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Posted: May 22, 2015 11:22AM
What appears to be the final specifications for the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti have made their way online, and it seems the earlier report is accurate. The GTX 980 Ti is a slimmed down version of the same GM200 core found on the GTX TITAN X, except it's the GM200-310 variant and not the GM200-400 on the TITAN X. This GPU features 2816 CUDA cores and two SMMs disabled, so half of one GPC cluster is gone. The core clock speed remains the same as the TITAN X, with it running at 1002MHz, although the boost clock is not known. There is also 6GB of GDDR5 on the 980 Ti, which runs at 1753MHz, just like the TITAN X. The memory bus is still 384-bit, so that performance should still be similar. There is a chance the memory is divided up due to that divided GPC cluster, so 5.5GB of the total 6GB count would be effective, but that all is based on the ROP count. Since the ROP count is not mentioned right now, this is just pure speculation.
The GTX 980 Ti is not quite as powerful as its big brother, with early 3DMark numbers showing a variance in the 2% range. Not much of a difference, really, and odds are that's due to a fairly aggressive boost clock on the 980 Ti. NVIDIA is allowing its board partners to customize the 980 Ti with aftermarket cooling and even custom PCBs, which should make those cards even faster than a stock TITAN X.
If you're wondering when the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is planned to arrive, it may be quite soon. NVIDIA is expected to launch its SHIELD Android TV next Thursday, which may also coincide with the 980 Ti's launch. An exact price of the 980 Ti isn't known, but something in the $600-800 range is certainly feasible. Oh, and do be sure to check back with us on a possible review once the card arrives.
Posted: May 19, 2015 10:47PM
We have some new rumors concerning AMD's upcoming Fiji XT GPU, and boy, are they a doozy. The first rumor deals with the fact that Fiji XT will not be the R9 390X, but rather a separate product similar to NVIDIA's TITAN line. The R9 300 series will be composed of Hawaii GPUs rebranded and heavily tweaked to offer better performance, which is an interesting take on a new series. When viewed like that, it didn't seem like there was any room for the all-new Fiji GPUs, but now it appears to be slated for the ultra high-end market. It would also mean a vastly highly price tag, which is where the second rumor comes in.
This rumor deals with the fact there will be two Fiji products: the Fiji XT and the Fiji VR. The Fiji XT will be a single GPU model with 4GB of HBM, which AMD says won't be an issue. The Fiji VR is the dual-GPU card with 8GB of HBM, so 4GB per GPU. Whether or not it will be watercooled, like early rumors suggested, remains to be seen. The single GPU Fiji XT card is expected to be priced at $849, with the Fiji VR's price currently unknown. It will most likely be above $1,000, maybe even around $1,200, so it definitely won't be for everyone. The single GPU card will also launch earlier, think mid to late June, with the dual GPU one later on, which also lines up with past rumors.
Now, remember, all of this is strictly based on rumors, so do take it with a grain of salt. Computex is around the corner, so you can definitely be sure to find the exact details on the Fiji GPUs right here.
Posted: May 19, 2015 10:29PM
There have been some concerns lately about AMD's upcoming Fiji GPU and its use of HBM memory. Namely the amount of it, as the card could use 4GB of HBM, which is the same amount the current high end cards from both AMD and NVIDIA have. If Fiji is as powerful as the rumors suggest, wouldn't that 4GB HBM be a limitation and a possible hindrance to pushing the card as far as possible for graphical fidelity? Well, AMD CTO Joe Macri recently explained why that is nothing to worry about, as according to Macri:
You're not limited in this world to any number of stacks, but from a capacity point of view, this generation-one HBM, each DRAM is a two-gigabit DRAM, so yeah, if you have four stacks you're limited to four gigabytes. You could build things with more stacks, you could build things with less stacks. Capacity of the frame buffer is just one of our concerns. There are many things you can do to utilise that capacity better. So if you have four stacks you're limited to four [gigabytes], but we don't really view that as a performance limitation from an AMD perspective.
