Leaked AMD Radeon R9 380X Benchmarks Show Near R9 290 Performance

With the R9 380X rumoured to launch in just a week or so, we’re now getting some interesting leaks about the card. Earlier, we brought you the images for XFX’s model and what appeared to be the exact specifications for the card. Today we’re getting a Colorfire R9 380X with a GPU-Z screenshot as well as the benchmark score from 3DMark 11 which shows off the card’s performance.

From the GPU-Z screenshot, we pretty much get a good idea of the card’s performance. The 2048 shader cores, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs all clock in at a good 1070 Mhz. Pixel fill rate comes in at 34.2 GPixel/s which is pretty much expected given the Tonga configuration. Texture fillrate is 137 GTexel/s which is much better than what the R9 380 and R9 280X boasted. 4GB of 6125Mhz GDDR5 VRAM wrap it up by giving 172GB/s via the 256bit bus. Overall, these specs place the card solidly between the R9 380 and R9 290/390.

In 3DMark 11 Extreme, the card managed to score 4024 overall with a relatively weak Intel Core i5 and 3768 in graphics. The R9 290 scores around the 4200 mark and the R9 280X at about 3300. Based off our estimates from extrapolating Tonga/GCN1.2 improvements over the R9 290X/GCN1.0, we would expect the 380X fall a bit short of the R9 290 but still surpass the GTX 780 in most cases. This is despite the 780 scoring about 3600 in 3DMark 11 since that test tends to favour Nvidia cards more.

Overall, AMD looks to have  winner int he midrange with this card. Depending on the price, the 380X can steal some marketshare back from Nvidia which has a sizable gap between the 970 and 960 in terms of performance. Given some of the limitations of the 960, Nvidia may want to consider a cut-down 970 that is not memory bottlenecked in order to do battle. As one of the last 28nm and GCN cards, AMD is making sure to go out with a bang.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Photos and GPU-Z Details Revealed

We still have to wait a couple of days until we get to see some performance benchmarks and reviews of the new AMD Fury X graphics card powered by the Fiji GPU and with HBM memory. The release is scheduled for the 24th, but not everyone keeps up their end of the deal and release information prior.

That has given us all the beautiful photos of this new card that you see in this article, but it doesn’t stop with photos and more information has been released in form of a GPU-Z screenshot detailing the actual specifications.

The interesting part about the GPU-Z screenshot is found in the ROPs. AMD had previously disclosed 64 Render Output units but the GPU-Z clearly shows 128 here. Whether that is a bump up, false read information or something else, we don’t know. It’s still interesting, but we’ll have to wait for the official launch to get anything confirmed.

Other specifications for the Radeon R9 Fury X are that it uses the full version of AMD’s Fiji GPU named Fiji XT. This 596mm² GPU features 4GB HBM memory, over four thousand GCN stream processors, 256 texture mapping units and a massive 4096bit memory interface.

None of Fiji’s architectural details are embargoed and while AMD didn’t disclose any of them, that allows for others to reveal them and we’ll hopefully get more information about it soon.

In the meantime, you can enjoy all the photos below of the new AMD Radeon Fury X Graphics cards that already have been published on various outlets.

More than one person leaked photos of this beautiful card ahead of launch and we get another set of photos.


We also get to see it built-in and powered on. This gives a much better impression of the overall card than photos of just the card on its own.

Thanks to WCCFtech for providing us with this information

Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXi5H-5200 Review


Today we are taking a look at Gigabyte’s Intel i5 5200U powered BRIX. Gigabyte has an impressive array of BRIX models that come in at all different performance levels with many CPU options and even options with discrete GPUs. The small form factor computer business has been exploding the last few years due in part with parts shrinking and their abilities skyrocketing. Many people have been buying small form factor units deciding to use them as business or daily workstations due to the low power consumption, helping to lower costs. Others love these small boxes for use as home theater PCs (HTPCs) since they can be tucked out of the way and will generally not be heard over ambient sound in the home theater. The specs for this BRIX look promising for use in both situations so let’s take a closer look and see just how well it would perform in these tasks.

  • Name: Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXi5H-5200
  • CPU: Intel i5 5200U (2C/4T, 2.2 GHz w/ 2.7 GHz Max Turbo, 14nm, 15W)
  • RAM: User Supplied – We tested with Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1T 1.35v 
  • SSD: User Supplied – Crucial MX200 SSD 250GB
  • GPU: Integrated – Intel® HD Graphics 5500
  • LAN: Realtek RTL8111G 10/100/1000/Gigabit Base T
  • WLAN: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • I/O: 4x USB3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Mini isplayPort, Headphone-out, Microphone in, RJ-45/GbE LAN
  • OS: Supplied Barebones, Windows 10 preview used in this review
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: $364.99

Retail Packaging

Printed materials and hardware that the BRIX comes with. You will get a power adapter and power cord to hook up the BRIX as well as all the screws that you will need to mount your SSD or HDD and use the VESA mount if you wish. The DVD and printed materials are toss away materials in my opinion since the most up to date drivers and materials can be downloaded from the support website.



TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.9 Released

TechPowerUp has just release the latest version of their GPU-Z, thep popular PC graphics information, monitoring and diagnostics utility that helps you with up to date information on your installed graphics hardware. The new version adds support for several new GPU’s and fixed various bugs.

The list of newly supported GPU’s starts with the new AMD “Tonga”  GPU we showed you images of earlier today in for of the Radeon R9 285. But also the Radeon R9 M275X, FirePro W5100, W9100; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 6 GB, GTX 860M, GT 830M, GTX 780M, GT 740, GT 730, GT 720, Quadro NVS 510, FX 380M, GRID K520 and Tesla K40c are supported in the new version.

Bug fixes include correct release date for Radeon R9 290, more robust NVIDIA PhysX detection, improved fan-speed monitoring on some newer AMD cards, sensor graph overflow/underflow as well as a fixed French translation.

The new version is available free for download now and can be had in the normal plain version or as ASUS ROG themed for the extra bit of spice. Time to upgrade?, just head over to and download the new version.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

3D Mark Adds New Ice Storm Unlimited Mode And Upgrades GPU Monitoring

Futuremark has released a new update that brings a few notable changes to the benchmarking software, including a an improvement in its Benching algorythms and adding a new Ice Storm Unlimited Mode to the benchmarking options.

The update consists mostly of an algorithm update and GPU-Z Library integration that will not only allow more accurate hardware detection but will also restore clock speed and temperatures during benchmarking. Futuremark is continuously building a name for itself as a highly reliable benchmarking software and is constantly updating its software to meed the current benchmarking requirements.

Another major update is the addition of the Ice Storm Unlimited mode, which is basically the scenario used in mobile testing ”ported” to PC. The Ice Storm mode was usually used in mobiles and tablets to benchmark the same ,now however 3d Mark incorporates the PC Variant of the Ice Storm Mode. It will allow users to compare their mobile devices with their PCs giving a very realistic representation of the difference between the two platforms.

More and more mobile manufacturers claim to incorporate chips that lead to performance similar to consoles or even PCs, but now we have a tool use to see if their claims are true or not.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of WCCF

Nvidia GTX 680 Can Be “Tweaked” To A GTX 770

We have already explained to you in several articles what the “deal” with Nvidia’s next graphics card series is. See here for a surprisingly accurate summary from over 21 days ago. However, to put it simply Nvidia is rebranding the GTX 680 through the GTX 660Ti into the GTX 770 to GTX 760 and then shoving a “cut down” version of the GTX Titan (the so called GTX Titan LE) in the place of the GTX 780. This means that nothing is “new” as such but products have just had bits enabled/disabled and then product naming has been shifted around.

The implications of this is that current-generation GTX 600 series cards will be virtually identical to GTX 700 series cards, and one reddit user claims that he has already been able to flash a GTX 680 into a GTX 770. The BIOS file, which we won’t link you to for safety reasons (but you can find it in the source article), works with reference GTX 680 graphics cards and alters the card in a few ways. Firstly, it cranks up speeds to 1059MHz core, 1125MHz GPU boost and 1752MHz memory. Secondly, it edits the INF File which causes the graphics card to show up as a GTX 770 in the motherboard BIOS and GPU-Z validations.

TechPowerUp (see source article) actually tested this new BIOS file on a few of their GTX 680s and said that it actually doesn’t work on most because the high overclocks make a lot of GTX 680s unstable. However, on the cards that it did work on it did give a 5-7% performance boost and show up as GTX 770 in GPU-Z.

We will probably see a similar thing happen with the GTX 670, GTX 660Ti and lower cards when Nvidia releases the GTX 700 series. TechPowerUp also revealed how some cheap graphics card vendors/resellers often do this with graphics cards in developing markets, taking GeForce 201 cards and selling them as GT 630 graphics cards for twice the money using a similar trick.

Put simply the “GTX 770 mod” overclocks your GTX 680 and changes the name string file to read as a GTX 770. It also voids your warranty and risks bricking your card if it can’t handle it and you can’t revert back properly. My advice is to just do some overclocking and live with the fact you have a GTX 680!

What are your thoughts on this story? Be sure to check the source article for a more detailed “technical” explanation.