Expreview decided to go in quite some detail with the HIS-branded AMD reference design Radeon R9 290X graphics card as it was taken apart piece by piece for a review which predominantly revealed the specs and the features. This detaching was done to reveal some of the major components and features such as the cooling system, the PCB, the VRM, and one of the most highlighted of all, the all new 28 nm “Hawaii” silicon.
Well AMD’s R9 and R7 series cards are here and that means that video card manufacturers have released their own versions of these cards with custom PCB designs, factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions. One such company is Sapphire and today we are talking a look at their top of the line Radeon R9 280X Toxic. The card not only happens to be Sapphire’s top of the line card, but also one of the most powerful R9 280X’s out there! Sapphire has loaded this card with a factory overclock of 1100 MHz for the core with a 1150 MHz boost and the memory is also overclocked to 6.4 GHz (effective). They are using a custom PCB with a 10 phase power configuration that features double sided black diamond chokes and solid capacitors. Keeping everything cool is Sapphire’s Tri-X coolers that is made up of two 90 mm fans and a single 80 mm fan. Is this the perfect R9 280X for you? Read on as we take a look!
The block diagram for AMD’s next generation R9 290 series “Hawaii” chip has been leaked by EasyCom in their review of the R9 280X. Recently we covered the R9 Series in detail and talk about the specifications, but until now very little was known about the Hawaii chip itself. Now we will get to see the architectural changes the Hawaii chip has made over its predecessor Tahiti.
Not that long ago AMD announced their FX-9370 and FX-9590 processors. The big thing with these processors was that the FX-9590 featured a turbo boost of 5 GHz. It was the first processor ever to have a stock turbo boost speed that high. Being that both of these chips have high clock speeds their TDP’s were quite high as well. Many people who purchased these chips installed them with a good closed-loop watercooler or installed a full water cooling system.
When Valve announced their Steam Machines BETA program and listed the specifications for the BETA units the GPUs that were listed included the NVIDIA GTX Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760 and GTX 660. So it looked like official Steam Machines would be an all NVIDIA affair. In a recent interview Valve’s Doug Lombardi said that this is not true.
The testing by HardwareCanucks revealed that Radeon R9 280X was CrossFire compatible with the Radeon HD 7970. This has surely brought some good news for the users of HD 7970. The users who were previously hoping to include a Tahiti to the CrossFire can satisfy their wish by the Radeon R9 280X addition which is comparatively cheaper than the HD 7970 models available online.
MAINGEAR has teamed up with AMD and EA games to work on the two exclusive branded flagship systems. These systems will be powered by the AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics solutions and nothing can beat the amazing visual output which anticipators of the Battlefield 4 will be able to enjoy.
The official presentation for the AMD Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 graphics cards have been leaked. This gives us more official information that ever before about these two new cards from AMD! While the AMD R9 Series cards were announced at AMD’s GPU 14 event last month AMD never revealed any specifications or performance [...]
Details have been revealed regarding the FM2A88X-ITX+ Mini-ITX motherboard which has been powered by the AMD A88X Chipset. This A88X Chipset motherboard lineup was introduced by ASRock only a month back and their two most prominent products were the flagship FM2A88X Extreme6+ motherboard and the FM2A88X-ITX+ which succeeded in getting the most attention from onlookers.
We knew ASUS R9 280X Matrix cards were coming from ASUS as the card was pictured last week. ASUS actually has two R9 280X Matrix cards. There is the Platinum Edition and the Standard Edition. Both of these cards are powered by the latest AMD Radeon R9 280X GPU.
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