eTeknix has fought hard over the last few months to be able to bring you the Fiji articles that we have, some may have been a little late, but we have managed to get them out to you one way or another. Stock levels of the Fiji core and HBM have been extremely limited, so AMD had to make the tough decision to only allow an severely limited number of media samples and plumb the rest to the consumer market.
So here it is, our R9 Nano article supplied by Club3D. Right up until launch, we covered a lot about the card and something we knew was almost exactly how the card would look. An R9 Fury X copy with a fan instead of a water cooling solution. From there we took guesses at other specifications, would it feature the Fiji core or a cut-down version like in the R9 Fury with my money on the latter due to the massively decreased size and only single fan; I was extremely surprised when I found out that it uses a full Fiji core as found in the R9 Fury X.
Let’s find out how this miniature monster performs in today’s review.
Packaging and accessories
I’m actually really disheartened by this box. If you are paying £500+ for a graphics card, you’d expect at least a little bit more premium quality to the box. It offers everything you could want in a box, but it just feels cheap.
The back of the box has some key features with some images to be more appealing.
Club3D have really cut down on the accessories with this card, just a simple installation leaflet and a driver disc.
Target Open Day 2015: Here I am at the Club3D booth at today’s event and while I must admit I was very happy to see their beat a pro gamer challenge, I wasn’t so thrilled when I scored zero kills to 9 deaths in the latest Unreal Tournament beta… I guess that’s why he’s the pro; humbling to say the least. Moving on, we’ve got a lot of cool products from Club3D today, starting off, they’ve got a Fury X powering their gaming systems and while we’ve seen them before, it was still nice to sit down and have a few games on one myself, smooth frame rates all round I’m happy to report.
Now onto the big stuff, MST hubs and connectivity is becoming one of the best things about Club 3D, from hooking up multiple monitors via DP, HDMI or USB, to linking USB ports and other connectors for docking ultra books, they’ve got it covered with their extensive range of connectivity products.
The big star of the show, or should I say the little star of the show, the Nano! It’s one of the few in the world I actually know of, so I’m surprised to have seen one in the wild like this. It’s incredibly small, rather lightweight too and unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take it away and test it… doh!
This may not look like much, but it’s one of the best products I’ve seen today. It’s a docking bar for the new Macbook, which famously comes with a single connector for external devices.
As you can see, that problem is quickly solved and this soon to be released bar adds more ports than you’re ever likely to need, but it could be very handy for using your new Macbook in the office.
Club3D are still one of my favourite GPU manufacturers, as I love the neat and tidy aesthetics of their royal Ace series GPUs, such as the R9 290 seen above. As with many GPU manufacturers, there’s no new graphics cards to display just yet until AMD get their act together, although we are expecting to see new hardware around the time of Computex, assuming there’s no more delays.
Where Club3D really dominate at the moment, is in how you connect your graphics cards to your displays, or your displays to your system for that matter. Their MST hubs are selling like crazy in the consumer and professional markets, and for good reason too. Club3D offer an extensive range of solutions that allow for HD and 4K display connections via USB, link adaptors from miniDP to multiple full-size DP, HDMI, D-SUB, in fact, if you can think of a display output or a HDMI socket, Club3D has a solution for it for one to four monitors!
Today is a good day for Radeon owners, with Club3D unveiling their new Radeon R9 290X royalAce 8GB GPU, with – well, spoiler alert before – 8GB of VRAM. The new R9 290X royalAce 8GB GPU is the perfect companion for ultra high-res gamers, aimed at 4K and above. The company has also shifted around the prices of its R9 290X royalKing and royalAce graphics cards, so if you’re after a new card, Club3D should have you covered.
But this new beast features an insane 8192MB of GDDR5 RAM, and is overclocked out of the box. Club3D has cranked things up on the GPU clock to 1030MHz, while the memory clock sits nicely at 5500MHz. We have dual BIOS functionality, and one of the better side of things is the beautiful triple-fan CoolStream cooler with five copper heatpipes. It’s a triple-slot GPU, but hey – it’s overclocked, has 8GB of RAM and will do beautifully in a Crossfire setup at 4K.
