In the past we have seen cases where you have been able to flash AMD graphics cards to their higher versions in their class. The last time we saw this was with the R9 290 being able to be flashed to the R9 290X. The way this works is the when AMD makes the cards in the series they disable certain compute units (CUs). If you are lucky these CUs have been disabled using a soft-mod. If that is the case you can use the newly developed CUINFO software developed by OCN forum member tx12. It has shown some success unlocking disabled CUs in AMD graphics cards based on Figi, Hawaii and Tonga chips.
AMD’s 300 series has been overlooked by a lot of people. Their Fury series really took all of the spotlight, but not everyone has that much money to spend on a graphics card. If you are an AMD fan the 300 series still does have a lot to offer. Today we will be taking a look at a R9 380 graphics card, which is more or less a rebranded R9 285. The card is based on the 28nm process and features 1792 stream processors, 32 ROPs, 112 TMUs. On the review block today is the MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G graphics card. MSI has given this card their “Gaming” treatment, which we are big fans of. So you have the Twin Frozr V cooling solution, a factory overclock, fans that turn off when you are not gaming, and of course the MSI Gaming styling on the card itself. Let’s take a look and see what this card is all about!
It has been reported that AMD is putting their final touches on the Radeon R7 370X, which will directly compete with NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce GTX 950. The R7 370X will make use of the “Trinidad XT” silicon and will fully utilize the chip.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the Sapphire Tri-X R9 390X graphics card, a few products from Deepcool, Intel Skylake overclocks, upcoming Skylake motherboards, and much more!
When AMD announced the R9 Nano we first heard “later this summer”, and then during AMD’s quarterly conference call AMD CEO Lisa Su told investors that “we will be launching Nano in the August timeframe”. Now it has been reported that the AMD Radeon R9 Nano has started shipping to retailers and even more is that a Korean Blog has their hands on a card already.
AMD has just announced availability of its latest budget socket FM2+ APU, the A8-7670K. THis APU is based on the company’s new 28nm “Godvari” silicon. It is the combination of a quad-core x86-64 CPU based on the “Excavator” micro-architecture and a Radeon R7 series graphics core that has six Graphics CoreNext 1.2 compute units, which gives you 384 stream processors, a dual channel DDR3 integrated memory controller, with native support for DDR3-2133 MHz memory, and a PCI-Express gen 3.0 root complex.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac motherboard, AMD being valued at less than what they paid for ATI, Comcast’s new 2 Gb/s fiber service, CaseLab’s apology to Thermaltake and much more!
About a decade ago AMD paid to acquire ATI Technology for around $5.60 billion. At AMD’s current stock price their market capitalization is set at $1.53 billion. This is just about a quarter of what AMD paid to acquire ATI.
AMD was the first graphics card company to make use of HBM (high bandwidth memory) with their release of the Fury X and Fury graphics cards. NVIDIA has stated that they are waiting for the second iteration of HBM (HBM2) before they move over to the standard. According to a recent report AMD could be leveraging their deal with SK Hynix to get priority access to HBM2 for their next graphics card series (Arctic Islands).
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