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Nvidia announces Battlebox 4K gaming programme

Nvidia announces Battlebox 4K gaming programme

Nvidia's new Battlebox branding will be applied to boutique systems featuring at least two-way GTX 780 or GTX Titan SLI graphics and capable of 4K resolution gaming at top quality settings.

Nvidia has announced a programme designed to push sales of its extreme high-end graphics products by encouraging gamers to move to 4K resolution displays under a programme dubbed GeForce GTX Battlebox.

Announced this week in partnership with system builders, the GeForce GTX Battlebox programme looks to encourage gamers to build high-end systems powered by multiple flagship Nvidia graphics boards by espousing the benefits of a move to 4K resolution displays. The programme will see off-the-shelf systems equipped with high-end GeForce GTX 780 or GTX Titan graphics boards in at least two-way scalable link interface (SLI) configurations given the Battlebox branding.

'Each GeForce GTX Battlebox performance powerhouse features GeForce GTX 780 [or] GTX Titan GPUs in 2 and 3-Way SLI configurations, supported by Intel i7 CPUs, advanced cooling systems, high-speed DDR3 RAM to assist with overclocking, and the latest high-speed SSDs, which load the action in record time,' claimed Nvidia's Andrew Burns at the announcement. 'With the performance afforded by such setups, GeForce GTX Battleboxes are ready for 4K Gaming, the ‘next big thing’ for enthusiast PC gamers.'

Each Battlebox is to be sold alongside 3,840x2,160 resolution displays, and will include Nvidia's own customised SLI Bridge - themed, naturally, to mimic the design of the GeForce GTX Titan and featuring an illuminated GeForce GTX 'claw' logo on its surface.

'For the DIY-averse, boutique-built rigs are the perfect choice, making expert use of premium materials and components, wrapped up in customised cases with excellent airflow and modder-esque cable braiding and routing,' added Burns. 'There are many models and builds, but only Nvidia GeForce GTX Battlebox SLI systems are designed to give the buyer a flawless experience at 4K, in [Nvidia] Surround, or when downsampling from 4K to another resolution on an older 1920x or 2560x panel.'

Confirmed Battlebox partners in the UK are Chillblast, Computer Planet, CyberpowerPC, CCL, DinoPC, PC Specialist, Overclockers UK and Scan.

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damien c 2nd October 2013, 10:53 Quote
No thank's the price will be stupidly high.


I would want to get one of those SLI Bridges.
Dave Lister 2nd October 2013, 11:16 Quote
"GeForce GTX 780 or GTX Titan graphics boards in at keast two-way scan-line interleave" - least ?

I think most people with a budget which could buy one of these would likely be enthusiasts who would prefer to build there own system. I just can't see it working out.
ZeDestructor 2nd October 2013, 11:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by damien c
I would want to get one of those SLI Bridges.

Same here. Just the bridge, nothing else.
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
"GeForce GTX 780 or GTX Titan graphics boards in at keast two-way scan-line interleave" - least ?

I think most people with a budget which could buy one of these would likely be enthusiasts who would prefer to build there own system. I just can't see it working out.

It could work out: PC gaming is becoming an increasingly large market, and other gamers are getting older/don't have as much time to build high-end rigs anymore.. How else would these boutique vendors be surviving if they didn't have a market?

Also, SLI - Scalable Link Interface. Old-school SLI hasn't been used since the old 3Dfx days.
Gareth Halfacree 2nd October 2013, 11:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
"GeForce GTX 780 or GTX Titan graphics boards in at keast two-way scan-line interleave" - least ?
Yarp. Fixed, ta!
Maki role 2nd October 2013, 11:31 Quote
They finally got round to releasing those bridges? They could have made a nice little lump of change selling them individually back when the Titan was released.
Corky42 2nd October 2013, 11:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I just can't see it working out.

As its just a name badge for what the mentioned OEM's are probably already making its not going to fail. Seems more like a marketing stunt, someone is bound to see the name 'Battlebox' and think WOW
r3loaded 2nd October 2013, 11:52 Quote
If I wanted 4K, I'd rather just wait for AMD's R9 290X - Titan-beating performance for a lot less money. Plus there's Mantle and games like BF4 that will be using it to consider.
SimoomiZ 2nd October 2013, 14:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by r3loaded
If I wanted 4K, I'd rather just wait for AMD's R9 290X - Titan-beating performance for a lot less money. Plus there's Mantle and games like BF4 that will be using it to consider.

And haven't AMD promised ~60fps at 4k off a single card(R9 290X), using 'low level' Mantle? If Mantle really does deliver , like libGCM has for the PS3, it could force Nvidia to go 'low level' too. Getting thrashed in terms of frame rates in Mantle supported titles ,won't be good enough, you'd imagine .

The DirectX + driver way is clearly wholly inefficient , maintained seemingly as much for proprietary reasons as compatibility ones. Considering the ever increasing electricity bills, if a better performing alternative to DX, with its wasteful ,artificially reduced HW FLOPS/watt performance shows up. If , big if , AMD can do this, they should be supported .
Cei 2nd October 2013, 14:48 Quote
Promised =/= delivered. Don't count chickens before they're hatched...
ZeDestructor 2nd October 2013, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
"GeForce GTX 780 or GTX Titan graphics boards in at keast two-way scan-line interleave" - least ?
Yarp. Fixed, ta!

You missed the big one though: Modern SLI has no relation at all to old SLi...

See my other post: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showpost.php?p=3427687&postcount=4
Gareth Halfacree 3rd October 2013, 08:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZeDestructor
You missed the big one though: Modern SLI has no relation at all to old SLi...
That I didn't know - I haven't used multiple graphics cards in a single box since the 3dfx days. You learn something every day - ta!
ZeDestructor 3rd October 2013, 08:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
That I didn't know - I haven't used multiple graphics cards in a single box since the 3dfx days. You learn something every day - ta!

Gotta give them credit though: its a good name to get old-school gamers in!
Blarte 3rd October 2013, 09:13 Quote
it'd be nice if they fixed quad sli profiles - had 2x 690's and virtually gave one away in a little i7 system due to no noticeable performance increase in games
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