If you actually look at frame buffers and how efficient they are and how efficient the drivers are at managing capacities across the resolutions, you'll find that there's a lot that can be done. We do not see 4GB as a limitation that would cause performance bottlenecks. We just need to do a better job managing the capacities. We were getting free capacity, because with [GDDR5] in order to get more bandwidth we needed to make the memory system wider, so the capacities were increasing. As engineers, we always focus on where the bottleneck is. If you're getting capacity, you don't put as much effort into better utilising that capacity. 4GB is more than sufficient. We've had to go do a little bit of investment in order to better utilise the frame buffer, but we're not really seeing a frame buffer capacity [problem]. You'll be blown away by how much [capacity] is wasted.
Macri did not say exactly how much HBM would be on the Fiji GPU, especially since HBM supports a 1024-bit bus and over 100GB/s of bandwidth per stack. That is an insanely huge number on both accounts, because four stacks would mean a 512GB/s bandwidth. HBM is also much smaller than GDDR5, so where a1GB of GDDR5 takes up 672mm2, a 1GB stack of HBM occupies only 35mm2. According to AMD, it allows for a PCB 50% smaller than the one with the R9 290X, which bodes exceptionally well for a dual-GPU card or small form factor cards.
So, a Fiji GPU equipped with 4GB of HBM1 potentially sounds like it will be extremely competitive with what NVIDIA has to offer. Of course, first we actually need that Fiji GPU to see for sure, which Macri says should arrive sometime in the next two months. Maybe we'll see it during Computex and then get our hands on it near the end of June. But we'll just have to wait and see.
Posted: May 18, 2015 03:25PM
The latest NVIDIA GeForce Display Drivers are here, with the Game Ready 352.86 WHQL now available to download. This new driver is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game Ready Driver, which features optimizations for CD Projekt RED's highly anticipated RPG. The Game Ready Driver offers optimized performance as your explore the Northern Realms, so if you're planning to pick up the game or eagerly awaiting it to unlock, you better download this quick. All the NVIDIA technologies are supported by this driver, from Dynamic Super Resolution, GameStream, and PhysX, to HairWorks, HBAO+, and SLI. NVIDIA GeForce Experience has also been updated to allow for The Witcher 3 one-click optimization, which can get your system prepped and ready for the game with ease. The SLI profile for The Witcher 3 has been updated, too, as well as ones for Magicka 2, Civilization: Beyond Earth, and World of Warships.
NVIDIA also has the world's first WHQL drivers for Windows 10, which supports the Kepler and Maxwell architectures for some DirectX 12 goodness. The GeForce 352.84 WHQL driver is the Windows 10 variant, so if you're using the tech preview, this is for you. GeForce 600 and higher video cards are supported with this driver, so while Fermi and older architectures aren't right now, things could change as we get closer to Windows 10's official release.
The NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 352.86 WHQL and GeForce Windows 10 352.84 WHQL can be downloaded from GeForce.com or through GeForce Experience. For those eagerly awaiting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, feel free to check out NVIDIA's Graphics, Performance, & Tweaking Guide to help get it looking its best.
Posted: May 17, 2015 10:52PM
If you thought the rebranded AMD R9 300 cards would only be limited to the mid to low-range cards, guess again. A new report seems to suggest two Hawaii cards will be rebranded in the R9 300 series, with those two Hawaii cards being the Hawaii Pro and Hawaii XT. For those keeping track, the Hawaii Pro is the R9 290 and the Hawaii XT is the R9 290X, although their rebranded versions are also enhanced versions. Both cards apparently get bumped up to 8GB of memory (most likely still DDR5 and not HBM), and a boost to both memory and core clock speeds. The memory speeds on both will jump to 1500MHz, a 250MHz increase over the R9 290/290X, with the core speed of the R9 290 rebrand bumped up 63MHz to 1010MHz, and the R9 290X rebrand jumped up 50MHz to 1050MHz.
