Thief Mantle API Support Delayed Until First Patch In March, Brings TrueAudio as Well

There have been rumors about Thief getting Mantle support, and it appears that Edios Montreal has finally made it official. However, players are not to expect AMD’s Mantle API at launch. Edios Montreal has confirmed that Thief will be launched only with DirectX support.

However, a match stipulated to be released in March will bring Mantle support, as well as TrueAudio. This will make Thief the first game to use dedicated DSP found on GNC 1.1-based graphics cards like the Radeon R9 290, R9 290X, R7 260 and R7 260X. The TrueAudio technology is designed to shift advanced audio processing from the CPU to the GPU’s DSP, giving both better performance and more immersive audio experiences.

“We confident this patch will ensure the best and fastest Thief experience for AMD Radeon customers”. Edios Montreal stated. “We’re sorry we couldn’t bring this to you sooner – although we will use this time to bring you the very best experience possible and will let you know when the patch is ready.”

Edios was known to become partners with AMD to make Thief a Mantle-supported title back in November. Other games announcing support for Mantle API consist of Star Citizen and Sniper Elite 3, while EA’s Battlefield 4 already received the update a while ago.

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Passive Cooled Powercolor R9 270 Launched

Powercolour have rolled out their latest R9 270 graphics card, which features a completely passive cooler design. Now of course this may not be the most powerful graphics card on the market, but the temptation of having a card that runs at 0dBA is great for those wanting a silent build or HTPC.

The heatsink is of course huge, featuring six heatpipes to keep the thing from overheating and given the overall specifications its not exactly easy to keep it cool. The card features a clock speed of 920MHz for the GPU, 2GB of GDDR5 memory at 5600MHz and a 256-bit memory interface. This being part of the R9 270 range, the card is based around AMD’s Pitcairn architecture, which features 1280 stream processors, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPS.

Of course you’ll want a nicely ventilated chassis if you’re going to install this kind of card, but a little forward planning can get you a long way to a virtually silent, or at least a lot quieter rig. With prices of around £149.99 from places like overclockers.co.uk the card is affordable too.

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Radeon R9 290X And Radeon R9 X-Edition Graphics Cards Released By VTX3D

VTX3D has recently released two additions to its graphic card line-up, the Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 X-Edition with dual fan cooling design. The two very best graphics cards use great quality power design and custom dual fan cooling solution, delivering faster, cooler and quieter performance to all gamers.

Both are equipped with 4 GB of the latest high performance GDDR5 memory connected via 512 bit memory interface. The R9 290X X-Edition runs core engine at 1030 MHz and 1250 MHz for memory, while the R9 290 X-Edition runs at 975/1250 MHz for core/memory. Both are 30 MHz higher than reference design in engine clock, providing excellent performance and ultimate gaming power to every enthusiastic gamer.

The two models use great quality power design, which includes digital PWM, Multi Phase Design, Ferrite Core Choke and SVI2 power management, increasing the overall stability and power supply efficiency perfectly. In addition, the VTX3D R9 290X and R9 290 X-Edition are equipped with advanced dual fan cooling module. The advanced dual fan cooling module features dual 90 mm large fan, GSG-shape copper heat pipes with wide range of aluminum cooling fins, bring extraordinary heat dissipation effect.

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AMD’s Revenue Propels By 38% At The End Of Q4 2013, $1.59 Billion Recorded

AMD has related its financial situation today at the Q4 2013 Earnings Conference, where they have detailed their milestones, earnings and overview of their company’s financial situation. They have stated that they were successful in executing their “3 step strategic turnaround”, which ultimately lead to “transform” AMD.

According to AMD’s officials, they have accelerated their business growth during the 2013 year, leading to profit growth in the second half of 2013 by diversifying their product range from semi-custom SoCs, ARM and all the way to the PC component market.

In Q4, AMD reported a $1.59 billion revenue, a 9% sequential increase and 38% annual increase since 2012. They have also exceeded the goal for the semi-customed and embedded market with a 20% revenue growth in this sphere for the Q4 2013, ultimately leading to their expectations of reaching a 50% increase in revenue by 2015.