Here we are at the Club3D both at the Target Open Day; this is their first time at this event, but they’ve got loads of cool products on display for us to investigate, as well as a really fun gaming challenge. They’ve brought along their favourite pro gamer and set him up on Unreal Tournament 3, score a kill and grab yourself an AMD Never Settle Reloaded gaming code, win the game and get yourself a gold; naturally I got by butt handed to me, but I had a blast doing it and it’s been fun watching him sit there and make a mockery of everyone who thought they stood a chance.
Out on show are Club3Ds latest and greatest graphics cards, including their stunning Radeon R9 290X royalAce and R9 280 royalKing.
They’ve got a superb display rig on show, featuring the gorgeous Corsair Air 540 chassis and a pair of Club 3D graphics cards with their impressive Cool Stream cooling solution.
Those who managed to score really well in the gaming challenge would have won themselves an R9 280 RoyalKing, but so far I didn’t hear of anyone who had! However, if anyone does win, or has won, then the prize is certainly awesome, perhaps their gamer will start showing some fatigue towards the end of the day.
Their latest connectivity solutions are on show, including the MST hub and other display port hubs and USB 3.0 to display devices; perfect for those running multiple monitor setups.
That’s all from the Club3D booth for now, but we’ll be back very shortly with more coverage from the event.
Target Components are really coming into their stride recently, securing several major brand exclusives such as GeIL, KFA2, Chieftec and now Club3D. While they’re not covering the entire Club3D range, they have secured the most important part of it, their gaming products.
Club3D have a really exciting range of graphics cards available right now and their Poker branding makes it really easy to find out the performance, cooling solutions and factory overclocking levels, with their Joker being the lower end and the Ace being the highest.
The deal sees Target become sole distributor of Club 3D’s gaming graphics card range as well as the brand’s newly-launched ‘SenseVision’ range of gaming accessories. Established 17 years ago, Club 3D‘s successes in supplying AMD graphics cards has led to an expanded product offering. Target’s main focus will be on Club 3D’s ‘PokerSeries’ graphics cards which offer top performance at competitive prices, but they will also be expanding the range with Club 3D’s ‘SenseVision’ label of USB hubs, graphics adapters and multi-screen display ports. Many of which we saw earlier this year at CeBIT. This year also sees Club 3D launch the world’s first USB3.0-to-4K graphics adapter.
Gerjan Blonet, Club 3D’s European Sales Executive, explains Target’s appointment: “With their uniquely customer-focused approach to the channel and extensive customer base of independent resellers, we’re excited by the partnership between Club 3D and Target.”
The Club 3D range has also been added to Target’s In-Store PC Builder configuration tool, with all products pre-checked for compatibility with all other components. Club 3D will be exhibiting at the Target Open Day 2014 on 19th September in Leeds (B2B only) and eTeknix will be there to provide coverage.
While we love taking a look at the ultra-high performance ranges of graphics cards, it’s often easy to forget that their the play things of a small part of the market as your average consumer typically buys into the low and mid ranges. On Display are three mid range cards, the AMD Radeon 280X which has been treated to a new cooler, the R9 270 which now features the popular Coolstream cooler, great for reducing noise and temperatures when compared with the stock AMD offerings and the HD7800 series, which also features Coolstream and is still a popular choice for those wanting to power three displays via Eyefinity.
Further down the range we also have the entry-level cards and while they may not be power houses suitable for modern games, the HD 6450 series cards are perfect for HTPC users as they can operate multiple displays at high-resolution while operating completely silent, this also makes them perfect for professional or business computers. The Radeon R7 250 offers a little more power and features a semi-passive cooler while also being suitable for lower end systems, HTPC / Media centre builds and business use.
Also on display you’ll notice a wide range of adaptor cables, while they may not be the most exciting products on earth they’re still very important. Club 3D have been earning a solid reputation for their connectivity devices, especially their MST hubs while we discussed earlier today in an interview with Club 3D and having devices such as their DisplayPort hubs, as well as a range of connectors means you should have no issue hooking almost any display type or configuration into your Club 3D graphics card or similar compatible device.
