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An Update on AMD Radeon RX490

There were rumours that the latest Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) graphics card, more commonly referred to as AMD Radeon RX 490 was due to be released at the end of 2016, so we should have been able to spend the last few weeks becoming familiar with it, and eventually reviewing it. However, that hasn’t been the case and another rumour of a July 2017 release date is making the rounds, which was accidently confirmed by the company’s own website. So we’re almost certain that this date is pretty accurate, but we can’t wait that long, so we want to share with you what we know so far about AMD Radeon RX 490.

Experts have predicted that the graphics card will be powered either by the dual Polaris 10 GPU or the Vega 10 GPU. However, as the RX 480 is based on the configuration of the former, it is unlikely that the RX 490 will come with the same spec.

Other speculation is that the RX 490 will have a base clock of 1200 MHz, which will get around 9,830 GFLOPS of computing power. Additional reports state that a dual-GPU system and thermal power of 200 W on board is something we can expect from the new highly anticipated graphics card. Finally, there have been suggestions of a PCI-Express 3.0 x 16 interface, a 16384 MB memory size and a memory bandwith of 716.8 GB/s.

It has been rumoured that the cost of the AMD Radeon RX 490 with be similar to the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080; around the $700 price tag. However, as nothing has been confirmed, we suggest putting away a little more to avoid disappointment when the product finally becomes available on the market.

For now, that’s all we’ve got to share about the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 490 graphics card. So for now it looks like we will have to sit back and wait for the product to be released, which may or may not be July this year. Or, we can keep our fingers crossed that the company will release some information in error again. We would like that very much!

The Best Graphics Cards of 2017 – A Look at Some of the Top GPUs of the Year

To buy or build is the age-old question that most PC enthusiasts grapple with almost everywhere. Whichever decision you settle for, there are a couple of options that you will have to explore whether you’re planning on rendering high resolution clips or gaming with unparalleled ease.

That being said, here are some of the best GPUs available in 2017.

1. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 – The Best High-end Graphics Processor Unit

It is a high-end Nvidia chip that is exclusively designed to make 4K gaming viable and give the user an excellent all-around performance. However, priced at $580.98, it is quite pricey for a standalone computer accessory.

2. The Nvidia GeForce GTX – Best Mid-range Graphic Processor Units

As a true mid-range graphics processor, the GeForce GTX 1060 exhibits an impressive 1080p gaming performance, a decent overclocker, and has no SLI compatibility. All these at $250 is quite a steal. That being said, even though it has a firm grip on 1080p gaming, it struggles with 1440p graphics. All in all, it is a budget energy-efficient GPU that performs relatively well for mid-range graphics cards. t is quite pricey for a standalone computer accessory.

3. The AMD Radeon RX 460 – The Best Entry-level GPU

It has an HDR support and handles 1080p at a decent framerate which is backed up by a 4GB internal memory stick.

4. The Asus ROG Strix GTX – Best promising GPU in the market

It is a late entrant in the GPU niche that has shown tremendous potential as far as heavy graphics gaming goes. Speaking of which, the Asus ROG is a solid budget-priced performer that can handle 1440p with considerable ease too. It also has an HDR support and handles 1080p at a decent framerate which is backed up by a 4GB internal memory stick.

The Bottom Line

Although the four GPUs above are only a handful of some of the best GPUs in 2017, they represent the top performers in their respective categories.

Nvidia’s New Titan X

The Titan X is an ideal video card that one will enjoy for the 4 K resolution play. It has an incredible speed as compared to Titan black. Just before the invention of the new Titan X, it was still the best to use. The old Titan X had some drawbacks such as that not all games were well-placed while using it. The Titan X along with its price reveals that it’s not for everyone. It is for people who would wish to go higher in gaming. The release of the new Titan X was shortly after the release of GTX 1070, 1080 and 1060.

August had a new Titan for all gaming fanatics. It was booming time for the new Titan X. Imagine having a 60% addition of speed of the old Titan X which was the king the gaming world. Its vibration was in the UK and USA as GPU powers it had GP102 Pascal. It is selling only through the NVidia’s store on the internet.

Speculation reveal that it will soon be in the retail shops with the aim of changing the demand and supply powers of the market. With this innovation, there is much to boast of as the hotness of the graphic card makes it a certain luxury from the blues with 60% higher than the original Titan x as regards to its 6.6 teraflops. A new chip powers the great invention with 3583 CUDA being the cores in it. However, the amount of texture of the innovation is still the secret of the NVidia Company. The boost of streaming multiprocessors exceeds 40% with a backing up of an amazing 12GB memory GDDR5X to be precise.

NVidia used the largest chip in the making of the new invention. For the company, there is no retreat. Those in the hopes for the return of Stellar FP64 will sure face disappointment. It pushes for neural network throughout its inventions. With the consideration of the rush of the company regarding innovations, there are high expectations of playing 4K60 in the coming year and of course at fairer prices.

Is AMD’s Radeon RX 470 Good for Full HD Gaming?

After the launch of the much-publicised Radeon RX 480, it seems as if AMD is dedicated a little more resources to bring their top-of-the-line Polaris GPU to the common consumer. Enter the RX 470 that is going for not more than $180 in most outlets. It is a perfect balance between the high-end RX 480 and other budget entry-level models. However, how robust is this graphics processing unit in handling full HD gaming?

Well, let’s find out.

According to the RX 470 spec sheet, the graphics processor performance just comes short of the RX 480. And we already know that the RX 480 version handles 1440p playback relatively easily and fluidly. On paper, the RX 470 clocks approximately 1.206 Mega cycles per second. And this is backed up by 4GB of dedicated on board memory – more specifically GDDR5 that is linked to a 256-bit bus. As far as this goes, it is pretty close to the RX 480 computing power of 1.266 MHz and a similar amount of RAM ( 4 GB dedicated onboard storage ).

That being said, the RX 470 has less computing units under the hood that the RX 480. At the same time, we have 256 less stream processors and 15 fewer dedicated texture units. However, the number of ROPs here remain the same in the two variants.

These comparisons above mean several things. For starters, its a decent piece of tech that would fit the bill of any average gamer. It is not every day that you come across graphics cards with dedicated backplates priced under $200. Secondly, the AMD Radeon RX 470’s performance as far as crunching heavy graphic games is almost similar to that of its bigger brother the RX 480. Lastly, the decent processor clock speed is complemented by a 6.6 Gbps memory speed to boost the fluency of its frames per second transitions. Therefore, it should go without saying this processing unit can handle full HD games comfortably without a stutter.