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Video Cards News (700)

First Benchmarks Leak For AMD Radeon Pro Duo

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 25, 2016 03:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Earlier this month it was revealed that tomorrow was the expected release of the AMD Radeon Pro Duo, a card that packs two Fiji GPUs onto a single PCB. Now that we are just a day away, the first benchmarks comparing the card to the Radeon R9 Fury X and NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti have been leaked. The card was tested using several of the latest, graphically intensive games such as GTA V, The Witcher 3, and The Division and synthetic benchmarks such as 3DMark Firestrike. The Pro Duo offered significant improvements over both cards, but this should be expected from a dual card solution. Average performance across all tests at 1080p offered an increase of 50% compared to the R9 Fury X and 32% over the GTX 980 Ti. The Pro Duo really shined at tests running at 4K resolution, with a performance increase of 60% over both comparison cards. It is clear that for a single card solution the Pro Duo offers an enticing choice for users looking for 4K performance, but the $1500 price tag may not be worth it for 1080p usage. The Pro Duo offered comparable temperature readings to the Fury X, and managed to beat the GTX 980 Ti under load, but was slightly warmer when idle. Total system power consumption was within 100W for all cards, with different cards performing better at different tests.

Source: Expreview via WCCF Tech



First Image of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Cooler Leaks

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 19, 2016 03:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga

An image that appears to depict the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 has surfaced, showing a rather large silver cooler with the name of the card on it. There is no heatsink or PCB visible through the acrylic window, indicating that this is likely just a preview of the cooler shroud. This follows an earlier image with GTX 1070 visible with speculation that it could simply be "the creation of a modder that designed these shrouds for his own personal amusement." It remains unclear at this point if the next generation of cards will even be referred to as the GTX 1070 and 1080 as there has been no confirmation from NVIDIA. The one thing that does appear to be certain at this point is that the new cards will be available sometime this summer, with a potential official reveal at Computex.

Source: WCCF Tech




AMD Announces FirePro W9100 Workstation Graphics Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 15, 2016 10:49AM
Author: Nick Harezga

AMD has long released graphics cards targeted at professional workstations under the Fire lineup, and the FirePro W9100 is the latest card to bear that name. The previous iteration of the FirePro W9100 featured 16GB of GDDR5 memory while the just announced upgrade boasts a whopping 32GB. Other aspects of the card remain the same with 2816 stream processors, 176 texture units, and a GPU speed of 930MHz. Doubling the memory of the card comes with a bump in price from $3999 to $4999. The 32GB version of the FirePro W9100 is expected to be available sometime this quarter.

Source: Anandtech



Consumer NVIDIA Pascal GPUs May Use Both GDDR5 and GDDR5X

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 12, 2016 12:38PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As we approach the announcements and releases of the next generation of GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA, more and more rumors have been coming out. This rumor is that the consumer versions of NVIDIA's upcoming Pascal GPUs will use both GDDR5 and GDDR5X. For those hoping to see HBM 1 or 2, this rumor might be a disappointment, but it also makes sense because of the limited availability of these memory chips and their cost. Plus GDDR5X represents and significant improvement over GDDR5, doubling the current standard's performance and density, without increasing memory usage.

The rumor says that the top-of-the-line Pascal consumer card, referred to as the GTX 1080, will use GDDR5X, while the step-down GTX 1070 will use GDDR5 memory instead. This is somewhat interesting, if it turns out to be true, because GDDR5 and GDDR5X chips use different pin arrays, making different PCBs necessary for the two versions of the GP104 GPU die.

Source: WCCFtech



AMD Gives Radeon Pro Duo a Release Date of April 26

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 11, 2016 03:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

At its Capsaicin Event at the most recent Game Developers Conference, AMD showed off its upcoming beast of a card, the Radeon Pro Duo. The card packs two Fiji GPUs, 8GB of first generation High Bandwidth Memory, and four DisplayPort outputs into a single offering. The card boasts 16 teraflops of computing power and a premium price tag of $1500. The card will be available starting April 26 and could be an attractive choice for users looking to get into VR. It is worth noting that Fiji is the last generation of AMD GPU and the second generation of High Bandwidth Memory is already on the way. It will be interesting to see how this stacks up against single GPU offerings or systems that utilize multiple GPUs in an SLI or CrossFire setup.

