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NVIDIA has launched its new Maxwell GPUs, with the new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 taking the world by storm, but what has AMD got? No new GPUs for now, but the company is now slashing the prices of its current Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X GPUs, considerably.
The Radeon R9 290 has dropped from its $399 price to $299, while its more powerful brother, the R9 290X drops from $549 to $399, a drop of $150. The R9 285 has also dropped to $229 or so, while the 280X is down to around $269. The new price cuts are effective immediately, with Newegg and Amazon prices being adjusted already.
NVIDIA's new second-generation, Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 has been out for a couple of weeks, with the 3DMark FireStrike Extreme world record now broken thanks to an insane new overclock.
Elmor, an overclocker with the SweClockers.com team has used the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Direct CU II card, clocking up the GPU Clock to 2208MHz, an increase of 81.58%. The GDDR5 on the card was also overclocked, by 19.27% to 8392MHz. Elmor used LN2, with the core voltage cranked up to 1.2120V.
EVGA will soon launch two new GeForce GTX 980 cards, with their two forthcoming GPUs to be two of the most-remembered Maxwell-based GPUs thanks to their power. EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Classified and GTX 980 Hydro Copper are fastly different, but are supremely powerful.
First, we have the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified, which features the latest ACX 2.0 cooler, and a custom-designed PCB that is built for overclocking enthusiasts. The GPU features the same high-density heat sink array that was laid out across the GTX 780 Ti, but offers up a new duo of fans with the ACX 2.0 that should see even quieter operation. Better yet, EVGA's GeForce GTX 980 Classified is a dual-slot card, so SLI setups will be even better than some of the competition. The new Classified GPU features a nice black/grey scheme with a hint of red. But what are we talking about when it comes to clock speeds? EVGA will be providing users with a massive 1400MHz+ Boost clock out of the box, making it one of the fastest GTX 980s available.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified will feature the same 2048 CUDA cores found on the rest of the GTX 980s, a Base Clock of 1291MHz, Boost Clock of 1405MHz, and is capable of 2-, 3-, and 4-way SLI. 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7GHz will also be baked onto the Classified.
NVIDIA's reference GeForce GTX 980 is a monster when it comes to power efficiency and heat output - and not in a bad way. The talk of a watercooled reference GTX 980 using an Asetek unit is interesting, as it'll be thought of in the same light as AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.
The GTX 980 pictured above has the Asetek cooler slapped into it, but if you look closer, there's still the reference fan installed. This will see the GPU itself cooled with the Asetek watercooler, keeping it nice and cool even with some crazy overclocking, while the rest of the components such as the VRM and RAM and cooled by the reference cooler.
It would be interesting to see NVIDIA offer out a new reference GTX 980 with the watercooling used above, as the Maxwell architecture has some massive headroom for crazy overclocks, which watercooling will only amplify.
NVIDIA has had huge success with its new second-generation Maxwell architecture, forming the new power-efficient, but super-fast GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs. AMD were rumored to fight back at GAME24, but nothing materialized, until now. WCCF Tech is reporting from a leak from overclockers.ru, that teases AMD's next generation GPUs.
AMD reportedly talked with 4gamer.net journalists in a round table discussion, teasing details on its upcoming products to compete against NVIDIA's new GTX 900 series of GPUs. The new product that AMD will fight back with is the Radeon R9 380X, and not the 390X that most would've presumed. The new R9 380X will be based on the Pirate Islands architecture, powered by the Fiji GPU. Overclockers.ru is reporting that AMD have three new cards in the pipeline, with the Fiji-based R9 380X which will replace the R9 290X, the Treasure Island-based R9 370X, and another.
The most exciting news is that AMD will not only reportedly fight back with new architecture, but it'll shift onto a smaller process, moving over to TSMC's new 20nm manufacturing process, as well as using 3D stacked HBM memory. The third card we mentioned above is what we're all here for today, with the new R9 390X reference GPU to feature AMD's hybrid "hydra' liquid cooling, which the company used on its dual-GPU R9 295X2 earlier in the year.
AMD is starting to ramp up its rumor machine, with talk of the new Radeon R9 390X, it's next generation flagship GPU. AMD's new R9 390X is expected to be available in the first half of 2015, according to DigiTimes.
The new Radeon R9 390X is based on AMD's Bermuda GPU core, which should kick some serious ass, bringing a slew of new things to AMD's silicon. First off, we should see the R9 390X being the first GPU to be built on TSMC's new 20nm manufacturing process, but the card is rumored to arrive with High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. HBM is 3D stacked memory technology that will offer an incredible amount of bandwidth on the already-fast GDDR5 tech that is used, with around 100% more bandwidth, all while using less power.