Now, we get to an interesting point. The R9 300 series will use Fiji cores, the new core, which makes sense. However, the older Tonga core, the R9 285, is being rebranded as the R9 380 for OEMs. With the R9 290 and 290X also being rebranded for the R9 300 series, maybe as the R9 390 and 390X, where does that leave Fiji? Well, AMD could divide things up between OEMs and consumers, with OEMs getting the rebranded R9 290/290X and consumers getting Fiji cores with their R9 300 series. Or the R9 290/290X will be something like an R9 385 and 385X. Another possibility is Fiji will only be a high-end model, say an R9 395X or a dual-core R9 395X2. That would kind of go against AMD saying there will be multiple Fiji products to choose from, but maybe that was a reference for just different manufacturers to consider? Either way, all these rumors and leaks are starting to seriously muddy the waters, and hopefully we get some clarification at Computex in a couple of weeks or soon after.
Posted: May 14, 2015 03:48PM
Author: Nick Harezga
AMD has announced a new bundle, pairing its R200 series video cards with DiRT Rally, perhaps in an attempt to match recent offerings from NVIDIA. The AMD bundle may pale in comparison to the NVIDIA offering of Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3, but Newegg and GPU manufacturers are hoping to sweeten the deal by also including Grand Theft Auto V. This could be to help "move existing stock before the new R300-series cards arrive," but anyway you view it, it is always nice to get free stuff.
Source: PC World
Posted: May 6, 2015 03:34PM
Author: Nick Harezga
WCCF Tech has obtained the first image of the upcoming AMD R9 390X, powered by the Fiji XT GPU. Information about the card including benchmarks and RAM details have been revealed in bits and pieces, but this is the first look at the physical appearance of the card. The image appears to confirm other rumors that the card would be water cooled as the picture shows "what appears to be a 120mm water-cooling radiator." It can also be seen from the image that the card will occupy two PCI slots and provide three DisplayPort and one HDMI connections.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: May 5, 2015 03:51PM
Author: Nick Harezga
FreeSync is the technology from AMD that "allows the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to smoothly vary and synchronize with the fluctuating frame rates of video games." When it was initially released it was only compatible with single GPU systems, with support for multi-GPU systems planned for April. AMD has now officially delayed the release, but stated that it will "continue to develop and test this solution in accordance with our stringent quality standards, and we will provide another update when it is ready for release." It is worth noting that NVIDIA has supported multi-GPU configurations using its G-Sync technology for "quite some time now."
Source: Tech Spot
Posted: May 4, 2015 03:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga
According to a series of slides obtained by Videocardz, NVIDIA will soon offer a free copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight to users that purchase a NVIDIA GTX 970 or 980 video card. The Witcher 3 is currently offered with those two cards and the GTX 960. As two of the most anticipated games to be released this year, this presents an incredible value for anyone in the market for a new video card. The promo material states that the offer will be available "for a limited time" so be sure to jump on it as soon as possible if you are interested.
Posted: May 4, 2015 10:33AM
Leaks happen when you are working on a new and highly anticipated product, but you probably expect them to come from various places on the Internet, and not a large company. The latter is the case here though, as HP has apparently revealed the existence of the AMD R9 380 and the Radeon R7 A330 or R7 A360. These leaks come from HP describing its upcoming Envy Phoenix desktops and Pavilion All-in-Ones.
The Envy Phoenix is supposed to start shipping in June, as part of the company's back-to-school lineup.
Posted: May 1, 2015 01:58PM
Author: Nick Harezga
AMD first released the R9 285 based on the Tonga GPU last year at a price point of $249. The R9 285 offered performance similar to the R9 280 and 280X with a price that was between the other two cards. Both the 280 and 280X have received price cuts since launch, but the 285 is now in line with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 for both price and performance. The price drop could help AMD take sales from NVIDIA as the R9 285 "features a better memory bus which results in better texture processing and further features a robust geometry processing engine," in comparison to the GTX 960.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: April 30, 2015 03:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Rumors surrounding the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti have been making the rounds this month, with sources confirming a number of these rumors to Videocardz. The card will have 6GB of VRAM as initially rumored, half of the 12GB found in a TITAN X card. The 980 Ti will be available with several different cooling options including reference, water, and hybrid though it appears the rumor of a "metal enhanced edition" is in fact a rumor. It was also confirmed that the 980 Ti will have three DisplayPorts, one HDMI, and one DVI-I outputs. The final confirmation was that the card will use a GM200-310 GPU, though parameters such as core and GPU frequency remain unknown.
