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ASUS has just announced Auto-Extreme, its new production process for making video cards. Auto-Extreme is "the industry's first fully-automated production process" reports Tom's Hardware.
Normally, video cards are constructed by hand with the help of machines, but there is always the chance of human error. The new process from ASUS looks to eliminate human error, with full automation from PCB manufacturing, all the way through to manufacturing the MOSFETs. Some of the PCB components used to be made by hand, but now ASUS has fully automated the process, ushering in a new wave of video card production.
The automation process also allows for a higher precision, made possible because humans aren't touching the process. Installation of the components can also be completed without oxidation, and in environments that aren't healthy for humans. ASUS should be able to offer consumers a lower failure rate, bolstered by reduced production costs which should hopefully spin down to consumers, and longer lifetime on cards.
With the new Radeon video cards launching in the next couple of weeks, most have been wondering what pricing AMD would stick to. Well, it looks like the MSRP on the Radeon R9 390X could be just $389.
There are two enthusiast cards in the Radeon R9 390X and Radeon R9 390, with the 'enhanced Hawaii XT' in the R9 390X with an MSRP of $389 and the 'enhanced Hawaii PRO' under the Radeon R9 390 with a price of $329. This should compete directly with the GeForce GTX 980 from NVIDIA which dropped to $499 thanks to the release of the GTX 980 Ti at $649. These two cards will better compete with the GTX 900 series, while the Fury range of cards will compete with the GTX 980 Ti and Titan X.
Will you be buying the Radeon R9 390X, or will you be waiting for the higher-end, HBM-based Fury cards?
We've had to pull our ASUS Radeon R9 390X post, as well as our PowerColor Radeon R9 390X post, so here's hoping that news and images on the XFX Radeon R9 390X Double Dissipation 8GB doesn't need to be pulled.
The XFX branded card is the latest in a slew of Radeon R9 390X video cards that has popped up, a rebranded R9 290X with 8GB of VRAM. It sports a slick looking cooler with unlocked voltage, and a diamond-shaped texture which looks great. There's 7 extended heat pipes which should keep the XFX Radeon R9 390X Double Dissipation 8GB nice and cool.
The XFX Radeon R9 390X Double Dissipation 8GB output configuration is as follows: DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort.
After our world exclusive news that AMD would be releasing its Fury X as the watercooled, HBM-based flagship GPU, we began hearing about Fury Nano. We didn't want to post the news and possibly have it backfire on our source, so we waited on someone else to hear about it - and here we are.
We can now reveal that there will be three different Fury cards released, the Fury X as the flagship, Fury, which will be joined by Fury Nano. Fury Nano will be a tiny video card, which could arrive as the flagship. Right now it's all up in the air, but we do know there will be three different Fury cards, followed by a rebrand that will arrive as the Radeon R9 300 series.
We had a world exclusive with the first Radeon R9 390X spotted thanks to PowerColor, but now details have leaked on the ASUS Radeon R9 390X DirectCU II OC. The ASUS variant will feature 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, which is in line with our exclusive story on the Fiji XT-based Fury X and Fury featuring HBM, while the 300 series cards will be powered by GDDR5.
The details leaked tease that the ASUS Radeon R9 390X DirectCU II OC will feature 8GB of GDDR5, 1070MHz Core, 6GHz on the 8GB of VRAM spread on a 512-bit memory bus. Connectivity wise, we'll have one DisplayPort, one HDMI, and two DVI-D. The ASUS Radeon R9 390X DirectCU II OC will sport 2816 stream processors, 176 texture mapping units (TMU) and 64 ROPs.
The 8GB of RAM being clocked at 6GHz is a change from the 5GHz on the R9 290X, so that's most likely what we can expect from the other Radeon R9 390X cards when they launch. ASUS has two 8-pin PCIe connectors on the card, and an estimated price of around $449 when it launches later this year.
While AMD is about to launch its Fiji XT-based Radeon R9 Fury X and the respin that will arrive as the Radeon R9 390X, it looks like NVIDIA is already playing around with its next-gen GPU: GP100. GP100 will reportedly rock between 4500 and 6000 CUDA cores, making it NVIDIA's biggest GPU yet.
Right now we have GM200, with the 'M' standing for Maxwell, so the GP100 and its 'P' standing for Pascal. Pascal is NVIDIA's next generation architecture, with the GPU being built on the 16nm process. Not only will Pascal be baked onto 16nm, but it will arrive with support for HBM2 memory, which should see memory bandwidth scaling up to an insane 1.2TB/sec or 1200GB/sec. Considering the GeForce GTX 980 Ti has 336GB/sec, the GTX 1080 Ti (or whatever NVIDIA calls it) could have up to 1.2TB/sec bandwidth, a near 400% increase in memory bandwidth alone.
The news is coming from a source on the Beyond3D forums who says that the 'big Pascal' chip (GP100) has been taped out on TSMC's 16nm process, with a 'target release' window of Q1 2016. We don't know if this is true or not, but I would be pretty sure that NVIDIA is playing around with Pascal right now. I've asked many of my NVIDIA sources about Pascal, 16nm and HBM2 and all I get back are smiles... we should be more excited about the next-gen GPU from NVIDIA than any other release from the company, ever.
Computex 2015 - PowerColor has one of the best video cards in the world with its Radeon R9 290X Devil 13, as it features two fully-packed R9 290X GPUs. These cards spare no expense with nothing cut down, we have two full Radeon R9 290X video cards on a single PCB.
As you can see, the PowerColor Radeon R9 290X Devil 13 has not just two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, but four 8-pin PCIe power connectors as it is rocking two full Hawaii XT GPUs.
PowerColor has used a full PLX chip in between the two Hawaii XT cores so that there's x16 PCIe bandwidth between the GPUs.
Computex 2015 - One of the companies that I'm most excited about reviewing video cards for is Colorful, a Chinese video card manufacturer that builds some of the craziest cards you have seen. Colorful recently said it was aiming to become the second largest VGA vendor in the world.
We went and introduced ourselves here at Computex in Taipei, and had a close look at their GeForce GTX 980 Ti iGame card, which is a beautiful card with an insane cooling setup on it.
We hope to get some samples of Colorful video cards in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled to TweakTown.
Computex 2015 - This video card would sure look great with the recently showcased BIOSTAR Gaming Z170X motherboard.
This BIOSTAR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 boasts a core clock of 1202Mhz, a memory clock 7010Mhz and 2GB of DDR5 total memory at 128-bit.
Total outputs include two DVI, one Display Port and a single HDMI output. All of the news recently has been all about the top-tier 980, bravo to BIOSTAR for showing off something for the average gamer.
Computex 2015 - Adding to a strong performance in Taipei this year by MSI is that of these MSI GAMING SLI Bridge setups, designed specifically for NVIDIA 900 series video cards.
Complete with the MSI Gaming Dragon illuminated by LEDs, the products on display here include the 2-Way SLI bridge L at 60mm (4 slots apart), the 2-Way SLI bridge S at 40mm (3 slots apart) and the 3-Way SLI bridge L in 40, 90 and 120mm (3, 5, 6 slots apart) size options.