WCCFTech recently picked up news that AMD will be launching Polaris at Computex on June 1st. As I promised, I will be writing a recap post on Polaris, so be ready on June 1st – 4th. There will be a lot to cover, but be aware that I’ll be writing on all of it.
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Today, NVIDIA revealed their Pascal architecture and the cards that go along with it. As soon as AMD releases their Polaris cards, I will be writing a comprehensive post on all of that. See WCCFTech for details on the releases:
As soon as Polaris and Pascal are out in the wild, you’ll have an article. Stay tuned. 😉
A lot has happened in 2015, and even some things in 2016. So, to recap 2015 and include some fresh 2016 news, I will be doing a tech recap of the major things that have happened in the past half a year.
AMD has released it’s Radeon r7 and r9 300 series of GPUs, code-name Pirate Islands, a refresh of the Radeon 200 series, code-named Volcanic Islands, with a couple additions.
The biggest addition is the Radeon r9 Fury series (Fiji Pro/XT), a name brought back from ATi days with the Rage Fury MAXX. This new card was heralded by AMD as a game-changer. This card is exactly that, as every card in it’s series holds 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. This HBM memory is a very unusual type of memory. First off, HBM is stacked memory, similar to stacked pancakes or CDs. Instead of the traditional specs of GDDR5 with a 128-512-bit bus with high clocks (up to 7 GHz effective), the Fury’s HBM has a whopping 4096-bit wide IO with lower clocks (1 GHz effective). This allows for better power efficient VRAM, leading to an overall lower TDP envelope. Now, some people might have a question regarding latency of the HBM. Well, the HBM is stacked on a silicon interposer, atop the substrate next to the Fiji GPU itself.
This not only allows for a smaller package, but allows the water-cooled Fury X to have better water-cooling, as the HBM is cooled as well as the Fiji chip itself. This Fury card sounds very good, except for the fact that there is only 4GB of VRAM on the card. That leads to stuttering at higher resolutions, right? Well, that is not exactly true. Based on the benchmarks, the Radeon r9 Fury X card is still very good 4K card, and as AMD has traditionally shown, the Radeon r9 Fury series gets better performance retention as the resolution increases in comparison to the NVIDIA counterparts, like the new GeForce GTX 980 TI (more on that later). This GPU was even heralded as the new Flagship that would dominate all the other cards. However, when the card was released, the benchmarks showed that the card fell behind the GeForce GTX Titan X in performance, and would generally fall behind the new kid on the block, the GeForce GTX 980 TI. Still, the card was a giant leap in performance/watt in comparison to the previous generations, especially when the r9 Nano was released. The final straw is yet to be released, which would be the Fury X2, which is code-name Gemini. This card will have two 4GB HBM, fully fledged Fiji XT GPUs on one PCB. The card is said to be released with some major VR headsets this Spring. The r9 Fury X, Fury, and Nano are on sale for $600, $510, $460 respectively on Newegg
The second biggest addition is the new Tonga XT and Tonga Pro GPU, included in the r9 380X and 380. The 380X’s Tonga XT is the only other truly new GPU in the entire Radeon r9 or r7 300 series. The Tonga Pro GPU initially appeared in the r9 285. The r9 380X hits the sweet spot with 4GB of 256-bit GDDR5. The card is on sale right now for $205 on Newegg right now. The r9 380 is on sale for $170 also on Newegg.
The only other significant change is to the r9 390 and r9 390X. Both of these cards have 8GB of VRAM, on a 512-bit bus. Other than that, these cards supposedly have better power efficiency. The r9 390 and 390X are on sale on Newegg for $275, and $375.
The r7 and r9 300 series was a bit of a disappointment because of the r9 Fury let-down, and the r7 and r9 200 series rebrand. But the overall performance of the r7 and r9 300 series was bumped up, and some specs were increased. For example, the r9 390 almost always defeats the GeForce GTX 970, the NVIDIA counterpart, and the r9 380 trades blows with the GeForce GTX 960 for a lower point. Even the r9 Nano faces the GeForce GTX 980, which makes the r9 Nano or even the Fury a very good buy. Overall, the r7 and r9 300 series, despite being a refresh, and a decent one at that. The Red team has a great offering, at both high, mid, and low price points.
