Three reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti reference models have been spotted. They come from well-known ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. I know there are only the reference models, we are unsure if custom models of the card will be available at launch.
Colorful who we know for their over-the-top GeForce GTX graphics cards has surpassed ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte in terms of graphics cards shipped worldwide this year according to the latest report from DigiTimes. The report also notes that Colorful could become the second largest graphics card vendor in terms of shipments by the end of the year, next only to Palit who is the leader in terms of shipments.
Since we first started getting leaks about AMD’s new graphics cards the big thing we were hearing about was High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). This will be the type of memory that will be used on AMD’s Flagship graphics card in the Radeon 300 series and NVIDIA’s Pascal GPUs in 2016. The whole idea behind HBM is to stack the memory modules to save space and also integrate them into the GPU package itself. This way the communication distance between the each of the modules and the GPU is reduced, which it turn increases bandwidth and power draw.
After AMD quietly announced the first Radeon 300 Series cards for OEMs we were unsure where the Hawaii rebrands would fit into the product stack. With the Radeon R9 380 being a rebrand of the R9 285 that did not leave many cards left to be based off the Hawaii silicon. It looks like the Radeon 300 series cards that will be based off Hawaii will feature higher core clocks and more VRAM.
Now with the higher-end GeForce GTX cards being bundled with Watcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight there are some games that you can now get for free with select Radeon graphics cards. These games include DiRT Rally and Grand Theft Auto V and are available exclusively through Newegg.com.
AMD had a low-key press event announce the first new graphics cards that are part of the Radeon 300 series. These are both desktop and mobile versions, but as you can guess these cards are simply rebrands of current cards rather than actual new graphics cards.
At its Investor Day presentation AMD took a good part of it to talk about GPUs. They announced that they will continue to make GPUs for every segment of the market. The company plans to continue to improve on its Graphics CoreNext architecture, but is really betting on the huge performance / watt increase with its GPUs in 2016. The reason for this increase will be its move to the 14nm FinFET process.
GALAX is quite know for their Hall of Fame (HOF) series of graphics cards. Besides just their awesome looks with their all white PCB, they also have some of the fastest clocks available. To take things to the next level they have just revealed their Custom GTX HOF Water Cooled Editions.
As we keep on getting closer and closer to the release on AMD’s R300 series we have been hearing a lot of rumors within the industry. According to TweakTown AMD will have two Radeon R9 390X cards at launch. The first will be the Radeon R9 395X2 (a dual-GPU card) with 8GB of VRAM. The second will be a 4GB card that will not be able to beat NVIDIA’s Titan X.
If you happened to want to get a GeForce GTX Titan X you only have one choice, the reference design from NVIDIA. NVIDIA did not allow add-in board (AIB) partners to modify the card with a custom PCB or a different cooler. Well it looks like this will change with the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, with NVIDIA apparently green-lighting custom versions of the card.
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