Posted: April 27, 2015 07:24PM
The AMD R9 300 Series isn't even officially announced yet, but there have been plenty of rumors about it. One new rumor concerns the Fiji VR Dual GPU card, which apparently isn't in the plans for a Computex reveal. The Fiji XT and other single GPU cards will be shown off during the convention, but the Fiji VR, the R9 395X2, will be revealed at a later date. The 395X2 is slated to be an impressive card, with 8GB Stacked HBM memory per GPU, 640GB/s memory bandwidth per GPU, and a 1.25GHz memory frequency. Each GPU has a core with 4096 shaders and a 1.05GHz clock speed, which should go a long way towards gaming and VR performance.
AMD wants this card to deliver the best VR experience possible, just one that may not be for everyone. The 395X2 is reported to cost a staggering $1499, but again, just a rumor for now. We'll see exactly what AMD is planning at Computex in June, most likely, with the R9 395X2 Fiji VR card debuting afterwards.
Posted: April 27, 2015 10:28AM
It has been well over a year since AMD released the R9 290X GPU, its currently most powerful single-GPU offering, so naturally there is a lot of interest in what its successor will be, but there may be reason to look a little further ahead. As covered by WCCFtech, there are reports that AMD will introduce the Artic Islands GPU architecture in 2016, and that it will be made with HBM2 and with a 14 nm process.
The first generation HBM is supposed to be used in the upcoming generation of AMD GPUs, and while it may limit initial supplies, many expect it to dramatically increase performance. The second generation will push performance even further with double the speed per pin. Even with the superior memory though, the speculation is that Artic Islands will actually have a focus on improved power efficiency. With a likely transition to a 14 nm fabrication process at Globalfoundries for the GPU, we may just see that better efficiency.
Posted: April 22, 2015 06:46PM
Author: Brentt Moore
Although AMD has been actively working on its latest desktop GPUs for the consumer market, which it will likely reveal at Computex 2015, it looks like the company has been hard at work on its next generation of mobile GPUs as well. GFXBench, a website that has provided accurate information on previously leaked AMD mobility GPUs, has posted benchmarks of the upcoming Mobility Radeon R9 M385 GPU. The Radeon R9 M385, which will likely be one of the many high-end options within the 300 Series Mobility lineup, looks to be a rebrand of the Tonga GPU, as both cards feature the same Device ID.
It is worth noting that it has been revealed that the leaked benchmarks are likely skewed in some unknown fashion, thereby making most of the data incapable of being compared.
Posted: April 22, 2015 05:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore
AMD is still expected to launch its upcoming Radeon R9 390X, which offers some excellent performance according to early benchmarks, at Computex 2015. Industry sources familiar with the matter have noted that while the card may launch on time, it may be subject to inventory issues, which would hinder sales of the card substantially. The limited supply of the AMD Radeon R9 390X may come as a result of some hurdles with yields on HBM, which would cause the card to feature limited availability for the remainder of the calendar year.
With the recent news of AMD posting a $180 million first quarter loss and the company only accounting for 24 percent of the GPU market, investors and consumers alike can only hope that the Radeon R9 390X features a problem-free launch.
Posted: April 21, 2015 11:06AM
It is reasonable to say that many are interested to see what AMD's next GPU lineup is going to be like. While much of that focus is on the top end, there are going to be several lower GPUs released and some are already reaching add-in-board producers. Specifically the R7 300 GPUs are being seeded to these companies, and the ASUS STRIX Radeon R7 360X has been leaked. It features a Tobago core and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. What is not yet known is if these are new cores or rebrands of older GPUs.
