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Today NVIDIA announced an update to its GeForce Experience bringing the current version up to version 1.8.1. This new update comes less than a month after version 1.8 was released to the public, and brings forth Twitch streaming to ShadowPlay.
This new feature allows users to stream their games live on Twitch via NVIDIA Shadow Play, and include real-time commentary as well. NVIDIA says that ShadowPlay streaming to Twitch does not have any negative impact on gameplay due to H.264 encoding. "Broadcasting to Twitch has become an integral part of the gaming experience," said Brooke Van Dusen, Director of Business Development, Twitch. "We're extremely excited to work with NVIDIA to make Twitch live streaming available to GeForce Experience users. ShadowPlay is revolutionary, providing high quality streams with almost no noticeable performance impact for our users."
If you were holding off on pulling the trigger on that fancy new Mantle-capable AMD Radeon R9 290X, this news is just for you. According to "reliable sources" of VR-Zone, AMD is planning on releasing a new dual-GPU based on two Hawaii XT cores - the same core used in the R9 290X.
The dual-GPU has a unique codename: "Vesuvius", which is the only active volcano in Europe, and is located in the east coast of the Bay of Naples, in southern Italy. There's not much known about the card, but there are some questions: the R9 290X has had power issues, and gets pretty hot as it is, so what would AMD do with two of these cores on the single PCB?
We're talking about some serious horsepower here, which is going to generate lots of heat, which will require a more than formidable cooling setup. Exciting times ahead, I'm looking forward to what AMD can show us in the coming months.
Sapphire has had a long standing history of providing high-performing products as well as providing tools to make those products perform to the extreme. The company's latest R9 series of GPUs is not different and today Sapphire announced that it has released a new BIOS and Flashing Tool, that will help increase the performance of its R9 290 GPU.
Usually overclocking a Sapphire GPU is as simple as loading up the TriXX utility and adjusting clocks until things stabilize, but in the case of the R9 290 GPU. Its performance is capped by system as its temperature rises, and this is due to the way AMD engineered the Hawaii chip to operate. The newly released BIOS will allow the R9 290 to operate under a new fan profile, which will limit maximum fan speed to 47-percent while increasing performance and reducing noise. Head over to the source links below to download the new BIOS and Flashing Utility!
When it comes to video cards designed for supercomputing, it does not get much better than AMDs new FirePro 10000 video card. The GPU features 12GB of RAM, and is optimized for use in big-data high-performance computing environments. Featuring full support for PCI Express 3.0 and the OpenCL compute programming language, this card is made for some serious number crunching.
"Our compute application customers asked for a solution that offers increased memory to support larger data sets as they create new products and services," said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics, AMD. "In response, we're announcing the AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB Edition video card to meet that additional memory demand with support for OpenCL and high-end compute and graphics technologies.""
"AMD is proving again to be a key player in providing outstanding 3D graphics and GPGPU compute solutions based on the OpenCL Khronos Group standard for the industry with the announcement of the new AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB video card," said Nicolas Duny, VP R&D Technologies, Dassault Systèmes. "AMD is an industry innovator by responding to our customers' needs with cutting edge technology. The AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB card will be a welcome addition to the market and to our customers."
Sapphire Technology has just announced that it will bundle vouchers for the hit first person shooter, Battlefield 4, with several of its AMD Radeon R-Series video cards. Originally only Sapphires flagship, the R9 290X was bundled with the voucher, but now products from Sapphires Dual X line will include the voucher as well.
Participating cards include the R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X Dual-X, R9 280 Dual-X, R9 270x Dual-X, and R9 270 Dual-X. Sapphires Dual-X technology features an exclusive dual heat extraction technology that utilizes a highly efficient cooler and graduated heat pipes along with dual aerofoil section fans. This combination delivers great performance with an exceptionally low-noise experience.
Sapphire says that the Battlefield 4 vouchers will be available in the above listed cars beginning now, and will be available at existing retailers that sell Sapphire products. With Battlefield 4 retailing for $60 alone, this is an excellent deal for anyone looking to upgrade their PC and pick up this seasons best shooter.
AMD announced a new update to its Never Settle program today that includes AAA titles like Battlefield 4, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and more. Kicking things off is the AMD Radeon R9 series of GPUs, anyone who purchases an R9 270X, R9 280X, R9 290 or R9 290X will be eligible to receive a free copy of Battlefield 4 at participating retailers.
AMD has also extended its Never Settle Forever bundle to now include the Radeon R7 260X, and will give it the Silver Rewards tier of the bundle which includes Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite V2, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon DiRT 3 and Thief. Customers can pick any two of these games for free upon purchase at participating retailers.
For those of you who have played Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled, well, TressFX 2.0 is coming. TressFX 2.0 will introduce animated grass and fur, along with the hair simulation that TressFX bought to the table.
TressFX made its debut in the Tomb Raider reset, something that we benchmark across our GPU articles. TressFX allowed developers to render and simulate thousands of individual strands of hair, which made Lara look more lifelike. This is all coming from the AMD Developer Summit which will show off the new capabilities of TressFX 2.0.
Ever since AMD released its new Hawaii-based R9 290X and R9 290 graphics cards, users and reviewers have been reporting slower than advertised performance. This is mainly due to the way the new cards handle performance scaling. Normally a GPU will boost the clock speed to a guarantee a minimum level of performance, but the new R9 cards actually scale back the clock based on CPU temperature.
The fluctuating performance numbers is partially caused by variability in fan speeds when the card starts heating up. The reference speed is 2650 RPM for the R9 290 and 2200 RPM for the 290X in quiet mode. These speed's are enough to provide adequate cooling for the CPUs, but R9 290 and R9 290X cards from AMD's partners are varying in how fast their fans spin. Since all R9 290 and R9 290x cards on the market are reference design, this is a bit odd, but AMD has taken care of the issue in a new driver update.
A recent update to AMD's Catalyst Control Center has apparently fixed the fan speed issue and performance numbers are said to be back up to promised levels. The latest AMD CCC update can be downloaded right here at TweakTown by heading over to the downloads section. We want to know if your Radeon R9 290 or 290X have experienced slower than advertised performance, and if the driver update fixed this issue for you. Leave a comment below to let us know.
When AMD launched its Mantle API, most didn't really have much faith in it, because the chipmaker didn't have that much support outside of DICE. Well, now they do. AMD has acquired the help of three more developers, two of which are actually quite big.
First up, we have Square Enix's Eidos-Montreal studio, who are currently working on putting Mantle support into future titles, such as Thief, which is coming early next year. A not-so-surprising entry is Cloud Imperium Games, who is working on the absolutely incredibly beautiful CryEngine-powered Star Citizen. Chris Roberts, gaming god and CEO of the company has said: "Mantle is vitally important for a game like Star Citizen, which is being designed with the need for massive GPU horsepower."
The third developer you may not have heard of, with Oxine Games stepping on board. The developer is working on a new 64-bit, multi-platform, multi-core gaming engine known as 'Nitrous'. This game engine is in the very early stages of development, so it should have Mantle support built into its core.
Today AMD confirmed the rumors that its Radeon R9 290 GPU has been delayed by about a week due to issues with its drivers. AMD is working on a new driver and says that it should give the card a substantial boost in performance. As a result of this new development, AMD is asking all media to run all benchmarks again with the new driver when it becomes available.
The "Non X" version of the R9 290 is a slightly slowed down version of its R9 290X which has been met with rave reviews since its launch. With the launch being pushed back by a week, AMD has chosen to not release any information or pricing figures on the new card, but I expect it to retail in the $439-$449 price range.