The embedded and semi-customed market propelled the business in Q4, where the demand for Sony and Microsoft had been met and both companies combined sold and estimate of 7 million next-gen consoles in less than 2 months (double than the previous number of consoles sold in their first quarter).

In terms of graphics solutions, AMD pointed to an excellent year in growth revenue, pointing to the dual FirePro graphics solution inside Apple’s Mac Pro. Though, the R7 and R9 chips have also been brought up, where they related a sequential increase in revenue from the chip demands, which they are expected to see in 2014 as well.

APUs and FX CPUs have also seen a steady increase during the third and all the way to the fourth quarter of 2013, having the launch of the Kaveri chipset market as a turning point and an exponential increase in revenue. AMD is aiming to provide a performance oriented solution at a reasonable price, having mentioned the A8 and A10 series of Kaveri CPUs as the best alternative to other competitors, which we mainly think is Intel’s Haswell.

The hardest part comes last, where AMD is aware of the 2013 decrease in the PC market, which they felt as well, and are continuing to cautiously approach it during 2014. They have predicted a slight decrease in 2014 as well and have stated to tackle the decrease quarter by quarter, while managing their expansion into other areas where AMD is not strongly represented to compensate their estimated loss in the PC sphere this year.

All in all, AMD has been keeping in on the green last year, and are going to do the same in 2014 by getting more involved in the semi-customed SoC, embedded and ARM markets.

Radeon R9 270X OC with 4 GB Memory Launched By GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE launched the Radeon R9 270X graphics cards with double the standard memory amount. The GV-R927XOC-4GD, available in a standard edition and one with a Battlefield 4 Origin key, features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface, clocked at 5.60 GHz, at which the GPU has 179 GB/s of memory bandwidth at its disposal. The card features a long, non-reference design PCB, and the company’s new generation WindForce 3X cooler, which together give the card a high-end look when installed. 4 GB of memory makes the R9 270X meet the recommended system requirements of Battlefield 4.

The factory-overclocked card offers 1050 MHz base GPU clock, and 1100 MHz PowerTune Boost frequency. The card draws power from a pair of 6-pin PCIe power connectors, display outputs include a pair of dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2. Based on the 28 nm “Curacao” silicon, the Radeon R9 270X features 1,280 GCN2 stream processors, 80 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. It features a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. Its API support includes DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, and Mantle. GIGABYTE didn’t reveal pricing of the two.

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MSI Announces Its Radeon R9 290 GAMING 4G and Radeon R9 290X GAMING 4G

The long expected MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G are now available. Packed with all of the power and features to drive UltraHD gaming resolutions the MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced now ensures your card runs cool so you can enjoy maximum performance because AMD’s PowerTune technology enables the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G to run at their highest clock speeds. With support for the latest industry standards and exciting new technology such as Mantle support in Battlefield 4.

Thanks to the bundled MSI GAMING App gamers can quickly switch between three pre-sets including a silent mode optimized for power efficiency and an overclocking and OC Mode to get the most power out of your graphics card, without worrying about learning how to overclock. The R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G have been designed to give you a gaming experience that delivers you true next-gen performance for ultra HD resolutions without sacrificing on thermals to kick-start your gaming rig for 2014.

MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming 4G
MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G

Stay cool in combat
The MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced has been completely customized for the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G to deliver the best thermal experience. The design uses a larger copper base for heat absorption and the heat pipes are in contact with a bigger part of the heat sink and exposed to more airflow to ensure the highest performance of the GPU because of optimal temperatures. Combined with the dual form-in-one heat sinks that add both cooling ability and structural reinforcement the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G stay cool and safe.

Optimized for Gamers
The new R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G are packed with features that benefit every gamer. AMD TrueAudio technology allows far more realistic positional audio and the added benefit of surround sound over connected displays. Mantle allows game developers to directly speak to the GPU optimizing GPU performance. This can all be displayed in a glorious UltraHD / 4K resolution as the new R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G is leading in performance at 4K resolutions. This can be easily connected through the DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. Up to six dedicated displays can be connected to the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G for an amazing Eyefinity experience.

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EK Working On A New Water Block For The ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC

Reports show that EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is currently working on a new Full Cover water block for the latest ASUS non-reference design DirectCU II series AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card named the R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5.

