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Sapphire unveils three new Radeon R9 285 GPUs, one super small model

AMD announced the new Tonga-based Radeon R9 285 last week, but now AIB partners are showing off their new Radeon R9 285-based GPUs, with Sapphire unveiling not one, but three new models based on the new GPU.

 

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The three new models include the R9 285 ITX Compact OC edition, made specifically for small form factor PCs, as it sports a much shorter PCB that measures just 171mm long. It has a single fan, which should keep the noise levels down, and its core clock of 928MHz and memory clock of 1375MHz should pack quite the performance punch in its small footprint.

 

Sapphire's R9 285 Dual-X features two aerofoil fans, and a "set of graduated sizes of heat pipes". We have 2GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 1375MHz, 1792 Stream processors all clocked at 918MHz. The R9 285 OC model cranks things up slightly, with an increase of clock speed to 965MHz, and a slight increase of the RAM to 1400MHz. All three models support AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology, and AMD's Crossfire multi-GPU technology.

Rumor: AMD's Radeon R9 490X teased, next-gen 'Faraway Islands' in 2015

We're starting to hear more information on AMD's upcoming next-gen GPU architecture, code named "Faraway Islands". AMD's next-gen architecture is shaping up quite nicely, but this is all just a rumor right now. CHW.com seemed to have gotten the information from SemiAccurate, but right now this is in heavy rumor territory.

 

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While we've heard rumors of NVIDIA skipping the 20nm process and shifting right onto the 16nm process, AMD looks to be baking its Faraway Islands-based GPUs onto the 20nm process, something it'll reportedly do over at TSMC and GlobalFoundaries. This will allow AMD to be first to the market with a new GPU based on a new process node, pushing NVIDIA to the side for a few months enjoying the slew of salivating-at-the-mouths consumers who want a new GPU desperately.

 

AMD's new Faraway Islands GPU architecture will be baked into all of AMD's future GPUs and APU products, so we should expect some low-power ARM-based SoCs and some decently powerful APUs from this new architecture. When to expect it though? 2015. Pirate Islands is still to come, also based on the 20nm process, but AMD could skip that all together and push right on over to Faraway Islands, either way, new GPUs are on their way!

AMD announces the Tonga-based Radeon R9 285 GPU for $249

AMD has announced its latest GPU during its 30 Years of Graphics and Gaming Innovation event, the Tonga PRO-based Radeon R9 285. AMD's new Radeon R9 285 GPU features 1792 Stream Processors, either 2GB or 4GB of VRAM set at 5.5GHz, a Core Clock of 918MHz and a 256-bit memory interface.

 

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The new Radeon R9 285 requires two 6-pin PCIe connectors, has 176GB/sec of memory bandwidth, a 190W TDP, and will be available on September 2 starting at around $249. The new Radeon R9 285 will be joined by another GPU in a few weeks time, the Tonga XT-based Radeon R9 285X. This new GPU will have more Stream Processors, kicking up the numbers from 1792 to 2048, increasing the TMU count from 112 on the R9 285 to 128 on the R9 285X.

 

AMD's latest GPU is positioned between the Radeon R9 270/270X and the R9 280X, and will compete against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760. In AMD's testing on Battlefield 4 at 2560x1440, the Red Team reports that the new R9 285 is "up to 15% faster" than the GTX 760. At $249, is the new AMD Radeon R9 285 something that will have you upgrading your PC?

GIGABYTE confirms NVIDIA will release the GeForce GTX 880 next month

An executive with GIGABYTE has confirmed during the ChinaJoy Game Developers Conference that NVIDIA will launch its next-gen GeForce GTX 880 GPU sometime next month.

 

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The executive teased that the company is working on its own custom-designed card based on the GTX 880 GPU, named the GTX 880 G1.Gamer. This new card will feature a huge new cooler that will handle thermal loads of up to 650W, something we spotted at Computex in June. Better yet, is when the GTX 880 G1.Gamer is sitting idle, the cooler will passively cool the GTX 880 GPU without the fans spinning. These fans will only kick up when the GPU hits a certain temperature.

NVIDIA to launch its GeForce GTX 880 next month, at under $500

It looks like NVIDIA will unveil its GeForce GTX 880 sometime next month at a press event, but what to expect from NVIDIA for its next-gen GPU? We shouldn't expect too much in the performance department, but a decent price is something we can smile about.

 

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VideoCardz.com is reporting that the GeForce GTX 880 will be announced mid next month, with retail availability of the GPU starting in late September. When it comes to the nuts and bolts of the GeForce GTX 880, we should expect NVIDIA to offer up 4GB and 8GB GDDR5 versions, both on a 256-bit bus. The best part about the GTX 880 will be its price, which is expected to fall somewhere around $400-$500 price range.