Source: Tweak Town



AMD’s R9 490 and 490X GPUs Might Release Late June

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 7, 2016 09:23AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone waiting for the release of AMD's next series of GPUs, the latest rumor puts the release in June. Supposedly, the R9 490 and R9 490X will have their paper-release at Computex, which runs from May 31 to June 4, with the official launch later that month. Given the naming, these are likely meant to be the replacements for the Hawaii based R9 390 cards, so where exactly the Fury cards will be relative to these is hard to guess, before we get some performance numbers and definite specs.

The R9 490 and R9 490X GPUs should be based on the Polaris 10 core, which is the higher end Polaris core we saw demonstrated at the Capsaicin event. It was the lower powered Polaris 11 core showing off its power efficiency off at CES earlier this year. Polaris cores are based on the GCN 4.0 architecture and are going to be manufactured using 14 nm FinFET processes. Current GPUs use 28 nm processes and this reduction in size and change in transistor design will bring with it significant power savings and performance improvements.

Source: WCCFTech



GeForce GTX 960 4GB Xtreme GPU Introduced by GIGABYTE

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 29, 2016 04:22AM
Author: Brentt Moore


GIGABYTE, a pioneer in the motherboard industry that also excels in delivering a wealth of information technology and gaming products, has introduced the GV-N960XTREME-4GD, the latest card within its Xtreme Gaming graphics card product line. The latest GPU offers gamers with a custom-design PCB, 4GB of GDDR5 memory, and customizable RBG lighting on the two 90mm fans as well as the top decal. The GeForce GTX 960 4GB Xtreme GPU from GIGABYTE offers excellent performance, with its factory-overclocked speeds of 1304MHz core and 1367MHz GPU Boost, along with astounding cooling through the utilization of the new-generation WindForce 2X cooling solution. The card also offers a strong VRM that draws power from 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and comes with a backplate that boasts both rigidity and a pleasing design.

Source: TechPowerUp




New Rumor Puts NVIDIA's Pascal GeForce GTX 1080 Launching in May

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 11, 2016 10:49AM
Author: bp9801

Some time has passed since the last NVIDIA Pascal rumor, so that means things are right for a new one, and this is a rather large rumor. Apparently, the consumer flagship Pascal video card, the GeForce GTX 1080, will launch on May 27, 2016, and include the full GP104 core. Pascal uses the 16nm FinFET process, and will feature both consumer and enterprise variants in the form of GeForce, Quadro, and Tesla cards. The Quadro and Tesla cards will have the GP100 core, with GeForce getting the GP104. Now, this is where things get a little different compared to past rumors, as the GP100 cards are expected to have up to 32GB of HBM2 memory, while the GP104 cards will have up to 8GB of GDDR5 or GDDR5X, once that arrives from Micron. The naming scheme of GTX 1080 or 1070 is also up in the air, as NVIDIA hasn't stated one way or the other what these cards will be called and GTX 1080 is just something added by the rumor creator.

The GP104 cards are expected to compete with AMD's current Fury cards and upcoming mid-range Polaris cards, while a consumer version of the GP100 (a Titan) will compete against the high-end Polaris. The new Titan will have up to 16GB of HBM2, with all NVIDIA cards featuring HBM2 from Samsung, while AMD has HBM2 from SK Hynix. Pascal cards are expected to need just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, yet deliver twice the performance per watt of current Maxwell cards. Remember, everything so far is just rumor, so the memory, the name, and even the launch date are all to be taken with a grain of salt. We should know something definitive when the GPU Technology Conference kicks off at the start of April. Maybe we'll hear something from GDC next week, but I would think GTC or even Computex 2016 are the likely spots.

Source: WCCFtech



R7 360 Green iCooler OC Introduced by HIS

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 10, 2016 04:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Hightech Information System Limited, an internationally acclaimed graphics cards company, has officially introduced its R7 360 Green iCooler OC graphics card. The new product is geared toward maximum energy efficiency, as it comes with a TDP of just 50W compared to the usual 100W TDP that AMD recommends for the Tobago based card. The R7 360 Green iCooler OC uses high-grade VRM components that are more energy efficient than ones used on traditional R7 360 GPUs and relies entirely on power delivery from the PCIe bus. While the card does feature 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6.0GHz effective, HIS has included a slight 20MHz core clock speed increase from the R7 360's reference 1050MHz.

