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AMD teased that its dual-GPU beast was coming earlier this year, but now we're beginning to hear talk of a "Radeon R9 Gemini' shipping from AMD's HQ in Canada.
The Radeon R9 Gemini will most likely arrive to us as the Radeon R9 Fury X2, as it can't succeed the Radeon R9 295X2 because of its name - where if it was the R9 395X2, people would think it features two R9 390X GPUs, versus the Fiji GPU found on the Fury X. The dual-GPU card should feature two fully-enabled Fiji XT cores, the same found on the Fury X, with 4GB of HBM each.
AMD would have the most powerful single video card solution on the market with this card, where it would easy beat the pants off of a GTX 980 Ti or Titan X from NVIDIA. As for pricing, we should expct somewhere over $1000, and most likely headed into the $1199 or so price point. As for availability, we should hopefully hear about this card in the very near future.
We know it's coming, and we can't wait - NVIDIA begins showing off more and more of its new Pascal architecture, teasing the HBM-powered Pascal GPU at GTC Japan 2015 recently.
The last time we saw Pascal was when NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off a prototype board at GTC 2015 in March, but now we're seeing a slightly different Pascal GPU board than we saw earlier this year. The board features an actual Pascal GPU now that it has taped out, with the consumer GeForce card to feature a huge 16GB of HBM2 while the professional side of things will bump things up to 32GB of HBM2.
The design of the board is very similar to the Fiji-powered cards from AMD, as NVIDIA's Pascal chip is on a similar interposer to AMD. It looks slightly bigger, but we should expect the Pascal-powered cards to blow the doors off of the Fiji-powered cards from AMD. We will see DirectX 12 support, around 17 billion transistors, a 4096-bit memory interface, and so much more. Expect more news on this as we get closer to the New Year.
NVIDIA shares climbed 2.7% to $24.36 before hitting a 52-week high of $24.58 Wednesday, following the news the company would be lending its hand (and hardware) to Microsoft's cloud computing project Azure.
Specifically, NVIDIA GRID will find its way into Microsoft's N-Series virtual machine, affording "Quadro-grade" graphics through the cloud. NVIDIA will also be contributing its Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, with the intention of providing "supercomputing-class performance" for "demanding data center and high performance computing applications."
Stock market website TheStreet is recommending investors buy into NVIDIA, saying, "This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."
The news comes hot off the heels of the unfortunate word from AMD.
AMD has released a new version of its Clean Uninstall Utility (CUU), which helps ensure a smooth install of new audio and video drivers with no system issues afterward.
Anyone who's installed a ton of drivers and played a ton of games over the years likely knows how messy things can get over time, so CUU provides a very valuable service. While unofficial services like Display Driver Uninstaller exist, one might feel more safe with an official utility.
There's no changelog for the new version, but AMD has informed us this release "does not remove USB/Sata drivers, which was a known problem of the old Utility."
You can grab it at the source.
MSI has a bunch of GeForce GTX 980 Ti video cards on the market, but their latest one has quite the unique color scheme: orange and black, something that would go perfectly in our be quiet! Silent Base 800 build, don't you think?
The new MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Golden Gaming Edition is pretty much identical to the other GTX 980 Ti cards from MSI, with a new-look cooler. We have three different OC profiles, with the standard OC, Gaming, and Silent Modes. The OC Mode cranks the GM200 GPU to 1190MHz/1291MHz (stock/boost) while the Gaming Mode sets it to 1140/1128MHz and the Silent Mode sits at 1000/1076MHz for stock/boost, respectively.
The same 6GB of GDDR5 is onboard at 7GHz (or 7.1GHz in OC Mode), with no pricing or availability from MSI just yet.
AMD has released its Catalyst 15.9.1 beta driver, a slight update over the recently released 15.9 beta driver.
The latter improved performance in the Fable: Legends benchmark and The Star Wars: Battlefront beta, but also gave rise to a severe memory leak bug that triggered when resizing windows. That bug is fixed in 15.9.1, so download and install to your heart's content.
Driver notes are below.
Exclusive: AMD has enjoyed being the first to market with a HBM-powered video card, with the Radeon R9 Nano, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X all powered by High Bandwidth Memory. But it looks like the company might run into troubles sourcing HBM2 in 2016 according to our industry sources.
Our source reached out to us today, saying that they "wouldn't count on [AMD] using HBM2 next year", but wouldn't elaborate further. This is an interesting rumor, because if it were true, it would mean that the use of HBM2 would shift primarily to NVIDIA. NVIDIA's next-gen Pascal architecture is already being tested internally by the company according to the latest rumors, and will rock HBM2. But AMD's next-gen GPU is rumored to rock between 8GB and 16GB of HBM2, is something we don't know too much about yet.
If AMD is in trouble with HBM2 next year, they might be stuck with short end of HBM2 yields. If so, we could see AMD utilizing HBM2 for their highest end GPU, which will most likely be a Fury X successor. Under that, we could see the company possibly using HBM1, but personally, I think HBM1 is something that should be used on mid-range cards for AMD's next-generation product stack.
AMD has added six new discrete, embedded Radeon GPUs to its lineup. The company says these are being released to meet increased demand for "rich, vibrant graphics in embedded systems", and that the additions will "help designers build mesmerizing user experiences with 4K multi-screen installations and 3-D and interactive displays" as well as "address the toughest parallel compute challenges."
The E8950MXM module is intended for power users, where the E8870 series (MXM and PCIe) is for those a little less so, and then there's the balanced, power-conscious option in the E6465 series (MCM, MXM and PCIe). The full breakdown of each from AMD is below.
AMD released its Catalyst 15.9 beta drivers earlier today. While beta drivers are usually smooth sailing, this was not the case with this release, which contained a memory leak bug. According to the aptly named Reddit user "MemoryLeakBug", it triggers when resizing any window, at which point RAM usage skyrockets to about 1GB per few seconds of resizing.
"AMDJoe" confirmed the issue and says a fix is in the works. In the meantime, roll back to an earlier set of drivers while you wait on a new release. That or just don't resize any windows...
According to the latest rumors, NVIDIA is working on a new dual-GPU video card that would use two of the company's GM200 GPUs, the same GPUs that power the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Titan X, on a single card.
WCCFTech is reporting that NVIDIA held "secret" meetings in NYC last week, but they failed to report that there were meetings in LA, too. We were in LA and NVIDIA said nothing to us about a dual GPU card coming soon, as the event was all about the GTX 980 going into laptops. We might have been left out of the loop of course, but we are throwing a lot of salt across our shoulders on this one folks.
But, that doesn't mean it's not credible. NVIDIA is more than capable of releasing a new dual GPU card thanks to its super-efficient Maxwell architecture. Better yet, the "secret" meetings that were held did concentrate on how the company had shrunken down the board that the new GTX 980 goes onto, so what I will add to these rumors is that with two of these boards, a dual GTX 980 could be easily possible and not break through a 300W TDP.