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12K, 60 FPS, Just How Many GPUs?

UPDATE: Another demo came out showing Sniper Elite III being played at 12k resolution with a single Fury X card. It wasn’t a constant 60 FPS, but was hitting the mark plenty of times to be impressive none-the-less. Here’s a quick link to the full story. http://wccftech.com/amd-r9-fury-x-playing-sniper-elite-iii-at-12k-resolution-and-60-fps/ Are you ready for it? Wanna take a guess? So you might have known that back in 2013, AMD was able to do a similar thing with a triple R9 290X setup to showcase 12K surround with Dirt 3. This week, AMD did the same thing with three 4K monitors, except this time the title was Dirt Rally, released April of this year, and the GPU setup was a SINGLE R9 FURY X! In case you weren’t overwhelmed enough already, that’s 1.5 billion pixels a second being handled by a single graphics card! Here’s the deal; while Dirt games in general seem to work well with AMD due to optimization, I couldn’t find anything that shows Mantle or DirectX 12 being used. Basically, this is a straight up copy of Dirt Rally running at 12K resolution @ 60 FPS. That’s an incredible feat for just about any set up to handle, let alone a single R9 Fury X. This just goes to show that the 4096 bit wide bus interface plays a huge part in how well the GPU can handle super resolutions. The thing I can’t wait to find out is how well the new Windows 10 API will influence gaming performance. Imagine Deus Ex: Mankind Divided running on a...



INTEL Skylake De-lidded, Bad Wolf

It’s time to give ourselves a message through space and time so that we can head over to INTEL and save overclocking (Doctor Who reference for those who have no idea what I’m talking about). Maybe the dilemma isn’t that serious, but if a fuzzy photo is to be believed, then the Skylake processors might be continuing some of the overclocking problems from the past. KitGuru revlealed a shot of a de-lidded Skylake CPU and it looks like INTEL is going to keep using thermal compound instead of soldering. The photo is pretty fuzzy so it’s impossible to verify this claim. The other problem is we’re still a couple months out from the release of Skylake so there could be a couple of possible explanations for this that could be resolved by the time of the official releases. In case you don’t remember, INTEL began using thermal paste with both the i7-3770K and i7-4770K. Of course, overclockers justifiably pointed out that the thermal paste would not be as effective at heat transfer as a soldered lid. The thermal paste was slightly improved with the i7-4790K, but Skylake has already been provisioned to be a good overclocking CPU. Enthusiast hoped that at least the high-end chips would be soldered to the lid again in order to have the best thermal transfer, which would help unlock the highest overclocks. Take this all with a grain of salt for right now but at the moment, this doesn’t look very promising. Overall, this isn’t going to be...



AMD’s Technology Decks: FreeSync

We’re finally coming to the last of the Tech Decks from AMD. FreeSync is very straight forward. It matches the frame rate of your graphics card to the refresh rate of your monitor so that gaming experiences are incredibly smooth. Based on reviews across the web, FreeSync seems to work incredibly well and AMD included a list of monitors that will include the technology. Enjoy the slides and start planning next year’s tax return early since a FreeSync monitor could very well be on the list.



AMD’s Technology Decks: Interposer

The Interposer is what makes HBM possible. Basically, it allows the GPU and memory to communicate with each other. What makes this Interposer special is that it was specifically designed by AMD with high-volume bandwidth in mind to accommodate the stacked DRAM. Honestly, it’s the HBM that deserves most of the attention, but if you’re interested in how the Interposer is made, check out the slides below.



AMD’s Technology Decks: HBM

HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) is the new technology that is revolutionizing graphic cards as we know it. There’s no architectural feature that needs to be traded in order to get better performance. It has far great power efficiency, a much smaller form factor and can be placed much closer to the GPU than typical GDDR units. AMD began developing the technology years ago after they realized the limitations of GDDR5. HBM allows the GPU to continue to be more powerful without eating into the power envelope for the entire card. AMD will be the first to use it but we can expect to see more of HBM in the future. Here are the full list of slides for AMD’s revolutionary technology.



