Video Cards

Radeon R9 290X 8GB Models Coming

Tweaktown reports that AMD will be putting out 8GB models of the Radeon R9 290X.  

 

The new cards are expected to directly compete with the second-generation Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 from NVIDIA, but with AMD owning the 4K market right now, the 8GB of RAM should really help, especially in upcoming games like Star Citizen with its 4K and 8K textures, and built for the PC only. The new cards should arrive with a 10% price hike on them, which isn't too bad considering the crazy amount of VRAM included.

Intel Approached AMD On Mantle

PCWorld's Mark Hachman reports that Intel has approached AMD about their Mantle technology.  Did they approach AMD about x86-64, DDR, and integrated memory controllers.  IDK.

 

"I know that Intel have approached us for access to the Mantle interfaces, et cetera," Huddy said. " And right now, we've said, give us a month or two, this is a closed beta, and we'll go into the 1.0 [public release] phase sometime this year, which is less than five months if you count forward from June. They have asked for access, and we will give it to them when we open this up, and we'll give it to anyone who wants to participate in this."

Rumored AMD Radeon R9 M295X Specs

Videocardz has rumored specs for the Radeon R9 M295X.  Its code named Tonga, and should come in mobile and desktop variants due to a lower power envelope. 

 

Tonga is not only a mobile chip. Actually, the first time we heard about Tonga was about desktop graphics card. It’s no secret now, that a new model will be added by AMD very soon. Since Tonga has worse specs than Tahiti (at least on paper), we assume it won’t be using R9 280 series nomenclature. Instead, it should land somewhere in-between Curacao R9 270X and Pitcairn-based R9 280. Radeon R9 275X sounds reasonable.

AMD Radeon R9 295 X2 Reviews

What happens when you take two R9 290X and put it on one board?  You get the watercooled Radeon R9 295 X2.  Reviews are below.

Tech Report

Legit Reviews

Anandtech

Eurogamer

Guru3D

Hardware Heaven

Legion Hardware

Techpowerup

Techspot

Tweaktown

Coin Mining Gives AMD Long Term Tailwind

Coin mining will pay dividends for AMD says Seeking Alpha.

 

It is sad that AMD failed to take into consideration the altcoin mining customers when they made their production runs for R9 Radeon cards last year. The shortage and bloated prices of the R9 series could have been prevented. AMD would have profited more if the company produced double the number of the R9 Radeon cards that miners covet.

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