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CES 2014 - I'm still gushing over SAPPHIRE's Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPU, which runs incredibly cool and has some serious overclocking headroom thanks to its impressive cooler, but MSI has just shown its new Radeon R9 290X Lightning GPU at CES 2014, which trumps the cooling on the SAPPHIRE card.
MSI have used a triple-slot, triple-fan design on the Lightning, which should keep the Hawaii GPU underneath nice and cool. It will also provide for some serious overclocking potential, but has a serious flaw - the triple-slot design. This will stop people from going for 3- and 4-way R9 290X Lightning rigs, which is unfortunate.
CES 2014 - We're hours away from CES 2014 now and we have a massive tease from NVIDIA, who is rumored to unleash a new GeForce GTX 790 GPU. Yes, a GTX 790, not the GTX 780 Ti, or TITAN, but a new, super-fast GPU.
The GeForce GTX 790 would feature an insane 10GB of GDDR5 RAM (5GB GDDR5 x2), 4992 CUDA cores (2496 x2), 640-bit memory (dual 320-bit), and two GK110 cores. If NVIDIA were to release this GPU, we could expect the high-end to really light up, blowing away all of the things AMD has tried to build up with its new Hawaii-based R9 290X GPU.
It looks like there is some untapped performance in the awesome AMD Hawaii-based GPUs, which is the silicon behind its flagship GPU, the Radeon R9 290X. The die shot below shows off a GPU which features as many as 48 CUs, which would see some 3072 stream processors (SPs).
This would reflect to consumers as a new Radeon R9 290X, with 10% more performance, which would be nice. Right now, AMD has one of the fastest GPUs on the market with its Radeon R9 290X, and it would be even better with a third-party HSF, like the one we see on the very impressive SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPUs.
Today Sapphire Technology unveiled a new variant of its R9 270X GPU. The new R9 290X Dual-X 4GB GPU features the same specifications of its previous counterpart, except the new 4GB model features double the RAM. Sapphire says that they have updated the card with 4GB of RAM to meet Battlefield 4 recommended specs.
The R9 270X Dual-X 4GB features 4GB of GDDR5 RAM that has been clocked in at 5.6GHz across a 256-bit wide interface and is capable of cranking out a bandwidth of 179GB/s. The card is a non-reference design, and features Sapphire's Dual-X cooling solution which helps the card remain budget friendly while managing to keep things cool. The new card is expected to retail between $220 and $230.
The first video cards from the Club 3D '14Series will be the Radeon R9 270 and 270X, and should be an affordable product for PC users and gamers looking for a full-HD 1080p gaming experience.
The '13Series was introduced by Club 3D earlier in the year as an extension to its PokerSeries gaming cards - but the launch of R7 and R9 chipsets left Club 3D scrambling to upgrade. The '13Series was designed for system integrators and PC users looking for an added boost with a second GPU in their workstations - and the '14Series promises even better performance:
Club 3D Radeon R9 270 specs:
- 1280 stream processors
- Up to 955MHz clock speed
- 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
- TDP of 150 watts
- Fitted with quiet high-performance CoolStream cooler
- Will benefit from AMD Mantle technology
Club 3D Radeon R9 270X specs:
- 1280 stream processors
- Up to 1080MHz clock speed
- 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
- TDP of 175 watts
- Fitted with Coolstream cooler
- Eyefinity 4 capable
Today NVIDIA announced an update to its GeForce Experience bringing the current version up to version 1.8.1. This new update comes less than a month after version 1.8 was released to the public, and brings forth Twitch streaming to ShadowPlay.
This new feature allows users to stream their games live on Twitch via NVIDIA Shadow Play, and include real-time commentary as well. NVIDIA says that ShadowPlay streaming to Twitch does not have any negative impact on gameplay due to H.264 encoding. "Broadcasting to Twitch has become an integral part of the gaming experience," said Brooke Van Dusen, Director of Business Development, Twitch. "We're extremely excited to work with NVIDIA to make Twitch live streaming available to GeForce Experience users. ShadowPlay is revolutionary, providing high quality streams with almost no noticeable performance impact for our users."
If you were holding off on pulling the trigger on that fancy new Mantle-capable AMD Radeon R9 290X, this news is just for you. According to "reliable sources" of VR-Zone, AMD is planning on releasing a new dual-GPU based on two Hawaii XT cores - the same core used in the R9 290X.
The dual-GPU has a unique codename: "Vesuvius", which is the only active volcano in Europe, and is located in the east coast of the Bay of Naples, in southern Italy. There's not much known about the card, but there are some questions: the R9 290X has had power issues, and gets pretty hot as it is, so what would AMD do with two of these cores on the single PCB?
We're talking about some serious horsepower here, which is going to generate lots of heat, which will require a more than formidable cooling setup. Exciting times ahead, I'm looking forward to what AMD can show us in the coming months.
Sapphire has had a long standing history of providing high-performing products as well as providing tools to make those products perform to the extreme. The company's latest R9 series of GPUs is not different and today Sapphire announced that it has released a new BIOS and Flashing Tool, that will help increase the performance of its R9 290 GPU.
Usually overclocking a Sapphire GPU is as simple as loading up the TriXX utility and adjusting clocks until things stabilize, but in the case of the R9 290 GPU. Its performance is capped by system as its temperature rises, and this is due to the way AMD engineered the Hawaii chip to operate. The newly released BIOS will allow the R9 290 to operate under a new fan profile, which will limit maximum fan speed to 47-percent while increasing performance and reducing noise. Head over to the source links below to download the new BIOS and Flashing Utility!
When it comes to video cards designed for supercomputing, it does not get much better than AMDs new FirePro 10000 video card. The GPU features 12GB of RAM, and is optimized for use in big-data high-performance computing environments. Featuring full support for PCI Express 3.0 and the OpenCL compute programming language, this card is made for some serious number crunching.
"Our compute application customers asked for a solution that offers increased memory to support larger data sets as they create new products and services," said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics, AMD. "In response, we're announcing the AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB Edition video card to meet that additional memory demand with support for OpenCL and high-end compute and graphics technologies.""
"AMD is proving again to be a key player in providing outstanding 3D graphics and GPGPU compute solutions based on the OpenCL Khronos Group standard for the industry with the announcement of the new AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB video card," said Nicolas Duny, VP R&D Technologies, Dassault Systèmes. "AMD is an industry innovator by responding to our customers' needs with cutting edge technology. The AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB card will be a welcome addition to the market and to our customers."
Sapphire Technology has just announced that it will bundle vouchers for the hit first person shooter, Battlefield 4, with several of its AMD Radeon R-Series video cards. Originally only Sapphires flagship, the R9 290X was bundled with the voucher, but now products from Sapphires Dual X line will include the voucher as well.
Participating cards include the R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X Dual-X, R9 280 Dual-X, R9 270x Dual-X, and R9 270 Dual-X. Sapphires Dual-X technology features an exclusive dual heat extraction technology that utilizes a highly efficient cooler and graduated heat pipes along with dual aerofoil section fans. This combination delivers great performance with an exceptionally low-noise experience.
Sapphire says that the Battlefield 4 vouchers will be available in the above listed cars beginning now, and will be available at existing retailers that sell Sapphire products. With Battlefield 4 retailing for $60 alone, this is an excellent deal for anyone looking to upgrade their PC and pick up this seasons best shooter.