AMD Gains GPU Market Share in Q4 2015

After a precipitous decline in dGPU market share over the past few months and quarters, AMD is starting to reverse the trend. In the past quarter, Q2 2015, AMD managed to increase their market share by 2.3%, or a 10% increase in their total market share. While the number seems tiny especially given Nvidia’s numbers, any positive increase is good news for the beleaguered company. This comes even as the dPGU shrank by 4.9%.

The whole of 2015 was pretty terrible for AMD, with some of their worst financials yet, with both the CPU and GPU divisions flagging. However, it looks like AMD finally hit the bottom and the changes they are implementing are starting to take hold. If AMD manages to keep it up, the dire predictions that some analysts had of AMD doing even worse in Q1 2016 will likely not come to pass.

AMD still has a lot of work to do though as market share overall is still depressed compared to 2014. With this past them though, AMD can look forward to Polaris and Zen to drive their new growth. After all, once you’ve hit rock bottom, there is only one way to go and that is up. A final interesting note is that Q4 actually saw lower shipments than Q3, a surprising twist given the holiday season is in Q4. Maybe many are holding out for Polaris and Pascal?

XFX Plans Water-cooled AMD Radeon R9 Fury

AMD has been jumping right onto the water-cooling bandwagon lately with their reference cards. Both the R9 295X2 and the R9 Fury X featured superb liquid-cooling in order to keep their hot chips cool. Even Nvidia cards have seen some liquid cooled options like the MSI Sea Hawk 980Ti. Now XFX is joining in with their own liquid-cooled solution for the R9 Fury.

Based off the same Fiji die as the Fury X, the Fury features a cut-down version with only 3,584 stream processors. Despite this, the Fury performs quite close to its older sibling. Another differentiator is that the Fury X is non-customizable by the AIB partners, meaning the stock liquid cooling cannot be changed. With the Fury though, AIB partners are free to do what they want and it looks like XFX has gone this route.

XFX has pretty much taken a Fury X card but swapped out the chip for the Fury and overclocked it. Essentially, this is what you would get when you buy a Fury X but with the Fury inside instead. This is quite interesting as the other Furys have all been air-cooled so far. This card will have to navigate the narrow gap between the Fury and Fury X in order to be viable. It will be interesting to see where XFX will price this card.

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PowerColor and XFX Prep AMD R9 Fury GPUs

Over the next few weeks, both PowerColor and XFX are expected to launch their own R9 Fury GPUs. Based off AMD’s cutdown Fiji die, the Fury initially only launched with cards from ASUS and Sapphire. With AIB partners joining in, it looks like the supply issues behind the Fury may finally have been resolved.

First off, we have PowerColor’s card which has been revealed on their website. At 3584 shaders, 224 TMUs and 64 ROPs, the cut-down Fiji will be clocked at 1000Mhz with the 4GB of HBM untouched. Connectivity features 3 DisplayPort and 1 HDMI output. The card measures 320mm x 125mm x 45mm which is a tad larger than the Sapphire Fury Tri-X overall while only a bit longer than the ASUS Fury Strix. Like the aforementioned cards, the PowerColor features 3 fans which speaks to the level of cooling required for Fury.

Moving on, we have XFX’s implementation which is also based off 3 fans. Interestingly, it looks like the XFX model is essentially the same as the PowerColor one, at least judging from the heatsink and shroud. It may be that the two firms are using the same cooling solution from an OEM. Like the PowerColor, it looks to have 3 DP and 1 HDMI as well.

Rounding off the major partners, we still have no word yet from MSI nor Gigabyte about when their cards might arrive. Given that Sapphire and PowerColor are AMD exclusive partners, it’s not surprising that they are moving in ahead of the last two.

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Nvidia AIB Partners Cut Price on GTX 980 and 980Ti

For those of you debating on whether or not to snag a card from the green team, now may be the time. Following the launch of AMD’s R9 Fury many of Nvidia’s AIB partners are cutting prices on their 980 and 980Ti cards. MSRP are dropping about $20 for both cards, with the 980 dropping from $499 USD to $479 while the 980Ti falls from $649 to $629. This time around, the price drop is silent, with no official announcement coming out from anyone.

While a price cut of $20 isn’t much, that’s another extra $20 that can be put to a larger SSD, better case, CPU or power supply. With this price cut, it looks like Nvidia and it’s AIB partners want to have their cards be more competitive. The R9 Fury currently has an MSRP of $550 and the R9 Fury X at $650. While the 980 won’t make too much difference, dropping the price of the 980Ti below the Fury X will make more of an impact.

These price drops will be sure to put more pressure on AMD. Nvidia appeared to have been planning these prices drops for a while already, waiting till AMD had launched their new lineup. It’s important to note that while the MSRP has dropped, not every card has dropped by that amount, with some hitting above and below $20. AMD may not be able to afford to drop prices yet on the Fury’s given their new launch and tech. It will be interesting to see how AMD will react to this price drop in the near future.

Rumors of Radeon R9 390X Water Cooled Edition Surface under the Shape of a Slide

VideoCardz leaked part of a slide from an in-house presentation called “2015 Future of Radeon” which is said to be shown next week to AIB partners. The slide seems to confirm rumors that the R9 390X 8GB HBM and that it will have a WCE variant as well.

The slide seems to show some key features of what seems to be the WCE variant of the R9 390X, though the information should be taken with a grain of salt as it might turn out to be just a rumor.

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