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Posted: June 29, 2015 03:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Several users have reported noise issues with their new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics cards described as "coil whine and pump noise" that occurs "even under idle load." The chief suspect of causing the noise appears to be the all-in-one water pump bundled as part of the cooling system, in this case made by Cooler Master. AMD representative Antal Tungler addressed the concerns and "confirmed that the problem exists in early production units. However a fix (for the pump whine) has been applied by Cooler Master USA and it is hoped that the problem has been resolved for future R9 Fury X units."
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: June 29, 2015 04:35AM
Author: Brentt Moore
NVIDIA is apparently readying its Tesla M60, Quadro M5000, and Quadro M4000 professional graphics cards, as the latest driver from the technology company offers support for the products. While configurations of the cards remain unknown at this time, it is known that the Tesla M60 will be based on the GM204 GPU while the Quadro M5000 and Quadro M4000 will be based on the GM204GL graphics processor. NVIDIA is expected to launch the Quadro M cards at SIGGRAPH, since it previously announced the Quadro Kx2 parts during the same event. SIGGRAPH 2015, which is this year’s annual conference on computer graphics convened by the ACM SIGGRAPH organization, begins on August 9.
Posted: June 18, 2015 03:25PM
AMD announced its new Radeon R9 Fury line of video cards earlier this week, along with the R9/R7 300 series, and apart from technical details, didn't discuss what kind of performance we could expect. Given the high price point of the Fury cards and the upcoming launch, many people are looking forward to what they can do. While reviews won't be out until we get to that June 24 launch date, there are some leaks concerning the high-end R9 Fury X's potential performance. I say potential because these numbers are provided directly by AMD, but even then, the results are quite impressive. A number of games were tested at 4K with in-game settings just about as high as they can go, and it looks like AMD has a winner on its hands with the Fury X. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti looks to be outclassed in all the tests, with most games being far closer than others. Things do tend to line up with the past leak, even if the games from that are iffy.
The clock speeds of the Fury X and 980 Ti are not mentioned, so we don't know if the clock speeds of both cards are kept stock or if the Fury X is overclocked above and beyond the 980 Ti. AMD does say the Fury X should be able to handle a 100MHz overclock on the core with ease, thanks to the integrated liquid cooling system, so was that utilized in this benchmark? There is no way to know for sure, so don't take these numbers as gospel until we get something where all the elements are known.
The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X arrives on June 24 for $649, with the air-cooled Fury launching July 14 for $549.
Posted: June 18, 2015 03:50AM
Author: Brentt Moore
It has been confirmed by an AMD representative on the OCUK Forums that the latest silicon from the processor and graphics card company will not support HDMI 2.0. The latest standard of the display technology offers ample bandwidth for 4K Ultra HD at 60Hz, but happens to be missing from AMD’s Fiji silicon. Apparently the AMD chip will ship with DisplayPort 1.2a connections as well as HDMI 1.4a, the latter of which is limited to 30Hz when displaying content at 4K. In the end, gamers looking to utilize the card for 4K gaming should find that it works well with displays that support DisplayPort 1.2a, but the lack of HDMI 2.0 support could hurt those looking to utilize the Fiji silicon by AMD in a home theater type environment where the television is the primary display.
Posted: June 16, 2015 08:03PM
Earlier today, AMD announced its Radeon R9 Fury video cards and the R9/R7 300 series, but there are a couple other items it has, too. First up is Project Quantum, a small form factor gaming PC that packs two Fiji GPUs to deliver 4K gaming at 60 FPS. AMD states Project Quantum can deliver 17 teraflops of computing power and what should be some absolutely killer visuals. The GPUs are liquid-cooled, so this should be a quiet machine pumping out high performance. All of this is in a rather sweet looking case, which could be a centerpiece for any living room. Project Quantum is just a prototype, but it's a working prototype, as AMD CEO Lisa Su stated during the PC Gaming Show that it's actually running several demos at E3.
