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After a few weeks of leaks and teases, NVIDIA has made its GeForce GTX 980 Ti official. The new GTX 980 Ti uses the same GM200 core that the GeForce GTX Titan X used, but reduces the VRAM from 12GB to 6GB, among other slight reductions.
The GTX 980 Ti is a powerhouse GPU, offering Titan X like performance, but with a competitive price of $649. Considering the Titan X is still $999, AMD will have its work cut out for it with the release of the Radeon R9 390X, or Radeon Fury, depending on what we get. We also reported yesterday of some of the GTX 980 Ti cards to expect from NVIDIA's partners, which should be officially unveiled in the coming days.
We have a roundup of the various reviews from our friends around the web, as we don't just like to show off our own work (if I may say so myself).
NVIDIA looks to be all set to launch the GeForce GTX 980 Ti tomorrow, so we're getting a very good look at all of the cards from their AIB partners like ASUS, EVGA, ZOTAC, MSI, and everyone else.
It looks like each company will have a few different models, with a reference model as a minimum followed by a few other models with varying overclocks and cooling setups. EVGA will have 10 cards, which is just insanity, but it will provide such a great line up to consumers, all the way up to the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified KingPin Edition.
Some of the Inno3D editions look great, with their iGame line up offering triple-fan models and the use of their HerculeZ and Accellero coolers. We will see ZOTAC make great use of their AMP! Edition card, as well as something new in the Arctic Storm edition.
Up until this point, everyone expected AMD to unveil its Radeon R9 390X either at Computex, but our sources tell us E3 2015. Well, it might not even be called the Radeon R9 390X, with AMD rumored to be pulling the Fury name out of storage and calling it Radeon Fury. But is the Radeon Fury enough to pull back some of that GPU market share loss from NVIDIA?
At first, I was a little shocked, then it sunk in. This isn't 'just another' release from AMD, this is their most important release, possibly ever (in my opinion). AMD would position the Radeon Fury with its own branding to compete directly against the GeForce GTX Titan X, with the Radeon Fury rocking the Fiji XT architecture, while the Radeon R9 390X would be released using a juiced up Hawaii GPU.
This move would be something AMD can be proud of, as the Radeon Fury (we'll call it that for this article until we have proof, or the official announcement from AMD) rocks High Bandwidth Memory. That alone is enough to justify it being different to the normal Radeon GPUs, and if it really does have Titan X levels of performance, the VRAM difference is a big enough leap to justify that branding difference.
With the GeForce GTX 980 Ti rocking just 6GB of RAM, it is reportedly offering Titan X levels of performance, but the 12GB of VRAM is known as the Titan X level, while the 4-6GB is for the consumer cards now. AMD would be offering the same difference, but the HBM is key. The HBM-based, Fiji XT-powered Radeon Fury is shaping up to be a monster, and with this new branding, the excitement (for me at least) has just jumped up a few notches.
Claiming virtually silent operating procedures, EVGA's new watercooled NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-X Hybrid is certainly a sight to behold.
Designed to be completely plug and play, this AIO watercooling loop features a 120mm radiator and fan and will be released as either a package with the TITAN X card itself or separate for your own application as an upgrade kit.
EVGA's recent press release also claims a new cooling method, stating that the "VRM and Memory cooling solution separated from GPU" allowing for advanced cooling procedures.
Technology lovers brace yourselves, images have been posted up of the ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti reference models alongside their retail packaging.
Specifically for ASUS, some statistics have been leaked, showcasing a card based on the GM200 silicon containing 2,816 CUDA cores with 6GB of GDDR5 memory and with a 384-bit memory interface.
The reference clock speeds are reportedly similar to the GTX TITAN X speeds, featuring a 1000 MHz core, 1076 MHz GPU boots and 7012 MHz memory.
We've been hearing whispers of NVIDIA launching its GeForce GTX 980 Ti, but according to WCCFTech, the company will be launching their new video card on June 2 at Computex 2015.
The event itself will be livestreamed over Twitch, as you can see from the image above. But what should we expect from the GTX 980 Ti itself? Well, it's based off of the GM200 core, the same core that powered the GeForce GTX Titan X, but we'll see 6GB of VRAM instead of the 12GB that the Titan X featured. But, this will include a drop in price from the $999 pricing of the Titan X.
