NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Now Available on Maingear PC Gaming Desktops
Great news for all you PC and NVIDIA lovers out there like me; Maingear, the PC system builder of custom gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations, will be adding the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics cards with Maxwell architecture to Maingear desktops.
Gamers are said to enjoy the realistic real-time lighting with advanced NVIDIA Cone-Traced Global Illumination, as well as NVIDIA G-SYNC tech claims to have improved smooth, tear-free gaming . NVIDIA's Super Resolution technology delivers awe-inspiring gaming visuals, offering a 4K experience on a 1080p display. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 will pair quite nicely with the NVIDIA GameStream technology to allow gamers to stream PC games so they can be enjoyed on NVIDIA SHIELD devices.
The GTX 970 has 1664 processor cores running at a base frequency of 1050MHz (boost clock of 1178MHz), while the GTX 980 has 2048 cores running at 1126MHz (boost clock of 1216MHz). The GTX 970 and the GTX 980 both have a 256-bit interface to 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at an effective speed of 7Gbps. In addition to making games run faster--the promise behind every new GPU--NVIDIA has announced four new features that promise to make games look more realistic: Dynamic Super Resolution, Multi-Frame-Sampled Anti-aliasing (MFAA), Voxel Global Illumination, and VR Direct.
- Dynamic Super Resolution: enables the new GPUs to deliver 4K-quality graphics on a 1080p display. The processor effectively renders 4K resolution in the GPU’s frame buffer, and then applies a Gaussian filter to downsample the image to 1080p when it's output to the monitor. This promises to increase visual fidelity without taking a hit in frame rate.
- Multi-Frame-Sampled Anti-aliasing (MFAA): delivers results that are very similar to MSAA without the performance hit that MSAA exacts. MFAA is up to 30 percent faster than MSAA.
- Voxel Global Illumination: the third big improvement to be found in the GeForce GTX 970 and -980. In short, it’s a new lighting technique that promises to deliver much better image quality without requiring a significant performance hit. A voxel (a portmanteau for volumetric pixel) stores information about the light in a rendered environment.
- VR Direct: Nvidia’s VR Direct technology is intended to benefit upcoming virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift. This bundle of features is designed to reduce latency, allow headsets to take full advantage of NVIDIA’s dual-GPU SLI technology, and improve stereo-vision support.
The Maxwell architecture is based on the same 28nm manufacturing process as Kepler, but offering more precise control that may improve performance by 135%, and doubling the GPU’s performance per watt compared to the previous Kepler architecture. The innovative GPU provides an elite experience on virtual reality, HD and ultra-resolution 4K displays.
"Maingear is always on the bleeding edge of high performance hardware and the NVIDIA GTX 980 continues that tradition," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear. "To use a high performance car analogy, with the raw power of a monster V8 and the efficiency of a hybrid, NVIDIA's 980s series is the perfect blend of performance and power efficiency."
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics will be available on the SHIFT, F131, Vybe, Rush, and Force Maingear desktops. All Maingear products are supported with lifetime labor and phone support in the US, along with 1-3 year hardware warranty options. So order a customized gaming PC for yourself now and try out the NVIDIA GeForce 980.
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