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AMD’s R9 Fury and Voltage Control Coming Soon

Many people began complaining about the overclocking headroom on the Fury X when it released. This issue seemed odd to say the least. First, Lisa Su herself said that the new cards would be great for overclocking. Second, the load temperatures for Fury X were amazing on top of having a very robust power delivery design! This normally leads to tons of overclocking headroom. It turns out, there’s a pretty good reason why voltage control for Fiji has been a slow go but it looks like we might get said voltage control about the time the Fury line up launches. Some people were getting pretty concerned that the Fury X voltage was locked which led to claims of a very disappointing launch. To be fair, if AMD had locked the voltage control, that would be an utter failure. However, a statement released by Unwinder, known for the RivaTuner overclocking software that forms the basis of most 3rd party overclocking software, explains why there’s been such a long delay. To sum it up, AMD’s voltage control hardware isn’t as easy to code as NVIDIA’s is. To make matters worse, Unwinder didn’t get a review sample at the time others did so the process was delayed even further. For more details, check out the links below but the good news is, voltage regulation might be coming with the release of the R9 Fury. The R9 Fury might be the more threatening card than the Fury X. It starts with a $549 launch price, which if it performs close to the 980 Ti, will make ...



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[UPDATE] Possible NVIDIA GTX 950 Ti on the Horizon

UPDATE: It looks like NVIDIA is just releasing the GTX 950 in a 2 GB and 4 GB variant. Each will still have a 128-bit interface and will likely be priced to compete in the $100-150 price range. http://videocardz.com/57015/confirmed-nvidia-to-launch-geforce-gtx-950 It looks like NVIDIA isn’t willing to let the sub $150 market go without a little more competition. Even though they’ve had two Maxwell cards in this bracket for a while now with the GTX 750 Ti and 750, the new GTX 950 Ti and 950 will offer a slightly updated GPU that I’m sure will bump the performance up as well. While neither NVIDIA or AMD are willing to design much more on the 28nm manufacturing process with 16nm around the corner, this will give team Green a little more competition in the budget segment of the market. It looks like the GPU core will be based off a cut down GM206 die which is currently in use by the GTX 960. The power ratings will be just under 100W for the 950 Ti with the 950 coming in at a meager 64W. These are some impressive ratings but we’ve come to expect that out of Maxwell. Honestly, there isn’t much to see here but hopefully, we may yet see a 960 Ti that bumps the interface up from the 960 while staying in the mid $200 price range. That seems to be the sweet spot for performance to cost, but even the 950 Ti and 950 aren’t official yet. Time will tell soon enough. http://wccftech.com/nvidia-readying-geforce-gtx-950-ti-geforce-gtx-950-graphics-car...



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R9 Fury X and 300 Series Manufacturer Comparisons

Maybe you’re in the market for a new AMD GPU, but don’t know for sure which one you want. We can’t make the decision for you, but we can give you some side-by-side comparisons so you can easily see how each product differs. Once you find something that looks decent, we’d still recommend checking out reviews for a more in depth look into the performance of the unit, but just seeing galleries of the products can be a huge start. Also note that if you don’t see a back plate slide for a product, it’s usually because it doesn’t have one. Enjoy the slides and we hope this makes comparisons a bit easier. R9 Fury X Gigabyte   HIS   MSI   PowerColor   Sapphire   XFX  



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MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G Review

We're looking at the MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G, a card that boasts a custom heatsink, improved power design, and a factory overclock, all for a modest premium of only an extra $25. Sounds pretty good so far. Factor in that AMD is bringing a few new features to the market with the R9 300 series launch, and we're cautiously optimistic for strong gaming value.



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The Big List of R9 Fury X Reviews

After long last, the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is released and reviewed! The reviews have some varied conclusions, but the overall result seems to be a high end release that is neck-in-neck with not only the GTX 980 Ti, but the Titan X as well. 4K gaming isn’t a problem for the Fury X and temperatures are among the best ever seen for a top tier graphics card. There are plenty of results to pour over with the various reviews, but overall, there a couple of important takeaways to consider with what is shaping up to be an excellent release from AMD. Let’s start with a very simple fact that can easily be overlooked. The R9 Fury X is competing with cards that are considered far more capable. While HBM is the giant ace in the hole, both of NVIDIA’s competing cards have more memory with the Titan X having a massive 12 GB DDR5. Even so, this doesn’t stop the Fury X from scaling incredibly as the resolutions gets higher. Once again, HBM is the reason for this massive improvement in pixel crunching power, but imagine how much potential we’ve yet to see as HBM is further developed down the road. Even if the Fury X is trading blows in certain titles, the design is a massive win for how small the form factor is combined with how little on board memory the card has. Let’s dig into some other performance factors that should be considered with the conclusions of the Fury X release. The big one is optimization. Unlike the Titan X and 980 Ti which have had d...



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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...



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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.



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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.



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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.



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...



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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...



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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 ...



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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...



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Getting up to Speed with Fiji and Maxwell

If you have no idea about what’s happening with AMD and NVIDIA, then you either live under a rock, or you just don’t care about computer components that much. Assuming that you’re here because you don’t fit into either category, then let me get you up to speed with what’s been happening in the GPU world, especially since the anticipated release of stacked memory is right around the corner. The stage is set with NVIDIA dominating the GPU market. Maxwell was impressive when it released, but has managed to become one of the most notable GPUs to date. AMD on the other hand, is telling us they aren’t out yet. With a slew of refreshes, as well as two high end GPUs that are the first ever to feature stacked memory, the Green team might be facing some stiff competition in the upcoming weeks. DirectX 12 could also have some new implications on the gaming front so let’s throw all of this together and take a stab and what the future holds for us. We now have a fully unlocked GM200-400 die in the form of the Titan-X and a slightly cut down GM200-310 die in the GTX 980 Ti. The Titan-X is the graphics card most of us loftily dream about having some day, but never seriously imagine owning. The GTX 980 Ti is the card that we might actually sell a kidney for. Many people were shocked to see a $649 starting price tag for what would be considered NVIDIAs go-to enthusiast card. When you factor in that the gaming performance is right up there with t...



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Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Review

The Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming is the graphics card we're looking at today, and it's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with updated features for the namesake cooler. We've been impressed in the past with Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It's constructed in metal rather than plastic, and comes with an aggressive factory overclock and a few great features such as ShadowPlay, Adaptive Temperature Control, and GPU Boost clocks. Suffice it to say, we're rather excited to get this card on the bench.






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