It has recently come to our attention that according to Overclocking.guide, the AMD Radeon RX460 graphics cards may have unlockable shader units which can increase the default 896 stream processors to 1024 and the default 56 TMUs to 64 by simply flashing the BIOS with a modded BIOS, resulting in a performance improvement of up to 12.5%.
As this can be achieved simply by flashing with a modded BIOS, this is a very nice performance boost for free. However, currently the only cards with the modded BIOSes are the ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 460 4GB OC Edition and Sapphire Nitro RX 460 4GB. The modded BIOSes along with instructions are available here. As always, [...]
If you’re on a fairly tight budget and have been waiting for the cheaper Polaris cards to hit the market it looks like you may not have to wait too much longer. The Saphire branded RX 470 cards have been pictured below which reveal some additional details about the new cards.Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Platinum and Nitro
Firstly, we have the Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Platinum Edition, which appears to be a mostly reference blower-style cooler, which looks nearly identical to that of the one found on the reference RX 480. However, the major difference here is the color scheme, Sapphire has opted for a fully black a silver design for this card, which matches their [...]
While everyone is enamoured by the newly released R9 Nano, AMD has silently released the R9 370X on the other side of the world.
The R9 370X uses AMD’s 28nm “Trinidad XT” GPU, which is based on the “Pitcairn” GPU found on the R9 270X. Since it’s basically a tweaked version of the R9 270X, the R9 370X is configured identically: it features 1280 stream processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide memory bus. It supports either 2GB or 4GB memory configurations and requires dual 6-pin power connectors.
Looking at the timing of its release, it seems that the R9 370X is released as a response to Nvidia’s recently [...]
AMD has officially announced the Radeon R9 Nano, which is the latest — and possibly final — release to be based on their high-end desktop Fiji GPU with High-bandwidth memory (HBM). The Radeon R9 Nano will be available for purchase starting September 10th, and will be priced at $649, which matches that of the R9 Fury X.
Measuring only six inches, the R9 Nano is targeted towards the small form-factor and mini-ITX markets. The incredibly small form-factor of the R9 Nano is achieved with the aforementioned High-Bandwidth Memory. Compared to traditional planar GDDR5, HBM uses stacked memory that’s more power power efficient and has significantly [...]
Over the past couple years, the very high end gaming PC segment has really been neglected. Computer hardware had so far surpassed what games required that most users with modern sub-$1,000 gaming systems would easily be able to run the latest games at maximum resolutions. Now a huge part of this has to do with last generation gaming consoles as most games are developed on them yet they contained hardware that was low/mid-range to begin with even when they were introduced all the way back in 2005 (Xbox 360) and 2006 (PS3). With the introduction of new gaming consoles with some modern hardware in [...]
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Due to many e-mails requesting help on building a system that would be not only a superior gaming system, but also a superior [...]
March Madness has arrived with AMD, Sapphire Technology, ADATA USA, AZiO Corporation & Fractal Design celebrating the month with a full DIY PC Gaming Rig, valued over $1,300. On top of this, these tech-savvy, and performance-enthusiast sponsors have provided daily PC swag prizes to give individuals more opportunities to win a prize during the month of March.
The DIY PC Gaming Rig has been equipped with top of the line technology ranging from the dominant and new AMD FX-8350 8-Core processor, driven by the Sapphire Technology AM3+ 990FX motherboard which has received multiple awards for being one of the most energy efficient yet powerful [...]
Up until the release of Sandy Bridge processors back in early 2011, overclocking was something generally reserved for only the most hardcore gamers and enthusiasts who wanted to push their systems to the limits. Overclocking required countless hours of tinkering and testing, which was generally a bit too complicated for mainstream users.
With the release of Sandy Bridge however, the landscape of overclocking has really changed dramatically. Significant overclocks may now be had with simple motherboard overclocking buttons or 5 minute adjustments in the BIOS, which greatly simplified the once complicated and confusing task.
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