This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about information on upcoming graphics cards from both NVIDIA and AMD, new Intel Broadwell processors, the possibility of three new iPhone’s coming and much more!
ASRock has just unveiled their latest AMD motherboard for gamers on a budget, the Fatal1ty 970 Performance. This board is based off the AMD 970 chipset with the SB950 southbridge. This ATX motherboard will draw power from a combination of 24pin ATX and 8pin EPS power connectors. The board has a 10-phase VRM and will support 220W TDP chips like the AMD FX-9370 and FX-9590.
MSI, world leading in motherboard technology, is proud to announce world’s first USB 3.1 featured AMD motherboard, the classy black & white 970A SLI Krait Edition. Delivering blazing fast USB performance, up to 2 times faster than USB 3.0, the new 970A SLI Krait Edition motherboard offers two USB 3.1 ports, which are fully backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.
Gigabyte has just introduced the 990XA-UD3 R5 Socket AM3+ motherboard, this is their first AM3+ motherboard in a long while. The board is built in the ATX form factor and gets power from a combination of 24pin ATX and 8pin EPS connector. It features a 10-phase VRM, although it does not support AMD’s FX-9000 series processors.
A few people have been taking a closer look at the 15.3 beta version of AMD’s Catalyst driver. They have discovered new entries that point to the upcoming Radeon Rx 300 series of graphics cards. And it looks just as we expected, most of the 300 series will be rebrands of older products.
AMD recently showed industry partners, likely add-in board partners a presentation on the upcoming Radeon R9 390X. The presentation was leaked to the web via photographs taken of the slides and they look quite legitimate. The first slide shows the official specifications of the card. The first thing that sticks out is that the R9 390X WCE (water-cooled edition) will have 4096 stream processors! That is quite a jump compared to the 2816 the R9 290X has.
AMD is preparing to launch their Radeon R9 300 Series at Computex this year in June. Original rumors pointed to the fact that the company had planned on launching products that were essentially price-adjusted rebrands of existing ones. This would include the R9 380 series which would be a rebrand of a R9 290 series with slightly improved silicon and a R9 370 series that would be based on the Tonga silicon. But it has been decided that AMD will launch the entire series including the R9 390X flagship card all at the same time.
Many people had hoped or expected AMD to make a graphics card announcement at GDC, it did not happen (NVIDIA stole the show), but something else interesting did. There was a demo of Showdown running on the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay, which was being powered by an unannounced Radeon R9 flagship ultra-enthusiast product.
Welcome to our first Podcast! We have decided to do a Weekly Tech Podcast were we go over the reviews we have done for the week, tech news for the week and anything else that is going on in the current week.