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If there anyone who likes GPU rumors, it's me. The latest reports are suggesting that AMD might make a huge leap with its new Radeon R9 300 series, which should make use of the new High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), but more interestingly, it is based on a 2.5D design, and will use up to 300W of power.
The news is coming from the LinkedIn profile of Linglan Zhang, who is currently employed by AMD as the System Architecture Manager. His profile lists that he is working on a new GPU SOC chip that uses the 2.5D design, and rocks a TDP of 300W. We should expect the new GPUs from AMD to be made on the 28nm architecture, since the 16nm and 20nm die shrinks are now at least six months or more away - from both AMD, and NVIDIA.
Comparing GDDR5 against HBM is something that people need to start really looking at, as the I/O per chip on GDDR5 is just 32-bit, while the 4-Hi HBM 'Stacked DRAM' pumps things up to a huge 1024-bit. Max bandwidth per min on GDDR5 is just 7Gbps, while HBM sits at 1GBps. The max bandwidth of GDDR5 sits at 28Gbps, while the HBM technology can scale between 64Gbps and 256Gbps.
When can we expect the new Radeon R9 390X and R9 380X? Well, the reports state that AMD is already taping out the new R9 380X, which means we could see GPUs in consumers' hands in the coming weeks, so we might see AMD unleash these new cards before NVIDIA kicks off its GPU Technology Conference in March, where we might see something unveiled - last year, we saw the GeForce GTX Titan Z for example. Whatever happens, it's exciting times in the world of GPUs, that's for sure.
EVGA have recently changed the way that their HydroCopper branding works. In the past HydroCopper refereed to models which included a factory-overclocked reference PCB and a factory-fitted, full-cover water blocks, allowing users to add this to their liquid-cooling loop as they saw fit. However EVGA's new direction for HydroCopper is to include its own closed-loop cooling system, seeing a similar design to AMD's reference Radeon R9 295X2.
This included cooler features a metal base-plate, drawing heat from the memory and VRM, connected to the central pump-block and an aluminum fin stack. Cooling these two parts is a common lateral-flow blower and all of this is ventilated by a single 120mm fan.
CES 2015 - We were invited up to MSI's suite to take a closer look at some of their new products. When we entered, we were welcomed by the X99A Gaming 9 ACK, one of MSI's new boards sporting the latest USB 3.1 technology. It won the CES 2015 Innovation award and rightfully so with USB 3.1, which we saw reach 650MB/s read and write speeds. The board isn't using the new type-c USB 3.1 connector, but instead relies on the traditional USB connector.
However, MSI did have a board with the new c-type connector in the works, the Z97X Gaming 6. We were able to catch a glimpse of this new technology. It felt very sturdy and yes, we were able to flip it upside down and insert it into the port.
CES 2015 - SAPPHIRE didn't have anything new to show off at CES 2015, so instead it was just showing off a handful of their most popular products.
We went in and talked to a few of the executives at the company, teeing up some new projects going into the New Year that you will have to check back with TweakTown in the near future to check out. All we can say is: it'll kick ass. Until then, here are some images of video cards that you can check out, starting with the Radeon R9 290X 4GB and R9 280X 4GB.
Here's the SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon R9 4GB.
CES 2015 - Over the last year or two ZOTAC has been making strides when it comes to the GPU market, with some truly great cards that not only look great, are featured packed, but they perform like champions. We knew the company was going to be showing off its new GeForce GTX cards at CES 2015, so here we are!
Let's start off with the GTX 980 AMP! Omega Edition, with its dual fan system, and much more. We have a base clock of 1202MHz, and boost clock of 1304MHz. The usual 4GB of RAM is found on a 256-bit memory bus, while the memory clock is at 7046MHz. We have three DisplayPort outputs, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI-I.
CES 2015 - ZOTAC is becoming a big force to be reckoned with in the VGA market, where they were teasing two small GeForce GTX 970s at CES 2015.
Starting with the GTX 970 which features a dual fan cooling system, and base and boost clocks of 1076MHz and 1216MHz respectively. We have the usual 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, too.
The other card ZOTAC were showing off, which won't be available for another couple of months yet, is the GTX 970 Single Fan.
MSI might be working on two new GeForce GTX 970s, but the new EVGA card might having everyone crying into their wallets. K|NGP|N, the crazy overclocker himself, is working with EVGA on a new GeForce GTX 980 Classified.
We don't know much about the new card, whether it will feature the GM204 core, or the bigger and badder GM204 core. I'm hoping we see EVGA push the boundaries and use the full GM200 core, but with K|NGP|N behind the scenes tinkering around with this, we can expect big, big things from EVGA's latest card.
MSI has shown off some damn impressive new GeForce GTX 970 cards, with three awesome color schemes on offer: red, gold and green. The green version is my favorite, as it's the perfect match for the company celebrating the fact they've shipped 100 million GeForce video cards.
The company is also preparing a new GTX 970 with a black and white theme, a card codenamed GTX 970 4GD5T-OC. There's also the GTX 970 100ME, but the GTX 970 4GD5T-OC card doesn't feature a backplate, and it features cheaper components, too. Both of the cards will be made available lalter this month, with the green edition of the GTX 970 featuring a "special gift".
NVIDIA made quite the splash when it launched its new Maxwell architecture in September, but the company is reportedly preparing its new Quadro M6000 GPU which will see the visual computing market get excited, very excited.
The new NVIDIA Quadro M6000 should be based on the GM200 architecture, with a fully unleashed Maxwell chip at the heart of the card. The full GM200 would feature 3072 CUDA cores (24 SMMs, while the GM204 sports 16 SMMs). This full GM200 core also features 96 ROPs, and either 192 or 256 TMUs. The memory interface will be expanded from the 256-bit bus on the GeForce GTX 980 (based on the GM204 core) to 384-bit for the Quadro M6000.
On top of that, we should see the Quadro M6000 feature a huge 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with a total memory bandwidth of 317.4GB/sec thanks to its 384-bit memory bus. We should see NVIDIA launch the Quadro M6000 later this month, or even tonight at its CES 2015 event.
CES 2015 - If you're still searching for a GeForce GTX 970 card, Zotac will be showing their new AMP! Extreme and AMP! Edition models in Las Vegas very soon at CES 2015.
Quoted as "designed for enthusiast gamers" in their recent press release, these two new graphics additions to the Zotac family will be focused around extended features and performance capabilities.
ZOTAC will be displaying these cards in an SLI configuration, showcasing their stellar 4K gaming capabilities to the public. One system each will be displaying their AMP! Edition and AMP! Extreme Edition cards.