Now, powering Project Quantum is the Fiji XT dual-GPU card, with Su showing off the bare PCB of it. This card has two Fiji GPUs on the PCB, appeared to be powered by two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and should have 8GB of HBM memory (4GB per core). Su didn't exactly give out any solid details about the dual-GPU card, so anything about its specifications will have to wait. Neither was a name, release date, or price announced with it, but hopefully we get word on that. I would have to imagine the dual-GPU card will have an integrated liquid cooler, just like the Fury X, but we'll just have to wait and see. AMD does have the dual-GPU card coming at some point, so keep it tuned right here for any information on it!
Posted: June 16, 2015 04:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga
A user from [H]ard|Forum, sirplayalot, has obtained an XFX Radeon R9 390X 8GB card and has found that it has several similarities to the R9 290X. From a physical standpoint both cards share a very similar PCB layout, though the 390X has double the memory with higher core and memory clock speeds. Some users have even reported being able to flash 290X cards to the 390X using the latest BIOS. The 390X card was identified as a 200 series card in GPU-Z when using the latest 15.5 beta drivers, though it was correctly identified when using the drivers bundled with the card.
Source: Legit Reviews
Posted: June 16, 2015 03:36PM
Everything you have ever wanted to know about AMD's upcoming Fiji line of video cards has finally been unveiled, as AMD CEO Lisa Su announced the Radeon R9 Fury X, Fury, and Nano during E3. It was expected the cards would be formally shown off during the PC Gaming Showcase at E3 later tonight, but I guess AMD was just a little too excited. The Fury X is powered by the Fiji XT GPU with 4096 Stream Processors, 256 Texture Mapping Units, 64 GCN Compute Units, and 4GB of HBM memory on a 4096-bit interface. The Fury, meanwhile, has the Fiji Pro GPU with 3584 Stream Processors, 224 Texture Mapping Units, 56 GCN Compute Units, and the same amount of HBM and memory interface. Then we come to the Nano, which is a little lacking in its specifications other than a Fiji GPU.
The Fury X features an integrated, closed-loop water cooler that should be capable of some massive overclocks. Its engine clock is already at 1050MHz and the 4GB of HBM at 500MHz (but that pushes out 512GB/s of bandwidth). It has three HDMI ports and one DisplayPort, and is powered by two 8-pin PCIe connectors. The Fury is an air-cooled model with a 1GHz engine clock and 500MHz memory clock, which still puts out 512GB/s of bandwidth. Its connectors should be the same as the Fury X, although that and the power requirements aren't known. The Nano lives up to its name, as while the Fury X is 7" long and the Fury 10", the Nano is just 6" long. It's an air-cooled card that is half the size of the R9 290X, but with far more performance. Again, exactly how much performance is not known, but expect that to be revealed before long.
Alongside the R9 Fury X, Fury, and Nano, AMD also launched its R9 and R7 300 series of cards. All of these are rebrands from what should be the R9/R7 200 series, like the rumors stated, but AMD did not specify the exact names of the cores. Regardless, all R9/R7 300 series cards support DirectX 12 and the Vulkan API, so these rebrands have been heavily tweaked. The R9 390X and R9 390 feature 8GB of GDDR5, with the R9 380 packing 4GB of GDDR5. The R7 370 also features 4GB of GDDR5, while the R7 360 has 2GB of GDDR5 and a tiny size.
Now we come to the price and availability, at long last. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is priced at $649 and will arrive on June 24, the Fury is $549 and arrives on July 14, while the Nano is expected sometime later this summer for an unknown price. The R9 390X comes in at $429, the R9 390 at $329, the R9 380 at $199, the R7 370 at $149, and the R7 360 at a mere $109; pretty in line with the rumors. All the R9/R7 300 series cards are expected to launch this Thursday. Oh, and there's one other Fiji GPU card in the works, a dual-GPU card packing 8GB of HBM (4GB per core), but that won't be formally revealed until later this summer (or maybe tonight during the PC Gaming Showcase).