Source: TechPowerUp




AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 Arrives; Adds Vulkan API Support

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 9, 2016 05:33PM
Author: bp9801

Hot on the heels of Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 comes 16.3, the latest version of AMD's new graphics driver initiative. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 provides support for the upcoming Hitman game, which arrives this Friday in the first of its episodic adventures. If you're planning to pick up the newest way to step into the shoes of Agent 47 and own an AMD card, Crimson Editon 16.3 is the driver for you. It also has an updated CrossFire profile for Hitman and The Park, a first-person horror game released late last year. AMD also has some better performance figures in Rise of the Tomb Raider and Gears of War Ultimate Edition compared to Crimson Edition 16.2/16.2.1, with Rise of the Tomb Raider seeing a 16% bump on Fury X hardware and Gears of War 60% on Fury X and 44% on R9 380 cards.

Along with the gaming side of things, Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 adds support for the new Vulkan API, much like NVIDIA's latest GeForce drivers; Eyefinity with just two displays instead of three; a status indicator for CrossFire that provides a visual indicator on the desktop when running CrossFire; per-game display scaling; and more. Various issues are also fixed in the new driver, while some other issues are highlighted so users can be aware if they happen. You can check out the full release notes and download Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 at the source below.

Source: AMD



GeForce Game Ready 362.00 WHQL Drivers Now Available

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 1, 2016 10:10AM
Author: bp9801

Tuesdays typically bring new game releases, but today they also bring new NVIDIA GeForce drivers to get your games running their best. The GeForce Game Ready 362.00 WHQL drivers are now available to download, offering game ready support for Far Cry Primal, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition. Far Cry Primal arrived last week for console, but it's available today for PC, bringing with it higher fidelity visuals to soak in the world better. The new drivers bring performance optimizations and an SLI profile, giving you the best experience from the start. Launched late last year on Xbox One and now available today for PC, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition features remasters of the first three games and some new multiplayer features. The PC releases also has higher quality graphics, NVIDIA HBAO+ shadows, and the ability to bump the resolution to 4K. It's also the first Windows 10, DirectX 12-exclusive title, with the drivers offering a smooth gameplay experience. Recently launched is Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition, which not only gets the boost from PCSS, but driver optimizations to give you an even better zombie killing time.

The GeForce Game Ready 362.00 WHQL drivers can be downloaded from within GeForce Experience or on GeForce.com.

Source: GeForce



Radeon R9 380X WindForce 2X Unveiled by GIGABYTE

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 16, 2016 08:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore


GIGABYTE has officially unveiled the Radeon R9 380X WindForce 2X GPU, which joins the R9 380X G1.Gaming within the company's R9 380X graphics card lineup. The WindForce 2X edition of the Radeon R9 380X features reference core clock and memory speeds of 970MHz and 5.7GHz, respectively, but comes with a custom PCB designed by GIGABYTE as well as the company's WindForce 2X cooling solution. This cooling solution ensures that the GPU remains entirely quite when idle and that heat is dissipated quickly and efficiently when under load, thanks to the two 90mm fans combined with the aluminum fin-stack heatsink that makes use of three copper heat pipes. The card offers a total of 4GB of GDDR5 memory and receives power from a single 8-pin PCIe connector. Display options include two dual-link DVI, one DisplayPort 1.2a, and one HDMI 1.4a connectors.

GIGABYTE plans to retail the Radeon R9 380X WindForce 2X to consumers for $230.

Source: TechPowerUp




GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition Now Available from EVGA

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 10, 2016 08:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore


EVGA has officially released the GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition, the company's latest video card aimed at gamers and those who want a stellar virtual reality experience. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition is available with the reference NVIDIA cooler, as well as EVGA's ACX 2.0+ cooler that provides improved cooling, reduced fan noise, and better overclocking potential. Both cards come with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, 2,816 NVIDIA CUDA cores, as well as an internal HDMI connector that works with the included 5.25-inch drive way. The drive bay is really what makes the GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition from EVGA shine, as it allows gamers to connect their VR device to front facing HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. All cords that provide connectivity to the 5.25-inch drive bay are routed internally, so cabling remains clean and worry free.

Source: TechPowerUp




$1700 AMD Polaris GPU Found in Shipping Database

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 8, 2016 01:23PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With both AMD and NVIDIA making major shifts to 14 nm production nodes this year, there has been a great deal of interest in any bit of information about the upcoming GPU series. This latest data point comes from Zauba's shipping database where it lists a C99 graphics card, with a per unit value of roughly $1700. It is not clear what this is exactly, but with such a high value, it is likely meant for a very high-end Polaris-based graphics card, and perhaps even a dual GPU card. The Polaris series of GPUs have a release target of mid-2016.

