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HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review

Today we're looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, offering strong gaming values for consumers on a modest budget. With a reasonable price tag of $225, it sounds pretty good so far. Let's get this card on the bench and take a closer look.



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Fury X Overclocking Failing to Meet Expectations

When Fury X first released, overclocking was abysmal, but that wasn’t any surprise once it was pointed out that voltage control wasn’t being supported yet. Now however, TechPowerUp seems to have found a breakthrough in the voltage control and plans on releasing software soon for other users. The bad news is, it doesn’t look like AMD understands the phrase “overclocker’s dream” when it comes to Fiji overclocking. To begin with, TechPowerUp was able to get a good 60 MHz extra out of the HBM. That isn’t a bad number considering how fresh the technology is and since AMD wasn’t bragging about memory overclocking, it’s a nice bonus. The problem is how little the GPU itself was able to be pushed. The most they could get out of it was an extra 165 MHz while remaining stable. When you do the math, that’s only slightly over a 15% overclock. The good news was that temperatures still remained great, but the power draw on the system raised exponentially. All considering, the extra energy needed only amounted to roughly a 5 FPS gain in gaming. Some minor tweaks in voltage would be fine if you wanted to reach stability but overall, there doesn’t seem to be a worthwhile benefit to pushing the Fury X to the max. Check out the link below to see the scaling in more detail. There’s really no way to spin this in a positive light. AMD really dropped the ball by claiming that Fury X would be a “overclocker’s d...



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AMD Releases the A8-7670K APU

AMD has a new APU for us that looks like it will fit extremely well in a low budget gaming machine. Based on the slides, if you’re one of the many that is hopping on board to the ever growing MOBA genre, or just like to kill time on Roblox, then you may have found the perfect chip that won’t break the bank. Honestly, while I know many of us are just waiting for Zen, my only true complaint is how little we see these APUs in laptops. The reason I say this is I know plenty of kids who use their parents laptops for League of Legends, Minecraft and Roblox. If AMD could market chips like this as the perfect solution for the family laptop, especially since many families use the laptop as a slightly more mobile desktop anyways, I think they would be hitting the mark perfectly. As it is, this is still a very budget friendly solution for some decent gaming so check out the press release and slides below. New AMD A-Series Desktop Processors: Smart Choice for Everyday Computing, Powerful eSports Engine and Ready for Windows® 10 — New AMD A8-7670K APU delivers an excellent experience and value for today’s modern workloads and Microsoft® Windows® 10 support — SUNNYVALE, Calif. — July 20, 2015 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD), the company whose technology helps power the Microsoft® Xbox One™ and the Sony® PlayStation 4™, today introduced the newest addition to its A-Series line of desktop processors. The A8-7670K APU provides a superb experience for Microsoft Windows 10...



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The R9 Fury Just Released, Here’s a List of Reviews

AMD just released the little brother to the R9 Fury X, the R9 Fury, which means the reviews are starting to flow in. A while back I had mentioned that it was possible Fury, rather than Fury X, was going to be the card to own. Based on what I’m seeing, it looks like it’s the more competitive card. The performance of this cut-down version of Fiji is much better in comparison to the GTX 980, however there are some particulars in the reviews that not only need to be properly tested, but cleared up as well. The big issue with Fury right now is the huge lack of voltage control. Overclocking is extremely handicapped right now until software starts supporting power adjustment. The problem is, this is leading some reviews to say that there is no voltage control. Granted, news could still come out that voltage regulation isn’t possible, but that is highly unlikely since announcements have been made from programmers explaining the difficulties and reasons for the delays. The other issue that shows up in overclocking is the repeated statement that HBM can’t be overclocked. While AMD did give us that impression, WCCFTech uncovered some news that someone legitimately overclocked the HBM. The contradiction here makes sense when you think of how new the technology is. In theory, HBM should be a prime candidate for overclocking, but due to the freshness of the design, AMD can’t afford to be responsible for memory modules blowing out if it is revealed that ...



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AMD Releases Catalyst 15.7 Driver, Initial Run and First Impressions

UPDATE: After testing out the FRTC feature in Windows 7, I couldn’t find a way to get the framerate to cap on any of the games I tested. This could be something that would show with the load on the GPU or temperatures, but either way, I was hoping to see my framerates cap at the number I set for it. Hopefully this feature will get polished up and start working in that capacity in the future. AMD just released a new driver and it has quite a few added features that many people will be able to take advantage of. Some of the features are just getting a wider range of AMD GPU support, like Virtual Super Resoution and FreeSync being supported by Crossfire now. Others are new, like being the first AMD driver to support Windows 10 and introducing Frame Rate Target Control from the Catalyst for all of the supported cards. Granted, this driver isn’t nearly on the release schedule that AMD was trying to do from a year ago, but having it before Windows 10 is a good step forward. I went ahead and got the driver installed on my Windows 10 system to give it run. I was actually having some bugs that wouldn’t allow certain games to run, but the new driver fixed those immediately. Performance does seem to be slightly better, but the feature I was heavily interested in was the FRTC (Frame Rate Target Control) since my monitor is only a 60 Hzt refresh rate. I set the FRTC to 80 and ran my titles, but my frame rates were still hovering well above that. I tried disabling t...



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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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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.



AMD performance powers Samsung thin clients

AMD Embedded G-Series SoC Powers New Line of Samsung All-In-One Thin Client Solutions.   AMD recently announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. selected the AMD Embedded G-Series SoC (system on chip) for a new line of all-in-one cloud monitors featuring integrated thin client technology. The Samsung 21.5-inch TC222W and 23.6-inch TC242W are powered by AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs that couple high-performance compute and graphics capability in a highly integrated, low power design. The AMD SoC improves data transfer rates and saves space on the motherboard, which makes it a perfect fit for the compact form factors required by thin clients. Planned availability starting in Q3 2015, the Windows®-supported Samsung cloud monitors will provide customers with expanded choice, capability and configuration flexibility. Complete with Samsung’s professional-grade display panel, the cloud monitors will create a superior user experience through easy connectivity and high-quality reliability. As a superior option for effective desktop virtualization, Samsung’s thin-client monitors will also enable improved productivity and optimized end-to-end performance.   ◢ Get more details



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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: 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.



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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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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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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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