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For a number of reasons, the launch of AMD's latest high-end graphics card, the Radeon Fury X, didn't go quite as smoothly as the company (or any company, for that matter) would have liked. As we discovered in our review, the card is largely comparable to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and happens to include a built-in liquid cooler -- either a pro or con depending on your taste (and the amount of effort you might want to put in). Well, it's that liquid cooler that's become a bit of a thorn in AMD's side, as some of the launch units have some serious pump whine... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the reveal of AMD's Radeon 300 series comes ASUS with four brand-new models that fall into its STRIX series. First seen on the AMD side with the R9 285, STRIX is touted as being ASUS' most effective cooling solution to date, and as someone who's used a STRIX model before, I can attest that the cooler is quite good. Speaking of "hot", there might be a hint to the fact that the 390 and 390X could run quite warm, as these become the first STRIX models to feature three fans - the GTX 980 STRIX has just two. One thing's for certain though; these cards look great. You might have noticed... Read more...
Whenever there's a new flagship graphics card on the horizon, it's almost a given that we'll be treated to a number of leaks about it in advance of its launch. It's not too often, though, that a leak comes from a reputable, trusted source. Take Johan Andersson, for example, the Studio Manager for Paradox Interactive. In a tweet, Johan gives thanks to AMD for sending him a brand spanking new Radeon, and it doesn't take much imagination to take a stab at guessing that it's the much-rumored R9 390X. This new island is one seriously impressive and sweet GPU. wow & thanks @AMDRadeon ! They will... Read more...
Sometimes, you just have to wonder if accidental leaks are not so "accidental", as they can drum up a lot of attention. Take, for example, AMD's Lisa Su, who let it loose during a financial call last week that Windows 10 is expected to release at the end of the July. Her exact words were: "What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July". If you're interested in reading through a transcript of the entire call, you can head here. If Su is correct, and at this point there seems to be no reason not to believe it given we had summer as a launch target anyway,... Read more...
AMD's next Radeon graphics card series has been the victim of much speculation, and predictions of when the first card comes out have been all over the board - you might as well throw a dart at a 12-month calendar and your guess will be as good as any. That said, the folks over at VideoCardz have a source that says the first card will arrive next month. This information came about because one of the site's readers (supposedly) works at XFX, and provided paper proof that the Radeon R9 370 is in the system, ready to launch next month. Up to this point, I think this is the best hint we've seen. It's... Read more...
At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, "VR" was a definite buzzword. You simply couldn't avoid it. Valve announced a solution, as did AMD. Even NVIDIA unveiled a monstrous graphics card that promises to be powerful enough to provide a proper, immersive VR experience. With this spring's GDC now done and over with, reports have begun to trickle out of Google's supposed interest in VR. Much like how the company has created a tuned Android for wearables, it looks like it could be doing the same for VR. It's being said that there are "tens of engineers" dedicated to the project,... Read more...
Considering the fact that AMD's 300 series GPUs are not expected to be unveiled for another couple of months, the company has got to be thanking its lucky stars that an unforeseen GeForce GTX 970 side-effect has come to light. Unless you've been avoiding the Internet this past week, you're probably aware of the current situation. So, I'll make my recap brief. When companies like NVIDIA work to fill up their product lines with lots of SKUs, it's common for them to start with their top product of a given segment and whittle it down to fit into a lower price point. This is the case with the GTX 970;... Read more...
Although the market for them is relatively small, we love to check out elaborate, no-holds-barred gaming PCs from time to time--you know, the kind of system that costs about the same amount as a serviceable used car. As fun as it is to check out an ultra high-end gaming rig, we also do it to gauge the user experience and to see just how much better it is (or isn't) versus a mainstream PC. But how great is the experience, really? The answer needs to be darn near perfection, because – let’s face it – a midrange gaming desktop is going to give you a pretty solid gaming experience... Read more...
Although the market for them is relatively small, we love to check out elaborate, no-holds-barred gaming PCs from time to time--you know, the kind of system that costs about the same amount as a serviceable used car. As fun as it is to check out an ultra high-end gaming rig, we also do it to gauge the user experience and to see just how much better it is (or isn't) versus a mainstream PC. But how great is the experience, really?  The answer needs to be darn near perfection, because – let’s face it – a midrange gaming desktop is going to give you a... Read more...