Finally we have two of their new power supplies which come in semi-modular and non-modular formats, offering great value for money for the mid range markets and high end gaming markets. Club 3D were kind enough to spare us some extra time to talk about all of these products and their uses in yet another great video interview which you can check out below.
Here we are at CeBIT 2014 in Hanover where hundreds of technology companies from around the world have gathered for one of this years largest trade shows with their latest and greatest products. To start things off we’ve stopped by the Club 3D booth to see what products will be available to consumers this year, starting with the latest additions to their legendary Poker series.
The Poker series is a special brand for Club 3D that allows them to distinguish their custom graphics cards from their stock offerings, so users can expect these cards to have everything from new coolers, faster clock speeds, improved component quality, overclocking potential and a whole lot more.
Much like a deck of cards in Poker, the graphics cards in the series are ordered from the royalQueen which offers light modifications such as improved cooling, then you have the royalKing series which offers higher end performance, better cooling, factory overclocks and more, finally with the royalAce you can expect everything to be dialled up to 11 to offer flagship performance out of the box.
Below we have their new Radeon R9 270X royalQueen which features 1280 stream processors, a 1080MHz clock speed, 2048MB GDDR5 memory at 5600MHz. TDP of 175 watts, Eyefinity 4 capability and it’s fitted with their high performance Coolstream cooler.
The Radeon R9 280x royalQueen offers up a lot more performance than the 270X with 2048 stream processors, a 1000MHz clock speed, 3072MB of GDDR5 at 6000MHz, a max TDP of 280W, 6 display Eyefinity (when combined with the DPI1.2 MST Hubs), the Coolstream cooler and quad Crossfire capability.
The 290X royalKing start to push into their enthusiast range, offering up a whopping 2816 stream processors at a clock speed of 1030MHz, 4096MB GDDR5 at 5000MHz, a max TDP of 250W, 6 display Eyefinity (when combined with the DPI1.2 MST Hubs), a 512Bit memory interface and a powerful dual fan Coolstream cooler. This card is ideal for pushing 4K and eyefinity systems and can be run in dual Crossfire configuration for some seriously high-end performance.
Finally we have the leader of the pack ,the 290x royalAce edition (no box displayed in case). This card is as flagship as the come, offering up 2816 stream processors and 4096MB of GDDR5 memory just like the royalKing edition, but this time with a higher clock speed of 1050MHz and 5400MHz respectively. The higher clock speeds are handled by select high performance components and a tripple fan CoolStream cooler, making this one of the fastest and most powerful GPU’s on the market today. This card is also capable of dual CrossFire and 6 screen eyefinity.
It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in cryptocurrency mining, or gaming from any resolution such as 1920×1080 right up to 4K, it looks like Club 3D have you covered. All of these cards are available on the market right now, expect to pay a premium for each series over the standard club 3D cards, but also expect to get a considerable improvement in performance for your investment.
We’ve got lots more great coverage from Club 3D and many other brands here at Computex 2014, as well as more great video interviews from the Club 3D booth coming very soon, so stay tuned for more information throughout the week.
Club 3D have just announced two new entries to their royalAce range of graphics cards. As you may know, Club 3D have been using their Poker Series of graphics card classification for a while now and royalAce grade cards are top of the pack. Adding to their flagship series of graphics cards is the all new Radeon R9 290 and the R9 290X.
The new royalAce Radeon R9 290 is packed with features, with 2560 stream processors and 4GB of GDDR5 RAM packed under its triple fan cooler and a clock speed of 1040GHz, making it one of the fastest graphics cards available on the market.
The 290 may be one of the fastest, but it’s still a runt compared to the beast that is the new royalAce R9 290X. With all the settings dialled up to 11, the 290X featured 2816 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR5, a core clock speed of 1050MHz (10MHz faster than the R9 290).
Both cards are much faster than the reference Hawaii 290 and 290x designs, with custom hardware that has been tweaked and tuned to offer faster and more reliable performance.
We don’t have exact pricing at the moment, but you can expect they’ll be expensive given that they’re some of the best GPU’s around, and expect to pay a 10-20% premium over reference cards retail prices.