AMD’s Technology Decks: DirectX 12

DirectX 12 has seemed like a game changer for quite some time now. Recently, with the launch of AMD’s new GPUs, Tech Decks were included with the PR material for the Fury and 300 series. AMD included a detailed look into all the benefits of their Graphics Cards in combination with DirectX 12 and quite frankly, it looks really exciting. One of the huge AMD only benefits are the Async Shaders, which are poised to draw even more performance from the GPU than what other manufacturers will be able to take advantage of. Of course, we’ll have to wait for the full on reviews to see how much benefit there is, as well as the release of Windows 10, but for now, enjoy the full slide presentation if you have a moment or two to spare.



Lian Li Expands Desk Lineup with DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis

Lian Li Expands Desk Lineup with DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis Featuring Ergonomic Design, updated Legs and a Removable Motherboard Tray June 18, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces two additions to the desk chassis lineup: the single-system DK-Q2 and the dual-system DK-03. Like the previous desk chassis, the aluminum body and tempered glass surface highlight the minimalism of this practical fusion of desk and chassis. The updates on these new models add simplicity to system building, more refined aesthetics and ergonomics. Ergonomic DesignWith g ratitude to such positive feedback, Lian Li has refreshed ergonomics in the design of the DK-Q2 and DK-03. The body depth of the desk has been reduced to give you more leg room. The 30mm of height expansion allows a larger variety of user legs to fit comfortably under the desk. Taller, stronger adjustable legs and thinner body allow a much more natural height and angle of arms for typing, the extra legroom makes a big difference. Removable Motherboard Tray The DK-Q2 and DK-03 include removable motherboard trays to make system building easier. The motherboard trays also allow system builders to route cables underneath to facilitate better airflow and cable management. The DK-Q2 supports motherboards up to ATX, while the DK-03 supports two motherboards simultaneously; one SP-ATX at 12”x10.6” for the primary side, and an additional mini-ITX motherboard on the alternative side. Water Cooling Fea...



Club 3D Launches R7 and R9 300 Series

Club 3D Launches R7 and R9 300 Series The rumors have been going round for months. But today the long wait comes to an end. Today we are proud to announce the brand new Club 3D Radeon™ R7 and R9 300 series! Value for money has always been of key importance for AMD based graphics cards and the new product stack pushes the boundaries again, providing unprecedented FPS for your money! Whether you are looking for a capable new graphics card to dominate online gaming in 1080p Full HD resolution, or the best performance per dollar to play the latest AAA titles on your 4K Ultra HD screen or multi monitor setup, rest assured that you will find the card that meets your demands in the new Club 3D Radeon™ R7 and R9 300 series. Gaming shouldn’t be a choice between choppy gameplay and high performance. With Club 3D Radeon™ 300 Series graphics and FreeSync™ technology, it doesn’t have to be. Transform the most demanding games into a liquid-smooth, artifact-free, 4K cinematic experience. Every gamer deserves perfectly smooth gameplay and peak performance. • Render games at higher resolution and display them at lower resolution • Smoother textures and edges • Game and Engine agnostic solution • Simulates Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing (SSAA) for games that don’t support it In the Radeon™ R7 Series we introduce the 360. This attractively priced gaming card has what it takes to dominate online gaming. It features a quiet but capable cooler, supports AMD F...



The AMD R9 Fury Series Launch Deck

After what seems like a long wait, AMD has finally released the full official slides for the Fury line-up of graphic cards. Everything looks great and team RED seems pretty proud of what they’ve accomplished with the Fiji architecture. Without further ado, here’s the Fury slides! Fiji is the new architecture for all the Fury cards, and it looks like it’s doing some good things for power and efficiency.   Of course, HBM is the big deal here. Take a closer look at how the new technology works.   The end result of this new architecture and memory is a die size that is significantly smaller than before.   The liquid cooling design isn’t just for handling heat. The operating temperature is actually pretty low, and the power design on the card has overclockers in mind. The concept is to give the card as much power as two 8 pin connectors can handle so that there is plenty of headroom to play with.   AMD also added some nice lighting effects to the R9 Fury X with a light up logo, as well as status indicators.   Performance is entirely aimed at a smooth 4k experience. Average and minimum FPS look great for 4k ultra settings on Far Cry 4.   The Fury X isn’t the only card with Fiji. The R9 Fury will come with a cut down and air cooled die, but the R9 Fury Nano offers a very low power threshold as well as an extremely small profile. Mini-ITX builders will probably love these.   AMD also couldn’t resist throwing tw...