Other Polaris GPUs have been spotted in this shipping database before and appear to form an interesting timeline. Previously C91, C92, and C98 GPUs have been found in the database, with the C98 appearing in December 2015 and the C91 and C92 chips going as far back as January 2015. In August 2015 the C91 and C92 chips gained their FOC designations, which was just months before Polaris GPUs were first shown off to the press. Potentially those demonstrated GPUs are these C91 and C92 graphics cards, which would also mean that AMD has had them in their labs for over a full year now. The C98 is likely one of the high-end chips, based on its having a per-unit value one third greater than AMD's Hawaii chips.

Source: WCCFtech



GeForce GT 710 Lineup Announced by EVGA

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 27, 2016 05:04AM
Author: Brentt Moore


EVGA has officially announced its latest GeForce GT 710 lineup, which is aimed at builders looking to get better performance than integrated graphics and who need a small video card for specific builds. The lineup consists of cards that feature active and passive cooling, 1GB and 2GB of video memory, and single slot and dual slot configurations. A major selling point of the latest cards from EVGA is that they offer the ability to drive up to three high-definition displays at once. The lineup of GeForce GT 710 video cards provides 80 perfect faster performance than integrated graphics, according to EVGA, and also offer excellent speed, stability, and industry-leading drivers from NVIDIA.

Source: TechPowerUp




Next Generation NVIDIA GPUs to Use HBM2

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 20, 2016 04:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The next generation of Pascal based NVIDIA GPUs are reported to use the HBM2 standard and will be built using the 16nm FinFET process. According to the rumors, these cards are already being tested internally by NVIDIA with mass production expected to start in the first half of this year. The cards are then expected to be available for purchase in the second half of the year. The Pascal core will support up to 16GB of HBM2 in consumer grade cards and up to 32GB on professional level cards. HBM2 has a peak bandwidth of 1TB/s and the cards will also have access to the Next-CUDA graphics architecture.

Source: WCCF Tech



AMD is Utilizing New Code Names for Future GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 19, 2016 06:01AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Raja Koduri, the head of the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD, has publicly revealed that the company will begin to utilize new code names for its future GPUs. More specifically, the company is going to be moving away from island code names and will begin to name its future GPU architectures after various stars, star systems, and galaxies. Going forward, AMD plans to give each new graphics architecture a unifying code name, which is something that the company officially has not been doing for a number of years. The transition to names that are derived from stars, star systems, and galaxies begins with Polaris, with Koduri noting that "Polaris is the beginning of our journey through space."

Source: WCCFtech



Steam Hardware Survey Details NVIDIA Dominance

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 18, 2016 03:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

As part of the Steam hardware survey, Valve periodically gathers information on the computer specifications of gamers. The most recent results from December 2015 are about what you would expect, with NVIDIA dominating the rankings as a whole and taking the top spot as well. The GeForce GTX 970 is the most popular graphics option, edging out the Intel HD Graphics 4000 by 0.07%. The integrated option from Intel has been losing ground for several months, indicating that users are "shifting away from integrated graphics cards in favor of discrete graphics cards." The GeForce GTX 960 saw the largest monthly increase from November while the GTX 760 saw a decrease, representing a shift to the latest mid-range offering. The total GPU share of each manufacturer is 54.61% for NVIDIA, 26.33% for AMD, 18.66% for Intel, and 0.5% for other.

Source: WCCF Tech



NITRO R9 FURY Introduced by Sapphire

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 12, 2016 10:28AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Sapphire, a leading manufacturer and global supplier of innovative components and solutions for personal computers spanning both consumer and professional sectors, has introduced the NITRO R9 FURY, which is the latest addition to the Sapphire NITRO Gaming series. The NITRO R9 FURY by Sapphire includes all of the traditional features found with the AMD R9 Fury, but also includes premium offerings as well. For example, the Sapphire NITRO R9 FURY offers the company's most efficient cooling solution yet through the implementation of a Tri-X cooler that was specifically designed for the card. The Tri-X cooler includes a solid copper plate, an array of copper heatpipes, three 90-millimeter fans, a diecast mounting frame, and a aluminum backplate. Besides the excellent cooling of the card, the Sapphire NITRO R9 FURY also includes a six-phase circuit for stable power delivery, a dual BIOS switch that provides an increased power draw limit, the Black Diamond choke for minimized coil noise, and a factory overclocked core clock of 1050MHz.