Thank you Club-3D for providing us with this information.
Club 3D has announced two new additions to its PokerSeries graphic cards, a couple of royalQueens Radeon R9 270X. What’s so special about the R9 series is its outstanding gaming performance from 1080p all the way up to 4K Ultra High Definition resolution, as well as its supreme performance in terms of GPU technology.
The Club 3D Radeon R9 270X royalQueens are said to come with 2 GB or 4 GB GGDR5 memory running at 5600 MHz, while having a 256-bit bandwidth with approximately 1080 MHz GPU speed. It runs on a Curacao XT GPU chipset having 1280 streaming processors and has the 3D API fully equipped with the latest DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL 1.2. The back of the card also reveals two 6-pin PCI power connectors, as expected for a Radeon R9 graphics card.
In terms of connectivity, it has two DVI outputs, one Single-Link and one Dual-Link, one HDMI v1.4a, and one DisplayPort v1.2. With the PCIe 3.0 technology and AMD Eyefinity, it is able to create quite a nice 4 monitor setup to enjoy all your game titles on. Also, taking a look at the cooling system, we can see a CoolStream dual-fan cooler which is said to keep GPU temperatures even lower than before while operating at near-silent.
An exact price for the Radeon R9 270X graphic cards has not yet been revealed, but Club3D points it out at a price range of around $200 / € 150 excl. VAT.
Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information Images courtesy of Club3D
Most gamers today still overwhelmingly game on single monitor systems, whether that be at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (FHD) or 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) – the two most popular “high end” gaming resolutions. Of course gamers using 1080p displays are still the most common but both 5760 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440 are gaining more traction with gamers as “only” 1080p starts to become dated (and is often put to shame but high resolution tablets and ultrabooks). 2560 x 1440 is growing in popularity a lot thanks to the affordability of the South Korean WQHD panels and the fact 1440p panels use the same aspect ratio (16:9) as 1080p panels, so are a “direct” upgrade. It just makes sense that most gamers will choose 1440p panels as their next upgrades instead of WXQHD (2560 x 1600) displays which never really took off, just like its predecessor WUXGA (1920 x 1200) didn’t, maybe due to the less popular 16:10 aspect ratio. What relevance does this have to today’s review you may be thinking? Well today we have a GPU that aims to hit the sweet spot of performance and pricing for 2560 x 1440 and 5760 x 1080 gaming resolutions. We’ve managed to get Club3D’s R9 280X royalKing 3GB graphics card in for review. Club 3D’s R9 280X royalKing is based on AMD’s $299 3GB R9 280X GPU, which is essentially a rebranded HD 7970. Offering a hefty amount of GPU horsepower and 3GB of frame buffer it is designed for “more-than-1080p” gaming.
Club 3D’s R9 280X royalKing offers up a 10% core overclock compared to the stock AMD R9 280X design, meaning 1100MHz instead of 1000MHz while, memory retains the stock 6GHz clock speed but the main talking point is of course the core overclock. There is always a danger with the R9 280X that if AMD vendors do not implement proper cooling solutions the noise and temperatures can easily get out of hand, especially when you start adding factory overclocks. Club3D will be hoping to tame both the noise and temperatures with their popular “CoolStream” cooling solution, something that will be necessary with a 10% overclock added to an already hot-running GPU.
The packaging of Club3D’s R9 280X royalKing is quick to point out the CoolStream cooling solution and support for Eyefinity 6 which now only requires a single MST hub thanks to AMD’s recent modifications to the way it’s Eyefinity technology works.
Included with the graphics card is a driver CD, quick installation guide and CrossFire cable. Club3D are not messing around with any power supply adapters so make sure you’ve got an 8 pin and 6 pin for this graphics card on your PSU. They also do not include any overclock software on the CD itself but you can download Club3D’s royalFlush GPU overclocking utility from their website here.
