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Looks like Videocardz has finally spilled the beans on the specs of the Maxwell Flagship, Geforce GTX 980. And its shaping up to validate the Chiphell leak we published a week ago. We can’t release the die shot of the GPU for certain reasons this time, but if VCZ has posted this, you can be rest assured its true.Maxwell-GTX-980-

Maxwell Flagship Geforce GTX 980 Rocks 2048 CUDA Cores with 16 SMMs

As you already know both cards will be launching on the 19th of September, 12:01 AM PDT to be exact. While the GTX 970 is completely ready, Nvidia was having some trouble with custom GTX 980 cards so there is a slight possibility that Custom GTX 980s will be delayed. The Geforce GTX 980 has 16 Streaming Maxwell Multiprocessors (SMM) which in turn have 128 CUDA cores each, bringing the total to 2048.

Since the wattage of the GTX 970 is 148W, the 980 should have a maximum of 180W TDP, although the actual number should be less. With 2048 Maxwell cores we are looking at more or less GTX 780 Ti performance at decent clocks and more at high clocks. Which once again validates the Chiphell leak I mentioned above. Sadly for performance minded enthusiasts (myself included) this means that Nvidia is chasing power efficiency. This, in my personal opinion, should not factor much in a high end product. On the GTX 970 die, you can notice the nomenclature GM204-200-A1, and as VCZ reveals, the nomenclature for the GTX 980 die will be GM204-400-A1. Both the 970 and the 980 feature two 6 Pin connectors, 256Bit Bus and 224GB/s of bandwidth. The leak scene for this generation of Nvidia products appear to be drawing to a close, but there is still the big launch to look forward to. And ofcourse the curious case of the GM200 GPU.

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The latest update regarding NVIDIA’s Maxwell generation of graphics cards is upon us with Videocardz bringing in first pictures of the reference based GeForce GTX 980. The GeForce GTX 980 will be NVIDIA’s flagship graphics of the GeForce 900 series lineup followed by the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 960. NVIDIA’s GeForce 900 series Maxwell will be tuned for gaming performance delivering performance on par with the GK110 core under 180W for the GeForce GTX 980 and under 150W for the GeForce GTX 970.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 “Maxwell” Pictured – Features NVTTM Cooler

Let’s start with the design which is the focus of this leak. NVIDIA is reintroducing their NVTTM cooler on their GeForce 900 series cards. While the GeForce GTX 970 uses a reference design carried over from the GeForce GTX 660/760, the GeForce GTX 980 will make use of an update and denser NVTTM cooler which we have seen on the GeForce GTX Titan Z, GeForce GTX Titan Black, GeForce GTX Titan, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770 and the GeForce GTX 690. Now the dual chip models have made use of a redesigned version of this cooler, their implementation remains the same and both coolers are the longest running in the graphics industry spanning a good 2 years. The GeForce GTX Titan was the first to introduce the single chip design of this cooler back in February 2013.

The GeForce GTX 980 is making use of an update revision of the cooler introduced on the GeForce GTX Titan Black with a all black naming logo etched on the shroud near the I/O plate and a all black heatsink which can be spotted from the mirror cut out in the center of the shroud. The card obviously makes of vapor chamber which is cooler off by a blower fan. We were unable to find the Dual Axial fan design which NVIDIA had patented back a few months and was rumored to be a part of the new graphics card series but I expect the card even as it is will do a great job cooling the card considering it can dissipate heat of up to 275W while GeForce GTX 980 will have a maximum thermal dissipation power of just under 180W. So that’s a ton of cooling being supplied to the core and we can expect massive overclocking headroom for a card which is already clocked past the 1050 MHz barrier.

