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AMD's R9 series graphics cards.

AMD in the Game.   

     'Tis the season for new graphics cards and cold weather! Well maybe not considering the GTX 7 series came out last summer, BUT IT'S WINTER! This might be the season for AMD to shine. Yeah, I realize some of my readers may prefer nVidia over AMD or AMD over nVidia, but in the end we can all agree that new hardware smells great.

Let me start with a personal story. I've been on the nVidia band-wagon ever since my friend dave introduced me to high tech computing ages ago. This was way back in 2006 or so, maybe even earlier. He had a new computer and it always had a really weird green logo on it. I was so interested in technology that I looked up what this was and found out it was the nVidia logo.

Nostalgia feels good sometimes.
So I've been pretty loyal to nVidia,

However... I've been keeping my eye on AMD and all their hard work as well. I absolutely love when a company puts the consumer first and I feel like AMD has been working hard to regain their footing in the graphics processing market. You probably know by now, but I'm talking about the R9 series graphics cards.

Specs anyone?

So let's check out the rumored specs.

The GPU Codename seems pretty calm, nothing badass like nehalam or haswell, or.. TAHITI. But looking at the raw specs you can see why nVidia SHOULD be worried. AMD has a card that is essentially competing with the Titan... but for a price that's around the GTX 780/770, uh-oh.

With a base clock that can turbo to 1gig and a whopping 4GB a VRAM, textures shouldn't be a problem with this 512-bit bus running bad boy. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure power consumption shouldn't be a problem either (something that worries a lot of users nowadays) so that 600w power supply should be just fine as long as it has the right amount of amps.

What's perplexing to me lands right in the middle of this chart, the memory clock. Why oh why is the memory clocking 1.1Ghz to 1.25 ghz? Albeit the higher bandwidth will probably make up for it that's still a little slow. It's nothing a little overclocking can't fix, and let's be honest, you're going to be doing a lot of overclocking. The only thing I could come up with was they wanted it to be cheaper to manufacture or whatever, I don't know.

Ritter's closing thoughts:

The R9 series cards look absolutely fantastic from what I've seen/read/heard. It does compete with every other card on the market on paper so that's a plus. Now for the downer: We have no idea what will actually happen. there aren't any benchmarks out on the R9 series yet, and there aren't any leaks either. AMD kept this operation tighter than apple employees have their butt cheeks clenched.

If you're looking to upgrade and you want something with power but don't want to spend the money then this might be your chance. We're not even sure when the product is supposed to be released, but when it is there will be a torrent of information on here, I can tell you that.