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The recent launches of AMD’s new R7 mid range and R9 enthusiast series show that AMD is top of their game. From R7 240 all the way up to R9 290X, they all set new standards when it comes to that all important price vs performance ratio. One of the most popular cards from the previous generation was the Radeon HD 7850, it was widely awarded for offering great performance and at the same time being energy efficient and affordable. Now it’s successor the new Radeon R9 270 steps up, it not uses the same amount of energy as the HD 7850 but also offers 35% more processing power!
According to Club 3D, their new Club 3D Radeon R9 270 royalQueen is the fastest 150w GPU around! Featuring 1280 stream processors, a clock speed of up to 955 MHz and 2.37 Tflops computing performance. It has 2048 Mb of GDDR5 memory running at an effective speed of 5600 MHz combined with a 256 Bit memory bus. Because the R9 270 is very energy efficient it has only 1x 6 pin power connector. On the output panel you can find one full size DisplayPort, one HDMI and one Dual Link DVI-I connector. By adding a Club 3D MST Hub the Radeon R9 270 is Eyefinity 5 capable.
The Radeon R9 270 supports DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3 but also fully supports AMD’s own upcoming Mantle API. This new low level API is able to bypass DirectX and allows game developers to program as close as possible to the Graphics Core Next architecture, resulting in true hardware optimization and significantly better performance compared to the DirectX API.
The new AMD line-up is nearly complete. In the past weeks we have seen launches of entry level cards offering best in class value for money all the way up to high end cards offering record breaking performance. But for any system integrator or end user looking to upgrade an older card, the new R9 270 is one of the best choices, offering solid gaming performance while hitting the gamers’ sweet spot in terms of price.
Thank you Club3D for providing us with this information.
Club3D have just informed us that they are now making their way into the Canadian market. Club3D are a brand that have yet to make significant in-roads into the North American market despite relatively high demand there from consumers for Club3D products. With Club3D now in Canada any of our Canadian readers should be able to get their hands of Club3D products at competitive prices.
Club3D will be teaming up specifically with Canada Computers in Canada and Canadian consumers should now be able to get Club3D’s latest products such as their new ’13 series graphics cards and their MST (Multi-Stream Transport) DisplayPort Hub (which we reviewed here).
The unique ability of the DisplayPort signal to be split into multiple streams is something that has been around for a while, namely since DisplayPort 1.1 compatible graphics cards have been on the market. AMD’s HD 5000 series were the first to offer multiple display outputs from a single DisplayPort but is very much limited by the low bandwidth of DP 1.1. In terms of DisplayPort innovations we haven’t really seen an MST hub from anyone up until now which has been quite sad.
Today we are looking something that isn’t exactly glamorous but fills quite a large hole in the market. Club3D’s MST (Multi Stream Transport) DisplayPort Hub is one of the first of those elusive MST hubs that allows you to split off a DisplayPort compatible graphics card output into any combination of resolutions that fills the maximum bandwidth of the link, the two links would be DisplayPort 1.1 or 1.2 aka HBR and HBR2. You can see full bandwidth details below:
Most people will choose to use a trio of 1080p displays as these are currently the most affordable solutions on the market. This MST hub from Club3D does support Eyefinity but Nvidia surround does not work due to a lack of driver support from Nvidia, if and when Nvidia fix it the MST Hub will support it.
The ability to split a DisplayPort output into up to three displays of varying resolutions will also come in useful for mobile workstations where you need more display real estate but simply can’t get that in a mobile solution or when your graphics card supports more displays than it has ports. The Club3D MST Hub does require an external power source but uses only around 2.5-3.5 Watts.
The biggest rival to Club3D is the Matrox TripleHead2Go DP Edition but costing around £275+ this is mainly limited to the professional and business markets – most other people have made-do with other more affordable compromises and solutions. Club3D’s MST Hub on the other hand costs only around £90-100 making it about a third of the cost of its biggest rival and unlike the Matrox product the Club3D MST supports a higher overall resolution and more bandwidth over DP 1.2. This is compared to the maximum of 5760 by 1080 supported on the Matrox. It is also worth noting that the Matrox unit processes “on-chip” and sends the signal to the three monitors so isn’t capable of gaming, high frame rates or ultra high definition video playback whereas the Club3D MST retrieves the processing from the GPU so supports everything that the GPU would support.
