Some of the coolest things that are being done with GPUs are movie post production work, protein folding, and 3D animation. The increase in the potential power is beginning to hit that point where technology increases are happening at an exponential rate. As computing power, particularly GPU power, increases, people who utilize the power are able to perform more calculations in a shorter period of time. This is of particular interest for doctors and researchers because they are able to perform their calculations faster and move on to the next test scenario. Cloud computing is being pushed as one of the biggest revolutions in computing, allowing many of the calculations to happen off site.
But is cloud computing really the next best thing? Many companies seem to think so and even game services are moving to streaming services. These services have large GPU server farms and will process all the graphics on them and then stream them to their customers’ computers over the internet. The downfall, of course, is that you are at the mercy of an unreliable network and are much more likely to have dropped frames. This is particularly true for people with slower connections and, as you can imagine, it will take a considerable increase in worldwide bandwidth to allow this model to be successful. Personally, I like the idea of having the system that I am gaming on to be in the same room and not introducing other factors into how a game might perform.
The MSI 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr edition is a factory overclocked edition featuring the newest offering in the NVIDIA lineup. MSI has coupled the 650 Ti Boost with their custom Twin Frozr III design that has two 8cm PWN fans and 8mm heat pipes to cool the card and allow for higher overclocks. It utilizes the 28nm GK106 GPU and features 768 CUDA cores. There is 2048MB of memory on board supported by a 192bit memory bus. Connectivity options include two dual-link DVI ports, an HDMI, and a DisplayPort allowing up to four displays to be used at one time and 3DVision with three monitors. The 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr edition also features solid capacitors and a three year warranty. The overclocked speeds are set at 1033 MHz (980MHz std) for the base clock and 1098 MHz (1033 MHz std) for the core boost clock and maintains an effective memory clock speed of 6008 MHz.
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