More information about NVIDIA’s upcoming “Pascal” GPU architecture was revealed at GTC Japan. This new GPU architecture is designed to offer nearly double the performance per watt over NVIDIA’s current “Maxwell” architecture. This will be made possible by implementing stacked high-bandwidth memory 2 (HBM2).
If you can remember these cards were actually originally planned for a September 2014 release as the Radeon R9 285X. The release was postponed because it would fail to compete against the just released NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / 970, which had a much better performance per watt ratio. Now that the GTX 960 is out AMD is looking to fill in the performance gap between the 960 and 970. The Radeon R9 380X will have 2048 Stream Processors and 4GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit interface. We have photos of three upcoming R9 380X’s from ASUS, XFX and Gigabyte.
AMD is working really hard to get our their next-generation GCN powered graphics cards in 2016. While AMD is mostly keeping things quiet, AMD’s Raja Koduri who is head of the Radeon Technologies Group did reveal some details in a chat with Forbes.
With the successful debut of the GTX 950 XTREME GAMING graphics card, GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, is ready to roll out five more high-end cards in its premium XTREME GAMING lineup, each crafted with overpowering performance, astonishing design, and added gamer-centric features to take gaming experience to a whole new level.
Well it looks like “Arctic Islands” will contain three main GPUs, Greenland for the high-end, Ellesmere for the mid-range, and Baffin for the entry-level. It looks like both Ellesmere and Baffin have been taped out and are awaiting FinFET process volume production, which will kick off next year.
At this point we really do not know that much about AMD’s next generation GPU. We do however know that will be feature HBM2 with over 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. Well AMD CEO Lisa Su recently stated, “We are also focused on delivering our next generation GPUs in 2016 which is going to improve performance per watt by two times compared to our current offerings, based on design and architectural enhancements as well as advanced FinFET products process technology”.
It has already been known that NVIDIA will be making use of HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) in their next iteration of their graphics cards. Just last month NVIDIA had taped out their GP100 silicon on TSMC’s 16nm process. The latest reports are now saying that we should expect two GPUs coming from NVIDIA, both of which will feature HBM2.
Our graphics card test bench has been long overdue for an upgrade. We really can’t even call the old system a test bench as it was housed in a PC case. Taking into account that graphics card reviews are some of our most popular articles and the fact we really wanted to provide the best, in-depth, and thorough articles possible it was time for an upgrade. Our new test bench houses some of the latest hardware available, is a true test bench, and we have some extra accessories for testing power consumption and sound levels as well.
AMD has just released the Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver suite, this is the first WHQL-signed Catalyst driver to be released in 212 days (since 14.12 Omega). The drivers add official support for Radeon R9 300 series and R9 Fury graphics processors that have launched recently.
ASUS held a press event to show off their GTX 980 Ti offerings and three new unreleased cards shows up at the event. These cards included the ASUS ROG MATRIX 980 Ti, ASUS POSEIDON GTX 980 Ti Platinum, and the ASUS GTX 980 Ti 20th Anniversary Edition Gold Platinum.
Nov 25, 2015 0