Along with the new NITRO R9 FURY, Sapphire is starting the Year of the NITRO, where it is giving away a NITRO card each month throughout the year. This month we have the NITRO R9 FURY up for grabs, so follow the link and see what it takes to enter!

Source: Press Release



New NVIDIA GeForce Bundle Pairs GTX 900 Cards with Rise of the Tomb Raider

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 7, 2016 11:49AM
Author: bp9801


So much CES news on new hardware, sometimes it's nice to see something about software. Well, in this case it's more like software bundled with hardware, as NVIDIA has announced a new GeForce Gaming bundle. When gamers purchase an eligble GeForce GTX 900 video card or laptop, they'll receive a free copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the upcoming (for those of us without an Xbox One) sequel from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. Starting today, anyone who purchases a GTX 970 or higher video card, or a laptop with a GTX 970M, 980M, or 980 GPU will receive a free copy of the game. Rise of the Tomb Raider is set one year after the events of the rebooted Tomb Raider, with Lara on the trail of her late father to the lost city of Kitezh. Plenty of danger and peril exists along the way, with Lara having to use all her skill, puzzle solving expertise, and exploration knowledge to get to the bottom of the adventure.

The PC release for Rise of the Tomb Raider occurs on January 28, so this gives you plenty of time to decide on that new upgrade or laptop. The promotion runs until February 16, so don't delay too long!

Sources: Press Release and GeForce.com



AMD Explains Fury X2/Gemini Delay to 2016

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 23, 2015 09:11AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back at E3 when AMD officially announced the R9 Fury, Fury X, and Nano GPUs the company also showed off a dual Fiji GPU dubbed Gemini or Fury X2. At that time the company said this graphics card would launch this year, but with just days left, it is still unavailable. The reason for this delay has been provided and consists of two letters; VR.

For the most part, modern games can be played at or near their max settings with the more powerful single-GPU cards available today. As virtual reality head mounted displays (HMDs) have to produce two images, one for each eye, the power of dual GPUs is desired for the best experience. Gemini is in part meant to fill that need, so AMD has decided to hold onto it until it can be launched alongside the major HMDs releasing next year. Working samples have already been provided to various businesses and the specifications for the card have also been finalized, so it looks like we just need to wait for those HMDs to launch. (How long until CES?)

Source: WCCFtech



Rumor Is AMD Greenland GPUs Are Coming Next Summer

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 22, 2015 08:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As with any highly anticipated release, rumors are coming out about AMD's next flagship GPU named Greenland. This new GPU is set to be the company's first made using 14 nm FinFET nodes and HBM2, which should offer significantly greater speed while also being more efficient. The latest rumor is that it should be entering mass production at the end of Q2 2016, which would have it ready for launch at the end of Summer.

Current AMD GPUs are built on a 28 nm node and by making the jump down to 14 nm or 16 nm, the transistor density will increase greatly. This will result in greater performance and lower power consumption, as the smaller components packed more closely together will require less power to operate and communicate with each other. Greenland is also expected to use HBM2, which offers superior memory bandwidth to the GDDR5 on most modern graphics cards, and double that of the first generation HBM found on AMD's Fury-series cards. Basically Greenland is expected to surpass anything AMD has now and represent a true generational shift.

Other outlets (South Korea’s Electronic Times and Reuters) are reporting that Samsung has signed on to produce 14 nm CPUs and GPUs for AMD, along with Globalfoundries. While this information comes from unnamed sources, it makes this look like more than just a rumor.

Source: WCCFtech



Video Cards and the Ever-Increasing Memory Power Consumption Adventure

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 22, 2015 01:20AM
Author: bp9801

Video cards and memory go hand in hand, with the more power a card has, the more memory it carries with it. Memory keeps on increasing as the power of the cards reach new heights, and even more so with HBM jumping into battle. However, there is one thing that's an issue regardless of GDDR or HBM: power consumption of the memory. Video card TDP typically tops out at 250W for NVIDIA and 275W for AMD, but jumps up higher on the dual-GPU monsters like the TITAN Z (375W) and R9 295X2 (500W). The memory TDP ranges from 8W to 32W on the NVIDIA side and 10W to 36W on the AMD side, with those dual-GPU cards again jumping things to 60W on the AMD side (curiously NVIDIA's TITAN Z still is at 32W memory TDP). The percentage totals of memory TDP to total TDP is anywhere from 8.4 to 14.5% for NVIDIA and 5.3 to 15.3% for AMD. It may not seem like much, but when the bandwidth starts to increase we can run into power problems and huge demands.