AMD is also rumored to be using hybrid liquid cooling on the new reference R9 390X, similar to what the company used on its dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 earlier this year. The problem here is, without a next-gen GPU coming out until at least Q2 2015 or so, what will AMD do to fight off what is an incredible new set of GPUs from NVIDIA? Aggressive price cuts on its R9 290 series, that's what. The only thing AMD can do until its launches its new R9 300 series is drop the prices of what it has now, considerably, to fight off Maxwell from NVIDIA.
If you're rocking an NVIDIA GeForce GTX SLI setup, what better way to make it stand out from the crowd than with the new SLI LED bridges that the company unveiled during its GAME24 event.
The new SLI bridges come in three flavors: 2-way SLI, 2-way spaced SLI, and 3-way SLI. The 2-way SLI LED bridges are priced at $29.99, while the 3-way SLI bridge will set you back $39.99. The SLI bridges are designed to work with all modern GeForce GTX cards that support SLI. NVIDIA specifically mentions the following cards: GeForce GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti, GTX TITAN, GTX TITAN Black, GTX 970 and GTX 980.
There's one big caveat though, NVIDIA has built these beautiful SLI bridges for reference GPUs, so they might not work on the crazy third-party cards. You'll need to make sure that your custom-cooled GeForce GTX card will work with these new bridges before jumping on-board.
NVIDIA has impressed the world with the launch of its second generation Maxwell-based GPUs, the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980. The cards sip power compared to their already power conservative predecessors, but introduce a slew of new technologies, features and best of all: a great price point. Where to from here? GM200, that's where.
GM200 is now being teased, which is going to be the big new GPU from NVIDIA. NVIDIA's GM200 will feature a die size of 551mm^2, 20-22 SMMs, 2560-2816 CUDA cores, a 384-bit memory bus, a performance boost of around 50% over the GTX Titan Black Edition, with it launching sometime before the end of the year. What it'll arrive as, in terms of naming, is a mystery. With the power efficiency of the GM204 core, which powers the GTX 970 and GTX 980, we should expect a dual-GPU card offered as the GeForce GTX 990, so that's one name it won't use.
Moving on, we could expect it to be the GTX 980 Ti, but if it's offering a huge performance increase over the GTX Titan Black Edition, we might see something like the GTX 985 Ti, or GTX Titan X, something I like the sound of better. Then we have the shift to 20nm, which is expected next year, so if the new GM200 is built on the current 28nm node, the shift to 20nm is going to be an entire new world for NVIDIA. The company has positioned themselves incredibly well after the mess that was Fermi, so much so, that AMD really has no firepower right now - so it'll be interesting to see if NVIDIA holds back, waiting for AMD to release something, to quickly smack it down to reality with its new GM200-based card.
NVIDIA Editor's Day 2014 - NVIDIA had some truly impressive technology to showcase during its Editor's Day in the beautiful Monterey Bay in California, where the technology giant proved that the Moon landings weren't faked, thanks to its new Voxel Global Illumination technology.
Voxel Global Illumination, or VGXI, is dynamic, with 'no baking required' according to NVIDIA. It works on Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4, and other major engines (in Q4 of this year) and uses one-bounce indirect diffuse, specular, reflections, area lights and much more.
NVIDIA were bashing conspiracy theorists, as many of them say the Moon landings were faked. Due to the power found in its Maxwell architecture, VXGI comes alive, and is able to do some truly incredible real-time lighting to prove how light was reflecting off of the lunar surface, lighting up various objects, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, as well as the lunar module itself.
This shot, has the real image side-by-side with the rendered image. I'll let you try and work out which one is which, so let us know in the comments section below.
NVIDIA Editor's Day 2014 - NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology is something I've truly embraced, sitting in front of the ASUS ROG Swift monitor right now as I type this, but 4K G-SYNC? Sign. Me. Up.
In Monterey Bay, NVIDIA was showing of Absolute Systems' GeForce GTX 980 SLI-powered system, running the aforementioned Acer 4K G-SYNC monitor, running Crysis 3.
A different look at the Absolute Systems PC.
Close up, the Acer 4K G-SYNC monitor is truly gorgeous. Look out for a review here on TweakTown of it in the near future.
The bad boys in question, two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPUs in SLI.