 

When it comes to performance, we should expect it to obviously beat the GK104-based GTX 780, and hopefully beat the GTX 780 Ti. By how much, we don't know. I think we can expect it to fall 10% either side of the GTX 780 Ti, and at $400-$450, this is going to push the prices of the GTX 780, and GTX 780 Ti down, too.

YouTuber takes to Kickstarter to raise funds for a GeForce GTX 780 Ti

What better way to fund your PC upgrades than hitting Kickstarter, eh? Alex Schank is a YouTube video creator who has content on channels such as AStereotypicalGamer or BasementPresentation, but his video card just died and he has "no where else to turn".

 

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Schank's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 died recently, and he wants to raise $350 to buy himself a new GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Right now Schank has received absolutely no money toward his goal, with 14 days left to raise $350. He has promised that if he receives the $350, he will "be making regular videos again and streaming on Twitch.tv once more".

NVIDIA rumored to launch GeForce GTX 800 series before Christmas

According to the latest rumors, NVIDIA could unveil its next-gen GeForce GTX 800 series sometime in the next couple of months. SweClockers is the site behind the tease, stating that NVIDIA will unveil its new GTX 870 and GTX 880 GPUs in October or November.

 

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We already know that the upcoming GTX 800 series will be a powerhouse series of video cards, with the two GPUs being positioned for the high-end market. The GTX 870 and GTX 880 will replace the current GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti video cards, with the new GM204-based hardware. The last time we heard about the GTX 880, we heard that it sported 8GB of RAM and a 375W TDP.

 

The GeForce GTX 800 series should arrive on the 28nm process, and not the 20nm process like some thought it would. The biggest tease is that NVIDIA is rumored to launch its GeForce GTX 990 early next year, something that would truly break some speed records as it will be based on the 16nm process, skipping the 20nm process entirely.

AMD rumored to have 1GHz core clock on the next-gen Radeon R9 390X

We know it's coming, but we don't know what exactly to expect. AMD is preparing its mammoth new GPU, which will be a huge 500sq.mm+ GPU, something that will arrive into our hands as the Radeon R9 390X.

 

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AMD's new Radeon R9 390X is being designed by Synapse Design, a company that recently announced new GPU tapeouts - including two 28HPM silicons. The first is the massive 500sq.mm+, which will be as powerful as 20nm SoC technology, which should end up being the new R9 390X. The R9 390X should have a core clock of over 1GHz, but will unfortunately not feature High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM.

 

We should begin to hear more on the new GPUs as time goes by - but if these rumors are correct, the Radeon R9 390X is shaping up to be a beast.

NVIDIA rumored to be preparing the GeForce GTX TITAN II for early 2015

It looks like NVIDIA isn't going to sit on its hands when it comes to the GTX TITAN, with the GPU maker reportedly working on a GM200-based GTX TITAN II. This new GPU will arrive as soon as early 2015.

 

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According to German tech site 3DCenter.org, specifications of some new GPUs are also here with us, above. We can see the GM200 and GM204 GPUs will reportedly be built on the 28nm process. We heard a couple of days ago that NVIDIA would skip the 20nm process, moving onto the 16nm process, but nothing is in concrete right now.

 

The GM200 however, will feature over 4,000 CUDA cores, and should come with a much wider, and much anticipated 512-bit memory bus. If we expect it to be baked onto the 28nm process, this is going to be one gigantic, titan of a GPU. NVIDIA is going to have to leverage the energy efficiency of its Maxwell architecture in order to keep the thermals under control. We should expect the GM200-based GTX TITAN II to launch early next year.

NVIDIA will reportedly launch its GeForce GTX 990 in early 2015

Now that we've passed into the second half of 2014, we should expect some new GPUs in the coming months. But what is more exciting, is what is coming in the first half of 2015 according to a new report from SemiAccurate.

 

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We should expect NVIDIA to skip the 20nm process completely, moving directly from 28nm into 16nm. This is just a rumor right now, but if it ends up happening, 2015 is going to be one of the most exciting years for GPUs in a very long time. This would see NVIDIA release the GeForce GTX 990 under the Maxwell architecture, from the GM204B core.

 

If NVIDIA does skip the 20nm process, we should see some seriously fast GPUs appearing, with much lower than expected power consumption. The core count should also be lower when compared to the GeForce GTX 700 series, as Maxwell is a much more efficient architecture compared to Kepler. So before we have the GTX 800 series, we're already foaming at the mouth about the GTX 900 series. It won't stop there, as we should see NVIDIA unveil the GeForce 1000 series sometime in the next 18-24 months, too.

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