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It looks like AMD could be jumping right into the HD 9000 series, skipping the HD 8000 series altogether, and this new next-gen GPU would be launching as soon as October.
The first HD 9000 series parts are set to be Curacao and Hainan, both 28nm-based chips on the GCN 2.0 architecture. The new architecture features an improved front-end with 4 asynchronous computing engines (ACEs) and 3 geometry engines, as well as more stream processors crammed in.
The reason for skipping the HD 8000 series is most likely because AMD are already re-badging HD 7000 series GPU's as HD 8000 series parts to OEMs. We should expect the Curacao XT to feature 2304 stream processors (36 compute units) 144 texture units, 48 render back ends and a 384-bit memory controller. The Hainan will be less powerful, featuring 1792 stream processors (28 compute units) 112 texture units, 32 render back ends and a 256-bit memory bus.
The next few months will be interesting, and I have a feeling AMD are going to launch their next-gen Radeon GPU's at the same time the next-gen consoles arrive, riding the wave of AMD-powered consoles hitting the market.
This morning NVIDIA released the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 760 to the world. The 760 is a mid-range GPU that is said to be about 12% faster than its predecessor the GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Like it's GTX 770 and GTX 780 brethren, NVIDIA says that the GTX 760 features all the latest hardware and software features.
"For gamers seeking insanely fast performance and smooth frame rates for their favorite games, the choice is clear: NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs," said Scott Herkelman, general manager of the GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "At a starting price of only $249, the GeForce GTX 760 ushers in a new level of performance, features and affordability, so gamers can experience today's most graphically demanding titles with all the eye candy turned high. It's a great time to be a PC gamer!"
Powered by an NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPU with an incredible 2.3 gigaflops of processing horsepower, the GeForce GTX 760 is already dramatically more powerful than the next-generation game consoles expected by the end of the year. To satisfy gamer demands for greater customization and overclocking options, the GeForce GTX 760 includes NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which automatically increases the GPU's clock speed for enhanced performance, while adding temperature target and fan controls, as well as extra over-voltage headroom and optimizations for advanced water-cooling solutions.
With out-of-the-box factory overclocks and extra user-overclocking, expect the GTX 760 to extend its advantage even further - for performance data, check out the many press reviews that have gone live today. Available now at all e-tailers and retailers, the $249 GeForce GTX 760 will get your system ready for the first wave of next-gen games launching this Holiday season. TweakTown's own Shawn Baker reviewed NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 and you can read it here.
A European price-aggregator website has spotted what appears to be the first real leak on the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 video card. The leak showed off pricing and specification details on the ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC.
The GTX 760 DirectCU II OC was not pictured at either of the two stores that listed it, but the name and pricing was there along with some specifications that match yesterday's leak. The GTX 760 DirectCU II was listed at 264€ ($353 USD) before VAT and 316€ ($422 USD) after VAT, which leads us to believe that we should see vanilla GTX 760's priced in the $250-300 range.
Specifications included a 28nm GK104 silicon, with 1,152 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide memory interface holding 2GB of memory. This specific offering from ASUS also includes their award winning DirectCU dual slot cooler design, which should look similar to other ASUS DirectCU designs.
Normally next-gen video cards get me all excited, but to tell you the truth folks, the HD 8970 isn't that exciting. First off, we should expect a refresh and nothing that is architecturally new, and normally that is ok - but I want boundaries being pushed.
There's new circling that AMD's Radeon HD 8970 has been pictured, with some specs attached to this boat that is barely being kept together out at sea. We should expect a 1000MHz Base Clock, 2304 Stream Processors, 48 RO's, 3GB of GDDR5, a 384-bit memory bus and a 250W TDP. So we're talking a slight bump on what we have with the HD 7970 - nothing exciting. The other issue is the HD 8970 actually already exists, with AMD selling it as an OEM-only product.
There are specs on AMD's website about it, which put it on level with their HD 7970. So while this video card could be the HD 8970, there's no real reason to care. I think we should expect something great from AMD toward the end of the year, considering they are the ones powering all three next-gen consoles...
The mid-range NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 just may be the most anticipated GPU of the summer as the "60" series cards are usually powerful enough to run all of the year's new games with very respectable settings while remaining budget friendly. As such, gamers all over the world have been diligently awaiting the release of the card. This morning, we are learning what kind of punch the GTX 760 will pack.
