AMD does not want all of the attention to be on NVIDIA since they are holding their GeForce event right now. So they have also setup a brief demonstration of their upcoming Radeon R9 290X graphics card and have allowed many sites to post benchmark tests at 4K resolution.
Not that long ago Origin PC announced that it would no longer be offering AMD GPUs in their systems. They would still offer AMD CPUs, but they would only be using NVIDIA graphics from here on out. Many people speculated that NVIDIA was paying Origin PC to drop AMD and exclusively use NVIDIA GPUs.
AMD’s launch of its R200 series graphics cards have given many gamers a good bang for your buck over NVIDIA cards and now AMD hopes to give gamers even more value. AMD will be introducing the Never Settle Bundle to the R200 series. We are not sure when this promotion will launch, but expect it soon.
Yesterday we posted some benchmarks of the R9 290X in 3DMark and 3DMark 11. In those tests we noted that the R9 290X was still beat by NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX Titan. Well the same source as those benchmarks has done a proper review of the R9 290X so now we not only have synthetic benchmarks, but actual game benchmarks as well!
AMD’s FirePro S10000 is one of the highest end workstation graphics card you can get from AMD. The S10000 is a dual GPU card and Sapphire has just released a passively cooler version of the card. This means that it is completely cooled by large heatsinks and no fans.
It looks like PConline is one of the first media outlets to get their hands on an AMD R9 290X graphics card. They have run their first round of tests on the card and it looks like it is no as much of a “Titan Killer” as everyone thought! PConline has run the card through both 3DMark’s Fire Strike and 3DMark 11′s Extreme benchmark.
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.