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MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning Review

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Video Cards News (691)

AMD R9 Nano Gets Official Announcement and Price of $649

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 27, 2015 11:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

First unveiled at this year's E3, the Radeon R9 Nano is the third Fiji-based graphics card from AMD. For those who may not remember, it is the 6-inch card that packs more power than an R9 290X despite having a 175W TDP. According to the release, the R9 Nano offers 30% more performance than AMD's former top GPU while consuming 30% less power. The performance numbers were gotten from Far Cry 4 at 4K with the R9 Nano scoring 37.966 FPS and the R9 290X scoring 27.207 FPS. This makes the R9 Nano the most power efficient mini-ITX enthusiast graphics card in the world.

It supports several technologies including Virtual Super Resolution, Frame Rate Targeting Control, FreeSync, LiquidVR, Eyefinity, and CrossFire, as well as the DirectX 12, Vulkan, OpenGL 4.5, and Mantle APIs. The rumored specs covered yesterday are all confirmed also, with the engine clock reaching up to 1000MHz, and the memory speed being 500MHz. The card has a suggested price of $649 and should be available in stores and at e-tailers the week of September 7.

Source: AMD



AMD Radeon R9 Nano's Full Specifications Leak Out

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 26, 2015 12:17AM
Author: bp9801


Just the other day came word of some performance and efficiency numbers for the upcoming AMD Radeon R9 Nano, along with some specifications. Well, today we have the full specifications for you, and what was in the prior leak holds true here. The R9 Nano does indeed have a full Fiji XT core on it, like its big brother Fury X, and thus has 4096 stream processors, 256 texture mapping units, 64 GCN compute units, and 64 render operating units. It also has 4GB of HBM1 memory over a 4096-bit bus for 512GB/s of bandwidth. The core clock on it has been toned down a bit, as it runs at 1000MHz instead of 1050MHz like the Fury X, but the HBM1 is at the same 500MHz speed (1000MHz effective). Power is supplied via an 8-pin PCIe connector located on the back of the card, since the R9 Nano has just a 175W TDP.

That's quite a lot to pack onto a video card, especially one as tiny as the R9 Nano. Everything fits on a card right around 6" in length, so it should be perfect for builds where space is at a premium. The card is poised to deliver twice the performance of the R9 290X for half the power, so hopefully it can deliver on that once the reviews come in.

The AMD Radeon R9 Nano is expected to arrive on August 27 for an unknown price.

Source: VideoCardz via WCCFtech




Early Performance and Efficiency Figures Appear for the AMD Radeon R9 Nano

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 24, 2015 06:26PM
Author: bp9801

AMD's Radeon R9 Nano video card is fast approaching its launch, bringing the Fiji chip into a tiny package. Some early performance numbers have found their way online, and things are looking quite promising for the Nano. The card uses the same Fiji core found on the Fury X, with the 4GB of HBM memory and 512GB/s memory bandwidth, but with a reduced core speed. All of that in a card just over six inches long, yet with twice the peformance per watt and performance density of an R9 290X. That 290X may only hit 30.5 FPS in an AMD gaming test at Hot Chips 2015, with the R9 Nano hitting 33 FPS and the R9 Fury X hitting 42 FPS at a 4K resolution. Compared to the R9 290X, the Nano is 1.9 to 2.0x more efficient, with the Fury X just 1.25x more efficient. Impressive to be sure, but we still need some actual gaming benchmarks to know exactly how the Nano stacks up.

The AMD Radeon R9 Nano is apparently launching this week on August 27, although a price was not mentioned. What was mentioned is the card will run with just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector as the entire TDP is just 175W. We'll have to see just how much this performance will cost us. You can also check out how the card looks, including in a system, below, courtesy of a user over at ITCM.

Source: WCCFtech and ITCM (Korean site, requires translation)




More Details Emerge for AMD Greenland GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 24, 2015 03:37PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The next generation of AMD GPUs, currently known as Greenland, was first mentioned near the end of March and into early April. At the time not much was revealed other than the fact that the cards were expected to be available in 2016 and they would use HBM2. Some more significant information is now available with the reveal that Greenland will be an entirely new microarchitecture with a brand new instruction set architecture, rather than another iteration of the current Graphics Core Next architecture. The GPUs will also boast "twice the power efficiency of GCN, where we can expect these GPUs to be made on the 16nm FinFET or 14nm process, with a serious jump on the number of stream processors when compared to the Fiji architecture." Consumers can also expect 8GB or 16GB of HBM2 on their cards while enthusiast and professional cards will pack up to 32GB.