The AMD 300 Series Launch Deck

The 300 series may not be as revolutionary as the Fury cards, but some optimizations here and competitive pricing there leads to a fairly impressive looking line-up from AMD. Here’s a portion of the official launch slides from the R9 300 series of graphic cards.   The R9 390X and 390 are not just re-brands. Sure, they may be using Hawaii architecture, but the GPU has been optimized to form the new Grenada cores. These bad boys will come with 8 GB of RAM clocked at 6000 MHz as well.   The 390 series is specifically targeting the 4k gaming experience. In particular, the R9 390X will be directly competing with the GTX 980. The performance isn’t looking bad in that arena at all.   The R9 390 is specifically competing against the GTX 970 for 4k dominance. With the extra RAM and larger memory interface, it doesn’t seem to be having too much trouble winning.   The R9 380 series is looking to target that in between zone that many of us enthusiasts end up at. With 1440p resolutions and mid range budgets in mind, this card may be the sweet spot for a lot of people. Here, we get to see a refresh of the Tonga core, but this time the card has an available 4 GB of memory.   Since it’s primary rival is the GTX 960, the R9 380 is given some good comparisons at that 1440p resolution. The card certainly doesn’t seem to be having any issues there.   Finally, the R7 300 series of cards are targeting budget users who just want a good ...



Memory Speed vs. Latency – Clearing up the Confusion

Introduction We love speed as much as the next performance seeker, and many of us spend great sums of money and loads of time trying to optimize our systems, find the best parts for a new build, and squeezing every bit out of components. Admittedly, some components are easier to overclock or extract maximum performance, some are more difficult, and some are, well, just plain misunderstood. It’s probably a fair and reasonable statement to say that memory performance is one component typically found in the last category. The crux of the issue often comes down to how we perceive and “rate” memory performance, and the two most critical factors which influence that performance: speed and latency. There seems to be some significant misinformation and misunderstanding, and we see it often in the forums, in review comments, and elsewhere. So we decided to go straight to the experts to find out how these two factors influence memory performance: we talked with Crucial. Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, one of the world’s foremost leaders in memory design and manufacturing. They not only produce their own performance products and memory lineups (as well as SSDs, flash drives, and all other things related to memory), but they are also OEM suppliers to some of the biggest names in the industry. Needless to say, Crucial knows memory. We briefly spoke with Jeremy Mortenson, who is the Worldwide Memory Product Marketing Manager at Crucial, and asked ...



ADATA XPG DDR4 Memory Hits Fastest Air-Cooling Record at 4222MHz with msi motherboard

ADATA XPG DDR4 Memory Hits Fastest Air-Cooling Record at 4222MHz with msi motherboard Performance Uncompromised! Taipei, Taiwan – June 17, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, is honored to announce that its XPG Z2 DDR4 computer memory breaks new record again! It’s able to clock up to 4222MHz when used with an air-cooled msi X99A XPOWER AC motherboard. This creates a new overclocking world record for production line DDR4 computer memory! Best Choice for Ultimate Performance! In cooperation with motherboard manufacturers, ADATA strives to achieve the best performance in DDR4 memory compliant with the Intel® X99 architecture. The XPG Z2 DDR4 memory breaks the record with extremely high clock frequency of 4222MHz, impressing both gamers and standard CPU clock users alike with outstanding sustained performance, cooling and stability! World-renowned reporting authority CPU-Z tested and recorded the XPG Z2’s recent record-breaking performance in a controlled laboratory environment. About XPG by ADATA Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) is a brand of ADATA Technology offering the highest-performing computer peripheral products. XPG products distinguish themselves by surpassing ADATA’s stringent A+ Testing Methodology, which ensures the highest standards for superior product stability and ultra-high performance. XPG provides gamers, high-tech product enthusiasts, and overclockers with an extrao...



