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Video Cards News (698)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition Now Available from EVGA

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 10, 2016 07:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore


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

Source: TechPowerUp




$1700 AMD Polaris GPU Found in Shipping Database

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 8, 2016 12:23PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

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

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

Source: WCCFtech



GeForce GT 710 Lineup Announced by EVGA

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


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

Source: TechPowerUp




Next Generation NVIDIA GPUs to Use HBM2

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 20, 2016 03:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

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

Source: WCCF Tech



AMD is Utilizing New Code Names for Future GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 19, 2016 05:01AM
Author: Brentt Moore

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

Source: WCCFtech



Steam Hardware Survey Details NVIDIA Dominance

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 18, 2016 02:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

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

Source: WCCF Tech



NITRO R9 FURY Introduced by Sapphire

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 12, 2016 09:28AM
Author: Brentt Moore


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

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

Source: Press Release



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

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 7, 2016 10:49AM
Author: bp9801


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

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

Sources: Press Release and GeForce.com



AMD Explains Fury X2/Gemini Delay to 2016

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 23, 2015 08:11AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

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

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

Source: WCCFtech



Rumor Is AMD Greenland GPUs Are Coming Next Summer

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 22, 2015 07:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

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

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

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

Source: WCCFtech



Video Cards and the Ever-Increasing Memory Power Consumption Adventure

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 22, 2015 12:20AM
Author: bp9801

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

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

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

Source: WCCFtech



Radeon R9 390 4GB Models Coming Soon

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 14, 2015 03:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga

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

Source: WCCF Tech



GDDR6 in Development for Launch in 2016, According to Report

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 12, 2015 11:26AM
Author: bp9801

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

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

Sources: Fudzilla and WCCFtech



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

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 12, 2015 10:22AM
Author: bp9801

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

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

Source: XtremeSystems via WCCFtech



Cease and Desist Letters Issued Over Asetek Cooler Design

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 6, 2015 01:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga

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

Source: WCCF Tech



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

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 1, 2015 09:50AM
Author: bp9801

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

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

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

Source: GeForce



AMD Crimson Drivers Causing Overheating Issues

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 30, 2015 04:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

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

Source: Ars Technica



BIOSTAR Announces GeForce Gaming GTX 950

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 30, 2015 03:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga


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

Source: Press Release




AMD Gains Some Ground on NVIDIA

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 16, 2015 03:14PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has been dominating the GPU market at the expense of rival AMD for some time now, with NVIDIA holding an 81.9% market share last quarter and AMD at 18%. In the most recent quarter AMD was able to take back a small piece of the pie, increasing its share to 18.8%. That number is down nearly 10% from the same quarter last year where AMD had a 28.4% share. Add in Board partners have indicated that the number of units being shipped is down from the same time last year but noted that the "average selling prices of GPUs in 2015 have been the highest ever."

Source: Fudzilla



NVIDIA Launches the GeForce Game Ready 358.91 WHQL Driver for Fallout 4

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 9, 2015 10:23AM
Author: bp9801

Fallout 4 is nearly upon us, and to prepare your system, NVIDIA has released a new GeForce Game Ready Driver. This new driver, 358.91 WHQL, helps get your NVIDIA card on the most up-to-date driver for Fallout 4, as well as preparing you for Star Wars Battlefront and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Both Fallout 4 and StarCraft II officially launch tomorrow, with Star Wars Battlefront due the following Tuesday, so this helps get your drivers ready to go for whichever big game you're planning to play. Or if you're planning on all three, this has you covered for sure. Performance tweaks and optimizations abound in the 358.91 driver, but there are no new SLI or 3D Vision profiles. This is simply a Game Ready Driver for Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

You can download the GeForce Game Ready 358.91 WHQL Drivers from within GeForce Experience or direct from the GeForce website. It's close to a 300MB download, so be sure to allocate that time if you're also downloading Fallout 4 or StarCraft II.