According to a leaked screenshot from GPU-Z, the new GTX 760 will be a true successor rather than a rebadged GPU from the previous generation. The 760 will feature a GK104 GPU with only three of its graphics clusters enabled, while leaving the memory and raster operations untouched. This gives the GTX 760 1,154 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit GDDR5 RAM bank clocked to a massive 7 GHz. Core clock is set at 1072 MHz with a GPU Boost of 1111 MHz available.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Something Apple Mac users have long waited is the ability to play games at high resolutions, with high details, but until now their GPU offerings haven't been impressive. Sapphire's HD 7950 Mac Edition is here to help.
It has been out for a while, but we actually had a Mac Pro in front of our eyes for the first time with Sapphire's GPU sitting inside doing it's thing. They've given it a nice white heatsink and fan cover, which looks great. If you're a Mac Pro user and want to play something like Team Fortress 2 with everything cranked up and maintain 60 FPS strong, Sapphire has your back with the HD 7950 Mac Edition.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We took a closer look at Sapphire's beautiful Atomic HD 7990 GPU in their room at Computex, and wow does it look great. Not only does it feature two Tahiti XT2 cores, but the cooling system on it is really something else.
There's six miniDisplayPort outputs, for some serious multi-monitor work and the power going into it is quite insane: 12 Phase/50 amp per phase to provide 600 amps total. This is provided by three 8-pin PCI Express power connectors. The water cooling on the Atomic HD 7990 is great, too, with a full copper water block on offer, with an ultra low noise pump and for the reservoir we have a front 5.25-inch reservoir with one pump pre-installed with the option of upgrading to a dual pump system.
The radiator is 240mm and fan wise we have two 120mm fans capable of 1200 RPM.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Still one of my absolute favorite series from video cards come from our friends at MSI and while they didn't have a new Lightning based GTX 780 to show us, they did have the slightly cheaper GTX 770 on display which has also already arrived in our Taiwan labs.
Again while not on display; the first question that did come to mind was when will we see a GTX 780. While not ready just quiet yet MSI are indeed working on it and it looks like we should see it sometime in July. We're excited about both models as the Lightning series continue to be one of the strongest series of video cards available.
Outside of the new Lightning cards due, MSI are expanding the new Gaming series with the release of the GTX 770 and GTX 780 under it. We're quickly becoming a fan of the new Gaming series of cards and while we haven't got the GTX 780 variant yet, it's coming soon. So make sure you keep an eye out in the coming weeks for reviews on all the latest MSI Video Card offerings.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Inno3D today showed off the ever expanding iChiLL series of video cards with the GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid, a model that carries with it an All in One water cooling system. Considering the warmer nature of the new GTX 700 series from NVIDIA; we're really looking forward to seeing how the model goes once water has been thrown into the mix.
Alongside the new Water Cooled model which will of course carry with it quite a hefty price tag, Inno3D are showing off a chunky air cooled solution on both the GTX 770 and higher-end GTX 780. Looking below you can see the new GTX 770 HerculeZ 2000 sorts with it a pretty mean looking dual fan solution
The higher-end GTX 780 on the other hand sports a massive triple fan cooling solution which looks fantastic. If previous triple fan solutions from Inno3D are anything to go by, the upcoming i-Chill GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra should perform extremely well. We'll be keeping an eye out in the coming weeks for a sample to find out just what the new cards are capable off.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Galaxy has just unveiled two GeForce GTX 7-series cards at Computex 2013. While there is nothing special about a new GTX 780 and GTX 770 at this point, both cards are non-reference design which makes them kind of special.
As far as I know, Galaxy's new GeForce GTX 780 Superclock Hall of Fame is actually the world's first non-reference GTX 780 available to consumers. The card features a bright white PCB with a very strong VRM design to support higher factory-overclocked speeds. Cooling is handled by a very robust triple-slot air-cooler that utilizes a dense aluminum fin-stack, copper heat pipes and two large 92mm fans.
Galaxy also introduced a new GeForce GTX 770 Super Overclock (SOC) this week at the show. Unsurprisingly, this new GTX 770 SOC appears to look very similar to the GTX 680 SOC edition which is expected since there are very few differences between the two cards. You get the same white non-reference PCB as well as the triple fan cooler, which should do well to cool the card despite the higher clock speeds of the GTX 770 over GTX 670.