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GPU sales: VisionTek Radeon R9 Nano for $400, MSI Gold GTX 980 Ti $659

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 12, 2015 4:28 am

The holidays are just around the corner, and retailers are starting to offer some pretty amazing deals on today's hottest tech. We've spotted some substantial deals on high-end GPU's that will have the gaming geek in your life jumping for joy, including MSI's Gold NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti for $659, an AMD Radeon R9 Nano for $403, and a Radeon R9 390 for $259.

 

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First up we have NVIDIA's mighty GeForce GTX 980 Ti. You can pick up an MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6G Golden Edition for $659 at NewEgg, which can be knocked down to $629 with a $30 mail in rebate. The card also comes with a free copy of Black Ops 3 and NVIDIA's Blades or Bullets games bundle, offering the choice between Assassin's Creed: Syndicate or Rainbow Six: Siege. If you already have the games (or don't feel like keeping them) you could sell the game codes to make out like a bandit.

 

With 6GB GDDR5 VRAM and an overclocked core speed of 1190 MHz that's complimented by NVIDIA's stable drivers, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is seen as the premiere powerhouse GPU on the market today. MSI's 6G flavors of the GTX 980 Ti are the cream of the crop, and our own GPU expert Anthony Garreffa called MSI's 6G GTX 980 Ti "the game enthusiast's dream" in his official review.

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EVGA releases HYBRID GAMING NVIDIA GTX 970 with all-in-one closed loop

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 10, 2015 12:29 pm

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.

 

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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.

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NVIDIA upgrading the GTX 965M in Q1 2016, adding ~15% performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 10, 2015 4:24 am

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.

 

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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.

AMD replies to Asetek's cease and desist over R9 Fury X cooler

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 9, 2015 7:37 pm

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.

 

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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.

EVGA overclocker K|NGP|N takes the GTX 980 Ti to an insane 2.2GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 9, 2015 4:53 am

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.

 

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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)

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AMD to launch next-gen 'Arctic Islands' GPU in mid-2016 on 14/16nm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 3, 2015 7:00 pm

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.

 

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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.

AMD to paper launch Radeon R9 Fury X2, could be delayed into 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 12:02 am

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.

 

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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.

GeForce 359.06 driver prepares you for Just Cause 3, Rainbow Six Siege

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 1, 2015 8:33 pm

NVIDIA has released its GeForce 359.06 WHQL certified driver today.

 

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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.

Crimson Edition hotfix driver released, fixes fan and game issues

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 1, 2015 12:45 am

After hearing reports its Crimson Edition driver was causing low fan speed issues, AMD has released a hotfix driver -- 15.11.1 -- today.

 

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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).

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