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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

GIGABYTE Releases GeForce GTX 1060 XTREME GAMING 6GB Graphics Card

Performance turbocharged with Xtreme Gaming technologies

India, August 22, 2016 – GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today introduced the GeForce® GTX 1060 XTREME GAMING graphics card. Equipped with 6GB of high-performance memory, the XTREME GAMING edition of the VR-ready GTX 1060 is fully loaded with legendary WINDFORCE 2X cooling, exclusive Xtreme VR Link for flexible output connectivity, customizable styling with RGB lights, and plenty more gamer-centric features, aiming to take high-definition gaming to the ultimate for gaming enthusiasts.

The GTX 1060 XTREME GAMING features the WINDFORCE 2X, a total cooling solution that not only cools the GPU but other interior cores as well to deliver extreme chill. A pair of 100mm blade fans rotating in opposite directions optimizes airflow, while reducing air turbulence to a minimum, to keep the card running whisper quiet. Beneath the fans are the heat sink with the angular fin design and 4 composite copper heat pipes with a large copper base plate covering interior cores for improved heat transfer efficiency. The fans are further regulated to allow gamers to enjoy gameplay in absolute silence when the system is running light or idle. The LED Fan Stop indicator provides a user-friendly, instant display of the fan status.

The GTX 1060 XTREME GAMING makes a friendly graphics card for VR and multi-display gaming with the innovation of Xtreme VR Link. Provided only by GIGABYTE, Xtreme VR Link allows gamers to choose from a combination of 3 DisplayPort and 3 native HDMI ports for connecting up to 4 monitors/devices at the same time without having to swap cables or use adaptors. Outputs are automatically detected upon restarting PC with no further setting required. Whether it is for VR or multi-display Surround, Xtreme VR Link brings extra output flexibility for all types of gaming configuration.
The GTX 1060 XTREME GAMING also incorporates many gamer-centric features that will make the card a favorite for gamers. The X-shaped RGB lights on the shroud with the illuminating XTREME GAMING logo spark a stunning glow. Gamers are free to customize with virtually unlimited color options and light effects to make each gaming rig unique and personal.
Forged with top-notch GPUs via GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting, the card guarantees supreme overclocking capability without compromising system reliability. The 6+1 power phase design provides a more stable voltage output for extreme overclocking. The use of TITAN X-grade chokes and capacitors also ensure ultra durability for a longer system lifespan.

The card offers XTREME protection inside out with the thoroughly-applied aerospace-grade PCB coating to make it highly resistant to moisture, dust, and corrosive contaminants. The stylish metal back plate further strengthens the structure while giving the card a sleek, clean look.
XTREME Engine Utility

Gamers are given total control over their XTREME GAMING graphics card with the newly developed utility XTREME Engine. Via its redesigned, intuitive interface, clock speeds, voltage, fan profiles, power target, and LED illuminations could be easily managed and customized.

Covered by XTREME CARE

GIGABYTE now offers XTREME CARE with extended warranty to the GTX 1060 XTREME GAMING graphics card. By signing up as member of the XTREME GAMING Club and completing the online product registration, GIGABYTE will extend the product warranty from 3 to 4 years, giving owners peace of mind for their investment.

For more details on the GIGABYTE GTX 1060 XTREME GAMING graphics card:


GIGABYTE, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a global leading brand in the IT industry, with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world's motherboard and graphics card markets. On top of Motherboards and Graphics cards, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones to serve each facet of the digital life in the home and office. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit and for more information.

Monday, 22 August 2016

MSI Launches the new GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card



As the world’s most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to introduce brand new graphics cards based on NVIDIA’s new Pascal GPU with fierce new looks and supreme performance to match. Featuring the same high build quality as its bigger brothers, the MSI GeForce® GTX 1060 GAMING 3G Series are kept cool by the imposing TWIN FROZR VI thermal design, allowing for higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games. The recognizable shapes of the eye-catching TWIN FROZR cooler are intensified by a fiery red GAMING glow piercing through the cover, while the MSI GAMING dragon RGB LED on the side can be set to any of 16.8 million colors to fit your mood or build. A completely new custom 6-phase PCB design using Military Class 4 components with an 8-pin power connector enables higher overclocking performance to push your graphics card to the max. The classy matte black solid metal backplate gives the GAMING X more structural strength and provides a nice finishing touch.


