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September 12, 2016

Review: AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB – Polaris Finally Arrives!

… Polaris 10 out of 10.

It would be a fair assumption that AMD named its new GPU after one of the brightest stars in the night sky because to them, that’s exactly what this new GPU is. Huge strides have been made in its engineering, including a brand new architecture based on the new Samsung/GlobalFoundries 14nm FinFET process.

Over the past few years, AMD has been making aggressive pushes into the mainstream PC gaming market. With an all-new ad campaign entitled “The Uprising”, which encourages gamers to join the “Radeon Rebellion” – this Rebellion, of course refers to the fact that AMD has decided that instead of debuting an [...]

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May 13, 2016

AMD Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 Radeon 400 Series Specifications Possibly Leaked

TechPowerUp has reported that an unnamed “industry source” has have revealed to them some detailed specifications of AMD’s two upcoming GPUs, based on next generation GCN 4.0 (Graphics CoreNext) architecture, which is codenamed Polaris. The two GPUs, which AMD codenamed Polaris 10 and Polaris 11, are reportedly targeting both the performance and mainstream segments, respectively.

Starting with the performance segment chip, which has been commonly referred to as “Ellsmere,” this GPU is reported to feature up to 32 compute units or CUs.  If this is correct, and each CU consists of 64 stream processors (SPs) as previous generation [...]

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May 30, 2016

Review: XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB – Bringing Reference Style Back

… Blast from the past

In 2013, the largest iPhone you could buy was  just 4 inches, the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.50, and VR gaming was a thing of the future. Kind of hard to believe how much has changed in just three years, huh? Well, one thing that fans and critics of AMD alike will no doubt also remember from that year was the release of AMD’s flagship Radeon R9 290 series of GPUs, along with their now infamous reference cooler. AMD’s reference cooler for many at the time was just too loud and was also unable to cool down their beastly graphics cards for long gaming sessions. It is likely because of this that when AMD launched the refreshed [...]

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July 21, 2016

Review: PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 380X Myst 4GB – Sweet Spot for 1440p Gaming?

The sweet spot for 1440p gaming?

In November of last year, AMD finally released the long-awaited Radeon R9 380X, which is the first consumer graphics card the company has released to feature a full-fledged Antigua (Tonga) XT graphics core. Of course, many may be wondering what to expect from an AMD card which is priced smack in the middle between the Radeon R9 380 and the much beefier, Radeon R9 390.

Today, we’re going to find out as we take a look at the PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 380X Myst.

GPU R9 380 R9 380X R9 390 R9 390X Codename Antigua (Tonga) Pro Antigua (Tonga) XT Grenada (Hawaii) Pro Grenada (Hawaii) XT Architecture GCN 1.2 GCN [...]
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October 30, 2015

XFX Gets Nostalgic, Reintroduces the Blower Style Cooler from Hawaii Launch

Fans of AMD will no doubt remember what a powerhouse the R9 290 series was when it first launched in 2013. Unfortunately, something we’ll never be able to forget is the infamous ‘blower’ style reference coolers that came along with those beastly cards. – especially, if XFX has any say.

XFX Brings Hawaii’s Blower Style Coolers to R9 390 Series

While the more recently released R9 390, and 390X are still based on modified version of the Hawaii (now known as Grenada) GPU core that powered those previous cards, the new cards have, until now avoided being compared to the original reference designs, thanks in part to their better performance, [...]

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September 5, 2015

PowerColor Announces Dual Core R9 390 Devil 13 Graphics Card

PowerColor has just announced the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390, the next iteration of its ultra high-end Devil 13 Dual Core series graphics card.

The Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 is aesthetically similar to the older (yet still incredibly powerful) Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X. It features PowerColor’s custom triple fan, triple-slot Devil air cooler painted in its signature black and red color scheme. The massive cooler requires plenty of space horizontally as well, measuring in at 30.4cm long by 13.6cm wide. Rear I/O include 2x DVI ports, 1x HDMI port, and 1x display port.

As its name suggests, the Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 uses a pair of Grenada Pro [...]

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August 3, 2017

PowerColor Radeon R9 380 PCS+ 4GB Review

Antigua… or was it Tonga?

At E3 earlier this year, AMD made a huge splash in the graphics market with their new Fury and Fury X graphics cards. These new graphics cards would be the first on the market to boast the revolutionary new HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) technology which AMD is betting will be the future of graphics memory. Alongside the new Fury and Fury X, AMD also quietly launched the Radeon R9 300 series, but focused very little on the new graphics cards.

As it was later revealed, AMD’s upcoming Radeon R9 300 series lineup would pretty much be a re-badge of the Radeon R9 200 series lineup. As such I was honestly a bit disappointed. While I’m [...]

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