The Club3D MST Hub, pictured above, serves a very functional purpose for desktop systems. With the vast majority of graphics cards only having three to four display outputs, yet supporting 6 displays, the only way to achieve more displays than the number of ports is to use one of these MST hubs. We will be testing the Club3D MST hub’s capabilities in a triple display scenario through one port because unfortunately we do not have six displays or a second MST Hub.
Not that long ago Club3D made a very bold and striking decision to exclusively work with AMD graphics processing units only, leaving Nvidia on the sidelines. Since then we have seen a flurry of activity from Club3D to produce a vast range of SKUs of HD 7000 series card to cater for every price point for every AMD GPU, notably with the release of their brand new ’13 series.
Today we are looking at one of their upper-range HD 7790 graphics cards, or more specifically the HD 7790 royalKing from their Poker Series. Like the majority of Club3D graphics cards the HD 7790 royalKing we have here today uses their CoolStream cooling solution to keep things running cool and quiet without breaking the bank. The Club 3D HD 7790 royalKing comes with factory overclocks out of the box, on the GPU only, which is overclocked 7.5% to 1075MHz while the memory runs at a stock speed of 6GHz. Other than that the unit is kind-of normal although the design in my opinion is one of the nicest as the unit uses a black PCB, black cooling shroud and is very compact which is ideal for such a mid-range GPU.
On the box the key features are displayed such as 4K support, PCIe Gen 3 support and other AMD exclusive features like GCN, HD3D and App acceleration.
The back is rammed full of the usual “marketing stuff” which seems a bit strange as most people have already bought their card by the time they see this.
Included items are very basic and there is no messing around with molex adapters or VGA adapters. There is a driver CD and quick install guide. That said maybe for a card of this calibre a few “budget” accessories might of actually been well placed, like a DVI to VGA adapter and even a molex adapter for people with more basic PSUs.
AMD’s HD 7990 is strange in that we have seen versions of it from AMD partners before AMD released the reference design. In late August 2012 we saw a version from TUL corporation which was then branded and sold by PowerColor VTX3D and Club3D. In early January 2013 we saw the ASUS ROG ARES II graphics card which was a HD 7990/HD 7970X2. Interestingly we saw Nvidia’s GTX 690 as early as May 2012. So this all begs the question, is it even worth AMD releasing a HD 7990 now? Well irrelevant of what you and I think about the answer to that, AMD has decided releasing one now is still worthwhile in a case of “better late than never”.
At a press conference for the GDC press briefing on Tuesday AMD previewed the reference design of their HD 7990. The HD 7990 is expected to be released very soon and it should carry them through all the way to Q4 of 2013 when the next generation of video cards will be announced. AMD’s HD 7990 enjoys significant advantages over a lot of current market offerings in being only dual slots in thickness and being “whisper quiet” thanks to triple 90mm fans cooling a complex heatsink.
AMD didn’t comment much about the card except focusing on the fact the card is quiet, which is something I think is very important given how loud the HD 6990 was. What do you think of AMD releasing their reference version of the HD 7990? Will you be buying one? Was it released too late? Let us know your thoughts.
Following our recent review on the 7790 from Sapphire, we also have a couple of cards from Club3D but as a change to the normal routine of looking at a single card first then looking at how two of their cards perform together, I’ve decided to see how far the 7790 will go when taken to the max, which in this case is a two way configuration.
To re-cover a couple of points about the 7790, its placement in the market is a gap that as emerged between the 7770 and the 7850, which as some may know is where NVIDIA’s GTX 650Ti came in both on performance and also the price point as well. Because of this, AMD released the 7790 in order to fill the gap in from their side, but to also take on the 650Ti, which as I showed in the Sapphire review, its didn’t just beat, it blew its rival out of the window.
As we know though, single card performance is one thing, but how do things fair when we add additional cards in to the mix? If a single 7790 can perform just below its bigger brother the 7850, then where in comparison will two cards lie? As we know, AMD’s cards tend to scale up to 2x when put into a two way configuration so given this known scale, lets get locked and loaded and see what damage two of these mighty little cards can do.