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Do Inflated AMD Radeon GPU Prices Have an Official Sanction?

Over the past couple of months, inflation in AMD Radeon GPU prices, in part fueled by silicon shortages, and in part by non-gamers (read: crypto-currency miners) buying up graphics cards, have impacted the AMD Radeon brand in the eyes of its target audience - PC gamers and graphics professionals. It was initially believed that market forces are driving the inflation, and that AMD had little to do with the price inflation. We then uncovered a clue that not just end-users, but even retailers are being sold AMD Radeon graphics cards at prices way above AMD's launch SEP. A Tweet by an official AMD Twitter handle shows that inflated AMD Radeon graphics card prices has the company's official sanction.

"@AMDGaming," a verified Twitter handle held by AMD, which promotes the company's products targeted at gamers, such as AMD Radeon graphics cards, and Ryzen processors; posted a promotion in which an XFX branded Radeon RX 570 graphics card, which is being sold at USD $279, including a free coupon for a "Quake Champions" pack free, was made to appear as if at its price, it's a great deal. The RX 570 was launched at USD $169 for the 4 GB variant, and $199 for the 8 GB variant. The XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS (the card being marketed in the Tweet) was launched at $179. The Tweet was met with angry reactions for how blatantly AMD was marketing price-inflated Radeon graphics cards, without actually doing something about taming the prices.

XFX Launches its RX 550 Full and Low-Profile Graphics Cards

XFX has launched three variants of the RX 550 graphics cards, the tiny GPU that could, which AMD launched so as to bridge the enormous gap between IGP and its previous entry-line RX 460 (now RX 560) series of graphics cards. There are two low-profile versions of the RX 550, packing either 2GB or 4 GB of memory (whose amounts can be justified or not,) both with boost clocks set at 1203 MHz and 7000 MHz GDDR5 memory over a 128-bit bus. There is also a full-profile, dual slot RX 550, dubbed the Core Edition, and another Core Edition, though this one is a full-profile, single-slot solution.

All of these pack the same 1203 MHz boost clocks, so XFX is basically telling you to pick and choose the size of the graphics cards that best fits your use case, with improvements on cooling and sound profile that come with the larger, beefier cooling solutions. Display outputs stand the same among all the different cards, with 1x DVI-I Dual-Link, 1x DisplayPort, and 1x HDMI 2.0.

Source: Videocardz

AMD Radeon RX 580 Overclocking and Benchmarks Surface

Some photos, screenshots and benchmarks of what appears to be an XFX RX 580 graphics card are doing the rounds, courtesy of overclocker Lau Kin Lam, who shared them (alongside a three-hour log video) on his Facebook page. Apparently, this is a special, China-only edition of the card, which is a shame, considering the great-looking waterblock that is smiling for the camera. The fact that this card is using a reference board with one 8-pin power connector may prove relevant to its overclocking efforts (and those of other, non-reference boards that we've seen carry both the 8-pin and an extra 6-pin power connector.

XFX Intros the Radeon RX 480 Crimson Edition

XFX introduced the Radeon RX 480 Crimson Edition 8 GB graphics card (model: RX-480P8LFR6). Based mostly on the board design of the RX 480 Double Dissipation card the company launched its RX 480 lineup with, this card features red LED illumination for the two fans, and the XFX logo on the top side of the cooler. As with the Double Dissipation, the Crimson Edition card features detachable, hard-swappable fans that stay off when the GPU is idling.

The card is clocked at 1288 MHz core, and 8.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, a minor core overclock against 1266 MHz reference. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include three DisplayPorts, and one each of DVI and HDMI 2.0b. A full-length back-plate comes included. The company didn't reveal pricing. The company also plans to launch "Crimson Edition" variants of its RX 480 4 GB and RX 470 graphics cards.

