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May 15, 2013

Windows 8.1 Stable to Be Launched in Time for Holidays

Even though it was initially believed that Microsoft would launch Windows 8.1 in August, it might seem like the company is planning to launch the OS update in time for the holiday season.

According to Tami Reller, the Windows CFO who recently talked at the JP Morgan conference, Windows 8.1 could hit the market in a few months, just to make sure that users would be allowed to choose from a wide variety of products running the new software. "We’ve said later this year. Obviously, we're very sensitive to the timing of holidays, and what that means for getting an update out, and making sure that there will be a lineup of hardware that comes preloaded with Windows 8.1," she said.

"But even for the hardware at holiday that has Windows 8, we designed it so that's not an issue at all for customers. They can buy any Windows 8 device with confidence and know that they can get Windows 8.1. So we understand when the holidays are. Let me just underscore that," Reller explained. The good news, on the other hand, is that a preview version of 8.1 is set to go live next month at BUILD, so Windows 8 users will be allowed to get a taste of the new OS a lot sooner.

The stable build of Windows 8.1 will go live in a few months
Image credits to Microsoft

Inno3D GeForce GTX 780 Box Clarifies Specs

The GeForce GTX 780 graphics card from NVIDIA will be out soon, as evident from all the leaks that have been happening.

The picture above is of the box in which the Inno3D board will be sold. According to Expreview and PCONLINE, the device has 2,304 CUDA cores, as a whole Graphics Processor Cluster is disabled.  Meanwhile, the number of Streaming Multiprocessors will be 12. For comparison, GK110-400 on the GTX Titan has 14, while the full GK110 used on the Tesla K20 has all 15 enabled. 48 ROPs are on the list too, as are 192 texture units.

The rest is as was known before: 3 GB GDDR5 (6,008 MHz), 384-bit memory interface, and 863 MHz base GPU clock, (unknown GPU Boost). The price will be of $699 / €699.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 780
Image credits to Inno3D

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