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[Rumor] You know the drill, there’s this cute little tag at the start, make sure you notice it. Anyways, the highly reliable Hermitage Akihabara have revealed that the GTX 960 is indeed coming but will not be accompanying its big brothers at the launch date. The most probable date for the Launch of the 960 is sometime in Mid October. HA is one of the more authentic sources out there, so this is most likely authentic. Maxwell-GTX-960-

Geforce GTX 960 Launching in Mid October – Alleges Japanese Leak

The specs of the GTX 970 leaked out a while back and we know that both the flagship Maxwells are utilizing the GM204 die. So what will go into The Geforce GTX 960? Well, in all probability you are looking at a further cut down variant of the GM204 or in a worst case scenario, a Kepler re-brand (which is highly unlikely in my opinion). Not much is known about the GTX 970, leaked or otherwise, except for the fact that it is included in the lineup launching soon.

NVIDIA GM204According to the leaked specs of its successor, the GTX 960 should have 11 – 12 SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) which equates to a core count of 1408 – 1536 with the latter being more likely than the former. The card will probably come with 2GB worth of GDDR5 memory if Nvidia’s previous patterns are any indication. Custom variants might ofcourse, increase the memory size later. The Bus width will most likely be 256 Bit if they are going with a GM204.

Now while the GM204-A1 die is based on the 28nm process, sources inside the industry tell me Nvidia is thinking about porting the circuit to 20nm in 2015. If such a move happens the new die will be called GM204-B1. The more refined stepping of the A1, will be called A2 and should enter trial production in one or two months. So you are getting a progression of GM204-A1 (28nm) -> GM204-A2 (28nm) -> GM204-B1 (20nm). So there you go folks, the mid tier GTX 960 appears to be coming after all, and stay tuned for Game24 because Green is about to go big.

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AMD’s GCN core architecture has spanned the industry for a good three years and the latest revision, known as the Volcanic islands was launched last year during October. AMD is gradually putting new updates in their cards lineup with the new Tonga based Radeon R9 285 and the flagship Radeon R9 295X2 but it seems like we will be looking at a major update from AMD during the next couple of months.AMD Radeon R9 390X

AMD’s Next Generation GCN Based Graphics Card Might Feature Modified Hydra Cooling Solution

There are two reasons to believe this, one being the fact that a mysterious and new cooling solution just ended up on Baidu Chinese forums (spotted by Videocardz) and the second is AMD themselves who have hinted to a major launch related to graphics cards during the next two months. In October last year, AMD announced their GPU14 event where they showcased and announced their current Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 series cards that feature an updated GCN core architecture. While the bulk of the graphics cards were based on an older core architecture (Southern Islands; Tahiti/Pitcairn/Cape Verde) the lineup also introduced some new parts such as the flagship Hawaii, performance oriented Tonga, budget level Bonaire and entry level Oland chips. It will be a year since AMD has introduced most of their lineup next month and will probably be the best time for AMD to offer new replacements.

But there are two speculations, whether AMD will bring up a new naming scheme for the cards or stick to the current naming. That’s the one thing we should focus on since the specifications available at the moment are very sparse since industry’s focus is shifted towards NVIDIA and their latest Maxwell cards. This could also be a main factor which drives the need for a new lineup, as everyone knows, Maxwell is a new GPU core and the preliminary data shows GM204 to be much more efficient then anything on the market matching the speeds and performance of GeForce GTX 780 Ti and even out performing it by a good margin from the final results seen. Now the question is whether AMD’s new lineup is focused to tackle Maxwell or its more of a refresh of the current Radeon R9 200 and Radeon R7 200 series cards.

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A few days ago I wrote about a leak which stated that Skylake-S will have DX12 support. However, we were not sure whether it was just DX12 API that was supported or the full hardware level feature set. As it turns out, it is the latter as Intel has officially confirmed the same in its IDF 14 keynote. This would also make the upcoming Intel processors the first chips to have confirmed full DX12 support. Intel Broadwell and Skylake Platform

DirectX 12 Hardware-Level Feature Set Will be Supported by Intel Skylake Processors

DX12 needs no introduction, thanks to social media and online publications it is one of the most eagerly anticipated APIs after Mantle. However, even though we have seen demos, tech charts and more, we have yet to see a hardware chip that supports the ‘Feature Level 12_0′ set. Many thought that the upcoming GPUs from Nvidia and Maxwell would be the first to do so, but we still have a few days to go before release and Intel has already swooped in and taken this particular honor.

