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Video Cards News (689)

Specifications Appear for a Possible AMD Radeon R9 370X Video Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 30, 2015 03:34PM
Author: bp9801

During E3, AMD unveiled the new Fury series of video cards running on the Fiji core, as well as the R9/R7 300 series that were modified versions of past cards. The R9/R7 300 cards covered the R9 390X, 390, and 380, with the R7 370 and 360 covering the lower end of the spectrum. Now there is seemingly a new entry to the R9 300 line: the Radeon R9 370X. The R9 370X appears to be a modified R9 270X, as GPU-Z reports it as one, and the core is renamed as Trinidad XT instead of Pitcairn XT. This video card has 1280 stream processors, 80 TMUs, and 32 ROPs, and should feature a core clock of 1000MHz and a memory clock of 1400MHz. Factory overclocked models show up around 1180MHz on the core, but that can always change based on which manufacturer is handling the card. Either 2GB or 4GB cards will be available with a 256-bit memory bus on both, which is good for a memory bandwidth of 179.2GB/s.

The AMD Radeon R9 370X is expected to cost $179 for the 2GB card and slightly above that for the 4GB, and should hopefully arrive sometime in August, possibly with the R9 Nano.

Source: WCCFtech



AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Under Delivers on Teased Overclocking Performance

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 28, 2015 03:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest AMD video cards based on the Fiji GPU have faced a number of issues since launch, including noise issues on the R9 Fury X and yield issues which caused a slow rollout to partners. The R9 Fury X was also touted as having excellent overclocking potential, but in reality the card was unable to deliver on the high hopes of consumers. The card launched with little support in the form of overclocking software and an increase in base clock speeds of about 50-80MHz was the norm. A report from TechPowerUp found that the card had some issues with voltage scaling that was limiting the gains in performance while causing large increases in power consumption.

Source: TechPowerUp via WCCF Tech



NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU to Feature 17 Billion Transitors

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 27, 2015 01:58PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Many hardware manufacturers are hard at work getting ready for 16 nm and 14 nm manufacturing processes, which will allow for much higher densities and increased efficiency. According to Fudzilla, NVIDIA is going to take advantage of the 16 nm FinFET process used to make next year's Pascal GPUs to pack in 17 billion transistors. At 17 billion, it more than doubles the Titan X's transistor count of eight billion and almost doubles the 8.9 billion found in AMD's R9 Fury X.

Fudzilla also reports that by using HBM2, the Pascal GPUs could feature 16 GB or 32 GB of memory, depending on the SKU you are looking at. With up to 256 GB/s bandwidth per HBM stack and four stacks, we are looking at 1 TB/s memory bandwidth for these GPUs. That doubles the maximum bandwidth of AMD's Fiji GPUs, which are using the first generation of HBM.

Source: Fudzilla



Pictures and Performance Numbers for R9 Nano Appear

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 27, 2015 01:33PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


In the quickly approaching month of August, AMD will be launching the R9 Nano, which is rumored to have a full Fiji XT core, like the R9 Fury X GPU, but in a far smaller, 15 cm long package. To achieve this and keep within its 175 W TDP, it will almost certainly feature lower clock speeds, so the question on many people's minds is just how well it will perform. The folks at WCCFtech found at IYD.KR pictures of the card and notes that, after some quick math, indicate the Nano was able to achieve 24.0 FPS in the Unigine Heaven benchmark at 4K, with the Extreme preset and no anti-aliasing. Not too bad for a card that can fit into mini-ITX casing.

Now all we need is it to finally release.

Source: WCCFtech




GTX 750 Ti Prices Reduced Ahead of GTX 950 Release

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 27, 2015 03:41AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has officially reduced the price of its GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics cards just weeks before the expected launch of the GTX 950, which is a GM206 graphics card that is simply a reduced version of the GeForce GTX 960. The GTX 750 Ti was previously going on sale for around $150, and the price cuts for the card have brought the for sale price down to $119, making it once again quite competitive. While customers in France and the UK seem to have access to the reduced prices already, United States retailers are slowly implementing the price cuts, which can be seen on a few MSI and Zotac GTX 750 Ti models.

It was hinted that NVIDIA was actively working on the GTX 950 earlier this month, and the card now has itself a launch date of August 17, 2015. The upcoming video card from NVIDIA is expected to feature a core clock speed of 1150 to 1250MHz, a boost clock speed of 1350 to 1450MHz, 2GB of VRAM running at 6.6 to 6.75GHz, and a TDP of just 90W. At the moment, analysts are expecting the GeForce GTX 950 to feature an MSRP as low as $129 and as high as $149 upon launch.

