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Radeon R9 390X Taken Apart, PCB Reveals a Complete Re-brand

People with access to an XFX Radeon R9 390X graphics card, took it apart to take a peek at its PCB. What they uncovered comes as no surprise - the underlying PCB is identical in design to AMD reference PCB for the Radeon R9 290X, down the location of every tiny SMT component. At best, the brands on the chokes and bigger conductive polymer caps differ; and 512 Gbit GDDR5 chips under the heatspreader, making up 8 GB of the standard memory amount. The GPU itself, codenamed "Grenada," looks identical to the "Hawaii" silicon which drove the R9 290 series. It's highly unlikely that it features updated Graphics CoreNext 1.2 stream processors, as older rumors suggested.
Source: HardForum 1, 2

AMD "Fiji" HBM Implementation Detailed

Back in 2008, when it looked like NVIDIA owned the GPU market, and AMD seemed lagging behind on the performance and efficiency game, the company sprung a surprise. The company's RV770 silicon, the first GPU to implement GDDR5 memory, trounced NVIDIA's big and inefficient GeForce GTX 200 series, and threw AMD back in the game. GDDR5 helped the company double the memory bandwidth, with lower pin- and memory-chip counts, letting the company and its partners build graphics cards with fewer components, and earn great margins, which the company invested in development of its even better HD 5000 series, that pushed NVIDIA with its comical GeForce GTX 480, to hit its lowest ever in market-share. Could AMD be looking at a similar turnaround this summer?

Since the introduction of its Graphics CoreNext architecture in 2012, AMD has been rather laxed in its product development cycle. The company has come out with a new high-end silicon every 18-24 months, and adopted a strategy of cascading re-branding. The introduction of each new high-end silicon would relegate the existing high-end silicon to the performance segment re-branded, and the existing performance-segment silicon to mid-range, re-branded. While the company could lay out its upcoming Radeon R9 series much in the same way, with the introduction of essentially just one new silicon, "Fiji," it could just prove enough for the company. Much like RV770, "Fiji" is about to bring something that could prove to be a very big feature to the consumer graphics market, stacked high-bandwidth memory (HBM).

AMD Readies 14 nm FinFET GPUs in 2016

At its ongoing Investor Day presentation, AMD announced that will continue to make GPUs for every segment of the market. The company is planning to leverage improvements to its Graphics CoreNext architecture for the foreseeable future, but is betting on a huge performance/Watt increase with its 2016 GPUs. The secret sauce here will be the shift to 14 nm FinFET process. It's important to note here, that AMD refrained from mentioning "14 nm," but the mention of FinFET is a reliable giveaway. AMD is expecting a 2x (100%) gain in performance/Watt over its current generation of GPUs, with the shift.

AMD's future GPUs will focus on several market inflection points, such as the arrival of CPU-efficient graphics APIs such as DirectX 12 and Vulkan, Windows 10 pulling users from Windows 7, 4K Ultra HD displays getting more affordable (perhaps even mainstream), which it believes will help it sell enough GPUs to return to profitability. The company also announced an unnamed major design win, which will take shape in this quarter, and which will hit the markets in 2016.

AMD Radeon R9 380 Launched by PC OEM

Earlier this day, HP announced its newest line of desktop PCs, one of which comes with a curious-sounding Radeon R9 380 graphics card. HP's product pages for its new desktops aren't active, yet, leaving us to only speculate on what the R9 380 could be. One theory making rounds says that the R9 380 could either be a re-branded R9 285, or be based on its "Tonga" silicon, which physically features 2,048 stream processors based on Graphics CoreNext (GCN) 1.2 architecture, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. Another theory states that the R9 380 could be an OEM-only re-brand of the R9 280 or R9 280X, based on the 3+ year old "Tahiti" silicon.

The former theory sounds more plausible, because re-branding a "Tahiti" based product would be suicidal for AMD. Although based on GCN, "Tahiti" lacks a lot of architecture features introduced with "Hawaii" and "Tonga." AMD practically stopped optimizing games for "Tahiti," and some of its new features, such as FreeSync and XDMA CrossFire, can't be implemented on it. "Tonga," on the other hand, supports both these features, and one can create an SKU with all its 2,048 stream processors, and its full 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface unlocked. If the R9 380 is indeed an OEM-only product, then it's likely that the company's retail-channel products could be branded in the succeeding R9 400 series. GPU makers tend to re-brand and bump their SKUs by a series for OEMs to peddle in their "new" products at short notice.