The EK-FC R9-290X DCII will be a high performance full-cover water block for engineered specifically for the latest revision of ASUS design Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II series graphics cards. With a direct cooling line to the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module), water will flow over these critical areas and allow the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable under high overclocking stats.

A refined 0.6 mm wide microchannel structure will be used, similar to the EK-FC R9-290, in order to even further improve the heat transfer while not sacrificing the famous low hydraulic restriction design. Thus, the product can be used in liquid cooling systems using less powerful water pumps. It will be available in three visually different variations and an aesthetic backplate will be available for optional purchase. Up to four water blocks could be used on a single ATX form factor motherboard by using EK-FC Terminal (DUAL, TRIPLE or QUAD type) system or other means of interconnectivity.

The Water Block is in production and will be released onto the market through EK Webshop and other partner retailers starting from February 2014.

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Winner Of The Club3D R9 280X royalKing 3GB Graphics Card Giveaway Announced

At the start of October, to “celebrate” the launch of AMD’s R9 280X, we gave our readers the opportunity to win a Radeon R9 280X royalKing overclocked 3GB graphics card from Club3D. We apologise for the delay in announcing the winner to this competition and without any further ado let us get on and announce the winner.

The winner of the Club3D royalKing R9 280X 3GB graphics card is……

A big congratulations to the winner and thank you to everyone who entered – your support is greatly appreciated and allows us to bring you bigger and better competitions.

If you want to take part in any current and future eTeknix competitions, or just look at our past competitions, then you can keep up to date right here. We are currently running the following competitions:

If you are interested in seeing any past competition winners then be sure to check out our competition winners page.

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Club 3D Reveal The R9 270 royalQueen Edition

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.

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ASUS Announces R9 270 DirectCU II Graphics Card

ASUS have announced the launch of their R9 270 DirectCU II, a new graphics card powered by the latest AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics-processing unit (GPU). R9 270 is equipped with loads of exclusive ASUS technologies and tools including their ever popular DirectCU II cooler which has proven time and time again to be cool and quiet, Super Alloy Power components for vastly improved longevity and GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use software tool that allows users to squeeze more performance out of the GPU.

As an ASUS overclocked-edition card, R9 270 is overclocked to perform faster than reference with a 975MHz core speed and reaching the 104% level in 3DMark.

R9 270 has a unique advantage in the shape of DirectCU II, which puts highly-conductive copper cooling pipes in direct contact with a card’s GPU so heat is dissipated quickly and with extreme efficiency.

R9 270 is constructed using exclusive Super Alloy Power components. Solid-state capacitors, concrete-core chokes and hardened MOSFETs are all designed to withstand much greater stress with the application of specially-formulated materials. Super Alloy Power technology also reduces power noise such as buzzing and increases the graphics card’s longevity — R9 270’s capacitors last up to two-and-a-half times (2.5X) longer than traditional capacitors.

The new ASUS R9 270 has a unique advantage in the shape of GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that helps users to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the Radeon R9 270 GPU. This includes the ability to control finely GPU and video-memory clock speeds and voltages, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds in real time — so overclocking is both easy and can be carried out with high confidence.

As well, the GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time — so others can watch live as games are played. It’s even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.

We actually got one of the first review for this GPU live yesterday morning, so if you want to know more about the card and how it performs, you can check out our full review right here.

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AMD To Bundle Battlefield 4 With All New Radeon R9 Series Graphics Cards

AMD and their main partners such as Saphire and XFX have announced that they will now be bundling Battlefield 4 will all of their new R9 series cards. That means better value for money for all gamers looking to upgrade to the latest AMD range and will no doubt temp more than a few people who have been on the fence about making a purchase.

While a Battlefield 4 has been exclusive to the lovely R9 290X, it seems that AMD are keen to share the love and now the whole range, including the R9 290, R9 280X and even the budget friendly R9 270X will be getting a taste of the action.

Battlefield 4 is already a big seller and the high end graphics that the game can push are a great reason to upgrade your GPU. With Nvidia already offering a great selection of titles on their range and the popular AMD Never Settle bundles the real winner will always be the consumer, because we all love free games, especially when they’re AAA titles like Battlefield 4.