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The Maxwell GTX 980 and GTX 970 leaks keep on rolling in as we move closer to the inevitable reveal on September 18th.
We’ve just covered MSI’s GTX 980 which they’ve teased with their brand new Twin Frozr V cooling. This new leak however comes from an Overclock.net user who spotted a Zotac GTX 970 on an e-tailer’s facebook page.

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GTX 970 From Zotac Leaked – Features Dual Fans And Metallic Shroud

The card features a dual fan design with a sleek looking silver metallic shroud that covers the heatsink assembly. The card appears to be quite compact but featuring a fairly thick heatsink. Perhaps showing more evidence of the efficiency of Nvidia’s upcoming GM204 GPU.
The box confirms the previously leaked 4GB frame buffer and also previous reports of Nvidia skipping the 800 series naming scheme and going straight to the 900 series.

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So it’s quite obvious that MSI got too excited about their new Twin Frozr V cooler design and decided to give us a taste. The all new Twin Frozr V cooling features a unique look with a blend of red and black. The aggressive style resembles MSI’s latest gaming series of motherboards.

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MSI Teases Next Generation Twin Frozr V Cooling

The new cooler features dual 100mm propeller blade fans designed to suck in cold air and blow it on quite a large heatsink assembly carrying 5 heatpipes. The new design will continue to utilize MSI’s dust removal technology which works by letting the fans spin in the opposite direction for a few seconds once the computer is turned on to remove any settling dust.

The heatsink we’re told is very similar to the one used in the GTX 780 Ti and R9 290X Lightning cards but MSI opted to equip it with a dual fan setup rather than three fans like we saw with the Tri-Frozr Lightning design. This got me quite excited thinking about the prospect of  where MSI could take their new Lightning cooler designs. I have to point out that both of these images are 3D renders and the eventual product might actually end up slightly different. Fear not however everything will be revealed in a weeks time.

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Well well well, the leak we have all been waiting for has arrived. The source is the Chinese Baidu Graphics Post bar and everything from GPU shots to Specs of the Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 have leaked out. The leak confirms the specs of the GTX 970 Maxwell GPU. Galaxy GeForce GTX 970 GC 4 GB GDDR5

Nvidia Maxwell GM204 GPU – GTX 970 Rocks 1664 Cores, 4GB of GDDR5 Memory and 1Ghz+ Core Clock

As you already know, the release date for the GTX 970 is 19th of September, so we are literally a week or so away from the official unveiling. The GeForce GTX 980 and the GTX 970 are the upcoming flagship GPUs from Nvidia and will be based on the GM204 GPU. We have seen leaked performance numbers but now we finally have an authentic spec leak for the same. Two cards have merged from the Chinese forums which include the reference and non-reference GeForce GTX 970 variants from vendor Galaxy Microsystems. We will first of all detail the reference variants which features the same short PCB design featured on the GeForce GTX 670 and even adopts the same reference cooling scheme.

The GeForce GTX 970 has the Device Id “NVIDIA D17U-20″ and the GPU Id for the graphics core is 13C2. We have our own speculation regarding that but before we get into that, let’s denote the entire specifications listed on the GPU-z panel. The GM204 SKU featured on the GeForce GTx 970 fuses 1664 CUDA Cores on the die along with 32 ROPs and 138 TMUs. From the first generation Maxwell core architecture, we learned that a Maxwell SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) unit has 128 cores compared to 192 on the current generation Kepler SMX units. The TMU count is a bit off since the maxwell core architecture holds 8 TMUs per SMX so we were supposed to see 104 TMUs in total instead of 138 so it could be a GPU-Z fault which could mean that these specifications might not be the actual deal.

