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MSI showcases its new AMD Radeon R9 300 and R7 300 video cards

In a recently issued press release MSI has shown off its new range of AMD Radeon R9 300 and R7 300 video cards, all complete with the Twin Frozr V cooler and featuring four models in total.

 

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The R9 390X GAMING 8G and R9 390 GAMING 8G models both brandish 8GB of VRAM and are marketed as suitable for a 4K gaming experience. The R9 380 GAMING model will be launched in 4G and 2G editions and feature a solid metal back plate as with all 300 series cards. These products have been mentioned in the press release as supporting smooth gameplay in "the latest games such as GTA V."

 

Lastly, the R7 370 GAMING 4G and R7 370 GAMING 2G models have been marketed at less taxing games such as League of Legends and Dota 2. These mid-range gaming cards also feature a R7 360 2GD5 OC model for those looking to push a little extra performance.

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SAPPHIRE intros the Nitro series, starting with the Radeon R9 390

With the launch of the new Radeon 300 series from AMD, SAPPHIRE has just unveiled its new Nitro series of products. The new Nitro series from AMD is an "evolution of our market-leading, award-winning, high-end video card technology developed with features designed to be attractive to the majority of PC gamers" says SAPPHIRE. At the same time, the video card maker is also launching SAPPHIRE NATION, which is a new community website for gaming enthusiasts.

 

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The new SAPPHIRE Nitro series is a new high-end range of products, where SAPPHIRE has used long-life capacitors and award-winning SAPPHIRE Black Diamond Chokes, on top of SAPPHIRE's usual top-class cooling solutions. The company has unveiled the Nitro series with a Radeon R9 390, R9 380, and R7 370.

 

SAPPHIRE's new Nitro series video cards are available right now.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X benchmarks leaked, beats GeForce GTX 980 Ti

On the day of the Radeon R9 390X launch, AMD has experienced another leak of purported benchmarks of the HBM-based Radeon R9 Fury X. The chart you can see below, sees 4K benchmarks against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

 

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As you can see, the Fury X beats the GTX 980 Ti in every test. But, we don't know if this is a real chart, and which in-game settings the tester has used. We have a Fury X sample coming next week, where you can be sure we'll be putting it through its paces.

AMD launches the Radeon R9 390X, the Radeon R9 290X 2.0

AMD has made its new Radeon 300 series official, with the Radeon R9 390X leading the pack. The Radeon R9 390X is based off of the same Hawaii architecture that made the Radeon R9 290X possible, so there's nothing new architecturally.

 

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But, the Radeon R9 290X was an impressive card when it was released, and it still is today. While it won't beat the GeForce GTX 980 Ti in benchmarks, AMD fans will be happy to just have another Radeon card out, after over 18 months since the Radeon R9 290X was released.

 

Our reviews on the Radeon R9 390X will begin to flow very soon.

AMD details Radeon R9 Nano, with Fiji GPU, HBM and single 8-pin power

We knew it was coming before it was announced, and this was one of the cards I was most excited about. AMD has finally detailed the Radeon R9 Nano, based on its new Fiji architecture and High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).

 

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The AMD Radeon R9 Nano features the Fiji GPU, 4GB of HBM on a 4096-bit wide memory bus with 512GB/sec of bandwidth. We're looking at 200% the performance per watt of the Radeon R9 290X, with the Radeon R9 Nano only featuring one 8-pin PCIe power connector and a TDP of just 175W.

 

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AMD is expected to launch the Radeon R9 Nano later this summer.

GAINWARD unveils the GeForce GTX 980 Ti PHOENIX 'Golden Sample'

NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 980 Ti at Computex 2015, blowing us away initially, but we were more excited over what the AIB partners were going to provide with custom cards. Well, here we are with GAINWARD teasing its new GeForce GTX 980 Ti PHOENIX "Golden Sample" card.

 

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The GAINWARD GeForce GTX 980 Ti PHOENIX "Golden Sample" card features a Base Clock of 1152MHz (1241MHz Boost) and 6GB of VRAM at 7GHz. This represents an 11% overclock on the reference design from NVIDIA. Better yet, GAINWARD has used a triple-fan design to keep it cool, with a "Zero RPM fan design" that sees the fans stay stationary until the GPU itself reaches 60C.

 

We have reached out to GAINWARD to secure a sample, so with my fingers crossed we should have a review of this beast sometime in July.

AMD releases the full specifications of the Radeon R9 Fury X

E3 2015 - Now that AMD has made its Radeon R9 Fury X official, we're finding out the official specifications behind the HBM-based, Fiji XT-powered video card.

 

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The Radeon R9 Fury X is built on the 28nm process with 4096 stream processors, 64 Compute Units, 256 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB of HBM on a 4096-bit memory bus resulting in up to 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. You'll need two 8-pin PCIe power connectors to get it running, with the Radeon R9 Fury X having a TDP of 275W.

 

The total compute performance of the card sits at 8.6 TFLOPS with the GPU clocked at 1050MHz and the RAM at 500MHz/1Gbps. The texture fill rate on the Fury X is at 268.8 GT/s, with FreeSync, DirectX 12, Mantle, Vulkan support and much more.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is much smaller than the Radeon R9 290X

E3 2015 - Our friends over at Hardware Canucks were able to snap a photo of the PCBs of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and Radeon R9 290X, where we get to see what's making them tick.

 

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As you can see, the top card being the Radeon R9 Fury X is much smaller than the R9 290X thanks to its use of High Bandwidth Memory. You can see the 4GB of HBM sitting next to the die itself, which when compared to the 16 chips of GDDR5 on the R9 290X which surround the entire GPU, it saves some considerable physical space on the PCB.

 

This space saving and use of HBM also saves space to the right of the GPU, where memory VRMs aren't needed. VRMs require more power, and pump out a great amount of heat, but the omission of these on the R9 Fury X means we should get a card with a ton of power, without making huge amounts of noise or running overly hot. Even if it does require watercooling by default.

AMD teases the dual-GPU Radeon R9 Fury X2 at E3 2015

E3 2015 - AMD finally made the Radeon R9 Fury X official yesterday, as well as the super-small Radeon R9 Nano, but it was the tease of the dual Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury X2 video card that has everyone talking.

 

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Anshel Sag from Moors Insights & Strategy snapped a photo of the Radeon R9 Fury X2, which looks to be around 8-10 inches long - the same length as the small Radeon R9 Fury X itself. It's also powered by just two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, with countless PCB space saved thanks to AMD using the next generation High Bandwidth Memory technology.

 

We should hopefully see more information on the Radeon R9 Fury X2 in the coming months.

AMD teases the dual Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury X

E3 2015 - While AMD might have just unveiled its new Fiji architecture, with three new cards in the Radeon R9 Fury X, Radeon R9 Fury and Radeon R9 Nano.

 

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The new Fiji-powered cards will be joined by a super-powered card in the form of what I'm sure will be a huge Radeon R9 Fury X2, a dual-GPU based, Fiji-powered beast. With 8.9 billion transistors, a dual-GPU version of Fury X is sure to pack a mind-blowing, never-before-seen 15.8 billion transistor, a monster like nothing ever released.

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