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KFA2 has announced its new white NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 EXOC video card to the public, boasting this new color scheme covering the shroud, fans and back plate, but not on the PCB.
Featuring a factory overlocked core at 1279 MHz, 1367 MHz GPU Boost and 7 GHz of memory, this provides a little extra boost when compared to reference speeds of 1127 and 1187 MHz respectively.
As for cooling, an aluminum fin-stack heat sink combined with 8mm thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes ensures your card stays cool. The display options include one DisplayPort 1.2 port, two DVI and a single HDMI 2.0 option.
According to our sources, AMD will be announcing its new Radeon R9 390X at E3 2015 in mid-June, while some of our other sources have told us that HBM yields are extremely low, so the Radeon R9 390X that features HBM will be in extremely limited availability. We have been told that AMD has some "surprises" in store for the Radeon R9 390X, which is exciting. But what about these leaked photos of the HBM-powered Radeon R9 390X? Well, let's talk about that.
The above image is reportedly photoshopped, with WCCFTech reporting that the image is "completely fake and are essentially a Photoshop recreation of the image by an artist on Chiphell forums". But for me, I don't think it's as "fake" as people think.
With AMD using High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) it will save so much room on the PCB that the usual GDDR5 takes up, and thanks to it running cooler than GDDR5, it will remove much of the last third of the PCB and associated cooling, VRMs, and more. This could give AMD the opportunity to make a shorter VGA card, but will the shorter card just be the HBM version? With our sources teasing multiple Radeon R9 390X models being released, with one being the premium HBM model, and another running GDDR5. If this happens, it's going to be good, and very bad for AMD.
On one hand, AMD can send the media the Radeon R9 390X 8GB watercooled model, which is the one that I think is the closest to the model above, and then the other cards that will be released into the market will be the 4GB models, possibly with HBM, or GDDR5. We know that HBM is in seriously low numbers right now, so much so that one of our sources said they'd be "surprised if it even happens this year". Some harsh words, but if HBM is in short supply, what would AMD do?
The region of 'Greater China' is becoming known for being flooded with over the top mid-range video cards, this is said to be in order to entice buyers to invest in something greater than just the base model.
ZOTAC has just come to the party, offering its new GTX 960 Gamer Force TOP-X video card which incorporates a triple-fan cooling setup and a metal back plate with another two 60mm fans attached.
This card is said to run a core clock of 1500MHz and this is helped along by the three 90mm cooling fans held over an aluminum split fin-stack heat sink. Unfortunately this card is said to be only available in countries such as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
If having a 6-pack and being called the HOF wasn't good enough for you already, KFA2 (GALAXY) has released its 8Pack edition of the GeForce GTX 980, designed by overclocker '8Pack'.
Featuring specifications out of the box like a 1304 MHz core, 1440 MHz GPU Boost and 7.00 GHz memory compared to a reference rating of of 1127 MHz and 1216 MHz respectively it's obvious that this card packs quite a punch.
Besides the mysterious man on the box, this product comes with triple-fan cooling, dual-BIOS with manual switching and is powered through a pair of 8-pin PCIe connectors.
We all know it's coming, but when will AMD unveil it? We have two of the biggest events coming in the next month: Computex and E3, but from what we've heard, AMD will unveil its new Radeon R9 390X at E3, during its PC conference. One of the most exciting things about the upcoming Radeon R9 390X is that it will feature HBM memory, at least 6-9 months before NVIDIA can make it happen.
WCCFTech has gotten its hands on some images of the upcoming Radeon R9 390X, where we can see that the card is cooled by a watercooler. Not only that, but we can see that the design of the card sticks close to the reference look of the R9 295X2, and if this image is correct, the R9 390X is a super-short VGA card. Judging by this picture, it could be "half the length of the R9 295X2" reports WCCFTech.
Something else I'm enjoying from this picture, is that we have three DisplayPort outputs, and a single HDMI output with no DVI port to be seen. We can see that the R9 390X is a dual-slot design, but that watercooler is going to be quite the hassle for many users. Here's hoping the previous rumors were true, and that we get two cards: one with the watercooler, and then the partner cards from the likes of SAPPHIRE, MSI, ASUS and all the rest with exotic cooling systems.
With NVIDIA's G-Sync technology working on not just multi-monitor systems, but multi-GPU systems, AMD has its work cut out for it when it comes to FreeSync not yet working with Crossfire setups.
AMD's FreeSync technology is as it stands, exclusive to single-GPU setups, with a multi-GPU driver expected late April. This launch window has been missed, with AMD officially delaying the driver. The company will "continue to develop and test this solution in accordance with our stringent quality standards, and we will provide another update when it is ready for release".
I'm sure I know a few people who would trade their children for a card like the ASUS GTX 980 20th anniversary gold edition, let alone the case, RAM and motherboard you're about to see.
Hit the 1080p quality option, make the video full screen and turn up the speakers or headphones and get lost in what can only described as a beautiful display of technology.
GGF LAN has been lucky enough to get their hands on the ASUS GTX 980 20th anniversary gold edition, an In Win S-Frame Gold Edition case, an ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard and some ADATA XPG Z1 Gold DDR4 RAM to show off here.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
AMD is expected to launch its next-gen Radeon R9 390X next month, with rumors of an announcement at E3 2015, but HP has now come out and admitted that it will be using the future next-gen VGA cards in their upcoming gaming PCs.
The HP Envy Tower and Envy Phoenix Tower will be powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, or the AMD Radeon R9 380. Both towers feature an aluminum chassis with brushed metal, and the option of including a closed loop watercooling system. HP will also be offering their systems with one of AMD's Radeon R7 A330 or A360 cards.
We have just seen reports of AMD once again trying to better NVIDIA, reportedly trying to take would-be GTX 960 owners under their wing.
The method they've decided to take is cone again that of a price cut, seeing their R9 285 video card see a drop to 180 Euro ($201 US) when compared to the pricing of a GTX 960 at 192 Euro ($215 USD).
AMD's option does have the issue of slightly higher power consumption and noise ratings, so is the saving of $14 US enough to entice you away from the big green?
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Exclusive: According to our industry sources, AMD has a few surprises in store for us when it comes to the Radeon R9 390X, and the other GPUs that will arrive with the Radeon 300 series.
Our source wouldn't elaborate, but they did say that the new Radeon R9 390X will arrive with specifications and possibly features that are different to what the rumors currently suggest. We've reported that the Radeon R9 390X would come with two versions; the 4GB and 8GB products with GDDR5 or High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM1) from SK Hynix. But, we've heard from other industry sources not long ago that there would be tight stock when the 390X launches, which could be caused by yield issues on HBM1. We've also reported that the R9 390X would arrive as a watercooled version, but now we're getting new information.
Something interesting that our source said, was that if HBM1 provides what it on paper should provide very easily, "NVIDIA are in trouble". Now, for what we know, there are only a few launches from NVIDIA for this year. First, the rumored GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which will be a cutdown GM200 GPU, the same found on the Titan X. Second, there's also news of NVIDIA allowing add-in board (AIB) partners to use aftermarket coolers on the Titan X, which will see a big injection of speed from Titan X cards from the likes of MSI, ASUS, and more.