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NVIDIA is going to launch Maxwell in less than 10 days and manufacturers are ramping up marketing campaigns for their next generation solutions which will be featured on the GM204 GPUs. On 19th September, NVIDIA will introduce their GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards. In the meantime, NVIDIA has planned an press event for tomorrow where they will be unveiling some details to the public regarding their upcoming chip however the event will not be live streamed unlike the Game24 event which is scheduled for 18th September and will run live for the entire day.Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 iChill

Inno3D Teases Next Generation GeForce GTX 980 iChill Graphics Card

Inno3D has been an NVIDIA AIB partner since as long as you can imagine. They have released some very brute and impressive designs over the last couple of years, mainly their iChill series which feature a top of the line air cooler to cool down NVIDIA’s flagship cores. Inno3D started from its roots based in APAC and followed into the UK and US markets and is a renowned brand nowadays. While Inno3D has released iChill and HerculeZ variants in both markets, it seems like Inno3D is finally giving a major update to their iChill series cards with the arrival of the next generation GeForce GTX 980 iChill graphics card.

Inno3D showed off a teaser at their Facebook page which shows a dark object in the background and a large 10 logo hiding the details. The 10 here represents the days left in Maxwell’s launch and the card being showcased is non other than the flagship GeForce GTX 980 which will be introduced along side the GeForce GTX 970. While the 10 text blocks us from extracting much details from the card behind it, we can see that the card is designed to be a monster. From the looks of it, Inno3D might just go with an all black color scheme and textures of red on the cooler shroud. The card features three PWM controller fans and looks like there’s some assembly on the side of the card which can be there to support the PCB from the massive weight of the cooler. The card uses dual DVI, HDMI and a Display port for connectivity. We can’t extract any more information from this image but judging from the marketing, Inno3D will showcase a new teaser each passing day so we will have new details for the next couple of days.

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NVIDIA is going to launch their GeForce 900 series cards based on the Maxwell core architecture on 19th September and while we don’t have any credible information regarding the specifications yet, VIdeocardz managed to get some interesting numbers based off 3DMark entries of the upcoming chips including the mobility parts.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 3DMark Firestrike Performance Unveiled

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 are the high-end Maxwell parts for this year, featuring the GM204 core architecture. NVIDIA has still to show us the GM200 and GM206 cores but they have already given us a glimpse of their efficient Maxwell architecture on the GM107 based cards. The first two Maxwell cards, the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GeForce GTX 750 were entry level chips but now we are moving into the performance sector which consists of two cards, the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970.

Some specifications which are already confirmed include a 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM running across a 256-bit bus interface. Just the standard amount of memory and bus you would consider from the GK104’s successor. It’s going to be efficient in terms of power consumption and performance output and from the numbers that the source was able to gather, it looks like the GM204 might just end up standing against the fastest Kepler GPU currently out in the market, the GK110. In several reports previously, I specifically mentioned that the it’s not NVIDIA’s way to release a sub standard replacement for a card that’s been in the market for about a year. It’s been speculated by several that the GTX 980 might not be able to compete against the GeForce GTX 780 Ti but the results which I am looking at show the opposite. Now I can’t speak for their credibility but the results were taken from 3DMark’s own benchmark database and from my own sources, the cards have already been handed over to AICs since a few weeks who are already running internal tests on the card. Hence you can expect more leaks and performance numbers from now onwards.

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Matrox is a very old niche video solutions company and they have recently revealed that AMD is on-board to help them produce the next generation of Matrox GPUs. These GPUs are going to be used mostly for massive Multi-Screen setups and analog specific video editing.

Matrox Millenium GPUA Matrox Millenium GPU from 1994. Copyright: VGAMuseum

Matrox Graphics Chooses AMD Chips to Power its Professional GPUs

[Dramatization] Introducing the Matrox Millennium GPU powered by the IS Storm Core. Clocked at an insane frequency of 50 Mhz and powered with a 32 Bit VGA core  this is the card for your 2d and 3d Graphics needs. The Matrox Millennium rocks a massive 8MB of SGRAM. Supporting resolutions of upto 1600×1200 in 256 Colors and DOS Performance of 6100 in PC Bench 9.0, this is the best your money can buy!

