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Ever since AMD released its new Hawaii-based R9 290X and R9 290 graphics cards, users and reviewers have been reporting slower than advertised performance. This is mainly due to the way the new cards handle performance scaling. Normally a GPU will boost the clock speed to a guarantee a minimum level of performance, but the new R9 cards actually scale back the clock based on CPU temperature.
The fluctuating performance numbers is partially caused by variability in fan speeds when the card starts heating up. The reference speed is 2650 RPM for the R9 290 and 2200 RPM for the 290X in quiet mode. These speed's are enough to provide adequate cooling for the CPUs, but R9 290 and R9 290X cards from AMD's partners are varying in how fast their fans spin. Since all R9 290 and R9 290x cards on the market are reference design, this is a bit odd, but AMD has taken care of the issue in a new driver update.
A recent update to AMD's Catalyst Control Center has apparently fixed the fan speed issue and performance numbers are said to be back up to promised levels. The latest AMD CCC update can be downloaded right here at TweakTown by heading over to the downloads section. We want to know if your Radeon R9 290 or 290X have experienced slower than advertised performance, and if the driver update fixed this issue for you. Leave a comment below to let us know.
When AMD launched its Mantle API, most didn't really have much faith in it, because the chipmaker didn't have that much support outside of DICE. Well, now they do. AMD has acquired the help of three more developers, two of which are actually quite big.
First up, we have Square Enix's Eidos-Montreal studio, who are currently working on putting Mantle support into future titles, such as Thief, which is coming early next year. A not-so-surprising entry is Cloud Imperium Games, who is working on the absolutely incredibly beautiful CryEngine-powered Star Citizen. Chris Roberts, gaming god and CEO of the company has said: "Mantle is vitally important for a game like Star Citizen, which is being designed with the need for massive GPU horsepower."
The third developer you may not have heard of, with Oxine Games stepping on board. The developer is working on a new 64-bit, multi-platform, multi-core gaming engine known as 'Nitrous'. This game engine is in the very early stages of development, so it should have Mantle support built into its core.
Today AMD confirmed the rumors that its Radeon R9 290 GPU has been delayed by about a week due to issues with its drivers. AMD is working on a new driver and says that it should give the card a substantial boost in performance. As a result of this new development, AMD is asking all media to run all benchmarks again with the new driver when it becomes available.
The "Non X" version of the R9 290 is a slightly slowed down version of its R9 290X which has been met with rave reviews since its launch. With the launch being pushed back by a week, AMD has chosen to not release any information or pricing figures on the new card, but I expect it to retail in the $439-$449 price range.
Earlier this month we got our first look at NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU when Anthony Garreffa attended NVIDIA's press event in Montreal Canada, and earlier this morning we saw official pricing and availability numbers released from NVIDIA. Now just a few hours later, we are learning that the GTX 780 Ti may be faster than anyone ever expected.
A member of the XtremeSystems forums posted earlier today, what he claims to be benchmarking results of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti from the 3DMark 11 benchmark suite. If true, the results are shocking to say the least. The GTX 780 Ti appears to not only be faster than AMD's recently released R9 290X, but it is much faster than NVIDIA's own GTX TITAN. Making this more remarkable, the GTX 780 Ti is only priced at $649, which is $350 less than its bigger brother the TITAN.
Whether or not the leak is a fake, I will leave up to you, but I would like to recant my previous statement that the R9 290X is the Titan Killer, and change things to state that the GTX 780Ti is in fact the Titan Killer. We will see the new GTX 780Ti edition release to the public on November 7th.
With the pending release of Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and todays announcement of NVIDIA GameStream and ShadowPlay, the company has released the supporting GeForce 331.65 WHQL drivers for NVIDIA GPUs. The new drivers are said to provide the best possible gaming experience in Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts possible.
The update also packs in the GeForce Experience 1.7 update that ushers in support for NVIDIA GameStream which allows streaming to NVIDIA's Shield handheld console, as well as GeForce ShadowPlay, an in-game video recording feature that records 20-minutes of continuous gameplay and hardware encodes in real-time to H.264. The GeForce 331.65 WHQL supports GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 Series cards. Users wishing to download the update can visit the source link below.
Just over one week ago, Anthony Garreffa was at an event hosted by NVIDIA in Montreal Canada where he got the first look at NVIDIA's newest GPU, the GeForce GTX 780Ti. At the time, we did not know much about the new GPU other than it was based on the Kepler architecture, and that it would launch in the coming weeks.
Today NVIDIA announced that the new GeForce GTX 780Ti will release to the public on November 7th at an MSRP of just $699. This new GPU's aggressive pricing has caused the company's other mid to high-end GPUs to drop in pricing with the GTX 780 slipping to $499 and the GTX 770 set to lower to just $329 on October 29th. NVIDIA says that it has added the GTX 780Ti to its top-tier holiday bundle as well which includes a free copy of Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, plus $100 off a SHIELD purchase.
This morning AMD released its highly anticipated flagship GPU, the Radeon R9 290X. The new R9 290X is claimed by AMD to be the "Ultimate GPU for a new era in PC Gaming," and is said to deliver breathtaking performance while retaining an affordable pricing point. If you want to skip this news post and see how the 290X stacks up, just head over to Shawn Baker's review of the new flagship.
The AMD R9 290X features the company's new Hawaii processor and is based on the Graphics Core Next architecture, which AMD says gives it unrivaled advantages over the competition. The new GPU features 2,816 stream processors, a engine clock up to 1GHz, and 4GB of GDDR5 memory. When you combine that with a 5Gbs memory clock, 320GB/s memory bandwidth you get a processing power of 5.6 Teraflops in a single GPU.
AMD has built in its new True Audio technology into the 290X as well as including support for DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and AMD's own Mantle API, which is said to revolutionize PC gaming, making it easier for console developers to port games to the PC platform. AMD's Radeon R 290X is available today with a reference configuration MSRP of $549.
An overnight tip clued us in on a Chinese website that has listed AMD's new Radeon R9 290X GPU for sale at several online shops. Website Taobao.com has listed several XFX-branded R9 290X models for sale ahead of the official release that takes place tomorrow.
Pricing on the cards starts out at $703 and goes as high as $773. Interestingly enough, one of the models shown is the Battlefield 4 combo package that looks to retail for $723. The AMD Radeon R9 290X has a 512-bit memory bus to 4GB of GDDR5 RAM which is significantly faster than the other R9 series cards, making it what many are calling the Titan Killer. While that is yet to be seen, the truth shall be unveiled tomorrow.
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA said that a new GPU wasn't coming, but it's ok to tell a fib when it impresses, right? Well, the GPU maker has just unveiled its new GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU, which is being made available mid next month.
We don't know any specifications on the GPU other than it's in the GTX 780 family, and that it's based on the Kepler architecture obviously. We have some photos of the glorious new GPU for you to gush over above, and below. We'll have more details on this in the coming weeks and a review from our own Shawn Baker as soon as he gets his mits on it.
Tomorrow while NVIDIA host many of the biggest names in tech media at an event in Montreal, Canada, AMD will be hosting a smaller event a at the Hilton Bonaventure hotel just down the road. The event will be based around the company's new Radeon R9 290X GPU and is open to the public.
AMD says that there is an open door policy for gamers to come in and check out the new GPU and play some games. The Event takes place between 3PM and 8PM. The game of choice will be Bioshock Infinite which will be displayed on 4K monitors. Sources say that AMD will also have systems set up beside the R9 GPU that will be running NVIDIA's GTX 780 as a comparison.