MSI’s new TWIN FROZR VI Thermal Design raises the bar of Graphics Card air cooling. TORX Fan 2.0 is the enhanced version of the patented MSI TORX Fan technology which generates 22% more air pressure for better cooling performance while further reducing noise levels. Connected to the huge heatsink are up to 8mm thick copper heat pipes with a squared shape at the bottom for optimal heat transfer from the solid nickel-plated copper baseplate combined with Premium Thermal Compound X to keep the Pascal powerhouse cool.


Dressed in a fashionable Black & White design inspired by advanced armor shielding, the MSI GeForce® GTX 1060 ARMOR 3G series are perfect for gamers and case modders looking for something unique and different. The new ARMOR 2X Thermal Design uses the patented TORX Fan technology also found on the award winning TWIN FROZR V graphics cards and Advanced Airflow Control for enhanced cooling performance. MSI’s Zero Frozr technology stops the fans in low-load situations such as web browsing or light gaming to remain fully silent. The MSI GeForce® GTX 1060 ARMOR 3G models also feature a special output layout with 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort and 1 DVI port.


Entry level MSI GeForce® GTX 1060 3G models featuring both a dual- and single fan thermal design will be available for those who want Pascal power without breaking the bank and with smaller builds. These models are crafted using Military Class 4 components, covered with a classy Black & White design using 9cm fans.

Prepare for VR with MSI

To fully enjoy the impressive world of Virtual Reality, high-performance hardware is required. MSI GeForce® GTX 1060 graphics cards deliver perfect performance for a smooth VR experience. The MSI Gaming App now features a function to optimize PCs for smooth VR performance.


The MSI Gaming App allows gamers to quickly switch between OC, Gaming and Silent performance modes, depending on their needs. The latest version of MSI Gaming App features One-click to VR, which instantly optimizes your PC for the best Virtual Reality experience. It also includes host of premium features like EyeRest to improve image quality and Dragon Eye which allows you to watch a YouTube video or stream while gaming. Last but not least, the Gaming App features a LED control tab, allowing gamers to choose from 5 unique lighting modes to set the right ambience for their gaming sessions with just one click.

Friday, 19 August 2016

GIGABYTE Releases GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Cards Equipped with 3GB Memory

India, August 18, 2016 – GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the addition of the 3GB models to its GeForce® GTX 1060 lineup. Delivering brilliant performance and power efficiency, the GIGABYTE GTX 1060 graphics card equipped with 3GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory will be available in gamers’ favorite G1 GAMING, dual-fan WINDFORCE OC, and compactly-built Mini ITX OC Edition, providing a wide range of factory overclocked solutions for the budget conscious gamers.



The GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 3GB ups the ante with Super Overclocked GPU, the signature WINDFORCE technology, and RGB Illumination for those who crave superior cooling and overclocking capability. Through GIGABYTE’s GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology, the top-notch GPU cores built in the G1 GAMING cards push the overclocking capability to the limit without compromising the system reliability. The highest-grade components augmented with 6+1 phase design make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature to provide more stable voltage output for superior overclocking.
The WINDFORCE 2X cooling system incorporates dual 90mm alternate-spinning fans, featuring the unique blade design and composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to the GPU, together keeping the card cool and quiet even when heavily overclocked. The semi-passive fans remain off when the system is running at low load or idle. An LED fan indicator provides a user-friendly, instant display of the fan status.

The card brings vibrancy to PC builds with its full-spectrum RGB and lighting effects that can be customized using the newly developed XTREME Engine utility software. At rear, a sleek-looking metal back plate adds rigidity and protection to the card. The smart power LED indicator helps to ensure the system stability at all times in case of any power abnormality.


The GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 3GB comes with a solid back plate and runs sufficiently cool and quiet with the help of WINDFORCE 2X cooling system, featuring two semi-passive 90mm fans, a pure copper composite heat pipe with direct touch to GPU, and unique blade fan design. Alternate spinning fans further reduce turbulence to a minimum. Via the intuitive interface of XTREME Engine utility, gamers can enjoy smooth gaming right away with a simple click of the button to overclock the card without the hassle of any manual adjustment. 

GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB

Measuring 17cm in length, the small form factor GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB is perfect for building compact gaming rigs or HTPC. Equipped with a pair of 8mm composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to GPU and a single 90mm unique-blade fan with semi-passive cooling, the custom-designed cooler can dissipate heat effectively, while maintaining remarkably quiet even under loads. The card is built using Ultra Durable chokes and capacitors, making the MOSFET working at a lower temperature for more stable voltage output.
For more details on the GIGABYTE GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 3GB:

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GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd., headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a leading brand in the IT industry with branch offices located in 24 countries around the world. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a small research and development team and has since taken a position as one of the in the world's top motherboard manufacturers. In addition to motherboards and graphics cards, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include notebooks and desktop PCs, datacenter servers, networking products, mobile handsets, and home entertainment devices to serve each facet of the digital life in the home and office. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid Maker 92 puts unique spin on AIO liquid cooling

If you've seen one all-in-one liquid cooler, you've seem them all. Or not, as Cooler Master was determined to prove with its MasterLiquid 92, a closed-loop liquid cooling solution that looks like an air cooler.

The cooler's unique appearance is the result of shrinking things down by combining the radiator and pump into a single frame. Cooler Master then attached two fans to a swiveling mechanism that lets you alternate between vertical and horizontal mounting configurations on a whim.

"It has dimensions similar to an air cooler, but it packs a punch for its size that air coolers can’t match. And it rotates. It’s like if you somehow jacked up a mid­sized tower CPU cooler’s performance and versatility without changing its size," said Dorrie Chen, Product Marketing Manager for Cooler Master’s thermal team.

Depending on how you have it oriented, the MasterLiquid 92 either blasts air down and, in theory, blankets the motherboard with cool air, or pulls air through your case. Each one has certain cooling benefits, though the decision of going with a horizontal or vertical arrangement could come down to what fits best in the type of case you have and neighboring components, rather than which orientation actually cools better.

When mounted vertically the cooler measures 99.9 x 81.6 x 167.5mm and in a horizontal configuration it measures 99.9 x 142 x 118.8mm. It has an airflow rating of 49.7 CFM (max) along with a max noise level of 30 dBA for the fan and less than 12 dBA for the pump.

This is an Intel-only cooler with support for LGA 2011-V3, 2011, 1151, 1150, 1155, and 1156.

Cooler Master didn't say how much it's going to charge for the MasterLiquid 92, only that it will be "very limited supply" for pre-order starting August 30. It will be available next month.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB DDR4 Review

At Computex 2016 Corsair unveiled some really interesting product lineup which were not only technically new like the ML120/ML140 Levitation cooling fans but were aesthetically pleasing aswell. But one thing that took everyone by surprise and was the perfect amalgamation of  technology and cosmetics were the new Corsair Vengeance LED  DDR4 Memory kits!
These new kits not only are revamped from the inside but have a zing to them in the form of LED lit heat-spreaders! Thanks to Corsair India we happen to have one of these kits for review with us today, the kit we have today is the Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB DDR4 kit with red LEDs.

The kit is available in two LED colors as of now, red and white. More colors are expected to come later this year. Vengeance LED kits are currently available in 2 x 8GB, 4 x 8GB, 2 x 16GB, and 4 x 16GB hits, with speeds ranging from 2666MHz to 3466MHz. Kits up to 4333MHz are forthcoming. All Vengeance LED kits feature XMP 2.0

Corsair takes great pleasure in boasting about their new product so here is a snap to sum up all of that in one go.

Packing and Closer Look

Corsair has since last year gone all black and yellow with their packing and the same goes for the Vengeance LED DDR4. A bold photograph of the memory stick and the product name occupy most of the front fascia followed by vital details printed on the top right corner.

At the back we have two cut outs through which the actual sticks can be seen through resting inside the box. I like this approach towards packing.

Inside the RAM sticks are kept in a clam-shell packing and you can already feel that the kit is quite chunky!

Corsair Vengeance LED is an all black memory kit with perforation on top for ventilation and LED lights to glow through. The kit measures in at 50mm in height putting it on the taller side! This 50mm height might cause issues with big and beefy air coolers so make sure you check your cooler before going for this kit.

In the front  the Vengeance LED is printed on a plain and clean heat-spreader. The back has a sticker with some important numbers and stats such as the rated frequency-latency, voltage consumption, product's version and even that its a stick belonging to a kit of two for a total of 16GB.

The LED looks like a plain strip when powered down and the matte black finish gels in quite well.