Not a lot of people know about Matrox but it is a very very special company in the tech world. Back in the golden age, Matrox was a high-end 2d graphics company right there with our giant duo and the legendary 3dfx. Notably, it released the Matrox Millennium GPUs that could be considered the ‘Titans’ of the 1990s. However with the revolution of the 3d Graphics, Matrox started lagging behind its rival siblings. It decided to quit and focus only on niche markets leaving 3dfx, Nvidia and AMD alone in the ring.

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NVIDIA has officially slashed down the pricing on their GeForce GTX 770 graphics card by 15% to tackle AMD’s latest Radeon R9 285. The GeForce GTX 770 was introduced in May 2013 and was priced at $399 US however, the pricing was adjusted to $329 US after AMD introduced their Radeon R9 290 which offered performance on par with the GeForce GTX 780 at a sweet price point of $399 US.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Receives 15% Price-Cut To Tackle Radeon R9 285

The GeForce GTX 770 is based on the GK104-425 core architecture which is a revised version of the GK104 core introduced on the GeForce GTX 680. The GeForce GTX 770 and GeForce GTX 760 are the only remaining cards that utilized the GK104 architecture in the GeForce 700 series lineup while other cards include the majority of GK110 variants and two GM107 variants. The GeForce GTX 770 was the first card to introduce and feature 7 GHz memory chip while majority of the specifications included 1536 cuda cores, 128 texture mapping units, 32 raster operators and 3.5 billion transistors. The GeForce GTX 770 also featured faster core clock of 1046 MHz core and 1085 MHz boost. The graphic card was available in both 2 GB and 4 GB VRAM variants which ran along a 256-bit wide interface. The overall specifications did result in a TDP increase from 195W to 230 (GeForce GTX 680 vs GeForce GTX 770) but it meant better performance and overclocking potential since the card did make use of a better reference PCB.

NVIDIA is now aiming to give the GeForce GTX 770 an official price cut of 15% which brings the price down to $275 US. The Radeon R9 285 retails at $249 US so the card is still $25 US more expensive than the AMD card but the performance gap is little between the both. The custom variants of the GeForce GTX 770 and Radeon R9 285 will be similar in pricing since they both come in 2 GB and 4 GB flavors. The Radeon R9 285 is based on a new ASIC while the GeForce GTX 770 utilizes the revised GK114 chip. Both graphics cards are suitable for 1080P and 1440P gaming so its up to users to decide if they want to go with the green team or red.

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Update: OCUK has mentioned that the reported information was nothing more than speculation and that their is no hard fact to consider the GeForce GTX 980 less powerful than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. NVIDIA has proved each passing generation that their flagship cards have out performed the generation released prior to them. Regardless of the specifications, the GeForce GTX 680 which had a smaller memory bus and weaker cores turned out to be faster than its predecessor, the GeForce GTX 580 which was the flagship GF110 based GPU.

There’s not reason to believe that just like the GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 480, GeForce GTX 580, GeForce GTX 680 and GeForce GTX 780 Ti before it, the GeForce GTX 980 will be a good percentage faster than its predecessor and will feature a price point of around $499 US. You can still read out the information reported in the article below but do note that the information is not valid and should be discredited to avoid confusion to consumers.

[Original Article] A recent leak by OverclockersUK which Videocardz managed to snag revealed that the GTX 980 will actually be replacing the GTX 780 in Nvidia’s stack. It may have seemed quite obvious based on the naming scheme but it’s actually not that simple. Remember the GTX 780 ? it debuted at $650 and didn’t actually replace the 680 which it succeeded. It came at a $150 higher price point so gamers actually had to pay for the additional performance rather than reap the usual benefits of new generation launches.