Source: Press Release



BIOSTAR Targets Gamers with Budget-Friendly GeForce GTX 750 Ti

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 5, 2015 04:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore


BIOSTAR has officially announced the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, its latest gaming product that is targeted at system builders and gamers who seek out value-oriented components. The graphics card incorporates a full size PCB, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, a PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus interface, and a unique dual fan cooling design. BIOSTAR has included a special OC gaming revision on the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, ensuring that gamers remain satisfied with all types of in-game situations. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti from BIOSTAR also offers support for DirectX 11, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, NVIDIA PhysX Technology, and NVIDIA CUDA Technology.

The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which pairs quite well with the recently debuted Hi-Fi Z170Z5 combo motherboard, will be available for purchase soon from the official BIOSTAR eBay store.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Adds to Workstation Lineup with NVS 810 GPU

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 4, 2015 03:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga


NVIDIA has announced the addition of the NVS 810 to its workstation offerings. The NVS 810 packs two Maxwell GPUs with 512 CUDA cores each onto a single slot card with eight mini-DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. The target market for the card is the "digital signage market where video walls are very popular right now." The card is capable of powering up to 4096x2160 of displays at 30Hz. Support for nView and NVWMI is included "to simplify image management tasks and manage GPU installations remotely." Pricing information for the card is currently unavailable.

Source: Legit Reviews



AMD Retires Catalyst and Introduces Radeon Software Crimson Edition

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 2, 2015 02:43PM
Author: bp9801


Get ready for a new name for AMD's video card driver suite, as the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) is no more. Say hello to the Radeon Software Crimson. This new software replaces CCC and features a simplified UI and menu scheme, and AMD says a new version will be available every year. Each month brings with it minor updates, so AMD can apply new tweaks and settings as needed, much like NVIDIA does with its GeForce Experience. AMD says Radeon Software Crimson has been built with QT, a cross-platform application framework that is said to be faster than .NET, which is what CCC used. Startup time on an AMD E-350 laptop went from eight seconds to 0.6, with desktop machines on faster hardare featuring an even quicker startup.

Right now, the focus is on Radeon Software Crimson's UI and all the changes AMD has made to it. Driver changes won't be discussed until later, although it's anyone's guess as to when that is. There are five tabs at the top, covering Gaming, Video, Display, Eyefinity, and System, with buttons at the bottom for Updates, Preferences, and Notifications. The middle part of the UI defaults to a rotating screen of announcements and new games when you aren't viewing any of the tabs. The Gaming tab features a Game Manager to tweak settings on a global or per-game level. Anti-aliasing, tessellation, a hardware framerate cap, and more can be adjusted here, including Overdrive for your overclocking needs. Recommend game settings aren't included here, as they instead continue in the Gaming Evolved Powered by Raptr app. AMD eventually plans to bring recommend settings into Crimson, but right now will rely on the app, even with its settings coming by crowdsourcing.

Other parts of Crimson include a simplified video tab for setting video filters; per-display settings for FreeSync and SuperResolution; an Eyefinity setup wizard; and a system information screen to view CPU, GPU, memory, and OS stats. All of this and more will be discussed later, including what exactly AMD plans to do with regards to its driver updates. Crimson is due to arrive before year's end, and then sometime next year we'll know what the new version will be called. Some new color of red, most likely, such as burgundy or maroon. Either way, it's good to see AMD stepping up and changing around its video card driver suite to make it more modern and easy to navigate. Now we just need our hands on it and the new drivers to see just how it is.

Source: Ars Technica




Next Generation GPUs from AMD Expected to be Quite Efficient

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 19, 2015 04:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has been touting that its next generation of graphics cards, currently known as Artic Islands, will provide substantial performance over its Fiji lineup due to energy efficiency improvements. Lisa Su, the President and CEO at AMD, has finally revealed just how large the performance jump will be, thanks primarily to the transition to a smaller node. At a recently held earnings call, Su noted that "We are also focused on delivering our next generation GPUs in 2016 which is going to improve performance per watt by two times compared to our current offerings, based on design and architectural enhancements as well as advanced FinFET products process technology." With a 100 percent increase in performance per watt, it will be interesting to see just how AMD’s next generation of GPUs will compare to NVIDIA’s upcoming products.

