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All the way back in November last year, we reported on AMD building a dual Hawaii XT GPU - the same core used on its flagship Radeon R9 290X... but this new video card would feature two of those Hawaii XT cores.
The dual Radeon R9 290X became a little more real this week, with a tease of the ARES III GPU by ASUS. ASUS' ARES line of GPUs is its dual-GPU video cards, some of the most respected and most-wanted GPUs on the market. Talking specs, the dual Radeon R9 290X card would feature three 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, with a massive 500W TDP.
We should see 8GB of RAM total, 4GB per GPU. Personally, I think the 4GB limitation is going to be the letdown on a dual Radeon R9 290X card, as SAPPHIRE has teased a beautiful Radeon R9 290X VAPOR-X which features 8GB of RAM, on a single GPU.
NVIDIA will be using the GM107 silicon well known by its codename 'Maxwell' for notebooks. The GTX 860M is said to have an identical setup of a desktop GPU card based on Maxwell core: GTX 750 Ti.
It will feature 640 CUDA cores, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPS paired with 2GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 5 GHz on a 128-bit interface. Benchmarks of the GTX 860M was also published in a notebook enthusiast forum.
Club 3D has just announced the launch of two new flagship video cards to its PokerSeries GPUs. The cards are based on AMD's "Hawaii" architecture reference design Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X GPUs. The all new royalAce Radeon R9 290 features 2560 stream processors and 4GB of GDDR5 RAM making it one of the fastest GPUs on the market today.
The royalAce Radeon R9 290X is the king of the castle with 2816 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a tripple fan cooler that ensures gamers achieve the highest-level of performance possible. The royalAce R9 290 features a core clock speed of 1040MHz while the royalAce R9 290X is 10MHz faster at 1050MHz. Both cards are said to be much faster than the reference design and can easily compete with the best custom Hawaii designs on the market today.
While rumors of DirectX 12 have been circling for over a year now, no one knew exactly when it would debut into the public's eye, but today the new Graphics API has been all but confirmed buy a new Twitter account and webpage that has popped up onto the internet. While no official word from Microsoft has been released, the Twitter account did say that "Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated... #DirectX12 is coming to #GDC." Which means that AMD's Mantle will have a very giant competitor to deal with at GDC 2014.
The website appears to be legit as well since it is hosted on Microsoft's MSDN blog site and includes heavy hitting graphics companies like AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm. The latter suggest that DirectX 12 has been developed for mobile devices too and there is a big chance that we could see it arrive on the next Windows Phone 8.1 update that is slated for April. If the website is correct then DirectX 12 will make its debut at 10AM on March 20th at the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Today Sapphire unveiled two new GPUs that fill the gap between its R9 270 and R9 290 models of discrete GPUS. The new R9 280 is based on AMD's GCN architecture and features the company's Dual-X cooler. The Dual-X cooling solution featured twin aerofoil fans and graduated heat pipes to ensure cooling of the GPU is efficient and quiet as possible.
The R9 280 also features 3GB of GDDR5 clocked to 1250MHz and a GCN core that features 1792 stream processors. The core is clocked to 850MHz and can reach a clock speed of 940MHz when boost is enabled. Support for DirectX 2 and AMD's mantle is also on board with the card being able to push 4K video to displays using HDMI 1.4a or DisplayPort v1.2. Sapphire also released a new version of its successful R9 280x that features the company's exclusive Vapor-X cooling Solution. The new R9 280x features an enhanced GCN core, with 2048 stream processors, and a 1GHz core clock.
Today Sapphire Technology announced the launch of its latest entry-level GPU. The all new R7 240 is a low-profile video card based on AMD's successful Graphics Core Next architecture, and features dual HDMI outputs as well as full 4k resolution. Both HDMI ports can be used at the same time, and the cards low-profile design makes it perfect for the home theater PC you have always wanted to build.
The new Sapphire R7 240 low-profile features 2GB of DDR3 memory which has been clocked to 900MHz, and boast 320 stream processors. A core clock of 730MHz can be boosted to 780MHz via dynamic boost. A single slot, fan assisted heat sink keeps the cards overall profile small and allows the device to be fitted in any low-profile or small form factor chassis. AMD Crossfire, Image Enhancement, and HD Media Accelerator technology is all onboard as well as full support for 4K video playback.
Two new implementations is expected to come soon that will be a boon for PC gamers. Following Mantle API, DirectX and OpenGL will start offering low-level access to provide more efficient ways of programming graphic grads. This will help to reduce the CPU overhead in Direct3D and OpenGL.
AMD implemented low-level access for Mantle API for the same reason, and it wasn't that long ago when first Mantle-based games have started rolling in. The announcements are expected to come up during Game Developer's Conference 2014, but the session of GDC has given a good deal of information.
A tease of SAPPHIRE's upcoming blue-and-black themed Radeon R9 290X VAPOR-X GPU has me foaming at the mouth... why? Well, it will ship with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, that's why.
We've seen the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X, which is a great GPU, but 4GB of RAM really holds it back for monster resolutions like 4K and triple-monitor setups. One of the other changes to the VAPOR-X GPU is the beautiful backplate. This won't do much for most people, but with all of that memory (and dual-sided memory modules) it'll do wonders for temperatures.
There's not many more details on this new GPU, but you can bet your bottom dollar we'll get some of these in for some 4K and triple 2560x1440 monitor testing.
AMD releases catalyst 14.2 BETA 1.3 for 32 and 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. The BETA drivers provide performance improvements and updates. The updates are available for AMD Radeon with discrete and APU- desktop and notebooks.
The updates contain series of fixes and updates such as crossfire profile updates and performance improvements for GPU configuration with Thief and even fixing frame pacing for dual video card support and non-XDMA configuration for screen resolutions above 2560 x 1600 for Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4.
There are only couple of known issues found in this BETA driver, such as the inability to render the right eye with Crossfire and Stereo 3D enabled on Thief.
Coinciding with today's launch of the highly anticipated game, THIEF, AMD has released version 14.2 of its Catalyst video drivers. THIEF is an exclusive partner of the AMD Gaming Evolved program and was built with AMD graphics in mind. AMD says that when using AMD Graphics, THIEF players have 4K support, Eyefinity support, and Crossfire support right out of the box. Thief will run on DirectX 11 in the beginning, but AMD says that Mantle support is coming later next month.
So what exactly does the 14.2 Catalyst update bring to the table? The new beta drivers fix hangs and stuttering when using Mantle in Battlefield 4, and users are encouraged to try out the mGPU setting. Multi GPU frame pacing in Battlefield 4 is now enabled for non-XDMA setups with resolutions greater than 1600p. The update also brings back the features 14.1 killed in Minecraft. Finally cossfire profiles have been updated and performance improvements for single GPU configurations for THIEF. Head over to the source link below to download your copy of the drivers today.