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Brace yourself, Radeon RX 590 graphics cards are coming. There is zero doubt about that at this point, even though AMD's upcoming Polaris refresh is still not official. It will be soon, and in the meantime, we're seeing more and more related leaks. The latest one is a set of press images depicting Sapphire's Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ Special Edition graphics card. Image Source: Videocardz Looking at the images, it appears Sapphire is recycling the same custom "Dual-X" cooler that's found on its other Nitro+ cards, such as the Radeon RX 580 Nitro+, but in a different color—it's blue this time around. "The Dual-X cooler featured in the latest Sapphire Nitro+ RX 500 Series cards is an all-new design.... Read more...
Sapphire Technology has begun taking orders for a small form factor (SFF) embedded motherboard with an AMD Ryzen V1000 APU (accelerated processing unit) running the show. The APU is permanently soldered to the motherboard (meaning users can't swap it out down the line) and combines Zen CPU cores for compute tasks with Vega GPU cores for graphics muscle. This is far from Sapphire's first foray into the embedded motherboard category using AMD hardware. The company is a close partner with several previous generation motherboards containing system-on-chip (SoC) silicon from AMD. However, the new FP-FP5V is the first one to sport a Ryzen chip based on AMD's Zen microarchitecture. That also makes it... Read more...
In another four months, it will be a full year since AMD launched its first Radeon RX Vega graphics cards to consumers. Thanks to a combination of cryptocurrency miners ravaging the GPU market and a memory chip shortage, graphics cards have been tough to come by. Hopefully that will change soon. Despite the unusual landscape, manufacturers have not been shy about releasing new models. ASRock, for example, recently announced a line of Radeon cards for gamers. It also appears that Sapphire is getting ready to introduce a pint sized version of Vega. With regards to the latter, this was actually teased last year at SIGGRAPH 2017. At the time, AMD's senior director of global marketing PR, Chris Hook,... Read more...
Sapphire is looking to close out 2017 on a high note, and to help accomplish that, the company is releasing a pair of custom, factory-overlocked Radeon Vega graphics cards for gaming enthusiasts. The cards, each with custom cooling solutions, are the Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 56 and Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 64. Before we get into the specifics of the cards, let's first start by going over the specifications of reference Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The reference Radeon RX Vega 56 has 3584 stream processors and base/boost GPU clocks of 1156MHz and 1471MHz respectively. The Radeon RX Vega 64, on the other hand, has 4095 stream processors and goes with base and boost clocks of 1247MHz and 1546MHz. The... Read more...
Sapphire is one of AMD's premier hardware partners, so it makes sense that one of the first photo shoots of a Radeon RX Vega graphics card by a third-party belongs to the company. And unlike most pre-release photos, these are not blurry snapshots that look like they were taken with a Fisher Price camera in the middle of an earthquake—they're crisp, clear, and show the card from multiple angles. The photos were taken by a member of the Chinese-language Chiphell forum. We do not typically dwell on packaging, though one thing that is immediately interesting to note is that the retail box simply states "Radeon RX Vega," as opposed to distinguishing the Radeon RX Vega 64 from the Radeon RX Vega 56.... Read more...
In an alternate reality, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s lines would both use a hardened sapphire crystal glass material produced by a company called GT Advanced Technologies. Things happened that soured the business relationship between Apple and GTAT, sending the latter into bankruptcy and, now a year later, a settlement agreement.The settlement provides relief from the $439 million in debt GTAT accumulated when it was gung-ho to build sapphire glass material for Apple. Come November 23, GTAT will auction off various assets and then divide the proceeds.A furnace used for making sapphire glass materialNot everything GTAT owns will be auctioned off. The company plans to hold onto several hundred furnaces... Read more...
When AMD launched the liquid-cooled Radeon Fury X, we witnessed a company willing to commit to new architecture and bleeding edge technologies (Fiji and High-Bandwidth Memory, respectively). Beyond that, Fury X showed a level of ambition and hardware design chops we hadn’t seen from AMD in years. There’s no denying that between its exceptional thermals and strong performance, Fury X is a force to be reckoned with. However, it fell shy of the mark that enthusiasts and press hoped it would achieve, unable to quite deliver a definitive victory against NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Today, AMD offers up their Radeon R9 Fury (sometimes referred to as Fury Air or Fury Pro), a video card that brings a... Read more...