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AMD Releases The Catalyst 13.11 Beta 6 Driver Update

AMD has recently released its latest version of the Catalyst graphics driver. 13.11 Beta 6 includes all the features of its predecessors and adds support for the new Radeon R9 290 and 290X adapters. Automatic AMD Eyefinity Configuration and “plug and play” configuration of supported Ultra HD/4K tiled displays are also new additions that come with this release.

On the performance improvements side, the new update boosts Batman: Arkham Origins with MSAA 8x enabled by up to 35%, Total War: Rome 2 by 10%, Battlefield 3 and DiRT Showdown get 10%, while GRID 2, Formula 1 2013, DiRT 3s and Sleeping Dogs get 5 to 8.5%.

Be advised that, although this driver comes from AMD, it is still a beta version. This means that errors and odd graphics behavior may occur. If that happens, the American manufacturer awaits your report on its Issue Reporting Form.

Here are the Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 6 Driver:

  • Includes all Feature Highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta
  • Includes support for the new products:
    • AMD Radeon R9 290X
    • AMD Radeon R9 290
  • Performance improvements
    • Batman: Arkham Origins – improves performance up to 35% with MSAA 8x enabled
    • Total War: Rome 2 – improves performance up to 10%
    • Battlefield 3 – improves performance up to 10%
    • GRID 2 – improves performance up to 8.5%
    • DiRT Showdown – improves performance up to 10%
    • Formula 1 2013 – improves performance up to 8%
    • DiRT 3 – improves performance up to 7%
    • Sleeping Dogs – improves performance up to 5%
  • Automatic AMD Eyefinity Configuration
  • Automatic “plug and play” configuration of supported Ultra HD/4K tiled displays

For those of you who have an AMD graphics card want to try it out for yourself, you can download the beta driver from the AMD Official Website.

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New Radeon R9 and R7 Series Of Graphics Cards Unveiled By XFX

XFX has unveiled Friday, the 11th of October, the XFX Radeon R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards. They are XFX’s first series of AMD GPUs with AMD’s 2nd Generation GCN Architecture and PowerTune Technology designed for super optimized gaming performance. XFX’s new GPUs also feature AMD’s Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games.

XFX Ghost 2.0 Thermal Technology
The XFX Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are also the first introduction of the all-new XFX Ghost 2.0 thermal design, which is a substantial design evolution from the original Ghost thermal design introduced in 2012. XFX’s new Ghost 2.0 features the same open airflow design for maximum cooling as well as a new lightweight poly carbonate construction for super high durability and heat resistance. A new two-piece design which protects PCB components from damage and dust and created a beautiful modern design unlike any other graphics card in history.

Unlocked Voltage
XFX graphics cards now feature higher voltage caps giving gamers the power to customize and truly push their graphics cards to the limit.

2nd Generation PowerTune Technology

The XFX R-Series of graphics cards will feature the second generation of AMD’s PowerTune technology, which offers a substantial improvement over the previous generation. PowerTune features real-time voltage and clock speed optimization enables intelligent power monitoring to enable higher clock speeds and better performance in your favorite games. Tuning the card’s settings allows you to hit its peak clock rate more often.

Mantle and Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture
The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy, now comes together with the introduction of Mantle. Mantle empowers games like DICE’s “Battlefield 4” to speak the natively with the Graphics Core Next architecture for a deeper level of hardware multi-platform compatibility.

TrueAudio Technology: World’s First Programmable Audio Pipeline
XFX R-Series GPUs featuring AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU through a built-in audio signal processor which supports 150 sound sources vs the previous limitation of only 50 sounds. TrueAudio enables 7.1 surround through headphones and zero CPU overhead. This enables game to utilize more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio and more.

Multi-Display Technology: Redesigned for Ultra-resolution Gaming
XFX Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are made for gaming on UltraHD (3840×2160) displays. Additionally, with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, gamers are free to use virtually any combination of display outputs when connecting matching monitors to the DVI or HDMI outputs on their system.

XFX Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards will be available for purchase in the near future. For more information about the XFX cards you can visit XFX’s official website here.

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