Source: WCCFtech



Early Details Revealed for NVIDIA Pascal GPU

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 21, 2015 04:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The next big GPU to come out of NVIDIA is known as Pascal and is currently code named GP100. This continues the practice of naming GPUs after famous scientists and will be the first NVIDIA chip built using Taiwan Semiconductors 16nm FinFET process. The card is expected to release late next year in two variations, both using a 4096-bit memory bus. The GP100 cards will use stacked HBM2 memory at a frequency of 1GHz with a different number of DRAM stacks on each card. A consumer grade card will use four HBM2 stacks while Quadro and TESLA cards will use eight stacks. The 16nm FinFET process from TSMC will deliver improved power efficiency and a "considerable improvement" in transistor density.

Source: WCCF Tech



AMD R9 Nano to Launch in August

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 17, 2015 02:30PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As reported by WCCFtech, AMD's CEO Lisa Su said during an earnings call that the R9 Nano will be launching this August. For those who do not remember, the R9 Nano was revealed at E3 as a half-size, Fiji-based GPU with double the performance per watt of the R9 290X. Like other Fiji GPUs, it will feature 4GB of HBM, but it is not yet known what the exact specs will be for the GPU core. There is some speculation that it may actually use the full Fiji XT core found in the R9 Fury X, as opposed to the Fiji Pro of the R9 Fury. If this is the case, the clock speeds will certainly be lower to allow for the 175W TDP.

Regardless of current rumors, in August we will find out just how good things in small packages can be.

Source: WCCFtech



AMD GPU Partners Slowly Gaining Access to Fiji GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 15, 2015 04:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The recent launch of AMD Radeon R9 Fury video cards had a noticeable lack of offerings from AMD partners, with ASUS and Sapphire the only companies that have announced cards based on the latest Fiji GPU. The cards weren't immediately available and are slowly hitting the market. Other notable partners such as GIGABYTE, MSI, and PowerColor have cited yield rates on the chips as the main reason that cards haven't been announced. It remains unknown how this distribution of Fiji GPUs could impact the availability of future cards based on Fiji, but one thing for certain is that "The biggest issue relating to how AMD has launched the Radeon R9 Fury is the alienating of other partners."

Source: Hardware Luxx via WCCF Tech



Sapphire Announces Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY Video Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 13, 2015 04:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Sapphire has announced the Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury, its newest choice for the latest AMD based GPUs. The card is designed with "Best in Class" performance in mind, particularly in 4K gaming and multi-screen applications. Using the most efficient Tri-X cooler ever from Sapphire ensures lower temperatures than the comparative reference design. The cooler uses two 8mm, four 6mm, and one 10mm heatpipes connected to a solid copper transfer plate. Three 90mm fans are used to circulate air over the heatpipes while thermal sensors and the AMD Advanced Fan Control System regulate fan speed. The card itself is built around the FIJI Pro GPU featuring High Bandwidth memory with 3584 Stream Processors and 1000MHz clock speed. The Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury will be available starting tomorrow.

Source: Press Release




Price Cuts are Coming for High-End Maxwell Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 13, 2015 04:00PM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has definitely made a splash in the GPU market with the release of its latest graphics cards, causing some consumers to reconsider their purchase of an NVIDIA product altogether. While NVIDIA has appropriately responded to this by reducing the price of the GeForce GTX 980 from $549 to $499, thereby making it more competitive against the Radeon R9 390X, it looks like add-in-board partners are further reducing the price of high-end Maxwell cards to increase sales. Over the coming weeks, gamers and computer enthusiasts should expect the GeForce GTX 980 to come down to $479.99 and the GTX 980 Ti to feature a new price of $629. Furthermore, overclocked GTX 980 Ti models are expected to come down to the new price of $679.

All of the aforementioned video cards come bundled with Batman: Arkham Knight, making the price reductions that are coming in the near future even a better deal for those itching to buy one of the latest GPUs that NVIDIA offers.

Source: WCCFtech



ASUS Begins Selling the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Graphics Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 3, 2015 04:55AM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS, a Taiwanese multinational computer hardware and electronics company, has officially began selling its GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix graphics card. The latest video card by ASUS aims to impress, as it offers gamers with boost clock speeds of up to 1291MHz in gaming mode and 1317MHz in OC mode, a DirectCU III cooler that features zero fan noise while under light loads and is 30 percent cooler compared to reference designs, as well as Super Alloy Power II components which increase efficiency and decrease overall buzzing noise. The Strix GTX 980 Ti also features a 12+2-phase power design, a GPU-fortifier and strengthened backplate that together prevent bending of the PCB over time, and a Strix LED that comes with pulsating lighting effects.