Posted: June 15, 2015 04:27AM
Author: Brentt Moore
Palit, a leading graphics card manufacturer, has officially unveiled the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream graphics card. The card, which is the company’s latest addition to its already plentiful GTX 900 series lineup, offers a core clock speed of 1152MHz, which helps to provide an 11 percent increase in gaming benchmarks compared to a reference GTX 980 Ti. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream by Palit comes with the latest JetStream thermal design that ensures reduced heat and noise when operating under heavy loads. The thermal design, which incorporates a wealth of fins cooled by an intelligent dual fan design, also allows the card to operate in silent mode when the card is being used for general tasks and light workloads.
The Palit GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream, which includes three DisplayPort connections, is being marketed as an excellent solution for gamers who want to play demanding titles at 4K.
Posted: June 10, 2015 03:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Screenshots have been obtained that show benchmarks of the upcoming AMD Fiji XT GPU compared against the NVIDIA TITAN-X and several other cards. The AMD card outperformed the TITAN-X in two out of three tests, winning in the Ocean Surface Simulation and TV-L1 Optical Flow while being beaten handily in the Face detection test. The article notes that face detection is heavily dependent on drivers and updates to the AMD drivers could improve scores here. The hardware entry confirms that the card in the benchmarks is the Fiji XT with 4096 stream processors and 64 compute units.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: June 9, 2015 03:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga
The NVIDIA Pascal GPU was announced in March of 2014 as the planned successor to the Maxwell architecture. There was little information revealed about the GPU at the time other than a trio of planned features, but more information is starting to trickle out. The first generation of Pascal GPU will use a GP100 chip built on the 16nm FinFET+ process from TSMC. It will also take advantage of HBM2 memory, allowing for a maximum of 32GB of vRAM. The gaming edition of the card will only be able to use 16GB, though this is still far more than current cards offer. Based on the time frame between taping out and release of the GM200 series of GPUs, the GP100 could be released in the second quarter of 2016, which lines up with initial estimates.
Posted: June 8, 2015 04:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga
WCCF Tech has obtained pricing information for the upcoming Radeon 300 series graphics cards. The site was able to "confirm these prices directly through our own sources," and refutes an earlier leak from Sweclockers that saw much higher prices expected. The prices range from $107 for the low end R7 360 2GB to $389 for the R9 390X 8GB. With the updated pricing structure the cards should be better able to compete with offerings from NVIDIA from a price per dollar perspective. Full pricing information can be seen by following the link.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: June 8, 2015 04:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga
XFX has taken matters into its own hands and leaked a photo and some information ahead of the launch of the Radeon R9 390X Double Dissipation Edition. The picture showed up on the product page for the R9 290X and as of this writing the picture is no longer found on the page, meaning it was probably an accident. The photo revealed that the card includes a free copy of Dirt Rally, 8GB of GDDR5, and a cooler with seven heat pipes. The card looks similar to pictures of the R9 390 standard edition that were shown off in early April.
Posted: June 5, 2015 06:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore
While DirectX 12 is slated to be exclusive to Windows 10 devices, it has proven itself to gamers thus far by offering a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance. The number of draw calls when using DirectX 12 are increased by 330 percent as well, according to a user of Reddit. With all of the benefits that DirectX 12 brings to the table, in terms of graphical performance and visual fidelity, it is important that hardware manufacturers support the latest Microsoft API. The DirectX 12 API is comprised of three levels, which include feature level 11_0, 12_0, and 12_1. Feature level 11_0 offers performance improvements, while the other two offer features catered to improving graphics and visuals.