Eurocom Ships Shark 4 Ultraportable Notebook with GTX 960M Graphics

Eurocom has launched and is now shipping the 15.6" Shark 4 Ultraportable laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with 2 GB GDDR5, Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor and an optical drive, all in a slim 1.1 inch chassis. "The EUROCOM Shark 4 is another impressive addition to our line of thin and light upgradeable, ultraportable laptops designed to offer high levels of performance in addition to sleek and classy designs as well as ultra-portability and ease of use." Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

The EUROCOM Shark 4 is one of the few new laptops with an optical drive - we recognized this need for many customers so we listened by offering the Shark 4 with an upgradeable optical drive that can be a DVD drive, Blu-Ray drive or an additional storage drive bay. Upgradeability is a core tenet of all Eurocom systems; the Shark 4 is no different with upgradeable memory, storage, display, wireless card and keyboard. The EUROCOM Shark 4 supports two memory modules for up to 16 GB of DDR3-1600 memory and one M.2 SSD SATA PCIe Gen2 x2/x4 and two 9.5 mm HDD/SSD SATA for up to 2.512 TB of storage.

NVIDIA Unveils the GeForce GTX TITAN-X

NVIDIA surprised everyone at its GDC 2015 event, by unveiling its flagship graphics card based on the "Maxwell" architecture, the GeForce GTX TITAN-X. Although the unveiling was no formal product launch, and it didn't come with a disclosure of specs, but a look at the card itself, and a claim by no less than NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, that the card will be faster than the current-gen dual-GPU GTX TITAN-Z, there are some highly plausible rumors about its specs doing the rounds.

The GTX TITAN-X is a single-GPU graphics card, expected to be based on the company's GM200 silicon. This chip is rumored to feature 3,072 CUDA cores based on the "Maxwell" architecture, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 12 GB of memory. NVIDIA is likely taking advantage of new 8 Gb GDDR5 chips. Even otherwise, achieving 12 GB using 4 Gb chips isn't impossible. The card itself looks nearly identical to the GTX TITAN Black, with its nickel alloy cooler shroud, with two differences - the "TITAN" marking towards the front of the card glows white, while the fan is decked with green lights, in addition to green glowing "GeForce GTX" logo on the top. You get to control the lighting via GeForce Experience. NVIDIA plans to run more demos of the card throughout the week.

Source: PC World

Samsung Starts Mass Producing Industry's First 8 Gb GDDR5 Memory

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 8 gigabit (Gb) GDDR5 DRAM, based on the company's leading-edge 20-nanometer (nm) process technology. GDDR5 is the most widely used discrete graphics memory in the world.

Designed for use in graphics cards for PCs and supercomputing applications, and on-board graphics memory for game consoles and notebook PCs, discrete graphics DRAM provides an extensive amount of bandwidth to process large high quality graphically-oriented data streams. With the rising popularity of 3-D games and UHD video content soon to be widespread, the need for high-performance, high-bandwidth graphics memory has begun to rapidly increase.

Club3D Announces Radeon R9 290X royalAce 8GB Graphics Card

It's been a year since the AMD Hawaii cards hit the market. The Radeon R9 290 and 290X reached a new level of performance and were the first cards aimed at gaming in 4K Ultra High Definition resolution. Club 3D launched PokerSeries versions of the R9 290 and 290X, targeted at gamers who demand the best looks, the highest framerates, the best cooling performance and great value for money. With the recent price adjustments the Club 3D R9 290(X) royalKing and royalAce versions now offer the highest performance ever at their respective price points.

But we have another Ace up our sleeve, a new member of the highly awarded PokerSeries family. Today we are proud to announce the Club 3D R9 290X 8Gb royalAce, the world's first Single GPU Gaming Card featuring 8192Mb GDDR5 memory. It's OverClocked out of the box for the best performance and packs the latest AMD Graphics Core Next technologies like True Audio, Powertune, XDMA and support for AMD's revolutionary Mantle API. The royalAce is beautifully designed and constructed and is fitted with a triple fan CoolStream cooler and a custom backplate which make it stand out in any serious gaming system.

MSI Announces Radeon R9 290X Gaming 8GB Graphics Card

MSI is proud to announce the availability of the new R9 290X GAMING 8G graphics card. Packed with 8 Gigabyte GDDR5 memory operating at 5500MHz and all the extra features stuffed with it, the new 290X GAMING 8G is sure to drive UltraHD gaming resolutions without any problem. The MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced ensures your card runs cool so you can enjoy maximum performance while AMD's PowerTune technology enables the R9 290X GAMING 8G to run at highest clock speeds.