The GeForce GTX 980 Ti will feature a 384-bit memory bus, up from the 256-bit bus offered on the GTX 980 which will provide the new GM200-based card with 336GB/sec memory bandwidth. The Core Clock will be at 1GHz, while the Boost Clock will reportedly be set at 1076MHz. We should expect to see an 8-pin + 6-pin PCIe configuration, with three DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI port on the back.
We know that it's coming, but AMD has just taken to YouTube to tease their upcoming next-gen GPU, the Radeon R9 390X. AMD has a 7-second clip on YouTube where they say "it's coming..." and that's it.
The video teases a beautiful render of the Radeon R9 390X, very similar to what we've seen in the previous leaks. We can expect AMD to use High Bandwidth Memory on its Radeon R9 390X, which will give the Fiji XT-powered card around 640GB/sec of memory bandwidth, a huge increase of the 336GB/sec that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti will reportedly have.
Most people would think that ASUS or MSI would lead the pack as the largest GPU vendor, but it's actually Palit Microsystems (who also owns Gainward). Well, Colorful wants to compete at a much higher level, so the company is set to increase its shipments to over 500,000 per month this year, reports DigiTimes.
Colorful is also amping up its motherboard business, so it won't just be the GPU business that will scale going into the future. DigiTimes reports that the overall demand for video card sales has dropped, but the demand in China is still quite strong. GPU shipments for China are sitting at a very healthy 16-17 million units for 2015, with China accounting for a huge 50% of the total global GPU shipments.
The Chinese market is dominated by Colorful, Galaxy and ZOTAC with Colorful set to ship 500,000 units per month for 2015. Galaxy is hoping to ship somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 units per month, with projected sales of 5 million for Colorful and Galaxy. ZOTAC is expected to ship 3 million units this year, with ASUS shipping around 5 million across the year. GIGABYTE will be shipping around 3.6 million units while MSI will be pushing out around 2.9 million units for 2015.
Something we talked about a few weeks ago now looks to be true: AMD will release two versions of its Radeon R9 390X. One of them will rock the next-gen HBM, while another will use the standard GDDR5 VRAM. WCCFTech is reporting that they noticed some juicy news on the ASUS forums, with the following units:
- ASUS R9390X-DC2-8GD5
- ASUS STRIX-R9380-OC-2GD5
- ASUS STRIX-R9370-OC-4GD5
- ASUS STRIX-R7360X-DC2OC2-2GD5
- ASUS R7360-2GD5
What we do think this means, is that AMD will release a Radeon R9 390X with 4GB of HBM, while the 8GB version will rock GDDR5. We've heard through our industry sources that HBM is experiencing seriously low yields, which will stop AMD from slapping 8GB of HBM onto the cards. This move will allow AMD to sell more R9 390X cards as they'll only be using 4GB of HBM, versus 8GB of High Bandwidth Memory.
The bigger question is: will the Radeon R9 390X be enough to compete against the GM200-powered NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti? What time of performance leap are we to expect from the HBM-powered R9 390X, over the nearly two-year-old R9 290X?
As we get closer to the official announcement and launch of the Radeon R9 390X from AMD, all we have to enjoy for now are leaked benchmarks that show the "Fiji XT" card beating out the GeForce GTX Titan X, barely.
With its super-fast HBM, the AMD Radeon R9 390X beats out the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X, the unreleased and expected GTX 980 Ti, and every other single GPU solution from NVIDIA in the average scores from 19 benchmarks according to a leaked look at the next-gen card from AMD.
When it comes to power consumption, it looks like AMD's next-gen Fiji architecture and High Bandwidth Memory aren't enough to save it from the perils of high power consumption. The leaked benchmarks show that the R9 390X uses 289W of power, which is just 3W away from the R9 290X which is quite the consumer of power. Comparing this to the Titan X which uses 256W, and the GTX 980 Ti which uses 235W, AMD is once again consuming a large amount of power in order to beat NVIDIA.
These are of course leaked results, so we can expect a better look from the R9 390X, and the GTX 980 Ti when they're both officially released.