Source: Tweak Town



First Benchmarks Revealed for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 19, 2015 03:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The first benchmarks for the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 have been obtained using the Chinese edition of the Gainward GTX 950. The video card was benchmarked on a system running an Intel Sandy Bridge CPU. The card eclipsed a score of 3000 in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme at a clock speed around 1430MHz. This score puts the performance somewhere between a GTX 960 and GTX 760.

Source: Videocardz




AMD's Video Card Market Share Continues to Drop to NVIDIA

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 18, 2015 07:09PM
Author: bp9801

AMD has had an interesting year already, with a first quarter loss of $180 million, new Fury and R9/R7 300 video cards, and even a reported Microsoft buyout possibility. Amidst all this is a drop in market share, which some predicted could rise with the launch of those new video cards, but now it seems that wasn't the case after all. According to the latest numbers, NVIDIA's discrete GPU market share has grown from 76% in the fourth quarter of last year to 82% in the second quarter of this year. It's a small increase, but one that now means AMD's market share is a mere 18%. Granted, the Fury X and R9/R7 300 cards released near the tail end of the second quarter and would not have had much time to affect overall sales numbers, but it does give AMD an even bigger hole to dig out of going into the remainder of the year. If the low supply of Fury X and Fury cards remains in effect for a while longer, well, that market share may not increase.

Source: Mercury Research (paid site) via TweakTown



NVIDIA Releases GeForce 355.60 WHQL Driver

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 13, 2015 03:27PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has released the latest drivers for its video cards, the Game Ready GeForce 355.60 WHQL drivers. The drivers are listed as Game Ready for the upcoming preview edition of Ashes of the Singularity, a "massive-scale Real Time Strategy (RTS) game that was developed and published by Stardock." The new game takes advantage of improving technology and increasing computing power to increase the amount of units on screen, creating "a war across an entire world without abstraction." SLI profiles for Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition and Next Car Game: Wreckfest are also included in the update.

Source: Legit Reviews



GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning Confirmed by MSI

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 10, 2015 03:39AM
Author: Brentt Moore

MSI has chosen Gamescom 2015 to confirm to the public that it is indeed working on a Lightning version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The card is under development as of right now, and while a prototype was not on display at this year’s Gamescom, the card is meant to compete against the likes of the EVGA GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N. The running rumor surrounding the MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning is that it will feature a core clock of 1217MHz, a boost clock of 1342MHz, and be priced somewhere between $849 and $1,049. While these numbers have not been confirmed by MSI, it is guaranteed that the GTX 980 Ti Lightning will feature a custom PCB, a revamped cooling solution, additional power phases, and higher quality and capacity VRMs.

Source: WCCFTech



Some AMD Radeon R9 Fury Video Cards Can Unlock More Performance, Possibly to a Fury X

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 5, 2015 04:41PM
Author: bp9801

AMD's new line of video cards, the R9 Fury X and Fury, are slowly finding their way into the hands of consumers, but it seems R9 Fury owners can get a pleasant surprise. A tool is available to unlock the R9 Fury into an R9 Fury X video card, granting a higher level of performance than the card already has. Hawaii and Tonga video cards can also use this tool to unlock to the next step up, but before you rush out and try it, there are some issues to be aware of. The most obvious is you can damage and brick the card, while some cards may not be able to be unlocked at all or all the way. Still, if you don't mind the risk and want to try for more performance, this is your opportunity.

This tool, known as CUINFO, scans your video card to see if it had a cluster or two disabled, and if it has, then you can unlock it. Instant performance right then and there. Not all R9 Furys can become a full blown Fury X with 4096 stream processors (SP), but even if you can just unlock the Fury to 3840 SPs, you'll be able to get a boost. Remember, do this at your own risk as your card can break from it. If you're interested, hit up this link for the guide.

Source: WCCFtech



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




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