XFX Unveils Single-slot Radeon RX 460 Core Edition Graphics Cards

XFX today unveiled single-slot Radeon RX 460 Core Edition graphics cards. Available in 2 GB and 4 GB variants, the cards feature a single-slot cooling solution that uses a dense aluminum channel heatsink that's ventilated by a single 70 mm fan. A high-quality aluminum cooler-shroud runs the entire length of the PCB. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. The cards stick to AMD reference clock speeds of 1090 MHz core, 1220 MHz Boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The pricing is not known at the moment.

Source: VideoCardz

XFX Readies a Fanless Radeon RX 460 Graphics Card

XFX is among the first ready with a passively-cooled Radeon RX 460 graphics card. Pictured below, the card uses a dense aluminium fin-stack heatsink that's longer than the 17.8 cm PCB but two slots thick, cooling the 75W TDP GPU. The heatsink uses a pair of nickel-plated copper heat pipes to convey heat directly drawn from the GPU, to two ends of the fin-stack. The heatsink also appears to draw heat from the VRM, although the memory chips appear to be cooled passively. The card relies on the PCI-Express slot for all its power needs, display outputs include one each of DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and dual-link DVI. The card is currently released in China, where it's priced at 999 RMB. It remains to be seen if XFX launches it elsewhere.

Source: Expreview

XFX Radeon RX 470 Double Dissipation Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of XFX Radeon RX 470 Double Dissipation, the company's premium RX 470 offering. The card features a dual-slot custom-design cooling solution, featuring an aluminium fin-stack heatsink to which heat drawn from the GPU is fed by copper heat pipes; and dissipated by a pair of 90 mm spinners. Also featured is a back-plate running the length of the PCB. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, and one each of HDMI 2.0b and dual-link DVI. The card is expected to launch on the 4th of August, 2016.

Source: Expreview

XFX Radeon RX 480 Double Dissipation Pictured

Here are some of the first detailed pictures of XFX Radeon RX 480 Double Dissipation graphics card. The card combines a custom-design PCB with a meaty custom cooling solution by the company, to support factory-overclocked speeds and overclocking headroom further still. The cooling solution, from which the card derives its name, features two aluminium fin-stacks, to which heat drawn from a copper base is conveyed by four 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes, and ventilated by a pair of 90 mm spinners.

These fans can be detached from the cooler without needing any tools, and without even having to detach the cooler shroud. A back-plate finishes off the cooling solution. The PCB draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, and uses a 6-phase VRM with high-end International Rectifier DirectFETs to condition it for the GPU. The card features factory-overclocked speeds in excess of 1300 MHz. The card features 8 GB of memory. Display outputs include a DVI connector, besides three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b. XFX could launch the card later this week.
Sources: VideoCardz, QuasarZone

XFX Radeon RX 480 Pictured on its Production Line

Here's a sight for sore eyes, a stream of Radeon RX 480 graphics cards by XFX are making their way down the production line to packaging. The picture reveals that XFX could top up the reference-design RX 480 board with a back-plate, to make it even more marketable. To give you an idea of just how cool the 14 nm "Ellesmere" chip runs, with the cooler shroud taken apart, you'll find that the GPU is cooled by just a chunky, monolithic aluminium heatsink with a copper core, and not an elaborate aluminium fin-stack/channel setup with heat-pipes crisscrossing it. A base-plate cools the memory and VRM. In related news, ChipHell scored a GPU-Z screenshot of the XFX Radeon RX 480, confirming its stream processor count of 2,304 and GPU clocks of 1328 MHz, with the memory ticking at 8 GHz (GDDR5-effective).

Source: VideoCardz

XFX Radeon Pro Duo Pictured, Retail Price Revealed

European tech-site El Chapuzas Informatico got its hands on the price-tag of an XFX-branded Radeon Pro Duo graphics card, and predictably, it's priced way beyond the USD $1,499 at-launch AMD blared at its unveil. The card is expected to cost 1,695€ (incl. taxes). Retail availability is expected to go live on the 26th of April, 2016. On that day, the card will be launched by AMD's various add-in board (AIB) partners. As the picture reveals, AIB-branded cards won't be much more than a brand sticker placed on the cooler, leaving you to choose between them only on the basis of minor price differences, after-sales support, and erm...box art?