According to Robert Hallock, the Head of Global Technical Marketing at AMD, the company’s current GCN cards do not feature full DirectX 12 support, with the cards only being able to offer support for the 12_0 feature level. Graphics cards from AMD that are expected to support DirectX 12 feature level 12_0 include the Radeon HD 7790, the Radeon R7 260 (X), the Radeon R9 285, and the Radeon R9 290 (X). It is unknown as this point in time whether Fiji will support the 12_1 feature level of DirectX 12, something that the GeForce 900 series from NVIDIA currently does, but if so, it will be the only AMD product to support the feature level that includes conservative raster and raster order views.
For a more detailed look at the various feature levels contained within DirectX 12, please click on the images contained within this article.
Posted: June 3, 2015 04:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Early reports from Computex appear to indicate that the upcoming AMD Fiji XT based GPU, rumored to be known as Fury X, trails the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti in gaming performance. It is worth noting that the card on display at Computex is still in a prototype state and "AMD is still playing around with optimizing clocks and the drivers are nowhere near perfect." AMD could find itself in a rough patch if the Fiji XT doesn't perform on par with the recently released GTX 980 Ti. It is now known that the liquid cooling apparatus for the card is being manufactured by CoolIT, and the card is expected to be on a short PCB due to the power supply circuitry layout. Updates to the original article confirm that the card will launch at E3 and that AMD isn't worried about internal performance numbers as the card is still being tweaked.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: June 3, 2015 09:35AM
AMD's upcoming yet still unannounced R9 300 series has had more leaks than a sieve, and today we have yet another new leak. This time it concerns the pricing structure for everything from the R9 390X down to the R7 360, plus the names of the different GPU chips. The R9 390X 8GB model comes in at $499 and uses the Grenada chip, a reworked Hawaii chip (maybe Hawaii XT) found in the R9 290 line. An R9 390 8GB is $419 and again uses Grenada, but this time maybe the Hawaii Pro. Moving down to the R9 380 4GB will set you back $279, with the R9 380 2GB at $249. A Tonga chip is mentioned for both of those, which was previously seen in the R9 285.
The R7 370 4GB is priced at $209 and the R7 370 2GB at $179, which both use the Curaçao chip that was originally the Pitcairn from the HD 7870. The last card is the R7 360 2GB at $139 and using the Bonaire chip, previously seen in the HD 7790. All the chips are more than likely reworked and heavily tweaked models of the older ones, but it does lend credence to the RX 300 series being rebrands. There is no mention of the Fiji XT/Fiji VR at all in this leak, the rumored Radeon Fury parts, so we'll just have to see what those bring. The RX 300 series is expected to arrive on June 16, when E3 kicks off.
As is the case with rumors, do take everything here with a grain of salt.
Posted: June 1, 2015 09:17AM
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti is here at long last, which means all of the green team AIB partners can release reference and non-reference models at will. First up is ZOTAC, which has a full suite of 980 Tis coming your way. There is, of course, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti reference model from ZOTAC, with its blower-style cooler and 1000MHz stock clock and 1076MHz Boost clock. Then we get to the non-reference stuff, starting with the GTX 980 Ti AMP! This card packs an IceStorm cooler with three 90mm fans and Carbon ExoArmor to help improve thermal durability. The stock clock on it has been increased to 1051MHz, while the Boost clock is now at 1140MHz. Moving on up is the GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme, which has an IceStorm cooler with EKO fans and Carbon ExoArmor with LED lighting. Add in the POWER BOOST feature to help stablize performance, and a 1253MHz core clock and 1355MHz Boost clock, and you have one high-powered card.
But then there's the GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm model that, much like the TITAN X variant, has an ArcticStorm Hybrid cooling system. This combination air/water cooler features an all copper waterblock, Carbon ExoArmor, and three 90mm fans to keep everything cooler for longer. The core clock is only at 1025MHz and Boost clock at 1114MHz, but that hybrid cooler should mean for much higher performance with just a little push. There's also a GTX 980 Ti AMP! Omega model, and while it packs the IceStorm cooler with EKO fans, Carbon ExoArmor, and POWER BOOST, the clock speeds are not known.
