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While we've seen a surge in all-in-one watercooled video cards recently across products such as the AMD Radeon Fury X and the GIGABYTE Water Force series, EVGA has joined the club, announcing its closed loop all-in-one liquid cooled GeForce GTX 970.
Coming backed with a 120mm radiator and fan out of the box, this completely Plug & Play video card is based on the Maxwell architecture and has been designed for cool operation in hot environments. The simple grey exterior and black cooler seems to be the only color scheme on offer here, with users looking to utilize this in their minimalist builds.
The fan speed can be controlled by each user to ensure quieter operation and the cooler covers both VRM and memory on the mainboard. More information about this product can be found here. EVGA has not announced retail pricing yet.
It looks like NVIDIA is doing some last minute work to its GeForce GTX 965M product, codenamed "N16E-GR", allowing for some decent overclocking headroom and additional performance, adding roughly 15% to the previous "N16E-GS" product.
We don't know if the new GPU will be a more efficient revision of the GM204, or a full-blown GM206 part. It looks like we have a 15% performance improvement thanks to the increased clocks, with the Base clock said to be hitting 950MHz or so. NotebookCheck has run some prelimiary benchmarks, with the new GTX 965M clocking in at around 15% faster than the original chip.
In 3DMark 11, it scores around 8400 points, with a Base clock originally sitting at 924MHz, and now increased to 950MHz, while the Boost clock jumped from 1151MHz to 1175MHz or so. The GTX 965M will include a 128-bit memory bus allowing for 80GB/sec memory bandwidth, with 4GB of GDDR5. As for availability, we should expect sometime in Q1 2016, with the same price as the previous GTX 965M. The TDP should sit at around 50W, which is pretty good for mobile gaming, with HDMI 2.0 joining in on the fun.
With Asetek demanding that AMD stop sales of its Radeon R9 Fury X video card due to watercooling issue between CoolerMaster and Asetek, AMD has now publicly replied.
Packed with a closed loop cooling system, AMD defended its Radeon R9 Fury X with CoolerMaster-supported liquid cooling, stating "We are aware that Asetek has sued Cooler Master. While we defer to Cooler Master regarding the details of the litigation, we understand that the jury in that case did not find that the Cooler Master heat sink currently used with the Radeon Fury X infringed any of Asetek's patents."
With this quote in mind, AMD has not directly stated if they will be continuing to sell or cease production of its Fury X cards, with them claiming that the lawsuit has nothing to do with the R9 card directly.
Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido is a hard working man, always tinkering with PC hardware and overclocking so that he can reach insane new heights - mostly powered by EVGA hardware.
Well, K|NGP|N has smashed three new 3DMark world records, using his EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N Edition video cards, reaching 2200MHz on the GPU using LN2 cooling. The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N Edition have been crafted from the ground up for overclocking, so it should come as no surprise that K|NGP|N used his own video cards to reach these new world records.
As for the hardware, he used:
EVGA Hardware Used:
- EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N Edition Graphics
- EVGA X99 Micro2 Motherboard
- EVGA SuperNOVA Power Supply
3DMark World Records Obtained:
- 3DMark Fire Strike (Single Card)
- 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (Single Card)
- 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra (Single Card)
We all know it's coming, but AMD is expected to launch their next-gen 'Arctic Islands' GPUs in mid-2016. These new cards will be powered by the much faster HBM2 technology, driving up to and over 1TB/sec memory bandwidth - up from the 512GB/sec found on the Fury cards, powered by HBM1.
AMD's new cards will launch on the 14nm/16nm FinFET process, with the GPUs including a huge 2x performance per watt increase over the previous generation cards. With multiple parts powering the new cards, a new architecture, HBM2 and a huge process shrink, I have some big expectations on next-gen GPUs. AMD has recently changed things up with spinning off its GPU business into Radeon Technologies Group, as well as the big changes with Radeon Software.
The flagship GPU in the Arctic Islands family is the exciting Greenland GPU, which is rumored to feature up to 18 billion transistors, and up to 32GB of HBM2.
It looks like AMD is ready to fully announce its dual Fiji-based video card, which should arrive as the Radeon R9 Fury X2. But according to the latest rumors from Benchlife.info, it'll be a paper launch of the Fury X2, with real market availability to kick in sometime in Q1 2016.
The source continued, adding that scheduling issues in production of the new video card could see delays occur. This isn't something new, as AMD paper launched the Fury X before it reached the market weeks later, but this delay will reportedly be months, not weeks. We should know for certain very soon, as we've been invited to an AMD event in Sonoma, California this week (I'm sitting in the Brisbane, Australia airport to board my plane to LA, and then SFO). We're expecting to see AMD unveil the Fury X2, but we won't know for certain until later this week.
Now, what about price? We should be expecting the Radeon R9 Fury X2 to be priced quite high as it features dual Fiji XT GPUs, as well as two separate sets of 4GB of HBM. The Fury X has an MSRP of $649, so we should expect the Fury X2 to be as high as $1049-$1099, or even more. Remember the Radeon R9 295X2 launched at around $1500, but floated down to $1000 after a while.
NVIDIA has released its GeForce 359.06 WHQL certified driver today.
This one is specifically aimed at those playing or planning on playing the beautiful open world action game Just Cause 3 (JC3) or the tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege. It contains optimizations for both, including an SLI profile for Siege (JC3 doesn't support SLI, otherwise there'd likely be a profile for that too).
Grab the driver at the source or through GeForce Experience.
After hearing reports its Crimson Edition driver was causing low fan speed issues, AMD has released a hotfix driver -- 15.11.1 -- today.
The driver fixes the aforementioned fan issues, and also includes "great stability improvements" and game fixes for Just Cause 3, Star Wars: Battlefront, Fallout 4 (that compass issue is fixed except for R9 290 and AMD Radeon R9 295X2 setups), and Black Ops 3 (which sees good performance in Crossfire now).
AMD's Crimson Edition driver has been causing fan issues for some, some saying it locks the speed to 20%.
While it's been reported this has caused cards to burn out, Reddit user Joshposh70 conducted some hard tests with his R9 290s in Crossfire and claims temperatures peaked at 94 degrees, at which point clock speeds were automatically reduced to maintain that temperature, as is expected with AMD's built-in Powertune technology.