Right now, the bandwidth for NVIDIA tops out in the 336GB/s range, with AMD hitting 512GB/s with HBM. NVIDIA plans to move to HBM2 in its next line of cards, bringing even more power (and higher bandwidth) than it has now. When the bandwidth jumps into the thousand and beyond GB/s area, things can get quite dicey when it comes to memory power consumption. We could see cards with the memory alone pulling in 100W of power, shoving the card's total TDP beyond the 250-275W mark. HBM is more economical than GDDR5, as evidenced by the Fury cards featuring a 15W memory TDP despite the 512GB/s bandwidth. Scaling up from there, an HBM card pulling 120W of memory TDP would feature a staggering 4200GB/s bandwidth. Things don't always scale linearly, so if we put the bandwidth around 20-25GB/s per watt, we're looking at a (still impressive) 2400GB/s bandwidth. Of course this is all based on current trends and efficiency, so things can change over time as move further into the future.

So, where does this leave us? Well, NVIDIA and AMD can work on power efficiency with HBM to improve its capabilities. Intel, Rambus, and Micron are all working on new technologies, too, with new standards of their own that can really kickstart the memory power consumption numbers. Right now bandwidth and the memory power consumption will hit a wall, where either the bandwidth reaches a certain level and companies refuse to take it higher to save on power, or we see high-end video cards pushed to the absolute limit and feature TDPs in the 400+W range. We can also see huge advances in memory power consumption, either with HBM2 and beyond or in a new technology.

Source: WCCFtech



Radeon R9 390 4GB Models Coming Soon

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 14, 2015 04:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Several AMD partners are planning to release 4GB models of the Radeon R9 390 video card, with the original models featuring 8GB of VRAM. The cards are built around the 28nm "Grenada" core with 2560 stream units, 160 texture mapping units, and 64 raster operation units. The core runs at 1000MHz while the memory operates at 1500MHz, and the price point of the card puts it in competition with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series. The new 4GB model "is more in line to the memory requirements in current generation titles," with most games not requiring anywhere near 8GB to perform optimally. The reduction in VRAM is expected to drop the price of the card from about $329 to $299 or lower. Radeon R9 390 cards with 4GB are already planned from Sapphire, PowerColor, and XFX with the potential for more cards on the horizon.

Source: WCCF Tech



GDDR6 in Development for Launch in 2016, According to Report

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 12, 2015 12:26PM
Author: bp9801

Video cards have used GDDR5 VRAM for a long time now, with only recent high-end cards jumping to HBM 1.0. Next year's flagship models from AMD and NVIDIA are slated to use HBM 2.0, but what about the mid-range products? Well, it seems they won't be on GDDR5, but maybe the upcoming GDDR6. This new memory will supposedly arrive on mid-range cards in 2016, but there are some issues with the initial report. Micron is working on GDDR5X, an improved version of GDDR5 that offers twice the bandwidth, just it isn't reworking GDDR5 any beyond the bandwidth. GDDR6 could potentially be something entirely new, but if Micron is working on it alongside GDDR5X, things could get quite confusing. It's possible GDDR6 is the new name for GDDR5X and just offer a bandwidth improvement, kind of like what DDR4 does for DDR3.

If GDDR6 is the new name, or if it comes out as GDDR5X first and then GDDR6, higher capacities, clocks, and lower voltages are likely. However, HBM 2.0 in capacities as low as 2GB is supposed to arrive in 2016 as well, and its bandwidth potential is ideal for high-end cards. Current mid-range cards don't exactly need higher bandwidth offered by GDDR5X/GDDR6, since the current bandwidth of GDDR5 is more than enough. So if GDDR5X/GDDR6 is aimed at competing wth HBM 2.0, well, it may be in a losing battle. Some improvements for mid-range would be nice, but not really needed. Laptops and tablets may see a boost with GDDR5X/GDDR6, at least until they start coming with HBM 2.0. Either way, we'll just have to wait and see what happens with GDDR5X/GDDR6 in the new year.