With support for the latest industry standards and thrilling new technology such as Mantle support in Battlefield 4. Thanks to the bundled MSI GAMING App gamers can quickly switch between three pre-sets including a silent mode optimized for power efficiency and an overclocking and OC Mode to get the most power out of your graphics card, without worrying about learning how to overclock. The R9 290X GAMING 8G has been designed to give you a fluid and silent gaming experience that delivers you true next-gen performance for 4K UHD resolutions and up, without sacrificing on thermals or noise.

MSI Launches Gaming AIO Desktops with GTX 980M and GTX 970M GPUs

MSI, world-renowned manufacturer in gaming hardware today introduces two 27-inch All-in-One Gaming PCs: AG270 2QE and AG270 2QC, the first in the world featuring the all-new NVIDIA GeForce GTX980M and GTX970M discrete graphics cards. Both PCs are equipped with a 4th gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and up to 16GB DDR3 memory to get the maximum out of PC games. The 27-inch display is also one of its kind, including Anti-Flicker and Less Blue Light technology applied to its anti-glare implementation, so gamer's eyes are protected better from eyestrain during long gaming sessions.

MSI is the first manufacturer in the world to develop All-in-One PCs designed for e-Sports, packing a high-performance graphics card into the limited space of a highly-integrated All-in-One PC. The AG270 is the first AIO to introduce the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M/970M discrete graphics card with up to 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. The next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture delivers advanced performance, unmatched power efficiency, and cutting edge features for truly unique ways to game. Gamers will be able to enjoy perfect visuals without lag in both singleplayer or online MP modes in the latest or upcoming PC game titles such as Far Cry 4, Assassins Creed: Unity, and EVOLVE.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970

At the Game24 event held at several locations around the world, and online, NVIDIA launched its next-generation GeForce GTX 900 series high-end graphics cards, led by the GeForce GTX 980, and the GeForce GTX 970. The two are based on the company's new 28 nm GM204 silicon, derived from the "Maxwell" GPU architecture. The GeForce GTX 980 leads the pack, featuring 2,048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory.

The GeForce GTX 970, on the other hand, features 1,664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and the same memory configuration. Both cards feature TDP rating of under 170W, and clock speeds above the 1 GHz mark. The GTX 980 features clock speeds of 1126 MHz core, 1216 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. The GTX 970, on the other hand, offers 1050 MHz core, 1178 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. Both cards offer 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth, but feature technologies that help them make the most of it, such as 3rd generation Delta-color compression, a lossless texture compression algorithm. The GeForce GTX 980 starts at US $549, while the GTX 970 starts at $329.

8GB Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X Variant Priced in Europe

The 8 GB variant of Sapphire's Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X graphics card, which made headlines last month, reached European shores, with leading retailers taking orders. Designed for those attempting dual- or triple-display setups using Ultra HD monitors, the card features 8 GB of memory across the GPU's 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, double that of the standard memory amount. It also features a factory overclock, of 1060 MHz core, and 5.60 GHz memory. The card looks otherwise identical to Sapphire's R9 290X Vapor-X series graphics cards. For those on the Isles, the card is stocked up at OCUK for £599.99 (incl. VAT), and for those on the old continent, Caseking.de has it priced at 729.90€ (incl. taxes).

EVGA Announces a GeForce GTX 750 with 2 GB Memory

EVGA announced a GeForce GTX 750 model with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, double its standard memory amount of 1 GB. The card is based on an identical board design to EVGA's GTX 750 base model, and sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 1020 MHz base, 1085 MHz GPU Boost, and 1253 MHz (5012 MHz GDDR5-effective) memory. EVGA is also planning a factory-overclocked SC (SuperClocked) variant of this card, which comes with out of the box speeds of 1215 MHz base, with 1294 MHz GPU Boost frequencies, while leaving the memory clock untouched. The GTX 750 2 GB from EVGA is priced at US $129.99, and its SuperClocked variant at a $10 premium.

VTX3D Unveils the Radeon R9 290X/ R9 290 X-Edition Graphics Cards

A renowned brand of graphics card maker - VTX3D, has released R9 290X/ R9 290 X-Edition with dual fan cooling design. The two very best graphics cards use great quality power design and custom dual fan cooling solution, delivering faster, cooler and quieter performance to all gamers.

New VTX3D R9 290X/ R9 290 X-Edition, both are equipped with 4 GB of the latest high performance GDDR5 memory connected via 512 bit memory interface. R9 290X X-Edition runs core engine at 1030 MHz and 1250 MHz for memory; R9 290 X-Edition runs at 975/1250 MHz for core/memory; both are 30 MHz higher than reference design in engine clock, providing excellent performance and ultimate gaming power to every enthusiastic gamer.