Source: El Chapuzas Informatico, VideoCardz

AMD Readies 4 GB Variant of the Radeon R9 390

In a bid to step up the pressure on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970 and the product-stack below it, AMD is getting its add-in board (AIB) graphics card partners to launch cost-effective variants of the Radeon R9 390, with 4 GB of memory, instead of the 8 GB that was standard to the SKU. These cards feature 4 GB of memory across the chip's 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, and could help AMD and its partners shave a few dozen Dollars off the standard version, which is currently selling for as low as $309.

4 GB of memory would make the R9 390 a complete re-brand of the R9 290, if not for its clock speeds. The custom-design variants of the 4 GB R9 390 ship with clock speeds that are 10% higher than those of the R9 290, and the performance was found to be proportionately higher, by Expreview. Of the three cards spotted crawling their way out of product launch pipes in China, the ones from XFX and PowerColor retain the design and packaging of their 8 GB siblings; while Sapphire mated the chip with a new dual-fan cooler with a meaty, split aluminium fin-stack heatsink.
Sources: VideoCardz, Expreview

Three AIB Branded Radeon R9 380X Graphics Cards Pictured

Here are the first pictures of three AIB-branded Radeon R9 380X graphics cards, including one each from ASUS, XFX, and GIGABYTE. The ASUS branded Radeon R9 380X graphics card, the R9 380X STRIX, features the company's dual-slot, dual-fan DirectCU II cooling solution. ASUS is also giving it a slick back-plate, and offering it in two variants based on factory-overclock (or lack of it).

The XFX branded R9 380X features a similar product size to the ASUS card, featuring a moderately long PCB, and a dual-slot, dual-fan "Double Dissipation" cooler. XFX will sell variants of this card in reference and factory-overclocked speeds. Lastly, there's GIGABYTE. Like the others, this card features a medium-size PCB, with the company's dual-slot WindForce 2X cooling solution. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" aka "Antigua" silicon, the R9 380X reportedly features 2,048 GCN 1.2 stream processors, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory. It's expected to launch later this week.
Souces: VideoCardz, HardwareInfo, WCCFTech

XFX Also Readies its Radeon R9 Fury Air-Cooled Graphics Card

In addition to the first liquid-cooled Radeon R9 Fury, XFX is ready with an air-cooled card designed to sell at the price AMD intended for this SKU. XFX' air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury graphics card features a triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution that's very similar (probably identical) in design to the Tri-X cooler used by Sapphire. Underneath it, is an AMD reference-design "Fiji" PCB, seating the 3,584 SP R9 Fury ASIC. The card could offer 0 dBA (silent) idle, and stick to AMD reference clock speeds of 1000 MHz core, and 500 MHz memory. It could sell at AMD's baseline price for the R9 Fury, at $550.

Source: VideoCardz

XFX Readies a Liquid-cooled Radeon R9 Fury

Wish you had a Radeon R9 Fury with the liquid cooling solution of its more expensive sibling, the R9 Fury X? XFX has you covered, with the first liquid-cooled R9 Fury. This card is essentially an R9 Fury X reference board with the 3,584 stream processor-packing R9 Fury ASIC, and a few cosmetic changes on its panels by XFX. The card could come with a factory-overclock that matches the 1050 MHz core of the R9 Fury X, and owing to its AIO liquid cooling solution, could be priced somewhere between the $550 R9 Fury and the $650 R9 Fury X.

Source: VideoCardz

AMD Readies Radeon R9 380X, XFX Ready with Card

AMD is readying a new SKU to take advantage of the vast pricing gap between the GeForce GTX 960 and GTX 970, and to bolster its sub-$300 lineup, with the Radeon R9 380X. This SKU will be based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, which implements the latest Graphics CoreNext 1.2 architecture. The R9 380X could max out the specifications of the "Tonga" silicon, offering 2,048 stream processors spread across 32 compute units, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding either 3 GB or 6 GB of memory.