Posted: April 20, 2015 01:44PM
It is time for another rumor concerning the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card, with some new information about when it will debut. The 980 Ti is said to use the GM200 core like the TITAN X and Quadro M6600, but a cheaper variant with higher clock speeds, only 6GB of VRAM, and a price in the $600-700 range. A past rumor put the 980 Ti as arriving in September, but now it may be much sooner, with the card launching towards the end of May. Something like the third week of May or so. NVIDIA and its partners apparently plan to showcase the card during Computex in June, with custom variants and more on display. But if the 980 Ti launches a week or two before Computex, it may be reviews arrive in May, and then the card proper once Computex rolls around. Or the 980 Ti really will arrive near the end of May, NVIDIA shows it and more off at Computex (possibly "Metal Enhanced" and water-cooled versions), and then AMD launches its R9 390/390X later in June.
Whatever NVIDIA may be planning, we should all hear something by Computex at the very latest. Computex runs that first week of June, so hopefully things are a lot clearer then.
Posted: April 10, 2015 07:54PM
NVIDIA's new TITAN X video card is the current top dog in terms of single card performance, as it packs a GM200 core, 12GB of VRAM, and impressive numbers, even at 4K resolutions. People have figured it is only a matter of time until that core trickles down to something else, like a GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Rumors have pointed to the GTX 980 Ti launching after summer, but now a new rumor puts that card right at the very end of summer: September. The plan is to apparently counter whatever AMD has in store with a GTX 980 Ti packing the full GM200 core on the TITAN X, just with 6GB of GDDR5. Core speeds could see a bump to 1126MHz, with Boost clocks at 1216MHz, while everything else would mirror the TITAN X. Pricing would be less than the TITAN X, but if it's something in the $600-700 range, there may not be much of a reason to jump to the TITAN X unless you need 12GB of VRAM.
Posted: April 9, 2015 04:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore
Pictures of the upcoming XFX Radeon R9 390 have been spotted on Chinese forums, weeks before the card is expected to be made available to the public. While details surrounding specifications, pricing, or availability were not included with the leaked pictures, the card does reveal some interesting design information. The XFX Radeon R9 390 offers a custom designed PCB that is quite massive in size, which means that AMD may have reference boards ready to ship at this moment in time. The card is powered by a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors and also features a double dissipation cooler from XFX, which offers cooling through dual 100mm fans.
Posted: April 8, 2015 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Previous reports have indicated that the upcoming AMD Fiji XT GPU core will use first generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). It is now being reported that the Fiji XT can be modified to also support HBM2, though it remains unclear how much effort this would require. Both memory technologies use a 1024-bit interface with two prefetch operations per IO. HBM1 provides 128GB of bandwidth per second while HBM2 can offer up to 256GB per chip. Cards that use HBM1 will be able to support 8GB of memory per card while HBM2 doubles capacity to 16GB.
Posted: April 6, 2015 04:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga
AMD claims that its Graphics Core Next based GPUs improve DirectX 12 performance by up to 46% by leveraging the Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE) built into the architecture. The ACE units take advantage of the thousands of stream processors found on the GPU through the use of Asynchronous Shaders. Proper multi-threading support wasn't available in DirectX 11 as the amount of complexity involved was high and the necessary hardware was unavailable. The use of Asynchronous Shaders "allows for tasks to be simultaneously processed independently of one another." In order to take full advantage of the Shaders, the GPU must be designed with the support in mind, and the ACE units on AMD GPUs fulfill this purpose. In a LiquidVR demo with post-processing enabled, 158 FPS were obtained with Shaders disabled and 230 FPS when enabled, an increase of 46%.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: April 3, 2015 03:11PM
Yesterday came the news that ASUS was releasing a GeForce GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition video card. It is a high-end card with a custom cooler and a huge factory overclock, but that isn't the only thing ASUS is working on. The company also has the GeForce GTX 970 Turbo video card, which has a 1008MHz core clock and a 1228MHz boost clock. The revised stats on the GM204 core features 1664 CUDA cores, 112 texturing units, 56 raster units, and 4GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit interface, with that VRAM split into two sections just like all the other GTX 970s. However, this GTX 970 Turbo makes use of a mini PCB and a white cooling shroud for an altogether unique appearance. The cooler has some red on it echo the company's ROG line, and is a blower-style cooler to help push the heat out of the case. The rear I/O is not the standard affair on a GTX 970, as ASUS has equipped the Turbo with dual DVI ports, one HDMI port, and one DisplayPort. Up top are two SLI connectors for some Quad-SLI action, and both 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connections to drive the card.