GeForce GTX TITAN "Black Edition" to be Followed by GeForce GTX 790?

In a move by NVIDIA that could present enthusiasts with deep pockets more options in the high-end GPU segment, the company is planning not one, but two high-end graphics cards for this quarter (January to March). The company is planning to follow up its February launch of the GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition with a dual-GPU card based on the GK110 silicon, presumably named "GeForce GTX 790." The card will be launched some time in March, and could help NVIDIA hold onto its own until it can make high-end GPUs on the teething next-generation 20 nm silicon fab process.

The GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition replaces the GTX TITAN with a product that's not too different from the GTX 780 Ti in terms of core-configuration, but one that comes with 6 GB of memory, full double-precision floating point performance, and probably higher clock speeds. It offers the full complement of 2,880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. This card could displace the current GTX TITAN from its $999 price-point.

AMD Preps Radeon R9 260 and Radeon R9 255 to Woo Pre-built Buyers?

AMD is rolling out two new Radeon SKUs to bolster its lineup below the $179.99 price-point held by the Radeon R9 270. The names of these SKUs might confuse the heck out of you, the TechPowerUp reader, and our hearts go out to the target buyers of these products, but bear with us - Radeon R9 255 and Radeon R9 260. Not to be confused with similar-sounding Radeon R7 250 and Radeon R7 260, the two SKUs are positioned in the Radeon R9 series, and could offer either higher performance levels than what the R7 260X manages, or it could also be a sly marketing move by AMD to make the lower-mainstream part of its lineup look more appealing to buyers of pre-built mainstream desktops that are "gaming ready."

There are two pieces of evidence to support the existence of the two. First, AMD updated its website to show R9 255 and R9 260 in the Radeon R9 section of its OEM products page. Second, on close inspection of the driver information (.inf) file of Catalyst 13.12 WHQL, we sniffed out three curious looking device IDs, which point at products going by those names. Selling an SKU named "Radeon R9 260" could work well for AMD's "Never Settle for anything less than AMD Radeon R9 Series graphics" marketing campaign.

MSI GTX 780 Lightning Lite Edition Card Pictured and Detailed

As if one GTX 780 Lightning wasn't enough, MSI is currently preparing the release of another such card, a 'Lite Edition' with the same features but lower clocks. The LE model comes with 889/941 MHz Base/Boost GPU clocks while the already-released GTX 780 Lightning is set to 980/1033 MHz.

The GTX 780 Lightning LE also has Military Class components, a 10-layer PCB, a GPU Reactor for improved overclocking stability, a TriFrozr cooler, Pure Digital PWM Control, Twin BIOS, a 16+3 phase power design, and the 'usual' - 2304 CUDA Cores, 3 GB of GDDR5 memory set to 6008 MHz, and dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort output. The card's price tag has not been revealed.

Gigabyte WindForce-Cooled Radeon R9 290X Card Pictured

ASUS' R9 290X DirectCU II will likely have some competition when it actually launches as Gigabyte is working on its own custom Radeon R9 290X graphics card. Codenamed GV-R929XOC-4GD, Gigabyte's first non-stock R9 290X offering comes equipped with the dual-slot WindForce 3X 450W cooler that's supposed to be up to 15.9 dB quieter than the reference solution, and has an slightly-overlocked GPU (1040 MHz).

Gigabyte's card also features a 512-bit memory interface, 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and dual DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI outputs. No word yet on pricing (or an actual release date).

Source: Hardware.fr

PowerColor Introduces the Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo OC

TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today launches another high performance model which belongs to TurboDuo series, the PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280X OC. Featuring the most innovative GCN architecture, the TurboDuo R9 280X OC fully utilizes the AMD Eyefinity technology, and support ultra high resolution gaming, providing unrivaled performance without sacrifice a single detail.

The new TurboDuo R9 280X OC runs at a factory-overclock of 880 MHz, even reach to 1030 MHz with boost, together with 1500 MHz for memory clock, using 384-bit high speed memory interface connects to 3GB of GDDR5 memory, indulging gamers with higher frame rates. In addition to default OC setting, the TurboDuo R9 280X OC takes advantage of PowerColor's exclusive Gold Power Kit, which includes multi-phases design, DirectFET and Digital PWM, delivering the best OC performance with stability.