Interestingly the vent strip is removable! This is probably an indication that we might see some swapable strips of various vent shapes rolling out soon for the Vengeance to add a touch of customization to this mix.

Test Setup and Benchmarks

Installing and booting up into Windows was easy with the Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4, the LEDs even lit up red from the get go itself which follow a random pattern of lighting up and going off more like a modified version of the 'breathing mode' that some components have these days. I wish it was possible to have some control over the pattern of their blinking but sadly that's not possible!

The test setup for this review was as follows --
CPU: Intel Core i7 6950X 3Ghz Deca-Core Broadwell-E
Motherboard: Gigabyte X99 Phoenix SLI
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2x8GB) Memory Kit
Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX 240mm Liquid Cooler (Push-Pull Configuration)
Graphics Card: Inno3D GTX 980 4GB DDR5 iChill Black Edition Accelero Hybrid S
Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 480GB SSD
Power Supply: Corsair AX860i 860W 80+ Platinum
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
GPU Driver: NVIDIA ForceWare 355.60
BIOS: Version F4

A noticeable factor with this kit is that it enables the XMP 2.0 profile to reach its rated 3200Mhz speed automatically when inserted into the motherboard. The rated voltage is 1.35v which isn't high at all for a kit at 3200Mhz.

Our Intel i7 6950X is overclocked to 4.3Ghz and the Vengeance took up the specified speeds and ratings of 16-18-18-36-2T with 1.35v

Since Corsair claims the kit to be great for overclocking so we put it to test and at the same 1.35v we managed a stable 3400Mhz at 17-18-18-39-2T which is quite impressive since I value tighter timings over higher clock speeds and for me a CL17 memory is not at all bad.
For the benchmarks we'll stick to the default XMP settings of 3200Mhz since that's what most of you will be using it at.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition v5.75

AIDA64 implements a set of 64-bit benchmarks to measure how fast the computer performs various data processing tasks and mathematical calculations. Memory and cache benchmarks are available to analyze system RAM bandwidth and latency.


This suite allows you to measure the performance of your computer. The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reaches 100, the score is taken. Higher the score better is the computer's overall performance.

SuperPi Mod v1.5

SuperPi is a simple program that utilizes the processing power and memory speed of the system to calculate the value of Pi upto 1 Million or 32 Million decimal point depending upon what you choose. The time is calculated in minutes and seconds, we'll take them both in seconds, so lower the score faster is your computer.

wPrime v2.10

wPrime is a leading multithreaded benchmark for x86 processors that tests your processor performance by calculating square roots with a recursive call of Newton’s method for estimating functions. It is influenced by memory timings and frequency.

Cinebench R15 and R11.5

Cinebench uses Maxon's Cinema 4D engine to render a photo-realistic scene of some shiny balls and weird things (we miss the motorbike). The scene is highly complex, with reflections, ambient occlusion and procedural shaders so it gives a CPU a tough workout.
As Cinema 4D is a real-world application - used on films such as Spider-Man and Star Wars - Cinebench can be viewed as a real-world benchmark.

Intel XTU

Intel XTU is a utility mainly used to overclock the processor and memory to benchmark the system for its stability and performance. The score obtained is a projection of the computer's true potential signifying its performance in real-life tasks.

My Verdict

The Vengeance series has for long been the backbone of Corsair's Memory division, delivering bang for buck performance with every iteration be it in DDR3 or DDR4. So does the Vengeance LED DDR4 live up to the expectations?
Of-course yes! The product is not only beautifully designed and perceived but on the inside the performance is almost everything you can ask for from a 3200Mhz memory. Its not just the raw out of the box performance that impresses me but more importantly the memory overclocks well which is something the previous LPX series lacked drastically! Its great to see that Corsair took all the feedbacks and worked on them for this product.
The subtle LED lights are obviously a big plus point since they look nice, are subtle and blend in well with most of the motherboards out there even with the new Gigabyte line of X99 and Z170 boards that have built-in DIMM slot LEDs. I hope that Corsair will roll out more colors or vent strips soon for the Vengeance.
A little tall with 50mm height but that fine since I've seen even taller memory kits than this so its definitely not the tallest one out there.
I highly and whole heatedly recommend the Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4 memory kit to everyone out there who values a perfect blend of style and performance over price, willing to shell a tad bit extra to get something that'll put their systems miles ahead of the others!
I give it 9.5/10