The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti models can be viewed at Computex this week if you happen to be in the Taipei, Taiwan, area. The GTX 980 Ti cards are available to purchase now, although prices for all but the reference are unknown. That one starts at $649.99, just like all other GTX 980 Ti reference models.
Source: Press Release
Posted: May 30, 2015 08:56PM
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti is expected to arrive in the next couple of days or so, and it seems like we'll have quite the selection of cards to choose from. NVIDIA's AIB partners are preparing for a huge lineup of GTX 980 Ti video cards, with reference and non-reference models expected to cater to any interest. Some of the non-reference cards will pack triple fan, hybrid, and even liquid coolers, and of course some overclocked frequencies. EVGA has a full suite of 980 Tis, starting from the SuperClock (SC) reference card to the ACX 2.0+ SC+. There's also a Classified card, a Hydro Copper with a full cover waterblock, and a Hybrid that is a combo air and water cooler. ZOTAC has a similar lineup, with a reference model and then AMP! and AMP! Extreme, which come with boosted clocks and triple fan coolers. There's also an Arctic Storm variant that looks to be anothe hybrid design. Inno3D is the same, with reference, triple fan, and hybrid cooling designs all part of the package.
One unknown is ASUS, which should have some kind of DirectCU III cooler on at least some of its 980 Ti cards. There's no picture showing it off exactly, but a rather nice teaser that shows a triple fan, red LED beast.
All of these cooling options on the 980 Ti will jump to the TITAN X, too, with NVIDIA and its partners showing off custom cooled versions of that monster. EVGA and ZOTAC are bringing those hybrid coolers to the TITAN X for sure, and probably some of the other designs, too. So we should not only see the GTX 980 Ti and all its non-reference models during Computex, but non-reference TITAN X cards as well.
The price of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti is expected to start at $649.99, with models ranging upwards in price from there based on overclock and cooling. The reference cards should all be $649.99, including the EVGA SC model, with others going to $799.99. Some cards may reach the TITAN X in price, but also in performance, so that will be something to keep in mind if you're in need of a high-powered system.
Posted: May 29, 2015 07:10AM
Author: Brentt Moore
ZOTAC, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, has officially unveiled the GeForce GTX TITAN X ArcticStorm Edition. The latest product by ZOTAC is a custom designed GeForce GTX TITAN X that offers a hybrid air and liquid cooling solution, allowing consumers to cool the card through the three fans atop the IceStorm heatsink or through the built-in liquid cooling block. No matter how the card is cooled, the heatsink efficiently dissipates heat from the 12GB of onboard memory and VRM. The GeForce GTX TITAN X ArcticStorm Edition by ZOTAC offers a core clock speed of 1026MHz, a GPU boost clock speed of 1114MHz, and memory running at an effective 7GHz.
The ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN X ArcticStorm Edition is expected to be available worldwide upon launch, and will be displayed at Computex 2015.
Posted: May 28, 2015 10:59AM
A new leak has found its way online concerning NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and this time it actually comes from NVIDIA. The company's Taiwan outfit posted a Facebook image revealing a June 2 announcement date, and quite possibly that's also the launch date. The post has since been removed, but you can see it for yourself below. The event will take place during Computex, which tends to confirm an early rumor about an announcement time, and will be streamed live on Twitch. It's possible NVIDIA will have more to show than just the GTX 980 Ti, as a leaked benchmark showed something called a "GTX 9** 3GB." Maybe we'll get a GTX 960 Ti, too.
The specifications for the GTX 980 Ti show 2816 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 on a 384-bit bus, and the same clock speeds as its big brother, the TITAN X. The ROP count is the only unknown quantity at this point, but it looks like we have just about five more days to go before we get all that and more. Like the price. Then there's also whatever AMD has up its sleeves with the R9 300 series and Fiji.