Like the GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition, ASUS did not reveal a price or release date for the GTX 970 Turbo.
Posted: April 3, 2015 08:55AM
NVIDIA's new GTX TITAN X video card is one massive beast, as it pairs a GM200 core with 12GB of GDDR5 for some 4K gaming on a single card. Now it looks like a new version may be coming out, as a GTX TITAN X Ultra with a closed-loop liquid cooler has been spotted. NVIDIA typically does not allow for its board partners to modify the TITAN series in any way, but this model is apparently done by the company itself. The TITAN X Ultra, if it keeps that name, has the liquid cooler keeping the GM200 core cool, while air cooling handles the VRAM. That liquid cooler apparently allows for a 250MHz overclock to the core, which already comes in at 1000MHz stock. The Boost clock would then jump to the 1325 to 1375MHz range and would be downright impressive.
This is, of course, simply a rumor, but with AMD's flagship card potentially being a dual GPU monster, NVIDIA may just want to have an ace up its sleeve.
Posted: April 2, 2015 04:58AM
Author: Brentt Moore
It was recently reported that ASUS was actively developing a new GTX 980 that would be known as the ROG Matrix Gold Edition. The development of the card seems to be complete, as ASUS has officially unveiled the actual name of the card, the GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition. The ASUS GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition, which marks the company’s 20 years of presence in the PC graphics card market, features a black and gold color scheme, a DirectCU II cooler with matte-black aluminum fins and matte-black copper heat pipes, and two 100mm fans that only spin once the card reaches 65-degrees Celsius. The card also features a 14-phase Digi+ VRM by ASUS that draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, an independent 4-pin Molex-powered defrost circuit, and a water-repelling material applied to the PCB.
ASUS is claiming that the GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition card is the fastest GTX 980 currently available, with its ability to avoid temperature-triggered clock-speed throttles on its 1317MHz core clock, 1431MHz boost clock, and 7.00GHz memory.
Posted: March 31, 2015 10:52AM
The AMD Radeon R300 series still isn't out yet (maybe in June for Computex), but there is already a rumor concerning the next series. AMD's Greenland GPU is expected to launch next year, which will be part of the R400 series of video cards. The R400 line is rumored to be called the Arctic Islands family, while the R300 is supposedly the Pirate Islands family. If you're wondering, the R200 line is the Volcanic Islands family. As for the R400 and the Greenland GPU itself, it will make use of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), much like the expected R300 top dog. Whether only the high-end Greenland GPU will use HBM or the entire R400 line was not mentioned in the rumor. The recently leaked AMD roadmap showed HBM appearing on some APUs, so perhaps the entire R400 line will indeed benefit from HBM.
There is also a chance the R400 series will be a graphics architecture used in APUs, much like how Kaveri APUs carried a GCN core for Mantle gaming. If that is the case, then maybe the R400 cards won't be discrete cards at all and only appear in APUs. Whatever the case may be, first we need some solid word on the R300 series and what exactly those will bring. Either way, it is nice to see AMD planning for the future, even with a low research budget.