Source: WCCFtech



NVIDIA Plans to Discontinue GeForce GTX 960 2GB Model

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 8, 2015 02:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA currently offers the GeForce GTX 960 with 2GB or 4GB of RAM, but Chinese site HWBattle is reporting that the 2GB version will be discontinued. The company believes that limiting the GTX 960 to 4GB will "make it more attractive to buyers." There is speculation that the move is in response to the 960 under performing the comparably priced AMD R9 380. The original competitor for the GTX 960 was the lower performing R9 280, but the release of the lower priced R9 380 turned this price point in favor of AMD.

Source: WCCF Tech



Catalyst 15.9 Drivers Now Available

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 29, 2015 02:58PM
Author: Nick Harezga

AMD has announced the release of its latest Catalyst video drivers, Catalyst 15.9 Beta version 15.201.1151. At the center of the update are optimizations for the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta and Fable Legends DX12 benchmark. AMD has fixed an issue where users were unable to download driver updates from within the Catalyst Control Center. The update also addresses some issues with BenQ 144Hz monitors, though there is a flickering issue with the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta in Crossfire.

Source: Anandtech



NVIDIA Planning Dual GPU Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 28, 2015 02:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA briefed a limited number of press last week regarding an upcoming dual GPU card that will be "coming out sooner than you might think." The card will use two GM200 GPUs, the same GPU found in GeForce Titan X and GTX 980 Ti cards. In addition to introducing the card to members of the press, NVIDIA has already begun sending out review samples with many reviewers having "completed the bulk of their benchmarking and testing of the card." Not much is known about the card other than the dual GPU configuration, and consumers will just have to wait until the card is officially announced to see the clock speed, memory specifications, and power requirements. The last dual GPU card from NVIDIA, the GTX Titan Z, carried a price tag of $3,000 on release and this card could see itself command a similar price.

Source: WCCF Tech



Testing Underway for NVIDIA GP100 GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 24, 2015 02:34PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Reports indicate that NVIDIA has received the first samples of its upcoming GP100 GPUs from Taiwan Semiconductor. NVIDIA has started to conduct internal testing and cards utilizing the new GPU are expected to hit the market in mid-2016. The GP100 GPU is based on the Pascal architecture with 16nm FinFET+ transistors. No further exact details are known but the GPU is expected to support up to 6000 stream processors and up to 32GB of HBM2 memory.

Source: Kit Guru



NVIDIA Upgrades Mobile GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 22, 2015 02:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has been making separate GPUs for the desktop and notebook markets in order to accommodate the thermal restrictions of mobile systems. The company has announced that it will no longer be the case as it plans to create MXM and integrated designs of the GeForce GTX 980 desktop edition for notebook systems. This has become a possibility as silicon efficiency has increased and die sizes have come down. The new GPUs are expected to have lower TDP numbers than the current 165W of desktop cards. NVIDIA is leaving the implementation up to OEM partners, though it did offer guidance and support. The GPUs will be subject to "higher requirements for performance and efficiency to ensure there will be enough headroom for use in a notebook, as well as some extra for overclocking." The GPU will have all 2048 cores found in the desktop version but might have different voltage or clock speeds.

Source: Anandtech



NVIDIA Offering Heroes of the Storm Video Card Bundle

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 21, 2015 03:04PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest bundle from NVIDIA is based around the Heroes of the Storm MOBA from Blizzard and packages the Diablo character with a character skin exclusive to the bundle and a seven-day stimpack. The bundle will be available with qualifying GeForce GTX 950 or 960 cards. NVIDIA describes the cards as being "built for the ultimate MOBA experience" for gamers that prefer their MOBAs in the Blizzard game universe. Gamers will be able to further enhance their experience with the GeForce Experience, giving them the ability to "record, broadcast and stream your games to your friends and the world with just one click."

Source: NVIDIA



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