PowerColor Announces Radeon R9 270 OC

TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today introduces a new flavor into R9 series, the PowerColor R9 270 OC. Built with AMD's latest GPU, Curacao, the R9 270 OC is based on 28nm processor and offering PC enthusiastic with cutting-edge technology, including Microsoft DirectX 11.2, AMD CrossFireTM technology, and ultra resolution gaming, ensuring unrivaled performance.

The PowerColor R9 270 OC has set up to overclock 30MHz faster than its reference design, even up to 955MHz with boost, together with 1400MHz of memory clock, guarantee gamers to have the best gaming experience. Using high performance 256-bit of 2GB GDDR5 memory, and 1280 stream processors, the R9 270 OC promise an immersive experience with no-compromise performance and flawless image quality.

VTX3D Announces the Radeon R9 290 X-Edition

A renowned brand of graphics card maker - VTX3D, today introduced the newest graphics card of R9 series, the VTX3D R9 290 X-Edition. Being the highest end graphics solution, the R9 290 X-Edition is based on AMD's latest GCN architecture, equipped with the new AMD TrueAudio technology and AMD Eyefinity technology. Now gamers can get the most immersive PC gaming experience from the powerful graphics card.

Being the high end graphics card, the R9 290 X-Edition has unexceptionable equipment. Equipped with high standard 4GB of GDDR5 memory connected via 512 bit memory interface. By overclock setting, the R9 290 X-Edition clocks at 975 MHz core and 1250MHz (5.0Gbps) memory speed, performing the fastest and smoothest gaming experiences. In addition, the R9 290 X-Edition fully supports DirectX 11.2 and Windows 8.1 that enable all gamers to break the graphics performance of limitation and get the incredible experiences.

XFX Launches its Radeon R9 290X Graphics Card

XFX announced its Radeon R9 290X graphics card, the R9-290X-ENFC. The card is every bit identical to AMD's reference design, and includes an Origin key to Battlefield 4. Based on the 28 nm "Hawaii" silicon, it features 2,816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4 tessellation units, and a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory. It features reference clock speeds of 1000 MHz core, and 5.00 GHz memory. Available now, the XFX Radeon R9 290X is priced at $570.

Club 3D Radeon R9 290 Pictured

Here's the first picture of an AIB-branded Radeon R9 290 (non-X) graphics card, the Club3D Radeon R9 290. The card sticks to AMD's reference board design, which like the Radeon R9 290X, could have exclusive market presence for a while, before AMD's add-in board (AIB) partners come up with their own board designs. This particular card features a factory-overclock, although we don't have the clock speeds at hand. The reference design clock speeds, which will be loaded into the card's failsafe secondary BIOS, will be 946 MHz core, and 5.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. Based on the 28 nm "Hawaii" silicon, the Radeon R9 290 features 2,560 stream processors, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory.

Source: VideoCardz

Reference Radeon R9 290X Taken Apart

A HIS-branded AMD reference design Radeon R9 290X graphics card was taken apart by Expreview, revealing its cooling solution, the PCB, the VRM, and the star attraction, the company's new 28 nm "Hawaii" silicon. The pictures match with an earlier, blurrier leak from September. The cooling solution is typical AMD fare, with its copper plate covering the GPU, memory, and VRM areas, aluminium channels, and a lateral-flow fan. The PCB features the swanky new 7.08 billion-transistor chip from AMD, sixteen GDDR5 memory chips (all of which are on the obverse side), and the 5+1+1 phase VRM, which uses CPL-made chokes, IR-made DirectFETs, and a new IR-made VRM controller. The first reviews of the Radeon R9 290X should be published later this month. Find more pictures at the source.

Source: Expreview

AMD "Hawaii" Architecture Diagram Leaked

An alleged company slide detailing the architecture of AMD's upcoming "Hawaii" GPU was leaked to the web, revealing a monstrous combination of components. The GPU maintains the same component hierarchy as "Tahiti." The most distinguishing feature here is that whereas "Tahiti" features two shader engines, "Hawaii" features four. What it translates to, is double the geometry processing power, four independent geometry processors with a tessellation unit each, and double the number of ROPs, at 64. Each shader unit features 11 compute units (CU), the number-crunching machinery of the GPU. Each CU holds 4 TMUs (texture memory units), and 64 stream processors.

The four shader engines of "Hawaii" are tied to a unified command processing structure, a 1 megabyte L2 cache, a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interfaces, and the ancillaries, that include the PCI-Express 3.0 x16 bus interface, six display controllers (six TMDS links in all), CrossFireX XDMA, and multimedia accelerators that include UVD (accelerates high-def video), VCE (video codec engine, accelerates multimedia codecs), and the new TrueAudio hardware DSP.

Source: 3DCenter.org
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