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

BIOSTAR launches its High End RACING B150GT5 Motherboard in India

BIOSTAR Debuts its High End RACING B150GT5 Motherboard - Let's Party with Vivid LED DJ, priced for Rs. 10,500

Unique with Vivid LED DJ - 6th-Generation Intel Core processors- Dual PCI-E x16 slots

Biostar, one of the leading manufacturer for Motherboards and graphic cards announces its latest and most awaited high end Racing Series B150GT5 Motherboard, which shall let you party with Vivid LED DJ & also provides advanced customization flexibility to achieve extreme performance. The B150GT5 motherboard comes with fastest and most powerful 6th-Generation Intel Core processors and features latest Intel B150 chipset, which lets you smoothly support up to four DDR4 memory modules of speed up to DDR4 and 2133 with capacities of up to 64GB.

Flaunting the new super 5 concept design, B150GT5 offers a seamless performance under the most demanding conditions, featuring support for DDR4 memory, all solid capacitor build and the unique LED DJ & Smart Ear Technology, Racing Series B150GT5 is the first Motherboard with racing design in the World, that promises to make you the center of attention in your Gaming Squad.

Key Features:

  • Vivid LED DJ: Vivid LED DJ features options for designing LED visual effect on your own. Also, it can perform LED light show, following melody as the music plays.
  • 5050LED Fun: It comes with the exclusive 5050 LED FUN feature for DIY lovers. You can connect LED strip with on-board 5050 header directly and control it via Vivid LED DJ. Its customizable lighting profiles for Normal, Eco, and Sports mode accessible via ECO Touch and Sport Touch onboard buttons.
  • GT Touch: It features exclusive Sport and ECO Mode. Under Sport mode, the system boosts the performance automatically. Under ECO mode, the system optimizes energy consumption. Besides, users could define onboard LED configuration for ECO and Sport Mode respectively via Vivid LED DJ.
  • Dual BIOS, Dual Protection: Dual BIOS technology offers a backup BIOS chip to take over the failed main BIOS and recover the system automatically without factory repair.Its more durable and more powerful!
  • I/O Armor: The Racing I/O Armor protects the I/O panel and electronic components from static electricity, and the streamlined shape serves as a dust guardian, like the F1 racing car.

Gear up enjoyment by Hi-Fi Zone which is designed for best sound quality, movie watching and gaming experience. It also supports multi -display options with VGA, DVI and HDMI output. Furthermore the four USB3.0 ports are available at the rear I/O together with a LAN port powered by an Intel i219V LAN with best superior stability and functionality. The Hi-Fi 8 channels audio is provided by six audio phone jacks.
The new BIOSTAR Racing Series will carry on the exclusive BIOSTAR 6+ Experience feature set which delivers the best BIOSTAR has to offer: Speed+, Audio+, Video+, Durable+, Protection+ and DIY+.

BIOSTAR, is a brand dedicated to the production of motherboards, graphics cards, industrial computing systems, IOT, and healthcare solution. Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier in the IT industry as well as in IOT, Internet of Things. In order to pursue the best quality and aesthetic design, BIOSTAR has invested heavily in ID design, equipment, global marketing research as well as R & D. With a constant emphasis on quality, BIOSTAR always seeks to beyond better and race to the future.

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CORSAIR Announces High-Performance Neutron Series XTi SSDs in Capacities up to 1920GB

CORSAIR Announces High-Performance Neutron Series XTi SSDs in Capacities up to 1920GB

BENGALURU, India - August 10, 2016

Corsair®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC hardware and components, today announced the launch of its latest range of SSDs, the Neutron Series XTi. With a blisteringly quick quad-core phison controller and performance MLC NAND, Neutron Series XTi offers SATA 6Gbps-saturating transfer speeds of up to 560MB/sec and excellent sustained performance consistency with even the most demanding of workloads.

"The trend of SSD usage has been drastically changed and is no more limited only to PC enthusiasts. Business professionals are implementing SSDs for its high performance, consistency, low power consumption and secured data storage features," said, M A Mannan, Country Manager at Corsair. "The Neutron Series XTi is a great option for users who demand ultimate performance and portability for read intensive applications such as video streaming, web servers, database applications. Very high sustained transfer rates enabled by expanded cache make it possible to capture and edit professional Full HD and 4K uncompressed video in real-time. Also, features such as end-to-end data path protection, enhanced error correction and power loss protection offers a consistent and reliable experience for SMBs who struggle a lot with disaster recovery and regulatory compliances."