Turning lemons into lemonade (on a massive scale), Apple is planning to pour $2 billion into a facility in Mesa, Arizona that just a few months ago was occupied by GT Advanced Technologies, which was supposed to be churning out sapphire-crystal displays for iPhone 6 devices. The investment will transform the factory into a command center for the company's global networks, creating hundreds of jobs in the process. Stateside job creation was one of the big reasons Apple was interested in the facility in the first place. However, the business arrangement between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies turned sour, which eventually led to the latter filing for bankruptcy protection after it was unable... Read more...
One of the rumored features that didn't make it onto the iPhone 6 is the sapphire display. Touted for its durability and scratch-resistance, sapphire glass is used on the camera lens and Touch ID sensor, but not the main display where it's arguably needed most. It's not there in part because things turned sour between Apple and sapphire display maker GT Advanced, the latter of which accuses the former of a bait-and-switch tactic that ultimately led to a bankruptcy filing. This boils down to a he-said-she-said tiff, and in an affidavit filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire by GT Advanced CEO Daniel Squiller, a not-so-pretty picture of Apple is painted when it comes to... Read more...
Earlier this week, Apple's partner for sapphire display technology, GT Advanced Technologies, filed for bankruptcy claiming that it could not continue operating in its present state. Today, some of the documents originally filed were unsealed and we got a closer look -- including GT Advanced Technologies plan to shutter the plant in Arizona it was supposedly about to bring online. In early August, CEO Tom Gutierrez told investors that the company was on track to hit technical milestones and necessary targets to bring sapphire to the mass market and receive a further $139M payment from apple. Today, filings revealed that the company failed to meet the terms of its agreement, never received that... Read more...
Apple still hasn't announced its next iPhone, but that hasn't stopped the Internet from talking about and leaking information in relation to what's likely to be called the iPhone 6. Much of the recent focus has been on the iPhone 6's supposed sapphire crystal display, a seemingly much more resilient material than Corning's Gorilla Glass and the same material Apple uses on the Touch ID home button and camera cover for the iPhone 5S. Or is it? A new video has us second guessing the iPhone 6 display's true make up. In a previous video, Marques Brownlee, host of the YouTube channel MKBHD, showed the alleged iPhone 6's sapphire crystal display standing up to a number of different torture tests. Brownlee... Read more...
Forget about spending money on scratch-proof screen protectors and bulky cases, Apple's next iPhone device might end up being tough as nails. Nothing is carved in stone, of course, though it appears Apple is wanting to outfit the iPhone 6 with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal display. It would be much tougher than current displays, which are prone to shatter and crack when dropped. Apple last year inked a deal with GT Advanced to open a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. At the time, an Apple spokeswoman said the new plant would be used to "make components for Apple products," adding that it would also run on 100 percent renewable energy. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will build sapphire... Read more...
Sapphire announced a new HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card based on AMD's latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. According to Sapphire, it's the only company carrying a Radeon HD 7950 part that's compatible with Apple's Mac Pro series of desktop computers, giving Mac gamers a potent upgrade path. How potent? According to Sapphire, the HD 7950 Mac Edition card increases gaming frame rates by over 200 percent, general performance by around 30 percent, and graphics intensive benchmarks by a whopping 300 percent "compared with the NV 8800GT commonly used in these machines." The HD 7950 Mac Edition features 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5000MHz (effective) on a 384-bit bus, two mini DisplayPort... Read more...
We can't say Sapphire's late to the Radeon HD 7770 party, simply because Sapphire was there from the get-go. However, we can say that Sapphire is perhaps staying longer than most other party goers, choosing now to launch its new 'Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition' variant with an "exclusive implementation of Vapor chamber cooling technology." First things first. The card boasts 1GB of the latest GDDR5 memory and is factory overclocked with a core clockspeed of 1,100MHz and a memory clockspeed of 1,300MHz (5.2GB/s effective). That's a bit faster than a reference spec'd GHz Edition card, which sports a 1,000MHz engine clock and 1,125MHz memory clockspeed. To keep the card cool, Sapphire employed... Read more...
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