ASUS is quick to point out that the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix graphics card is built utilizing Auto-Extreme technology, an exclusive to ASUS that is the industry’s first completely automated manufacturing process that eliminates human intervention. According to ASUS, Auto-Extreme technology allows the Strix GTX 980 Ti to feature amazing reliability and a smooth rear printed circuit board. ASUS’ Auto-Extreme technology eliminates harsh chemicals and reduces power consumption by 50 percent, making the new manufacturing process more environmentally friendly as well.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix Graphics Card by ASUS will be available worldwide sometime during this month.

Source: TechPowerUp




Revised Water Pump Design Eliminates Radeon R9 Fury X Noise Issues

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 2, 2015 05:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Just days ago, it was reported that owners of AMD’s latest flagship card, the Radeon R9 Fury X, were experiencing frustrating noise issues. The cause of the noise turned out to be the Cooler Master all-in-one water pump that comes bundled with the Radeon R9 Fury X. Antal Tungler, an AMD representative, noted that a fix for the water pump noise was being applied by Cooler Master, and it now looks as if the fix has made its way to consumers. According to the latest owners of the Radeon R9 Fury X, the revised water pump runs much quieter than previous versions of the AMD card. From early photographs and reports, it seems that the only way to tell if the revised water pump is included with the Radeon R9 Fury X is by the Cooler Master logo featured atop the pump-block. The revised water pump features a chrome Cooler Master logo, while the old pump that exhibits the high pitch whine features a multi-color company logo.

Source: TechPowerUp



NVIDIA Working on GeForce GTX 950 Series Graphics Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 1, 2015 03:56PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA is reportedly developing replacements for the GeForce GTX 750 series cards based around the GM206-250 GPU. The two cards will be the GeForce GTX 950 and 950 Ti and are predicted to be on par with the GeForce GTX 960 series. The cards will support all of the latest graphics technology including DirectX 12.1, OpenGL 4.3, H.265 encoding and decoding, and HDCP 2.2 compliance. Based on the cards that are being replaced, Kit Guru expects the cards to have a price tag in the $150 range.

Source: Kit Guru



NVIDIA Could Cut Prices to Better Compete With AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 30, 2015 03:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

AMD recently released its latest high end graphics card, the Radeon R9 Fury X, targeted at competing with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 series. The R9 was released at $649, the same price as the GTX 980 Ti, with performance between the cards remaining comparable. A price cut from NVIDIA could incite a price war between the two companies with NVIDIA potentially having the advantage. The NVIDIA GM200 core has been on the market for some time and doesn't depend on High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) while the AMD core is relatively new with a low yield and a dependence on HBM. It is unclear which manufacturer would benefit most in a price war, but it is certain that gamers in the market for a new high end GPU would welcome the price drops.

Source: WCCF Tech



AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Facing Noise Issues

Category: Video Cards
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



NVIDIA Driver Update Reveals Tesla M60, Quadro M5000, and Quadro M4000 Professional GPUs

Category: Video Cards
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.

Source: VideoCardz.com



AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Benchmarks Appear; Performance Seems Impressive

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 18, 2015 03:25PM
Author: bp9801

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.

Source: WCCFtech




HDMI 2.0 Support Missing on AMD Fiji Silicon

Category: Video Cards
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.

Source: techPowerUp



AMD Shows Off Project Quantum PC and Dual-GPU Fiji Video Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 16, 2015 08:03PM
Author: bp9801


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!

Source: PC Gamer, WCCFtech [1] & [2], and Forbes




Unboxed AMD Radeon R9 390X Resembles R9 290X

Category: Video Cards
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



AMD Announces the Radeon R9 Fury Video Cards and R9/R7 300 Series

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 16, 2015 03:36PM
Author: bp9801


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).

Source: PC World, WCCFtech, and KitGuru




GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream Announced by Palit

Category: Video Cards
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.

Source: techPowerUp




AMD Fiji XT Beat NVIDIA TITAN-X in OpenCL CompuBench Benchmark

Category: Video Cards
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



NVIDIA Pascal GPU Expected to Use 16nm Process

Category: Video Cards
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.

Source: Beyond3D via WCCF Tech



Pricing Information Leaked for AMD Radeon 300 Series

Category: Video Cards
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



XFX Leaks Radeon R9 390X Double Dissipation Information

Category: Video Cards
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.

Source: Videocardz




Current GCN Cards from AMD Don't Feature Full DirectX 12 Support

Category: Video Cards
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.

Source: WCCFtech




AMD R9 Fiji XT Lags Behind GeForce GTX 980 Ti, Has Room For Improvement

Category: Video Cards
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



Prices Leaked for AMD R9/R7 300 Cards; No Mention of Fiji XT

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 3, 2015 09:35AM
Author: bp9801

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.

Source: Sweclockers via WCCFtech



ZOTAC Unveils Its GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lineup

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 1, 2015 09:17AM
Author: bp9801


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




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