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Announced back in early November, AMD has at last released its Crimson Edition driver along with Catalyst Control Center replacement Radeon Settings. In short, you get better performance and a drastically different interface with loads of new features.
Feature additions include enabling of LiquidVR (this marks the first driver to do so), asynchronous shaders support for more efficient GPU usage, shader caching support for reduced load times, lower CPU usage, and less stuttering and latency in game, low framerate compensation while using Freesync (when falling below your minimum refresh rate, juddering will be reduced or absent), various video enhancements, and plenty more.
Although often lesser-known than MSI, ASUS and GIGABYTE, PowerColor has been making AMD video cards since 1997, showcasing an extremely long relationship and commitment to the VGA scene.
Announced through a recently issued press release, PowerColor's new PCS+ R9 380X Myst. Edition comes backed with 4GB of GDDR5, boasting two 90mm 2-ball bearing fans for cooling and three 8mm nickel-plated heat pipes. The block is made of 100% pure copper and covers the processor completely, connected to aluminium fins for extra cooling.
The GDDR5 is clocked at 1475MHz with 2048 stream processors and the core clock sits on 2010MHz. Released in this black-on-black design, more information can be found on this model here.
Today SAPPHIRE welcomed AMD's new mid-ranged R9 380X GPU to its PC gaming Nitro family. SAPPHIRE has outfitted the R9 380X with its noteworthy Dual-X cooling array, which consists of easily-removable 10cm fans optimized with Intelligence Fan Control (IFC-II), a 10mm heat pipe with a diecast heat sink for improved heat dissipation, and Black Diamond chokes that boost power efficiency and heat mitigation.
The SAPPHIRE Nitro R9 380X features 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM with a 256-bit bus clocked at 1500mHz, with 32 compute units and 2048 stream processors running at 1040mHz. The card can hit high 1080p 80FPS performance in today's demanding games like GTA V, and even delivers 50+ FPS in Star Wars: Battlefront running at 2560x1440p resolution on high settings. The card consumes only 225W of power and needs a minimum power supply of 500W, and hooks up via 2x 6x6 AUX pins.
SAPPHIRE's Nitro R9 380X is priced at just $229, making it a great mid-range GPU that serves as a gateway to 1440p gaming while hitting great performance at 1080p. AMD contends that the R9 380X is a great step up for users looking to upgrade from an NVIDIA GTX 950 or GTX 960, and the new card fleshes out Team Red's R9 300 lineup with another 1440p option.
NVIDIA has just released the latest GeForce 359.00 WHQL drivers, which are a new set of Game Ready drivers that are ready for both Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, and the Overwatch beta from Blizzard. NVIDIA has a few notes for the GeForce 359.00 WHQL drivers, which you can check out below. As for the drivers, you can grab them here.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Overwatch: Beta.
GameWorks VR 1.0 Support
Driver support for GameWorks VR 1.0, including Multi-Res shading and Windows 10
Application SLI Profiles
Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
- Guild Wars 2 - 64-bit EXE added
- Overlord: Fellowship of Evil - DX11 SLI profile added
- Total War: Attila - SLI disabled
- War Thunder - 64-bit EXE added
3D Vision Profiles
No 3D Vision profiles were added with this release.
- NView - version 146.78
- HD Audio Driver - version 126.96.36.199
- NVIDIA PhysX System Software - version 9.15.0428
- GeForce Experience - version 188.8.131.52
- CUDA - version 7.5
Sapphire recently dropped a new version of its TriXX Utility for overclockers. Dubbed V5.2.1, it sports a new interface, supports Fury video cards and over-volting on R300 cards, adds the option to minimize to task bar, and more.
TriXX features include profiles, GPU information, Crossfire support, Gadget support, and of course, the ability to change core clocks, memory clocks, voltage, and fan settings.
Hardware.info has leaked images of the forthcoming ASUS, XFX, and GIGABYTE versions of the R9 380X video card in preparing its reviews. The images, now pulled, show the R9 380X has 4GB GDDR5 memory, as previously rumored. As well, you can expect DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort for all display output configurations.
The ASUS card is known as the STRIX R9 380X and is said to come factory overclocked; the XFX card looks similar to the 380, and the GIGABYTE card will be part of the G1 Gaming series and employ dual-fan WindForce 2X cooling.
The latest time we saw the discrete GPU market share numbers, NVIDIA was dominating with 82% of the market. We thought with the release of the Radeon R9 390X and the hyped to hell Radeon R9 Fury X (as well as the Fury, and R9 Nano) that AMD would win back a considerable chunk of the dGPU market in the last three months... well, they didn't.
AMD only took back 0.9% of the dGPU market, leaving NVIDIA with 81.1%, according to the latest data from analyst firm JPR. Back in February of this year, NVIDIA had 76% of the market leaving AMD with 24% of the market. But, we should hopefully begin to see a change in these numbers now that AMD is finally doing something about it, splitting its GPU division off recently into Radeon Technologies Group.
The biggest GPU fight is about to happen, with the shift from 28nm to 14/16nm set to happen next year. Not only that, but HBM2 will be used by both sides, versus just AMD using HBM right now. If that wasn't exciting enough, Windows 10 delivered DirectX 12 to the world, so we should begin to see some truly interesting things begin to happen early next year.
Next year is going to be a big one for AMD, as they'll need to secure a considerable chunk of lost discrete GPU market share from NVIDIA, but will the next-gen GPUs be enough to do that? We've seen a big shift in AMD's software strategy with the new Crimson driver set, as well as a major shift within the company with the decision to send off the graphics department on its own as Radeon Technologies Group.
But when it comes to next-gen GPUs, the new rumor has a codename of Vega10. We have no idea what Vega10 is, but it could be a new power efficient version of their next-gen Greenland-based GPU, similar to a next-gen R9 Nano. AMD's new GPUs will be offering twice the power efficiency over the current GPUs, mostly thanks to the shift to either 14nm or 16nm FinFET technology.
HBM2 will be another big part of that, as it will save even more power than HBM1, but the die shrink from 28nm to 14/16nm is going to be revolutionary - not just for AMD, but for NVIDIA, too.
Following the launch of its take on the GTX 950, GIGABYTE is adding five more high-end video cards to its Xtreme Gaming lineup.
First is the Titan X (GV-NTITANXXTREME-12GD-B), which boasts 1165MHz/1266MHz clock speeds, a 7Gbps memory clock, 12GB VRAM, and a 384-bit memory bus.
The GTX 980 Ti comes in two flavours: Windforce Edition (GV-N98TXTREME-6GD) and Waterforce Edition (GV-N98TXTREME W-6GD). The Windforce Edition features the normal air cooling system; Waterforce features an all-in-one closed-loop water cooling system that houses FEP tubes, a 120mm silent fan, and a low-noise pump. GIGABYTE claims full coverage (GPU, VRAM, and MOSFET) and 38.8% better cooling over the reference design -- plenty enough that no additional fans are needed. Both include LN2 BIOS and an extra 6-pin PCI-E power connector for overclockers. As for specs, you get 1216MHz/1317MHz clock speeds, a 7.2Gbps memory clock, 6GB VRAM, and a 384-bit memory bus with both.
NVIDIA has released its GeForce 358.91 WHQL-certified driver to the public. The entire purpose of this release is to optimize performance in three big, new games: Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.