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Microsoft has been quiet about the GPU specifications for its 2-in-1 Surface Book, so enthusiastic Reddit users took to the Microsoft Store, sneakily installed GPU-Z on Surface Books, and found out for themselves what's inside.
The results may be familiar to you, as they're not unlike the 940M. The custom hardware is an upgrade though, including 1GB dedicated GDDR5 RAM, among other things. You can see the specs in the images here, as well as in the rundown below.
We don't know much about AMD's next-generation GPU, apart from the fact that it'll feature HBM2 with over 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth, and some delicious speed upgrades over the more-than-capable Fury X.
The latest news comes from AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, where she teased: "We are also focused on delivering our next generation GPUs in 2016 which is going to improve performance per watt by two times compared to our current offerings, based on design and architectural enhancements as well as advanced FinFET products process technology".
Now, if that's not enough to get you excited, I don't know what is. If we're talking about a 100% jump, we can expect 4K 60FPS in every single game out right now without a problem. It'll also be the perfect GPU for VR headsets, as you'll be needing to pump 90FPS minimum to get the best experience on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. NVIDIA isn't far behind the GPU game, with its next-gen Pascal card also using HBM2 and expected to pack an insane 17 billion transistors.
AMD's next card should be "Greenland" and it's said to pack around 18 billion transistors, up from the 8.9 billion found on the Fiji GPU. If the next-gen AMD card does have 18 billion transistors, we can expect somewhere in the vicinity of 8192 stream processors for the big GPU, and somewhere around the 6700 mark for the smaller chip. Remember folks, this is on the 16nm process so expect things to really jump up in performance. While we might not see a true 100% jump, somewhere between 50-80% over the Fury X is what I'm hedging my bets on.
After months of supply constraints on the Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury cards, AMD has reportedly sorted out these issues for the remaining three months of 2015.
During AMD's recent Q3 teleconference discussion, company CEO Lisa Su explained: "...relative to the Fury launch we did have some supply constraints in the third quarter. They were - they are largely solved in the fourth quarter, so I don't think there will be any supply constraints".
Some retailers had been enjoying the lull in Fury stock, increasing the price of the Fury X by $200-$250 above the $649 MSRP. This provided a huge 31-38% premium over the $649 price, with AMD Radeon fans having to pay the price if they wanted to stick with Team Red. But, according to AMD these stock issues are solved, so expect to see more Fury cards in the wild.
We only just reported that Ashes of the Singularity will be hitting Steam Early Access on October 22, but what good would that be without some fresh drivers to test it out?
AMD has released the new Catalyst 15.10 beta drivers that have the latest optimizations for the DX12-capable game, with the new drivers primarily focusing on AotS. The new drivers offer performance optimizations, as well as the usual bug fixes for the game, including one that would see the game crash when playing in DX12 mode.
The new Catalyst 15.10 beta drivers also allow gamers to play Star Wars Battlefront on high-end GPUs in systems with switchable graphics, as well as fixing the issues that saw Grand Theft Auto V crashing on Radeon R9 390X cards. You can grab the new Catalyst 15.10 beta drivers right here.
We heard rumors not too long ago that NVIDIA was internally testing its new Pascal architecture, but this news is even more exciting. Rumor has it NVIDIA has been testing not only the high-end GP100 card, but the GP104.
Some of you might know the nomenclature NVIDIA uses for its GPUs, with the current GM204 GPU powering the GTX 980 and GTX 970 while the GM200 powers the GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti. The GP100 GPU will be the monster GPU that will power a new super-enthusiast and professional-orientated card, such as a new Titan X and Tesla/Quadro range, while the GP104 will most likely find its way into a new consumer GeForce product. We don't want to say the GTX 1080, as we really think NVIDIA will change gears with a next-gen product and shift around the product naming.
The latest rumor is that there will be a successor to GDDR5 called GDDR5X, and it will debut with NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce product. GDDR5X will reportedly keep the same 256-bit memory interface we have on the current GTX 980 while ramping up the memory bandwidth to 448GB/sec - higher than the best AMD cards, save the Fiji-based HBM-powered cards. HBM2 is still obviously on the cards, and will include a 4096-bit memory bus at 1GHz with memory bandwidth hovering at 1TB/sec.
In our post about NVIDIA testing its new Pascal GPU internally, I did say "I would love to see a GDDR5-based offering for the cheaper mainstream side, and a HBM2-powered GeForce 1000 series card for the enthusiasts" and it looks like I could be right on the mark if the current rumors are true. It looks like we could expect a GDDR5X-powered, Pascal-based GeForce card while the enthusiast-class cards will enjoy the much faster, but more expensive HBM2 technology.
According to the latest rumors, NVIDIA will be discontinuing the 2GB variant of its mid-range GeForce GTX 960. The 4GB model launched just after the original 2GB model, but with the 4GB model only being around $40 more, it makes sense.
The reason? The GTX 960 doesn't perform as well as AMD's card at the same price point, the Radeon R9 380. The Radeon R9 380 ships with 2GB or 4GB of framebuffer depending on the model, so NVIDIA is making a good move by discontinuing the 2GB model. It will also mean that we could see a price reduction, too. As for the specs, the R9 380 has a 384-bit memory bus, which provides much more memory bandwidth than the 128-bit on the GTX 960.
NVIDIA has released its GeForce 358.50 drivers today, in order to improve performance in the Star War Battlefront open beta. Along with that comes an SLI profile, also specifically aimed improving performance in Battlefront. You can grab both at the source.
The beta begins tomorrow. You should be able to get started via the Origin client when the time comes.
Battlefront is developed by DICE, the guys behind the acclaimed Battlefield series. Word on the Internet is the game was surprisingly fun in the closed beta. However, it doesn't support dedicated servers.
AMD has partnered with Oculus and Dell to set up "Oculus Ready" Alienware computers with Radeon GPUs.
The PCs in question will start at $999 USD and will leverage AMD's LiquidVR technology, which is touted as low-latency, comfortable, and highly compatible with VR headsets.
No launch date is announced as of yet -- Alienware's website only lists the upcoming systems as "coming soon".
AMD teased that its dual-GPU beast was coming earlier this year, but now we're beginning to hear talk of a "Radeon R9 Gemini' shipping from AMD's HQ in Canada.
The Radeon R9 Gemini will most likely arrive to us as the Radeon R9 Fury X2, as it can't succeed the Radeon R9 295X2 because of its name - where if it was the R9 395X2, people would think it features two R9 390X GPUs, versus the Fiji GPU found on the Fury X. The dual-GPU card should feature two fully-enabled Fiji XT cores, the same found on the Fury X, with 4GB of HBM each.
AMD would have the most powerful single video card solution on the market with this card, where it would easy beat the pants off of a GTX 980 Ti or Titan X from NVIDIA. As for pricing, we should expct somewhere over $1000, and most likely headed into the $1199 or so price point. As for availability, we should hopefully hear about this card in the very near future.