Sources: Fudzilla and WCCFtech



Own an ASUS R9 Fury STRIX? Try to Unlock It to a Fury X

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 12, 2015 11:22AM
Author: bp9801

Every so often it seems an AMD video card can be unlocked above and beyond what it's sold as, so you can get a little more performance out of something cheaper. We've seen it in the past, and even with the R9 Fury cards by way of a tool to check and see if your card can unlock. Now it seems a specific R9 Fury card can actually unlock all parts of its core and become a Fury X. The ASUS R9 Radeon Fury STRIX video card with the DirectCU II cooler had its core unlocked to make use of all available CUs, turning it from the 3840 CU R9 Fury to the 4096 CU R9 Fury X. This looks to point to the full Fiji XT core being used on these cards and then limited to just R9 Fury levels, so if that's the case, perhaps all ASUS R9 Fury STRIX cards can do the same.

There is a tool to try and unlock all the R9 300 and Fury series cards to something higher up the line, so if you own one of these cards, you may get a free performance increase. Or not, depending on the core used. If supply is low on the Fury cores, the manufacturer could drop in the Fury X and soft lock the remaining CUs. It isn't a guarantee and is something you do at your own risk, but for the chance at free performance, I have a feeling some users are going to take that chance.

Source: XtremeSystems via WCCFtech



Cease and Desist Letters Issued Over Asetek Cooler Design

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 6, 2015 02:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Asetek has sent cease and desist letters to AMD and Gigabyte related to an injunction the company won against Cooler Master regarding liquid cooler designs. Asetek won the ruling for coolers that incorporate a cooling pump and a cold plate in a single unit. The company was receiving a 14.5% royalty from sales on Cooler Master products that infringed on the patent, and it now appears that the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and Gigabyte GTX 900 Waterforce Series also utilize the infringing technology. Asetek is currently evaluating other GPUs from Gigabyte to determine if they also contain the infringed upon design.

Source: WCCF Tech



NVIDIA Releases the Game Ready 359.06 WHQL Driver for Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six Siege

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 1, 2015 10:50AM
Author: bp9801

New games keep rolling out each week, and to help your system be as prepared as possible for them, NVIDIA has released a new GeForce Game Ready Driver. This new driver, 359.06 WHQL, is the Game Ready Driver for Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six Siege, so whether you're off for some open-world destruction or stopping some terrorists, NVIDIA has you covered. Game Ready optimizations are provided for Just Cause 3, while Rainbow Six Siege receives both those optimizations and an SLI profile. Both games feature incredible graphics and some NVIDIA GameWorks features, with JC3 sporting WaveWorks for some amazing-looking water, and R6S for ambient occlusion and anti-aliasing. NVIDIA has a tweak guide for Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six Siege to help you get the most performance possible out of whatever setup you're running.

The NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 359.06 WHQL Driver can be downloaded now from GeForce.com or through GeForce Experience.

Update: Some users are unable to make SLI work in Just Cause 3, which initially prompted a reponse from NVIDIA saying the game engine isn't compatible with multi-GPU setups. This would mean both NVIDIA and AMD multi-GPU solutions won't increase performance in Just Cause 3. However, some clarification has come about and the game simply needs a driver profile to enable SLI (and CrossFire on the AMD side). There is an SLI profile for JC3 in this new driver, however it is for a "Single-SLI Setup." Both Fallout 4 and Umbrella Corps receive a full SLI profile in the 359.06 drivers, but not Just Cause 3. Once it does, we'll let you know about it.

Source: GeForce



AMD Crimson Drivers Causing Overheating Issues

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 30, 2015 05:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

AMD released its latest graphics drivers, with a name change from Catalyst to Crimson, early last week. A week later, there is some not so good news about the drivers. Users are reporting a bug where the drivers set the fans on the card to 20% of the maximum speed and locks the speed even when GPU usage rises. Some cards are experiencing temperatures up to 90° C, resulting in degraded performance "due to thermal throttling, graphical glitches and crashes, and some users are reporting permanent hardware damage." AMD is planning to introduce a hot fix for the issue today so be on the lookout if you have upgraded to the Crimson drivers.

Source: Ars Technica



BIOSTAR Announces GeForce Gaming GTX 950

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 30, 2015 04:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The GeForce Gaming GTX 950 is the latest GPU offering from BIOSTAR, built around the second generation Maxwell core from NVIDIA. The card is packed with 2GB of GDDR5, 768 CUDA cores, and a heat pipe cooling design that offers low noise output and high performance cooling. It is compatible with NVIDIA PhysX and DSR technology, along with DirectX 12. Connectivity is offered through two DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI with support for up to four monitors with NVIDIA Surround technology.

Source: Press Release




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