Well, NVIDIA has been hard at work, and for better or for worse, has already released a card that can match the GeForce GTX Titan X. The GeForce GTX 980 TI. The GPU on board is a cut down GM200 GPU, the same one on the GeForce GTX Titan X. The GeForce GTX Titan X has 12GB of GDDR5 VRAM, while the new GeForce GTX 980 TI has 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This amount of VRAM is more than enough for 1080p, 1440p, and even 2160p, or 4k in some cases. And even though the GM200 chip in the GeForce GTX 980 TI is cut down from the full GM200 chip, the GeForce GTX 980 TI performs at nearly the exact same level as the GeForce GTX Titan X. The 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM is about the maximum any GPU needs for 4K, based on extensive testing, so NVIDIA hit the nail right on the head with this GPU. The GeForce GTX 980 TI is also the best bang-for-your-buck graphics card out there right now, because it beats the r9 Fury X in most tests at stock clocks, and pulls ahead even further when it overclocks. The GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards are all good overclockers, and generally get anywhere up to 45% performance boosts when the card is overclocked. The GeForce GTX 980 TI is the best flagship card when it is on its own, especially in 1440p resolution. Still, when it comes to multiple GPU setups, AMD still has the upper hand. In SLI, the GeForce GTX 980 TI’s, are matched or beaten by Crossfired r9 Fury X’s. The GeForce GTX 980 TI can be found for $620 at Newegg, and the GeForce GTX Titan X can be found for $1020 at Newegg as well.
Also, the other new kid on the block is the GeForce GTX 950. With a cut down GM206 GPU, the GeForce GTX 950 is a entry level graphics card, taking on R7 370. With 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM, the graphics card is limited to 720p and 1080p, especially in the new AAA games. Overall, the card takes on the R7 370 pretty easily, unless the R7 370 has 4GB of VRAM. Overall, the GeForce GTX 950 has a lower TDP than the R7 370, and trumps it when it comes to power requirements. The GeForce GTX 950 can be found for 130$ at Newegg, while the R7 370 can be found for $120 at Newegg.
While NVIDIA hasn’t been quite so busy as AMD, they have released some game changing products, and even though the GeForce GTX 980 TI bests the r9 Fury X flagship, the GeForce GTX 980 TI essentially makes the $1000 GeForce GTX Titan X obsolete. So while I definitely admire the new GeForce GTX 980 TI, I question its release by NVIDIA, as it will and probably has lowered GeForce GTX Titan X sales.
Well, it is not often that I write about Intel when it comes to graphics, but Skylake has brought the need to the table. The new Skylake desktop chips bring some killer Iris integrated graphics to the desktop market. Still, as one might expect, these integrated graphics are not as good as a discrete graphics card, but still will get the job done when in a pinch. So, Intel in this case, gets an honorable mention, but still, as always, can’t stand up to the power of discrete graphics cards. Overall, though, the new Iris graphics are beginning to close the gap between AMD’s graphics centered graphics, while still crushing the CPU performance. Still, that is for another article.
To wrap all this up, I will begin searching for benchmarks, and will start to post a wide variety of benches, in a follow-up post.
Up next: Tech Recap Part 1.5: Graphics Rumor Mill
On the deck: Tech Recap Part 2: CPU Releases and Rumors
In the Hole: Tech Recap Part 3: Miscellaneous Tech (Phones, PC Parts and More!)
So, I have finally done it. All the parts are here, and I have inspected them all, and they are all satisfactory at first glance, so I have started my first logged PC build, dubbed “the Black Shrew”. A small little HTPC/Media Center, meant to be out of the way, yet visually pleasing when noticed. The parts are here, and I am prepping to finally assemble this little puppy after Finals this next weekend. More details can be found here:
Also, I have made a YouTube channel where all the videos will reside. I will announce the channel when the first video are done, so please be patient. All I have right now for you you see is all the parts on display in the page linked above.