Posted: March 31, 2015 10:17AM
DirectX 12 will be the way to go on Windows 10, and it should offer plenty of improvements over DirectX 11, at least according to early reports. AMD has another piece of news concerning DirectX 12, and it is one that may shock and impress. In a DirectX 12-enabled version of 3DMark and with the newest AMD drivers, the AMD Radeon R9 290X narrowly beats out the NVIDIA Titan X when comparing the draw calls (a request from the CPU and game engine to draw and render an object) done by the API. Those numbers also match up when looking at DirectX 11 and Mantle performance, so it looks like AMD has a winner on its hands with the newest drivers.
When the test is switched to the next highest in NVIDIA's lineup, the R9 290X outperforms the NVIDIA GTX 980 by an even bigger margin in DirectX 12. Under DirectX 11, the tests are not as favorable for AMD, so it seems the company's newest driver is ideal for boosting DX12 performance. One interesting thing to note is how DirectX 12 scales well up to six cores in a processor, but beyond that there is not much of a gain. If Hyper Threading is enabled, performance is actually a little lower than with it off. So if you have a processor with over six cores/threads, right now it looks like high-end quad-core and six-core CPUs offer the best results.
What is important to remember about these tests is they are synthetic results and are not always indicative of real world performance. AMD looks to have a winner on its hands with DirectX 12 and the latest drivers in benchmarks, but things are still early, and we still do not have any DX12 games. Once we do, it will be interesting to see how the numbers stack up.
Posted: March 31, 2015 04:39AM
Author: Brentt Moore
It was recently reported that NVIDIA is actively working on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, a modified version of the recently released GM200-powered TITAN X. The card is expected to feature 6GB of memory, different clock speeds, and custom PCBs and cooling solutions from video card manufacturers, offering consumers with outstanding performance. According to sources, NVIDIA has recently adjusted the launch of its latest card to sometime after the summer season is over. While no official word has been given in regards to the reasoning behind the adjusted launch time frame, the decision to push back the release of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti may be due to the upcoming release of the Radeon R9 390X, which is currently scheduled to be available in June or July.
While the launch time frame of the upcoming GeForce GTX 980 Ti has been changed, pricing information still remains unavailable at this time.
Posted: March 31, 2015 04:19AM
Author: Brentt Moore
ASUS has revealed through social media that it is currently working on a new flagship NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 that will feature the company’s renowned ROG branding. The upcoming graphics card, which is being labeled as a 20th anniversary gold edition, will apparently feature core clock speeds even greater than the fastest GeForce GTX 980 currently available from ASUS. Currently, the ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980 that features a base clock of 1241MHz and a boost clock of 1342MHz if the fastest GTX 980 that the company offers, but with ASUS asking its social media fans to “guess the core clock” on its upcoming GPU, the ROG Matrix Gold Edition GeForce GTX 980 is likely to feature even higher clock speeds.
Posted: March 27, 2015 02:05PM
AMD has yet to fully disclose when and what exactly its upcoming R9/R7 300 series will be like, but there have been some rumors providing various details. Now there's a new rumor, and is it a big one. The flagship product in the R9 300 series, the Fiji XT card, will apparently feature 8GB of HBM and be a dual GPU monster; 4GB of HBM per core. So yes, if this rumor proves true, it seems the flagship card will feature two Fiji XT GPUs on the same PCB, with 4GB of HBM per core. It is been thought the flagship card would be the R9 390X, but maybe that won't be the case here. Maybe we'll have the R9 390X as a high-powered single GPU card using a Fiji non-XT core, or maybe the R9 390X was merely an expected jump and not the true flagship. Perhaps we'll get something else, like an R9 395X or R9 39X2, that is the true flagship, dual GPU beast.
One other element that may lead credence to this new rumor is the recent trend in VR and the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay demo that was supposedly powered by an unknown Radeon flagship. A Liquid VR slide mentioned two GPUs were needed for asynchronous rendering and something called an Affinity Multi GPU. Is that unknown flagship this dual GPU Fiji XT or something AMD is working on for the future? We'll just have to wait and see exactly what AMD has in store for us, hopefully at Computex in June.