphics experience by consuming half the power. So it’s like the new generation GPU’s which fulfill every aspect. We can expect more overclocked graphic card models from Nvidia based on maxwell architecture, till than stay tuned.

Availability and Pricing

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 GPUs are now available from the world’s leading add-in card suppliers, including ASUS, Zotac, Galaxy, Gainward and Palit. Pricing is expected to start at 9900 INR for the GTX 750 and 11,990 INR for the GTX 750 Ti.

Some more pictures from the launch :

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