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We know it's coming, but it's just a matter of when. NVIDIA is preparing the GeForce GTX 980 Ti that should better counter the upcoming Radeon R9 390X from AMD, with a full GM200 core.
The GM200-powered GeForce GTX 980 Ti should be released in September, a couple of months after AMD's launch of the Radeon R9 390X which is expected to happen during Computex in June. There are some suggestions that NVIDIA would spoil AMD's fun during the R9 390X launch, so we could see a big announcement before, during or after Computex from NVIDIA.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti should be close to identical to the behemoth that is the GeForce GTX Titan X, but knock down its VRAM from 12GB to 6GB. We should also see AIB partners free to slap on aftermarket coolers, which didn't happen with the Titan X, which is going to open up a can of whoop ass on the market.
The first shots of the purported XFX Radeon R9 390 Double Dissipation have arrived, featuring a dual-slot cooler with two 100mm spinners, and a large aluminum fin-stack heat sink.
The card rocks a 6-pin + 8-pin PCIe power configuration, and a bridgeless Crossfire system, just like the Radeon R9 290 series. We should see this card, if it's real, positioned below the R9 390X with its "Fiji XT" core, with the R9 390 featuring the "Fiji" GPU. We don't know what the GPU itself will be, but we should see 4096 stream processors, a 4096-bit HBM memory interface with between 4GB and 8GB of RAM that provides a huge 640GB/sec of memory bandwidth.
Listed on Newegg and bundled with a free Acer 27" G-Sync Monitor is the GIGABYTE GV-N980X3WA-4GD GeForce GTX 980 3-WAY SLI watercooled bundle.
If you're simply not getting enough frames or your build isn't crazy enough already, this $2,999.99 pick-me-up should do the trick. Featuring 2048 CUDA Cores and 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 per card this set is certainly not for the feint of heart - It even comes in it's own damn suitcase!
We can't wait to see this implemented into a great HAF Stacker build project - GIGABYTE, please let it be done.
ASUS has only just unveiled the super-fast, but also deliciously beautiful GeForce GTX 980 20th Anniversary Edition video card, but now we're being introduced to the GeForce GTX 970 Turbo.
The new ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Turbo features a slick white-and-red color scheme that features a blower-style cooler which blows the hot air through the back of your case. The new GeForce GTX 970 Turbo has a short PCB similar to what is used in the GTX 970 DirectCU II Mini from ASUS, but features a "longer lateral-flow cooling solution", reports TechPowerUp.
ASUS is providing a factory overclock on the card, with a Core Clock of 1088MHz and Boost Clock of 1228MHz. We should expect a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, or two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. We can also expect two dual-link DVI ports, one HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.2 connector.
This is a super-juicy rumor, but let's get on with it: NVIDIA could be preparing a watercooled GeForce GTX Titan X that could be released as the Titan X Ultra.
This purported Titan X would see a hybrid AIO cooler that would allow for some serious overclocking of the GM200-powered Titan X, and see those performance numbers jump up even more. We could see NVIDIA or AIBs increase the Core Clock by 250-300MHz (or more) but that would see the Titan X getting even hotter, which would require the increased efforts on the cooling front.
This is where we would see the company using an AIO liquid cooling unit that would keep the card nice and cool, even under all of that increased pressure. This would be the perfect counter to the impending release of the Radeon R9 390X from AMD, which should be here any week now.
We heard the rumors, but ASUS has just made its new GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition official: the world's fastest GeForce GTX 980 video card. The company has used its impressive DirectCU cooler with 0dB-fan technology that allows for games like League of Legends and StarCraft to be played in total silence.
The all-important fact here is that it has a Boost Clock of 1431MHz, which is 215MHz above the reference Boost, providing an additional 15% performance. 4GB of GDDR5 is splashed on top, with three DisplayPort outputs, one HDMI and one dual-link DVI. One of the more unique parts of the VGA card is that it has a beautiful gold and black cooler, which is going to look incredible in gamers' PCs.
ASUS has told us that the GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition is a "short run, exclusive limited edition card", with its clock speeds beating even the best GTX 980s on the market from EVGA and its Kingpin GTX 980 and GALAX HOF 980 cards. We have reached out to our contact at ASUS to try and secure a sample, so check back for a review here at TweakTown soon.
ASUS is beginning to tease a sure-to-be record-breaking GeForce GTX Matrix Gold Edition video card, where the company wants you to guess "how fast" you think it's going to be.
The company uses the reference GTX 980 and Matrix Platinum GTX 980 as examples, with the stock GTX 980 clocking in at 1126MHz while the Matrix Platinum cranks that up to 1342MHz. For ASUS to be bragging about this, we would have to guess and opt for 1500MHz. We should expect to be introduced to the new 20th anniversary Gold Edition card in the near future.
It looks like AMD's Radeon 300 series is beginning to take better form, where we're learning that the new cards will be filled with a bunch of rebrands, something that has been discovered hiding in the Catalyst 15.3 Beta drivers. Here's the run down of what is found in the Catalyst 15.3 Beta drivers:
- AMD665F.1 = "AMD Radeon R9 360″
- AMD6610.2 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R7 350X"
- AMD6610.3 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R5 340X"
- AMD6611.10 = "AMD Radeon R7 340″
- AMD665F.1 = "AMD Radeon R9 360″
- AMD6660.1 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
- AMD6660.2 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
- AMD6660.3 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
- AMD6778.8 = "AMD Radeon R5 310″
- AMD6811.1 = "AMD Radeon R9 370″
An early April Fools joke is appearing online, so we're going to make it clear: this will probably not happen. But, OverclockersUK and BFG are teasing a new GeForce GTX Titan XXX, which has a huge 24GB of VRAM, double the framebuffer of the GeForce GTX Titan X, which has 12GB.
Most of the specs are identical to the reference GTX Titan X, except it has 24GB of VRAM and higher clock speeds. We have two 8-pin PCIe power connectors which use up to 300W of power in "300W OC mode" or 250W at its stock settings. The RAM has been overclocked to 8600MHz, up from 7000MHz on the reference card.
We have a Base Clock of 1268MHz and Boost Clock of 1493MHz, versus the 1002MHz and 1072MHz of the reference GTX Titan X. These overclocks are mammoth, but it would be very interesting to see this become a real card. The price? A huge $2400+, compared to the $999 pricing of the GeForce GTX Titan X.
The release of the card? Exclusive to OverclockersUK on April 1.
GTC 2015 - We didn't expect to see HBM 2 shown off in person here at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference, but here we are - SK Hynix has a HBM 2 wafer on the show floor, and it's beautiful.
Here it is, in all of it's glory.
A closer shot of the wafer itself.
SK Hynix's HBM memory promises increased bandwidth, as well as lower power consumption compared to conventional DRAM found on current cards, such as GDDR5.
We haven't even got HBM1 out yet, but HBM2 is promising so much more. HBM1 will have 128GB/sec per 1Gbit chip, while HBM2 will offer double that, with 256GB/sec with 2Gbit chips. We are also going to see lower power consumption, with 1.2V for HBM1 and HBM2, compared to GDDR5 which uses 1.35 to 1.5V.