When we first found out about AMD’s limitations for the R9 Nano, one of the biggest questions was how were the various AIB partners going to differentiate their cards. While restrictions were nothing new, AMD has traditionally been more lax. Today, we getting our first glimpse on the ASUS “custom” R9 Nano White Edition.
With major PCB and heatsink changes barred, ASUS has contented themselves with what appears to be a mere color scheme change. With a white colored stock heatsink shroud, we are given the “White Edition” of the R9 Nano. Unfortunately, the PCB is not white though that may change in future models. There are some hints that the PCB is custom but we have no confirmation of that yet. Any changes likely will be targeted towards the coil whine faced by the Nano but the layout of components should still be reference.
Even with the restrictions, the stock R9 Nano PCB and cooler are pretty good. With the addition of the White Edition, it looks like ASUS is trying to appeal for those looking for a white and black theme without having to void their warranties by modding. It will be interesting to see if there is a market for these kinds of models with minor aesthetics changes. In the end, we may be better off served by true custom Nano and Fury X cards.
While we’ve long know that AMD was preparing a dual Fiji GPU, we’re now getting some hints that the card will be launched and revealed imminently. According to a shipping manifest, a “Fiji Gemini” has just left AMD’s Canada headquarters. AMD Canada has always been the site that handled more graphics since it used to be ATI, and with the Gemini headed off, it probably means the card is done most of its testing is off and ready to be launched soon.
Previous names for the card have revolved around R9 Fury X2 or some variation thereof, but R9 Gemini might now be a contender. The shipping manifest also shows an attached Cooler Master heatsink. Given that ongoing litigation between Cooler Master and Asetek, AMD either has a deal going on with Asetek or they know something we don’t. The card is expected to pack a total of 8192 shader processors and 8GB(2x4GB) of HBM1. While 4GB of VRAM shouldn’t hold things back at 4K, the advent of unified memory with DX12 may help alleviate issues in the future.
With Nvidia also set to launch their own dual-GPU graphics card and having shown off their HBM2 Pascal card, AMD only has a narrow window in which to launch this card. Hopefully, we will be hearing more about Gemini in the days to come. The launch of R9 Gemini may also bring about better Crossfire performance and quality, something which has been lacking a bit.
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AMD’s latest Fiji XT graphics card has been pictured again. The picture of the reference card confirms a large number of rumours that have been circulating over the past few weeks. As somewhat expected, the PCB is extremely short compared to AMD cards like the 290/290X and the previous 7970/280X. The key factor to the short size is likely the HBM, or High Bandwidth Memory which significantly reduces the area required as well as moving it onto the GPU package. That just leaves the VRM and various interconnects on the rest of the PCB. Mini-ITX fans will be sure to love this card though they’ll have to either find a different cooler if they can’t accommodate the liquid cooling radiator.
Another key clarification point is the confirmation of liquid cooling coming standard. On the left edge of the picture, you can see the coolant tubes connecting the 120mm x 120mm radiator to the coldplate. While the Radeon logo from the teaser video makes an appearance, the sides of the GPU appear to be more black than grey, though this could be a contrast issue. The GPU will also come with a backplate, LED lights for the Radeon logo and 2 x 8 pin PCIE power connectors. Along with the R9 295X2, this card may be one of the best looking reference designs AMD has put out in recent years.
AMD just revealed the first cards in the new R9 300 series, but that wasn’t so exciting as it could have been as they all were mobile versions and rebrands. This however is far more interesting, as AMD has come out with the first official teaser for the upcoming Fiji XT graphics card, most likely dubbed the R9 390X.
The teased card shows a different image than we’re used to with AMD reference cards. It doesn’t feature the normal single fan cooler nor the hybrid liquid and air cooling solution seen on the R9 295×2 card. It does however reveal what appears to be a fully liquid cooled solution with a 120mm or 140mm radiator in the background.
We also notice a very short card, but with the new HBM memory being stacked on the GPU, AMD needs a lot less PCB space. It’s really only the GPU and VRM that needs to be cooled as the RAM is located on the GPU. On the rear of the card we find three DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 2.0 port as connection options, seeing a move away from the old DVI connector.
The image below was the second tease released shortly after the card above. It is a close-up on the actual Fiji XT chip that will power this new beast of a graphics card with its 4096 CPU cores, 8GB HBM memory, and 4096 Wide IO memory interface.
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We only just posted two articles about a couple of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series cards, so maybe AMD noticed and thought it would be a good time to tease their upcoming Radeon R9 390X. We only reported on the Fiji XT a couple of days ago, but now we’re hearing much more detailed specs on what this behemoth will end up arriving as.
According to leaked information, the R9 390X would have a 4096-bit memory bus, and while that might sound impressive – consider this, the current GeForce GTX 980 has a 256-bit memory bus, and memory bandwidth of around 224GB/sec. The R9 390X on the other hand, according to these rumors, would be plugging away inside of your PC with 640GB/sec of memory bandwith.
This is all thanks to the use of High-Bandwidth Memory chips (HBM) that have a 1024-bit IO interface – four of those stacked together (2Gb DRAM dies) equals a huge 4096-bit memory bus. My head is still spinning at this, so let’s just hope these rumors turn out to be true.