Available initially in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB, Neutron Series XTi will also become CORSAIR's first 1920GB SSD in the near future, combining SSD performance with HDD capacity. Designed for consistent performance the Neutron Series XTi handles very high sustained transfer rates with ease, enabled by an expanded cache making it possible to capture and edit professional Full HD and 4K uncompressed video in real-time as well as play PC games with absolute maximum detail levels. With top-tier performance, reliability and consistency, the CORSAIR Neutron Series XTi meets the high-performance storage needs of the most discerning PC gaming enthusiasts and content creation professionals.

The Neutron Series XTi utilizes a dedicated quad-core controller for top tier speeds with sustained performance and low command latency. The result is exceptional transfer speeds of up to 560MB/sec, 540MB/s sequential write, 4KB random read of up to 100K IOPS and 4K random write of up to 90K IOPS; up to the tasks of today's most demanding end-users. The Neutron Series XTi is also equipped with end-to-end data path protection, ensuring data is protected against corruption from the host to the NAND gate. Combined with power loss protection with advanced SmartFlush™ and GuaranteedFlush™ technologies as well as a host of error correction technologies, the Neutron Series XTi secures your drive for an ultra-consistent and reliable experience.


About Corsair
Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high performance products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy pre-assembled customized systems. The company's award-winning products include DDR3 memory upgrades, mobile storage drives, power supply units, solid-state drives, PC speakers, gaming headsets, gaming keyboards, laser gaming mice, system monitoring and control devices, PC cooling products, and computer cases.

Copyright © 2013 Corsair Components, Inc. All rights reserved. Corsair and the sails logo are registered trademarks and Carbide Series and Direct Airflow Path are trademarks of Corsair in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

AMD Radeon RX 460 Launched in India Starting at Rs. 11,990

Just days after making the Radeon RX 470 officially available, AMD has released its smaller sibling, the Radeon RX 460. According to NDTV Gadgets, The Graphics cards based on this new GPU will be available in phases, with 2GB models hitting markets from the 15th of August onwards and 4GB versions in early September. AMD's suggested retail prices for India are Rs. 11,990 for 2GB cards and Rs. 13,490 for 4GB cards, however board partners will set their own pricing and are likely to offer models with custom fans and circuitry at somewhat higher prices.

Unlike the RX 470 and RX 480 before it which are both based on the Polaris-10 GPU design with different amounts of resources enabled in hardware, the new Radeon RX 460 uses a smaller chip called Polaris-11. As a result, Radeon RX 460 cards do not need any auxilliary power connectors and can run on nothing more than the 75W provided by any motherboard. Radeon RX 460 cards from board partners including Asus, MSI, XFX, Gigabyte and Sapphire are expected to have smaller coolers and be able to fit comfortably into small-form-factor PCs.

AMD is targeting the bottom of the graphics card market with this launch, in particular e-sports enthusiasts and gaming cafe owners who won't be running today's most demanding 3D games. The company claims excellent performance at 1920x1080 in titles such as Leage of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, CS:GO and DOTA 2. Performance can generally be expected to be on the level of today's most popular game consoles, but at an entry-level price. Radeon RX 460 cards would also be suitable as drop-in upgrades for pre-built PCs which don't have power supplies capable of supporting higher-end cards.
The Radeon RX 460 GPU is made up of 896 programmable "stream processor" units running at up to 1200MHz. Cards will have either 2GB or 4GB of GDDR5 RAM on a 128-bit bus. Total compute power is rated at 2.2 Teraflops. AMD is also touting support for the emerging DirectX 12 and Vulkan programming APIs which allow game developers to eliminate driver overheads and squeeze more performance out of hardware than before, as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) video output.

AMD's emphasis with this generation of GPUs has been to target the 84 percent of buyers who will spend only up to $300 (approximately Rs. 20,000 before taxes and duties) on a graphics card, rather than chasing absolute performance benchmarks. In doing so, it has ceded the high ground to rival Nvidia, which has introduced several GPUs priced at between $249 and $1200 in the past few months. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and new Titan X have all targeted enthusiasts who play at resolutions up to 4K.