Another equally plausible theory pins the R9 380X as a chip with 2,048 stream processors, but the same 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface of the R9 380, with 4 GB of memory, letting AMD keep the costs low. XFX appears to be ready with a "Double Dissipation" card based on the R9 380X. The card's new-generation Double Dissipation cooler features an aluminium fin-stack heatsink with four 8 mm thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes, and a pair of 100 mm spinners, which are easily detachable, letting you clean the heatsink underneath. Mass-production of the R9 380X is reportedly underway, so a launch is to be expected rather soon.

Source: Expreview

XFX Radeon R9 Nano Starts Selling

AMD's Radeon R9 Nano graphics card, started selling on Amazon. The listing confirms the card's US $649.99 pricing. The card being sold is XFX branded, but as AMD's "co-flagship" product, there likely won't be any custom-design adaptations of this chip. The USP of the R9 Nano is to offer the highest possible performance for SFF gaming desktops. It has a nearly identical specifications sheet to that of the Radeon R9 Fury X, but with slightly lower clocks, and a far more conservative power-management system, which reduces its typical board power rating compared to the R9 Fury X by 100W, down to 175W. The first orders on Amazon should begin shipping after the 13th of September.

Edit: Sapphire's R9 Nano is also listed, at $649, too.

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

XFX Radeon R9 390X Pictured Some More

Ahead of its possible June 16 launch, more pictures of AIB-branded Radeon R9 390X graphics cards are hitting the wires. Here, we have an XFX-branded R9 390X, complete with its box-art. The R9 390X, is expected to be a re-brand of the previous generation R9 290X, with its standard memory amount raised to 8 GB. It's based on the 28 nm "Grenada" silicon. We've seen no evidence pointing at "Grenada" being some sort of an upgrade of "Hawaii" with newer GCN 1.2 stream processors. Perhaps AMD polished its electricals to the extent it could, without changing the silicon. We'll know for sure only next week.

XFX' Radeon R9 390X features a custom air cooling solution, which is taller than the one the company used on its R9 290 series products. It still retains its 2-slot form. The cooler consists of two aluminium fin-stacks, along the edges of seven 8 mm thick copper heat pipes, which draw heat from the GPU at the base. A metal heatspreader conveys heat from the memory chips to the main heatsink; while individual metal heatsinks cool the VRM. The card draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2a connectors.

Source: VideoCardz

XFX Rolls Out its Radeon R9 285 Double Dissipation Graphics Card

XFX joined the Radeon R9 285 launch party with its compact R9 285 Double Dissipation graphics card. Built on an black, custom-design, matte-finish PCB, XFX' card features a lightweight version of its twin-fan cooling solution, which has been featured on its older performance-segment cards, such as the R9 270X. The cooler features a dense aluminium fin stack, to which heat is fed by four 6 mm thick copper heat pipes, which is then ventilated by a pair of 80 mm spinners. The card sticks to AMD reference clock speeds of 918 MHz core, and 5.50 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" silicon, the R9 285 features 1,792 Graphics CoreNext 1.2 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory on this card. Expect it to be priced at US $249.

XFX Radeon R9 285 Pictured, Too

In addition to a Sapphire-branded Radeon R9 285, pictures of an XFX branded one surfaced, too. The Radeon R9 285 is a new SKU being designed by AMD to take on the GeForce GTX 760 in not just performance, but also energy efficiency. It's rumored to be based on a brand new 28 nm silicon, codenamed "Tonga," which features GCN2 stream processor count identical to one of the variants of "Tahiti," and a 256-bit wide memory interface. The card thus features 2 GB of memory. XFX gave its card its signature Double Dissipation (DD) cooling solution.

Source: VideoCardz

XFX Rolls Out R9 295X2 Core Edition Graphics Card

XFX rolled out its Radeon R9 295X2 Core Edition graphics card. A branding reserved by XFX for "reference design," the R9 295X2 Core Edition is every bit AMD's creation, barring just XFX stickers. It ships in a paperboard box. Codenamed "Vesuvius," the R9 295X2 is a dual-GPU graphics card based on a pair of 28 nm "Hawaii" GPUs, with all 2,816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, and 64 ROPs enabled on each chip; and with two 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interfaces, holding a total of 8 GB of memory. XFX is expected to sell this card at AMD's MSRP of US $1,499.

