Gigabyte also tagged in proposed class-action lawsuit
The furor over GTX 970’s specs refuses to die down. What was until recently a public relations debacle is now threatening to snowball into a costly lawsuit, with a class-action complaint being filed Thursday by Cass County, Michigan-resident Andrew Ostrowski against Nvidia and Gigabyte for engaging “in a scheme to mislead consumers nationwide about the characteristics, qualities and benefits of the GTX 970.”
Ever since the furor over GTX 970’s specs first erupted last month, AMD has been having plenty of fun rubbing salt into Nvidia’s self-inflicted wounds, reminding GTX 970 owners how Nvidia lied to them and asking those interested in getting a “real video card at a decent price” to go for one of its products instead. Seemingly convinced by the sales pitch, a former GTX 970 owner from Down Under recently took to AMD’s Facebook page to know about the odds of either the R9 390x or R9 380x making it to the market in time for GTA V’s PC release.
Renowned overclocker K|NGP|N (or Kingpin, from here on out) has endorsed EVGA's latest GeForce GTX 980 graphics card, which has been "meticulously designed for the extreme overclocker." More than just lip service, this card packs a 14+3 power phase design, a new digitally controlled VRM capable of delivering up to a whopping 600A of current, and three power inputs (two 8-pin and a single 6-pin).
What do you do when you see your enemy twisting in the wind? You strike, of course, and that's exactly what AMD predictably decided to do as rival Nvidia goes into damage control concerning the memory controversy on its GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. AMD and its partners have lowered the price of their Radeon R9 290X graphics cards to as low as $280 after rebate, or $300 without.
Sapphire was the first company to release an 8GB version of AMD's Radeon R9 290X graphics card, though it's no longer the only one -- a handful of other graphics card players jumped on board after AMD gave them a reference design to play with. Be that as it may, Sapphire is intent on standing out from the crowd, so it went and retooled its 8GB R9 290X with a triple fan cooler and some other changes.
Upcoming driver could improve GTX 970's memory performance
Nvidia really stepped in a pile of PR poo when it was discovered that there was an internal communication gaffe over the way the GeForce GTX 970 handles its 4GB of onboard memory and the resulting specs. In short, the GTX 970 has 56 ROPs and 1,792KB of L2 cache instead of matching the GTX 980's 64 ROPs and 2,048KB of L2 cache as originally advertised. However, Nvidia wants to make things right and has offered to help GTX 970 owners obtain a refund, if need be. Should you go that route?
Internal miscommunication at Nvidia led to confusion over the GTX 970's specs
Sometimes the tech world can be like a geek version of a soap opera, and this is one of those times. The main characters in this case are Nvidia and the GeForce GTX 970. If you're looking for a quick summary of events, it's this: Gamers noticed a slowdown in performance when games tried to access more than 3.5GB of memory on the GTX 970. This in turn led to Nvidia explaining a new memory architecture in the GTX 970, along with clarification of specs that were different than originally reported. In light of all this, there's a petition floating around demanding a refund for anyone who purchased a GTX 970, but to really understand what's going on, a deeper explanation is necessary.
Asus and EVGA represent, plus DSR and VSR benchmarks
One of the nice things about PCs is that your budget has a wide range of entry points. If you don't need the heavy lifting of an Nvidia GTX 980 or an AMD Radeon 290X, you don't have to cough up hundreds of dollars for one. Both companies offer a variety of stuff to fit your budget. Historically, Nvidia's cards ending in "60" -- like the 560, 660 and 760 – have offered performance in between the premium cards and the more economical choices. Nvidia's latest, the GTX 960 is no exception. With a 128-bit memory bus, a little over a thousand shader cores, and 2GB of VRAM, it's not designed to be a giant leap over the GTX 660. But it's not designed to be modest, either.
Rumor has it the Radeon R9 380X will feature 4,096 GCN cores
Keeping in mind that nothing is ever official until it's official (one of the many mottos of Captain Obvious), purported details of AMD's forthcoming Radeon R9 380X have started to emerge. If they turn out to be accurate, you can expect the Radeon R9 380X to arrive sometime between April and June of this year with 4,096 GCN cores in tow, along with 4GB of 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HDM).
What better way to end the work week than by spying a glimpse of the real-deal Maxwell part we've all been waiting for? Winning the lottery? Okay, you got us on that one, but this is a cool (not close) second. Assuming the pictures making the rounds in cyberspace are real, you can take a look at Nvidia's forthcoming GM200-400-A1 GPU nestled into an engineering board (180-1G600-1102-A04).