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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.
If you're not keen on an EVGA NVIDIA GTX 950 or 960 with free Heroes of the Storm (MOBA) goodies, MSI has teamed up with AMD to offer customers Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China and India for free with R9 380 or R7 370 purchases.
Kicking off in either 1526 China or 1841 India, these new Assassin's Creed titles see you play two different characters, vying for different life goals. The cards on offer are both packed with Twin Frozr V coolers and claim to offer decent FPS when battling it out of sneaking over roof tops.
The game code expires July 31st 2016, so you've got quite some time to get a move on - however, the promotion is subject to stocks and these cards will be off the shelves around October 31, 2015.
TSMC has confirmed that it has made the first samples of NVIDIA's next generation GP100 GPU, with NVIDIA now testing the new Pascal architecture internally. When should we expect the consumer release? Sometime mid next year.
NVIDIA has been sent the first GP100 samples to its subsidiary in India, but we don't know anything other than this. The company taped out its GP100 GPU in June, which is going to be made on the 16nm FinFET+ process, and we should see it utilizing HBM2, providing 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth. This will be quite the increase on the 334GB/sec that the GTX 980 Ti and Titan X are capable of, and is double the 512GB/sec that AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X can muster with its HBM1.
The new Pascal architecture should also deliver its own upgrades over the Maxwell architecture that has been so good to NVIDIA across 2015. The GP100 rocks 17 billion transistors, and should see NVIDIA pack in some 6000 or so CUDA cores, up from the 2816 CUDA cores found in the GM200-powered GTX 980 Ti. Personally, I think we might see NVIDIA release multiple Pascal products - where I would love to see a GDDR5-based offering for the cheaper mainstream side, and a HBM2-powered GeForce 1000 series card for the enthusiasts.
Announced in a recently issued press release, EVGA has teamed up with Blizzard to offer gamers this special 'Storm Kaijo Diable Bundle', free with the purchase of any EVGA-branded NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 or GTX 960 video card.
Coming complete with the Diablo hero, Jaijo skin and a seven day stim pack, this bundle offers a little extra punch with the HD-gaming ready GTX 950 or 960 card. Designed for 1080p gaming, these video cards have been heavily marketed towards those who enjoy MOBA style games like Heroes of the Storm, offering decent FPS on higher graphics settings.
Claimed to offer three times the performance of a GTX 650, the GTX 950 package is available today, alongside the GTX 960.
The GeForce GTX 980M is already quite the mobile GPU, but as usual, NVIDIA isn't just sitting around doing nothing on the mobile GPU front. The company is reportedly preparing a new, very powerful mobile GPU that would pack the full GM204 GPU.
What's the 'full GM204' GPU you ask? Well, it's the identical GPU that is found on the GeForce GTX 980, the desktop video card from NVIDIA that was released last year. This means we can expect the full 2048 CUDA cores, 256-bit memory bus, and 4GB of GDDR5. We did expect a GTX 990M according to the rumors that we last reported on, but it looks like this new GPU is going to be the GM204-based GTX 980, this time inside of a gaming laptop.
The mobile GTX 980 would feature 2048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, and 64 ROPS - just like its desktop counterpart. If we compare this to the GTX 980M, found inside of gaming laptops like the ASUS ROG G751 that we reviewed here, it has 1536 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs and 64 ROPs. Moving over to clock speeds, the desktop GTX 980 has a GPU clock of 1126MHz and a Boost clock of 1218MHz while the GTX 980M comes in at 1038MHz, while the new GM204-based mobile GTX 980 will reportedly clock in at 1190MHz.
So the full GM204 GPU is going to be quite the upgrade, which I think will usher in a world of mobile 4K 60FPS gaming, and QHD gaming at 144Hz with G-Sync. We should expect some more details in the coming weeks on this.
MSI has unleashed a teaser to the public on its global Facebook page, depicting MSI and Corsair logo's surrounded by splashes of water, with the 'OC Series' logo pushed into the top right corner.
Combined with the caption "Now this is going to be truly 'cool'!" followed by hashtags "MSI, Corsair, GraphicsCard," it seems fairly obvious that some sort of water cooled OC Series video card product is on the way, however, you can never be sure.
TechPowerUp has rumored this new addition to be an MSI-exclusive Hydro Series cooling bracket, set to attach to an all-in-one liquid cooling loop.