XFX Announces its Radeon R5 200 Series

XFX launched no less than five graphics cards based on AMD's new entry-level Radeon R5 230, four based on a low-profile, single-slot PCB, and one on a full-height PCB. All five cards are fan-less (silent), and feature chunky aluminium heatsinks to cool the GPU. All cards stick to the same clock speeds of 625 MHz. Among the low profile cards are the R5-230A-ZLH2 (1 GB DDR3 memory, HDMI, DVI, D-Sub); R5-230A-CLHV (2 GB DDR3 memory, HDMI, DVI, D-Sub); R5-230A-CLHR (same card with AMD freebies); and R5-230A-CLH2. The full height card, the R5-230A-CNH2 uses the added PCB area to just hold a bigger heatsink, and spread components out better. Based on the "Caicos" silicon, the R5 230 features 160 stream processors, and supports DirectX 11.

XFX Announces its Radeon R9 280 Double Dissipation Graphics Card

XFX launched the sole Radeon R9 280 graphics card model in its lineup, the R9 280 Double Dissipation. The card is available in two variants, a base variant which sticks to AMD reference clock speeds, and a factory-overclocked Black Edition variant. The base variant is clocked at 827 MHz core, 933 MHz boost, and 5.00 GHz memory; while the Black Edition offers 1000 MHz GPU clock (no boost), and 5.20 GHz memory. The two feature XFX' signature Double Dissipation cooling solution that's featured on a number of its R9 280 series and R9 290 series models. Based on the 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon, the Radeon R9 280 offers 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 3 GB of memory. Expect the two to be priced between $280 and $300.

XFX Type 1 Bravo ATX Mid-Tower Case Starts Selling

XFX' debut in the gaming PC case arena, the Type 1 Bravo, started selling. The ATX mid-tower is priced at US $129.99. Measuring 518 mm x 232 mm x 562 mm, and made largely of SECC-steel, the case weighs about 10.4 kg. It features a sloped top, with a perforated front, and an edgy, opaque side panel with a flashy red bar featuring the XFX marking. Internally, there's room for some extremely long graphics cards (which is a given, since XFX also sells the HD 7990 under its own brand), and tall tower-type CPU coolers.

The XFX Type 1 Bravo offers room for three 5.25-inch drive bays with hinged valves for disc-trays, and eight 3.5-inch internal drive bays. The trays each feature mounting holes for 2.5-inch drives. The motherboard tray offers eight expansion slot bays, so you can install a dual-slot graphics card even in the bottom-most slot of your motherboard. Ventilation includes a 200 mm front intake, a 140 mm bottom intake, a 200 mm top exhaust, which alternatively be used as two 140 mm top exhausts, a 140 mm rear exhaust, and two 140 mm intakes along the side panel. Front panel connectivity includes two each of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and HDA jacks.

XFX Rolls Out Radeon R9 290 Series Double Dissipation Cards

XFX rolled out its first non-reference design Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards, the Radeon R9 290X Double Dissipation (model: R9-290X-EDFD), and the R9 290 Double Dissipation (model: R9-290A-EDFD). The two are based on a common board design, with a non-reference design PCB by the company, and its tall, dual-slot Double Dissipation cooling solution that's featured on the company's Radeon R9 280X DD graphics card. The cooler uses a dense aluminium fin stack to which head drawn from the GPU is fed by copper heat pipes, and dissipated by a pair of 80 mm fans. As an added bonus, the "XFX" logo on the cooler shroud lights up. Both cards stick to AMD reference clock speeds. That's 1000 MHz core and 5.00 GHz memory for the R9 290X, and 947 MHz core and 5.00 GHz memory for the R9 290. The two are offered at prices identical to reference-design cards, or a tiny premium in some markets.
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