As I mentioned in the link above, I intend to do 3 videos on this, one for assembly tutorial for the AM1 socket and in the Thermaltake Core v21. The second will be a Slackware nitty-gritty install tutorial/overview, and the third will be a conclusion/showoff video, showing the product, and the cool features of KDE Plasma 5. To be honest, I can’t wait myself. 😉
Well, after a couple months of being completely inactive, I plan to begin work on this site, and revamp it. New, fresh theme, better navigation, and just streamline the whole thing. I also will be making an updated bio, and adding in a few things here or there that just might come in handy. Also, I will be “removing” some older posts and such things that I find not really important. They will still be in existence, with their URLs still intact, but they will not be easily found by just looking through a menu.
Projects I intend to keep:
- Tech News
- Photoshop Tutorials
- Linux Reviews
- Occasional fun tidbits
Projects I intend to introduce:
- PC Build lists
- Build logs for computers I build
TLDR: Basically, I am redoing the whole blog with some new features and projects. Rest assured, R@D isn’t dead. It is going through an overhaul though. Stay tuned.
This is an update on my last post on AMD, but it is still important. I am going to post the specs, because those are really important. I also will thank WCCFTech and their amazing PC enthusiast writers. I love keeping up on those details. Now, without further ado, here are your specs for AMD’s newest, and best r9 series:
|WCCFTech’s specs||* ??? *||* ??? *||AMD Radeon R9 290X|
|GPU Code Name||Fiji XT||2x Fiji VR||Hawaii XT|
|GPU Cores / Shaders||4096||4096 x 2||2816|
|Memory||8GB Hi-Hi Stacked HBM||8GB Hi-Hi Stacked HBM||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface||4096 Wide IO||2 x 4096 Wide IO||512bit GDDR5|
|Total Memory Bandwidth||640GB/S||640GB/S per GPU||320GB/S|
|GPU Clock Speed||1.05Ghz~||1.05Ghz~||1Ghz~|
|Launch Price||$699 ?||$1499 ?||$549|
Pretty impressive, just looking at these specs right here. But, also looking at the ‘leaked’ benchmarks, the r9 390X will beat the Titan X. That is currently NVIDIA’s flagship GPU. Now, in the benchmarks, the r9 295X2 has outperformed the Titan X, but the r9 390X, which is a SINGLE GPU card, has outperformed the Titan X. This is besides the fact that AMD is putting out the 395X2, which is a Dual GPU monster. Now, if the r9 390X outperforms the Titan X, then the specs of the 395X2 will be BEAST of unbelievable, power. But, that will be for later when I see the actual benchmarks.
Update: According to multiple articles on WCCFTech, Fiji XT is not the r9 390X. People are speculating that Fiji XT is going to be the equivalent of the Titan series for AMD.
Hate to jump the gun, but how about the next gen, or 400 series:
There are no benchmarks or anything, but just speculation. From multiple reports, the 400 series will be an improvement on energy efficiency or things of that area. This also would correspond with the rumor having to do with the 400 series being produced on a node less than 20nm. Most reports say that AMD has been having trouble with that node, so they will just move on to the next level: 14/16nm. And the kicker is this: This will be the first GPU with that size, so pretty groundbreaking achievement for AMD. But, this couples up with another announcement from AMD which is also extremely astounding: Zen is coming, and is looking beautiful.
Welcome to the star part of the article: Codename Zen architecture. This new 14/16nm architecture will bring amazing 40% increases in IPC, reviving FX, and giving AMD an actual shot against Intel’s monstrous lineup of amazing CPUs. The biggest news about Zen: No more clustered multithreading. AMD is going with simultaneous multithreading for their new CPUs, which is probably the main reason why the substantial jump. Simultaneous multithreading will be very similar to Intel’s hyperthreading, which will be a tantalizing offer for many AMD and non-AMD fans alike. Also, HBM RAM is growing to be very popular with AMD, as they are putting it with Zen to make a new high-bandwidth low latency cache system. This cache change is AMD’s correction toward Bulldozer, as many view it. Finally, AMD did not mention which node type they would be using, but 14nm from GlobalFoundries would be very likely.
As said during their analyst day, they are tired of being at the bottom of the PC market with all the cheap products. They are making giant strides to making the top of the tower, and I will not be surprised if they make it back up there with Zen CPU and their 300 GPUs.
Well, that is about all there is. I myself am very interested in this bit of news, so anything new will probably be posted very quickly.