AMD’s E3 Press Conference, Fury X Launch and More

The computer scene has been notoriously absent from E3 until today. Does that mean it should be called E4? I guess not since it’s the Electronic Entertainment Expo. E3+C? I’m not sure, but amidst the announcement of numerous console titles, AMD was able to take the show floor and announce their new line-up of graphics cards. Reviews will give us the official verdict, but based on what I’m seeing, I think enthusiasts everywhere have plenty of reasons to be excited. Please welcome AMD’s Fury series, the R9 300 series, and a little surprise known as the Project Quantum! The new Fiji architecture is shaping up to be a serious contender in the GPU market. The flagship model, the Fury X, has 4 GBs of stacked HBM while packing a massive 4096 stream processors. The Fury is just slightly cut down with 3584 stream processors. The flagship model will only come with a liquid cooler, but the smaller sibling will have an air cooler. WCCF Tech did some estimates on performance in overall gaming which seemingly puts the Fury X on top of the pile and while we’ll have to wait for the official reviews on the 24th, the Fiji core isn’t looking too shabby at the time being. Meanwhile, while the power rating is still up there at 275W, the card maintains a modest 50c temperature and is being described as an overclocker’s dream. The other interesting bit is the launch prices of $649 and $549 respectively, which looks to be pretty fair considering the est...



Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mITX Chassis Review

Introduction Earlier this year we took a look at one of Phanteks Evolv mATX Chassis called the Enthoo Evolv. The Enthoo Evolv Chassis took home our Editors Choice award for its outstanding features and solid construction. Since that time, Phanteks has been hard at work developing new products and growing its already outstanding product line. Today we have a chance to take a look at a new addition to the line up. We have the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Chassis. At first glance, the Phanteks Evolv ITX Chassis mimics its bigger brother with the obvious changes in size. But with the popularity of small form factor builds, miniITX cases have become a hot commodity, so its no surprise to us that Phanteks would want to move into this arena. Will the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX meet the expectation of builders and live up the reputation of its larger sibling? Today we are going to take a closer look at the chassis and find out. But before we do that, let’s talk about who Phanteks is:   About Phanteks “Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions. As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our Phanteks Design Team is situated in the Netherlands and...



STT’s USB 3.0 Express Dram★Disk™

STT’s USB 3.0 Express Dram★Disk™ An Innovative USB that Utilizes Existing RAM San Jose, California– June 15, 2015 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND flash storage solutions, announces the USB 3.0 Express Dram★Disk™. With sequential read scores of up to 4041 MB/s and sequential write scores of up to 5388 MB/s, the USB 3.0 Express Dram★Disk™ is a speed demon of a drive housed in a sleek aluminum casing. The USB 3.0 Express Dram★Disk™ and its unique built-in software utilize your computer’s available RAM to transfer files at an amazingly quick rate. Software is included. This USB also transfers files while you are using the program, cutting down on wait time later. A productivity gem for creative professionals whose daily regime relies upon constantly moving files on-the-go—cutting their valued time in half. BUY NOW Capacity Part Number 8GB ST3U8RAM 16GB ST3U16RAM 32GB ST3U32RAM The USB 3.0 Express Dram★Disk™ is mobile–and its pre-installed software can be used with multiple computers at any given time. This feature allows you to transport your work with you and run large programs on other devices. It even further rewards users who have taken previous measures in upgrading their existing RAM available on their host system. This USB is a dream for creative professionals running large programs such as Adobe Photoshop, CAD, Maya, and more. The USB 3.0 Express Dram★Disk™ is as portable as a regular USB, giving the u...






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