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So the fact that Nvidia actually intends to slot the GTX 980 right in the 780’s place is good news. It means you’ll get more performance for your hard earned dollar but it also leaves a very crucial question unanswered… does it outperform the GTX 780 Ti ? and the answer is we don’t really know yet !

GTX 980 4GB Replacing 780, Custom Cooled 8GB Versions Coming Out Later

Acoording to the leak we’re going to actually be seeing reference designs coming out unlike AMD’s R9 285 where only custom cooled versions were released to the channel and very much unlike Nvidia’s own  GTX 770 and 760 which saw a massive wave of custom cooled designs being released first. So expect a new reference cooler design possibly featuring Nvidia’s latest patented turbo fan and the latest Twin Frozr V cooler which MSI teased a few days back.

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The folks over at TheTechReport seem to have spotted something interesting regarding AMD’s FreeSync technology. It would appear that not all AMD GPUs are supported and the only confirmed entrants are Hawaii and Tonga, namely R9 285, R9 290 and R9 290X.  Needless to say Nvidia GPUs won’t be supported either.AMD Freesync TechSpot Image

Only Latest AMD Silicon Will Support FreeSync Technology – R9 285, R9 290 and R9 290X Included

You will probably remember that FreeSync is AMD’s literal answer to Nvidia’s Proprietary G-Sync technology. It was previously thought that FreeSync would be supported on any silicon once the display port was standardized but it looks like there are some architectural changes that matter as well. Which would mean that FreeSync is not entirely code and port standards. Here is a quote I copied from TTR “That means brand-new cards like the Radeon R9 280, 280X, 270, and 270X won’t be FreeSync-capable. Nor will any older Radeons in the HD 7000 and 8000 series. AMD tells us these prior-gen GPUs don’t have the necessary support for the latest DisplayPort standard.

G-Sync and FreeSync are very important to the PC Gaming scene primarily because technologies such as these mean game changing mechanics in different portions. For example, lower frame counts are easier to digest and look more natural if the GPU output rate matches the screen exactly. Though both have different approaches, the idea remains the same, with one being proprietary and the other being open and free. Variable Refresh Rates are undoubtedly trending in Display Technology, probably right there with 4K. Though there hasn’t been a show down between the red tinted and green tinted technologies yet, FreeSync was (and still is) a really great effort to standardize perfect syncing. However by the looks of it, there might be some time left before that happens. I mentioned previously that the total cost of FreeSync is around $10 but that is the MSRP and the AIBs are completely free to charge you any amount of premium they want.

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Today seems to be an interesting day for AMD announcements since the company has not only launched the Radeon R9 285 graphics cards and FX-8000 series processors but they are also offering a promo on the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. Available through specific retailers, the new promotional price which is open to all and not just OEMs will allow users to grab the flagship enthusiast graphics card for a low price of $999 US.

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AMD Promo Offers You The Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics Card For $999 US

AMD has officially announced this promotional deal which will last for a while through specific retailers which will soon have the deals up on their end. The promotional is open to all which include end users like consumers and OEMs too. So we may see some lower priced OEM PCs with the Radeon R9 295X2 in a matter of days. The Radeon R9 295X2 is currently AMD’s flagship graphics card and is also the fastest graphics card on the planet. It was originally launched at a price of $1499 US compared to the $2999 US price of its direct competitor, the GTX Titan Z from NVIDIA which offers just around the same performance. The price of the GeForce GTX Titan Z was also recently dropped to 37% at $1830 US however compared to the promotional deal of the Radeon R9 295X2, that is still $830 more for a asking price of the GeForce GTX Titan Z.

I think the $999 US is a great price for the card since who doesn’t like the Radeon R9 295X2? It looks good, runs great and performs exceptionally well at 4K. The Radeon R9 295X2 was a huge engineering feat from the AMD team since its just mind boggling how they were able to run two hot Hawaii cores on a single PCB clocked up to 1018 MHz. The cooling assembly and the heatsink were a great achievement by team Red and we can’t wait to see a similar cooling design on the single chip GPUs in the future.



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