AMD’s Upcoming Flagship Radeon R9 Fury X2 Pictured

During E3 last year, AMD displayed their revised graphics card line-up which revolved around the latest Fiji architecture and slightly tweaked 300 series GPUs. The Fury X was designed to compete with NVIDIA’s GTX 980Ti and finally offer a true alternative to the current top-end solutions. Sadly, even with the revolutionary HBM and smaller form factor, the graphics card just fell short during performance benchmarks. On another note, the Fury X has a very similar price point to a custom cooled 980Ti judging by the current market. The low yields of HBM and controversy surrounding the Cooler Master AIO patent dispute made the Fury X’s launch fairly turbulent.

AMD also announced a dual graphics card solution entitled, the R9 Fury X2. This was described as the fastest graphics card on the market, featuring 512 texture mapping units, 128 render output units, 128 GCN compute units, 8192 stream processors and a memory bandwidth of 1 Terabyte per second. Rather surprisingly, the graphics card still hasn’t been released, even though a great deal of time has passed. Furthermore, AMD is working on the Polaris range which should launch sometime later this year. Either Polaris is less powerful than we imagined, or AMD has encountered some major problems with the Fury X2 which made them delay it.

Yesterday, AMD’s corporate vice president, Roy Taylor posted a picture on social media channels of the Tiki PC. Here we can see the Fury X2 on show, which appears to adopt a traditional form factor we come to expect from GDDR5 based products. The GPU resembles two Nano cards positioned together and it will be interesting to see the thermal performance on AMD’s reference cooler design. Hopefully, this latest tease suggests the Fury X2 is launching soon, and ready to become the fastest graphics card on the market. I really think AMD has to move quickly and find a suitable price because Pascal is arguably coming in the new few months and could dethrone the Fury X2.

PowerColor Radeon R9 390X DEVIL 13 Pictured

Computex is going on and hardware manufacturers are busy showing off their newest products from all categories surrounding our PCs, and sometimes something gets released a little too early. This time we get pictures of what very well could be the new AMD R9 390X from Powercolor, equipped with the hybrid cooling solution dubbed the DEVIL 13.

While we can’t fully confirm that this actually is the R9 390X, it most likely is. TweakTown was the first to post the pictures and other outlets quickly picked up on the card too. The design might not be the final one as the launch of this specific card is still some time away, but it still gives us a great view on it.

The card has an 8-pin and 6-pin power connector as well as a black backplate to stabilize the card and give it a great look.

The PowerColor R9 390X DEVIL 13 is far from a slim or small card and it actually exceeds the 2 slots height with its beefy cooler. It still comes with an external radiator that has to be mounted to your chassis.

We know by now that the new AMD Radeon R9 390X card will come with 8GB memory and that it will be presented on the 16th during E3. We could also reveal the possible MSRP pricing earlier today.

I am ready for AMD’s new graphics cards and tired of waiting. Bring it on.

Thanks to TweakTown and Videocardz for providing us with this information.

Zotac GeForce GTX 970 Pictured

We’re getting very close to the expected launch date of the new GeForce GTX 970 GPU from Nvidia, and we’re seeing more and more leaks, pictures and details about the various versions. We saw the specifications and reference design first and then later it was the beautiful MSI Gaming TwinFrozr V cooler that got pictured.

The next tease we get is from Zotac and their version of the GTX 970 card. The image was spotted by keen eyes on PCHub’s Facebook page. It wasn’t a share in itself, but instead buried as a reply to another post. Well done ‘slyce’ for both finding and sharing it with the members of overclockers forums, and now all of us too. It is however a clever leaked image as it doesn’t really show us much besides the fans. We can however see the HDMI 2.0, the DisplayPort and dual DVI, but that’s about it.

The card is based on the new 28 nm GM204 silicon that is said to feature 1664 CUDA cores, 138 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide memory interface with 4GB of memory. We can see the memory confirmed on the packaging above, but for the rest we’ll just have to wait for further confirmation and leak, and you can be sure that there will be more soon.

Thank you overclockers.net for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of PChub

First Pictures of AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Graphics Cards

The first pictures of three new Tonga GPU graphics cards have been shown and as so often before, the guys over at Videocardz got the first scoop. We’re being presented with a few shots of the Radeon R9 285 series with cards from Sapphire , XFX and HIS Digital.

The new R9 285 will use the Tonge Pro chips, so we can most likely expect Radeon R9 285X to be based on the Tonge XT chip soon. All three new cards are short reference cards, but with custom dual cooler solutions.

They use the XDMA Crossfire so there is no need for bridges (and the pins for them). Connection wise we see the basic AMD setup of 2x DVI, 1x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort.

The actual specifications are still mostly rumours and speculations. We do know that it will have 2GB GDDR5 memory on a 256 bit interface, but besides that we’ll have to wait a little bit more. More should be known very soon as the launch is said to be only 2 weeks away.

The core clock is said to be 918 MHz and the memory clock will be 1375 MHz (5500 MHz effective), and a bandwidth of 176 GB/s. The full Tonga chip itself has the same number of unified cores as the Tahiti, but we don’t know how many the R9 285 will have.

Thank you Videocardz for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Videocardz.