Nintendo is working on a new next-generation console that will succeed the Wii U. Nintendo is reacting to lower sales and its competitive edge compared to current consoles like the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Many reports suggest that Nintendo might change-course in the direction of its console business much like it did with the original Wii. The company could come up with a system that is focused on serious gaming, but still retain that original “fun” quality. So the console could be more NES-like than Wii-like.
A user on the Chiphell forums has posted some very interesting benchmarks. Now before we continue we would say to take this information with a grain of salt as we cannot verify it and we have seen fakes before in the past. The Chiphell user posted benchmarks of a supposed AMD Bermuda (R9 390X), AMD Fiji (R9 380X), a NVIDIA GM200 (Titan 2) and a NVIDIA GM200 cut-down version (GTX 980 Ti?). Of course these would all have to be engineering samples of the cards.
In our previous post we talked about NVIDIA working with TSMC on the 16 nm FinFET process. We wondered why AMD is was not the released list of companies who are working with TSMC. Well it looks like AMD will manufacture their GPUs at Global Foundries.
It does not look like both AMD and NVIDIA will be releasing any new cards for the rest of the year. For those expecting to see the GeForce GTX 960 this month, it won’t be coming. It seems NVIDIA really does not even have to release it with the popularity of their GTX 980 / 970 cards. Back to AMD, they are prepping a faster Hawaii variant that should release a few months from now.
AMD has once again cut the prices of their R9 290 Series and R9 280 Series graphics cards. We of course assume this is better to compete with NVIDIA. The R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280 and R9 285 all see price cuts.
We thought we knew all there was to know about AMD’s Tonga silicon, but it seems more information is coming to light. We first thought that Tonga had a 256-bit wide memory interface as the Radeon R9 285, which is based on Tonga does. But it turns out that the Tonga silicon actually has a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.
AMD held their annual event over the weekend in Japan. At the event the company revealed to journalists a number of different exciting plans in a round table discussion. The most exciting of these was that AMD is prepping a Radeon R9 380X model that will be available as soon as February if plans go well.
About 3 weeks ago Asetek announced the “largest ever design win” for the company that would result in 2 – 4 million dollars of revenue from a undisclosed OEM customer. Well it turns out the customer is AMD. Pictures of a cooler shroud is doing its rounds on Chinese tech forums. The design is very similar to the design of the Radeon R9 295X2, but is designed for a single-GPU card.
Intel has constantly been pushing new CPU architecture year after year, but what about AMD? According to a recent interview with Bloomberg, AMD will not be releasing a new micro-architecture until 2016, with all CPU or APU products being released between now and then based on the current architecture.
AMD’s FreeSync technology is their answer from NVIDIA’s proprietary G-Sync technology. It appears that not all AMD GPU’s will be supported by the technology. Only GPU’s based on “Hawaii” and “Tonga” silicon will be supported. So this includes the R9 285, R9 290, R9 290X and R9 295X2.
Dec 11, 2014 0