Posted: May 26, 2015 01:56PM
At the end of last week, some rumored specifications for NVIDIA's unannounced GeForce GTX 980 Ti appeared and showed some really promising information. Today we have something new about it, something that looks to be even more concrete. A GPU-Z image has surfaced that apparently is a reading of the GTX 980 Ti, and while a couple details are missing, the rest looks quite good. The name shows the GTX 980 Ti, there are 2816 shaders (CUDA cores), 6144MB of GDDR5 from Hynix, a 384-bit bus, a pixel fillrate of 96 GPixels/s, and a texture fillrate of 234 GTexels/s. The core is shown at 1000MHz, the memory at 1753MHz, and the boost is at 1076MHz; all things that are in line with the TITAN X. The big information that has a watermark over it is the ROP count, which is really the only unknown detail at this time. If it's the same as the TITAN X or slightly less because of the CUDA count is something that could factor into the total usable memory, but I guess we still have to wait to find that out.
Two leaked shots of 3DMark tests also accompany the GPU-Z image, with the 3DMark Fire Strike test hitting a total score of 14,071, and the Cloud Gate test obtaining a total of 29,444. The graphics score for Fire Strike is 17,091, while the graphics score for Cloud Gate is 107,868. All are impressive, but are still unconfirmed until we get something definitive from NVIDIA. Hopefully soon.
Posted: May 26, 2015 09:52AM
A new photo of AMD's still unannounced R9 300 series of video cards has recently surfaced, and while the photo is from an extreme angle, it looks quite interesting, much like the earlier photo. Previous rumors suggested the top-of-the-line Fiji card would be rocking a liquid cooler, and this photo seems to confirm that. The front of the card is completely flat, at least from what we can see, which certainly lends credence to the liquid cooler idea. The only branding on the card is "RADEON," which appears on the top and by the bracket, so you can see it from multiple angles in your case. A combination of metal and plastic also adorn the card, although if it fully encloses it or leaves the back exposed cannot be inferred. Also unknown is the length, as the photo tends to trail off at the end and then blur out, but AMD seemed to suggest the Fiji XT could be a half-length PCB, so this could be the case here.
We still need the full picture concerning AMD's plans for the R9 300 series, which hopefully arrives next week during Computex. Most of the series is expected to be a rebrand, with the Fiji XT and Fiji VR being the only truly new options, but time will tell for certain.
Posted: May 24, 2015 12:08PM
Another day, another round of rumors concerning AMD's upcoming Fiji XT card. This time we have some leaked benchmark numbers, courtesy of ChipHell, comparing a ton of video cards, including some unreleased and unknown ones. In the charts, the "GM200 cut 6GB" is apparently the GTX 980 Ti, while the "GTX 9** 3GB" is something different, potentially a GTX 960 Ti. The Fiji XT 4GB is the one to look at, and in an average performance of 19 different games at 4K, it comes out on top of every single card, even the TITAN X. Now, what games were tested? Who knows, because that isn't covered. The only mention of anything is "Maximum Settings." Dropping the resolution down to 2560x1600 again sees the Fiji XT in the lead, but again, no idea what games are grouped together at those "Maximum Settings." The 3DMark FireStrike Extreme shows the Fiji XT just narrowly edging out the TITAN X at 2560x1600, so it appears AMD has a winner here.
However, the power consumption was also tested, and frankly the Fiji XT is not going to win any awards for that. It manages to consume less power than the R9 290X, but only just, as it's a mere three watts less. Granted that is with an expected 4096 GCN cores instead of 2816, but still, it's a power hog.
Remember, all of this is just based on leaked numbers aggregated from unknown games. Is this really what we can expect from the Fiji XT? Possibly, but don't get your hopes up. We still need AMD to actually confirm the existence of these cards and the entire R9 300 series, which could happen quite soon, either during Computex or shortly after. Likewise we need NVIDIA to confirm the GTX 980 Ti, which could also happen in just about a week.
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